Articles by Chuck Ledbetter

New Indiana Laws of Interest as of July 1st

As is usual in the the State of Indiana-like many other states, newly legislated laws; as well as, modifications and revisions to existing laws become effective and enforced on July 1st.  Full access to all of Indiana’s laws/statutes can be found online at http://iga.in.gov/legislative/laws/2020/ic/; however a spreadsheet summary of all new Indiana 2020 laws can be downloaded by CLICKING HERE. The Charlestown Police Department would like to point out a couple of these new laws that became effective this July 1st, 2020.   One is regarding the sales and possession of Tobacco and Vaping products; whereas the minimum age of sale or possession of a tobacco or vaping product, including e-cigarettes, is now twenty-one (21) years. The minimum age was moved from eighteen to twenty-one by Indiana legislators; and is now in affect. The second Indiana law modification of major interest is to the Distracted Driving statute; now further restricting the…


CHPD Lobby/Records Office Reopening June 3rd

The Charlestown Police Department public lobby will return to normal operations access beginning Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020; however normal also includes that visitors to the Department, located at 703 Main Street, PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING and limit lobby occupancy to one person at a time.  Signage to politely remind visitors of these rules have been posted in the Department lobby.  Just as a reminder, CHPD police assistance can easily be summoned, from the Department lobby, after regular business hours (when the Records Office is closed), by simply using the lobby phone to contact a police dispatcher at Clark County Emergency Communications.  The Clark County Emergency Communications Dispatchers are in direct contact with CHPD officers 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, including all holidays. The Charlestown Police Department Records Division Office will also return to normal operating hour of operations on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020.  The Records Office will return…



Charlestown COVID-19 Resource Page

The City of Charlestown has compiled a large amount of COVID-19 links and information which is centralized and specific to Charlestown residents on one web page; almost exclusively covering all local impacts of this emergency situation.  The link to this page is http://cityofcharlestown.com/covid19/; check this page regularly.


CHPD Lobby Restricted, Alternatives Arranged

Due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 Health Crisis, the Charlestown Police Department is restricting access to our front lobby, effectively immediately. The department continues to pursue ways to balance providing efficient services to the community; while also minimizing exposure risk to personnel and virus community spread.  The department has increased the number of officers on-duty and patrolling throughout the city every day, around the clock.  However, while this public health crisis is underway, visitors to our department should expect to find our lobby locked and signage providing direction on how to receive services posted.  So you know what to expect, and possibly save you a wasted trip to our facility; the following options can be used by the community while our lobby is restricted. – Anyone with an EMERGENCY; as always should CALL 911 for immediate assistance. – Non-emergency contact with an officer can be arranged by leaving a return…