Putnam Scanner for 3-18-17

Friday, March 17, 2017

Sheriff’s Dept.

A Greencastle woman was airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital for head injuries following a Tuesday night crash in Clinton Township.

Around 9:45 p.m., 21-year-old Mandi Leonard was westbound on County Road 350 North, west of County Road 325 West, about halfway between Brick Chapel and Clinton Falls.

Leonard later told Putnam County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Jeffery Freeman she was traveling “way too fast” for the road when her 2013 Kia Rio left the roadway.

The compact car entered a ditch and began flipping end over end multiple times, traveling about 90 yards before it came to rest in a yard.

Freeman reported that Leonard sustained major head trauma as well as leg injuries. She was airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital.

The severely damaged car had to be towed. A fence was also heavily damaged in the accident.

Freeman estimated total damage at $10,001-$25,000.

City Police

Two men were arrested by Greencastle City Police after what began as a routine traffic stop early Friday on South Jackson Street.

• At 1 a.m. Officer Elsiana Crosby pulled over a vehicle for having its license plate light out and subsequently arrested the two occupants, Harley Burkhart, 22, Reelsville, and Jared Hornaday, 27, Terre Haute. Both men were lodged in the Putnam County Jail.

Burkhart was charged with possession of paraphernalia.

Hornaday was charged with possession of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a syringe and reckless possession of paraphernalia.

Officer Crosby was assisted at the scene by GPD Capt. Charles Inman, Officer Kyle Lee and K9 partner Cain and DePauw Police Officer Mike Moore.

One recent citation was issued by city officers.

• At 7:04 p.m. Thursday, Vance Barker, 47, Reelsville, was cited by Officer Crosby at West Walnut and Jefferson streets.

Barker was cited for driving with a suspended license with a prior conviction.

City Fire

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

• At 12:53 p.m. on Wednesday, GFD responded to reports of an electrical hazard at 504 Maple St. An electrical panel for the single-story apartment building had become hot and was measured with at thermal imaging camera to be at 380 degrees. The residents’ landlord was contacted, who sent a maintenance worker to the scene. The maintenance worker then contacted an electrician, who suggested those living in the residence should relocate until the problem is solved. GFD returned to station at 1:15 p.m.

• At 2:17 p.m. on Thursday, GFD responded to a small fire at 412 S. Indiana St. Small amounts of smoke were observed to be emitting from a small mulch fire that extended to the wall of the residence on the property. GFD had the fire under control at 2:35 p.m., extinguished the flames and removed a portion of the wall to check for any fire extensions. Finding none, GFD subsequently ventilated the stairwell of the residence and returned to station at 2:44 p.m.

• At 5:02 p.m. on Thursday, GFD responded to a fire alarm due to cooking at 457 Ridgeland Rd. The resident had unintentionally left a utensil with some food that had been placed in the oven. GFD ventilated the residence and subsequently returned to station at 5:31 p.m.

• At 8:16 p.m. on Thursday, GFD assisted the Reelsville Fire Department in extinguishing the fire, salvage and overhaul of a mutual-aid structure fire at 13000 S. County Road 575 West. GFD returned to station at 10:09 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.