(3-1-22) On Friday, February 25th 2022 Wayne County (Indiana) Deputies responded to a report of a suspicious person at a residence in the area of Washington Road and West US 40 in Milton. It was reported that a male, later identified as Jeremy Kelly (49) of Portland Indiana, arrived at the residence and began to yell at a female that he was the devil and to get into his car. The female ran to safety and called 9-1-1. Jeremy returned to his vehicle and left the area traveling east. Deputies ultimately located Jeremy and his vehicle on the west side of Richmond. Deputies made contact with Jeremy, deescalated the situation, and successfully detained him.

Officers located a handgun and a shotgun inside of Jeremy’s car which was found to be stolen out of Portland, Indiana. Portland authorities were also seeking Jeremy as a suspect in the murder of his father, Gary Keller (71), which had occurred earlier in the day. Jeremy was arrested and lodged in the Wayne County Jailn on a $50,000 bond .

His charges in Wayne County include a Level 4 felony for possession of a firearm by a serious, violent
felon, a Class B misdemeanor for criminal mischief and a habitual offender enhancement.

Wayne County Sheriff Randy Retter stated,

“Our deputies are devoted to the protection of our community. I am proud of their quick response to a person clearly threatening our community and of the teamwork between law enforcement agencies that helped prevent additional acts of violence.”


Gary W. Kelly, age 71, a resident of Portland, passed away on Friday, February 25, 2022 at his home in Portland. 

Gary was born on August 28, 1950, in Portland, Indiana, the son of Malcolm and Patty Jo (Derringer) Kelly.  He graduated from Portland High School in 1968 and retired from The Portland Forge in Portland.  Gary was a member of Portland Elks Lodge, Portland Masonic Lodge, VFW in Fort Recovery, Portland Moose Lodge and H.A.M. Radio Club.  Gary enjoyed fishing, riding his Harley and mower and watching NASCAR.  Gary loved his dogs Abby and Walter.

            Survivors include:

  • His father:  Malcolm Kelly – Portland, Indiana
  • His children:  Sherie Beck – Tucson, Arizona
  • Jeremy Kelly – Portland, Indiana
  • Sabrina McCammon – Centerville, Indiana
  • Travis Kelly – Portland, Indiana
  • 1 brother:  Ed Kelly (wife Shelba) – Ansonia, Ohio
  • 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren

Visitation will be held on Friday from 12-2 p.m. at Williamson-Spencer and Penrod Funeral Home in Portland.  Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.  Pastor Nanette Weesner will officiate the service and burial will follow at Green Park Cemetery in Portland.