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Police take one into custody after 16-hour ordeal

Wanda English Burnett

Indiana State Police were involved in a 16-hour standoff this past weekend, when Charles L. Mays, 25, barricaded himself inside a Butlerville residence after police were fired upon. According to information from Sgt. Stephen Wheeles a call came in around 3:30 a.m. on April 1 for a domestic disturbance with shots fired at a home located at 5755 N. County Road 750 East, Butlerville. After an initial altercation where at least one shot was fired, a female left the home and went to a nearby residence for help.

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Charles L. Mays, 25, Butlerville is in handcuffs, after a long standoff with a variety of police agencies over the weekend. He was taken to the hospital first for treatment, then to Jennings County Jail where he faces a variety of charges.

Officers arrived to find Mays, who came out of the home and fired at the approaching officers. Multiple officers returned fire with Mays retreating back into the home and refusing to surrender to officers. The Indiana State Police Negotiators and the Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team responded to the residence, along with other officers. They kept contact throughout the day with Mays and eventually he surrendered to officers about 7:45 p.m. that same day.

Mays was given medical attention at the scene for injuries sustained during the incident. Officers did not say if Mays had been shot. He was taken to St. Vincent Jennings Hospital in North Vernon for additional treatment of his injuries, which police say are non-life threatening. After medical treatment Mays was taken to the Jennings County Jail to face preliminary charges of Attempted Murder, Intimidation With a Deadly Weapon, Criminal Recklessness, and Battery. Assisting the state police officers were the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department, Jennings County Prosecutor’s Office, Jennings County EMS and the American Red Cross.

Come celebrate with Chris Perdue at South Ripley Elementary School

The name Chris Perdue is now known throughout the world and the South Ripley High School student will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 5.
Perdue claimed the Gold Medal in the M2 Men’s Giant Slalom at the 2017 World Winter Games in Austria recently for snowboarding. The public is invited to come to the South Ripley Elementary cafeteria on Wednesday night from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. to see his gold medal, and view a slide show of his experience in Austria.

Crash sends man to hospital

On Thursday, March at about 6 a.m., the Ripley County Communications Center received a phone call from Casey Simon, 32, of Napoleon, to report that he had been in a car accident and that he needed assistance.

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A car driven by Casey Simon, 32, Napoleon, rolled onto its side after leaving the roadway and going down an embankment. Simon states that he fell asleep at the wheel. He was transported by Air Care to UC Medical Center for his injuries.

Simon stated that he had fallen asleep at the wheel, while headed north towards Batesville for work. The pickup truck left the roadway and went down the embankment rolling onto its side after striking a tree. He complained of a possibly broken wrist along with extreme pain in his chest, neck and back.

The accident occurred on SR 129, approximately a half mile North of Konradi Road in Ripley County. Responding agencies were Batesville Fire and EMS, Batesville Police Department, Ripley County Sheriff’s Department, and UC Health Ai Care. State Road 129 was closed for approximately 15 minutes, while the helicopter was landing to transport Casey to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

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