AUGUST 19, 2019
Vincennes man arrested for theft of a boat
Indiana Conservation Officers arrested a Vincennes (Knox County) man for theft of a boat after receiving information of suspicious behavior. During the investigation it was found that Chad W. Taylor, age 39 of Vincennes, took a boat from the Wabash River during the early morning hours of Saturday August 17 without permission of the boat owner. Later that morning a couple of fishermen advised they were flagged down by an individual matching the description of Taylor who needed gas. They became suspicious because of the person’s demeanor and lack of knowledge of the boat. A boat registration was provided and after talking to the boat owner it was determined the operator of the boat did not have permission to use the boat.
The boat in question and Taylor were found at a set of river cabins on the White River. Taylor admitted to taking the boat and was booked into the Knox County Jail. The boat was returned to its rightful owner. All charges are merely accusations and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
“TALK TO A LAWYER”
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. I have included the latest “flyer” with dates for August. There will also be Talk To A Lawyer opportunities on 9-25, 10-23, and 11-27. Please feel free to print and distribute or display the attached flyer. I have also included the service brochure, which may also be printed and circulated.
More information, and an application for in-court services can be found at www.probono14.org or call (812) 288-8002.
TEXT MESSAGE REMINDERS
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
CRIMINAL RULE 26 AND PRE-TRIAL DETENTION
Beginning January 1, 2020, Criminal Rule 26 will be implemented state-wide, calling for evidence-based practices to be applied to persons who are being held pending trial. Scott County will be assembling a Pretrial Workgroup to develop and implement policy, which will include judges, prosecutors, probations officers, defense attorneys, community corrections, law enforcement, and mental health providers. This team will attend a State-Wide training on October 4. CR 26 will change the way we determine who we keep incarcerated pending trial, will reduce our reliance on cash-bail, and may reduce the number of inmates in our jail. It will give us the opportunity to look into other, less restrictive, pre-trial placements such as pre-trial probation, home detention, and pre-trial mental health and substance services.
As I stated at the meeting, almost all of the current inmates at our county jail have not yet been convicted of anything: they are all, currently, not guilty pending trial. Our jail should contain inmates we are afraid of and not merely mad at. I believe this system, with evidence based practices, will help us better achieve this goal.
Jason M. Mount
Judge, Scott Circuit Court
6th Judicial Circuit
Scott County, Indiana
1 E. McClain Avenue, Suite 212
Scottsburg, IN 47170
AUGUST 20, 2019
TAIL WAGGING TUESDAY PETS OF THE WEEK
Keller is our Dog of the Week. Keller is an older Chow mix. He is approximately 8 years old and is a real sweetheart. He was rescued from the shelter and is fresh from the groomer. He feels great and was strutting around happy to be around people. Please consider Keller as your new fur pet! He is adorable! Call the Humane Society of Scott County at 812-752-7500 for adoption information. Please consider helping by donating or fostering.
Our Cat of the Week is Chance. Chance is our kitten of the week. Chance is approximately 4 months old and loves attention! He followed me around to be sure his picture was the one I took. He must be ready for his forever home! Look how he proudly poses! Please consider Chance as your new fur baby! Call the Humane Society of Scott County at 812-752-7500 for adoption information.
HUMANE SOCIETY OF SCOTT COUNTY IS LOCATED AT 1176 NORTH GARDNER STREET IN SCOTTSBURG.
The 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship application is now available for all residents of Scott County who will graduate from either Austin or Scottsburg high schools by the end of June 2020.
