Franklin County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Franklin County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 371 Main St, Brookville, 47012 IN
  • Chief:
Phone: 765-647-4138
Fax: 765-647-6991

Franklin County Sheriff's Office is located at 371 Main St, Brookville, 47012 IN. The Franklin County Sheriff's Office phone number is 765-647-4138.

Franklin County Sheriff's Office News

News Release For Immediate Release Date: 10/30/18 Subject: Inmate Injures Sheriff’s Department Matron During Escape ​On Tuesday, October 30th, at 9:04 a.m., a Franklin County Security Center inmate managed to escape while being transported from the courthouse to the Security Center. The inmate, Jennifer Lynn Broering, age 42 of Laurel, was in court for her initial hearing on charges of Maintaining a Common Nuisance as a level 6 felony and Possession of Marijuana as a class B misdemeanor. As Broering was being escorted back to the Security Center, she attempted to pull away from the jail’s Matron. During the ensuing struggle, the Matron was knocked to the pavement where she sustained serious injuries. Broering then fled on foot. ​Law Enforcement agencies from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, Brookville Police Department, and Indiana State Police set up a perimeter while a K-9 from the Indiana State Police was deployed. Within minutes of deployment, Broering was apprehended in an abandoned wooden shed where she had been hiding. ​Franklin County Sheriff Ken Murphy stated, “This was a great team effort by all three agencies in making the quick apprehension. We would also like to wish a speedy recovery to our Matron.” ​The injured employee was taken by Sheriff’s vehicle to Margaret Mary Health Center in Brookville for treatment of her injuries. Broering was transported by Brookville E.M.S. #2, to Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville, for treatment of injuries resulting from the K-9 apprehension. ​A local school was placed on Lockout for a short time as a precaution while officers searched for Broering. In total, from the time officers were notified of the escape to the time Broering was apprehended was 34 minutes. ​ Broering faces additional charges of: ​1. Aggravated Battery, a level 3 felony. ​2. Escape Resulting in Bodily Injury, a level 4 felony. ​3. Battery on Law Enforcement, a level 5 felony. ​4. Resisting Law Enforcement, a level 6 felony. If convicted of the new charges, Broering could face up to 16 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. Broering is presumed innocent on both the new charges as well was the previous charges, unless and until proven guilty in a court of law. ​The incident was investigated by Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Geiser. He was assisted by officers from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, Brookville Police Department, Indiana State Police, Brookville E.M.S. #2, and Responder 24.

Please use caution while driving on US Highway 52 in the Metamora area. Canal Days is coming to a full swing and traffic is going to be extremely congested!

Subject: Welfare Check Leads to Methamphetamine Arrest ​On Thursday October 4th, at 1:52 a.m. Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to Baker’s Liquor Store in Laurel for the welfare check of a female individual in the parking lot. Deputies identified the female as Shirley J. Shoemaker, age 45 of Laurel. While speaking with Shoemaker, Deputies began to suspect that she may be under the influence of a controlled substance. Deputies found a bag containing a crystalline substance suspected to be methamphetamine, as well as paraphernalia in Shoemaker’s possession. ​Shoemaker was transported by Brookville E.M.S. #2 to Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville for medical evaluation. After being medically cleared by doctors, Shoemaker was taken into custody and lodged in the Franklin County Security Center in lieu of $5,000 cash/surety bond. ​Shoemaker was charged with the following offenses: 1. Possession of Methamphetamine a level 6 felony 2. Possession of Paraphernalia a class A misdemeanor ​If convicted of a Level 6 felony, Shoemaker could face up to 2 and a half years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. Criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law. ​Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy Donald Forsee investigated. He was assisted by Laurel Volunteer Fire Department, Brookville E.M.S. #2, and Responder 24.

