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NOVEMBER 25, 2019


ISP Identifies Trooper Shot Yesterday Near Madison

The Indiana State Police is now releasing the identity of the trooper who was shot during a standoff with an armed suspect in rural Jefferson County yesterday. Master Trooper Joseph Livers, an 18 year veteran of the Indiana State Police, sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries to his lower left leg when Wade Roark, age 59, opened fire on M/Trp. Livers, who was on the scene as a member of the Indiana State Police SWAT Team.  Police were initially called to the home in the 8000 Block of East State Road 56 near Madison, Indiana after a 9-1-1 call was placed which indicated that Roark was firing a gun inside of the residence.
The investigation indicated that Roark was in the basement of the home when he shot through a hole in the basement wall.  One round fired through the hole struck M/Trp. Livers.  After being shot, emergency personnel provided immediate care to him.  He was then transported to King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison before being transported to University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he underwent surgery.  Roark soon surrendered to law enforcement officers on the scene.  He was arrested and transported to the Jefferson County Jail.  Roark is currently being held on charges of Attempted Murder, Aggravated Battery, Battery, and Criminal Recklessness. Roark is expected to make his initial appearance in the Jefferson County Circuit Court early this week.




Trooper Saves Woman from Submerged Vehicle


On November 22, 2019 at approximately 3:00 PM, Indiana State Police Sergeant Stephen Wheeles, was assisting another trooper on I-65 with the reconstruction of an accident that had happened two(2) days earlier. Wheeles then heard a call of an accident with possible injuries on SR 11, north of Seymour, and started toward the accident.  The dispatch stated that a vehicle was in water and that a woman was entrapped inside the vehicle.  When Sergeant Wheeles arrived at the accident, at SR 11 near County Road 800 East in Jackson County, he found a car partially submerged in water and sinking.  Sergeant Wheeles immediately went to the aid of the driver, Megan Fleetwood  (23), who was trapped in the vehicle. Sergeant Wheeles immediately went into the water to rescue Fleetwood. Once in the water, Wheeles, given a hammer from another person at the scene, used the hammer to bust out the back window of the car  pulling Fleetwood out of the vehicle to safety. During the rescue Sergeant Wheeles suffered injuries to his hand and arm.  Sergeant Wheeles and Fleetwood were transported to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour for treatment. Driver of the vehicle was Megan Elizabeth Ora Fleetwood from Jeffersonville, IN Indiana State Police were assisted at the scene by Seymour Police and Fire Departments and EMS.




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.



“TALK TO A LAWYER”
 

Circuit Court of Scott County, Indiana
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the November Talk to a Lawyer Day will be held on MONDAY, November 25th from 12:00 - 3:00 in the Jury Room. There will be no TTAL in December. The next TTAL day will be Wednesday, January 22 from 11-3. “Talk to a Lawyer” Day is sponsored by the Scott County Circuit and Superior Courts and Southern Indiana Pro Bono Referrals.

An attorney will once again be available to assist unrepresented persons in matters such as paternity, divorce, custody, parenting time, guardianships, consumer and credit defense, landlord/tenant issues, and wills and estates. This attorney will be able to offer limited legal advice, to assist in referring to, filling out, and filing the proper forms, and to help prepare parties to represent themselves at hearing. This attorney is not available for assistance in criminal matters, and the service is reserved for individuals who cannot afford a private attorney.

To talk to a lawyer, no appointment is necessary.

For more information, visit

www.probono14.org
bit.ly/ScottTTAL
 
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




NOVEMBER 19, 2019






LUNA                                                     MAYBELL



TAIL WAGGING TUESDAY PETS OF THE WEEK


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.

THEY ARE IN NEED OF FOSTERS. PLEASE CALL TO GET INFORMATION.

WWW.SISAVEAPET.COM

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





Scottsburg High School Athlet16 hrs ·

On Friday, December 20th, Scottsburg High School will be honoring the 1989 Scottsburg High School Marching Band on the occasion of the 30th Anniversary of their State Marching Title. The ceremony will take place at Meyer Gym between the Junior Varsity and the Varsity games against MSC opponent Corydon Central. We encourage all former members of the Band of Warriors that were a part of this historic event to attend along with their families. We will have a hospitality room for a meet and greet beforehand!

