FEBRUARY 20, 2017



Indiana Conservation Officers Investigate Seymour Boat Accident (Jackson County)
Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a boat accident that occurred this afternoon on the White River at the Rockford Dam in Seymour.
At approximately 2:08 p.m. this afternoon, officers were dispatched to the area of the White River near the Rockford Dam in reference to a boat about to go over the dam that was occupied by two subjects.
Two Jackson County deputies were first to arrive on scene and quickly went into action.  Deputies Joey Francis and Dustin Steward were able to utilize a throw bag to reach the boat and pull it close enough to shore for the occupants to evacuate.  The boat then washed over the dam.
Indiana Conservation Officer Robert Klakamp’s initial investigation has revealed that the two occupants were fishing just above the dam when for an unknown reason, they lost power to their trolling motor.  The subjects then tried to start their main engine, but their efforts were to no avail.
It was also discovered that both subjects possessed the required life jackets, but were not wearing them at the time of the incident. The events that led up to this incident are still under investigation.
Both Subjects were transported to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour in good condition and treated for mild hypothermia. 
Agencies responding to the scene were Indiana Conservation Officers, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Brownstown Police Department, Indiana State Police, Seymour Fire Department and Jackson County EMS.
Indiana Conservation Officers would like to encourage everyone to wear their life jackets and always be mindful of the dangers when operating near or around any type of dam in Indiana waters.
 
Reality Store Volunteers Needed to Teach Students About Real Life 
Scott County students will get a taste of the “real world” soon. The Scott County Partnership is recruiting adult volunteer leaders in the community to represent businesses and organizations at booths that the students will be visiting during the “real world” exercise. During the events, students from Austin High School and Scottsburg Middle School are given an occupation and a budget. Each student is assigned a different scenario, such as whether or not they have a college education, their occupation, their marital status, or whether they have kids or pets. Then the students visit booths, which represent various expenses, such as housing, food, clothing, mortgages, utilities, banking, insurance, etc. Many local businesses and organizations provide their expertise by taking part in the event. According to the Scott County Economic Development Corporation, the Reality Store is meant to teach students about how the decisions they make now will affect the rest of their lives. Anita Campbell Walker says the event is often an eye-opener for students. Many of the students are expected to report what they’ve learned to their classes. The annual Reality Store event will take place at Austin High School on March 31, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and at Scottsburg Middle School on May 19, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
Those interested in volunteering their time for this worthy cause should contact Ace Woodson at 812.722.7708 or email ace.woodson@scottcountypartnership.org as soon as possible.  

Update Delphi Homicides: Man in Photo is Suspect (Carroll County)

At approximately 12:15 p.m. on February 14, 2017, the bodies of Abigail J. Williams, 13, and Liberty Rose Lynn German, 14, both from Delphi, IN, were found in a wooded area near the Delphi Historic Trail, east of Delphi, IN, in Carroll County. The teens had been reported missing the previous day by family members. Their bodies were discovered by volunteers who were helping in an organized search for the girls. Law enforcement is investigating the case as a double homicide.
Since Wednesday February 15th, law enforcement officers have distributed a photo of a person observed on the Delphi Historic Trail. The photo appears to depict a white male wearing blue jeans, a blue coat/jacket, and a hoodie. During the course of the investigation, preliminary evidence has led investigators to believe the person, in the distributed photo, is suspected of having participated in the murders of Abigail Williams and Liberty German. Citizens can provide information about this case by calling the Delphi Murder Tip Line at 844-459-5786. Information can be reported anonymously. 
Note: 
On Thursday night, February 16th, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant on a home at 11036 West Bicycle Bridge Road, Delphi, IN.  The warrant was part of the ongoing Delphi investigation. At this time, no person at this home is considered a suspect in the Delphi murder investigation.   



FEBRUARY 21, 2017


Scott County students will get a taste of the “real world” soon

The Scott County Partnership is recruiting adult volunteer leaders in the community to represent businesses and organizations at booths that the students will be visiting during the “real world” exercise. During the events, students from Austin High School and Scottsburg Middle School are given an occupation and a budget. Each student is assigned a different scenario, such as whether or not they have a college education, their occupation, their marital status, or whether they have kids or pets. Then the students visit booths, which represent various expenses, such as housing, food, clothing, mortgages, utilities, banking, insurance, etc. Many local businesses and organizations provide their expertise by taking part in the event. According to the Scott County Economic Development Corporation, the Reality Store is meant to teach students about how the decisions they make now will affect the rest of their lives. Anita Campbell Walker says the event is often an eye-opener for students. Many of the students are expected to report what they’ve learned to their classes. The annual Reality Store event will take place at Austin High School on March 31, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and at Scottsburg Middle School on May 19, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Those interested in volunteering their time for this worthy cause should contact Ace Woodson at 812.722.7708 or email ace.woodson@scottcountypartnership.org as soon as possible.
 
