21-year jail sentence handed to man involved in multiple offenses PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 09:00

He pleaded guilty to burglary, battery and criminal confinement, all serious felonies, so the sentence of 21 years given to Brandon Lesnet, 32, should not have come as a surprise to the man seated with other inmates in the Scott Circuit courtroom on Tuesday morning, October 3.

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Elderly Missing Man Found Deceased PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Wednesday, 04 October 2017 14:41

Clark County-Today at approximately 12:30 pm, a rest park attendant working at the rest area located on Interstate #65 North near the Twenty-Two Mile Marker in Clark County contacted the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg stating there was a deceased male person inside of a car parked at the rest area.

When troopers arrived at the scene, they discovered David Eugene Cox, 81, from Sellersburg, deceased in his 1995 white Ford Probe. He was parked in a parking spot on the North side of the rest park Welcome Center.

David Eugene Cox was the subject of a Silver Alert that was issued on October 3rd shortly after 2:30 am.

At this time, no foul play is thought to be involved as no signs of trauma were located on David Eugene Cox.

This investigation is continuing.

Assisting agencies; Clark County Coroner’s Office and Yellow Ambulance Service.

 
Mayer begins duties as Chief Deputy for Sheriff’s Department PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 04 October 2017 10:33

Being selected to serve as chief deputy for the Scott County Sheriff’s Department is, in the words of new Chief Deputy Shawn Mayer, “…an honor and a commitment to continue to serve this community.”

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Women charged with meth dealing among several individuals arrested on drug offenses PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 04 October 2017 10:26

 

 

Two Scottsburg women are among recent drug-related arrests made by local officers.

Mystin M. Williams, 35, and Samantha L. Williams, 36, are incarcerated at the Scott County Security Center after an early morning incident at Huck’s in Austin on Monday, September 25.

Deputies Joe Baker and Rex Herald set up an undercover drug deal with a confidential informant late on Sunday night, September 24. That person contacted the women and then told the officers that the pair would be at the gas station in a Mustang to make the sale.

The deputies apprehended the Williamses in the car sometime after 2 a.m. Approximately 20 grams of methamphetamine (meth) were in the women’s possession, according to Deputy Baker’s probable cause affidavit. Also found was some drug-related paraphernalia.

Each suspect was booked into the Security Center that same morning.

Both face charges of Level 2 felony dealing in meth and misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia. Mystin Williams owned the car the pair was using, so she faces a Level 6 felony charge of maintaining a common nuisance. Samantha Williams has a misdemeanor charge of visiting a common nuisance.

The women had initial hearings in Scott Circuit Court on Thursday, September 28. Not guilty pleas were entered, and an initial January 8 jury trial date was scheduled for each. Bail was set at $100,000 by corporate surety bond or $10,000 cash for each.

The defendants are scheduled to return to Circuit Court on Thursday, October 5, regarding their need for public defenders.

Others charged in recent drug arrests are:

? Jessica Nicole Barrett, 30, Underwood; charged with Level 6 felony maintaining a common nuisance and misdemeanors of possession of a synthetic drug or look-alike, operating motor vehicle when never received a license and possession of drug paraphernalia. Arresting officer was Scottsburg Patrolman Greg Green; assisting him were Sgt. Rodney Watts and Patrolman Justin Cheatham. The arrest was made on September 16 on U.S. Highway 31 after Ptl. Green said he saw Barrett make several driving errors. A one-year-old child in the car was turned over to a staff member of Scott County Department of Child Services.

? Jonathan Beech Terry, 33, Scottsburg; charged with Level 6 felony possession of meth and Level 6 felony possession of a legend (prescription) drug. Arresting officer was Scottsburg Lt./Detective Mike Nichols on September 14. Det. Nichols located Terry in a mobile home park after learning Terry was wanted on two arrest warrants. Terry was allegedly found with several syringes and the drug.

? James Robert Hall, 38, Underwood; charged with Level 6 felonies of possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe and escape, and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance. Arresting officer was Deputy Josh Watterson at 1 a.m. on September 19; Deputy Baker assisted him. Hall had been involved in a single vehicle accident at State Road 56 East and Shea Road. Deputy Watterson noticed a home monitoring bracelet on his ankle and learned that Hall did not have permission to be away from his residence at that time of day. Liquified meth was allegedly found in a syringe in his possession. The deputy said he also located crystal meth and Suboxone strips.

? Ernest V. McKeand, 21, Madison; charged with Level 6 felony unlawful possession of a syringe and misdemeanor resisting law enforcement. Arresting officer was Austin Sgt. Scott McCoskey on September 19 in downtown Austin; Deputy James Shelton assisted him. McKeand allegedly fled on foot from Sgt. McCoskey before surrendering. The syringe was reportedly located by jailers between McKeand’s buttocks at the Security Center during the booking process.

? Christopher Scott Gay, 33, Austin; charged with Level 6 felony unlawful possession of a syringe and misdemeanors of possession of a controlled substance, visiting a common nuisance and operating a motor vehicle whenever received a license. Arresting officer was Deputy Watterson on September 20 near Coffee Pot Road. Gay allegedly had Suboxone in his possession when he was stopped by the officer.

