Knox County – Saturday night, February 23, at approximately 11:48 p.m., Indiana State Police and Vincennes City Police responded to a hit and run crash that escalated to a fight near 2nd Street and Patrick Henry Drive. When officers arrived they were told that the driver of a 1999 Toyota Corolla had struck an unattended parked car on Main Street in front of Old Towne Tavern. The bouncer of the tavern, Jeremy Eisenhut, 24, of Vincennes, was outside the tavern and witnessed the crash. The driver, who was later identified as Kurtis Waller, 21, of Lawrenceville, IL, eventually stopped near 2nd Street where he was approached by Eisenhut. After Waller was told that he needs to stay and that the police had been called, he allegedly struck Eisenhut in the face and then fled into the Bottom’s Up tavern located at 102 Main Street. Police entered the tavern and located Waller. During their investigation it was determined that Waller was under the influence of alcohol He was taken to the Knox County Jail where further investigation revealed he had a blood alcohol content of .16%. Waller is currently being held on bond in the Knox County Jail.
ARRESTED AND CHARGES:
• Kurtis Waller, 21, Lawrenceville, IL
1. Driving While Intoxicated, Class A Misdemeanor
2. Battery, Class B Misdemeanor
3. Leaving the Scene of a Crash, Class C Misdemeanor
Arresting Officer: Trooper William Campbell, Indiana State Police
Assisting Agency: Vincennes City Police
SOURCE: Indiana State Police
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*ORIGINAL POST: Sullivan County - The Indiana State Police Putnamville Post is currently working a missing person case and is seeking help from the public. The missing person is Shane R. Porter, age 37, of Dugger, Indiana. He is described as a white male, 6-02, 200 pounds, brown eyes, brown hair and last seen wearing blue jeans and a gray shirt. Porter is believed to be experiencing some family and mental issues.
Preliminary investigation has revealed Porter was last seen on Friday, February 8th around 5:15p.m. at his home in Dugger. Since that time, Porter has failed to report for work in Vincennes or contact any of his family members.
On Friday evening, February 8th at 8:50 p.m., Vincennes City Police received a report from a citizen that a man was swimming in the Wabash River near the Pearl City area of Vincennes, which is just south of the George Rogers Clark Memorial. Attempts by the caller to engage in conversation with the alleged swimmer were unsuccessful. Indiana Conservation Officers were called to the scene Friday evening and have been aggressively searching the Wabash River on a daily basis. DNR officers have yet to find the alleged swimmer or know for sure if the man in the water was Shane Porter.
Porter’s vehicle was recovered Sunday evening in a parking area near the Wabash River and has been impounded pending examination by Indiana State Police Crime Scene Investigators.
The case is ongoing and anyone with information on Shane R. Porter or his whereabouts is urged to contact ISP Detective Tom Hanks or Trooper Polly Blackburn at the Putnamville Post 765.653.4114.
Questions concerning the Indiana Conservation Officers should be directed to ICO Joe Haywood at 812.837.9536.
Questions concerning the ISP investigation should be directed to ISP Sergeant Joe Watts.
Assisting agencies were the Vincennes Police and Fire Departments, Vincennes Township Fire Dept., Knox County Emergency Management.
SOURCE/PHOTO: Indiana State Police
Daviess County: Last night members of the U.S. Marshal’s Service, Indiana State Police, the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office and Washington City Police Department went to 17 Coronado Drive in Washington to serve an arrest warrant. Officers received information that James E. Choate II, 43, Vincennes, who was wanted on warrants out of Pike County, was at the address which belongs to Choates' brother. Officers arrived at approximately 8:00 to serve the warrant. Officers located Choate and two other people Adam L. Conger, 26, Washington and Angela M. Stapleton, 36, Washington inside the residence. Also while inside the residence officers located precursors for manufacturing methamphetamine.
All three suspects were taken into custody and the Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab team was called assist with the meth lab materials.
Arrested and Charges:
James E. Choate II, 43
135 N 8th Vincennes, IN 47591
1. Manufacturing Methamphetamine
2. Escape from Work Release
3. Possession of Methamphetamine
4. Resisting Law Enforcement
5. Possession Of Precursors with intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine
6. Possession of Schedule IV Controlled Substance
7. Obstruction of Justice
8. Possession of Hypodermic Syringe
9. Visiting a Common Nuisance
Adam L. Conger, 26
8 E Hefron Street, Washington, IN 47501
and Angela M. Stapleton, 36
106B NE 20th, Washington, IN 47501
1. Possession of Hypodermic Syringe
2. Visiting a Common Nuisance
3. Possession Of Precursors with intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine
SOURCE: Indiana State Police
Evansville, Indiana - United States Attorney Joseph H. Hogsett, joined by Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Dennis Whichern and U.S. Marshal Kerry Forestal, today presented more than one-hundred pairs of designer shoes to Vanderburgh County Sheriff Eric Williams as part of what federal authorities have dubbed "Operation Goodwill." The shoes were seized from an Evansville drug dealer and will be distributed by Sheriff Williams through the Evansville-Vanderburgh County School Corporation's PTA Clothing Bank.
"This program is a true win-win..it saves Hoosier tax dollars and it will help strengthen community efforts here in Evansville designed to keep drugs out of our schools," Hogsett said. "I believe it also sends an important message that if you engage in criminal behavior such as drug dealing, you will be caught and your ill-gotten gains will be taken away from you."
