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2 motorcyclists hit during vehicle pursuit on U.S. 41; police looking for suspect (2017/09/13)
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Police were called to the scene of a serious accident on Third Street near the Fairgrounds in Terre Haute.
The accident happened around 8 p.m. Wednesday evening in the northbound lanes right in front of Vigo Dodge car dealership.
Vigo County Sheriff Greg Ewing told our crew that a deputy was trying to make a traffic stop on a suspect who was wanted for theft from Wal-Mart on the south side of town.
"That person failed to yield, or stop for the Deputy. A pursuit then ensued at which time the suspect vehicle struck one of the motorcyclists," Sheriff Ewing.
Ewing explained the two motorcyclists were brothers from Wisconsin and one is a police officer.
Police report the suspect lost control and crashed later taking off on foot. Multiple agencies including Indiana State Police with K9 units are currently searching the area for the suspect.
Police do not know the name of the suspect but he is described as a white male, 5'9" last seen wearing a black t-shirt.
Sheriff Ewing stated both motorcyclists suffered serious head injuries. One was taken to Methodist Hospital by medical helicopter and the other was taken to Regional Hospital. At this time they do not know their conditions.
Northbound traffic was shut down at Springhill Drive and is expected to be closed for several hours. Southbound traffic was moving slowly .
This is a developing story and will be updated when information becomes available.
2004 fatal hit and run (2017/08/30)
This week Crime Stoppers needs your help in providing information in a 2004 fatal hit and run case that occurred in western Vigo County. According to Vigo County Sheriff’s Investigators, during the early morning hours of February 29th, 27 year old Ivan Christopher Sears had just left work and was walking home eastbound on US Highway 40 when he was struck by a vehicle and killed. The driver of the vehicle did not stop nor did they report the incident. Evidence collected from the scene leads Investigators to believe the vehicle involved was a unknown color 1985 to 1987 Chevrolet Astrovan similar to the one pictured here.
If you have any information on this case 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.
Witness releases hand drawn sketches in arson investigation (2017/08/24)
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - New details are being released in a Terre Haute arson. This comes more than two weeks after a fire at a vacant home on North 16th Street.
A breakthrough in the investigation could help officials catch the person or people responsible.
"The houses don't talk to us, so we can't ask them, like the victim of a battery or assault, who done this," said Norm Loudermilk, Arson Investigator with the Terre Haute Fire Department.
Investigators rely on neighbors. "We really don't solve any crimes in the community without the help of the citizens, that's why it's so important we have a good relationship with the public," explained Loudermilk.
Now, officials are looking for two people they want to talk with. Sketches were drawn by a witness, who is also an artist.
The first person is described as a white male with a thin build. "Wearing a Cincinnati Reds cap. He was riding a bicycle with red rims and was carrying a gas can," said Loudermilk.
The other person of interest is also a white male but medium build. "Was riding a bicycle, had wrap-around sports glasses, and appeared that he had a cleft lip," said Loudermilk.
He’s optimistic the detailed descriptions could help close the case.
"We need to put a stop to it the best we can, get the people the help they need that are doing these crimes, and punish the ones that continue to do it," said Loudermilk.
If you have any information about the people in the sketches you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at (812) 238-STOP.
Officials looking for suspects, fire near 16th and Plum ruled arson (2017/08/09)
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Police are now looking for possible suspects who could be responsible for a Wednesday morning house fire near 16th and Plum in Terre Haute
The fire started around 9:30 a.m. and officials report the fire started on the front porch.
Arson Investigator Norm Loudermilk says the house has been vacant and without power for months. Loudermilk says due to the circumstances there's no doubt this was an arson.
He wants to stress that they will not tolerate this kind of dangerous act.
“Bad thing about it is people are asleep next door or they were are at work so it's pretty dangerous for this kind of thing to happen in this type of neighborhood,” Loudermilk stated.
Police are currently working on locating potential suspects. But get this, a witness is actually a sketch artist. We have been told a sketch will be shared at a later date.
If you have any information on this fire, call Crime Stoppers at (812) 238-STOP.
All clear: Police search and clear Terre Haute North after threats of gunman and explosives (2017/04/07)
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Vigo County students are back at home with their loved ones.
This comes after Terre Haute Police investigate a threat at a Terre Haute high school.
News 10 has learned the suspect police believe is responsible for a threat at Terre Haute North Vigo High School remains at large.
It all started just before 11:00 Friday morning.
Police responded to reports of someone with an AR-15 and explosives at the school.
Vigo County School Corporation leaders immediately placed the school under a `code red.`
Students were evacuated to the gym.
That is when police sent in around 50 officers, including K-9s to search for any bombs.
After searching each classroom, police found no evidence that the threats were true.
The students were later released into their parent`s custody.
