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 ​​WEEK OF September 20 - 24

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MONDAY ​​ 

ORV accident claims life of Madison man (Ripley County)

Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an off-road vehicle (ORV) crash that claimed the life of an adult male. The crash occurred last night at approximately 9:25 p.m., near the 9000 block of South County Road 75 West. Initial investigated shows that Tyler Asche, 36, of Madison, was traveling downhill on a gravel roadway when he lost control of his side-by-side ORV.    Asche, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was partially ejected from the ORV and pinned underneath as it came to rest on its side.   He was transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and was later pronounced dead.   The passenger in the ORV, who was wearing a seatbelt, only suffered minor injuries. This investigation is still underway, and an exact cause of death is pending autopsy results.  Conservation officers were assisted by Indiana State Police, Ripley County Sheriff’s Department, Friendship Fire Department, Ripley County EMS, and Ripley County Medic Service.


Child Passenger Safety Week urges use of safety seats, car seat checks


INDIANAPOLIS — With Child Passenger Safety Week taking place next week, the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute is encouraging parents and caregivers to learn about the importance of child safety seats and to take advantage of the state’s free resources and inspection services. Making sure children are in the right car seat, and that it’s used correctly and properly installed, reduces the risk of serious injury and death in a crash. Unfortunately, the latest research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that nearly half (46%) of car seats are misused. Last year in Indiana, 17 children under 13 were killed in passenger vehicle crashes. Of those, more than two in three were not in a child restraint seat, booster seat or wearing a seat belt, according to ICJI. “Car crashes are a leading cause of death among children, but many of these deaths can be prevented,” said Devon McDonald, ICJI Executive Director. “I can’t stress enough the importance of making sure your kids are properly secured in a vehicle. If you have questions, we have technicians that can help.” All week, free car seat clinics are being held across the state with a majority taking place on Sept. 25, National Seat Check Saturday. Parents and caregivers can have their car seats inspected, receive instruction on proper installation and get it installed by a certified car seat safety technician. They can also learn how to properly harness a child in the seat and check the seat for recalls. Technicians are available by appointment year round at one of Indiana’s 100 fitting stations. “Car and booster seats are the best defense for children in a crash, but only when used and installed correctly,” said Robert Duckworth, ICJI Traffic Safety Director. “Last year, our safety technicians completed more than 5,000 inspections and continue to be an important resource for parents and caregivers.” Indiana law requires all occupants and children to be properly restrained in a vehicle. Children under eight must be in a federally approved child or booster seat in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. From eight to 16, children are required to be in a booster seat or can wear a seat belt, depending on their size. Drivers are responsible and can be cited for each passenger under the age of 16 that isn’t properly restrained. NHTSA recommends keeping children rear-facing as long as possible, up to the top height and weight allowed by their particular seats. Once a child outgrows the rear-facing car seat, they are ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat with a harness and tether. Once outgrown, a child should be placed in a booster seat until tall enough to fit in a seat belt properly. Booster seats are an essential step between car seats and seat belts. These transitional seats position the seat belt so that it fits properly over the stronger parts of the child’s body. Parents and caregivers shouldn’t feel pressured to put their child in a seat belt too soon; however, once that time comes, it’s important to ensure the seat belt fits correctly. The safest place for all kids under 13 is buckled up in the back seat.
Visit www.nhtsa.gov/TheRightSeat for more information on child seat safety.



