Police officer arrested in Ohio County on 13 felony charges


Lowell Ross Colen

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RISING SUN, Ind. (Oct. 21, 2015)– Indiana State Police arrested a Rising Sun police officer on an arrest warrant containing 13 felony charges.

Lowell Ross Colen, 42, is accused of influencing individuals to vote in the 2015 Ohio County primary election. While doing so, investigators say he filled out absentee applications and ballots for people not eligible to vote in the county.

Colen allegedly forged signatures on some of the applications and ballots and submitted them to the Ohio County Clerk’s Office. Police say he was on duty and wearing his uniform while the alleged illegal activity took place.

Colen’s charges include ghost employment, official misconduct, forgery and voter fraud.


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