Deputies along with fire personal from German Township fire department responded to the intersection of SR 65 and Diamond Ave for an overturned semi truck.
The driver of the semi, Larry Goebel, was attempting to turn east onto Diamond Ave from south bound SR 65. While Goebel was making the turn, his load of 1100 bushels of corn shifted causing the semi and trailer to overturn. Goebel was not injured in the crash; however, there were roadway restrictions for approximately 4 hours while crews cleaned up the spilled cargo.
Larry Goebel, 64 YOA, Evansville IN
NEWS RELEASE: Overturned semi
DATE: Saturday, January 25, 2014
SUBJECT: Semi Crash SR 65 at Diamond Ave
RELEASE NUMBER: 2014-NR-008
CONTACT: Sgt Brian Traylor
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Eric Williams
Yesterday afternoon, a Silver Alert was issued for a Ronald Hayes, who had been missing for nearly 24 hours at the time.
Earlier today, deputies with the assistance of the Indiana State Police and the Indiana State Police airplane observed a car matching the description of the car Hayes was believed to have been operating when he was last seen. The car was found in a remote part of the Knight Township river bottoms in a place that was not readily observable from any nearby roads. With the assistance from the Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers, deputies determined that the car was the car Hayes had been operating. Hayes was not in the car.
With the assistance of Ohio Valley Search and Rescue and an area farmer (also a former Knight Township Firefighter), Hayes was located in an open field. Hayes was deceased at the time he was located. There was positively identified. There were no apparent indications of foul play. The body was turned over to the Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office.
Investigators believe that on the evening of Friday, January 24, Hayes became disoriented after picking up dinner and drove in the area of the Knight Township river bottoms. At the time he drove into the area, the ground was substantially more solid from the below freezing temperatures and he was able to drive well off the roadway. However, he eventually became stuck near a tree line and a depression in the ground. With the ground more solid at the time, he was able to walk over two miles before succumbing in an open field.
Due to the warmer temperatures yesterday and today, the area had become very soft and wet and very difficult to traverse. It was with the help of an area farmer and some of his large equipment that we were able to recover Hayes vehicle from the area as well as some of the equipment utilized by emergency responders.
Details regarding Hayes’ cause of death will be released by the Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office when available.
Ronald Hayes, 77 YOA, W/M, Evansville IN
After reviewing all facts of State of Indiana vs. Eric Weston Dunn, Judge Les Shively ordered Dunn to a sentence of 6 years, the first three to be served at the Indiana Department of Corrections and the balance to be served on probation. Dunn has already spent time in jail before he was bonded out (276) days, and has spent time on Electronic Home Monitoring. Under Indiana’s “good time” statute, Dunn will now serve around six months in jail before being placed on probation for the remainder of his sentence (three additional years), assuming no other issues arise.
Dunn was found guilty of a class C Felony – Assisting a Criminal, for his involvement in the home invasion robbery of Ira Beumer in February of 2012.
Dunn is one of four defendants involved in the case against Ira Beumer. Dezmont Hogan, Jeton Hall and Nalakeio Bennett have pleaded guilty to Burglary Resulting in Bodily Injury – A Felony, Criminal Confinement –B Felony and Theft – D Felony. Nalakeio Bennett has also pleaded guilty to a criminal gang enhancement.
Dezmont Hogan was sentenced in October of 2013 and received 40 years to be served in the Indiana Department of Corrections.
Nalakeio Bennett will be sentenced on 2/3/14 at 1:30 PM and will be sentenced to 40 years Indiana Department of Corrections.
Jeton Hall will be sentenced 1/29/14 at 2:00 and faces up to 50 years Indiana Department of Corrections.
Yesterday, at approximately 2:45 PM, deputies responded to the 1800 block of Dana Court after receiving a 911 call about a burglary in progress. The deputies spoke with the victim, who told them someone had entered her home and stole money and prescription medication while she was gone. A witness was able to provide a suspect vehicle description and a partial license plate number.
Within an hour of the initial call, the suspect vehicle was spotted by an Evansville Police detective in the area of Maryland Street and Fulton Avenue. Deputies stopped the car on west Florida Street. One of the occupants fled from the stop on foot. The other 3 persons were detained. During the traffic stop, a passerby alerted deputies to a suspicious person in the 1500 block of West Florida Street. The witness observed a white male place a bag under a trash can in an alley. Deputies responded to the area described by the passerby and located a bag which contained a parole ID card in the name of Jeramie Lowe along with US currency. Deputies and officers from the Evansville Police department searched the area but did not locate the suspect.
