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Police/Courts

  • 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.

  • New Harmony avoids disaster with gas line vandalism

    The Town of New Harmony avoided what could have been a disastrous situation when the Town’s gas line, located on the Harmony Way Bridge was vandalized.

    The gas line, which delivers natural gas from Illinois to the Town, was tampered with on Sept. 19.

    New Harmony Gas and Street Superintendent Bobby Grider said that he was on vacation and received a call that the vandalism had taken place.

    “When I saw it, it looked like someone had used a grinder or some kind of portable saw to cut into it,” said Grider.

  • House sentenced to 93 years

    Last month, Ricky House Jr. was found guilty on 16 charges. Last Tuesday, Posey Circuit Court Judge James Redwine sentenced him to 93 years in prison for the kidnap and rape of Joelle Lockwood.

  • Alleged dog hoarding suspect pleads guilty to misdemeanors

    The heartbreaking story over the summer captured the attention of animal lovers around the area.

    In June, Carol Leach, 66, of Griffin, turned herself in to the sheriff’s department after a warrant was filed for her arrest for alleged animal hoarding and abuse.

    Leach faced 65 charges in the case, which break down to four charges for torturing or mutilating a vertebrate animal, a Level six felony; 60 charges of neglect to an animal, a Class A misdemeanor; and one count of harboring a non-immunized dog, a Class B misdemeanor.

  • Man sentenced on methamphetamine charges

    Last week, a Posey County man was sentenced on drug charges.

    Lonnie Eagleson II, 33, was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

    He was charged with dealing methamphetamine, possession of meth and marijuana, and maintaining a common nuisance after he barricaded himself inside a home in Blairsville in August.

    The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force learned of Eagleson staying at the home but before authorities arrived, he locked himself in the attic.

  • Law enforcement officials receive awards

    Three law enforcement officials received awards last week during a joint meeting of the Posey County Council and Commissioners.

    Jail Officer Charles Carter received a Lifesaving Award for saving an individual that was choking. Jail Commander Mark Pharr, Reserve Commander Jim Hirsch and Reserve Deputy Sheriff Volunteer Frank Smith all received the Distinguished Hoosier Award.

  • A day in the life of a jail commander

    I can remember being a little girl in the back seat of my dad’s truck and he’d always go the back way home to our neighborhood. Behind the new Huck’s, across the railroad tracks, past Brittlebank and the Posey County Jail and I would always wonder what the inside of the jail looked like.

    Now I know.

    Posey County Jail Commander Mark Pharr runs a tight ship. He has been in his position for 10 years and worked his way up the ladder as a jailer, shift lead and assistant jail commander before being in his current position.

  • Melliff takes on challenges, sets goals as new Posey Deputy

    acob Melliff, employee at the Posey County Jail, is now the newest Deputy in the Posey County Sheriff’s Department.

    For Melliff, the new position is another goal achieved in his life.

    Melliff, a 2010 North Posey graduate, was a member of the wrestling team in high school. He competed in the 2010 IHSAA State Wrestling Meet at 130 pounds, where he finished seventh, and came within two points of meeting future NCAA Champion Jason Tsirtsis.

  • Police still looking for bank robbery suspect

    Authorities are still on the hunt for a suspect that allegedly robbed a bank last week.

    The sheriff’s office said a white male entered the fully staffed Cynthiana State Bank in Posey County just before 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24 and approached one of the tellers. The male handed the teller a note demanding money and left the bank a few moments later with an undisclosed amount of cash.

    Sheriff Greg Oeth said the male indicated he had a concealed weapon in the pocket of his jacket, however no employees were injured.

  • House guilty on all counts

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

    A Posey County Jury found Ricky Roy House Jr., 38, guilty of all 16 charges on Monday evening.

    House was arrested for holding Joelle Lockwood, 31, against her will for 58 days at a trailer in Stewartsville in the summer of 2014.

    The case was sent to the jury on Monday at 10:45 a.m. and members deliberated for nearly six hours. Judge James Redwine called attorneys to return to the courtroom at 4:29 p.m.