The Terre Haute Police Department and the Vigo County School Corporation held a joint press conference Friday afternoon at the Vigo County School Corporation building.
Superintendent Danny Tanoos and North Principal Robin Smith say protocol was followed when the threat was made.
Now, the search is on for who made the threat.
Police Chief John Plasse said his desk officer took the initial call from the suspect, who was then transferred to Central Dispatch.
The suspect told the dispatcher he was inside a restroom with the AR-15 and explosives, and he wanted a ransom paid, or he was going to detonate the bombs.
Plasse said at the end of the day, they found no evidence of explosives or a weapon at the school.
"I would like to ask the community that if you think you know a tip that might be significant or even insignificant to call Crime Stoppers at 812-238-STOP. Call the police because we want this individual taken into custody as soon as possible," Chief Plasse said.
After school activitis proceeded as normal.
Tanoos said there would be school on Monday, though he anticipates throwing additional resources to the school, including a few extra officers just to help everyone feel safer.
THPD: Extensive damage done during burglary at building on S. 13th Street (2017/03/15)
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - The Terre Haute Police Department is investigating a recent burglary at a building located on South 13th Street.
THPD reports during the burglary at 2025 S. 13th Street there was thousands of dollars worth of damage done.
If you have any information on this case, contact THPD Detective Long at (812) 244-2230 or call Crime Stoppers at 812-238-STOP.
Vigo County Sheriff’s Office investigation early morning armed robbery in Garden Quarter Apartments (2016/07/22)
VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – The Vigo County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a Friday morning armed robbery that happened in Garden Quarter Apartments.
Chief Deputy John Moats report the armed robbery happened at 7830 Lakeside Court.
The victim told deputies that he was in his bedroom when he heard someone in his living room. When he got to the living room he saw two males, one white and one black. One suspect was holding the TV while the other suspect was pointing a handgun.
Officials report one suspect ‘repeatedly told the victim to get back’ as both of the suspects moved towards the door.
“The victim stated he remembers two shots being fired while the suspects were leaving.” the press release stated.
The Vigo County Sheriff’s Office continues to follow up on leads in regards to this case, but they are asking for help from the community. If you have any information in regards to this robbery you can call Vigo County Sheriff’s Detective Tim Osburn at (812) 462-3226 or Crime Stoppers at (812) 238-STOP.
THPD investigates a Sunday afternoon shooting (2016/05/22)
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Police respond to a shooting Sunday afternoon in Terre Haute.
Around 4 p.m. officers responded to the 4300 block of north 13th 1/2 street.
The victim is a 25-year-old white male from Terre Haute.
Witnesses in the neighborhood say they heard multiple shots being fired.
They also report that they saw an older model, black, Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck flee the area at the time of the shooting.
The suspects are unknown at this time.
The victim was taken by his girlfriend to an area hospital where he was then transferred to an Indianapolis hospital.
The Terre Haute Police Department is actively investigating this case.
Anyone with information about this incident would please call the Terre Haute Police Department at 812-238-1661 or Crime Stoppers at 812-238-STOP.
Caught on Camera: Women getting purses snatched in broad daylight at Terre Haute grocery stores (2016/04/21)
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Surveillance video shows a shocking reoccurring incident at Terre Haute grocery stores.
Police say on three different occasions a car has driven up to women unloading their shopping carts and snatched their purses.
One incident happened in the parking lot of Kroger on Wabash Avenue. The car pulled up while a woman was unloading groceries into her car, and someone snatched the purse right off her shoulder.
Another time it happened at Baesler’s, involving a different woman.
She was however approached by the same car…with the same results. Her purse was stolen.
One more incident was caught on camera.
Police believe there are two suspects involved.
One of them is described as a white male in his 40’s with a beard.
The second can only be described as a female.
They say the car was a Toyota Camry.
The model of the Camry was anywhere between 1993 to 1996, gold or champagne colored.
If you have any information about this crime, please contact the Terre Haute Police Department, or call Crime Stoppers at 812-238-STOP.
THPD releases photos of suspect after Regions Bank robbed on Third Street (2016/02/29)
TERRE HAUTE, Ind (WTHI) – The Terre Haute Police Department has released photos of the suspect wanted in connection with an armed robbery at the Regions Bank on Third Street.
Officials report it happened at 9:36 a.m. on Monday when a black male walked into the bank, displayed a handgun and ordered everyone behind the counter. He then ordered an employee to place all of the money in a bag.
The suspect then exited the bank with an undisclosed amount of money and fled in an unknown direction. Detectives are currently continuing to investigate this incident.
The suspect is described as a black male wearing a gray stocking cap, sunglasses, denim jean, white tennis shoes and a dark jacket.
If you have any information in regards to this case, call the Terre Haute Police Department at (812) 238-1661 or Crime Stoppers.
