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Sheriff’s Department chases suspect to middle school

A police chase occurred in Warrick County early in the morning of Friday, October 8. While patrolling at around 1:30 AM on SR 261 near the intersection with SR66 in Newburgh, a deputy spotted a gray van driving erratically. The deputy turned on their emergency lights and siren in an attempt to pull the vehicle over. However, after initially feigning a stop, the vehicle sped away Eastbound on Vann Road. The deputy pursued the vehicle down the road past Castle High School and Castle South Middle School.

After a brief pursuit down Vann Road the driver turned North on SR61in an attempt to evade pursuing officers. Eventually officers from the Boonville Police Department would join the pursuit to assist county deputies. Eventually deputies deployed stop sticks in order to apprehend the driver and bring the vehicle to a stop.

After all four tires on the vehicle became flat from the stop sticks, the driver was forced to exit the vehicle and flee on foot. The driver abandoned his vehicle on the access road at Boonville Middle School at the Southern edge of Boonville. A very short foot chase ensued on the campus of the middle school after which the suspect was caught by a pursuing deputy and his K-9 partner.

The suspect driving the vehicle was revealed to be 37 year old Joseph Mangold of Evansville. After being taken to the hospital for minor injuries, Mangold was treated and released. There were no serious injuries resulting from the incident.

Mangold has been charged with Resisting Law Enforcement (Level 6 Felony), Criminal Recklessness (Class B Misdemeanor) and Reckless Driving (Class C Misdemeanor). He is currently awaiting trial and is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Mangold was previously arrested in Evansville in May of 2018 on a charge for failure to appear in court for a misdemeanor case.

Steam and Gas Engine Club hosts fall show

This past weekend, October 8 to 10, the Antique Steam and Gas Engine Club of Boonville hosted their bi annual show at Thresherman Park. The Steam and Gas Engine Show is consistently one of the most popular events in the area and this fall’s iteration was no exception. Over the course of the weekend over a thousand attendees came to participate in the various attractions that were offered at the park.

Like previous iterations, there was an antique log cabin as well as a church service on Sunday morning. However, this time the petting zoo was brought back after being absent from summer’s event. This was due to the animals being at the fairgrounds for the Warrick County Fair. With the return of the petting zoo all of the traditional attractions at the show were present, including the tractor display and the titular engine show. Some of the other popular attractions available during the weekend were authentic steam sawmilling and threshing, a blacksmith shop and a train depot, museum and gift shop.

The flea market was slightly smaller than the last iteration but was still heavily stocked with vendors largely from the tri state area selling all manner of wares from flags and woodcuts to toys, antiques and video games. Several attendees expressed their enthusiasm about the event and their long term participation in the event. Kirk Pennington, who is from the tri state area, explained “We’ve been coming here for years, I’ve had friends who I used to come with who introduced me. I always come for the foot long corn dogs.”

One woman, Doenna Russo, who has a stand inside of the main pavilion buildings Thresherman Park sells her homemades soaps and assorted trinkets. “I’ve been coming here for 14 years. I started out just coming as a guest before I made a stand. I sell my soap and other things. I started my stand and I used to be outside. Eventually I got the opportunity to move in here about five years ago and I took it. I’m from Pike County but I enjoy coming down here every year because people like my soaps and lotions. I have plenty of repeat customers who say they come here to see me, they count on me to be here. I’ve also made some valuable friendships with other vendors and attendees over the years,” said Russo.

This year was another success for the Antique Steam and Gas Engine Club, who use the event as a primary fundraiser every year. Next year the event will return in the summer, hopefully to less inclement weather.

Police chase leads to arrest of Evansville men

On Wednesday, Sept. 29, at approximately 12:30 p.m., Warrick county Sheriff’s deputy Sergeant Aaron Bennett spotted Anderson Weightman driving on Sr662 near Pollack Avenue in Newburgh. He was driving a large flatbed truck pulling a trailer when he was spotted. Weightman had an active warrant for his arrest in Warrick County and has been arrested previously in Warrick and Vanderburgh counties for multiple different charges.

When the patrolling deputy spotted Weightman they put their emergency lights and siren on in an attempt to pull him over and apprehend him. Anderson ignored the deputy and began fleeing through the city. Weightman proceeded East through the parking lot of the Old Newburgh Dam.

At this point, Sgt. Bennett was joined by Newburgh Police Chief Eric Mitchell in the pursuit. Following this, Weightman stopped his vehicle and was spotted with a knife on his hip as he exited the vehicle. Sgt. Bennett drew his sidearm and ordered Weightman and his passenger, Michael J. Foley, to put their hands on their heads. During the encounter Weightman was hostile to the arresting officers as they searched his person and the vehicle for weapons, though none were found beyond the knife.

Foley was then questioned about his possessions in the truck, which belonged to Anderson. Foley claimed that he was in possession of a backpack in the truck, which we gave consent to be searched. Sgt. Bennett opened the backpack and immediately found a pipe which he suspected was being used to smoke methamphetamine. The pipe also contained residue of a substance that appeared to be methamphetamine.

During the search Bennett also found a bag containing the substance, which was confirmed after tests were run on the substance in the bag and on the interior of the pipe, positively identifying them both as methamphetamine.

Foley denied ownership of the pipe and methamphetamine inside the bag, claiming it was being held for another person.

His pockets were also searched, bringing up two more bags of the crystalline substance that also tested positive for being methamphetamine. The weight of the substance in the bags found on Foley’s person was roughly three grams. Foley also claimed not to be the owner of these bags.

Weightman claimed that he was attempting to pull over while he was being pursued, although according to the officer’s narrative he had multiple opportunities to do so. Foley claimed he did not know why Anderson fled.

Both Anderson and Foley were placed under arrest following the chase and search. Anderson’s charges were criminal mischief, resisting law enforcement and a served warrant for invasion of privacy.

Foley’s charges were possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia.