Articles by Chuck Ledbetter

Sgt. Bertram Portrait Presented for New Station

Toward the end of December 2018, the Charlestown Police Department learned of a brother officer named Jonny Castro, of the Philadelphia City Police Department (PA); who paints portraits of fallen officers throughout the country. A rendering of our fallen Sgt. Bertram’s portrait, created by Officer Castro, was posted on social media, shared; then included with the portraits of all the officers who lost their life in the line of duty last year nationwide. This morning, with the assistance of former Charlestown Police Department Chief Wayne Crumpton; an original print of Officer Castro’s portrait honoring Sgt. Ben Bertram was framed and present to Chief Keith McDonald and Assistant Chief Tim Wolff in front of Charlestown City Hall. The portrait is planned to find a permanent and special place inside the new Charlestown Police Department Headquarters; currently under constructed and scheduled for completion late this Spring. Portrait of fallen CHPD Sgt. Ben…


XP: Park Trace Apartments

The property manager of Park Trace Apartments (off Harmony Lane) request extra patrol for a couple of residents reporting suspicious activity of possible burglary attempts within their complex.



VC: 8317 Jordan Drive

Roger Reif requests Vacation Checks of his residence at 8317 Jordan Drive, from Dec 24th through Dec 31st as he will be out of town. No one scheduled to be on the property and should be challenged if found on the property. Emergency contact for Roger or Paula Reif is 812-406-8776 or 812-989-3004


In The Line of Duty Death of Sgt. Ben Bertram

POLICE K9 SGT. BEN BERTRAM and recently retired K9 Partner KUBO. POLICE K9 SGT. BENTON HURLEY “BEN” BERTRAM, 33 YEARS OF AGE, A NINE YEAR VETERAN OFFICER OF THE CHARLESTOWN CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT AND FORMER CLARK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT CORRECTIONS OFFICER; DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY ON DECEMBER 12TH, 2018, WHILE IN PURSUIT OF A FLEEING FELON. SGT. BERTRAM IS SURVIVED BY HIS K9 PARTNERS K9 KUBO AND K9 FRANCO, HIS PARENTS LUKE AND DIANE BERTRAM, SISTER LINDSEY WOLFF, NIECE LILLY WOLFF, BROTHER-IN-LAW MAJOR TIMOTHY WOLFF, ASSISTANT CHIEF OF THE CHARLESTOWN CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT, AND AMANDA ABBOTT. VISITATION WILL BE HELD MONDAY, DECEMBER 17TH, 2018 FROM 1400 TO 1900 HOURS, IN THE CHARLESTOWN HIGH SCHOOL ARENA, #1 PIRATE PLACE, CHARLESTOWN, IN. LIFE CELEBRATION SERVICES, INCLUDING HONORS, WILL BE HELD TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18TH, 2018, 1100 HOURS, IN THE CHARLESTOWN HIGH SCHOOL ARENA. GRAVE SIDE CEREMONIES AND ESCORT / PROCESSIONAL DETAIL…