Putnam Scanner for April 10, 2018

Monday, April 9, 2018

County Jail

Six people were booked in the Putnam County Jail recently.


• At 10:20 a.m. Kenneth Lee Wilkins, 40, Terrell, Texas, was lodged at the jail for disorderly conduct, public intoxication, possession of paraphernalia, false identity statement and escape.

• At 12:55 a.m. Margret Sophia Fox, 19, Indianapolis, was taken into custody for public intoxication, being a minor in consumption of alcohol and resisting law enforcement.


• At 6:42 p.m. Duane Keith Culler, 46, Plainfield, was housed at the jail for driving while intoxicated-refusal and driving as a habitual traffic violator.

• At 10:45 a.m. William D. Kassner, 39, Noblesville, was lodged at the jail for driving with a BAC of .15 or higher.


• At 10:23 p.m. Zachary Lee Benassi, 25, Danville, was taken into custody on a local warrant.

• At 2:45 a.m. Shawna Marie Martin, 39, Greencastle, was booked in for intimidation and disorderly conduct.

City Police

One recent arrest was reported by Greencastle City Police officers.

• At 6:11 p.m. Saturday, James Franklin Day, 27, Cloverdale, was arrested by Officer Kyle Lee in the 300 block of Seminary Street.

Day was booked into the Putnam County Jail on charges of possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a syringe.

Sheriff’s Department

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

• At 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, Sarah D. Wetnight, 31, Brazil, was westbound on Interstate 70, approaching the 35-mile marker in a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Deputy Matt Biggs reported that from evidence at the scene, it appears that Wetnight was traveling in the fast lane when her vehicle entered the median. She then apparently overcorrected and re-entered the westbound lanes.

As the vehicle re-entered, it apparently began to flip, based on paint transfer on the road surface as well as gouge marks.

The SUV continued to flip until it came to rest on the north side of the road in the ditch.

Upon the arrival of authorities, Wetnight had exited the vehicle and had removed her three-year-old child.

The child was not seriously injured and Biggs reported that the child appears to have been properly restrained.

Both Wetnight and the child were transported to Terre Haute Regional Hospital. Prior to transport, Biggs questioned her about the cause of the accident and she could not recall the events leading up to the crash.

Deputy Josh Boller assisted at the scene. The vehicle was towed.

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

• At 8:48 p.m. on Saturday, Danielle Pelfrey, 19, Fillmore, was westbound on U.S. 36 just east of County Road 500 East in a 2002 Jeep Liberty when she hit a deer.

Deputy Robert Soilleux estimated damage at $5,001-$10,000.

• At 4:55 p.m. on Saturday, Larry G. Farley, 47, Poland, was westbound on Interstate 70 in a 2000 Toyota Celica. Charles L. Babcock, 36, Hillsboro, Ill., was also westbound in a 2003 Peterbilt 379.

As they traveled, something apparently fell from Farley’s vehicle and into the path of Babcock’s semi.

Farley told Deputy Soilleux that only duct tape and plastic fell, causing no damage to the other vehicle. However, Babcock said that two large pieces of wood also fell, damaging the front of his vehicle.

Farley was charged with littering, leaky load and failure to stop after an accident.

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

• At 6:50 a.m. on Friday, Lorraine K. Beggs, 44, Greencastle, was eastbound on U.S. 40, just past County Road 725 East, in a 2015 Nissan Murano when three deer began to cross the road.

Beggs told Deputy Matt Biggs she reduced her speed but could not avoid the collision, hitting all three animals.

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

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.