APRIL 22, 2019

New 'Face' of the Delphi Murder Suspect

Delphi, Indiana - Early this afternoon Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter spoke with members of the Delphi community and interested media to share the change in direction of the Delphi double murder investigation of Abigail (Abby) Williams and Liberty (Libby) German.  This investigation has been ongoing since the discovery of the girls bodies, the early afternoon of February 14, 2017, in a wooded area near the Delphi Historic Trail, about a half mile upstream from the high bridge.
Today, a new sketch of the suspect, appearing to be in his mid-twenties to mid-thirties and believed responsible for the murders of the girls, was shared with the Delphi community and media. As the investigation has progressed, information has been continuously reviewed and examined and this sketch more accurately depicts the face of the suspect from the video recorded on Liberty German's cell phone while she and Abigail were on the High Bridge. Also shared with the Delphi community was more of the audio, as well as previously unreleased video from Libby's phone.  The sketch, audio and video footage can be viewed at this Indiana State Police website link: https://www.in.gov/isp/delphi.htm As Superintendent Carter said today, "We have a witness. You made mistakes. We are coming for you and there's no place for a heartless coward like you to hide that gets his thrill from killing little girls." This investigation has been a priority of the Multi-Agency Task Force since the first day of the investigation and will continue to be a priority for all participating law enforcement agencies. Look at the sketch, listen to the audio, watch how this coward walks on the high bridge and send your tip to this email: Abbyandlibbytip@cacoshrf.com

Red Cross: Severe shortage of type O blood

The American Red Cross has a severe shortage of type O blood and urges type O donors – as well as eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types – to give now to ensure lifesaving patient care isn’t impacted this winter. Type O blood is the most in-demand blood type, helping patients facing life-threatening conditions and emergencies every day. Type O negative blood can be transfused to patients with any blood type and is what emergency room personnel reach for when there’s no time to determine a patient’s blood type. Type O positive blood is also especially needed because it is the most transfused blood type and can be given to Rh-positive patients of any blood type. Having a readily available blood supply is critical for patients like Luna Giles, who at the age of 1 1/2 has already underwent two heart surgeries and required over a dozen transfusions. “Each time, the nurse would bring in a bag of blood for her transfusion, I noticed a small label on each one that said ‘Donation Type: Volunteer,’” said Luna’s mom, Jessie Giles. “It made me think about each individual who donated blood for my daughter. I would never know who those individuals were, and they would never see the effect their donation had. But each of those individuals, strangers to us, absolutely saved my daughter's life. They may never know it, but to me, they are heroes.” Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of most blood types, and blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in. Recent snowstorms and severe weather in many parts of the country have forced hundreds of blood drive cancellations, causing more than 20,000 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. Individuals of all blood types – especially type O – are asked to make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Accidental Shooting Sends Two Individuals to Hospital

Greencastle, IN - Putnam County Department of Child Services, requested the assistance of Indiana State Police, Putnamville District, to conduct an investigation of an accidental shooting that sent two individuals to the hospital.   Preliminary information indicates that a juvenile was visiting with grandparents on April 19, 2019.  The juvenile had asked the grandfather about his handgun and wanted to know if they could go shoot.  The grandfather told the juvenile that he would have to wait and maybe they could do so later. The juvenile then proceeded to go into the grandfather’s bedroom where the handgun was kept, and located the handgun, taking it into his possession and chambering a round.   The grandfather entered the bedroom and attempted to take the handgun away from the juvenile.  During this attempt, the handgun went off.  The bullet traveled through the grandfather’s left hand and struck the juvenile in the right leg.  The Putnam County Dispatch Center was immediately contacted for medical assistance.  Making the decision to not wait for medical assistance, the grandfather transported the juvenile, and himself, to the Putnam County Hospital.  The juvenile was later transported by ambulance to Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis.  The Indiana State Police want to advise the public that firearm SAFETY is a must!  Please follow these few firearm safety rules for your safety and the safety of your family.

Treat ALL firearms as if they were loaded.
DO NOT point a firearm until ready to shoot.
Keep finger off the trigger and outside the guard until ready to shoot.
Whenever your firearms are not in use, keep firearms unloaded and store them in a gun locker or use a trigger locking device.
ALWAYS keep firearms and ammunition away from children.

