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1/15/2014 - From Our Cold Case Files
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On the morning of September 6th 1998, Erika Case (19 yrs. old) was found dead, by her sister, inside a West Terre Haute home on Sunflower Place.  Erika had been house sitting at the home, where her body was found.  Erika went to work at Honey Creek mall, the evening before and also was seen with two other males late in the evening.  The initial investigation into this case eventually went cold, but the Vigo County Sheriff’s Office has re-opened this tragic murder, with the hopes of solving the case and bringing Erika’s killer to justice.  We need your help. 

 If you have any information regarding this crime please contact Crime Stoppers at 238-STOP (7867), or toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).  You can also submit your tips online at www.wvcrimestoppers.org or text CRIMES (274637) MSG: WVCS and your message.

Remember all tips to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and you could receive up to $1,000 if your tip leads to an arrest.

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1/9/2014 - Police Investigating Two Cases Of Arson
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Police are investigating two cases of arson.

Mattoon Police say there was a fire at an apartment in the 1500 block of Richmond Avenue on December 22nd.

Then on January 7th, there was a fire at a home in the 1600 block of Moultrie Avenue.

If anyone has any information, call the Mattoon Police Department at (217) 235-5451, or call Crime Stoppers at 238-STOP

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1/8/2014 - Police Investigating Three Burglaries, Possibly Connected
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Police in Illinois are investigating recent burglaries at Valley businesses.

Oblong Police say someone broke into three businesses and stole money.

Police say the first incident happened at Main Street Diner last week.

Then over the weekend, police say Rusty Nail Hardware and Pizza & More were also burglarized.

Police believe all three incidents are connected.

If you have any information, call Oblong Police at (618) 592-4715, or call Crime Stoppers at 238-STOP.

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12/17/2013 - Vincennes Police Department looking for help in VFW burglary
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VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI) - The Vincennes Police Department is asking for help identifying suspects and the vehicle used in a burglary on Sunday evening.

Police have determined two suspects used pry bars to enter the Vincennes VFW lodge at 2401 Hart Street multiple times between 8 p.m. on Sunday and 12 a.m. Monday.

Officials believe two suspects, described as white males in heavy clothing, took off with two safes containing an undisclosed amount of cash.

A white 1990’s Ford E series panel van was used to leave the scene.

If you have any information about the two suspects or the whereabouts of the vehicle, contact the Vincennes Police Department at (812) 882-1630. Your call can remain anonymous, or Call Wabash Valley Crime Stoppers at 238-STOP.

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12/11/2013 - Reward announced for Edgar County Arson
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PARIS, IL (WTHI) - One Atlanta based law-firm says it has a reward for anyone with answers in an Edgar County Arson.

News 10 first told you about the arsons at the Edgar County airport in November.

Authorities believe someone torched the planes and took off.
Just last week, the airport manager stepped down, saying at one point, he feared for his safety.

XL Specialty Insurance Co. is offering a reward of Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00) for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of any person or persons in any way involved in the destruction and damage by fire of two Cessna 421 aircraft, federal registration numbers N25MA and N106PT on November 18, 2013 at approximately 10:00 p.m. at the  Edgar County Airport, Paris, Illinois.

Any information should be directed to Special Agent Derek Weston of the Illinois State Police, telephone (217) 278-5004 or Crime Stoppers at 238-STOP.

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11/14/2013 - Warrant issued for Olney attempted robbery
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OLNEY, Ill. (WTHI) - Authorities have issued a warrant for a suspect in a recent attempted bank robbery.

Olney police told News 10 Terrance, or Terry Booth has a warrant out for his arrest after reportedly attempting to rob the First National Bank in Olney on Tuesday.

Booth, 33, is described as being 6 foot tall and 190 pounds.

If you have any information on Booth`s whereabouts, contact Crime Stoppers at (812) 238-STOP

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11/7/2013 - Crime Stoppers needs your help with information on a recent fire
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This week Crime Stoppers needs your help with information on a recent fire that has been determined arson.  A fire in October at the Garden Quarter apartments was no accident according to the Honey Creek Fire Department who responded to the fire at around 1:00 AM Saturday, October 26th.   Damage to the apartment building was contained to the upper and lower apartment and there were no injuries reported.  If you have any information about this case…  Call our tip line at 238-STOP or Toll Free 800-222-TIPS or report online at wthitv.com and follow the links.  Remember all tips to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and you could receive up to $1000 if your tip leads to an arrest. 

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10/6/2013 - ISU reports attempted robbery
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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Indiana State University police have arrested four men and are searching for two others following an attempted robbery overnight.

The incident occurred shortly after 1 a.m. when the six men allegedly accosted two former students on a parking lot (Lot 14) at the southwest edge of campus. Police say one of the men knocked a male visitor to the ground and demanded anything of value. The other men then surrounded a female visitor and demanded valuables. Two of the six tried to pull a purse away from the woman. She resisted and some of the men began pushing and shoving her to prevent her from escaping.

A friend of the couple was nearby and called 911. University police took six people into custody shortly after the incident. Four were arrested and the other two were released. However, police are still searching for two more men believed to have been involved in the attack.

Indiana State students Myrin Kirksey, 19 of Gary, and Mykel Mayes, 18, of Crown Point, were arrested for attempted robbery while another student, Martel Murphy, 19, of Gary, along with Brandon Hollingsworth, 19, of Gary, were arrested for assisting a criminal. Hollingsworth is not an Indiana State student. The four men are scheduled to appear in Vigo Superior Court, Division 1, on Monday.

University police say the victims were on campus visiting current students. Nothing was stolen in the incident and there were no injuries.

If you have any information on this matter please call Crime Stoppers at 238-STOP.

