It was bitter cold outside, but the Dearborn County Hospital Birthing Center was filled with warm hearts upon the arrival of its first baby delivered in 2018, Tucker Wayne Rae Smith, on January 1. Delivered at 8:34 p.m. by Amanda Parker, Certified Nurse Midwife/Nurse Practitioner with the Women’s Center/DCH Physician Partners, Tucker weighed 8 pounds and was 20½ inches in length.
Tucker is the son of Gabrielle Howard and Ethan Smith of Lawrenceburg. As the first baby born at Dearborn County Hospital in 2018, Tucker was presented a certificate for a $500 savings account at the Dearborn County Hospital Federal Credit Union by Angela Scudder, RN, MSN, DCH Vice President of Patient Care Services, and Jacquie Ritzmann, RN, DCH Birthing Center Manager.
The DCH Birthing Center features seven private LDRPN (labor, delivery, recovery, postpartum, nursery) suites. Attractively decorated antepartum and postpartum rooms are also available as is a special OB triage room designed for mothers who come to the unit for short term observation, premature labor or other special needs.
For more information on the Dearborn County Hospital Birthing Center or to schedule a personalized tour, please call the Birthing Center at 812/537-8273 or 800/676-5572,
On Thursday, December 28, 2017, a former Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department employee was arrested on numerous charges related to the theft of money from the department’s commissary account that occurred during his employment.
The investigation began on November 15, 2017 when Jefferson County Sheriff John Wallace contacted the Indiana State Police after discovering missing money from the department’s commissary account which holds bond money received by inmates.
Troopers Nate Adams and Andrew Garrett, Indiana State Police-Versailles District then began an investigation into the theft of the funds. The six week investigation ultimately led to the arrest of Andrew Horine, age 33, Madison, Indiana on charges of Corrupt Business Influence, Level 5 Felony, Obstruction of Justice, Level 6 Felony, Official Misconduct, Level 6 Felony, Theft (7 counts), Level 6 Felony, Theft, Class A Misdemeanor. An arrest warrant was issued today on the charges out of the Jefferson County Superior Court. Horine was arrested at his residence in Madison, Indiana this afternoon without incident.
Horine was a Jefferson County Jail Employee from September 2007 until his termination in December 2017. He served as the jail commander who handled the commissary accounts for part of his employment with the sheriff’s department. The investigation determined that Horine pocketed bond money from at least 14 bond accounts with a total in excess of $7,500. The investigation is ongoing which may lead to more missing funds and possible additional charges.
According to Jefferson County Chief Deputy Prosecutor D. J. Mote,
“Sheriff John Wallace promptly notified the Jefferson County Prosecutor’s Office as well as the Indiana State Board of Accounts upon discovering the misuse of cash bail funds. Both the Sheriff and the Jefferson Circuit Clerk, Tabatha Eblen, have been fully transparent during the investigation, and have gone to great lengths to assist the Indiana State Police in their efforts to resolve this complex case.”
The Indiana State Police was assisted in the investigation by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, Jefferson County Clerk’s Office, Jefferson County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Indiana State Board of Accounts.
On Christmas morning, multiple police agencies worked together to arrest a Madison, Indiana man who fled from police in a vehicle in Jefferson County.
The incident began at approximately 8:40 am when Madison Police Officer Dylan Barnes attempted to stop a red 1996 Dodge truck, being driven by Travis L. Melton, age 18, Madison, on Virginia Drive near Kentucky Avenue. Melton fled from Officer Barnes in the vehicle. The pursuit went into western Jefferson County where officers lost sight of the vehicle.
Trooper Andrew Garrett soon observed the vehicle near the intersection of Chicken Run Road and Thompson Road and attempted to stop the vehicle. Melton then fled from Trp. Garrett and Deputy Ben Flint, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department in the vehicle. A short distance later, Melton’s truck struck a tire deflation device that was deployed in the roadway by Deputy Shane Gibson. Melton then came to a stop and attempted to resist arrest. Deputy Flint’s K-9 partner, Meko, assisted in apprehending Melton.
