Putnam Scanner for March 19, 2021

Thursday, March 18, 2021

County Jail

Ten people were booked in the Putnam County Jail recently.


• At 4:53 a.m. Alyssa M. Murray, 22, Indianapolis, was lodged at the jail for driving while intoxicated.

• At 2:21 a.m. Teresa B. Hall, 54, Greencastle, was taken into custody for possession of methamphetamine.


• At 2:34 p.m. Tony A. Tillberry, 34, Indianapolis, was housed at the jail for battery resulting in moderate bodily injury.

• At 12:34 p.m. Amber R. Manning, 34, Poland, was booked in for driving with a suspended license.

• At 4:09 a.m. Wesley A. Sturgell, 32, Freedom, was lodged at the jail for carrying a handgun as a felon, possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license.


• At 10:40 p.m. Sarah M. McCune, 38, Noblesville, was taken into custody for driving with an ACE of .08 or more.

• At 12:22 p.m. Denise L. Wampler, 31, Indianapolis, was housed at the jail on a local warrant.

• At 11:27 p.m. Johnathan E. Turner, 33, Reelsville, was booked in for possession of methamphetamine, possession of a synthetic drug and possession of paraphernalia with a prior conviction.

• At 11:25 p.m. Brittany L. Lumpkin, 33, Greencastle, was lodged at the jail for possession of methamphetamine.

• At 3:27 a.m. Erik M. Rhoden, 29, Cloverdale, was taken into custody for driving while intoxicated.

Indiana State Police

A recent traffic stop by an Indiana state trooper yielded two arrests on drug charges.

On Tuesday afternoon, Trooper Colton Maynor stopped a vehicle at U.S. 231 and County Road 800 South after he noticed the driver was not wearing a seatbelt.

The subsequent investigation revealed that not only was the driver, 46-year-old David A. Scott of Greencastle, under the influence, but he and his passenger were in possession of suspected methamphetamine.

Both subjects were taken to the Putnam County Jail.

Allen was booked in at 2:36 p.m. and initially charged with possession of methamphetamine and operating while intoxicated-refusal.

Donna L. Dwigans, 51, Cloverdale, was booked in at 3:40 p.m. for possession of methamphetamine.

City Police

One recent arrest was reported by Greencastle City Police officers.

• At 1:34 a.m. Tuesday, Mark N. Dunn, 41, Greencastle, was arrested by Officer Jared McDaniel.

Stopped on Illinois Street and lodged in the Putnam County Jail, Dunn was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. He registered .193 percent under portable breathalyzer testing (PBT).

Sheriff’s Office

Putnam County sheriff’s deputies filed one recent accident report.

• At 8:48 p.m. on Thursday, March 11, Matthew L. Spiegel, 44, Fillmore, was westbound on U.S. 36 approaching Groveland in a 2014 Ford F-150. He was behind a 2019 Jeep Cherokee driven by Grace L. Catney, 19, Coatesville.

Both vehicles then turned southbound onto County Road 725 East in Groveland.

Deputy Robert Soilleux noted that at the time there was a very dense, low-lying fog producing very poor visibility, ranging from a couple hundred feet to only two or three car lengths.

Spiegel told the deputy that Catney had been driving very slowly and repeatedly “brake checking” him.

He said that after they both turned onto 725 East, the other vehicle came to a complete stop. He said he was so close that he had to back up before going around.

Spiegel said that after he passed, Catney’s vehicle sped up and began following him, eventually rear-ending him after slamming on his brakes to avoid an animal.

Catney told Soilleux she was driving slowly because of the fog and Spiegel was tailgating her. She said that as she was slowing down to turn onto 725 East, Spiegel “bumped” her vehicle. For this reason, she said she slowed and came to a complete stop on the county road so she could exchange information with the other driver.

However, she said the other driver “floored” his vehicle and went around her, so she followed in order to get his license plate number. Catney said he then abruptly stopped and she rear-ended him.

Catney further said that she called 911 to report the crash and then called again after Spiegel exited his vehicle and started circling her car, acting aggressively.

A front-seat passenger in Catney’s vehicle gave the same account as she did.

Soilleux noted that the vehicles both had obvious damage from Catney rear-ending Spiegel, but there was no visible sign of Spiegel rear-ending Catney.

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

City Fire

The Greencastle Fire Department recently responded to one dispatch:

• At 9:06 p.m. on Tuesday, GFD was dispatched to Pi Beta Phi on DePauw University’s campus for a smoke alarm. Firefighters arrived at 9:09 and determined the alarm was due to hairspray. The alarm was reset. GFD went back into service at 9:22 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.