Latest News Archives for 2020-08

Shelbyville PD looking for suspect in Fifth Third robbery

A Shelbyville bank was robbed Monday. Police are looking for the suspect.


On August 31, at approximately 9:45 AM, Patrol units responded to a hold-up alarm at the Fifth-Third Bank, 110 N. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, In. Patrol units arrived at the scene quickly and determined there was a bank robbery and the suspect had fled the scene.

Investigators with the S.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division were called to the scene. A description of the suspect has been obtained, and is as follows:  white, male, wearing glasses, gray long-haired wig, white medical mask, blue latex gloves, faded blue jeans, black tennis shoes, dark-colored long sleeve sweat-shirt.

A weapon was not displayed and no one was harmed during the incident. The Shelbyville Police Department does not believe the public is in danger, at this time.

Anyone with surveillance cameras in the area of the Fifth-Third Bank, or anyone that may have seen this suspect, is urged to call Detective Jason Brown or Deputy Chief Shawn Bennett at 317.392.5118.

Woman stabbed, man dead in Rush Co. domestic incident

A Rush County domestic disturbance left one woman injured and a man dead.


The Rush County Sheriff's Office reports that a woman arrived there in the early morning hours on Sunday.  The woman had a stab wound.


Officers went to the Rush County residence to find the male suspect.  He was found outside the residence in a boat with what appeared to be self-inflcited wounds.  He was rushed to MHP in Shelbyville but died of his injuries.


The Rush County Sheriff's Office says this remains an ongoing investigation.  No names were in the initial release on the incident.


An autopsy is scheduled.





Shelbyville targeting $300,000 to preserve jobs

Shelbyville is contributing $50,000 in addition to the $250,000 the city is receiving from the federal CARES Act to assist small businesses in continuing to employ low- to moderate-income workers.


The total of $300,000 in grants will be distributed to businesses with fewer than 100 employees to help them survive the COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES funding was allocated by Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.


“Shelbyville is fortunate to have nonprofit partners to help administer the grants, said Mayor Tom DeBaun. Mainstreet Shelbyville, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, Blue River Community Foundation and Shelby County Development Corp. are contributing labor and resources to enable the businesses to remain open.”


“Shelbyville has a proud history of cooperation,” DeBaun said. “Our partnerships with the state and the nonprofits in our community will help keep Shelbyville residents working.”


The grant, announced today, is part of Round 2 of CARES funding. Shelbyville applied for funding in Round 1 and plans to continue applying for future rounds.


Last month, OCRA awarded Shelbyville $600,000 for stormwater infrastructure to address flooding in south-central neighborhoods.

Hurricane Laura to bring some impact into Indiana; cooler temps this weekend

Hurricane Laura weakened as it made landfall in the Gulf Coast Wednesday night.


Then, it will track north, weakening as it moves over land, but still bringing wind, rain and flooding.

Meteorologist Marcus Bailey says Indiana could see some remnants this weekend, but don't expect anything too crazy.



He says the areas along the Ohio River could still see an inch or two of rain, but central Indiana will see scattered rain chances Friday and Saturday, and shouldn't total more than an inch.


Bailey adds that once the rain moves out, we'll see a break from the heat.


"Once we clear all that rain out, which we expect to happen at some point Saturday, you're going to get much more refreshing air," he said. "You're looking at highs in the mid-80s to end the work week with those rain chances. Then lower 80s on Saturday, and then, as of right now, Sunday looks wonderful. The sun comes back out, and temperatures may not even hit 80 degrees."

Gov. Holcomb signs Executive Order to increase care options for school-aged children

Governor Eric J. Holcomb today signed Executive Order 20-40 to increase child care options for families seeking support during virtual school days.


The executive order allows school corporations to contract with organizations, such as the Boys and Girls Club or a YMCA, to operate school-age child care programs in locations in addition to public school buildings to help families who need care while their students engage in e-learning.


Additionally, the order increases from six to ten the number of school-aged children allowed to gather in a home on school days for e-learning without requiring the child care setting to be licensed.


Click here to see the executive order:

Johnson Co. Sheriff's Office seeks help in finding suspect

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a theft that occurred in the area of the 1100 block of W CR 300 South in rural Franklin. The subject in these pictures was driving a silver or gray Chevy or GMC SUV. The individual is wanted for questioning in the theft of tools.


The individual has a unique tattoo on the inside of his right forearm.



There isn’t any other suspect information at this time.


Please contact Detective Joseph Schmidt at 317-346-4616 or via email at with any information about this individual.

Shelby County Prosecutor's Office to detail arrest in 1980's home invasion sexual assault cases

The Shelby County Prosecutor's Office has scheduled a press conference for Tuesday afternoon in relation to an arrest involving a series of home invasion sexual assaults that were allegedly committed in Shelbyville and Shelby County between 1982-1985. 


GIANT fm News, social media and Shelby County Post will have more details following the press conference scheduled for 2:00 pm.





Investigators await medical evidence in August 11 death investigation of Amber Griffith

Shelbyville Police say the investigation into the death of Amber Griffith continues as they await further medical information.


