SEPTEMBER 16, 2019
Traffic Stop Leads to Felony Meth Arrest
Sellersburg - On Wednesday, September 11, 2019, a Jeffersonville resident was arrested on drug-related charges and an outstanding warrant for failure-to-appear from Washington County. Around 2:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Trooper Andrew Taylor observed a red Ford Windstar in the middle of an intersection after the driver failed to stop in time for a red light. Trooper Taylor then noted the vehicle's registration plate expired in July. The driver, Monica A. Cole, 40, of Jeffersonville, was stopped for the violations. As a result of the traffic stop and subsequent investigation, Monica Cole was found to be wanted out of Washington County, Indiana, and was also found in possession of methamphetamine, marijuana and other drug-related items. Monica Cole was arrested and transported to the Clark County Jail without incident. She is charged with the following:
Dealing in Methamphetamine, a Level 4 Felony
Possession of Methamphetamine, a Level 6 Felony
Possession of Paraphernalia, a Class A Misdemeanor
Possession of Marijuana, a Class B Misdemeanor
Meth and Stolen Vehicle Recovered after Pursuit
Southern Indiana - On Thursday, September 12, 2019, Officers recovered a vehicle reported stolen out of Bartholomew County after a 10-mile pursuit crossed county lines and ended when the car was remotely disabled. Around 2:30 yesterday afternoon, a Clark County Sheriff's Deputy advised he was northbound on I-65 near the 18 mile-marker and behind a red Chevrolet Malibu which was reported stolen earlier in the day. When the Deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, the car increased speed and tried to flee from the officer. Numerous officers were in the area and joined in the pursuit including officers from the Indiana State Police in Sellersburg and the Clarksville Police Department. The vehicle continued north on I-65 and into Scott County, eluding officers attempts to use Stop Sticks along the way. The passenger was also observed throwing an unknown substance out of the passenger window of the car. Realizing the car was equipped with a subscription-based navigation and security service, Indiana State Police Dispatch contacted the service and requested the vehicle be remotely disabled. Once the vehicle was disabled, it began to slow down and safely stopped on the side of the roadway. After officers detained both occupants, the investigation also revealed meth and paraphernalia inside the car. The driver, Ryan Andrew Moody, 40, of Columbus, Indiana, and the passenger, Audrey Fay Crank, 20, of Hope, Indiana were taken into custody without incident and remanded into the Clark County Jail. They are both charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, a level 6 Felony, and Possession of Paraphernalia, a Class A Misdemeanor. Moody is also charged with Auto Theft, a Level 5 Felony, and Reckless Driving, a Class A Misdemeanor.
“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.
There will also be Talk To A Lawyer opportunities on 9-25, 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
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
Preliminary work begins Sept. 16 on U.S. 31 resurface project in Bartholomew CountyPatching begins Sept. 23, milling and paving scheduled next spring
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, Ind.— Milestone Contractors will start preliminary work on a $5.2 million asphalt resurface project on U.S. 31 in Bartholomew County on or after Monday, September 16, weather permitting. Work will take place from Washington Street in Columbus to just south of I-65 in Taylorsville. Patching is scheduled to begin on Monday, September 23, and will be followed by milling and paving next year. Crews will work north from Washington Street to I-65, then work back south in each lane of the highway. A turn lane will be added on southbound U.S. 31 at C.R. 400 N. during this project. Motorists should plan ahead and expect delays due to daytime lane closures along the route and use extra caution in and near the work zone. Patching is expected to be complete by October 31, 2019. Work will resume on U.S. 31 in spring 2020.
SEPTEMBER 17, 2019
TAIL WAGGING TUESDAY PETS OF THE WEEK
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.
HUMANE SOCIETY OF SCOTT COUNTY IS LOCATED AT 1176 NORTH GARDNER STREET IN SCOTTSBURG.