News Release For Immediate Release 10-03-2018 The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department would like to remind residents, we have entered harvest season. As our families and neighbors begin and continue to harvest crops, we are asking motorist to be alert, patient and responsible, as they share the road with farm equipment. These large pieces of equipment are slow moving and take up most of the roadway. The following steps should be taken to ensure everyone’s safety. Be Alert • Watch for wide vehicles, especially when approaching curves and hills in the road. • Look for a reflective red triangle on the back of any farm equipment on the road. This symbol indicates a slow-moving vehicle, one that travels under 25 mph. • Avoid texting and talking on the phone while driving. Be Patient • Leaving home 10 minutes early during harvest season can help eliminate any potential delays during the commute. • Most farmers will pull over when they are able to let you pass, but it may take time for them to get to a safe place to do so. • Only pass large, slow-moving farm equipment when in an area that allows for passing. Double yellow lines on a roadway indicate an area in which passing is not permitted. Do not attempt to pass when within 100 feet of any intersection, railroad crossing, bridge or tunnel. Be Responsible • Look for hand signals before attempting to pass the vehicle. The size of farm equipment often dictates the necessity for wide turns, both to the left and the right. Just because a tractor veers right does not mean the operator is pulling over to allow someone to pass. • Avoid tailgating, as some farm equipment might have to make sudden stops along the road.

Subject: Two Vehicle Crash on US 52 West Date & Time Reported: 09/29/2018 @ 13:28 Hours Location: US Highway 52 near State Road 229 On Saturday, September 29th, 2018 at approximately 01:28 p.m., Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the scene of a motor vehicle accident with injuries on US Highway 52, near the intersection of State Road 229. Through the investigation, Deputies determined Trisha Boggs, age 40, of Metamora, was driving eastbound in a 2004 Silver Toyota 4 Runner. While traveling on 52, Boggs struck a turning 1998 Red Chevrolet S10 Pickup Truck driven by Michael Weiskittel, age 48 of Metamora. Weiskittel was transported by Laurel E.M.S. #3 to Magret Mary Hospital in Batesville, for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries sustained during the crash. Boggs was not injured. F.C.S.D.’s Deputy Ryan Geiser investigated the accident. He was assisted by Metamora Fire Department, Laurel E.M.S. #3, Responder 24 and Jolliff Towing.

For the Month of: August, 2018 Franklin County Sheriff Ken Murphy has released a monthly report of activity for the month of August. Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 983 calls for service, which is a 21% increase over the 773 calls in 2017. Among the calls of service investigated were: Property Damage Accidents 43 Personal Injury Accidents 9 Fatality Accident 1 Burglary/Theft 33 Residential/Business Alarms 21 Domestic Battery/Battery 26 911 Hang Up/Accidental Dial 119 Suspicious Persons/Vehicles 75 Traffic Stops 193 Business/Residence Checks 18 A total of 41 arrests were made by Sheriff’s Deputies on the following charges: Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated 5 Battery/Domestic Battery 3 Possession of Marijuana/Paraphernalia 1 Burglary 2 Theft/Receiving Stolen Property 3 Possession of a Legend Drug 1 Driving While Suspended 4 Minor Consumption/Possession of Alcohol 1 Public Indecency 1 Resisting Law Enforcement 1 Warrants 19 There was an average of 64 prisoners housed in the Security Center throughout the month of August. The maximum capacity of the Security Center is 75 inmates. However, in order to properly classify inmates as required by Indiana Code 210 IAC 3, Indiana Jail Standards, the Security Center is considered overcrowded if it exceeds 80% of the maximum capacity, or in the Security Center’s case, 60 inmates. Additionally, Deputies drove a total of 25,365 miles. The Transport Officer drove an additional 3,199 miles, for a total of 28,564 miles. The Transport Officer conducted 22 prisoner transports, transporting 25 prisoners to and from the Department of Corrections facilities throughout the States of Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. Deputies conducted one prisoner transport to a medical facility for conditions that could not be treated by jail doctors. Two pieces of real estate were sold at Sheriff’s auction. There were 166 civil process papers served. F.C.S.D. K-9 Max had a total of ten deployments in August. Among the deployments, K-9 Max assisted during four traffic stop by conducting an open air “sniff” around the vehicles. K-9 Max gave no positive indication for the presence of narcotics during the four traffic stops. K-9 Max assisted in the tracking of two individuals. K-9 Max conducted two demonstrations for the public. On August 13th, Sheriff Murphy announced increased patrols along U.S. 52 between Brookville and the Franklin/Dearborn County line. Between August 13th and September 11th, Sheriff’s Deputies wrote 31 citations for various traffic offenses. Of those 31 citations, Deputies wrote a total of 18 citations for aggressive driving offenses. Among the citations were: Exceeding the Speed-14 Driving Left of Center-1 Unsafe Turn-1 Following Too Close-1 Unsafe Slowing or Stopping-1 For real time weather related emergencies and crime information sign up for free text messaging at www.nixle.com. Citizens may provide information concerning illegal drug activity or any other crime by calling the Drug Tip Hotline at 765-647-0755. Callers can remain anonymous and all information is confidential. Like us on Facebook at Franklin County Sheriff’s Department.

