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 ​​WEEK OF November 14 - 18

​To Report News or News Questions call 812-595-1089​

Sharon Parker


 


MONDAY ​​

Indiana Department of Transportation: Southeast 

 
The concrete deck was poured on the U.S. 31 bridge at Pigeon Roost early last week in Scott County. The bridge is expected to reopen to traffic in mid-December. Initial timelines indicated the bridge reopening around Thanksgiving, but delays in pouring the deck have resulted in a later reopening date.



Circuit Court of Scott County, Indiana 

 
The Scott Circuit Court will be CLOSED Tuesday, November 15 until 2:00pm due to an APPEALS ON WHEELS Event we are hosting.
This “Live” Oral Argument on an actual pending case will take place in the Banquet Hall at Mid-America Science Park at 10:00AM.
Indiana Court of Appeals Judges Bailey, May, and Weissmann will hear the case.
The public is invited to attend!
More information in the attachments.



NOTE: Another Community-Oriented Policing Tool for the Citizens to Stay 100% Informed.

Scott County-On 10-21-2022, Scott County Sheriff Jerry Goodin introduced a new informational technology (IT) Scott County Sheriff’s Office Application (APP) for citizens to access “real-time information” from their cellular telephone. The APP was negotiated (at no additional cost) with a present IT provider currently providing IT capability to the Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Goodin stated the following… “I am grateful to the provider of this capability that brings current, at the moment information to the citizens of Scott County, all at no cost to them personally or their tax dollars”. Attached below is the application upload instruction to follow…we at the Scott County Sheriff’s Office hope you all find this newest capability useful for you and your family.
The Scott County Sheriff's Office Announces New
Smartphone App…
Please See Below!
The Scott County Sheriff’s Office app was developed by TheSheriffApp.com, a division
of OCV, LLC which specializes in mobile app development for sheriff’s offices and public safety
organizations across the country. The app offers quick access to items of public interest and is
easy to use. In just a few clicks, users can access features such as:
● Sheriff’s Welcome
● Sheriff Sales
● Submit A Tip
● Inmate Lookup
● Jail Info
● Sex Offenders
● News & Events
● Community Feedback
● More!
“Over 80 percent of people in the United States own and use smartphones as their primary
means of communication,” OCV Vice President Kevin Cummings said. “Mobile apps offer
agencies a better way to alert, inform and prepare the public. Apps allow public safety agencies
the ability to reach and serve their citizens where they are: their smartphones.”
The Scott County Sheriff’s Office app now is available for free download in the App Store and
Google Play by searching “Scott County Sheriff’s Office”.



CITY OF AUSTIN


LEAF PICKUPS will begin the week of November 7, 2022 and will run Monday thru Friday of each week until December 9, 2022.
*Please make certain leaves are alongside your ditch lines and NOT DIRECTLY IN your ditch lines.
NO BURNING OF LEAVES AT ANY TIME!!
There will be NO LIMB PICKUPS during this time but will resume on
Thursday, December 15, 2022.




Scott County Sheriffs Office Warns Citizens of Cyber Attacks where Criminals Access Information from Email Accounts
(Citizen Alert)


Scott County-With the holiday season just a few short months away, Scott County Sheriff’s Office Special Deputy Adam Bomar, a specially trained Cyber Security and Forensics Professional, is leading the effort on behalf of the Sheriffs Office in seeking out criminals using computer networks against our citizens. Recently, Deputy Bomar discovered where cyber criminals were accessing citizens’ banking and other credit accounts that were tied to their personal email accounts, resulting in lost funds and fraudulent credit charges. Deputy Bomar suggests the following to protect your personal accounts from these criminal elements;
• Go to the website haveibeenpwned.com…this website will assist you in determining if your email account or other websites you have attached to an email account have been breached. A listing of sources where your email may have been compromised will show…your next step would be to go to that possibly breached account and change your password, preferably to a more secure multi-factor authentication (MFA). Additionally, verify the listed activity on the account and if you discover fraudulent activity, report your account as compromised to the applicable banking or credit organization.
Sheriff Goodin advised the following…“cyber crime investigators require special capabilities and training to do what they do…we are very blessed to have Special Deputy Bomar on the Sheriff’s Office Team, protecting and serving our citizens in the fight against



