• State police patrol tickets 15 drivers, ends in one arrest

    The Indiana State Police conducted a saturation patrol June 13 along State Road 62 between Mount Vernon and the Vanderburgh County line to issue tickets and citations. The effort lasted from 4 to 7 p.m.

    During the three-hour period, troopers issued 25 warnings, 18 traffic tickets and incarcerated one man for possessing marijuana.

    Fifteen traffic tickets were issued for seat belt violations, two were given for expired registration and one ticket was written for a driver with no insurance.

  • City to increase patrolling in Lawrence Addition

    The Mount Vernon Police Department announced last week plans to step-up traffic enforcement near Lawrence Addition following on-going complaints from residents about heavy semi-truck traffic in the area.

    Semi-trucks carrying goods from nearby industrial sites like WSI are often routed through the subdivision by their GPS devices. It has resulted in property damage and traffic issues along the narrow residential roads, especially near the corner of Vista and Lower New Harmony Road.

  • Man in custody on attempted murder charge

    First responders were called to a scene of a possible attempted murder in Mount Vernon early Sunday morning.

    The Mount Vernon Police Department had not released a report to the public at the time of this publication, and said the investigation is still on going.

    Tyler Englebright, 19, was arrested and charged with attempted murder.

    Mount Vernon Police Officers and Posey County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call of a man on the ground at Southwind Apartments. When the officers arrived, the man had a head injury.

  • Hamilton pleads guilty to child molestation

    On November 29, 2016 Melvin Charles Hamilton appeared in the Posey Circuit Court and pled guilty to two counts of Child Molesting, both as Class C Felonies.

    Prosecutor Travis Clowers stated that “after consulting with the victims’ family, it was decided that it was too difficult to ask the young children to testify in another jury trial.”  

    Clowers went on to say that “The emotional well-being of the victims was the most important consideration.”  

  • Local pilot charged with child molestation

    William Hilakos was arrested Vanderburgh County last week on five counts of child molestation.

    Hilakos, 77, is being charged with 35-42-4-3(a)(1)/FA: Child Molesting-intercourse or deviate sex with victim less than 14, which are Class A felony charges.

    Hilakos also faces a similar charge in Wake County, North Carolina. He was arrested on Aug. 8, for Indecent Liberties with a Child.

  • Mount Vernon welcomes newest police officer

    Mount Vernon’s newest police officer is young. At 21, Caleb McDaniel is actually the youngest age an officer can legally be in the state of Indiana.

    But what he lacks in years, McDaniel makes up for in experience and enthusiasm.

    “I know I’m very young, but I just knew from an early age I wanted to go into public safety and help people,” he said.

  • Local woman sentenced to jail in animal neglect case

    A Mount Vernon woman was sentenced to jail Oct. 4, on several counts of animal cruelty.

    Posey County Judge Almon sentenced Shelly Dossett to 120 days in jail. After Dossett serves her time, she will be on probation for a year and 60 days. Her probation also stipulates that she can’t have animals at her home.

    Authorities were called to the home of Shelly Dossett, 41, in February. Inside, they found four underweight dogs and three cats. All of the animals were infested with fleas, and one dog had heartworms.

  • Boyster retires after 32 years of police service

    By Tiffany Stallings

    Former Mount Vernon Police Chief, Sergeant Glenn Boyster, retired on Tuesday, Aug. 2 from the Mount Vernon Police Department.

    “I just thought it was time,” he said, “I didn’t see me being able to advance my career any further because I had already attained so much.”

  • Local officers help provide security at RNC

    A Posey County state trooper was chosen to provide additional security during this year’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

    Officer Brandon Deig got a call from Sgt. Bill Gadberry a few weeks before the convention, informing him he had been selected to go to Cleveland.

    The city’s mayor put over 3,000 officers on the streets to help keep peace during the convention. The measure was taken to ensure security during what many expected to be a turbulent week.

  • Jail garden grows food for inmates, instills pride

      The Posey County Jail is growing.