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Shrout to enter plea on probation violation

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

A Greencastle man accused of violating his probation will be in Putnam County Superior Court on Dec. 8 to plead to the charge.

Richard S. Shrout, 33, was arrested in the vicinity of Liberty and Vine streets in the early morning hours of Nov. 1 for public intoxication. Shrout was picked up by Putnam County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Charles Inman, who was conducting neighborhood controls, court documents said.

On his way to jail, Shrout told officers his arrest would "screw up his probation," court documents said. Shrout told officers he was on probation for a forgery charge, and described how he had found a credit card at a local tavern and later used the card, resulting in his arrest.

A couple of hours after his arrest, Shrout became belligerent, court documents said, shouting and beating on the walls of his holding unit. Shrout "began to berate the jail staff, insisting that Sheriff (Steve) Fenwick be notified," court documents said.

When officers attempted to put another suspect in the holding cell with Shrout, Shrout prohibited entrance to the cell. Cpl. Dave Brown "instructed Shrout to step away from the door, directing him to back away by pointing his index finger," court documents said. "Shrout refused, reportedly grasping Brown's finger, and turned as if preparing to swing his fist toward the officer."

To protect himself, court documents said, Brown delivered a blast of pepper spray to Shrout's face.

"Shrout then stepped back, but continued to threaten the officer," court documents said.

Two jail officers helped Brown restrain Shrout, who was eventually placed in a restraint chair and placed in a padded cell at the jail.

Shrout was convicted of Class C felony theft and placed on probation on Sept. 20, 2005. His original sentence was four years with 18 months executed on home detention and the balance on probation. Under the terms of a plea agreement, two other Class C felony charges of forgery and three charges of Class D felony theft were dropped.

Should Shrout be found guilty of violating his probation, Judge Robert Lowe could reinstate a portion or all of Shrout's original sentence.

Shrout has been in jail since his arrest. His bond was set at $8,000 with 10 percent allowed.

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SGT. Inman has worked for GPD for the last decade... who validates the information in these stories?

-- Posted by jorge on Wed, Nov 26, 2008, at 11:26 AM

Why do we need to have details about what happens during the jailing process. All you are doing is filling the egos of these jerk off Greencastle officers. Everyone in Putnam county are now dumber by reading this article!

-- Posted by 1stamendrights on Wed, Nov 26, 2008, at 1:59 PM

jorge...You read my mind...the same information regarding Inman is in another story! Come on BG... you can do better than this!

-- Posted by thistownsucks on Wed, Nov 26, 2008, at 3:30 PM

Out of curiosity, why would you bring up a persons past from three years ago? This person was tried and punished for the mistakes he made. He was booked in almost a month ago and this all just now coming out in the paper, can I ask why? This is totally ridiculous. Lets see how many people get picked up for a P.I. on a daily basis, I don't recall seeing their book-in routine posted on the front page of the BG. Someone needs to grow up, just remember what goes around come around.

-- Posted by chaoswaytolive on Wed, Nov 26, 2008, at 8:09 PM

Everyone in Putnam County ARE dumber? Apparently, you've been reading too many articles. You need to stop. Don't worry, though; you're not as dumb as Shrout...


-- Posted by chazm_vet on Thu, Nov 27, 2008, at 4:59 PM

A lot of you people are pretty brave when bashing the police without needing to put your name to it. Why dont you put your names on here, or better yet go to the police dept and speak your mind to these "jerkoff" police men. Im sure I know why you wont, and so does everyone else. Go smoke your dope and leave the police alone clowns before they get irritated and make it hard on all of us.

-- Posted by uttersillyness on Sat, Nov 29, 2008, at 10:17 AM

You must enjoy watching your rights being stripped away by low balling officers. I respect the law, but I'm not going to sit around and smile about it! Freedom of speech clown!

-- Posted by 1stamendrights on Sat, Nov 29, 2008, at 2:01 PM

Wow uttersillyness with all this talk about publishing your name I have failed to once see YOURS posted. You seem to be throwing around some pretty steep accusations. I don't care for certain GPD officers and I can tell you I've never ONCE been in trouble with the law NOR do I or have I EVER "smoked dope". So, before you go around profiling everyone who has a negative opinion about a certain cop maybe you should stop and think that just because someone doesn't agree with YOUR opinions of them doesn't necessarily mean that they MUST be a bad law breaking criminal.

-- Posted by putcoresident on Sat, Nov 29, 2008, at 11:39 PM

If you don't like Greencastle move!

If you dont like the cops, dont break the law.

Obviously some people just like to get on here and bash other people.

I think it was Cowboy Bob who said:

"If you dont have anything nice to say,

don't say anything at all."

-- Posted by Jeff Lancaster on Mon, Dec 1, 2008, at 3:53 PM

Ummm,know comint at thos tym,sined Bannor staf.

-- Posted by honestyisbestpolicy on Mon, Dec 1, 2008, at 6:29 PM

I just wonder ... is this really so newsworthy that it needed to be printed on the front page? Much of this information was from a year ago! The guy was intoxicated and became unruly. Top news?? C'mon, Banner Graphic!

-- Posted by anonymous_indiana on Wed, Dec 3, 2008, at 10:42 AM

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