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Indiana Conservation officer saves Christmas

22 Dec

Yesterday evening, shortly before 7:00 PM, EST, Josh Byrd, Pike County Highway Superintendent, was placing road barriers on flooded Pike County Road 900 East, when he heard calls for help coming from out in the flood waters. He then contacted Pike County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch. The call came at 6:52 PM. The Jefferson Township Fire Department, Pike County Deputies, and Indiana Conservation Officers responded to the scene.
Conservation Officers Jon Watkins and Shane Cooper had been responding to similar flood related calls throughout the afternoon and were equipped to address this type of emergency. Arriving at the scene, they were able to launch their patrol boat from the roadway and begin a search of the flooded corn field. Christmas was found around 9:30 PM, approximately 100 yards into the flood waters, clinging onto a bridge abutment. By the time of the rescue, he had been in the flood waters about three hours.
According to the victim, Christmas was on his way home from where he worked in Otwell and decided to attempt to ride his 4-wheeler through the flooded roadway. As the water became deeper near a bridge, he decided to turn around. His vehicle began to float and got caught in the current separating Christmas from his 4-wheeler. Christmas was carried some distance with the current until he was able to latch onto some vegetation and regain his footing. Due to the darkness he was unable to find high ground. Now barefoot, he returned to the bridge, the only high point he knew.
Michael D. Christmas, 30, of Velpen Indiana. was transported to Jasper Memorial by Pike County Ambulance where he was treated for hypothermia and released.

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Family Argument Ends In Standoff W/ Police

9 Dec

A late night family argument resulted in a six hour standoff with police and a man being jailed on multiple felony charges. 

Preliminary investigation shows that at approximately 11:20 P.M., the Orange County Sheriff’s Department received a call of a possible domestic disturbance with shots fired at 2657 West County Road 525 South, Paoli. Trooper Michael Allen arrived on scene with Orange County Sheriff’s Deputies and Paoli Police Officers at approximately 11:30 They found that David Coleman, 54, had fired multiple gunshots at family members, driving them out of the house. 

Coleman barricaded himself in the house, refusing to cooperate with officers on scene. During the standoff, Indiana State Police Emergency Response and Hostage Crisis Negotiation Team members responded and began trying to communicate with Coleman. At approximately 3:35 A.M., search and arrest warrants were issued for Coleman. At 5:10 A.M., negotiators and ERT members convinced Coleman to step outside the residence, at which point he was taken into custody. 

Coleman is being charged on preliminary charges of attempted murder and criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon. He is being held at the Orange County Jail.




    Arrested and Charges: 
David Coleman, 54
    
2657 West County Road 525 South, Paoli,IN
    1. Attempted Murder, A – Felony
    
2. Criminal Recklessness with a Deadly Weapon,
    C – Felony 

Assistin
    Agencies: Orange County Sheriff’s Department,
    Paoli Police Department,
    French Lick Police Department

Deputy Seriously Injured in Crash After Shots Fired Call

25 Nov

Jackson County: A Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy was seriously injured in a single vehicle crash. According to Sergeant Brian Wilson, yesterday evening at approximately 6:00 Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy, 47 year old Mark Holt of Seymour, was traveling westbound on S.R. 258 responding to a “shots fired” call near Norman. In the area of Base Road Deputy Holt crested a hill and his vehicle, 2012 Chevrolet Caprice, became airborne. When it landed Deputy Holt lost control and the vehicle ran off the north side of the roadway then rolled several times. Trooper Matt Holley, who was also responding to the same call, was a very short distance behind Deputy Holt and drove up on the crash almost immediately after it occurred.

Deputy Holt was airlifted to University Hospital in Louisville, KY suffering from fractures to his ankle and feet, and multiple cuts and bruises. Deputy Holt was wearing is his seat belt at the time of the crash. The use of the seat belt coupled with air bags and other safety equipment in the vehicle greatly reduced the seriousness of the injuries he could have suffered in such a violent crash. Despite his injuries, he is expected to make a full recovery.