MORE WORK BEING DONE BY SCOTT COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE
SCOTT COUNTY


(September 17, 2021) – Over the course of the last week, the Scott County Prosecutor’s Office has convicted and sentenced John Chadwick, Darrell McIntosh, Matreva Marcum, Travis Riley, Allison Stidham, and Jeffrey Vest into the Indiana prison system. On September 9, 2021, John Chadwick was convicted of Aiding in Dealing Methamphetamine for an offense he committed in December of 2019. Mr. Chadwick was sentenced to eight ( years to the Indiana Department of Correction. Four (4) of those years will be served in prison followed by four (4) years of supervision by the Scott County Probation Department. The plea also calls for Mr. Chadwick to receive treatment for substance abuse both while he is in prison and while on probation. Also on that date, Darrell McIntosh was convicted of Dealing Methamphetamine for an offense he committed in March of
2020. He also was found to have violated his probation in another matter. On September 10th , Mr. McIntosh was sentenced to six (6) years to the Indiana Department of Correction for his dealing case and given an additional 300 days for violating his probation. Nearly four (4) years of this sentence will be served in prison and upon his release, he will have three (3) years of supervision from the probation department. The penalty for Mr. McIntosh will also include a requirement that he receive and participate in treatment for substance abuse both in prison and while on probation. On September 14, 2021, the Prosecutor’s Office conducted a hearing in which it offered proof that Matreva Marcum had
violated terms of her probation. At the conclusion of evidence, the Court ruled that the Prosecutor’s Office had met its burden and proved that Matreva Marcum had indeed violated her probation. The Prosecutor argued that Ms. Marcum
should be sent to prison for her violation and the Court agreed. The Court sentenced Ms. Marcum to serve one (1) year in prison for her violation.
On September 16, 2021, Tyson Riley was convicted of Auto Theft for an offense committed in July of 2020. He also was found to have violated probation that had been previously ordered in a different case. Mr. Riley was given a total sentence of five (5) years, all of which will be served in prison. A judgement was also entered against him for the amount of loss that was suffered by the person he victimized.
On September 16, 2021, Allison Stidham was convicted of Dealing Methamphetamine for a drug transaction that occurred in December of 2020. Ms. Stidham was sentenced to six (6) years to the Indiana Department of Correction. She will spend the first three (3) years of that sentence in prison and upon release she will have three (3) years of supervised probation. Her sentence calls for her to receive treatment for substance abuse both while in prison and while on probation.
“I hope these sentences show that our office believes people should be held accountable for their actions, and that we also believe that offenders should be provided the opportunity to get the help and treatment they need while paying their debt to society,” stated Prosecutor Chris Owens. “I hope each of these people learn from their actions and exit the prison system with the tools they need to live the remainder of their lives as law abiding citizens.” I would like to thank our local law enforcement officers for the work they did on these cases, the local probation department for their efforts, and the deputy prosecutors within my office for their dedication to these matters and to the people of our community.



LAST FREE FISHING DAY FOR 2021 IN INDIANA IS THIS SATURDAY, September 25, 2021


On Free Fishing Days, all Indiana residents can fish the state’s public waters without a fishing license or trout/salmon stamp. Note: Children 17 and younger do not need a fishing license on any day. All size and bag limits remain in effect. For public places to fish near you, see on.IN.gov/where2fish. Check out the fishing tips and videos at on.IN.gov/learn2fish to help maximize your experience.

TUESDAY


​​TAIL WAGGING TUESDAY PETS OF THE WEEK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  




Meet Paul! Paul is a fun cat! He was playing the camera making sure you could see his chill side. He is approx. 1 year old and loves his rubbins’. If you would like to meet Paul, please contact the Humane Society of Scott County at 812-752-7500.

Meet Aurora! Aurora is approximately 6-7 years old and so sweet. She did not like to look at the camera though. Aurora is a beautiful dog and would make a wonderful addition to your family. Please call the Humane Society of Scott County at 812-752-7500 for more information on Aurora.

WWW.SISAVEAPET.COM

HUMANE SOCIETY OF SCOTT COUNTY IS LOCATED AT 1176  NORTH GARDNER STREET IN SCOTTSBURG



Project AWARE Hikes

In September, Indiana State Parks will again be participating in the Project AWARE campaign. Project AWARE is a campaign committed to changing the frequency of which mental health education and awareness is practiced in both schools and the community. You can prioritize your mental health with short, fun activities at Clifty Falls State Park by participating in our Sunset Relaxation Hike on Saturday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m., or our Nature Stroll on Friday, Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. Find more details about our hikes at on.IN.gov/CliftyFalls and find out more about Project AWARE and how you can enter to win a 2022 Indiana State Park Annual Pass by visiting projectawarein.org.




Girlfriend arrested in Death of Two-Year-Old Girl


Pekin - September 14, 2021: Detectives from the Indiana State Police (ISP) in Sellersburg arrested a 30-year-old Pekin woman for the death of a 2-year-old girl in her care. Around Midnight Tuesday morning, the Washington County Sheriff's Department responded to a Poplar Street address in Pekin after receiving a 911 call reporting an unresponsive child. Washington County EMS immediately transported the child to St. Vincent's Hospital in Salem after deputies and emergency medical personnel arrived. Tragically, the child was pronounced deceased by the Washington County Coroner after arriving at the hospital.
Sheriff Brent Miller requested ISP assistance, and Detective Travis Baker and Crime Scene Investigator Phil D'Angelo responded to the Pekin address scene.
As part of the investigation, officers obtained a search warrant for the residence as Detective Travis Baker spoke with 30-year-old Sarah Maire Bierly, the live-in-girlfriend of the child's father, as well as other family members at the scene.
The investigation continued at the Washington County Jail, where Detective Baker later arrested Sarah Bierly for Neglect of a Dependent Causing Death, a Level 1 Felony. An autopsy has been scheduled for later this afternoon.
The Indian State Police were assisted by officers from the Washington County Sheriff's Department, the Pekin Town Marshall, Washington County EMS, Pierce-Polk Township first-responders, the Washington County Coroner's Office, and the Washington County Prosecutor.
This case is still under investigation and will be updated as information becomes available.
“All subjects are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law”.




