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New Release-Scholarship Opportunity



Jackson County Sheriff Rick Meyer, announced today that the Indiana Sheriffs Association will again be awarding college scholarships to qualified high school seniors or college students who are pursuing a degree in criminal justice studies.  There will be approximately 40 - $750 scholarships awarded to qualifying students throughout the state.

The Indiana Sheriffs Association Scholarship Fund was established for the purpose of receiving, investing and dispensing of funds to provide college scholarships to qualified students who are committed to pursuing an education and career in the law enforcement field.

To qualify for one of these scholarships, the applicant must be an Indiana resident, be a current member of the association or a dependent child or grandchild of a current member of the association, attend an Indiana college or university, major in a law enforcement field and enroll as a full-time student (12 hours).

Applications needed to apply for the scholarships are available from your high school counselor or the sheriff's office.  The scholarship application can also be downloaded from the Indiana Sheriffs Association website:  www.indianasheriffs.org.  The applications must be completed and received by the Indiana Sheriffs Association on or before April 1.

New Release-Burglary & Theft Arrests

NEWS RELEASE - Jackson County Sheriff's Department

On 12/22/2019 Deputies Jesse Hutchinson and J.L. McElfresh were dispatched to County Road 500 W and US Hwy 50, in reference to a citizen calling in that they had witnessed 2 men kick in a door to a residence. Upon the Deputies arrival they located 2 males in the residence who were then taken into custody. During the course of the investigation the Deputies were able to determine that the males had taken items from the abandoned home. Arrested were:

Gregory Davis Age 38 Seymour
Burglary Level 4 Felony
Theft A Misdemeanor
Criminal Mischief A Misdemeanor

Ricky Joe Stewart Age 39 Seymour
Burglary Level 4 Felony
Theft A Misdemeanor
Criminal Mischief A Misdemeanor

Deputies Hutchinson and McElfresh were assisted by Officer Adam Behmlander with the Brownstown Police Department.



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New Release-Burglary & Theft Arrest

News Release-Jackson County Sheriff's Department

On September 30th, 2019 at approximately 5:55pm, Deputy J.L. McElfresh responded to 1324 S CR 740 W, Medora, IN in reference to a reported burglary. At the residence, Deputy McElfresh found that forced entry had been made in to the residence and a handgun had been stolen. During the investigation, Deputy McElfresh was able to obtain photographs of the suspect and the suspect's car.

On November 4th, 2019; Brownstown Officer Ryan Cherry found a vehicle matching the description of the suspect's vehicle.
Deputy McElfresh was able to obtain photographs of the registered owner of the vehicle, Joseph C. Hacker; and those photographs, matched the photographs of the suspect at the scene of the burglary.

On November 15th, 2019; Deputy McElfresh obtained a search warrant to collect DNA from Joseph C. Hacker. Deputy McElfresh and Deputy Jordan Hawn were able to locate Joseph at his residence in Brownstown. Deputy McElfresh executed the search warrant for Mr. Hacker's DNA, and at 1:12am on November 16th, 2019; Joseph C. Hacker, 33 years old, of Brownstown, IN was arrested for Burglary of a Dwelling; Level 4 Felony, and Theft. Mr. Hacker was taken to the Jackson County Jail where he awaits an initial hearing on the charges.

The investigation is ongoing.

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New Release-Burglary & Theft

           NEWS RELEASE - Jackson County Sheriff's Department

On October 21st, 2019, at approximately 3:43am; Deputy J.L. McElfresh responded to All-Star Paving at 4320 N US Hwy 31 Seymour, IN in reference to a burglary. While speaking to a mechanic for All-Star Paving, Deputy McElfresh learned that someone had entered the mechanic's garage and taken approximately $9,000 worth of tools, fuel, and a plasma cutter. While on the scene, Deputy McElfresh was not able to determine how entry was gained in to the garage. Deputy Jordan Hawn also responded to the scene and assisted Deputy McElfresh with the initial investigation.

At approximately 6:30am, All-Star Paving Owner, Kevin Heilman called Deputy McElfresh and advised him of video surveillance footage of two possible suspects. Mr. Heilman advised Deputy McElfresh that one of the suspects in the video is a former employee of All-Star Paving; named Daniel Stone. All-Star Paving was able to provide Deputy McElfresh with the last known address of Mr. Stone, and a description of the vehicle he would be driving.

