NOVEMBER 18, 2019


On November 14, 2019, Deputies with the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office partnered with members of the U.S. Marshal Service to conduct a county-wide surprise check on registered sex offenders. Deputies conducted surprise offender checks on about 100 sex offenders throughout Bartholomew County to determine the validity of information provided by individuals currently registered with Bartholomew County’s Sex Offender Registry. Adolfo “Rudy” Olivo, a former Detective Lieutenant with the Columbus Police Department, is the Sex Offender Coordinator for the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office.  Mr. Olivo coordinates and implements Sex Offender Registration for BCSO in compliance with the laws of the State of Indiana. Convicted sex offenders are required to report any residential and/or employment changes to the Sheriff’s Office within 72 hours of the change. Four individuals were found to be out of compliance with the terms of their registry.  These individuals could face additional charges.  One arrest was made during the sweep when an offender was found to be in possession of marijuana. This sweep was conducted in addition to regular checks that are conducted by Mr. Olivo and Deputies throughout the year. Mr. Olivo also maintains the Indiana Offender Registry for Bartholomew County which requires working with several local and state agencies.   “Rudy Olivo goes above and beyond what is required by law,” said BCSO’s Administrative Captain Brandon Slate.   You may view the website:  http://www.icrimewatch.net/indiana.php to research neighborhoods and addresses that are important to you.  You can also register to receive email notifications on registered sex offenders within proximity of these addresses. “Many people don’t realize that local sheriffs maintain and update sex offender registration information”, said Bartholomew County Sheriff Matthew A. Myers. “Monitoring sex offenders, running the offender registration and profiles, making door-to-door check-ins, is a very labor intensive and time consuming effort”.  “BCSO is extremely lucky to have former police detective Rudy Olivo as our Sex Offender Coordinator”, added Sheriff Myers.


Valparaiso man in stable condition after LaPorte County hunting incident

LaPorte, IN – Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an unintentional, self-inflicted gunshot wound that occurred at Kingsbury Fish & Wildlife Area this morning. At about 7:30 a.m., Indiana Conservation Officers were dispatched to Kingsbury FWA. Shortly before, LaPorte County Dispatch Center received a 911 call reporting a hunter had been shot in the leg. Vincent Fischer, age 48 of Valparaiso, informed Conservation Officers he was deer hunting and attempted to place his .44 caliber revolver pistol in a holster when the firearm discharged into his right leg. His juvenile son immediately used a belt to reduce bleeding and called 911. Fischer was in stable condition and transported to LaPorte Hospital for medical treatment. The investigation is ongoing. Assisting agencies include LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office, Kingsbury Volunteer Fire Department, La Porte County EMS, LaPorte County E911 Center, and Indiana Conservation Officers Central Dispatch Center.

Austin Christmas Parade and Open House

Austin residents will enjoy a day of Christmas cheer with this year’s annual Christmas Parade featuring a community Open House following the parade.  The Austin Christmas Parade will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 7, 2019.    The Austin Christmas Parade will start at the corner of Broadway and U.S. 31, continuing south on U.S. 31 to the first Austin Elementary School entrance just south of the stop light.    Santa Claus will come to town once again in this year’s parade.  He will be joined by other floats and parade attractions promising goodies for the children.  There are many spots along U.S. 31 for residents to watch the parade.  Adults and children alike will enjoy the sounds of the Christmas season during the parade with a marching performance by the AHS band.  In addition, there will be musical entertainment performing during the open house following the parade.  Also during the Open House, refreshments will be served and Santa Claus will be on hand for the children’s delight.  The parade is sure to offer the usual set of participants including a host of classic cars, the AHS band and a number of local church and civic groups.   The City of Austin Beautification Committee is proud to sponsor this year’s community Open House.  Residents are encouraged to line the sides on U.S. 31 on the parade route and enjoy the city’s holiday tradition.  In addition, all residents are invited to attend the Open House following the Christmas parade at the old Austin Middle School gym.   For more info, or to see how your organization can participate in this year’s parade, please call the Austin Mayor’s Office at 812-794-6646.    

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   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

NOVEMBER 12, 2019

LUNA                                                     MAYBELL


Our Cat Of The Week is Elvis

Elvis is back in the building. Poor Elvis was adopted, but returned. He is such a sweet kitty. He wanted to be in every photo. He loves to play! Elvis is neutered and up to date on his shots. Please consider Elvis as a new member to your family. Call 812-752-7500 for adoption information.