Schneck Medical Center Limits Visitors Due to Flu 
Schneck Medical Center has implemented visitor restrictions, effective immediately, to help protect patients, staff, and the community from the spread of influenza. No more than three visitors may be admitted to a patient’s room at one time. Visitors include immediate family and significant others as identified by the patient. Visitors must also be 18 years old and older.
 
Anyone with the following symptoms is asked to refrain from visiting patients:
·        Fever and/or chills
·        Sore throat
·        Muscle aches
·        Runny or stuffy nose
·        Cough
·        Fatigue
·        Headache
·        Vomiting and/or diarrhea
 
All visitors must wash their hands (soap and water) or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer before and after visiting a patient. Hand sanitizer can be found throughout the hospital as well as outside each patient’s room. “We’ve seen an increase in the number of people with flu-like symptoms in the last few weeks,” said Stacy East, Infection Preventionist at Schneck. East urged the public to get the flu vaccine as soon as possible in order to protect themselves for the rest of the season. 
For more information on how to protect you and your family, visit www.cdc.gov/flu.
 
State Representative Goodin Sees Success in Passing Proposals Helping Police, Veterans
State Representative Terry Goodin (D-Austin) has had a very successful month at the Statehouse, with the Legislature passing proposals that will help our law enforcement and veterans. House Bill 1250, which provides officers who serve 20 years with a lifetime license to carry a handgun, passed through the Indiana House today with a vote of 90 to 7. With this legislation, officers who retire from a police department will be issued an identification card that states the police officer's name, rank, retired status, and the officer's authority to retain his or her service weapon. In addition, law enforcement is exempt from paying the fee for the license.
“This legislation is very simple,” said Goodin. “It allows our dedicated law enforcement officers to be able to receive a lifetime license to carry a handgun after their many years of service to their community.” Approximately 2,500 state and local law enforcement officers and 500 federal officers could qualify for a free license earlier under this bill. House Bill 1250 will now move to the Senate for further consideration. Goodin also successfully offered an amendment to State Representative Sean Eberhart’s (R-Shelbyville) House Bill 1415, which addresses various natural resource matters. His amendment allows veterans to pay a reduced fee of $2.75 for yearlong hunting and fishing licenses. It also reduces the fee for a 10-year hunting and fishing licenses to $27.50. “I believe this is a very small price to pay for the state of Indianato benefit the men  and women who sacrificed so much in serving their country,” Goodin said. This bill passed through the House 52-43 on February 9.


“Talk” to DNR paleontology expert on Facebook, Feb. 22
Facebook followers of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources can “talk” online with interpretive naturalist Alan Goldstein about fossils on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 2-3 p.m. EDT, on the DNR’s Facebook wall. Goldstein will discuss fossils in Indiana, how to identify them and what fossils tell us about ancient Indiana. Participants are invited to join the conversation and bring any questions that they would like answered. Future topics, instructions on how to join a conversation on Facebook, and commenting guidelines are posted atdnr.IN.gov/7315.htm. To join a chat, go to the DNR’s Facebook wall, facebook.com/INdnr, and click “like” (if you are not already a “friend”). You may begin typing questions during the time slot. The DNR experts will answer questions as time allows.
Citizen Shoots Man in Altercation With Officer
Rising Sun-Today, at approximately 12:30 pm, an Indiana Conservation Officer responded to an Ohio County dispatch of a suspicious person in the 8300 Block of State Road 56, west of Rising Sun, Indiana.  Upon arriving on scene, the Conservation Officer made contact with Justin K. Holland, age 32, Moores Hill, Indiana who was near a vehicle along State Road 56. At some point during their interaction, Holland began to resist the officer and became involved in a physical altercation with the officer.  A female who was at a nearby residence responded to assist the officer who was being overtaken by Holland.  At that time, the female fired one shot from a personally owned firearm at Holland, striking him in the torso. Holland was immediately given first aid by witnesses and EMS was notified.  Holland was transported to the Dearborn County Hospital where he soon passed away.  An autopsy has been scheduled to take place tomorrow morning at the Dearborn County Hospital to determine cause of death. The Conservation Officer was injured in the altercation and transported to the Dearborn County Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The identity of the Conservation Officer and the identity of the female shooter will not be released at this time pending the outcome of the investigation.The Indiana State Police is currently conducting the investigation which is ongoing at this time.



