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Lawrence County Zephyr top 6 out of 12 top stories of 2023

LAWRENCE COUNTY - DECEMBER 28 - 2023 - Here is a look back at the top 6 out of 12 stories of 2023 , another six will be listed in another feature:


Top six stories 2024 :


Number One:


  • BEDFORD - FEBRUARY 7, 2023 - A Bedford man was killed in a traffic accident on Indiana State Road 37 at John Williams Blvd. Monday morning. No other persons were injured in the accident.


Michael D. Wright, 65, Bedford was pronounced dead at the scene, of a three-vehicle accident.


The call reporting the accident came in at 11:44 am.


According to the police report Wright was stopped in left lane of southbound Indiana State Road 37 working on his disabled vehicle.



According to one witness account the hood of the vehicle was up and did not have any emergency flashers activated.


Kasey Caraway, age 49, Bedford, driving her 2005 Cadilac Escalade struck Wright's vehicle, according to witnesses it did not appear that Caraway was slowing down or changing lanes when her vehicle struck Wright's 1985 Jeep Wrangler.



Rebecca French, age 61, Bloomington was traveling in the right lane of Indiana State Road 37 in her 2013 Nissan Frontier, and she swerved to miss debris from the accident and struck Wright, who was thrown in her path.


According to the police report, none of the drivers appeared to be impaired. All the drivers involved were given blood tests to determine whether they were impaired which is standard in these types of accidents. Results from the tests are pending.


Photo: Traffic was diverted onto Bellback Road Monday morning while officers investigated the fatal accident


Indiana State Road 37 southbound lanes at Indiana State Road 58 were closed for several minutes while the accident was being investigated.


Bedford Police Department, Bedford Fire Department, IU Lifeline Ambulance, Lawrence County Coroner's Office, and Mikels Towing were at the scene.


Lawrence County Fire Territory Ambulance was dispatched to the scene but was later disregarded while enroute.


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Number Two:


HURON - AUGUST 24, 2023 - Updated : A five year old child was airlifted to Norton's Children's Hospital after a passenger vehicle struck a small child and residence Thursday afternoon.



The accident was reported at 4:15 pm in the 5300 block of U.S. 50 West just west of truck lane hill.



The passenger vehicle was traveling westbound on U.S. 50 and went off the roadway and traveled several hundred feet hitting the child and his grandfather and the residence.




Emergency personnel from Bedford Fire Department, Huron Volunteer Fire Department, Marion Township Volunteer Fire Department along with two ambulances from IU Lifeline and one ambulance from Lawrence County Fire Territory and AirEvac air ambulance responded to the scene.


Video: AirEvac 17 departs an accident scene on U.S. 50 West to Norton's Children Hospital Louisville, KY


A landing zone was in a yard next to the accident scene and AirEvac 17 Paoli, Indiana landed while the child was treated at the scene by ambulance personnel.



Two adult patients, which included one from the vehicle was transported from the scene emergent by Lawrence County Ambulance and the second by IU Lifeline ground ambulance. Their conditions are unknown.



The accident is under investigation by Lawrence County Sheriff Department with complete details not being released at a later time.


For breaking news, news and information go to lczephyr.org or like/follow the Lawrence County Facebook page.



Number Three:


  • MITCHELL - SEPTEMBER 26, 2023 - The Indiana State Police was contacted to lead the death investigation of two children at 1211 Brooks Street in Mitchell Tuesday afternoon.


At 4:16 pm Lawrence County County 9-1-1 Central Dispatch received the call reporting the killing of two children a male age 3, and a female child age 1.


Brittany Medina, 33 has been arrested for their murder.



The bodies of the children was transported from the scene to the Lawrence County morgue where the autopsies are scheduled to be performed.



The Mitchell Police Department, Mitchell Fire Department and IU Lifeline Ambulance responded initially to the call.



Brook Street between 12th and 13th streets and 13th Street from Brook and West Oak Streets was closed for several hours as crime scene tape was lined around the residence.



