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UPDATED: Five nabbed so far for vandalism

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

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Keanon N. Wright
After investigating a rash of burglary, vandalism and property/vehicle theft complaints in southern Clay County for more than two weeks, officials confirmed to The Brazil Times Tuesday five suspects have been taken into custody and more arrests are expected.

Officials at the Clay County Justice Center confirmed an arrest warrant was issued from Clay Superior Court Monday for Keanon N. Wright, 19, Brazil, who was picked up on early Tuesday morning.

Currently incarcerated on a B felony burglary charge in connection with the investigation and facing a $50,000 cash bond (with no 10 percent allowed), Wright remains incarcerated while awaiting further court proceedings.

On Monday, Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton said deputies made their presence known in the southern portion of the county during the weekend as the investigation intensified.

However, between Sunday evening and the early morning hours of Monday, investigators developed enough information to determine at least two groups of individuals were committing various criminal acts in the area, and some of the suspects had connections with both central groups.

Four suspects were initially arrested in connection with the crimes.

Three unidentified male juveniles -- a 17-year-old from Bowling Green, a 17-year-old from Terre Haute and a 16-year-old from Center Point -- have allegedly admitted to their participation.

The juveniles, who officials confirmed all attend Clay City High School, are facing multiple criminal allegations, including class C felony burglary, auto theft, theft, criminal trespassing and criminal mischief.

Further details about the juveniles' identities will not be released due to confidentiality issues and to protect the integrity of the investigation.

They are currently being held at an undisclosed juvenile detention facility awaiting formal charges in juvenile court.

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Tommy J. Anderson II
While attempting to question a person of interest in the investigation, Deputy James Switzer discovered Tommy J. Anderson II, 18, Brazil, was in possession of more than 30 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. During further questioning, Anderson allegedly admitted his involvement in various crimes being investigated, including the burglary of a home in Cory and storage units in Clay City.

Facing a $25,000 cash bond (no 10 percent allowed), Anderson was booked into the Clay County Justice Center on preliminarily charges of class B felony burglary, class C felony burglary, criminal mischief, criminal trespassing, class D felony possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia.

According to officials, the arrests have led to four vehicle thefts, one commercial burglary, five storage unit burglaries, three home/garage burglaries, one pole barn burglary and one residential burglary complaint being solved as a result of the investigation.

Investigators have identified and are attempting to locate additional potential suspects in the matter.

Officials are also attempting to locate the whereabouts of any of the reported stolen items.

To report suspicious activity or information regarding the recent crimes in the Clay City area, or any other crimes, contact the Clay County Sheriff's Department at (812) 446-2535, Indiana State Police at (812) 299-1153 or the Clay City Police at (812) 939-2311.


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I couldn't help but to respond after reading the comments on the other news topic. Of course the police did a good job, however some of the comments are far from the truth when it comes to these kids. I cant speek about most of them, however Keanon's involvment in this really suprised me.

I hung out with Keanon most of the summer up until a month or so ago and he really is a stand up guy. He would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it.

My mom recently got divorced and we put our house on the market, Keanon said we needed to make the place look better and we spent the better part of a two months mowing, weedeating, cleaning, and sorting things in the yard and garage. For this he never asked one thing in return.

Two of his friends went to jail for a DUI and minor recently and he spent two nights talking to me over it and how upset he was about the situation. He told me he worried dearly about his friends and where they were going to end up in life. He spoke many times that he wanted to do something great in his life but didnt quite know

what but he was sure to find out.

Im not saying hes not guitly but what i am saying is hope the the judge and court house personal alike see what i have seen in this young kid, and know that a big jail sentence isn't what he needs. Because honestly in this situation it would

do more for the community if he was part of it.

I'm not sure what has gotten into him to do such things but im sure it was more peer pressure then anything that led him thus far.

Sincerely,

Corey Simonson

-- Posted by CoreySimonson on Wed, Nov 25, 2009, at 9:37 PM

I have to agree Corey, Keanon isn't a bad kid, I know him personally and feel the same way about a heavy sentence. I will be praying for Keanon because he has made a very grave mistake, but there is absolutely hope for him.

-- Posted by CptnOpinion on Wed, Nov 25, 2009, at 9:55 PM

Keanon has worked for me during the past 2 summers and this is way out of character for him. I am always reminded that there are always 2 sides to every story, if Keanon is involved in this, I believe he will step up and take his lumps.

He will have my support becaues he is basically a very good young man with talents and skills that will help him through this mess.

-- Posted by bossboss on Thu, Nov 26, 2009, at 10:14 AM

QUOTE: "the newspaper and law enforcement like to blow up these kind of stories to sell papers and to remind citizens that crime is everywhere and they are on top of it.fear sells......."

And there you have it. Just a short sampling of what is wrong with society today. It's always the cops fault and the newspapers are just trying make money. Never place the blame on the punks who burglarize homes.

