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Police/Courts

  • Leach sentenced to probation

    Volunteers from animal support groups filled the Posey County Superior Courtroom on Thurs., Dec. 10, to hear the sentencing for Carol Leach, who was previously found guilty of 65 counts for the mistreatment of animals.

    Leach hoarded 100 dogs in horrific conditions at her home in Griffin, Ind, before the animals were rescued in May 2015.

  • Day in the life of a police officer

    “I’ll keep you safe.” Those are four words repeated during a recent ride along with Mount Vernon Police Captain Bryan Angel.

    Angel, an 18-year veteran of the police force, said signing on to his shift of the day, from 2 p.m. to midnight, has a different feeling about it.

  • Leach found guilty

    Animal support groups filled the Posey County Superior Courtroom on Wed., Nov. 18, to hear Judge Brent Almond’s verdict in the case against Carol Leach.

    Leach was found guilty of counts one through four, but only as misdemeanors of cruelty to an animal, not felonies of mutilating or torturing an animal, as originally charged.

    Leach hoarded nearly 100 dogs in deplorable conditions at her home in Griffin, Ind, before the dogs were rescued in May of this year.

  • Police investigating storage unit break-ins

    Two different storage facilities have been broken into in recent weeks, according to the Mount Vernon Police Department.

    Police Chief Grant Beloat said the break-ins occurred at U-Pile-It Self Storage in late October and at Mount Vernon Mini Storage on Edson Street on Nov. 10. He said in total from both break-ins, 63 units had their locks cut off with sets of bolt cutters, which officers recovered at the scene.

    Chief Beloat said they had a search warrant issued for a silver van that was recovered at the scene of the break-ins at the Mini Storage.

  • Posey Co. Postal Carrier suspender

    Lucas Kost, postal carrier, in Posey County, has been suspended from work after Mount Vernon Police said he is suspected of stealing prescription medications from the mail.

    Kost, 23, stole the prescription medications from the mail and later overdosed on them. Hospital officials notified Vanderburgh County law enforcement, who then reached out to the Mount Vernon Police Department.

    After a victim reported medications missing that were due to arrive in the mail, detectives interviewed Kost and later arrested him on Oct. 22, at the Mount Vernon Post Office.

  • Two arrested in connection with asphalt scam

    Continued investigation by the Indiana State Police led to the arrest of two more men last week in connection with the alleged asphalt scam that occurred in Posey County.

    Leslie Oaks, 39, of Clinton, Ind. and Odie Herrin, 36, of West Terre Haute, Ind., were arrested on Wed., Oct. 28, after warrants were issued by the Posey County Prosecutor’s Office.

  • Leach's fate to be decided by Judge

    *Editor’s note: Due to the nature of this case, please be advised the content of this article contains some graphic details.

    Volunteers from animal support groups showed their support for the dogs in this case by filling the benches of the Superior Courtroom when the trial of Carol Leach began last week. Leach is accused of hoarding nearly 100 dogs in deplorable conditions at her home in Griffin, Ind, before the dogs were rescued in May of this year.

  • Sheriff's Department working to improve body cameras

    With the recent events in Ferguson, Mo. and other event in the news, body cameras for law enforcement has become a hot topic.

    While the department is always looking to improve, the Posey County Sheriff’s Department was ahead of the curve with the cameras.

    According to Chief Deputy Tom Latham, the Posey County department has been using body cameras for about 3-4 years.

    “We have these cameras we use now,” said Latham. “They are about $40 to $90 dollars apiece. We need better ones, but they at least offer an eye.”

  • Preparations continue in Skelton case

    The case against Anthony Skelton, who was involved in the Aug. 2 traffic accident that took the life of Martha Breeze, is still in process.

    Skelton, the 61-year-old Evansville resident, is charged with Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated causing Death, and Battery on a Public Service Official.

    According to Posey County Prosecutor Travis Clowers, there is a progress hearing scheduled for Nov. 4.

  • Reidford newest addition to Posey County Sheriff's Department

    The Posey County Sheriff’s Department has another new deputy in Kyle Reidford.

    Reidford is the son of Tammy and Terry Reidford from Posey County. Kyle has a younger sister, Kara Falls.

    Reidford is a 2004 graduate of North Posey High School and graduated in 2008 from Indiana State University with a bachelor’s in criminology and criminal justice.

    Reidford said he started college with a different pursuit.