One suspect remains at large in a shooting incident in Rochester that took the life of a former Starke County woman.
Police have arrested William Scroggs, 25, of Delong, and Jason Miller, 34, of Plymouth in the incident. They reportedly shot and killed 81-year-old Wilma Upsall at a home in Rochester after they forcibly entered into the home where she lived with her daughter and son-in-law. An autopsy confirmed that she died from a single gunshot wound.
Scroggs and Miller were arrested after police attempted to conduct a traffic stop near Monterey after the vehicle they were driving crossed the center line and was exceeding the speed limit. A ten minute police pursuit ended when the vehicle crashed on State Road 117 north of State Road 110. Miller and Scroggs fled on foot and were arrested. A third man in the vehicle, Roy Bell, 24, of Rochester remains at large today.
Jason Cooke, of Plymouth, was recently arrested by Starke County police on a warrant and has been charged with Resisting Law Enforcement and two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, all Class D Felonies.
The offense occurred on August 31st when Cooke allegedly fled from police after he initially told police to go around him while exiting the Grovertown Truck Stop. He reportedly waved the police to go around him and the officer decided that the driver didn’t want the officer to follow him and criminal activity may be involved. The driver then pulled away and drove east through the parking lot. The officer followed and started traveling east on U.S. 30 behind the vehicle. The car turned south on 1100 East and started to drive faster. The vehicle crossed the railroad tracks and went off the side of the road. The officer activated his emergency lights and attempted a traffic stop but the car kept going. The officer stated in his report that he followed the car until the car swerved into a corn field and went down the road until he saw the vehicle come out on the south end of the field. The vehicle stopped and the driver and passenger ran from the vehicle on foot. Officers from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department and Knox City Police Department were unable to find the suspects.
Shawn Mattraw, a member of the Starke County Community Corrections staff, has been selected to be the Northwest District Director for the association. In this capacity, Shawn will organize training for district members in Evidence Based Program initiatives.
“It’s going to give me greater responsibility, not just at the local level of Community Corrections, but also at the state level in terms of overall policy development any revisions with statutes and things like that that impact and affect anybody in the Northwest region,” explained Mattraw. “The Northwest region, including Starke County, consists of 12 other counties. It’s a task I’m really looking forward to. It gives me an opportunity to broaden my experiences and develop things more at the state level that impact us all in Community Corrections.”
The Knox City Council has decided to refinance the remaining payments on the Knox Community Center. John Julien, from Umbaugh and Associates, appeared before the council to announce that re-bonding rates would go from 5.6% to 2.5%, and the city could realize savings from $14,000 to $25,000 over the course of the payments.
The Starke County Commissioners have passed an ordinance that would halt nepotism in hiring in county government. The ordinance was created in part to stop complaints from the public about employees working under direct supervision of a family member. In the ordinance, the definition of relatives was spelled out with 17 listed from father and mother to relatives by adoption.
The ordinance applies to all elected or appointed directors.
The West Central School Board has decided to proceed with eliminating the Middle School Principal position.
Superintendent Charles Mellon told us that he has notified Principal, Kay Beasey, of the decision. She has the opportunity to meet with the Superintendent and the Board to discuss the situation. The restructuring of the Middle School/High School has not yet been finalized but Superintendent Mellon said they are working on that process.
Pulaski County Maintenance Director Morry Demarco told the commissioners this week that he is ready for winter. All the winter equipment is ready to fire up, the salt is in place, and the equipment has been served. He also mentioned that the 28 heating units in the county buildings are up and ready to run, and each of them have been test-fired.
Demarco also told the commissioners that he performed some sidewalk repair on the west entrance of the courthouse and also took some before and after pictures. He said that the job was a simple patch job, but the weather was interfering with his ability to get it done.
Knox Community School Superintendent A.J. Gappa gave the School Board a facility study update this week.
“Our Board has been investigating work that needs to be done at the Elementary School. I’ve been meeting with the staff members at the Elementary School by grade level and offering them the same mini tour and showing them the inner workings of the building, similar to what the Board had seen during a mini retreat that they had and also what the public was shown last spring.”
Rural Rochester – Tuesday, at approximately 7:06 p.m., officers from the Indiana State Police and Fulton County Sheriff’s Department responded to a 911 call reporting a possible murder at 6832 West Olson Road, rural Rochester, IN.
The preliminary investigation revealed that the owners of a residence at 6832 West Olson Road arrived home from work, and found a rear door to the house open. Upon entering the house, they found the body of Wilma Upsall, 81. An autopsy, conducted on Wednesday, revealed that Upsall died of a gunshot wound. There were signs of forced entry into the home but investigators have yet to determine if any articles are missing from the residence.
Upsall lived at the home with her daughter and son-in-law.
Last night, at approximately 6:34 p.m., officers from the Indiana State Police initiated a traffic stop on a Chevrolet El Camino on 20 A Road near the town of Monterey, IN. The El Camino had purportedly driven across the center line and was exceeding the posted 55 miles per hour speed limit. Officers also wanted to speak with the occupants of the Chevrolet about Upsall’s alleged murder. When troopers activated the emergency lighting and sirens on their police cars, the El Camino accelerated and led officers on an approximately ten minute pursuit. The chase ended when the Chevrolet crashed on State Road 117 north of State Road 110. The driver, Jason Miller, 34, Plymouth, IN, and his two passengers, William Scroggs, 25, Delong, IN, and Roy Bell, 24, Rochester, IN, all fled on foot.
After an overnight manhunt, by multiple police agencies, Scroggs and Miller were eventually located and incarcerated in the Fulton County Jail. They each face a single count of murder and two class A felony charges for burglary and robbery. They are being held without bond. Scroggs and Miller were found in different locations and at different times.