 

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10/5/2013 - PD: Female sexually assaulted during `The Walk`
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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Officials report a female made a report with Indiana State University Police Saturday that she was sexually assaulted while participating in ISU’s Homecoming event, ‘The Walk.’

The female victim states she was grabbed by the throat by an unknown male while walking the 2000 block of Wabash Avenue between 2 and 2:30 p.m. Officials report she was pulled into an ally and sexually assaulted.

The suspect is described as a dark complected black male, about 6’5”, heavyset, short hair wearing a blue shirt and dark ‘skinny’ jeans.

The suspect was last seen walking east on Wabash Avenue. University police are stating the female victim is not a student at ISU. 

 If you have any information concerning this incident contact the ISU Police Department at (812) 237-7829 or Call Crime Stoppers at 238-STOP.

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10/2/2013 - Store employee robbed early WednesdayCAPTURED
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Arrest made in Express Mart robbery.

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - One man is behind bars in connection to an armed robbery that occurred Oct. 2.

Kevin Brown, 22, faces possible charges of robbery after the early morning robbery at the Express Mart on Locust Street in Terre Hate.

The employee reported a suspect held him at gunpoint and took more than $200 of personal money from that employee.

Brown is being held on $50,000 bond.

TERRE HAUTE, IND. (WTHI) - Terre Haute police are looking for an armed robbery.

It happened a little after 2:30 Wednesday morning at the Express Mart located at 1255 Locust Street on Terre Haute`s north side.

A store worker told police the suspect held him at gunpoint.

The robber didn`t take any money from the store, but took more than $200 from the store employee.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 20s with a shaved head.

He was wearing a white T-shirt and baggy pants.

If you know anything about this incident, call Crime Stoppers at 238-STOP.

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9/19/2013 - The Vigo County Sheriff`s Office Needs Your Help
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Can you Identify the person in this photo?  On September 15, 2013 she walked out of Wal-Mart with out paying for the items in her cart.  She got into a maroon colored van with Indiana License plates.

 

If you can Identify this woman or have any information please call Crime stoppers at 238-STOP.

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9/18/2013 - Police look for armed robbery suspect
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Convenience store robbed early Tuesday.

TERRE HAUTE, IND. (WTHI) - Terre Haute police are looking for an armed robbery suspect.

It happened just after 4:00 Tuesday morning at the Express Mart, located at Lafayette and 25th on the city`s north side.

Police say the suspect took off running south after stealing about $100.

The suspect is described as a white male in his early 20s.

He is said to be around 5`6", 150lbs with dirty blonde hair.

The man was last seen wearing a dark blue hoodie, black sweat pants, black gloves and had a cloth or bandana around his face.

No injuries were reported in this robbery.

If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 238-STOP.

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8/28/2013 - Community: ISP Detectives Still Seeking Information in the Death of Lowell Badger, Sullivan County.
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Community: ISP Detectives Still Seeking Information in the Death of Lowell Badger, Sullivan County.

Sullivan County—On this date (August 28) in 1927, Lowell R. Badger was born and on this date in 1949, he married his sweetheart Nellie. Together they farmed and raised a wonderful family in rural Sullivan County. Tragically, between 8:00pm on December 7th, and 9:23am on December 8th, 2012, Lowell’s vibrant life was taken by unknown person (s) during a home invasion at his residence at 10447 West County Road 350 North, Sullivan County. Mr. Badger was found deceased on his bedroom floor from a gunshot wound.

Working with the Badger family, Indiana State Police detectives from the Putnamville Post along with the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office are seeking answers to this heinous crime.

One new piece of information is now being released to the public. Detectives are looking for Lowell’s missing safe, a light to medium dark gray, measuring 23 1/2 tall, 17” depth, and 17 “ wide, in pristine condition and manufactured by John D. Brush and Company. A picture of a very similar safe is attached, but it is not an actual photo of the Badger safe. Already released was Lowell’s stolen black 46” Sony Bravia LCD television.

Detectives are requesting the public reminisce and determine if any of their spouses, family members, acquaintances, etc. displayed nervous or erratic behavior or possessed similar items to those taken, since the death of Lowell Badger. If they have, please contact law enforcement.

Anyone with information in this case is urged to call ISP Detectives First Sergeant Jeff Hearon or Tom Hanks at the Putnamville Post, 765-653-4114 or the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office at 812-268-4044. Persons can also submit their tips by calling crime stoppers at 812-238-STOP (7867) or 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or by submitting their tips online at http://www.wvcrimestoppers.org/. Persons providing information can remain anonymous.

A reward of $38,000 has been established and available for person (s) who provide information leading to the arrest and conviction for those responsible for the Badger homicide.

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8/16/2013 - THPD Needs Your Help
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On May 5th, 2013 two unknown white males were observed on closed circuit television on the lot at Car Credit Auto Sales on N. 3rd st. in Terre Haute. They were behaving suspiciously and at one point one of them wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt with a goatee was observed entering and then driving away in red Ford F-150. Another vehicle, a Jeep Cherokee was off screen and could not be seen but was also stolen. A third vehicle had a damaged ignition, but was not stolen at the time. Both males are in their late 20’s or early 30’s. The male with the goatee and hooded sweatshirt was seen in the video smoking a cigarette as well. Attached are several photographs of the suspects.

If you know the identity of these suspects or have any information please call Crime Stoppers at 238-STOP.

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7/22/2013 - Can You Identify This Woman?
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0n July 19,2013 at approximately 5:45pm an unidentified white female entered the South Walmart store located at 5555 S US Hwy 41 in Terre Haute, IN.  The female exited the store without paying for any of her merchandise.  If you can Identify this female, (see images below),






Please call Crime Stoppers at 238-STOP.

 

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