Local hospital’s parking lot used for drug sale that landed couple in county jail PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 21 September 2016 06:16

A Madison couple has been charged with dealing in a controlled substance after allegedly selling an undercover informant several prescription pills while parked at Scott Memorial Hospital in Scottsburg.

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Motorists, cyclist among injured in investigated accidents in city and county PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 21 September 2016 06:16

A total of five people were injured in three recent accidents that have happened recently, all on U.S. Highway 31.

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Events leading up to fatal 2015 shooting and aftermath recalled by defendant Mathis PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 21 September 2016 06:15

The machinations of a heinous plan to end of the life of an elderly man were recounted by Jacob Wayne Mathis, one of the young defendants in the Bill Albert Reynolds murder.

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Local hospital's parking lot used for drug sale that landed couple in county jail PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 20 September 2016 10:26

 

 

A Madison couple has been charged with dealing in a controlled substance after allegedly selling an undercover informant several prescription pills while parked at Scott Memorial Hospital in Scottsburg.

Scottsburg Patrolman Troy Ford received a tip on September 9 that Robert L. “Bobby” Estep, 53, had been selling prescription medicine in Austin and Scottsburg. Purportedly, the pills came from a prescription given to his wife, Judy M. Estep, 60.

The informant was given marked money to attempt a “buy.” Ptl. Ford watched from a distance as a silver Chevrolet pulled into the hospital parking lot. The informant talked to the driver, who he said sold him 13 Tramadol, a medicine used to treat minor pain. The informant said he asked for ten pills, but he said Bobby Estep told him he couldn't make change for the $50 offered to him. The informant said Judy Estep reached under the passenger seat and got out three more pills from a prescription bottle.

When the couple was stopped later, Ptl. Ford said the bottle was found under the seat. The $50 was found in the woman's possession by the officer.

The Esteps had brief initial hearings before Judge Roger Duvall on Tuesday morning, September 13. The Level 5 felony charge each faces has been elevated to a Level 4 felony because the Prosecutor's Office filed a Notice of Prior Offense against each of the defendants.

Bobby Estep has been convicted of dealing in a controlled substance in 2004 and 2012; his wife carries old charges from 2005 and 2008. All occurred in Scott County.

Additionally, each was found to be on probation, Bobby Estep until March 9, 2018, and Judy Estep until July 6, 2018. Consequently, each is now being held without bail for 15 days.

Judge Duvall assigned public defenders for the couple and set an initial trial date of December 13 for each. In both cases, bail was set at $50,000 by corporate surety bond or $10,000 cash.

 

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Motorists, cyclist among injured in investigated accidents in city and county PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 20 September 2016 10:24

 

 

A total of five people were injured in three recent accidents that have happened recently, all on U.S. Highway 31.

The first occurred Tuesday afternoon, August 30, at County Line Road in Underwood. A second accident took place on Monday, September 5, south of Scott Memorial Hospital.

On Tuesday afternoon, August 30, a 2003 Toyota Tacoma struck the rear of a 1995 Dodge pickup truck on U.S. Highway 31 South and County Line Road.

Drivers were identified as Mark R. Amos, 55, Henryville, and James M. Bougher, 52, Charlestown.

Bougher had to abruptly brake his pickup because of a slowing vehicle in front of him, Deputy Jac Sanders was told. When he did so, Amos in the Tacoma hit the pickup's rear.

Bougher experienced neck pain after the crash and was transported by Scott County EMS to the hospital in Scottsburg as was one of his two passengers, Ty A. Hicks, 27, Charlestown, who had head pain. Another passenger in the truck, Mark Tully of Charlestown, was checked by EMS personnel at the scene. Amos was also not injured.

Property damage was estimated at up to $10,000 by Deputy Sanders. Both vehicles were removed from the scene by wrecker.

Of the six accidents worked by Scottsburg police since September 2, two involved injuries.

The first mishap occurred at 9:21 a.m. on Labor Day, September 5, on U.S. 31 North at Carla Lane.

According to information gathered by Sgt. Rodney Watts and Lt. Mike Nichols, Hans J. Boettcher, 75, Scottsburg, was cycling with southbound traffic when he was struck from behind by a 2003 Chevy Cavalier driven by Alyssa J. Collins, 18, Austin.

Boettcher suffered abrasions to a knee and lower leg, while Collins experienced abdominal pain following the accident. Both were transported by Scott County EMS to Scott Memorial Hospital just north of the accident site.

Property damage was estimated by Sgt. Watts to be up to $2,500.

On Tuesday, September 6, a crash happened on U.S. 31 South at South Lake Road. Drivers were Gregory L. Whitsitt, 29, Scottsburg, and Kevin R. Abbott, 48, Memphis.

According to statements taken from the drivers and two witnesses, Whitsitt disregarded the traffic signal at the intersection and attempted to turn left onto U.S. 31 in his 2007 Toyota Prius. Abbott was northbound and struck the Prius with his 2005 Ford F250 pickup truck. The pickup was pulling a hay baler.

Whitsitt suffered a possible upper shoulder/arm injury in the mishap. He was treated at the scene by Scott County EMS and then transported to Scott Memorial. Abbott was not injured, according to Lt. Mike Nichols' report.

The report also indicated that Whitsitt was charged with a felony.

Property damage was estimated at up to $25,000. Capt. David Hardin assisted Lt. Nichols at the scene.

 
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