OCTOBER 14, 2019

Holiday Weekend Ends in Multiple Arrests

Scott-On October 11, 2019, Deputy James Ward received information that a wanted individual identified as Robert Evans, age 36, of Austin, had an outstanding warrant.  Deputy JR Ward located Evans at his residence in Austin, Indiana.  Evans was taken into custody and transported to the Scott County Jail.  Evans’ warrant was for FAILURE TO COMPLY.    On October 11, 2019, Deputy JR Ward received information that a wanted individual, identified as Jeffrey Ambrose, age 28, of Seymour was known to be in the Old Corn Factory in Scottsburg, Indiana.  Deputy Ward located Ambrose and he was taken into custody.  Ambrose’s warrant is for FAILURE TO COMPLY.    On October 13, 2019, Deputy John Smith and Reserve Deputy Cory Hulsizer conducted a premises check of the Old Corn Factory when they discovered individuals sleeping in a tent.  The individuals did not have permission to be in the building by property owners and were “squatting” for shelter.  Deputy Smith and Reserve Deputy Hulsizer identified one female, Alexandra Casey, age 26, of Scottsburg, acting in a suspicious manner.  Casey consented to a search of her belongings, specifically a purse.  Deputies discovered hypodermic needles and drug paraphernalia inside the purse.  The items were located inside her wallet with Casey’s driver’s license.  Casey was taken into custody and charged with UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF SYRINGE and POSSESSION OF PARAPHERNALIA.  Casey was transported to the Scott County Jail.    On October 14, 2019, Deputy John Smith, Deputy Keith Hartman, Reserve Deputy Bowers, and Officer Hodge with Austin Police Department, responded to Village Court Apartments on a possible intoxicated person.  While attempting to locate the individual, Deputies noticed an individual located in Austin Park after hours.  Deputies approached the individual and was identified as James Winchester, age 23, of Austin.  Winchester was taken into custody and charged with POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE.  Winchester was transported to the Scott County Jail. 


Governor Holcomb Declares October 13-19, 2019
Indiana Move Over Week

(Indianapolis, IN)- Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb has declared the week of October 13-19, 2019 be recognized as Indiana Move Over Week.  In 1999 Indiana was the first state in the nation to pass such a law requiring motorists to move to an adjacent traffic lane, or reduce their speed by 10 miles per hour below the posted speed limit if unable to change lanes safely when driving by an emergency vehicle stopped along the side of the road, such as a police car, fire truck or ambulance.  Over the years, Indiana's law has expanded to include stationary towing/recovery, utility service, solid waste haulers, road, street highway maintenance vehicles, as well as a stationary survey or construction vehicles when displaying alternately flashing amber lights. Indiana’s law was originally crafted and passed as the result of the death of Indiana State Police Trooper Andrew Winzenread, who was killed in April of 1997 while assisting a stranded motorist on I-74 in Dearborn County.  Now, 20 years after Indiana enacted its Move Over Law, every state, with the exception of Hawaii has some form of a move over law.  To commemorate the week’s designation, The Indiana Towing and Wrecker Association and other interested groups are hosting their second annual Move Over Indiana Day in the parking lot south of the Indiana State Fairgrounds on 38th Street on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  This event provides the community an opportunity to meet and speak with professionals from the varying occupations for whom Indiana’s Move Over Law benefits the most.  The event will also include a “Touch a Truck” for children featuring vehicles covered by the Move Over Law.

Schneck Family Care Washington County Offering FREE Breast Screenings in Salem

Seymour, Ind.—Schneck Family Care wants to ensure that no woman goes without regular breast exams. A free Breast Screening will be held on Saturday, October 19, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m., at Schneck Family Care Washington, 403 South Main Street, Salem, Indiana. The event is designed to provide exams for women who may not have access to these services and includes a clinical breast exam (not a mammogram). All exams will be performed by qualified nurse practitioners. 
To be eligible for the free Breast Screening, a woman must be at least 21 years old and have not had a breast exam during the last 12 months. Per the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services regulations, individuals with Medicare, Medicaid, or similar replacement plans are not eligible for the free screening held during this event. Clinical Breast Exams are a covered benefit under these plans, and may be performed or ordered by the patient’s physician of choice. A limited number of appointments are available for this event. To schedule your screening, call Schneck Family Care Washington at 812-883-1760. Again, screening times are limited so please call early.


