On Sunday, December 28th, 2014 at 10:03 PM, the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office responded to 3730 S. Posey County Line Rd. in reference to a motor vehicle crash with injuries Upon arrival, deputies located two vehicles, a passenger car and a sport utility vehicle, with heavy front end damage. The preliminary crash investigation concluded that the sport utility vehicle was South on Posey County Line Rd, while the passenger car was headed North. Both vehicles simultaneously crested the hill at 3730 S Posey County Line Rd. and collided head-on. Air bags deployed in both vehicles.
The Perry Township Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene along with deputies. The driver and three passengers in the sport utility vehicle were juveniles. All of the juveniles were transported to Deaconess Hospital via AMR with complaints of pain. The driver of the passenger car had to be extricated from the driver’s seat. Once the driver was extricated he was transported to Deaconess Hospital via AMR. It was later determined that the driver had fractures in both femurs. The crash resulted in no life-threatening injuries.
As we approach the end of 2014, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is reminding drivers to use caution behind the wheel to avoid becoming a statistic. Kentucky traffic fatality numbers are on tract to edge above the 2013 fatality count.
As of Christmas Eve, there had been 632 highway deaths in 2014. That compares to 628 for the same date last year. The end of year total for 2013 was 638, putting fatalities within 6 of going over last year's number with just a week to go until the new year. Transportation Cabinet Spokesman Keith Todd says a number of factors are likely responsible for the upturn.
"It may sound odd, but the lower price of gasoline is likely a player in the higher numbers," Todd said. "Cheaper gas means more people driving more miles, creating the opportunity for more crashes. When gas prices were higher folks were likely limiting their driving miles and that helped to drive down fatalities."
Evansville man dies in overnight shooting (UPDATED - EPD identifies suspect; Coroner identifies victim
Evansville Police were called to the Marathon gas Station at 326 S. Kentucky around 2:15 Saturday morning for a report of a shooting. Responding officers found a shooting victim in a nearby alley. The man appeared to have multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to a local hospital, where he later died.
Investigators have determined the shooting happened on the parking lot of the Marathon station. Witnesses told investigators that the incident started as a dispute between the victim and another man. The suspect fired multiple times at the victim. The victim was also armed and retuned fire. The victim ran to the alley and collapsed. The suspect ran southwest across Walnut. Investigators are collecting surveillance images from the gas station in an effort to identify the suspect.
GCSO News Releases: Shots fired call on Christmas Eve ends with the arrest of two; Louisville man arrested Christmas morning on OWI and Battery charges
Shots fired call on Christmas Eve ends with the arrest of two
On December 24, 2014, at 3:46 p.m. the Gibson County Sheriff’s Office received a report of shots fired at a residence on CR 1025 E south of Somerville, IN. The caller was able to give a detailed description of the male and female who were at the residence as well as the vehicle a Red and White 1992 Chevy Silverado. Officers from several departments were dispatched to the area to investigate the incident.
42 year old Shane T. Cansler of Francisco was identified as the subject who fired the shots at the residence on CR 1025 E. Both Mr. Cansler and his wife 33 year old Christina Cansler were banned from this property earlier in the month and had returned without the permission of the property owners.
Spencer County: A wrong way drunk driver in Spencer County was arrested late Christmas Eve after a State Trooper observed him nearly have a head-on collision.
Around 10:03 P.M. on Christmas Eve, Trooper Jason Dunsworth was completing a traffic stop on US 231 as a motorist stopped to inform him that he had just observed a vehicle traveling southbound in the northbound lane. US 231 in Spencer County is a four-lane divided highway. Trooper Dunsworth immediately began traveling south with his emergency lights activated to attempt to locate and stop the vehicle.
While traveling south in the southbound lane, Trooper Dunsworth observed a white Ford passenger car traveling south in the northbound lane meet and drive past a northbound vehicle. Trooper Dunsworth caught the vehicle at County Road 1200 North (north of Chrisney), and stopped the vehicle.
Public hearing regarding proposed SR 66 intersection improvement project at Rexing Rd / St. Phillips Rd in Posey County
The Indiana Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, at 6:00p.m. in the South Terrace Elementary School Library, 8427 Haines Road, Wadesville, Indiana 47638. The purpose of the public hearing is to offer all interested persons an opportunity to comment on current design plans for the proposed State Road (SR) 66 intersection improvement at Rexing Road/St. Phillips Road (CR 1100E), located 6.2 miles east of SR 165, in Posey County, Indiana. The SR 66 project proposes the addition of an added westbound right turn lane at the intersection and the replacement of a box culvert located just west of the intersection.
Construction of the project will require approximately 4 acres of new permanent right-of-way with no displacement of residents or businesses involved as part of the project. Traffic is proposed to be maintained during construction of the box culvert west of the intersection by utilizing a temporary traffic signal allowing one lane width to remain open. For the construction east of the intersection the use of temporary widening on the south side of SR 66 would allow for construction of the west bound turn lane, then using lane shifts to reconstruct the remainder of SR 66 allowing two-way traffic to continue throughout this section of the project.
Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Deputies and Indiana State Police Troopers assigned to the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force arrested a wanted sex offender last night.
Mr. Katawn Omdu Tapp was being sought on a felony warrant for Sex Offender Failure to Register with a Prior as a Level 5 Felony. On December 23, 2014 Task Force Officers tracked Mr. Tapp to a residence on Mackey Ferry Road in Posey County. Task Force Officers then spoke to resident Ms. Deanna Payne Cook, who attempted to conceal Mr. Tapp’s presence. Officers located Mr. Tapp in the basement where he was taken into custody without incident.
Indianapolis: This evening, December 23rd, the 74th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy held their graduation ceremony in the south atrium of the Indiana State Capitol Rotunda.
Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter addressed the graduating recruits, followed by a keynote address from William Westfall, a nationally recognized law enforcement trainer. After the keynote address the oath of office for the 42 new state police officers was delivered by the Honorable Loretta H. Rush, Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court. Each new trooper was then presented their state police badge.
Today’s graduation was the culmination of 23 weeks of intense training totaling 929 hours. Some subject areas of training included criminal and traffic law, crash investigations, emergency vehicle operations, defensive tactics, firearms, and a host of other subjects related to modern policing.