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Back to School Time in Jackson County


Dear Friends,


Back to school time is an important event for our entire community. Students are back in class. Teachers are implementing new lesson plans for the school year. Administrators are working with budgets, school bus routes, staffing and school safety concerns. Parents are coordinating work and school schedules, car pools and support for their student’s activities and studies. Businesses are equipping families, teachers and administrators with the supplies they need for a successful school year. Back to school is a busy time for us all.


During this busy time, please be extra cautious in traffic. Be mindful of our school traffic zones especially during the morning hours and early afternoons. Keep an extra look out for potential hazards around our schools and in neighborhoods where children play. Slow down and increase your stopping distances.


School buses are back on the road. Be aware of school bus routes in your neighborhood and throughout your daily travel. Leave plenty of time and space for buses. With school traffic, anticipate delays in your travel and leave early so you’re not in a rush. And, when approaching a school zone or school bus on the road, be prepared to stop for bus and pedestrian traffic.


I want to thank all of you who help make our education system an integral, positive force in our community. Our children are counting on us – let’s work together to make “back to school” a rewarding, fun, and safe time for all Jackson County residents.


Thank you,


Sheriff Rick Meyer

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New Release-Escaped Inmate Captured


8/3/2019   7:45pm

Escaped inmate Daniel Coomer is in custody and being transported to the Jackson County Jail.  


The Jackson County Sheriff's Department would like to thank all the citizens and other law enforcement agencies that assisted.




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Drug arrest made from stolen vehicle case

Jackson County Deputy Mitch Ray conducted a vehicle traffic stop Tuesday morning around 8:00 a.m on a 1994 black Chevrolet pickup. The stop occurred near the intersection of CR 700 East and CR 600 South in Grassy Fork Township.

During the stop Deputy Ray discovered the pickup truck had recently been reported stolen out of Scott County. The driver, Christina Pedigo age 49, of Seymour was detained and placed in Deputy Ray’s patrol car. ...

Jackson County Detective Ben Rudolph arrived to assist Deputy Ray with the investigation and noticed Pedigo attempting to hide something in the seat she was sitting in. The item was recovered and found to be Methamphetamine.

Pedigo was arrested for possession of stolen property and possession of Methamphetamine which are both Level 6 Felonies. She is being held at the Jackson County Jail.

Under the law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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News Release

On July 9th at approximately 2:00 p.m. Jackson County Dispatch received a report of a possible intoxicated driver in the area of the 100 block North of CR 975 West.

Jackson County Deputies Mitch Ray and Justin Amos located a vehicle that matched the description of the dispatch near the public access site just West of Brownstown. The vehicle pulled into the access site and the deputies stopped to check on the driver.

Deputies Ray and Amos reported seeing alcoholic beverages in plain sight and detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage on the driver who was identified as Kara Hadley, age 40 from Churubusco, IN. The deputies requested Hadley exit her vehicle but she refused to cooperate with them and became disorderly. Hadley eventually exited the vehicle and was taken to Schneck Medical Center for evaluation and a certified chemical test. Hadley was then arrested and taken to the Jackson County Jail. Hadley was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated (refusal), Disorderly Conduct, and Resisting Law Enforcement.

Under the law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Suspect in Burglary and Impersonating Police Officer at large

Burglary/Impersonating a Police Officer Suspect currently at large in Jackson County.

On Friday morning 7/5/2019 Deputy JL McElfresh responded to... the 4000 Block North CR 1250 W (Norman area) for a Burglary in Progress.

The complaint reported seeing a suspicious vehicle on his neighbors property and went to check it out. When approaching the vehicle a male subject came from the back of the home. The complainant tried to keep the suspect from leaving until the police arrived but the suspect pointed a handgun at the complainant and left in the vehicle.

The complainant then followed the vehicle a short distance when the suspect got out and ran off. The vehicle was recovered by Deputy McElfresh and was found to have been stolen from Seymour, Indiana. The suspect was not located after this incident.

Later today a suspicious male who was believed to be same suspect was seen on a property the area of CR 1250 West wearing what is described as a military style uniform with a badge, gun, and cowboy style hat. The suspect identified himself to a citizen as a police officer and advised he had permission to be on the property. The suspect left and items of value were found missing by the property owner.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department has identified this suspect as Travis M. Luedeman Age 40 of Norman, IN. He is 5’9” brown hair and hazel eyes. Deputies are continuing to search for this individual. Mr. Luedeman should be considered armed and dangerous. If you have any information to his whereabouts please contact the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department at 812.358.2141.

