BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY SHERIFF MATT MYERS
ANNOUNCES THREE COMMUNITY MEETINGS
I believe it is important to strengthen community and law enforcement partnerships. Therefore, we have organized three community meetings to discuss issues important to Bartholomew County residents, the Neighborhood Watch program and to see what the Sheriff’s Office can do to better serve people and businesses in these particular areas of our County.
The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 31, 6:00 p.m. in the Hope Town Hall, 404 Jackson Street.
The second meeting will be held on Thursday, April 9, at 6:00 p.m. in the Clifford Volunteer Fire Department, 7850 N Depot Street.
The third meeting will be held on Thursday, April 23, at 6:00 p.m. in the Elizabethtown Volunteer Fire Department, 700 Washington Street.
This is our opportunity to have an informal conversation with residents and your opportunity to meet with members of my Administration as well as members of the Sheriff’s Merit Board.
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDIANAPOLIS IN
1106 AM EST FRI FEB 20 2015
...ACCUMULATING WINTER PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED LATE TONIGHT
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...TERRE HAUTE...SHELBYVILLE...
1106 AM EST FRI FEB 20 2015
...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING
TO 8 PM EST SATURDAY...
...WIND CHILL ADVISORY WILL EXPIRE AT 11 AM EST THIS MORNING...
THE WIND CHILL ADVISORY WILL EXPIRE AT 11 AM EST THIS MORNING. A
WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO
8 PM EST SATURDAY.
* TIMING...WINTER PRECIPITATION WILL OVERSPREAD CENTRAL INDIANA
LATE TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY. SLEET COULD MIX IN SOUTH OF THE
INTERSTATE 70 CORRIDOR.
* ACCUMULATIONS...4 TO 6 INCHES OF SNOW WITH POTENTIAL FOR LIGHT
* MAIN IMPACTS...ICY AND SNOW COVERED ROADS. HAZARDOUS TRAVEL
A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW...
DOCUMENT YOUR VALUABLES and WHEN IN DOUBT – MAKE THE CALL
The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind residents to document information about their valuables so that the information will be readily available in case of a disaster or theft. Please print off the attached “Personal Property Inventory” form and use this form to document your personal property information. Here is the link to be able to download the file.
Keep a copy of this form in a secure location such as a safety deposit box and give a copy to a trusted family member or close friend. This form is for your personal use only. It will not be kept on file at the Sheriff’s Office.
Make sure you include all serial numbers especially for any electronics, tools and weapons.
Talk to your neighbors and make sure they know that you want them to contact law enforcement authorities if they see any suspicious person(s) and/or activity around your home. If someone you do not know knocks on your door and asks for someone not living at your residence, make the call.
The Sheriff’s Office encourages everyone to participate in keeping your neighborhood safe and secure. “We receive many good leads and tips from neighbors”, said Capt. Chris Roberts, head of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division.
It is better to be safe than sorry. Make the Call! If the activity is occurring at the time of your call, dial 911 for immediate response. You can report tips or previous events by calling Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Detective Chad Swank at 812-565-5925 or the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at 812-379-1712.
Sheriff Matt Myers says: “Together, we will keep Bartholomew County safe”. “Be active in your neighborhood and when in doubt, make the call”.
LAW ENFORCEMENT SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE
Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers announced today that the Indiana Sheriff’s Association will be awarding college scholarships to qualified high school seniors or college students who are pursuing a degree in criminal justice studies.
There will be approximately forty $500 scholarships awarded to qualifying students throughout the state of Indiana.
The Indiana Sheriffs’ Association Scholarship Fund was established for the purpose of providing college scholarships to qualified students who are committed to pursuing an education and career in the law enforcement field.
To qualify, the applicant must be an Indiana resident, be a current member of the association or a dependent child or grandchild of a current member of the association, attend an Indiana college or university, major in a law enforcement field and enrolled as a full-time student (12 credit hours).
Applications are available from local high school counselors and can be downloaded from the Indiana Sheriffs’ Association website: www.indianasheriffs.org.
The application must be completed and received by the Indiana Sheriff’s Association on or before April 1, 2015.
THEFT PURSUIT ENDS IN CRASH WITH TWO ARRESTS
February 11, 2015, at approximately 3:31 p.m., a 911 call was made from the Wal-Mart Store on Merchants Mile reporting a theft in progress. Wal-Mart staff reported that a subject was seen taking televisions and fleeing into the parking lot.
The suspect was seen getting into a blue mini-van. 911 alerted all area law enforcement. Moments later, the van was spotted by Bartholomew County Deputy Sheriff Adam DeBoth near the intersection of SR 11 and SR 46 West before turning south on SR 11. Deputy DeBoth followed the van and attempted to stop it.
The driver accelerated and fled south on Jonesville Road. Deputies who were south of the pursuit moved to intercept and deploy “stop-sticks”. The van weaved through traffic and proceeded through Garden city and Walesboro. Before reaching the deputies approaching from the south and, as the driver was leaving Walesboro, he lost control and drifted across the northbound lane and off of the roadway.
The van struck a wire fence and spun around before coming to a stop. Three occupants were inside the vehicle at the time of the crash. One, identified as Christopher Yarber was Tased when he would not submit to arrest. The other two subjects were detained, with one arrested for Resisting Law enforcement/Fleeing and Possession of Stolen Property.
An ambulance was dispatched to the scene but medical assistance was declined. Traffic on Jonesville Road was briefly delayed while arrests were made.
The theft from Wal-Mart is being investigated by the Columbus Police Department who also assisted at the scene of the accident.
The driver, identified as Meghann King, 30, of Columbus, was arrested for Fleeing/Resisting, a level 6 felony and Possession of Stolen Property a level 6 felony.
Yarber, 30, of Jackson Township, was jailed for Possession of Stolen Property, Resisting, Failure to Appear warrants ($5,000 bail), Probation violation ($40,000 bail) and Body Attachment ($1,500 bail).
The third person in the vehicle was not charged. A small pet dog was in the vehicle. It was not injured and was given to County Animal Control for safekeeping.
This is a preliminary investigation. All persons are innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.