Putnam Scanner for February 11, 2020

Monday, February 10, 2020

County Jail

Two people were booked in the Putnam County Jail recently.


• At 4:04 p.m. Dustin Michael Kennedy, 24, Cloverdale, was lodged at the jail for driving while intoxicated.


• At 4:23 a.m. Jacob Michael Hull, 20, Indianapolis, was taken into custody for unlawful possession of a syringe.

City Police

Three recent arrests were reported by Greencastle City Police officers.

• At 12:52 p.m. Saturday, Derick Coffman, 25, Cloverdale, was arrested by Officer Brad Hiatt.

Hiatt was called to a Crown Street residence for a reported domestic disturbance. It was there that he arrested Coffman on a charge of resisting law enforcement.

Coffman was lodged in the Putnam County Jail.

• At 7:29 p.m. Friday, Anthony Jones, 24, Greencastle, was arrested by Capt. Charles Inman.

Inman was called to an East Walnut Street residence on a report of a domestic disturbance. It there that Jones was arrested on charges of invasion of privacy, resisting law enforcement, possession of a lookalike substance and possession of paraphernalia.

Jones was lodged in the Putnam County Jail.

• At 11:30 a.m. Feb. 5, Michaella Woodward, 38, Arkansas, was arrested by Sgt. Ed Wilson for theft and false informing at the Greencastle Walmart store.

Authorities allege Woodard took $66.46 in merchandise while using the store’s U-scan system.

The system reportedly denied her credit card but Woodard went ahead and bagged up her items anyway and attempted to leave the store without paying.

Woodard, who was lodged in the Putnam County Jail, reportedly tried to make off with jewelry (including earrings), food items and a pair of rain boots. She reportedly switched out the boots, placing her old ones on the shelf and attempting to walk out with the new ones.

State Police

State troopers from the Putnamville Post made one recent arrest in Putnam County.

• Early Saturday morning, Trooper Brian Thomas investigated a property-damage crash at the 40-mile marker westbound on Interstate 70.

The trooper’s investigation revealed that the driver, 22-year-old Naomi A. Stucky of Indianapolis, was under the influence of methamphetamine.

Stucky was booked in the Putnam County Jail at 7:35 a.m. for driving while intoxicated.

Sheriff’s Department

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

• At 1:54 p.m. Sunday, William Moss, 17, Brazil, was eastbound in the right lane of U.S. 40 in a 2006 Jeep Liberty.

Moss told Deputy Tanner Brown he was going about 60 mph when the rear passenger tire caught the icy slush on the side of the road, pulling him into the ditch.

The vehicle then slid in the grass until it hit a tree.

Tire marks indicated the left side of the vehicle was in the air from the time it left the road until it hit the tree.

Upon Brown’s arrival, Moss was sitting in the driver seat. His passenger, 18-year-old Cameron Gallo of Harmony, had gotten out of the car and was lying on the ground nearby.

Gallo told the deputy his right arm and neck hurt. There was blood on his arm.

Both were transported from the scene for their injuries.

• At 12:07 a.m. on Sunday, Everett B. Williams, 18, Indianapolis, was westbound in the left lane of Interstate 70 near the 29-mile marker in a 2013 Hyundai Veloster.

Williams told Deputy Brown that the vehicle started to fishtail and he tried to correct it. He then lost control and slid off the roadway.

The vehicle then rolled twice before coming to a stop.

Both Williams and his passenger, 40-year-old Robert Greene of Indianapolis, said they hit their head in the incident.

Brown estimated damage at $10,000-$25,000.

• At 10:18 p.m. on Saturday, Thomas E. Mobly, 56, Terre Haute, westbound on U.S. 40 in a 2018 Nissan 210 Deluxe when he hit a deer.

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

• At 6:05 a.m. on Saturday, Luke A. Miller, 23, Plainfield, was northbound on County Road 625 West in a 2004 Ford F-250 when he ran off the side of the road and got stuck.

Putnam County EMS arrived on the scene and evaluated a passenger for minor injuries to her lip.

Deputy Deric Line estimated damage at $2,500-$5,000. The truck was towed.

• At 12:24 p.m. on Friday, Andrew W. Bird, 46, Sturgis, Mich., was westbound on U.S. 36 near County Road 490 West in a 2012 GMC Sierra when a deer ran into the front left of the vehicle.

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

• At 8:50 p.m. on Friday, Gabriela R. Louie, 19, Coatesville, was eastbound on U.S. 40 approaching County Road 400 East in a 2006 Toyota Prius when she hit a deer.

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

• At 9:41 a.m. on Friday, Bryan Bond, 39, Reelsville, was northbound on County Road 200 West in a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am.

Bond told Deputy Brown he rounded a corner and lost control and did not remember what happened after.

A witness told Brown he was northbound behind Bond’s vehicle and saw the car go off the road then back on, sliding across the road and into the ditch on the west side.

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

• At 6:28 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, Nathaniel D. Crosby, 26, Greencastle, was westbound on State Road 236 approaching the T intersection with U.S. 231 in a 2007 Jeep Compass.

Crosby told Deputy Scott Ducker he could not see due to heavy fog, running off the road and hitting the guardrail on the north side of the road. The vehicle then continued through the intersection and hit the west side guardrail head on.

The vehicle was towed. Ducker estimated damage at $10,000-$25,000.

• At 2:09 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31, Heather Crosby, 45, Greencastle, was westbound on County Road 125 South in a 2005 Dodge Stratus. Kerry L. Biddle, 40, Brazil, was eastbound in a 200 Peterbilt 379 tractor pulling a trailer, both of which were registered to Trent Cox of Brazil.

Crosby told Deputy Ducker she looked down at her phone and that’s when she crossed the center line.

Biddle told Ducker he saw Crosby looking down at her phone and swerving into his lane.

Biddle swerved off the road to try and avoid the crash, but Crosby collided with the trailer.

Crosby’s vehicle was towed. Ducker estimated damage at $10,000-$25,000.

City Fire

The Greencastle Fire Department responded to five recent dispatches:

• At 3:50 p.m. on Friday, GFD was dispatched to Senior Hall at DePauw University for a fire. Units arrived on the scene at 3:52 to find that a fire had started on the second floor. While the sprinkler system and a fire extinguisher had already doused the flames, GFD had the fire controlled by 4:06 p.m. There was some water and smoke damage to the room. GFD went back into service at 5:06 p.m.

• At 11:05 p.m. on Friday, GFD was dispatched to Beta Theta Pi for a fire alarm. Firefighters arrived at 11:11 and determined the alarm was due to smoking. The alarm was then reset. GFD left at 11:31 p.m.

• At 5:46 a.m. on Saturday, GFD was dispatched to 111 S. Locust St. for a chimney fire. Units arrived on the scene at 5:50 to find flames protruding from an exterior wall. GFD had the fire controlled at approximately 6 a.m., and then checked for extensions. The cause was determined as a crack in the chimney, but the fire was contained to the exterior wall. GFD went back into service at 6:49 a.m.

• At 8:01 p.m. on Saturday, GFD was dispatched to Kappa Alpha Theta for a fire alarm. Firefighters arrived 8:02 and determined the alarm was due to perfume. The alarm was then reset. GFD left at 8:09 p.m.

• At 1:56 p.m. on Sunday, GFD was dispatched to Humbert Hall for a fire alarm. Firefighters arrived at 1:58 but were unable to determine a cause for the alarm. The alarm was reset. GFD left at 2:10 p.m.

Additionally, GFD recently performed five medical assists.

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.