SULLIVAN, Ind. (AP) – Indiana State Police say an arrest has been made in the death of a pregnant Sullivan woman who went missing in November.
Authorities say 32-year-old Johnus Luke Orr of Sullivan was arrested Tuesday afternoon and charged with two counts of murder in the death of Tiffanie Adams. Sullivan County Sheriff Clark Cottom says Orr is Adams’ stepbrother.
The 20-year-old Adams was reported missing on Nov. 7. She was last seen on November 5th walking from her father’s home to her mother’s house, nearly one block away. Her body was found Dec. 30 by a farmer harvesting corn in a field northeast of Sullivan. Authorities say she was almost 8 months pregnant at the time of her death.
Sullivan County Prosecutor John Springer has not released details of the case against Orr, who is jailed without bond.
Anyone who may have more information on this case is asked to call the Indiana State Police Putnamville Post at (765)-653-4114 and talk with Detective Michael Taylor. You can also report the information to Sullivan County Sheriff Clark Cottom at (812)-268-4044.
All callers can remain anonymous.
An insurance fraud investigation spanning several months ended with a Huntingburg woman’s arrest on felony charges.
Back in October of last year, Huntingburg Police detective Sgt. Christian Gogel began investigating insurance fraud incidents involving a Sarah Ann Hernandez. Gogel says those incidents happened as far back as June of 2012.
After further investigation, Gogel found that 42-year-old Bernice Barrientos-Galeana was working at a local furniture factory using Sarah Ann Hernandez’s name and date of birth. She was also using a fake Driver’s License to get insurance. Gogel says the insurance provided by the factory to its employees had gotten its information from Jasper’s Memorial Hospital and then contacted the company.
At around 7 o’clock last night, Gogel and Dubois County Sheriff’s deputy Jesus Monarrez spoke with Barrientos-Galeana at the Huntingburg Police station to further investigate. Barrientos-Galeana was taken into custody at about 8 o’clock last night.
Barrientos-Galeana was lodged in the Dubois County Security Center on a Level 6 felony for Synthetic Identity Deception. She posted bond early this morning.
The Dubois County Community Foundation has announced the appointment of a pair of new board members
The foundation says new members Andy Seger and Dr. Kim Gunderson will be part of a 15-member board that oversees the foundation’s finances, grant-making policies and practices and strategic planning.
Seger serves as chief financial officer for Wabash Valley Produce, Inc. He is a graduate of the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and serves on the board of Diversified Maintenance Systems, a janitorial-business based in Tampa, Fla., and works in portfolio investment for Frontenac Company, a private-equity firm based in Chicago. He also serves on the advisory board of the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Indiana University and on the Economic Development Commission and Redevelopment Commission for the City of Jasper. Seger resides in Jasper. He and his wife, Audrey have four children.
Meanwhile, Dr. Gunderson is an optometrist at Gunderson Eyecare in Jasper, which she and her husband opened in 2006. The IU graduate has served as an examiner for the National Board of Examiners of Optometry and is a member of the Jasper Lions Club, was past president of the Ireland Elementary PTO and serves on Jasper Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors. Kim and her husband Todd live in Ireland with their three sons.
Other recent changes to board officers include Pat Miller’s appointment as president, replacing Bill Kaiser with Jen Verkamp taking Miller’s place as vice president.
A pair of bills filed by District 48 State Senator Mark Messmer aim to make life easier for Indiana wineries.
The bills are Senate Bill 337 and Senate Bill 338. Bill 337 is designed to make it easier for distributors to directly sell their wine to consumers. If passed, wine distributors would no longer be required to meet face to face with their consumers. New provisions would be put into place for direct shipping if proper guidelines are followed. Additionally, the current limits on wine that can be shipped in Indiana would be raised to 2 and a half times more than the limit under current law.
Meanwhile, Bill 338 is more aimed at farm wineries. If passed into law, it would allow for those wineries to get permits for selling and shipping their products.
