Man Arrested After Found Sleeping On Couch

On 3/23/19 Mt. Carmel Police arrested Damion K. Miller, age 34, of Crossville, IL, following a request for police to a residence in the 100 block of S. Daniel Street.  The caller reported finding an unknown male subject, sleeping on their couch, with their front door standing open.  Officers arrived and located Miller on the couch.  When contact was made with Miller he became combative and resisted arrest.  Miller was eventually taken into custody and transported to the Wabash County Jail.  Miller was charged with Felony Criminal Trespass to Residence and Resisting a Peace Officer.  Miller is being held pending a bond setting by a judge. 

Report Of Unwanted Person Leads To Arrest Of Newburgh Man

On 3/21/19 Mt. Carmel Police arrested Jeremiah J. Deal, age 43, of Newburgh, IN for Possession of a Hypodermic Needle and Disorderly Conduct following a call regarding an unwanted person in the 1100 block of West 3rd Street.  Once police arrived they spoke to the complainant who reported that Deal had entered their residence and attempted to start an altercation with the complainant.  Officers located the suspect, identified as Deal, and placed him under arrest.  During the arrest for Disorderly Conduct Officers located a hypodermic needle in Deal’s property.  Deal was transported to the Wabash County Jail where he was charged and held pending the posting of bond. 

Reckless Driving Complaint Results In DUI Arrest Of Fairfield Woman

On 3/22/19 Mt. Carmel Police arrested Erika A.E. Cole, age 23, of Fairfield, IL, for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol following a public complaint about a reckless driver coming into Mt. Carmel from Indiana.  The arresting officer located the suspect vehicle, a white Mitsubishi, on South Walnut Street.  After observing violations of the Illinois Vehicle Code the vehicle was stopped. The officer suspected impairment from alcohol consumption so sobriety testing was conducted.  Cole showed clues to indicate impairment and was placed under arrest.  Cole was transported to the Wabash County Jail where she was charged for DUI, Operating Uninsured Vehicle and Improper Lane Usage.  Cole was held pending the posting of bond. 


March 22, 2019. Wabash General Hospital’s President & CEO Karissa Turner is delighted to announce, “We have found a partner that is committed to providing high-quality pain management to our community starting in May 2019. We identified the need to add pain management services after we realized many residents were traveling out of town for services. Commonwealth Pain & Spine was chosen due to our mutual values of serving our patients with compassion and respect. Their values represent whatwe are looking for in a partner. Commonwealth is dedicated to delivering the best care with highly trained professionals. This is one more example of how WGH is committed to bringing more services to our community to increase access to quality care in our area.”

Dr. Nicolaus Winters and Laura Stewart, MSN, RN, FNP-BC will be seeing patients on Tuesdays and Fridays in Wabash General Hospital’s specialty clinic that is located inside the hospital.

Dr. Winters received his medical degree and completed his residency in anesthesiology at the University of Louisville. Dr. Winters completed his pain management fellowship at the University of Alabama-Birmingham and is an active member of the American Society of Anesthesiologist and American Academy of Pain Medicine.

Dr. Winters stated, “We are honored to join with Wabash General and become part of the community. We are committed to providing a high level of service to our patients, and are excited to get started!”

Laura Stewart is board certified by the ANCC as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2008 and her Master of Science in Nursing in 2012 from the University of Southern Indiana, Evansville.

Dr. Thomas Selby, Chief of Staff at WGH, stated, “The medical staff agrees a pain management clinic will provide a valuable and much needed service to our community and patients. We are happy the hospital has expanded its scope of care to provide a local option for pain management services!”

Wabash General Hospital looks forward to continuing to offer quality care close to home.


Pig Roundup On I-70

Nearly 3000 small pigs were loose today, due to a livestock hauler that
overturned on I-70 milepost 127, between Casey and Greenup, Illinois. The
crash occurred due to driver illness, causing the vehicle to run off the
roadway. The driver was cited for improper lane usage. Approximately 100
pigs perished in the incident. The pigs have been reloaded thanks to the
effort of Greenup Fire Protection District, Greenup Police Department,
Casey Police Department, Illinois Department of Transportation, IDOT
portable scales, Effingham Equity, and other local volunteers. The
surviving pigs have continued to their destination in Indiana. Site
cleanup is still underway and will continue through the afternoon.

We experienced a great community effort out there today and for that we
thankful and proud.

(Pictured Trooper Amanda Jenkins


GWRPC Announces New Hires

GWRPC is excited to welcome Rileigh Lear as the new Executive Director at GWRPC. Rileigh comes to GWRPC with a diverse background in sales, event management, and work in higher education, most recently with the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, IN. She also earned her bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Advertising from USI. Rileigh will be managing the day-to-day operations at GWRPC, spearheading economic development planning, and overseeing the commission’s community development and grant writing efforts.

Heather Neuman has been hired as the new Community Development Coordinator at GWRPC. Heather will be supporting GWRPC with community development planning, grant writing, and grant administration. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Paralegal Studies from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and brings to the table her experience in grant writing, family law, and third-party liability. Heather is married with three children and currently resides in Fairfield.

The GWRPC mission is to serve the Greater Wabash District by providing local, regional, and comprehensive planning, facilitating knowledge enhancement, securing and administering funds and promoting cooperative solutions to regional issues. The seven counties in the GWRPC Economic Development District include: Crawford, Edwards, Lawrence, Richland, Wabash, Wayne, and White. For more information, please visit