Law and Criminal Justice

John Gibson


Sheriffs from southwest Indiana presented their needs to state legislators and local leaders Monday. 

The so-called roundtable discussion – actually conducted in a rectangle – was hosted by the Indiana Sheriff’s Association at the Vanderburgh County Jail.

ISA Executive Director – and former Knox County Sheriff -- Steve Luce told the gathering about a new kind of inmate. "Nothing seems to really keep them out of jail.  They get used to it. It's just a revolving door."

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. 

An autopsy has been completed on the body of a man shot to death by a police officer during a shooting spree on Evansville’s North Side. 

The Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office says in an email that 51-year-old Barry Freeman died from two gunshot wounds to the chest.

Evansville Police said an officer shot Freeman in a yard on Joan Avenue near N. Kentucky Avenue Friday night.

Freeman was suspected of fatally shooting 56-year-old Jeffrey Kempf in the 2400 block of N. Kentucky at some point during the spree.

Shooting suspect dies

May 14, 2018

The man accused of a fatal shooting spree that prompted a lock down of an Evansville neighborhood is dead.

Vanderburgh County Coroner Steve Lockyear announced in an email Monday  that 51-year-old Barry Freeman died Sunday night at Deaconess Midtown Hospital.

The incident began about 9:30 Friday night, in the 2400 block of North Kentucky Avenue in Evansville.

Sheriff: Man abandoned child, fled officers

May 2, 2018

An Evansville man is accused of abandoning his child and leading police on a two-state chase. 

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office says in a news release that 27-year-old Tevin Woodruff was wanted for a parole violation when officers spotted him in a car near Maryland St. and Second Ave. Tuesday afternoon.

A Sheriff’s deputy tried to stop the vehicle, but police said Woodruff sped across Columbia Street and turned onto Maryland, where the vehicle came to an abrupt stop.

The sheriff’s office said Woodruff got out of the car, and a deputy told him to surrender.