On August 11, 2017, Jefferson County Central Dispatch received a call in reference to a suspicious vehicle in the area of Franks Drive. Ptl. Seth Melton and Sgt. William Watterson arrived to investigate. Upon arrival Officers located Manuel B. Perkins Age 40 of Hope Indiana. Officers began speaking to Manuel about the reason he was in the area. According to Manuel he was in the area teaching a friend how to drive, but officers did not locate anyone else in the vehicle. Officers questioned Manuel and the subject he was with. Manuel pointed to a nearby residence.
As Ptl. Melton and Sgt. Watterson continued to speaking to Manuel a 14 year old juvenile walked from a nearby residence. Manuel identified the subject as his friend. Ptl. Melton questioned Manuel about the subjects name, but Manuel could only provide a first name and stated the subject was 18 years of age. Officers also spoke to the juvenile.
Officers were concerned with inconsistent stories coming from Manuel and the juvenile and became concerned. Officers continued questioning both subjects. After speaking to them, they learned that Manuel had met the juvenile online and wanted to see meet them. The juveniles mother arrived on scene.
After speaking to the juvenile, officers located phone messages from Manuel. The messages contained inappropriate communication between the juvenile and Manuel. Manuel informed officers he may have met the juvenile through Facebook. Manuel further stated he believed the juvenile was 18 and denied any sexual activity. Officers then learned through a family member that the juvenile male had spoken to them about being sexually active with Manuel. Officers then again spoke to the juvenile male, who confirmed Manuel and him were sexually active.
The juvenile stated that they had met Manuel online and Manuel provided the juvenile gifts and money in exchange for sex. According to the juvenile, Manuel had sex with the juvenile approximately 5 times prior. The juvenile also stated they had a sexual encounter with Manuel a few hours earlier at a location in Madison. The juvenile stated the two met through online social application.
Based on the investigation, Manuel was placed under arrest for Sexual Misconduct with a Minor
The investigation is ongoing.
Manuel B. Perkins Age 40
On August 13, 2017, Detective Kurtis Wallace conducted traffic stop on a moped for not having a registration. During the stop, Detective Wallace came into contact with the driver, identified as Mark A. Bear Age 53 of Madison Indiana. Detective Wallace was familiar with Bear through past investigations and knew that Bear was recently investigated for Dealing in Methamphetamine. Detective Wallace also knew that Bear had recently been in the Indiana Department of Corrections for Possession of Methamphetamine Pre-Cursors.
Detective Wallace began investigating the stop and identified the VIN number on the moped. As Detective Wallace checked the VIN, Bear picked up a black zipper bag near the front of the moped. Detective Wallace asked Bear for consent to search the zipper bag, but Bear denied consent. According Wallace, Bear appeared nervous. Detective Wallace then radioed for a K9 assistance. Bear agreed to open bag and stated it only contained cigarettes. When Bear opened the bag, Detective Wallace observed the end of a pipe he knows to be used to ingest methamphetamine, inside the bag. These types of pipes are often referred to as a “chicken bone”. Bear admitted to having a methamphetamine pipe inside the bag. Bear reluctantly provided Detective Wallace the zipper bag.
During a search of the bag, Detective Wallace located an operational digital scale, U.S. currency, a plastic container that contained a white substance, and plastic bag containing a crystal-like substance. These substances found tested positive for methamphetamine. The total amount found had a weight of over 10 grams. Based on the investigation, Bear was placed under arrest.
Detective Wallace was assisted by Patrolman Kyle Cutshaw and Patrolman Jordan Bowles.
Mark A. Bear Age 53
Dealing in Methamphetamine – Level 2 Felony
Possession of Methamphetamine – Level 4 Felony
On August 12, 2017, Jefferson County Central Dispatch received a call in reference to a person who had fallen from the bridge. Ptl. James Lee responded to the scene. Upon arrival Ptl. Lee met with Kings Daughters Emergency and Jefferson County Sheriffs Department. Ptl. Lee had learned the subject who had fallen sustained serious injuries and was deceased. Jefferson County Coroner arrived on scene. The deceased was identified as Brian L. Pollard Age 45 Milton Kentucky.
Ptl. Lee spoke to witnesses in reference to the investigation. According to witnesses, Brian was walking on the bride sidewalk with a friend. At some point, Brian attempted to climb over the railing to gain access to Harrison Street instead of staying on the ramp. Witnesses stated that Brian lost his grip and fell the ground. The witness was able to locate someone with a phone and was able to call 911.
The investigation is ongoing.
On August 12, 2017 at approximately 4:25 PM Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy Ben Flint located reported stolen vehicle traveling west on Vaughn Drive near Broadway.
The vehicle, a 1996 Honda passenger car had been reported stolen in the early morning hours of August 12, 2017, from a residence on W. Clifty drive. As Deputy Flint activated his emergency lights, the suspect fled North on Broadway, West on W. First Street, North on Vine, and West on Second Street where he stopped at the coroner of W. Second Street and Mill Street. Deputy Flint and his K-9 partner “Meko” conducted a felony stop, and took Carl Bruce Hickerson 26, Vevay, Indiana, into custody without incident.
Hickerson was transported to the Jefferson County Jail where he awaits his initial court appearance on preliminary alleged charges of possession of a stolen vehicle level 6 felony and resisting law enforcement.
August 13, 2017, @ approximately 12:48 PM the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, with the assistance of the Madison Police Department, arrested Tony R. Jester 42, Madison, Indiana, on a preliminary alleged charge of residential burglary level 4 felony. Jester was located on East Vaughn Drive, just East of the city campground, when officers attempted to take him into custody for the burglary. Jester fled west on foot, through a small wooded area, and into an area of tallgrass along the Ohio River Bank. Deputy Ben Flint deployed his K-9 “Meko” who located Jester in the tall grass and held him until officers could take him into custody. Jester did receive minor injuries when taken into custody by “Meko”.
Deputy Ben Flint and Sergeant Troy Hawkins developed Jester as a primary suspect in a string of residential burglaries they have been investigating in the area of E. State Rd. #56,. As a result of Jester’s arrest, investigators were able to obtain a search warrant for property in which he was staying, and now have linked him to an additional five residential burglaries, bringing the total to six. This criminal investigation is ongoing, and additional charges are anticipated. Jester is currently incarcerated at the Jefferson County Jail where he awaits his initial court appearance on the preliminary alleged charges of burglary level 4 felony.
On August 9, 2017 at approximately 1:07 a.m. the Ohio County Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate a one vehicle crash in the 7700 block of State Road 56 West.
Once on scene, officers observed a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier that had rolled onto its top.
The driver, 16 years old of Vevay, IN stated that while traveling westbound on State Road 56 West a deer ran out into his path. The driver stated that he swerved in order to avoid collision with the deer. The vehicle then ran off the road and rolled.
The driver reported no injuries.
The driver, who was traveling alone, was cited for driving with a learner’s permit without an adult.