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LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – A Statewide Silver Alert has been issued for a missing Bedford, Indiana man.

According to the Indiana State Police, 58-year-old Richard Lagle was last seen at 10:45 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9 in Bedford.

Lagle is described as a white male standing 5’7″ tall, weighing 150 pounds with grey hair and hazel eyes.

Lagle is thought to be in extreme danger and possibly in the need of medical assistance.

Anyone with information on Lagle’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office at 812-275-3316.

BEDFORD, Ind. (AP) – A southern Indiana county has become the second in the state this year to end its needle exchange amid concerns that the programs provide illegal paraphernalia to intravenous drug users.

Lawrence County’s commissioners on Tuesday terminated the county’s agreement with Indiana Recovery Alliance to operate the exchange.

The Herald-Times reports that county health board members joined hospital officials and others in urging an extension of the group’s contract to provide IV drug users with clean syringes and collect used ones to reduce needle-sharing that spreads hepatitis C and HIV.

But county Prosecutor Michelle Woodward told the commissioners she couldn’t support a program that facilitates illegal drug use.

Madison County ended its two-year-old needle exchange program in August after officials in the central Indiana county voiced similar concerns.

ORLEANS, Ind. (WISH) — A 54-year-old man from Bedford is being held in jail after fleeing from police, escaping and fleeing again, Indiana State Police said.

At 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Trooper Mike Allen initiated a traffic stop on a car for speeding and not using a turn signal along State Road 37 near Vincennes Street. As the car came to a stop, the driver, Martin Robbins, jumped out of the car and began running away. The trooper chased and caught Robbins, placing him in custody.

Robbins was placed into an Orleans Police Department car, which had a transport cage in the back seat, state police said in a news release Wednesday night. As the trooper went nearly a block away from the police car to get a statement from a witness near the location of the foot pursuit, Robbins slipped his handcuffs from behind his back to his front, and climbed out of the cage into the driver’s seat of the police car. Robbins then ran a second time, attempting to hide from police.

“Police set up a perimeter in the area until Trooper Stephen Sexton and his K-9 partner, Magill, could arrive and begin tracking Robbins,” the release said. “After a short time, Sexton and Magill found Robbins hiding in a shed at 325 South Second Street, Orleans. He was placed into custody.”

Robbins was being held in the Orange County Jail on numerous charges including operating while suspended as a habitual traffic offender, theft, escape, residential entry and resisting law enforcement. Robbins also was wanted on warrants through California on a burglary charge and through Lawrence County, Indiana, on a charge of driving as a habitual traffic violator, state police said.

The town of Orleans is about 60 miles south of Indianapolis.

BEDFORD, Ind. (WISH) — Two people were rescued from a southern Indiana cave on Friday after being inside since Tuesday.

Indiana Conservation Officers were notified of a missing person search for 31-year-old Joshua Patton of Bedford. Family members had been unable to contact him since Tuesday, but Patton had told them he had planned to enter Doghill-Donnehue Cave.

Officers entered the cave just before noon and found Patton and 38-year-old Samantha East, also of Bedford, with him approximately 2,000 feet inside the cave.

Patton said the two entered the cave around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday with only a cellphone light to help them navigate the cave. After damaging the phone and losing that light source, Patton and East used cigarette lighters to exit the cave until the lighters ran out of fuel. The two then stopped and waited in total darkness.

Patton and East were treated inside the cave for hypothermia, dehydration and exhaustion before being transported to IU Health Bedford Hospital for further evaluation.

INDIANAPOLIS Ind. (WISH) – We have new details about a deadly shooting at a fast food restaurant in southern Indiana over the weekend.

Police say 25-year-old Justin Lampkins of Bloomington was shot in the early morning hours of Sunday at a McDonald’s drive-thru. He had served four years in the Marines.

Police say 22-year-old Evan Schaffer of Orleans has been taken into custody and preliminarily charged with murder.

According to the Bedford Police Department, officers arrived at the McDonald’s around 1:30 a.m. Sunday for a fight. Witnesses told police the suspect’s car sped off. Officers quickly found the vehicle, and Schaffer was taken into custody.

Police say they found Lampkins wounded on the ground near the drive-thru lane. He later died at a Bedford hospital from his injuries.

Family members have posted their account of what happened on Facebook. Lampkins’ sister says it started when someone honked their horn at Schaffer in the drive-thru line. She says Schaffer got out to confront someone and the encounter ended with a fight and her brother being shot in the chest.

Police have not confirmed these details, and say they’re still investigating the incident.Join the conversation on Facebook. 

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BEDFORD, Ind. (AP) – Police say a 22-year-old man has been arrested after a fatal shooting over the weekend outside a McDonald’s restaurant in southern Indiana.

The Bedford Police Department says officers were called to the restaurant just before 1:30 a.m. Sunday for a reported fight. Before officers arrived, they were told a man had been shot and the shooter had left the scene.

Police say witnesses described the fleeing vehicle and officers soon stopped it, arresting Evan Schaffer of Orleans. He was jailed on a preliminary charge of murder. Jail records didn’t list an attorney for Schaffer.

Police say 25-year-old Justin Lampkins of Bloomington was found wounded on the ground near the drive-thru lane and died at a Bedford hospital. Police say what led up to the shooting remained under investigation.

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BEDFORD, Ind. (WISH) — One man is dead after being shot early Saturday morning in Lawrence County.

It happened just before 1:30 a.m. at a McDonald’s in the 3300 block of 16th Street in Bedford where officers were dispatched to a fight.

Just before they arrived, they were notified that a man had been shot and that the suspect fled the scene.

Authorities later arrested 22-year-old Evan Schaffer in connection to the shooting a short time later.

The victim was transported to IU Health Bedford Hospital where he died from his injuries.

Schaffer faces a preliminary charge of murder.

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BEDFORD, Ind. (AP) – A webcam in a southern Indiana nesting box is giving viewers a close look at a brood of rare barn owl hatchlings.

The state Department of Natural Resources says a barn owl pair nesting in a box it maintains in a Lawrence County barn produced seven eggs, and five of them recently hatched.

The DNR says those young owlets look healthy and are being fed by their mother several times daily.

The barn owl is a state-endangered species that’s seen its numbers decline due to the loss of grassland habitat. The DNR says that in 2015, only 10 barn owl nests were reported statewide.

Barn owls have a distinctive, heart-shaped face with dark eyes. They’re so-named because they often build their nests in barns.

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BEDFORD, Ind. (WISH) – Police are searching for a missing teenage girl.

According to the Bedford Police Department, 14-year-old Angel Rose Snyder was last seen on Sunday, June 12.

Police have described Snyder as having brown hair and brown eyes, wearing was thought to have been a red tank top and denim shorts and carrying a white bag with zebras.

Anyone with information on the teens whereabouts are asked to contact the Bedford Police Department at 812-275-3311.

BEDFORD, Ind. (AP) – A southern Indiana county is moving toward state approval for a needle exchange program to combat its hepatitis C epidemic.

Lawrence County health officer Dr. Alan Smith declared a county public health emergency Thursday, citing hepatitis C cases spread primarily through intravenous drug use.

The Times-Mail reports Smith says a needle-exchange program “is medically appropriate as part of a comprehensive public health response” to the epidemic. He says a public forum will be held on the need for the health emergency.

Smith’s declaration is the first of several steps the county must take before seeking the state health commissioner’s approval to operate a needle-exchange intended to combat the spread of disease by reducing needle-sharing among users.

Scott, Madison, Fayette and Monroe counties have won state approval for needle exchanges.