Two Wabash Valley Shuri-Ryu Karate Academy students were black belted on May 15, an honor bestowed upon them by Sensei Mike Castro (center). Rob Barton (left) and Tommy Music (right) traded in their brown belts when Castro decided that they had earned to move up in rank, according to Music. “It’s an honor to be promoted to black belt,” Music said in an interview with The Paper of Wabash County. “I cried. It’s seven years coming. Almost seven years that Mr. Barton and I have been coming down (to the dojo) anywhere from five to six days a week, one to two hours at a time. It’s been a long road to now and it’s an honor.” Photo provided
by Eric Stearley
One week after the Feb. 19 robbery of First Merchant's Bank on Market Street, the suspect, William E. Dickerson, 24, Corydon, was arrested at a residence in Lincolnville. The suspect was arrested on Feb. 26 at 1:30 p.m. on a warrant from Harrison County.
A witness observed the hooded suspect in the robbery leave the bank and walk in the direction of a vehicle. Video surveillance from Stinson's Trading Post, 98 West Canal Street, Wabash, was used to identify the vehicle in which Dickerson left the scene. The owner of the vehicle was identified by Wabash City Police Chief Larry Schnepp and questioned at the police department. The owner of the vehicle stated that he let Dickerson borrow the vehicle. Detective Captain James Kirk had previously received a tip from a citizen who believed Dickerson to be the robber.
Dickerson was questioned at the police department and placed in the Wabash County Jail on a 72-hour hold while paperwork concerning the bank robbery was completed. Police believe Dickerson to be the suspect in the armed robbery of CITGO gas station on Valentines Day as well.
According to court records, Dickerson has a criminal history dating back to March of 2008 when he was charged with robbery, auto theft, theft, and residential entry, all felonies. He pled guilty to robbery and auto theft in October of 2008. The remaining charges were dropped. Dickerson was sentenced to 20 years for robbery and three years for auto theft, served concurrent, with 10 years suspended. According to the Harrison County Probation Department, he was released from the Indiana Department of Corrections on July 22, 2013 to begin serving 10 years probation.
Originally from Corydon, Dickerson was arrested on a warrant from Harrison County issued Dec. 30 of last year. The warrant was issued after Dickerson’s suspended sentence was revoked. The Harrison County Probation Department said that the petition to revoke Dickerson’s suspended sentence was a result of multiple probation violations, including: missing appointments with probation, failure to report a change of address, failure to report a change of employer, failure to make any payments toward his $1,100 in restitution, and failure to pay $744 in court fees, $325 in probation user fees, and $30 in drug testing fees.
As of Tuesday morning, charges had not been filed in the February robberies. Wabash County Prosecutor William Hartley said that he is waiting on paperwork, which should arrive sometime Tuesday, and that there will likely be a hearing that same day.
Dickerson remains in the Wabash County Jail. The Wabash City Police Department would like to thank the citizens of Wabash County, who called in with at least 25 tips in reference to the robbery suspect. The Wabash County Sheriff’s Department, the Indiana State Police, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation assisted the Wabash City Police Department in this case.