Putnam Scanner for Aug. 4, 2020

Monday, August 3, 2020

County Jail

Three people were booked in the Putnam County Jail recently.


• At 4:24 a.m. Christopher M. Caldwell, 38, Terre Haute, was lodged at the jail for theft.


• At 12:50 a.m. Erick Douglass Knight, 39, Oceanshores, Wash., was taken into custody for possession of methamphetamine, two counts of nonsupport of a dependent and theft.


• At 10:25 a.m. Payton R. Walker, 22, Greencastle, was housed at the jail for driving while intoxicated and possession of paraphernalia.

Sheriff’s Department

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

• At 12:34 p.m. Sunday, Ashley N. Wray, 28, Roachdale, was southbound on County Road 625 East approaching State Road 236 in a 2004 Chevrolet Cruze when she hit a deer.

The vehicle was towed due to extensive damage. Deputy Josh Deal estimated damage at $5,000-$10,000.

• At 10:55 p.m. on Saturday, Alec C. Frazee, 19, Brownsburg, was southbound on County Road 825 East approaching a 90-degree turn onto County Road 525 North in a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe.

Frazee failed to make the turn, running off the road and into the yard of 298 Jefferson Valley, hitting landscaping and an Endeavor Communications internet box.

Deputy Jeffery Freeman reported that Frazee was going too fast approaching the turn due to a wet road surface from the rain.

A friend was able to pull the vehicle out with minor damage.

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

• At 8:05 p.m. on Saturday, Darin E. Strong, 17, Greencastle, was southbound on County Road 275 East approaching a 90-degree turn onto County Road 160 South in a 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe.

Strong told officers she was traveling approximately 40 mph as she approached the turn, losing control in the turn and traveling off the roadway and into a guy wire for a power pole.

Deputy Daniel Birt observed that the vehicle entered the turn too fast for the wet conditions.

The vehicle was driven out of the embankment.

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

• At 1:55 p.m. on Saturday, Chester V. Justice, 66, Reelsville, was northbound on County Road 445 West in a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu.

Justice told Deputy Kyle Lee he must have taken the turn too fast, traveling off the road and rolling the car at least once.

When Lee arrived on the scene, the car was on its top, with Justice standing beside it receiving treatment from a Reelsville firefighter.

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

City Fire

The Greencastle Fire Department responded to three recent dispatches:

• At 4:10 a.m. on Saturday, GFD was dispatched to Opportunity Housing for a smoke alarm. Firefighters arrived at 4:13 but were unable to determine a cause for the alarm. The alarm was reset. GFD left at 4:24 a.m.

• At 6:24 p.m. on Saturday, GFD responded to an unauthorized burn located at 1039 W. CR 100 South. Units arrived at 6:30 and found an outside brush pile burning. The fire was put out. GFD went back into service at 6:38 p.m.

• At 8:12 p.m. on Saturday, GFD responded to a motor vehicle accident located at 2742 E. CR 160 South. Units arrived on the scene at 8:20 and performed patient care. GFD went back into service at 8:48 p.m.

Additionally, GFD recently performed seven medical assists.

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.