Articles by Chuck Ledbetter

Charlestown’s Founder’s Day This Weekend

The annual Charlestown Founder’s Day Celebration is this weekend on the City Square in the middle of Charlestown, Friday and Saturday, June 23rd and 24th, 2017. For a complete list of details, schedule of events and more, go to the following internet link: CHARLESTOWN FOUNDER’S DAY INFORMATION PAGE The Charlestown Police Department asks everyone to be mindful of all festival rules and regulations established for the safety and well being of everyone attending.  Also, it is very important not to park where posted as a NO PARKING area nor on private property or in a manner which blocks anyone’s access to private property. Traffic Advisory for Saturday morning’s Founder’s Day Parade: The Charlestown Founder’s Day Celebration Parade will be begin promptly from the south parking lot of the Charlestown High School at 10:30 am Saturday morning.  The parade route includes traveling Park Street to Market Street (Indiana Highway #3) south…


CHPD Hosting Sky Warn Spotter Seminar April 4th

The Charlestown Police Department is hosting a Sky Warn Spotter training seminar, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, on evening of Tuesday, April 4th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.  The seminar is FREE, with no obligations, and will be held in the conference room of the Wilson Education Center, located at 2101 Grace Avenue, in Charlestown (next to the Cobblestone Hotel off IN 62).  Meteorologists from Louisville’s Regional National Weather Service office will be present to teach those in attendance how to spot all types of severe weather common in the Ohio Valley; especially Thunderstorm and Tornado activity.  Those in attendance can also elect to become one of the nation’s 290,000 certified spotters.  Since the 1970’s, the National Weather Service has used weather spotters to obtain critical weather information; providing trained visual information in conjunction with radar technology to help warn the public of hazardous weather conditions.  Whether you want to become…


Circle K ATM Transaction Data Possibly Compromised

The Charlestown Police Department is currently investigating the possibility that the transaction data may have been compromised on the ATM machine located inside the Charlestown Circle K Convenience Store, located at 1075 Market Street; sometime between November 1, 2016 and today (11/30/16).  IF YOU USED THIS ATM BETWEEN THIS TIME PERIOD, IMMEDIATELY CHECK YOUR ACCOUNTS FOR FRAUDULENT CHARGES, REPORT THOSE CHARGES TO YOUR ACCOUNT COMPANY AS WELL AS THE CHARLESTOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT. Additional case inquiries can be forwarded to Detective Chuck Ledbetter, 812-256-7770 or via email at www.CtownPD.com/ContactUs.


Protect Yourself Against New Phone Scam Methods

The Charlestown Police Department has recently received complaints from individuals experiencing a new type of phone scam being attempted by perpetrators in the Louisville Metro area.  The scam involves receiving a phone call from an individual claiming to represent a local utility company, such as Duke Energy.  The scammer calls on the pretense that the citizen’s account is in danger of being frozen and service disconnected as a result of being delinquent.  The scammer asks for credit card or banking information over the phone immediately; to process any type of payment on the account to avoid a disconnect.  This type of situation is normally a scam, and can catch unsuspecting citizens off guard with panic over the thought of not having a daily necessity such as a power utility. Citizens who receive such a phone call should not give any personal or financial information out over the phone until the…


Distracted Driving Concerns Heighten in Charlestown

The Charlestown Police Department has experienced an increase in serious motor vehicle accidents lately both in and around the city; two of which involved school buses and CHPD has taken notice. Charlestown Police Chief Keith McDonald wants to remind motorists to watch their speed by allowing more travel time getting to their destination and not be distracted while operating a motor vehicle. “Speed and distracted driving are the two major causes in some of the crashes we have seen recently” McDonald said. “We just ask that motorists pay more attention to the roadway versus their electronic devices and slow down in order to get to their destination safely”, McDonald said. Chief McDonald said that motorists can expect to see additional Police presence on our roadways as CHPD focuses their efforts in slowing motorist down especially during peak travel times. If you would like to report a reckless driver we urge…