Subject: Two-Vehicle Accident with Injuries On Sunday, September 23rd, at approximately 5:49 p.m. Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the scene of a motor vehicle accident with injuries on S.R. 252, east of Dorrel Road. Through the investigation, Deputies determined that Romeo Ventura Diaz, age 21 of Cincinnati, was driving eastbound in a 2008 Nissan 350Z. Ventura Diaz passed another eastbound vehicle at a hillcrest in the roadway. As he passed at the hillcrest, his vehicle struck a westbound 1999 Chrysler 300M, driven by Dustin B. Lindner, age 33 of Brookville. Lindner told Deputies that he observed the oncoming vehicle and swerved in an attempt to avoid a collision. However, Lindner’s vehicle was struck in the passenger’s side by Ventura Diaz’s vehicle. After the collision, Ventura Diaz’s vehicle went off of the north side of the roadway and through a fence before coming to stop in a field. Ventura Diaz was transported by Brookville E.M.S. #2, to McCullough-Hyde Hospital in Oxford, for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries sustained in the accident. Lindner was not injured. Two witnesses told Deputies that they had also been passed by Ventura Diaz in no passing zones prior to the collision. Deputies cited Ventura Diaz for several traffic violations. Ventura Diaz is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. F.C.S.D.’s Sgt. Adam Henson investigated the accident. He was assisted by Brookville E.M.S. #2, Drewersburg Volunteer Fire Department, and Responder 24.

On Thursday, September 20th, at approximately 1:15 p.m., Deputies with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department responded to the report of an overturned tractor and trailer on S.R. 252, just east of Heard Road. Through the investigation, Deputies determined that Paul D. Brewster, age 57 of Piketon, Ohio, was eastbound on S.R. 252. Brewster was driving a 2007 Western Star tractor pulling a trailer loaded with logs. Brewster told Deputies that he met a westbound tractor and trailer which was in his lane of travel. Brewster swerved to the right to avoid a collision with the westbound vehicle. Brewster’s semi went off of the south side of the roadway and into a ditch. His tractor and trailer traveled approximately 150 feet along the ditch, before rolling over, coming to rest on its passenger’s side. Brewster was transported to the hospital by Morgan Township, Ohio E.M.S. for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Deputies were unable to locate the westbound semi. S.R. 252 was closed for over five hours while Deputies investigated and crews removed the wreckage. Major Gregory Mehlbauer of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department investigated. He was assisted by Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputies Ryan Geiser and Jason Robinson, Drewersburg Volunteer Fire Department, Drewersburg E.M.S. #1, Responder 24, and Morgan Township Fire and E.M.S.

