JULY 22, 2019
Carroll County ORV crash ends in arrest
Burlington, IN- Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) crash involving injury that occurred this evening. Shortly after 5:15 p.m., Carroll County emergency dispatch received a 911 call from a witness who stated they observed a male subject roll his ORV in the intersection of Jackson Street and Stockton Street. The subject then fled into a nearby residence. Witnesses also stated they observed the male subject bleeding from the head when he fled and entered the residence. First responders arrived on scene at the residence and attempted to make contact with the subject who was later identified as Michael Long, age 34 of Burlington. Conservation Officers, Carroll County deputies and a Flora Police Department Officer had probable cause to believe Long had been operating the ORV while under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. After several failed attempts to make contact with Long to find out if he needed medical attention, officers were able to communicate with him, and Long refused to cooperate. When officers attempted to detain him, Long began to forcibly resist and a taser was used. Long was then arrested and transported to the Carroll County Jail. He is initially facing misdemeanor charges of hindering the investigation of a Conservation Officer and resisting law enforcement. Additional charges for operating an ORV under the influence of alcohol are pending a toxicology report. All charges are merely accusations, and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. All of the initial charges will be reviewed by the Carroll County prosecutor. Assisting agencies include Carroll County Sheriff Department, Flora Police Department, Burlington Fire Department, Carroll County EMS, and Carroll County 911 Dispatch
ISP Sellersburg Investigating Bank Robbery in Austin
Austin - July 19, 2018: At approximately 2:03 p.m. today an unknown white male walked into the Stock Yard Bank at 275 N. US Hwy 31 in Austin, Indiana, displayed a handgun, and demanded money. The male is described as approximately 30-40 years of age and approximately 5 foot 10 inches. He was armed with a black semi-automatic handgun and was wearing a gray Indiana Hoosier ball cap along with mirrored sunglasses, a blue t-shirt, and blue pants. The suspect was also observed walking around outside the bank just prior to the robbery. If anyone has information, which could aid in identifying the suspect, please contact the Indiana State Police post in Sellersburg at 812-246-5424.
Former TV host pleads guilty in poaching case
Christopher Brackett, 41, former host of the Outdoor Channel hunting show “Fear No Evil,” has pled guilty in federal court to unlawful transportation of wildlife, in violation of the Lacey Act.
Brackett, of East Peoria, Ill., admitted to killing two bucks within minutes of each other in Indiana in December 2013 while filming an episode for his show. Indiana law only allowed hunters to kill one buck per season. Brackett also admitted to transporting the larger buck, which he nicknamed “Unicorn Buck,” across state lines to his home in Illinois.
The footage featuring “Unicorn Buck” appeared on an episode of his show in 2014. Brackett also took steps to conceal the taking of the smaller buck by instructing staff to hide video footage and destroy the antlers. As part of the plea agreement, Brackett agreed to 30 months of probation, and a ban of his hunting privileges worldwide for the same time period. He has also agreed to pay $30,000 in restitution and fines. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 5.
The investigation was completed by Indiana Conservation Officers along with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Prosecution was completed by the United States Attorney’s Office.
JULY 16, 2019
TAIL WAGGING TUESDAY PETS OF THE WEEK
Nike was found running in Lexington. He may have been spooked by the fireworks and is now looking for his family. Nike looks to be a healthy, happy dog. If Nike is your dog please contact the Scott County Animal Shelter at 812-752-4380. The Humane Society of Scott County, Indiana is in desperate need of fosters. If you are interested in fostering or interested in Nike if no one comes forward to claim him, call 812-752-7500.
Lucy is beautiful! Lucy is 8 years old and was recently turned in by her family. She is front declawed and a little shy. She was very happy for photos and wanted to be right up with me. She would make a wonderful house cat. If you are interested in Lucy call 812-752-7500 or visit with Lucy at the Humane Society of Scott County, Indiana located at 1176 North Gardner Street in Scottsburg.