I-65 ramp closures planned next week at Exit 64 in Bartholomew County
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, Ind.— INDOT contractor E&B Paving Inc. will close ramps to and from I-65 at Exit 64 (S.R. 58/Walesboro) in Bartholomew County next week for ramp resurfacing. Crews will begin with milling on northbound and southbound entrance and exit ramps, followed by paving. Ramp closures are scheduled from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. each day.
Monday, September 23: S.R. 58 ramps to/from I-65 NB (milling)
Tuesday, September 24: S.R. 58 ramps to/from I-65 SB (milling)
Wednesday, September 25: S.R. 58 ramps to/from I-65 NB (paving)
Thursday, September 26: S.R. 58 ramps to/from I-65 SB (paving)
Ramp resurfacing is part of the $143 million added travel lanes and reconstruction project on I-65 between Seymour and Columbus that began last year. The project is scheduled to be complete by August 2020. All work is weather permitting.
Correctional Officer Arrested for Alleged
Sexual Misconduct with an Offender
Greencastle, Ind.— An investigation by the Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) resulted in the September 15th arrest of Barbara Kapaun, 52 of Vigo County, Indiana. Prison officials started investigating Kapuan, a correctional officer, after receiving allegations that she was involved in an inappropriate relationship with an offender at the Putnamville Correctional Facility. As a result of the investigation, Kapaun has been placed on emergency suspension pending criminal charges. Kapuan was arrested, and transported to Putnam County Jail pending charges of:
• Official Misconduct – Level 6 Felony • Sexual Misconduct by a Service Provider – Level 5 Felony
Internal Affairs Lead Investigator James Smith commented, “We have a zero tolerance policy on this type of misconduct by our staff. We will arrest and seek prosecution against any employee who chooses to make these decisions.” Formal charges will be determined by the Putnam County Prosecutor’s Office. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
SEPTEMBER 18, 2019
The 2020 Hoosier Women Artists program coincides with an important milestone in our nation’s history—the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote.
The theme of the 2020 Hoosier Women Artists competition will, therefore, be a celebration of women and commemoration of the women’s suffrage centennial anniversary. Artists are encouraged to submit pieces related to this theme, expressed in the artists’ own interpretation.The program will begin accepting applications in January.
Schneck Family Care Jennings Offering FREE Breast Screenings in North Vernon
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, September 28, 8:00 a.m. to noon, at Schneck Family Care Jennings, 2145 North State Highway 3, North Vernon.
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 Jennings at 812-346-6010. Again, screening times are limited so please call early.
Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigation leads to sentencing in Northwest Indiana transportation scheme
A federal judge today sentenced a Gary woman convicted of health care fraud to 12 months and a day in prison and two years of supervised release. The judge also ordered the defendant, Felicia Blount, to pay 195,602.09 in restitution in a case investigated by Attorney General Curtis Hill’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU). Blount owned and operated Lending a Helping Hand Transportation, a company that provided transportation for medical appointments and services. From 2013-2016, Blount — along with Charlotte Hunter, a company secretary — defrauded Indiana Medicaid by submitting claims for multiple trips to Indianapolis without corresponding medical claims. During the MFCU investigation, authorities discovered that defendants submitted bills for trips not taken, inflated mileage, billed multiple-passenger trips as individual single-passenger trips, and altered travel documentation.
The fraudulent claims submitted to Indiana Medicaid equaled $443,917, and Indiana taxpayers paid Blount and Hunter $195,602.09 for those false claims. As part of a plea agreement, Blount pleaded guilty to one count of health care fraud. Earlier this year, Hunter pleaded guilty to one count of health care fraud and was sentenced to two years supervised release and ordered to pay $195,602.09 in restitution. “Indiana Medicaid serves more than one million Hoosiers across the state,” Attorney General Curtis Hill said. “Many of these individuals are children, the disabled, and the less fortunate among us. To commit Medicaid fraud is to take advantage of our most vulnerable while also defrauding hardworking Hoosier taxpayers. Our Medicaid Fraud Control Unit works diligently to pursue those who abuse the system and commit fraud against the state so that they may be brought to justice.”The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) originally referred this case to the Office of the Attorney General after a patient reported suspicions. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General participated in the investigation. The case was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana. “Defrauding the healthcare system steals from hard working taxpayers while compromising the integrity of the system,” said U.S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II. “We will continue to work with the Indiana Attorney General and all other federal, state and local agencies to aggressively prosecute these cases.”
