HOPE, Ind. (WISH) — A 35-year-old man has been charged for the attempted murder of his brother and his brother’s 3-year-old son near Columbus, the Bartholomew County Prosecutor’s Office announced Wednesday.
Robbie L. Perez, of Columbus, was formally charged in the Bartholomew Circuit Court with attempted murder and two counts of aggravated battery. He is being held without bond, according to a release.
Police believe that the shooting was a result of a long-term feud between the brothers.
At 11:25 p.m. on June 1, deputies responded to a report of a shooting in the 300 block of Elm Street in Hope. That’s a residential area several blocks east of State Road 9 and 15 miles northeast of Columbus.
Officer located George Perez Jr., 36, and his son suffering from gunshot wounds. A helicopter took both to an Indianapolis area hospital for treatment. Police say that the 3-year-old remained in the hospital undergoing treatment on Wednesday.
At 10:49 a.m. on June 2, officers were notified that a silver Chevrolet HHR that was allegedly being driven by Perez was spotted on East King Street near its intersection with I-65 in Johnson County.
Franklin police located the SUV and attempted to stop Perez, who led the officers on a short pursuit. Police say they used a tire-deflation device to stop Perez at the intersection of North Hurricane Road and Whiteland Road. When the pursuit ended, officers approached the SUV and found Perez “suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” the sheriff’s office said.
ELKHART, Ind. (WISH) — A 20-year-old woman was arrested Friday and is being formally charged with robbing a gas station with a knife inside a plastic bag, police said Wednesday.
Just after 12 a.m. Friday, officers were dispatched to 7-Eleven located at 2805 Toledo Road for a robbery. The cashier told police that a woman, who was identified as 20-year-old Siarra Pontius, entered the gas station, approached the cashier, and demanded he opened the register. He also told police that Pontius appeared to be holding a knife inside a plastic bag.
Police say Pontius allegedly took several hundred dollars in cash from the register and stole an unknown amount of cigarette packs.
A witness told officers they saw a red passenger car leaving 7-Eleven at a high rate of speed, which led officers in locating Pontius and her vehicle at an apartment complex.
At 2:24 a.m., Pontius left the complex and was detained while officers executed a search warrant at the apartment.
Pontius was arrested and booked into the Elkhart County Jail for armed robbery. On Monday, the Elkhart County Prosecutor’s Office filed official documents charging her with armed robbery.
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — An officer from the Marion Police Department was fired after making alleged racist posts on Facebook.
On Monday, the Marion chief of police was notified of some recent Facebook posts from Officer Chaz Foy’s personal account that raised concern.
After reviewing the alleged racist post, police stated in a release that “the posts are not in keeping standards of the Marion Police Department.”
Chief of Police Angela Haley said, “I do not condone this type of behavior and will not tolerate it.”
Foy had recently completed his necessary training at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and was sworn in on Monday at the City Hall Council Chambers.
Officer Foy was officially terminated on Wednesday by the Marion Police Department.
PERU, Ind. (WISH) — A Kokomo man was arrested on several counts of sex crimes involving children early Tuesday after officers found him at a home in Miami County for an active warrant.
Shortly after 1 a.m., police began an investigation on the whereabouts of 46-year-old Geremy Miller, who had an active warrant for 24 felony counts relating to child sex crimes, according to a release Wednesday.
Law enforcement officers went to a home in Bunker Hill, where Miller was taken into custody.
Miller was arrested and taken to the Howard County Jail for the initial warrant of the following charges:
- Child Molestation- Class A (14 counts);
- Child Molestation- Class B (6 counts);
- Sexual Misconduct with a Minor (4 counts)
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — It’s the start of summer and that means a lot of parents are looking to take some fun day trips with their kids.
Indianapolis Moms Owner, Kait Baumgartner, stopped by Daybreak to share a list of places families can go this summer that’s not too far away.
To find out more, watch the interview above or visit the Indianapolis Moms website.
