Putnam Scanner for Sept. 14, 2016

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

County Jail

Four people were booked in the Putnam County Jail recently.


• At 8:50 p.m. Deanna Rose Pelley, 47, Indianapolis, was lodged at the jail on a warrant.

• At 12:10 a.m. Donald Ray Swisher, 43, Greencastle, was arrested for public intoxication.


• At 12:59 a.m. Robert Dale Barger, 32, Greencastle, was taken into custody for public intoxication.


• At 4:17 p.m. James Edward Hundley, 56, Kokomo, was housed at the jail on a local warrant.

Sheriff’s Department

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department responded to three recent accidents.

-- At 7:02 a.m. on Aug. 29, Christopher H. Hicks, 34, Cloverdale, was westbound on County Road 750 in a 2004 Dodge Ram when an oncoming vehicle crested the hill partially in his lane. Hicks was forced off the road and hit a utility pole on the passenger side.

Deputy Scott Ducker estimated damage at $1,000 to $2,500. There were no injuries. The pole was not damaged. The other driver was not identified.

-- At 9:45 p.m. on Saturday, Timothy L. Buchanan, 47, Cloverdale, was northbound on State Road 243 when he lost control of his 2004 Harley-Davidson motorcycle on a downhill, right-hand turn. The motorcycle slid across the road and hit a guardrail, fracturing/dislocating his left leg and ankle in the process.

Cloverdale Fire Department and Operation Life responded, and Buchanan was airlifted to a nearby hospital. The motorcycle was totaled and towed to Buchanan’s home by Haywood’s Towing. Deputy Mike Downing estimated damage at $10,000 to $25,000. A blood alcohol level test was given, but results were pending as of Tuesday.

-- At 9:17 p.m. on Monday, Donald J. Martens, 60, Waveland, said he was northbound on U.S. 231 in his 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis when a 2004 Ford F250 driven by Joseph G. Lamon, 19, Greencastle, did not stop at a stop sign and hit his passenger side. Lamon said he had stopped at the sign, but had pulled out to look for cars. He didn’t see any until he went to turn left and noticed headlights. He tried to back up, but it was too late and Martens clipped his front bumper.

Deputy Mike Downing reported damage at $2,500 to $5,000. There were no injuries.

City Fire

The Greencastle Fire Department recently responded to six dispatches, four medical assists and one lift assist.

• At 12:14 a.m. on Saturday, GFD responded to a fire alarm at 807 S. College Ave. GFD returned to station at 12:23 a.m. after it was determined that the alarm had been set off unnecessarily at a pull station within the building.

• At 9:31 p.m. on Saturday, GFD responded to a fire alarm due to cooking at 410 S. Indiana St. GFD returned to station at 9:38 p.m.

• At 12:52 p.m. on Sunday, GFD responded to a fire alarm due to cooking at 304 S. Indiana St. GFD subsequently returned to station at 1:03 p.m.

• At 9:03 p.m. on Monday, GFD responded to a fire alarm due to cooking at 109 W. Hanna St. GFD returned to station at 9:15 p.m.

• At 10:11 a.m. on Tuesday, GFD responded to a machine fire at 300 S. Warren Dr. A small fire, which was already extinguished upon arrival, occurred within the engine of a vehicle on the property. GFD made certain the fire was extinguished before returning to station at 10:39 a.m.

• At 11:54 a.m. on Tuesday, GFD responded to reports of an electrical fire at 101 Longcastle Dr. An oven was reportedly sparking, causing smoke, but no fire was found and an faulty element within the appliance was found to be the cause. GFD secured the situation before returning to station at 12:15 p.m.

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.