Putnam Scanner for July 21, 2019

Monday, July 22, 2019

County Jail

Ten people were booked in the Putnam County Jail recently.


• At 4:37 a.m. Christian Jamar Givens, 34, Greencastle, was taken into custody for auto theft and driving while intoxicated refusal.

• At 1:25 a.m. Christopher Scott Horn, 45, Indianapolis, was housed at the jail on a local warrant.


• At 9:45 p.m. Michael Anthony Ramirez, 23, Poland, was booked in for domestic battery and intimidation.

• At 1:30 a.m. Damon Wayne Carrington, 46, Reelsville, was taken into custody for disorderly conduct, public nudity and public intoxication.


• At 11:11 p.m. Richard Wesley Reeves, 57, Indianapolis, was housed at the jail for domestic battery, strangulation, disorderly conduct, public intoxication and on a Marion County warrant.

• At 5:30 a.m. Austin Kendrick Souders, 18, Greencastle, was booked in for being a minor in consumption of alcohol.

• At 12:53 a.m. Carolyn Lea Zeller, 56, Greencastle, was lodged at the jail for driving while intoxicated.


• At 7:18 a.m. Richard James Thomas, 43, Roachdale, was taken into custody on an out-of-county warrant.

• At 5:15 p.m. Paul Henry Lantzy, 46, Greencastle, was housed at the jail for unauthorized absence from home detention.

• At 10:37 a.m. Leon R. Johnson Jr., 23, Indianapolis, was booked in for false informing.

Indiana State Police

Indiana State Troopers made one recent local arrest.

• Early Sunday morning, Trooper David Cox stopped a young Greencastle man for an equipment violation at Veterans Memorial Highway and Putnamville Street.

During the course of the stop, Trooper Cox discovered that 18-year-old Brady James Steadmon was under the influence of a controlled substance.

At 1:39 a.m., Steadmon was booked in the Putnam County Jail for driving while intoxicated.

Sheriff’s Department

Putnam County sheriff’s deputies investigated one recent property-damage crash.

• At 1 a.m. on Sunday, Deputy Daniel Birt, 35, Greencastle, was southbound on County Road 275 East in a 2018 Ford Explorer registered to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. Birt was en route to an emergency call and had his lights and sirens activated at the time.

Near County Road 350 South, a deer entered the road and Birt could not avoid the collision, hitting the animal with the front passenger side.

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

The SUV was driven from the scene.

City Fire

The Greencastle Fire Department responded to eight recent dispatches:

• At 4:08 p.m. on Friday, GFD responded to a call for a blown transformer at 690 Rockville Rd. Units arrived at 4:14 to find that no fire had started. Duke Energy and the Greencastle Police Department were called to the scene, and GFD returned to station at 4:29 p.m.

• At 1:56 a.m. on Saturday, GFD responded to a call for a gas leak at 814 Gardenside Dr. Units arrived at the residence at 2:03 a.m. but could not identify any such smell. The gas was turned off, and GFD returned to station at 2:38 a.m.

• At 2:27 p.m. on Saturday, GFD was dispatched to 513 E. Seminary St. for a smoke alarm. Firefighters arrived at approximately 2:28 but did not find any source of smoke. The smoke detector was replaced, and GFD returned to station at 2:34 p.m.

• At 10:26 a.m. on Sunday, GFD responded to a motor vehicle accident with injuries at 4700 U.S. Hwy 231. Units arrived on the scene at 10:35 and assisted emergency personnel from Cloverdale with caring for patients. GFD returned to station at 11:19 a.m.

• At 12:26 p.m. on Sunday, GFD responded to a call for a gas leak at Kentucky Fried Chicken. Units arrived at the building at 12:34 to find that pilot lights on a stove were out. GFD shut off the gas, and KFC had a repair company come and address the issue. GFD returned to station at 12:53 p.m.

• At 6:51 p.m. on Sunday, GFD was dispatched to the Pingleton sawmill at 525 S. CR 550 West for a reported fire. Firefighters arrived on the property at 6:59 but were disregarded when no issue was found. GFD returned to station at 7:20 p.m.

• At 10:39 p.m. on Sunday, GFD was dispatched to the Greencastle American Legion at 1401 Indianapolis Rd. for an appliance fire. Firefighters arrived at 10:45 to find that a dryer fire had already been extinguished. The dryer was removed and the building was ventilated. GFD went back into service at 12:01 a.m. Monday.

• At 1:32 a.m. on Monday, GFD was alerted to an electrical smell at 1 E. Hanna St. Firefighters arrived at 1:37 and located the source of the smell, which came from a malfunctioning pump for an aquarium tank. No other damage was found. GFD went back into service at 1:57 a.m.

Additionally, GFD performed seven 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.