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Area man arrested in connection to vandalism

Thursday, November 5, 2009

A Center Point man was recently arrested for his alleged involvement in an incident that destroyed a large portion of a cornfield in rural Clay County.

Matthew Hayden Lehr, 26, was arrested Sunday and booked into the Clay County Justice Center on an arrest warrant issued by Clay Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout for an incident that took place during the early morning hours of Sept. 27.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed in the case by the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Lehr was one of several suspects who allegedly rode all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) in a cornfield located just off State Road 42 near the intersection of North County Road 475 East.

Officials reported the incident caused more than $2,500 in damages.

Lehr is alleged to have taken possession of an ATV left at the scene, which was later identified as reported stolen from Hendricks County.

On Tuesday, Lehr, who will hire his own defense attorney, appeared by video conference before Clay Superior Court Judge J. Blaine Akers for formal charges of one class A misdemeanor criminal trespass and two class D felonies, including receiving stolen property and criminal mischief.

Lehr's bond was set at $7,000 (with 10 percent allowed), an informal not guilty plea was entered on his behalf and a jury trial was tentatively scheduled for March 1, 2010.

Another suspect in the incident, Justin Waldridge, 29, was arrested the morning of the incident. He was also formally charged with one class A misdemeanor criminal trespass and two class D felonies, including receiving stolen property and criminal mischief for his alleged involvement.

Waldridge is tentatively scheduled for a jury trial on Feb. 8, 2010.

Officials confirm the investigation in this case continues.

To report information about this incident or any other crime, contact the Clay County Sheriff's Department at 446-2535.

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Bad Boy, Bad Boy, Whatcha Gonna Do? Idiot.

-- Posted by ADJ on Fri, Nov 6, 2009, at 3:54 AM

That remark about Center Point is totally uncalled for.

-- Posted by JaniLou on Fri, Nov 6, 2009, at 8:38 AM

I agree, the remark about Center Point was not necessary. In every community there are good people and not so good people.

-- Posted by indianamama on Fri, Nov 6, 2009, at 9:02 AM

I totally agree with JaniLou and indianamama. I've been in Center Point a few times and I like it there.

-- Posted by Meadow31 on Fri, Nov 6, 2009, at 9:07 AM

There's nothing wrong with Centerpoint,now had this incident taken place in Brazil they would've been on a lawn mower, moped, or golf cart.

-- Posted by ugotitdude on Fri, Nov 6, 2009, at 11:01 AM

So the Brazil-billies and the Centerpointians are arguing who is lower on the foodchain? I think anywhere in Clay County is pretty good terrain ... especially if you have an ATV!!!

-- Posted by Gunslinger on Fri, Nov 6, 2009, at 11:20 AM

Gunslinger, ever heard of putting your money where your mouth is? Let us see if you know how to sling hash as well as your mouth, and bring your gun. These other people showed idiotics, you proved your's. Us Brazil-billies (as you so politely called Us)have more guts than you'll ever have. I'll bet you don't even own a gun (slinger).

With my deepest regrets for my defense and others,

Rooster#1 and this rooster fought for your rights during Vietnam and proud to be a Brazil-billie Thank You Very Much!

-- Posted by rooster1 on Fri, Nov 6, 2009, at 12:02 PM


You sound like you need some medical treatment to your brain with that post.

I suspect we will be reading about you shooting someone in the future.

-- Posted by T-REX on Fri, Nov 6, 2009, at 12:22 PM

Wow rooster, hate to burst your bubble, but you aren't the only veteran on the planet. And....that doesn't make you a tough guy.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Fri, Nov 6, 2009, at 7:17 PM

Obviously,I should reconsider moving back home t Brazil or any of the surrounding areas do to the ignorance that I have read in the posted comments.

It's really too bad that folks can't have more positive points to make about news article post.

-- Posted by Nosredna Retep on Fri, Nov 6, 2009, at 8:07 PM

Everyone always has an opinion, but I want to know if people actually sit back and take a good look at themselves and their own family before they make comments about others. Might be shocked at what they find!!!

-- Posted by Meadow31 on Sat, Nov 7, 2009, at 8:34 AM

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