LOCAL NEWS

January 05, 2022 - NOBLESVILLE POLICE VEHICLE PURSUIT


A vehicle pursuit and K-9 apprehension led to the arrest of two teenagers in the early morning hours of Jan. 4 in Noblesville. Rylan R. Brown, 18, of Noblesville was arrested on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement and booked into the Hamilton County Jail. An unnamed juvenile, 17, was arrested on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle and detained at Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Facility, and a 13-year-old juvenile faces charges of resisting law enforcement but was later released to the custody of his parents. Two female passengers were released without charges. At approximately 2:13 a.m., Noblesville Police Dept. officers responded to the Deer Path subdivision swimming pool parking lot at 12109 Wolf Run Rd. in response to a report of a suspicious vehicle. After arriving on scene, officers observed a black 2018 Infinity QX6 occupied by several individuals in the parking lot. As officers approached, the driver sped off. Officers pursued the vehicle for several minutes before it struck tire-deflation devices deployed by deputies with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. A short time later, the vehicle crashed into a residence in the 1500 block of Millwood Drive, Noblesville. Officers took two female passengers into custody. They were later released. Three males fled the scene. According to a press release from NPD, officers quickly apprehended one of the males a short distance from the vehicle, and NPD’s K-9 and drone units later located the other two males. The residence that was struck by the fleeing vehicle sustained minimal damage and no residents were injured in the incident. Brown was transported to Riverview Health in Noblesville because of injuries received from the K-9 apprehension as well as injuries from the vehicle crash. A 17-year-old female passenger was also transported to Riverview Health for injuries suffered in the crash. Both parties were treated for minor injuries and released. A records check revealed that the fleeing vehicle was reported stolen Dec. 29, 2021, from the 10600 block of Winghaven Drive, Noblesville. NPD was assisted by the Carmel and Fishers police departments, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and Noblesville Fire Dept.




January 04, 2022 - CICERO GARAGE FIRE


Cicero Fire Department was dispatched to 230 East Buckeye St. at 1:36 pm. this afternoon on a garage fire. The property involved in the fire is owned by Greg Scott who was home at the time of the fire. First arriving fire crews found the garage fully engulfed by flames. Mr. Scott had been working in the garage prior to the fire starting and had been using a wood burning stove as a heat source. The garage and a 2005 Chrysler Crossfire were destroyed by the flames. Due to an aggressive attack, fire crews kept the fire from spreading to Mr. Scott’s house and two other homes that were near the garage. The Scott house and two others did have heat related damage to siding and shingles. Cicero Fire was assisted by Jackson Township, Noblesville, Sheridan, Westfield and White River Township Fire Departments. Cicero Police along with Indiana Department of Natural Resources helped with traffic control and scene protection. Investigators have determined the fire was accidental in nature. The building was torn down after the conclusion of the investigation as a safety measure. There are no injuries to report as a result of this fire.




January 04, 2022 - HCSO PROMOTIONS


Congratulations to: Sergeant Dalton Ballard (Jail Division)
Lieutenant Dan DeYoung (Patrol Division) “Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.”
John Maxwell




January 9, 2022 HCSO AWARDS BANQUET


On Saturday, January 8th, 2022, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office hosted their Awards Banquet at the Embassy Suites by Hilton (Noblesville). Sheriff Dennis Quakenbush deeply appreciates the entire staff, community volunteers, and county officials for keeping Hamilton County safe in 2021. The guests enjoyed the opportunity to unwind and celebrate heroic teamwork. A warm dinner was served, and police comedian Mike Armstrong provided the entertainment. Sheriff Quakenbush recognized many outstanding employees for specific acts of courage and benchmark achievements. A few of the award commendations include: firearm proficiency (Top Gun), lifesaving efforts, division awards, advocates of aging adults and years of service (5 to 30). Furthermore, each year the employees nominate their peers for the coveted Employee of the Year award. Congratulations to the following 2021 Employee of the Year recipients: Merit Division: Captain Kija Ireland Reserve Division: Lt. Kurt Delong Civil Division: Deputy Clerk Heather Garrett Correctional Division (Adult Detention): Officer Elhadji Ndiaye Correctional Division (Juvenile Detention): Sgt. Kevin Hale




