Putnam Scanner 3-3-17

Thursday, March 2, 2017

County Jail

Four people were booked in the Putnam County Jail recently.


• At 10:48 p.m. Christopher Tobin Monnett, 39, Greencastle, was taken into custody for disorderly conduct, public intoxication and criminal trespass.

• At 5:58 p.m. Teresa Lynn Lansing, 54, Poland, was lodged at the jail on a local warrant.

• At 10:16 p.m. Lewis Edward Collins, 60, Greencastle, was booked in for theft and criminal trespass.


• At 2:19 a.m. Clint Joseph Byrd, 20, Greencastle, was taken into custody for battery, attempted aggravated battery, resisting law enforcement and disorderly conduct.

City Police

Two recent property-damage accidents were reported by Greencastle City Police.

• At 3:14 p.m. Wednesday, a three-vehicle accident was reported at the stoplight in front of Kroger on Indianapolis Road as Catherine Hensley, 23, Skokie, Ill., was eastbound and attempted to turn left into the Kroger entrance when she reportedly turned her 2001 Ford Focus in front of a westbound 2006 Dodge Stratus, driven by Kyle Brown, 41, Greencastle.

Impact from the collision spun the Hensley car into an eastbound 2006 Jeep Liberty, driven by Cara Lemmon, 25, Plainfield.

Officer Darrel Bunten estimated total damage in the accident at $10,000-$25,000.

• At 8:20 p.m. Tuesday, a two-vehicle mishap was reported on Indianapolis Road at Longcastle Drive.

Officer Brad Hiatt said Sarah Sanders, 34, Greencastle, was westbound on Indianapolis Road, driving a 1999 Oldsmobile Alero, when an eastbound 2002 Jeep, driven by Hannah Miller, 17, Greencastle, turned left in front of Sanders in an effort to pull into the Marathon gasoline station.

Total damage in the accident was estimated at $2,500-$5,000.

Sanders was cited for operating a vehicle without financial responsibility.

One recent summons was issued by city officers.

• At 10:59 p.m. Sunday, Jordan Kelly, 23, Greencastle, was given a summons by Officer Elsiana Crosby.

Stopped at Avenue E and Percy Julian Drive, Kelly was cited for driving with a suspended license with a prior offense.

Sheriff’s Department

Putnam County sheriff’s deputies responded to one recent property-damage accident.

• The aggressive driving of an unknown motorist on Tuesday morning caused two others to crash on Interstate 70.

At 7:15 a.m., Ke Chell E. Tate, 19, Muncie, was westbound on I-70 in the area of the State Road 243 exit in a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. Noah D. Ehmen, 21, Cloverdale, was also westbound in a 2007 Cadillac CTS.

Tate told Capt. Tom Helmer she was following a newer Chevrolet Impala when it “brake checked” her. She said she then swerved to the left lane and the Impala also swerved, brake-checking her again.

Tate then swerved right to avoid hitting the Impala. Her car crossed the right shoulder, left the roadway and climbed an earthen embankment. The vehicle then returned to the road and hit Ehmen’s car.

Ehmen told Helmer he saw Tate being brake checked and leaving the road. He said he didn’t expect the car to return to the road and hit his.

The impact forced Ehmen’s vehicle into the median.

The Impala was apparently not damaged in the incident and continued westbound.

Helmer was assisted at the scene by the Cloverdale Township Volunteer Fire Department and Deputy Scott Ducker.

Both cars were towed. Damage was estimated at $5,001-$10,000.

City Fire

The Greencastle Fire Department recently responded to four dispatches and three medical runs.

• At 1:36 p.m. on Tuesday, GFD performed an odor investigation at 12 W. Washington St. A smell of fuel or possibly kerosene was believed to be emitting from two old fuel tanks in the basement of the building. GFD acknowledged the smell and monitored the air but found no harmful chemicals. GFD subsequently returned to station at 1:48 p.m.

• At 3:35 p.m. on Tuesday, GFD responded to reports of a motor-vehicle accident at 1145 Indianapolis Rd. GFD assisted in the removal of debris and fluids from the roadway before returning to station at 4:15 p.m.

• At 3:26 p.m. on Wednesday, GFD responded to reports of a motor-vehicle accident at 821 Indianapolis Rd. The accident resulted in property damage only. GFD assisted in the removal of debris and fluids from the roadway before returning to station at 4:04 p.m.

• At 12:24 a.m. on Thursday, GFD responded to reports of a motor-vehicle accident at 890 Albin Pond Rd. GFD assisted in the removal of debris and fluids from the roadway before returning to station at 12:48 a.m.

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.