HARVEST FEST AT THE HERITAGE CENTER AND MUSEUM


A Harvest Fest will be held by the Heritage Center and Museum on October 2, 2021 from 8am to 7pm. Crafters, Bakers and Produce Vendors will fill the Farmers Market Pavilion, Heritage Center Yard and Barn Yard. There will be Food Trucks and Music! If you are interested in setting up please see the information below.
Harvest Fest Vendors: To rent a 12' Booth Space, send Name, Address, Email, Phone Number, and Product you sell along with a check for $20.00 per space and if electricity needed, $30.00 to Scott County Museum, 1050 S Main Street, PO Box 122, Scottsburg, IN 47170-0122. Deadline: Must be received at the Museum by September 30, 2021. Questions call: Chris Wakeman 812.595.3678 or Museum 812.752.1050. Museum Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10-4 and Saturday 10-1. Email: contact@schcam.org
Please note: On October 2nd The Farmers' Market Pavilion will have your regular vendors who have provided for the community this season. Please be sure and thank them for all they do! They have had a great season and Thank you for stopping by and supporting them this year.




 

WEDNESDAY


Girlfriend arrested in Death of Two-Year-Old Girl


Pekin - September 14, 2021: Detectives from the Indiana State Police (ISP) in Sellersburg arrested a 30-year-old Pekin woman for the death of a 2-year-old girl in her care. Around Midnight Tuesday morning, the Washington County Sheriff's Department responded to a Poplar Street address in Pekin after receiving a 911 call reporting an unresponsive child. Washington County EMS immediately transported the child to St. Vincent's Hospital in Salem after deputies and emergency medical personnel arrived. Tragically, the child was pronounced deceased by the Washington County Coroner after arriving at the hospital.
Sheriff Brent Miller requested ISP assistance, and Detective Travis Baker and Crime Scene Investigator Phil D'Angelo responded to the Pekin address scene.
As part of the investigation, officers obtained a search warrant for the residence as Detective Travis Baker spoke with 30-year-old Sarah Maire Bierly, the live-in-girlfriend of the child's father, as well as other family members at the scene.
The investigation continued at the Washington County Jail, where Detective Baker later arrested Sarah Bierly for Neglect of a Dependent Causing Death, a Level 1 Felony. An autopsy has been scheduled for later this afternoon.
The Indian State Police were assisted by officers from the Washington County Sheriff's Department, the Pekin Town Marshall, Washington County EMS, Pierce-Polk Township first-responders, the Washington County Coroner's Office, and the Washington County Prosecutor. This case is still under investigation and will be updated as information becomes available. “All subjects are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law”.



Tennessee Man Arrested Following Two County Pursuit

This evening, a Tennessee man was arrested after leading police on a ten mile pursuit through Jackson and Bartholomew Counties. The incident began at approximately 6:00 pm when the Indiana State Police receive a report that a white Dodge Challenger was driving erratically on I-65 northbound, entering Jackson County from Scott County near the 36 mile marker.  Multiple callers reported that the vehicle was weaving on the road and erratically changing speeds. Deputy Alan Jones, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, located the vehicle traveling northbound on I-65 near the 50 mile marker at Seymour, Indiana.  Sergeant Stephen Wheeles, Indiana State Police, caught up to Dep. Jones and the Dodge Challenger, being driven by Matthew Trey Murphy, age 31, Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Dep. Jones and Sgt. Wheeles attempted to stop the vehicle on I-65 near the 54 mile marker in northern Jackson County.  Murphy slowed initially before accelerating and fleeing from the officers.  Officers pursued Murphy at speeds of approximately 50 to 75 miles per hour northbound into Bartholomew County.  Murphy took evasive action to avoid a tire deflation device placed near the 63 mile marker.  Murphy then slowed the vehicle and came to a stop just north of exit 64 near Columbus, Indiana.  Sergeant Zachariah Ruble and Trooper David Simpkins, Indiana State Police-Versailles, arrived to assist.  Matthew Murphy was eventually taken into custody.  He was transported by ambulance to Columbus Regional Hospital where he submitted to a blood test for intoxication.  The results of the test are pending at this time.  Upon being released from the hospital, Murphy was transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where he was incarcerated on initial charges of Resisting Law Enforcement, Operating While Intoxicated, and Reckless Driving. I-65 Northbound was closed for approximately one hour while the scene was cleared.  Bartholomew County Animal Control responded to remove a dog from the vehicle.