Police looking for suspect after Clinton hit and run (2016/02/23)
CLINTON, Ind. (WTHI) – Police in Clinton are looking for a suspect after a hit and run crash.
It happened on Tuesday near 4th and Vine Streets.
Police say the driver of a pick-up truck hit a woman in a van and then fled the scene.
The driver of the truck hit a sign at an area funeral home and then ran on foot leaving the truck.
The driver of the van was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
We will continue to follow this story and bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.
If you have any information please call Crime Stoppers at 812-238-STOP.
Terre Haute police busy with several armed robberies (2016/01/13)
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Terre Haute police responded to several overnight armed robberies.
The first happened just before 1:00 Wednesday morning at the Marathon station located at 13th and Locust.
Police say the suspect was a black male, wearing a mask and a grey or black hoodie.
He showed a long rifle, said to resemble an army gun.
The suspect ran away.
Then about 10 minutes later, Terre Haute police were called to the Phillips 66 Jiffy on North 3rd Street.
Police say two black males robbed the store.
One was armed with an AK-47?, while the other had a handgun.
Police began chasing a suspect vehicle shortly after.
That chase led them through downtown Terre Haute.
At one point, the chase came right past our WTHI studios with police and the suspect’s vehicle heading in the wrong direction down Ohio Street.
The chase ended when the vehicle crashed behind Graham Grain on South U-S Highway 41.
Police arrested two suspects, but are still looking for a third.
The AK-47 and a large amount of money was found and taken by police.
Then at around 2:30 Wednesday morning, officers were called to yet another armed robbery.
This one happening at the Phillips 66 Jiffy on North Fruitridge, across from Terre Haute North Vigo High School.
We’re told a short white man, wearing a mask, pulled a pistol on the store employee.
He got away with an undisclosed amount of money.
The suspect was wearing a dark track suit.
So far, no arrest has been made in this robbery.
If you have any information 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.
Police searching for suspect accused of armed robbery at Terre Haute CVS (2015/12/07)
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – The Terre Haute Police Department is asking for your help after an armed robbery at a Terre Haute pharmacy.
It happened Sunday afternoon at CVS on 9th and Poplar Streets.
An employee told police a black male wearing a dark colored hoodie handed a note to the pharmacy teller.
The note said he was robbing the pharmacy.
The employee gave the man an undisclosed amount of a controlled prescription medication.
Witnesses say the man fled the scene in a 2008 red Chevy Impala.
If you have information, you are asked to call the Terre Haute Police Department at 812-244-2100 or 812-244-2218.
You can also contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or 812-238-STOP.
Salvation Army donation bucket stolen in Sullivan (2015/12/02)
Two in Custody.
SULLIVAN, Ind. (WTHI) – Officials have now released the video from the Casey’s General Store in Sullivan after a Salvation Army donation bucket full of donations was stolen.
Sullivan City Police report the theft happened at the Casey’s, which is located at 201 W. Wolfe Street, on Tuesday.
Surveillance video shows the suspect taking the Salvation Army metal bucket off of the counter around 11:43 a.m. The store manager told police that a male and a female walked into the store, walked around for a while and then approached the counter.
The male subject was wearing a green Jacket and blue jeans with black shoes. He also had tattoo’s on his neck, and ‘tear drop’ tattoo on his face and he had short hair (military style hair cut). The female suspect was wearing a yellow fleece jacket, dark colored pants and has brown hair.
Officials report the surveillance video clearly shows the male subject taking the bucket and placing it under his jacket while the female subject watched. The store manager told police that the Salvation Army bucket was almost full of donations.
Anyone with information on the identification and whereabouts of the two subjects seen in the video should contact the Sullivan City Police Department at (812) 268-4353 ext. 1, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crime Stoppers needs your help in locating a hit and run vehicle (2015/07/08)
This week Crime Stoppers needs your help in locating a hit and run vehicle involved in a July 4th fatal crash on U.S.41 near Frakes Street in Sullivan, IN. According to the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, Richard "Ricky" Moon - 67 of Terre Haute was riding his scooter home about 10:45pm after watching the fireworks display at Sullivan Park and Lake when he was struck by another vehicle. The suspect vehicle then fled northbound on U.S.41 after striking Moon. If you have any information on the identity of the suspect or vehicle 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.
Crime Stoppers needs your help in identifying a person of interest in a fraud case. (2015/06/03)
This week Crime Stoppers needs your help in identifying a person of interest in a fraud case. According to Terre Haute Police detectives, on or about May 5th an elderly female was shopping at a local pharmacy when an unknown person stole her purse. When the victim called the credit card companies to cancel her cards she learned that someone had already used them at three local businesses. Take a look at surveillance images collected by detectives. The suspect appears to be a white female in her early to mid-twenties with blonde hair wearing a black t-shirt with green lettering.
If you have any information on the identity of the suspect, 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.