EVANSVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT
MAY 26, 2014
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Today at approximately 9:48 AM Central Dispatch received a 911 call advising there was possibly a body floating face down in Pigeon Creek near Lamasco Park. E.P.D. Patrol Officers arrived and located the body floating near the creek bank. Detectives, Crime Scene Technicians and the Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office were requested at the scene. The Evansville Fire Department was also contacted to assist with removing the body from the water. Although the investigation is still ongoing Detectives do not believe foul play is involved. The name of the deceased will not be released pending a positive identification and notification of family. The Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office, Detectives and Crime Scene personnel will continue the investigation to determine the cause of death.
EVANSVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT
MAY 26, 2014
On Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 1:06 pm Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Evansville Fire Department were dispatched to an Accident with Injures on the approach ramp of Veteran’s Memorial Parkway to U.S. 41 South. Witnesses on scene advised deputies that the driver, later identified as Harry Eugene Meyer Jr. (53 yoa) of Evansville was travelling southbound on the Veteran’s Memorial exit ramp near the interchange with U.S. 41 when for unknown reasons ran off of the right side of the roadway and struck a guardrail. Meyer was ejected approximately 150 feet from the point of impact and landed at the bottom of an embankment. Meyer’s motorcycle crossed both lanes of southbound U.S. 41 and came to rest in the median. Meyer was not wearing a helmet.
AMR transported Meyer to St. Mary’s Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and died shortly after arrival. The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate this accident.
Harry Eugene Meyer Jr.
W/M 53 yoa
VANDERBURGH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
MAY 25, 2014
Warrick – Indiana State Police and Chandler Police are investigating the death of Paul R. Graham, 63, of Chandler.
At approximately 3:17 this afternoon, family members reported to the Chandler Police that they have not seen or heard from Graham since Thursday. At approximately 3:30 Chandler Police and a family member made entry into his residence located at 508 West Jefferson Avenue and discovered Graham’s body.
At this point in the investigation, Graham’s manner and cause of death are unknown. Graham resides alone at his residence.
This is an ongoing investigation. Further information will be released as it becomes available.
An autopsy will be conducted at a later date.
Investigating Agency: Indiana State Police
Assisting Agencies: Chandler Police Department and Warrick County Coroner’s Office
INDIANA STATE POLICE
MAY 12, 2014
Indianapolis, IN, - An early morning crash on I-69 in the construction zone has killed two Reith Riley employees’ that were preparing to finish their overnight shift.
The Reith Riley construction workers are contract workers for the Indiana Department of Transportation and are working on the road construction project on I-69.
This morning at 5:42 a.m., Indiana State Police troopers responded to I-69 SB at the 201.4 mm to the report of a personal injury crash.
Preliminary investigation has revealed that Reith Riley construction workers were completing their overnight shift and were removing cones from the blocked SB left lane of I-69. The arrow board, still in operation and directing traffic to the right, had been hooked up to a utility truck so it could be removed from the highway when all the cones had been removed.
A SB 1996 Ford pickup truck driven by Jordan Stafford, 22, of Fortville, failed to move from the left lane and struck the directional arrow board sign and the two construction workers. The pickup continued around the truck hooked to the arrow board and came to rest head on into the left lane concrete barrier.
Stafford was extracted from the pickup and transported to Methodist Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The two construction workers, Kenneth DuersonJr, 49, of Indianapolis and Coty Demoss, 24, of Noblesville, were pronounced deceased at the scene by the Marion County Coroner’s Office.
Alcohol is not believed to be a contributing factor in the crash, however this is an ongoing investigation and authorities will be reviewing toxicology reports when the results are completed.
When the crash report is completed and toxicology results obtained, the information will be forwarded to the Marion County Prosecutors Office for review of possible charges.
INDIANA STATE POLICE
MAY 9, 2014
Knox County – Tuesday night at approximately 7:09, Indiana State Police and Knox County Sheriff’s Office responded to a fatal crash involving a CSX train and a farm tractor near Old US 41 and Ivers Road.
Preliminary investigation revealed Basil (Ed) Patrick, 67, of Vincennes, was operating a farm tractor southbound on an access road that was parallel to the railroad tracks near Ivers Road. A CSX train was traveling southbound behind the farm tractor. Patrick failed to notice the train behind him and turned right onto a lane and into the train’s path. The impact knocked the farm tractor off the tracks and Patrick was ejected. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Knox County Coroner. The investigation is continuing.
