UPDATED JANUARY 7, 2016:
The following roads have reopened:
The following Vanderburgh County roads are closed due to high water:
Daviess County, Ind. - A Fort Knox, KY resident faces reckless driving charges after a trip along I-69 through Daviess County.
Today at 1:19 P.M., Senior Trooper Jarrod Lents observed a silver 2005 Pontiac G6 traveling northbound on Interstate 69 at the 74.5 mile marker (12 miles north of Washington) at what appeared to be a high rate of speed. Trooper Lents activated his radar, determining that the Pontiac was traveling 116 miles per hour. Trooper Lents turned around and followed the Pontiac for nearly four miles at speeds between 110 and 116 miles per hour before the vehicle pulled over. The driver, Sean M. Bronaugh, 18, Fort Knox, KY, was charged with Reckless Driving, a class B Misdemeanor.
Across Indiana on this Christmas Eve, several crashes have occurred that have resulted in serious injuries or death, and have been the direct result of excessive speed or driver inattention. When behind the wheel, use good judgment and practice safe driving. The Indiana State Police considers safety on our highways a priority; we want everyone to make it home for the holidays.
Indiana State Police - Jasper
December 24, 2015
A lineman working for the Paoli City Utilities was critically injured this morning after being struck by a passing vehicle.
Around 5:55 A.M., William J. Longest, 45, Paoli, was working with his partner on a utility pole along the north side US 150, just east of Willowcreek Drive. The service truck was parked partially in the westbound lane with its amber caution lights activated. While the other member of Longest’s crew was in the service bucket elevating towards the pole, Longest was on the ground at the rear of the truck, operating a spot light.
As the utility crew was preparing to work, James C. Risk, Jr., 73, Salem, was traveling westbound on US 150 in a 2004 Jeep Wrangler. Risk failed to recognize the roadway obstruction of the utility service truck, and swerved into the eastbound lane. As he swerved, Risk struck Longest with the passenger side of the Jeep, and ran over the outrigger stabilizer extended from the utility truck, flattening both passenger side tires of the Jeep. The impact pushed Longest over the outrigger, throwing him to the ground. Risk lost control of the jeep after impacting the truck and Longest, and crashed into a ditch approximately 120 feet west of the truck.
Last night at approximately 10:48 p.m., Indiana State Police and Gibson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle crash at 12478 Old Lake Road near Oakland City. When troopers arrived they identified the driver as John W. Fink, 24, of Oakland City. No passengers were in the vehicle.
Trooper Rafferty detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage while talking to Fink. Field sobriety tests indicated Fink was impaired. Preliminary investigation revealed Fink entered a curve, left the roadway and ended up in a yard on Old Lake Road. The driver was allegedly going home from a Christmas party where he had consumed alcohol. Further investigation revealed Fink had a blood alcohol content of .15%. He was arrested and taken to the Gibson County Jail where he is currently being held on bond.
Wanted Suspect - Attempt to Locate
The Evansville Police Department is asking for assistance in locating Jason Kerry Groves. He is wanted on a warrant for Burglary and Theft charges of a local business.
Groves is a 43 year old white male. He is 5”10” and weighs 175 pounds. The below is an image of Groves taken on December 17, 2015 when he was arrested for a charge that is unrelated to the burglary.
If anyone has knowledge about Grove’s location, please call the Evansville Police Department at 436-7979 or the WeTip line at 1-800-78-CRIME.
Evansville Police Department
December 23, 2015
At approximately 6pm on 12/21/2015, Deputies received information that Dr. Joseph L. Rayburn was in possession of various chemicals and materials that could be used in the construction of explosive devices. These chemicals included, but were not limited to; Sulfuric Acid, Magnesium Nitrate, Titanium Powder, and fuses. Addition information was obtained which led to the obtaining and executing a search warrant at 11550 Village Lane in Vanderburgh County.
Due to the nature of the incident, and the volatility of the chemicals present the Evansville Police Department Bomb Squad’s robot was utilized to make entry. Upon entry several containers with unknown chemicals were located. Since the material was in unmarked packages a chemical identification team from Crane Naval Depot was contacted to assist in the investigation. Surrounding homes were evacuated out of an abundance of caution.
Sheriff Dave Wedding took members of the Vanderburgh County Council, Vanderburgh County Commissioners and Vanderburgh County Surveyor's Office out for lunch this afternoon. The luncheon was held in appreciation for the outstanding collaboration that has taken place between our offices this past year.
Sheriff Wedding stated, "I am proud to be a part of this committed group of community leaders and look forward to accomplishing even more together in 2016."
Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office
December 21, 2015
Pictured above (left to right): Councilman Ed Bassemier, Councilman Mike Goebel, County Surveyor Jeff Mueller, Council Attorney Jeff Ahlers, Commissioner Bruce Ungethiem, Councilman John Montrastelle, Sheriff Dave Wedding, Councilman Tom Shetler, Chief Deputy Sheriff John Strange and Councilman James Raben.
Evansville - Earlier today, Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter transferred Master Trooper Ryan Wilson to Field Investigations to serve as a detective at the Evansville Post.
Wilson is a native of Boonville and a 1990 graduate of Boonville High School. He later attended Murray State where he received a degree in Criminal Justice. Wilson was employed as a Warrick County Sheriff’s Deputy from January 1995 to April 1999 before joining the Indiana State Police. He graduated from the Indiana State Police Academy in June 2000 and was assigned to the Terre Haute District. Wilson transferred to Evansville in October 2001 where he primarily patrolled Warrick County until his recent reassignment to Field Investigations. Wilson will primarily investigate crimes in Warrick and Vanderburgh Counties.
Wilson resides with his family in Warrick County.
Indiana State Police
December 21, 2015