Articles by Chuck Ledbetter

BOLO: White 2002 GMC Sierra K2500 Pickup

BOLO Crimetip:  Norval or Mike Castillo, suspected of driving on a suspended license with no insurance around Charlestown, in a white 2002 GMC Sierra K2500 pickup truck, staying in the area of Seatick and Leon Prall Roads in Otisco; is suspected of slinging drugs in Charlestown at various hours of the day.  D/19  

CHPD Announces Implementation of Crime Mapping for the Community

The Charlestown Police Department has teamed up with to provide a daily interactive summary of the most serious crimes reported within Charlestown, Indiana.  Like in hundreds of communities across the country, is helping keep communities informed of what types of criminal activity are being reported in their neighborhoods.  Simply by logging on to; residents can immediately see a street map of Charlestown with the last seven days of the listed crimes reported to CHPD; then easily change the date range through 90 days of records.  All crime data is extracted daily from our department’s record management software and checked for accuracy automatically; and crime data seen on the map can also easily be converted to a report list or chart view, with the click of your computer mouse. Additionally, citizens can also use the CHPD Crime Mapping platform to receive automatic email alerts; which provide information about crimes…

Winter Storm WARNING in effect, Travel is Hazardous

Clark County is now under a Winter Storm WARNING in effect until 7:00 pm Thursday evening. Sleet and freezing rain is entering the area, already resulting in two traffic accidents in the Charlestown area.  Roads are slick and hazardous in spots, no matter how much road crews treat them as the storm is in progress. If you have to be out on the roads, use extreme caution, decrease vehicle speeds and increase following distance. PER CITY OF CHARLESTOWN: EMERGENCY SHELTER: In the event of a weather event creating a major power outage in the Charlestown area, the Arts and Enrichment Center at 999 Water Street will open as a generator-powered emergency shelter. Capacity may be limited due to COVID-19 restrictions and for this reason the elderly, medically compromised, and those with babies and small children will be prioritized if space limitations become a factor. We will make every effort to…

Cold Weather Preparedness and Prevention Suggestions

The National Weather Service is monitoring some very cold artic air approaching from the north; possibly causing temperatures to drop into single digit nightime lows during the first part of next week. Temperatures could remain very low for at least two to three days, and is currently being billed as the coldest air in the area since January 2019. That being said, City of Charlestown officials would like to take the opportunity to offer some extreme cold weather planning and preventative measures; not only as a reminder, but also to help reduce any impacts from severe weather this time of the year. Here are a list of suggestions for extreme winter weather planning and hazard prevention: -Electricity, heating, communication, food/water and medications are essential; have a back up plan and act immediately if any of these become unreliable. -Check on elderly friends, family and neighbors (especially those living alone); while…

CHPD Accepting Applications for Full Time Police Officer

The Charlestown Police Department is accepting applications for full time Police Officer beginning January 11, 2021.  Application packets can be obtained anytime from the lobby of the Charlestown Police Department, located at 703 Main Street, Charlestown Indiana; but must be completed and returned as directed no later than 4:00 p.m. (ET), Friday, February 12th, 2021.  The application process shall include; but not be limited to, a physical fitness evaluation, a background investigation, a written exam, and formal interviews.  Applicants must be able to qualify for the appropriate Indiana Public Employee Retirement and Disability membership fund as outlined at  Questions regarding this application process can be directed to Major Brion Gilbert, Assistant Chief of Police at 812-256-6345 ext. 103 or