Five Arrested in Winamac Meth Lab Bust

 
 

Five people were arrested Saturday, Jan. 24 after Winamac police received a complaint of high traffic and a smell at one of the Franklin Street apartment complex around 11:30 p.m. ET.

A search warrant was obtained for 214 S. Franklin Apt. B. and where an active meth lab was allegedly found along with marijuana, prescription medication, packaging materials, meth, and syringes, according to Winamac officer Mark Hoffman.

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Infant Death Under Investigation

 
 

Winamac Police Department detectives and officials with the Pulaski County Coroner’s Office are investigating the death of a two-month-old boy.

Winamac Police Chief Michael Buchanan told WKVI News that the infant died Tuesday morning at a home in the 400 block of Main Street in Winamac. The child had previous medical issues and no foul play is suspected at this time.

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Winamac Man Arrested on Georgia Warrant

Jeffery Mack
Jeffery Mack

A Winamac man was arrested early Friday morning on a Georgia state warrant for rape.

The Winamac Police Department took 21-year-old Jeffery Mack into custody on the charge. He is being held without bond in the Pulaski County Jail.

The information into the nature of the alleged offense was not made immediately available.

Winamac Council Approves Police Car Purchase

 
 

The Winamac Police Department plans to add another Dodge Charger to its fleet.

Chief Mike Buchanan told the town council the car will replace a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. He adds the Charger offers the best value for the money. He has $25,000 in his budget to purchase a new car. The Winamac Police Department qualifies for the state’s negotiated law enforcement fleet price but will still be able to take delivery of the car through Braun Chrysler in Winamac.

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Officers Bust Winamac Meth Lab, Two Arrested

Meth BustA Winamac man who reportedly tried to flee from police Friday to avoid being arrested for making meth faces numerous drug charges after jail officers reportedly found more contraband in his pants. Officers from the Winamac Police Department and Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office got a tip about drug activity and responded at 7:34 p.m. on Friday, May 9 to an apartment in the 400 block of West Main Street in Winamac. A deputy reportedly spotted David Wayne Gentry, 29, walking behind the apartment building and ordered him to stop. Gentry ran, according to the police report, and was apprehended after a brief foot chase. Both Gentry and his girlfriend, Shannon Lee Hardin, 30, were arrested after deputies reportedly found an active meth lab and other precursors inside the home. Continue reading

Winamac Police Officer Rescues Unconscious Woman from Burning Car

Winamac Car Fire 1A Winamac woman is alive this morning thanks to the quick response from a Winamac Police Officer on patrol. Mark Hoffman was southbound on U.S. 35 just before midnight last night and saw a vehicle on fire near County Road 50 East. Hoffman called the Pulaski County Dispatch Center and requested fire and EMS assistance and approached the SUV, where he saw an unconscious woman inside. Continue reading

Winamac Police Department Investigates Accident

 
 
The Winamac Police Department continues to investigate an accident that occurred just after midnight where a vehicle ran into a home at the intersection of State Road 14 west and State Road 35.

When police arrived at the scene two minutes later, officer found that the vehicle struck the home’s foundation at the intersection which caused considerable damage. The passenger car came to rest along a fence.

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Winamac Police Department Hires New Officer

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The Winamac Police Department has hired a new full-time officer. The town council approved the hiring of Aaron Spanley of Winamac when they met Monday evening. Police Chief Mike Buchanan told the council during a previous meeting he wanted to go ahead and get someone hired and trained before longtime Winamac Police Sgt. Dwight Peterson retires next year. That training includes 13 weeks at the police academy.

Attorneys Meet in Case Involving Former Winamac Police Officer

 
 
Daymond Hartley’s defense attorney Tim Murray and Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Blair Todd met for a first pre-trial conference in his case and another pre-trial setting has been scheduled for Aug. 5 at 8 a.m. ET in Pulaski Circuit Court.

The former Winamac Police Department officer had pleaded not guilty to a charge of Theft as a Class D felony in an earlier court hearing. He allegedly admitted to Winamac Police Chief Michael Buchanan that he took $6,352 from an evidence locker at the police department on Feb. 25, but he returned the money on April 6. Hartley reportedly told Chief Buchanan that he took the money to help pay for a dental procedure for his mother.

The money was being held in an evidence locker during an investigation into a fatal accident involving Jamie Sheets.

Hartley has since resigned from his position at the police department.

Winamac PD Hires New Officer, Prepares To Interview Applicants

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A former Winamac Police Chief has has rejoined the department as a patrol officer. Chief Mike Buchanan says Jeff Heims started June 1. He replaces Daymond Hartley, who resigned amid a controversy over money he reportedly admitted taking from a department evidence locker and is facing criminal charges. Buchanan says Heims is currently working the swing shift to cover for other members of the department when they have days off. The town’s salary ordinance provides a bump in pay of $550 for each five years of seniority, but Buchanan says the town council’s approval is still needed.

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Winamac Officer to Appear in Court on Theft Charge

 
 

A Winamac police officer who allegedly admitted to taking money from an evidence storage locker at the Winamac Police Department will have an initial hearing in Pulaski Circuit Court Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m. ET.

Daymond Hartley, a Winamac officer on the night shift, allegedly admitted to Winamac Police Chief Michael Buchanan that he took $6,352 from the storage locker while working a shift during the last week of March. The money had been collected as evidence regarding a fatal accident involving Jamie Sheets of Winamac.

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Winamac Police Officer Charged with Theft

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An investigation into money found missing from an evidence storage locker at the Winamac Police Department has unearthed a suspect.

Daymond Hartley, a Winamac officer on the night shift, allegedly admitted to Winamac Police Chief Michael Buchanan that he took $6,352 from the storage locker while working a shift during the last week of March. The money had been collected as evidence after a fatal accident involving Jamie Sheets of Winamac.

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Winamac Police Department to Add Part-Time Officers

 
 
The Winamac Police Department plans to hire a couple of part-time officers. Chief Mike Buchanan says longtime Sgt. Dwight Peterson is planning to retire later this year, and he wants to get some people on the force before then. Buchanan told the town council there’s money in his budget for the extra help. He plans to hire officers who have already been through the police academy in order to curb costs.

Winamac Police make four methamphetamine arrests

Sara Cox, Douglas Whiteman, Jayson Shaffer, Kelcie Miller
Sara Cox, Douglas Whiteman, Jayson Shaffer, Kelcie Miller

Formal charges are pending against four people arrested for possession of methamphetamine and syringes at a home in downtown Winamac Tuesday night. Jayson David Shaffer, 27, of Leiters Ford; Douglas Lane Whiteman, Jr., 27, of Winamac; Kelcie Miller, 21, of Winamac; and Sara Cox, 21, of Culver were all arrested by Winamac Police Officer Brian Gaillard. He received an anonymous tip of drug use at a residence on South Market Street residence and checked it out. The occupants gave him permission to search the house, and Gaillard said he found baggies of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.