CRADLE Crisis Pregnancy Center Chili Cook off


We are looking for home cooks, organizations, groups, and businesses who are masters of chili making. We have the following categories: beef chili, fowl chili, vegetarian chili, spicy chili, wild game/hunter’s brew, and youth made chili. The cook off will be determined by who has the most  of monetary votes in each category. Feel free to collect money for your jar leading up to the cook off from your family and friends who love your chili. Contact CRADLE (812-752-6898 call/text, DM on messenger, or email cradle10@gmail.com) to let us know you plan to participate.




TUESDAY 
 
Circuit Court of Scott County, Indiana 


Tall to a lawyer FOR FREE tomorrow!
Wednesday, Nov. 16 in the Jury Room on the 2nd floor of the courthouse.
Get questions answered about any civil matter, including wills, estates, guardianships, drivers licenses, parenting time & custody, evictions, small claims, property law, etc.



City of Madison IN - City Hall  · 


It's that time of year again! A Very Merry Madison Christmas Parade will be here before we know it.
Here at the City Hall, we are thrilled to start planning for this year's festive event and want to make it the most merry and magical one yet. In order to do that, we need YOU! So let's get as many businesses and community organizations to sign up to welcome Christmas to our Main Street once again.
Register your parade group online today at
https://www.madison-in.gov/egov/apps/action/center.egov?view=form;page=1;id=31 OR you can visit our Merry Madison webpage @ Madison-in.gov/Christmas
It takes a village to turn Madison into its hallmark-like holiday spirit for the holidays; we look forward to receiving your registration by November 22!




 SCOTT COUNTY SHERIFFS’ OFFICE CRIME TIP-LINE…ANOTHER TOOL AVAILABLE FOR THE VIGILANT “CITIZEN DEPUTY”


Scott-The Scott County Sheriffs’ Office Tip-Line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year…always poised at the ready to receive vital information known at times only to the citizen caller. The number to call is 812-752-7898…this is the Tip-Line number for the Scott County Sheriffs’ Office ONLY. If a call is placed to another tip-line managed by another police agency, the information will only be known to that agency, not all agencies within Scott County. If you have information concerning a crime or suspicious activity within Scott County, please feel free to make the call to the Scott County Sheriffs’ Office Tip-Line at 812-752-7898.
Remember, you can remain anonymous



​​TAIL WAGGING TUESDAY PETS OF THE WEEK 

 

 

 

 

 

  




Tail Wagging Tuesday Pet of the Week
Meet Winston. Winston is such a beautiful cat! His tail is just exquisite. Winston loves people and gets along great with other cats. He would love to have a home to call his own. Winston is just over a year old. If you would like me meet Winston or any of the cats available at the Humane Society of Scott County Adoption Center, stop by 1176 North Gardner Street or call 812-752-7500. sisaveapet.com












Tail Wagging Tuesday Pet of the Week
Meet "Charlie" a beagle mix. Charlie is 2-3 years old and neutered.
He is 25 pounds and very nice. He was part of a large group that was brought into the shelter, and he is one of the nicest. He puts his head in our laps for attention and closes his eyes when you pet and hold him. Charlie will need help in learning to walk on a leash but is already very good in his crate. He is a sweet, gentle soul. Contact ms.snow.again@gmail.com

