Jennings County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Jennings County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 925 S State St, North Vernon, 47265 IN
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Phone: 812-346-5111
Fax: 812-346-5122
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Jennings County Sheriff's Office is located at 925 S State St, North Vernon, 47265 IN. The Jennings County Sheriff's Office phone number is 812-346-5111.

Jennings County Sheriff's Office News

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On Sunday October 28, 2018 at approximately 10:38 a.m. Jennings County Sheriff’s Deputy, Cody Low, attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a tan Buick Century on North Base Road near County Road 450 N. for a Speeding Violation. The driver fled at a high rate of speed from Deputy Low. The driver continued Northbound on North Base Road for several miles before crashing in the 6700 block of N. Base RD. After the vehicle came to a rest, the driver fled on foot. Deputy Low gave verbal commands to stop or he would release his K-9. The male subject continued to flee. Deputy Low released K-9, Axel and pursued the suspect on foot. The suspect was apprehended by Axel and Deputy Low in the middle of Sand Creek River. The male subject was identified as Trevor Brown, 37, of Seymour. Brown was transported by Rescue 20 to the St. Vincent Jennings Hospital for injuries from the K-9 apprehension and then released. Two female subjects were also in the vehicle and identified as Kimberly A. Garrett, 36, of North Vernon and Heather M. Roberts, 36, of North Vernon. The vehicle was reported stolen from North Vernon. All suspects were arrested and transported to the Jennings County Jail. Trevor J. Brown $3,155.00 Bond - Resisting Law Enforcement Level 6 Felony - Auto Theft Level 6 Felony - Possession of Methamphetamine Level 6 Felony - Possession of Controlled Substance Level 6 Felony - Criminal Recklessness w/ Vehicle Level 6 Felony - Reckless Driving A Misdemeanor - Maintaining common Nuisance B Misdemeanor - Resisting Law Enforcement A Misdemeanor - Jennings County Warrant o Failure to appear for Initial Hearing  Possession of Methamphetamine  Possession of Marijuana  Possession of Paraphernalia - Jackson County Warrant o Arrest Warrant for Auto Theft Heather M. Roberts $605.00 Bond - Visiting a Common Nuisance A Misdemeanor Kimberly R. Garrett $1155.00 Bond - Visiting a Common Nuisance A Misdemeanor

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Over the last week, Deputies with the Jennings County Sheriff’s Office have responded to multiple reports of thefts from vehicles in the area of Scipio, in Jennings County, IN. On 09/19/2018 at 2136, Deputies Hoppock and Mellencamp with the Jennings County Sheriff’s Office, received information about stolen firearms from a series of car thefts in the areas of County Roads 600 W. and 800 N. in Scipio (Geneva Twp.) during the early morning hours the past week. Deputies Hoppock and Mellencamp’s investigation led them to a residence in Geneva Twp. where they came into contact with Devan W. Craig (age 18) and a male juvenile. During the course of the investigation, Devon Craig and the male juvenile admitted to breaking into 15 to 20 vehicles in that area over the past week and stealing multiple items, including firearms. Devon Craig was placed under arrest and the juvenile male was placed on house arrest pending charges in juvenile court. Arrested: Devan W. Craig (Plainfield, IN) Charges: Theft of a Firearm: Level 6 Theft: A Mis. Unauthorized Entry Into a Motor Vehicle: B Mis. Possession of Marijuana: B Mis. Possession of Paraphernalia: C Mis. Currently being held on a $1,055.00 Bond

