FEBRUARY 18, 2019

Scott County-Anonymous Tip Leads to Arrest for Dealing in Meth

On February 17, 2019, at approximately 6:30 pm, Trooper Kyle Taylor and Trooper Tyler Matthew, along with Austin City Police, arrived at 44 Rural Street in Austin after receiving an anonymous tip about possible drug activity at that address. During the course of the Trooper’s investigation, consent was given for a search of the residence, and as a result of the search Troopers located over 18 grams of methamphetamine along with marijuana, syringes, and paraphernalia. As a result of their investigation the following were arrested and remanded into the custody of the Scott County Jail. Gilbert Sizemore, 40, Austin, Indiana: Dealing in Methamphetamine at least 10 grams - Level 2 Felony,Possession of Methamphetamine - Level 4 felony, Unlawful Possession of Syringe - Level 6 felony,Maintaining a Common Nuisance - Level 6 felony, Possession of Marijuana - Class B Misdemeanor, and Possession of Paraphernalia - Class A Misdemeanor. Charly Young, 22, and Elizabeth Hardcastle, 26, both of Austin: Possession of Methamphetamine - Level 6 Felony, Possession of a Syringe - Level 6 Felony, Maintaining a Common Nuisance - Level 6 Felony.

Humane Society of Scott County, Indiana

6 year old Whitley Horn had a birthday party and requested all the presents go to the homeless animals! She brought all the goodies to the adoption center today and presented them to humane society volunteers, Tammy and Audrey LaMaster. The dogs and the cats in the Humane Society program got treats, toys, food, and blankets in honor of Whitley’s birthday!

Carroll County Man Injured While Hunting 

Carroll County- Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an unintentional shooting that occurred today in southern Carroll County. At approximately 11:00 am Carroll County Dispatch received a 911 call reporting a man had been shot while rabbit hunting.
Investigators determined three men had been hunting along an abandoned railroad bed north of Cutler. Michael Clendening (27) was hunting, using a 12 gauge shotgun, when he took a shot at a running rabbit. Clendening stated he did not see another hunter, Nathaniel Seele (35), hunting the same area. After Clendening fired the shot, Seele fell to the ground and yelled that he had been shot. It was estimated that Seele was 10 yards away from Clendening when he was shot. Clendening and another hunter quickly rendered aid, and at Seele’s request, drove him home. Once home, emergency services were called. Seele was flown to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis with non-life-threatening injuries. Officer Jarred Coffing determined the three hunters were legally hunting and were wearing the required orange clothing. Responding agencies include Indiana Conservation Officers, Carroll County Sheriff’s Department, Carroll County EMS, Delphi Fire Department, Delphi Police Department, and IU Lifeline.

Trooper’s Vigilant Eye Leads to Multiple Drug Arrests

Five people were arrested on drug and warrant charges after a Trooper observed suspicious activity in a New Albany park. On Friday, at approximately, 12:43 p.m., Master Trooper Barry Brown and other units from the Sellersburg Post All Crimes Policing (A.C.P.) squad were patrolling in downtown New Albany.  While in the area of Anderson Park, Trooper Brown observed suspicious activity between a subject standing in the park and the driver of a gray Pontiac Trans Am.   Trooper Brown approached to investigate as the car began to pull away and the individual walked to a recreational vehicle parked on the property of 305 Cherry Street.   Trooper Brown stopped the driver of the Trans Am, Nicholas E. Freiburger, 34, Depauw, Indiana, and as a result of his investigation, requested the assistance of other units including Trooper Zach Smith and his assigned K9, Riggs.  Riggs alerted on the vehicle and Trooper Smith located methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in the car, and a loaded handgun on Freiburger, who did not have a permit to carry a firearm.   Trooper Brandon Farias and Probationary Trooper Jared Ferguson then assisted Brown as he continued his investigation with the individual who had walked to the motorhome, which was also occupied by others.
Master Trooper Brown gained consent for a search of the motorhome, and as a result of the investigation, the following were arrested: Nicholas E. Freiburger: Possession of Methamphetamine - Level 5 Felony, Possession of a Handgun Without Permit - Level A Misdemeanor.  Ethan M. Haycraft, 28, and Candice Sexton, 31, both of 28, 305 Cherry Street, New Albany, Indiana: Possession of Methamphetamine - Level 6 Felony, Possession of a Syringe - Level 6 Felony, Possession of Heroin - Level 6 Felony, Dealing in Heroin - Level 5 Felony and Possession of Paraphernalia - Level A Misdemeanor.  Haycraft was also arrested on outstanding warrants for Battery - Class B Misdemeanor and Possession of a Syringe - Level 6 Felony.  Sexton was also arrested for two outstanding warrants for Theft - Level A Misdemeanor.  Richard C. Napier, 28, 305 Cherry Street, New Albany, Indiana: Maintaining a Common Nuisance - Level 6 Felony, warrant for Failure to Appear -Theft, Level A Misdemeanor.  Tabatha Boaz, 33, Depauw, Indiana: Possession of Methamphetamine - Level 6 Felony, Possession of Paraphernalia - Level A Misdemeanor. 