By following these few firearm safety rules, you can help prevent accidental discharge, unintentional death, injury, or property damage caused by improper handling of a firearm. 

This investigation is being conducted by Indiana State Police Trooper David Cox Jr. and detectives of the Putnamville State Police District.


APRIL 23, 2019



Kizzy is a female pit mix. She does very well with other dogs. She has been with the Humane Society for quite sometime. She would love to find her forever home. Very happy dog who loves to be with people, but not recommended to be with cats. Please call the Humane Society of Scott County at 812-752-7500.





We have a Two for Tuesday. King and Nosey wanted to be photographed together. King and Nosey love each other’s company, so if you would like two playful kitties, here is a great choice. They can also be adopted separate. They are both males, up to date on shots and about 1 year old. Please consider King or Nosey or both as new members to your family. Please contact the Humane Society of Scott County at 812-752-7500 for more information.


The Humane Society of Scott County opened its doors Saturday. Their new location is 1176 North Gardner Street in Scottsburg. Hours of operation are T-W-T-F from 4:00 to 6:00 and Saturdays from 1-3. One dog and 3 cats were adopted on opening day! Stop by and visit their new facility.

If you would like to donate, they take kitty litter, cat food, cleaning supplies and cash donations to help with cost.

Scott County Indiana Visitors Commission
April 1 at 10:41 AM ·

Visit Indiana Week is just around the corner May 5-11 and we at the Scott County Visitors Commission what to help celebrate businesses, destinations and attractions right here here in Scott County! If you are interested in offering a discount or free admission on one or more of our states themed days during the week post it on here and I'll add it to the State of Indiana's website promoting Visit Indiana Week.

May 5 - "State Park Sunday"
May 6 - "Get Moving Monday" - highlighting outdoor health and fitness activities!
May 7 - "Tasty Tuesday" - promoting our local restaurants!
May 8 - "Wayback Wednesday" - plugging our county's many historical sites
May 9 - "Thirsty Thursday" - identifying breweries and wineries or some of our local watering holes...
May 10 - "Family Fun Friday" - promoting anything a family can do together!
May 11 - "Sweet Saturday" - tempting our taste-buds with anything to cure a sweet tooth!

Visit Indiana Week is an annual celebration of all the wonderful things to see and do in our Hosier State let's show off Scott County!

Weekend Arrests for the Scott County Sheriff’s Office

Scott County-On April 20, 2019 deputies with the Scott County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a disturbance on Blocher Road. Upon their arrival a male began running away from the residence. A short foot pursuit resulted in the arrest of Chris Tharp, 33, of Deputy for Domestic Battery, Fleeing Law Enforcement and an out of county warrant. On April 21, 2019 deputies with the Scott County Sheriff’s Office observed suspicious behavior coming from inside a vehicle parked at the Taco Bell. After checking the suspicious activity Derek Shelton, 30, of Austin was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine, Maintaining a Common Nuisance and Possession of Paraphernalia. Tisha Smith was also arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine, Visiting a Common Nuisance, Unlawful Possession of a Syringe and Possession of Paraphernalia.

Scottsburg Police Department

On April 20, 2019 at approximately 2:25 pm officers with the Scottsburg Police Dept. were assisted by the Austin Police Dept. in an undercover buy for Methamphetamine near the old Goodwill Store. The suspect William Miller met with undercover officers to sell 6 grams of Methamphetamine. During the course of the investigation Mr. Miller was found to be in possession of over 30 grams of Methamphetamine and synthetic Marijuana. Mr. Miller was taken to the Scott County Security Center and charged with Level 3 Dealing and Possession of synthetic Marijuana.
*A charge is merely an accusation and the defendant(s) is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Booking #: SCJAIL:2019-000446
Age: 43
Gender: M
Race: B
Booking Date: 04-20-2019 - 2:48 pm


“We are honored that Joyce’s family chose to memorialize her by establishing this fund,” said Scott County Community Foundation Executive Director Jaime Toppe. “Scott County patients who are battling breast cancer will benefit from this giving. Oftentimes there are expenses not covered by insurance that put an additional burden on families during an already-trying time. Along with Joyce’s legacy of love and joy, there also will be a lasting impact of helping others during these struggles.”

