EPD: Officer-involved shooting suspect threatened to ‘kill some cops’

Shortly before he was shot and killed by police on Tuesday night, Daniel Wooters was allegedly inside TGI Fridays threatening to “kill some cops.”

Police identified Wooters, 38, on Wednesday. He was shot by three officers after he reportedly advanced toward them on Morgan Avenue with a knife after allegedly stealing a police cruiser and leading officers on a short chase across part of the city’s East Side commercial district, according to police. Continue reading “EPD: Officer-involved shooting suspect threatened to ‘kill some cops’”

Woman arrested for reportedly driving drunk with kid in car

PUBLISHED: Sept. 15, 2017

BY: Shannon Hall, Courier & Press reporter

A woman was arrested Thursday night for allegedly driving drunk with her 15-year-old son in her car.

Tricia D. Handley,46, was preliminary charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person less than 18 years old. Continue reading “Woman arrested for reportedly driving drunk with kid in car”

25-year-old woman charged with child molesting

PUBLISHED: Sept. 15, 2017


EVANSVILLE — A 25-year-old woman was charged with multiple counts of child molesting this week.

Keshia C. Warfield faces three different felony counts of child molesting after two children told their mother about the alleged abuse and they reported it to authorities.

One child at the house where Warfield temporarily lived told police that Warfield touched their genitals on top of their clothing, a second child said Warfield touched touched their genitals underneath the clothing. Continue reading “25-year-old woman charged with child molesting”

Fatal child neglect charge for Newburgh man

PUBLISHED: Sept. 19, 2017

BY: Shannon Hall & Tori Fater, Courier & Press reporters 

A Newburgh man accused of fatal child neglect in Warrick County has been arrested.

Thaddious Rice, 23, was taken into custody on a warrant Monday afternoon and is being held in Warrick County jail without bond.

He has been charged with murder and neglect of a dependent resulting in death in Warrick County in connection with the death of 10-month-old Jaxson Wheeler. The child neglect charge is a Level 1 felony – under Indiana law, the most serious felony level after murder. Continue reading “Fatal child neglect charge for Newburgh man”

Police: Mother passes out while driving two sons


PUBLISHED: May 18, 2017

BY: Shannon Hall, Courier & Press reporter

A woman was arrested Wednesday morning after police reported finding her passed out in a running, black Ford Explorer with two children in the vehicle.

Tierra Maupins, 26, was arrested and preliminarily charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated with a child under 18 in the car and operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol level of 0.15 percent or more.

Dispatch received multiple calls about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday that a woman was slumped over in an Explorer with two children in it on Riverside in the right turn lane to go north on U.S. 41. One passerby told police that the vehicle was in drive but he was able to put it in park, according to the probable cause affidavit. Another witness had her two children, ages 1 and 3, in the parking lot nearby.

After an ambulance was called, Maupins woke up, and police smelled a “strong odor” of alcohol on her breath, court documents state.

Maupins told police that she “partied the night before” but stopped drinking at midnight, according to a probable cause affidavit. Maupins failed three of the four sobriety field tests and provided a chemical test where it showed her blood-alcohol level was 0.16.

The Department of Child Services was notified and took the two children into their custody.

Point Zero Eight

The Courier & Press is documenting every person in Vanderburgh County who is arrested and charged with drunken driving and following the cases through the courts. Since Feb. 1, almost 150 people have been charged with drunken driving in Vanderburgh County.

Driving under the influence is usually a misdemeanor charge, and those charged don’t serve jail time outside of their initial arrest. But it’s a misdemeanor that could turn deadly quickly.

Last fall, the Tri-State community had five fatal deaths involving intoxicated drivers, according to local law enforcement.

To follow along online, go to courierpressblogs.com/dui.

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Former Harrison hoops standout died from gunshot wound to head

PUBLSIHED: May 23, 2017

BY: Shannon Hall, Courier & Press reporter

A former Harrison High School basketball standout was found shot to death in the 400 block of South Morton Avenue, between Cherry and Walnut streets, on Tuesday morning, according to the city police.

Vanderburgh County Coroner Steve Lockyear identified the deceased as Deniko L. Scott, 22, of Evansville. Scott played high school basketball at Harrison, graduated in 2013 and was named second team All-Metro and an honorable mention for all-state from the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association his senior year. Continue reading “Former Harrison hoops standout died from gunshot wound to head”