Boy injured in handgun accident

KINGSBURY – A 12-year-old boy was sent to the hospital after receiving minor injuries from a handgun.

At about 11 a.m. Thursday, Indiana Conservation Officers were dispatched to Kingsbury Fish and Wildlife Area shooting range for a report of a 12-year-old boy being injured while firing a handgun.

 

Upon arrival, Indiana Conservation Officer Corporal Guy Wendorf learned the juvenile, who was with his father, was firing a handgun using reloaded ammunition at the time of the incident.

While firing, one of the rounds exploded inside the gun, damaging the firearm and causing minor cuts and bruises to the shooter.

As a precaution, the juvenile’s father took him to IU Health La Porte Hospital where he was treated and released with no serious injuries found.

According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, reloading ammunition is a common practice. The exact cause of the malfunction is still under investigation.

Three Arrested For Multiple Ginseng And Marijuana Violations

(JENNINGS CO.) – Indiana Conservation Officers arrested three men Monday afternoon for the theft, harvesting of and buying Ginseng without being a licensed buyer, probation violations and various marijuana and paraphernalia possession charges.All three suspects were incarcerated at the Jennings County jail on the following charges:58-year-old Thomas Hartwell of North Vernon: Theft, Level 6 Felony; Hunting Ginseng without the consent of the landowner, Class C Misdemeanor; Harvesting or collecting Ginseng in a closed season, Class B Misdemeanor; Probation violation for previous Ginseng charges.70-year-old William McCollum of North Vernon: Aiding in theft, Level 6 Felony; Dealing in Ginseng without a license, B Misdemeanor; Aiding in hunting Ginseng without the consent of the landowner, Class C Misdemeanor; Aiding in harvesting or collecting Ginseng in a closed season, Class B Misdemeanor; Possession of Marijuana, B Misdemeanor; Possession of paraphernalia, A Misdemeanor.51-year-old Robert Boyd of North Vernon: Aiding in theft, Level 6 Felony; Dealing in Ginseng without a license, B Misdemeanor; Aiding in hunting Ginseng without the consent of the landowner, Class C Misdemeanor; Aiding in harvesting or collecting Ginseng in a closed season, Class B Misdemeanor; Possession of Marijuana, B Misdemeanor; Possession of paraphernalia, A Misdemeanor.At approximately 4:30 p.m., Indiana Conservation Officers served search warrants on the residences of McCollum and Boyd, where 20 pounds of illegally possessed dry Ginseng was recovered, along with marijuana and paraphernalia. The value of the Ginseng is estimated at approximately $9,000.Indiana Conservation Officers located the men at McCollum’s residence, in which a confession of the crimes were obtained and marijuana, as well as paraphernalia was found as a result of the search.The legal season to collect and harvest ginseng begins September 1 and consent from the land owner must be obtained prior to entering private property. Citizens are encouraged to contact 1-800-TIPIDNR or ICO Central Dispatch at (812) 873-9536 to report any suspicious activity or any ongoing crime that is afoot.

 

 

Source: Three Arrested For Multiple Ginseng And Marijuana Violations – WBIW.com / State

Missing hunter from Dugger located after search involving ICO and numerous agencies plus K-9 tracking teams

Pleasantville – Indiana Conservation Officers were joined by officers from numerous agencies in a search for a missing hunter over the weekend. They were successful — Richard Wiseman, 74, of Dugger, was located in Sullivan County.The search was launched when a conservation officer received a phone call from a concerned hunter, who stated his hunting partner had never returned from the woods.It turned out Wiseman had become disoriented and he suffered injuries which hindered him from finding his way out of the woods.Multiple agencies and several K-9 tracking teams responded to an area in the Pleasantville area of Sullivan County to search.Wiseman was located. He had suffered a leg injury which prohibited him from walking. He was transported to the Sullivan County Community Hospital for medical treatment.Indiana Conservation Officers were assisted in the search by personnel from the following agencies: Dugger Town Marshals, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department, Sullivan County Emergency Management Agency, Sullivan County Ambulance Service, Indiana Department of Corrections, Vigo County Emergency Management Agency, Vigo County Emergency Communications Team, Vigo County Search and Rescue, and the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department.

Source: Greene County Daily World: Local News: Missing hunter from Dugger located after search involving ICO and numerous agencies plus K-9 tracking teams (08/16/15)

Meth labs dumped into Pigeon Creek

Someone has been dumping meth labs into Steuben County waterways, Indiana conservation officers said today. In a statement, conservation officers said a cache of discarded meth labs was dumped into Pigeon Creek over the weekend. Officers collected more than 25 trash bags from the creek, all containing meth labs and materials used to manufacture meth, the statement said.Police believe the bags were dumped late Saturday night or early Sunday morning in the creek, located in Pleasant Township between Golden and Hogback lakes near the County Road 450 West bridge. All the trash has been collected and properly disposed of, the statement said. The chemicals used in the manufacturing of meth can be very harmful, officers said. They said if you see anything that looks to be a meth lab or trash from a meth lab, do not touch it and contact authorities immediately. Anyone with information about the trash being dumped in the creek is asked to contact conservation officers at 812-837-9256 or anonymously at 800-TIP-IDNR.

Source: Meth labs dumped into Pigeon Creek | Police and fire | Journal Gazette

Authorities investigate 15-year-old’s body found in White River in Lawrence County

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ind. (August 9, 2015) — Indiana Conservation officers are investigating a body found in the White River Slough in southern Indiana.A fisherman discovered the body about 11 a.m. Saturday in the river near Williams, about 30 miles south of Bloomington. Indiana Conservation officers say the victim has been identified as Graden McFarlan 15, Bedford.The Lawrence County Coroner’s Office will conduct an autopsy Monday at Bedford.Officers encourage anyone with information related to the investigation to contact the Conservation Officers’ Central Dispatch at 812-837-9536.