      




NOVEMBER 20, 2019


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



Light-Up Madison & Santa Schedule

Christmas preparations have officially begun in the City of Madison! In lieu of having a City Christmas Tree this year, the Broadway Fountain and area surrounding will be illuminated in a holiday wonderland filled with lights and smaller trees. This year’s design is graciously being provided through the creativity and innovation of the Jefferson County Historical Society. On Friday, November 29th, Mayor Bob Courtney & Santa Claus will officially recognize the start of the Christmas season in Madison by officially lighting up the Broadway Fountain and the lights on top of downtown buildings.  The event will start at 6:00PM by the Broadway Fountain. Santa and the Mayor will welcome community members, and they will “flip the switch” to turn on the Christmas lights in Madison. Community members of all ages are invited to help celebrate the beginning of the holiday season! Light Up Madison will also include caroling led by Trinity United Methodist Church and free photos next to Santa’s cottage on Main Street until 8pm.                 Prior to “Light Up Madison,” the Madison Public Library will host Santa and members of the public for Christmas caroling and readings at 5:00pm. Light refreshments will be available. Santa will then escort the group from the library to the Christmas tree and Broadway Fountain in time for the start of “Light Up Madison.”   Santa will be available to talk to kids after the event at Santa’s cottage, which will be located again this season in front of the Comfort Station on Main Street. Santa will also make additional trips to Madison in the coming weeks:

Friday, November 29th 5:00pm-9:00pm during Light Up Madison festivities, then at Santa’s Cottage.

Saturday, December 7th 2:00pm-4:00pm following “Very Merry Madison Christmas Parade”

Friday, December 13th, 4:00pm-8:00pm at “Wonderland in Bicentennial Park”

Saturday, December 14th, 4:00pm-8:00pm at “Wonderland in Bicentennial Park:

Friday, December 20th, 6:00pm-8:00pm at Santa’s Cottage on Main Street

Saturday, December 21st, 2:00pm-4:00pm at Santa’s Cottage on Main Street

Letters to Santa can be emailed to santamadison@gmail.com. Shrewsbury-Windle Christmas ornaments are on sale at City Hall, Visit Madison, German American Bank on the hilltop, and Historic Madison, Inc. A few Jefferson County Public Library ornaments remain, as well as a limited supply of Ohio Theatre ornaments and Fair Play Fire Co #1 ornaments. All proceeds support the Christmas festivities in Madison and Shrewsbury-Windle House.




2019 MUNICIPAL  ELECTION RESULTS


PUBLIC QUESTION - SCSD1
YES 652
NO  524

AUSTIN MAYOR
JONATHAN LEE WHITE (R)  316
ROGER HAWKINS (D)
  572


AUSTIN CLERK-TREASURER
ROBERT JAY DIEHL (R) 263
CHRIS FUGATE (D) 596


AUSTIN CITY COUCIL AT LARGE
ALLEN GABBARD (R) 261
MICHAEL E. PAYNE (R) 275
BRANDON L. STAGNOLIA (D) 523
DEWAYNE WHITE (D) 415


AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 1
RYAN GABBARD (R) 117
JIMMY TURNER (D) 134


AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 2

JOE SMITH (D)245


AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 3
ROBERT (TIM) O'DONNELL (R) 118
DYLAN BAKER (D)
165


SCOTTSBURG MAYOR
WILLIAM H. (BILL) GRAHAM (R) 786
TERRY AMICK (D) 924


SCOTTSBURG CLERK-TREASURER

JAN HARDY (D) 1288


SCOTTSBURG CITY COUNCIL AT LARGE
ERICK MAYS (R) 596
RIC MANNS (D)974


SCOTTSBURG CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 1
CHRIS ALBERTSON (R) 185
CHUCK SEBASTIAN (D) 148


SCOTTSBURG CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 2

BILL HOAGLAND (D) 202


SCOTTSBURG CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 3
CHRISTIAN EVANS (R) 270
KAREN GRICIUS (D) 218


SCOTTSBURG CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 4

CHUCK ROSE (D) 426


 



