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Police/Courts

  • Drug raid nets 13

    The Posey County Sheriff’s Office arrested 13 individuals on various charges during a drug raid last week.

    “This was a great and successful joint effort in the fight against the drug epidemic that our society faces,” said Chief Deputy Tom Latham with the Posey County Sheriff’s Office.

    In the early morning hours of Thurs., June 2, officers from seven different agencies successfully completed a drug sweep at multiple homes and apartments throughout the city of Mount Vernon.

  • Former postal carrier suspended

    A former postal carrier in Posey County was recently sentenced to probation and drug and alcohol treatment.

    Lucas Kost pled guilty to possession of a controlled substance and theft, both of which are Class A Misdemeanors.

    Posey County Superior Court Judge Brent Almon sentenced Kost to one year on probation on each charge. The charges were ran concurrently, meaning the two charges equal a total of one year on probation.

    Prosecutor Travis Clowers said Kost did not have a plea agreement from the state.

  • Animal hoarding suspect sentenced to jail

    Mount Vernon resident Brent Holder, who is charged for involvement in an animal cruelty case, will spend the next few months in jail.

    Holder, 49, was charged with eight counts of a Level 6 Felony of Cruelty to an Animal. He appeared in Superior Court last week where he was sentenced to 60 days in the Posey County Jail, followed by two and a half years in Community Corrections.

  • Saltzman retiring as Poseyville Marshal

    Poseyville Town Marshal Doug Saltzman devoted 33 years as a police officer; this summer he will begin a new adventure known as retirement.

    “It has been a good run, it’s just time to go,” said Saltzman.

    Saltzman described a typical day on the job as patrolling, checking VIN numbers on automobiles and four wheelers, being on the look-out for drunk drivers, responding to criminal mischief calls and more.

  • Posey County Jail to house other local inmates

    Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding asked Posey County Sheriff Greg Oeth to house prisoners in Posey County due to overcrowding at the Vanderburgh County Jail. Oeth said currently, he is over capacity by eight inmates, so he cannot house inmates from Vanderburgh at the moment; however, he can house them in the future. According to Oeth, the costs of transferring, housing and medical would fall on Vanderburgh County. The agreement between Oeth and Wedding is for any offender, male or female. Currently, the Vanderburgh County Jail is over capacity by 250 inmates.

  • Appointees made for jail board

    Three non-government appointees have been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Indiana Jail Building Corporation.

    The Posey County Commissioners at last week’s meeting appointed Henry Hudson, David Dausman and Jeff Will.

    Commissioner Jim Alsop made the motion to appoint the three individuals.

  • Jail report shows increase in population

    Posey County Jail Commander Mark Pharr submitted the annual jail report to the county council for the year 2015 and according to the report, the jail saw an increase in population.

    The total number of intakes in 2015 was 567 while the year 2014 brought in 513 inmates. November, December, January and February were the months with the highest number of population.

  • North Posey teacher faces battery charge

    A North Posey High School teacher is facing a battery charge and is currently out on bond.

    Mount Carmel Police arrested Donald Kensell of Mount Carmel, Ill., on Thurs., April 21, on a warrant out of Posey County. He is facing a charge of Battery, a Class B Misdemeanor.

  • Three appointees needed for jail board

    Three non-government appointees are needed for the board of directors for the Posey County Jail project.

    The county commissioners said after a recent conversation with design firm, RQAW, and management firm, Garmong, the project is on track to move forward. The next step is the commissioners establishing the Indiana Jail Building Corporation and appointing a board of directors.

    Attorney for the commissioners, Jacob Weis, said Indiana law does not allow the county to go in to debt over this project, which is why a building corporation must be established.

  • Posey woman charged with animal cruelty

    A Posey County woman is facing multiple counts of animal cruelty.

    Shelly Dossett, 41, has been charged with six counts of Cruelty to An Animal, a Class A Misdemeanor. According to the probable cause affidavit, four dogs, three cats and two deceased dogs were removed from the residence at 6210 Grady Road in Mount Vernon in February.

    The living dogs were taken to Posey Humane Society, where they were given food, but the affidavit said the dogs were eating so fast that volunteers had to limit their food to keep them from getting sick.