INDOT Offers Scholarships, Jobs to Engineers in Training

[Engineering Scholarship]
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Transportation is offering civil engineering students scholarships of up to $3,125 per semester, and paid employment during summer breaks and upon graduation. Students must be accepted or enrolled full time in one of Indiana’s certified civil engineering schools and apply using the form at www.INDOTScholarship.IN.gov. Applications for the 2020-2021 school year must be submitted by Tuesday, December 31, 2019.

Scott Circuit and Superior Courts host TALK TO A LAWYER on the 4th Wednesday of every month from 11pm – 3pm in the jury room on the second floor of the courthouse.  The Pro Bono attorneys are available to provide free advice in matters such as divorce and paternity (custody and parenting time), guardianships, consumer defense, landlord/tenant issues, and wills and estates.

  There will also be Talk To A Lawyer opportunities on  10-23, and 11-27. 
More information, and an application for in-court services can be found at www.probono14.org or call (812) 288-8002.
Text message reminders for scheduled court appearances are now available.  Any defendant wanting to enroll in text message reminders merely needs to provide his or her cell phone number to the court.  I have attached a copy of the form we are using, which can be printed or which is available from the Court. Currently reminders are in criminal cases only and are only available for the named defendant.  In other counties, this service has greatly reduced failures to appear.  We hope to see the same difference in Scott County. The docket of any criminal case, including scheduled hearing dates, can be viewed by ANYONE by visiting this website:  Mycase.in.gov

OCTOBER 15, 2019

LUNA                                                     MAYBELL


Our Cat Of The Week is Luna.

Luna is a beautiful smokey grey cat! Look at those eyes! She is approx. 1 year old. Luna is fun to watch! She loves to play and loves to play with the other cats, so you might want to get her a friend! Luna is spayed and up to date on shots. There are so many wonderful cats and kittens at the Humane Society of Scott County, Indiana please give them a call at 812-752-7500 to set up a meet and greet with Luna and her friends.

Our Dog Of The Week is Maybell.

Maybell is such a happy 2-3 year old lab/boxer mix. She does know some basic commands. She was turned in by owner who couldn't keep dog at home so now we can find her a home with a fenced yard that she can run safely in. A friendly girl with waggly boxer behind! Loves to play with toys so keep a bunch handy if you adopt her! Does her very best to sit up and beg for stuffed toys. She is fine sharing her toys. Please call the Humane Society of Scott County, Indiana at 812-752-7500 for adoption information. THEY ARE IN NEED OF FOSTERS. PLEASE CALL TO GET INFORMATION.



The City of Austin's Trick or Treat

Thursday, October 31st from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Trick or Treaters should be off the city streets by 8:00 p.m. and only approach homes with lights on.

OCTOBER 16, 2019

Intersection of S.R. 11, 4th Street converting to all-way stop Thursday in Seymour

SEYMOUR, Ind.— INDOT crews will convert the intersection of S.R. 11 (Broadway Street) and 4th Street in Seymour from a two-way to an all-way stop on Thursday, October 17, weather permitting. The change will increase safety at the intersection as motorists from all directions will be required to stop. Message boards will be placed near the intersection alerting drivers to stop.

Scott County Partnership Hosts Annual 
Mystery Dinner “Murder at the Anonville Manor”

