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Police/Courts

  • Tell City police officers warn of distracted driving dangers; offers tips

    TELL CITY April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and Tell City Police reminds everyone it is illegal to type, transmit or read e-mail or text messages on a communication device while driving. Police in most states may now write traffic tickets for texting while driving.

    “Distraction is one of the most common, preventable causes of crashes,” said Chief Derrick Lawalin. “It takes your eyes, hands or focus away from the road, putting yourself and others in harm’s way.”

  • Campaign underway for Indiana Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch

    BRAZIL – Sheriffs from across the state are launching a $500,000 “Kick In For Kids” fundraising campaign to benefit their nonprofit Indiana Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch being developed for future law enforcement officers and at-risk kids.

    To motivate individuals, businesses, veteran and other civic organizations to “kick in,” sheriffs have secured two major donors who will match contributions dollar-for-dollar if sheriffs and deputies can raise another $500,000 statewide by Aug. 31.

  • New police reserves
  • Kentucky man charged in TC tire theft
  • TCPD issues 86 citations, warnings, makes 10 arrests during patrols

    TELL CITY – Over 24 days, Tell City Police Department issued 86 citations and warnings and made 10 arrests during St. Patrick’s Day, college spring break and the first rounds of NCAA Tournament.

    In 2017, the weekend beginning St. Patrick’s Day had the highest number crashes involving impaired drivers. Federal traffic safety funds administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute supported random patrols, saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints for more than 230 law-enforcement agencies across the state.

  • Police seize methamphetamine, $11,000 in cash

    TELL CITY – A husband and wife face a long list of felony drug charges after police allegedly found them in possession of methamphetamine and $11,000 in cash.

    On Thursday, a Perry County Sheriff’s Department deputy conducted a traffic stop in the 400 block of 12th Street in Tell City. Upon speaking with the occupants of the vehicle the deputy developed what he judged to be sufficient probable cause to obtain a search warrant for illegal drugs inside the vehicle.

  • ISP charge man allegedly driving 110 mph while drunk

    SPENCER COUNTY – Indiana State Police arrested a Grandview man Monday after a trooper allegedly clocked him traveling 110 mph on Indiana 66.

    According to the Jasper Post, at approximately 3 p.m., Trooper Trey Lytton observed a purple 1999 Plymouth, traveling 110 mph in a 55 mph zone on Indiana 66 near County Road 550 E. The driver was identified as Edward Moore, 41, of Grandview.

    Moore allegedly failed a field sobriety test and his blood alcohol concentration later registered .141 percent at the Spencer County Jail.

  • Tell City Police increase impaired, dangerous driving patrols for March Madness and St. Patrick’s Day

    TELL CITY – The Tell City Police Department is joining law-enforcement  agencies across Indiana this March to increase dangerous and impaired driving patrols for the NCAA Tournament and St. Patrick’s  Day.

    Last year, the weekend beginning St. Patrick’s  Day had the highest number crashes involving impaired drivers. With March 17, falling on a Saturday, police are conducting random patrols, saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints intended to make our roads safer.

  • TC man jailed on charges of impersonating first responder

    By VINCE LUECKE

    Editor

     

    TELL CITY – An armed Tell City man who allegedly tried to pass himself off as a first responder was arrested Saturday night after entering a home while police were investigating a battery. Police also said a search of the man’s car turned up an AR-15 rifle and ammunition.

  • Neighbor terrorizes family on Lily Road

    By VINCE LUECKE

    Editor
     

    PERRY COUNTY – A rural Perry County family endured what would have passed for a scene in a horror movie Feb. 24 after a neighbor allegedly barged into their home, began throwing furniture and attacked four people inside before police officers racing to the scene finally arrived and arrested him.

    Police have charged Matthew S. Fortwendel, 44, with a host of charges, including burglary, criminal confinement, intimidation and strangulation.