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Charges filed against dog breeders following recent animal welfare check

Formal charges have been filed against a pair of siblings in the wake of an investigation and animal welfare check by the Putnam County Sheriff's Department. 


James Gray, 55, and his sister, Julia Gray, 60, both of Brazil, are facing more than two dozen animal cruelty charges after law enforcement officials found two dead dogs and 33 others in "deplorable conditions" at their German Shepherd breeding company Vom Greystone Guardians, 7501 S. County Road 800 West. 


According to court records, an investigation was prompted after a call was made to animal control requesting food for several dogs. Upon arrival, animal control found several malnourished dogs, as well as a "severely emaciated dog" on the property, who later had to be put down by a vet. A search warrant later revealed more animals looking malnourished and living in deplorable conditions. In addition, police found 11 German Shepherds stacked on top of each other in small cages, and one cage had a dead dog at the door of the cage. No water or food could be found inside the cage. 


Documents state that Julie Gray told investigators at the scene that people dumped several of the dogs, could be observed laughing and smiling at the scene and told police she "would just find more dogs and continue breeding."


After seizing the animals and transporting them to Putnam County Animal Care and Control, the Putnam County Sheriff's Department took to Facebook, asking for help in not only finding temporary placement for the dogs, but also for supplies. 


"As many of you know, the Shelter along with many other local shelters are already at max capacity. We are currently working hard to find temporary placement of these dogs until they can be evaluated and cared for," the post stated. 


The post continued to state the animal care and control were asking the public to contribute for much needed supplies for the dogs. 


"They desperately need kennels to help temporarily house these guys at the shelter. Additionally they are asking for your help in gathering supplies and funding to help care for them," the post said. 


Anyone wishing to donate is asked to contact Tammy Eastham at

Lt. Gov. Crouch to conduct 'Thriving Rural Communities' roundtable in Parke County

Indiana's Lt. Governor is hosting a roundtable in Parke County Tuesday.


Suzanne Crouch, Lieutenant Governor of Indiana with Denny Spinner, Executive Director, Indiana Office of Community & Rural Affairs and David Terrel, Executive Director, Indiana Communities Institute (BSU) will meet with Parke County community leaders for the 'Thriving Rural Communities' Roundtable.



Tuesday's event is set for 2:00 pm at the Turkey Run State Park Inn- Strauss Room, 8102 E. Park Road, in Marshall.


According to a report issued by Ball State University’s Center for Business and Economic Research titled “The State of the Rural Economy in Indiana", several Indiana communities are poised for growth as Indiana’s economy continues to thrive. In less than six years - from 2017 to the present - Indiana has attracted almost $5 billion more in capital investment than it did in the previous 12 years combined. 


Parke County is one of the communities in the report poised for growth. To learn why certain rural communities are succeeding and to find out what these communities need to thrive, Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch is conducting a series of roundtable discussions with civic leaders in communities around the state.


The Marshall event will be the fourth of six ‘Thriving Rural Communities’ Roundtables around the state.

Electronics recycling day is October 8, 2022 in Greencastle

Many citizens have accumulated a lot of electronics over the years and probably have old or outdated electronics lying around in closets or stacked in the garage collecting dust.


On Saturday, October 8, from 8:00 AM to 12:00PM, residents of Putnam and Parke Counties can drop-off electronics free of charge for recycling and safe disposal without leaving the comfort of their vehicle at the Greencastle Middle School (rain or shine). Exception: $20 fee for each television (any size). Businesses and large quantity generators are prohibited.


Electronics (E-waste) often contain hazardous materials like lead and mercury. Since 2011, it is illegal to knowingly throw away e-waste such as computers, printers, cell phones, and televisions in your trash, as they are banned from landfills.


To find a list of accepted items, plus information on other WCSWD programs, see their Facebook page or website  For questions, call the WCSWD office at 765-653-2150.


Lebanon man sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for trafficking meth in Parke, Clay, and Vigo counties

Max W. Woodard II, 51, of Lebanon, was sentenced to ten years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.


