19 years in prison to be served by convicted drug dealer PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 23 February 2018 16:11

 

 

An Austin area resident received a sentence of nearly 25 years after his conviction for dealing drugs.

According to the Scott County Prosecutor’s Office, Larry West will be serving over 19 of those years in prison.

West was recently convicted for two counts of dealing methamphetamine (meth). For those offenses, he received a 15-year sentence, with ten years to be served in prison and the remainder on supervised probation.

However, since West was on probation for an earlier offense at the time he sold meth, his probation was revoked, and he was ordered to jail for an additional nine years and 255 days. That sentence represented the period suspended from his earlier sentence when he was convicted in 2005 of the same offense. He was released from prison in 2013 and served some time on supervised probation.

West’s case stems from incidents that began in March, 2017, when Scottsburg police set up a controlled purchase of meth from West. In the first incident, West sold the confidential informant (CI) 15 grams of the illegal substance.

In April, another CI purchased 16 grams of meth from West.

“The Scott County Prosecutor’s Office is sick and tired of people selling drugs in our community. I speak with citizens daily who express the same sentiments,” stated Prosecutor Chris Owens.

He added, “People who sell drugs, especially meth, are a danger to us all, and we will not tolerate it. Our office is dedicated to eliminating these menaces from our county.”

In addition to regular staff, the Prosecutor’s Office has two deputy prosecutors dedicated to eliminating drugs and drug dealers. West’s case was handled by Deputy Prosecutor Amanda Herald. “She plays a vital role in the fight to assure our community comes out on the winning side of this battle,” stated Prosecutor Owens.

The office acknowledged the Scottsburg Police Department and the Probation Department staff for their work in securing West’s sentences.

 

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Traffic stop results in two arrests for marijuana possession PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 23 February 2018 16:10

 

 

 

Two men were arrested Friday, February 16, in Austin for possession of marijuana.

Charlie M. Eversole, 25, Scottsburg, and Tony B. Hanner, 28, Austin, were each charged with the misdemeanor offense. Hanner was also charged with visiting a common nuisance.

Eversole was also wanted on a warrant for failing to attend a pre-trial conference in Scott Circuit Court on a State-filed petition for revocation of a suspended sentence given him in a 2012 drug case. The conference was scheduled February 12.

Sgt. Scott McCoskey of the Austin Police Department noticed the black car in which the pair was riding in Austin around 1:30 p.m. that Friday. He ran the car’s plate, and its registration information returned on a silver Lincoln. He followed the vehicle to English Avenue and North Second Street and stopped it.

The driver identified himself as Eversole but could not provide a driver license. Two other Austin officers, Patrolman Cody Kelly and Reserve Officer Wilson, arrived to assist, and Sgt. McCoskey turned the pair over to them while he checked further on their identification.

Sgt. McCoskey also deployed his new partner, a drug-sniffing Malinois named Diablo. The dog not only “hit” on the passenger area but also climbed inside the car and indicated he smelled something in the console. A bag of marijuana was found, the probable cause affidavit related.

The vehicle was impounded and the men taken to the Scott County Security Center in Scottsburg. As he was being driven to jail, Hanner reportedly told Sgt. McCoskey that he had hidden another bag of marijuana between his buttocks. The bag was retrieved at the jail.

Eversole and Hanner had their initial court hearings on February 20. Eversole is scheduled for a bench trial on April 10. Hanner’s bench trial is set for April 17.

Hanner was released on his own recognizance in lieu of bail and placed on pre-trial probation.

Eversole’s bail was set at $5,000 by corporate surety bond or $500 cash. He filed a cash bond on February 20. He also filed a $2,500 cash bond on his warrant to ensure his release.

He was ordered to return to court on Tuesday, February 27, for that pre-trial conference he missed earlier in the month.

 

 
Couple arrested at rural residence during home detention check PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 23 February 2018 16:09

 

 

 

A couple at a rural Austin address were placed under arrest on February 16 during a home detention check carried out by the Community Corrections Department.

Department staff was accompanied by Detective Paul Clute of the Sheriff’s Department and Patrolman Troy Ford, drug interdiction officer with the Scottsburg Police Department. The Community Corrections Department had information that the woman living at the residence on North Slab Road was not observing the restrictions of her home detention terms.

Arriving just before 10 a.m. that Friday, officers found the subject, Natosha Marie Potts, 35, at home with her boyfriend, John Noble, 28, of Scottsburg.

Noble was patted down for safety reasons and found to have in his possession a ziplock bag. The bag contained several baggies which contained heroin weighing .47 gram, methamphetamine (meth) weighing 5.83 grams, a Schedule 2 controlled substance and Opana.

Noble has been charged with two felony counts of dealing in a narcotic drug and felony possession of meth and misdemeanors of possession of a controlled substance and visiting a common nuisance.

His girlfriend faces a charge of felony maintaining a common nuisance.

At their initial court hearings, both were informed their initial jury trial date is May 7. Noble’s bail is $50,000 by corporate surety bond or $5,000 cash. Potts’ bail is $15,000 by surety bond or $1,500 cash.

Potts may be scheduled for several more court appearances over the next few weeks. Court records indicate the woman has two felony cases pending, both involving either dealing or possession of meth. Her jury trial in both cases is set for May 21.

