Putnam Scanner for Jan. 11, 2022

Monday, January 10, 2022

County Jail

Four people were booked in the Putnam County Jail recently.


• At 5:51 p.m. Eric D. Miller, 47, Roachdale, was taken into custody for illegal sex offender residency.

• At 10:04 a.m. Robert F. Moore, 32, Indianapolis, was housed at the jail for battery against a public safety official and criminal mischief.

• At 10:04 a.m. Deondra L. Owens, 39, Terre Haute, was taken into custody for driving with a suspended license.


• At 5:25 p.m. Justin W. Lewis, 32, Fillmore, was lodged at the jail for domestic battery and strangulation.

City Police

One weekend arrest was reported by Greencastle City Police officers.

• At 1:45 a.m. Saturday, James L. Jones, 30, Greencastle, was arrested by Officer Alec Pettit.

Taken into custody at the parking lot of 3G Bowl on South Jackson Street, Jones was lodged in the Putnam County Jail on charges of resisting law enforcement, disorderly conduct and public intoxication.

One minor accident was investigated Saturday afternoon by Officer Jared McDaniel.

• At 4:12 p.m., a two-vehicle mishap occurred on West Washington Street near South Jackson.

Tashia Gidcumb, 40, Greencastle, was driving a 2017 Ford Escape eastbound on Washington Street when she stopped at the stoplight on Jackson Street. Her vehicle then slid backward on the icy roadway, striking a parked 2019 Ford F-150 owned by Matthew Mullinex, Greencastle.

Total damage in the accident was estimated at less than $1,000.

One traffic citation was issued recently by city officers.

• At 7:40 a.m. Saturday, Jaylyne Hayes, 17, Roachdale, was ticketed by Officer Luke Brown.

Stopped at Percy Julian Drive and State Road 240, Hayes was cited for disregarding a traffic control device.

Sheriff’s Office

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

• At 8 p.m. on Saturday, Patricia A. Marlow, 52, Greencastle, was westbound on East County Road 300 North in a 2020 Toyota Sienna, crossing an ice-covered bridge.

Marlow lost control of the vehicle, with the front driver side bumper hitting the guardrail on the southwest corner of the bridge.

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

• At 2:40 p.m. on Saturday, Terry W. Karg, 52, Rochelle, N.Y. was westbound in the left lane of U.S. 40 near County Road 75 West in a 2021 Chevrolet Silverado. Amber M. Weber, 25, Coatesville, was also westbound in the right lane in a 2001 Ford F-250.

Karg told Deputy Randy Patrick a semi tractor was approaching from the rear and began to lose control and slide on the ice. With nowhere to go, he attempted to change lanes, making contact with Weber’s vehicle.

Neither driver was able to get information on the semi, as it did not stop.

Patrick estimated damage at $5,000-$10,000.

• At 7:13 p.m. on Friday, Robert A. Nichols, 83, Cloverdale, was eastbound on County Road 1000 South in a 2017 Kia Sorento.

Nichols told Reserve Deputy Joe Tesmer he did not notice a slight turn to the left and continued straight, leaving the road and hitting a fire hydrant, then a fence and continuing until coming to a stop among trees.

Nichols was transported from the scene by Putnam County EMS. The vehicle was towed.

Tesmer estimated damage at $5,000-$10,000.

• At 10:47 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 4, Laura M. Swearingen, 47, Carbon, was northbound on County Road 250 East when she hit a deer.

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

City Fire

The Greencastle Fire Department responded to five recent incidents:

• At 5:32 p.m. on Thursday, GFD was dispatched to 807 N. Madison St. for an odor of gas. Firefighters arrived at 5:39 and found nothing after monitoring the property. GFD went back into service at 5:44 p.m.

• At 4:43 a.m. on Friday, GFD received a direct call for a car fire at Hickory Creek at Sunset. Firefighters arrived at 4:46 and extinguished a fire in the engine compartment. The car was turned over to the owner and GFD went back into service at 5:34 a.m.

• At 12:22 p.m. on Friday, GFD received a direct call for a smoke alarm at 208 E. Olive Street on the DePauw University campus. Firefighters arrived at 12:24 and were advised by DePauw police that the alarm was due to marijuana smoke. The alarm was reset. GFD went back into service at 12:32 p.m.

• At 7:41 p.m. on Friday, GFD was dispatched to 712 Highland St. for a fireplace malfunction that caused smoke. Firefighters arrived at 7:45 and were advised that the property had been ventilated. Once they found that the property was clear of carbon monoxide, GFD went back into service at 7:56 p.m.

• At 11:18 p.m. on Saturday, GFD was dispatched to the apartments at 330 Greenwood Ave. for a smoke alarm. Firefighters arrived at 11:21 and did not determine a cause for the alarm. The alarm was reset. GFD went back into service at 11:33 p.m.

Additionally, GFD recently performed 10 medical assists and had one disregard.

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.