The 18th and Final Suspect in Operation Double Trouble has been taken into Custody
This morning Dubois County Deputy Chief Deputy Prosecutor Beth Sermersheim announced that 29-year old Charity Bratcher Owensboro, is facing four Level 6 Felony counts of Dealing in a Schedule II Controlled Substance, as well as one count of Unlawful Sale of Legend Drugs a Level 6 felony, in Spencer County Circuit Court.
Also, Sermersheim says another Operation Big Brother defendant, 42-year old Joseph Christmon of Birdseye, entered into a plea agreement this morning in the Dubois Superior Court.
Mr. Christmon pled guilty to Dealing in Cocaine as a Class B felony. He is set to receive a 16 year prison sentence at the Indiana Department of Correction. He will also be responsible for paying a fine and court costs, as well as for the payment of $240 in restitution to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Community Strike Fund.
Christmon’s sentencing is set for July 27th at 10 AM.
On June 4th local law enforcement officers in collaboration with the Dubois County Prosecutor’s office began serving arrest warrants for drug
dealing offenses stemming from an investigation known as “Operation Double Trouble.”
10 warrants were served as part of “Round 1″ of Operation Double Trouble. “Round 2″ took place June 24th when 7 arrest warrants were served.
Sermersheim says all told, the the Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office has secured sentences of 119 years, with 101 of those years being served in jail.
Only three cases remain pending as part of Operation Big Brother.
Sermersheim says the Prosecutor’s Office has already started its third operation of this kind and will continue to actively pursue drug dealers in Dubois County.
The longest sentence to date has been handed down in the Operation Big Brother case.
The Dubois County Prosecutor’s office announced this afternoon the tenth sentencing related to the major drug bust that took place in June of last year and netted 15 people on drug related charges took place this week in Dubois County Superior Court.
A news release from Chief Deputy prosecutor Beth Sermersheim says 42-year old Rosetta Allbright of Schnellville, pled guilty to one count of Dealing in Methamphetamine as a Class B felony. The Probable Cause Affidavit Supporting the charge alleges that Allbright sold two grams of methamphetamine for $260.00.
Allbright was sentenced in accordance with her plea agreement this week, and under that agreement she received a 16 year sentence at the Indiana Department of Corrections. Allbright is also required to pay $520 in restitution to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.
The prosecutor’s office says this 16 year sentence is the largest sentence to date handed down in any of the Operation Big Brother cases. In total, ten of the fifteen Operation Big Brother cases have been resolved through plea agreements. Thus far, the sentences imposed in these cases total 93 years, with 78 years of jail time.
The five remaining Operation Big Brother cases are set for jury trial at this time.
A fire that broke out late this morning in a Jasper fast food restaurant that caused damage to the building’s interior is now being considered an act of arson resulted in the arrest of an employee from Knox County on not just a charge of arson, but others including drug possession and theft.
Just before 11:30 am Firefighters with the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department responded to the Rally’s restaurant along US 231 near the Crossing where Jasper Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang says the blaze was discovered by firefighters in a restroom storage cabinet.
Firemen were able to knock out the blaze in a matter of minutes.
Initially, Hochgesand said exactly what started the fire had yet to be determined though it is was considered suspicious in nature. The Jasper Police Department and Dubois County Sheriff’s Department were called to look further into the matter.
An investigation revealed a strong odor of gasoline coming from within the building. Authorities say an employee 24-year old Braxton Cannon of Vincennes had intentionally started the fire using gasoline and a lighter in the employee restroom.
Police say while being patted down, Cannon became physically resistant with officers and was found to have a white powdery substance in a baggie that police say later field tested positive for methanphetamine.
Police also found 80-dollars in cash in his possession that Cannon admitted to have taken out of the store register as he was leaving the building after setting the fire.
Cannon was taken to the Dubois County Security Center where he was booked on Level 4 Felony counts of Arson, and possession of Methamphetamine as well as a Level 6 felony count of theft and a misdemeanor count of resisting law enforcement.
Meanwhile Hochgesang estimated damage at around 15-hundred dollars and says its uncertain whether or not the restaurant will be open for business today mostly due to needed clean-up.
32 men with three trucks responded to the call. Firefighters were on the scene for about 30 minutes.
No injuries were reported.
A Spencer County man as been arrested for numerous child molesting incidents that took place in Pike County over a five year period.
A detective with the Indiana State Police launched a criminal investigation back in February after receiving information that 32-year old Brandon Lester of Santa Claus, had allegedly molested a Pike County girl.
The case was presented to a Pike County Grand Jury last week and on Friday Lester was indicted for child molesting a Class A Felony.
An arrest warrant was issued and Lester was picked up by Indiana State Police this morning at his residence in Santa Claus.
He was taken to the Pike County Jail where he is currently being held on a $350,000 bond.
In preparation for the 35th annual Jasper Strassenfest set to kick off later this week, festival royalty was crowned Saturday at the Jasper Middle School Auditorium.
The Little Miss and Mister Strassenfest contest took place in the first two sessions of the day where Serenity Eckerle was crowned Little Miss Strassenfest and Ethan Schaefer was named Little Mister Strassenfest. Continue reading
A Huntingburg man was taken into custody over the weekend on a warrant for murder accusing him of being involved in an earlier shooting that took place in Louisville.
Huntingburg Police say early Sunday morning they received a tip that 22-year old Kyle Jordan Chambers of Huntingburg had been in an altercation in Louisville Continue reading
The driver of a Jeep SUV escaped with scratches and bruises when he fell asleep at the wheel and flipped the vehicle Sunday morning.
The Spencer County Sheriff’s Department says the Jeep was eastbound on Interstate 64 near mile marker 59 about 8 am Sunday when it ran off the left shoulder of the highway in Spencer County, crossed over to run off the right side of the roadway and flipped several times before landing on its top. Continue reading