On November 22, 2012, members of the Evansville Police Department executed a search warrant at the residence of Seth Merrick on Greenfield Road in Evansville. Merrick was arrested for his involvement in the trafficking of hundreds of pounds of marijuana in the Evansville area and law enforcement seized 115 pairs of designer shoes, all of which were unworn and in boxes.
Merrick, who had prior drug convictions from 2001 and 2005, was convicted and sentenced in May 2011 to two years of incarceration. His prosecution was the result of an investigation by the DEA's Evansville Task Force, which includes members of the Evansville Police Department, the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office, the Vincennes Police Department, the Daviess County Sheriff's Office and the Indiana State Police.
Subsequently, Hogsett, Wichern and Forestal proposed to transfer the seized shoes to Sheriff Williams as part of "Operation Goodwill," a 15 year-old federal program designed to build goodwill between law enforcement in the community. This proposal was accepted and the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office plans to distribute the shoes throughout the community to youths in need in conjunction with the PTA Clothing Bank program.
SOURCE: Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office & Department of Justice News Release - December 4, 2012
The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced that Max R. Schauf, 56, currently the mayor of Bridgeport, and Paul R. Kramer, 62, of Vincennes, Indiana, were arraigned today in federal district court in Benton on federal charges.
The indictment, returned on November 6, 2012, and previously held under seal, alleges that from July 2008 until March 2011, Max Schauf engaged in a scheme to defraud the city of Bridgeport by submitting false and fraudulent invoices, contracts, and bills for services and equipment, all from which he took a portion of money for his personal use. Paul Kramer is alleged to have made false statements to agents investigating the scheme.
The indictment charges Mayor Schauf with three counts of mail fraud and one count of obstruction of justice. The potential punishments for each charge include a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release.
The indictment charges Kramer with two counts of making false statements to federal officers. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release.
An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The case was investigated by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Ranley R. Killian and Liam Coonan.
VINCENNES, Ind. - The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) reminds Hoosiers that all signs are prohibited from Federal and State highway rights-of-way, as per Indiana Code 9-21-4-6. INDOT personnel are empowered by state law to remove unauthorized signs, including real estate, advertising and political signage, within the state right-of-way. The right-of-way areas that must remain “sign-free” for the safety of the motoring public include:
Signs that have been removed will be saved at the nearest INDOT Subdistrict office. To reclaim signs, owners should call their local office for hours of operation. Subdistrict offices are at the following locations:
Knox County – Sunday morning, September 16, at approximately 3:20 a.m., Indiana State Police and Knox County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to a residence located at 2424 Hillcrest Drive in Vincennes after a vehicle had collided into a home and then fled.
Approximately 15 minutes later police were told the suspect vehicle was at 509 East Bud Road near Wheatland and the driver was attempting to break into the residence. When police arrived they found Lance Marley, 22, of Vincennes, physically fighting with the homeowner. Marley was taken into custody without further incident. Further investigation revealed Marley had intentionally rammed the home on Hillcrest Drive in Vincennes before driving to Wheatland. Marley then allegedly forced his way into a relative’s home on Bud Lane by breaking open a locked door and shattering an adjacent window before fighting with the homeowner. Marley was taken to the Knox County Jail where he is currently being held on bond. The investigation is continuing.
Arrested and Charges:
• Lance Marley, 22, Vincennes, IN
1. Residential Entry, Class D Felony
2. Leaving the Scene of a Crash, Class C Misdemeanor
3. Driving While Intoxicated, Class A Misdemeanor
Arresting Officer: Sergeant Jason Allen, Indiana State Police
Assisting Agency: Knox County Sheriff’s Department
SOURCE: Indiana State Police
Knox County – Indiana State Police Special Investigations Detective Chris Cecil initiated a criminal investigation on August 21st after receiving information that Anthony Gene Childers, 25, of Vincennes, allegedly had child pornographic images on a computer he pawned earlier in the year.
During the course of the investigation, detectives from the Indiana State Police and Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force determined Childers had possessed hundreds of images depicting child pornography on his computer before pawning it at Piggy Banc Pawn Shop in Vincennes.
Wednesday morning, August 29th, members of the Indiana State Police, Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Vincennes Police and Knox County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant at Childers residence located at 621 North 6th Street, Apartment 2, in Vincennes. During the execution of the search warrant, investigators discovered an active meth lab, a small amount of meth and numerous used one-pot meth labs. Troopers arrested Childers and his girlfriend, Jennifer Abel, 32, of Vincennes. They are both currently being held on bond in the Knox County Jail. The investigation is continuing.
ARRESTED AND CHARGES:
• Anthony Gene Childers, 25, 621 North 6th Street, Apartment 2, Vincennes, IN
1. Possession of Child Pornography, Class D Felony
2. Manufacturing Meth, Class A Felony
3. Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Class D Felony
• Jennifer Abel, 32, 903 North 13th Street, Vincennes, IN
1. Manufacturing Meth, Class A Felony
2. Visiting a Common Nuisance, Class A Misdemeanor
Investigating Officers: Detective Chris Cecil and Detective Sergeant Tim Keller, Indiana State Police
Assisting Agencies: Vincennes Police and Knox County Sheriff’s Department
SOURCE: Indiana State Police
New Indiana law addresses legal and civil issues for people who forcibly enter a locked vehicle to remove an animal