Putnam Scanner for October 4, 2019

Thursday, October 3, 2019

County Jail

Four people were booked in the Putnam County Jail recently.


-At 6:44 a.m. Zyan Shadwick Cox, 23, Greencastle, was lodged at the jail for possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a syringe.


-At 11:22 p.m. Frankie Sherlen Shelton, 56, Roachdale, was booked in for driving with a BAC of .08 or more.

-At 5:14 p.m. Marvin Quintal Ford, 27, Indianapolis, was housed at the jail on a court order, for trafficking with an inmate and for dealing in methamphetamine.

-At 9:29 a.m. Layne Michale Lucas, 19, Coatesville, was taken into custody for illegal consumption of an alcoholic beverage.

Sheriff’s Department

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

- At 5:13 p.m. on Monday, Emily M. Remsburg, 30, Coatesville, was stopped southbound on State Road 75 waiting to turn left onto U.S. 40 in a 2018 Toyota RAV4. Danny B. Cull, 66, Fillmore, was westbound on U.S. 40 approaching State Road 75 in a 2001 GMC Yukon.

Remsburg told Deputy Robert Soilleux two vehicles were approaching from the east and she believed they were slowing to turn right onto State Road 75. She then proceeded into the intersection, striking Cull’s SUV.

Cull told Soilleux he was going straight when Remsburg pulled out in front of him. In an attempt to avoid the collision, he steered into the median where he hit many road signs. This prevented him from crashing into oncoming traffic.

Remsburg was cited for failure to yield right-of-way.

Cull’s vehicle was towed. Soilleux estimated damage at $10,000-$25,000.

- At 12:53 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 23, Deputy Soilleux was dispatched to U.S. 36 and U.S. 231 for a vehicle which crashed into a metal utility pole on the northeast side of the intersection.

Soilleux arrived to find a 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 into the pole with heavy front-end damage and airbag deployment. The metal pole was also damaged.

Based on tire marks, it appeared the vehicle had been eastbound on U.S. 36 when it crossed over the oncoming lane and crashed into the metal pole used to support the traffic lights on the northeast corner of the intersection.

Soilleux also found fresh blood on the steering wheel and a broken beer bottle in the bed of the truck.

The deputy made contact with the registered owner of the vehicle, Wesley Stephen Hammontree Jr., 45, Greencastle, who said he was the driver at the time. He said he had fallen asleep at the wheel and woke up when he crashed into the pole.

Hammontree said he then called a friend to pick him up and did not know what to do. He said he had no excuse for leaving the scene.

The driver denied consuming any alcoholic beverages prior to the crash.

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

The truck was towed. Soilleux estimated damage at $10,000-$25,000.

City Fire

The Greencastle Fire Department responded to five recent dispatches:

• At 8:47 p.m. on Wednesday, GFD was dispatched to Delta Upsilon for a fire alarm. Firefighters arrived at 8:48 but could not determine the cause of the alarm. The alarm was reset. GFD left at 8:58 a.m.

• At 3:04 a.m. on Thursday, GFD was dispatched to Wood Street for a hazardous scenario. Units arrived to find that a tree had fallen against a telephone line. Duke Energy was then notified. GFD stayed on the scene until Duke arrived, and then went back into service at 3:23 a.m.

• At 7:03 a.m. on Thursday, GFD was dispatched back to Delta Upsilon for a fire alarm. Firefighters arrived at 7:05 and determined there was an internal problem with the alarm system. As it couldn’t be reset, maintenance was notified. GFD left at 7:17 a.m.

• At 7:53 a.m. on Thursday, GFD responded to a motor vehicle accident with injuries on Veterans Memorial Highway. Units arrived on the scene at 7:56 and assisted with traffic control and patient care. GFD went back into service at 8:13 a.m.

• At 12:01 p.m. on Thursday, GFD responded to another motor vehicle accident with injuries on Veterans Memorial Highway. Units arrived on the scene at 12:04 and assisted with patient care, as well as fluid and debris cleanup. GFD went back into service at 12:56 p.m.

Additionally, GFD performed seven 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.