Through a matching grant opportunity from Lilly Endowment Inc., gifts to the Joyce Lowry Broady Memorial Endowment Fund will be matched 50 cents for every dollar donated for a limited time. You may send your tax-deductible contribution to the Community Foundation at PO Box 25; Scottsburg, IN 47170 or stop in the office at 60 N. Main St., Scottsburg. For more information, please call 812-752-2057, email info@scottcountyfoundation.org or visit www.scottcountyfoundation.org.

APRIL 24, 2019

Do Not Bring Your Poison To Scott County

Scott County-On April 16, 2019 Deputies Joe Baker and Phil Thomas were conducting a drug investigation that led to the parking lot of a local business in Scottsburg. As Deputy Baker and Thomas closed in on the alleged drug deal taking place one of the suspects fled on foot and was apprehended by Deputy Thomas. Two others involved were taken into custody by Deputy Baker. Deputies were assisted by the Scottsburg City Police Department and the Austin City Police Department. Deputy Baker seized over $500.00 in US Currency, over four grams of a crystal substance, a small amount of pills and an additional illegal controlled substance. Jason Wesson, 42, of Scottsburg was arrested for Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Resisting Law Enforcement, Unlawful Possession of a Syringe and Maintaining a Common Nuisance. (Person who fled). Adrian Price, 38, of Clarksville was arrested for Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of a Schedule I, II, III or IV Controlled Substance and Maintaining a Common Nuisance. Linda Needler, 43, of Clarksville was arrested for Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of a Schedule I, II, III, or IV Controlled Substance, and Maintaining a Common Nuisance.Juvenile Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle On April 16, 2019 at approximately 6:45 p.m., Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the 6000 block of Continental Drive in Heritage Heights trailer park in reference to an accident with injuries. The accident involved a dark blue Honda Accord and a male juvenile pedestrian that was struck. The male juvenile was approximately five-years-old and sustained serious injuries. He was transported by medical helicopter to Riley Children’s Hospital to be treated for his injuries. The driver of the vehicle was identified as a juvenile female who was approximately 16-years-old. The investigation to determine the cause of the accident is ongoing. The 6000 block of Continental Drive was closed for several hours while the initial investigation was being completed. This is an ongoing investigation. All persons are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Assisting deputies: Deputy Ryland Fluhr, Deputy Matt Bush, Deputy Frank Munoz, Deputy Dylan Prather, Captain Chris Roberts and Detective Dane Duke.

Assisting agencies: Indiana State Police, Columbus Police Department and Lifeline.Deputy Brent Worman responded to the 4500 block on North Long Road in reference to a report from the Bartholomew County Sexual Violent Offender Registry Coordinator (SVORC) Rudy Olivo that Joel Johnson was working at a local business.

Johnson was wanted out of Texas for a Felony – Aggravated assault with a child. Upon Worman’s arrival, he observed Johnson walking from the back of the building to the entryway. Worman placed Johnson in hand restraints while Olivo and Worman informed Johnson that he was wanted out of Texas. Johnson was transported to the Bartholomew County Jail and remanded for the charge of Felony Child Molest.  Due to the recent implementation of SRI, Rudy has more time to dedicate to Sex Offender checks and investigations, which led to the discovery of this Texas warrant,” said Captain Brandon Slate. This is a preliminary investigation. All persons are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

APRIL 18, 2019

Second Person Arrested is Linked to another Drug Overdose

Scott-On March 28, 2019 an investigation began after an overdose occurred in Scott County. A thorough investigation and assistance from the Scott County Prosecutor’s Office led to an arrest warrant for Harold “Matt” Kemp, 45, of Scottsburg. Kemp has been charged with the following, DEALING SCHEDULE I, II, III CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - AT LEAST ONE GRAM LT FIVE, POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE, and MAINTAINING A COMMON NUISANCE. Sheriff Goodin wants the community to know this is the second recent arrest involving overdoses in Scott County. These types of investigations will continue to ensure a drug free community.