The driver of the suspect car, James Lowe, was transported to the Sheriff’s Command Post where he was interviewed by investigators. James was found to have jewelry matching the description given by the victim as well as a large amount of money in his pant pocket. He implicated his brother, Jeramie Lowe as the person who fled from the car stop. He also told detectives it was Jeramie who committed the burglary. James was only providing him a ride.
James Lowe was arrested and transported to the Vanderburgh County Jail. Jeramie Lowe has not yet been apprehended.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jeramie Lowe should call Sheriff’s detectives at 421-6339, or by dialing 911.
James Lowe, Age 33, W/M, Evansville IN
Arrest: Resisting Law Enforcement:
Earlier this morning, at approximately 2:00 AM, the Evansville Police Department was dispatched to the area of Sunset Boulevard in regards to a “shots fired” call for service. Deputy Robert Schmitt and his K9 partner, “Boss” was in the area at the time. Deputy Schmitt observed a blue Chevy Malibu traveling east on Pollack Avenue, leaving the general area of the shots fired call, at a high rate of speed.
As Deputy Schmitt approached the intersection of Pollack Avenue and Weinbach Avenue, the driver, later identified as Lusta William Johnson, of the Malibu failed to stop at the stop sign and traveled north on Weinbach Ave. Deputy Schmitt attempted to stop the blue Malibu, however, Johnson refused to stop. Deputy Schmitt continued to pursue Johnson for several blocks until
Johnson lost control of the vehicle and spun out of control at Spring Street and Monroe Avenue, striking a stop sign. Johnson, who was the only occupant of the Malibu, got out of the car and fled on foot.
Officers of the Evansville Police Department, along with deputies, then set up a perimeter in the area as Deputy Schmitt and “Boss” started tracking the suspect. Deputy Schmitt gave several orders for Johnson to stop however Johnson ignored the commands and continued to run. After chasing Johnson through several yards and over several fences, Deputy Schmitt and “Boss” located Johnson in an open garage on South Weinbach Avenue where Johnson was apprehended. Johnson received a few minor bites and scratches.
Johnson was transported to the hospital, treated and released. Johnson was then taken to the Vanderburgh County Confinement Center where he was arrested for several charges. At this time, the only correlation to the original EPD shots fired run was his proximity to the area and his actions at the time. The investigation is ongoing.
Lusta William Johnson, B/M, 28 years of age, Evansville, Indiana
SOURCE: Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office
January 22, 2014
The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a USI student from Portage, IN on a felony charge of Dealing Marijuana. Deputies were called to the apartment 307 in Governor’s Hall at 1700 Rankin Ln to assist in the investigation of the odor of suspected marijuana. Following an investigation, Orlando Estephan Leonel Gamez, was arrested for Dealing Marijuana O/30 grams Class D Felony.
At 2039 hours, deputies with the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office were called to assist USI Security. They were investigating the odor of what was believed to be marijuana. The odor was traced to apartment 307 of the residence hall. Deputies spoke with one of the residents, Gamez, and subsequently obtained a search warrant for the apartment and his vehicle. 60 individual baggies containing suspected marijuana were recovered. The total field weight of the suspected marijuana was 154 grams. A ledger containing details of what deputies suspect are drug transactions was also recovered. Gamez admitted ownership of the suspected marijuana but declined to speak further and invoked his right to counsel.
Gamez was arrested and transported to the Vanderburgh County Detention Center. He will be held without bond pending a court appearance.
Arrested: Orlando Estephan Leonel Gamez, age 19, Portage IN
Charge: Dealing Marijuana O/30 grams Class D Felony
SOURCE: Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office
January 20, 2014
On Thursday, January 18, 2014 at approximately 11:50 PM, the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Deaconess Hospital, downtown campus, in regards to a battery report. The alleged crime occurred at 8820 Number Six School Road.
When deputies arrived on scene, they spoke with the victim, Charles Bradford, and an involved party, Roxanne Decorrevont. Deputies observed Bradford’s left side of his face to be swollen along with a laceration. It was later determined by medical personnel Bradford’s jaw had been broken.
