Alleged dealer, teen friend taken into custody when paraphernalia, drugs found in car PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 09 August 2016 13:59

 

An alleged drug dealer and an 18-year-old were taken into custody by Scottsburg police on Wednesday evening, August 3.

Ellis L. Riley, 52, and Jesse Todd Fox, 18, both of Scottsburg, were arrested by Patrolman Troy Ford. The pair were backseat passengers in a green Honda that was stopped for a traffic violation near the corner of Jefferson and South Third Streets in Scottsburg.

The probable cause affidavit stated that Ellis and Fox made “...furtive movements...” in the back seat after the stop was made and had to be told several times to keep their hands in view.

When Ellis was searched, a red container in his back pocket contained 4.35 grams of methamphetamine, the report stated. He was also allegedly had a vial concealed at his belt which contained the illegal homemade drug and a syringe in his rear pocket. His wallet, officers discovered, had several small baggies used by dealers to package narcotics. Among the money Ellis had, police found two marked bills that had been used for “control” purchases by undercover agents.

Fox had a backpack on his lap, which he allowed officers to search. Purported drug paraphernalia located in the backpack included cut straws and a bent spoon. Fox told officers that Riley had handed him the backpack as the car was being stopped. Riley allegedly said the backpack “....might have been his, who knows...”

Fox was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class C misdemeanor. The charge was filed in Scott Superior Court, and he appeared for his initial hearing on Friday, August 5.

A not guilty plea was entered for him, with bail set at $5,000 by corporate surety bond or $500 cash. The case was assigned to a public defender with an initial trial date of October 4.

Fox was allowed release on his own recognizance to await that trial.

Ellis remains at the Scott County Security Center on charges of Level 4 and Level 5 felony dealing in methamphetamine, Level 6 felony unlawful possession of a syringe, Class A misdemeanor dealing in a Schedule 4 controlled substance and Class C misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia.

All of those charges were filed in Scott Circuit Court, where Ellis appeared on August 5 for his initial hearing. A preliminary plea of not guilty was entered for him, and bail was set at $25,000 by bond or $5,000 cash.

Ellis' trial date is scheduled November 22. He is being represented by a public defender.

 

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Three recent accidents injure four people Friday and Saturday in Scott County PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 09 August 2016 13:57

 

 

Officers with the Scottsburg Police Department and Sheriff's Department investigated three injury traffic accidents which occurred within 14 hours of each other on Friday and Saturday, August 5 and 6.

Two accidents in Scottsburg happened nearly within an hour of each other on Friday, records revealed.

The first occurred at 8:41 a.m. on Moonglo Road at Wilson Road. Major Richey Barton and Sgt. Joe Nicholson were dispatched to the site, finding an injured motorcyclist, Bradley S. Williams, 27, Scottsburg, and a Time Warner Cable TV employee, Benjamin W. Brewer, 30, Pekin.

Brewer gave a statement at the scene, saying he was checking overhead cable lines as he traveled east on Moonglo Rd. in his 1999 Chevy Silverado pickup truck when the collision between the 1998 Harley Davidson motorcycle and truck occurred.

Williams was thrown from the cycle, landing off the road in a grassy lot on the roads' northeast corner. He suffered a possible broken pelvis and/or leg and was taken to Scott Memorial Hospital by EMS personnel. It was reported that he was later transported to University of Louisville Hospital, where he underwent surgery the same day.

Contributing factors in the mishap were listed as a failure to yield the right-of-way and improper turning.

Maj. Barton estimated property damage to be up to $10,000.

At 9:39 a.m., Sgt. Nicholson, Major Barton and Patrolman Troy Ford were dispatched to another injury accident, which happened on State Road 56 (West McClain Avenue) at Meridian Street.

In this accident, drivers were Shirley J. Fox, 72, Scottsburg, and semi-tractor-trailer operator Jason E. Rihm, 43, Cambridge City.

Fox was driving a 2004 Chrysler Sebring, which she had brought to a halt at the intersection. She was trying to cross the highway and continue north. Eastbound S.R. 56 was backed up with traffic because of a construction project further east at S.R. 56 and Bond Street.

An eastbound motorist stopped at the scene and gave a statement to Sgt. Nicholson, saying he was trying to tell the woman not to enter the highway because of a westbound semi rig. Fox said she interpreted his motions that the way was clear for her to enter S.R. 56.

The Sebring hit the side of Rihm's cab as Fox attempted to cross the road.

Fox suffered facial pain and was assisted at the scene by Scott County EMS and then taken to Scott Memorial. Rihm was not injured.

