BEDFORD, IN - At 8:36 a.m. on May 19, 2009, the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department responded to a shots fired call at 1051 Trenton Circle, Bedford. Upon their arrival deputies discovered a male and female subject deceased from apparent gunshot wounds. The male subject was recognized by deputies as a Bedford Police Officer, an agency the Sheriffs Department works closely with. This prompted the Lawrence County Sheriff to contact the Indiana state Police Bloomington Post to head up the investigation.
Preliminary investigations indicate Kathryn R. Tucker, 29 had recently ended a relationship with Kyle Brown, 35. On the morning of Tuesday May 19, Mr. Brown drove his personal vehicle to her residence at which time he made entry into her home.
According to the Lawrence County Coroner, John Sherrill, both subjects died from apparent gunshot wounds. Mr. Brown's fatal wound appeared to be consistent with a self inflicted one.
Family members have been notified.
The Evansville man suspected of killing two children in a fire early Saturday could face the death penalty if convicted.
Jeffrey Weisheit will appear in a Vanderburgh County court this morning to face formal charges in the fire that killed 8-year-old Alyssa Lynch and her brother, Caleb, 5. A probable cause affidavit indicates at least one the children may have been bound.
“Obviously this is a potential death penalty case,” said Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Stan Levco. “It’s something I’ll be considering in the next two to three weeks.”
Weisheit appeared in court in Hamilton County, Ohio, on Monday where he waived extradition. He was booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail at 7 p.m. Monday and placed on suicide watch. When he is arraigned this morning, he is expected to face murder and arson charges.
On Monday, neighbors sifted through the scant, charred remains of the three-bedroom house on 10040 Fischer Road for anything they could salvage for the children’s mother, Lisa Lynch, who was at work when the fire began.
Next-door neighbor Kevin Glaser assembled a memorial to the children at the corner of the property — still surrounded by yellow police tape — that included flowers, stuffed animals, rock markers with their names, candles, crosses and plastic children’s sunglasses.
Friends said Lynch and her children moved in with Weisheit about a year ago and they appeared happy. Neighbor Jon Boring said they bought a four-wheeler a week ago to ride with the children.
“They brought it over and showed it to us,” he said.
Boring said he often saw the children playing outside.
“They were great kids, full of life, inquisitive,” he said. “They were always outside on the swing set or wanting to ride on the riding lawn mower.”
Boring said he has known Weisheit for nearly 20 years and had no indication that anything was wrong.
“I saw him about 5:30 p.m. that night (Friday) and he said he was going to watch a movie with the kids,” he said.
Alyssa Lynch was a second-grader at Cynthia Heights Elementary School in northern Vanderburgh County. The Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. crisis team of local counselors was at the school Monday, meeting with pupils who want to talk about their emotions.
About 12 children have thus far met with members of the counseling team, and “teachers have done a great job working with students in the classroom,” said Marsha Jackson, EVSC director of communications.
Several children at Cynthia Heights “understand (Alyssa) is not there, but they don’t understand the permanence,” Jackson said.
Weisheit, son of retired Evansville Police Department Lt. Bert Weisheit and a member of Laborers Local 561, bought the house in June 2008. Until March 25, he worked as a contract laborer for Industrial Contractors Inc. at a job at SABIC Innovative Plastics in Mount Vernon, Ind., said Denny Quinn, president of Industrial Contractors.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Weisheit was supposed to watch the children while Lynch was at work from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m., and then take them to Lynch’s parents house so he could go to work.
When deputies arriving at the fire scene realized that had not occurred and that Weisheit and his car were missing, they were able to locate it in Boone County, Ky., after Lynch called its OnStar emergency assistance service.
Weisheit was stopped by police in Kenton County, Ky., on Saturday after a chase.
The children’s bodies were found inside the house. An autopsy has indicated they died of smoke inhalation, according to the Vanderburgh County Coroner’s office, indicating that they were alive when the fire was set.
One of the children was found in a bedroom with two burned flares found near or under the body, according to the affidavit, and duct tape was also found that “may be evidence that the person had been bound in some fashion with the duct tape.”
Detective Randy Chapman of the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office interviewed Weisheit at University Hospital in Cincinnati. According to the affidavit, Weisheit said he had planned to leave the house a week before and that he did not want to take the “kids” with him.
Weisheit consistently stated he did not remember what happened to the children, according to the affidavit, but when asked if he set the fire, “Weisheit indicated that he had in fact set the fire.”
Weisheit also indicated he had not been drinking or taking drugs, according to the affidavit. Weisheit then ended the interview by indicating he wanted a lawyer.
