On Saturday, July 29, 2017 at approximately 1:23 PM, the Vanderburgh County Sheriff Office responded to the area of Shoshoni Lane and Cherokee Drive to investigate a report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle.
Deputies arrived on scene and learned from witnesses that a man had been struck by a dark colored passenger car. The suspect vehicle reportedly fled the scene after the crash. A relative had already rushed the victim to the hospital prior to the deputies arrival.
Deputies later spoke to the victim at the hositpal. The victim explained he had been riding with an acquaintance, Mr. Nicholas Patrick Heard, when they began arguing. The victim allegeldy grabbed Mr. Heard's keys, exited the vehicle and began walking away. The victim recalled hearing a car engine rev and then remembered flying through the air after being struck by Mr. Heard's vehicle. The victim sustained abrasions and a possible concussion.
Deputies began searching for Mr. Heard and located his grey 2017 Chrysler 200 sedan at his residence on Meridian Avenue. The front windshield was broken and the vehicle showed signs of an impact. Mr. Heard was ordered outside the residence and surrendered without incident.
A single vehicle crash along Interstate 64 in Posey County Saturday evening injured three Warrick County residents.
Around 6:40 PM Central Time, 31-year-old Sheila Wiseman of Boonville was driving westbound on I-64 near the 12 mile marker, near the Poseyville exit, when her pick-up truck left the roadway, rolled twice, and came to rest in the median.
Wiesman and her two passengers, 58-year-old Dee Ann Folz and an 8-year-old child, both of Boonville, were all injured as a result of the crash. They were transported to Deacconess Hospital in Evansville where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
While the crash remains under investigation, Troopers believe the crash was caused by a flat front tire.
All three occupants of the truck were wearing their seat belts, which greatly reduced the severity of their injuries.
Indiana State Police Evansville News Release - July 30, 2017
Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a Pike County off road vehicle (ORV) accident.
On Friday, July 28, at approximately 5:50 pm, Indiana Conservation Officer Kenny Tincher responded to an ORV accident in Pike County.
Jody Schatz (19) of Decker, was operating a Honda ORV on County Road 825W in Hazelton. Schatz was traveling south bound crossing State Road 65 when he was struck by a Honda passenger car traveling west bound. The operator of the vehicle, Jonathon Harper (29) of Petersburg, was traveling west bound on State Road 65 with a juvenile in the front passenger seat. Harper was unable to avoid a collision with Schatz’s ORV and they collided. Schatz was ejected from his ORV and thrown into the Honda passenger car’s windshield.
Schatz was Air-Evaced to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville where he was treated for multiple lacerations and head trauma. The juvenile was transported to Gibson General Hospital with minor injuries.
On July 27, 2017, at 1:37 p.m., Gibson County Central Dispatch received a call reporting that a Red Ford Ranger had ran a vehicle off the roadway and that the truck had came to rest in the median on US 41 near County Road 350 South.
Deputy Bryan Small arrived and observed drug paraphernalia in the lap of the driver of the truck 25 year old Michael Binhack’s. At that point Deputy Small, with the assistance of the Princeton Police Department and Indiana State Police, began an investigation that lead to the arrest of Mr. Binhack for Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Possession of a Synthetic Drug, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Paraphernalia.
Mr. Binhack remains in custody at the Gibson County Jail on a $650 bond.
Gibson County Sheriff's Office News Release - July 29, 2017
One sample group of mosquitoes from a surveillance trap collected within the City of Evansville has tested positive for West Nile Virus. This is the first positive test in Vanderburgh County this year.
So far, there have been 93 positive sample groups within 30 counties in Indiana. The Vanderburgh County Health Department will be performing focused adult mosquito control (adulticiding) in the area where West Nile activity has been found. The adulticiding operation will take place the evening of Sunday July 30, 2017, weather permitting. Fogging will be conducted during the hours of 8:00PM and 12:00AM.
The spraying will be within an area bound by Covert Ave., Vann Ave., Pollack Ave., and S. Boeke Rd. If weather conditions prevent completion of the adulticiding on the designated date, fogging will resume on the next available day.
Vanderburgh County Circuit Court Judge David Kiely sentenced 44-year-old Darah Mariah Kammerer to 20 years behind bars this week for several drug-related felonies.
Following a two-day trial in June, a jury found Kammerer guilty in Vanderburgh County Circuit Court.
Kammerer was arrested after detectives with the Evansville Vanderburgh County Drug Task Force raided a home on Covert Avenue in October of 2016, and located methamphetamine, prescription pills, and a .380 caliber pistol inside.
“Drug dealers are preying on people with addiction,” explained Vanderburgh County Deputy Prosecutor Emily Hall. “But in order to get drugs off the streets, we have to have information from the public to find these people.”
“This investigation was a result of concerned citizens notifying law enforcement and a concerted effort by detectives to find the person responsible,” explained Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Nick Hermann. “Drug dealers are out to make a profit. We need people to call the anonymous crime reporting hotline We-Tip at 1-800-78-CRIME to clean up the streets.”
Vanderburgh County Prosecutor's Office News Release - July 28, 2017
An Evansville man is in jail this afternoon on Class A Felony charges as a result of a lengthy investigation into child molesting allegations.
In May 2017, Master Trooper Detective Tobias Odom began an investigation after a female reported allegations of child molestation to the Pike County Prosecutors Office. The female reported that as a young girl and through her teenage years, she was molested by 49-year-old Mickey Rowe of Evansville, formerly of Pike County.
The female alleged that Rowe had molested her and had sexual relations with her dating back as early as 1997. The inappropriate contact and relations continued through 2014, beyond the female’s childhood years and into her adult life. The female also alleged that Rowe forcibly raped and injured her in early 2007.
Rowe was arrested by Detective Odom this afternoon at his place of employment in Evansville. He was transported to the Pike County Jail, where he is being held on a $350,000 bond.
The Warrant Compliance Event held Wednesday morning was deemed a huge success after nearly doubling the number of participants from 2016.
After sorting through all the paperwork, courthouse staff determined over 250 people took part in the event, and close to 400 warrants were lifted. In 2016, close to 150 people took part in the event.
Nearly two hours before the event started, a line of people had congregated in the hallway of the Civic Center Complex.
“It was great to see such a large turnout. Everyone was so grateful to be given a second chance to get back on the court docket. Our office had the privilege of helping hundreds of people. We are very thankful to Judge Shively and his court staff for allowing us to hold this event again this year,” explained Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Nick Hermann.