Detective Jason Brown stated in a release that the investigation is ongoing.  The cause and manner of death has yet to be determined, and investigators are awaiting the autopsy report.


The Shelbyville Police Department received a 911 call on August 11 to respond to 925 Meridian Street. Shelbyville Police and Fire personnel responded to investigate the report of an unresponsive female. The female was later identified as Amber D. Griffith, 38, of Shelbyville.

Shelbyville Police Department Criminal Investigators were contacted and began investigating the
death, with the assistance of the Shelby County Coroner’s office and the Shelby County
Prosecutors Office.

Police stated in the initial release that preliminarily investigation shows the public is in
no danger at this time.

Anyone having information on this investigation please contact Detective Jason Brown, Criminal
Investigations Division at 317.392.5118.


Funeral services were held Monday for Griffith.

Silver Alert: Shaelie Lynn Stephens, Greensburg

The Decatur County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the disappearance of Shaelie Lynn Stephens, 15 year old white female, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 115 pounds, brown hair with brown eyes, last seen wearing a red hoodie and ripped jeans.


She may be in the company of two white males late teens or early 20’s and possibly in a late model white Chevrolet Cavalier.


Shaelie is missing from Greensburg, and was last seen on Monday, August 17, 2020 at 01:01 am.  She is believed to be in extreme danger and may be in need of medical attention.


If you have any information on Shaelie Lynn Stephens, contact the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department at 812-222-4911 or 911.

Big Blue Barbeque 2020 in Shelbyville; plans altered by COVID-19

The Big Blue Barbeque, the state sanctioned KCBS Barbeque contest, is on for 2020.


In its third year of competition, The Big Blue Barbeque will be host to 50 teams from across the United States. The barbeque is held at the Shelby County Fairgrounds each year, and this years event is on August 14 and 15.


“Under normal circumstances, we would have this event in conjuction with the public side of the event. Those events include the Big Blue Car / Truck and Bike Show, beer and wine gardens, art, live music and scores of food vendors.


However, with Covid-19, we had to cancel that portion of the event. We are able to ensure the health and safety of the teams, but the general public is a whole other level of security. Our board felt the only responsible thing to do was to cancel the general public side,” remarks Rachael Ackley, Executive Director of SCTVB.


2020 was going to feature a new 5k run event that coincided with the Barbeque, and it was going to be through inflatables.


“We plan on having the Big Blue 5k Inflatable Run next year for serious runners, and a fun run for those who wanted an opportunity to take the 5k inflatable challenge!”


This year’s Big Blue Barbeque will see no change in the hospitality shown to the 50 teams, as dinners and breakfast will be featuring local caterers, wearables and growlers will be given to each KCBS team, and cash prizes along with unique Shelby County trophies will be awarded.


“We take really good care of the teams who travel here to Shelby County, as well as the certified KCBS judges who travel here to take part in the task of judging all four meat categories, along with dessert. We also have a Kid’s Q event that allows children 9 through 15 to participate in the art of barbeque,” states Nisha Ciarletta, Operations Manager for SCTVB.


For the past several years, SCTVB has invested in the Shelby County Fairgrounds to ensure teams can participate by offering up to date electrical and water services to the teams. The remainder of the year, the Shelby County Fairgrounds is able to offer these camp sites to visitors.


Says Ackley, “Our partnership with the Shelby County Fairgrounds, and their board of directors, is second to none. We could not host this event without the leadership of the fair board, and the hours of work put in by Jeff Pruitt, Fair Board President, is invaluable to us.”

Shelbyville Police investigating woman's death

Police are investigating the death of a Shelbyville.woman


The Shelbyville Police Department received a 911 call to the 900 Block of Meridian Street. Shelbyville Police and Fire personnel responded to investigate the report of an unresponsive female. The female was later identified as Amber D. Griffith, 38, of Shelbyville.

Shelbyville Police Department Criminal Investigators were contacted and began investigating the
death, with the assistance of the Shelby County Coroner’s office and the Shelby County
Prosecutors Office.

The incident remains under investigation. The preliminarily investigation shows the public is in
no danger at this time.

Anyone having information on this investigation please contact Detective Jason Brown, Criminal
Investigations Division at 317.392.5118.

Man killed in Monday motorcycle crash

A Cloverale man, formerly of Shelbyville and Florida, died from injuries sustained in a Monday motorcycle accident.


Shelbyville Police and Fire were dispatched just before 3:00 pm to the single vehicle crash at the intersection of Progress and Clark. The operator of the motorcycle was identified as Michael A. Smith, 30,  of Cloverdale. Smith was traveling southbound on a 2015 Harley Davidson motorcycle. Smith left the roadway at the intersection and the motorcycle came to rest on the property of McIntyre Landscaping..


Smith was transported to MHP. Life saving measures were unsuccessful.


The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

One serious injury, several minor in car - RV Fulton Co. accident

A Rochester woman was seriously injured in a Monday eveing two-car crash.


Just after 6:00 pm emergency personnel were dispatched to US 31 and State Road 110 in Fulton County to a report of a vehicular accident involving a passenger car and an RV.   


