Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Division of Law Enforcement
SULLIVAN COUNTY – Indiana Conservation Officers are proud to announce Officer Dustin Cary as being the newest addition to the District Five ranks.
Officer Dustin Cary, a Vincennes – Indiana native, attended Vincennes University graduating Cum Laude with a degree in Conservation Law Enforcement in 2012. During his time at Vincennes University, he completed an internship program with Indiana Conservation Officers located within operational District Five.
Cary was hired by the State of Maryland as a Natural Resource Police Officer upon graduating college. During his time in Maryland, he served as a Firearms Instructor as well as a Division Armorer.
Although Cary enjoyed working as an Officer in the State of Maryland, his Indiana roots eventually called him home. Cary entered the Indiana Conservation Officer’s hiring process in January of 2015; after successfully completing the hiring process, he joined Indiana’s ranks in June of 2015.
Officer Cary was assigned to Posey County in District Seven upon the completion of his training.
Wanting to move closer to his childhood home, his transfer request to Sullivan County was granted in November of 2016. In addition to his law enforcement duties, Officer Cary specializes as a Venomous Reptile Handler and is currently undergoing training to become a Side Scan Sonar Specialist. Officer Cary is married with two children along with a third expected to arrive any day.
Please join us in welcoming Dustin Cary as Sullivan County's newest Officer.
Indiana State Police
PERRY COUNTY -- The chief of the Cannelton Fire Department was arrested Tuesday for shoving a police officer multiple times at a fire scene.
Tuesday evening, Cannelton Fire and Police Departments responded to an active structure fire at 550 Knight Street, Cannelton. Cannelton Police Officer Ryen Foertsch and Perry County Deputy Stephen Poehlein arrived at the scene, and immediately entered the burning residence to make sure nobody was inside. After clearing two rooms of the home, smoke became too overwhelming, forcing the officers from the fire.
Once outside, Foertsch attempted to break the window of a room that he was unable to clear. Fire Chief Christopher Herzog approached Foertsch, pushed him hard enough to cause him to step back, and began shouting profanities at him, telling him to get off of his fire scene. Foertsch tried explained to Herzog what they were doing in clearing the burning home, at which point Herzog pushed Foertsch again, and again yelled profanities at Foertsch to get off of his scene.
Both officers conveyed the situation to their superiors. At the request of Cannelton Police Chief Lee Hall, troopers with the Indiana State Police were contacted to investigate the complaint. After investigating, Troopers Jeremy Galloway and Nathaniel Kern arrived at the scene of the fire and placed Herzog into custody. Herzog was lodged in the Perry County Jail.
Arrested and charges:
Christopher W. Herzog, 51
- Battery Against a Public Safety Official -- Level 6 Felony
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