Putnam Scanner for March 29, 2024

Friday, March 29, 2024

County Jail

Eleven people were booked in the Putnam County Jail recently.


• At 10:31 a.m. Joseph A. Hagan, 34, Evansville, was lodged at the jail on a local warrant.

• At 12:53 a.m. Christopher S. Newman, 34, Terre Haute, was taken into custody on a pair of local warrants.

• At 12:29 a.m. William C.J. Smith, 33, Brazil, was housed at the jail on a local warrant.

• At 12:27 a.m. Robert F. Moore, 35, Brazil, was booked in on a local warrant.


• At 11:39 a.m. Brian K. Watts, 32, Indianapolis, was lodged at the jail on a local warrant

• At 11:21 a.m. Jason R. Bishop, 39, Coatesville, was booked in for probation violation.


• At 10:36 p.m. Mattie Q. McKinney, 26, Cloverdale, was housed at the jail for battery, disorderly conduct, intimidation and public intoxication.

• At 4:10 p.m. Kenneth M. Finchum, 44, Cloverdale, was booked in on a writ of body attachment.

• At 12:02 a.m. John D. Brickert Jr., 35, Martinsville, was lodged at the jail on a pair of local warrants.


• At 1:10 p.m. Joshua D. Ellington, 25, Greencastle, was taken into custody on a local warrant.

• At 9:04 a.m. Noah G. Eller, 39, Poland, was housed at the jail on a local warrant.

City Police

A recent minor accident resulted in the arrest of a Greencastle woman on alcohol-related charges, Greencastle City Police officers report.

• At 7:58 p.m. March 21, Misty Anderson, 37, was arrested at a Main Street residence by Officer Alec Pettit.

She was lodged in the Putnam County Jail on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Her blood-alcohol concentration level registered .195 percent under portable breathalyzer testing.

Anderson was involved in an accident on the parking lot of Dollar Tree, 1744 Indianapolis Rd., as her 2009 Chevrolet Traverse reportedly struck a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Leroy McKinney, 80, Greencastle, as he was pulling into a parking space and she was backing out of another.

Anderson exchanged information with McKinney and left the scene.

Damage to the McKinney vehicle was listed at less than $1,000 to the driver’s-side front quarterpanel. There was no reported damage to the Anderson vehicle.

Sheriff’s Office

Putnam County sheriff’s deputies investigated six recent crashes.

• At 8:39 p.m. on Friday, March 22, Richard L. Miller, 73, Coatesville, was southbound on Heritage Drive at the intersection of Freedom Valley Court when his 2009 Nissan Maxima left the west side of the road and hit a no parking sign, a guardrail and a utility pole before coming to rest on top of the guardrail.

The front end of the car sustained heavy damage.

Deputy Robert Soilleux said when he made initial contact with Miller, the driver smelled of alcoholic beverages and admitted he had been drinking. Miller said he had been at a celebration of life at Sahm’s Marina/Bar and that his food fell off his seat. He became distracted while reaching for the food and ran off the road.

The driver was not injured. He was later booked in the Putnam County Jail.

Soilleux was assisted at the scene by Deputy Josh Clark and Reserve Deputy Michael Clampitt.

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

• At 5:30 a.m. on Friday, March 22, Anthony A. Hughes, 73, Freedom, was traveling southwest on Heritage Drive just north of the entrance to Gettysburg Drive in a 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe.

Hughes told Deputy Levi Martin he believed he fell asleep and missed a left-hand turn. He said he remembered hearing a loud bang and then was off the road. He said after the crash, he was not able to exit due to it being on its side and against trees. He also did not have his phone, so he crawled into the back and went to sleep until he was found sometime later.

Hughes was checked out by medics at the scene and declined treatment. He was transported to a nearby friend’s house.

The car was towed. Martin estimated damage at $5,000-$10,000.

• At 10:25 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, Kelsey Dilley, 17, Greencastle, was southbound on County Road 250 West in a 2012 Buick Lacrosse when a deer came out on the gravel road.

Dilley told Deputy Derek Tomaw she swerved to miss the deer, left the road and hit a Duke Energy pole.

Dilley said her head was hurting from the impact, and EMS was called to the scene. However, her mother said she would take her to the hospital.

The car sustained substantial damage and was towed. Tomaw estimated damage at $5,000-$10,000.

• At 6:33 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, Debby Zaring, 63, Fillmore, was northbound on County Road 575 East in a 2013 Ram 1500 when two deer entered the road.

Zaring told Deputy Tomaw she missed the first deer, but the second collided with the driver’s side front area.

Damage was estimated at $2,500-$5,000.

• At 12:19 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20, Danielle J. Heller, 34, Bloomington, was northbound on Main Street in Fillmore at the intersection of Old Right-of-Way Road when she hit a deer, resulting in heavy front-end damage.

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

• At 1:50 a.m. on Monday, March 18, Jessica S. Williams, 36, Noblesville, was eastbound on U.S. 36 in a 2022 Ford F-450 ambulance registered to Indiana University Health when she hit a deer.

She told Deputy Tomaw she was en route to Union Hospital in Clinton County. She said that after she hit the deer, she turned around to get out of the road, and the ambulance was making a funny sound. She discovered it had heavy damage to the grille and radiator.

The ambulance was towed. Tomaw estimated damage at $5,000-$10,000.

City Fire

The Greencastle Fire Department responded to two incidents between Sunday and Thursday morning:

• At 12:09 p.m. on Monday, GFD was dispatched to Bishop Roberts Hall at DePauw University for a fire alarm. Firefighters arrived at 12:15 and determined the alarm was due to cooking. The alarm system was reset. GFD went back into service at 12:23 p.m.

• At 5:09 p.m. on Wednesday, GFD was dispatched for a dumpster fire at 2234 W. CR 125 South. Firefighters arrived at 5:16 and found a large roll-off dumpster with tires and construction materials ablaze within. While foam was used, a second engine was called for water supply and manpower. The fire was controlled by 5:55. It was determined that construction crews transferred the contents from a burn pile after they believed that fire was out. GFD went back into service at 6:26 p.m. The Cloverdale Township Volunteer Fire Department covered its station during the response.

Additionally, GFD responded for 12 medical assists during this timeframe.

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.