Two taken into custody on drug and alcohol charges after wreck near Austin PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Friday, 16 October 2015 10:15

Two young men, one from Little York and a second from Ellettsville, were taken into custody by sheriff's deputies after a side-swiping accident on Van Campen Road south of Austin on Saturday, October 10.
Charged in Scott Superior Court were Victor Isaiah Vires, 19, and Nathan Forrest Gates, 20.
According to the accident report and a probable cause affidavit filed by Deputy Shawn Mayer, he, Deputy Jac Sanders and Reserve Deputy William Best were dispatched to the scene of a two-vehicle accident that occurred in the curve of Van Campen around 2:30 p.m. that Saturday approximately 1,400 feet north of the road's intersection with York Road.
A 17-year-old youth from Austin was driving a 1996 Honda Civic west on Van Campen Rd. The youth told Deputy Mayer that he “...went wide...” in a sharp curve in the road and struck another Honda Civic being driven by Misty D. Collins, 27, of Underwood. No one was injured in the mishap, but Collins told the officer that, while everyone was waiting for deputies to arrive, she noticed Vires “...making a lot of movement....” and appeared to be trying to hide items.
When Deputy Mayer tried to talk to Vires, he said he could smell alcohol and that his speech was slurred and eyes were bloodshot. Vires allegedly said that he had drank a shot of vodka earlier.
Vires gave the officer permission to search the vehicle prior to Deputy Mayer placing him under arrest for illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor.
Deputy Mayer's canine, Arina, indicated that drugs may be in the car, the affidavit related. When Deputy Sanders attempted to search Gates, a small bottle of whiskey was found in the young man's pocket. Drug paraphernalia was also found on Gates, it was noted.
While they were being processed by a jailer at the Scott County Security Center, Vires allegedly registered a .203 blood alcohol content (BAC), well above the Indiana's legal limit of 0.08. Gates' test was below the legal limit, it was noted.
Vires was placed in the jail's padded cell after it was determined he may harm himself. While in that cell, Vires allegedly caused damage by tearing up pieces of the floor near a grate.
Charges filed against Vires in Scott Superior Court include maintaining a common nuisance, a Level 6 felony; criminal mischief, a Class A misdemeanor; possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor; and illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor and illegal possession/transportation of alcohol by a minor, both Class C misdemeanors.
Gates' charges include visiting a common nuisance, a B misdemeanor; and C misdemeanors of possession of drug paraphernalia, illegal possession of alcohol by a minor and illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor.
Both had initial court hearing on Tuesday, October 13. Not guilty pleas were entered for them. Vires was assigned bail of $15,000 by corporate surety bond or $1,500 by cash and a jury trial date of January 7, 2016.
Vires filed a cash bond that same day and was released to await trial.
In Gates' case, his bond was set at $5,000 by corporate surety bond or $500 cash, and his jury trial was set for December 10.
Gates was released on home detention, having given officials an address of a residence in Scottsburg, court records indicated.

New shopping mall planning under way at Scottsburg Interstate 65 interchange PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Friday, 16 October 2015 10:12

A new shopping mall may soon transform the interchange at Interstate 65 in Scottsburg.
A developer, Scott D. Coots, president of Coots Development Group L.L.C. in Charlestown, met with Scottsburg utility department superintendents and Mayor Bill Graham on Wednesday morning, October 14, at the Mid-America Science Park.
Under discussion was a plan for Coots to develop two adjacent pieces of property on the north side of State Road 56 and east of the interchange. Those properties may be remembered as the sites of the former Dowd's Chevron and Julian's Standard, later BP. Both were primarily gas stations, and buildings which once stood on the land have been torn down and underground tanks removed.
What Coots wants to do is purchase the old Dowd's Chevron from owner David Church and the Julian site from owner Ken Temple and build a shopping mall which may contain 16,000 to 17,000 square feet. Coots declined to advise what anchor retailer is interested in the site, but he did say that a restaurant is anticipated to occupy 5,000 square feet.
Coots' business is completing two similar malls on State Road 62 in Jeffersonville near the booming River Ridge Commerce Center. One of the malls features a stand-alone Dollar General Store, El Nopal and Jimmy John's eateries, a beauty salon and a bakery. Early plans indicate that all buildings will connect in the proposed Scottsburg mall and feature attractive stone-and-brick facades.
Coots had hoped to get letters from all of the city-owned utilities and Midwest Gas Corporation indicating that the city's systems could accommodate the commercial addition. However, department heads wanted to know approximately how much electricity, water and sewer would be used by tenants, and those figures were not available at the Wednesday morning forum.
Plans to be on the agendas of the Scott County Board of Zoning Appeals and Area Plan Commission in November may not be possible, it was learned. Coots stated he wanted the mall “up and going” by July, 2016.
“We are very excited that the mall may become a part of our family here in Scottsburg and Scott County,” stated Mayor Bill Graham. “We will do everything we can to facilitate the process for the developer.”
David Church was also present at the forum. He commented that several businesses had been interested in the site, since it is so close to the interchange and S.R. 56 is heavily traveled. “We didn't want just anyone to get the property. We want something that will be attractive and inviting for travelers and local residents to see and visit when they drive into the community,” he said.

HIV cases updated to 142; Gov. Pence extends needle exchange program 30 more days PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 07:12

More positive signs are beginning to be seen in Austin than just an increase in the number of positive cases of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

Six people injured in trio of county vehicle crashes, Sunday mishap on interstate PDF Print E-mail

Three vehicle crashes in Scott County over a four-day period plus an accident in Scottsburg on Sunday evening, July 26, resulted in six people reported with injuries.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 August 2015 08:04
Officers on the scene at Pekin Liquor Store PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Browning   
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00

Police were dispatched to the Liquor store in Pekin early this afternoon (Thursday, July 24, 2014).

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 15:04
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