Putnam Scanner for Jan. 5, 2018

Thursday, January 4, 2018

County Jail

Five people were booked in the Putnam County Jail recently.


• At 5:57 p.m. Christopher Noel Franklin, 41, Cloverdale, was housed at the jail for driving while intoxicated, driving without ever receiving a license and possession of paraphernalia with a prior conviction.

• At 12:57 a.m. Vance Anthony Davis, 32, Cloverdale, was booked in on an out-of-county warrant and a local warrant.


• At 7:30 p.m. Robert Michael-Thomas Buskirk, 21, Greenwood, was lodged at the jail on an out-of-county warrant.

• At 6:20 p.m. Joel Brian Medina, 48, Brazil, was taken into custody for nonsupport of a dependent child.

• At 11:34 a.m. Darryl Richard Eastridge, 37, Beech Grove, was booked in on a local traffic warrant.

City Police

Three local residents have been issued summonses in recent traffic stops by Greencastle City Police officers.

• At 7:20 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, Officer Luke Brown stopped a vehicle on County Road 275 East and cited Angela Norman, 21, Reelsville, and Andrew Dunn, 20, Greencastle.

Norman and Dunn both will be summoned into court on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. They were released from the scene.

• At 10:59 p.m. Sunday, Lindsey Green. 27, Greencastle, was cited by Officer Brad Hiatt.

Stopped northbound on College Avenue, Green was issued a summons for driving with a suspended license with a prior offense.

Five recent traffic citations were issued by city officers.

• At 1:13 a.m. Dec. 28, Brandon Mitchell, 18, Roachdale, was issued three tickets by Officer Hiatt.

Stopped westbound on Indianapolis Road, Mitchell was cited for speeding (43 mph in a 30-mph zone), operating a motor vehicle without ever receiving a license and use of improper headlights.

• At 9:45 p.m. Dec. 24, William Burkett, 34, Martinsville, was ticketed by Officer Alec Pettit.

Stopped on Washington Street, Burkett was cited for driving with a suspended license with a prior offense.

• At 8:17 a.m. Dec. 24, Marcus McCombs, 31, Greencastle, was cited by Officer Josh Smith.

Stopped at Market and Poplar streets, McCombs was ticketed for driving with a suspended license with a prior offense.

Sheriff’s Department

Putnam County sheriff’s deputies investigated seven recent property-damage crashes.

• At 7:40 a.m. on Wednesday, Rachel M. Brown, Roachdale, was southbound on U.S. 231 approaching County Road 900 North in a 2011 Ford Fusion when she hit a deer.

Deputy Matt Biggs said the car was heavily damaged and left at a nearby address to be picked up later.

Damage was estimated at $5,001-$10,000.

• At 10:38 a.m. on Tuesday, Dennis B. Huber, 23, Coatesville, was westbound on U.S. 36 in a 1981 GMC pickup. He was following a Putnam County Highway Department dump truck that was plowing county roads.

The dump truck was preparing to turn onto County Road 600 East in order to plow but Huber did not realize it because the truck’s turn signals were covered with snow.

Huber realized too late that he was about to hit the dump truck and instead veered north, going off the road and into a ditch before going airborne over County Road 600 East and hitting a stop sign and guardrail head-on.

Huber told Deputy Brian Helmer he didn’t need medical attention. He said he was not wearing a seatbelt and had hit his nose on the steering wheel.

The truck was towed. Damage was estimated at $10,001-$25,000.

• At noon on Saturday, Matthew D. Collom, 31, Coatesville, was eastbound on County Road 600 North, stopped at County Road 725 East. He told Deputy Biggs that as he proceeded through the four-way stop, a vehicle ran the stop sign and he could not avoid the collision.

The other driver, Joseph P. Smith, 56, Bainbridge, was northbound in a 2017 Ford F150. He told Biggs he was on his way back to Bainbridge using back roads and did not know what had happened.

Biggs observed that Smith’s eyes were bloodshot and his speech was slurred. He complained of chest pain and was taken to Putnam County Hospital, where a blood draw revealed a BAC of .27, more than three times the legal limit.

Smith was charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated.

Smith’s vehicle was towed. Damage was estimated at $50,001-$10,000.

• At 4:10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 29, Michael L. Foster, 64, Coatesville, was southbound on County Road 725 East approaching County Road 710 North when he lost control of his 1998 Chevrolet S10 on the snow-covered road.

The pickup left the west side of the road and hit a fence and an TDS Telecommunications junction box.

Deputy Biggs estimated damage at $2,501-$5,000.

• At 3:40 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 29, Darrell L. Edwards, 59, Danville, was westbound on County Road 450 North approaching the stop sign at County Road 800 East in a 2004 Buick Rendezvous.

It was snowing heavily at the time and when he braked, his vehicle did not stop, sliding into the side of the 2004 Pontiac Grand Am driven by Christopher R. Kikendall, 62, Coatesville.

Deputy Brian Helmer estimated damage was estimated at $5,001-$10,000.

• At 2:02 p.m. on Friday, William M. Tansel, 62, Martinsville, was northbound on U.S. 231 in a 2002 Kenworth T800 when he suddenly noticed traffic stopped and could not avoid a collision.

His truck rear-ended a 2016 Honda Civic driven northbound by Chelsey E. Kiger, 20, Bainbridge.

Kiger told Deputy Brian Helmer the car in front of her slammed on its brakes and she had to slow down to avoid the collision but was then hit in the rear.

Kiger’s vehicle was towed. Damage was estimated at $10,001-$25,000.

• At 4:47 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 27, David L. Harris, 52, Bainbridge, was eastbound on County Road 200 North in a 2012 Toyota Tacoma.

Harris told Deputy Anthony Brown he was entering a turn and a large truck was westbound. As the truck passed, his vehicle began to fishtail and he ran off the road, hitting several trees.

The vehicle was towed. Damage was estimated at $5,001-$10,000.

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.