Michael Shipman - Prosecutor
Located on the first floor of the Wayne County Courthouse
Phone: (765) 973-9394
FAX: (765) 973-9298
The Office of the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney is charged
with the responsibility of representing the State of Indiana
in all felony and misdemeanor criminal prosecutions, resulting
from crimes committed within Wayne County, Indiana. The Wayne
County Prosecuting Attorney also conducts criminal investigations,
convenes and supervises Grand Jury proceedings, enforces child
support orders entered in divorce and paternity cases, prosecutes
traffic and other infraction violations of state law, conducts
juvenile adjudications and prosecutions, and provides information
and assistance to the victims of crime.
The Prosecuting Attorney is the chief law enforcement officer
of Wayne County, utilizing local law enforcement agencies
including the Richmond Police Department, Wayne County Sheriff's
Department, Indiana State Police, Hagerstown Police Department,
Centerville Police Department, as well as Town Marshals and
Deputies in Fountain City, Dublin, and Greensfork.
The Prosecuting Attorney and Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys
are law enforcement officers under Indiana law.
Michael Shipman became the elected Prosecuting Attorney
in 2005. Prior to his election to office, Mr. Shipman held
the positions of Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and Deputy
Prosecuting Attorney. Mr. Shipman has appointed the following
attorneys to positions within the office:
William Hoelscher, Chief Deputy - assigned to
Wayne Superior Court II
Angela Raver, Deputy Prosecutor - assigned to Superior
David L. McClintock, Deputy Prosecutor -assigned to
Wayne Superior Court III
Sam Taylor, Deputy Prosecutor - assigned to Wayne Superior
April Lahrman, Deputy Prosecutor - assigned to Circuit
Staci Lane, Deputy Prosecutor - assigned to Circuit
Court, Superior I & II
CRIMINAL DIVISION - Prosecutes felony and misdemeanor
cases in four Wayne County Courts. Includes all criminal offenses,
ranging from Public Intoxication to Capital Murder.
CHILD SUPPORT DIVISION - Responsible for the enforcement
of child support orders in divorce and paternity cases. In
appropriate cases, blood tests are performed and paternity
actions are filed. Contact: Staci Terry, Deputy Prosecuting
Attorney at (765) 973-9285.
VICTIM ASSISTANCE PROGRAM - The Victim Assistance Program
serves as an advocate for victims, keeping them informed on
the progress of their case through the criminal justice system,
assisting in the application for crime victim compensation,
and acting as a liaison with other social service agencies.
Contact: Melissa King, Victim Assistance Coordinator at (765)
CHECK DECEPTION - Local merchants and private individuals
in receipt of checks, returned for insufficient funds or on
a closed account, are provided direction and assistance for
collection. In the event payment is not received after notice,
the case may be referred to a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
for the filing of criminal charges. Contact: Cheray Krick
at (765) 973-9394.
JUVENILES - Indiana law generally requires that crimes
committed by those under the age of eighteen (18) years be
treated differently. A Delinquency Petition (similar to a
criminal charging information for adults) may be filed if
a child under eighteen (18) years of age commits a crime or
is considered a truant, runaway, or incorrigible. All Delinquency
Petitions are filed in Wayne Superior Court III and are supervised
by Sam Taylor, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney. Contact Sam Taylor
at (765) 973-9394
ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES - The most vulnerable in
our society deserve special protections. When an adult is
incapable of managing their own affairs or providing self-care,
and threatened with exploitation or neglect they are considered
an "endangered adult." Adult Protective Services
is a specialized unit of investigators from around the state
whose duty it is to protect endangered adults from abuse.
APS investigations may result in criminal charges being filed.
Contact: Pat Masters, Investigator at (765) 973-9256.
PRE-TRIAL DIVERSION PROGRAM - Pre-Trial Diversion is
a program offered by the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney.
It is designed for first-time offenders who commit misdemeanor
crimes. A first-time offender is required to pay a program
fee in addition to any restitution owed to the victim of the
crime. The offender will be required to complete community
service. If alcohol or drugs contributed to the crime, counseling
or education will be required. If the offender pays all ordered
fees and/or restitution and completes all requirements of
the program, the case may be dismissed after six (6) months.
If you do not complete requirements of the program, your case
will be re-docketed and you will have to go back to court
to face the criminal charge.