Melton was taken into custody and was transported to the Jefferson County Jail where he was initially held on charges of Resisting Law Enforcement, Reckless Driving, Operating While Intoxicated, and Criminal Recklessness.
Trp. Garrett was assisted by numerous officers from the Madison Police Department and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.
On Sunday, December 24, 2017, Officer Kyle Cutshaw and Lt. Detective Jonathon Simpson received information that a male subject, later identified as Vince A. Miller, Age 32 of Madison Indiana, had offered to sell methamphetamine to a subject. Officers were able to began an investigation and learned through phone messages and calls, Vince agreed to sell approximately 7 grams of methamphetamine for $350.00. Vince made arrangements to meet the subject at Circle K store located downtown Madison.
Officer Cutshaw arrived at Circle K where he observed Vince sitting in the back seat of a taxi cab. Officer Cutshaw made contact with Vince who denied being at the store to sell Methamphetamine. Officer Cutshaw had Vince exit the vehicle. Officer Cutshaw learned that Vince had a cell phone on his person. Officer Cutshaw learned the phone Vince had was the one used to arrange the drug transaction. Vince was placed under arrest for attempting to deal methamphetamine.
Sgt. Wayne Phillips assisted in the investigation. Sgt. Phillips conducted a search of the taxi cab where Vince had been sitting. During a search of the taxi cab, Sgt. Phillips located a polar pop cup, and inside of the polar pop cup was a plastic bag containing a crystal like substance. The crystal like substance field test positive for methamphetamine, and weighed approximately 8.0 grams. Based on the information Vince was placed under arrest.
VINCE A. MILLER (AGE 32)
ATTEMPTED DEALING IN METHAMPHETAMINE – LEVEL 3 FELONY
POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE – LEVEL 5 FELONY
Around 12:30am this morning (12/21/17), crews responded to a single-vehicle accident on State Road 129 near the south intersection with State Road 62, just north of the Ripley/Switzerland County line.
Crews found a blue Ford Ranger off the roadway that had struck a tree. Friendship Fire Department had to extricate the occupants of the vehicle. One was suffering from serious injuries and was airlifted from the scene, the other occupant was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Ripley County Coroner.
We have confirmed the deceased is a juvenile from Switzerland County. We should receive more information from the Indiana State Police, and we will update this story as more information becomes available.
On December 16, 2017, the Indiana State Police began investigating a fatal crash that occurred during a vehicle pursuit that resulted in the death of a Vevay, Indiana man.
The incident began at 12:45 am when a Dearborn County Deputy attempted to stop a 1992 Chevrolet Silverado on George Street in Aurora, Indiana (Dearborn County) for a traffic violation. The Silverado, being driven by Matthew S. Richards, age 22, Vevay, Indiana fled from the deputy southbound on State Road 56 towards Rising Sun, Indiana.
The vehicle, with the deputy pursuing, entered Ohio County and turned westbound on Thuermer Hollow Road. Richards was allegedly driving at a high rate of speed and was not able to navigate a curve in the roadway. The vehicle struck a guardrail, causing Richards to be ejected from the vehicle. The vehicle then came to rest on the side of Thuermer Hollow Road. Richards sustained fatal injuries in the crash. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by Ohio County Coroner Cliff Thies.
There were no other injuries in the crash. Police at the scene determined that Richards’ vehicle was improperly registered and that he was wanted on a probation violation warrant out of Jefferson County, Indiana. Alcohol is also believed to be a factor in the crash.
The investigation is ongoing. Richards’ family has been notified.
The incident is being investigated by Troopers Matt Holley and Jared Black.
Other agencies assisting at the scene were the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department, Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, Rising Sun Fire Department, and Ohio County Coroner’s Office.
On December 15th, shortly after 7:00 pm, an Aurora man was arrested following a five hour standoff where a shot was fired at officers who arrived at the residence earlier in the day.
The incident began shortly before 2:00 pm when officers from the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department and Aurora Police Department went to a house located at 5789 Dutch Hollow Road to do a welfare check on the occupant of the residence. After arriving at the house, officers learned that the lone occupant, Michael A. Smith, age 32, was wanted on a probation violation warrant through Dearborn County, Indiana.