Property damage was listed at up to $10,000 from the mishap.

A little under 14 hours later, 12:34 p.m. on Saturday, August 6, an accident happened on State Road 356 south of Scottsburg which sent Deputy Jac Sanders to the site.

There, he found two vehicles severely damaged from a crash, a black 2014 Dodge Dart driven by Shae D. Henson, 18, Scottsburg, and a 2004 Chevy Impala driven by Kaylan E. Hendrix, 28, Lexington.

According to statements made by the drivers, Henson was driving west on S.R. 356 and thought that he had time to turn into a driveway at 6553 East S.R. 356.

Unfortunately, he did not. When he turned left in front of the Impala, it struck the Dart. Both cars bounced off the highway from the impact. Deputy Sanders noted in his report that Henson had suffered both head and arm wounds in the mishap, but he refused treatment by Scott County EMS technicians at the scene. Hendrix had an ankle injury and was transported to Scott Memorial Hospital by the ambulance crew.

While the injured were being treated, the Impala caught fire. Deputy Sanders used a fire extinguisher to put out the flames. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

Property damage was estimated at up to $25,000.

 

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2016 Pig Roast in Park has fun, fireworks, food for families and friends PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 09 August 2016 13:56

 

 

Visitors to the 2016 Pig Roast in the Park, the annual fund-raiser for the Scottsburg Beautification Committee, will find plenty to enjoy in the way of athletic skills, crafts and food.

Pig Roast in the Park takes place in shady Beechwood Park in the heart of Scottsburg this Friday, August 12, and Saturday, August 13. Stage entertainment on both days is free to enjoy. Just bring a blanket or lawn chairs in which to relax. Food will be plentiful, too, as will be events to watch.

Vendors are encouraged to set up for the festival on Friday. Cost is $20 for a 10x10 space for the two days. Those needing electricity will be charged an additional $10. To get a space assignment, call the Mayor's Office at 812-752-3169 by Thursday, August 11. Concessions and other booths will open starting at 6 p.m. on Friday.

A co-ed softball tournament will span the two-day festival and finish up on Sunday, August 14, according to organizers.

The softball tournament will be played on the diamond on the park's west side. Teams will gather and action will begin some time around 6 p.m. on Friday night. On Saturday, teams will begin play around 9 a.m. Sunday action will complete the tournament.

A horseshoe contest is set for Friday at 6 p.m. Cost is $3 to enter and there is no pre-registration required. Players must provide their own horseshoes. For more information, call chairman Glen Hollins at 1-812-523-2220.

A pretty baby contest sponsored by the Pilot Club of Scott County will start events on Saturday, August 13. Registration for the contest will begin at 9 a.m. at the stage. The contest itself will begin at 10 a.m. Entry fee is $5. Age divisions are from birth to three years old for boys and girls. Winners will receive trophies.

Wet and wild firemen's games will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday on the park's east side. Entry fee is $20, and more information can be had by calling the Mayor's office at 812-752-3169.

Motorcycle riders will gather at the park starting at 2:30 p.m. to register for the benefit bike ride at 3 p.m. Cost is $20 per bike or $25 per couple and the cost includes a yummy pork barbecue dinner. More information needed? Call the Mayor's office!

A cornhole tournament will be held at 4 p.m. on August 13. Registration is from 3 to 3:45 p.m. that day, and cost is $5 per adult. For more information, call L.L. Lowry at 812-595-0679 or the Mayor's Office.

The popular Pig Roast dinner will be served Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the large shelterhouse at the park. Cost is $8 for adults and $3 for children and will include delicious pork barbecue, bread, potato salad, cole slaw, a dessert and drink.

At 7 p.m., a euchre tournament is scheduled in the shelterhouse at a cost of $5 per person. More information is available by contacting the Mayor's Office at 812-752-3169.

Of course, Pig Roast in the Park will offer gospel music starting at 6 p.m. on August 12 as well as showcasing a variety of bands and singers on August 13.

The schedule for Friday evening begins at 6 p.m. Host David Richie will present the annual Gospel Sing. On the evening's program are Bill and Becky Snowden, Alive@5, Redemptions Cross, Richard and Mary Ponder, Curtis and the Boys and Prodigal.

In order, the following bands will perform live on Saturday, weather permitting:

12 noon: Hoghead Blues.

1:30 p.m.: FE Project.

5:00 p.m.: Blind Dogs.

7:00 p.m.: Joy Boys.

8:15 p.m.: On the House.

