Putnam Scanner for March 11, 2022

Thursday, March 10, 2022

County Jail

Ten people were booked in the Putnam County Jail recently.


• At 8:07 p.m. Hope L. Rush, 50, Cloverdale, was lodged at the jail on a warrant for probation violaiton.

• At 7:16 p.m. Kimberly S. Hanks, 42, Cloverdale, was taken into custody for driving a vehicle as a habitual traffic violator.

• At 2:08 a.m. Amber L. Bennett, 35, Terre Haute, was housed at the jail for possession of cocaine, possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a syringe.


• At 6:59 p.m. Herman L.A. Baker, 24, Greencastle, was booked in on a warrant.

• At 5:53 p.m. Peyton R. Walker, 24, Greencastle, was lodged at the jail on a warrant.

• At 4:47 p.m. Robert C. Phillips, 50, Plainfield, was taken into custody on a warrant.

• At 1:55 p.m. Brandi L. Clodfelter, 40, Clayton, was housed at the jail for probation violation.

• At 11:59 a.m. Victoria S. Corder, 31, Greencastle, was booked in for criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and residential entry.

• At 10:17 a.m. Damon J. Miller, 45, Greencastle, was lodged at the jail for parole violation.


• At 6:27 p.m. Michael E. Birchman, 24, Roachdale, was taken into custody for driving with a suspended license.

Sheriff’s Office

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

• At 3:50 p.m. on Tuesday, Lucas Medlo, 18, Clinton, was eastbound on County Road 500 North in a 2020 Dodge Ram 5500. Meanwhile, Aaron Free, 35, Greencastle, was westbound in a 2014 Freightliner M2 tow truck registered to Seniour’s Towing.

The two vehicles met on a narrow bridge and their driver’s side mirrors struck each other.

Deputy Josh Clark estimated damage at less than $1,000.

• At 1:33 p.m. on Monday, Roger A. Shreve, 25, Terre Haute, was northbound on County Road 500 West in a 2021 Chevrolet truck registered to Gann Parcel Service.

Shreve told Maj. Dwight Simmons he was distracted by his electronic navigation system, at which time the passenger side tires left the pavement and veered into the ditch.

He could not steer the truck back onto the roadway and collided with a tree.

The driver refused medical assistance at the scene.

Simmons was assisted at the scene by Cpl. Scott Ducker, Deputy Tanner Brown and the Reelsville Fire Department.

The truck was towed. Damage was estimated at $2,500-$5,000.

• At 9:19 a.m. on Monday, Amie Boles, 52, Greencastle, was eastbound on County Road 350 North in a 2002 Honda Odyssey.

Boles told Deputy Brown she had gotten too close to the ditch and lost control in the ditch, where she ultimately hit a tree.

Boles complained of chest pain but signed a statement of release.

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

• At 5:57 a.m. on Monday, Taylor R. Pettit, 27, Greencastle, was southbound on U.S. 231 attempting to turn left onto the eastbound entrance ramp for Interstate 70 in a 2016 GMC Acadia. Kate A. Pennington, 32, Quincy, was northbound approaching the intersection in a 2015 GMC Terrain.

Both drivers told Cpl. Ducker that Pennington had the green light to travel straight, while Pettit had a flashing yellow arrow. However, Pettit turned into the path of Pennington, who collided with her driver’s side.

Both vehicles were towed. Ducker estimated damage at $10,000-$25,000.

• At 12:40 p.m. on Saturday, Dustin Huber, 31, Cloverdale, was eastbound on County Road 1000 South in a 2008 International 400 dump truck.

Huber told Deputy Clark another vehicle was westbound and he moved to the edge of the road to give it room, when the passenger side front tire left the roadway.

As Huber was trying to steer back onto the road, the load of dirt in the bed shifted and the truck rolled onto its passenger side. The truck slid into a guardrail on a bridge over a creek and came to rest on its wheels in a creek.

Huber was not injured. The truck was towed.

Clark estimated damage at $25,000-$50,000.

City Fire

The Greencastle Fire Department responded to two incidents recently:

• At 9:28 p.m. on Monday, GFD was dispatched to Pi Beta Phi on the DePauw University campus for a fire alarm. Firefighters arrived at 9:31 and could not determine a cause for the alarm. The alarm was reset. GFD went back into service at 9:39 p.m.

• At 7:53 p.m. on Wednesday, GFD was dispatched to Frankie’s Auto Care for an outside fire. Firefighters arrived at 7:57 and found an unattended brush fire. The fire was extinguished, and GFD went back into service at 8:10 p.m.

Additionally, GFD recently performed seven medical assists and found no incident on one run.

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.