HUMANE SOCIETY OF SCOTT COUNTY IS LOCATED AT 1176 NORTH GARDNER STREET IN SCOTTSBURG.
The 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship application is now available for all residents of Scott County who will graduate from either Austin or Scottsburg high schools by the end of June 2020.
The scholarship program is available through the Scott County Community Foundation. All applications must be submitted online. The link to the application can be found in the Scholarships and Grants menu (Scholarships sub-menu) on the Community Foundation’s website, www.scottcountyfoundation.org. The online portion of the application will be due on Monday, Aug. 26 at 3 p.m. Applicants will then be required to write and submit two essays either Monday, Aug. 26 from 6-8 p.m. at Austin High School or Tuesday, Aug. 27 from 6-8 p.m. at Scottsburg High School. Students will receive one writing prompt in advance, and one extemporaneous topic will be given during the night of the essay. Students may attend either session to write their essays regardless of where they attend school. Scholarship workshops will be held at Austin High School on Wednesday, Aug. 14 from 6:30-8 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 20 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Scottsburg High School. The Scott County Community Foundation will explain the Lilly Scholarship process as well as offer other helpful resources. Hanover College Director of Financial Aid Richard Nash will also present information on how to submit the FAFSA. Refreshments will be provided, and both students and parents are encouraged to attend. The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship program provides full tuition, required fees and a special stipend of up to $900 per year for required books and equipment for four years of undergraduate study at any Indiana public or private college or university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Thirty-eight local students have been named recipients since the program started in Scott County in 1998. The Scott County Community Foundation is located at 60 N. Main St., Scottsburg. For information, call 752-2057 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sheriff's Office seeking information on stolen boat
Dear Sharon parker,The Ripley County Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft of a boat and trailer from Michigan Road in the New Marion area. Some time between Friday, July 12th and Sunday, July 14th, someone took a maroon with white pin stripe trailer with no registration plate containing an 18 foot 1984 maroon and silver Runabout boat. The boat has a maroon interior and a white 140 horse power V4 Johnson outboard motor. The names of Tide Craft and Wildfire XV150 F/S are on the sides of the boat in black lettering.
Instructions:Anyone with any information is requested to contact the Ripley County Sheriff's Office at 812-689-5558.
Lafayette man dies after being pulled from Tippecanoe River
Monticello- Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a death that occurred yesterday on the Tippecanoe River in White County. Yesterday afternoon at approximately 3:50 p.m., White County Communications received a 911 report of a man who was pulled from the Tippecanoe River near Diamond Point. Several agencies responded to the area. The investigation determined that Jerry F Boling II (age 51) of Lafayette was floating down the river in an inner tube with two friends. At some point he fell into the water from his tube and began to struggle. Friends were able to grab him and get him back to his tube. A short time later, Boling was in the water struggling again. A boater in the area pulled him into the boat and transported him to emergency responders waiting at a residence along Diamond Point. Conservation Officers and a bystander performed CPR and applied an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) prior to EMS arriving on scene. The Monticello Fire Department transported Boling to IU White ER where he was pronounced dead. Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating this incident as a drowning; however, an official cause of death will be determined by the White County Coroner's Office. No one in Boling's group possessed a life jacket. A wearable life jacket is a required piece of safety equipment for everyone on a watercraft. A watercraft includes an inner tube or raft if the device is being used as a form of transportation. The law does not require the life jacket be worn while floating, but does require one to be accessible. Assisting agencies include the Monticello Fire Department, Monticello Police Department, White County Sheriff's Department, White County Coroner, and White County 911 Communications.
