Putnam Scanner for 8-5-17

Friday, August 4, 2017

County Jail

One person was booked in the Putnam County Jail on Thursday.

• At 9:36 a.m. Anna Mae Gross, 51, Cloverdale, was lodged at the jail on a warrant for probation violation.

City Police

Two Thursday night arrests were reported by Greencastle City Police officers.

• At 7:51 p.m. William Bolton II, 18, Greencastle, was arrested on three charges after officers initially stopped to help him with a disabled vehicle at South College Avenue and Poplar Street.

Bolton then reportedly refused to identify himself or show officers his identification.

Arrested by Officer Matt Huffman, Bolton was lodged in the Putnam County Jail on charges of intimidation, disorderly conduct and refusal to provide identifying information.

• At 10:25 p.m. Thursday, Kyle Siller, 21, Rockville, was arrested after being stopped on Indianapolis Road by Capt. Charles Inman.

Siller, who registered a .129 percent blood-alcohol content under field testing, was lodged in the Putnam County Jail on charges of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and operating perse.

Sheriff’s Department

Putnam County sheriff’s deputies investigated a pair of recent property-damage accidents.

• At 8:10 p.m. on Wednesday, Mohamud Hassan, 43, St. Paul, Minn., was eastbound in the left lane of Interstate 70 near the 31-mile marker in a 2007 Freightliner Columbia semi tractor pulling a box trailer.

As the vehicle entered a gradual right-hand curve, it gradually drove off the road and into the median.

Deputy Robert Soilleux reported that Hassan then abruptly steered back onto the road, at which time the trailer flipped onto its side, eventually ending up sideways, blocking both eastbound lanes.

The tractor ended up facing northwest in the median, upright and still attached to the trailer.

Hassan told Soilleux that the trailer started to fishtail about a mile before the crash, which caused him to drive off the road.

Neither Soilleux nor Cloverdale Police Department Sgt. Charlie Hallam observed any markings on the road consistent with this story.

Hassan said he was not injured and refused medical treatment.

The tractor and trailer were towed. Damage estimates exceeded $100,000.

• At 4:10 p.m. on Wednesday, Clyde K. Stringer, 87, Greencastle, was westbound in the right lane on U.S. 40 just east of County Road 200 West in a 2008 Chevrolet truck pulling a trailer. Kim D. Cooper, 52, Terre Haute, was westbound in the left lane in 2015 Cadillac SRX.

Stringer told Lt. Donnie Pettit he braked due to a slow-moving vehicle, which caused his trailer to enter the left lane. The trailer hit Cooper’s car but Stringer said he was unaware and continued westbound.

Cooper said that Stringer veered into the left lane to avoid the slow-moving vehicle, at which point the trailer hit her car. She then followed Stringer, attempting to get him to stop by honking. She called Hendricks County dispatch, which transferred her to Putnam County.

Pettit was assisted at the scene by deputies Virgil Lanning and Riley Houghton.

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

City Fire

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

• At 9:13 p.m. on Tuesday, GFD responded to reports of a motor-vehicle accident (without injury) at the intersection of Washington and Bloomington streets. GFD assisted in the removal of fluids and debris from the roadway before returning to station at 9:26 p.m.

• At 12:51 a.m. on Wednesday, GFD responded to a fire alarm at 711 S. Central St. (Ridpath Primary). Nothing was found upon arrival and no alarm was showing. A lightning storm was suspected to have been the cause, either through direct strike or nearby power surges. GFD reset the alarm and returned to station at 1:08 a.m.

• At 6:45 a.m. on Wednesday, GFD responded to a fire alarm at 626 E. Seminary St. As with the aforementioned dispatch, nothing was found upon arrival and no alarm was showing. Again, the lightning storm was suspected to have been the cause. GFD reset the alarm and returned to station at 6:56 p.m.

• At 9:56 a.m. on Wednesday, GFD returned to 626 E. Seminary St. for another fire alarm. After further investigation, GFD deemed a water-flow alarm to be the cause and maintenance crews were contacted. GFD subsequently reset the alarm and returned to station at 11:38 a.m.

• At 10:31 a.m. on Friday, GFD responded to a fire alarm at 11 E. Larabee St. after maintenance crews reportedly knocked over a fire extinguisher. The extinguisher became activated after the fall and fire-extinguishing chemicals filled the room. GFD saw to the evacuation and ventilation of the building before returning to station at 11:09 a.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.