Putnam Scanner for September 4, 2019

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

County Jail

Six people were booked in the Putnam County Jail recently.


• At 8:09 p.m. Jan David Mace, 61, Greencastle, was lodged at the jail for driving while intoxicated endangering a person and driving while intoxicated.

• At 1:30 p.m. Robert Carroll Summers, 24, Indianapolis, was taken into custody on an out-of-county warrant.


• At 9:48 a.m. Jeremiah Fredrick Sheffler, 41, Plainfield, was booked in on a local warrant.


• At 6:36 a.m. Noah Paul Hendricks, 19, Marshall, was taken into custody on an out-of-county warrant.


• At 4:21 p.m. Joseph Paul Jones, 47, Terre Haute, was housed at the jail for driving with a suspended license.

• At 1:36 p.m. Sonya Unger, 35, Indianapolis, was booked in for driving without ever receiving a license.

City Police

Greencastle Police officers made two recent arrests.

• At 5:35 a.m. on Monday, Melissa Lewellen, 33, Covington, was taken into custody by Sgt. Eric Vaughn.

Arrested on Bloomington Street, Lewellen was wanted on a Montgomery County warrant for dealing in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a narcotic drug, possession of paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license with a prior conviction.

She was booked in the Putnam County Jail at 6:02 a.m.

• At 5:07 a.m. on Sunday, Shaun Miles, 34, Greencastle, was arrested by Officer Alec Pettit.

Taken into custody on North Jackson Street, Miles was wanted on a Putnam County warrant for possession of a controlled substance.

City officers also issued one recent ticket.

• At 4:38 p.m. on Thursday, James Finley, 58, Cloverdale was ticketed by Officer Brad Hiatt.

Stopped on College Avenue. near Poplar Street, Finley was cited for driving with a suspended license with a prior conviction.

Sheriff’s Department

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

• At 4:45 p.m. on Sunday, Daniel D. Trivett, 72, Fillmore, was trying to enter South County Road 475 East from his driveway in a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado. Austin L. Salsman, 23, Fillmore, was northbound on the road in a 2008 Ford F-150.

Trivett did not observe Salsman’s truck and continued onto the road. The front right of Trivett’s vehicle collided with the left front of Salsman’s.

The impact turned Trivett’s truck around and caused Salsman to partially exit the east side of the road, before steering back across the roadway and exiting the west side.

The driver’s side front corner of Salsman’s vehicle was damaged, while Trivett’s sustained damage to the passenger’s side front fender, front grille and headlights and driver’s side fender. The grille was knocked off of Trivett’s truck and it was misaligned.

Deputy Daniel Birt observed that the area just south of Trivett’s driveway has a heavy tree canopy, shadowing the gravel. The road also dips slightly south of the driveway. The deputy believes the silver color of Salsman’s vehicle along with the dust of the road made it hard to see.

Both trucks were towed. Birt estimated damage at $5,000-$10,000.

• At 11:15 p.m. on Michael A. Carr, 34, Brazil, was exiting his parking spot at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville in a 2010 Chevrolet Impala.

Carr told Reserve Deputy Ken Rozelle he turned too sharply and sideswiped the parked vehicle next to him. The other car was a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu registered to Rachelle M. Cox of Mooresville.

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

• At 9:39 p.m. on Saturday, Christopher N. Franklin, 43, Cloverdale, was westbound on State Road 243 approaching the stop sign at the intersection of County Road 1000 South in a 2008 Nissan Quest.

Franklin was reportedly driving at a high rate of speed when he failed to stop at the stop sign and traveled into the yard at 1009 W. CR 100 South, going between the house and the garage and hitting an outside air conditioner and a tree, coming to rest in heavy brush.

Franklin fled from the vehicle prior to the arrival of Deputy Jeffery Freeman.

However, Franklin’s license and cell phone were located in the vehicle and his wife confirmed he was driving the vehicle.

Freeman found open containers of alcoholic beverages on the floor and Franklin was believed to be under the influence of alcohol.

Freeman filed preliminary charges of driving while intoxicated and forwarded his investigation to the Putnam County Prosecutor’s Office.

The car was towed. Damage was estimated at $5,000-$10,000.

• At 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Kimberly J. Pefley, 48, Rockville, was southbound on County Road 850 West in a 2015 Jeep Renegade when she hit a deer.

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

• At 7 a.m. on Friday, Wade A. Black, 19, Rockville, was eastbound on U.S. 36 west of U.S. 231 in a 1998 Dodge Ram when he hit a deer.

Deputy Brian Helmer estimated damage at $2,500-$5,000.

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.