• Basil (Ed) Patrick, 67, 1782 South Lower Hart Street, Vincennes, IN (Family has been notified)
Investigating Officer: Trooper Brad Mull, Indiana State Police
Assisting Agency: Knox County Sheriff’s Office
INDIANA STATE POLICE NIXLE RELEASE
MAY 6, 2014
Santa Claus: A house fire this morning in Santa Claus destroyed a residence and took the life of a resident.
At approximately 6:34 A.M. (Central Time), Spencer County Dispatch received a call of a residential structure fire at 911 South Snowball Lane in Christmas Lake Village of Santa Claus. Firefighters from Santa Claus and Carter Township Fire Departments arrived to find the house completely engulfed in flames. A resident, Maureen Gregory, 66, was able to exit the burning home; however, her husband, Bryan Gregory, 65, remained inside.
Investigators from the Indiana Fire Marshall’s Office believe the fire was started accidently in the living room. According to Mrs. Gregory, she had dropped a cigarette in the living room and was unable to pick it back up before the fire had begun. Investigators stated that Mr. Gregory had attempted to exit the residence but had apparently passed out due to smoke inhalation prior to exiting. The Fire Marshall’s Office is ruling the fire as accidental.
Mrs. Gregory was airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, KY and is presently listed in stable condition, having suffered from smoke inhalation and first degree burns.
The Indiana State Police, Santa Claus Police, Spencer County Coroner’s Office, Indiana State Fire Marshall’s Office, and Spencer County EMS assisted the Santa Claus and Carter Township Fire Departments on scene.
Deceased (Family Notified):
Bryan Gregory, 65
911 S. Snowball Lane, Santa Claus
INDIANA STATE POLICE
APRIL 18, 2014
Evansville Police arrested 31 year old CHRISTOPHER COMPTON on multiple charges following the deadly fire at 29 W. Franklin on Monday afternoon.
Emergency crews were sent to the apartment building around 4:25 after passers-by saw smoke coming from building. Four people were able to get out of the building by jumping from a 2nd story window. Three of them remain hospitalized and the 4th was treated and released. More details about their identities and injuries will be released on Tuesday.
After crews from the Evansville Fire Department were able to get into the upstairs apartment, they found three deceased victims. Officials are waiting for the Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office to complete their autopsies tomorrow before releasing any details about the deceased victims.
Shortly after arriving on scene, EPD Officers were given information that implicated Compton in the fire. He was located by Officers near Heidelbach and Illinois. He was taken to headquarters were he was interviewed by Detectives. Following his interview, he was arrested on multiple charges. They include 3 counts of Murder – Class A Felony and 4 counts of Arson with injury- Class A Felony.
He will be held at the Vanderburgh County Jail without bond. His initial court date has not been set yet. The investigation is continuing, but no additional arrests are expected. Due to the sensitive nature and the scope of this tragedy, we will not be making the full police report available until after the autopsies are performed on Tuesday morning. That is being done to ensure proper notification of the victims’ families. We appreciate everyone’s understanding in this case.
EVANSVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT - NIXLE
March 18, 2014
Under Indiana law, all criminal defendants are considered to be innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.
From Indiana DNR Law Enforcement Division:
A body was discovered early this afternoon at the site of a missing person investigation that began last December 29th when a vehicle occupied by Adam and Kathryn McGill was swept from State Road 257 at the Pike-Daviess County line into flood waters of the White River. Adam McGill was rescued by nearby hunters, however, Kathryn was unable to be found. The search for her body has continued since the day of the incident.
At approximately 1:45 PM this afternoon, EST, a local resident discovered the body lying on top of some corn stalk debris near the mouth of a creek that feeds into the White River. This area was part of the initial search from last December as the flood waters the vehicle had been swept into, enter the river at this point.
Indiana Conservation Officer’s Operational District 7 HQ was contacted. The Daviess County Coroner’s Office, The Pike County Coroner’s Office, Jefferson Township Volunteer Fire Department, Indiana State Police, and Indiana Conservation Officers arrived at the scene.
The body will be taken to the Vanderburgh County Morgue for examination and identification. An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon.
Indiana DNR Law Enforcement Divison
March 14, 2014
An autopsy was completed this afternoon at the Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office. The body has been identified as Cathryn, (Catie), McGill. The cause of death has been ruled a drowning.
4:30 p.m. - March 15, 2014