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Ripley County Sheriff Jeff Cumberworth has been named to the board of directors of the new Indiana Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch, a not-for-profit that will offer free leadership camps and training to future law enforcement officers and at-risk kids.
“Purchased with private funds earlier this year, our Youth Ranch is a 62-acre retreat that will offer field trips, overnights and weeklong camps to Indiana teens,” said Steve Luce, executive director of both the Indiana Sheriffs’ Association and ISYR. “Our Youth Ranch will feature swimming, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, archery, softball, baseball, basketball, hiking, a confidence course, zip line, arts and crafts. Students will also learn in age-appropriate ways about personal safety and child abuse, drunk driving and substance abuse, cybercrimes and bullying, gangs and delinquency, domestic violence and firearms safety. Whenever possible, young Ranch visitors will also experience K-9 and horse patrol train ing on-site with deputies.”
Luce said Cumberworth was selected “because of his displayed dedication to public safety – especially the kids of Ripley County.”
As a board member, Cumberworth will help develop the Youth Ranch property and programming, Luce said. “Building on ISA’s 38-year tradition of hosting our Youth Leadership Camps, we have a very aggressive development plan in hopes of opening the Youth Ranch in 2018. The faster we can raise private funds and build facilities, the sooner we can reach more good kids from more communities with vital lifelong lessons. For years, we’ve reached hundreds of kids each summer. With a permanent home like the Youth Ranch, we hope to reach thousands of Hoosier teens from spring through fall.”
Located in Clay County between Indianapolis and Terre Haute – and within a few hour’s drive of most Hoosier hometowns – the Youth Ranch is just off State Road 59 between Interstate 70 and Brazil, Ind.

To sponsor local students or join ranks with Youth Ranch fundraising efforts, please contact the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office or the ISYR toll-free at 800-622-4779.


Many citizens are receiving calls and messages from someone claiming to be with the IRS. Some calls are automated recordings. The caller states that you owe taxes and wants you to send money or be sued or arrested. Sheriff Cumberworth advises citizens to disregard the calls. Do not send money and do not give the caller any personal information. If you are unsure if the caller is legitimate, please call the Indiana Department of Revenue or the Internal Revenue Service to verify.


The Sheriff's Office has received a report of a scam where a man has posed as a Comcast employee. The man was threatening to disconnect service unless he was paid. The scammer is described as late 30's to early 40's, 6 ft., short sandy blonde hair, average build, wearing blue jeans and a black polo shirt with a red Comcast logo. The man left the business after he was denied payment. The business contacted Comcast and was told they had not sent anyone to disconnect service. Residents are advised to contact Comcast to verify the disconnect notice.



The Ripley County Sheriff's Office recently purchased a 2016 Ford F-150 truck. The truck will be driven by Jail Administrator Bob Curl and be used for the road crew which will eliminate the need for the county highway to pick up the collected trash. It will also be used for hauling maintenance equipment for the jail and as an added four wheel drive in inclement winter weather. Sheriff Jeff Cumberworth says "The new truck will be a multi-functional tool for our department and an asset to the fleet."


The Ripley County Sheriff's Office has received calls regarding a recent scam in which the caller ID shows the telephone number for the Sheriff's Office and the caller identifies themselves as a deputy. The scammer is telling residents that the call is regarding the IRS. Sheriff Cumberworth advises residents to use caution when speaking to these individuals and never give them any personal information, bank information or send them money.


The Ripley County Sheriff’s Department has recently subscribed to LeadsOnline, which is a Nationwide database of Pawn/Scrap transactions. This system has played a large role in solving multiple crimes that have occurred in Ripley County in the short time since the Sheriff’s Department started using it. A feature of this database is available to the citizens of Ripley County, called “ReportIt”. This feature is a Safe, Secure, and FREE site where residents can create a list of their valuables, including item descriptions, photographs of the items, scanned receipts, and most importantly the serial numbers of their valuables.

In the event that you are ever the victim of a crime and your property is taken, you can provide the descriptions and serial numbers of the items to Law Enforcement. Having the serial numbers for your valuables and providing those to Law Enforcement significantly increases the chances of your property being recovered, as well as the suspect being identified and held accountable for their actions. For more information please visit the website at



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