Press Releases


New Release-Shane Weddel Arrest

NEWS RELEASE - Jackson County Sheriff's Department

On October 13, 2019 at approximately 1:19 AM Jackson County Sheriff's Department received a 911 call from the address in the 9000 block W CR 275 S and nobody was on the line, but screaming could be heard in the background. Jackson County Deputies Jordan Hawn, Brad Barker, J.L. McElfresh and Reserve Officer Eric Browalski responded to the area.

Officers were able to make contact with a female resident at the door. Officers observed blood on the shirt of the female. The female was visibly upset. Deputies learned an argument began between the female and Shane Weddel. The argument escalated and Shane struck the female several times and grabbed her across the neck and the female couldn't breath. The female also stated she was pulled out of the house by her hair. Children were present when the altercation
occurred. Shane denied an any battery took place.

Shane Weddel 33 of Medora was arrested for domestic battery in the presence of a child and strangulation.


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New Release-Timothy McFall Arrest

NEWS RELEASE - Jackson County Sheriff's Department


On October 12, 2019 at approximately 8:45 PM the Jackson County Sheriff's Department received a call of a female walking on SR 39 near SR 250. Deputy Zach Elliott responded to the area and located the female.

The female stated she was in Brownstown with Timothy McFall. The female stated Timothy began acting strange so she called a friend and left the phone on so the friend could hear her in case something happened. Timothy took off with the female in the vehicle and wouldn't tell her where he was going. The female asked Timothy to let her out of the vehicle, but he wouldn't stop. The female began
trying to stop the vehicle by attempting to put the vehicle in gear while he was driving. Timothy finally stopped the vehicle and let her out.

Brownstown Officer Ryan Cherry later spotted Timothy in Brownstown. Timothy first denied the female asked to get out of the vehicle and then said she asked several times. Timothy said the only reason he stopped was because the female punched him.

Timothy Mcfall 33 of Seymour was arrested for criminal confinement.

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New Release-Lelan Sharp Arrest

NEWS RELEASE - Jackson County Sheriff's Department

On October 7, 2019 at approximately 2:25 PM the Jackson County Sheriff's Department received an anonymous call of a domestic dispute in the area of 2662 Bent Tree Lane. Jackson County Reserve Officer Jonathon Tabor and Deputy Clint Burcham responded to the area.

Deputies were able to locate a female victim. The female stated an argument began between her and Lelan Sharp. The two live together at the address. The female asked Lelan to leave the residence and told him she was calling the police. Lelan took the phone from the female and didn't allow her to call the police. The female tried to leave the residence. Lelan pushed the female and the female attempted to defend herself. Lelan then pushed the female to the
ground and held her down so she couldn't leave. The female was able to get away from Lelan and got a phone to call for help.

Lelan wasn't at the scene when officers arrived and filed for an arrest warrant. On October 11th an arrest warrant was issued for Lelan Sharp. Reserve Officer Jonathon Tabor went back to the residence on Bent Tree Lane and located Lelan Sharp.

Lelan Sharp 21 of Seymour was arrested for criminal confinement, domestic battery and interfering with reporting a crime.

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New Release-Halloween Safety Tips

                          SAFETY TIPS FOR HALLOWEEN

Halloween is approaching, and we expect large groups of children to be out and about that evening, enjoying the festivities. Our primary concern on Halloween, and any other time, is the safety of children. With that in mind, we would like to offer the following safety tips. Please review these with your children before they begin their trick-or-treat adventure.

1. Fake swords, knives, guns, and other costume accessories can potentially cause injury. Make sure they aren't too long for the costume and review with your child that they are part of the costume and not a weapon. Make sure they are made out of cardboard or flexible materials.

2. Keep costumes short to prevent trips and falls.

3. Only purchase costumes and accessories that are marked flame-resistant.

4. Try using makeup instead of a mask. Masks can obstruct a child's vision, which can be dangerous when they are crossing streets and going up and down stairs.

5. Costumes with light colors and/or reflective tape are best. Someone in the group should carry a flashlight. Consider putting reflective tape on the candy bags too.

6. Children should always trick-or-treat in groups, never alone, and preferably with adult supervision. Children should carry a cell phone for quick communication.

7. Parents should select the safest route for children to take. Children should stay on sidewalks (where available) or on the shoulder of the roadway facing traffic. Children should avoid walking in the roadway, in alleys or poorly lit areas, and be cautious not to dart from behind parked vehicles or shrubs.

8. Drivers should slow down and use extreme caution, especially in neighborhoods where children will be trick-or-treating.

9. Children should be instructed to stop only at familiar homes where the outside lights are on. They should also be advised to NEVER go inside a home or car to collect treats. They should not stop at houses that are dark or do not have the porch lights turned on.

10. Children (and adults) should only consume unopened candies and treats in original wrappers. Treats with open packaging or torn wrappers should be discarded.

11. Children should not eat any treats until they get home and a parent or adult can examine them.

12. As an alternative of going door-to-door, parents can take their children to community-sponsored events such as those hosted by community centers, churches, schools, etc.

For more Halloween safety tips, please visit https://www.safekids.org/halloween.

With a little preparation, communication and diligence, Halloween can be a safe and enjoyable evening. Of course, we will be on patrol and available to you and your children should you need us. As always, dial 911 in case of an emergency.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Sheriff Rick Meyer

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New Release-Back to School

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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