Putnam Scanner for November 16, 2018

Thursday, November 15, 2018

County Jail

Three people were booked in the Putnam County Jail recently.


• At 5:06 p.m. Karen Sue Alexander, 67, Greencastle, was housed at the jail on an out-of-county warrant.

• At 12:48 p.m. Michelle Louise Johnson, 34, Spencer, was booked in on an out-of-county warrant and for driving with a suspended license.


• At 9:16 p.m. Jason Paul Jackson, 42, Mecca, was taken into custody for driving while intoxicated.

City Police

One recent arrest was reported by Greencastle City Police officers.

• At 10:11 p.m. Tuesday, Jesse Wade Anderson, 20, Greencastle, was arrested in the 1000 block of Indianapolis Road by Officer Elsiana Crosby.

Charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, Anderson registered a blood-alcohol level of .296 percent under the portable breathalyzer testing.

He was lodged in the Putnam County Jail.

One recent traffic citation was issued by city police officers.

• At 9:14 p.m. Wednesday, Laramie Teall, 19, Greencastle, was ticketed by Officer Alec Pettit.

Stopped on Veterans Memorial Highway near Warren Drive, Teall was cited for disregarding a stopsign.

Sheriff’s Department

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

• At 10:07 p.m. on Wednesday, Alex M. Hitchcock, 19, Quincy, was eastbound on State Road 240 near County Road 550 East in a 1995 Ford Taurus when he lost control in icy conditions.

Deputy Jeffery Freeman reported the vehicle left the north side of the road and entered a ditch, sustaining moderate damage. Airbags were deployed.

Freeman listed damage at $2,500-$5,000. The car was towed once conditions cleared.

• At 4:52 a.m. on Wednesday, Alyssa N. Adams, 23, Danville, was westbound on State Road 240 in a 2002 Chevrolet Impala when she failed to negotiate a curve and ran off the road.

The vehicle went off the west side of the road, into a ditch and then rolled onto its roof. In the process, the car destroyed a chain link fence at 4569 E. SR 240.

Adams told Deputy Riley Houghton the vehicle started going left, then right.

Operation Life transported Adams to Hendricks Regional Hospital.

The car was towed. Deputy Brian Helmer estimated damage at $5,000-$10,000.

• At 7:10 a.m. on Tuesday, Kristin N. Osborn, 38, Bainbridge, was eastbound on U.S. 36 near County Road 475 East in a 2017 Honda CR-V when she hit a deer.

Deputy Randy Patrick estimated damage at $1,000-$2,500.

• At 2:05 p.m. on Monday, John C. Overstreet, 48, Greencastle, was westbound on West Walnut Street in a 2007 Chevrolet HHR. Overstreet told Deputy Randy Patrick he experienced a mechanical issue that caused him to lose control of the vehicle.

Unable to control the vehicle, Overstreet crossed over into the eastbound lane. He first made contact with the rear, driver’s side portion of an eastbound 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander driven by Patsy A. McCarter, 71, Greencastle. The contact sent McCarter’s SUV off the south side of the road.

Overstreet then continued westbound in the eastbound lane, colliding head-on with a 2017 Jeep Renegade driven by Tina G. Ogden, 58, Greencastle.

Operation Life was called to the scene but none of the three drivers was seriously injured.

All three vehicles were rendered inoperable and were towed. Patrick estimated damage at $10,000-$25,000.

Deputies Matt Biggs and Josh Boller both assisted at the scene.

• At 1:36 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, Denise Bane, 54, Jamestown, N.Y., was westbound on Interstate 70 in a 2019 Nissan Altima registered to Enterprise Rental Car when she hit a deer.

Bane told Deputy Tanner Brown her lower back hurt but she refused to go the hospital upon arrival of paramedics.

The car was towed. Brown estimated damage at $5,000-$10,000.

• At 3 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, Christopher Ewing, 59, Cloverdale, was eastbound on County Road 1000 South in a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox when she hit a deer.

Deputy Brown estimated damage at $2,500-$5,000.

• At 4:37 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6, Richard W. Anderson, 59, Brazil, was eastbound on U.S. 40 just west of County Road 750 South in a 2010 Ford Escort when he hit a deer.

Lt. Donnie Pettit estimated damage at $2,500-$5,000.

City Fire

The Greencastle Fire Department responded to one recent dispatch:

•At 10:59 a.m. on Thursday, GFD was dispatched to 415 Anderson St. for a fire alarm. Firefighters arrived at 11:01 a.m. but found no alarm sounding when they came on the scene. GFD went back into service at 11:13 a.m.

Additionally, GFD performed four medical assists during this time.

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.