Sign up for a reserved hunt
On July 1, reserved hunt application periods opened for dove, waterfowl, deer and pheasant. The application period for dove will close July 29, and the application period for deer will close Aug. 26. Waterfowl and pheasant application periods will close on Sept. 16. You can only apply for these hunts online. To get started with an application, go to on.IN.gov/reservedhunt and click on “Apply for a reserved hunt.” Only one application per hunt is allowed, and no changes can be made once an application is submitted. Applicants must possess a hunting license valid for the hunt for which they are applying. To find out more about reserved hunt applications that are open or opening soon, visit on.IN.gov/reservedhunt.
JULY 10, 2019
Jeffersonville man dies in ORV accident
Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a fatal off-road vehicle (ORV) accident near Eckerty in Crawford County. At approximately 11 a.m. yesterday, George E. Williams, age 80, was traveling eastbound on Kaiser Road in a Bush Hog 440 side-by-side style ORV and was attempting to cross State Route 64 when he pulled out in front of a Dodge Caravan being driven by Lawrence Gale Basham, age 77, of Tell City who was traveling northbound on S.R. 64.
Basham attempted to avoid the collision, but was unsuccessful. Williams was pronounced dead at the scene. Basham was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital with leg pain. Indiana Conservation Officers stress safe operation of ORVs and the use of proper protective equipment such as helmets.
Traffic switch, bridge closure scheduled for I-65 project in Bartholomew and Jackson Counties
BARTHOLOMEW/JACKSON COUNTY, Ind.— A traffic switch and bridge closure are scheduled this weekend and early next week as part of the I-65 reconstruction project in Bartholomew and Jackson Counties. Traffic Switch E&B Paving Inc. will switch traffic on I-65 NB beginning at MM 61, south of S.R. 58 (Walesboro) in Bartholomew County, the evening of Friday, July 12.
Northbound traffic will move to newly constructed concrete pavement on the northbound side of I-65 at MM 61 and continue through the project limits near MM 64. The median lane and shoulder will remain closed while additional work is completed. Southbound lanes will also remain restricted until median work is complete. Bridge Closure C.R. 800 N. will close over I-65 in Jackson County, beginning Monday, July 15, for bridge rehabilitation. The road will close for approximately 55 days and is expected to reopen by late September. The detour for the closure is N. C.R. 1000 E. to C.R. 700 N. to U.S. 31. Motorists should continue to exercise caution in the ongoing construction zone between Columbus and Seymour. All work is weather dependent.
JULY 11, 2019
U.S. 31 lane closure scheduled this weekend in Clark County
CLARK COUNTY, Ind.— The northbound lane of U.S. 31 will be closed this weekend between S.R. 60 and Apple Leaf Lane in Clark County for pavement repair at the bridge over Silver Creek.
The lane closure will begin at approximately 8 p.m. on Friday, July 12, and is expected to reopen by 6 a.m. on Monday, July 15. A temporary traffic signal will be in place to maintain traffic.
Motorists should expect minor delays in the area and are urged to use caution in and around the work zone.
Multi-County Pursuit Ends In Fiery Crash
Whitley County- A multi-county pursuit that began in Kosciusko County ended in in a fiery crash that took the life of a Whitley County K9. This afternoon, around 3:30 p.m., the Plymouth Police Department put out a dispatch of an armed carjacking of a black 2016 Chrysler that occurred near the LifePlex gym near US30 and Pioneer Drive. Shortly thereafter an Indiana State Trooper saw the vehicle travelling eastbound on US30 near Foxfarm Road. Once other police officers arrived a high-risk stop was attempted near Meijer Drive on US30 in Kosciusko County. The Chrysler pulled to the side of the road and stopped and the passenger got out of the Chrysler but the driver sped off, continuing eastbound on US30. The driver of the Chrysler continued eastbound on US30, refusing to stop while being chased by officers from several police departments with the pursuit eventually entering Whitley County. A Whitley County Deputy positioned his car, a 2019 Dodge Charger, in the intersection of US30 and CR 450 West and set up stop sticks in an attempt to stop the Chrysler from fleeing. The driver of the Chrysler attempted to avoid the stop sticks and collided broadside with the Whitley County Dodge Charger in the passenger side. The collision caused the Charger to go into westbound lanes if US30 and burst into flames. Officers were unable to get the K9 patrol dog out of the Charger and it died on scene. The deputy was unharmed. The driver of the Chrysler received minor injuries and is being treated at a local hospital. Both eastbound and westbound lanes of US30 remained closed for the investigation and removal of the vehicles. US30 is expected to open at approximately 7:00 p.m. This pursuit and crash involved officers from the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office, Warsaw Police Department. Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, Pierceton Police Department, Winona Lake Police Department, and Indiana State Police.