Chapman worked with northern Kentucky police to get a search warrant for Weisheit’s car and a suitcase visible inside it.
Duct tape was also observed in the vehicle, according to the affidavit.
Weisheit was arrested after he confronted authorities and had to be stopped with a stun gun. He was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Edgewood, Ky., before being transferred to University Hospital.
He still faces two counts of attempted murder on a police officer in Erlanger, Ky.
Kenton County Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Sanders said if Weisheit receives anything less than the death penalty from the Indiana case, he will be brought back to Kentucky to face attempted murder charges.
Staff writers Lydia X. McCoy and John Martin and the Kentucky Enquirer contributed to this report.
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April 10, 2010
By Daniel Human, Kokomo Tribune staff writer
Kokomo — One of the women found dead Friday in a Courtland Avenue home placed a restraining order the day before against the man who police arrested in connection with the triple homicide investigation.
Lt. Don Whitehead, a spokesman for the Kokomo Police Department, confirmed this afternoon he was aware of the restraining order, but he had no further details.
According to online court records, Jessica Berg, 28, Gas City, filed on Thursday a petition for an order of protection against Jeremy M. Blanchard, 30, Gas City.
Berg, along with her mother, Rebecca Berg, 57, and David McPike, 62, were found dead Friday morning in McPike’s home in the 1500 block of Courtland Avenue.
Kokomo police sent out a nationwide announcement that the department was looking for Blanchard as a “person of interest” in the investigation. Kentucky State Police arrested him in London, Ky., later that night.
Whitehead would not comment on Blanchard’s association with any of the victims.
The Howard County coroner was conducting an autopsy of the victims this afternoon. Results likely won’t be available until early Sunday, Whitehead said.
Heather MacWilliams, Fox59.com
4:17 PM EDT, April 9, 2010
— Rebecca S. Berg, 57, Gas City, died on Friday, April 9, 2010, in Kokomo. Ms. Berg was born in Kokomo on Aug. 28, 1952, to the late Wilfred Eric and Charline (Mills) Harvey.
She was a 1970 graduate of Haworth High School and received a completion certificate from business school. Ms. Berg lived in Grant County for the past 30 years and worked in the radiology department for Marion General Hospital. She was passionate about exercise and loved dogs, especially her golden retriever, Truman. In her leisure time, she enjoyed spending time with her fiance, David McPike.
She is survived by son, Eric P. (Mary Condes) Berg, West Lafayette; grandson, Alexander J. Fritch; and brother, Randy Lee (Tia) Harvey, Fort Wayne.
In addition to her parents, Ms. Berg was preceded in death by her daughter, Jessica A. Berg, and her fiance, David McPike.
Services are 3 p.m. Saturday at Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home, Gas City Chapel, 200 N. 7th St., with Pastor Bill Campbell officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Gas City.
Friends may leave online condolences for the family at www.owenweilertduncan.com.
Times Correspondent | Posted: Wednesday, December 10, 2008 12:00 amMICHIGAN CITY
A Michigan City woman is dead from a gunshot and the father of two of her children -- currently hospitalized -- is charged with murder.
Michelle Brown, 29, was declared brain dead just before 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Anthony Memorial Health Center, according to Michigan City Police Detective Bureau Commander Lt. Sue Harrison.
Randolph Sanders II, 31, was charged about 2 p.m. when a judge in LaPorte Superior Court 1 found sufficient evidence to bring him to trial.
Sanders was still in the intensive care unit Tuesday afternoon at the same hospital.
Harrison said she did not know his official condition or prognosis.
According to police, officers responded to Normandy Village Apartments on the city's south side Monday just after 5 p.m.
Harrison said Sanders and Brown were inside a vehicle in the parking lot when he shot her once in the head then turned the gun on himself.
Harrison said an argument led up to the shooting but what led to the fight was not fully clear.
According to police, inside another vehicle nearby were three children including two boys, ages 6 and 2, the sons of Sanders and Brown.
Updated: Friday, 10 Apr 2009, 10:35 PM EDT
Published : Thursday, 09 Apr 2009, 4:17 PM EDT
ROANOKE, Ind. (WANE) - According to the Huntington County Sheriff's Department, two bodies were found inside a mobile home park in Roanoke late Thursday morning. It's a story NewsChannel 15 first broke on First at Five.
Around 11:30 am, the Roanoke Town Marshal was called to the Castle Hill Mobile Home Park at 15 Duke Boulevard for a welfare check on the residents.
