Charges Filed Against Family Members In Dispute With Birdseye Area Church

Anderson Valley Christian Church is located just to the northeast of property owned by Josh McBride.  His house is shown to the far left.  In the middle is the cross where a decapitated dog wrapped in a tarp was found this past Sunday. CLICK FOR LARGER VIEW

Anderson Valley Christian Church is located next to property owned by Josh McBride. His house is shown to the far left. In the middle is the cross where a decapitated dog wrapped in a tarp was found this past Sunday.
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Birdseye (NNDC) – A months long dispute between a local church and a family that lives next door has now led to charges.

Today (Wednesday), the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department arrested 39-year old and Josh McBride and his 19-year old son Damian. Both are charged with two counts of Level 5 felony Intimidation, along with a Level 6 felony count of Criminal Recklessness and two misdemeanor counts of Disorderly Conduct.

DCSD says the charges stem from an incident that occurred this past Sunday. DCSD received a call from an Anderson Valley Christian Church member who said he heard gun shots and explosions coming from the McBride property next door.

The church is located just south of Birdseye along Indiana 145.

WBIW Radio earlier reported about 25 people were attending church services when the shots were fired. No one was injured in the incident because the shots were not fired toward the church.

When officers arrived at the home just before 9AM they found the McBrides and Karina Vonderheide shooting weapons.

DCSD says McBride also used a backhoe to place a dead dog’s decapitated body wrapped in a tarp to a large stone cross into order to send a message to church members.

The cross is located between the church and McBride’s house on property owned by McBride. The cross can be seen from inside the church as was the case Sunday with the dog on it.

McBride and the elders at the church have been in an on-going dispute ever since one of McBride’s dogs allegedly bit one of the elders in December.

According to police records, officers have been called to McBride’s home and the church several times because of the on-going dispute.

Since the dispute began, McBride told police that he has had two dogs and two cats die after becoming seriously ill.

McBride told police that the dog he hung on the cross had been taken to a veterinarian in Louisville and had to be euthanized after suffering kidney failure. The veterinarian told McBride that the dog had been poisoned. He believes the elders at the church used rat poison to kill his pets.

McBride says the dog’s head was removed to have a toxicology screening completed to determined what type of poison may have been used to kill the dog.

Because McBride and the others were on their own property firing their guns and had not threatened anyone at the church they were not arrested on Sunday.

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