JULY 12, 2019
Body of missing swimmer recovered in Lake Michigan
The body of missing South Bend swimmer Rahem Mason, 17, has been recovered in Lake Michigan. Indiana Conservation Officers were contacted this afternoon by the Chikaming Township Police Department in Berrien County Michigan and informed the body of a male matching Mason’s description was found by a member of the public along a beach in their jurisdiction around 12:40 p.m. Indiana Conservation Officers responded to the scene and positively identified Mason. Mason was last seen in Lake Michigan near Washington Park in Michigan City, Indiana on the evening of July 6. The official cause of death will be determined by the Berrien County Medical Examiner’s Office, but it is believed to be an accidental drowning.
Two Foot Pursuits…Two in Custody
Southern Indiana - The evening hours of July 10, 2019, proved to be busy for two Sellersburg Troopers who had suspects flee on foot within minutes of each other during their investigations. At approximately 11:25 p.m., Trooper Nathan Newton responded to an "Attempt to Locate" dispatch by Harrison County authorities for Dustin Lee Trowbridge of Corydon, who was wanted for failure to return to lawful detention, and who had been witnessed walking in the area of Corydon-Ramsey Road near Corydon. Trooper Newton was unable to locate Trowbridge in that location but continued the investigation by searching in the area of the subject's mother's house. He soon spotted Trowbridge who then began running after Trooper Newton identified himself as a police officer. The chase continued across multiple fences and into a wooded area where Trooper Newton, after repeated warnings, deployed his Taser and took Dustin Trowbridge into custody. Trooper Newton was assisted by the Harrison County Sheriff's Department. Around 11:30 p.m. that same night, Trooper Morgenn Evans stopped a motorcycle near Court Avenue in downtown Jeffersonville for failing to stop at a stop sign and for failing to signal a turn. During the roadside investigation, the driver gave a false name before fleeing on foot. Trooper Evans gave pursuit, and an attempt to use a Taser on the subject was unsuccessful. The suspect was able to evade Trooper Evans for a short time but was later located hiding inside a nearby dumpster by an assisting Clark County Deputy. Arrested:
Dustin Lee Trowbridge, 26, Corydon, Indiana: Resisting Law Enforcement - A Misdemeanor, Warrant - Failure to Return to Lawful Detention. Remanded into the Harrison County Jail.
Ronlald (aka Ronald) James Walker, 26, Louisville, Kentucky: False Informing - Level 6 Felony, Resisting Law Enforcement - A Misdemeanor, Possession of Paraphernalia - A Misdemeanor, Possession of Marijuana - B Misdemeanor, Trafficking with an Inmate - Level 5 Felony. Remanded into the Clark County Jail.
Curb ramp, asphalt resurface work begins on S.R. 256 in Austin next week
SCOTT COUNTY, Ind.— A $586,000 curb ramp replacement and asphalt resurface project is scheduled to begin on or after Monday, July 15, on S.R. 256 in Austin. Work will take place from Dowling Street, near I-65, to U.S. 31. INDOT contractor MAC Construction will begin with curb ramp removal and replacement, followed by center curb removal, milling and asphalt paving.
Lane restrictions will be in effect along the route, mainly while milling and paving work is in progress. Please use caution in and around the work zone.
The project is expected to be complete by September 30, 2019. All work is weather dependent.
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