At this time Bell has not been located. Investigators believe he is possibly armed and should be considered dangerous. An order of probable cause has been issued by the Fulton Circuit Court for Bell to be arrested on murder, robbery, and burglary charges.
This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information about this case, or Bell’s whereabouts, is encouraged to call the Indiana State Police Peru Post at 1-800-382-0689 (inside Indiana) or 765-473-6666. Information can also be provided to the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department by calling 574-223-2819. Information can also be provided anonymously to Fulton County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-616-7867.
Just after midnight this morning a single vehicle crash in Jackson County claimed the life of a La Porte, IN teen. According to Trooper Matt Holley, at approximately 12:35 a.m. a 1996 Honda Civic driven by 21 year old Cory D. Allison of La Porte, IN was traveling southbound on I-65 near the 51.5 mile marker when he lost control of the vehicle which then rotated striking a guardrail in the median. The force of the crash caused five of the guardrail posts to be broken off before the vehicle came to rest with the passenger side of the vehicle against the guardrail.
Allison suffered severe head and chest injuries and a back seat passenger, 19 year old Brandon W. Lehman of La Porte, IN also suffered severe head and chest injuries. Both Allison and Lehman were transported to area hospitals. The front seat passenger, 19 year old Craig M. Milcarek, also of La Porte, was pronounced dead at the scene. Although the crash remains under investigation, speed and aggressive driving possibly contributed to the crash.
Assisting Tpr. Holley at the scene was Tpr. Seth Davidson, Seymour Police Department, Seymour Fire Department, Jackson County EMS, and the Jackson County Coroner’s Office.
Indiana State Police and all local police agencies are still looking for one man in connection with a murder on Tuesday evening in Marshall County. Two individuals were arrested late Wednesday night following a police chase which resulted in a crash near SR 110 and SR17 near Mystic Hills Golf Course.
Arrested so far are Jason Miller 34, address unknown, and William Scroggs, 25 of Delong. Police are still searching for Roy Bell 24, address unknown. Bell should be considered armed and dangerous and any information the public has regarding this individual should be relayed to your local police department.
Bell escaped following the car crash and a manhunt continued through the night on Wednesday in the Culver area with homes being checked. Miller and Scroggs who also fled on foot following the crash were arrested at separate times and locations in the Culver area.
The murder happened Tuesday evening in the 6000 block of west Olson Road in Marshall County. The body of Wilma Upsall was found when the owners of the residence arrived home.
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A former Starke County woman was found murdered at her home in Rochester.
Indiana State Police officers responded to 6832 W. Olson Road where the owners of the residence reported a possible murder. The residents came home from work and reportedly found a rear door to the house open. Police say the owners found Wilma Upsall’s body on the floor of the residence and investigators say she was shot and died from her injuries. An autopsy will determine an exact cause of death.
Knox’s big August festival might be in jeopardy following an announcement last night that the Friends of the Park Organization would be dropping its sponsorship of the Harvest Days Festival. The organization had been in charge of the three day event for the past six years. Friends of the Park President, Tony Radkiewicz, explained the organization’s decision.
Starke Circuit Court Judge Kim Hall will be on the bench today, but it will not be on the third floor of the Starke County Courthouse. Judge Hall is taking his court on the road.
“We’re going to have court at Oregon-Davis High School,” said Judge Hall. “The reason for this is that for many years, Oregon-Davis would bring a bus load of Seniors to the Starke Circuit Court and watch the court proceedings and they always enjoyed that and it was always educational for them. For the last couple of years, for various reasons, they haven’t been able to get to the Courthouse. I’ve been talking with some teachers and we’ve decided that we’re going to bring court to the Oregon-Davis High School. I checked with the Supreme Court and the staff there was not aware of any other court in Indiana doing this, but they thought it was a good idea. This morning, we’re going to have the prosecutors, defense attorneys and the Sheriff there with some of the inmates and we’re going to have regular court.”
Officers from the Knox City Police Department arrested a father and son on drug charges.
Officers were called to Advanced Auto Parts in reference to an intoxicated male. The caller reported that the suspect was trying to sell narcotics to the store employees and to the anonymous caller. Police arrived on scene and observed the suspect. He reportedly had come out of the store with a bag of items and put them in a car that was occupied by another passenger. Police questioned the suspect and reportedly found that Austin Bailey was intoxicated and that he had some items from the store in his pocket. More items from the store were located in the vehicle. Some of the items were paid for and others were reported stolen. The passenger in the car, Kenneth Bailey, Jr., was questioned and when officers patted him down for safety reasons, they found medication allegedly not prescribed to Bailey.
Sandy Hurd of the Pleasant View Rest Home in Pulaski County told the commissioners this week that she, like many others, is in need of part-time help. Hurd said that her current part-time employee recently applied for Social Security benefits and is now only allowed to work a few hours per week, so she needs to replace her hours with someone else.
Plymouth Police Department officers arrested a man after a pursuit incident Monday evening.
A Plymouth Police officer attempted a traffic stop and the vehicle peeled down an alley along Kenwood Ave. Police said that the vehicle continued at a high rate of speed through Westgate and onto State Road 17. The pursuit ended on Redwood and 9th Streets when the driver bailed out of the car and ran into a field and wooded area.
At this week’s Culver Community School Board meeting, Culver Elementary School Principal Charles Kitchell informed the board that one of their teachers, Kim Morrison, has applied for and received a $1500 grant from the Marshall County Community Foundation. She has received half of the grant up-front, and Kitchell says that Morrison plans to use the money to purchase a Mimio smartboard, digital audio/video recorder, and a Bose sound dock for her iPod.