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An Orange County man who broke into a home early this morning lost his life after an encounter with the homeowners.

At about 1 o’clock this morning, Indiana State Police say 23-year-old Jacob Grimes of Paoli entered a residence in the 7900 block of South County Road 700 East in Hardinsburg. Police say the homeowners (59-year-old Barry Frost and his brother 61-year-old Terah Frost) heard Grimes come in. They then moved their mother (86-year-old Yvonne Frost) into a nearby bedroom to protect her.

Barry and Terah Frost then went downstairs to find the intruder. They did not find Grimes initially and went about looking for tools to repair the door. Upon opening the basement door, Barry found Grimes and punched him, touching off a physical altercation.

State police say Terah was in an adjacent room and heard the fight going on. He then entered the room and saw Grimes fighting with Barry. After seeing a knife in Grimes’ hand, Terah pulled out a handgun and shot Grimes.

Grimes was pronounced dead at the scene. The autopsy was completed this morning in Bedford according to authorities.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department also assisted.

BLOOMFIELD, Ind. (AP) – A man has pleaded guilty to charges he fatally shot a man outside a rural southwestern Indiana home and then raping a woman inside the house.

Jason Lee Caldwell of Solsberry has been jailed since he was arrested at an Indianapolis motel in July, two days after authorities say he waited in the driveway of 54-year-old David Lamm’s Greene County home and shot him when he arrived.

Officials say a woman who was found naked and bound with rope and duct tape told police Caldwell raped her at gunpoint after the shooting about 15 miles west of Bloomington.

The Greene County Daily World and The Herald-Times report Caldwell pleaded guilty last week to murder and rape charges. His sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 16.

Although Black Friday is coming up later this week, Dubois County officials are referring to yesterday as ‘Black Monday’ in the wake of recent financial news.

Last night, the Dubois County Council heard that the State Board of Accounts found issues with the county’s proposed 2015 budget. Specifically, the proposed general fund was $1.2 million dollars more than the funding coming from the state. The state will send $8.2 million to the county’s general fund for 2015.

The news had the council scrambling to find ways to cut the $1.2 million out of the budget for next year. The end result was approval for 4 funds being transferred out of the general fund and into COIT funds to make the cuts.

County council president Greg Kendall says the county was told about the budget issues within the last couple of weeks. He says having to make the cuts at the last minute is not easy on anyone:

Kendall says things such as property tax caps, the elimination of the inventory and inheritance taxes, and changes in state excise taxes are at the root of the funding shortages. He says the county was fortunate to be able to make the needed changes:

Now state lawmakers are still looking into the possibility of cutting the business personal property tax. The idea came up during last year’s legislative session, but did not make it into law.

Also last night, the council voted to cancel funding for a previously planned salary study for county employees following a heated debate. The possibility of county department heads coming up with job descriptions for the employees was mentioned during last night’s debate by Dubois County Clerk Bridgette Jarboe. That possibility led to the discussion of cancelling the study.

Last month, the council voted 4-3 to set aside 50 thousand dollars to fund the study, which would have been done by Waggoner, Irwin, Scheele, and Associates.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is now warning Hoosiers about an FBI alert related to fraudulent online sales as the holiday season approaches.

The department says the FBI’s Cyber Division is alerting folks to fraudulent postings for sales of automobiles, boats, recreational vehicles, and outdoor equipment this holiday season.

The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center has gotten almost 7 thousand complaints about criminals targeting consumers through false advertisements for big ticket items since June of 2009. The losses from these scams adds up to more than 20 million dollars.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indiana State Police and the Indiana Intelligence Fusion Center recommend consumers buy products from reputable sources after determining the legitimacy of the seller.

In this particular scam, criminals post a false advertisement offering the item for sale. The advertisement usually includes a fraudulent photo. Within the advertisement, the criminal includes a contact telephone number. The consumer leaves a message and the perpetrator responds via text message. The text message normally requests that the consumer provide an e-mail address. Once the e-mail address is provided the consumer is sent additional details to include multiple images of the item for sale.

The perpetrator provides logical reasons for offering the item at such a discounted price. These include moving to another location; the sale was part of a divorce settlement; or overseas military deployment.

To avoid being scammed, the FBI has made several recommendations. These include using search engines to research an advertised item and/or the person selling the item, searching the Internet for negative feedback or reviews on a seller, and being cautious when responding to any advertisements or special offers.

Anyone who suspects being the victim of an Internet-related crime may file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.IC3.gov.

A Pike County woman was injured after her vehicle collided with a school bus west of Ireland yesterday afternoon.

At 3 o’clock yesterday, Dubois County Sheriff’s deputies were called to State Road 56 a quarter of a mile west of County Road 550 West. Deputies say 63-year-old Sherry Malone of Winslow had been driving westbound along State Road 56 when a tire on her vehicle likely failed. That caused Malone to lose control of her vehicle. It then went left of center and hit an eastbound school bus being driven by David Fuhrman of Otwell.

Deputies say Fuhrman saw Malone’s vehicle go left of center, but couldn’t get out of the way. The left front of Malone’s vehicle wound up hitting the entire left side of the school bus.There were no children on the bus at the time of the accident.

Malone suffered facial lacerations, but she refused medical treatment at the scene. She later went to Memorial Hospital by personal vehicle. Fuhrman did not report any injuries.

Malone’s vehicle was a total loss. Meanwhile, Fuhrman’s bus sustained about 20 thousand dollars worth of damage. Both vehicles were towed from the scene by Uelbehors and Ruxers wreckers.

No citations were issued. State Road 56 was closed for about half an hour while the accident scene was cleared.

Ireland First Responders and Memorial Hospital EMS also assisted.

An ongoing domestic dispute ended with the arrest of a Tell City man overnight.

The dispute was called in to the Huntingburg Police Department at about 11:15 last night. When they arrived at the scene in the 200 block of North Geiger Street, officers found children outside of the residence. The children told police the argument was taking place inside.

After separating the parties and investigating further, police found that 30-year-old Kent Greener Jr Kent Greenerand 30-year-old Alicia Greener of Huntingburg had been arguing when Kent struck Alicia in the face. Alicia Greener had redness and swelling around the eye where she had been hit. Both refused medical treatment at the scene.

Kent Greener was taken into custody and booked into the Dubois County Security Center. He is facing a Level 6 felony for domestic battery in the presence of a child under the age of 18.

Dubois County Sheriff’s deputies also assisted.

A trooper with the Indiana State Police Jasper Post has been promoted to a trooper detective.

Craig Starr was promoted last Sunday. Starr graduated from the Indiana State Police’s 67th Recruit Academy in 2007. He was then assigned to the Jasper District, where he patrolled Crawford and Orange counties.

Starr has served as a Field Training Officer while with the state police. He is also certified to perform truck inspections through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program. He has additional certification as a School Safety Specialist.

A native of Orange County, Starr graduated from Paoli High School in 2003. He earned his bachelor’s degree in public affairs from Indiana University in 2006.

Detective Starr and his wife Jessica reside in Orange County.