Subject: One Vehicle Accident with Injuries On Friday, September 21, at approximately 9:36 p.m., Deputies with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department responded to the report of a one-vehicle accident which occurred in the 21000 block of U.S. 52. Upon arrival, Deputies found a 2000 Ford Ranger off of the north side of the roadway in a yard. Through the investigation, Deputies determined that the vehicle was being driven by James W. Smith, age 50 of Brookville. Smith was westbound on U.S. 52, when his vehicle went off of the north side of the roadway. Smith’s vehicle struck a driveway culvert causing it to go airborne. While airborne, Smith’s vehicle struck several trees before landing. The vehicle continued, striking a mailbox and tearing up landscaping. Smith fled the scene on foot before Deputies arrived. Deputies located Smith behind a nearby residence. Smith was transported by Laurel E.M.S. #3, to Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville, for treatment of minor injuries sustained in the accident. After being discharged from the hospital, Deputies took Smith into custody where he was lodged in the Franklin County Security Center on the following charges: Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, class A misdemeanor Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance, class C misdemeanor Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident, class B misdemeanor Smith was also wanted on an outstanding warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance, a level 5 felony, out of Hamilton County, Ohio. Smith is currently in the F.C.S.C. in lieu of $2,500 cash/surety bond on the charges through Franklin County. Smith is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The accident was investigated by Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. Adam Henson. He was assisted at the scene by F.C.S.D. Deputies Jason Robinson, Arin Bowers, and Brad Lecher; Indiana Conservation Officer Cory Norrod, Laurel Volunteer Fire Department, Laurel E.M.S. #3, and Responder 24.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 29, 2018 Franklin/Ripley Co. Traffic Safety Partnership Issues 18 Traffic Citations, Makes 2 Arrests During Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Over a 24-day period, Franklin/Ripley Co. Traffic Safety Partnership issued 18 traffic citations and made 2 arrests during the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization. About 230 Indiana law-enforcement agencies joined thousands nationwide to increase roving patrols, saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over is supported with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration funds distributed by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. “Highly visible, data-driven traffic enforcement such as this has been proven to deter impaired driving,” said Sheriff Kenneth A. Murphy. “Our commitment to enforcing the law and saving lives continues throughout the year.” In every state, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. In Indiana, drivers under 21 with a BAC of .02 or higher are subject to fines and a license suspension for up to 1 year. Since 2017, more than 2,600 portable breath tests have been purchased for state and local law-enforcement agencies across Indiana. Getting arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI) means going to jail and losing your driver’s license. The average cost? About $10,000, including car towing and repairs, attorney fees, fines, court costs, lost time at work and other hefty expenses. For more information, visit http://on.IN.gov/drivesober. Drive High - Get an OWI Impaired driving includes more than alcohol, and there is no quick field test for the many prescription, over-the-counter and illegal drugs that can impair drivers. This year, the police officers highly trained to recognize and enforce drug-impaired driving were issued Android tablets to simplify documentation for prosecution. Taking a new drug or a higher dose? Talk with a doctor or don’t drive until you know what effects it has. Even over-the-counter medication can cause impairment, especially when combined with alcohol or a second drug. Ride Sober or Get Pulled Over Motorcycle riders have the reputation for being tough, but no one is tough enough to withstand the effects of impaired riding. Motorcycles are about 3 percent of registered vehicles, but are dramatically overrepresented in fatal crashes involving alcohol. And the more that bikers drink, the less likely they are to wear helmets. Impaired driving alternatives With all of today’s options for getting home safely, there’s no excuse for getting behind the wheel impaired as it endangers you and everyone else around you. Law enforcement recommends these safe alternatives to impaired driving: • Designate, or be, a sober driver. • Use public transportation. • Call a cab or a ridesharing service. • Download the SaferRide mobile app on the Android Play Store or the Apple iTunes Store. This app only has three options: call a taxi, call a friend, and identify your location for pickup. • Celebrate at home or a place where you can stay until sober. • Throwing a party? Offer non-alcoholic beverages and plenty of food. • Never provide alcohol to minors. • Ask young drivers about their plans. • Friend or family member about to drive? Take the keys and make alternate arrangements. Report impaired drivers Impaired driving is three times more common at night than during the day. If you see an impaired driver, turn off the road away from the vehicle and call 911. Signs of impaired driving include: • Weaving, swerving, drifting, or straddling the center line • Driving at a very slow speed • Braking erratically • Making wide turns • Stopping without cause • Responding slowly to traffic signals • Driving after dark with headlights off • Almost striking an object or vehicle • Driving on the wrong side of the road • Turning abruptly or illegally

FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT News Release For Immediate Release Subject: Vehicle Rolls Over, Pinning Driver Underneath. Summery: ​On September 9th, 2018, around 1:30 a.m., Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the scene of a one-vehicle, personal injury accident. The accident occurred on U.S. 52, approximately 1 ½ miles east of Brookville. Through their investigation, Deputies discovered that a 2002 Ford Explorer was eastbound. The vehicle was driven by, Nathan J. Bailey, age 23, of Brookville. Bailey failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway, which caused his vehicle to cross the westbound lane of travel and go off of the south side of the roadway. The vehicle struck a utility pole before rolling over an embankment, and ejecting Bailey. The Explorer landed upside down and on top of Bailey. ​Bailey was taken by Harrison (Ohio) E.M.S. to University Medical Center in Cincinnati, for treatment of injuries sustained in the accident. ​Deputies believe that speed and weather conditions were factors in the accident. U.S. 52 was closed for approximately 5 ½ hours while Deputies investigated. ​The accident was investigated by Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy Donald Forsee. He was assisted at the scene by Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy John Roberts, Brookville Police Officers Dakota Richardson and Sam Williams, Laurel Police Officer Mason Stewart, Cedar Grove Volunteer Fire Department, Drewersburg E.M.S. #1, Brookville E.M.S. #2, Responder 24, and Harrison E.M.S.

FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT News Release For Immediate Release September 7, 2018 Subject: One Airlifted After Vehicle Goes Left of Center. Summary: ​On Monday, September 3rd, Deputies with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, were called to the scene of a two-vehicle accident which occurred on Old U.S. 52, approximately one half of a mile east of Lakeview. Through the course of the investigation, Deputies determined that Becky J. Paugh, age 22 of Rushville, was operating a 2016 Jeep Compass. Paugh was traveling eastbound on Old U.S. 52, when her vehicle went left of center while negotiating a left-hand curve. Paugh’s vehicle collided head on with a westbound 2011 Ford Super-Duty pick-up truck being operated by Anthony M. Sizemore, age 30 of Laurel. ​Paugh’s passenger, Tamela M. Conley, age 28 of Laurel was flown by Stat Flight helicopter to University Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, for treatment of injuries sustained in the accident. Paugh was taken by private vehicle to Rush Memorial Hospital in Rushville. Sizemore was not injured. ​The accident was investigated by Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Robinson. Robinson was assisted by Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Geiser, Laurel Police Department, Laurel Volunteer Fire Department, Brookville E.M.S. #2, and Responder 24.

News Release Traffic Accident Subject: Single Vehicle Crash Results in Injuries Date & Time Reported: 08-24-2018 @ 1:40 p.m. Location: U.S. 52 @ Little Cedar Road in Franklin County, Indiana. Summary: On Friday, August 24th, Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputies were notified of a single vehicle accident on U.S. 52 near Little Cedar Road. Response from Deputies found that a 2007 Honda Civic was traveling westbound on U.S. 52. The Honda, which was being driven by Rebecka N. Holmes, age 18 of Cincinnati Ohio, entered a sweeping curve. Holmes failed to negotiate the curve and her vehicle began to spin. Holmes overcorrected, causing her vehicle to travel off the right (north) side of the roadway. The vehicle struck an earth embankment causing it to roll onto its driver’s side, where it came to rest. Holmes and her passenger, Sarah L. Holmes, age 48 of Cincinnati Ohio, had to be extricated from the vehicle by Brookville and Cedar Grove Volunteer Fire Departments. Both were transported to Mercy West Hospital in Fairfield, Ohio, by Franklin County E.M.S. for treatment of injuries sustained in the accident. The accident was investigated by Major Gregory Mehlbauer of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department. Mehlbauer was assisted in the investigation by Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy John Roberts, along with the Brookville Volunteer Fire Department, Cedar Grove Volunteer Fire Department, Drewersburg E.M.S. #1, Brookville E.M.S. #2, and Responder 24.

