An arrest has been made in the Halee Rathgeber murder case.
Isaiah Hagan (22) of Evansville was arrested and charged with Murder, Robbery a level 2 Felony, and Obstruction of Justice a level 6 Felony.
The Warrick County Sheriff's Office would like to thank all the agencies involved with us in this investigation, The Indiana State Police, FBI, Evansville Police Department, Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office, Warrick County Prosecutor's Office and the U.S. Marshal's Service. The was a team effort by all agenices involved.
We would also like to thank the public for their assistance and information that was either phoned in or came through the WeTip Line.
The William Halbrooks Arboretum at Oak Hill Cemetery has been awarded a Level II Accreditation by The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton Arboretum, for achieving particular standards of professional practices deemed important for arboreta and botanic gardens. The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program is the only global initiative to officially recognize arboreta at various levels of development, capacity, and professionalism. The William Halbrooks Arboretum at Oak Hill Cemetery is also now recognized as an accredited arboretum in the Morton Register of Arboreta, a database of the world’s arboreta and gardens dedicated to woody plants.
Oak Hill Cemetery was founded in 1853 and has a 175-acre footprint with over 70,000 internments within the City of Evansville. The William Halbrooks Arboretum is named after the facility’s third Superintendent and was established in 2017 to provide a quiet and healing landscape for mourners while respecting the history and dignity of those interred at Oak Hill Cemetery. It will promote public awareness and appreciation of urban greenspaces by providing a safe, serene and beautiful setting. A core goal is to protect and cultivate existing trees and woody shrubs, while augmenting the historic landscape by selecting and appropriately locating new acquisitions. Additionally, it will promote general awareness and appreciation for trees and landscaping through social media, publications and public events. There are over 120 individual tree species representing within the Halbrooks Arboretum.
The Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office has received multiple reports of attempted telephone fraud involving a caller claiming to be a Sheriff's Deputy.
The caller, who identified himself as "Sergeant Russo" or "Sergeant Rizzo", claimed that someone in the household had a warrant for their arrest. The caller knew the correct name of the resident, but did not appear to possess any personally identifiable information. The caller attempted to get the victim to pay a fee in order to have the warrant rescinded.
The Sheriff's Office does not solicit the payment of fines or fees on behalf of the court. Area residents are advised to treat any unsolicited caller who requests payment or access to personally identifiable information with extreme skepticism, regardless of who the caller claims to represent. When in doubt get the caller's name, hang up, and then call the business or government entity back at a phone number you know to be correct.
Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office News Release - April 28, 2017
New Indiana law addresses legal and civil issues for people who forcibly enter a locked vehicle to remove an animal
On April 26th, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signed Indiana House Bill 1085 into law. The law addresses legal and civil issues for civilians who forcibly enter a vehicle to remove a domestic animal. There are several key points to this law that people need to be aware of before taking any action:
Drivers should take precautions and be alert
The National Weather Service is forecasting an active spring weather pattern of rain showers and thunderstorms that will bring inches of accumulation to Indiana over the next several days. Persistent or heavy rainfall can saturate soils and cause waters to rise, and drivers should take precautions and be alert for hazards.
Keep storm drains clean
When stormwater drains are blocked, waters can rise rapidly and flood roadways. It is important that property owners keep drainage inlets near their property clean and clear of litter and debris to prevent blockages that can cause localized flooding.
Turn around, don't drown!
Driving into flood waters is one of the most dangerous things drivers can do behind the wheel. Never drive through flooded roadways, especially if the water is moving rapidly, and never drive around barriers warning that the road is flooded.
We have the following update on the US 41 Twin Bridges Work Zone ...
A contractor working on the US 41 Twin Bridges at Henderson and Evansville has completed all portions of the work that required NIGHT lane restrictions. The contractor does not anticipate any further NIGHT lane restrictions will be required. The remaining work can be completed by working below the bridge structure.
As part of ongoing efforts to prepare for a major rehab project along US 41 between Henderson and Evansville starting in early-May, there will be a daytime lane restriction on the US 41 Twin Bridges on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. This daytime lane restriction on Tuesday is to allow an inspection of recently installed navigation lights and an inspection of ongoing repairs.
Northbound motorists traveling the US 41 Twin Bridges at Henderson and Evansville should be prepared to encounter a work zone lane restriction starting at approximately 8:30 a.m., CDT, on Tuesday morning. This daytime work zone is expected to be in place for 2 to 3 hours.
Beginning May 15 and continuing through June 19, 2017, the Evansville Water and Sewer Utility (EWSU) will temporarily change the disinfectant used in the water treatment process. EWSU will be using free chlorine rather than the regularly used disinfectant (chloramine) during this time period. This is the first of two such temporary switchovers, with the second one coming in August. A separate notice for that second switchover will also be issued.
What is Chloramine?
Chloramine is a disinfectant used in drinking water to remove bacteria and viruses that can make you sick. It is made up of chlorine and ammonia. EWSU has used chloramine as the disinfectant in its water treatment process since 1999.
What is Free Chlorine?
Free chlorine is a slightly stronger disinfectant than chloramine, and it is used to remove more resistant bacteria and viruses that may be found in the water distribution system.
Josh J. Minkler, United States Attorney, announced today that Bradley J. Hancock, 33 of Evansville, Indiana, was sentenced immediately following his plea of guilty to one count of Receipt of Sexually Explicit Material Involving Minors to 84 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young. This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Safe Streets Task Force and Evansville Police Department.
During his guilty plea, Hancock admitted to having received multiple images depicting a minor under the age of 12 engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Hancock explained that he used social networking software to meet a woman living in the Philippines. Hancock then persuaded the woman to send him sexually explicit images of a minor female in her care. Hancock received and viewed the images that were of a child approximately one to two years old. Hancock described himself as having an ongoing problem involving sexual attraction to minors.
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd S. Shellenbarger, who prosecuted the case for the government, Judge Young imposed a 20-year term of supervised release following Hancock’s release from prison. Hancock must register as a sex offender, must not have unsupervised contact with minors, and must participate in a sex offender treatment program while on supervision. Hancock must forfeit the computer and cellular phone he used in the commission of the offense.