Man charged with burglary pinned by angry wife between car and pickup truck PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 26 July 2016 10:51



A man charged with burglarizing a neighbor's property on East Bridgewater Road found himself days later pinned between his wife's car and a pickup truck.

James Butler, 31, was taken into custody by Detective Paul Clute with the Sheriff's Department on July 18. He was charged with one count of Level 5 felony burglary, one count of Level 6 felony receiving stolen auto parts and a Class A misdemeanor charge of theft.

Det. Clute first opened the burglary case on June 30 when a nearby neighbor of Butler's called and said his barn had been entered and a piece of equipment, a Bobcat, had apparently been tampered with. A non-working starter had been put on it, and its original vehicle identification number (VIN) plate had apparently been taken off and replaced with another.

During his investigation, Det. Clute visited the Butler residence with Detective Jeremy Arnold. Butler had a Bobcat, and its VIN was registered to the neighbor's equipment, not his. The Bobcat Butler had was reported stolen from Huntingburg two years earlier, the officer learned.

Butler was transported to the Scott County Security Center on the afternoon of July 18. So was his wife, Natalie Butler, 39, after officers learned she was wanted on a warrant for battery causing bodily injury.

Apparently, the couple had argued on July 15. Deputy Joe Johnson was dispatched to the East Bridgewater Rd. home that Friday to investigate a domestic disturbance. He was told that Natalie Butler had backed her Mitsubishi into James Butler and pinned him with the car against a pickup truck.

James Butler suffered severe pain from an apparent knee injury caused by the incident.

Natalie Butler appeared in Scott Circuit Court on July 18 to enter a plea on charges that included felony battery, Level 6 felony criminal recklessness and misdemeanor domestic battery.

She pleaded not guilty and advised Judge Roger Duvall she planned to hire an attorney. Bail was set at $10,000 by corporate surety bond or $1,000 cash. A condition was attached to her bail, that she have no contact with James Butler.

Her initial trial date is November 15.

The next day, July 19, James Butler was in the same courtroom to enter a not guilty plea against the burglary charges.

He too pleaded not guilty and was assigned an initial trial date of November 1.

His bail was originally set at $50,000 by corporate surety bond or $10,000 cash. Judge Duvall lowered that to $2,000 cash, and James Butler was released on a cash bond on July 20.

U.S. 31 traffic lanes 'flipped' on Monday in Scottsburg; Austin paving in 2 weeks PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 26 July 2016 10:49





By now, those using U.S. Highway 31 in Scottsburg have hopefully become accustomed to driving on the newly-repaved west side lanes.

The shift of motorists from the east side to the improved west side occurred about 1:45 p.m. on Monday, July 25, just as paving crews with the state's contractor, Dave O'Mara, finished laying down new asphalt. Drivers are still restricted to one lane north and one lane south, both of which measure about ten feet in width. Anyone with a wider load than that is going to have to make other arrangements, either using Interstate 65 or, if that's not possible, going west of Scottsburg and using Boatman Road or going nearly 15 miles east and using State Road 3.

As noted in a past news release from the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), the work in Scottsburg ground to a halt for several weeks while the contractor and state engineers worked out a more comprehensive plan to repair and repave U.S. 31 in Scottsburg. Too much damage to the highway's original concrete base was revealed when work crews first milled up the old asphalt on the east lanes, necessitating a change in engineering plans.

In the words of INDOT media specialist Harry Maginity, “You don't lay down new pavement over a bad base.”

Those plans worked out, crews were back in Scottsburg soon after July 5, and work on the areas needing attention began. It was a lot of work, some spots being excavated several feet and filled in with stone before new concrete was poured.

Repaving on the west side lanes began late last week. By early Monday afternoon, crews had restriped what they'd paved, and traffic was switched over so similar work could be done on the east side lanes.

Plan and be patient when using U.S. 31: the Scottsburg restriction is scheduled to last for two more months. Eventually, crews will have the highway repaved from U.S. Highway 50 in Seymour to West Lake Road on Scottsburg's south side.

Those using U.S. 31 through Austin have it no better.

Deteriorating roadbed has been removed, and the highway's subgrade is now being stabilized. Paving in Austin is not expected to begin until the second week of August.

Hose who want to keep current on highway work zones and other traffic alerts can learn more at or by calling 1-800-261-7623 or 511 from a mobile phone. A couple of social media sites are also set up to provide such information, Use or Twitter_@INDOTSoutheast. People can also subscribe to receive text and email alerts at

Seven injured in two vehicular accidents on State Road 256 east of Austin PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 26 July 2016 10:46



Two separate vehicular accidents east of Austin happening on State Road 256 injured a total of seven people, two of which were small children.