Inside, police found the bodies of 26 year old Jeremy Stroh and 25 year old Nicole Scheiber. Stroh apparently shot Scheiber multiple times before turning the gun on himself.
The coroner says when Scheiber didn't show up for work, her employer called police.
There's no evidence that anyone else was involved.
Exonerated of rape by DNA evidence in 2006, Marlon Pendleton was pardoned in October by Gov. Rod Blagojevich, clearing the way for him to receive $140,000 for his wrongful imprisonment.
But the good news didn't last long.
Last week, Pendleton, who spent almost 10 years locked up for a rape he didn't commit, was charged with murder in the death of his girlfriend, Dannette Adkins, 45. Her body was discovered in his sister's Hammond home, where Pendleton was living.Pendleton is being held without bail at the Lake County Jail in Indiana. His criminal record also includes a separate rape conviction.
Pendleton was featured in a Tribune article this year about the heavy backlog of pardon applications sitting on the governor's desk, some that had been sitting for years. Since the story, the governor has pardoned more than 40 people convicted of felonies, including Pendleton, and a handful of other wrongfully convicted people.
Other news:Her body was discovered in his sister's Hammond home, where Pendleton was living.
December 27, 2008 by Francesca Jarosz | Star staff
January 28, 2009
A 38-year-old Jackson County man is accused of murder in the shooting death of his wife at their Dudleytown home last Thursday night.
Bryon S. Bradley of 2456 S. 750 E will be charged with the murder of his wife, authorities. Bradley remains at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where he was taken after an incident that left his wife, Nancy M. Bradley, 39, dead of a gunshot wound. Bradley inflicted cuts upon himself in an apparent attempted suicide, Sheriff Marc Lahrman said.
Authorities said, Nancy Bradley’s 16-year-old son was home at the time but was not injured. He and others who knew the Bradleys said there had been some squabbling between the couple recently, but police had not been to the home, Lahrman said. An autopsy was conducted at Louisville on Friday morning, the sheriff said.
Police reported Nancy Bradley found dead inside the couple’s residence just south of Dudleytown after police were called there after receiving a report of a female who had been shot. Jackson County Dispatch received a 911 call at 9:22 p.m. Thursday stating that a female had been shot and the male was still inside the residence with a gun.
Officers with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana State Police arrived on the scene, spoke briefly with a witness and entered the residence. Authorities said Bryon Bradley was located, secured and his injuries were treated by Jackson County Ambulance Service.
Nancy Bradley was pronounced dead at the scene by Jackson County Coroner Roger Wheeler.
Bryon Bradley was taken to Schneck Medical Center by Jackson County Ambulance Service and treated for his injuries. Later, he was flown to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis by PHI.
Sheriff’s department personnel have been traveling to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis to stand watch over Bradley.
Lahrman said he hopes that Bradley is soon well enough to be transferred to Wishard Hospital, which has a secure lockup for inmates.
“We’ve used them before, and they do a good job,” Lahrman said of the lockup, which is manned by Marion County Sheriff’s Department personnel.
“It’s a scheduling nightmare,” Lahrman said of sending officers to Methodist. “We have someone leaving every six or seven hours to go up there.”
The sheriff said Bradley could be brought home to appear in court in connection with his wife’s murder in a week or two.
Lahrman also said police are not sure how cooperative Bradley will be once his treatment begins to wind down.
“He’s been pretty sedated most of the time,” Lahrman said.
Detectives continue to work the case and are trying to put together every little detail they can, Lahrman said.
“We think we’re in pretty good shape,” he said.
BROWNSTOWN — A rural Seymour man pleaded guilty Monday to murdering his wife.
The murder plea of Bryon S. Bradley, 39, came less than 24 hours before he was to stand trial this morning in Jackson Circuit Court.
Bradley pleaded guilty around noon Monday before Jackson Circuit Judge Bill Vance. Vance ordered a sentencing investigation and set a hearing for 9 a.m. Jan. 4.
“I was unaware that was going to happen,” Chief Deputy Prosecutor Amy Travis said Monday afternoon.
She first learned from Bradley’s defense attorney, Shawn Louden of Seymour, that there might be a plea Monday morning.
“I checked with the mother of the victim and the father of the victim’s son, and they were supportive of a plea agreement if he was going to plead guilty to murder,” Travis said.
And that’s what Bradley was willing to plead to, the highest charge in Indiana. The charge carries what’s called an advisory sentence of 55 years imprisonment with a range of 45 years to 65 years, depending upon mitigating and aggravating circumstances in an individual case.
Travis said she was unaware of what caused Bradley to enter a guilty plea but did comment on the state’s case against him. “I think our evidence was really good,” she said.
