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Police busy with crashes, stolen property, etc.

December 28, 2011
The Crawford County Sheriff's Department has been busy in recent days with vehicle crashes, stolen property and other issues.

Three motor-vehicle crashes investigated by the department resulted in two of the drivers being arrested on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated or impaired.

On Dec. 19, Kevin Dusel, 29, of Louisville rolled a company van he was driving near the railroad crossing on S.R. 66 at Marengo. The van was registered to Greg Therapeutics of Louisville. While officers were investigating the crash, a second vehicle crashed through the traffic barrier and barely missed police officers and fire personnel.

That same evening, another vehicle was found on Goodman Ridge Road after it had run through a fence. The vehicle was abandoned.

On Dec. 20, Donna Torra, 43, of Marengo, ran off the road near Temple Road in Marengo. She was charged with OWI, public intoxication and possession of a controlled substance.

The following day, Glenn Babbs, 53, of Marengo ran off the road near the railroad crossing on S.R. 66 at Marengo and was also charged with OWI. According to a police report, Babbs' blood- alcohol content, certified at the Crawford County Jail, was three times the legal limit.

County officers also dealt with multiple cases of theft and stolen property.

In late November, Deputy Glen Crawford made a traffic stop on a suspected impaired driver. Jeremiah Saboff, 23, of New Albany, was arrested for OWI. According to officers, the vehicle was occupied by Harvey Gibson, Dustin Klinsmith and James Hall, all from outside of the county.

Crawford also found several firearms, jewelry and electronics inside the vehicle. None of the occupants claimed any of the property. It was then discovered that the four men had been to a friend's house in Leavenworth. Lt. Debra Young of the Crawford County Sheriff's Department went to the house and woke the resident, who then learned that his property was missing.

Later that same week, Chief Deputy Shawn Scott attempted to make a routine traffic stop on a vehicle that matched the description of an earlier complaint near Birdseye. The vehicle fled from Scott but crashed through a fence on Trestle Road near Taswell. Heather Zabel, 27, of Leavenworth, was taken into custody for resisting law enforcement. Zabel also had in her possession a wallet belonging to a business owner in Eckerty who later reported a truck was broken into and property missing.

Early on Friday, a school bus was involved in a slide-off near West Fork. Indiana State Police Trooper Ryan Conrad was called to the scene near the county line off of S.R. 62. The wrecker driver who was called reported to Conrad that the driver of the bus appeared to be intoxicated and went into a nearby residence.

Conrad learned that the bus had been taken earlier from Small Brothers Garage in Carefree. An investigation at Small Brothers found a second bus with extensive damage and an ATV left at the scene.

Witnesses at the West Fork residence identified a suspect in the case. Conrad, assisted by officers from the sheriff's department, arrested James Vanover, 24, of Leavenworth, later that day at his residence.

In another matter, a handgun, reported stolen in a 2009 burglary, found its way back to the county. The gun was purchased from an individual privately in Crawford County. The new owner of the handgun decided to have the serial numbers checked, which resulted in a match of property taken in the 2009 burglary. Officers are investigating the case.

In addition, Sgt. Jeff Howell was following up on a lead at the Easy Cash Pawn in Corydon and discovered a substantial amount of stolen property. While going through the inventory of items, Howell also noticed a generator with a unique brand name that he recognized. He contacted Lt. Young about a case she was working on and confirmed it to be stolen. The case is still under investigation.

The sheriff's department requests anyone with information on any of the cases to contact the sheriff's depart at 338-2802 or call the WeTip line at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463). Callers can remain anonymous.

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