Hoosier Hillbilly

Churubusco, IN

#1 Apr 15, 2012
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4/15/2012 - One Killed and One Injured in Ripley County Crash Saturday - Click here to print this information
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Information from Indiana State Police -
Ripley County: Saturday afternoon one person was killed and one injured in a two car crash near the Versailles State Park entrance. According to Trooper Matt Holley at approximately 2:30 afternoon a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by 23 year old Mark Wesley Brax of Columbia, SC was eastbound on U.S. 50 just east of the entrance to the Versailles State Park when he lost control in the heavy rain and began to skid sideways. The Grand Prix then skidded into the westbound lane when a westbound 2011 Toyota Highlander driven by 35 year old Donielle R. Stewart of Cincinnati, OH struck the Grand Prix broadside on the passenger side causing extensive damage to both vehicles. Brax was pronounced dead at the scene and Stewart suffered compound fractures to her ankles and as well as leg injuries. Tpr. Holley believes Brax was operating his vehicle too fast for the wet road conditions which may have caused him to hydroplane then losing control of his vehicle. Tpr. Holley also commented Brax was a student at the University of Cincinnati.

The crash remains under investigation. Tpr. Holley was assisted at the scene by Ripley County Sheriffs deputies, Rescue 69, Ripley County Medic, and the Ripley County Coroners Office.
Hoosier Hillbilly

Churubusco, IN

#2 Apr 16, 2012
4/15/2012 - Five arrested in Jennings County as a result of traffic stops ----------9:16 a.m.~to!~ 3:39 p.m.


Information from Indiana State Police ---

Jennings County: Yesterday Trooper Randel Miller was patrolling in Jennings County in a designated high crash zone when, through traffic stops for minor violations, resulted in criminal arrests sending five different individuals to jail. At 9:16 a.m. he stopped 1988 Ford pickup truck on S.R. 7 for a traffic violation near the entrance to Country Squire Lakes. During the course of the traffic stop he observed various indicators of criminal activity. After further investigation it was discovered the passenger, 37 year old Brad P. Lennon of North Vernon was in possession of methamphetamine and a controlled substance. He also had an active warrant for his arrest out of Scott County for theft. The driver, 43 year old John P. Blount of North Vernon was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and a controlled substance. Both were transported to the Jennings County Jail.

At approximately 10:40 a.m. Tpr. Miller made another traffic stop on S.R. 7 near County Road 300N on a 1993 Jeep for an expired temporary registration plate. The driver of the Jeep, 24 year old Harold Chaffin of North Vernon was found to be in possession of paraphernalia and was also operating a vehicle while never being licensed. Chaffin was subsequently arrested transported to Jennings County Jail.

At approximately 2:30 p.m. Tpr. Miller stopped a 2000 PT Cruiser on S.R. 7 near County Road 300N for a traffic violation. During the course of the stop, Tpr. Miller learned the passenger in the vehicle, 47 year old Beverly Granger of North Vernon was wanted on a warrant out of Johnson County for theft. Johnson was then transported to the Jennings County Jail.

At approximately 3:39 p.m. Tpr. Miller conducted yet another traffic stop on S.R. 7 near Country Squire Lakes of a 1997 Jeep Cherokee for a traffic violation. During the course of the traffic stop Tpr. Miller suspected the driver, 57 year old Henry L. Schultz of North Vernon to be intoxicated. After completion of the initial on-scene investigation, Schultz was transported to the Jennings County Jail were a breath test indicated his B.A.C. exceeded the .08 limit. Schultz was subsequently charged with Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated.

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