Potts also has four pending misdemeanor cases in which she is charged with driving with a suspended license with a prior conviction. Her 2016 charge is set for a hearing on May 3.

In all of the cases, Potts filed cash bonds for her release.

 

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County Council makes a few changes during business meeting PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 23 February 2018 16:08

 

 

 

A couple of changes were made by the six members of the Scott County Council at their business meeting on Tuesday, February 20.

First, the Council has decided to meet at 9:30 a.m. instead of 9 a.m. in 2018. They’re following a step taken by Scott County Commissioners over a year ago in meeting a half-hour later.

Next, the Council voted 4-2 to replace its current representative on the local Alcohol Beverage Board with Stanley M. Allen. Guy Townsend had been the Council’s representative for the last couple of years. Allen was nominated by Councilman Ab Watts but was not present for the meeting.

Councilmen Eric Gillespie and Chris Albertson voted against Allen. Gillespie explained, “I don’t know Mr. Allen and I have no idea how he feels about representing us, so I really can’t vote for him.”

Allen’s first meeting will be on Wednesday, February 28, when the Alcohol Board will consider an application for a new liquor license submitted by the parent company of Casey’s General Store. The company is building a new Casey’s on the northwest corner of U.S. Highway 31 North (North Gardner Street) and Owen Street in Scottsburg.

Council President Mike Zollman also presented an idea that was readily adopted by the Council. “I know we’ve talked about keeping informed about how everyone’s budgets are doing as the year progresses. I’d like to have quarterly meetings so we can look at departments’ figures and see what’s developing as the year goes along,” he suggested.

That seemed like a good idea to all, so the first of the quarterly meetings was set for Tuesday, April 10, at 4:30 p.m. The meeting will take place in the Commissioners’ meeting room, Suite 128, at the Courthouse. Those meetings will be open to the public.

The Council also approved an additional appropriation of $4,275 to purchase a speaker system for the meeting room to meet ADA standards.

Zollman also asked the Council to donate $1,000 from the Hospital Reserve Fund to the newly-created Kelley Robbins Public Health Fund. All agreed to the idea. Robbins, a longtime County Council member and a current Commissioner for the county, died unexpectedly on February 9.

“That’s a fitting tribute to him. He was always very supportive of our Health Department,” Zollman said.

 

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Pressing issues put on temporary hold by Scottsburg Council PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 23 February 2018 16:06

 

 

Scottsburg councilmen were happy to see Mayor Bill Graham at their rescheduled meeting on Tuesday night, February 20, but the only item on the agenda got tabled.

An interlocal agreement drawn up by Scottsburg city attorney Kerry Thompson was considered by the Council, but no action was taken because the Mayor asked them to “…take it home and look it over. If you’ve got questions, we need to have them answered by our attorney,” Mayor Graham said. Thompson was unable to attend the meeting.

The agreement would hash out who would use and maintain a ballfield that a new company, Scottsburg Indoor Sports Academy, would. The Academy is based in Scottsburg and operated by former Atlanta Braves pitcher Nick Tisone. Tisone and his father made recent presentations before the Scottsburg Redevelopment Commission and the Scott County Visitors Commission to drum up support for developing local and area baseball and softball talent.

Use of a city-owned field as well as ballfields used and/or owned by Scott School Districts 1 and 2 for the fall tournament are being sought by the Tisones, who related that such a tournament would attract several thousand visitors to Scott County.

The interlocal agreement is expected to appear on the City Council’s agenda for its first business meeting on Monday, March 5.

Before the Council looked at the agreement, a Scottsburg resident asked permission to address the Council.

Tom Leisure has become a familiar face at Council meetings since last October. The Westside resident was among utility customers protesting a proposed 75% hike in sewer rates. The hike was to provide income for the city-owned utility as well as help finance repairs to the collection system and its aging treatment plant.

The Council voted February 5 to pass the rate increase. Leisure was there February 19 to hear what progress city officials have made toward the project.

“We’re kind of in a holding pattern right now,” explained Mayor Graham. The city’s accounting firm of H.J. Umbaugh and Associates has begun work on a financial package and the plan is being finalized, he added.

“Have you bid out the project?” Leisure asked. Not yet, the Mayor responded, turning the issue over to city engineer Bill Saegesser. Saegesser explained plans must be completed. He assured Leisure that the project will be competitively bid out once plans are completed.

Mayor Graham did have some good news for the Council that could affect the project. He said President Donald Trump is making plans to have his administration provide up to $200 billion to smaller cities and towns. The money will reportedly be used to improve utilities.

“This is real good news for us, the best we can possibly get. We can get those plans ready and have it ready to apply for a grant, and we’ve been very good at getting grants,” the Mayor announced.

Councilman John Konkler interjected, “If you do get a nice grant, will that affect the rates?” The Mayor said lowering rates would certainly be considered if a grant for half or more of the projected cost is obtained. That projected cost is between $18 and $18.5 million.

“We should be in a very good position to apply if this money comes through,” he stated.

Councilman Chuck Rose observed, “When word about this money gets out, other communities will go after it, but we’ll be ahead of them because we’ll have our plans and paperwork ready.”

Leisure addressed the Mayor one last time before the meeting adjourned. He asked if the Mayor could respond to his idea about a 15% decrease in sewer rates for senior citizens.

“I got your letter, and I took it to our attorney, but I really don’t have an answer for you at this time,” Mayor Graham told him.

 

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