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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

County Jail

Several people were booked into the Putnam County Jail recently.

* At 1:40 p.m. on Friday, Adam Edward Smith, 20, Roachdale, was charged with burglary and theft.

* At 7:02 p.m. on Monday, Jason Joe Miller, 31, Brazil, was charged with a probation violation and battery resulting in bodily injury.

At 7:02 p.m., James Franklin Wallace, 46, Brazil, was charged with a probation violation and resisting law enforcement.

* At 12:04 a.m. on Tuesday, Joseph Thomas Nieder, 25, Indianapolis, was charged with nonsupport of a dependent.

Sheriff's Dept.

* At 4:38 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, Paul W. Jennings, 22, Lake Forest, Ill., was eastbound attempting to exit the convenience store at the northeast corner of U.S. 231 and U.S. 40.

Jennings advised Chief Deputy Tom Helmer that he entered the roadway with his 2006 Chrysler 300C, attempting to turn left (north) and failed to observe Randall J. Lund, 54, Cloverdale who was southbound on U.S. 231 in a 2011 Ford Escape.

Lund advised Helmer that he had been stopped for an automatic signal at the intersection and had accelerated when the signal turned green, when Jennings entered his path of travel.

No injuries were reported.

Damages were estimated at $1,001-$2,500.

* At 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Beau A. Pearcy, 38, Martinsville, was eastbound on County Road 975 South, approaching a curve that turns into County Road 825 East.

Pearcy advised Lt. Donnie Pettit that he attempted to brake, however his 1994 Chevrolet slid off the east side of the curve due to sand left on the roadway.

Pearcy's vehicle then crashed into a concrete barrier that was placed in the yard by the owner of the property that is located on the east side of the curve.

The driver was transported to Putnam County Hospital by his boss, who resides just north of the accident location.

Damage was estimated at $2,501-$5,000.

* At 2:10 a.m. on Saturday, Ryan D. Langdon, 28, Terre Haute, was westbound on U.S. 40, just west of County Road 525 East when his 2010 Lincoln left the roadway and entered a ditch on the north side of the road.

Deputy T.J. Smith stated that Langdon's vehicle struck a utility pole and proceeded to roll approximately two to three times before coming to rest in a small group of trees.

Langdon told Smith that he attempted to miss a deer when he lost control of his vehicle.

The driver's blood-alcohol content was tested at the Putnam County Jail and came back as .20 percent. Langdon was then charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

Damages were estimated at $10,001-$25,000.

* At 9:34 p.m. on Monday, Nancy E. Brown, 58, Staunton, was westbound on U.S. 40 in the Mount Meridian area.

Brown advised Sgt. Craig Sibbit that she noticed a vehicle coming up from behind her 2012 Ford Edge going at a high rate of speed. Brown advised that she was going approximately 55 mph with her cruise control set when she was rammed from behind by Edward W. Nail, 42, Cloverdale.

Brown stated that after Nail rammed her that his vehicle then passed her and almost came to a complete stop in the roadway. Brown, being too scared to stop, continued on to pass Nail, whom she noted was driving a vehicle appeared to be a smaller four-door sedan.

Speeding up to approximately 65 mph, Brown was rammed a second time at which point she continued west to the Marathon station at U.S. 231 and U.S. 40 and called 911.

At the station, Brown made contact with Sibbitt who then forwarded the information to Lt. Dwight Simmons and Cloverdale Police Officer James Martin.

Nail was later located with major front-end damage to his 2012 Mitsubishi Galant. He was then charged with operating while intoxicated and leaving the scene of the accident.

Brown's vehicle appeared to have very little damage to the rear bumper area.

Damage was estimated at $2,501-$5,000.

Information included in the Putnam Scanner is taken from reports provided to the Banner Graphic by the Greencastle Police, the Greencastle Fire and the Putnam County Sheriff's departments.

Individuals listed in the blotter have been arrested on probable cause and have not been formally charged. Charging information may change after an initial arrest.

Questions about listed charging information should be directed to the arresting agency.