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6/30/2015 - Crime Stoppers needs your help in locating a wanted individual
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This week Crime Stoppers needs your help again in locating another wanted individual. According to Vigo County Sheriff’s Office records, Alivia C. Starr has an active Failure to Appear warrant on the original charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Maintaining a Common Nuisance. Starr is also a person of interest in a current theft case that has been reported within the past few days. Starr is described as a 20 year old white female, 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs approximately 170 lbs. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Starr 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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6/24/2015 - Crime Stoppers needs your help in providing information in a case of a missing female from Prairie Creek, Indiana
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  This week Crime Stoppers needs your help in providing information in a case of a missing female from Prairie Creek, Indiana. According to the Vigo County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Files, Lynn Ann Thompson, a twenty six year old mother of two children was reported to have been seen last by her husband on June 26, 1989. Her vehicle was subsequently found two days later at a location in Terre Haute. Lynn has not been seen nor heard from since her disappearance. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Lynn Thompson 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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6/23/2015 - Can You Identify this Person?
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On June 3rd at approximately 1:00am this subject was caught on video surveillance jumping on the hood of a vehicle in the parking lot of the South WalMart. According to an estimate there was about $1,200 in damages done to the vehicle.

 

If you can identify this subject please call crime stoppers at 812-238-STOP with your tip. If your tip leads to an arrest you could receive a reward up to $1000.

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6/17/2015 - Crime Stoppers continues to need your help in identifying individuals responsible for a theft that occurred in southern Vigo County
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This week Crime Stoppers continues to need your help in identifying individuals responsible for a theft that occurred in southern Vigo County. Sheriff’s detectives advise that during the early morning hours of April 16 someone removed and stole three sets of wheels from new Dodge trucks located at the Vigo Dodge Dealership. This is not the first time that local car dealerships have been the victims of similar wheel thefts. Take a look at the digital security camera images taken from the scene.

 

 

 There are two suspects that appear to be driving a white extended cab pickup truck to commit this crime. 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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6/11/2015 - THPD seeking community help in locating suspect wanted on a battery charge
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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – The Terre Haute Police Department is asking for community help in locating a suspect wanted for battery.

Jeffery Mize is wanted for battery resulting in serious bodily injury.

If you have any information on this case or his whereabouts, contact Detective Jeff Trotter at 812-244-2209 or the Terre Haute Police Department at 812-238-1661.