Our Dog Of The Week is SY

Sy is a beautiful Cocker Spaniel. Sy is approx. 7-8 years old. He is a recent rescue who was turned in by a family that did not have him very long, so not much is known about Sy. He was a sweetheart when we met. He wanted to give sweet kisses and was very gentle. Sy is looking for his forever home. If you think you Sy's new forever family please give the Humane Society of Scott County, Indiana a call at 812-752-7500.




Lane closure planned Nov. 13 on Sherman Minton Bridge for inspection

FLOYD COUNTY, Ind.— The right lane of I-64 WB will be closed on the upper deck of the Sherman Minton Bridge in Floyd County beginning at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, November 13, while crews complete additional beam inspections. Previous inspection work took place last week. All work is expected to be complete by end of day on Wednesday, weather permitting.
Motorists should slow down, use extra caution and drive distraction-free throughout the work zone.


NOVEMBER 13, 2019I

Thanksgiving Feast

Thursday, November 28th 11 am - 1 pmJennings Township Volunteer Fire Department
Join us for a FREE Thanksgiving meal. Everyone is welcome.
If you have questions or would like to volunteer
before or during the dinner, contact Greg Hammons
at (812) 820-9430 or gghkmh2007@yahoo.com
If you live in Austin and need a ride to the dinner,
call Billy Snowden at (812) 820-4554

2020 Governor's Art Awards

We're getting ready for the 2020 Governor's Arts Awards (happening in conjunction with the Indiana Arts Homecoming on October 15-16, 2020), and that means two things:  Nominations are open. Celebrate outstanding individuals, communities, and organizations making significant contributions to the arts or cultural life of Indiana by nominating them for a Governor's Arts Award. Nominations are due December 1, 2019. Learn more about nominations.
We're looking for an artist to create the 2020 award. The 2020 Governor's Arts Award should feature an interactive or technology-assisted element (e.g., illumination, kinetic). Seven awards will be created, five will be presented to awardees, one will remain with the Indiana Arts Commission, and one will remain with the Office of the Governor. The budget for the seven awards is $7,000 and is inclusive of all expenses including design, fabrication, travel, taxes, and artist fees. Awards should be of durable material and be of an appropriate size and weight to be awarded on stage as part of a public event. The deadline to submit a proposal is December 1, 2019. Learn more about the call for submissions. 


YES 652
NO  524










JAN HARDY (D) 1288








District wide brush cutting operations begin in November along state routes[Brush Removal]

SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA— INDOT maintenance crews will begin right-of-way mechanical brush cutting across the Southeast District next month to remove trees, shrubs and other vegetation along a number of state highways.
Mechanical brush removal utilizes specialized equipment such as a tractors with boom mowers and excavators with mulching heads. Operations are typically performed on shoulders with minimal traffic impacts. However, motorists should still use caution and watch for active crews throughout the district. 
Specific routes where brush cutting is planned include U.S. 50, S.R. 46, U.S. 31, U.S. 421, S.R. 7, S.R. 3, S.R. 135, S.R. 446 and S.R. 250.
Brush cutting is completed to remove vegetation that is blocking line-of-sight or traffic signs, reduce asphalt deterioration due to trapped moisture and provide shoulder space for motorists. This type of work is done primarily in fall and winter months to prevent disturbance of nesting birds and bats. Mechanical cutting is followed by herbicide treatment in the spring to prevent regrowth and eliminate future needs of brush treatment.
Brush removal operations were focused on interstate routes last fall and were followed by herbicide application this past spring.
Additional treatments for roadside management may include manual brush cutting for larger limbs or trees, in addition to mowing and litter pick-up.
For more information on INDOT's roadside management program, visit www.greenercrossroads.com.


NOVEMBER 14, 2019

Indiana State Police Concludes Animal Abuse Investigation

The Indiana State Police recently conducted an investigation into a Jackson County Pig Farm after receiving a complaint of animal abuse from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The investigation by Indiana State Police-Versailles Detectives began after PETA contacted the Indiana State Police on October 9, 2019 and reported that they received a video of animal cruelty from an anonymous source that allegedly was captured at East Fork Farms in Brownstown, Indiana.   Detectives along with a veterinarian familiar with pig farm operations conducted an inspection of the farm on Thursday, October 10, 2019.  During the inspection of the facility, neither the investigators nor the veterinarian found any evidence of animal abuse or neglect at the farm.  A second veterinarian with the Indiana Board of Animal Health (BOAH) visited the farm on a separate date.  The second veterinarian also did not find any evidence of animal abuse.  The veterinarians did provide East Fork Farms with some recommendations on how to improve the facility and better care for the pigs.  Through the course of the investigation, detectives determined that an unknown person or persons illegally entered East Fork Farms near Brownstown, Indiana on multiple occasions in September and October 2019 where they captured video inside the facility at night when no workers were present.  Detectives determined that cameras were then hidden inside the facility to capture daytime operations. The investigation established that some of the clips were staged for the purpose of capturing the video and other video clips may have been filmed at a different facility. Detectives have not been able to identify the person who filmed the videos and the identity of the person has not been made available to detectives by PETA. At the conclusion of the investigation, the case was presented to the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office for review.  After a review of the investigation, Jackson County Prosecutor Jeff Chalfant made the determination that no charges would be filed in this case.