On October 23rd, 2019; Deputy McElfresh and Deputy Jordan Hawn went to the last known address for Daniel Stone but were unable to locate him. A short time later, the homeowner called the Jackson County Sheriff's Department and advised that Daniel Stone had shown up at the residence but left on foot. Deputy McElfresh then requested the assistance of the Seymour Police Department in trying to locate Daniel Stone. A short time later, two Seymour Police Officers located Daniel Stone at the intersection of E. Tipton St & Holiday Square Rd. in Seymour.  Daniel Stone was taken in to custody for outstanding arrest warrants from Clark County Indiana. Deputy McElfresh responded to the location where Daniel Stone was located and attempted to interview Mr. Stone. Daniel Stone refused to answer questions or cooperate with the investigation.

Mr. Stone refused to answer questions or cooperate with the investigation. On November 2nd, 2019; Jackson County Detective Mark Holt responded to Columbus Pawn in Columbus, IN where the stolen plasma cutter was recovered. Deputy McElfresh had obtained information, on the location of the plasma cutter, on the previous night; and requested Detective Holt's assistance in recovering the plasma cutter.

Daniel Stone, 37 of Seymour, IN was arrested for Burglary (Level 5 Felony) and Theft (Level 6 Felony), along with the outstanding Clark County Indiana Warrants.

The investigation is ongoing, but the second suspect has been identified and an arrest warrant has been issued for their arrest.


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New Release-Burglary & Theft Arrests

        NEWS RELEASE - Jackson County Sheriff's Department

On October 15, 2019 at approximately 5:40 PM Deputy JL McElfresh responded to the 3000 block S CR 1200 W reference theft/burglary. While speaking to the homeowner Deputy McElfresh learned someone has broken into this residence on several occasions and 2 possible suspect names were given. Entry for previous break-ins were someone going through a window and prying a sliding glass door
open. The two suspect names were Tevis Deaton and Laniaka Carlisle.

At Approximately 9:15 PM on the same date Deputy McElfesh learned the two suspects may be at a residence just north of the victims. Deputy McElfresh and Deputy Jordan Hawn responded to the residence. Deputy McElfresh was able to interview Deaton and Carlisle. During the interview the Deaton admitted to breaking into the residence on 4 occasions. Carlisle said she only went into the
residence once or twice. Deaton also showed Deputy McElfresh where most of the stolen items were located.

Laniaka Carlisle, 18 of Nabb IN was arrested for burglary and theft. Tevis Deaton, 22 of Medora was arrested for 4 counts of burglary and 4 counts of theft.




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New Release-Karen Benge Arrest


NEWS RELEASE - Jackson County Sheriff's Department

On October 22, 2019 at approximately 10 PM Deputy Elliott stopped a passenger car for driving all over the roadway. The traffic stop was conducted at David St and Washington St in Medora. When Deputy Elliott approached the vehicle, the passenger car was being driven by a female that identified herself as Karen Benge. Karen was holding a 2 month old baby in her lap. Karen stated that she had the baby on her lap from the time she left Sparksville and was going to her residence in Vallonia. Deputy Elliott noticed signs of impairment from Karen's driving behavior and her actions once speaking with her. The mother of the 2 month old was contacted by Jackson County Dispatch to come and pick the
child up. Once the child was properly taken care of and in custody of the mother, Deputy Elliott conducted field sobriety on Karen. Karen failed field sobriety and was placed under arrest at this time. Karen then did not consent to a chemical test.

While searching Karen's vehicle, Deputy Elliott located several illegal substances. In Karen's bag on the top of the center console there was approximately 1.5 grams of methamphetamine, 7.5 grams of marijuana, 2 controlled substances, and 2 pills that were for prescription only.

After Karen did not consent to a chemical test, Deputy Elliott and Reserve Deputy Hinton transported Karen to Schneck Medical Center where a search warrant was obtained for a chemical test. Deputy Barker stayed on scene with the vehicle until Dave's Towing arrived to tow the vehicle.

Karen was then transported to the Jackson County Jail and booked for possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, neglect of a dependent, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of a controlled substance x2, violation of legend drug x2, and OWI endangerment.

Assisting in the case- Deputy Brad Barker, Reserve Deputy John Hinton, and Dave's Towing.



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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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