Putnam Scanner for January 11, 2019

Thursday, January 10, 2019

County Jail

Four people were booked in the Putnam County Jail recently.


• At 12:51 p.m. Crystal Dawn Clark, 45, Beech Grove, was lodged at the jail on a court order.

• At 10:13 a.m. Kyley Jo Vanderheydren, 40, Rockville, was taken into custody on a local warrant.

• At 1:51 a.m. Dipenbhai Pravin Patel, 35, Cloverdale, was housed at the jail for failure to identify and as a habitual offender.


• At 7:07 p.m. Brandon Lee Rabe, 30, Plainfield, was booked in on a local warrant.

City Police

• A two-vehicle accident resulted in an estimated $5,000-$10,000 recently, Greencastle City Police reported.

The mishap occurred on Indianapolis Road as Lacey Bryan, 25, Brazil, was westbound, approaching 10th Street in a 2001 Pontiac G6.

Officer Nick Eastham reported that she advised she mistook a green arrow for a green light and rear-ended a 2001 Ford F-350 truck driven by Paul Miller, 56, Fillmore.

Eastham was assisted at the scene of the 11:20 a.m. Monday accident by Officer Brad Hiatt.

Two recent citations were issued by City Police officers.

• At 10:55 a.m. Wednesday, Cole Whetsel, 17, Greencastle, was ticketed by Officer Darrel Bunten.

Whetsel was cited for disregarding a stop sign at Avenue E and Fifth Street.

• At 12:05 a.m. Wednesday, Shane Wheeler, 45, Terre Haute, was cited by Officer Elsiana Crosby.

Wheeler was stopped on U.S. 231 near Putnam County Hospital for driving with a suspended license with a prior offense.

Sheriff’s Department

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

• At 3:45 p.m. Brandi L. Birge, 35, Greencastle, was northbound on U.S. 231, approaching County Road 350 North in Brick Chapel in a 2004 Jeep Liberty. Birge was behind a 2018 Honda Civic driven by Michael S. Swenson, 39, Newport, who was slowing down due to a vehicle in front of him preparing to turn.

Birge told Lt. Donnie Pettit she did not realize Swenson was slowing down and thought he would continue northbound, which led to her rear-ending his vehicle.

Damage was estimated at $1,000-$2,500.

• At 7:55 a.m. Shadrack A. Heagy, 22, Cloverdale, was northbound on County Road 775 East, approaching County Road 975 South in a 2006 International trash truck when he drifted off the road and into the east side ditch.

The truck sunk into the soft soil and Heagy tried to steer out. However, as he returned to the road, he overcorrected and turned nearly 90 degrees and left the west side of the road.

In leaving the west side of the road, it rolled onto its passenger side.

Heagy was not injured in the crash.

Curtis Towing removed the truck from the scene. Deputy Matt Biggs estimated damage at $5,000-$10,000.

• At 1:40 a.m. Jealyn D. Chambers, 19, Reelsville, was northbound on State Road 243 in a 2007 Ford Focus when she swerved to avoid a deer.

Deputy Robert Soilleux reported that caused Chambers to lose control and she ran into the cement guardrail of a bridge.

The car was towed. Soilleux estimated damage at $10,000-$25,000.

City Fire

The Greencastle Fire Department responded to six recent dispatches:

• At 11:59 a.m. on Tuesday, GFD was dispatched to 602 S. College Ave. for a fire alarm. Firefighters arrived at 12:03 p.m. and found that the alarm was caused by a faulty detector. The alarm was then reset. GFD left at 12:15 p.m.

• At 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, GFD was dispatched to a fire at 1109 S. Indiana St. Firefighters arrived at 7:21 and found that a microwave had caught fire. The fire was listed as controlled at 7:24 and damage was found to be minimal. GFD went back into service at 8:38 p.m.

• At 4:37 p.m. on Wednesday, GFD was dispatched to 101 E. Hanna St. for a fire alarm. Firefighters arrived at 4:39 and found that the detector was faulty. The alarm was then reset. GFD left at 4:48 p.m.

• At 5:14 p.m. on Wednesday, GFD was dispatched to 309 E. Franklin St. for an oder alert. Units arrived at approximately 5:15 but did not find a cause for the smell, which had dissipated. GFD left at 5:18 p.m.

• At 6:59 p.m. on Wednesday, GFD was dispatched to 446 Anderson St. for a fire alarm. Firefighters arrived at 7:03 p.m. and determined that the alarm was due to smoking. The alarm was then reset. GFD left at 7:12 p.m.

• At 11:34 a.m. on Thursday, GFD was called to an antifreeze spill at 1148 S. Bloomington St. Units arrived at 11:41 and absorbed the antifreeze with oil dry. No other action was taken. GFD went back into service at 11:49 a.m.

Additionally, GFD performed one medical assist and had one disregard 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.