Articles by Chuck Ledbetter

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…

Pokemon Go Safety Concerns for Parents & Players

The Charlestown Police Departments urges players; as well as, parents of “Pokémon Go” players to stay safe and alert as the game becomes more popular. The game, which launched last week for iPhones and Android devices, is based on the classic cartoon and video game series.  1Players use a GPS map to locate cartoon creatures called Pokémon.  When a character is tapped, the app launches the smartphone’s camera for a mini-game where the Pokémon appear to be moving in the real world.  Pokémon Go has surged to become a viral hit, as players seek out unique hiding spots for Pokémon.  The game requires players to move and pay attention to the touchscreen as they seek out Pokémon, prompting several agencies to urge players to stay aware of their surroundings and be careful. “Reports of close calls associated with playing Pokémon Go already are rolling in,” reads a statement released Tuesday…

Have a Safe 4th of July Holiday

The men and women of the Charlestown Police Department want to wish everyone a Happy Independence Day Holiday weekend; with a reminder to keep celebrations safe and respectful of neighbors in your community.  Click on the following link for a quick reference of Indiana’s laws regarding fireworks; as well as some safety tips when using fireworks

IRS Phone Scams, Facts and What to Do

The Charlestown Police Department has received several complaints from area citizens about “convincing” phone calls and phone messages from the “IRS”; in attempt to panic citizens into thinking they owe taxes to the government and are about to be arrested by local police.  THESE CALLS ARE AN ATTEMPT TO SCAM FINANCIAL INFORMATION FROM CITIZENS.   FACTS TO REMEMBER: The genuine US Government IRS agency does not collect money over the phone, and will always communicate with tax payers via mailed documents.  The recent SCAM calls, claiming to be investigators of the Internal Revenue Service; have gone so far as to claim that recent mailed documents from the IRS to you have been ignored, requiring immediate action to avoid being arrested by local police.  AGAIN THIS IS A SCAM TECHNIQUE, as such a situation would never be handled by the genuine US Government IRS agency in this manner. Anyone receiving phone…

Founders Day Celebration This Weekend

The annual Charlestown Founder’s Day Celebration will be held this weekend, Friday and Saturday, June 24th and 25th; this year at the Family Activities Center off park Street and across from the Charlestown High School, instead of on the square or in Greenway Park.  A complete list of Founders Day Celebration Events and Features is available by CLICKING HERE.  Please keep in mind there will be restricted parking areas in and around the festival area, and traffic detours will occur for events such as the 5K run/walk and Parade on Saturday morning.  Help the Charlestown Police Department keep this year’s Founder’s Day Celebration safe and family friendly by adhering to festival rules and guidelines; while also celebrating the city’s birthday!