Putnam Scanner for July 9, 2019

Monday, July 8, 2019

Sheriff’s Department

There were no serious injuries reported in a Monday evening crash in front of the Putnam County Fairgrounds.

According to Deputy Robert Soilleux, an SUV was attempting to pull out of the fairgrounds when it was T-boned by another vehicle going northbound on U.S. 231.

The first call went out at 6:28 p.m., with first responders and emergency personnel beginning to arrive on the scene at 6:31.

The victims of the crash were checked out at the scene and cleared with no significant complications.

The last emergency personnel left the scene of the crash at 7:34 p.m.

According to Putnam County Dispatch, the Greencastle Fire Department, STAR Ambulance, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department and the Greencastle Police Department responded to the incident.

Both vehicles were towed by Seniour’s Towing.

No further information as to damages or causes for the crash were available as of press time.

Deputies investigated a pair of other recent property-damage crashes.

• At 6:14 p.m. on Friday, Remington I. Garl, 18, Greencastle, was entering the travel portion of U.S. 40 from County Road 300 East in a 1994 Toyota 4Runner. Arlie R. Mitchell, 58, Greencastle, was eastbound on U.S. 40 passing County Road 300 East in a 2005 Toyota Camry.

Deputy Jeffery Freeman reported that Garl crossed the westbound lanes and entered the median, then failed to yield right-of-way to Mitchell, hitting the driver’s side rear end of Mitchell’s car.

Garl said he did not see Mitchell’s car.

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

• At 7:51 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, Michale R. Esra, 77, Crawfordsville, was northbound on U.S. 231 approaching the Montgomery County line in a 2008 Cadillac Escalade.

For an unknown reason, Esra’s vehicle left the right side of the road, entering the ditch and hitting several trees.

Esra could not provide many details, with Deputy Freeman describing his condition as “altered.”

The vehicle was towed. Freeman estimated damage at $5,000-$10,000.

County Jail

Four people were booked in the Putnam County Jail recently.


• At 12:33 a.m. William Stanley Vensko, 49, Fillmore, was lodged at the ail for intimidation and driving with a BAC of .08 or more.


• At 9:55 a.m. Heather Angelina Barrett, 36, Crawfordsville, was taken into custody for perjury and escape.


• At 2:56 p.m. Kristina M. Clay, 24, Waldron, was housed at the jail for driving with a suspended license.


• At 4:23 p.m. Donna Remay (Snyder) Reedy, 41, Terre Haute, was booked in on a local warrant.

City Police

City police arrested a Greencastle man Sunday.

• At 7:30 p.m., Cody White, 26, Greencastle, was taken into custody by Officer Alec Pettit.

Arrested on Bloomington Street, White was charged with battery with a deadly weapon.

City police also issued one ticket on Sunday.

• At 5:21 p.m. Laron Judd, 49, Greencastle, was stopped by Officer Nick Eastham.

Stopped on Bloomington Street, Judd was cited for driving with a suspended license with a prior conviction.

City Fire

The Greencastle Fire Department responded to nine recent dispatches:

• At 3:48 a.m. on Friday, GFD responded to a motor vehicle accident with minor injuries at 1478 N. U.S. 231. Units arrived on the scene at 3:55 and cleaned up fluid from the roadway. GFD returned to station at 4:53 a.m.

• At 11:24 a.m. on Friday, GFD was dispatched to 16 S. Jackson St. for a fire alarm. Firefighters arrived 11:25 but could not find any indication of a fire. The alarm was then reset. GFD left at 11:35 a.m.

• At 12:25 p.m. on Friday, GFD was dispatched to 707 Highwood Ave. for a CO alarm. Firefighters arrived at 12:34 but could not find any significant level of CO. It was determined that a detector was defective. GFD returned to station at 12:47 p.m.

• At 3:33 p.m. on Friday, GFD was dispatched again to 16 S. Jackson St. for a fire alarm. Firefighters arrived at 3:34 but determined that the there was likely a faulty detector head. The alarm was then reset again. GFD left at 3:40 p.m.

• At 2:02 p.m. on Saturday, GFD was dispatched to 330 Greenwood Ave. for a fire alarm. Firefighters arrived at 2:14 and determined that the alarm was due to cooking. The alarm was then reset. GFD left at 2:27 p.m.

• At 4:17 p.m. on Saturday, GFD was dispatched to 154 W. CR 300 South to investigate fire detector issues. Units arrived at 4:25 but could not determine the cause of these issues. GFD advised the property owner to contact an electrician, and went back into service at 4:50 p.m.

• At 6:21 p.m. on Saturday, GFD was dispatched to 911 Crown St. for a reported gas smell. Units arrived at the residence at 6:26 and checked for a source of the smell, but could not find any indication. GFD returned to station at 6:50 p.m.

• At 5:40 a.m. on Sunday, GFD was dispatched to Tractor Supply Company for a reported smoke smell. Firefighters arrived at the building at 5:45 and checked it for any indication of a fire, but could find none. GFD returned to station at 6:06 a.m.

• At 2:09 a.m. on Monday, GFD was called to cover for the Cloverdale Township Volunteer Fire Department as it responded to a structure fire at 5020 E. CR 1000 South in Cloverdale. GFD arrived at the station at 2:28 and returned to Greencastle at 2:51 a.m.

Additionally, GFD performed 12 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.