While attempting to make contact with Smith at the front door of the residence, he fired a shot from a gun in the direction of the officers. The officers then moved back from the house and requested assistance from other police agencies. The Indiana State Police and officers from other nearby police departments responded to the scene.
After a five hour standoff, the Indiana State Police SWAT Team entered the residence and took Smith into custody on the probation violation warrant without further incident. Smith was also found to be in need of medical attention. He was transported to the Dearborn County Hospital and later transferred to the University of Cincinnati Hospital for treatment.
The investigation is ongoing at this time by Indiana State Police Detectives. At the conclusion of the investigation, the case will be forwarded to the Dearborn County Prosecutor’s Office where charges related to this incident may be filed against Smith.
No officers were injured in the incident.
The Indiana State Police was assisted by numerous police agencies in Dearborn County, the Aurora Fire Department, and Dearborn County EMS.
On Tuesday (12/12/17), at approximately 9:30 pm, the Indiana State Police responded to a two vehicle head on crash on State Road 256 near County Road 1000 West which claimed the lives of two North Vernon residents.
The initial investigation by the Indiana State Police-Versailles Crash Reconstruction Team indicated that a black 1997 Ford Mustang being driven by Joshua C. Hendrix, age 34, North Vernon, Indiana was traveling eastbound on State Road 256 near County Road 1000 West in Jefferson County. Hendrix vehicle crossed the center double yellow line while attempting to pass another vehicle. His vehicle entered into the path of a westbound black 2010 Chevrolet Impala being driven by Trisha M. Ebertshauser, age 28, Scottsburg, Indiana. The vehicles collided head on in the westbound lanes of State Road 256.
Hendrix’ vehicle traveled off the south side of the roadway and came to rest before catching fire. Ebertshauser’s vehicle traveled off the north side of the roadway and came to rest. Joshua Hendrix and a front seat passenger in his vehicle, Amanda J. Hendrix, age 27, North Vernon, Indiana sustained fatal injuries in the collision. They were both pronounced deceased at the scene by the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office.
Ebertshauser sustained life threatening injuries in the collision. She was flown from the scene to the University of Louisville Hospital for treatment. A backseat passenger in Ebertshauser’s vehicle, Michael A. Riggs, age 19, Bedford, Kentucky was flown to the University of Louisville Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. The front seat passenger in Ebertshauser’s vehicle, Rebecca S. Roberts, age 23, Scottsburg, Indiana was transported to King’s Daughter Hospital in Madison, Indiana for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs played a roll in the crash. The investigation is ongoing.
All families have been notified.
Indiana State Police-Versailles Reconstruction Team members Trps. Andrew Garrett and Matt Holley were assisted by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, Hanover FD, Kent FD, Madison FD, King’s Daughter EMS, IU Lifeline Medical Helicopter, Air Methods Medical Helicopter, Jefferson County Coroner’s Office, and Stanley’s Wrecker Service.
On December 6, 2017, Detectives Jonathon Simpson and Kurtis Wallace were patrolling the downtown area in an unmarked police vehicle. The Detectives noticed a female seated in the passenger seat of a parked vehicle in the city parking lot at Mulberry Street and Second Street. The vehicle was not running. The officers stopped to check on the welfare of the woman.
The woman initially refused to identify herself to officers. While speaking to the woman, officers conducted a registration check on the vehicle the woman was in and discovered the registered owner, identified as Marshall Banks, had an active arrest warrant through Floyd County, Indiana for possession of methamphetamine and carrying a handgun without a license.
As officers were speaking to the female, Marshall Banks, age 36 of New Albany, approached the officers on foot. He was taken into custody. During a search of Banks’ person, officers located more than 3 grams of a white substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine. Patrolman Phillip Wimpee and Lieutenant Bruce Heaton arrived to assist.
After a computer search of the name the female provided to officers they were able to identify the woman as Kristin Caid, age 38 of Louisville, Kentucky. It was discovered Caid had an active arrest warrant for escape out of Louisville. The two were arrested and transported to the Jefferson County Jail.