Putnam Scanner for July 7, 2017

Thursday, July 6, 2017

County Jail

Eleven people were booked in the Putnam County Jail recently.


• At 1:20 a.m. Beth Ann Thompson, 32, Plainfield, was taken into custody on a local warrant.

• At 12:31 a.m. Michael Allen Kessler, 70, Greencastle, was charged with maintaining a common nuisance, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a synthetic drug or synthetic drug lookalike and probation violation.


• At 11:39 p.m. Cory Levi Johnson, 29, Paragon, was housed at the jail for driving with a suspended license.

• At 10:48 p.m. Jessica Michelle Graves, 30, Brazil, was taken into custody on a warrant.

• At 8:42 p.m. Francesca Safron Ferando, 18, Terre Haute, was lodged at the jail on an out-of-county warrant.

• At 6:49 p.m. Bruce Allen Mendenhall, 53, Greencastle, was arrested on a local warrant.

• At 6:42 p.m. Kelly Dawn Hall, 38, Bloomington, was booked in on an out-of-county warrant.

• At 9:23 a.m. Andre Dionte Clark, 22, Plainfield, was housed at the jail on a local warrant.


• At 6 p.m. James Everett Wilson III, 25, Clayton, was lodged at the jail for driving while intoxicated with a prior conviction and driving with a suspended license

• At 3:14 a.m. Cody Dale Spaulding, 23, Indianapolis, was arrested on a local warrant.


• At 12:16 p.m. D’Metrius Angelio Berry, 20, Indianapolis, was booked in on an out-of-county warrant.

Sheriff’s Department

Putnam County sheriff’s deputies investigated three recent property-damage accidents.

• A 31-year-old Indianapolis man was arrested on multiple criminal charges following a single-vehicle accident on Monday evening.

At 7:55 p.m. Larry D. Criscillies was eastbound on County Road 1250 South in a 2000 Cadillac Escalade.

While approaching the T-intersection at County Road 25 East, Criscillies lost control of the Escalade, which slid through the intersection and ended up in the ditch on the east side of 25 East.

Criscillies refused to take a sobriety test and Deputy Jeffery Freeman placed him under arrest for driving while intoxicated with a prior conviction, driving as a habitual traffic violator, resisting law enforcement, false informing, disorderly conduct and parole violation.

There was also already a Johnson County warrant for his arrest.

Freeman said that marks on the road indicated reckless driving prior to Criscillies losing control of the SUV.

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

• At 4:15 a.m. on Sunday, Stephen T. Becker, 41, Coatesville, was westbound on County Road 1000 South in a 2016 Toyota when the vehicle grazed the rear end of a deer, damaging the passenger side.

Deputy Robert Soilleux estimated damage at $1,001-$2,5000.

• At 2:10 a.m. on Sunday, George N. Mobley II, 53, Terre Haute, was southbound on U.S. 231 driving a 1999 Dodge Durango pulling a trailer loaded with a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban.

Mobley told Deputy Soilleux he was traveling about 25-30 mph when the trailer started to fishtail. He slowed to regain control when the passenger side tires on the trailer blew, causing it to swing into the ditch on the west side of the road, which made the Durango go sideways in the road.

Soilleux observed that the trailer might have been overloaded and Mobley agreed.

The Suburban, registered to Edith Fleschner of West Terre Haute, was towed.

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

City Fire

The Greencastle Fire Department recently responded to six dispatches.

• At 11:06 a.m. on Monday, GFD responded to reports of a gas leak at 102 S. Arlington St. Upon investigation, crews determined there was no gas leak in the residence. However, crews turned off the gas meter as a safety precaution.

• At 4:30 p.m. on Monday, GFD performed a smoke investigation at 1401 Indianapolis Rd. (Greencastle American Legion). Upon arrival, it was determined that no illegal or hazardous activity was taking place. Instead, a flag-burning ceremony was in progress.

• At 2:15 a.m. on Tuesday, GFD performed a smoke investigation at 1118 Avenue D. Though no fire was found, the smoke was believed to have been emitted by an overheated vehicle nearby.

• At 6:57 a.m. on Tuesday, GFD responded to a fire alarm due to cooking at 409 S. Jackson St. GFD reset the alarm before subsequently returning to station.

• At 1:41 a.m. on Wednesday, GFD responded to a fire alarm at 1623 W. County Road 225 South (Putnam County Highway Department). The commercial fire alarm was deemed to have been activated unnecessarily after thorough investigation by fire-fighting crews and the Highway Department’s supervisor as nothing was ultimately found by either. The groundskeeper called the alarm company for fixing once the scene was declared clear.

• At 2:52 p.m. on Wednesday, GFD responded to a fire alarm at 905 S. College Ave. The alarm was found to have been activated unnecessarily in the hallway on the building’s first floor due to a dirty detector head. GFD cleaned the head and reset the alarm 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.