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1/13/2017 - THPD investigating shooting Friday morning; two males transported for treatment
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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – The Terre Haute Police Department is currently investigating shooting that happened Friday morning on the northwest side of Terre Haute.

THPD reports the shooting happened around 5:30 a.m. at 1931 Woodlawn Avenue. Officials stated the shooting was the result of a reported burglary.

When officers arrived on scene they found one man who had been shot and another man who had been battered. Both were taken to a local hospital and are expected to recover.

At this time, no further information has been released.

If you have any information, contact the Terre Haute Police Department at (812) 232-1661 or Crime Stoppers (812) 238-STOP.

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1/12/2017 - Clay County Sheriff’s Office looking for suspect involved in battery case
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CLAY COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – The Clay County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a suspect wanted in connection with a battery case.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that on January 11 at 2:12 p.m. deputies were sent to Country Junction at 20 S. State Road 59 – this is located at the intersection of State Road 59 and State Road 46.

A witness stated the suspect was driving a tan Saturn Ion type vehicle and was described as being a stocky male in his late 20’s or early 30’s. Officials report the incident ‘stemmed over a possible road rage incident.’

If you have any information on this case or the suspect, call the Clay County Sheriff’s Office at (812) 446-2535 and ext. 5 or call Crime Stoppers at 812-238-STOP.

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1/11/2017 - Crime Stoppers needs your help in identifying two people of interest
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This week Crime Stoppers needs your help in identifying two people of interest in a case of theft and fraud. According to Vigo County Sheriff’s detectives, a report was filed in mid-November reporting a stolen credit card. The victim advised that someone was successful in using her credit card at several local businesses before she had time to cancel it. Take a look at the surveillance images obtained by detectives.

The first person of interest is a medium build, dark complected female, with dark hair, wearing a black shirt and jeans.

The second person of interest is a medium build, white male with dark hair, wearing a Pittsburg Steelers jersey.

If you have any information on the identity of the suspects involved, call our tip line at 812-238-STOP or go 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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1/11/2017 - Have you seen these guys? Vermillion County Sheriff seeks help in theft investigation
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VERMILLION COUNTY, Ind, (WTHI) – The Vermillion County Sheriff’s Department is asking for your help locating two suspects involved in a theft at a local business.

72Police told News 10 the suspects were driving gray or silver Pontiac Grand Am with dark tinted windows on the rear windows. The car appeared to have been made between 1999 and 2004.

If you have any information you are asked to contact the Vermillion County Sheriff’s Office at (765) 492-3838 or email them at tips@vcsheriff.com or call Crime Stoppers at 812-238-STOP.

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1/9/2017 - Police searching for suspect after alleged hit and run involving pedestrian
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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Police are investigating after a hit and run crash in Terre Haute Monday evening.

It happened around 5:30 at 1st and Wheeler Streets.

Police say the driver of a light blue Crown Victoria was driving west on Wheeler when he lost control of the car and hit a pedestrian.

The driver fled the scene on foot, leaving the car behind.

The pedestrian was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The driver is described as a black male in his mid 20’s.

If you have any information on the driver you are asked to contact the Terre Haute Police Department at 812-238-1661 or call Crime Stoppers at 812-238-STOP.

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1/6/2017 - Active search continues for man accused of knowingly spreading HIV
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In August, a judge ordered the release of 32-year-old Isiah Benford of Terre Haute and delayed his trial until February because some documents and witnesses were not shared with the defense sooner.

“If he was not brought to trial within a certain time period, then the court had no choice but to release him pending his trial,” said Prosecutor Terry Modesitt.

Benford awaits trial on 27 criminal counts including aggravated battery and failure to warn his partners of his HIV-positive status.

Vigo Superior Court Judge Michael Lewis previously said he was not happy with prosecutors for limiting the defense’s ability to prepare its case.

“Anytime you have issues in regards to evidentiary matter, such as witnesses, you don’t want to force the trial and lose if you don’t have the necessary pieces,” said Modesitt.

A warrant has been issued for his arrest on two counts of intimidation for threatening an alleged victim. “We need everybody with their eyes and ears open. Somebody knows something,” said Chief Deputy John Moats, with the Vigo County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials have received several tips and continue to follow-up on leads. They believe Benford could be out of town or even out of state.

“We’re kind of limited resource-wise to check those, other than calling those agencies, but some of these areas are rather large cities and that makes it kind of difficult,” said Moats.