Lawrence County Prosecutor Sam Arp II and Lawrence County death investigator Robert Herr arrived at the scene to assist Mitchell Police Department in the initial investigation. The Indiana State Police was then asked to take over the investigation.



The Indiana State Police Crime Scene investigators arrived just before 6:00 pm to process the scene.


This remains to be an active investigation.


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Number Four:


Bedford man dead following officer involved shooting on Western Avenue with Bedford Police officers


BEDFORD - SEPTEMBER - 29, 2023 - A Bedford man is dead and three Bedford, Indiana police officers are placed on leave following a officer involved shooting Thursday night.



The three officers names have not been released at this time.


 Placing officers on leave is common practice when officers are involved in these types of incidents.


The Bedford Police officers were assisted by officers from the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department, and Oolitic Marshal's office after shots rang out Thursday night.


Two vehicles which included the vehicle the suspect was driving, came to rest next to the home at 2755 Western Avenue and colliding with a Bedford police cruiser.


 Neighbors told the Lawrence County Zephyr that the shots could be heard several blocks.


Bedford Mayor Sam Craig, Bedford Police Chief Terry Moore and Lawrence County Prosecutor Sam Arp II was on the scene along with numerous law enforcement officers.


Police cruisers lined Western Avenue, the alley west of Western Avenue and 29th Street throughout the night into Friday morning.


A chaplain arrived on the scene about 11:30 pm to assist the family and emergency personnel.


As of 4:30 am the scene was still being processed by the Indiana State Police.




Photo: Investigators from the Indiana State Police was contacted to lead the investigation of an officer involved shooting on Western Avenue in Bedford


The Indiana State Police released the following press release just before 4:35 am Friday morning on the shooting.



 Detectives from the Indiana State Police Bloomington and Jasper Districts initiated, late Thursday evening, an investigation into a police officer-action shooting involving three officers from the Bedford Police Department.



The incident started earlier Thursday, at approximately 9:57 p.m., when a female subject arrived at the Bedford Police Department wishing to file a harassment complaint and report she was followed by a male subject, later identified as Daymon A. Hubbard, 47, of Bedford, to the police department in a gray Chevrolet Trax.



Photo: Bedford Police Chief Terry Moore talks with Bedford Mayor Sam Craig Thursday night


 At approximately 10:05 p.m., a Bedford officer believed he observed the Chevrolet Trax on 17th Street near the K Street intersection.


Bedford officers followed the vehicle to the Western Avenue area when a vehicle pursuit was initiated.



The Chevrolet Trax struck a patrol vehicle during the pursuit.


When Hubbard arrived at 2755 Western Avenue, the incident escalated, and three Bedford Police Department officers discharged their weapons.


 At approximately 10:37 p.m., officers requested an ambulance, and Hubbard was transported to IU Health Bedford Hospital where he succumbed to his gunshot wounds.



The incident involving the Bedford Police Officers was captured on body cameras. Investigators from the Bloomington and Jasper Districts as well as Crime Scene Investigators from both districts responded to the scene. Crime Scene Investigators documented and processed evidence at the incident location.


The Lawrence County Prosecutor's Office responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.


No uninvolved citizens or officers were injured during the incident.


Bedford Police Department Chief Terry Moore advised the three officers would be placed on administrative leave.


 The information in this release is preliminary as the matter remains under investigation and detectives are working closely with the prosecutor’s office.


This makes the second officer involved shootings this year in Lawrence County.



 In February, Lawrence County Deputy Joshua Rhoades and Mitchell Police Officer Christian Anderson were injured in that officer involved shooting.


Anthony Richmond, West Baden, Indiana the suspect in that case died at the scene.


Lawrence County Zephyr will monitor developments on this news story.


For breaking news, news and information go to lczephyr.org or like follow the Lawrence County Zephyr Facebook page.


