BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY INDIANA -- On January 26, 2015, at approximately 12:30 a.m., Bartholomew County Deputies Adam Warner and Matt Bush responded to residential alarm in the 500 block of Poplar Street in Jonesville. 

Prior to turning onto County Road 980 South, Deputy Bush located a Colt AR-15 rifle with a flashing strobe light in the ditch off the east side of SR 11 north of County Road 980 S. As Deputies Warner and Bush approached the residence, they made contact with a male subject who identified himself as the father of the homeowner and a female subject who identified herself as a neighbor.

 

The neighbor advised that she was contacted by the homeowner who asked her to check his residence. She advised that she was standing outside the home when the homeowner’s father arrived and she observed a light on in the kitchen. The homeowner’s father told deputies that he entered the house with a rifle but did not locate any intruder(s). He believes the kitchen light was left on or the intruders fled when he pulled into the driveway. The father advised that he had spoken with his son and found that several guns were missing.

Deputy Warner entered the house while Deputy Bush returned to the area where the rifle was located. No one was found inside the house. It appeared that the suspects had entered the home through a bathroom window on the east side of the house. Deputy Bush was able to locate three guns which matched the description given by the homeowner. DNA was collected from the guns and from the scene. This incident has been forwarded to the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Detective Bureau for further investigation.

SHERIFF USES SOCIAL MEDIA

BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY INDIANA -- Knowing the importance of communicating with the public, Sheriff Matt Myers is sharing everything from posting information relating to crime to sharing news, facts, and photos. “I believe social networking will improve the relationship between the community and the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office”, said Myers.  “Our goal is to increase the speed and scope of our ability to communicate with the public”. “We have the ability to get important information to the public much faster like missing children and suspicious activity in neighborhoods”, Myers said.

The decision to use social media began with Myers campaign for sheriff. “The public is on social media so it just makes sense for us to be there as well.” The Sheriff asks that people not use the Facebook page to report crime or request assistance. People should always call 9-1-1 in an emergency.

 

Please log on to Sheriff Myer’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SheriffMattMyers

 

There is also a Facebook link on the county’s website at www.bartholomew.in.gov

 

“Social media is changing the way we interact with the public”, said Sheriff Matt Myers.

 

Kenneth Whipker, Executive Liaison Sheriff and County Jail Operations at Indiana Dept of Correction was at the jail on Friday for an inspection. Mr. Whipker is a former two-term Bartholomew County Sheriff.

Kenneth Whipker (seated-left), Sheriff Matthew Myers (standing-left). Lieutenant Nikki Kinman, Commander Daily Operations (seated-upper right), Major Gary Myers, Jail Commander (seated-center-right) and Captain Kim Martoccia, Deputy Jail Commander (seated-lower-right).

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT

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INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...LAFAYETTE...FRANKFORT...
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430 AM EST SUN JAN 25 2015

...LIGHT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS POSSIBLE THIS EVENING...

LOW PRESSURE WILL TRACK ACROSS THE OHIO VALLEY TODAY AND TONIGHT.
RAIN WILL DEVELOP THIS MORNING AND CONTINUE INTO THE AFTERNOON. COLD
AIR WILL MOVE IN FROM THE NORTH AS THE AFTERNOON PROGRESSES...
BRINGING A MIX OF RAIN AND SNOW BEFORE PRECIPITATION CHANGES OVER
TO ALL SNOW ACROSS NORTHERN PORTIONS OF CENTRAL INDIANA LATE THIS
AFTERNOON INTO EARLY EVENING.

SNOW ACCUMULATIONS AROUND ONE INCH ARE EXPECTED ALONG AND NORTH OF
THE INTERSTATE 74 CORRIDOR BY LATE TONIGHT. SOME LOCATIONS ACROSS
THE NORTHERN WABASH VALLEY MAY SEE 1 TO 2 INCHES BY THE TIME SNOW
ENDS. ACCUMULATIONS WILL DROP OFF TO LESS THAN AN INCH SOUTH OF
INTERSTATE 74.

ROADS COULD BECOME SLICK AND SNOW COVERED IN SPOTS THIS EVENING.
IN ADDITION...GUSTY WINDS THIS EVENING MAY CONTRIBUTE TO SOME
BLOWING SNOW. MOTORISTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO MONITOR THE LATEST
FORECASTS AS ANY CHANGES IN THE TRACK OF THE LOW PRESSURE COULD
IMPACT EXPECTED CONDITIONS.

BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY INDIANA -- On January 23, 2015, at approximately 6:08 p.m., Bartholomew County Deputies were called to a location on northbound US 31 where Michael Kleinhenz of Lagrange, Kentucky, heard something hit the driver side door of his vehicle. He stopped the car and saw that a bullet had penetrated the door and lodged into the door just below the driver’s seat. While canvassing the area, deputies located a makeshift firing range near the intersection of 150 S and 300 E and were able to locate an individual and trace the bullet to him.

Capt. Chris Roberts and Detective Chad Swank responded to the scene for further investigation. Deputies found no criminal intent but want to remind everyone that people are responsible for their weapons and, even though there is no criminal intent, people could end up in civil litigation.

Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers reminds everyone to:

Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction;
Unload firearms when they are not in use;
De not rely on your gun’s “safety” and
Be sure of your target and what’s beyond it.

Sheriff Myers said: “if people are responsible, target shooting is a fun and safe sport”. “In this case, only the automobile had damage”. “The driver and the shooter were extremely lucky”. “Let this be a lesson that “you” are the key to firearms safety”, said Myers. If you observe anyone violating any safety precautions, it is your obligation to contact local authorities.

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