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September 19, 2019

9/3/2019 1:08:00 PM
Palestine cops make arrests during Labor Day weekend festivities
Campers at Palestine's Leaverton Park aided the Palestine Police Department with an arrest early Friday.

Police Chief Jeff Besing patrolling the campground about 10 a.m. when he was flagged down by some campers reporting a domestic battery incident at a camp site. Upon arrival, Besing took statements from the victim and witnesses and then located the suspect, identified as Brennan C. Brown, 27, Sullivan, Ind., at the campground managers' site.

Brown was charged with domestic battery and taken to the Crawford County Jail, where he is awaiting bond to be set by a judge. Assisting with the arrest was Chief Deputy Doug Slater of the Crawford County Sheriff's Office.

Palestine police made another arrest the following night at the Pioneer City Arena. Besing said he received a report of an incident involving a female subject about 7:25 p.m. Arrested at the scene was Roger Dominiak, 24, Robinson, who was involved in an altercation with a woman with whom he reportedly has a child. Assisting with the arrest were Palestine part-time officer Isiah Osborn, Crawford County Deputy Terry Carr and members of the Crawford County Sheriff's Office Auxiliary Deputies. Dominiak is in the county jail with bond set at $120.

Authorities are asking for help in solving a hit-and-run accident which occurred Friday at Leaverton. Micky M. Shook, 24, Flat Rock, reported that her red 2017 Jeep Patriot was struck by possible by a white full-size SUV parked nearby prior to 7:30 p.m. The suspect vehicle then left the scene without notifying law enforcement. The vehicle may have damage and red paint transfer to the right rear quarter panel or bumper area. Witnesses are asked to contact Palestine Police through the Text-A-Tip hotline at (812) 648-0727 or the Crawford County Crimestoppers hotline at (888) 596-7867.

The month-long investigation into the Saratoga Tavern burglary July 30, which resulted in cash and liquor being stolen, came to an end Thursday. According to Besing evidence during the investigation pointed to Josiah C. Coates, 27, Palestine. Besing said he submitted information requesting an arrest warrant with Crawford County States Attorney Matthew Hartrich, which was approved.

Coates was at the time incarcerated at the Crawford County Jail, after being arrested Aug. 16 on charges of resisting a peace officer and criminal trespass to real property. The warrant was served on Coates, who was charged with burglary, theft over $500 and criminal damage to property. His bond is set at $2,500 for these charges, while his previous bond was set at $2,000.

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