On September 16, 2018 at approximately 9:32 p.m. Deputies with the Jennings County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the area of County Road 800 South in reference to a suspicious vehicle. While in the area, Deputy Thomas Mellencamp observed subjects outside of a house on the 9000 block West on County Road 800 South. Through prior investigations, Deputy Mellencamp knew that Joshua Brickson lived at that address and that Joshua Brickson has an active Jennings County Felony Arrest warrant and another arrest warrant through Jackson County. Deputies made contact with Fonzie A. Bogard who was standing outside in the yard. Deputies determined Joshua Brickson was inside the residence and made several attempts to call Joshua Brickson out of the residence with no response. Deputy Thomas Mellencamp, Sgt. Allen Ritchie, Sgt. Tom Webster, Deputy Cody Low and his K-9 partner Axel, along with Deputies from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana State Police made entry into the home. Joshua Brickson and Savannah Brickson were located inside the residence. While inside of the residence, Deputies observed several items associated with drug use in plain view. Deputy Thomas Mellencamp applied for and was granted a search warrant for the residence by Honorable Judge Jon Webster. During the execution of the search warrant, Deputies located approximately 57 grams of Methamphetamine, approximately 5 grams of Fentanyl, stolen firearms from Jackson County, other additional firearms, drug packaging material, Digital scales, Oxycodone pills, drug paraphernalia, and over $10,000 in U.S. currency inside the home. Arrested were: Joshua Brickson, 27, of Seymour, No Bond charged with: Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 2 Felony Dealing in a Narcotic Drug, Level 2 Felony Possession of a Narcotic Drug, Level 6 Felony Possession of Methamphetamine, Level 3 Felony Possession of Marijuana, A misdemeanor Possession of Paraphernalia, A misdemeanor Possession of Stolen Property, Level 6 Felony Felon in Possession of Firearm- Level 5 Felony Level 4 Felony Jennings County Circuit Warrant for Burglary Jackson County Arrest Warrant Savannah Brickson, 22, North Vernon, Held on $10,000 Bond charged with: Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 2 Felony Dealing in a Narcotic Drug, Level 2 Felony Possession of a Narcotic Drug, Level 6 Felony Possession of Methamphetamine, Level 3 Felony Possession of Marijuana, A misdemeanor Possession of Paraphernalia, A misdemeanor Possession of Stolen Property, Level 6 Felony Fonzie Bogard, 41, of Seymour, Held on $3,155 bond charged with: Possession of Methamphetamine, Level 6 Felony Visiting a Common Nuisance, A misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana, A misdemeanor Possession of Paraphernalia, A misdemeanor Bruce Reedy, 41 of Seymour, Held on $3,155 bond charged with: Possession of Methamphetamine, Level 6 Felony Visiting a Common Nuisance, A misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana, A misdemeanor Possession of Paraphernalia, A misdemeanor

Reward now $1000.00 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person or persons involved in stealing the Shriner Karts.

The reward on the stolen Go Karts from the Shriners has been raised to $1000.00. If anyone has information leading to the arrest of the persons involved or the location of these karts please contact us. We can be reached at 812-346-8642, 812-346-4911 or message us on Facebook. Thanks , Sheriff Gary M. Driver

We are still looking for the Shriner Go-Karts that were stolen. If anyone has information on the theft or have seen Go-Karts that look like this please call us. 812-346-4911 or send us a message on Facebook. Thanks Sheriff Gary M. Driver

For Immediate Release Jennings County Sheriff’s Department Sheriff Gary M. Driver July 20, 2018 The search in the Paris Crossing area for Joseph Guadagnoli, 26, of Madison has concluded. Mr. Guadagnoli was located deceased inside a residence in the Paris Crossing area. Mr. Guadagnoli eluded deputies since the early morning hours of Tuesday July 17th when Deputies attempted to serve an arrest warrant for him. Mr. Guadagnoli was wanted on a Parole Violation Warrant through Madison Parole District. Jennings County Sheriff’s Deputy Kyle Lee, was patrolling the area when he observed an open door to a residence which had previously been noted as closed. Upon further investigation Deputies located a back door that had been forced open. Deputies conducted a safety sweep off the residence at which time they located Mr. Guadagnoli deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The homeowner of the residence was not home at the time. Investigating Agency -Jennings County Sheriff’s Department Assisting Agencies -Indiana Conservation Officers -Indiana State Police

