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Spencer County Sheriff's Deputy Struck in the Face

A Spencer County man is behind bars after authorities say he struck a Sheriff's Deputy in the face.

Posted: Apr 17, 2021 10:49 AM

A Spencer County man is behind bars after authorities say he struck a Sheriff's Deputy in the face.

The Sheriff's Office says they were called about a suspicious man walking near CR 900 West and Old State Road 66 in Hatfield shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday night.

Authorities say when the deputy went to check on the welfare of the man, the man struck the deputy in the face with a closed fist. We're told the Deputy took control of his hand to secure him.

During the booking process, jail staff located contraband during a search of his body. The Sheriff's Office says there were pieces of saw blades the man was attempting to traffic into the facility.

We're told the Deputy has minor injuries.

The man has been identified as 43-year-old William Beckort of Richland, Indiana. He is charged with Battery Resulting in Bodily Injury to a Public Safety Officials, Resisting Law Enforcement, Trafficking with an Inmate, Deadly Weapon, and Disorderly Conduct.


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Temperatures dipped back into the upper 30s and low 40s for many of us early this morning, marking our coldest start to a day in Evansville (where we fell to 41°) in more than a week. Fortunately, the chilly start to the day didn't mean that our afternoon would be a loss, it was anything but - in fact, after seeing temperature around 57° by our lunch hour, afternoon highs crept back into the mid to low 60s area-wide; we hit 63° in the River City - while that's still 2° shy of the norm for October 27th, we'll take a 3° increase over yesterday's high of 60°. The clear skies that allowed temperatures to climb as high as they did earlier on however, are on their way out as our next round of rainfall inches ever closer. The remainder of the evening ahead should remain dry, but isolated rainfall will return to the Tri-State as early as the overnight and predawn hours Thursday.
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