Hopefully your house or car will be next.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Thu, Nov 26, 2009, at 11:30 AM

Great kids....I wish they would have broke into my home since you know they are so great would have been a ray of sunshine......whatever and shame on you Detective Switzer for selling newspapers for the Brazil Times. Thank You Detective Switzer I am glad the Sheriffs Department has a good detective like you fighting crime even if you are selling papers for the times.

-- Posted by srdd on Thu, Nov 26, 2009, at 5:56 PM

Bravo tulie!

-- Posted by Lovett83 on Fri, Nov 27, 2009, at 11:14 AM

tulie, I quoted you, nothing taken out of context.

And do try to use some punctuation and capitalization, it would give your posts a little validity.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Fri, Nov 27, 2009, at 1:26 PM

good job clay county. tulie, i'm not trying to offend, but i didn't get any of that from your first post. lol, if that's the point you was trying to make, why didn't you post that first? you know, instead of depending on people to read into it. most comments are open to interpratation unless you put exactly what you mean. in your opinion, you think what is wrong with society is that everyone should protect their own property, but does not. like anarchy, or every man or woman for his or herself? that is in a sense what you said, right? and what is wrong with society is that not everyone is willing to protect his or her own property, or that some people may be a little scared of criminals or criminal activity? although most everyone is capable, not everyone is willing. some people need someone, in this case the deputies, to stand up for them once in a while. maybe the accused will get out in two months, and get little to no punishment. however, at this moment the accused being in jail gives the victims some peace of mind because they believe things are being done about the crimes that were committed against them. i think everyone already knows that crime is everywhere. one of the goals to printing this is probably to make people aware of activity going on in their area and not to put fear into people. now if you want to talk about national news and how they tend to put fear in people, i think you would have a good argument.

p.s.-please don't take the easy way out and attack my dogs, they have nothing to do with this. as a former petty officer of the navy i have very much respect for your son. it's nice to read about a success story, like your son's, every once in a while.

-- Posted by pitbull_advocate on Fri, Nov 27, 2009, at 2:44 PM

Now tulie, who is it that has too much time on their hands?

What does witchcraft in Knightsville have to do with anything? Or the rest of your post for that matter.

Could it be that the reason you are badmouthing the police & newspaper is because your own kid was involved in the past & you have a ax to grind?

As I said, do try to use some punctuation and capitalization, it would give your posts a little validity. Did they actually teach you to use 3 periods & 4 commas in the school you attended?

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Fri, Nov 27, 2009, at 10:57 PM

What's the point of pointing out each others flaws in punctuation. I mean in all seriousness your posting on a website for a newspaper for a horribly small town. It just seems retarded,lol.

-- Posted by CoreySimonson on Sat, Nov 28, 2009, at 6:18 AM

Horribly small town? That's not an excuse to be stupid.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Sat, Nov 28, 2009, at 9:03 AM

Ha ha, that is a valid point. Just seems like a lot of topics become "who has the bigger gun" debates. As far as this one goes you really only had to quote their initial post and reply with only one word and be done with it.... fail.

After that you've got it won already, well at least in this situation, lol.

-- Posted by CoreySimonson on Sat, Nov 28, 2009, at 12:44 PM

I love when these posts become an argument about punctuation. I especially enjoy when the person preaching punctuation, uses horrible grammar and poor sentence structure. I guess the old saying (those who can't do, teach) fits right about here.

-- Posted by Carnie00 on Mon, Nov 30, 2009, at 2:04 PM

Mayberry of the Midwest is having some of the same problems as Mount Pilot to the north!

-- Posted by Mrs. Positive on Mon, Nov 30, 2009, at 2:10 PM

I like how when you first post a comment the line right above the comment box says "please be respectful of others and try to stay on topic" and no one ever does. Bottom line, what's done is done. Why sit around arguing about it all? If we as grown people cant respect one another's opinions online, is it really a wonder these kids have a hard time respecting other people and their property? What happened to agree to disagree? If you really don't like what's going on in the community, do something about it. Get out there and make a difference, because sitting here and degrading each other is not doing a thing for anyone. The only thing you accomplish is showing everyone else, the reason these kids act the way they do, they live by example. They see so much disrespect, it doesn't surprise me at all. So, unless you're gonna stand up, and stop the disrespect, and go make a difference in this town, why bother opening your mouth to state the insanely obvious crap? Just because its regurgitated doesn't make it anymore impressive.

-- Posted by kellymr on Mon, Nov 30, 2009, at 2:23 PM

Lee who are you trying to impress? It's a newspaper forum for Clay County. You never post anything thats worth reading and i think i would know because im the one whos supposedly "Flying high" right? Do yourself a favor and take some notes from kellymr.

-- Posted by Zeppelin_89 on Tue, Dec 1, 2009, at 7:28 AM


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