FEBRUARY 19, 2019




Our Dog of the Week is Mickie. Mickie is a 5-6 year old Australian Shepard mix. Mickie is absolutely the sweetest dog. Very calm. Loves to be petted and does fine being an only dog or with other dogs. Mickie is just beautiful and house trained. If you are considering adopting, please consider Mickie. For information on adopting Mickie contact the Humane Society of Scott County, Indiana at 812-752-7500 to set up a meeting with Mickie. Thank you! Please share to help find Mickie a forever home.. PLEASE SHARE! When a dog is adopted, another dog can be rescued. Thank you! Humane Society of Scott County, Indiana




This weeks Cat of the Week is Onyx. Onyx is a female 1-2 years old and fully vetted. Onyx does great with other cats and loves to play and chill. She is a beautiful cat looking for her forever home. She does great by herself or with other cats. Please consider making Onyx a member of your family. Call the Humane Society of Scott County at 812-752-7500 for adoption information.


The Humane Society of Scott County opened its doors Saturday. Their new location is 1176 North Gardner Street in Scottsburg. Hours of operation are T-W-T-F from 4:00 to 6:00 and Saturdays from 1-3. One dog and 3 cats were adopted on opening day! Stop by and visit their new facility.

If you would like to donate, they take kitty litter, cat food, cleaning supplies and cash donations to help with cost.

Bluebird Boxes Available March 2

 Jennings Township Conservation Club members will hold their annual Bird Box Giveaway on Saturday, March 2nd at the Jennings Township Conservation Club from 8:00am to 12:00.   The Club is located at 2177 East Burn Rd. Austin,IN 47102.

Directions: From St. Rd. 256 turn North on Terry Rd., turn East on Burn Rd., turn North at 1st driveway.

Other types of bird boxes will be available. The community is invited.

Limit of 2 boxes per family.

FEBRUARY 20, 2019

Schneck Medical Center Receives Five Star Quality Rating

Seymour, Indiana— Schneck Medical Center has received a 5-star rating—the highest possible rating for quality of care, customer experience, and value of care received—from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for Overall Hospital Quality. Schneck was the only hospital in the area to receive five stars and one of only 15 in Indiana.  “This honor belongs to our providers and staff for their continued focus on quality care for our patients and community,” said Warren Forgey, President/CEO of Schneck. “This rating means Schneck stands among the best hospitals in the nation for quality of care.”
The report, available on the Hospital Compare website, reflects comprehensive quality of care in our nation’s hospitals. The assessment comes from a hospital rating system based on 59 quality measures—ranging from one to five stars—and shows how well each hospital performs, on average, compared to other hospitals in the U.S. The more stars, the better a hospital performs with the most common overall rating being three stars.


