Putnam Scanner for July 16, 2019

Monday, July 15, 2019

County Jail

Seven people were booked in the Putnam County Jail recently.


• At 12:29 a.m. Samantha Nicole Hanners, 28, Greencastle, was housed at the jail for resisting law enforcement with injury, probation violation, driving while intoxicated endangering another person, driving with a BAC of .08 or more, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and driving while intoxicated-refusal,


• At 5:10 p.m. Isis Jo Rhoton, 36, Indianapolis, was booked in on a local warrant.

• At 10:34 a.m. Justin D. Hodges, 39, Coatesville, was lodged at the jail for invasion of privacy and residential entry.

• At 5:12 a.m. Thomas Lee Storey, 28, Rockville, was taken into custody for domestic battery, disorderly conduct and public intoxication.


• At 7:45 p.m. Daniel Wayne Debruler, 28, Plainfield, was housed at the jail on a local warrant.

• At 9:40 a.m. Drake Carmine Best, 21, Plainfield, was booked in on a local warrant.

• At 9:28 a.m. Icis Lynn Gootee, 23, Clayton, was lodged at the jail for theft.

Sheriff’s Department

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

• At 10:05 p.m. on Sunday, Mary Katherine L. Asbell, 16, Greencastle, was westbound on County road 75 North in the 4500 East block in a 2008 Toyota Corolla registered to Phillip T. Asbell.

It was storming at the time and Asbell told Deputy Randy Patrick she could not see or control her vehicle. She hit some standing water and ran off the road, hitting a Hendricks Power pole.

The vehicle came to rest facing north on the north side of the road.

Asbell was not injured in the crash.

The vehicle was towed. Patrick estimated damage at $10,000-$25,000.

• At 6:08 p.m. on Sunday, Gustavo A. Ramirez Perez, 25, Chicago, was eastbound on U.S. 36 in the 400 block of East Pat Rady Way in Bainbridge in a 2009 Nissan Versa.

Ramirez Perez told Deputy Patrick the traffic in front of him was avoiding an object in the road and when he tried to do so, he ran off the road on the south side.

The vehicle came to rest facing north in the ditch.

Ramirez Perez was examined by an ambulance crew and signed a statement of release.

The vehicle was towed. Patrick estimated damage at $10,000-$25,000.

• At approximately 6 p.m. on Saturday, Chad J. Fitz, 47, Roanoke, was eastbound on Interstate 70 near the 36-mile marker in a 2005 Honda Odyssey when he fell asleep.

The vehicle left the left side of the roadway, entering the grass median and hitting a tree head-on.

Fitz told Deputy Josh Boller that the crash happened at 6 p.m. on Saturday but that he remained on scene all night until emergency personnel arrived at 7:20 a.m. Sunday.

The driver did not make the 911 call until Sunday morning, though the reason is unknown.

Boller said Fitz had a severe facial injury as well as serious cuts on his legs. He was transported from the scene.

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

• At 5:50 p.m. on Saturday, Marvin D. Verhey, 70, Danville, was westbound on U.S. 36 in a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado pulling a trailer and boat. Janet S. O’Hair, 67, Greencastle, was westbound in a 2017 Ford F-150.

O’Hair entered the passing lane to pass Verhey’s vehicle. At that point, the wheel for the trailer fell off and hit O’Hair’s vehicle, causing damage to the right front fender.

Reserve Deputy Josh Clark reported that there were no injuries.

Verhey’s trailer had to be towed. Clark estimated damage at less than $1,000.

• At 7:06 p.m. on Friday, Taylor N. Hecht, 28, Fillmore, was westbound on U.S. 36 at Groveland in a 2018 Chevrolet Equinox. Rebecca L. Griffin, 23, Roachdale, was also westbound in a 2010 Dodge Nitro.

Hecht told Reserve Deputy Nathan Trissel that she was preparing to turn left onto County Road 725 East when she was rear-ended by Griffin’s vehicle.

Griffin told Trissel that she noticed a truck pulling a boat stop to prepare to turn ahead of Hecht’s vehicle. However, she said Hecht slowed much more quickly than she had anticipated.

Griffin admitted that just before the crash, she looked over at her dog in the passenger seat, taking her eyes off the road.

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

• At 8:16 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9, two witness reported that they were driving southbound on County Road 600 East when they were forced to stop suddenly because of a northbound green Jeep traveling down the middle of the road at a high rate of speed.

The two witnesses told Deputy Robert Soilleux that the Jeep suddenly steered back into the northbound lane and lost control, fishtailing and leaving the east side of the road, where it rolled onto its top.

The witnesses said that they and another passerby stopped to help free the female driver, making sure she was OK. They said they overheard the woman speaking with her son, Ryan, and a short time later, two men and a woman arrived on the scene and the witnesses left. Before they left, they told the driver the police were on the way.

When Soilleux arrived, the vehicle was abandoned.

Investigating the vehicle, Soilleux said it smelled of alcoholic beverage, and there were and empty bottle of vodka, two hard lemonades and two beers.

He also found a wallet containing an Indiana ID card that matched the owner of the vehicle, Brandi Harvey, 41, of Cloverdale.

Both witnesses said that the picture on the ID card was the woman driving the vehicle.

On Monday, Harvey was formally charged in Putnam Superior Court with Class A misdemeanor driving with a suspended license with a prior conviction and Class B misdemeanor leaving the scene of an accident.

The vehicle was towed. Soilleux estimated damage at $2,500-$5,000.

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.