Putnam Scanner for Feb. 9, 2021

Monday, February 8, 2021

County Jail

Four people were booked in the Putnam County Jail recently.


• At 8:15 p.m. Joni E. Bible, 40, Greencastle, was lodged at the jail for domestic battery.

• At 2:07 a.m. David Khuu, 55, Katy, Texas, was taken into custody on an out-of-county warrant and for possession of cocaine.


• At 1:59 p.m. Benjamin T. O’Hair, 35, Russellville, was housed at the jail on a local warrant.

• At 8:43 p.m. Roland G. Lottman, 57, Coatesville, was booked in for driving while intoxicated and driving as a habitual traffic violator.

Sheriff’s Office

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

• At 5:59 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 1, Justin W. Hillenburg, 33, Brazil, was northbound entering a curve on County Road 445 West when he lost control of his 2009 Hyundai Accent.

Raymond B. Urton, 54, Reelsville, was southbound in a 2016 Ford F-Series registered to Duke Energy and saw Hillenburg lose control. Urton told Deputy Kyle Lee he took evasive action, entering a nearby yard to avoid the collision, but the driver-side bumper of Hillenburg’s car struck the driver-side utility bed of the Duke truck.

Neither driver was injured. Urton was able to drive from the scene, but Hillenburg’s car had to be towed.

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

• At 3:07 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 31, a gray Honda Pilot SUV was westbound on U.S. 40 and ran the red light at U.S. 231, which caused a chain reaction crash among three northbound cars on 231.

Floyd Coon, 63, Cloverdale, was northbound on U.S. 231 in a 2017 Toyota Camry. When the SUV ran the red light, he applied his brakes to avoid a collision.

In turn, John K. McCammack, 26, Fillmore, applied the brakes on his 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt but could not avoid rear-ending Coon’s vehicle.

The same happened with Aaron A. Adams, 26, Reelsville, who was behind McCammack in a 2016 Ford Mustang.

Though the Honda Pilot fled the scene prior to the arrival of law enforcement, all three involved drivers agreed as to what had happened and the description of the vehicle.

Deputy Scott Ducker estimated damage at $10,000-$25,000. Adams’ vehicle was the only one towed from the scene.

City Fire

The Greencastle Fire Department responded to three recent dispatches:

• At 10:33 p.m. on Thursday, GFD was notified of a tree in the roadway near 1626 N. U.S. 231. Firefighters found the tree at 10:44 and removed it. GFD went back into service at 11:16 p.m.

• At 8:10 p.m. on Saturday, GFD was dispatched to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for a fire alarm. Firefighters arrived at 8:18 and could not determine a cause for the alarm. The alarm was reset. GFD went back into service at 9:05 p.m.

• At 1:11 p.m. on Monday, GFD was dispatched to Humbert Hall on the DePauw University campus for a fire alarm. Firefighters arrived at 1:18 and determined the alarm was due to cooking. The alarm was reset. GFD went back into service at 1:24 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.