Ripley County Sheriff News

On April 12, 2017 at 4:18 a.m., Ripley County Dispatch received a 911 call from Joel Schumacer of Hanska, Minnesota, a semi driver parked at the east bound rest area on I74 at the 152 mile marker. Mr. Schumacer stated that someone was in the back of his semi trailer. Upon arrival, officers located the suspect who had been locked in the trailer by Schumacer. The trailer was loaded with frozen meat with a chilly inside temperature of -10 degrees. When officers approached the semi trailer they could hear the suspect beating on the door to let him out. The suspect was identified as Malcolm Denton, 51, of Shelbyville, Indiana. Denton was taken into custody without incident and incarcerated at the Ripley County Jail on charges of Unauthorized Entry of a Vehicle, class B misdemeanor and Theft, a level 6 felony. The incident is being investigated by the Ripley County Sheriff's Office. Batesville Police Department assisted at the scene.

All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.


On August 22, 2016 Deputy Trevor Comer of the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office and Patrolman Travis Cook of the Batesville Police Department investigated and observed a white Chrysler Sebring traveling in the Batesville City limits that did bear a False and Fictitious license plate. Both Officers observed the suspicious vehicle in the area of “Huck’s” gas station located along East Pearl Street in Batesville at approximately 3:43 A.M.

Deputy Comer learned the license plate returned to a blue Buick passenger vehicle which prompted him to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle as it traveled eastbound East Pearl Street near the intersection Prairie Avenue. Deputy Comer activated his emergency equipment and the front seat passenger of the vehicle, later identified as Trevor McConnell of Osgood, began to discard items from his window. The vehicle continued on several hundred feet before coming to a stop.

Patrolman Cook assisted Deputy Comer with the traffic stop where upon they were able to detain the female driver and Trevor McConnell. A large section of East Pearl Street was blocked off several minutes to allow Deputy Comer to retrieve the items discarded from the vehicle. Some of those items collected were later determined to be bags of “Methamphetamine.”

Trevor McConnell, 27 years of age, was arrested for the criminal charge Possession of Methamphetamine, a Level 6 Felony.

Detective Sergeant Blake Roope of the Batesville Police Department used various resources as well as information related to the traffic stop to obtain search warrants for an apartment at McNair Manor Apartments in Batesville and a room at the Motel Highway 46 Inn Room in New Point.

Search warrants were executed that same day by the Batesville Police Department, Ripley County Sheriff’s Office, Indiana State Police, and the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office.

The search warrants fo r both locations revealed additional items of evidence related to drug offenses which lead to two additional arrests. Garrett Fuller, 26 years of age, of Batesville was arrested for the criminal charges of “Maintaining a Common Nuisance” and “Possession of a Hypodermic Needle” both Level 6 Felonies. Michael Struckman, 31 years of age, of Milan was arrested for the criminal charges of “”Possession of Methamphetamine” and “Possession of a Hypodermic Needle” both Level 6 Felonies.

All suspects arrested were transported to the Ripley County Jail for processing. Additional charges may be considered upon a review of facts by the Ripley County Prosecutor’s Office.

All suspects have a legal presumptive of innocence until proven guilty.



Ripley County Sheriff