At approximately 4:30 PM, June 30th,2018 Deputy Minton observed a 1987 primer gray Dodge Dakota disregard the stop sign at CR 300 N and SR 7 N. Deputy Minton initiated a traffic stop, but the vehicle did not stop. A pursuit had begun. There were two occupants in the vehicle. The pursuit continued for several miles at speeds over 70 MPH. The pursuit went into a soybean and corn field on CR 500 N, west of SR 3 N, doing thousands of dollars of damage to the crops. The truck stopped in a partially wooded area where a male and female ran on foot. The female passenger was caught. She was Myriah Sheppard, age 30 from Indianapolis. The male driver at the time of the release was not located. There is a person of interest known, but the investigation is still underway. During this ordeal, Deputy Maberry, was setting a perimeter for the suspect. At that time he located two trucks (a white Chevy and blue Ford truck) in tall grassy waterway about 100 yards way from the end of the pursuit. Both were stuck. During the investigation it was determined that the trucks were both stolen from the northwestern part of Jennings County on 6/3/18. Charges on Myriah Sheppard: • Auto Theft • Resisting Law Enforcement • False Informing • Criminal Mischief Bond is $1055 Investigating officer for pursuit: • Deputy Minton Investigation officer for recovery of stolen vehicle: • Deputy Maberry Assisting officers: • Sheriff Driver • Deputy Heilers • Deputy Brown • Deputy Lee • K-9 Officer Trepanier

Jennings County Sheriff’s Department Media Release June 29, 2018 The Sheriff’s Department received several reports of a male walking though yards and acting suspicious on CR 500 W in Geneva Township. When Deputy Maberry, Col. Day, and Sheriff Driver made contact with the male he was walking across SR 7 N at CR 500 N. The male was identified as Robert Anderson, age 31 of CSL. Robert Anderson was arrested as a result of the investigation for Public Intoxication. Deputy Maberry began to transport him when he jumped from the vehicle about a mile south of CR 500 N. Robert Anderson began to run in to a corn field where he was apprehended and fought with officers. He was later transported in a secure jail van where he remained combative. Charging information Escape Level 5 Felony Disorderly Conduct B-Misdemeanor Public Intoxication B-Misdemeanor Resisting Law Enforcement A-Misdemeanor Bond is set at $1055 Arresting officer: Deputy Maberry Assisting: Sheriff Driver Col. Day ISP

On 6/26/2018 at approximately 8:40 p.m Deputies with the Jennings County Sheriff Department received information that a wanted person was at a residence in Vernon . When Deputies arrived in the area, they observed the wanted person walk out of the residence and then return back inside. While Deputies were at the residence , they noticed a strong odor of Marijuana coming from inside the mobile home. Deputies detained 5 subjects that where at the home. Deputies was granted a Search Warrant for the residence by Honorable Judge Webster. When Deputies executed the warrant they located , Marijuana, Paraphernalia, Scales, Marijuana Wax and Marijuana Plant growing in back bedroom. There were two female juveniles at the residence a 16 year old and a 17 year old. The Juveniles were later released to their parents. Noah Paton age 18 of Vernon charges : Warrant through Decatur County for Dealing in Marijuana Dealing Marijuana – Level 6 Felony Possession of Marijuana – A Mis Possession of Paraphernalia – A Mis Thomas M Willey age 21 of Westport charges : Possession of Marijuana—A Mis Possession of Paraphernalia – A Mis Weldon C Willey III age 43 of Westport Charges : Possession of Marijuana – A Mis Possession of Paraphernalia – A Mis

Sheriff Gary M. Driver with Inmate Workers at the 2018 Jennings County Fair. Workers provided trash pickup, grounds maintenance and painting. Thanks to Deputy Tim Hadley and Transport Officer Faron Gibson.

