Putnam Scanner for June 6, 2023

Monday, June 5, 2023

County Jail

Seven people were booked in the Putnam County Jail recently.


• At 6:42 a.m. Tristan K. Martin, 27, Poland, was lodged at the jail for contributing to the delinquency of a minor and on an out-of-county warrant.


• At 10:27 p.m. Zachary D. Eakle, 39, Reelsville, was taken into custody for theft/receiving stolen property, domestic battery, interference with the reporting of a crime and on a local warrant.

• At 1:30 p.m. Peyton L. Welker, 18, Greencastle, was housed at the jail for driving while intoxicated.


• At 5:25 a.m. Mark L. Priest, 63, Martinsville, was lodged at the jail on a local warrant.


• At 12:42 p.m. Andrea N. Tillberry, 31, Cloverdale, was taken into custody for possession of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a syringe and maintaining a common nuisance.

• At 11:29 a.m. Austin M. Tharp, 34, Terre Haute, was housed at the jail on a local warrant.

• At 11:26 a.m. Chris A. Barker, 55, Cloverdale, was booked in for possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance.

City Police

Two recent arrests were reported by Greencastle City Police officers.

• At 1:15 p.m. Sunday, Megan B. Schroeder, 44, Greencastle, was arrested by Officer Billy DeWitt.

Stopped along South Warren Drive, Schroeder was booked into the Putnam County Jail for driving while intoxicated-endangerment. She registered .000 percent under portable breathalyzer testing.

• At 7:46 p.m. Thursday, Tina M. Albright, 54, Greencastle, was arrested by Officer Chris Helmer.

Taken into custody at a Bloomington Street residence, Albright lodged at the jail for invasion of privacy.

One recent summons was issued by city officers.

• At 6:33 p.m. May 30, Joshua Bartley, 30, Reelsville, was cited by Officer Justin Herd.

Stopped on South Indiana Street, Bartley was issued a summons for operating a vehicle without ever having received a license.

Sheriff’s Office

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

• At 8:25 p.m. on Saturday, Ty D. Osborne, 55, Bloomington, was westbound on County Road 75 South on a 2002 Suzuki 1200SK motorcycle with a sidecar when he left the road, came back onto the road and crashed.

Upon the arrival of Deputy Josh Clark, Osborne was on the ground screaming in pain, unable to give a statement. However, Macey Masten of Greencastle had been riding in the sidecar and was standing next to the motorcycle. She told Clark that the motorcycle left the road and traveled a short distance before re-entering the road. When it came back on the road, it laid over on its side and then came back up.

Putnam County EMS medics at the scene called for StatFlight helicopter, which landed at the scene.

The motorcycle was towed. Clark estimated damage at $5,000-$10,000.

• At 5:46 p.m. on Saturday, Tiffany M. Gregg, 32, Cloverdale, was westbound on County Road 1000 South in a 2024 Ford Escape when she hit a deer.

The vehicle was towed. Deputy Clark estimated damage at $5,000-$10,000.

• At 7:15 a.m. on Friday, Christine F. Williams, 65, Rockville, was eastbound on U.S. 36 near Groveland in a 2022 Nissan Sentra.

Williams told Cpl. Brian Helmer she came upon a slow-moving military vehicle. Williams said when she pulled out to pass, another vehicle pulled out to pass her, and they both collided.

Williams pulled over to the Groveland gas station, but the other driver did not, fleeing the scene eastbound.

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

• At 1:11 p.m. on Thursday, Jordan C. Garrett, 26, Cloverdale, was southbound on U.S. 231 in a 2014 Ford Fusion, coming to a stop at a flagged construction zone south of County Road 700 South. Lydia A. Marshall, 41, Greencastle, was also southbound in a 2010 Toyota Prius.

Marshall told Deputy Randy Patrick that the sun got in her eyes, obstructing her vision and she did not see Garrett coming to a stop, thus rear-ending his car.

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

• At 7:06 p.m. on Wednesday, Kerry Colip, 71, Westfield, was southbound on Lieber Road in a 2016 Toyota Prius when a northbound motorcycle crossed left of center in a curve and collided with driver’s side of his vehicle.

The unknown motorcyclist requested that Colip not call an ambulance or law enforcement. A short time later, the man got into what Colip and his passenger described as a light blue or teal SUV and fled the scene.

Upon investigation, Deputy David Bennett found the motorcycle, a 2002 Honda Shadow Spirit 750 to have a false and fictitious plate.

A witness stopped at the scene and was able to get a short video that police are attempting to use to identify the driver of the motorcycle.

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

City Fire

The Greencastle Fire Department responded to seven recent dispatches.

• At 2:50 p.m. on Friday, firefighters were called to a motor vehicle accident at Indianapolis Road and 10th Street. They assisted with the patients, but mainly performed fluid cleanup. They returned to service at 3:46 p.m.

• At 5:32 p.m. on Friday, GFD was called to an alarm at 507 S. Locust St. Crews arrived to find a dirty detector head, cleaning it and then reseting the system. They left the scene at 5:48 p.m.

• At 6:55 p.m. on Friday, firefighters were called to a tree down at County Road 150 West and 285 South. They removed the tree from the road and returned to service at 7:12 p.m.

• At 8:33 p.m. crews were dispatched to a report of power lines down at 921 E. Washington St. They arrived to find they were instead communication lines. They moved them into the grass and told dispatch to call Frontier Communications. They were back in service at 8:45 p.m.

• At 1:03 p.m. on Sunday, GFD was called to an alarm at 413 S. Locust St. Personnel arrived to discover the alarm was due to cooking. They reset the alarm, returning to service at 1:15 p.m.

• At 4:57 p.m. on Sunday, firefighters were called to an alarm at 509 S. Locust St. Arriving to find a problem with the alarm panel, they reset the alarm and returned to service at 5:08 p.m.

• At 6:18 p.m. on Sunday, GFD was called to a structure fire near Cloverdale. They assisted with extinguishing the fire and returned to service at 8:06 p.m.

Firefighters also responded to five medical runs and were once disregarded en route.

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.