Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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July 9, 2014

Wanted convicts caught fleeing in field

GREENSBURG – Quick thinking by an off-duty Sheriff’s Deputy resulted in the arrest of two local men long-wanted on felony charges Tuesday afternoon.

Decatur County Sheriff Greg Allen told the Daily News Deputy Rob Goodfellow was off-duty, traveling in his patrol car on CR SW 60 shortly after 12:30 p.m. Tuesday when he noticed two men walking on the side of the road, near CR 800 South.

Dep. Goodfellow recognized one of the men as wanted and turned his patrol car around to confront them. Both men then fled into a nearby field with Goodfellow pursuing on foot.

Goodfellow notified other deputies as well as Westport Town Marshal Joe Talkington of the situation, and they responded for assistance in locating the suspects.

Sheriff Allen said James R. Howard, 61, wanted by authorities for failure to appear in court following a conviction for operating a motor vehicle after a lifetime suspension in 2006, gave himself up early in the pursuit. The second man, Roy M. White, 53, attempted to hide in the field, but turned himself over to police when Marshal Talkington unleashed his K-9, Keno, at the scene in order to search for the fleeing suspect.

White was wanted for violating his probation following a guilty plea on a charge of counterfeiting in November 2011. At that time, White was sentenced to one year in prison with all but 60 days of the sentence suspended. White was subsequently placed on supervised probation and ordered to pay restitution, according to court documents. A petition to revoke White’s probation was issued in February 2013.

That wasn’t the first brush with the law for White.

White was convicted of criminal recklessness in Decatur County in 1993 and theft and receiving stolen property in Jennings County the same year, according to the Indiana Department of Correction.

Howard also has a lengthy criminal history beginning with a burglary conviction in March 1983. Howard has a pair of convictions for operating a vehicle after a lifetime suspension, the first of which was handed down in Decatur County in 1995. He was sentenced as a habitual violator of traffic laws in 1988, according to the Indiana Department of Correction.

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