(Scott County, IN) The historical Anonville Manor closed for business years ago because of a desperate need for restoration and daft rumors of ghost hauntings. The previous owners abandoned the rundown property, never turning back. A secretive entrepreneur purchased the old ‘Bed and Breakfast’. The property has undergone renovations, and the owner announced to the media that the manor is free of paranormal activity and has been restored to the pristine caliber of the good ole’ days when the estate was frequented by the rich and famous. 
The proprietor has chosen to remain anonymous, but the townsfolk have found that choice to be quite mysterious. An exclusive group of guests have received invitations to the grand opening dinner party to be held in the legendary Majestic Promenade Ballroom of the estate. The guests are intrigued, but apprehensive, as not everybody on the invite list gets along well, and sparks could fly.  This is where the story begins. Don’t miss this exciting evening of murder and mayhem at the Scott County Partnership’s 3rd Annual Murder Mystery Dinner on Saturday, November 2, from 6 to 9 pm, in the Mid-America Science Park Banquet Hall. 
Take advantage of our Early Bird Rates for all tickets purchased by October 19: $30 per ticket OR $225 per table of 8. After October 19, the cost will be $40 per person or $300 for a table of 8 for Dinner and a Show. All attendees are encouraged to dress as they would for a nice dinner party. For tickets, please contact Michelle Shelton at 812-752-6365. Come see some of your community leaders acting in some great roles, including: State Representative and Superintendent Terry Goodin, State Senator and Business Owner Chris Garten, Prosecuting Attorney Chris Owens, Austin Pastor Billy Snowden, Austin Middle School Principal Darcie Goodin, Scottsburg Middle School’s Jane Naugle, Scott County Health Department’s Patti Hall, Fashion in Flower’s Sara Helton, Crumbles’ Susanna Bard, Photographer Alex Grace, Bethel Baptist Pastor Bruce Bridgewater, Centerstone’s Kathy Christoff, Ellen Owens, Byron Holland, and back by popular demand, Scott County EMS Trainer and Austin High School Spanish Teacher, Tammy Davis, as the formidable investigative reporter.
Nearly 200 people attended this sidesplitting stimulating event last year. It’s one night not to miss in Scott County! Don’t delay, call Michelle Shelton at the Scott County Partnership, 812-752-6365. Feel free to leave a message.

Scott County Purdue Extension Educator for Ag & Natural Resources, Tom Springstun, recently stated “Fall is an excellent time to plant trees and shrubs”

Trees can be planted almost any time of the year, as long as the ground is not frozen. Early fall is the optimum time to plant most tree and shrub species in Indiana, because it gives them a chance to establish new roots before winter arrives and the ground freezes. Before planting your tree, consider the tree's “full-grown” size. When the tree nears maturity, will it be too close to your house or other structures? Look up and make sure it will not interfere with overhead utility lines.  Also call the free 811 Locator services to come mark any underground utility lines.  Choose a well-drained site as most trees and shrubs do not like poorly drained soils.  Dig the planting pit 1–1½ to times as wide as the root system.  Set the plant in the hole with the root collar even or slightly above existing grade. Remove wires, tags, twine, cords, containers and, especially, nonbiodegradable bags from the plant and it’s rootball.  Gently back fill the hole with native soil. Soil amendments and fertilizers are not necessary. Settle the soil with water and lightly tamp to remove air pockets and insure good root/soil contact. Construct a small earth rim around the planting pit to help hold water during supplemental irrigation. Mulch around the plant to at least the drip line, 2 to 3 inches deep, and up to, but not smothering the trunk. Do not overapply or mound the mulching materials around the trunk of the plant. Water the plant, but don’t drown it. A newly planted tree or shrub should have adequate water for establishment. A thorough soaking is much better than light, frequent watering. One inch of water per week, from rainfall and/or supplemental watering, is preferred. Avoid fertilization during the first growing season. Adding fertilizer to newly planted trees or shrubs can create stress and delay establishment. For more info on this or other Yard or Garden topics, contact Springstun at the Scott County Extension Office located in Suite G-30 of the Courthouse in Scottsburg, 1 E. McClain Ave, or phone call him at (812) 752-8450. For a free copy of Purdue Publication FNR-433, click on https://www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/FNR/FNR-433-W.pdf

