Scanner for 02-18-2015

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

County Jail

Five people were booked into the Putnam County Jail recently.

* At 2:18 p.m. on Friday, Robert Lee Speck Jr., 24, Brazil, was arrested for failure to appear.

* 3:50 a.m. on Saturday, Tony Shane Riggen, 38, Roachdale, was charged with driving while intoxicated.

* At 2 p.m. on Sunday, Joshua Nathan Wheeler, 34, Brazil, was lodged at the jail for probation violation.

* At 1:25 p.m. on Monday, Codie Keith Crockett, 20, Greencastle, was arrested for theft and probation violation.

At 3:55 p.m., Geri Danyel Capps, 25, Greencastle, was charged with probation violation.

City Police

A shoplifting incident at the Walmart store on Greencastle's East Side Sunday resulted in the arrest of a Tennessee woman, City Police officers reported.

Carol Renee Thompson, 53, Wildersville, Tenn., was booked into the Putnam County Jail for theft following the 8:19 p.m. incident investigated by Officer Nick Eastham.

Thompson allegedly took $48.11 worth of merchandise by concealing the items in her purse and attempting to leave the store without paying.

Among the items reportedly stolen were cocoa butter lotion, Ziploc Big Bags, shrimp and pasta dinners, 20 Solo Cup mini-shotglasses and two DVD movies ("Addicted" and "Nightcrawler").

Sheriff's Department

The Putnam County Sheriff's Department responded to four wrecks Monday morning and early afternoon due to snowy conditions.

* At 8 a.m., Devon B. Keith, 20, Greencastle, was northbound on Manhattan Road in a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Michael J. Kays, 51, Bainbridge, was southbound in a 2006 Chevrolet Impala.

Keith told Capt. Tom Helmer he was not aware the roads were ice-covered and as he tried to slow to negotiate a slight curve in the road, he lost control. The SUV crossed the southbound lane, left the road and made slight contact with a utility pole.

Keith's vehicle continued northbound in the southbound lane until the left front collided with the left front of Kays' car.

Kays said as he approached the curve, he saw Keith's vehicle in the southbound lane and swerved right to avoid the collison, but was unable due to a utility pole on the right shoulder.

Neither driver reported injuries. Damage was estimated at $5,001-$10,000.

Also assisting at the scene were Sgt. Craig Sibbitt, Deputy Adam Hull and the Greencastle Fire Department.

* At 9:40 a.m., Kimberly J. Sutton Haltom, 46, Greencastle, was westbound on Interstate 70 in a 2007 Chevrolet Aveo. Troy M. Miller, 34, Noblesville, was also westbound in a 2013 Kia Optima.

Haltom told Capt. Helmer she started to pass Miller's vehicle when the rear of her car started to slide and she lost control. The car spun across the lane, sideswiping the rear of Miller's car.

Haltom's vehicle continued northwest across the shoulder, up a grass embankment, coming to rest in a fence.

Neither driver reported injuries. Damage was estimated at $2,501-$5,000.

* At 10:17 a.m., Dana K. Reno, 45, Poland, was southbound on U.S. 231 on Plessinger Hill in a 2001 Mitsubishi Montero.

She told Lt. Donnie Pettit she lost control due to the snow- and ice-covered roadway. The vehicle left the east side of the road and overturned.

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

Assisting at the scene was Greencastle Police Officer Darrel Bunten.

* At 12:12 p.m., William L. Shinn, 61, Otterbein, was southbound on U.S. 231 just north of County Road 100 North in a 2003 Honda Accord.

Shinn told Sgt. Sibbitt he was following a tractor-trailer when he lost control due to road conditions, leaving the road on the west shoulder.

The vehicle continued southbound, colliding with a Frontier phone pole.

Sibbitt pulled the bumper the rest of the way off the vehicle to make it drivable.

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

City Fire

The Greencastle Fire Department has performed three medical assists and responded to numerous dispatches this week.

*At 3:52 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, GFD was called to 1 N. Locust St. for an odor investigation in which nothing was found.

* At 1:21 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, GFD responded to 40 W. Sunset Dr. after a phone call reporting wires downed in a tree. GFD identified the wires as cable wires, not electrical, and removed them from the tree.

* At 2:07 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, GFD was called to 400 Rockville Rd. for a service call. Upon arrival, GFD found a branch that had fallen into powerlines and that hung partially obstructing the roadway. GFD secured the location for several hours until Duke Energy arrived to resolve the issue.

* At 11:23 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, GFD was dispatched to South County Road 50 West to investigate property damage when a retractable porch roof blew onto the main house.

* At 5:04 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, GFD was responded to 602 S. College Ave. for a fire alarm due to a malfunctioning detector.

* At 1:19 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, GFD was dispatched 445 S. CR 300 W. after a phone call from the resident, advising an electrical problem. GFD found two plugs were melted into an outlet and advised homeowner to contact an electrician.

* At 6:56 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, GFD was called to a fire alarm due to cooking at 304 S. Indiana St.

* At 8:02 a.m. Monday, Feb. 16, GFD performed debris cleanup at a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of County Roads 300 South and 200 West.

* At 8:44 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, GFD was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Veterans Memorial Highway and Putnamville Street. GFD performed basic debris cleanup.

* At 2:17 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, GFD received a phone call from a concerned tenant at 109 S. Vine St. regarding a heater. GFD advised tenant to speak with landlord.

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.