The Indiana State
Police and the Noble County Sheriff Department are asking for the public’s
assistance in identifying two men, believed to be a father-son duo who have
been soliciting their paving services and in doing so, allegedly bilked an
elderly couple out of thousands of dollars.
According to Indiana State Police Detective Deven Hostetler, on Wednesday, July
9th two white males were in the Cromwell area when they approached the elderly
victims and offered to spray blacktop sealer on top of their gravel driveway.
They quoted the couple approximately $200 for the job, but upon its completion,
they asked for payment of approximately $2,000.
After they were paid in cash, one of the men used an excuse to go back into the
house where it is alleged that he stole an additional amount of cash.
The first man, the older of the two, was described as heavy set with skin tags
on his eyelids and the second as possibly being 18-20 years of age. They were
said to have been in a red Ford pickup truck with a black tank in the bed. If
any citizen has been solicited by these men, or have information as to their
identities, they are encouraged to call the Indiana State Police at either
(260) 432-8661 or (800) 552-0976, or the Noble County Sheriff Department at
7, 2014, 11:13 AM
Police-Headquarters - Statewide
Fake Jury Duty
Phone Calls Should be directed to Police
Fake Jury Duty Phone Calls
Should be directed to Police
Several Indiana trial courts have alerted the Division of State Court
Administration and Indiana Judicial Center to a possible scam involving
fake jury duty phone calls. There have only been a few incidents, but
court leaders are alerting the public in the abundance of caution.
Judges in two Indiana counties (Henry and Hamilton) recently learned
residents received similar phone calls making false claims about missed
jury service. The caller accused the individual of failing to appear for
jury duty and offered ways to resolve the situation by appearing in court
or providing financial information to pay a fine. Courts are not aware of
anyone who has been harmed by revealing personal financial information.
While practices vary, Indiana courts never ask potential jurors (or those
who missed jury duty) for money. Courts never ask for specific bank
account numbers, credit card information or Personal Identification
Numbers (PIN’s) and never call jurors and pressure them to reveal
personal information—especially financial information.
In Indiana, all initial contact with potential jurors is conducted in
writing through the mail. A written jury summons and/or questionnaire may
ask for information such as name, age, occupation, marital status, prior
jury service or whether the person understands the English language.
If a person fails to appear for jury duty the judge can send the sheriff
to compel the individual to attend jury selection. A judge can hold an
individual in contempt and require the individual to pay a fine for
failure to appear. However, none of these actions takes place over the
Questions about jury service or failure to appear for jury duty should be
directed to the clerk or court in the county where the individual lives.
For a list of contact information see here:
http://www.in.gov/judiciary/2794.htm. Individuals who receive what
appears to be a fake jury duty phone call should alert police.
There are about 1400 jury trials in Indiana each year. Trial and
appellate court judges want to take this opportunity to thank individuals
who appear in court ready to serve and those who are selected for jury
duty. A series of Public Service Announcements produced in partnership
with Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations showcases the importance of jury
Federal Court officials produced a video warning the public about a jury
duty phone scam
Kathryn Dolan : email@example.com