Putnam Scanner for February 12, 2019

Monday, February 11, 2019

County Jail

Seven people were booked in the Putnam County Jail recently.


• At 6:25 p.m. Justin Edward Reedy, 30, Terre Haute, was lodged at the jail on a local warrant.

• At 11:02 a.m. William Joseph Cox, 45, Greencastle, was taken into custody for domestic battery.

• At 9:59 a.m. Kelsey Taylor Dyer, 27, Coatesville, was housed at the jail for domestic battery.


• At 10:40 p.m. Joshua Andrew Mitchell, 23, Greencastle, was booked in for probation violation.

• At 9:32 p.m. John Thomas (Smalley) Crane Jr., 44, Lafayette, was lodged at the jail on a local warrant.

• At 9:27 p.m. Montez DeQuinn Tyler, 27, Indianapolis, was taken into custody on a local warrant.


• At 2:18 p.m. Charles W. Green, 37, Greencastle, was booked in for theft.

City Police

One recent arrest was reported by Greencastle City Police officers.

• At 5:56 a.m. Saturday, Amber Neese was arrested by Officer Zach Rhine for domestic battery.

Taken into custody at the Phillips 66 gas station on North Jackson Street, Neese was lodged in the Putnam County Jail.

One recent citation was also issued by Greencastle officers.

• At 11:13 a.m. Saturday, Marissa Goda, 35, Whiteland, was cited by Officer Brad Hiatt.

Stopped on Indianapolis Road, Goda was ticketed for an infraction of driving with a suspended license.

Sheriff’s Department

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

• At 1:54 a.m. on Monday, Jill E. Cook, 39, Greencastle, was westbound on County Road 25 North in a 2008 Saturn Aura.

Cook was traveling on an uphill grade with an icy surface and her driver’s side front tire became overheated and caught the vehicle on fire.

The car was towed to Cook’s residence.

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

• At 7:43 p.m. on Sunday, Abigayle R. Carmack, 24, Franklin, was traveling down a hill con County Road 1075 South in a 2008 Kia Sorento when she lost control on the icy surface.

This caused Carmack’s vehicle to slide through the stop at the T intersection, traveling off the road and hitting a guardrail and telephone pole.

Carmack was cited for driving with a suspended license and driving without financial responsibility.

Deputy Robert Soilleux, who was assisted at the scene by Reserve Deputy Nate Trissel, estimated damage at $2,500-$5,000.

• At 1:35 p.m. on Sunday, Luke A. Mitchell, 20, Coatesville, was traveling south on County Road 550 East, turning right onto Old Right of Way Road in a 2002 GMC Sierra. Mitchell told Deputy Matt Biggs that as he turned, he began to slide on the snow-covered road.

Larry W. Bowen, 43, Coatesville, was eastbound on Old Right of Way road, approaching the stop sign with 550 East in a 2014 Subaru XVC. Bowen said he saw Mitchell’s truck begin to slide into his lane and he attempted to move to the right into a parking lot.

However, neither driver was able to avoid the collision, damaging the front and rear driver’s side doors of Bowen’s vehicle and the front bumper of Mitchell’s.

Both vehicles were driven from the scene. Biggs estimate damage at $5,000-$10,000.

• At 11:35 a.m. on Sunday, Nathaniel A. Harlan, 25, Philadelphia, was westbound on Interstate 70 near the 40-mile marker in a 2003 Chevrolet Venture.

Harlan told Deputy Matt Biggs that a vehicle in front of him had spun out on the snow-covered road, which led him to hitting the other vehicle.

Harlan said the other driver checked on him and then said she did not have insurance so she fled the scene. The other vehicle was not located.

Harlan’s vehicle sustained damage to the driver’s side front and was towed.

Biggs estimated damage at $5,000-$10,000.

• At 10:35 a.m. Sunday, James B. Hacker, 78, Cloverdale, was eastbound on State Road 42 just past County Road 600 East in a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado when a deer ran into the passenger side of his truck bed.

