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10/22/2014 - Fire at ‘Ron’s Style Shack’ now an arson investigation
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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Indiana State Police is now investigating an early Wednesday morning fire as an arson.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Joe Watts stated Vigo County Central Dispatch received a 911 call at 3:21 a.m. reporting a fire at ‘Ron’s Style Shack’ located at 653 East Springhill Drive.

When firefighters arrived, they found flames coming from the structure. Crews were able to quickly knock down the fire but the business received extensive interior damage and it is believed to be a total loss.

Officials report unknown person(s) forced open the rear door of the business and started a fire in multiple places.

Indiana State Police is seeking help from the public with this investigation. Anyone who may have noticed a suspicious vehicle and/or person(s) near the business is asked to call the Putnamville Post at 765-653-4114 or call Crime Stoppers at 812-238-STOP.  Callers can remain anonymous.

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10/10/2014 - Robbery reported at Cirilla’s in Terre Haute
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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – A store in Terre Haute was robbed on Friday afternoon.

Officials report the robbery happened at Cirilla’s on South Third Street around 2:30 p.m.

Terre Haute Police responded to the call. Officials ask if you have any information about this to contact the Terre Haute Police Department at (812) 238 – 1661, or call Crime Stoppers at 812-238-STOP.

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8/23/2014 - UPDATE: Shots fired in front of Terre Haute Family Dollar
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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Terre Haute Police officers responded to the report of shots fired at the Family Dollar business located at 14th Street and Poplar Street.

A witness told officers that a tall black male exited a green Pontiac Bonneville and walked to the rear of the vehicle before he began firing shots.  The witness believed the male was shooting at another vehicle that was traveling on Poplar Street.

The other vehicle did not stop, and officers have not received any reports of anyone being struck by the shots.

If you have any information please call Crime Stoppers @ 238-STOP.

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8/20/2014 - Crime alert issued for ISU after physical assult
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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Indiana State University has issued a crime alert.

Wednesday night, at around 9:00 ISU Police report there was a physical assault in the south portion of Lincoln Quad.

According to the victim, after a short conversation, he was assaulted by three to four people.

The victim suffered facial lacerations and bruising.

The suspects fled in an unknown direction.

The only description the victim was able to give was all of the suspects were African American males.

Anyone with information is asked to call the ISU Police Department at 812-237-5555 or call Crime Stoppers at 812-238-STOP,

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7/31/2014 - Portion of monument honoring fallen soldiers stolen
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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Authorities need your help in recovering a piece of history.

A portion of a monument honoring fallen soldiers from the battle of Fort Harrison has been stolen. That monument is located near The Landing in northwest Terre Haute.

Terre Haute Police need your help in recovering the stolen artifacts and identifying their suspect.

That suspect is described as being a white male, 5’10” to 6’0?, in his 30’s – 40’s and a thin build. He was seen driving away from the scene in a late 90’s, silver Dodge Avenger with a loud exhaust.

If you have any information that could help solve this case, please call Crime Stoppers at (812) 238-STOP or Terre Haute Police Department at (812) 238-1661.

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6/14/2014 - Officials asking businesses to review security video for Pollack
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VIGO VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – Vigo County Sheriff’s Department is now asking for help from residences of Terre Haute as well as businesses in connection to the death investigation of Michael Pollack.

On Friday officials identified Pollack as the body pulled from the Wabash River late last Sunday.

Pollack’s last known address was ‘Timothy’s House’ a shelter for men at 30 S. Gilbert Avenue in Terre Haute. Officials also stated they knew he was discharged from a local hospital on the afternoon of June 3.

He was also seen leaving the Octapharma Plasma Center at 115 Walnut Street on June 2 just before 5 p.m.

Officials are interested in who Pollack may have been seen with during the first week of June.

They are asking for anyone who had seen or had contact with Pollack in recent weeks to contact the sheriff’s office immediately. Also, they are asking for local businesses to review security video from early June for any sightings of Pollack.

You can call the sheriff’s office at (812) 462-3226 or you can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at (812) 238-STOP

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6/8/2014 - The Vigo County Sheriffs Office Needs Your Help!
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On Sunday 6-8-2014 at approximately 8pm a boater called 911 after spotting a body in the Wabash River in Vigo County, IN.  The body was located by conservation officers in an area south of Interstate 70. 

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has asked the Vigo County Sheriff Department to conduct the investigation.

An autopsy was performed on the morning of 6-9-2014 and the death has been ruled a homicide.

The method used to kill the man will not be released at this time for investigative reasons.

The man is a white male, approximately 5’-6" to 5`8" tall.  He has had a past broken right femur (thigh) likely within the past 5 years. His approximate age is between 35-55 years old. There were no visible tattoos on the man`s arms torso or legs.

No identification was found on the body.

Vigo County Sheriff Detectives will attempt to use fingerprint technology in an effort to identify the body, however known fingerprints must have been on file to establish a match.

We are asking for the publics help to check in on family members and neighbors, and report any missing person meeting this description.

Persons with information can contact Vigo County Sheriff Detectives at 812-462-3226… Or report anonymously at 812-238-STOP.


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5/20/2014 - Officials calling a vehicle fire suspicious
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VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – The Otter Creek Township Fire Department was called to a storage unit in northern Vigo County early Tuesday morning for a suspicious car fire.

