Scanner for 11-19-2014

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

County Jail

Two people were booked into the Putnam County Jail this weekend.

* At 4:51 p.m. on Friday, William Martens Page, 50, Fortville, was arrested for illegal possession of a firearm.

* At 4:23 a.m. on Saturday, Dakota William Davis, 21, Ladoga, was charged with operating while intoxicated.

City Police

Two recent arrests were reported by Greencastle City Police officers.

-- At 10:12 a.m. Saturday, Troy Murphy, 52, Roachdale, was arrested by Reserve Officer Jes Seipel at South Jackson Street and Veterans Memorial Highway.

Lodged in the Putnam County Jail, Murphy was held on a Hendricks County warrant for invasion of privacy.

-- On Sunday, Collin Brummett, 31, Heritage Lake, was arrested on West Franklin Street by Officer Kyle Lee.

Lodged in the Putnam County Jail, he was held on a Hendricks County warrant for domestic battery.

Two property-damage accidents were reported recently by city officers.

-- At 7:40 p.m. Sunday, a two-vehicle mishap occurred on snow-covered West Walnut Street Road near the entrance to the DePauw University Nature Park.

Mandy Nelson, 36, Greencastle, was westbound, rounding a curve in a 2008 Toyota Highlander, when the vehicle lost traction and crossed the center line, Officer Lee reported.

Eastbound at the same time was a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Richard Bowman, 23, Coatesville, who steered his truck into the westbound lanes in an effort to evade the Nelson vehicle but was unable to avoid a collision.

Total damage was estimated at $5,000-$10,000.

-- At 5:25 p.m. Saturday, a two-vehicle accident occurred at the intersection of East Washington and South Indiana streets as both drivers attempted maneuvers that aren't permissible at that corner, Officer Darrel Bunten noted.

Caroline Moriarity, 21, Winnetka, Ill., was stopped westbound on Washington Street, waiting to turn left onto South Indiana, which is not a legal maneuver between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., Bunten noted. When she realized that, Moriarity decided to turn right instead just as Jennifer Lund, 29, Indianapolis, attempted to pass her on the right in a 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee and a collision occurred.

Lund said she saw Moriarty was turning and tried to go around her vehicle.

Officer Bunten pointed out that there is no passing lane at that location.

Total damage was estimated at $2,500-$5,000.

One recent citation was written by city officers.

-- At 10:34 a.m. Friday, Gerald Rich, 52, Russellville, was cited at Indiana and Washington streets by Officer Bunten for an infraction of driving with a suspended license.

Sheriff's Dept.

Three recent accidents were investigated by Putnam County Sheriff's Department deputies.

* At 5:35 p.m. on Friday, Taylor P. Webster, 17, Roachdale, was southbound on County Road 250 East near County Road 800 North.

Webster told Deputy Kyle Gibbons that when her 2002 Dodge Dakota lost traction due to the icy roadway conditions, which ultimately caused it to travel left of center and into the path of Jason Berry, 19, Roachdale.

Berry advised Gibbons he was northbound on County Road 250 East in a 2003 Ford F250 when he made front-end impact with Webster after attempting to swerve and avoid a collision. However, he was unable to due to a large concrete barrier in the east ditch.

Both vehicles suffered debilitating front-end damage.

Damage was estimated at $10,001-$25,000.

* At 6:45 p.m. on Sunday, David L. Mundy, 20, Greencastle, was southbound on U.S. 231 in a 2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

As he entered a curve in the roadway, Mundy applied his brakes, which locked up, causing the vehicle to slide straight off the roadway. Chief Deputy Tom Helmer noted that at the time of the crash snow was falling and the road surface was covered in snow and ice.

Mundy then struck a Banner Graphic paper box along the shoulder of the road, sliding across the yard located at 4224 S. U.S. 231 before impacting a natural gas pipe and a guy wire for a utility pole.

The left-rear passenger, Gracie M. Mundy, 14, Greencastle, complained of abdominal pain and was transported to Putnam County Hospital via Operation Life.

Cloverdale Volunteer Fire Department assisted at the scene.

Damage was estimated at $2,501-$5,000.

* At 5:58 p.m. on Monday, Charles M. Downing, 49, Greencastle, was traveling on County Road 250 East just north of County Road 800 North.

Downing advised Gibbons that while responding to a separate traffic accident located in the area for the Bainbridge Police Department, his 2006 Ford Crown Victoria lost traction due to the amount of ice on the pavement and left the roadway.

After leaving the roadway, Downing hit a post on the side of the road, which caused minor damage to the driver's side door.

Damage was estimated at $1,001-$2,500.

City Fire

The Greencastle Fire Department has performed three lift assists and responded to a number of dispatches in recent days.

* At 9:53 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, GFD responded to a fire alarm at 406 S. Indiana St. that had been triggered when a humidifier ran out of water.

* At 10:06 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, GFD was called to 107 W. Hanna St. for a fire alarm triggered by cooking.

* At 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, GFD performed an air-monitoring test at 15 W. Franklin St. after the smell of gas was reported. Upon investigation, no source of the odor or gas leak was discovered.

* At 8:55 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, GFD was dispatched to a gas leak reported at Autumn Glen, 98 N. 10th St. Upon arrival, GFD discovered a malfunctioning regulator on the gas meter. Vectren was called to the scene to replace the regulator.

* At 9:46 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, GFD was called to 330 Greenwood Ave. for a smoke alarm on the first floor but, upon arrival, GFD found no cause for the alarm.

* At 6:53 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, GFD was called to The Waters, 1601 Hospital Dr., to assist Operation Life.

* At 8:47 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, GFD responded to a fire alarm at 110 E. Larrabee St. GFD found no direct cause for the alarm but a malfunctioning alarm panel appeared to be the most likely cause.

* At 12.24 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, GFD was dispatched to 106 S. Spring St. for a fire alarm triggered by cooking.

* At 1:15 a.m. Monday, Nov. 17, GFD was called to investigate a gas leak at an Autumn Glen residence, 98 N. 10th St. The gas leak was caused by several pilot lights in the kitchen that had gone out.

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.