January 11, 2022 - 2021 A DEADLY YEAR


The number of law enforcement professionals nationwide who died in the line of duty in 2021 increased 55% over the previous year, according to preliminary data provided by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), the leading authority on officer fatalities. NLEOMF announced in its official 2021 Law Enforcement Officers Fatalities Report that as of December 31, 2021, 458 federal, state, county, municipal, military, campus, tribal, and territorial officers died in the line of duty during the past year, representing a 55% increase over the 295 officers who died in the line of duty in 2020. In the category of “Other” causes, which includes 301 Covid-19-related deaths, the number of fatalities is 338, an increase of 63% over 2020’s line-of-duty fatalities in this category. “This time of year always reminds us of the sacrifice of law enforcement and the importance of our mission to honor the fallen, tell the story of American law enforcement, and make it safer for those who serve. The year 2021 will go down as the year of the most line-of-duty fatalities since 1930 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and increases in traffic fatalities and firearms ambushes,” said National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund CEO Marcia Ferranto. Most significant in the 2021 Fatalities Report are the number of officer deaths in the category of “other” causes, which increased 63% over the number of deaths from other causes in 2020 due to officers who died from contracting Covid-19 in the line of duty. In addition to the 301 Covid-19 deaths, 37 officers died from other causes, including 25 officers who died in the line of duty from health-related illnesses, such as heart attacks, strokes, and 9/11-related illnesses. In addition, 4 officers were beaten, and 4 officers drowned in 2021. There were 2 officers stabbed to death, 1 was killed when their patrol vehicle was swept away by floodwaters, and 1 was killed in a tornado. Firearms-Related Fatalities: Firearms-related fatalities claimed the lives of 62 officers in 2021, a 38% increase compared to the 45 officers killed in firearms-related incidents in 2020. Of the 62 firearms fatalities: 19 were ambushed and killed 8 were investigating suspicious activities or persons 7 were attempting an arrest 7 were killed responding to domestic disturbance calls, which led to a tactical situation and an ambush 7 were disturbance calls, which led to a tactical situation 3 were killed during traffic enforcement, which led to an ambush 3 were fatally shot responding to burglary or robbery in-progress calls 3 involved drug-related investigations 2 were killed during tactical encounters 2 were inadvertently and accidentally shot and killed 1 was killed during an encounter with a suicidal subject Traffic-Related Fatalities: Traffic-related fatalities increased 38% with 58 deaths in 2021 compared to 42 deaths in 2020. Of the 58 traffic-related deaths: 19 were automobile crashes involving a collision with another vehicle or fixed object 9 were single-vehicle crashes 27 were struck-by fatalities 3 officers have been killed in motorcycle crashes Top 6 States with the Largest Number of Law Enforcement Officer Fatalities Texas experienced the largest number of law enforcement officer fatalities of all U.S. states with 84 line-of-duty deaths. Florida had the second highest number with 52 officer deaths. Georgia had the third highest number with 39 officer deaths. California had the fourth highest number with 24 officer deaths. North Carolina had the fifth highest number with 21 officer deaths. Tennessee had the sixth highest number with 18 officer deaths. In addition, 45 federal officers, 7 territorial officers, and 3 tribal officers died in the line of duty this year. Only 10 states and the District of Columbia did not lose an officer this year. There were 417 male officers killed in the line of duty, and 41 female officers. The average age of the fallen officers is 48, with 17 years of service. On average, officers left behind two children. There are currently 22,611 names of officers killed in the line of duty inscribed on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, dating back to the first known death in 1786. The deadliest year on record for law enforcement was 1930 when 312 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty. The statistics released are based on preliminary data compiled by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and do not represent a final or complete list of individual officers who will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in 2022.




January 12, 2022 - WESTFIELD WELCOMES NEW FIRE CHIEF


Westfield Mayor Andy Cook has announced that Rob Gaylor is the new Fire Chief for the Westfield Fire Department with a Swearing-In Ceremony. Chief Gaylor succeeds Chief Marcus Reed who retired at the end of 2021. “Chief Gaylor brings a wealth of experience to the role and has already proved to be an excellent asset to the Westfield Fire Department,” said Mayor Andy Cook. “Chief Reed has been integral in the successful growth of the department and leaves behind a great legacy.” Chief Gaylor has been in the Fire and EMS service since 1995 and a member of the Westfield Fire Department since 2004. Gaylor most recently served as Deputy Chief for the department and the Chief of Training and Operations. He is also a member of several public safety service organizations including the District 5 Incident Management Team, Indiana Task Force One, Indiana Fire Instructors Association and the International Association of Arson Investigators. Reed retired leaving the Westfield Fire Department in a great position for the future and was integral in the implementation of several innovative initiatives including the Field Resource Paramedicine Program and PulsePoint. To learn more about the Westfield Fire Department and services, please visit westfield.in.gov/fire.




January 12, 2022 - JEETER SEEKS STRONGER PENALTIES FOR KILLING K-9's


State Rep. Chris Jeter (R-Fishers) is working to strengthen criminal penalties and sentencing for killing a police K-9. Jeter, an attorney who serves on the House Courts and Criminal Code Committee, authored legislation that would increase the penalty for killing a police K-9 from a Level 6 to a Level 5 felony carrying a sentence of between one to six years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. He said killing a K-9 in the commission of a crime would also be an aggravating circumstance for sentencing in criminal cases. “These animals are vital for police officers in their work to protect our community,” Jeter said. “Not only do they serve alongside their handlers, but they also fearlessly pursue suspects and take on dangerous tasks that inevitably save human lives.” Jeter’s legislation is inspired by the 2019 killing of Harlej, a K-9 with the Fishers Police Department shot by a fleeing suspect. With the current maximum sentence for the crime standing at six months, Jeter said the penalty is too low and criminals who take the lives of police K-9s like Harlej need to face stiffer penalties. He said in addition to the emotional toll of losing a K-9, their death is costly and impacts budgets as training can cost up to $45,000 per dog. House Bill 1056 is assigned to the House Courts and Criminal Code Committee. Watch session and committees live, and view legislation at iga.in.gov. State Rep. Chris Jeter (R-Fishers) represents House District 88, which includes portions of Marion, Hamilton and Hancock counties.




January 13, 2022 - MEET HCSO K-9 SNOOP


Congratulations to Deputy Traphagan & K9 Snoop for successfully completing Patrol K9 school. Snoop is a 1.5 year old German Shepherd born in the Czech Republic. He is trained in narcotics detection, obedience, tracking, area searches, and criminal apprehension.