However, there would be price limits put into place. The limits would be $301 per bottle or gallon and no more than 5 thousand gallons sold or shipped over a permit period.
Messmer says the changes in policy are long overdue:
On a related note, Messmer presented Special Joint Resolution 2 at the Indiana Statehouse last week. The resolution honored the Indiana Winery and Vineyard Association for 40 years of service. Messmer also recognized them for providing Hoosier jobs, supporting Indiana’s economy and nurturing Indiana’s grape and wine industry.
Wineries in attendance included Oliver Winery in Bloomington, Huber Orchard and Winery of Starlight, Wildcat Creek Winery of Lafayette, Owen Valley Winery in Spencer, and Indianapolis-based Easley Winery.
Now Messmer has several other bills he is working on this session. He says you can go online to iga.in.gov and find resources to keep up with what’s going on at the Statehouse:
Questions may be directed to Messmer’s office at 800-382-9467 or by email at Senator.Messmer@iga.in.gov.
A leaving the scene accident and not cooperating with police led to a Huntingburg woman being put in jail overnight.
Just after 8:05 last night, Huntingburg Police were called to the 600 block of North Washington Street on a report that a white SUV had hit 2 trees in the area and was possibly trying to leave the scene.
When they arrived, police found 44-year-old Joan Noble behind the wheel of the Jeep Cherokee that had damage to the front end. Police immediately noted the smell of alcohol coming from Noble.
Noble chose not to cooperate when police asked her to step out of the vehicle, so officers removed her from the vehicle and detained her. After further investigation, police found that Noble was intoxicated with a BAC of .24%, 3 times the legal limit. Noble also was found to be driving on a suspended license with a prior conviction.
After being medically cleared at Memorial Hospital, Noble was lodged in the Dubois County Security Center on several charges. These were Operating While Intoxicated, Driving While Suspended with a Prior Conviction, Disorderly Conduct, and Resisting Law Enforcement. Damage to Noble’s Jeep was estimated at 25 hundred dollars.
Jasper Police and Memorial Hospital Staff also assisted.
Dubois firefighters were called to a fire last night which turned out to be a property owner cleaning up debris from another fire.
Just before 9:30 last night, Dubois firefighters were called to the Steve Stackhouse property in the 8300 block of North Cuzco Road North after a passerby called with a report of flames that could be seen from a distance. After arriving at the scene, firefighters found a pile of debris burning that the landowner had intentionally set.
Nobody was on the property when firefighters arrived, so the fire was put out. Dubois fire department spokesman Zach Eichmiller says a house on the property burned down early last year and the fire was set to clean up debris that was left from the home.
3 trucks and 26 men went to the scene. Fire crews were there for about 15 minutes.
The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department has partnered with all 4 Dubois County high schools for a motivational speaker.
Next Tuesday and Wednesday, the department says Janie Burkett Harrison will be speaking at each of the 4 high schools. Next Tuesday, Harrison will speak at Dubois High School from 8 to 9 am and at Forest Park High School from 1 to 2 pm.
Then on Wednesday, Harrison will speak at Jasper High School from 9:30 to 10:30 am. She’ll be at Southridge High School from 1 to 2 pm.
Now Harrison’s life testimonials at each of the high schools are aimed at students. However, the public is invited to attend free of charge. Harrison will also talk to inmates at the Dubois County Security Center in a private presentation.
The daughter of a pastor, Harrison chose a life of bulimia, drug addiction, and alcoholism as a teenager. That led to her being imprisoned at 22 years old. She was paroled after 18 months though she was still dealing with her addictions. Harrison then received a 40 year prison sentence for breaking her probation in December of 2008. 6 weeks after being sentenced, Harrison went to a rehabilitation center and has since become an author and speaker.
Harrison’s passion is to help people and their families who are affected by drug or alcohol addiction. For more information, you can go to janieburkett.com.
Expenses were covered by the inmate commissary fund and a grant from the Dubois County Community Foundation.