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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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New Release

US Representative Trey Hollingsworth Visits Jackson County Jail

United States Representative Trey Hollingsworth came to visit and tour the Jackson County Sheriff's Department today.

While at the Sheriff's Department, Sheriff Rick Meyer shared information about the  therapeutic recovery program offered in the jail by Centerstone.

Trey took time to visit with the inmates involved in the program, and listened to their stories about the difference this program has made in their life.

Thank you Trey for supporting our Sheriff's Department and taking time to stop by for a visit.
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Arrests made

Three arrests were made Saturday night following an investigation of intimidation of a witness. The witness in the case is a female juvenile.

Jackson County Deputy Mark Holt learned during the investigation the witness had been victim to a battery back in September of 2018. Another female juvenile was arrested in that incident.

The witness reported to Deputy Holt she was now receiving threatening videos and messages from the female juvenile suspect, and a male juvenile.

The witness also reported threatening messages coming from the female suspects mother Amanda B. Elswick, 33, of Nashville, TN.

The threatening messages sent to the witness were suggestive on how she was going to be battered again. The messages even showed the type of tools the suspects would use to batter her with.

After reviewing the messages and receiving assistance from Jackson County Deputy J.L. McElfresh and Seymour City Police, the three suspects were located and arrested.

Elswick was arrested for Intimidation of a witness a level 6 Felony, 2 counts of neglect of a dependent a level 6 Felony, and harassment a class B Misdemeanor.

The male and female juveniles were arrested for Intimidation of a witness a Level 6 Felony. The female juvenile was also arrested for being a runaway out of Tennessee.

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

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Indiana Sheriffs' Association College Scholarship Program

Attention Jackson County High School Seniors:

   Jackson County Sheriff Rick Meyer announced today that the Indiana Sheriff’s 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 Department. 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 1st. For a list of qualifications please see below.


     All applicants must be an Indiana resident      All applicants must be committed to pursuing an education and career in a law enforcement field at an Indiana college of university.      All applicants must be a current member of the association, or a dependent child or grandchild of a current member of the association. If you do not meet the membership requirement, an application for membership is attached to the applications. Just complete the application and return it with the scholarship application to meet the requirement.      All applicants must enroll as a full-time student (12 hours).


A New Year Message From Sheriff Rick Meyer

As we approach the new year, my commitment to the citizens of this County remains strong, and I will continue to work with you to improve the quality of life for the current and future residents of our County. It is my hope that 2019 will be a year when members in our community frequently extend a helping hand to their neighbors, coworkers, family, friends, and strangers in need.


It's a real pleasure to say "thank you" to our community as we wish you a full year of happiness and success.


Please contact my office at 812.358.2141 if my staff and I can be of assistance.


Thank you,


Sheriff Rick Meyer



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Now hiring

The Sheriff's Department is currently accepting applications for full time Sheriff Deputies. You must be 21 years of age, and have a high school diploma or GED. Applications can be picked up Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sheriff's Department (150 E SR 250 Brownstown, IN 47220). Deputy pay starts at $18.69/hr. After 6 months pay increases to $19.34/hr. Applications MUST be turned in by January 10th, 2019.

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Accepting Applications for Deputy positions

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department is now accepting applications for Patrol Deputies.

Applicants must be at least twenty-one years of age, and possess a High School diploma or equivalent.

Applications are available at the Jackson County Sheriff's Department, 150 E SR 250, Brownstown, and may be picked up Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM. 

Applications must be submitted on or before January 10, 2019.

Deputy Uses Technology to Catch Theif

Sunday September 23, 2018

Reserve Deputy Greg Murphy responded to Lawyer Excavation in the 7000 block of north US Highway 31 to investigate a report that someone had broken into a 2007 International Semi truck.

Murphy met with the owners, Glenn and Darrin Lawyer, and Larry Ross, the driver of the truck that had been broke into. Ross stated that he had parked the truck at 5:30pm. Later, around 8:00pm, Darrin Lawyer was driving past the business and noticed that the truck’s cab lights were on. When Darrin stopped to shut the lights off he noticed broken glass all around the cab, and that the passenger side window had been smashed out. 

Several items were missing from the truck, including an orange and black tool box loaded with tools, a Cobra CB radio, a GPS system, a black brief case, and a computer tablet.

Darrin Lawyer stated that he was tracking the tablet and that it was at the TA Truck Stop in Seymour. Murphy went to the truck stop to look for the tablet, when dispatch radioed the tablet was now across the street in the drive through of McDonald’s restaurant.

Murphy went to McDonald’s and located a red 2014 Chevrolet 4 door passenger car in the drive through. Inside the vehicle, Murphy saw in plain view a CB radio in the front passenger seat, and an orange and black tool box in the back seat. Murphy identified the driver by a driver’s license as Jeffery McCrory.

Murphy had McCrory exit his vehicle and began questioning him about the items in his car when McCrory decided to try and flee from Murphy.

Deputy Murphy chased McCrory behind a nearby Circle K gas station where he took McCrory to the ground. McCrory was then handcuffed and taken to the Jackson County Jail.

Murphy has requested charges against McCrory of, Theft, Resisting Law Enforcement, and Criminal Mischief.

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Website Tip Leads to Drug Arrest

Brian Christopher Willman

Acting on information from the Jackson County Jail Commander, North Vernon police arrested two Seymour residents on drug charges while attempting to serve a Jackson County Level 6 Felony Warrant.

The Jackson County Jail received an anonymous tip through its website, www.jacksoncountysheriffin.org about the possible location of a person wanted on a Jackson County Felony Warrant.

North Vernon officer Lucas Newsom and Detective Ivory Sandefur followed up on that information and located Brain Willman, 34, of Seymour in an apartment in the 500 block of Brownstown Road, in North Vernon.

Willman was arrested at the apartment on the Jackson County Warrant for Strangulation, Domestic Battery, Criminal Confinement, and Interference with Reporting of a Crime. Officers also located drug paraphernalia and 1.5 grams of methamphetamine, several methamphetamine smoking pipes and a set of digital scales.

In addition to the Jackson County Warrant, Willman also faces charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Paraphernalia in Jennings County. Willman is currently being held in the Jackson County Jail.

A female at the apartment, Kaylena Tungate, 27, of Seymour, was also arrested and is facing charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Paraphernalia.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department encourages citizens to use its website to report Illegal Drug and other activity, as well as information on the locations of Wanted persons. Website tips may remain anonymous.

A list of all active Jackson County Warrants is listed on our website.

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