Austin Pair Arrested After Theft From Wischmeier Trucking

Crothersville Police were called to Wischmeier Trucking on 600 South about a half mile west of Crothersville with a report of thievery in progress on Thursday, Feb. 16. An alert passer-by notified police that three men appeared to be attempting to steal items from the business.
As chief of Police Brent Turner and Capt. J.L. McElfresh arrived around 3:30 p.m., they saw a male running into a wooded area north of the former Regal Industries plant and another male leaving in a pickup truck.



The Crothersville officers requested assistance from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana State Police to help locate the suspects. A vehicle description was obtained and Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputies Rob Henley, Dustin Steward, and Reserve Deputy Brad Barker were able to stop a vehicle matching the description.
The driver of that vehicle, Robert Northern, 41, of Austin, was found to have an active warrant out of Scott County for burglary.
With the assistance of Crothersville Officer Matt Browning, Jackson County Sheriff Deputy Rick Meyer, Jackson County Reserve Deputy Steve Murphy, Indiana State Troopers Tia Deaton and Michael Thiron, an extensive search was conducted for the other two suspects north of the trucking company business. However, no other suspects were located
Around 6:30 p.m. that evening, Crothersville officers received a call of a suspicious male in the area of 5100 South County Road 1000 East which is near the Wischmeier Trucking facility.
Officers responded to that call and located a male that matched the description of one of the suspects.



After questioning, Capt. McElfresh arrested Jaron Mullins, 29, of Austin for burglary and theft.
In addition to being wanted on a warrant for burglary in Scott county, the driver of the truck, Robert Northern was charged with burglary and theft for the incident at Wischmeier Trucking. Additionally, he faces charges of probation violation, carrying a handgun without a permit, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of controlled substance
Both men were booked into Jackson County Jail and being held without bond.
Chief Turner said the investigation is continuing and an arrest of the third suspect is expected.

Musical Comedy ‘The Addams Family’ On Derby Dinner Theatre Stage

Derby Dinner Playhouse is presenting the macabre Broadway musical ‘The Addams Family’ now through April 9.
‘The Addams Family’ features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family—a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before—keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the who family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.
‘The Addams Family’ is based on the cartoon characters created by Charles Adams, who also inspired the television show that first aired in 1964. This devilishly delightful musical features music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. Songs featured in this production are “When You’re An Addams”, “Pulled”, “Wednesday’s Growing Up”, “The Moon and Me” and more.
Derby Dinner’s production of ‘The Addams Family’ is directed by Lee Buckholz with Musical Direction by Scott Bradley and Choreography by Heather Paige Folsom, The cast includes Bobby Conte, Isabel Nesti, Chris Bryant, Kaylee Annable, Cary Wiger, Aidan Singleton, Elizabeth Loos, Mitchell Lewis.
For ticket information contact the Derby Dinner box office at 812-288-8281 or visit

Elected Leaders vs Media: It’s Historic

Curt-lineby Curt Kovener

Donald Trump’s combative relationship with what he calls “the dishonest media” is nothing new.
Politicians, elected officials, and bureaucrats have been complaining about the press since the very first days of our country.
Thomas Jefferson, our nation’s third president and the man who penned the Declaration of Independence, wrote in a letter to an early US Congressman, “I deplore … the putrid state into which our newspapers have passed and the malignity, the vulgarity, and mendacious spirit of those who write for them. As vehicles of information and a curb on our functionaries, they have rendered themselves useless by forfeiting all title to belief.”
Seven years earlier, Jefferson had written a letter to John Norvell, an aspiring journalist who went on to become the co-founder of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
“Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper,” Jefferson said. “Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in situations to confront facts within their knowledge with the lies of the day.”
By comparison, Trump’s criticism almost sounds tame. On his first full day in office, Trump told a crowd of CIA employees he had “a running war with the media.”
“They are among the most dishonest human beings on Earth,” he said.
The fact is that presidents and journalists aren’t supposed to be friends. Jefferson said as much in 1787 in a letter to Edward Carrington, a delegate to the Continental Congress.
“The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people,” he wrote, “the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”
Journalists are the watchdogs on government. As Wilbur F. Storey, editor of the Chicago Times put it, “It is a newspaper’s duty to print the news, and raise hell.”
Chicago Evening Post journalist and humorist Finley Peter Dunne gets at least partial credit for another old saying, that “a newspaper’s job is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable”.
Ken Paulson, then the editor of USA Today, wrote in May 2006 that the media’s role as a guardian of our freedoms had not always been embraced by the American public.
“After all,” he wrote, “politicians and public officials have stock speeches about media bias and favoritism, all in effect saying: ‘Ignore the barking. The watchdog is rabid’.”
The challenge for journalists, he said, is to keep at it.
“When we do our jobs the right way, striving every day to publish reports of integrity and balance, when we ask the tough questions, when we fight to keep the public’s business public and when we provide the kind of watchdog reporting that is the lifeblood of a democracy, we fulfill our promise to that first generation of Americans who believed that one of the best ways to guarantee a democracy was a free and vigorous press.”
That was true in Jefferson’s day, and it’s true today.
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Our thanks to Kelly Hawes, assistant editor of CNHI’s Indiana news service for the research.


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