Source: Authorities investigate 15-year-old’s body found in White River in Lawrence County | WTTV CBS4Indy

Schererville resident injured after malfunction at gun range

Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a shooting incident that occurred Sunday at Willow Slough Fish and Wildlife Area gun range in Morocco, the Department of Natural Resources said.

According to the DNR, Richard Rondelli, 73, of Schererville, was trap shooting with his step-son Todd Sobczak. Sobczak experienced a hang fire (a type of malfunction) with his shotgun while attempting to fire it from the hip. This malfunction and the improper muzzle control contributed to the shotgun discharging toward Rondelli, the DNR said.

Rondelli was struck in the legs and feet with #8 bird shot from approximately 8 feet away, the DNR said. He was transported to Riverside Hospital in Kankakee, Ill. and appears to be in stable condition.

The incident appears to be unintentional and is still under investigation, the DNR said.

Responding to the scene were agencies including Indiana Conservation Officers, Newton County Sheriff’s Department, Morocco Police Department and Newton County Fire and EMS.

 

 

Source: Schererville resident injured after malfunction at gun range

DNR investigating death at Little Chapman Lake 

Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating the death of a man on Little Chapman Lake Wednesday night.Officers received a call about an unresponsive person in the lake around 7 p.m. after a man was swimming from a boat with a family member.According to Indiana Conservation Officer Jonathon Boyd, a woman attempted to pull the man out of the water and into their boat but was unable to do so. Several people nearby were able to get the woman into their boat, but were also unable to get the man out of the water. An off-duty Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Deputy arrived in his own boat and was able to get the man out of the water.The unidentified deputy began CPR and took the man to shore.The Kosciusko County Coroner pronounced the man dead. His name has not been released.WSBT in South Bend reported Wednesday evening the death may have been medical related and county dispatchers said the incident was not a drowning.The incident is still under investigation.

Source: DNR investigating death at Little Chapman Lake | WANE

Two juveniles killed in separate ATV, UTV crashes

SPENCER CO. & SWITZERLAND Co., IN (WAVE) – Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an ATV accident in Spencer County and a UTV accident in Switzerland County that killed two young girls Sunday.Crews responded to an ATV accident fatality in Rockport in Spencer County around 11:25 a.m.An 11-year-old girl was operating a Honda Rubicon ATV with her friend, also 11, riding on the back as a passenger. After driving up hill, the girl lost control of the ATV, causing it to overturn. The ATV rolled on top of the girl, trapping her underneath. The friend was able to pull her out and get help. The girl was pronounced dead on the scene by the Spencer County Coroner.The girls were not wearing helmets or protective equipment while operating the ATV, officers said.In Switzerland County, officers responded to an ATV accident involving injuries at approximately 12:15 p.m. When crews arrived on the scene, they found a UTV had rolled over and trapped a 10-year-old girl underneath.The driver, 50, was operating the UTV with her friend in the passenger seat. The girl and her mother were in the bed of the UTV.The girl was recovered from underneath the UTV and airlifted to King’s Daughters’ Hospital where she was pronounced dead.The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Source: Two juveniles killed in separate ATV, UTV crashes – wave3.com-Louisville News, Weather & Sports

7 rescued after boat sinks in northern Indiana lake

KOSCIUSKO COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) — Seven people were rescued after a boat sank Saturday night on Lake Wawasee.The driver of the boat was arrested after investigators determined he was intoxicated, testing nearly three times the legal limit.According to a release from the Department of Natural Resources, around 7:15 p.m. a lake patrol officer witnessed the boat speeding across Lake Wawasee, which is under an idle speed restriction. Witnesses said the boat was sitting very low in the water.When the lake patrol officer attempted to stop the boat, the driver abruptly stopped, causing water to overtake the craft. Then the driver tried to accelerate, which forced more water into the boat. One of the passengers was thrown overboard.The boat then capsized and quickly sank. According to the DNR, only one of the seven people in the boat wore a U.S. Coast Guard approved life vest.The driver of the boat, Adam Wenger, 22, of Goshen, was arrested for operating the boat while intoxicated. According to the DNR, another person in the boat, Hayden Schmucker, 20, of Goshen, faces charges of minor possession or consumption of alcohol.Investigators said no one was hurt thanks to the quick rescue by Kosciusko County Sheriff Lake Patrol Officer Ken Troutman and Indiana Conservation Officers Boyd and Whitehead.“Luckily, conservation officers and lake patrol officers were already on the water. So, they were quickly able to get everyone out of the water. That’s not typically the case. Typically, it takes minutes for officers to respond to those locations. If we’re not on that body of water, it could take even longer. When you’re in the water in an incident like this, seconds count,” DNR Officer Johnathan Boyd said.The DNR continues to investigate what exactly caused the boat to sink.The DNR wants to remind the public to never drive a boat under the influence of alcohol and to wear a life jacket anytime you are on or near the water.

Source: 7 rescued after boat sinks in northern Indiana lake | WISH-TV

DNR conservation officers investigating DeKalb County ATV crash

Indiana Department of Natural Resources conservation officers are investigating an ATV crash that resulted in the victim being airlifted to Parkview Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Two vehicle drivers reported the crash about 10:45 p.m. Friday after seeing a man lying in the road near a Honda ATV in the 2800 block of DeKalb County Road 27, a DNR news release said.

The crash victim was identified as Travis L. Hypes, 42, of Waterloo, who was taken by Samaritan air ambulance to Parkview Regional Hospital. His condition was unavailable.

Conservation officers were assisted on-scene by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police, DeKalb County EMS and Grant Township Fire Department.

via DNR conservation officers investigating DeKalb County crash – News-Sentinel.com.