Submitted photo: Indiana State Police and Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department responded to a disturbance at 12300 Five Point Road, Jackson Township.

At approximately 10:50 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, officers from the Indiana State Police and Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department responded to a disturbance, reported to involve a man armed with a firearm, at 12300 Five Point Road in Jackson Township, said ISP Public Information Officer Stephen Wheeles.

When the Dearborn County Sheriff Deputy Brian Weigel and ISP Trooper Jordan Craig arrived and started to approach the residence, they were confronted by resident Christopher A. Schmitt, 58, who pointed a firearm at the officers, he said.

This resulted in both officers firing their weapons at the suspect. The suspect was struck by at least one of the officers’ rounds, he said.

The officers were able to render immediate first aid to the suspect and he was quickly transported to Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville, for medical treatment, said Wheeles.

After arriving at the hospital, Schmitt was pronounced deceased. The officers were not hurt during the incident, he said.

Weigel has been an officer with the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department for over a year. Craig is a three-year veteran of the Indiana State Police, he said.

Detectives from the Indiana State Police-Sellersburg District will be leading the investigation, he said.

The investigation into the officer-involved shooting is being handled by Ric Hertel, prosecuting attorney for Ripley County. Dearborn Circuit Judge James Humphrey made the appointment on Saturday afternoon.

Dearborn-Ohio County Prosecuting Attorney Lynn M. Deddens sought Hertel’s appointment because of the local law enforcement officers involved in this case.

Mason J. Uhlmansiek photo: Sworn into their new or returning offices by Judge James Humphrey, far right, front row, from left: Doris Young, Sonja Keith, Kathy Halloran , Raymond Kirkpatrick, Bridgett Bolling, James Sonny Henry. Second row: Ethel Sissy Potter, Amy Hochstrasser, Connie Smith, Glen Potts, Todd Walton, Don Grace, Wayne Stahl, Deborah Thomason. Third row: Gary Kinnett, Chris Flood, Kevin Rohrbach, Lynn Deddens, Cliff Thies, Nannette Williams, Marty Dennis, Hannah Burka, John Wilbur, and Ed Hautman.

 

Submitted photo: Rising Sun Street Crew members installed the Barkshire memorial in December, though the dedication won’t be until Jan. 18. From left: Bobby White, Kallen Messer and superintendent Paul Bovard.

Melissa Rieman photos: The group present for the Canine Justice Network donation to the Ohio County Animal Shelter, including shelter staff and volunteers, and network “elves,” gather for a group shot with the supplies the CJN presented to the shelter Sunday afternoon, Dec. 9.

 

Submitted photo: Indiana State Police and Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department responded to a disturbance at 12300 Five Point Road, Jackson Township.

At approximately 10:50 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, officers from the Indiana State Police and Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department responded to a disturbance, reported to involve a man armed with a firearm, at 12300 Five Point Road in Jackson Township, said ISP Public Information Officer Stephen Wheeles.

When the Dearborn County Sheriff Deputy Brian Weigel and ISP Trooper Jordan Craig arrived and started to approach the residence, they were confronted by resident Christopher A. Schmitt, 58, who pointed a firearm at the officers, he said.

This resulted in both officers firing their weapons at the suspect. The suspect was struck by at least one of the officers’ rounds, he said.

The officers were able to render immediate first aid to the suspect and he was quickly transported to Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville, for medical treatment, said Wheeles.

After arriving at the hospital, Schmitt was pronounced deceased. The officers were not hurt during the incident, he said.

Weigel has been an officer with the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department for over a year. Craig is a three-year veteran of the Indiana State Police, he said.

Detectives from the Indiana State Police-Sellersburg District will be leading the investigation, he said.

The investigation into the officer-involved shooting is being handled by Ric Hertel, prosecuting attorney for Ripley County. Dearborn Circuit Judge James Humphrey made the appointment on Saturday afternoon.

Dearborn-Ohio County Prosecuting Attorney Lynn M. Deddens sought Hertel’s appointment because of the local law enforcement officers involved in this case.

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Submitted photo: Indiana State Police and Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department responded to a disturbance at 12300 Five Point Road, Jackson Township.

