Evansville Police

An Evansville woman is accused of leaving three small children locked in a bedroom while she went to work. 

Evansville Police say officers were called to 1316 Henning Avenue Monday evening for a report of children left unattended in the home. 

In a news release, the EPD said officers found the children, all under the age of 3, in a bedroom that was dead-bolted shut.

Police said officers had to climb through an unlocked window and then use force to open the locked door and reach the children.

EPD: man's death at fire scene was a homicide

Jun 13, 2018

Police say the death of a man whose body was found in a burning apartment was a homicide. 

Evansville firefighters found the body of 41-year-old Gerard Elliott Matts in the abandoned building at Read and Michigan streets Sunday morning.

Based on an autopsy, investigators believe Matts was deceased before the fire started.

In an email, the EPD said Matts’ body was “severely burned.”

The Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office hasn’t yet released the cause of death. 


While Bloomington psychologist Albert Fink’s career effectively ended when his professional license was revoked last month, the ongoing impact of Dr. Fink falsifying a mental exam in a criminal case did not.

At least one alleged crime that happened after Fink’s conviction last year could cause an issue for the  court system.

Woman killed by bullet from neighboring apartment

Jun 4, 2018

Police continue to investigate a shooting that killed an Evansville woman inside her apartment. 

Police were called to the apartment in the 1500 block of N. Roosevelt Friday evening.

In a news release, the EPD said a resident returned home from a quick errand and found his wife suffering from a gunshot wound. 

41-year-old Toni Bittler was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

During the investigation, police said they found what appeared to be a bullet hole in the wall that separated the victim’s apartment from the neighboring apartment. 

Man accused of killing one woman, wounding another

May 21, 2018

Formal charges are expected to be filed this week against an Evansville man accused of shooting a woman and her adult daughter. 

56 year old Robert Ballard Jr. is expected to be charged with murder and attempted murder in connection with the shooting Friday night in the 1000 block of W. Delaware St. 

In a news release, Evansville Police said Ballard targeted the victims and shot them as they sat in a car, with the adult daughter’s two children in the car.

The kids were not injured.