According to court documents, on April 19, a law enforcement officer stopped Woodard’s vehicle for a traffic violation near U.S. 40 and North Miami Gardens Street in Vigo County. The officer identified Woodard as the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle. Woodard appeared nervous when the officer approached his vehicle, and he did not comply with the officer’s commands. The officer asked Woodard to exit the vehicle, but Woodard refused. The officer attempted to open Woodard’s door, but it was locked. The officer continued to ask Woodard to exit the vehicle and he continued to refuse.


Another officer with a police K9 arrived on the scene and the K9 alerted to the presence of controlled substances inside the vehicle. Officers searched the vehicle and found a black bag containing 477 grams of methamphetamine. Woodward was traveling to Terre Haute, to sell the methamphetamine when he was stopped by police. Woodard was taken into custody and transported to jail.


The next day, investigators went to Woodard’s residence in Lebanon, after he consented to a search of his residence. The officers found two loaded firearms in Woodard’s couch: a black 9mm handgun and .22 caliber handgun. Two additional firearms were surrendered to law enforcement by a third-party who had removed the firearms from Woodard’s residence shortly before officers’ arrival. All four firearms belonged to Woodard.


Zachary A. Myers, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, Michael Gannon, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s Indianapolis Field Office, made the announcement.


The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson. As part of the sentence, Judge Stinson ordered that Woodard be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for five years following his release from federal prison.


Reelsville Fall Market '22 is Saturday

Something for everybody.

That is how Veronica Sawyer sums up the Reelsville Craft Fair, which will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Reelsville Community Center, 7840 South County Road 625 West.


"We have around 50 vendors that will bring a product to sell. That could be a handmade product, clothing, Scentsy or homemade desserts," Sawyer told The Putnam County Post. 


This marks the third year for the event and vendors participating include: Scentsy, Paparazzi, Pink Zebra, Max's Toy Shop, Eclectic Cupackes and Crazy Colors Tie Dye, among others. In addition, Wally's BBQ will be on hand to provide food. 


"The proceeds will go to the Reelsville Community Center so we can keep it clean and open for public use. The Community Center offers a space for people to get out and go for a walk, practice softball, basketball inside the gym, the opportunity to rent it for birthday parties and the Putnam County Library sets up a "Story Walk," so you can walk a trail and read a book," Sawyer said of the impact the community center has on the community. 

Medical issue may have caused I-70 accident at Cloverdale

It is believed a driver suffering a medical issue was the cause of a box truck turning over Thursday morning on I-70 in Putnam County.


According to officials with the Cloverdale Fire Department, firefighters from various departments were dispatched to a call of a box truck over a guardrail on I-70 at the 33 mile marker. 


"The driver had to be extricated by Cloverdale firefighters. He was possibly suffering an asthma attack at the time, which is what caused the accident. He was awake and alert," said Kenny Shepherd, of the Cloverdale Fire Department. 


The driver, who was complaining of shoulder and head pain, was transported to Union Hospital in Terre Haute. 


The Reelsville/Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department, Cloverdale Township Volunteer Fire Department, Putnam County Sheriff's Department and the Indiana State Police all worked the incident. 

Ribs, blues and murals in Roachdale this weekend

The smell of ribs and the sounds of good music are sure to make their way through Roachdale this Saturday as the annual Roachdale Rib and Blues Fest is slated to take place.


The festivities will be held along the north side of Railroad Street with the gates opening at noon and the music beginning at 2 p.m. with Fret Set, Scott Ballantine and Andra Fay, and Bubbles Brown before head liner Jennie DeVoe rocks the show at 6 p.m. 


This year's event will feature numerous food vendors, including Wally's BBQ, Delta Theta Tau, Indy Porkopolis BBQ and more. In addition, Big Lug Brewing Company and Blackhawk Winery will be on hand for beer and wine, and there are plenty of retail vendors slated to be in attendance. 


Other highlights of this year's event include an old-time hardware exhibit and the dedication of two more Roachdale murals. 