At approximately 10:50 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, officers from the Indiana State Police and Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department responded to a disturbance, reported to involve a man armed with a firearm, at 12300 Five Point Road in Jackson Township, said ISP Public Information Officer Stephen Wheeles.

When the Dearborn County Sheriff Deputy Brian Weigel and ISP Trooper Jordan Craig arrived and started to approach the residence, they were confronted by resident Christopher A. Schmitt, 58, who pointed a firearm at the officers, he said.

This resulted in both officers firing their weapons at the suspect. The suspect was struck by at least one of the officers’ rounds, he said.

The officers were able to render immediate first aid to the suspect and he was quickly transported to Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville, for medical treatment, said Wheeles.

After arriving at the hospital, Schmitt was pronounced deceased. The officers were not hurt during the incident, he said.

Weigel has been an officer with the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department for over a year. Craig is a three-year veteran of the Indiana State Police, he said.

Detectives from the Indiana State Police-Sellersburg District will be leading the investigation, he said.

The investigation into the officer-involved shooting is being handled by Ric Hertel, prosecuting attorney for Ripley County. Dearborn Circuit Judge James Humphrey made the appointment on Saturday afternoon.

Dearborn-Ohio County Prosecuting Attorney Lynn M. Deddens sought Hertel’s appointment because of the local law enforcement officers involved in this case.

Submitted Photo: Volunteers take a break, posing in front of the bear barn at the Red Wolf Sanctuary in December. The crew helped erect the base of the raptor flight cage.

 

Eleven college and graduate school students from Auburn University spent four days in December volunteering at the Red Wolf Sanctuary and Raptor Rehabilitation Center just outside Rising Sun.

Mason J. Uhlmansiek photo: Sworn into their new or returning offices by Judge James Humphrey, far right, front row, from left: Doris Young, Sonja Keith, Kathy Halloran , Raymond Kirkpatrick, Bridgett Bolling, James Sonny Henry. Second row: Ethel Sissy Potter, Amy Hochstrasser, Connie Smith, Glen Potts, Todd Walton, Don Grace, Wayne Stahl, Deborah Thomason. Third row: Gary Kinnett, Chris Flood, Kevin Rohrbach, Lynn Deddens, Cliff Thies, Nannette Williams, Marty Dennis, Hannah Burka, John Wilbur, and Ed Hautman.

 

The majority of folks elected in the 2018 General Election Nov. 6 to positions in Ohio County were sworn in by Ohio County Circuit Court Judge James D. Humphrey Tuesday morning, Jan.

Sports

AURORA - Quite possibly the happiest 4-6 team in Indiana high school basketball this week, Rising Sun’s boys varsity Shiners won their first River Town Classic championship in 19 years of trying Sa

AURORA - Sophomore Lindsay Montgomery was a bright spot as Rising Sun girls basketball struggled to a pair of losses in last weekend’s 19th annual River Town Classic girls basketball tournament at

GREENSBURG - Rising Sun boys basketball returned to action after Christmas in the four-team Charger Holiday Classic at North Decatur, but the going proved tough for Coach Rick Scholl’s Shiners.

Community

1st Nine Weeks Honor Roll
A’s
Grade 9: Josie Bell, Elizabeth Jenkins, Anabel Lillie

Grade 10: Landon Cole, Jessica Dresmann, Emma Taylor, Madalyn Wilson

The Salem Hilltoppers Home Extension Club held its annual Christmas dinner/auction Thursday, Dec. 13, at the beautifully decorated home of Judy Riddell.

Members of the Theta Lambda Chapter of the Phi Beta Psi Sorority met Monday, Dec. 10, for their Christmas party at the restaurant of the Double Tree Hotel, Lawrenceburg.

Obituaries

Mildred SLucille (Richardson) Skirvin , 84, Moorefield, Ind., died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, Vevay, is in charge of arrangements.

Twana Renee (Brewer) Lyttle, 57, Vevay, died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, Vevay, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Paxton Edward Gullion, nine days, son of William Edward Gullion and BrookLynn Rose Atkins, died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, Vevay, is in charge of arrangements.