Login NowClose 
Sign In to newsexaminer.com           
Forgot Password
or if you have not registered since 8/22/18
Click Here to Create an Account

Man promising huge savings for city arrested

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com

A man Connersville police officers sought Thursday for harassing people working on the Grand Avenue project has been arrested.

Joseph P. “DeWayne” DuPree III had talked to Connersville Mayor Harold Gordon, promising to save the city a million dollars through his company, DuPree MRO.

His first contact with police came in the early morning of Aug. 5 with a disturbance at the Gray Haven Motel. Aug. 6 he became the subject of a report from Woodridge Inn and later at Burger King. Wednesday morning, he claimed to be acting on the authority of the mayor and told a construction crew to stop work on the sewer separation project on Grand Avenue.

Wednesday morning at 5:48, Police Officer Chad Catey said DuPree had been disorderly in the lobby of the dispatch office. Two hours later, Sgt. Scott Shook took a call of an unwanted subject, identified as DuPree, at 2437 Grand Ave.

Officer Josh Durstine received a call at 11:38 a.m. that DuPree had harassed the construction workers on the Grand Avenue project. Durstine warned him about the possibility of a disorderly conduct charge if he continued.

Officer Clint Brown received a call at 1:56 p.m. that DuPree had returned to the Grand Avenue construction site, allegedly yelling at the workers on behalf of the city. Brown and Capt. Chris Scott arrived but he went into a house at 2355 Grand Ave. and would not talk with the officers. He later left that residence and the officers confronted him.

While asking him to stop walking, Brown said DuPree continued walking and yelling at him. He and Scott managed to get him into handcuffs and on the way to the Fayette County Jail, Brown said DuPree yelled racial slurs to him.

Thursday morning at about 7 a.m., FCJ Jail Officer Josh Sparks reported DuPree had thrown feces and food in his cell. With the help of Jail Cpl.Tyler Ford and Officers Jeremy Crafton and Tyler Gay, the staff tried to get DuPree into an emergency restraint chair. They later placed him in the law library for better monitoring where he allegedly spit at the officers.

DuPree, 36, Indianapolis, is charged with intimidation, a Level 6 felony, resisting law enforcement, a Class B misdemeanor, and disorderly conduct, a Class B misdemeanor, for Wednesday’s actions. His bond is $15,000.

Persons arrested are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.