Questioned Monday afternoon about the plea, Louden declined to comment on his client’s apparent change of heart in the case.
Bradley faced a murder charge as well as charges of criminal confinement and pointing a handgun in connection with the slaying of his wife, Nancy M. Bradley, in an apparent murder-suicide attempt at their home near Dudleytown on Jan. 22.
Officers responding to the Bradley home in Dudleytown found Nancy Bradley, 39, dead from a gunshot wound. A handgun was found next to her body. Bryon Bradley was found on a bed in the bedroom of the couple’s home at 2456 S. 750E. He had at least two self-inflicted cuts to his abdomen, police said.
Bradley was hospitalized on and off for several weeks after the incident. He is now being held at the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown.
According to the court documents, Bradley told police he and his wife been arguing, he had a gun and “it went bad.”
NASHVILLE — Dottie Andrews told a police detective that she shot her estranged husband once with a .25-caliber handgun early Friday morning.
Then, when he continued breathing, she shot him again.
Tuesday afternoon, Brown County Prosecutor Jim Oliver charged the 40-year-old woman with murder, arson and burglary.
She is accused of setting a fire at the Brown County home she once shared with her husband, breaking into the residence and then killing 44-year-old Robert Andrews as he slept.
She then put the man’s dog up on the bed and shot it dead as well.
The accused killer told police she intended to then kill herself, but the gun jammed.
From her bed at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where she is recovering from burns and smoke inhalation, she told Indiana State Police Detective Jeff Deckard she tried to carry the dog from the house, was overcome by the fire and then ran out and called 911.
After the blaze was extinguished, a sheriff’s deputy found her lying in a three-sided chicken coop near the house at 7880 Whispering Pines Drive in northern Brown County.
She had filed for divorce April 7.
She also was granted a restraining order against her husband in May, alleging he had been threatening toward her in the past.
A notebook found inside her red Chevrolet Blazer at the scene of the shooting was open to a page with the following words written on it: “I will see you in hell. The things you have done to me, not only cheating on me, but beating me up and raped me too, you sick freak.”
According to Deckard’s account of interviews with Dottie Andrews, the couple’s 20-year marriage had ended badly.
They had been living apart for more than 18 months.
She told Deckard she drove to the Whispering Pines subdivision about three miles north of Helmsburg last Thursday evening and parked down the road from her former home. She watched her husband grill his dinner and drink beer outside. She waited for an hour after the lights had gone out, then broke a window and entered the residence.
She told Deckard she looked at her husband’s cell phone and discovered that hours earlier he had called “some people he had promised that he wouldn’t communicate with,” according to an affidavit filed in the case. “‘She said this made her furious.”
She went to the garage and set a fire, then returned to the house.
“She said she went into Robert’s bedroom where he was asleep and shot Robert with a .25-caliber handgun,” the affidavit said. “He continued to breathe, and she shot him again.”
Her relatives said she had been living in Indianapolis the past few months with her sister.
They reported that Robert Andrews had been calling and threatening her two or three times a day, in violation of the protective order granted in Brown Circuit Court.
Dottie Andrews remains hospitalized in police custody. Oliver said she will be transported to the Brown County Jail in Nashville and held without bond when she is released.
She was listed in critical condition last Friday. Tuesday, hospital officials would not release information about her condition.
Oliver said she is expected to recover and return to face the charges against her.
Indianapolis - A candlelight vigil was held Saturday night for a young girl police say was shot and killed by her father.
Dwayne Johnson allegedly shot his eight-year-old daughter Jordan in the back bedroom of the family's home on Fletcher Avenue Wednesday before turning the gun on himself. The girl's mother, Ginger, found her husband and daughter dead when she returned home that afternoon.
Police say the Johnsons were on the verge of divorce. At the vigil remembering the little girl, friends, family and neighbors tried to come to grips with her death. One mother struggled to explain the death to her own child.
"She asked questions about how it happened, and I wasn't really sure how exactly how it happened, I just told her that her and her father died and they were shot," Rachel Patterson said. "I kinda left it at that. I don't want to kind of scare her with anything else."
Friends described Jordan as a little girl that never met a stranger.
"She was real nice and kind," one child said.
Ginger Johnson didn't attend the vigil for her late daughter, but her words were heard through a written note read by Cyndi Weisheit.
"She is her mommy's love and best friend," Weisheit read. "And now her baby's with angels and God. Now please remember her for what she was, a happy, loving, caring child who loved everyone with open arms, was a good student who loved to read and write."
The funeral for Jordan Johnson will be held on Monday.