Deputy Biggs estimated damage at $5,000-$10,000.

• At 11:20 p.m. on Saturday, Paul T. Drake, 59, Terre Haute, was eastbound on U.S. 40 near County Road 510 East in a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu when he hit a deer.

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

• At 9:13 p.m. on Saturday, Ian T. Young, 19, Indianapolis, was southbound on U.S. 231 at the Interstate 70 interchange in a 1994 Ford Ranchero. Derek T. Hixon, 38, Hazel, Ky., was northbound on 2018 Chevrolet Silverado.

Young told Deputy Soilleux he attempted to turn left and hit the back end of Hixon’s truck. Young said he thought Hixon was in a left turn lane and about the turn left.

Hixon said he was driving straight when Young turned into his vehicle.

Soilleux noted that the northbound lanes cannot turn left at this intersection, as it would send them westbound onto eastbound I-70.

Young was cited for driving without proof of financial responsibility.

Soilleux estimated damage at $1,000-$2,500.

• At 6:26 a.m. on Saturday, Michael P. Jordan, 32, Cloverdale, was southbound on U.S. 231 in a 2004 Ford ZTS. Donald P. Kingery, 57, Indianapolis, was following Jordan in a 2017 Dodge Ram.

Jordan told Deputy Josh Boller a deer had entered the road and he slowed to avoid the collision when he was rear-ended by Kingery. This sent Jordan’s vehicle spinning into the ditch.

Kingery told Boller that Jordan had slammed on his brakes and he could not avoid the collision.

Kingery’s vehicle was towed. Boller estimated damage at $2,500-$5,000.

• At 5:57 a.m. on Saturday, Jose Perez, 34, Gardner, Kan., was westbound on Interstate 70 near the 41-mile marker. Sherry Mikolayczyk, 61, Welland, Ont., Canada, was also westbound in a 2019 Volvo VVN tractor-trailer.

Upon the arrival of Deputy Tanner Brown, Cloverdale Deputy Marshal Levi App was on the scene with Mikolayczyk, who said the other driver had fled the scene.

She provided a description of the vehicle, saying that the pickup had turned around in the median.

Deputy Houghton soon found the 2014 Dodge Ram matching the description at a gas station off the interstate.

A passenger who spoke better English than Perez said they were westbound in the left lane and began to slow down because of slowed traffic ahead of them. They said the semi then rear-ended them.

The passenger said the drivers exchanged information and then they went back to the gas station to fix their tire.

Mikolayczyk then arrived at the scene, saying she had been following the pickup when it began to slow down, before abruptly braking. She said she tried to drive onto the left shoulder to avoid a collision before she hit the other vehicle.

Mikolayczyk said there were no cars in front of Perez to force him to stop.

No injuries were reported.

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

City Fire

The Greencastle Fire Department responded to four recent dispatches:

• At 3:56 a.m. on Sunday, GFD was dispatched to 504 E. Seminary St. for a fire alarm. Firefighters arrived at 4:02 a.m. but were unable to determine the cause of the alarm. The alarm was then reset. GFD left at 4:10 a.m.

• At 10:18 a.m. on Sunday, GFD was called to a fire alarm at 1010 Meadow Lane. Firefighters arrived at 10:25 and found light smoke was coming from the residence. GFD determined a furnace motor blower had overheated and caused the smoke. No other action was logged. GFD went back into service at 10:33 a.m.

• At 11:56 a.m. on Sunday, GFD was dispatched to a single-vehicle accident with injuries at the intersection of Avenue B and 5th Street. Units arrived at 12:03 p.m. to find a motorist had crashed into a light pole. GFD removed the individual, and then returned to station at 12:33 p.m.

• At 10:46 a.m. on Monday, GFD was dispatched to 1080 N. County Road 50 West for a reported hazmat situation concerning a carbon monoxide leak. Units arrived on the scene at 10:55 but were unable to detect a CO leak at the property. GFD went back into service at 11:29 a.m.

Additionally, GFD performed five 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.