​Humane Society of Scott County 812-752-7500



WEDNESDAY

Scottsburg Police Department


Beginning the 26th day of September 2022 the Scottsburg Police Department began receiving several complaints from individuals in regards to 7 Thomas Court, the home of Ancil and Sherry Powers. The complaints were of multiple vehicles coming, going & only staying for a short amount of time. Fights, complaints of suspicious persons and individuals fleeing law enforcement were associated with the residence. During the investigation evidence was collected which lead to a search warrant being issued. The warrant was served on 11-14-22 by Scottsburg & Austin PD officers which led to the arrest of the following individuals.
HOLMES, DIANA
Booking #: SCJAIL:2022-000923
Booking Date: 11-14-2022 - 2:03 pm
Charges: IC 35-48-4-13(A)MB ~ VISITING A COMMON NUISANCE
IC 35-48-4-6.1(A)FL6 ~ POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE
IC 35-48-4-8.3(A)MA ~ POSSESSION OF PARAPHERNALIA
POWERS, SHERRY
Booking #: SCJAIL:2022-000924
Booking Date: 11-14-2022 - 2:20 pm
Charges: IC 35-48-4-13(b)FL6 ~ MAINTAINING A COMMON NUISANCE
POWERS, ANCIL
Booking #: SCJAIL:2022-000926
Booking Date: 11-14-2022 - 2:35 pm
Charges: IC 35-48-4-13(b)FL6 ~ MAINTAINING A COMMON NUISANCE
ARBUCKLE, CHAD
Booking #: SCJAIL:2022-000927
Booking Date: 11-14-2022 - 3:03 pm
Charges: IC 35-48-4-13(A)MB ~ VISITING A COMMON NUISANCE
IC 35-48-4-6.1(A)FL6 ~ POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE
*ALL SUSPECTS INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY IN A COURT OF LAW




Tattered Flag Deposit Box


(Frequently Asked Question, what do I do with a Damaged or Worn-Out Flag?)
Scott County- One of the most frequently asked questions is what to do with a United States Flag, Prisoner of War Flag or Indiana State Flag, that is damaged or worn out. The Scott County Sheriff’s Office has mounted a “Tattered Flag Deposit Box” on the corner of First Street and Wardell Street, (Northwest Corner of the Jail property). The Tattered Flag Deposit Box is for citizens to bring their worn out or tattered United States, Prisoner of War, or Indiana State Flags to be deposited and retired properly. The flags will be given to the Veterans Affairs Office in Scott County who will then give them to the local veteran’s organizations to be disposed of/retired properly. The Tattered Flag Deposit Box is the idea of Scott County Deputy Josh Hammond. Sheriff Goodin stated “our patriotism can never be shown enough as the exterior of the Scott County Jail has been recently re-decorated by Indiana State and United States Flags.” “This flag deposit box is just another way to honor our great country our U. S. Flag and state flag by retiring them the proper way. The Scott County Sheriff’s Office has also created a designated parking spot for the counties’ Disabled Veterans Transport Van. This is to honor our Veterans also.  The Tattered Flag Box was decorated by Watson’s Signs and mounted by Scott County Inmates. The parking spot was painted by the Scott County Inmates. No tax monies were used.


​CASA of Scott County,


CASA is needing caring volunteers to advocate for the children of Scott County. As an advocate, you will inform the court as to what is in the child's best interest and make sure their needs are being met. You will be the voice for a child in court. Volunteers receive training, and can expect to perform background checks and fingerprinting. Volunteer hours are very flexible and can be worked around your work schedule. Please call today and give the children of Scott County a voice! Your voice and your time can make all the difference to a child in foster care. Call Debrah at 812-752-4748 for more information.




 

THURSDAY



OCTOBER IS DOMESTICE VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH AND WE CAN ALL DO OUR PART TO COMBAT THESE DISPICABLE ACTS


