Putnam Scanner for June 4, 2019

Monday, June 3, 2019

County Jail

Eight people were booked in the Putnam County Jail recently.


• At 11:40 p.m. Sandy Marie Greene, 22, Cloverdale, was lodged at the jail for probation violation.

• At 11:30 p.m. Gregory Justin Hazlett, 37, Greencastle, was taken into custody on a local warrant.

• At 11:53 a.m. Thomas Christopher Stearley, 48, Greencastle, was housed at the jail for driving with a suspended license.

• At 4:35 a.m. Michael James Vance, 28, Greencastle, was booked in on a Hendricks County warrant.


• At 7:52 p.m. William Allen Willhoite, 52, Greencastle, was lodged at the jail on a local warrant.

• At 2:58 a.m. Elijah James Widener, 40, Aurora, Colo., was taken into custody on a local warrant.

• At 12:30 a.m. Jason Lucas Prosser, 45, Fillmore, was housed at the jail for driving while intoxicated.


• At 9:06 a.m. Walter Matthew Warren, 34, Indianapolis, was booked in on a local warrant.

Sheriff’s Department

Putnam County sheriff’s deputies investigated five recent property-damage crashes.

• At 5:15 a.m. Sunday Deputy Tanner Brown was called to a report of a truck abandoned in the road at 1558 W. U.S. 36.

Upon Brown’s arrival, Greg Adams also arrived on the scene, saying his mailbox up the road was damaged. Brown found that tire tracks led over the mailbox and into a field.

The tracks then continued back onto the road, where a trail of motor fluids led to the truck.

The 1995 Ford F-150 had heavy damage to the passenger side with pieces of wood in the windshield.

Adams recalled hearing a loud sound the night before but thought it was the neighbors.

The truck was towed. Brown estimated damage at $2,500-$5,000.

• At 5 a.m. Sunday, Deputy Robert Soilleux responded to another call of an abandoned vehicle.

The 2005 Honda Civic was found locked and blocking the northbound lane at 2299 N. CR 250 West. No one was around and the engine was cool. The hazard lights were not on and no note was left.

Soilleux said that based on the tracks, the car had been northbound when it drove off the road to the east, where it hit some rocks and a mailbox.

The car was towed. Soilleux estimated damage at $1,000-$2,500.

• At 11:50 p.m. on Friday, Karen J. Purvis, 66, Coatesville, was westbound on County Road 525 North from County Road 725 East in a 2002 Mercury Grand Marquis when she hit a deer.

Deputy Markus Witt estimated damage at $1,000-$2,500.

• At 8:47 a.m. on Friday, Everett Little, 88, Greencastle, was northbound on U.S. 231 attempting to turn left onto County Road 25 South in a 2017 Chevrolet Traverse. Jason M. Blagg, 42, Hammond, was southbound in a 2009 Dodge Ram.

Little told Deputy Josh Boller he did not see Blagg’s truck and turned left, with the vehicles then colliding in the southbound lane.

Blagg told Boller the other vehicle crossed into his lane and he could not avoid a collision.

Both vehicles were driven from the scene.

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

•At 6:36 a.m. on Thursday, May 23, Steven D. Hunger, 55, Greencastle, was northbound on County Road 600 West in a 2011 Ford Edge when he hit a tree that was completely across the road.

Hunger told Deputy Boller he could not see the tree until the last second.

The car was driven from the scene. Boller estimated damage at $2,500-$5,000.

City Fire

The Greencastle Fire Department responded to five recent dispatches:

• At 9:27 a.m. on Friday, GFD was dispatched to 504 E. Seminary St. for a fire alarm. Firefighters arrived at 9:32 and determined that the alarm had been set off due to construction work. The alarm was then reset. GFD left at 9:41 a.m.

• At 9:32 p.m. on Friday, GFD received a call providing that steam was coming from a manhole on South Indiana Street. Units determined that there was no issue at the location, and returned to station at 9:38 p.m.

• At 11:03 p.m. on Friday, GFD was dispatched to 413 S. Locust St. for a fire alarm. Firefighters arrived at 11:08 and determined that the alarm was due to cooking. The alarm was then reset. GFD left at 11:14 p.m.

• At 11:17 p.m. on Sunday, GFD was dispatched to 102 W. Poplar St. for a fire alarm. Firefighters arrived at 11:20 and investigated the property, but could not determine a cause for the alarm. GFD returned to station at 11:55 p.m.

• At 12:39 p.m. on Monday, GFD was dispatched to 401 Melrose Ave. for a smoke investigation. GFD arrived on the scene at 12:46 and determined that the smoke had been caused by a malfunctioning oven. GFD went back into service at 1:10 p.m.

Additionally, GFD performed six medical assists 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.