WEEK OF November 29 - December 3
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Scott County Partnership
The Scott County Community Clearinghouse would like to ask for the community's help in Ringing the Salvation Army Bell. Click here to sign up online: http://scpartnership.org/ringthebell
Scottsburg Man Killed in Early Morning Motorcycle Crash
Scott County-This morning at approximately 5:40 am, Scott County Deputies responded to a motorcycle crash on Lover’s Lane in rural Scott County near Goshen Road.
When deputies arrived, they found Todd Sipe, 52, from Scottsburg, IN laying in the roadway. Deputies attempted lifesaving actions, but Todd Sipe was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Scott County Coroner’s Office.
The preliminary investigation revealed Todd Sipe was west bound on Lover’s Lane when the wheel of the Harley Davidson Motorcycle he was driving dropped off the roadway causing him to lose control of his vehicle and crash.
MISSING 2 YEAR OLDS BODY LOCATED
On November 28, 2021, the Bartholomew County Water Rescue and Recovery Team as well as other water rescue agencies located Emma downstream. She traveled approximately three miles from where the vehicle was found submerged. Bartholomew County Coroner, Clayton Nolting, will investigate to identify the cause of the death for Emma.
“I have never in my 30 years in law enforcement seen such cooperation and teamwork in an investigation,” said Sheriff Matt Myers. “I had no doubt that the men and women searching for Emma would find her.”
Our hearts go out to the family and all of those involved in this investigation.
“I pray the Lord to comfort them during this difficult time,” said Sheriff Myers. “I again want to praise the first responders and all of those who came out to help search for Emma.”
All agencies include: BCSO, CRH EMS, ISP, CPD, DNR, CFD, Columbus Township FD, Southwest FD, Wayne Township FD, Elizabethtown FD, Danville FD, Amity FD, Cataract FD and 31 Wrecker.
We would also like to thank the Chaplains from both CPD and BCSO that have been available to comfort Emma’s family. The common goal and most important goal was to find Emma and bring her home to her family. Now the investigation continues as to how Emma got there.
Jeremy is currently being held on a 72-hour hold without bond while the investigation continues.
We have no further comment at this time. Detective Holderness will provide an update as we have more information.
PREVIOUS REPORT: MISSING TWO YEAR OLD – Emma Sweet
On November 26, 2021 at approximately 5:59 a.m., Bartholomew County Deputies were dispatched to the 1700 block of Blessing Road in regards to a truck that had been located in the east fork of the White River by duck hunters.
The duck hunters located a truck in the White River that was submerged with one occupant. The occupant was transported by EMS to Columbus Regional Hospital where he is being treated for exposure of hypothermia. During the course of the investigation, it was learned that the individual had his two year old daughter with him.
They were reported as missing the day prior, but it is unknown if she was in the vehicle at the time of the location by the duck hunters. The vehicle was actually located at a farm lane at the end of Beatty Lane. Both individuals were last seen on Wednesday, November 24 at 12:00 p.m. If you have had contact with either of them since then, please contact emergency personnel immediately.
Information on Emma:
• She is two years old
• Brown hair
• Brown eyes
• She was last seen wearing all black with a cream colored jacket with butterflies on it
Again, if you have seen Emma, please contact authorities immediately. If you have any additional information, no matter how seemingly insignificant, contact us.
We have the Indiana State Police, DNR, Wayne Township, Columbus Township, 31 Wrecker, CRH EMS, CFD, BCSO all out here looking for Emma.
“We want to thank all of the agencies out here helping us find Emma. It’s important that the community comes together to help,” said Chief Deputy Chris Lane.
Scott Counties’ Christmas Program “Shop with the Sheriff”
Prepares for its Third Year
(Donation Boxes are at Business’s throughout Scott County)
Scott County-In 2019, the Scott County Sheriff’s Office started “Shop with the Sheriff”, benefiting less fortunate families and children. This is obviously a spin-off of Shop with a Cop due to Scott County not having the Shop with a Cop program.
