Putnam Scanner for June 26, 2019

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

County Jail

Nine people were booked in the Putnam County Jail recently.


• At 4:47 a.m. Tammy Lynn Miller, 47, Martinsville, was booked in on a local warrant for theft.

• At 3:51 a.m. Kimberly Sue Hanks, 39, Cloverdale, was lodged at the jail for driving while intoxicated.


• At 2:54 p.m. Robert Lewis Richardson, 48, Fillmore, was taken into custody on a local warrant.


• At 7:31 p.m. Patricia Ann Lane, 38, Lebanon, was housed at the jail for driving with a suspended license with a prior conviction and driving without ever receiving a license.

• At 5:06 p.m. Tiesha L. Milan, 38, Indianapolis, was booked in for trafficking with an inmate, dealing in a Schedule I controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.

• At 1:55 a.m. Matthew Wade Manning, 35, Greencastle, was lodged at the jail for driving while intoxicated.

• At 12:32 a.m. Mark Anthony Gosser, 37, Greencastle, was taken into custody for public intoxication.


• At 9:05 p.m. Brittany Dawn Phillips, 34, Brazil, was housed at the jail for driving while intoxicated.

• At 4:35 p.m. Ronald Colbert, 43, Chicago, was booked in for trafficking with an inmate.

Sheriff’s Department

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

• At 4:42 a.m. on Monday, Melissa Flanders, 34, Carlisle, was northbound on U.S. 231 in a 2010 Nissan Rogue when she hit an object in the road.

She continued to a gas station to look at the damage then returned to the scene and called dispatch.

Deputy Tanner Brown arrived to find a chunk of plastic and a spare tire in the road.

Brown estimated damage at $1,000-$2,500.

• At 5:06 a.m. on Sunday, Sierra D. Alleyn, 18, Fillmore, was southbound on County Road 550 East approaching County Road 50 South in a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse. She apparently missed the turn and collided with a tree before continuing westbound on 50 South.

Deputy Riley Houghton arrived at 5:23 a.m. and found tire tracks that led to the tree and then back onto the road.

Houghton found the vehicle abandoned on the side of County Road 50 South just east of County Road 300 East. The car had heavy front-end damage and the airbags were deployed.

The deputy later located Alleyn, who said she “did not start slowing down quick enough” as she approached the stop sign at 50 South. She added that the brakes on the car were not very good.

Alleyn explained that she left the scene and later the car in order to get to work at Walmart.

The car was towed. Houghton estimated damage at $5,000-$10,000.

Alleyn was preliminarily charged with misdemeanor leaving the scene of a property-damage crash.

• At 3 p.m. on Saturday, Scott Alexander, 26, Coatesville, was traveling on County Road 600 North in a 2002 Chevrolet S-10.

Alexander told Deputy Kyle Lee another vehicle ran him off the road. As he took evasive action to avoid a collision, Alexander’s pickup left the road and sideswiped a power pole.

The pole had only slight damage, while Alexander’s vehicle was heavily damaged on the passenger side. However, it was driven from the scene.

Alexander was unable to get a plate number of the offending vehicle.

Lee estimated damage at $2,500-$5,000.

• At 8:56 p.m. on Friday, Curtis E. Compton, 19, Kingman, was trying to enter County Road 575 East from a driveway in a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado. Joshua L. Staggs, 35, Roachdale, was northbound on County Road 575 East in a 2010 Honda Odyssey.

Compton told Deputy Jeffery Freeman he had a poor line of sight to northbound traffic. As he entered the road, Staggs approached and could not avoid a collision, sideswiping Compton’s front driver side bumper.

Freeman estimated damage at $2,500-$5,000.

• At 5:55 a.m. on Friday, Jeffrey E. Downey, 63, Rockville, was eastbound on U.S. 36 in a 2011 Dodge Ram. William E. Reed, 46, Brownsburg, was eastbound in front of Downey, trying to turn into the driveway at 161 E. U.S. 36 in a 2008 GMC Sierra.

Downey told Deputy Brian Helmer that Reed had already done a U-turn at U.S. 36 and County Road 25 West. Then as the approached the driveway, Downey saw no turn signal and he rear-ended Reed as he tried to turn.

Reed told Helmer his gas tank was empty so he did the U-turn to try and go back to find a gas station. He further said that his GPS was messing up so he tried to pull into the driveway to search his phone for a gas station.

Reed said he had activated his turn signal prior to the incident.

Neither driver was injured. Both were going to try and drive their vehicles home.

The impact forced Reed’s vehicle into a row of mailboxes.

Helmer estimated damage at $25,000-$50,000.

City Fire

The Greencastle Fire Department responded to four recent dispatches:

• At 8:04 p.m. on Friday, GFD responded to a call from an individual who thought smoke was issuing from the roof of 902 Hillcrest Dr. Units arrived there at 8:10 and investigated the residence, but could not find any sign of a fire. GFD returned to station at 8:30 p.m.

• GFD responded to two consecutive dispatches at 413 S. Locust St. on Saturday:

- At 5:27 a.m., GFD was dispatched for a fire alarm. Firefighters arrived at 5:33 and determined that the alarm was due to cooking. The alarm was then reset. GFD left at 5:42 a.m.

- At 1:14 p.m., GFD was dispatched again for a fire alarm. Firefighters arrived at 1:22 and again determined that the alarm was due to cooking. The alarm was then reset. GFD left at 1:26 p.m.

• At 9:22 p.m. on Monday, GFD was dispatched to 109 W. Hanna St. for a fire alarm. Firefighters arrived at 9:26 and determined that the alarm was due to cooking. The alarm was then reset. GFD left at 9:30 p.m.

Additionally, GFD performed four medical assists and had one disregard during this time.

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.