? Kayla Suzann Barger, 21, Crothersville; charged with Level 6 felony maintaining a common nuisance. Arresting officer was Deputy Watterson on September 20. Barger was with Gay and owned the 2006 Dodge Caravan stopped by the deputy. The vehicle was impounded.

? Dustin R. Hines, 34, Austin; charged with Level 6 felony unlawful possession of syringe and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Arresting officer was Indiana State Police Trooper Zachary Smith who came across Hines on September 21 near Water Tower and Booe Roads near Austin.

? Jerrica N. Cooksey, 27, Scottsburg; charged with Level 6 unlawful possession of syringe, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of heroin and two misdemeanors of possession of a controlled substance. Arresting officer was Detective Paul Clute of the Sheriff’s Department on September 22. Cooksey was arrested at the home of Barry Kiefer. A 15-day hold without bond was placed on her because of prior convictions.

? Barry R. Kiefer, 55, Scottsburg; charged with the same charges as Cooksey as well as misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Det. Clute and Probation Officer Scott Pool found Kiefer with Cooksey in the mobile home on September 22. He allegedly told the officer that he was trying to help Cooksey get off drugs.

? Shelbie N. Fields, 21, Austin; charged with Level 6 felonies of unlawful possession of syringe and possession of meth and misdemeanor theft. Arresting officer was Austin Police Chief Robert Gudgel on September 23. He took Fields into custody after she was allegedly caught stealing makeup at the Dollar General Store. A 15-day hold without bail was placed on Fields by authorities.

? Martha Hathcoat, 49, Scottsburg; charged with Level 6 felony possession of meth and misdemeanors of possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia. Deputy Josh Watterson stopped Hathcoat as she was allegedly speeding on U.S. 31 in Scottsburg on September 29. Hathcoat reportedly had a suspended driver license and no proof of insurance for the vehicle. Given permission to search the vehicle, the officer said he found pills and drug paraphernalia as well as a straw coated with meth residue.

? Jarrod D. Scifers, 30, Scottsburg, was arrested on September 29 after Deputy Joe Johnson allegedly saw a syringe where Scifers had been seated in a car. Scifers reportedly admitted the syringe was his. Unlawful possession of a syringe is a Level 6 felony.

All defendants have had initial hearings in Circuit Court, with jury trial dates assigned and bail set. Barry Kiefer filed a cash bond of $2,500 and was released to await his trial. Both Hathcoat and Scifers were released on home detention and are subject to weekly drug tests.

 

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October events featured for public to enjoy outdoors PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 04 October 2017 10:22

 

 

Festivals in Scott County are family-friendly and offer free entertainment, great eats, interesting booths and lots of activities. Next on the schedule are:

? “Mystery, Murder and Mayhem” is planned by staff and volunteers of the Scott County Historical Society and the Heritage Center and Museum at the Pigeon Roost Monument for Friday, October 13. The event will feature gripping stories, but the evening is designed with families in mind. Tales will be told around a bonfire starting at 7 p.m., and families are welcome to come earlier and enjoy their own picnic meals or roast hot dogs and marshmallows. Reservations will not be taken for this outdoor event. Donations to the museum’s operating fund will be appreciated. The event’s raindate is Friday, October 20.

? Austin Firemen’s Festival on Friday and Saturday, October 13 and 14, on the grounds of the Jennings Township Volunteer Fire Department in downtown Austin. Fish will be fried and consumed and plenty of booths are promised as well as musical entertainment all the time and hayrides in the evenings.

? Saturday, October 21, is designated as Hardy Lake Fall Fun Day at the state recreation area. People enjoy camping at the lake and decorating for Halloween. The event will be followed by the Hardy Lake “Owl ‘O Ween Spooktacular Weekend” on Saturday, October 28. Hours on both days are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Each will begin with an outdoor breakfast at the shelter house overlooking the lake, hours 7 to 10 a.m. Cost is $6.50 for adults and $3 for children ages three to 12. Lake staff will offer pumpkin carving, wagon rides, a costume fashion show and then trick-or-treating at the campgrounds. The public is invited to attend.

? Scottsburg Main Street’s Halloween Night in downtown Scottsburg on Tuesday, October 31. Over 1,300 children enjoyed this event with their parents last year, thanks to supporting businesses on and around the square and summer-like weather. Dress up and visit each business to receive candy and other treats.

? Courtyard Christmas and lighted parade in downtown Scottsburg on Saturday, November 25. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will be coming to town in style as part of the lighted parade at 6 p.m. The jolly couple will also be at Santa’s Workshop in the courtyard square to visit with children and hand out candy treats. Look for supporting businesses which will remain open and offer meal and treat specials, and grab a free, horse-drawn carriage ride as part of the holiday fun.

? Austin Christmas Parade and city open house, all scheduled for Saturday, December 2. Santa will come to town in style during the parade and then visit with youngsters at the yearly open house. The parade will begin at 1 p.m., and the open house will follow immediately after in the old gym at Austin Upper Elementary School.

 
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