A heavily-armed Warrick County man was apprehended Friday after he threatened his family then led officers on a high-speed chase. Shawn T. Miller, 30, of Boonville, faces a laundry list of charges, including at least 12 felonies.
“This was a very dangerous situation that could have easily turned deadly. Our deputies made the right call in pursuing the suspect, who was considered armed and a danger to himself and others,” said Sheriff Michael Wilder. “The family made the right decision to leave their residence when they did, said Sheriff Wilder. “Taking yourself out of a volatile situation is always the safest option.”
Deputies arrested Miller following a chase that lasted more than 30 minutes and during which the assailant allegedly reached speeds of 100 mph and ignored all traffic signs and stop light intersections. According to the probable cause affidavit, when he saw a sheriff’s deputy deploying stop sticks in his path, Miller headed his lifted orange Ford F-250 straight at the officer. The deputy managed to get out of the vehicle’s path and Miller struck the stop sticks with his left front tire.
Miller continued on, traveling 60-80 mph as the front driver’s side tire disintegrated and shredded, driving on the rim from Oak Hill Road to South Weinbach Avenue, continuing on Weinbach until he reached the T-intersection on Waterworks Road.
As he attempted to negotiate a turn at the intersection, Miller lost control. His pickup hit the eastside ditch line head on and the right rear fender struck a vehicle at the intersection. Three occupants in the vehicle were treated for minor injuries by EMS at the scene.
Miller was ordered from the vehicle and arrested. Officers found a fully loaded semi-automatic .45 caliber handgun on the seat. A second loaded handgun, a Smith & Wesson semi-automatic 9 mm, was found in the center console. Two additional fully loaded handguns were also located in the truck.
Miller is charged with:
When officers searched Miller’s vehicle, they found many hypodermic syringes, vials containing unknown substances and prescription pill bottles.
They also saw multiple rifles in plain view along with numerous plastic ammunition containers. Additional charges may be filed after the truck is fully processed.
According to the police report, the incident began Saturday evening when the sheriff’s department received a 911 call reporting a domestic disturbance. Because the perpetrator was believed to have a police scanner, information was not broadcast publicly regarding the call.
The caller, Jeffrey Miller, reported that his son, Shawn Miller, had been in a verbal and physical altercation with both him and his wife, Sherry, at their Seiler Road home. The couple, along with their two younger sons, left the home and met deputies in a nearby church parking lot.
Sherry Miller said that earlier in the day, she noticed her home office in complete disarray. When she confronted Shawn about it, he shoulder bumped her, knocking her into a wall. Sherry Miller told Shawn he needed to move out.
Shawn Miller responded that he would do so if his mother helped him gather his things. As she walked into the bedroom, Shawn Miller slammed the door behind him, grabbing his mother by the throat and roughly pushing her up against the wall. She hit her head on the wall and Shawn held her there for some time.
When he let go, Sherry Miller ran out and Shawn locked himself inside the room. Jeffrey Miller said he engaged in approximately 30 minutes of yelling and arguing through the door with his son. When he was finally able to make entry he found Shawn in a heated rage, pacing and holding a pistol.
Jeffrey Miller said his son continued to yell and wave the weapon about recklessly. Due to the extreme agitation and dangerous behavior displayed by Shawn, the couple decided to leave the home.
As they met with police in the church parking lot, the couple and officers saw Shawn Miller drive by. When officers in four fully marked police vehicles pursued, Shawn Miller refused to pull over, accelerating and driving away.
Wilder commended all the officers involved.
“I’m proud of my deputies for their quick and professional handling of this situation,” he said. “They utilized their skills and training and helped ensure the incident was resolved without loss of life.”
Miller is being held at the Warrick County jail on a $1,000,000 surety bond ($100,000 cash bond).
The Warrick Outreach Group is a new organization based in Boonville that is providing charity relief work and support to Warrick County.
The group has formed as a successor to a previous organization called Warrick Outreach Group. In an effort to support homelessness in the community, Dennis McVey has launched the new outreach group project with the plan to expand the relief network for Warrick County’s homeless population.
McVey said that while volunteering at the soup kitchen at St. Clement Church in Boonville he realized that Warrick County was in need of a more robust support infrastructure for the homeless people of the county. So he set out to create a group who could lobby, fundraise and volunteer for these projects.
His biggest concern was a lack of homeless shelter in Warrick County. He asked where the county’s homeless people go when the weather turns cold in the winter months and found that they had no place for relief. This is why one of the main proposals of the group is to build a homeless shelter in the county.
“We did community health assessments and the question always became ‘who is responsible for taking action here?’ We concluded that it fell on both the community leaders and the local government,” McVey said. “That has been reinforced by the creation of COVID-19 relief funds and the grants that have been set aside for those in need. With that in mind we see that the money is flowing down from the federal government all the way to local communities. Right now we’re highlighting the need, providing a course of action on how to proceed and beginning that journey. We believe the best use of resources would be to open a community center. It would be a center of gravity for providing services to those in need. The needs that we’ve identified are what’s known as intersecting needs.”