The scholarship program is available through the Scott County Community Foundation. All applications must be submitted online. The link to the application can be found in the Scholarships and Grants menu (Scholarships sub-menu) on the Community Foundation’s website, www.scottcountyfoundation.org. The online portion of the application will be due on Monday, Aug. 26 at 3 p.m. Applicants will then be required to write and submit two essays either Monday, Aug. 26 from 6-8 p.m. at Austin High School or Tuesday, Aug. 27 from 6-8 p.m. at Scottsburg High School. Students will receive one writing prompt in advance, and one extemporaneous topic will be given during the night of the essay. Students may attend either session to write their essays regardless of where they attend school. Scholarship workshops will be held at Austin High School on Wednesday, Aug. 14 from 6:30-8 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 20 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Scottsburg High School. The Scott County Community Foundation will explain the Lilly Scholarship process as well as offer other helpful resources. Hanover College Director of Financial Aid Richard Nash will also present information on how to submit the FAFSA. Refreshments will be provided, and both students and parents are encouraged to attend. The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship program provides full tuition, required fees and a special stipend of up to $900 per year for required books and equipment for four years of undergraduate study at any Indiana public or private college or university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Thirty-eight local students have been named recipients since the program started in Scott County in 1998. The Scott County Community Foundation is located at 60 N. Main St., Scottsburg. For information, call 752-2057 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Police Seeking Help Locating Wanted Person
On August 13, 2019, officers with the Indiana State Police and Washington County Sheriff’s Office conducted a joint investigation into a marijuana growing operation at a residence on McKinley Road in Washington County, Indiana. Marijuana, weapons, and potentially explosive devices were located on the property. One suspect was arrested at the scene while one suspect remains at large. The investigation began when officers went to 9625 N. McKinley Road, Campbellsburg, Indiana after receiving information that a marijuana grow operation was located at the residence. After arriving at the residence, officers made contact with Lewis Steward, age 47, who lives in the home. While at the residence, officers obtained enough information to apply for a search warrant of the property. Upon serving the warrant, officers located approximately 113 marijuana plants in a hidden room in a building on the property along with numerous other items indicative of an active marijuana growing operation. Officers additionally located numerous firearms and evidence that explosive devices were being manufactured at the residence. Heather Jo Voyles, age 31, was arrested at the scene on charges of Dealing Marijuana, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Manufacturing a Destructive Device, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Neglect of a Dependent, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. Steward, however, left the property prior to officers returning with the search warrant. On Friday, August 16th, a warrant was issued for Steward. He faces charges of Violent Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, Manufacturing and Distribution of a Destructive Device, Neglect of a Dependent, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Dealing Marijuana, and Possession of Marijuana.
The police are asking the public’s help in locating Steward. If anyone knows the whereabouts of Steward, they are urged to call (812)248-4378 or (812)246-5424. Callers may remain anonymous.
The Indiana State Police would like to remind those individuals who choose to hide out Lewis Steward that they will likely face criminal charges for assisting a criminal.
AUGUST 21, 2019
Rain Extends I-465 Eastbound and Northbound Closure to Monday
INDIANAPOLIS - Due to periods of heavy rain slowing construction work in the last several days, the Indiana Department of Transportation will keep all lanes of eastbound and northbound I-465 on Indianapolis' southeast side closed until Monday, August 26 at 6 a.m. Work on the first phase of the approximately $13 million project was targeted for completion on the morning of Saturday, August 24, but INDOT has extended the closure to allow contractors to complete repairs and improvements hampered by weather. Contractors have been working around the clock since August 9 to restore concrete pavement, repair and replace joints, and rehabilitate bridges. INDOT crews have also been performing maintenance activities like sign replacements, guardrail repairs, street sweeping, and drain clearing. Motorists should continue to plan ahead, use alternate routes, and expect delays while I-465 remains closed. All lanes will reopen ahead of the Monday morning commute. No construction work on I-465 will be happening during Labor Day weekend travel period. The second phase of the project will close I-465 Southbound to Westbound from September 6 at 9 p.m. to September 21.
Online Threats to Police Officers Leads to an Arrest
Scott County-On August 13, 2019, Deputy Joe Baker with the Scott County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation of threats being made towards police officers on social media. This investigation led to charges being filed with the assistance of the Scott County Prosecutor’s Office against Mark Puckett, 18, of Corydon, Indiana for Intimidation against a Public Official. On August 17, 2019 Deputy Baker received information that Mark Puckett was in Kentucky. Deputy Baker contacted the Kentucky State Police and they were able to locate and arrest Mark Puckett. Mark Puckett was transported to the Hart County Jail in Kentucky and is awaiting extradition.
Corrections Officer Arrested for Operating While Intoxicated
Columbus-On Friday August, 16th, a corrections officer with the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office was arrested for operating while intoxicated following a traffic stop on State Road 46 in Columbus, Indiana. The investigation began shortly after 12:00 am, when Officer Kyle Weaver, Columbus Police Department, observed a white Jeep swerving and making unsafe lane movements westbound on State Road 46 near Morgan Willow Trace. Officer Weaver conducted a traffic stop on the Jeep on State Road 46 near Johnson Blvd. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Kimberly Cruser, age 42, Morgantown, Indiana. During the course of the traffic stop, Officer Weaver observed that Cruser showed signs of being intoxicated. The Columbus Police Department soon requested the Indiana State Police take over the investigation after learning that Cruser was a corrections officer with the Bartholomew County Jail. Trooper Stephen Stoneking arrived on scene and conducted an investigation. After giving Cruser field sobriety tests, she was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital where a search warrant was served for her blood to determine her blood alcohol content. After the search warrant was served, Trooper Stoneking arrested Cruser on charges of Operating While Intoxicated and Operating While Intoxicated (Endangerment). She was also cited for an Open Container Violation. She was transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where she was then incarcerated. The blood results are pending at this time. The investigation is ongoing.