Decorrevont stated to deputies that Bradford had just taken her home and dropped her off. When she went inside, she had intentions of ending her relationship with the offender, Kevin Roach. As Roach was leaving the residence, Bradford had returned to pick up an item which he had left with Decorrevont. At that time, Decorrevont jumped into Bradford’s truck to leave with him.
Decorrevont stated as they attempted to leave, Roach approached the driver’s side window and punched Bradford in the face. At that time, Decorrevont drove Bradford to the hospital to be treated. After the deputies finished interviewing Decorrevont, she left the hospital.
As deputies were still waiting in the emergency room speaking with Bradford, Decorrevont pulled up and stated to the deputies she was going to go and pick up Roach so deputies could take him to jail. Before deputies could stop Decorrevont, she sped away.
At approximately 0045 am, Decorrevont called 911 stating Roach had pointed a gun at her. When deputies finally located Decorrevont, she stated she had picked up Roach in the area of St. Joseph Road and Number Six School Road. When Roach got into the truck, it was believed he saw a police car. Roach then pulled a gun from his pants and placed it to Decorrevont’s head and made several threats to kill her.
Decorrevont went on to state she then stopped the truck and a small, silver car pulled up. Roach then got out of the truck and jumped into the car. Decorrevont then backed the truck into the car, leaving a dent which she sated would make the car easier to identify. Roach and the unidentified driver then fled the scene.
Sheriff’s deputies and Evansville Police Officer then located the car in question at 4106 Big Cynthia Road. However, after several hours of searching the area with the use of a canine unit, they were unable to locate Roach or the driver.
At approximately 04:27 am, deputies were dispatched to 5009 New Harmony Road reference a suspicious white male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt knocking on doors. The reporter stated the subject knocking on the doors asked him if he would take him to the area of 3rd Avenue and Columbia Street. When deputies arrived in the area, they located Roach and arrested him without further incident.
Roach was arrested and booked into the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Confinement Center for several charges. The investigation is ongoing.
Kevin Gene Roach, W/M 39 years of age, Evansville, Indiana
* Battery Causing Serious Injury – Class C Felony
* Intimidation with a Weapon – Class C Felony
* Pointed a Loaded Firearm – Class C Felony
Charles David Bradford, W/M, 67 years of age, Evansville, Indiana
Roxanne Dawn Decorrevont, W/F, 28 years of age, Evansville, Indiana
SOURCE: Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office
January 17, 2014
On Thursday, January 16, 2014 at approximately 5:45 pm, the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office responded to a crash at the intersection of St. Joseph Avenue and Diamond Avenue. When deputies arrived on scene, they found five passenger cars were involved in the crash. The crash caused the northbound lanes of St. Joseph Avenue at Diamond Avenue to be shut down for approximately one hour.
Witnesses stated to deputies that a silver Jeep Cherokee traveling westbound on Diamond Avenue turned south at the intersection of St. Joseph Avenue into the path of a beige Mercury Mountaineer which was traveling east. The two vehicles collided in the intersection causing a chain reaction and both vehicles struck three other vehicles which were stopped northbound on St. Joseph Avenue. Witnesses advised both eastbound and westbound lanes of travel on Diamond Avenue had a green light at the intersection.
The driver of the Mercury Mountaineer, Gena Welsh, could not be interviewed at the scene. She was taken to Deaconess Hospital with a serious leg injury. The driver of the other four vehicles refused treatment at the scene.
The driver of the Jeep Cherokee, Austin Doerflein, was transported to Deaconess Hospital for a blood test which is standard procedure. However, deputies do not believe drugs or alcohol played a factor in the crash.
Driver #1: Austin Doerflein, W/M, 19 YOA, Mt. Vernon, Indiana
Driver #2: Gena Welsh, W/F, 49 YOA, Evansville, Indiana
Driver #3: Hope Koontz, W/F, 41 YOA Evansville, Indiana
Driver #4: Teresa Vanmeter, W/F, 57 YOA, Evansville, Indiana
Driver #5: Bruce Davis, W/M, 53 YOA, Evansville, Indiana
SOURCE: Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office
January 16, 2014
NOAA: Winter Outlook predicts warmer, drier South and cooler, wetter North; Drought expected to persist in California and expand in the Southeast