The identified needs include mental health services, substance abuse services and transportation. As McVey explained these issues were present before the COVID-19 Pandemic, a situation which has only exacerbated the situations further.
“One third of Warrick county is either working poor or below the poverty line. We have domestic issues that are also exacerbated by the mental health issues spreading in our community,”McVey added. “We have to ask what we’re doing for our kids. The future depends on the kids and the youth. If you have kids that are being raised well that’s a leg up. But plenty of kids raised from challenging upbringings are struggling to get by.”
The Warrick Outreach group has many in-depth plans for projects beyond the homeless shelter with the goal of strengthening the community and offering better opportunities to the citizens of Warrick County. Those interested in helping the project can contact McVey at email@example.com.
The Newburgh Museum is hosting its 5th annual Newburgh Remembers event, after suspending the event last year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The event commemorates Newburgh’s history during the Civil War era, honoring the battle and Newburgh’s culture from the period.
The event will consist of a Ladies Afternoon Tea, a Civil War walking tour, a book discussion and signing and a remembrance ceremony for the Raid on Newburgh in the civil war. The event is set to take place from Sunday, Sept. 19 to Sunday, Sept. 26.
The Ladies Afternoon Tea will be held on Sept. 19 at Rolling Hills Country Club. Tickets to attend cost $25, and are available on the Newburgh Museum website. The doors will open at 12:45 p.m. and the tea will begin at 1:30 p.m. Full period dress is not required, but participants are asked to wear a hat. Seating for the event is limited. The tea will feature a guest speaker reading the works of Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women.
On Saturday, Sept. 25 the Civil War walking tour will take place starting near the Newburgh Museum signs West of The Landing. The tour is free, and hosted by author Ray Mulesky, who wrote a book about the raid, “Thunder from a Clear Sky.”
Mulesky, an Evansville native, wrote the book about Newburgh during his time living in the area. He now lives in Florida so his tours in the area are rare. There will be two tours, one starting at 12:30 p.m. and another starting at 3:45 p.m. Following the tours is a book discussion and signing. Attendance is free, but signed copies of Mulesky’s book will be $10 each with limited supply.
On Sunday, Sept. 26 a remembrance for the Raid on Newburgh at Genesis Health and Wellness is being held. At 1:30 p.m. the American Legion will conduct a color guard and wreath laying, followed by a performance by Freetown Village Gospel and Storytelling. At 3:30 p.m. the Gettysburg Address will be delivered. Tickets are $10 for adults over 15 and $5 for anyone under.
All monies raised from Newburgh Remembers will go towards funding the Newburgh Museum year round. This year, Freetown Village is a new addition to the event that is reaching into unprecedented territory.
“Freetown village is the most unique part as we’ve never done anything like it before,” Cris Fulford, of Newburgh Museum, said. “We want to show how African Americans were impacted during the time. They will be singing gospel songs from the era and tell stories about how their families were impacted. Alonzo Moore, who used to be on our board, helped us get into contact with them.”
Newburgh Remembers is a key event for the Newburgh Museum and allows residents of Newburgh to get in touch with their history.
In early 2021 on Feb. 5, a new business opened on 2nd Street on the square in downtown Boonville.
Remedy Center, a shop dedicated to selling CBD and Delta Eight THC products as well as various smoking accessories, is the only store of its kind in Warrick County. Since opening at the beginning of the year, the store has rapidly established its brand and become a popular fixture.
“My fiancé and I are both self-employed doing separate things,”Store owner Brice Bennett said. “It was a dream of ours to open our own store as a CBD shop. As the cards started to fall into place we decided to go for it.”
The store opened during the COVID-19 pandemic and during a time of inclement weather.
“I don’t think opening during COVID-19 affected us too much, but we opened during a snowstorm,” Bennett added. “We started with masks and we’ve managed to ease out of it and business has picked up. Our second day open was a really slow day because the snow kept getting worse so we had to close early. Our first day a lot of friends and family came out to support us. The snow cleared up quickly and business got pretty steady after that.”
Bennett, who moved to Boonville from Evansville at the age of 5 and graduated from Boonville High School, plans to stay in Boonville as his business grows.
Bennett said Remedy Center’s primary goal as a business currently is to survive its first year, a feat that is known to be challenging. Bennett said they are very optimistic so far and believe they will make it to their second year as a business.
Beyond this goal, they have hopes to expand their brand into multiple locations in the area. There are currently plans for a second store at a yet undisclosed location, with more information to be released by October.
The support that Remedy Center has received so far from the community has been great, according to Bennett.
“We’ve been thanked a lot, people have told us that it’s a huge relief for them including veterans and the elderly who we’ve helped with CBD and Delta eight,” Bennett said.
Remedy Center is located at 125 S. Second St. in Boonville. They are active on Facebook as well as Instagram and Snapchat. They plan to launch a website within the year. According to Bennett, their selection is constantly changing and expanding, so their Facebook page is the best place to find new updates about their inventory.