Intermittent overnight closures scheduled for I-65 in Clark CountyCrews begin replacement of Biggs Road Bridge near Memphis

CLARK COUNTY, Ind.— The Indiana Department of Transportation and Indiana State Police will conduct overnight rolling closures of I-65 north and southbound near Memphis beginning on or after Monday, April 22, as needed, for a bridge replacement project on Biggs Road.
Traffic will be stopped in 20 minute intervals, as needed, throughout the 120-day project while work is completed over the interstate. The official state detour for the closures will be U.S. 31 to Memphis-Blue Lick Road.

Pinwheels for Prevention

Pinwheel Gardens are planted in our community in recognition of the great childhoods all children deserve because our children are our future.
Prevent Child Abuse, Scott County Council Inc. invites any local business or organization to display a Pinwheel Garden during April in recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month.
A small garden which is 25 pinwheels and an awareness sign is $30, a large garden is 45 pinwheels and two signs for $50, or a filler garden is 25 pinwheels for any organization who have kept the previous years sign(s) for $20. To order please contact Michelle Korty at michelle.korty@gmail.com or by calling 812-595-8732.

Representatives from Scott County returned home from Washington, D.C., area where they were joined by 2900 substance abuse prevention specialists and advocates from across the country for CADCA’s (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America's) 29thAnnual National Leadership Forum.

“We are reenergized with new strategies under our belt to tackle drug use in Scott County. It was exciting to spend several days with other similar organizations from across the country, learning and honing our prevention skills so our community can be a better place, one that doesn’t suffer from the harms of drug and alcohol abuse,” says Lori Croasdell, CEASe/DFC Coordinator. 
Our coalition representatives heard from and had a private meet and greet and photo op with Dr. Jerome M. Adams, the Surgeon General of the United States, and Anne Hazlett, Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development at the United States Department of Agriculture, and her assistant Betty-Ann Bryce. CEASe and EMPOWER also met with U.S. Legislators at the Forum’s Capitol Hill Day event, including Senator Mike Braun and Congressman Trey Hollingsworth. Scott County’s EMPOWER Youth Coalition members attending included Austin High School’s Olivia Miner, Bentley Mahaney, and Luke Watts, as well as Scottsburg High School’s Eliza Mount, Madelyn Shelton, and Emma Christoff. The youth informed our federal legislators on Scott County’s initiatives, as well as advocated on behalf of Scott County.  The Austin high school youth shared their favorite parts of this experience: “My favorite thing in DC was getting to meet our politicians from Indiana,” shared Bentley Mahaney. Luke Watts added, “My favorite part of the trip was getting the opportunity to advocate for Scott County and show that the youth are making a difference.” Olivia Miner continued, “The trip was a very rewarding experience. I learned that our congressmen, senators and their aids are all very concerned about what is occurring in Scott County. They have so many other obligations, but they were very eager to assist us. I particularly liked meeting with the US Surgeon General and hearing about his brother. I feel like he could really relate to us, and I appreciated how he mentioned Scott County repeatedly and took the time to meet one-on-one with us.”  The Scottsburg high school students shared, “My favorite thing about the trip was capital hill day. It was really interesting to speak one-on-one with the Senators and Representatives because it humanized them and reminded me that they are everyday people working to better our country,” shared Emma Christoff. Eliza Mount added, “The most inspiring aspect of the trip for me was the magnitude of energy and passion generated by the hundreds of people gathering with the same goal in mind: to transform our communities through the power of prevention. Throughout the week, the whole conference came together as one unifying force, and it felt amazing.”

APRIL 20, MAY 18 AND JUNE 1-2, 2019

Indiana residents do not need a fishing license or a trout/salmon stamp to fish the state's public waters on Free Fishing Days.
On all other days, only youth (age 17 and younger) and a few other special anglers are exempt from the license requirement.

APRIL 19, 2019

Scott County Pet Pantry Open April 28, 2019 at the Warrior Reservation.

The Scott County Pet Pantry will be set up on Sunday, April 28, at 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Warrior Reservation at Linza Graham Park, east of Scottsburg. The community is invited to stop by to obtain free pet food. The organization is also collecting donations to help them obtain their 501c3 status.

Scott County Public Library

Join us Saturday at the Scott Public Library for a movie and popcorn!


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