TIPTON, Ind. (WISH) — A Rossville man was airlifted to an Indianapoils hospital where he later died after a four-vehicle crash Monday afternoon that left two others injured, including a 17-year-old in Tipton County, police said Tuesday.
Indiana State Police say, just after noon Monday, officers responded to a four-vehicle crash near the intersection of State Road 28 and County Road 1050 West.
Investigators revealed that a 17-year-old, who was driving a Volkswagen west on State Road 28, attempted to pass Dodge and Ford pickup trucks that were each pulling an anhydrous tank. The 17-year-old, who was not identified publicly by police, sideswiped a 2014 Peterbilt semi that was traveling east and the Ford pickup truck that was going west.
The driver of the Peterbilt, who was identified as Mathew Marley, 57, lost control of the vehicle, and crossed the centerline, hitting the Dodge pickup truck head-on. The Peterbilt came to an uncontrolled stop after flipping on top of the Dodge pickup off the north side of the road.
Marley was airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital and would later die from his injuries.
The driver of the Dodge pickup was identified as Shaun McCord, 42, of Tipton. He was airlifted by a medical helicopter to an Indianapolis hospital in stable condition.
The 17-year-old was taken to Indiana University Health Tipton Hospital for minor injuries.
The driver of the Ford pickup was identified as Travis Kramer, 40, of Frankfort. He was not injured during the crash.
Police say that alcohol or drugs were not believed to be a factor.
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Uber Eats is adding an interesting new feature to its delivery services!
Watch the video above to learn more.
SEYMOUR, Ind. (WISH) — State Rep Jim Lucas told police he “swerved to miss a deer and lost control of his vehicle” before he was arrested early Wednesday for driving drunk and leaving the scene of an accident, according to a crash report obtained by News 8.
A crash report issued by Indiana State Police says officers responded to a report of a vehicle that struck a guardrail and was driving the wrong way on the ramp to I-65 from State Road 11 near Seymour.
State police say Lucas’ pickup truck went down a hill through a guard rail on I-65 and then across traffic lanes before he crashed.
Damage to the vehicle caused three of the truck’s tires to go flat. The report says Lucas drove on rims for nearly three miles before pulling up behind a Seymour carpet store. Seymour police found him there and noted the smell of alcohol.
Lucas told police he parked behind the carpet store because “he did not want to leak oil in the front parking lot of the business” due to concerns that a dirty parking lot would cause the business to lose customers.
A state trooper gave Lucas a field sobriety test, after which he was arrested and taken to the Jackson County Jail.
MARION. Ind. (WISH) — Ramp closures are expected to begin next week as part of the ongoing I-69 construction in Grant County.
The Indiana Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that I-69 ramp closures will start on or after June 12. Crews will close the northbound I-69 exit and entrance ramps at State Road 26, mile marker 255. The southbound I-69 exit and entrance ramps at State Road 22/U.S. 35, mile marker 259 will also be closed.
Both closures are expected to last a month. Drivers should use State Road 22 and State Road 26, or seek an alternate route.
INDOT encourages drivers to use extra caution when traveling in and around all work zones.
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Versiti Blood Center of Indiana has issued an emergency appeal for donations since there has been a significant drop in donors.
Versiti says it has seen a drastic drop in scheduled appointments, with nearly 2,500 open appointments over the next seven days. The organization aims to have at least a three-day supply of available blood for local hospitals, but it currently has less than one-day supply on the shelves.
Versiti is the official blood provider for more than 100 hospitals throughout Indiana.
“25 percent of our blood collections come from our high school and college partners, meaning that when it’s summer vacation, those community blood drives are not happening,” said Dr. Alcinda Flowers, associate medical director at Versiti. “And while we anticipate this dip every year, we are also seeing fewer first-time donors walking through our doors, which is adding to an already dangerous situation.”
To schedule an appointment to donate blood, call 317-916-5150 or visit versiti.org. Walk-in donors are also welcome.
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