Number five:


Beach at West Boggs Park Closed until further notice

Loogootee - JULY 29, 2023 - BEACH CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.


We just got our test results back today, 7/28/2023 and the Blue Green Algae is in full bloom. Due to the excessive heat and weather lately, our numbers changed quickly and exceeded the guidelines for swimming.



Photo: : The beach at the park is closed until further notice

The following was released by the West Boggs Park officials:


 We just wanted to share that we are routinely testing our water quality in order to keep you advised of lake conditions.

At this time, the swimming beach is closed. While recreational boating and fishing are still allowed within guidelines suggested by IDEM, we would caution you to carefully consider your interactions with the lake.

Be careful to keep people and especially all pets out of the water at all times until we are in the clear with our water testing.

If you do come into contact with any lake water, be sure to clean up with hot, soapy water, and keep water away from your mouth and eyes.

We understand this closure can be frustrating to our visitors, but we do care about the safety of all of our park lovers! Many lakes around the state experience this same algae bloom in the hotter months.

While we wait for a thumbs up from our testing lab, please take time to enjoy our trails, disc golf, activities, and beautiful green spaces!,"


For breaking news, news and information go to lczephyr.org. or like/follow the Lawrence County Facebook Page.


Number six :


MARTIN COUNTY - JUNE 3, 2023 - Update: MARTIN COUNTY - JUNE 5, 2023 - Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating after recovering the bodies of two juveniles from the White River in Martin County just west of the Lawrence County line.



On Saturday at approximately 6:30 p.m., officers responded to the river near the 1800 block of Huron/Williams Road regarding a report of two people missing in the water.


Witnesses said the two had been swimming in the river and were last seen being carried downstream by the current and then going under the surface of the water.


Search efforts commenced that included surface searches by airboat, underwater sonar, and dragging equipment, along with public safety divers.



Other responding agencies included the Martin County Sheriff’s Department, Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, Indian Creek Fire Department, Martin County Ambulance, Martin County Coroner’s Office, and Vincennes Township Fire Department.


 Local residents also played a vital role in transporting equipment and officers by all-terrain vehicle in the remote location.


For breaking news, news and information go to lczephyr.org or like/follow the Lawrence County Zephyr Facebook page.



Update 8:30 pm Sunday June 24, 2023 - Both juveniles now have been recovered from the White River who went missing Saturday evening.



The incident is be handled by the Indiana Conservation Department. The Indian Creek Township Volunteer Fire Department assisted with their boat they have purchased for water rescues in their response area both in Lawrence and Martin Counties.


Additional information by the IDNR will be released at a later time. Lawrence County has asked for a press release about the incident early this morning at 8:30 am and have not received a response.

The names and ages have not been released at this time.



Lawrence County Zephyr will update you on this story when more information becomes available.


Update: 5:00 pm Sunday June 4, 2022 - One of the drowning victims have been recovered from the White River shortly before 3:00 pm The other victim remains missing.


The search continues at this time. The approximate location of the incident and area of concentration of the search have been near Chase Riffle and Clark's Ferry located down stream from the Williams Covered Bridge.


The area is a remote location along the White River between Lawrence and Martin County.


Please respect the privacy of the family at this time.


No other information will be released until a press release has been issued by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.


Lawrence County Zephyr will update the story when more information becomes available.


Update: The search continue for two missing juveniles , according to reports the two fell in the water after wading in the water.  Complete details have not been released by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources who resumed recovery operations this morning.  Updates will continue when more information becomes available.




At this time the search has discontinued and will start Sunday morning. The Lawrence County Zephyr is waiting on an official press release from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources before any details are released.


The story will be updated here.


A search is underway for two missing juveniles on the White River in Martin County.



Emergency personnel from several agencies are conducting the search, including the Indian Creek Township Volunteer Fire Department from Fayetteville.


No other information is available at this time.


For breaking news, news and information go to lczephyr.org or like/follow the Lawrence County Zephyr Facebook page.


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