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Two men arrested for 'riding the rails'

Thursday, January 3, 2013

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Donald Osborne
Two men who apparently hopped a freight train and were "riding the rails" wound up in the Greene County Jail last week where they're both being held in lieu of a $1,000 bond.

Donald Osborne, 49, of San Diego, Calif., and Joseph Andrew Bailey, 26, of Terre Haute, will both be facing a charge of criminal trespass, a class A misdemeanor, when they appear for an initial hearing in Greene Superior Court on Friday morning.

Shortly before midnight on Dec. 27, the Indiana Railroad contacted Officer Ryan Van Horn of the Jasonville Police Department about two individuals that had climbed onto their train. A railroad employee who was driving a different vehicle had witnessed the two on the train.

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Joseph Andrew Bailey
The officer was able to make contact with the engineer operating the train who said he was almost to Jasonville but did not want to continue into a switching yard with the two men on the train. The officer told the engineer to stop the train between the Walnut St. and Park St. railroad crossings in Jasonville and he would make contact with the two.

Van Horn reported the train arrived, stopped and he located the two men in a freight car.

Railroad personnel advised the officer that the two men did not have permission to be on the train and the company wanted them prosecuted.

According to affidavits filed with the court, when both Osborne and Bailey were asked if they had permission to ride, they both said they did not.

Jasonville Police Officer Brian Pilant and Deputy Dustin Cain of the Greene County Sheriff's Department also responded to assist on the scene.

The two were booked into jail early Dec. 28 and as of late Wednesday night, they had not posted bond and were still incarcerated.


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duh?.....what were they thinking? duh????

-- Posted by feebeejane on Fri, Jan 4, 2013, at 1:29 AM

I've been wanting to do this for YEARS!! Good to see it's illegal tho. Might keep me from doing it some day..... :)

-- Posted by zenos on Fri, Jan 4, 2013, at 9:25 AM

Ha! My thoughts exactly, zenos.

-- Posted by FloydtheBarber on Fri, Jan 4, 2013, at 3:30 PM

Its pretty fun if you don't get arrested! Or hurt jumping on and off a moving train!

-- Posted by miner_14 on Fri, Jan 4, 2013, at 6:47 PM

This article is a good description of a "hobo" in every sense of the word. I remember hearing stories from years ago how hobo's would come to town and knew which house's to go to for food...I didn't know we still had hobo's!!!

-- Posted by lillymae on Sat, Jan 5, 2013, at 1:00 PM

Jail for jumping a ride on a train! Harsh! Only harm is to themselves. Let them go.

-- Posted by 0123 on Sun, Jan 6, 2013, at 9:54 PM


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