September 2020: Year In Review

(UNDATED) – In September 2020, an Orange County woman was arrested after she allegedly killed her husband, a Lawrence County Highway Superintendent was honored, a Greene County woman was shot and killed during a robbery in Indianapolis.

Orange County Woman Arrested On Reckless Homicide Charge

Indiana State Police arrested an Orange County woman on a charge of reckless homicide on Friday, September 25, 2020.

Around 6:07 p.m., the Washington County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call reporting a male lying in a ditch along US 150 near Honey Creek Road near the Washington/Orange County line. 

After officers arrived on-scene, they located a deceased male and received information that a car may have intentionally struck the victim. 

As a result of the preliminary investigation, ISP detectives believe that a silver, 2009 Kia Spectra, driven by 39-year-old Sandra Adelle Huff, of Paoli, was traveling eastbound on US 150 approaching Honey Creek Road.  

Huff’s husband, 45-year-old Roger Hardin, was sitting in the front passenger seat. Two adult friends occupied the rear passenger seat. 

While driving, a domestic argument began between Huff and Hardin. 

Detectives believe the argument became physical, causing Huff to drive the vehicle off the north side of the roadway and into a ditch.  Hardin and one of the two rear-seat passengers exited the car. 

After Hardin was out of the vehicle, Huff attempted to pull back out onto the highway, striking and killing Hardin. 

Huff then left the scene, leaving both Hardin and the passenger at the crash scene.

ISP troopers and detectives located Huff approximately three hours after the crash in Washington County. Huff was arrested on charges of reckless homicide, a Level 5 felony, and was incarcerated at the Washington County Jail without further incident. 

A jury trail is scheduled for February 2, 2021 at 8 a.m. in Washington Circuit Court.

Lawrence County Highway Superintendent Honored

In September 2020, The Association of Indiana Counties announced that Lawrence County Highway Supervisor David Holmes received the 2020 Outstanding Highway Superintendent Award.

David Holmes

The award recognizes his contributions made to county government throughout his years of public service.

Worthington Woman Killed During Robbery in Indianapolis

A Worthington family was the victim of an armed robbery and shooting in Indianapolis on Thursday, September 17, 2020. 

Wilma Hochstetler, 40, was shot and died at the scene. Her husband, Jonathan Hochstetler, was also shot and hospitalized. Jonathan suffered broken bones in his neck and jaw and underwent surgery.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers were alerted to the shooting in the 3000 block of North High School Road around 1:30 a.m. that Thursday morning.

Jonathan Hochstetler, who owns a roofing and guttering company, was on a worksite on the west side of Indianapolis at around 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 16, 2020. A tire on his trailer had blown out. 

Jonathan Hochstetler sent two workers with the truck to Worthington, about an hour and a half from Indianapolis. 

Wilma Hochstetler then drove to Indianapolis with the truck, a spare trailer tire and the couple’s 6-year-old son.

They fixed the tire and were getting ready to leave the site, when they noticed the trailer lights were not working. 

While the Hochstetlers were working on the repairs, two men pulled firearms and robbed them of money and Wilma’s cell phone. They then started to walk away when they turned and shot and killed Wilma. They then shot Jonathan in the neck.

Jonathan told police he was finally able to get up, walk to the car where his six-year-old son was. The son handed him a cell phone and he called 911.

Jonathan was transported to a hospital in Indianapolis. Their son was released to family members. The Hochstetlers also have three daughters ages 16, 13, and 10.

 The family of Wilma Hochstetler is offering a reward of $50,000 for information in her murder which leads to prosecution.