Just before 8 a.m. fire officials were called to a storage unit at the corner of 29½ and Morris Avenue.

The car located at the storage unit was totaled and completely charred.

Robert Kratzer, who lives behind the storage unit, told News 10 he was sitting in his kitchen when he heard the explosion.

“I heard a couple booms this morning there was one light boom,” he explained. “In the time it took me too grab a cup of coffee and sit down I heard a big boom and seen the black smoke coming out.”

Assistant Chief Bryan Mount stated it is a strange situation since a car doesn’t just go up in flames out of no where.

“Well, when we arrived we had a vehicle fully engulfed in front of these storage units,” Mount said. “The whole premise was locked up. Unknown how it started but it looked suspicious – but at this point we really don’t know.”

Kratzer also stated the car was abandoned.

“The car has been sitting there since last fall, there’s no reason why it should automatically catch on fire. So I think it’s just something body messing with it. That’s just my opinion,” Kratzer said.

Fire investigators say a cause is unknown at this time and the fire is under investigation.

News 10 called the owner of the storage lot but he did not return our calls.

If you have any information that could help police call Crime Stoppers at (812) 238-STOP.

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5/11/2014 - Officials looking for the Driver of a Crash from Sunday Morning
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CLINTON, Ind. (WTHI) – A single car accident in Vermillion County. Tonight officials are searching for the driver. Very few details are available right now. But here’s what police told us. There was a crash this morning in Clinton, Indiana. Officials believe it was a stolen car. The driver left the scene and has not been found at this time. At this point, no one else was believed to be in the car. If you have any information on the accident or the driver, you can always report that anonymously. Call crime stoppers at 812-238-stop.

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5/10/2014 - Another garage fire on Second Avenue
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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Fire investigators in Terre Haute started work late Friday night on a garage fire on Second Avenue.

This is the second fire to that garage in about a week and in the past three months this is the fourth garage fire between First and Third Avenues.

Investigators ruled the first three fires as arson investigations. We’re still waiting to hear a cause for this fire from Friday night.

Police do want your help if you know anything about these fires. They’re asking everyone to keep an eye out if you’re in the area.

You can always report information or suspicious sightings to Crime Stoppers at 812-238- STOP.

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5/7/2014 - Can You Identify This Person?
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A credit/debit card was stolen and during the period of April 19, 2014 at 11:00pm to 3:00am on April 20,2014 several purchases were made at the Wal-Mart on St Rd 46.  The suspect was caught on video. 

If you can identify this person or have any information on this matter please contact Crime Stoppers at 812-238-STOP.

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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5/1/2014 - Officials Want Public To Be Vigilant After Fires
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Officials want the public to be vigilant after several suspicious fires.

On Wednesday night, a warehouse on Terre Haute`s south side caught fire. The building at 13th and Lockport was vacant and had no utilities hooked up. That leads investigators to believe the fire may be suspicious.

Meanwhile, there was a suspicious garage fire Wednesday night at Second Avenue and 22nd Street.

Investigators don`t believe it`s connected to the warehouse fire. However, they do think there`s a string of arsons on the city`s north side.

Therefore, officials want people to keep an eye out for anything suspicious.

"There`s only so many investigators out there and so the eyes and ears in this city are the people who live in those neighborhoods. So, let`s take care of ourselves and our neighbors, and let`s watch out for one another and maybe we`ll catch this person," says arson investigator Norm Loudermilk.

If you have any information about either fires or any other, call Crimestoppers at 812-238-STOP.

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4/16/2014 - Crime Stoppers needs your help tracking down a sex offender
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This week Crime Stoppers needs your help in tracking down a sex offender.  According to registry officials this man 46-year-old Harold Eugene Summers Jr. was previously on the Vigo County Sex Offender Registry for Child Molesting.  Summers relocated to California where he was convicted of other crimes and was incarcerated in the California Department of corrections. In 2010 Summers was released from parole and failed to register as a sex offender which he is required to do for life.  Last week, Crime Stoppers received a tip that Summers was recently seen in the area of Mill Dam in the company of a young girl.  According to eyewitness reports, it is believed that Summers has returned to Vigo County but his whereabouts is unknown.  If you have any information on 46-year-old Harold Eugene Summers Jr. call our tip line at 238-STOP or toll free 800-222-TIPS or 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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3/31/2014 - Can You Identify This Vehicle?
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The Terre Haute Police Department is investigating  a burglary in the 1500 block of N 30th St.  A witness advised that he saw this truck pull out from the victim’s house.  He described it as a green Ford F-150 with some kind of yellow lights on the top.  If you see a truck matching this description would you please try to get a plate number on it or if anyone recognizes this vehicle please contact the Terre Haute Police Department or call Crime Stoppers at 238-STOP.   

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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2/27/2014 - Crime Stoppers: Feb. 27th
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Crime Stoppers needs your help in tracking down a wanted person.

According to court records, 55-year-old Michael Whittaker is wanted in Vigo County on four outstanding warrants.

Whittaker is wanted on charges of Failure to appear related to domestic relations, probation violation, theft a class D felony and criminal conversion.

Whittaker is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 220 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of 55-year-old Michael Whittaker call our tip line at 238-STOP or toll free 800-222-TIPS. 

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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