Scott County Indiana Sheriff's Office
Over the past few days the Scott County Sheriff’s Office has continued the progress…making more drug arrests

Scott County-On February 17, 2019 Deputies with the Scott County Sheriff’s Office responded to 331 Muriel Drive in Scottsburg in an attempt to serve an arrest warrant. After entering the residence, a deputy radioed that a female was attempting to exit the rear of the residence by window. The female identified as Tiffany Stidham, 22, of Scottsburg was quickly apprehended. Deputies then located a male that was identified as Anthony Fortner, putting items into a closet. After completing the investigation Anthony Fortner, 47, of Scottsburg, was arrested for Possession of Cocaine or a Schedule I or II Narcotic Drug, Unlawful Possession of a Syringe with a (prior offense), Possession of a Schedule I, II, III or IV Controlled Substance and Maintaining a Common Nuisance. Tiffany Stidham was arrested for Possession of Cocaine or a Schedule I or II Narcotic Drug, Possession of a Schedule I, II, III or IV Controlled Substance, Obstruction of Justice and Visiting a Common Nuisance. On February 18, 2019 Deputies with the Scott County Sheriff’s Office acted on a tip and a traffic stop was conducted and contact was made with the driver identified as Shae Henson, 21, of Lexington. During the traffic stop approximately 10 grams of Marijuana and a large amount of counterfeit money was seized. After the investigation was complete, Shae Henson was arrested for Dealing in Marijuana within 500 feet of a school, Maintaining a Common Nuisance and Counterfeiting. Later that same evening Deputies traveled to an address where contact was made with Teresa Korte, 59, of Scottsburg. Deputies conducted a search of Teresa Korte’s residence where Marijuana was located. Teresa Korte was arrested for Dealing in Marijuana and Maintaining a Common Nuisance. On February 18, 2019 Deputies with the Scott County Sheriff’s Office responded to 126 N. Michael Drive Apartment # 6 In Scottsburg, Indiana in an attempt to serve an arrest warrant on Otis Bishop. Upon arrival they were greeted at the door by Otis Bishop, 36, of Scottsburg. As Deputies began taking Otis Bishop into custody he began throwing items that he had in his hands. Otis Bishop was taken into custody and a search of his person and the apartment were conducted. Once the investigation was complete Otis Bishop was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia and the outstanding warrant for Possession of a Schedule I, II, III or IV Controlled Substance. On February 18, 2019 Deputies acted on a tip that was obtained by the Scott County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies traveled to 637 S. Double or Nothing Road where contact was made with resident Christopher Mills. A search of the residence revealed over 300 grams of Marijuana and a large amount of Marijuana atomizers. Christopher Mills was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana a Class B Misdemeanor. On February 17, 2019 the Scott County Sheriff’s Office received information of illegal drug activity on Rural Street in Austin, Indiana. This information was provided to the Indiana State Police and the Austin Police which led to the arrest of Elizabeth Hardcastle, 26, of Austin, Charley Young, 22, of Austin and Gilbert Sizemore, 40, of Austin for multiple drug charges.

 INDOT Kicks off 2019 Paint the Plow Campaign

Program seeks to pair local units with middle or high school art programs to paint a snow plow blade
Paint the Plow
INDIANA – The Indiana Department of Transportation announces the kick off of its 2019 Paint the Plow campaign, a community outreach program designed to promote safety and awareness of INDOT’s Winter Operations all year long.
Each INDOT District invites art classes/programs from middle and high schools to paint an INDOT snow plow blade with original artwork to represent their school. Applications and additional program details can be found here: painttheplow.indot.in.gov
In addition to being seen in full service during the winter weather months, the blades may be used at events within the school’s community to enhance public awareness, promote safety and foster greater appreciation of both INDOT and the school’s art program.
Paint the Plow is open to all middle schools, high schools and career-technical schools across the state. Only students who are currently enrolled in the applicant school may participate in the creation, execution and completion of the art project.
For more information or questions about the Paint the Plow campaign, visit painttheplow.indot.in.gov to find the contact information for your District.

