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Police/Courts

  • Sea of Blue supporters in Mount Vernon

    As you are driving around town you may notice blue ribbons or bows tied to mailboxes, or a line of blue painter’s tape across the back window of a vehicle.

    It’s called “Sea of Blue”, a campaign that was started via Facebook to represent the lives of men and women who dawn the law enforcement uniform and put their life on the line for the community.

  • City Police looking for attempted burglary suspect

    The Mount Vernon Police Department is still looking for the suspect(s) of an attempted burglary that occurred last week.

    Police say on Thursday, Sept. 10, at approximately 1:24 a.m. the suspect(s) threw a concrete rock and a broken cinder block through the glass on the north doors of Wesselman’s Supermarket, but no entry to the store was made.

  • School officials not notified of federal raid near building

    By Kelsey Wheatcroft-Schapker

    On Tuesday, Aug. 25, the U.S. Marshals Task Force arrested 23-year-old Kyle Miller at a home near West Elementary School around the time of dismissal. West Elementary Principal Paul Swanson immediately placed the school on lockdown after a quick-thinking staff member noticed the raid unfolding across the street.

  • Posey County man arrested after standoff with police

    A Posey County man with multiple warrants was involved in a standoff with police last Thursday in Blairsville.

    Lonnie Eagleson, 33, of Blairsville had a contempt of court warrant for a failure to appear for possession of meth charges.

    He also had warrants for maintaining a common nuisance and driving while suspended.

    The warrants were issued by the Posey County Sheriff’s Department earlier this month.

    Officers arrived at the residence at 8521 SR 66 in Blairsville at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Thursday.

  • State Police warn of asphalt crew scam

    By Kelsey Wheatcroft-Schapker

    Indiana State Police are warning Posey County residents of an asphalt crew that are scamming homeowners in the area.

    Police said an employee of Oaks Construction approached an 87-year-old female at her New Harmony home, and told her that the crew had an extra load of asphalt from a recent job in Mount Vernon, and they could offer her a good price for her driveway.

    Police said the woman was allegedly quoted a price between $1,000 and $2,000, and when she agreed, the crew started working immediately.

  • Two arrested for unlawful entry

    Tricia Knowles and David Basham were arrested last Wednesday afternoon when law enforcement officers were tipped off about two people breaking into an apartment at 2750 John Avenue in New Harmony.

    Indiana State Police and Posey County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the call at approximately 4:16 p.m. The officers observed a window that had been damaged.

  • Mount Vernon woman arrested for fraud, theft

    Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Nick Hermann filed charges last week against Carolyn Wintz for fraud and theft. She was detained and posted a cash bond in the amount of $1,000.

    Vanderburgh Superior Court Judge Robert Turnath signed an affidavit for probable cause last Monday, resulting in a warrant for Wintz’s arrest. She is being charged with fraud on a financial institution and theft value of property less than $50,000.

  • Arrest made in Griffin dog hoarding case

    After working through the laws involved in animal cruelty and abuse, an arrest warrant was delivered to the Posey County Sheriff’s department in the Griffin dog hoarding incident.

    Carol Leach, of Griffin, surrendered herself to the Sheriff’s Department last week.

    Leach is facing 65 charges in the case. Four charges are for torturing or mutilating a vertebrate animal, which is a level six felony. There are also 60 charges of cruelty to an animal, a Class A misdemeanor and one count of harboring a non-immunized dog, a Class B misdemeanor.

  • American Humane Association helping with dogs

    The recent dog hoarding situation in Griffin has thrown many of the area animal shelters into disarray.

    However, the Posey Humane Society and PC Pound Puppies are extremely appreciative of the people in and outside the community that have helped out.

    On Friday, the American Humane Association came to the county to set up an emergency response team.

    The group brought in supplies to help and also set up an additional shelter that provides needed space for the dogs.

  • Griffin man arrested for child pornography

    Last Tuesday, the Mount Carmel Police were able to obtain an arrest warrant for 33 year old Larry J. Mortis of Griffin, Indiana. Mortis is accused of contacting a female juvenile located in Mt. Carmel and requesting that she send him nude photographs of herself in return for money.

    During the course of the investigation it was discovered that Mortis had solicited a nude photograph of a female that he should have known was under the age of 18.