Putnam Scanner for 8-17-16

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

County Jail

Several people were booked in the jail recently.


* At 9:15 p.m. Jeffrey Lane Wilkins, 44, Greencastle, was lodged at the jail for domestic battery.

* At 8:14 p.m. Kathy Ann Kiger, 57, Bainbridge, was taken into custody for theft.

* At 10:03 a.m. Bruce Lee Artis, 42, Cloverdale, was charged with contempt of court.

* At 5:04 a.m. Cody Ray Carpenter, 23, Terre Haute, was housed at the jail for unlawful possession of a syringe and possession of marijuana.

* At 3:58 a.m. William Jordan Clements, 21, Fillmore, was arrested from criminal trespass and resisting law enforcement.


* At 3:47 a.m. Deric Lee Coffman, 22, Elwood, was booked in on a local warrant.


* At 2:40 a.m. Jeffrey Curtis Cummings, 27, Greencastle, was lodged at the jail on a warrant.


* At 4:04 p.m. Casey Nathaniel Lee, 39, Lafayettte, was taken into custody for battery with bodily injury.

Sheriff's Department

Putnam County sheriff's deputies investigated six recent property-damage crashes, including a pair caused by heavy rains on Monday and Tuesday.

* At 2:26 a.m. on Tuesday, Alexis B. Douglas, 21, Spencer, was southbound on U.S. 231 in a 2006 Ford Focus when she lost control on the wet road.

Sgt. Kyle Gibbons reported that the vehicle left the road and hit a guadrail face on the west side. Thecar then crossed the road and hit the east side guardrail before crossing the road a second time, making final impact with a tree on the west side.

Douglas was not injured.

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

Deputy Riley Houghton assisted at the scene.

* At 12:10 p.m. on Monday, Caleb R. Ramsey, 16, Fillmore, was westbound on U.S. 36 east of Bainbridge in a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse.

Ramsey was trying to negotiate a curve in the road while approaching Big Walnut bridge when he started sliding on wet pavement.

Ramsey told Capt. Tom Helmer he tried to regain control but the vehicle slid around 180 degrees, crossing the eastbound lanes and hitting the opposite guardrail with the rear passenger side.

Both the driver and his passenger were not injured.

Helmer reported there was heavy rain falling at the time and the car's tires were worn, both likely contributing to the crash.

Bainbridge and Floyd Township fire departments assisted at the scene.

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

* At 11:50 p.m. on Saturday, Pamela L. Carrington, 44, Greencastle, was trying to turn around in the parking lot at the Putnam County Fairgrounds in a 2007 GMC Yukon.

Deputy Jacob Harrington reported that Carrington misjudged the turn and was unable to avoid front-end impact with a light pole.

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

* At 2:50 a.m. on Saturday, Brandon K. Green, 23, Greencastle, was westbound on County Road 600 South just east of County Road 550 East in a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado when he fell asleep at the wheel.

Green's truck ran off the south side of the road, hitting a mailbox. It then traveled back across the road, making driver's side impact with a utility pole, coming to rest in a field.

Green refused medical attention at the scene and said he would have his wife take him to the hospital at a later time.

Harrington was assisted at the scene by Deputy Anthony Brown.

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

*At 2:44 a.m. on Saturday, Joseph A. Francis, 23, Greencastle, was westbound on County Raod 200 North about one mile east of U.S. 231 in a 1993 Ford Ranger when he hit a deer.

Deputy Brown estimated damage at $1,001-$2,500.

* At 9:40 p.m. on Friday, Patricia K. Smith, 71, Roachdale, was westbound on Indiana 236 just east of Barnard in a 2004 Buick Ranier. Scott R. Wathen, 34, North Salem, was also westbound ahead of Smith on a Kubota tractor.

Smith told Deputy Harrington she was unable to see the slower vehicle until it was too late to avoid the collision.

Smith was transported from the scene by Operation Life.

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

City Fire

The Greencastle Fire Department recently responded to eight dispatches and one medical assist.

* At 2:55 p.m. on Sunday, GFD responded to a fire alarm at 107 W. Hanna St. The reason for the first-floor alarm was unknown. GFD subsequently reset the alarm and returned to station.

* At 8:34 p.m. on Sunday, GFD responded to reports of an unauthorized burn at the intersection of Wood and Washington streets. However, upon arrival GFD discovered that a wood-burning stove was indeed simply burning wood and not trash as initially reported.

* At 9:51 a.m. on Monday, GFD responded to reports of a gas leak at 110 E. Larrabee St. GFD monitored the area and found a leak in the basement of the residence. GFD subsequently shut off the gas meter from the outside of the home.

* At 10:06 a.m. on Monday, GFD responded to reports of another gas leak, this time at the intersection of Indiana and Hanna streets. DePauw maintenance members, who reported a small odor of natural gas, were already on the scene upon arrival. Vectren Energy Services was contacted. Vectren said the leak from from a loose fitting under a nearby sidewalk, which it said it would repair.

* At 10:13 a.m. on Monday, GFD responded to a fire alarm at 208 E. Olive St. The alarm was determined to have been set off unnecessarily by an electronic cigarette on the second floor of the building.

* At 1 p.m. on Monday, GFD responded to a fire alarm due to cooking at 106 S. Spring St.

* At 4:43 p.m. on Monday, GFD responded to a vehicle that had left the roadway at 2048 Rangeline Rd. A minivan had entered the ditch and was partially submerged under three feet of water. No injuries were reported. GFD assisted Seniour's Auto Salvage in the removal of the minivan from the ditch and returned to station.

* At 3:11 a.m. on Tuesday, GFD responded to a motor-vehicle accident with entrapment and two minor injuries at 100 E. County Road 200 South. A small vehicle had struck a bridge abutment and flipped itself upside-down in the middle of the roadway. GFD assisted in the cleanup of fluids and debris from the roadway before returning to station.

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.