RIPLEY COUNTY SHERIFF
Ripley County Sheriff Jeff Cumberworth
would like to make the public aware of several scams being
perpetrated locally. There are slight variations to the scams
but they all involve payment or transactions using gift cards.
The Ripley County Sheriff's Office Mums for Education scholarship for students pursuing a career in criminal justice was a great success. The recipients this year were Lauren McIntosh of South Ripley High School and Logan Miles of Milan High School. Both students received a $1000 scholarship.
The Ripley County Sheriff’s Office has
recently begun to use a new records management and computer
aided dispatch system. This system allows us to add much more
information so that we can better serve the community. At this
time, we are asking for your help. We would like to add those
with special needs to our system in order get them the help they
need and handle their situation correctly.
The Ripley County Sheriff's Department honored Sergeant Corky Houseworth with a commemorative plaque. Sergeant Houseworth began his law enforcement career in the Ripley County Jail as a jail officer and was promoted to Deputy on July 6, 1998. Sheriff Cumberworth and the department appreciate Sergeant Houseworth's dedication and service to Ripley County.
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 new look for the Ripley County Sheriff vehicles saved thousands of dollars on tax payers' money. Sheriff Cumberworth and his deputies chose to change the color of the Ripley County Sheriff's Deputies patrol cars. The traditional two tone brown paint would have cost the county, not only to special order the cars with the base tan color, but also to paint the dark brown onto the cars after they arrived. This gives the Sheriff's Office not only a new look but also saves money. The cars will be driven by Sergeant Corky Houseworth and Sergeant Abe Hildebrand, who have both been faithfully serving the community for numerous years.
Sheriff Cumberworth has implemented a road
work crew that will be walking the county roads of Ripley County
picking up trash. The Sheriff plans to do this program
throughout the year when time is available. The program is for
inmates who are low risk, nonviolent, and have already been
sentenced. The inmates are monitored by a jail officer at all
April 22, 2015, Ripley County
Sheriff's Office received a report from a county resident
stating they received a phone call from a Ripley County
Lieutenant trying to gain access to personal information. The
county resident also stated that the Ripley County Sheriff's
Office phone number showed up on the caller I.D. These scams try
to scare you by stating there is a warrant issued for your
On Saturday, April 11, 2015, a local Head Start Program held a Bicycle Safety Program at the Ripley County Fairgrounds. Head Start passed out free helmets to the children. Reserve Deputies Matthew Wright and Joe Denzio set up a road course while teaching the children about road safety.
On Saturday, March 28, Ripley County Sheriff's Office helped direct traffic and ensured the safety of the children at the annual Ripley County Chamber of Commerce Easter Egg Hunt located at the Versailles State Park.
On March 8, 2015 the Delaware United
Methodist Church and the family of Evelyn Bolt presented Chief Deputy Kurt
Enneking with a certificate of appreciation for showing respect and honor as
Evelyn's funeral procession passed by the jail.
Sheriff Cumberworth is reporting that in
the past few weeks the phone scams are back on the rise. One caller stated that
they received a phone call from the IRS stating that they had tax warrant and to
send them the money by wiring it back. Another case from the Publishers Clearing
House stating that they have won $1,500,000.00 but they need to send them $6000
to receive the prize.
County Sheriff's Office is eager to be involved in South Ripley's
Hunter's Education Class throughout the school year.
Ripley County Sheriff