Subject: Driver Attempting to Pass Bicyclist Strikes Opposite Direction Vehicle Date & Time Reported: 08/21/2018 @ 6:20 a.m. Location: Morris Road Near Five Point Road, in Franklin County, Indiana. Summary: ​ ​On 08/21/2018, at 6:20 a.m., Deputies with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department were called to investigate a two-vehicle accident with injuries on Morris Road, near Five Point Road. Deputies determined that Timothy G. Lloyd, age 51 of Brookville, was operating a 1995 Chevrolet Blazer northbound on Morris Road. As Lloyd attempted to pass a bicyclist, his vehicle collided with a southbound 2007 Honda Civic being driven by Jeremy T. McKittrick, age 18 of Milan. The collision caused Lloyd’s vehicle to go off of the east side of the roadway and down an embankment. McKittrick’s vehicle went off of the west side of the roadway and over an embankment. ​Lloyd was transported by Batesville E.M.S. to Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville, for treatment of injuries sustained in the accident. McKittrick was treated at the scene by E.M.S. personnel Investigating Officer: Deputy Arin C. Bowers, F.C.S.D. Assisted at the scene by: Batesville E.M.S. and Batesville Fire Department.

FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT News Release MONTHLY ACTIVITY REPORT 371 Main Street Brookville, Indiana 47012 Telephone: (765) 647-4138 ~ Fax: (765) 647-6991 For the Month of: July, 2018 Franklin County Sheriff Ken Murphy has released a monthly report of activity for the month of July. Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 808 calls for service during the month of July. Among the calls of service investigated were: Property Damage Accidents 43 Personal Injury Accidents 15 Fatality Accident 3 Burglary/Theft 30 Residential/Business Alarms 28 Domestic Battery/Battery 31 911 Hang Up/Accidental Dial 111 Suspicious Persons/Vehicles 58 Traffic Stops 85 Business/Residence Checks 12 A total of 35 arrests were made by Sheriff’s Deputies on the following charges: Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated 6 Battery/Domestic Battery 6 Possession of Marijuana 3 Driving While Suspended 2 Warrants 18 --More-- There was an average of 66 prisoners housed in the Security Center throughout the month of July. The maximum capacity of the Security Center is 75 inmates. However, in order to properly classify inmates as required by Indiana Code 210 IAC 3, Indiana Jail Standards, the Security Center is considered overcrowded if it exceeds 80% of the maximum capacity, or in the Security Center’s case, 60 inmates. Deputies drove a total of 23,095 miles. The Transport Officer drove an additional 2,679 miles, for a total of 25,774 miles. The Transport Officer conducted 19 prisoner transports, transporting 22 prisoners to and from the Department of Corrections facilities throughout the States of Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. Additionally, Deputies conducted one prisoner transport to a medical facility for conditions that could not be treated by Jail Doctors. No real estate was sold at Sheriff’s auction. There were 89 civil process papers served. Franklin County Sheriff’s K-9 Max had a total of nine deployments. The nine deployments consisted of conducting open air “sniffs” during four traffic stops. K-9 Max gave positive indications for the presence of narcotics during one of the stops, which resulted in two arrests for various drug related charges. K-9 Max also assisted during one building search, as well as conducted four demonstrations for the public. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department would like to remind everyone that it is back to school time. Watch for frequent school bus stops in the mornings and afternoons. Drivers who fail to stop for school bus stop arms could face fines up to $10,000. For real time weather related emergencies and crime information sign up for free text messaging at www.nixle.com. Citizens may provide information concerning illegal drug activity or any other crime by calling the Drug Tip Hotline at 765-647-0755. Callers can remain anonymous and all information is confidential. Like us on Facebook at Franklin County Sheriff’s Department.

FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT News Release Accident 371 Main Street Brookville, Indiana 47012 Telephone: (765) 647-4138 ~ Fax: (765) 647-6991 Subject: Two Vehicle, Personal Injury Accident Date & Time Reported: 08/17/2018 @ 5:20 p.m. Location: New Trenton Road, approximately ¼ mile west of Bower Road, in Franklin County Summary: ​On 08/17/2018, at approximately 5:20 p.m., Deputies with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department responded to New Trenton Road, approximately ¼ mile west of Bower Road, to the report of a two-vehicle accident with injuries. Deputies determined that Ryan B. Barrett, age 24 of Brookville, was operating a 2001 Dodge Neon eastbound on New Trenton Road. Earl D. Perry, age 83 of Cleves, Ohio, was operating a 2017 Kia Forte westbound on New Trenton Road. ​Deputies indicated that both vehicles met at the crest of a hill in the roadway, causing the vehicles to collide head-on. Perry was transported by Drewersburg E.M.S. #1, to the Mercy Franciscan Medical Center in Harrison, Ohio, for treatment of injuries sustained in the accident. Investigating Officer: Deputy Brad Lecher, F.C.S.D. Assisting Agencies: Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy Donald Forsee, New Trenton Volunteer Fire Department, Drewersburg E.M.S. #1, and Responder 24.

FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT News Release Subject: Increased Patrols Along U.S. 52 Date of Release: 08/13/18 ​Franklin County Sheriff Ken Murphy announced today that citizens will see increased patrols along U.S. 52, between Brookville and New Trenton. “Due to the recent increase in deadly and personal injury accidents along that stretch of U.S. 52, we are going to dedicate resources in that particular part of the county with the hope of reducing the number of accidents and preventing further tragedies.” Murphy stated. Since May 1, 2018, Sheriff’s Deputies have responded to two fatal accidents, eight personal injury accidents, and seventeen property damage accidents on that stretch of road alone. ​Deputies will focus their efforts on dangerous driving behaviors. “Citations will be issued for any dangerous driving behavior, such as speeding, following too close, driving left of center, passing in no passing zones.” stated Murphy. ​ Citizens are encouraged to report dangerous drivers by calling 911 or by contacting the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department at 765-647-4138 to report the behavior, vehicle description, and location.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 9, 2018 Franklin/Ripley County Traffic Safety Partnership Issue Warning to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Franklin/Ripley County Traffic Safety Partnership is joining about 230 law-enforcement agencies across Indiana and thousands nationwide in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization. From mid-August through Labor Day, police will be out in full force arresting impaired drivers. Expect to see increased sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols and saturation patrols. “Why are we giving drivers a heads up? Because Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over is all about preventing impaired-driving crashes, injuries and deaths,” said Sheriff Ken Murphy. “Our officers have zero tolerance for impaired drivers on our roads, and we’ll see you before you see us.” A driving while intoxicated (DWI) arrest means going to jail and losing your driver’s license. The average DWI cost? About $10,000, including car towing and repairs, attorney fees, fines, court costs, lost time at work and other hefty expenses. Indiana law-enforcement agencies have participated in annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over traffic enforcement for more than 20 years. Overtime patrols are supported with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) funds distributed by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI). For more information, visit http://on.IN.gov/drivesober. New impaired-driving equipment In every state, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. In Indiana, drivers under 21 with a BAC of .02 or higher are subject to fines and a license suspension for up to 1 year. NHTSA and ICJI recently purchased more than 2,600 portable breath tests to assist 150 Indiana law-enforcement agencies with establishing probable cause in arresting drunk drivers. But DWI includes more than alcohol, and there is no quick field test for the many prescription, over-the-counter and illegal drugs that can impair drivers. This year, the police officers highly trained to recognize and enforce drug-impaired driving were issued Android tablets to simplify documentation for prosecution. Tips for a safe and fun season The annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign includes the Labor Day weekend, with thousands upon thousands of Hoosier families taking to their cars for end-of-summer barbecues, football games, lakes and pool parties. Sadly, it is also one of the deadliest times of year for impaired-driving deaths. With all of today’s options for getting home safely, there’s no excuse for getting behind the wheel impaired as it endangers you and everyone else around you. Law enforcement recommends these safe alternatives to impaired driving: • Designate, or be, a sober driver. • Use public transportation. • Call a cab or a ridesharing service. • Download the SaferRide mobile app on the Android Play Store or the Apple iTunes Store. This app only has three options: call a taxi, call a friend, and identify your location for pickup. • Celebrate at home or a place where you can stay until sober. • Throwing a party? Offer non-alcoholic beverages and plenty of food. • Never provide alcohol to minors. • Ask young drivers about their plans. • Friend or family member about to drive? Take the keys and make alternate arrangements. Ride Sober or Get Pulled Over Motorcycle riders have the reputation for being tough, but no one is tough enough to withstand the effects of impaired riding. Motorcycles are about 3 percent of registered vehicles, but are dramatically overrepresented in fatal crashes involving alcohol. And the more that bikers drink, the less likely they are to wear their helmets. Report impaired drivers Impaired driving is three times more common at night than during the day. If you see an impaired driver, turn off the road away from the vehicle and call 911. Signs of impaired driving include: • Weaving, swerving, drifting, or straddling the center line • Driving at a very slow speed • Braking erratically • Making wide turns • Stopping without cause • Responding slowly to traffic signals • Driving after dark with headlights off • Almost striking an object or vehicle • Driving on the wrong side of the road • Turning abruptly or illegally

FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT News Release Accident Subject: Vehicle Crashes into Utility Pole, One Injured Date & Time Reported: 08/08/2018 @ 1:44 p.m. Location: Oxford Pike approximately ½ mile west of Liberty Pike in Franklin County, Indiana. Summary: ​On 08/08/18, at 1:44 p.m., the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a motor vehicle accident on Oxford Pike approximately ½ mile west of Liberty Pike. Upon arrival, Deputies found a 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis off of the north side of the roadway. Elijah B. Kalkhoff, age 26, of Oxford, Ohio, was driving the vehicle, westbound on Oxford Pike. Deputies indicated that Kalkhoff was traveling too fast to negotiate a sharp curve in the roadway, which caused the vehicle to go off of the north side of the roadway and strike a utility pole and a fence. ​Kalkhoff’s passenger, Mercedes E.R. Mason, age 18, also of Oxford, was flown by Air Care helicopter to University of Cincinnati Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, for treatment of injuries sustained in the accident. Kalkhoff refused medical treatment at the scene. Neither of the occupants were wearing their seat belt. Investigating Officer: Deputy Jason Lovins, F.C.S.D. Assisting Agencies: Brookville Volunteer Fire Department, Brookville E.M.S. #2, and Responder 24.

Todd & Nate Frondorff of the Drewersburg Fire department and Austin Lovins grilling burgers for National Night Out at Mt. Carmel elementary

Please come and see us tomorrow at Mt. Carmel Elementary School from 6 pm - 8 pm for National Night Out!!!

FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT News Release Accident 371 Main Street Brookville, Indiana 47012 Telephone: (765) 647-4138 ~ Fax: (765) 647-6991 Subject: Head-on Accident with One Fatality Date & Time Reported: July 28, 2018, @ 2:37 p.m. Location: U.S. 52, approximately 800 feet west of S.R. 1, in Franklin County, Indiana. Vehicle #1:​2009 Kia Rio Driver #1: James T. Waldron, age 75, of Connersville, Indiana. Vehicle #2: 2004 Dodge Ram Driver #2: Brian K. Defossett, age 52, of Brookville, Indiana. Summary: ​On July 28, 2018, at approximately 2:37 p.m., Deputies with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department were called to the scene of a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 52, just west of S.R. 1. Through the investigation, Deputies determined that James T. Waldron, age 75, of Connersville, was operating a 2009 Kia Rio, westbound on U.S. 52. For reasons unknown at this time, Waldron’s vehicle went left of center, colliding head-on with an eastbound 2004 Dodge Ram pick-up truck being driven by Brian K. Defossett, age 52, of Brookville. ​Waldron was pronounced dead at the scene by the Franklin County Coroner. Defossett was transported by Cedar Grove E.M.S. #4, to the Mercy Franciscan Medical Center in Harrison, Ohio, for treatment of injuries sustained in the accident. Investigating Officer: Deputy Ryan Geiser, F.C.S.D. Assisting Agencies: Deputy Andrew Voelker (F.C.S.D.), Brookville Police Department, St. Leon Police Department, Cedar Grove and Brookville Volunteer Fire Departments, Cedar Grove E.M.S. #4, and Responder 24.

Sheriff Ken Murphy and Deputy Jason Lovins grilling some hamburgers with Mandy Bolos from Margret Mary’s Health Center for their employee Farmers Market Fun Day!