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6/10/2015 - This week Crime Stoppers needs your help in locating a wanted individual
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This week Crime Stoppers needs your help again in locating another wanted individual. According to Vigo County Sheriff’s Office records, Jared R. Farmer has an active warrant for three counts of Failure to Register as a Sex or Violent Offender. It has been reported that Farmer may be living in the southern Vigo County area. Farmer is described as a 36 year old white male, 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs approximately 175 lbs. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Farmer 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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5/27/2015 - Crime Stoppers needs your help in locating another wanted individual
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This week Crime Stoppers needs your help in locating another wanted individual. According to records from the Indiana Department of Corrections, Michael P. Greene has an active warrant due to his failure to return to Vigo County Community Corrections after a job search on May 7, 2015.  Greene had been placed at Community Corrections after having been found eligible for the Community Transition Program following his 2007 conviction on the original charge of Child Molesting and his 2013 conviction for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. Greene is described as a 29 year old black male, 6 feet tall and weighs approximately 200 lbs. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Greene 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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5/19/2015 - Crime Stoppers needs your help in locating a wanted individual out of Parke CountyAPPREHENDED
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This week Crime Stoppers needs your help in locating a wanted individual out of Parke County. According to court records, Brad Martin has an active No Bond warrant for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Marijuana. Martin is described as a 31 year old white male, 6 feet tall and weighs approximately 210 lbs. Martin is believed to be in either Vigo or surrounding counties working as a carpet installer. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Martin 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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5/13/2015 - Crime Stoppers needs your help in locating another wanted individualAPPREHENDED
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This week Crime Stoppers needs your help in locating another wanted individual. According to Vigo County Court records, Jack H. Dreher, III has an active warrant from 2011 for Failure to Appear on the original charges of Burglary and Theft. Dreher had a new warrant issued this week for the charges of Fraud and Criminal Conversion. Dreher is described as a 43 year old white male, 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs approximately 210 lbs. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Dreher 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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5/6/2015 - Crime Stoppers needs your help in locating a wanted individual
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This week Crime Stoppers needs your help in locating a wanted individual. According to Parke County Sheriff’s Office records, Alford Collins Jr. has an active warrant for Home Improvement Fraud that was issued in 2013. It has been reported that Collins is allegedly still in the area soliciting residential driveway work from citizens. Collins is described as a 59 year old white male, 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing approximately 175 lbs. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Collins 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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4/28/2015 - Crime Stoppers needs your help in identifying the suspect responsible for a theft
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This week Crime Stoppers needs your help in identifying the suspect responsible for a theft that occurred in Parke County. According to the Parke County Sheriff’s Office, on April 22nd at approximately 1:00 AM a suspect entered the parking lot of the Red Raccoon Clothing and Home Decor’ Store located near the entrance of Raccoon Lake State Park. The suspect then gained entry into and drove off in the businesses 2002 blue Ford F350 truck that also had a Bri-Mar Hydraulic Dump Bed. The suspect left traveling east on U.S. 36 into Putnam County. If you have any information on the identity of the suspect 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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4/22/2015 - Multi county shortchanging scam
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This week Crime Stoppers needs your help in identifying a person of interest in a multi county shortchanging scam. According to Vigo County Sheriff detectives, on April 20 a local business reported that a male entered their business and purchased a bottle of soda with a fifty dollar bill. During the transaction the male distracted the cashier by talking excessively while continuing to exchange money several times resulting in the theft. Take a look at the images from one of the scenes. The suspect is a black male, bald headed with some facial hair. 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.

 

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4/18/2015 - “I felt like I was burning with it…” Shattered Nightmares fire biggest seen in years
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“I felt like I was burning with it…” Shattered Nightmares fire biggest seen in years

In the middle of all the chaos, police made an arrest. But, Terre Haute Police Chief John Plasse says they cannot confirm if it`s related.

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – The fire at Shattered Nightmares Haunted House was one of the biggest in Terre Haute in years.

Crews responded to a 911 call regarding flames coming from a warehouse around 10:30 p.m. on Friday evening. They arrived at the corner of 10th Street and Third Avenue to find a building fully engulfed in flames. Arson investigator Norm Loudermilk says in fact it’s one of the biggest he’s ever seen.

“The Modesitt fire at the Modesitt law office a few years ago had a big fire load, a lot of paper products. That was a big fire as well. This I think is even bigger,” he said.

And then, in the middle of all the chaos, police made an arrest. But, Terre Haute Police Chief John Plasse says they cannot confirm if it’s related.

“The firemen noticed somebody was just kind of saying things that were kind of just different about the fire. Like they deserve that to happen to them, laughing at the fire, which most people don’t laugh at a tragedy like that. So they notified us and when our officers went there to talk to him he took off running. So he got arrested for resisting and fleeing police,” Plasse said.

SHATTERED DREAMS

But let’s not forget, this was more than just a building, this was someone’s home away from home. For Paco Hoopingarner, Shattered Nightmares quickly turned to shattered dreams.

“I felt like I was burning with it,” said Hoopingarner. It was late Friday night when Hoopingarner got the devastating phone call, one that would change his life.

“We jumped out of bed. I don’t even think my feet hit the floor in the dining room, but it was devastating to hear it,” said Hoopingarner.

Paco and his wife Tammy quickly drove to their haunted house, only to find it suffocating in flames. “It’s kind of like you lost somebody,” said Hoopingarner as he described what it felt like when he saw the fire.

The Hoopingarner’s would stay well into the early morning hours, but all they could do was watch as the building burned.