“The trial, in my opinion, will go forward one way or the other,” added Modesitt.

If you see Benford or have any information regarding his whereabouts you’re asked to immediately call Crime Stoppers at (812) 238-STOP.

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1/5/2017 - Whooping crane found shot dead near Indiana wildlife area
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LYONS, Ind. (AP) — Conservation officers say a whooping crane that scientists were tracking was found shot dead in west-central Indiana.

Indiana Department of Natural Resources officials say that remains of the 5-year-old female crane were found Tuesday in a field along Indiana 67 near the Goose Pond State Fish and Wildlife Area. State officials say preliminary evidence suggests the bird was shot during the New Year’s Day weekend. State officials say there are only about 120 whooping cranes in the U.S. and they are federally endangered species.

Conservation Officer Nathan Lutz says the crane had a radio transmitter and was banded and had been tracked for several years. She had a chick last spring but it didn’t survive.

Authorities ask for anyone with information to contact conservation law enforcement.

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1/5/2017 - Police searching for Terre Haute home invasion suspects
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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Police are asking for information after an alleged home invasion and robbery in Terre Haute.

It happened Wednesday night around 9:00 on the 800 block of College Avenue.

According to the victims, they were waiting on a friend to arrive.

That’s when they heard a knock on the door.

They told police when they answered, four black males dressed in dark clothing with their faces covered forced their way inside the home.

They claim the suspects began threatening the residents and their family.

The victims told police they cooperated with the suspects while they took several items and then fled the area.

If you have any information you are asked to contact the Terre Haute Police Department at 812-238-1661 or Crime Stoppers at 812-238-STOP.

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1/4/2017 - Crime Stoppers needs your to help identify the suspects involved in three separate armed robbery cases
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This week Crime Stoppers has been asked to help identify the suspects involved in three separate armed robbery cases. According to Terre Haute City Police detectives, the robberies occurred in late November at the Jiffy Mini-Mart located at South 19th Street and Margaret Drive and The Express Mart located on North 3rd Street. In each case the suspects entered the stores and demanded money while holding the clerk at gun point.

 

 Take a look at the suspect images captured from the businesses. The first suspect appears to be a white male carrying a blue backpack while wearing a black hat and mask, black pants, and a black shirt with a white design on the front.

A second suspect appears to be a white male carrying a red bag while wearing a black hat and mask, black pants, a white shirt.

 The third suspect also appears to a white male and can be seen wearing a dark gray shirt, black pants and blue Nike athletic shoes.  

If you have any information on the identity of the suspects involved, call our tip line at 812-238-STOP or go online at WTHI-TV.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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1/3/2017 - 2-years since Marina Boelter went missing; ISP reports no new leads
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BLOOMFIELD, Ind. (WTHI) – This past holiday weekend marked two years since a Bloomfield woman disappeared.

And police are still asking for your help in finding some answers. Marina Boelter was last seen near the Bloomfield IGA on Dec. 31, 2014.

News 10 reached out to Indiana State Police and unfortunately they say there are no new leads in this case.

Marina was 18-years-old when she was reported missing.

If you have any information that could help law enforcement, call Crime Stoppers at (812) 238-STOP.

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1/2/2017 - Still Seeking Justice in Sullivan County Cold Case Murder
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FARMERSBURG, Ind. (WTHI) – The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office and Indiana State Police Investigators are still looking for justice for 51-year-old Jeanette Benson.

On the evening of January 2, 1981, Benson had returned to her Farmersburg home from grocery shopping.

That’s where she was found shot to death.

Sullivan County Sheriff Clark Cottom is doing all he can to keep a cold case murder spanning more than three decades from growing colder.

Cottom says, “The anniversary of these deaths are a very painful time for the families, and if anything good can come out of that is we can also take that anniversary as an opportunity to refresh the public’s memory, and ask the public for help.”

Jeanette’s husband, Emory, was at work in Terre Haute at the time of his wife’s murder.

Emory noticed his wife’s car was pulled to the side of the driveway where she normally did not park.

Police theorize the intruder’s vehicle blocked part of the driveway.
Cottom adds, “We have been able to establish that an intruder was inside the home when she arrived. Mrs. Benson not knowing it was an intruder, thought that it was someone giving her husband a ride home.”

But that wasn’t the case.

Cottom says a witness noticed an unfamiliar vehicle pull into the Benson’s drive.

The driver exited the vehicle, knocked on the door, and returned to his vehicle.