National Child Passenger Safety Board


NATIONAL SEAT CHECK SATURDAY: Ensure your little one is riding safely in his/her car seat. Register to attend a free car seat safety virtual checkup event on Saturday, Sept. 25: bit.ly/3jlPLWG
During a Zoom call, your Nationally Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician will:
-- Walk you through how to correctly install your car seat, step-by-step
-- Review how to correctly harness your child into his/her car seat and adjust the harness for growth
--Answer specific questions that you have about child passenger safety
#KeepEachOtherSafe #TechsRule #carseat #safety National Safety Council National CPS Certification NHTSA Safe Kids Worldwide




Wildlife Photography Workshop


Join guest Kevin Turner for a Wildlife Photography Workshop in the Hoffman Room at the Clifty Inn from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 19. Bring your own camera, or we will have a few available to borrow. The first hour of the workshop will be inside learning tips and techniques. The second hour of the workshop we will be going outside on an easy nature walk to practice our photography skills so please wear comfortable shoes and come dressed for the weather.
Registration is required for this event as space is limited.
https://www.eventbrite.com/.../wildlife-photography...



 

THURSDAY


UPDATE: Woman arrested for death of two-year-old now charged with Murder

The investigation into the tragic death of a Pekin girl is ongoing. The child, two-year-old Misty Ann Lynn McDowell, died on Tuesday morning after being rushed to St. Vincent's Hospital in Salem by local emergency personnel.   On Tuesday afternoon, an autopsy was conducted by forensic pathologist Dr. James Jacobi. The official cause of death was listed as Homicide - multiple blunt force injuries.    On Wednesday, ISP detective Travis Baker met again with Washington County Prosecutor Dustin Houchin concerning the case. As a result of the investigation and findings in the case, the Washington County Prosecutor has added the following charges in the arrest of Sarah Bierly:
 Murder - Felony
 Aggravated Battery resulting in Death - Level 1 Felony 
Sarah Bierly is also charged with the original crime of Neglect of a Dependent causing Death, a level 1 Felony.
In regard to the case, Washington County Prosecutor Dustin Houchin provided the following statement: "This case will require our best. Thankfully, our office has the experience, training, and determination necessary to meet this moment. We will see that justice is served in this case.



Clark County farm receives Hoosier Homestead award
 

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 25, 2021) – The Johnson Farm in Clark County recently received a Hoosier Homestead Centennial Award for being in operation since 1921, according to State Rep. Zach Payne (R-Charlestown) and State Sen. Chris Garten (R-Charlestown).  "Family farms have played a major part in our state's history and continue to impact our economic success," Payne said. "Indiana's farming community is so strong thanks to Hoosier families like the Johnsons, and their hard work deserves this recognition."  This farming family was among 73 recognized at the Indiana State Fair for their commitment to Indiana agriculture. 
"I would like to congratulate the Johnson Farm on this incredible achievement," Garten said. "My first job was on a farm in Southern Indiana and I still carry that experience with me to this day, so I know it is truly an accomplishment and a show of great dedication and strength to keep a family farm in operation for a century."
The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes farms owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more. Families can qualify for centennial, sesquicentennial or bicentennial awards. Each year, two awards ceremonies are held in the spring and summer commemorating the achievements of farm families across the state. For more information on the Hoosier Homestead Award Program, visit in.gov/isda.





FRIDAY ​

ISP Traffic Stop leads Officers to over 20 Pounds of Cocaine 


Southern Indiana - A Wednesday afternoon traffic stop on I-65 ended with two arrests after officers located several pounds of cocaine.  Just before 1 pm, Wednesday afternoon, Master Trooper Nathan Abbott stopped a 2002 Hyundai for speeding on I-65 southbound, just south of the Henryville exit. The driver, Pablo Vazquez Salazar of Lexington, Indiana, was found to be driving on a suspended license. His passenger was identified as Betza Elaurelio Camos Vazquez, also of Lexington.   While conducting the traffic stop, Trooper Abbott requested the assistance of Senior Trooper Zachary Smith and his K9 partner "Riggs." Riggs alerted on the vehicle, and during a search of the car, Troopers Abbott and Smith located over four pounds of suspected cocaine in a backpack. Suspected cocaine was also found on Vazquez Salazar.   Furthering the investigation, officers executed a search warrant at Salazar's residence located at 1254 S. Thompson Road in Lexington, Indiana.  During a search of the property, eight additional kilos of suspected cocaine were located, along with a firearm and three pounds of suspected marijuana. A total of approximately 22 pounds of suspected cocaine was seized.  Both subjects were incarcerated at the Clark County Jail without further incident. Charges are as follows: 

Pablo Vazquez Salazar 
Dealing Cocaine - Level 2 Felony
Possession of Cocaine - Level 3 Felony
Possession of Cocaine - Level 6 Felony
Driving Suspended Prior - A Misdemeanor

Betza Elaurelio Camos Vazquez
 Dealing Cocaine - Level 2 Felony
 Possession of Cocaine - Level 3 Felony
Possible additional charges are pending.  