Investigation into the crash revealed that a 2004 Buick Le Sabre driven by Kasey Javier, 32, of Rochester, was traveling east on SR 110 when it crossed the median eastbound across the northbound lane of US 31.   Javier pulled into the path of a 2021 Sunseeker RV driven by Paul Rothwell, 49, of Zionsville.   Unable to avoid a collision Javier’s vehicle struck the Sunseeker causing it to overturn and it then collided with a traffic control pole in the NE part of the intersection. 


The Buick Le Sabre continued in a northeasterly direction and struck a utility pole before it came to rest in the ditch.


Of the other occupants of the Sunseeker besides the driver there were five children ranging in age from 9-14 and Tracy Rothwell, 49, of Zionsville.  All had minor injuries. 


The Fulton County Sheriff's Office reports that Javier was unconscious and was ground transported to South Bend Memorial with a possible head injury. Her condition is unknown at this time.  A five-year-old passenger in the Le Sabre had minor injuries.


Assisting the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office with the investigation - Rochester Fire Department, Lutheran EMS, Indiana State Police, Indiana Conservation, Indiana Department of Transportation and Fulton County 911. 

Positive COVID-19 case reported at Shelbyville Middle School

Shelbyville Middle School has reported to parents that a confirmed Covid-19 case has been identified at the school.


The following letter was e-mailed out to parents:


Shelbyville Middle School




Parent/Guardian Communication Positive Case:


This message is to notify you that there has been a confirmed case of Covid-19 at Shelbyville Middle School. We’ve been in touch with the Shelby County Health Department, and we’re following their advice closely.


You will be contacted if your child is considered a close contact to the positive individual.


If you do not receive a call or a letter, your child has not been in close contact with the positive individual.


Mr. Mikus

Shelbyville post office filled with smoke Tuesday morning

Shelbyville Fire Department responded to the city's post office on East Washington just after 4:30 am Tuesday.  An employee called for help after finding the building full of smoke upon arrival.


Firemen had a focus on the walls around the main entry door.


Thunderstorms, wind tonight - northern Indiana bracing for high winds

After most of Indiana saw thunderstorms this morning, Round 2 is on the way later tonight.


WISH-TV Meteorologist Marcus Bailey says storms will arrive between 6-11 pm, and the biggest concern is damaging winds.  Northern Indiana will see the worst of it.


Wind gusts could reach 75 mph.



Mysterious seeds believed to be product of "brushing scam"

Investigators are learning more about why people throughout the US are getting random packages with weird seeds inside.


Megan Abraham, the state's entomologist with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, told Indiana Outdoors the seeds are being sent in packages from places like China and Uzbekistan as part of some sort of "brushing scam."


"It's a new term for me," Abraham said. "A brushing scam is something that happens when a company will send a client a product and then use that client's physical address to post notes online about how much they enjoyed that product."


How these companies come about acquiring the addresses of people in this particular scam still isn't clear, but investigators are advising you to change your password of online shopping platforms, such as Amazon.


The bigger impact is that some people are planting these mysterious seeds, such as the case of an Arkansas man who was discovered to have planted the seeds in his backyard before the warnings against doing so went out. Conservation officers showed up at his house and pulled up the subsequent plant that grew.


Abraham said there is a health risk in planting the seeds.


"When commodities and raw goods, like seeds, are shipped from one country to the other without proper inspections being done, they have the ability to bring in other pests and pathogens on those seeds," she said. "They could also be invasive if they are planted in the US or in Indiana."


Abraham added that viruses, fungus, and even tiny larva could be inside the seeds, which could be deadly to certain types of plants and wildlife in the state. She also said that this type of thing happens a lot more often than you may think.


Abraham said the USDA sees these types of scams happen every year with several different types of products, but for some reason she said we are seeing a "boom' in the number of people getting unsolicited packages, most commonly containing seeds.


If you end up getting one of these packages, Abraham said you can call the DNR and they will come to collect it from you. From there they will send the seeds to the USDA where they can analyze where they came from and what may be inside them.

Two hurt, one lifelined, from Shelby Co. accident scene

Two people injured in a Shelby County car accident Monday night.


The single vehicle accident happened at 1200 South and 825 West in the 9:00 pm hour.  Flat Rock along with Marietta Fire and Shelbyville Medics responded. 


The vehicle left the roadway for an undetermined reason and became inverted. 


The driver, Matthew Nelson, 28, of Edinburgh, was flown to Methodist Hospital. The passenger, Briana Vera, 29, of Columbus, was transported to the hospital via ambulance. 


Shelby County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by Edinburgh Police. 


The accident remains under investigation.


Link to check Northwestern Consolidated bus routes available

Northwestern Consolidated School District of Shelby County says the 2020-2021 bus routes are currently open.


To find out your child's bus number and the approximate pickup and drop off times please go to the link below. These times may vary by 10 minutes either before or after the listed time.


If you are experiencing difficulty or have any questions please call the Transportation Department at 317-835-3009.


Ponderosa in Greenfield, other Indiana locations, closing

Several Indiana businesses continue to lay off workers and close across the state.



Ponderosa filed the following WARN notice for its locations in Greenfield and Goshen.  A Facebook posting also announced the closing of the Ponderosa in Plymouth after 35 years.