Jennings County Sheriff’s Office News Release June 6, 2018 On 6/5/2018 at approximately 7:00 p.m. Deputies Doug Brown and Sgt. Allen Ritchie of the Jennings County Sheriff’s Office, responded to the area of Foxmoor Dr. in Country Squire Lakes in regards to a tip of a stolen ATV. The Sheriff’s Office had taken a report earlier in the day of an ATV that had been stolen from an address on County Road 300 N. in Geneva Township. When Deputies Brown and Ritchie arrived in the area they located an ATV on Greenwood place that matched the description of the stolen ATV being driven by a male subject who was later identified as Joshua Chance, age 37, of North Vernon. During the investigation, the deputies noticed the VIN number had been ground off. Deputies took Joshua into custody for possession of stolen property. Deputies Brown and Ritchie then went to Joshua’s home to speak with occupants at the residence. While Deputies were at his residence, they noticed other item’s that matched the description of another Burglary that was reported a few days earlier from the Scipio area. Deputies located a power washer, several power tools, wagon and gardening tools that were stolen from another reported burglary also in the Scipio area. Joshua was booked in to the Jennings County Jail on Charges of ; Burglary - LeveL 2 Felony and Possession of Stolen Property - Level 6 Felony Investigating Officer Deputy Doug Brown Assisting Sgt. Allen Ritchie On 6/6/2018 at approximately 12:00 a.m. Deputies Doug Brown and Sgt. Allen Ritchie with the Jennings County Sheriff’s Office, assisted Holton Town Marshal on a traffic stop on Highway 50 E. in Butlerville. They requested the assistance of our K9 unit. Once on scene, K9 Vampir conducted an outer area sniff of the vehicle and gave a positive alert on the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, Deputies located approximately 20 grams of Marijuana inside the vehicle. The driver, Justin Craft, and the passenger, Jason Farris, were arrested for Possession of Marijuana A - Misdemeanor. Jason Farris, age 36, of North Vernon is being held at the Jennings County Jail on a $1,755.00 bond. Jason Farris was currently out on bond on a prior drug related charge. Justin Craft, age 35, of North Vernon is being held at the Jennings County Sheriff Jail on a $905.00 bond

Congratulations for graduating from The Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Deputy Doug Brown. We are glad to have you on our team.

The Jennings County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for Correctional Officer positions. Applicants may pick up an application at the Sheriff's Office or for questions contact Major Mary Miller ext. 227.

Jennings County Sheriff’s Office News Release May 9, 2018 On May 8, 2018 at approximately 11:13 p.m. Deputy Thomas Mellencamp attempted to stop a white Impala passenger car at Poplar St. and North State St. in North Vernon. The white Impala accelerated, turning left onto Rogers Ln. and then onto Main Street before coming to a stop at Main St. and South Gum St. Deputy Mellencamp made contact with the male driver who was identified as Jeremy Clark, 35, of North Vernon. Clark told Deputy Mellencamp that he has a Suspended Driver’s license. During the investigation, Deputy Mellencamp located a small bag containing approximately ½ gram of Heroin. Clark then grabbed the heroine and threw it. When Deputy Mellencamp attempted to handcuff Clark, he resisted. Deputy Mellencamp, Deputy Sgt. Allen Ritchie and NVPD Officer Isaac Barkes attempted to detain Clark but he still resisted and fought the officers. Sgt. Ritchie then deployed his K-9 Partner Vampir which then made an apprehension of Jeremy allowing Officer’s to gain control and place Jeremy in handcuffs. In a search of the vehicle, a glass smoking device with white residue commonly used to smoke methamphetamine was also located. Jeremy was arrested on Charges of: Resisting Law Enforcement, Level 6 Felony Possession of a Narcotic Drug, Level 6 Felony Possession of Methamphetamine, Level 6 Felony Obstruction of Justice, A Misdemeanor Resisting Law Enforcement, A Misdemeanor Possession of Paraphernalia, B Misdemeanor Jeremy was treated at the scene by Rescue 20 and then transported to the Jennings County Jail where he is being held on a $3,155 bond.

Jennings County Sheriff’s Office News Release April 24, 2018 On April 23, 2018 at approximately 6:38 p.m. Jennings County Deputy, Thomas Mellencamp, attempted to stop a motorcycle for expired registration and disregarding a stop sign at Country Manor and Stoningham Way. The motorcycle accelerated and a pursuit began. Mellencamp pursued the motorcycle to Earlham Way where the driver of the Motorcycle, Robert Vogel, age 37 of North Vernon drove through a field. The motorcycle then entered a wooded area where Vogel wrecked the motorcycle and fled on foot. Deputy Mellencamp pursued Vogel and apprehended him after a 100 yard foot pursuit. Mr. Vogel was cleared by Rescue 20 with no complaints of pain, and was then transported to the Jennings County Jail where he was booked into the Jennings County Jail with a $2,055 bond. Preliminary charges: Resisting Law Enforcement with a Motor Vehicle - Level 6 Felony Resisting Law Enforcement - A Misdemeanor Driving while Suspended with a Prior Conviction - A Misdemeanor Reckless Driving - B Misdemeanor Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident -B Misdemeanor Jennings County Arrest Warrant Jackson County Arrest Warrant