S.R. 7 to close Tuesday for railroad crossing repairs in Madison

MADISON, Ind.— S.R. 7 is scheduled to close Tuesday morning (Nov. 12) at Allen Street (west of Cragmont Street) in Madison for railroad crossing repairs. The road is expected to reopen on Monday, November 18, weather permitting. The Madison Railroad is completing the repairs. The official state detour for the closure will follow S.R. 56 to S.R. 62.

Indiana Department of Transportation: Southeast

INDOT crews are scheduled complete striping and signal work on S.R. 56 EB in Scottsburg next week at/near the I-65 interchange. This work is being completed to get thru traffic into one lane before the traffic signal at the I-65 NB ramp. The previous left thru lane will become a dedicated left turn lane at the ramp. Additional signage and signal upgrades will also be installed. The single thru lane, center turn lane and right turn lane between I-65 and U.S. 31 will remain in place. The recent traffic configuration changes and intersection improvement project at U.S. 31 and S.R. 56 will help alleviate traffic back-ups and risk of rear-end collisions throughout the corridor.

City of Madison Police Department New Live Tip Line

MPD has a new live tip line! You can now call, text, or send pictures of criminal activity directly to the patrol supervisor currently on duty. We ask that the number be utilized to report suspected criminal activity only, or to give tips on current criminal cases or wanted persons. The safest and best way to call for an emergency is still 911 !

NOVEMBER 8, 2019

ISP, Federal and Local Government Agencies Collect 
More Than Eight Tons of Unwanted Medications

(Indianapolis, IN) – On Saturday, October 26, 2019, Hoosiers participated in the 18th nationwide “Prescription Drug Take Back Day" by visiting Indiana State Police Posts, locations sponsored by the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (IPLA) and the Indiana Board of Pharmacy, and other sites across the state. “Kudos to everyone who helped protect their loved ones from substance misuse by safely disposing a total of over eight tons of medication,” said Indiana Executive Director for Drug Prevention, Treatment and Enforcement Jim McClelland. “We hope more people will take advantage of convenient prescription drop-off locations available year round across Indiana.” In partnership with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the drug take back initiative seeks to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft through proper disposal of prescription drugs. 88 sites across Indiana partnered with the DEA to collect unused medication. During the one day event, the DEA reports that Hoosiers safely disposed of 16,483 pounds of unused medication. Collectively the Indiana State Police received 1,488 pounds of unused, expired or unwanted medications for proper disposal. Our partners from the IPLA and the Indiana Board of Pharmacy received 1,125 pounds of prescription medication.  For more information about the bi-annual "Prescription Drug Take Back Day" or to find year round disposal locations visit https://takebackday.dea.gov/

.Sign up for the Annual 'Bolt for the Heart' 5k 

Looking for a fun way to get some exercise and help put an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) into police cars across Indiana? The “Bolt For The Heart” 5K fundraising event is held in Carmel on the Center Green at 9 a.m. every year on Thanksgiving Day.  If you can’t make the Thanksgiving Day run in Carmel, you can sign up to do the “5K Virtual Run” which you can do anytime and anyplace between now and Thanksgiving. You receive a medal and runner’s bib for signing up for the run, with options to buy shirts and hats. If you don’t want to run but would still like to help out, you can by making a donation of any amount. To register and do a “Virtual Run” or to make a donation in any amount go to this link To Donate or Run Click This Link and Then Click the “Donate” or “Virtual Run” Tab  All funds raised from the run or donations will go towards the purchase of additional AED’s for law enforcement.

More about Bolt For The Heart

Bolt For The Heart is a non-profit organization serving Indiana. Heart Reach Carmel was established in 2010 by Pierre Twer and friends and is an extension of Heart Reach Michiana which was founded by Dr. Walt Halloran and friends in 2004.  Heart Reach was established to keep monies raised locally to stay locally and impact the community close to home.

