Putnam Scanner for July 19, 2019

Thursday, July 18, 2019

County Jail

Four people were booked in the Putnam County Jail recently.


• At 10:59 p.m. Aron J. Monnett, 35, Cloverdale, was lodged at the jail on a Marion County warrant.

• At 6:18 p.m. Michael Verlin White, 35, Coatesville, was taken into custody on a local warrant.

• At 8:55 a.m. Chris Lee Hutto, 41, Fillmore, was housed at the jail for stalking and criminal trespass


• At 3:03 p.m. Michael L. Gage, 45, Linton, was booked in for driving with a BAC of .08 or more.

City Police

Greencastle Police officers issued four recent citations.

• At 1:01 a.m. on Wednesday, Juan Valdes, 21, Greencastle, was ticketed by Officer Luke Brown.

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

• At 3:01 p.m. on Saturday, Dillan Mounger, 21, Cloverdale was ticketed by Officer Brad Hiatt.

Stopped on Veterans Highway, Mounger was cited for driving with a suspended license.

• At 7:34 a.m. on Saturday, Ross Davies, 62, Greencastle was ticketed by Officer Nick Eastham.

Stopped on Bloomington Street, Davies was cited for driving with expired plates.

• At 9:16 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, James Finley, 58, Greencastle, was ticketed by Officer Brown.

Stopped on Judson Drive near Castlebury Drive, Finley was cited for driving with a suspended license with a prior conviction.

Sheriff’s Department

Putnam County sheriff’s deputies investigated a pair of recent property-damage crashes.

• At 1:24 a.m. Paul Quates, Bainbridge, was inside the building at 118 Main St., Bainbridge, when he heard something hit the building.

Quates looked out and saw a 2001 Toyota 4Runner pulling away. The vehicle drove around the block and then returned and parked.

The driver of the SUV, Angela R. Higgins, 51, Rockville, said she did not hit the building. However, Deputy Anthony Brown found that the vehicle and building had paint transfer consistent with one another.

Higgins tested at .11 BAC on a portable breath test and .08 on a certified test. She was booked in the Putnam County Jail at 3:15 a.m. for driving while intoxicated.

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

• At 1:13 a.m. on Tuesday, Ethan E. Litton, 16, Paragon, was eastbound on County Road 1000 South, near County Road 550 East in a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am.

While traveling at an unknown high rate of speed, Litton failed to negotiate a curve in the road.

Deputy Jeffery Freeman noted that instead, Litton’s car skidded for 10-12 feet and then entered the grass. It slid 43 yards into a fire hydrant. This turned the vehicle sideways and it slid another 12-15 yards into a heavily wooded tree line, where it rolled onto its top and came to a stop.

Litton Initially told Freeman, who was assisted at the scene by Cloverdale Deputy Marshall Billy Wallace and Indiana State Trooper Austin Fowler, that he was traveling 50-55 mph. He later said it was possibly 60-65 mph.

Litton and one of this passengers were not injured. Two others were treated and released at the scene by Operation Life.

No airbags deployed in the vehicle.

Cloverdale Township Volunteer Fire Department also assisted at the scene.

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

Indiana State Police

Indiana State Troopers made one recent arrest in Putnam County.

• On Wednesday evening, Trooper Austin Fowler took a Poland man into custody at U.S. 231 and Interstate 70 in Cloverdale.

Nathan Kyle Fischer, 32, was wanted on an active warrant out of Hendricks County for failure to appear on theft charges.

He was booked in the Putnam County Jail at 6:50 p.m.

City Fire

The Greencastle Fire Department responded to one recent dispatch:

• At 2:22 p.m. on Wednesday, GFD was dispatched to 1109 S. Indiana St. for a fire alarm. Firefighters arrived at 2:26 but the alarm had already been reset. GFD conducted an investigation of the property but did not find any evidence of a fire. GFD left at 2:29 p.m.

Additionally, GFD performed one medical assist before this dispatch.

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.