Schneck Medical Center Offering FREE Breast and Cervical Screenings

Seymour, Ind.—Schneck Medical Center wants to ensure that no woman in our community goes without regular pap smears and breast exams due to their inability to pay. A free Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening will be held on Saturday, October 26, 8:00 a.m. to noon, at the Schneck Cancer Center, on the campus of Schneck Medical Center in Seymour. The event is designed to provide exams to women who may not already have access to these services and includes a clinical breast exam (not a mammogram) and a cervical exam with a pap test. All exams will be performed by qualified nurse practitioners. The free Pap test is being funded by a generous grant from the Schneck Foundation. To be eligible for the free Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening, a woman must be at least 21 years old and have not had a breast or cervical exam during the last 2 years. In addition to the clinical breast and pelvic exams, free bone density testing will be available. Bone density testing can determine your risk for osteoporosis.
Per the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services regulations, individuals with Medicare, Medicaid, or similar replacement plans are not eligible for the free screenings held during this event. Clinical Breast Exams, Cervical Screenings and Bone Density Testing are a covered benefit under these plans, and may be performed or ordered by the patient’s physician of choice. A limited number of appointments are available for this event. To schedule your screening, call the Cancer Center screening line at 812-522-0477. Please provide your name and phone number and your message will be returned promptly. Again, screening times are limited so please call early.

The Scott County Community Foundation is hosting a Halloween Ball Drop fundraiser. This is a great way to support our community in a fun way.

                Golf balls can be purchased for $40 per ball or three balls for $100. There is no limit to the amount of balls purchased, so you can increase your chances of winning through buying more balls! All balls will be dropped from a 60-foot bucket truck, courtesy of the City of Scottsburg Electric Department. The ball that makes it in the hole or closest to the pin will allow the winner to get half of the ball sales! The big event will be held Thursday, Oct. 31 at noon at Westwood Golf Course. You do not need to be present to win.  The other half of the ball sales will be matched through a grant opportunity from Lilly Endowment and will benefit the Community Enrichment Fund, an unrestricted fund that provides grants to nonprofits, schools and government agencies each year. The Community Foundation has awarded over $1.6 million in grants during the Community Grants Program over the last 20 years.  To purchase balls, please call 812-752-2057 or stop in the Community Foundation office at 60 N. Main St., Scottsburg. All balls must be paid for by Oct. 30. The Community Foundation has obtained a charity gaming license, Number 014770, to have this raffle.

City Sets Trick-or-Treat Date and Red, White, & BOO!

Trick-or-treating hours have been set for the City of Madison this year. Traditional trick-or-treating will be held Thursday, October 31st, from 6:00-8:00 P.M. As in past years, the Police Department encourages children and parents to wear brightly colored clothing for visibility in the dark. They also remind drivers to watch for children in neighborhoods and along roads. The City of Madison has also scheduled the eighth consecutive year of Red, White, and BOO! This family-friendly Halloween party will return as the “safe alternative” to trick-or-treating on Thursday, October 31st, from 6:00-8:00 P.M. at the Brown Gymnasium. Last year, nearly 500 children ages 12 and under attended the event. Red, White and BOO! will feature booths sponsored by local businesses and organizations that will provide games, candy, and other fun activities for the children. Community members of all ages are invited to enjoy the evening by dressing up and attending. Treat bags will be provided to all children ages 12 and under. An adult should accompany all children. Partygoers will also have the opportunity to participate in a costume contest and win fun prizes! Like last year, the costume contest will include a photograph area, and voting will take place online through the City of Madison and Madison Observer Facebook pages. Due to the generosity of our community in past years, Red, White, & BOO! has never made use of taxpayer dollars. The City would like to continue that trend this year. If your business or organization would like to host a booth at this event or donate money, candy, or prizes, it’s not too late! Please contact Sydney Wilson at community@madison-in.gov or 812-265-8300. Thank you for your generous support of this event!

Daily closures planned next week on S.R. 62 in eastern Jefferson County

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ind.— Daily closures are scheduled next week on a section of S.R. 62 in eastern Jefferson County. The road will close to all thru traffic from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, October 21, and Tuesday, October 22, between Barbersville Road and Barbersville Creek Road, weather permitting. The road will be open to local traffic only. Access to all homes within the closure will be maintained. INDOT maintenance crews will complete washout and shoulder repairs, as well as tree removal in the area. The official detour for thru traffic will follow U.S. 421 to S.R. 129. 