Joe Buser, of the Roachdale Revitalization Cooperative Alliance, told the Putnam County Post this year marks the 8th year the event has entertained Putnam County and Roachdale. 


"One of our board members, for a few years, held a private rib competition party for friends. When we looked at having an event to bring more people to Roachdale, we decided to continue with her tradition. We added music and food vendors. After seven years, we dropped the competition from our event because attendees wanted to taste the competitor's ribs and that became not practical. This year's highlights include our mural dedication, coverage from WISH-TV and scene filming for the new documentary titled, "North Putnam," Buser said. 


Buser has one final message to those considering attending. 


"Bring a chair. Donations are accepted so we can keep this a free, community event," he said. 


For more information about this year's event, contact the Roachdale town office at 522-1532.

Hendricks Co. highway department employee killed in road work accident

A longtime Hendricks County highway department employee was struck by equipment and killed in a Tuesday accident.


About 9:45 am Tuesday Hendricks County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a fatal accident on County Road 450S near County Road 675W.  The Hendricks County highway department was working near that intersection with a large piece of equipment that is commonly used for excavating draining ditches along roadways. 


For an unknown reason, a highway department employee who was acting as a safety flagger stepped behind the piece of equipment while it was slowly backing up in the worksite.  The employee was struck by the equipment and died at the scene.  


The deceased has been identified as David Appleby, 61, of Clayton.   


There is no indication of alcohol or other intoxicants being involved in this incident.  The operator of the equipment (also a Hendricks County highway employee) is cooperating fully with the investigation. 


The Hendricks County Sheriff’s Office, Hendricks County Coroner’s Office and IOSHA are investigating this incident. 


Curt Higginbotham, Superintendent of the Hendricks County Highway Department stated, “Dave was a valued employee that had been with the Highway Department for more than 30 years.  We are sad about the events that took place today.” 

ISP Master Trooper Rader promoted to Sergeant

Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter recently announced the promotion of Master Trooper Tim Rader to the position of sergeant.


Sergeant Rader will be assigned to the laboratory division and serve as a Crime Scene Investigator.  His responsibilities will include field laboratory services and forensic support at crime scenes. Sergeant Rader earned this promotion through a competitive selection process.


Sergeant Rader is a 15-year veteran of the Indiana State Police. He is a 1999 graduate of Cascade High School, in Clayton, and a 2000 graduate of Lincoln Tech in Indianapolis, IN, where he earned an associate degree.


In July of 2007 Sergeant Rader graduated from the 67th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy and was assigned to the Terre Haute Post and then the Putnamville Post where he worked as a road patrol trooper assigned to Parke and Vermillion counties.


During his career, Rader has served the state police as a member of the Tactical Intervention Platoon, marijuana eradication team, shore support for the dive team, recruit counselor for 77th recruit class, accident reconstructions and a small unmanned aerial system operator, and as a field training officer. 

Paving project scheduled into October in Montgomery Co.

Crews will be paving driveway approaches along U.S. 136 near Mace, between the hours of 8AM and 5PM. This is between Co. Rd. 550 and Co. Rd. 600.


This work is expected to last through the end of October, weather permitting.


Flaggers will be out directing traffic. Please slow down and use caution in the work zone.

Accident results in four being transported to hospital with minor injuries

The Reelsville/Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department responded to a single vehicle accident Tuesday morning, which resulted in four occupants being transported to a hospital. 


According to John McPherson, assistant chief, the accident was a single vehicle in the median and on its side. There was no entrapment and all four occupants were transported to Union Hospital in Terre Haute by Putnam County EMS and Star ambulance with minor injuries.


"The left wheels dropped off the road and they overcorrected. We have had several accidents there over the years, and it is always the same cause," McPherson told Putnam County Post.  

Nissan recalling trucks that could roll away while parked

More than 200, 000 pickup trucks are being recalled by Nissan.  They could roll away while in park.


Nissan Frontiers and Titans from years 2020 through 2023 are involved.  The NHTSA said the trucks could roll away because the transmission parking pawl, which prevents the vehicles from moving, may not engage when the trucks are in park.


