Three from Greene County area arrested, accused of theft and battery

DUGGER -  Indiana Conservation Officers responded to a call of theft and battery after Willis R. Martindale III, 18, Dugger, was found injured on the side of a rural road at or about 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 14. 

William E. Jeffrey, 18, Dugger, Kristine L. Nichols, 25, and William C. Edmondson III, 25, both of Linton, were arrested and are facing multiple felony drug, theft and battery related charges.
 
The investigation stemmed from a passerby who found Martindale battered along County Road 400 South near T Lake in Dugger.  

Martindale had sustained a broken nose, several bruises and lacerations to his face.

He informed officers he was driven from Dugger to the area by two men and a woman, where he was then allegedly strangled and beaten over the head multiple times with a handgun.

Martindale reported that the suspects stole $1000 in cash from him and a backpack valued at $790 before leaving him alongside the road.
 
Indiana Conservation Officers checked several houses in Greene, Sullivan and Knox counties while attempting to locate the vehicle and the three suspects.

All three were located and arrested in a residence in Bicknell. 

Nearly $600 in cash and 4.3 ounces of marijuana divided into several individual bags were also recovered at the residence.
 
Bicknell City Police Department, Vincennes Police Department, and Jasonville Police Department also assisted with the investigation.