Four injured in U.S. 31/Ind. 26 crash

A Tipton man suffered a skull fracture and four others were injured in a three-vehicle crash at U.S. 31 and Ind. 26 late Wednesday.

According to Howard County Sheriff Marty Talbert, David McMannis, 43, suffered a skull fracture when his brown 1984 Chevrolet Caprice rear-ended a 1996 Chevrolet Lumina van that was stopped at U.S. 31 and Ind. 26 at about 10 p.m. The impact pushed the van forward into the rear of a third vehicle, a red 2001 Chevrolet S-10 pick up truck, driven by Jimmy Beiter, 65, Peru.

Witnesses reported that McMannis was driving erratically north on U.S. 31 before the collision, and it did not appear that he applied his brakes before striking the vehicles stopped at the intersection, Talbert reported.

All three vehicles were heavily damaged.

McMannis was transferred to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis by Lifeline Helicopter. His condition was not available Thursday.

The driver of the van, Keith Hill, 33, Kokomo, was treated at Howard Regional Health System for back, neck, and leg pain.

Beiter was treated for neck and back pain. A passenger in Beiter’s vehicle, Archie Van Sawyer III, 61, Sharpsville, was treated for a laceration to his head, and complaints of pain to his foot and leg.

Howard County Sheriff deputies were assisted at the scene by the Indiana State Police, Peru Post and Indianapolis Post. The crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Howard County Sheriff Department at (765) 457-1105.

Man arrested after road rage incident

A road rage incident Thursday morning landed a Russiaville man in jail, according to police.

Tony Evans, 43, was out of jail on bond in a drug case when he was arrested after allegedly ramming his car into a woman’s car at Goyer Road and Boulevard, according to Howard County Sheriff Marty Talbert. He then tried to flee the scene.

Talbert said sheriff deputies captured Evans after he tried to hide his vehicle behind a barn on 400 East near Ind. 22.

Kokomo police notified deputies that Evans was wanted in connection with a road rage incident at the intersection.

When police arrived, Evans had already left the area in a 1990 Dodge pickup.

A short time later, Deputy Rob Walker spotted the truck traveling east on Ind. 22. Evans then turned onto 400 East and tried to hide behind a barn. Walker and backup units arrived and caught Evans.

Three arrested in drug raids

City and county police responding to complaints of drug activity raided two homes Thursday afternoon, netting three arrests on several felony drug charges.

Howard County Drug Task Force officers, Kokomo police and sheriff deputies raided the residences between 3 and 4 p.m., Kokomo Police Capt. Michael Wheeler said.

Police served the first warrant at 1114 E. Morgan St., where they arrested Quentin Trotman, 22, Detroit, on three felony charges of dealing in cocaine.

About 20 minutes later, officers went to 620 S. Main St. and served a second warrant at the home of Michelle Fabien, 32. There, police arrested Fabien and Terrence Rockwood, 36, Chicago, on numerous felony charges, including possession of cocaine with the intent to deal.

More of Sycamore to be closed

Sycamore Street (Ind. 22) will be closed Monday for the start of the next phase of reconstruction.

Sycamore is to be closed from Washington Street to Berkley Road throughout the construction. Only residents living in the construction zone will be allowed access from one direction, according to project engineer Russell Whann.

During the initial phase, starting Monday, Sycamore will be closed from Berkley to Philips Street. The only access will be from Berkley for residents and to the dry cleaners at Western Avenue and Sycamore. This closure runs until Dec. 23.

The roadway will be reopened to traffic Jan. 3, then will be closed again for additional utility installation through winter.

Also starting about Jan. 3, Sycamore will be closed from Indiana to McCann streets for utility installation. The work will continue in one- to two-block increments through winter. Resident access will be from Philips Street.

Through traffic on Ind. 22 must detour by taking Berkley, north to Jefferson Street, then east to Washington and south to 22.

Tipton County


Saturday, 5:52 a.m., deputies arrested Rachel Amber Gwinn, 24, Elwood, on a warrant for driving while suspended.

Sunday, midnight, police arrested Timothy Hendry, 24, 2200 block of South Meridian Road, Tipton, on a warrant for check deception.

Sunday, 1:40 a.m., deputies arrested Lawrence Wilson, 54, Elwood, on a charge of operating while intoxicated.

Sunday, 6 p.m., police arrested Benjamin Wells, 18, 200 block of West Jackson Street, Tipton, on charges of burglary, theft and possession of a controlled substance.

Sunday, 6 p.m., police arrested Jesse Hunter, 21, 200 block of West Jackson Street, Tipton, on a charge of battery.

Monday, 6:20 p.m., police arrested William Phipps, 28, Elkhart, on a charge of driving while suspended.

Monday, 9:04 p.m., deputies arrested James Probst, 35, 100 block of Goldsmith, on charges of domestic battery, criminal confinement and interference with a crime.

Tuesday, 3:15 a.m., deputies arrested Edward Coons, 36, on Class A misdemeanor charges of operating while intoxicated and driving while suspended, and a Class C misdemeanor charge of operating while intoxicated.

Miami County


Monday, noon, deputies arrested William S. Lloyd, 47, Westville Correctional Facility, on a court order.

Monday, 2:50 p.m., deputies arrested Shelly S. Hale, 30, 6400 East block of 25 South, Peru, on a warrant charge of probation violation.

Monday, 3:50 p.m., deputies arrested Trisha L. Neal, 27, 1300 block of Donaldson Avenue, Peru, on a warrant charge of neglect of a dependent.

Monday, 6:45 p.m., deputies arrested Derrick D. Abrams, no age given, Indianapolis, on a warrant charge of failure to appear.

Monday, 8:32 p.m., police arrested April L. Bermilya, 37, 200 block of East Fifth Street, Peru, on a warrant charge of possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia.

Tuesday, 11:55 a.m., deputies arrested Antoine Jackson, 30, 1100 block of South Purdum Street, Kokomo, on a warrant charge of failure to appear on charges of possession of marijuana and driving while suspended.

Tuesday, police arrested Daniel W. Shockey, 27, Dawson Springs, Ky., on a warrant charge of failure to appear on a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, endangering a person.

Wednesday, 12:45 a.m., deputies arrested Francine M. Benedict, 34, 100 block of South Yorick Street, Denver, on warrant charges of battery and battery resulting in bodily injury.

Wednesday, 2:50 p.m., deputies arrested Jeremy A. McGuire, 28, LaPorte, on a warrant charge of failure to appear.


Monday, noon, a representative of a business in the 100 block of South Broadway reported to police theft of $300 cash from the business.

Monday, 8:32 p.m., a representative of an apartment complex reported to police theft of a Pepsi Machine from the complex.

Wednesday, 8:36 a.m., a resident of Maple Lawn Trailer Court reported to deputies theft of a stereo from a car.

Wednesday, 10:23 a.m., a resident of Maple Lawn Trailer Court reported to deputies theft of a purse and money from a car.

Wednesday, 10:23 a.m., a resident of the 800 block of East Main Street reported theft of prescription drugs from the residence.

Wednesday, 11:34 a.m., a resident of Maple Lawn Trailer Court reported to deputies theft of a stereo from a car.

Wednesday, 12:04 p.m., a resident of Maple Lawn Trailer Court reported to deputies theft of a stereo from a car.

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