burglary solved; felony charges pending
nab hit and run driver
English Burnett, Editor
The Versailles Police Department had a busy weekend as they wrapped
up a burglary case and worked a crash that sent one man to the
hospital and another to jail.
According to information from Versailles Town Marshal Joe Mann,
a burglary at the Dennis Courtaney residence, 610 W. First North
Street in Versailles, occurred July 17 in the early morning hours.
Due to an alarm going off, authorites were alerted causing the
would be suspects to stop short of taking items.
However, the next day on July 18 the pair returned to finish the
job and again were interrupted. Several items were later discovered
along with two bicycles the suspects were known to ride.
After a short investigation, Marshal Mann was able to retrieve
evidence and testimony to support sending prelimiary charges to
Darryl W. Simpson Jr., 19, of Anderson, who frequents Versailles,
was arrested on August 7 on three pending felony charges: Burglary
of a Dwelling, Class B Felony; Burglary of a Structure, a Class
C Felony; and Theft, a Class D Felony.
Another suspect involved in the incident will face the same preliminary
charges when he is arrested.
No one was at home at the time of the burglary, according to the
The Versailles Police Department was assisted in the case by officers
from the Osgood Police Department, Ripley County Sheriff's Office,
and the Indiana State Police.
Marshal Mann also responded to a crash that occurred about 3:30
a.m. Saturday, August 8 at US 50 and High Street in Versailles.
Upon arriving at the scene, the marshal said several concerned
citizens had checked on an injured man Danny Stinson of Osgood,
who had been operating a white Cadillac. Some of these concerned
citizens witnessed the driver of a 2005 Ford Expedition fleeing
the scene on foot. Some citizens followed the fleeing person,
later discovered to be Jonathan Smith of Versailles. They relayed
information to Ripley County Communications. Due to their quick
actions, Smith was apprehended by Sgt. Marvin Smith and Deputy
Ryan McKittrick of the Ripley County Sheriff's Office.
Initial reports are that Smith had traveled left of center, colliding
with the Stinson vehicle. Smith was slightly injured from the
crash, but did not require medical attention and was taken into
custody and incarcerated in the Ripley County Jail on preliminary
charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Leaving the
Scene of an Accident with Injury.
Stinson was not seriously injured and was treated and released
at Margaret Mary Community Hospital, according to Marshal Mann.
Marshal Mann noted that he appreciated all the help citizens provided
in the crash incident. "They checked on the person who was
injured, began directing traffic, and were instrumental in the
immediate apprehension of Smith," he told The Versailles
Republican. "Their help was greatly appreciated."
The marshal was assisted at the scene by Deputies Abe Hildebrand,
Ryan McKittrick of the Ripley County Sheriff's Office, along with
Sgt. Marvin Smith, and ISP reconstructionist Trooper Jason Hankins.
The crash is still under investigation.