Owners are advised to use their parking brake every time they park.


This is separate from another Nissan recall from June.  Then, the company recalled more than 180, 000 Frontiers and Titans from 2020-2022 for the same thing.


Owners are to be notified by letter on November 1.



DePauw reports largest incoming class in four years

The school year has only begun for DePauw University and it is already a record school year for the Putnam County university, as the Class of 2026 is the largest incoming class in four years. 


According to school officials, 535 first-year students have called DePauw home.


In a press release, Mary Beth Petrie, vice president for enrollment management, said the new students hail from 31 states and 27 countries. All together, the students span a geographic area that ranges from Greencastle to the Philippines.


"The DePauw Class of 2026 is incredibly talented and bright and we are happy to welcome them to the Tiger family," Petrie said. 


A high number of students have expressed an interest in studying economics, computer science and psychology, and the average GPA of the Class of 2026 was a 3.97 with 45 percent of the students graduating in the top 10 percent of their high school class. 


The university's Bold &Gold 2027 Strategic Plan is also starting to take effect with prospective students, as one in five reported the university's future plans had a positive influence in their decision to enroll at DePauw, which will establish a School of Business and Leadership and a Creative School as part of its future plans. 


"They will be here for the inauguration of the two new schools and will be able to choose majors and minors that include six new programs that have been added since last spring," Petrie said. 


Two Putnam County youth leagues faceoff at Lucas Oil Stadium

On Saturday, September 17, Greencastle Youth Football and Cloverdale Youth Football fifth and sixth graders traveled to Lucas Oil Stadium to play one another where the pros play.  The game was more of a scrimmage, but an experience these young athletes will always remember.


“Keeping these athletes engaged and excited about football is our goal.  We want to keep them loving the game.  These kids are our future Clovers and Tiger Cubs.  I am so excited to see them grow as teams and players” Said GYF president Brooke Trissel.


The athletes from both teams were full of excitement and smiles as they ran onto the field, with their family and friends cheering them on from the stands.  The game was not about winning and losing, it was about these athletes experiencing something great, experiencing being on the pro field not as two separate leagues, but as athletes from Putnam County showing great sportsmanship, friendship, and the love for football. It is an experience that they will not soon forget and such a magical night for both leagues.  


If you are interested in learning more about Cloverdale or Greencastle Youth Football please contact the leagues individually. Signs up will begin in the spring with practices starting in July.


Indiana Department of Workforce Development reports data breach

Applicants information has been compromised in a cybersecurity incident reported by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

Someone gained access to some of the information held by the DWD.  Information impacted includes login email addresses and security questions. Currently, the agency doesn't believe social security numbers were accessed.

More than 4000 accounts were impacted.  The DWD says most of those were not currently receiving benefits.  Those impacted are being notified by mail.

Anyone impacted by the data breach can request a credit freeze from the three credit agencies.


Two Greencastle people with DePauw ties appointed by Governor Holcomb

Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced several appointments to various state boards and commissions.


Emergency Medical Services Commission

The governor also made six new appointments to the commission, who will serve until September 30, 2026:

  • Lori Mayle (Brazil), program director with Air Evac Lifeteam

Law Enforcement Training Board

The governor made nine reappointments to the board, who will serve until July 31, 2026:

  • Joel Thacker (Plainfield), executive director of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security

The governor also made eleven new appointments to the board, who will serve until July 31, 2026:

  • John Kuykendall III (Avon), associate professor and dean of the school of education at the University of Indianapolis

State Historical Records Advisory Board

The governor also made five new appointments to the board, who will serve until September 30, 2025:

  • Nolan Eller (Crawfordsville), Wabash College archivist
  • Bethany Fiechter (Greencastle), university archivist at DePauw University

State Police Board

The governor made one new appointment to the board, who will serve until September 30, 2026:

  • Marilyn Culler (Greencastle), associate director of the DePauw University Media Fellows Program   

Brush fire under control in Putnam County

Call it being at the right place at the right time. 
Members of the Reelsville/Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department were in the midst of wild land fire training on Sunday and put their practice to use after being dispatched for a brush fire at 9389 South County Road 375 West in Putnam County. 