February 22, 2017



Scott County Sheriff’s Posse Hosting: EQUINE CHIROPRACTIC SEMINAR 
Kelli Cobler, DVM VSMT
March 18, 2017
1:00 pm
Free seminar to the public at
Little York Stock Yard
10050 East Bush Road, Scottsburg, IN 47170 
*Dr. Cobler will be available to provide adjustments following the Seminar, as time allows for $90/horse, or schedule a follow-up appointment 
(Health paper needed for out of state animals) 
Dr. Cobler is a 1999 Purdue Veterinary graduate.  She graduated from Healing Oasis Wellness Institute in 2013 with a Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy degree; and certified by the College of Animal Chiropractors.  Her husband and 2 children live on a farm in Napoleon, IN and her daughter shows on the Paint/Pinto circuit.  
Over her career, she has adjusted horses, dogs, cows, goats and pigs. With her regular clients being eventers, minis, pleasure horses and barrel racers. 
The demonstration will focus on explaining on how chiropractic adjustments work. Dr. Cobler will discuss how different lameness presentations can be caused by back problems. She will demonstrate simple exercises that will help prevent back problems.  Her favorite part of the presentation is taking questions and discussing individual problems people may be experiencing with their horses.

DNR offers spring camping discount through promo code
An offer from Indiana State Parks makes weeknight camping more affordable this spring.Those who book a new campsite, family cabin or rent-a-camp cabin reservation for one or more consecutive weeknights (Sundays through Wednesdays) between April 16 and May 24 will receive 25 percent off of their reserved weeknights at the time of booking The discount applies to all State Parks campgrounds and DNR Division of Forestry campgrounds at Deam Lake, Greene-Sullivan State Forest and Starve-Hollow State Recreation Area. Discounted reservations can be booked now at camp.IN.gov or by calling (866) 622-6746.  Use the promo code “SPRING17.” The offer does not apply to reservations made before Feb. 17, nor to reservations made in combination with any other discount or offer, nor to walk-in registrations. The discount will apply only to Sundays through Wednesdays of your stay, and will not apply to Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The discount does not apply to cabins that are operated by Indiana State Park Inns at Brown County, Turkey Run and Pokagon state parks. To view all DNR news releases, please see dnr.IN.gov.

Crash Claims Life of Seymour Man
Yesterday, at approximately 11:00 pm, the Indiana State Police responded to a single vehicle crash on US 31 near Commiskey Pike which resulted in the death of a Seymour man.  The initial investigation by Trooper Korry Clark indicated that a 2004 Mazda 6 being driven by Robert Robbins, age 27, Seymour, Indiana was traveling northbound on US 31 near Commiskey Pike, approaching a sharp curve near the I-65 overpass.  Robbins was unable to navigate the curve in the roadway. The vehicle left the roadway and struck a guardrail, ejecting Robbins from the vehicle.  Robbins sustained fatal injuries in the crash.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene by Jackson County Coroner Michael Bobb. The speed of the vehicle and alcoholic beverages are both believed to be contributing factors in the crash.  Robbins was also not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash. The investigation is ongoing. Trp. Clark was assisted by other troopers with the Indiana State Police, deputies with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, JacksonCounty EMS, Vernon Township Fire Department, the Jackson County Coroner’s Office, and Westside Towing.



February 23, 2017



Louisville Zoo Says Goodbye to Komodo Dragon 
With sadness, the Louisville Zoo said goodbye to its 23-year-old male Komodo dragon yesterday.  “Big Man” as he was affectionately called had been at the Louisville Zoo most of his life since arriving from the Cincinnati Zoo in March 1994. He came to the Zoo unsexed and named “Mariah” in honor of the Cincinnati Zoo herpetologist’s daughter. Shortly afterward, keepers determined the lizard was male and began referring to him as “Big Man.”  In April 2016, keepers noticed the nearly 8 foot lizard had difficulty moving around in his enclosure. The Zoo’s veterinary staff evaluated the lizard and consulted with a local veterinary neurologist and veterinary surgeon.  The lizard had tetraparesis, or profound weakness affecting all four limbs.  A compressive spinal cord lesion high in the neck was suspected, as this problem had been described in other Komodo dragons in North America and Europe.  Palliative care was prescribed via steroid therapy.  Initially, this treatment was highly effective and dramatically improved the lizard’s mobility and quality of life. However, the lizard’s condition recently became unresponsive to steroid therapy and a surgical treatment was not considered a feasible option.  Given his inability to move and thermoregulate, Zoo staff made the difficult animal welfare decision to humanely euthanize “Big Man."  Pathologic evaluation is ongoing but advanced imaging of the head and neck (MRI and CT) have confirmed the suspected cervical spinal cord compression. The post mortem findings will further expand what is known of Komodo dragon anatomy and assist with future medical care.  “Big Man” was the second oldest Komodo dragon in North America; the oldest is at the Honolulu Zoo.
 