Salem Teen Arrested for Felony Sexual Misconduct
Washington County– On Tuesday, September 17, 2019, Detective Travis Baker from the Indiana State Police in Sellersburg arrested a Salem man for Sexual Misconduct with a Minor.
On Tuesday morning, Detective Travis Baker was contacted by the Indiana Department of Child Services and informed of possible inappropriate or illegal conduct involving a minor that allegedly occurred between the suspect and a younger female. Detective Baker met with and interviewed the suspect, Daniel Terrell Caleb Noonan, 19, of Mill Street in Salem later in the morning. As a result of the investigation Daniel Noonan is charged with Sexual Misconduct with a Minor, a Level 5 Felony. This case is still under investigation. After his arrest, Daniel Noonan was remanded into the custody of the Washington County Jail without incident. Detective Baker was assisted by the Indiana Department of Child Services.
SEPTEMBER 19, 2019
North Vernon Police Department
Students left school considered truants
On Tuesday September 17, 2019, the North Vernon Police Department detained and charged a group of high students that left the Jennings County High School without first gaining permission from staff and having a parent or guardian sign them out. The event began with a small group of students staging a small demonstration inside the school. The students then moved their group to the side walk just outside of the building. The police department was asked to intervene when students began leaving the school grounds without first gaining permission from school staff and having a proper parent or guardian’s permission per school policy. Nine students were located , detained and brought to the police department by officers following the small gathering leaving school property. The students were charged and released to a parent or guardian at the police department. It was determined that all nine of the students had not received proper permission to leave the school by school staff and had not been signed out by a parent or guardian per school policy. Under Indiana Statute IC 20-33-2-23 law enforcement officers may take children into custody during normal school hours if the child is found in a public place.
Orleans Man Arrested for Child Molestation
Washington County – On Saturday, September 14, 2019, Troopers from the Indiana State Police in Sellersburg arrested an Orleans, Indiana man on a warrant for Child Molestation. Trooper Tyler Matthew, working alongside Washington County Deputy Tory Hildreth, began the investigation on September 12, 2019 after learning of possible inappropriate or illegal conduct involving a minor at a Campbellsburg, Indiana address. As a result of the investigation, Trooper Matthew requested an arrest warrant for William L Stinnett, 60, of Orleans, Indiana. On Saturday, Trooper Kyle Taylor along with Deputy Hildreth arrested Stinnett as his Orleans residence. William Stinnett is currently charged with one count of Child Molestation, a Level Four Felony. This case is still under investigation. After his arrest, Stinnett was transported and remanded into the custody of the Washington County Jail without incident.
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.
SEPTEMBER 6, 2019
Palmyra Man Arrested for Child Molestation
Harrison County – On Wednesday, September 4, 2019, Investigators and Troopers from the Indiana State Police in Sellersburg arrested a Palmyra man on several counts of Child Molestation. Detective Chris Tucker launched an investigation in August of this year after he was contacted by the Indiana Department of Child Services and learned of possible inappropriate or illegal conduct involving a minor. As a result of the investigation, Detective Tucker requested an arrest warrant for Chester Leroy Fetz, 61, of Palmyra, Indiana, along with a search warrant for his residence. Chester Fetz is charged with five counts of Child Molestation, a Level One Felony, and one count of Child Solicitation, a Level Five Felony.
This case is still under investigation. After his arrest, Chester Fetz was transported and remanded into the custody of the Harrison County Jail without incident. Indiana State Police investigators were assisted by the Indiana Department of Child Services and the Harrison County Sheriff's Department.
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