Scott County Community Foundation

                Join the Scott County Community Foundation in grass skirt or flowered shirt for their third annual casino night fundraiser. This year’s theme is Hawaiian Luau. Those looking for a fun evening can enjoy this unique experience locally while helping to raise money for a great cause. This special fun-filled event will be held Friday, March 15 at Mid-America Science Park, Scottsburg. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for appetizers and drinks, with dinner to start at 6:45 p.m. The night’s entertainment will feature authentic hula dancers, bingo, blackjack and poker. The Community Foundation has obtained a state charitable gaming license (No. 149139) for the event, so winners may take away cash. A silent auction will be held and door prizes awarded.  Dinner will be catered by Country Classics. The menu will feature Hawaiian-style food, including fish, pork, cole slaw, baked beans, macaroni and cheese and dessert. Hawaiian-themed cocktails will be served along with current favorites at the Tiki Bar.  Hawaiian attire is encouraged but not required. Tickets are $25 per person, with RSVP’s due by Friday, March. 8. You may RSVP by using the contact information listed above or stopping in the office at 60 N. Main St., Scottsburg. The event’s Big Kahuna sponsor includes Duke Energy, while the Diamond Head sponsor is Hancock’s Drug Store. Sponsors are still needed to help ensure a successful event. To get a list of sponsorship levels and benefits, you may contact the Scott County Community Foundation at 812-752-2057 or email info@scottcountyfoundation.org.  Through a matching grant opportunity from Lilly Endowment, all proceeds from the event will be matched 50 cents for every dollar. Your support of the Foundation’s fundraiser will help support their mission and programs.   A community foundation helps build and strengthen the community by bringing together people and organizations that want to make a difference. The Scott County Community Foundation (“SCCF”) was incorporated on Dec. 12, 1996, and has since distributed over $11 million in scholarships and grants. SCCF currently manages assets over $8 million through 95 endowment funds. These funds support youth and education, arts and historic preservation, health and human services, the environment and our community. SCCF also teaches philanthropy to 85 youth, and collaborates with United Way of Scott County to provide free books to children through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. SCCF is also involved in regional quality of life initiatives. You may visit www.scottcountyfoundation.org for more information.

FEBRUARY 21, 2019


SCOTT COUNTY (February 20, 2019) – Mitchell Robbins, age 20, has been convicted of two (2) counts of Burglary for breaking into two (2) local businesses during February and March of 2018. For those acts, Mr. Robbins received a sentence of ten (10) years to the Indiana Department of Correction. He will spend six (6) of those years in prison followed by four (4) years of supervised probation. While in prison, this plea allows for Mr. Mitchell to receive treatment to address the underlying problem that drove his motivation to commit these acts.
During the late night hours of February 28th or the early morning hours of March 1, 2018, Mitchell Robbins made entry into a Gardner Street business through a window. While in the business, he stole various items including coins and brass fittings. Video from a neighboring business showed Mr. Robbins carrying items out of the shop, and some these items were recovered from a local recycling business.
Weeks later, during the latter part of March, Mr. Robbins made illegal entry into ILPEA and stole laptop computers and other miscellaneous items. An investigation by the Scottsburg Police Department was able to locate some of the stolen items consequently linking Mitchell Robbins to both burglaries.
Mitchell Robbins was located and arrested by the Scottsburg Police Department on March 23, 2018, and he has remained in the Scott County Jail since his arrest.
“Crimes like this cannot be tolerated, and even though these are considered property crimes, they cost the law-abiding citizens of Scott County a countless amount of money,” stated Chris Owens, Scott County Prosecuting Attorney. “I would like to thank the Scottsburg Police Department for their work investigating these matters and Chief Deputy, Raleigh Campbell, Jr. for his work prosecuting this defendant.”

Representatives from Scott County returned home from Washington, D.C., area where they were joined by 2900 substance abuse prevention specialists and advocates from across the country for CADCA’s (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America's) 29thAnnual National Leadership Forum.