In 2019, the sheriff’s office was able to take 26 children, (chosen by our local schools), shopping for clothes, toys, and necessities. We also provided a pizza party with Santa for the children.
Last year, 2020, we were able to take on 50 children! WE DOUBLED!!! Plus, we took on an additional family at the last minute that had some dire needs. We were able to provide full meals, clothes, and toys for each of these children. We still want to do more! We want to double if not triple the numbers again! The more the merrier.
We are currently raising funds for “Shop with the Sheriff 2021” that will hopefully bring joy and happiness to our Scott County kids. That is why we are asking for your help. With your donation, together we could make an incredible difference. We are trying to raise $15,000. This will give us $250 per child to buy necessities as well as some toys.
100% of all money collected will be used for the children.
We have placed money donation boxes across Scott County in businesses. We have attached a photo of these boxes to this release so you will know it is legitimate. We also have a link to the Go Fund Me Page attached to this news release for you to click on where everyone can give electronically no matter where you live. The link is https://www.gofundme.com/f/shop-with-the-sheriff
If you would like to help by dropping the donations off in person at the Scott County Jail, please feel free to stop by. If you have questions, reach out to us at (812)752-8400 and ask for Patti, Kim, or Amy.
TAIL WAGGING TUESDAY PETS OF THE WEEK
Cat of the Week:
Jasper is one chill cat. He entertained himself with toys the entire time I was at the Scott County Humane Society. Jasper is 6-8 months old and is a big kitty. He gets along with other cats and would be a great only kitty or with a friend. Contact the Scott County Humane Society at 812-752-7500 for more information on Jasper or any of the many cats available for adoption. All cats are spayed or neutered and up to date on shots. www.sisaveapet.com
Dog of the Week:
Meet Gabby. Gabby is a lover! She is approximately 6-7 years old, but seems much younger. She is housebroke, does great in a crate and loves toys! If you say go get your toy she runs to grab it! Gabby may do better as an only dog and makes a great companion. She can sit, spins for a treat and loves to cuddle with her people. She has 2 cats in her foster home and has paid no attention to them. She will need a fenced in yard. If you would like more information on Gabby pleas email firstname.lastname@example.org.
HUMANE SOCIETY OF SCOTT COUNTY IS LOCATED AT 1176 NORTH GARDNER STREET IN SCOTTSBURG
Homeless Coalition of Southern Indiana
𝐖𝐇𝐈𝐓𝐄 𝐅𝐋𝐀𝐆 𝐒𝐄𝐀𝐒𝐎𝐍 𝐈𝐒 𝐇𝐄𝐑𝐄!
The Coalition is looking for compassionate individuals to volunteer for shifts at our White Flag Shelter! You don't have to wait until Christmas to start giving!
𝐖𝐇𝐀𝐓 𝐈𝐒 𝐖𝐇𝐈𝐓𝐄 𝐅𝐋𝐀𝐆?
When the weather gets below 35 degrees between November 15th - April 15, the Homeless Coalition of Southern Indiana sponsors a volunteer-staffed White Flag Emergency Shelter for men, women, and families during inclement weather. All communities members in need of a warm place to sleep are welcome.
𝐇𝐎𝐖 𝐂𝐀𝐍 𝐈 𝐕𝐎𝐋𝐔𝐍𝐓𝐄𝐄𝐑 / 𝐋𝐄𝐀𝐑𝐍 𝐌𝐎𝐑𝐄?
JACKSON COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ASSISTS IN KIDNAPPING CONVICTION
Jackson County, Indiana (November 22, 2021) – Jackson County Sheriff Rick Meyer recently announced the Department assisted in the investigation and ultimate conviction of Andrew Howland of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Howland was convicted on several charges related to the kidnapping of a 13-year-old Jackson County girl in a trial by jury that concluded on August 18th, 2021, in Lancaster.