“I stayed until the last flame,” said Hoopingarner.

Luckily no one was injured in the fire. As for the Hoopingarner’s the business they spent the last five years building crumbled to the ground in just a matter of hours.

“We really put our heart and soul into it. When I wasn’t working I was here until 11, 12 o’clock at night,” said Hoopingarner.

The building and the hundreds of props inside were a total loss, costing upwards of $30,000, but together they lost more than money.

“This was our home. Our haunt family helped us, we grew really close. We kept a lot of kids out of trouble. We slowly became more of a family than a haunted house,” said Hoopingarner.

THE CROWD THAT GATHERED

Neighbors also began crowding the streets Friday night. Some stating they saw smoke for miles, heard small explosions…

“We saw the smoke and how big it was and my heart started racing,” said Gerrick Ratliff who lives across the street from the warehouse.

The fire damaged six other houses on Third Avenue.

“The side of it got melted, the back of it, and there was discoloration,” said Ratliff as he explains the damage to his house and car.

Due to the extent of damage, determining the cause of the fire, Loudermilk said, is difficult.

“We can’t say that it’s an arson because we just don’t know. We are still looking at the cause. It’s still under investigation but the person that was arrested is a juvenile.There are no charges pending on him with relation to the fire,” he said.

Hot spots had firefighters still spraying the day after. For now, investigators say they need the public’s help.

“We weren’t out here when it started. Some of the neighbors may have seen something, heard something, and if they did we just ask them to give us a call.”

If you have any information for investigators call Terre Haute Police at 238-1661 or arson investigator Norm Loudermilk at 244-2710. If you want to be anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 238-STOP.

RISING FROM THE ASHES

The loss is tragic for the Hoopingarner’s and the Shattered Nightmares’ family..but what they have gained is overwhelming support.

“I had people from fellow haunted houses in Ohio and Illinois just saying they will be glad to help us,” said Hoopingarner.

Rising from the ashes, with the help of their fan base, they plan to re-build.

“This time it’s going to be twice as good, so look out for us. We’re not done.”

Unfortunately the Hoppingarner’s did not have insurance during the off season. 

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4/16/2015 - Crime Stoppers needs your help in identifying individuals
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This week Crime Stoppers needs your help in identifying individuals responsible for a theft that occurred in southern Vigo County. According to sheriff’s detectives, at approximately 5:30 am Monday morning someone removed and stole three sets of wheels from new Dodge trucks located at the Vigo Dodge Dealership. Take a look at the digital security camera images taken from the scene. There are two suspects that appear to be driving a white extended cab pickup truck to commit this crime. 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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4/14/2015 - “I mean what’s the point? What’s the purpose?”
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Terre Haute, Ind. (WTHI) – Tuesday morning Anne Titus woke up to find a surprise on her car but it wasn’t one she could expect to get on her birthday which just so happens to be today.

“It’s a shock that someone would go out in the middle of the night and waste their time spray painting anything, anything they could get to,” she said.

She’s one of several victims of an overnight vandalism string in Terre Haute.

More than 10 cars in different areas were spray painted. All with similar letters…leaving residents simply confused.

“Buildings, someone said the church, cars. I mean what’s the point? What’s the purpose?”

Chief of Police says usually in vandalism situations like this he wouldn’t caution being worried for your safety but he does recommend keeping an eye out.

“I wouldn’t say it’s dangerous. You know, it may be dangerous if a home owner catches them doing it for them but it’s just something that’s unneeded, unnecessary and costly for the victim,” Chief John Plasse said.

As for Anne Titus, she says she isn’t worried.

“I am actually house sitting for my daughter and my car isn’t where it normally is but she has a spotlight on the house that I will point right to the road,” she said.

And luckily she found a unique way to get the paint off her car.

If you have a tip that could help police find who is spray painting around town, they ask you call the Terre Haute Police Department with any information or call Crime Stopers at 812-238-STOP.

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