NOVEMBER 21, 2019



Deputies Never Stop; Arrests Continue for Scott County Sheriff’s Office

Scott-On November 18, 2019, Deputy John Smith initiated a traffic stop in Scottsburg.  The driver was identified as Eric Jessup, age 47, of Scottsburg.  Further investigation showed, Jessup was driving while suspended prior and having only an identification card.  Jessup was taken into custody and transferred to the Scott County Jail.  He was charged with DRIVING WHILE SUSPENDED (SUSP/PRIOR).    On November 18, 2019, Deputy James Ward initiated a traffic stop.  Driver was identified as Julie Howard, age 43, of Pekin.  Further investigation showed, Howard had an outstanding out of county warrant.  She was arrested and transported to the Scott County Jail.  She was booked in on the OUT OF COUNTY WARRANT.  On November 18, 2019, Deputy Kenton Makowsky observed suspicious behavior in the parking lot of a local motel.  Deputy Makowsky approached a vehicle with multiple occupants, one being identified as Jordan Blythe, age 25, of Austin.  Blythe admitted to Deputy Makowsky of having syringe(s) in a backpack belonging to him.  A search of the backpack revealed an uncapped syringe and multiple other needles.  He was transported to the Scott County Jail.  While in the jail facility a hidden needle was located on Blythe. Blythe was charged with UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF SYRINGE and TRAFFICKING WITH AN INMATE.   On November 19, 2019, Deputy John Hartman, Deputy John Smith and Deputies Todd Hooker and Cory Hulsizer served an active arrest warrant on Justin Smith, age 29, of Austin.  Smith was arrested without incident and transported to the Scott County Jail.  Smith’s warrant was for INTIMIDATION. On November 20, 2019, Deputy John Smith was patrolling the area of Highway 356 and Slate Ford Road when he observed a male subject, identified as Michael Duncan, age 23, of Murfreesboro, TN.,  walking along the road.  Due to weather conditions, Deputy Smith asked where he was going.  Duncan stated he had traveled from Tennessee and was heading to town.  Duncan advised he needed to gather his belongings in a house and Deputy Smith offered him a ride to Scottsburg.  When being directed to where Duncan was staying, he stated to Deputy Smith that he found the residence while walking and noticed a broken window to the home.   Duncan was arrested and transported to the Scott County Jail.  He was charged with CRIMINAL TRESPASS.




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 22, 2019



Two Men Arrested After Meth Located During Traffic Stop

Crothersville-Yesterday, November 20th, troopers with the Indiana State Police-Versailles Post arrested two men after a large quantity of suspected methamphetamine was located during a traffic stop on I-65 in Jackson County, Indiana. The incident began at approximately 10:30 am when Trooper Randel Miller conducted a traffic stop on a Chevrolet Impala on I-65 Northbound near the 39 mile marker, just north of Crothersville, Indiana.  During the traffic stop, Trp. Miller became suspicious that criminal activity was taking place.  Trp. Miller’s Indiana State Police K-9 Jinx conducted a sweep of the exterior of the vehicle.  Jinx alerted to the odor of illegal drugs coming from the vehicle.  During a search of the vehicle, troopers located a plastic bag containing over 500 grams (over 1 pound) of suspected crystal methamphetamine. The driver of the vehicle, Zachary D. Williams, age 37, Lafayette, Indiana provided Trooper Miller with a false name. The passenger in the vehicle, Mark A. Sneed, age 39, Louisville, Kentucky was also found to be in possession of suspected marijuana.  Both men were arrested and transported to the Jackson County Jail where they were incarcerated on numerous charges pending their initial appearances in the Jackson County Circuit Court.
Williams was arrested on charges of Dealing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, False Informing, and Identity Theft.  Sneed was charged with Dealing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Marijuana. Trooper Miller was assisted by Troopers Jason Hankins, Tia Hunt, Arturo Azcona, and Sgt. Stephen Wheeles.


.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.




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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