Putnam County Scanner for 7-15-16

Thursday, July 14, 2016

County Jail

Seven people were booked in the Putnam County Jail recently.


* At 11:26 p.m. David Michael Baker, 26, Indianapolis, was housed at the jail on a warrant for driving with a suspended license.

* At 3:14 p.m. Austin Zachary Holder, 20, Bainbridge, was arrested on a local warrant.

* At 3:03 p.m. David Lee Jones Jr., 38, Indianapolis, was taken into custody on a local warrant.

* At 2:04 p.m. Keven Dale Crowe, 24, Coatesville, was lodged at the jail on a warrant for probation violation and strangulation.


* At 3:56 p.m. Austin Tyler Sawyer, 20, Brazil, was booked in on warrant for possession of methamphetamine.

* At 3:48 p.m. Joseph Lambert Arthur, 28, Indianapolis, was housed at the jail on a warrant.

* At 1:55 p.m. Joshua Wade Oliver, 20, Roachdale, was arrested on a warrant for illegal consumption of an alcoholic beverage, driving while intoxicated and being a minor in consumption of alcohol.

City Police

A husband and wife were both arrested Wednesday evening after Greencastle City Police were called to their home to investigate a reported disturbance.

Taken into custody at a Bloomington Street residence at 8:14 p.m. were Tiffany Hemmerling, 35, and Brian Hemmerling, 37.

Arrested by Sgt. Eric Vaughan, they were lodged in the Putnam County Jail.

City officers investigated two recent accidents occurring on business parking lots.

* At 2:52 p.m. Tuesday, a two-vehicle mishap was reported on the Walmart supercenter parking lot.

A 2013 Toyota, driven by Cynthia Cornell, 75, Greencastle, and a 2016 Chevrolet, driven by Tamara Farris, 46, Greencastle, reportedly collided while being backed from parking spaces opposite each other, Officer Darrel Bunten reported.

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

* At 2:35 p.m. Monday, a one-vehicle accident was reported on the Ascena lot at 1901 E. State Road 240.

Chad Pettit, 20, Greencastle, had gotten into his 2006 Ford Mustang to leave the parking area when a bee reportedly fly inside the car and stung him on the forearm.

Pettit swatted at the bee, causing his car to swerve off the road and into an Ascena sign, Reserve Officer Billy Wallace reported.

Total damage was listed at less than $1,000.

Four recent traffic citations were issued by city officers.

* At 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, Shana Trinkle, 46, Coatesville, was cited by Reserve Officer Wallace.

Stopped on Fillmore Road, Trinkle was ticketed for disregarding a stopsign.

* At 3:05 a.m. Saturday, Trevor Kennedy, 19, Fillmore, was ticketed by Officer Matt Huffman.

Stopped on Percy Julian Drive, Kennedy was cited for disregarding a stopsign.

* At 9 p.m. Friday, July 8 Benjamin Fuchs, 24, Bainbridge, was ticketed by Reserve Officer Wallace.

Stopped on Indianapolis Road, Fuchs was cited for having an expired license plate.

* At 7:57 p.m. July 7, Seth Powell, 25, Quincy, was cited by Reserve Officer Wallace.

Stopped on Shadowlawn Avenue, Powell was cited for driving with suspended license with a prior offense.

Sheriff's Department

Putnam County Sheriff''s Department deputies investigated five recent traffic accidents.

* At 4:50 p.m. on Wednesday, Hannah M. Woods, 24, Greencastle, was northbound on County Road 500 West in a 2015 Chevrolet Equinox when a deer ran into the right front of her vehicle.

Capt. Tom Helmer estimated damage at $1,001-$2,500.

* At 1:50 p.m. on Wednesday, Michelle L. Morris, 44, Indianapolis, was eastbound on U.S. 36, stopped at the U.S. 231 stoplight in a 2001 Kia Sportage. Thomas D. Cundiff, 54, Saint Bernice, was stopped behind Morris in a 2005 Mercury Grand Marquis.

The light changed and Morris began to accelerate but had to slow due to a vehicle in front of her. At this point, Cundiff failed to see Morris slowing and struck the rear of her vehicle.

Capt. Helmer estimated damage at $2,501-$5,000.

* At 8:40 a.m. on Wednesday, Terry K. Custis, 52, Greencastle, was stopped at the temporary traffic signal on U.S. 231 just south of U.S. 36 in a 2005 Ford F350 pulling a trailer. Alysia K. Kinkead, 26, New Ross, had just turned southbound on U.S. 231 in a 2012 Kia Sorrento.

Kinkead told Deputy Matt Biggs she forgot about the temporary signal as she rounded the corner and hit the trailer Custis was pulling.

Kinkead's vehicle was towed. Damage was estimated at $5,001-$10,000.

* At 12:27 p.m. on Tuesday, deputies were dispatched to U.S. 36 for reports of a eastbound Dodge Dakota being driven erratically.

Capt. Helmer drove to U.S. 36 and headed west, meeting the vehicle in question with about four vehicles behind it.

Helmer turned around and followed the other vehicles to observe the driving pattern.

The vehicles continued eastbound until the pickup truck left the road on the curve just west of Bainbridge. It collided with a manhole cover that was sticking out of the ground off the road.

Helmer found heavy front-end damage and the driver, Gregory E. Schornick, 65, Rockville, still in the vehicle, apparently semi-conscious.

Schornick told officers he had previously had a liver transplant and was diabetic. He said he was on his way to Hendricks Regional Hospital due to medical issues. He said he had no memory of his erratic driving.

Operation Life transported Schornick on to Hendricks with chest pain and minor bleeding to his arms from glass breakage, both resulting from the sudden stop.

The vehicle was towed. Assisting at the scene were the Bainbridge Fire Department, PMH Ambulance, Bainbridge Utilities, Bainbridge Town Marshal Rodney Fenwick and PCSD Lt. Donnie Pettit.

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

* At 3:55 a.m. on Tuesday, Joey C. Trammell, 56, Poland, was southbound on County Road 275 East exiting the curve off County Road 300 North on a 2013 Harley-Davidson when he left the road.

Deputy Anthony Brown arrived to find Trammell standing beside the road and the cycle in the ditch. He had injuries to the right side of his head and pain in his left leg.

Trammell was transported to Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, and treated for a concussion and minor scrapes.

The bike was towed. Damage was estimated at $5,001-$10,000.

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.