Also assisting with the investigation is Senior Trooper Jason Hankins, Troopers Matt Holley and Jared Black. Also assisting at the scene was Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputies, Seymour Police Department, and Jackson County EMS. The crash remains under investigation.

Carlson arrested for 2012 shooting

22 Nov

Matthew Carlson, (25) of Kewanna, IN, was arrested on warrant at his residence Wednesday night by Fulton County Sheriff’s Deputies and Indiana Conservation Officers. The arrest warrant includes one C-felony count of Reckless Homicide, one C-felony count of Criminal Recklessness, and one D-felony count of Criminal Recklessness. The charges stem from the shooting death of Kenneth Moore, (28) of Rochester, IN. Conservation Officers say the incident occurred on September 30, 2012 while the men were hunting on private property near Rochester.

Former Candidate Alleges Criminal Dirty Politics

25 Oct

By Ken Davidson

 

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Ralph Levi, former Sheriff candidate in Porter County makes some shocking allegations.

Former Porter County Sheriff candidate Ralph Levi has publicly claimed that his opponent’s supporters shot at his home and that his car was vandalized.  On Facebook today Ralph Levi posted the following statement:

 I will not run for Sheriff again in this election. Last Monday (21st) I spoke with Chairman Mike Simpson and Chief Mike Brickner and informed them of my decision. I have been involved with Republican politics for 47 years in Porter County and worked with many of you on various campaigns. I recieved nearly 20,000 votes in the last election but fell far short in a strange year. There are a few things you need to know about the opposition and I hope you tell your friends and push even harder for a Republican win in any office here.  .  .The Lain/Reynolds group of supporters shot my house twice during the campaign. I called the Indiana State Police since I could not trust the County at that point. My car was damaged 3 seperate times including being keyed, hood dented and outside mirror broken off. My wife was followed so closely on State Road 49 when she came home she couldnt see the grill of the marked or unmarked cars behind her. About 100 of my campaign signs were stolen or damaged beyond repair. If that wasnt enough, a Republican North County Councilman urged a lady to file a false police report against me just prior to the election. She personally told me about it and appologized to me months later. He even showed up in a front page newspaper photo while attending the Democratic election celebration for Lain. . .

The Gazette is following up on these allegations and will bring you further details early next week.  We wanted to share these shocking allegations.  The Gazette wishes to make clear that we have not verified the details of these allegations and they are made solely by Ralph Levi.

TJ Snow Waives Extradition, Awaiting Transport to Newton County

22 Oct

by Ken Davidson

 

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Mugshot of Thomas TJ Snow who is currently in custody in Hawley, Minnesota

Minnesota Court records indicate that Thomas J. Snow waived extradition in Clay County Minnesota at yesterday’s hearing.  Newton County officials did not have details as to when he would arrive in Indiana but were aware of the hearing results.  TJ Snow will be transported to Newton County to face armed robbery charges for allegedly robbing a gas station on Route 10 on Thursday October 17.  Lake County Sheriff John Buncich has named TJ Snow a suspect in the deaths of popular Morton High School teacher Clifford Snow and his wife Joyce Snow.  TJ Snow has not yet been charged in that case but will be brought back to Lake County to face an unrelated felony charge of fleeing police.

The Gazette will keep you posted on the details of the case as they progress.

Charge Information
Charges: Snow, Thomas Jeffrey Statute Level Date
1. Fugitive from Justice from Other State 629.13 Felony 10/18/2013
Events & Orders of the Court
DISPOSITIONS
10/21/2013
Disposition (Judicial Officer: Vaa, Galen J.)

1. Fugitive from Justice from Other State

Extradition waived
OTHER EVENTS AND HEARINGS
10/21/2013 Extradition Document
10/21/2013 Acknowledgement of Rights
10/21/2013 Extradition Hearing  (11:00 AM) (Judicial Officer Vaa, Galen J.)Result: Held
10/21/2013 Waiver of Extradition (Judicial Officer: Vaa, Galen J. )
10/21/2013 Affidavit of Mailing (Judicial Officer: Vaa, Galen J. )