CORRECTION: A previous news release incorrectly stated the spring camping discount also applied to family cabins and rent-a-camp cabins. A corrected release is below...
DNR offers spring camping discount through promo code
An offer from Indiana State Parks makes weeknight camping more affordable this spring.
Those who book a new campsite reservation for one or more consecutive weeknights (Sundays through Wednesdays) between April 16 and May 24 will receive 25 percent off of their reserved weeknights at the time of booking. The discount is available only for campsites. The discount applies to all State Parks campgrounds and DNR Division of Forestry campgrounds at Deam Lake, Greene-Sullivan State Forest and Starve-Hollow State Recreation Area. Discounted reservations can be booked starting Feb. 17 at camp.IN.gov or by calling (866) 622-6746. The discount may also be applied to walk-in registrations beginning April 16. Use the promo code “SPRING17.” The offer does not apply to reservations made before Feb. 17, nor to reservations made in combination with any other discount or offer. The discount will apply only to Sundays through Wednesdays of your stay, and will not apply to Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Liberty Township Trustee in Henry County Arrested for Theft

This morning Indiana State Police Detective Ron Halbert arrested the Henry County Liberty Township Trustee, at her home, on a multiple count felony and misdemeanor warrant for theft and Official Misconduct. The warrant was the result of a several month long investigation by Halbert and the Indiana State Board of Accounts. The State Police investigation was initiated in early November, 2016, after a State Board of Accounts audit found that Trustee Phyllis Shafer, age 61, had allegedly overpaid herself approximately $9,000 between the years of 2013 and 2015.  After the audit and investigation was completed it was turned over to Henry County Prosecutor Joe Bergacs for his review. As a result of the Henry County Prosecutor’s Office review, a 9 count warrant was issued for Shafer for 2 Counts of Theft, Class “D” Felony; 3 Counts of Theft, Level 6 Felony; One Count of Official Misconduct, Class “D” Felony; 2 Counts of Official Misconduct Level 6 Felony and One Count of Theft, Class “A” Misdemeanor.   Shafer was lodged in the Henry County Jail. 

School Bus Driver Misses Intersection Stop in Fog and Travels off Roadway (Sullivan County)

This morning at 7:17, Indiana State Police and the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office responded to the intersection of State Road 48 and State Road 63 for a school bus that traveled off the roadway into a field. Preliminary investigation revealed a 2003 Freightliner school bus, driven by 43-year-old Brian L. Monroe of Graysville, IN., was westbound on SR 48 approaching the SR 63 intersection. Due to heavy fog, Moyer failed to notice the stop sign in time, applied his brakes, and skidded off the roadway into a field. There was no damage to the bus. There were 27 students aboard the Rural Community Academy school bus at the time. Only one student, an 11-year-old male, reported any injuries. He was taken to Sullivan County Community Hospital by his family for complaint of head pain. There were no citations issued and excessive speed was not a factor. Representatives from the Rural Community Academy School were present at the scene as well as another bus from RCA to transport the students onto school. Various families of the students were present as well. The incident was investigated by ISP Master Trooper Polly Blackburn. Assisting were Sullivan County Sheriff’s deputies Carl Melchert and Ron Elliott. 

Hazmat Operations To Begin At Buckeye Street Site (North Vernon)

The Indiana Department of Transportation will soon begin removing contaminants at a waste site located near the U.S. Highway 50 bypass east terminus adjacent to Buckeye Street.  Hazmat personnel and equipment will mobilize Friday (FEBRUARY 24).  Clean up is scheduled to begin Monday (FEBRUARY 27).  Termed a “source reduction operation”, efforts will focus on two areas of concentration where discarded drums of lead paint, chromium, trichloroethylene, glass and debris pose an environmental concern.  Materials from these two areas of concentration will be removed from depths to 15 feet by contracted hazardous materials professionals.  Hazmat transports will then carry the waste to a specialty landfill in eastern Michigan.  INDOT officials anticipate trucking activities to continue for 16 days.  Air and water will be sampled continually during source reduction operations. The entire field of environmental concern measures less than an acre.  It will be capped with clay and rimmed with monitoring wells.   Hazmat operations are just south of the east end roundabout site. Dave O’Mara is the state’s contractor for Phase II of North Vernon’s U.S. 50 bypass project.  Eastern section construction—valued at $18.5 million—includes 3¼ miles of new roadway from State Road 3 to existing U.S. 50 just west of C.R. 75 East/Deer Creek Road—with bridges spanning the Muskatatuck River and CSX rail tracks. 
 


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