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Pre-trial hearing held on Bowman

Wanda English Burnett

A pre-trial hearing was held last week for Timothy W. Bowman, 49, Holton. Attempted Murder charges have been filed against the Holton man for an incident that occurred on October 28, 2016, at his home. Attempted Murder is a Level 1 Felony and carries a minimum sentence of 20 years and can go as high as 40 years.

According to Ripley Publishing Co. files, five police officers had to take cover as Bowman allegedly shot at them after a domestic dispute with his wife. Bowman was taken into custody after a five-hour stand off with police returning fire on Bowman striking him in the torso, after he had fired on police several times. As the stand off came to a close, police entered the residence and immediately began to administer first aid to Bowman. He was flown to the University of Cincinnati Trauma Center.

Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Sharp issued a $500,000 cash bond on November 21, 2016, and Bowman has remained incarcerated since that time. His trial is set for February 27 with Mark Jones representing Bowman.

Police work to raise awareness of human trafficking
Call 888-373-7888 to report suspicious activity

Wanda English Burnett

While human trafficking might seem far removed from Ripley County, police say it is everywhere and they are working with truckers to help those who may have become prey.

January has been proclaimed National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers (CVEOs) and Motor Carrier Inspectors (MCIs) have teamed up with officers from neighboring states to raise awareness of human trafficking.

This week, Indiana State Police Officers are teaming up with colleagues from the Ohio, Illinois, and Michigan State Police to partner with Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) to educate motorists about the signs of human trafficking and to enforce laws that crack down on traffickers. Working with the truck drivers is a plus for police as they roll up and down the larger interstates and cities daily. Commercial motor vehicle drivers, public transportation company employees, rest area attendants are also the eyes and ears of the police as they can possibly spot something or someone holding another person against their will.

“The Indiana State Police has been working with Truckers Against Trafficking since 2015,” noted Major Jon Smithers, commander of the Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division. He continued, “The goal of this week-long, multi-state human trafficking initiative is to raise awareness and educate individuals in positions to observe human trafficking taking place.”

Everyone can be on the lookout for something amiss. Police encourage motorists to say something if they feel suspicious activity is taking place. You can call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 888-373-7888 or text BeFree to 233733.

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