A Gibson County Deputy Sheriff is in jail this afternoon after being arrested on multiple child seduction charges.
Earlier in 2017, the Gibson County Sheriff’s Department received a complaint against Deputy Daniel Greer, 29, of Princeton. The information alleged that Greer had sexual relations with two male juveniles. The Sheriff’s Department requested the case be investigated by the Indiana State Police. ISP detectives began their investigation in early June.
Through the investigation, detectives learned that between January and March 2017, Greer is alleged to have had sexual relations with the two juveniles while off-duty, on two separate occasions.
Greer was a school resource officer for the Sheriff’s Department; however, the incidents did not occur on school property.
The Vanderburgh County Health Department will be performing Adult Mosquito Control (adulticiding) in an area where significant mosquito activity has been found. There have not been any sample groups of mosquitoes collected from surveillance traps within Vanderburgh County test positive for West Nile Virus yet this year. There have been 24 other counties in Indiana with positive samples. The adulticiding operation will take place the evening of Wednesday July 26, 2017, weather permitting. Fogging will be conducted during the hours of 8:00PM and 12:00AM.
The fogging will be within an area bound by Washington Ave., Hwy 41 South, Covert Ave, and South Garvin St. If weather conditions prevent completion of the adulticiding on the designated date, fogging will resume on the next available day.
The Vanderburgh County Health Department will continue to focus its efforts on habitat elimination, education, and treatment of stagnant or standing water as these are the most effective forms of mosquito control.
The Health Department is asking residents to:
On Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 3:23 PM the Perry Township Fire Department responded to a report of a drowning at the Burdette Park Aquatic Center. A child, five-year-old Seth Fulkerson, was found by another child floating face down in the water. The child informed his parent who then jumped in and pulled Seth from the water.
EMT's and registered nurses started CPR immediately, after which Seth was transported to Deaconess Hospital. Seth never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead at 4:25 PM.
Seth was found floating in water approximately 2-1/4 feet deep near a rope that separates sections of the pool. Seth's mother was at the aquatic center with her other children ages 2,10 and 11 when the drowning occurred. The investigation is active and ongoing at this time.
Sheriff Dave Wedding issued the following statement regarding the drowning:
"Our thoughts are with Seth's family this evening. The loss of a child is something no parent should ever have to endure. Our office, in conjunction with the Vanderburgh County Coroner's Office, is investigating this incident and will conduct a thorough examination of all the facts surrounding the death. This tragedy is a reminder of how quickly a drowning can occur, even in relatively shallow depths."
Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office News Release - July 22, 2017
On July 21, 2017, at 6:41 p.m. Deputy U.B. Smith conducted a traffic stop on a Maroon 2000 Dodge Durango SUV for littering. Upon approaching the vehicle Deputy Smith detected the odor of burnt Marijuana coming from within the vehicle. At that point Deputy Smith began a roadside drug investigation that resulted in the arrest of:
All suspects were taken to the Gibson County Jail where they were each held on a $550 bond. Deputy Smith was assisted in his investigation by Sgt. Roger Ballard of the Gibson County Sheriff’s Office as well as Princeton Officers Jason Swan and Bobby Wood.
Following a three-day trial, members of a jury found 79-year-old Robert Ludwig Sr. guilty of child molestation and child solicitation charges in Vanderburgh County Superior Court Friday evening.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Ludwig Sr. engaged in sexual acts with a victim under the age of 16 several times over the course of several years. That victim disclosed information about the incidents to a teacher in October of 2016.
“We can never go back in time and erase what happened. But we can stand up for the victim, and I believe that’s what we did,” explained Vanderburgh County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Javier Lugo.
Following the verdict, Robert Ludwig Sr. was taken into custody and will be housed in the Vanderburgh County Confinement Center. Following the completion of a pre-sentence investigation report, Robert Ludwig Sr. will be sentenced on August 21st at 1:30.
Vanderburgh County Prosecutor's Office News Release - July 21, 2017
The 97th annual Vanderburgh County 4H Fair gets underway this Monday, July 24, 2017. With shows, music, rides, races, pageants, contests, exhibits and food the 4H fair truly has something for everyone. Over 45,000 people are expected to attend this year.
The Sheriff's Office tent will again be located near the fairgrounds main office. Please stop by and meet the men and women of the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office bicycle patrol unit will be on hand throughout the entire fair week.
Sheriff Dave Wedding would like everyone to have a great time at the fair and be safe. "Please watch your speed as you drive within the designated parking areas. Be on the lookout for pedestrians and children that may dart unexpectedly from a row of cars." Sheriff Wedding added, "Fairgoers should be aware that farm machinery and livestock are dangerous if treated carelessly. An increased potential for injury exists when you bring heavy equipment, large animals and crowds of people together."
The Sheriff's Office asks that fairgoers respect marked boundaries and warning signs. Please keep an eye on small children and don't permit them to become separated from the group. The Sheriff's Office tent will be passing out wristbands for small children to wear that will allow deputies or firefighters to call a missing parent on their cellphone.
Waterworks Road will be closed to traffic from LST Drive to U.S. 41 for approximately two weeks starting Tuesday, July 25. A contractor will be performing soil and water sampling related to an Evansville Water & Sewer Utility project. Road closed signs will be posted at Waterworks Road and Veterans Memorial Parkway, and at Waterworks Road and U.S. 41. The road should reopen Saturday, August 5.
Evansville, Ind. – With humid, 90-degree-plus temperatures expected the next several days, Vectren is reminding customers to consider ways to conserve energy to help manage summer energy bills.
“Indiana’s extreme heat and humidity has historically taken its toll on customers’ air conditioners and cooling fans that have to run more frequently to keep their homes and businesses comfortable,” said Brad Ellsworth, president of Vectren Energy Delivery-South. “As we enter the heart of the cooling season, we are encouraging customers to practice energy efficiency and find simple ways to cut energy costs by reducing their energy usage.”