AUGUST 22, 2019
Scott County Community Foundation, 752-2057
In an effort to assist nonprofits with capacity building, the Scott County Community Foundation will be hosting quarterly lunch and learn sessions. Board members, volunteers and staff of nonprofit organizations are highly encouraged to attend. The last session in the series, “Crucial Conversations: Learn to Successfully Navigate the Conversations You Are Avoiding” will be held Thursday, Sept. 5 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at. the Lifelong Learning Center. Learn the concepts from the best-selling book, Crucial Conversations, by Vital Smarts, on how to have the difficult conversations at work, at home, or in just about any setting, to improve your results. Whether it is a co-worker who is holding you back because he/she is not living up to commitments, a spouse who is spending beyond your budget or a boss who is sending mixed messages, you will gain the understanding and skills to successfully address these issues with candor and respect…and improve your results! This workshop will be led by nonprofit consultant June Miller, who brings more than 20 years of experience in corporate and nonprofit training. “We are pleased to continue our nonprofit workshops for the third year,” said Community Foundation Executive Director Jaime Toppe. “We’ve really seen a growth in local nonprofits as they implement ideas they’ve learned, and they enjoy the networking provided through the sessions.” “I advise staff and volunteer board members to support your organization by attending,” said Toppe. “Our grants committee will look favorably upon organizations that apply for funding from the Community Foundation, and have shown a desire to build their organization’s capacity through attendance at these sessions.” The cost for attending is $10 per person and includes lunch. Registration is due one day prior to the session, and can be made by calling the Scott County Community Foundation at 812-752-2057 or emailing email@example.com.
JUDGE CORIDEN AND SHERIFF MYERS SUPPORT HIGHER FINES FOR MOTORISTS WHO DRIVE AROUND HIGH WATER BARRICADES
If convicted, defendants in Superior Court II, who have ignored road closure signs and driven around a “high water” barricade, will now be given the option to pay a $500.00 fine or to have their driver’s license suspended for 30 days. “The Court recognizes the potential dangers and has decided to take this action as an additional incentive”, said Superior Court II Judge Kathleen Coriden. “This certainly provides another reason for people not to drive around a high water barricade”, said Bartholomew County Sheriff Matthew A. Myers. “Judge Coriden understands the potential danger, not only for the driver but for my deputies and other first responders, who have to rescue drivers who ignore high water signs.” “Sometimes people need a little more motivation – hopefully we have that now”, added Sheriff Myers. “Most of the money will go to the state but this remains a bold move - especially when it comes to public safety”, said Myers.
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.
AUGUST 23, 2019
FRIENDS OF HARDY LAKE BREAKFAST
Join us tomorrow morning July 27th for our Friends of Hardy Lake monthly BreakFast with the Raptors. These fundraising breakfasts help support the Lake and the Raptor Center. Breakfast is 7-10am $6.50 adults $3 kids (all you can eat) free gate admission for breakFast attendees.
Closure, lane restriction begin July 29 on U.S. 31 in Jackson County120 day closure at Grassy Creek, 100 day restriction at Blau Ditch begin Monday
JACKSON COUNTY, Ind.— E&B Paving Inc. will close U.S. 31 and implement lane restrictions between Crothersville and Uniontown on or after Monday, July 29, weather permitting, to begin bridge replacement and bridge deck overlay projects in Jackson County.
U.S. 31 will close over Grassy Creek, between C.R. 500 S. and C.R. 400 S. for approximately 120 days while crews complete an $870,000 bridge replacement project. The road is expected to reopen by November 29, 2019. Lane restrictions with a temporary traffic signal will be in place at Blau Ditch between C.R. 500 S. and C.R. 600 S. for approximately 100 days for an $890,000 bridge deck overlay project. The road is expected to reopen by November 11, 2019.
The official state detour for both closures is S.R. 250 to I-65. U.S. 31 reopened last week north of Uniontown/S.R. 250 following a box culvert replacement project that began in June. Additional bridge rehabilitation and replacement work is scheduled for next year.
Curb ramp, asphalt resurface work begins on S.R. 256 in Austin next week
SCOTT COUNTY, Ind.— A $586,000 curb ramp replacement and asphalt resurface project is scheduled to begin on or after Monday, July 15, on S.R. 256 in Austin. Work will take place from Dowling Street, near I-65, to U.S. 31. INDOT contractor MAC Construction will begin with curb ramp removal and replacement, followed by center curb removal, milling and asphalt paving.
Lane restrictions will be in effect along the route, mainly while milling and paving work is in progress. Please use caution in and around the work zone.
The project is expected to be complete by September 30, 2019. All work is weather dependent.
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