“Our deputies and detectives worked closely with multiple agencies, including law enforcement in Pennsylvania, FBI Agent Todd Prewitt, and assisted in the successful resolution of this case. Their efforts resulted in a young girl being safely returned to her family and a sex offender behind bars,” said Sheriff Meyer.
The investigation began on December 1st, 2020, at approximately 9:27am, when the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department Dispatch received a call of a missing 13-year-old girl from the Seymour area. Deputy Zach Elliott responded to the residence and took the initial report. Attempts to locate the missing girl by deputies that day were not successful. On December 2nd, 2020, the case was turned over to detectives with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.
With the help of the girl’s family, detectives were able to develop a suspect and determine the girl was no longer in Indiana. The Sheriff’s Department ultimately tracked the suspect’s cell phone and determined him to be in the area of Lancaster, PA. With the assistance of law enforcement in Pennsylvania, the missing young teen was found safe, and the suspect, Andrew E. Howland, 39, of Lancaster, PA was arrested and charged with multiple felony crimes in Pennsylvania.
According to news reports in Pennsylvania, Howland had met the teen online and lured her from her family home in Indiana, kidnapping and sexually abusing the victim.
“This is every parent’s worst nightmare and a reminder to be vigilant about educating our children about online predators and how to stay safe,” said Meyer.
On August 15th, 2021, Detective J.L. McElfresh and Deputy Zach Elliott traveled to Lancaster, PA to testify in the trial of Andrew Howland. The teen victim also testified.
On August 18th, 2021; Andrew Howland was found guilty of the following charges:
• Kidnapping of Minor-Facilitate Felony/Flight; a Level 1 felony
• Unlawful Contact with Minor-Sexual Offenses; a Level 1 felony
• Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse Person Less Than 16 years of age; a Level 1 felony
• Statutory Sexual Assault: 11 years or older; a Level 1 felony
• Aggravated Indecent Assault-Complainant Less than 16; a Level 2 felony
• Indecent Assault Person Less 16 years of age; a Level 2 misdemeanor
• Child pornography (4 counts)
• Criminal use of a Communication Facility; a Level 3 felony
Andrew Howland was sentenced on November 18th, 2021, by a Lancaster County Pennsylvania Judge to 30-105 years in prison.
“I am glad our department was able to not only assist in the safe return of this child victim to her family, but also in the arrest, conviction, and lengthy prison sentence of this child predator. Thanks to the good work of our law enforcement agency and that of officials in Pennsylvania and the FBI, the perpetrator will not be able to hurt others,” said Meyer.
The City of North Vernon,
12 days left until Christmas in the Solar City celebration begins.
Entries are still rolling in for market and parade so if you haven't sent yours in there is still time.
Download your forms by clicking on the pined post here on our Facebook page or by visiting our website, https://www.northvernon-in.gov/news_detail_T19_R62.php.
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.
Jennings Township Vol. Fire Dept.
The Jennings Township VFD is very thankful to be able to offer our FREE Thanksgiving Dinner again this year! We've changed to a drive-thru experience this year. Those wishing to pickup free meals can drive thru our bays on Thanksgiving from 11-1 and pickup a warm dinner!
Thank you to everyone who has reached out and donated or offered to volunteer already. If you have questions or would like to volunteer before or during the dinner, contact Fire Chief Joe Smith @ (812) 820-8400 or email at email@example.com.
SHERIFF GOODIN CHALLENGE
Sheriff Goodin has a challenge to all Scott County businesses and residents... He and his team want to see "Your County and Community Pride!"
He's challenging everyone to take some time to clean up your building, clean up the trash around your building, get the trash out of your yard or ditch, show your neighbors and friends you have pride in your business and home!
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.
CASA of Scott County
We are in full swing with our 2021 Annual Campaign! So far we have raised $13,689.56. Our goal for this year is $30,000! We are not quite half way there and the abuse and neglected children of Scott County need your help to have a voice in court. These funds help us maintain our office needs so we are equipped to serve the children of Scott County. You can give on PayPal at this link and select friends and family as your donation so there are no fees taken out of your donation. Thank you for your support!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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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