In the first crash, a 2001 Honda Accord being driven east by 16-year-old Moriah L. Gibson Berger apparently swerved shortly after 1 p.m. on Monday, July 11, while coming around a curve 300 feet west of New Frankfort Road. The car went across the center and struck a westbound 2014 GMC Yukon operated by Melissa Robinson, 51, Deputy. The accident was described as a “sideswipe.”

Both the Honda and the SUV went off the road. Deputies Jac Sanders and Josh Watterson and Reserve Deputy B.J. Best found them on opposite sides of the highway beyond the point of impact.

Scott County EMS was summoned. Technicians transported Berger and her front seat passenger, Threnton A. Hearon, 15, Scottsburg, to Scott Memorial Hospital by ambulance. Berger suffered facial and neck injuries, and Hearon experienced neck pain.

Another, unidentified passenger in the Berger car who had been seated in the back of the Honda was treated at the scene for injuries to his mouth.

Berger was cited for two infractions, one for not having her learner's permit with her and a second for driving left of center.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene. Total property damage was estimated at up to $25,000.

Five more accidents happened during the week, but none involved injuries, though one was interesting.

Joshua L. Klossner, 31, Scottsburg, was driving south on U.S. Highway 31 during a driving rainstorm late Friday afternoon, July 15. As he negotiated the wet road, a tree fell on top of his 1999 Dodge Durango about 300 feet north of Everitt Road.

Klossner was not hurt in the incident, but the tree fell with force and caused up to $10,000 damage to his vehicle.

Possible brake failure may have been a factor in a two-vehicle crash that occurred just before 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 17, on S.R. 256 at its intersection with Terry Road.

Derrek S. Chapman, 18, was driving a 2003 Chevy Monte Carlo south on Terry Rd. He told Deputy Josh Watterson that he applied the brakes as he came to the intersection with S.R. 256 but his car continued on and was struck in the front passenger fender by a 2006 Ford Fusion driven by Roy Coomer, 61, Deputy.

Chapman refused treatment at the scene, but three people in the Coomer car were treated for injuries. Coomer experience pain in his shoulder/upper arm. Two children, Ethan Coomer, 1, and Derrek Spicer, 3, were in child restraint devices, but were listed with possible, unspecified injuries. All were transported by Scott County EMS ambulance to Scott Memorial.

Chapman's passenger in the front seat, Charles S. Robinson, 18, Scottsburg, was described as having neck pain. He too refused treatment at the scene.

Property damage from the mishap was estimated at up to $25,000, including landscaping at a church on the southeast corner of the intersection. Both vehicles came to rest on that corner after impact.

Dr. William Cooke is Named Physician of the Year PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 26 July 2016 10:41


Physician of the Year! Dr. William Cooke with Foundations Family Medicine in Austin, was awarded by Indiana Academy of Family Physicians at a conference at French Lick, as Physician of the Year, due to his continuum of practicing good health to citizens of Indiana.

Dr. Will Cooke was born and raised in Southern Indiana. When accepted to attend IU School of Medicine, he knew he wanted to provide care in an underserved rural community in Indiana. He was awarded the Primary Care Scholarship for his commitment to serving the impoverished. He graduated with honors in 2001 and within a few months started his Family Residency training at Ball Memorial Family Medicine Residence in Muncie, IN.

While in Muncie, he was recognized nationally for his work with patient education by being selected as a National Patient Education Scholar. He also developed and implemented an OB fellowship at his residency allowing him to be trained in high-risk obstetrics and C-sections.

He has many advanced procedural skills including but not limited to: colonoscopy, EGD, postpartum tubal ligation, LEEP, and vasectomy. He has been recognized by the State of Indiana with several awards including the "Star Performer" award for providing quality care. He is nationally recognized by the National Rural Institute on Alcohol & Drug Abuse with the Harold E. Hughes Exceptional Community Program Award. More recently, he was selected as a clinical scholar by the Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center. He is an outspoken leader, speaker, and defender of rural healthcare.

Board Certified in Family Medicine, he is a specialist in the comprehensive treatment of complete families. He has worked hard to develop a team approach to offer a full spectrum of the highest quality medical care possible.

From Telehealth technology to mobile outreach clinics and developing unique collaborations, Dr. Cooke has been at the forefront of innovative approaches to tackle the unique challenges of serving a rural community with limited resources.

Alleged actions and comments by Lexington man defined as sexual battery, intimidation PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 July 2016 10:08

A Lexington man has found himself the defendant in two recently-filed criminal cases in Scott Superior Court.

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