After that, the witness dismissed the situation and quit watching.

That’s when police believed the suspect broke into the home.

Cottom says, “They described him as tall, thin, possibly in his 20’s. We have to keep in mind now that this suspect, this individual, would likely be in his 50’s. So we’re asking the public to think back quite some time.”

One of the key pieces of the investigation is the vehicle the suspect was driving.

Cottom says, “We really feel like that car is a central part of this investigation. The neighbors kept a close eye on one another. They knew that that car did not fit there. And that car was there just moments prior to Mrs. Benson’s arrival.”

Cottom says the car was a “robin egg blue” Plymouth Valiant.

That’s what witnesses recall seeing in Benson’s driveway.

Investigators say they’ve exhausted many leads over the last 36 years.

Unfortunately, they haven’t been able to develop sufficient enough information for an arrest.

But, there are still potential leads to follow thanks to technology.

Cottom says, “Law enforcement has changed a great deal over the years and we have technology that was not available in the 1980’s. Through DNA analysis, touch DNA, there’s a lot of evidence that can be tested and we’ve requested those testings be done here as of late.”

Another possible source of information could be here in the Wabash Valley.

Cottom says, “We’re well aware that relationships change. Divorces occur. Friendships break up, and also sometimes peoples’ conscience get the better of them. So we continue in all of these cases to hope that somebody will come forward with the information needed to bring justice to this case.”

Cottom says through the suspect and car’s description, DNA testing, and help from the public, he believes police can find some answers.

But something he’s hopeful for is a change in the suspect’s heart.

The sheriff says, “We would want to remind the suspect that this case will not be forgot about. Nor will any other homicide case be forgot about. It will never go away. You need to do the right thing and come forward.”

Which could bring closure to this cold case murder.

If you know of any information concerning Mrs. Benson’s murder, contact the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office at 812-268-4308 or the Indiana State Police at 765-653-4114 or Crime Stoppers at 812-238-STOP.

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12/15/2016 - Crime Stoppers needs your help to identify a person of interest
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 This week Crime Stoppers has been asked to help identify a person of interest in a battery case. According to Terre Haute City Police detectives, on December 7th a female victim reported that she had been approached by an unknown older white male while working at the local Sears Store. During their conversation the male is alleged to have begun touching her in an inappropriate manner before leaving the store.

Take a look at surveillance images captured from the scene. The suspect appears to be a heavy set white male, with thinning dark hair and a beard. He also appears to have been wearing glasses, a dark colored jacket with a white shirt and blue jeans.

If you have any information on the identity of this person, call our tip line at 812-238-STOP or go online at WTHI-TV.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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11/21/2016 - Can you identify this person?
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This week the Terre Haute Police Department need s your help in identifying a person of interest.  The person pictured below is believed to have information regarding a vehicle theft case. 

 A 1996 Dodge Ram was stolen from Dreiser Sq.  The truck was primer gray.  The vehicle was later recovered, but someone had attempted to disguise the vehicle by painting dark gray, red, and gold flames on the bed and tailgate.  If anyone has information on who this man is or may have seen him with the vehicle at some point please contact Crime Stoppers at 812-238-STOP.

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11/9/2016 - This week’s Crime Stoppers case comes from the files of both the Parke and Vermillion County Sheriff’s Offices
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This week’s Crime Stoppers case comes from the files of both the Parke and Vermillion County Sheriff’s Offices. According to detectives, both the Kwik Stop gas station on St. Rd. 63 in Clinton and the Tiki Hut Mini Mart on US 36 east of Rockville were broken into during the early morning hours of October 24th.  Detectives advise that an undetermined amount of money was taken from one of these businesses.

Take a look at these images that detectives provided from the scene.

The person of interest appears to be a medium built, black male with a full beard wearing a multi-colored t-shirt.

Detectives also believe that the Dodge Charger pictured here was used during the commission of these crimes. 

If you have any information on the identity of this person of interest, call our tip line at 812-238-STOP or go 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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11/9/2016 - Have you seen this man? Goodwill on the lookout for thief
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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Have you seen this man?

That is the question Goodwill in Terre Haute is asking.

According to representatives from Goodwill, the man in the video broke into the office and stole from the store on 600 South 3rd Street.

That is the Goodwill location near 3rd and Crawford. 

It happened on October 21st at around 4:30 p.m.

He is described as a black male standing 6' 3? tall.

If you have any information, you are asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 812-238-1661 or call Goodwill at 812-235-1827.

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