Putnam Scanner for August 8, 2018

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

County Jail

Sixteen people were booked in the Putnam County Jail recently.


• At 5:39 a.m. Heather Lynn Ordway, 28, Greencastle, was lodged at the jail on a local warrant.

• At 2:07 a.m. Amber Nicole Spurrier, 35, Cloverdale, was taken into custody for public intoxication.


• At 11:02 p.m. Ion L. Kauffman, 35, Mishawaka, was housed at the jail on a local warrant.

• At 10:49 p.m. Lester Allen Alexander, 53, Greencastle, was booked in for carrying a handgun without a license, possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia with a prior conviction.

• At 8:14 p.m. Chris Lee Hutto, 40, Fillmore, was lodged at the jail on a writ.

• At 4:50 p.m. Keven Dale Crowe, 27, Coatesville, was taken into custody for criminal trespass.

• At 3:43 p.m. Juifria Alina Maynard, 31, Greencastle, was housed at the jail on a local warrant.

• At 12:07 p.m. Michael David Campbell, 31, Rosedale, was booked in on a local warrant.

• At 11:50 a.m. Lavell Maurice Calvin, 29, Urbana, Ill., was lodged at the jail for possession of cocaine, possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

• At 11:05 a.m. Chelsea Rose Gallagher, 26, Indianapolis, was taken into custody on a writ.

• At 12 a.m. Kyle Seth Hood, 30, Greencastle, was housed at the jail on an out-of-county warrant.


• At 9:59 p.m. Thomas C. Kielblock, 60, Cloverdale, was booked in on an out-of-county warrant.


• At 6:28 p.m. Alex William Beach, 23, Greencastle, was lodged at the jail on a writ of body attachment.

• At 12:46 a.m. Brent Alan Birge, 40, Greencastle, was taken into custody for driving while intoxicated.


• At 9:43 p.m. Douglas Lee Allsup, 42, Greencastle, was housed at the jail on a local warrant for auto theft.

• At 9:42 a.m. Donna Sue Sheets, 32, Greencastle, was booked in on a local traffic warrant and on a writ of body attachment.

County Jail

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

• At 6:45 a.m. on Monday, Jonathon W. Murphy, 39, Crawfordsville, was southbound on U.S. 231 approaching County Road 350 North in a 2012 Toyota Prius when he hit a deer.

Deputy Matt Biggs estimated damage at $5,000-$10,000.

• At 6:23 a.m. on Monday, Stephen D. Caulkins, 38, Cloverdale, was northbound on U.S. 231 on Plessinger Hill in a 2007 Ford Explorer. David E. Biggerstaff, 38, Bloomfield, was also northbound in a 2018 Nissan Frontier.

Northbound 231 divides into two lanes on the hill. Caulkins told Deputy Josh Boller he attempted to merge into the left lane to go around Biggerstaff’s vehicle, but he struck the other car while making the pass.

Biggerstaff told Boller he was attempting to merge to the right as Caulkins attempted to pass, and that the other car could not make the pass without sideswiping his truck.

• At 6:32 p.m. on Sunday, John C. Little, 55, Greencastle, was southbound on County Road 500 East in a 2018 Jeep Compass. Boston Clark, 14, Greencastle, was crossing the road westbound on a 2014 Polaris Z14.

Clark told Deputy Daniel Birt that before she crossed the road, she looked right, left and right again. She said she did not see vehicles in either direction.

Little told Birt that as he crested a hill, there was an ATV in the road and he immediately applied the brakes and steer the right to avoid contact. Little’s vehicle made contact with the front passenger tire area of the ATV. This sent Little’s vehicle off the road and into the grass, where it collided with a mailbox and overturned.

The ATV was still drivable, so Clark continued across the road to her grandparents’ house to contact an adult.

Birt advised that 500 East is a very straight road with two steep hills. Where Clark was attempting to cross is just beyond the crest of the last hill and both drivers would have had a difficulty seeing other vehicles.

Little’s vehicle was towed. Damage was estimated at $25,000-$50,000.

Birt was assisted at the scene by Deputy Jeffery Freeman.

• At 6:26 p.m. on Saturday, Tiffany A. Sciotto, 30, Brazil, was stopped at the stop sign at the intersection of Hospital Drive and County Road 300 South in a 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan. Cierra B. Nation, 24, Brazil, was stopped behind her in a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Nation told Sgt. Kyle Gibbons she thought Sciotto’s vehicle began to move forward and it had not. Nation’s vehicle made minor rear-end contact with Sciotto’s.

Damage was estimated at $2,500-$5,000.

• At 1:31 p.m. on Saturday, Thomas E. McFeters, 73, Indianapolis, was southbound on County Road 375 West on a 2012 Yamaha VCT.

As he went through the intersection of County Road 550 South, McFeters’ motorcycle left the road.

The motorcycle came to rest in the ditch.

McFeters was wearing a helmet, but had road rash from hitting the pavement. Operation Life transported him to a Terre Haute hospital for treatment.

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

• At 4:56 p.m. on Friday, Kristi J. Lewis, 56, Fillmore, was stationary on County Road 725 East at the intersection of U.S. 40 in a 2002 Ford Ranger. Karissa N. Korte, 28, Greencastle, was westbound on U.S. 40 in a 2002 Chrysler Town and Country.

Deputy Jeffery Freeman reported that Lewis failed to yield right-of-way at the intersection. Lewis entered the highway southbound, attempting to cross the westbound lanes and traveling into the path of Korte’s van.

Korte told Freeman that Lewis pulled in front of her and she could not avoid a collision. Lewis said she did not see Korte’s vehicle and could not remember what happened.

Lewis refused medical attention, while Korte signed a statement of release, but her husband later took her to Putnam County Hospital.

Both vehicles sustained major, disabling damage and had to be towed. Damage was estimated at $10,000-$25,000.

City Fire

The Greencastle Fire Department responded to two recent dispatches:

• At 6:18 p.m. on Sunday, GFD was dispatched to 402 E. Hanna St. for a fire alarm. Firefighters arrived at 6:24 and found that the alarm had malfunctioned. It was then reset.

They left at 6:40 p.m.

• At 2:50 a.m. on Tuesday, GFD was dispatched to 2200 E. State Rd. 240 for a heat detector activation. Units arrived at 2:55 and found that water had had leaked onto the detector head causing it to go off. The detector was not reset, but was informed the alarm would be reset during the day.

They left at 3:39 a.m.

Additionally, GFD performed one medical assist and had one disregard.

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.