The winner of the 2016 Kids House will be announced on the stage at 9 p.m. Tickets will be sold right up to the time that lucky person's name is announced, so be sure to grab a few chances. Funds raised will benefit the Beautification Committee and its many projects.

Fireworks at the festival will be set off some time around 9:30 p.m. or so.

Throughout the local festival, craft and information booths, concessions and kids' games will be offered.

Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy this year's Pig Roast in the Park.

 

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Scottsburg couple arrested on warrants after teen son, pets found in filthy conditions PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 09 August 2016 13:53

 

 

Neglect charges, pertaining to a teenager and 14 dogs and two cats, were filed against a Scottsburg couple whose mobile home was filled with what investigators said were rotting food, bugs and animal feces on July 27.

Charges filed in Scott Superior Court against Marion Anthony Hayes, 39, and Ashly N. Phillips, 33, include one count of neglect of a dependent, a Level 6 felony, and four counts of cruelty to an animal, all Class A misdemeanors. The neglect of a dependent charge was based on the fact that Hayes' 17-year-old son was living there. His 18-year-old son was also a resident.

The situation was discovered when Deputy Rodney Rudder stopped at the couple's mobile home on Wednesday, July 27. He was serving notification papers for possible jury duty in the park and mistakenly went to the Hayes-Phillips residence.

As he approached the trailer and knocked on the door, Deputy Rudder said he smelled a strong odor and that several dogs began barking inside the mobile home. He also found a dog loose outside the home.

The deputy was aware that the number of dogs and cats which can be kept by Scottsburg residents is limited by city ordinance, and pets must be restrained by a leash, fencing or chained at all times when they are outside.

He reported the situation to Animal Control Officer Denny Robbins. Robbins went to the trailer soon afterward and picked up the stray dog. That animal's collar was so tight that it was embedded in the dog's neck, Officer Robbins noted. He also saw several dogs “...hanging out the windows,” the probable cause affidavit related.

The smell of feces from the animals was described as “...so strong you could not get close to the house...” by the animal control officer.

Officer Robbins contacted Deputy Rudder. Scottsburg policemen then met animal control officers at the residence. Since no one was at home, Major Richey Barton of the Scottsburg department contacted Hayes by phone at his workplace. Hayes made arrangements to meet the officers at the trailer that afternoon.

Patrolman James Vires and Robbins went back to the residence that afternoon. With them were District 8 field veterinarian Dr. Jodi Lovejoy and a Department of Child Services (DCS) staff member.

Hayes allowed the veterinarian, DCS employee and Officer Robbins inside to observe living conditions. The man allegedly admitted to having seven dogs inside. Ptl. Vires noted in his report, “The strong odor of feces and urine could be smelled while standing out in the roadway approximately 30 feet away.”

The DCS staffer stated she observed that “...the floor was covered with dog feces, rotting food and other items making it difficult for (her) to walk through the rooms without sliding.” In her opinion, every room was uninhabitable, the affidavit stated.

Insects, both live and dead, were also found in the residence, including in the refrigerator. Dr. Lovejoy advised that several dogs had severe flea infestations and significant skin and hair problems. Ten of the dogs she saw had long nails, and two of the dogs had nails so long they appeared to be growing into their paws.

Officers seized a total of 13 dogs and two cats from the residence. One of the larger dogs was emaciated and so weak, it had difficulty standing up, Dr. Lovejoy noted. The veterinarian said she observed the dog “...walk only a few feet before laying back down and was observed urinating in the hallway.” On a scale of 1 to 10, Dr. Lovejoy graded the dog's condition a 1, the worst possible.

The temperature in the main area of the residence was 90 degrees that day, it was noted in the affidavit.

The 17-year-old was removed from the home by the DCS.

The animals were taken under the wing of the Scott County Humane Society. Once the larger dog, an apparent Australian shepherd, was bathed, he was kept at the local shelter so that his condition could be monitored. Officer Robbins said the dog's condition and appetite appears to be improving. “He still has a way to go, though,” Robbins related.

Several of the small dogs have already found new homes through the Society's adoption service. Some are in foster homes.

Hayes and Phillips were arrested on Wednesday evening, August 3. They appeared for initial hearings in Superior Court on Thursday, August 4, during which preliminary not guilty pleas were entered for them. Each was assigned an initial trial date of November 1 and a public defender.

Bail for each of the defendants was set at $30,000 by corporate surety bond or $3,000 cash.

 

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Heavy fog a factor in early Sunday morning accident at ‘T’ which injures five PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 08:18

Fog is never a good thing to encounter, especially when driving during the early morning hours.

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