OCTOBER 17, 2019

Skeletal Remains Found in Dearborn County

The Indiana State Police has begun a death investigation after human skeletal remains were found in a wooded area in Dearborn County.  On Sunday, October 13, an individual contacted law enforcement after he observed human remains while walking in a heavily wooded area near Lawrenceburg, Indiana.  On Monday, October 14 and Tuesday, October 15, Investigators from the Indiana State Police and University of Indianapolis forensic anthropologists conducted an additional search of the area. During that search, investigators located additional remains that are believed to be of the same person. Through dental records, it was determined the remains belong to Josh Batchelor.  The Indiana State Police had been conducting a missing person investigation into the disappearance of Batchelor, who was last seen in May of 2017. The investigation into Batchelor’s death is ongoing at this time. Josh Batchelor’s family has been notified. The Indiana State Police has been assisted by numerous local law enforcement agencies, Dearborn County Coroner’s Office, Dearborn County Prosecutor’s Office, and the University of Indianapolis Forensic Anthropologists.

Fall Webworms and Their Control

Scott County Purdue Extension Educator for Ag & Natural Resources, Tom Springstun, recently stated that he has been seeing a lot of trees in our county covered with webs produced by fall webworm caterpillars. These white to tan fuzzy caterpillars have black dots on their back and can be up to 1.5 inches long. When unchecked by the wide variety of insects and birds that feed on them, caterpillars can defoliate entire trees in late summer. Although this late season defoliation is too close to the time of leaf drop to harm plant health, most homeowners prefer to keep unsightly webs off their trees.    Control of fall webworm caterpillars is best achieved if actions are taken before the tree is covered with webs. Small webs can be simply pruned off, or racked off with your hand, and destroyed if easy to reach, and only a small proportion of the tree is affected. Streams of high pressure from a water hose may also be effective in getting the webs out of trees.  Pesticides should be used when the extent of the webbing or number of webs is too large to make pruning practical. Applications of the biobased insecticides acelepryn and Bacillus thuringiensis, which conserve the webworm’s insect natural enemies, are especially effective when applied early in the infestation process.  In conclusion, the fall webworms and their resulting silky webs covering them will not kill your trees, but the webs will likely remain in the trees through the winter if they are not removed.  For your copy of a free download of the Purdue Extension Publication on Fall Webworm, E-225-W, go to the Purdue Media Distribution Center at https://extension.entm.purdue.edu/publications/E-255.pdf, and also find a video that Tom posted on the Purdue Extension - Scott County Facebook page. For more info on this or other Yard or Garden topics, contact Springstun at the Scott County Extension Office located in Suite G-30 of the Courthouse in Scottsburg, 1 E. McClain Ave, or phone call him at (812) 752-8450.    

OCTOBER 18, 2019

National Substance Abuse Prevention Month

October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. Ripley County Drug Awareness Coalition is presenting an evening discussion entitled Our Legislators’ Perspective on the Substance Abuse Problem in Indiana on October 17. In attendance will be Curtis T. Hill, Jr. Indiana Attorney General, Senator Jean Leising, State of Indiana Representatives Randy Frye and Cindy Ziemke, along with Christopher Creighton and Ethan Lawson from the Governor’s office. It will begin at 6 pm and be held at the Southeastern Indiana REMC center located at 712 S Buckeye St, Osgood, IN. Focus of the evening will be on this growing problem as seen through our legislators’ eyes. We will have a question and answer period. Light refreshments will be served and the evening will last about 2 hours. It is open to the public and is free.

Scott County taking back unwanted prescription drugs October 26 at Scottsburg Walmart

Scott County, IN– On Saturday, October 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Scott County Partnership, Scottsburg Police Department, Scott County Sheriff’s Department, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 18th opportunity in nine years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to Scottsburg Walmart at 1618 W. McClain Ave., Scottsburg. (Sites cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Last fall Americans turned in nearly 469 tons (more than 937,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 6,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 5,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 17 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 11.8 million pounds—approximately 5,900 tons—of pills. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards. For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 26 Take Back Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com or contact LeAnn Walker at 812-989-8008.  


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