On April 16,2018 at approximately 7:57 p.m. Officers were sent to St. Vincent / Jennings Emergency Room in reference to an injured female who had been brought to the ER from the scene by a private vehicle for injuries sustained when she fell from a moving vehicle. At 8:49 p.m. it was determined that the female had been injured on US 50, east of the round-about in Jennings County. Sheriff’s Deputies were then sent to the hospital to conduct the investigation due to the injury occurring in county jurisdiction. The female was identified as Jennifer R. Russell (age 38) of North Vernon. Ms. Russell had already been transferred from St. Vincent / Jennings to St. Vincent – Indianapolis Hospital in by air ambulance due to the nature of her injuries. During the course of the investigation it was determined that Ms. Russell had exited a moving vehicle being driven by Kenneth L. Poole (age 37) of Scipio, IN. After Ms. Russell had exited the vehicle, she landed on the pavement which appeared to cause significant life threatening injuries. Jennifer Russell was later pronounced deceased in the early morning hours of April 17, 2018 at St. Vincent - Indianapolis. An autopsy was conducted by the Marion Co. Coroner’s Office on April 17, 2018. The results of the autopsy are pending at this time. Also assisting was North Vernon Police Department Det. Jeff Jones Jennings Co. Sheriff’s Dept.

Scam! Scam! We have been notified that our community is receiving phone calls and are told their love ones are in jail. They even have someone get on the phone pretending to be your grandchild. Then they ask for money to be sent to a location stating it is the fine for your loved ones. Definitely a SCAM! Please contact the Jennings County Sheriff's Office if you have been Scammed. 812-346-4911 or 812-346-8642. Sheriff Gary M. Driver

WARNING, WARNING!! Our office has received many complaints of a phone scam. Persons are representing as The Police Action Coalition. They cannot prove their legitimacy. Please do not support this by phone and contact your local police if you are scammed. Thanks Sheriff Gary M.Driver

On Tuesday March 6, 2018 at approximately 8:43am Jennings County Deputies were dispatched to a three vehicle collision at the 9000 block West of US Hwy 50. The collision involved a pickup truck, Tractor trailer and a cement mixer. A 2000 F-350 Ford pickup truck pulling a trailer, driven by Casey Owens, 26 of North Vernon was stopped on US 50 facing west, waiting on traffic to clear so he could turn left into Biehle Electric parking lot. A Tractor trailer (semi) driven by Nathaniel Cole III, 38 of Spring, TX was stopped behind the F-350 pickup truck when a cement mixer truck driven by Derick Pendleton, 34 of North Vernon failed to stop and rear ended the tractor trailer, pushing the tractor trailer into the F-350 pickup truck. The impact caused some of the concrete to spill from the mixing tank and onto the highway. Derick Pendleton was transported by Rescue 20 from the scene to Schneck Medical Center Emergency Room with minor injuries. US 50 was shut down from 8:43am to 11:24am 31 Wrecker towed the cement mixer and tractor trailer. Assisting at the scene : Indiana State Police Indiana State Highway Dept. Spencer Township Fire Dept. North Vernon Fire Dept. Rescue 20

On February 21, 2018, at approximately 03:00 AM Deputy Drew Heilers and Reserve Deputy Austin Petro attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle for traveling 65 miles per hour in a 55 miles per hour zone in the are of US 50 West and 580 West. As Deputy Heilers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a 1999 Green Pontiac Grand Prix. The driver failed to stop at which time the vehicle fled off at a high rate of speed. Deputy Heilers pursued the vehicle north on County Road 580 West. The vehicle turned west onto West Base Road at speeds over 90 miles per hour for approximately a half mile, during the pursuit the vehicle was unable to make a sharp curve due to his high rate of speed. The vehicle exited the roadway traveling through a small building causing the vehicle to roll over coming to a stop on its side against a garage at 6610 W 20 S. Alan Marantos received minor injuries from the accident. He was treated by Rescue 20 on the scene. The driver... Alan Marantos, age 32 of Brownstown is held at the Jennings County Jail with preliminary charges of: Resisting Law Enforcement Level 6 Felony Reckless Driving B-Mis Driving While Suspended Prior A-Mis