Upon arrival, firefighters found an active fire a half mile off the road and called in several other fire departments to assist. Greencastle, Cloverdale Township, Madison Township and Poland responded with brush trucks, while Cloverdale assisted with ATVs as well. Putnam County EMS also responded. 

"Units used 300 gallons to extinguish the field fire that was directly under high tension power lines and burned around 25 acres of grass," said John McPherson, Reelsville assistant fire chief. 

Firefighters were able to put the fire out in 20 minutes and no injuries were reported. 

Drug charges involved when man tried to elude Brazil PD on moped

A traffic stop of a man on a moped has resulted in drugs being taken off the street and an arrest of a man.


According to the Brazil Police Department, K9 officer Chandler Damon observed a male on a moped commit several traffic infractions Wednesday night. 


The operator of the moped failed to stop, went the wrong way on a one-way, travelled through several citizen’s front yards and eventually crashed. 

After crashing, the suspect fled, prompting Damon to give chase and use his Taser to apprehend the suspect, who has identified as Curtis Modesitt, of Brazil. 


A search of Modesitt's property unveiled bags containing nearly 60 grams of Methamphetamine. 


Modesitt was arrested and charged with  Possession of Methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and resisting law enforcement. Court records show he was also charged in May on drug and resisting arrest charges, as well as having charges in April. 

Hendricks County Sheriff's Department investigating crash near Danville

Hendricks County authorities are investigating a crash with injury.


About 3:00 pm Thursday, Hendricks County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a serious bodily injury crash in the 3100 block of East County Road 100N, near Danville.


Preliminary investigation shows that a black Mercedes, occupied by three persons, was traveling eastbound on County Road 100 North, when for an unknown reason, the vehicle crossed left of center and struck a westbound silver Kia head-on.


There was one occupant in the Kia. All four were transported to area hospitals believed to be in critical condition.

U.S. Attorney announces new public reporting procedure for environmental justice and environmental crimes

Zachary A. Myers, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, announces that the U.S. Attorney’s Office is implementing new public reporting procedures for environmental crimes and issues relating to environmental justice.


Members of the public who have concerns about environmental matters in the Southern District of Indiana can now report them to the Department of Justice via email to


The Office is implementing this public reporting procedure under the Department of Justice’s Comprehensive Environmental Justice Enforcement Strategy. This Strategy seeks to provide “timely and effective remedies for systemic environmental violations and contaminations and for injury to natural resources in underserved communities that have been historically marginalized and overburdened, including low-income communities, communities of color, and Tribal and Indigenous communities.”


“Advancing environmental justice and public health through civil and criminal environmental enforcement are priorities of the Department of Justice,” said U.S. Attorney Myers. “We hope that concerned individuals and organizations in our community will partner with us and bring more of these matters to our attention. Together, we will work to reduce public health and environmental harms caused by violations of our laws and regulations—especially in underserved communities.”


The Office’s public reporting procedures complement the other avenues for reporting environmental concerns to the federal government, such as the online portal maintained by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),

Putnam, Boone, Madison and Hamilton counties focus of thefts from vehicles

Putnam County is included in the following notice posted by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office regarding an investigation about a number of thefts from vehicles in four different Indiana counties.


Information and pictures below are of suspect and suspect vehicle.


The Hamilton County Sheriff's office is asking for anyone with information to contact them.



Town of Roachdale awarded grant to make improvements to the wastewater system

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced 21 rural Indiana communities will receive more than $12.9 million in federal grant funding to create and expand community facilities and improve water infrastructure.


The State of Indiana distributes Community Development Block Grant funds to rural communities, which assists units of local government with various community projects such as infrastructure improvement, downtown revitalization, public facilities and economic development. 