More about AED’s

An AED is a portable Automated External Defibrillator used to restart someone’s heart in the event of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Each year sudden cardiac arrest kills 335,000 people of all ages and fitness levels without warning.  Ninety five percent of those who suffer from SCA die because CPR and defibrillation usually occur too late, if at all.

If the first person on the scene knew CPR and applied an Automated External Defibrillator within 5 minutes, the AHA estimates that at least 40,000 more lives per year could be saved.  Calling 911 and performing CPR are not enough.  Most victims need an electric shock called defibrillation to restore the heart to a regular rhythm.  By placing these devices in the hands of first responders and trained individuals in public locations we are increasing their chance of survival.

Program Goals:

100 percent of all proceeds go directly into purchasing AED's for police vehicles in Indiana. In recent years Bolt for the Heart has equipped nearly every Indiana State Police vehicle with an AED, but the mission is not complete. The goal is to provide AED's for other police agencies in every corner of the state and continue this life saving mission for many years to come. 

Scott County School District 2 and Scott Memorial Hospital
Joint Venture Results in Highly Successful Biometric Event

SCOTTSBURG, IN – Scott County School District 2 (Scott 2) and Scott Memorial Hospital have undertaken a joint venture to provide a Wellness Clinic for Scott 2 employees who are members of the school district’s health insurance plan. The preliminary event for those wishing to participate in the clinic was held this week at the Scott 2 Middle and High Schools, with 165 employees receiving blood draws, obtaining height, weight and blood pressure readings, with services provided by Scott Memorial Hospital clinical staff. This was a very successful event for Scott 2, as over 80% of their employees participated over approximately two hours, an outstanding turnout and a testimony to the organization and team effort of all involved. The new Scott 2 clinic on the campus of Scott Memorial Hospital will open on December 2, 2019; an open house will be held on December 3, 2019 to allow Scott 2 employees, their families and the public to view the facilities and meet the clinic staff. The clinic will be designed to supply current disease management and wellness programs, in addition to acute care services. Certified wellness coaches will help guide individual clients through lifestyle changes related to weight management and overall physical and emotional wellness. The goal of the clinic is to direct contract services through Scott Memorial Hospital at a lower cost than purchasing those services through insurance. The efforts of Scott Memorial Hospital and the Scott County School District 2 are being combined to bring about both short-and-long-term gains in employee wellness and cost reduction. Scott County School District 2, like many school districts throughout Indiana, seeks to controls costs as much as possible, and medical insurance costs remain a significant concern. Given that those costs will rise if no action is taken, this venture is an important step toward keeping the school district’s budget on point, while utilizing the excellent facilities and staff of local healthcare providers. The guiding force for this exciting venture includes Martin Padgett, CEO and Katie Green, Director of Physician Services from Scott Memorial Hospital, as well as Marc Slaton, Ed.D., Superintendent, and Karen Anderson, District Health Coordinator, Scott County School District 2. Those wishing to learn more about the Scott County School District 2 clinic may contact Stacey Smith, Clinic Management Consultant at 812.423.9500

Tips to Keep Pets Safe and Warm this Winter:

Pet-proof the house. Most pets spend more time indoors during the winter.
Secure space heaters and use them with caution around pets. Do not leave pets unattended near heaters.
Prepare for winter storms by keeping enough pet food and water on hand to get through at least 5 days.
Identify pets with a microchip or identification tag. Pets may become lost in the winter because snow and ice can hide recognizable scents that would help them find their way home. Be sure your pet’s microchip or identification tag has your current contact information.
Never leave pets in an unattended car. In cold weather a car quickly becomes like a refrigerator rapidly chilling pets.
Pets are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia and should not be left outside for long periods of time in below-freezing temperatures. Some cities have ordinances about temperatures.
Check paws after walks for cold weather damage, such as cracked paw pads or bleeding, and an accumulation of snow and ice. 
During walks your dog’s paws, legs, and belly may pick up deicers, antifreeze and other chemicals. Be sure to wipe down or wash your pet to remove these chemicals and reduce the risk of your pet being poisoned.
Avoid ice when walking your dog. Frozen lakes and ponds may not be able to support a dog’s weight.
Outdoor and feral cats may seek shelter under a vehicle in cold weather. Check underneath your car and make some noise before starting your vehicle.

Winter can be a beautiful time in Indiana. Preparing for cold weather and winter storms will help pets better handle the change in weather.


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