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Crime Scene Detective completes homicide and major investigations training

Jackson County Crime Scene Detective Bob Lucas recently attended and completed a one (1) week training course on Homicide and Major Investigations at Butler University. This intense training is led by the Marion County Prosecutors Office and the Indianapolis Metro Police Department. Their experienced instructors are still actively involved in the field.

The training course included hands on scenarios and classroom work that focused on:  Initial response to a scene, case development, approaching scenes, digital device technology, DNA and fingerprinting, news media relations, child abuse injuries, death investigations, firearm e-trace data, helping traumatized witnesses, crime scene processing, interviews and interrogation, fatal arson investigations and more.

Lucas, who has been a Crime Scene Detective for 13 years stated, “This training is one of the best I’ve attended in my 20 year career as a full time police officer.” Lucas learned of the training after it was recommended to him by Sheriff Rick Meyer.  

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ISA Youth Camp set for June and July


News Release

            The Indiana Sheriffs’ Association will be celebrating their 40th Annual Indiana Sheriff’s Association Youth Leadership Camp, which will be held in June and July again this year. The ISA is proudly partnering with Indiana Donor Network to celebrate this memorable anniversary.

            Indiana Donor Network coordinates organ, tissue, and eye donation throughout Indiana and part of their mission includes educating Indiana youth about donation and transplantation. Nationwide, more than 114,000 men, women, and children are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant and about 1,300 of those patients are Hoosiers.

            There will be two (2) camp sessions this year. The first session will be held June 25-28 at Pine Creek Camp in Pine Village, Indiana (Warren County), serving the Northern part of the state. The second session will be held July 9-11 serving the Southern part of the state at Waycross Episcopal Camp in Morgantown, Indiana (Brown County).

            The Indiana Sheriffs’ Association Youth Leadership Camp is a program provided by the Indiana Sheriffs’ Association for boys and girls who are currently in the 7th or 8th grade of school and are interested in learning more about a possible career in law enforcement. The camp provides a very meaningful experience as well as relationships with other campers from throughout the state and sheriff officers who serve as counselors and instructors.

            Any boy or girl in the 7th or 8th grade of school interested in attending the camp should contact the Sheriff’s Office or your school counselor for an application and additional information. The Sheriff announced that arrangements can possibly be made to provide the camp registration fee through a local business or civic organization for anyone interested.

            The ISA is excited to celebrate this 40-year achievement by continuing to focus on building character and inspiring leadership skills to those youth attending the 2019 sessions.  

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Annual Easter Egg Hunt

One month from today will be our annual Easter Egg hunt at the Hickory Hills Golf Course. We will have some prizes and fun activities for the kids. There may also be a special visit from the Easter Bunny!! Hope to see you there!

When: April 20th, 2019 @ 11:00 a.m.

Where: Hickory Hills Golf Course 1509 S SR 135 Brownstown, IN 47220

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New Release


On February 4th, 2019 at approximately 10:15 p.m. an inmate at the Jackson County Jail attempted to escape the facility.

The incident occurred when Jail Officers were taking inmate Blaze Ayers, 28, to his holding cell from the indoor recreation area. Ayers’s holding cell was located in the book-in area of the jail. Upon arriving in the booking area, Ayers ran into a medical room and locked the door behind him.  Jail Officers went through an adjacent room and when they entered the medical room Ayers had made his way into the ceiling.

Jail Officers attempted to get Ayers to come down but he refused to comply. Ayers continued to crawl through the ceiling in an attempt to escape, causing damage to the ceiling in multiple areas of the booking area.

Ayers eventually fell through the ceiling and to the floor of the booking area. Upon falling Ayers still refused to comply with orders given, and he was subdued by Taser.

There is no estimate of the damage at this time.

Jackson County EMS responded to treat Ayers for minor injuries obtained during the escape attempt. Jackson County Deputy J.L. McElfresh is investigating the Escape attempt. Ayers has been charged with the following criminal offenses:

1.) Attempted Escape  Level 5 Felony

2.) Criminal Mischief Class A Misdemeanor

Ayers was being held at the Jackson County Jail on a Failure to Appear warrant. The original charge on the warrant was battery.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible.  Deputy

McElfresh was assisted by Jackson County Jail Officers, Jackson County EMS,

Brownstown Officer Blake McCrary, and Deputy Mitch Ray.

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