New Safe Exchange Zone Opened by the Sheriff’s Office


Scott County-Working in cooperation with the Scott County Commissioners, the Scott County Sheriff’s Office has created a “Safe Exchange Zone,” for the exchange of children when child custody disputes are involved. The “Safe Exchange Zone” can also be used by folks who sell items on social media and need a safe place to meet the person they are either buying from or selling to. The “Safe Exchange Zone’s” uses are really unlimited. The “Safe Exchange Zone” features a marked designated area directly across (west) of the Scott County Sheriff’s Office. The “Safe Exchange Zone” has fully functional recording cameras and these cameras are monitored 24 Hours a day. Once you get to the area of the Sheriff’s Office you can follow the signs to the “Safe Exchange Zone”. Sheriff Goodin stated, “This is just another thing that we can do to help our citizens feel and actually be safer”. Sheriff Goodin also wanted to thank the Scott County Commissioners for allowing the Sheriff’s Office to build the “Safe Exchange Zone” in their parking lot.
 


Indiana's last Free Fishing Day Sept. 25, 2021.


On Free Fishing Days, Indiana residents do not need a fishing license or a trout/salmon stamp to fish the state's public waters. All other rules such as seasons, bag and size limits apply. Free Fishing Days are an excellent opportunity to learn how to fish, take youth fishing, or introduce a friend to fishing. DNR also offers instruction for learning more about fishing, teaching new anglers, and finding places to fish close to home through the Learn to Fish Program. Learn to Fish workshops are hosted around the state throughout the year. On Free Fishing Days, these workshops allow individuals new to fishing to learn without purchasing a license. Prefer to learn on your own? See Fishing Tips and Videos.
Learn to Fish workshops are two- to four-hour hands-on workshops in which participants gain knowledge, skills, and the confidence needed to go fishing for the first time or to use a new skill. Equipment and bait are usually provided. Attend one of our workshops to discover the joy of fishing. If you enjoyed the Free Fishing Days, please consider purchasing a fishing license so you can fish throughout the entire year (license year is April 1 to March 31 of the following year). License sales support research, habitat management, public access, fish stocking, and education programs.






 

 

 

VOLUNTEER FOR THE ANNUAL BUTTERFLY COUNT AT BIG OAKS NWR July 31, 2021 

 

Great Spangled Fritillaries, Spicebush Swallowtails, and Silver Spotted Skippers! These are just a few of the many species of butterfly you are sure to encounter when you come to Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge for the annual butterfly count. Thirty-seven species of butterflies were spotted during the previous year’s survey count. Those attending should meet at the refuge office on the morning of Saturday, July 31st at 8:00 am. The refuge is especially interested in counting Monarch butterflies, whose populations have recently plummeted. These migratory beauties require native milkweeds to successfully reproduce. The loss of milkweed across the Midwest is one of the primary reasons for their decline. A $3.00 donation to the North American Butterfly Association would be appreciated for those participating in the count. Survey teams will be divided up based on the length of time you wish to spend in the field. Some folks may choose to join us for the entire day; others may want to make it a half day. Bring water, bug spray, sunscreen, snacks or lunch and binoculars. Butterfly field guides are recommended, but not required. Long pants are also recommended. For directions to the refuge, please call or visit www.fws.gov/refuge/big_oaks. 

                                                                                                 

Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) consists of approximately 50,000 acres on the former Jefferson Proving Ground (JPG) located in Jennings, Ripley, and Jefferson Counties in southeastern Indiana. The refuge is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and provides excellent public use opportunities, such as hunting, fishing, wildlife observation and photography, interpretation and environmental education. The refuge has one of the largest contiguous forest blocks in the southeastern part of the state as well as one of the largest grassland complexes in the state, both of which provide wonderful wildlife viewing opportunities to refuge visitors.  

 

Go on a nature walk or a birding tour, participate in fishing or a special hunt, enter a photography or wildlife art contest, or simply enjoy the splendors of nature at one of the nearly 550 national wildlife refuges.   

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 150-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses nearly 550 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 70 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 78 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces Federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.  




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