Putnam Scanner for 12-12-07

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Sheriff's Dept.

One accident was investigated recently by the Putnam County Sheriff's Department.

* At 3:06 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, a car lost control and hit a guardrail on U.S. 231 North at Ind. 236.

Deputy Craig Sibbitt reported that Brandy Meadows, Bedford, was driving a 2004 Ford SUV southbound when she lost control, spinning several times and striking a guard rail.

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

City Police

Officers from the Greencastle Police Department issued several recent tickets and citations.

Sgt. Charles Inman Jr. issued the following tickets:

* Christopher Allen, 23, Greencastle, was cited on Indianapolis Road for improper passing on the left and a 45 in a 30-mph zone at 8:50 p.m. Nov. 24.

* Ryan English, 27, Greencastle, was cited on Indianapolis Road for an expired license plate at 7:05 p.m. Dec. 1.

Meanwhile, several accidents were also investigated.

* At 1:25 p.m. Nov. 26, two cars collided at 33 Putnam Plaza.

Officer Darrel Bunten reported that Brittany Johnson, 17, Greencastle, was driving a 2001 Saturn northwest across the parking lot and didn't see an oncoming 2007 Dodge Caliber, driven by Eva Clark, 59, Greencastle, causing a collision.

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

* At 8:55 p.m. Nov. 28, two cars collided at Indianapolis and Round Barn roads.

Officer Matt Huffman reported that Jennifer Hubbard, 19, Roachdale, was driving a 1995 Oldsmobile and was stopped at the stoplight. She began turning right, or west, onto Indianapolis Road and was hit by a 2003 Cadillac, driven by James Price, 77, Greencastle. Hubbard said she did not know there was a stoplight at the intersection.

Damage was estimated at $1,000-2,500.

* At 3:28 p.m. Nov. 30, a car rear-ended another one on Indianapolis Road.

Officer Ed Wilson reported that Terry Fuller, 54, Greencastle, driving a 1999 Ford F150, was stopped in the traffic lane. Meanwhile, Scott Parsons, 42, Greencastle, driving a 1996 Dodge Caravan, was slowing to stop in traffic behind Fuller. Finally, Jared Hutcheson, 26, Greencastle, driving a 2004 Ford Ranger pick-up, advised he was distracted for a moment and looked up to see Parsons stopped. He advised that he attempted to but could not stop, striking Parsons and pushing him into Fuller.

Damage was estimated at $5,000-10,000.

* At 1:22 p.m. Dec. 1, two cars collided on icy streets at Jackson and Washington streets.

Officer Bunten reported that Nicolas Gonzalez, 42, Lafayette, was driving a 1994 Ford Ranger, towing a 1997 Nissan van, en route to Mexico, turning east onto Washington Street, when his vehicle started to slide due to the icy road conditions causing the minivan he was towing became jack-knifed, pushing it into the rear quarter panel of the Ford Ranger.

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

* At 11 a.m. Dec. 3, two cars collided on Indianapolis Road near Ind. 240.

Officer Albert Epple reported that Jami Lehman, 41, Dana, was driving eastbound on Indianapolis Road, in a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe, when Marvin Clifford, 76, Greencastle, driving a 2007 Chevrolet Impala, pulled out of a business and collided with her vehicle. Clifford told police he was pulling out, making a left turn, and did not see Lehman until he collided with the side of her vehicle.

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

* At 8:48 a.m. Dec. 4, a car hit a utility pole on Seminary Street.

Officer Albert Epple reported that Robert Bell Sr., 61, Greencastle, was driving a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban eastbound, just east of Arlington Street, when he suffered a medical condition, causing his vehicle to leave the roadway and collide with a power pole at low speed.

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

Greencastle Fire Dept.

The Greencastle Fire Department went on several runs recently:

* At 11:52 a.m., Sunday, Crews were dispatched to 215 Wood St. on a lift assist and were back in service by 12:10 p.m.

* At 2:34 p.m., Sunday, crews were dispatched to assist the Fillmore Fire Department with a barn fire on Hendricks Street in Fillmore. Crews were back in service at 4:50 p.m.

* At 7:08 a.m., Monday, crews were dispatched to 311 S. Locust St. to respond to a fire alarm at Sigma Chi. There were no problems detected and crews were back in service at 7:34 a.m.

* At 3: 57 p.m., Monday, crews were dispatched to 835 Gardenside Dr. to investigate a possible natural gas leak. The leak was located and contained before crews went back in service at 4:56 p.m.

* At 11:27 a.m., Tuesday, crews were dispatched to 614 Franklin St. for a smoke investigation. There were no problems found and crews were back in service by 11:33 a.m.

* At 2:29 p.m., Monday, crews were dispatched to the Putnam County Hospital at 1542 S. Bloomington for false fire alarm. They were disregarded at 2:30 p.m.

* At 4:54 a.m. crews were dispatched to Montgomery Hall at 1120 Anderson St. to reset a fire alarm. Fire personnel were advised that DePauw University would handle the problem and were back in service at 5:05 a.m.

* At 6:47 p.m. crews were dispatched to 516 N. Indiana St. to investigate a flooded basement. Fire officials assisted the occupant to reset a sump pump and were back in service at 7:17 p.m.