“We are reenergized with new strategies under our belt to tackle drug use in Scott County. It was exciting to spend several days with other similar organizations from across the country, learning and honing our prevention skills so our community can be a better place, one that doesn’t suffer from the harms of drug and alcohol abuse,” says Lori Croasdell, CEASe/DFC Coordinator. 
Our coalition representatives heard from and had a private meet and greet and photo op with Dr. Jerome M. Adams, the Surgeon General of the United States, and Anne Hazlett, Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development at the United States Department of Agriculture, and her assistant Betty-Ann Bryce. CEASe and EMPOWER also met with U.S. Legislators at the Forum’s Capitol Hill Day event, including Senator Mike Braun and Congressman Trey Hollingsworth. Scott County’s EMPOWER Youth Coalition members attending included Austin High School’s Olivia Miner, Bentley Mahaney, and Luke Watts, as well as Scottsburg High School’s Eliza Mount, Madelyn Shelton, and Emma Christoff. The youth informed our federal legislators on Scott County’s initiatives, as well as advocated on behalf of Scott County.  The Austin high school youth shared their favorite parts of this experience: “My favorite thing in DC was getting to meet our politicians from Indiana,” shared Bentley Mahaney. Luke Watts added, “My favorite part of the trip was getting the opportunity to advocate for Scott County and show that the youth are making a difference.” Olivia Miner continued, “The trip was a very rewarding experience. I learned that our congressmen, senators and their aids are all very concerned about what is occurring in Scott County. They have so many other obligations, but they were very eager to assist us. I particularly liked meeting with the US Surgeon General and hearing about his brother. I feel like he could really relate to us, and I appreciated how he mentioned Scott County repeatedly and took the time to meet one-on-one with us.”  The Scottsburg high school students shared, “My favorite thing about the trip was capital hill day. It was really interesting to speak one-on-one with the Senators and Representatives because it humanized them and reminded me that they are everyday people working to better our country,” shared Emma Christoff. Eliza Mount added, “The most inspiring aspect of the trip for me was the magnitude of energy and passion generated by the hundreds of people gathering with the same goal in mind: to transform our communities through the power of prevention. Throughout the week, the whole conference came together as one unifying force, and it felt amazing.”

Scott County Heritage Center & Museum

So you have a time-honored chili recipe and no one knows exactly what you put in it. The Scott County Museum has a “Chili Challenge” coming up on Friday night, February 22. Why not enter a pot of chili and let everyone know what a great cook you are! The regular cooking crew at the Museum will prepare their best chilis but we’d be glad to have yours too! Prize is a gift certificate for a great meal at Yellow Brick in downtown Scottsburg - and bragging rights!! Bring your chili entry any time before 3:30 on the 22nd. Public welcome to dine between 4-7 pm for $6 each or family of 4 for $20. Museum will provide desserts and drinks, crackers and chili toppings and hot dogs!! Great time guaranteed at 1050 South Main Street, Scottsburg, at your county Museum!!

APRIL 20, MAY 18 AND JUNE 1-2, 2019

Indiana residents do not need a fishing license or a trout/salmon stamp to fish the state's public waters on Free Fishing Days.

On all other days, only youth (age 17 and younger) and a few other special anglers are exempt from the license requirement.

FEBRUARY 22, 2019

Scott County Public Library February 23 at

Join us Saturday, February 9th, at the Scott Public Library for a movie and popcorn!

Scott County Visitors Commission Announces Photo Contest
 Show Me Your Scott County!

 “Show Me Your Scott County!” is the idea behind a new photo contest being offered by the Scott County Visitors Commission (SCVC) through Friday, March 1, 2019. SCVC Executive Director, Mike Chesser stated he wanted to see Scott County from residents’ perspectives. “I want to see photos from Scott County residents of all the things that they enjoy about and to do here in Scott County. Photos of families and individuals enjoying Hardy Lake, area festivals, the Scott County Fair, Goat Milk Stuff and Ross Country Jamboree as well as pictures from favorite attractions, parks or historical locations and much more. This is a fun opportunity for residents to show off our community to potential visitors and why we are proud to live and play in Scott County,” Chesser explained. With submissions, contest participants grant permission to the Visitors Commission to use the photos in a new visitor brochure now being planned that will highlight Scott County events, destinations and activities. Credit will be given to persons providing photos that are used in the brochure. The brochure will be distributed in tourism locations, Indiana rest areas that serve major highways and around the Midwest to highlight Scott County. Additionally, each provider will receive a gift card to enjoy a meal at one of the Scott County area restaurants. To submit photos, email them to INScottCountyPhotoContest@gmail.com. Include your name, a brief description of the photo location or activity and what you enjoy most about the attraction, area event or location. There is no limit to the number of photos that can be submitted. Photos must be of good quality and appropriate for sharing in the brochure promoting Scott County to potential visitors and business guests.
All photo submissions are due Friday, March 1, 2019. Contact Chesser at the SCVC office by calling 812-752-9211 to receive more information about the contest. The Scott County Visitors Commission is a nonprofit organization engaged in activities to strengthen awareness of Scott County as a visitors’ destination as well as attracting individuals, families and businesses to Scott County and making their visits a positive experience while assisting in the economic development and growth of county businesses and communities.




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