SCOTT COUNTY (October 19, 2022) – As October comes to a close, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the fact that this month is Domestic Violence Awareness month. While domestic violence and intimate partner abuse is something we should always be aware of, October is a chance to bring attention to something that affects every single part of Indiana and our nation.
As your prosecutor here in Scott County, I wanted to take a moment to talk about the nature of domestic violence and give the residents of our community some helpful tips on how we can all do our part to combat it.
In Indiana, more than 42 percent of women and 27 percent of men experience some form of intimate partner violence in their lifetime, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. This violence can take the form of physical, verbal, sexual, or psychological abuse including stalking, harassment or intimidation. Sadly, things have only gotten worse over the past few years, due in part to the covid pandemic.
Too often domestic violence goes unreported, and this happens for a wide variety of reasons. Many survivors feel trapped, have nowhere else to go or think no one will believe them. They may have reported violence in the past with no meaningful results. When there are children and/or pets for the survivor to think of, a survivor’s reasons for staying in an abusive relationship can be all the more complicated.
But there are ways to help. Make sure to safely check in on your friends, family, neighbors and acquaintances and understand the signs of potential abuse. Some are easier to identify than others, such as bruises, black eyes or unexplained injuries. Other signs of physically or emotionally abusive and controlling relationships can be more difficult to spot. These may include, but are not limited to, abrupt personality changes, loss of self-esteem, constantly checking in with their partner for approval, frequently changing plans and not visiting family or friends. If you think someone you know may be suffering from abuse, don’t be silent. Talk to the person you are worried about and share your concerns. Listen to them and let them know that you care and are available to help. Continue to check in on them and don’t be afraid to alert the authorities and direct them to available resources. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is open 24/7 and can be reached at 800-799-7233.
Recently, Indiana passed a bill that will help domestic violence survivors who might be testifying against their abuser. It adds a possible charge of Obstruction of Justice against anyone who tells a witness to lie or not show up to a court proceeding. Many survivors are bullied into not cooperating by their abuser or the abuser’s family members. This new law should help address that behavior and further protect survivors.
I want you to know that our office takes these kinds of cases very seriously and will do our best to ensure Scott County is not a place where domestic abusers can get away with their crimes. It’s up to all of us to do our part to try and eradicate this scourge from our community.

Spring Mill Inn at Spring Mill State Park will close for major renovation beginning Nov. 13. Reopening is expected in the first quarter of 2024.


The 73-room inn is structurally sound but needs significant work that requires extended closure of the entire facility, including the Millstone Dining Room, conference facilities, and overnight lodging. Funding for this project is provided through an infusion of dollars to address deferred maintenance needs in Indiana State Parks and other DNR properties by Governor Eric J. Holcomb and the Indiana General Assembly. The base budget for the project is $10 million.
The primary goal of the project is modernization of all mechanical systems while retaining the historic, natural look and feel of the public spaces and guest rooms. The work includes replacement of water lines, fire alarms, sprinklers, and HVAC. The project also includes installing new windows and doors, making accessibility upgrades, as well as making additional guest room furnishing and bathroom upgrades, and replacing the existing swimming pool with a splash pad.
“Complete closure of one of our most iconic Indiana State Park inns for more than a year is a difficult decision,” said DNR Director Dan Bortner. “However, the modernization of the inn’s ‘behind the scenes’ safety and comfort systems is best accomplished with this approach.” “When guests can return, they will appreciate the improvements from the moment they check-in at the new centrally located welcome desk to their renovated rooms.” All inn associates will remain employed during the renovation, working in other areas of the park or at other inn locations. The inn will maintain an office with telephone and electronic communications inside the park to answer questions, make day-to-day contacts, and conduct future sales meetings. Its location will be announced once established.
The Spring Mill Inn opened in 1939. Indiana State Parks’ other six inns will be open and available for overnight lodging, conferences, weddings and receptions, and other events. Information is at IndianaInns.com.






FRIDAY ​​​


Pursuit in Southern Scott County involving Scott County Sheriff’s Deputies, Scottsburg City Police, Austin City Police, Crothersville Police, Seymour City Police and Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputies results in Apprehension of Dangerous Criminal


Scott County-On 9-8-2022 at approximately 11:20am, Scott County Sheriff’s Deputy First Sergeant Johnney Coomer attempted to perform a traffic stop on Interstate 65 near the 25.5 mile marker in Southern Scott County. Reportedly, a female driver attempted to run another vehicle off of the roadway after becoming involved in a “road-rage incident”, allegedly ramming the other vehicle as they both traveled north on Interstate 65. After stopping both vehicles involved in the incident, the female driver, identified as Kalesha Benjamin, 28 of Mobile, Alabama drove away from the stop and a pursuit ensued thereafter. First Sergeant Coomer was joined by several Scottsburg City Police vehicles as he pursued the fleeing vehicle north on the interstate, where the vehicle struck a tire deflation device at the 48 mile marker in Jackson County, eventually coming to a stop near the 47 mile marker after it turned back south on the interstate. Kalesha Benjamin was arrested at the scene for the following offenses;
• Reckless Driving
• Resisting Law Enforcement
• Resisting Law Enforcement – Uses Vehicle or Draws or Uses a Deadly Weapon
• Criminal Recklessness with a Vehicle
• Disorderly Conduct
• Leaving the Scene of an Accident
• Operator Never Licensed
• Wanted on a Warrant (Jefferson County, Kentucky)
The investigative report has been referred to the Scott County Prosecutor’s Office for formal charging of the accused once the facts of the case are reviewed. Agencies assisting the Sheriff’s Office with this incident were the Scottsburg City Police Department, Austin City Police Department, Crothersville Police, Seymour Police, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Scott County Emergency Dispatch Center, and the Scott County Prosecutors Office. This investigation is ongoing at this time…more arrests may follow as a result of the impending investigation.


