Pulaski County Sheriff to Apply for Grant

 Pulaski County Sheriff Jeff Richwine asked the commissioners’ permission to apply for a grant to purchase more secure bin for prescription medication.

Sheriff Richwine said CVS has a grant available to purchase a container in which residents can dispose of their unused, unwanted or expired prescription medications. The container is designed where a deposit can’t be withdrawn. It’s styled like a mailbox where the opening locks out a person. It’s locked and can be better monitored.

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Pulaski County K9 Aids in Arrest

 
 

The Pulaski County K9 was instrumental in the arrest of two people during a traffic stop on Friday.

A witness told police that a vehicle was driving erratically in the Medaryville area. The responding officer saw the vehicle after 4 p.m. ET on U.S. 421 near the West Central School. The officer saw the vehicle as a traffic hazard and conducted a traffic stop.

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K9 Assists in Warrant Arrest in Medaryville

 

 

Shantelle Vierke
Shantelle Vierke
Eric Wireman
Eric Wireman
Sadie Wireman
Sadie Wireman

Three people were arrested on Monday after officers attempted to take Eric Wireman into custody on a warrant.

Officers received information that Eric Wireman, 31, was at 15385 W. 160 N. in Medaryville. He was wanted on a Starke County warrant for failure to appear. He did not appear in court on a felony charge of dealing in methamphetamine and a misdemeanor charge of visiting a common nuisance.

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Kentucky Man Arrested on Warrant in Pulaski County

 
 

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s K9 unit was instrumental in capturing a wanted felon.

On Friday, Feb. 27, deputies from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department served an arrest warrant after receiving information that Donald Ray Fitch, 47, from Kentucky was living at a home south of Denham. When officers knocked on the door, Fitch refused to answer to police. According to a press release, officers gained entry into the home and Fitch surrendered when K9 Gil was deployed. Police say Fitch was found in a bedroom.

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Pulaski County Sheriff Updates Commissioners on Random Drug Tests, Military Equipment

Pulaski County Justice Center
Pulaski County Justice Center

A random drug test recently done on work release inmates at the Pulaski County Jail found positive results on five out of the six tested, according to Sheriff Jeff Richwine, who reported that to the commissioners this week.

“The stuff that’s getting in the back of that jail is getting there two ways: work release or employees. This time it was work release. None of it got back, but these guys, when they were at work, were taking drugs,” said Sheriff Richwine.

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Marijuana Dealing Suspects Appear in Court

Bobby Joe Warren
Bobby Joe Warren, Sr.
Karen Warren
Karen Warren
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Bobby Joe Warren, Jr.

 

Bobby Warren, Sr. Bobby Warren, Jr. and Karen Warren appeared in Pulaski Superior Court on Thursday where a not guilty plea was entered for the trio.

They were arrested this week after Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department officers and the Indiana State Police Emergency Team executed a search warrant at 15706 E. County Road 200 North in Medaryville. During the search of the residence, officers found items commonly used in the manufacturing and cultivating of marijuana, according to a news release. Illegal narcotics, paraphernalia, and firearms were also recovered.

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Monterey Man Arrested on Warrant for Felony Child Molesting

Stanley Myers
Stanley Myers

A Monterey man was arrested by Pulaski County Sheriff’s deputies this week on six counts of child molesting.

According to court documents, Stanley W. Myers, 70, is accused of committing child molesting on six different occasions with six-year-old and seven-year-old children. The acts were allegedly committed over a period of time. Each incident reportedly occurred at a home on 750 North in Monterey.

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Firearms Ordinance Passed by Pulaski County Council

Pulaski County CourthouseThe Pulaski County Council this week discussed an ordinance that pertains to allowing sheriff’s deputies to be issued a firearm, retired ID card and retired badge after serving honorably for a minimum of 20 years.

In this case, Paul Grandstaff retired in December after serving over 20 years with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, including two terms as sheriff, and he has requested the retention of his shotgun that he first received when arriving on staff at the department.

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New Deputies Hired at Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Pulaski County Justice Center
Pulaski County Justice Center

The Pulaski County Council reorganized for the year where Jay Sullivan was retained as president of the fiscal body while Roger Querry was appointed as vice president. The council also welcomed newly elected member Linda Powers.

Sheriff Jeff Richwine told the council that three new deputies have been hired and he requested $6,000 to be transferred so a part-time officer can cover their absence while they’re at the academy. Two officers will be sent to the academy in March and one officer will go after the first two come back. When the officers complete their training, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department should be fully staffed with eight deputies. The transfer was unanimously approved.

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Pedestrian Struck by Tractor-Trailer in Francesville

 
 

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated an accident on Thursday involving a semi-tractor trailer and a 14-year-old pedestrian on U.S. 421 just south of Gordon Street in Francesville.

The truck driver, 57-year-old Jerry E. Dehaven of Rossville, Indiana, was southbound on U.S. 421 when he observed a pedestrian walking along the road, according to a news release. Dehaven stated that the pedestrian turned and walked into the southbound lane and he attempted to miss the pedestrian. He reportedly told police that he was unable to miss the pedestrian and she was struck by the center of the tractor-trailer knocking her to the ground.

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Pulaski County Sheriff Hires Part-Time Officers

 With the amount of retirements, officers seeking other employment and movement of personnel within the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, several part-time patrol officers have been hired to help provide safety to residents of the county.

Ten people have left the department in the past several months including a few deputies, a chief deputy, two detectives and three dispatchers.

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Accident Claims Life of Francesville Man

 
 

A Francesville man died as results of injuries sustained in a Wednesday afternoon accident in Pulaski County.

A Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department deputy responded to the intersection of County Road 1600 West and 600 South, about two miles southwest of Francesville. A delivery truck driven by Keegan McMindes, 25, was westbound on County Road 600 South and failed to stop at the intersection, according to a sheriff’s department press release. The delivery truck struck a pickup truck driven by Bruce Wheeler, 76, of Francesville. Wheeler was trapped in his vehicle and was extricated from the wreckage with the assistance of members of the Francesville Fire Department.

Both drivers were airlifted from the scene to Memorial Hospital of South Bend. Wheeler later died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Pulaski County Commissioners Approve Employment of Part-Time Officers

Pulaski County Justice Center
Pulaski County Justice Center

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department is experiencing a shortage of deputies to cover 14 shifts and outside county officers are coming in to help cover those shifts.

Only five full-time deputies are covering those shifts and part-time officers are needed to help with coverage for the county.

Matron Carrie Aaron and Detective/Sergeant Jason Woodruff presented paperwork to the Pulaski County Commissioners to approve a request to employ part-time deputies from other counties to help keep up with patrols for public safety. A one-time adjustment to the handbook policy was also requested to compensate the officers for payment for holidays and PTO time that cannot be taken due to this circumstance.

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