The Town of Roachdale has been awarded $700,000 Wastewater / Drinking Water Program grant to make improvements to the wastewater system. This project will install an equalization basin, rehabilitate manholes, reline wastewater mains and make structural improvements to a beam at the wastewater treatment plant.




Morgan Co. judge chosen to join Indiana Court of Appeals

Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced he has selected Morgan County Judge Peter Foley as the next member of the Indiana Court of Appeals. Judge Foley will replace retiring Judge Edward W. Najam, Jr.


“Judge Foley brings to the bench a calm and confident demeanor no matter the case before him or its complexity,” said Gov. Holcomb. “The Indiana appellate courts will benefit from his extensive experience, his compassion to do what’s right and his sense of justice.”


Judge Foley has played a pivotal role in helping those suffering from mental health and addiction. In 2016 he collaborated with local stakeholders to establish the Residential Substance Abuse Program in Morgan County. Since its implementation, the program has become a model for other counties to replicate.


He serves as a member of the Morgan County Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council which oversees the residential jail substance use disorder treatment program. Judge Foley was appointed in 2017 to the Advisory Task Force on Remote Access to and Privacy of Electronic Court Records to help examine the release of court records while maintaining personal privacy in a digital environment.


“I am humbled and deeply honored by Governor Holcomb’s appointment,” said Judge Foley. “I look forward to the opportunity to work with the other judges of the Court of Appeals for the advancement of justice in the State of Indiana. I am privileged to follow Judge Najam, who exemplified the characteristics of a strong judicial leader. I remain committed to the rule of law, leadership within the judiciary, and service to my community.”


Foley was born and raised in Morgan County. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and a law degree from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law.


Following graduation, Foley returned to Martinsville where he practiced law as a third-generation attorney at his grandfather’s firm. He then served for many years as the county attorney for Morgan County. In 2014, he was elected to serve as the Judge of the Morgan County Superior Court I.


Foley continues to give back to his community with a focus on supporting the next generation of students entering law. Judge Foley speaks to high school students about the judicial system and offers internships and job shadow opportunities in his courtroom.


Judge Foley lives in Martinsville with his wife Jill, an occupational therapist where they raised their two college-aged children.


A date for Foley’s robing ceremony will be determined by the Indiana Court of Appeals.

State Road 42 bridge repairs continue

Repairs continue on the State Road 42 bridge over Mill Creek. This is east of Cloverdale, near S. County Road 750 E.


A vehicle struck the bridge a few months ago and caused damage.


The bridge will remain closed until the necessary repairs are completed and the bridge is safe to reopen. That's expected to be after the end of September / the beginning of October, weather permitting. 


The official eastbound detour follows S.R. 42 to U.S. 231 to I-70 to Little Point and back to S.R. 42. The westbound detour follows S.R. 42 at Little Point to I-70 to U.S. 231 back to S.R. 42.


INDOT will provide updates to the public on the status of the bridge.


Cloverdale Legion Riders charity and domestic violence awareness ride is Saturday, September 17

Join LLona Reynolds and members of the Legion Riders at the Cloverdale Legion at 9:00 AM on Saturday, September 17 for their third annual women only charity and domestic violence awareness ride.


Proceeds of the event go Beyond Homeless: Women’s and Children Shelter.


LLona Reynolds, also known as Hotrod, started this domestic violence awareness ride because she lost a dear friend to domestic violence. Feeling lost and wanting some way to make a difference, she started the ride in honor of her friend.


“You know I can't think of many things that are more awesome than strong woman to set goals and give hope to other woman.” LLona stated.  “Well also what's more cool than a bunch of babes on bikes?!”


 Jeeps and wind vehicles are also welcome to join the ride. Registration is 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM at the Cloverdale American Legion, located at 501 S Main St, Cloverdale, IN 46120. Kickstands up at 11:00 AM. Rider/driver fee is $25.00 and passengers are $10.00.


There will be 50/50 raffles, multiple auction items, and the public is welcome to come and bid or simply leave a donation.


If you or a loved one are in a domestic violence situation and need help, you cancall the domestic violence hotline at 800-799-7233 or text START to 88788.