Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office Responds to High Volume of Calls Last Weekend

Staff report

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ind. – June 25, 2023

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office had a busy weekend from Friday, June 16th to Monday, June 19th, according to a Facebook post by the LCSO.

During this period, officers were inundated with 150 calls for service, conducted over 60 traffic stops, pursued multiple arrest warrants related to ongoing criminal investigations, filed two reports of stolen vehicles (both later recovered), and provided additional patrols and assistance for various local events, including the Judah Heritage Festival, Bedrock Biker Rally, and Springville 5k.

In addition to their routine duties, the Sheriff’s Office also covered emergency calls in Mitchell while the local police department worked on achieving full staffing. This extra responsibility further contributed to the demanding workload faced by deputies.

Among the arrests made during this time were:

1.) On June 17th, around 12:15 pm, Sgt. Lonnie Johnson responded to reports of an intoxicated male causing disturbances and making female patrons uncomfortable at the Mitchell City Pool. Sgt. Johnson encountered Jeremy Hanna, a 36-year-old resident of Mitchell, who displayed signs of severe intoxication. Hanna was subsequently arrested for public intoxication.

2.) On June 18th, at approximately 3:00 pm, Officers Kenton Carter and Kinsley Duncan were dispatched to investigate a battery complaint at a facility in the 500 block of Diamond Road. Upon arrival, they discovered that an employee had been assaulted, resulting in injuries and bleeding. Officers arrested Jackie Camden, a 22-year-old resident of Bloomington, on charges of battery with injury and criminal mischief.

3.) On June 19th, Officers Harrison Fleetwood, Thomas Porter, and Whitney Daugherty arrested Tori Weiss, a 29-year-old resident of Mitchell. Officers Fleetwood and Porter discovered Weiss unconscious in a running Nissan car parked in the middle of Tunnelton Road. They detected the smell of alcohol upon waking her and observed signs of intoxication. Due to her heavily intoxicated state, Weiss was unable to complete standardized field sobriety tests. She was then transported to IU Health for a blood draw and medical clearance. During her time at the hospital, Weiss became combative with staff and assaulted two officers. She was subsequently arrested on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a prior conviction, resisting law enforcement by force, and battery on a law enforcement officer.

4.) On June 19th, around 9:30 am, Sgt. Lonnie Johnson responded to a family dispute in the 300 block of Old US 50. A 17-year-old male engaged in a verbal argument with a sibling, which escalated into a physical altercation resulting in injury. Officers had responded to similar incidents involving the same juvenile on multiple occasions in the past. Sgt. Johnson arrested the juvenile for the battery offense.

5.) On June 19th, at approximately 11:30 pm, Officers Bailey Duprey, Harrison Fleetwood, and Thomas Porter were dispatched to the 1800 block of Rabbitsville Road in response to a domestic violence incident. Kasie Johnson, a 36-year-old Mitchell resident, had allegedly turned a verbal argument into a physical confrontation by striking a male in the face with her fist. Johnson reportedly brandished a loaded firearm and pointed it at the male during the altercation. While being arrested and receiving medical clearance at IU Health for hand and knuckle injuries, Johnson assaulted one of the officers. Johnson was subsequently charged with domestic battery, pointing a loaded firearm, and battery on a law enforcement officer. Oolitic Town Marshal James Harrington provided assistance during the investigation and arrest.

It is essential to note that all suspects are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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