Putnam Scanner for June 26, 2020

Thursday, June 25, 2020

County Jail

Eight people were booked in the Putnam County Jail recently.


• At 12:58 a.m. Greggory W. Harris, 29, Cloverdale, was lodged at the jail for probation violation.


• At 2 p.m. Amber N. Dreiman, 36, Cloverdale, was taken into custody on a court order.


• At 11:36 a.m. Gary T. Leitzman, 44, Fillmore, was housed at the jail for burglary, theft and possession of stolen property.

• At 11:34 a.m. April N. Sult, 35, Fillmore, was booked in for burglary, theft and possession of stolen property.


• At 10:23 p.m. Heather J. Williams, 46, Quincy, was lodged at the jail for driving while intoxicated with a prior conviction, possession of a narcotic drug and possession of paraphernalia.

• At 8:56 p.m. Shaun A. Miles, 34, Greencastle, was taken into custody for possession of a controlled substance.

• At 8:37 p.m. Christopher P. Stapert, 33, Terre Haute, was housed at the jail for driving while intoxicated endangering a person.

• At 2:36 p.m. Zachary A. Nichols, 21, Vincennes, was booked in for unlawful possession of a syringe.

City Police

One recent alcohol-related arrest was reported by Greencastle City Police officers.

• At 4:35 a.m. Sunday, Michael Thompson, 28, Greencastle, was arrested by Officer Luke Brown.

Stopped on Franklin Street near Northwood Boulevard for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, Thompson registered a blood-alcohol content of .114 percent under portable breathalyzer testing.

Thompson was lodged in the Putnam County Jail.

Sheriff’s Department

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

• At 12:38 p.m. on Wednesday, Caleb A. Needham, 20, Danville, was pulling out of the driveway at 4389 N. CR 480 East in a 2000 Jeep Wrangler. Gary L. Brock, 49, Russellville, was northbound on 480 East in a 2007 Peterbilt conventional truck.

Needham told Deputy Josh Deal that as he pulled onto the road he hit the northbound truck.

Brock said he saw Needham entering the road but could not avoid a collision.

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

• At 11:13 a.m. on Tuesday, George C. Powells, 35, Avon, was westbound on State Road 240 in a 2009 Mack garbage truck registered to Ray’s LLC.

Powells told Maj. Dwight Simmons he encountered an eastbound tractor-trailer traveling left of center. Powells pulled to the right to avoid the collision, leaving the roadway and hitting a utility pole and fence before overturning onto the passenger side.

Powells was not injured and refused medical attention.

The truck was towed. Simmons, who was assisted at the scene by Deputy Derek Line, estimated damage at $10,000-$25,000.

• At 5:40 p.m. on Monday, Ashley L. Eicks, 32, Greencastle, was eastbound on County Road 100 South in a 2015 Chevrolet Equinox when a dog ran into her path.

Eicks, as well as a witness, told Chief Deputy Matt Demmings she could not avoid hitting the animal, which had emerged from the ditch.

The dog was killed by the impact.

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

City Fire

The Greencastle Fire Department responded to three recent dispatches:

• At 3:11 a.m. on Tuesday, GFD was dispatched to Bridges Craft Pizza & Wine Bar for a reported gas leak. Units arrived at 3:12 and determined that a leak was present. Vectren was contacted to address the leak, and GFD went back into service at 4:01 a.m.

• At 11:08 a.m. on Tuesday, GFD was dispatched to 509 Howard St. for an unauthorized burn. Firefighters arrived at the residence at 11:12 and found an unattended trash fire. The fire was extinguished. GFD went back into service at 11:23 a.m.

• At 7:57 p.m. on Wednesday, GFD was dispatched to 1122 Avenue B for a reported smoke odor. Firefighters arrived at 8:03 p.m. and investigated the residence, but did not find a source for the odor. GFD went back into service at 8:26 p.m.

Additionally, GFD recently performed six medical assists and had one disregard.

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.