Trio ‘visiting’ old cemetery among those recently arrested on drug charges PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 06:17

People who plan to party at cemeteries in the county ought to make other plans.

That’s the word out from the Sheriff’s Department, which is paying a lot of attention and making a lot of visits to country cemeteries during nightly patrols.

Among those recently arrested for drug-related activities were two young women and a young man at Bridgewater Cemetery. The century-old cemetery lies at the end of a dead-end road and has been plagued over the years by vandalism and people making visits for purposes other than decorating graves.

Taken into custody on the evening of Wednesday, May 18, were Alexis N. Everitt, 18, and Kera L. Hollin, 20, both of Scottsburg, and Tyler S. Polly, 20, Austin. Also found at the cemetery were four juveniles. They were released to their parents.

Deputy Shawn Mayer made the arrests. Charges prepared by the Prosecutor’s Office include maintaining a common nuisance, a Level 6 felony, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a Class A misdemeanor against Everitt; a contributing charge, visiting a common nuisance, a Class B misdemeanor, and possession of paraphernalia, a Class C misdemeanor against Hollin; and a Level 6 maintaining charge, Class A misdemeanor contributing charge, Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana and Class C misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia against Polly.

Jury trial dates of August 23 were set for Everitt and Polly. Each was released on cash bonds of $500 and $1,000, respectively, on May 20, the day after their initial hearings in Scott Superior Court. Everitt’s bail had been lowered from $10,000 to $5,000 provided she remain living with her parents, attend school and have no contact with Polly or Hollin. According to court records, Hollin remains in jail in lieu of her bail of $5,000 by corporate surety bond or 10% cash.

Others recently arrested include:

•Jaron Andy Mullins, 28, Austin; charged with possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a hypodermic syringe, both Level 6 felonies, and possession of paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor. Mullins was arrested near Spurgeon Cemetery on State Road 256 east of Austin on May 15.

At his initial hearing on May 17 in Scott Circuit Court, Mullins entered a not guilty plea, with bail being reduced from $25,000 by bond or $5,000 cash to $10,000/$1,000. He filed a cash bond the following day. His jury trial is currently scheduled for August 2, but court notes indicate the matter will be transferred to Superior Court.

A Notice of Prior Offense, a Level 5 felony, was also filed in Mullins’ case by the Prosecutor’s Office. The notice will allow the Prosecutor to seek harsher penalties if Mullins is convicted.

•Myron Vance Conley, 47, Otisco; charged with the following Level 6 felonies: possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of a legend (prescription) drug and unlawful possession of a hypodermic syringe as well as possession of paraphernalia, a Class C misdemeanor.

Conley was arrested by Trooper Brett Walters of the Indiana State Police at the intersection of U.S. Highway 31 South and Craig Road on May 17.

At his initial hearing in Superior Court, Conley’s bond was set at $30,000 by surety bond or $3,000 cash. He was appointed the services of a public defender, and his jury trial was set for August 23.

•Joseph F. Murphy, 23, Scottsburg; charged with possession of a synthetic drug or look-alike substance, a Class A misdemeanor, and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence (OVI). Murphy allegedly had in his possession a quantity of synthetic marijuana, normally known as “spice,” when he was stopped by Scottsburg Patrolman James B. Vires. This arrest occurred May 19 near the intersection of Green and Railroad Streets in Scottsburg.

At his initial hearing in Superior Court, Murphy learned that his driving privileges were automatically suspended and that his bond was set at $15,000 by bond or $1,500 cash. His jury trial is scheduled August 4.