Putnam Scanner for Friday, September 27, 2019

Thursday, September 26, 2019

County Jail

Eight people were booked in the Putnam County Jail recently.


• At 10:05 p.m. Ryan Michael Coble, 21, Greencastle, was taken into custody for criminal mischief and driving while intoxicated.

• At 4:03 p.m. Mary E. Walker, 35, Greencastle, was housed at the jail on a local warrant.

• At 1:08 a.m. Jordan Ray Skinner, 21, Greencastle, was lodged at the jail on a local warrant.

• At 12:51 a.m. Amilia Noel Faucett, 25, Cloverdale, was taken into custody for unlawful possession of a syringe.


• At 11:24 a.m. John William Gertchen, 48, Edinburg, was housed at the jail on a court order.

• At 11:09 a.m. Justin D. Hodges, 40, Coatesville, was booked in for theft.

• At 10:47 a.m. Damon Terrance Rivers, 44, Greencastle, was lodged at the jail for theft.

City Police

One warrant arrest was reported by Greencastle City Police.

• At 2:48 p.m. Wednesday, Joshua Mitchell, 24, Greencastle, was arrested by Capt. Chris Jones.

Mitchell, who was lodged in the Putnam County Jail, was arrested at a Frazier Street address on a Putnam County warrant carrying the original charge of possession of methamphetamine.

Sheriff’s Department

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

-The third vehicle involved in the crash early Wednesday morning apparently left the scene and has not been located by deputies.

At 5:54 a.m. Gregory Freeman, 67, Cincinnati, was southbound on U.S. 231 on the south side of Cloverdale approaching State Road 42 in a 2018 Freightliner semi pulling a trailer.

Freeman told Deputy Tanner Brown a vehicle pulled out in front of him, making a right turn off of 42 onto southbound 231. Freeman said he tried to stop but could not, hitting the smaller vehicle and sending it into the northbound lane, where it collided with a third vehicle before rolling back into his semi.

Johnathan Monnier, 43, Poland, told Brown he was eastbound on State Road 42 at U.S. 231 in a 2001 Chevrolet Venture. Monnier said he came to a stop and did not see any cars coming. He said he then waited for a westbound truck to turn south before he proceeded into the intersection.

Monnier said midway through his turn he noticed headlights approaching behind him and was then struck by the semi. He did not recall a third vehicle being involved.

Deputy Matt Biggs said he arrived on the scene and asked the driver of the third vehicle, a white car, to move to the side of the road to allow for traffic flow. The driver then moved the vehicle and was not seen again.

A witness who was westbound on 42 told deputies that Monnier did not stop at the intersection.

Monnier complained of head and chest pain and was treated by paramedics. His vehicle was towed.

Brown estimated damage at $10,000-$25,000.

• At 1:04 p.m. on Tuesday, Craig L. Newforth, 55, Spencer, was traveling southwest on County Road 1100 South in a 2016 ATC trash truck registered to Monster Inc. Mary J. Sites, 72, Cloverdale, was traveling in the opposite direction in a 2007 Ford F-150 pulling a trailer.

The vehicles met on a curve and as they passed, the left rear side step of the trash truck hit the wheel and wheelwell of the trailer.

Both vehicles were drivable.

Deputy Brian Helmer estimated damage at less than $1,000.

• At 5:35 p.m. on Monday, Jared M. Strehl, 21, Evansville, was southbound on U.S. 231 approaching State Road 236 in a 2002 Chevrolet Impala. Corbin J. Landrum, 20, Huntington, southbound following Strehl in a 1999 Jeep Wrangler.

Strehl told Deputy Daniel Birt he had to stop abruptly for a truck and trailer that had stopped to turn eastbound toward Roachdale. Landrum was unable to stop in time, colliding with the rear of Strehl’s car.

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

• At 3:27 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, Melinda E. Peters, 46, Greencastle, was eastbound on County Road 125 South at County Road 500 West in a 2013 Ford Escort when she hit a deer.

Sgt. Kyle Gibbons estimated damage at $2,500-$5,000

City Fire

The Greencastle Fire Department responded to one recent dispatch:

• At 1:56 p.m. on Wednesday, GFD was dispatched to 106 S. Spring. St. for a fire alarm. Firefighters arrived at 2 p.m. and determined the alarm was due to cooking. The alarm was then reset. GFD left at 2:06 p.m.

Additionally, GFD performed four medical assists around this dispatch.

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.