KIDS DAY AT THE SCOTT COUNTY FARMERS MARKET


Saturday will be Kids Day at the Scott County Farmers Market from 8am to noon.
We will have lots of goodies for the adults too. Pumpkins, mums, music, food, produce and a good time!
New Saturday will be Elderberry Gummies and Elderberry Lollipops.
Some of Saturdays activities:
Face Painting
Characters
Bounce house with slide
Gift bags from the Scott County Public Library for the first 100 kids
Free $2.00 Market Bucks for kids 2-12 first 100 kids
On The House Band will be performing
Raptors from Hardy Lake


Benchmark Family Services 


Do you have love to give? Have you ever considered becoming a licensed foster parent? Benchmark Family Services is looking for homes willing to provide a safe, loving, stable environment for children in foster care. Training is able to be completed virtually, if preferred, and is provided according to your availability. We would love to answer any questions that you may have. Reach out by PM, call 812-418-7313, or inquire through our website.
www.benchmarkfamilyservices.org



Hunters can donate deer to help feed hungry Hoosiers

Conservation Officers encourage Indiana hunters to donate harvested deer to help feed hungry Hoosiers. The Sportsmen’s Benevolence Fund administered by the DNR Division of Law Enforcement provides grants to Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry, the Dubois County Sportsmen Club, and Hunters and Farmers Feeding the Hungry to pay for processing fees when hunters donate legally harvested deer.  Participating in the program is simple: Enjoy a deer hunting experience.
Harvest a deer. rop off the field-dressed deer at a local participating processor.
Processing fees are paid for by the Sportsmen's Benevolence Fund.
The processor will create healthy venison burger to distribute to food banks.
The participating organizations notify food banks throughout Indiana when venison is ready to be collected from certified Sportsmen’s Benevolence Fund butchers. The food banks distribute venison to soup kitchens and food pantries. 
As a result of the 2020 deer hunting seasons, the Sportsmen’s Benevolence Fund provided funding to process more than 360 harvested deer that resulted in more than 20,650 pounds of venison being donated. 
For information on donating your harvested deer and participating processors, please visit sbf.IN.gov.



GHOST TOURS


With the haunting season nearly upon us, the Scott County Heritage Center and Museum is home to two or three spirits. In the early 1800’s the state of Indiana was required to provide residence for the poor and disabled. The building in which the Scott County Heritage Center and Museum is housed was built in 1892 for this specific purpose. The building would remain at capacity until 1973, when the last inmate was moved out. The building then became county offices and court while the courthouse was under renovations. The building sat empty until the Preservation Alliance took possession of the building to be used as the present-day Scott County Museum. Since the early 1970’s people working in the building have reported hearing footsteps, voices call out their names and even a few actual full-bodied apparitions. The Scott County Heritage Center and Museum does conduct Friday and Saturday night paranormal investigations.
2 Hour Ghost Tour:
$10 per person with a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 15. Reservations are required.
6 Hour Paranormal Investigations:
$20 per person with a maximum of 10 people.
50% deposit is required 2 weeks in advance to secure your tour type.
The Scott County Heritage Center and Museum will allow video recorders, voice recorders, EMF meters, still cameras, ghost box and other such devices. BUT absolutely NO Ouija boards are permitted on the grounds.
To schedule your tour or investigation experience call 812-752-1050 or email museumghosttours@gmail.com
100% of tours costs go to support the Museums operation costs.



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.




 








 

 

 

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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