Police: Man faces new charges after attack on jail officer

SEYMOUR — A southern Indiana man is facing four new charges including escape and strangulation after his attack left a corrections officer unconscious, authorities said.

Jackson Hatchett, 27, of Brownstown also faces theft and criminal mischief charges stemming from the attack Monday at Schneck Medical Center, Seymour police said.

Hatchett overpowered and strangled a Jackson County correctional officer until he was unconscious, police said.

The assault on the correctional officer occurred as Hatchett was being discharged from the hospital, police said.

The correctional officer sustained multiple injuries, police said. His name hasn’t been released.

After the assault, Hatchett barricaded himself in a bathroom before breaking out a window and jumping to a lower roof and entering a mechanical room, police said. He was captured moments later after a police officer cornered him in the mechanical room until other officers could arrive.

The correctional officer and Hatchett were treated for their injuries.

Online court records don’t show an attorney for Hatchett who might comment on the case.

Hatchett had been in jail on a charge of possession of methamphetamine following an arrest early Sunday by Brownstown police.

Boulders in place to protect lakefront at Indiana Dunes Park

PORTAGE. — The National Park Service says the Portage Lakefront at Indiana Dunes National Park has reopened after a project to install boulders to protect the pavilion and assure safer access to the shoreline.

It says the joint effort by the City of Portage and the Park Service involved the installation of more than 1,000 tons of boulders needed to protect the lakefront and the Riverwalk from erosion.

Park Superintendent Paul Labovitz says the project will help protect the site as lake levels rise and fall.

The Portage Lakefront site is jointly managed by the city and the National Park Service and features a beach, pavilion, upland trail, and breakwater.

The Riverwalk portion of the site remains temporarily closed due to damage from high water.

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