Fireworks Laws Hoosiers Need to Know PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 12:16

Fireworks season has arrived, and the State Fire Marshal is reminding all Hoosiers to be mindful of fireworks laws when celebrating this summer.
“Fireworks can be very entertaining to watch, but there are laws in place that are often overlooked when it comes to their usage,” said State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson. “We want for everyone to enjoy their summer, but we also want them to do so responsibly.”
Hoosiers should remember the following laws when setting off fireworks:
·         The person setting off fireworks could be liable for damage on any property.
·         Fireworks may only be set off on the user’s property, on the property of someone who has consented to the use of fireworks or at locally-mandated special discharge locations. Not all communities designate a special discharge location.
·         Throughout the year, fireworks may only be used between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. Local ordinance may limit this further.
·         No local limitations may be placed on holidays and specially designated days listed below.
Specially designated days for fireworks use are June 29 through July 3 and July 5 through 9. On those days, fireworks may be used between 9 a.m. until two hours after sunset.
On holidays (Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and New Year’s Eve), fireworks may be used between 9 a.m. and midnight.
There are penalties that come with breaking the laws regarding fireworks. Here are a few examples:
·         A person using fireworks anywhere other than the three previously listed places could face a maximum fine of $500 per infraction.
·         Damaging someone else’s property with fireworks could result in a fine of $5,000 as well as one year imprisonment. Restitution costs to the property owner may also be assessed.
·         Someone recklessly, knowingly, or intentionally using fireworks and causing the serious injury or death of someone else could face imprisonment and a maximum fine of $10,000.
·         Anyone under the age of 18 possessing or using fireworks without the presence of an adult could face a fine of $500 per infraction.
Not only do fireworks users need to abide by laws, but so do fireworks retailers who sell to the public,  who may only sell 1.4G consumer fireworks. Dealers must hold a permit through Indiana Department of Homeland Security’s Fire and Building Safety Division, which is overseen by the State Fire Marshal.
No one younger than18 may purchase fireworks.
For more fireworks safety tips, visit www.GetPrepared.in.gov. For more information on local ordinances and fireworks limitations, contact local officials.

 
Scott County Sheriff Warns of IRS Scams PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 12:09

The Scott County Sheriff's Office has recently received several reports regarding citizens getting phone calls from someone claiming to be an IRS agent. The call can come from a spoofed number that looks like an IRS phone number. The person on the phone says that a debt is owed to the IRS and a warrant will be issued for your arrest if you do not pay it. The person then gives directions to transfer money into a bank account to resolve the issue.

Sheriff Dan McClain encourages everyone to follow the scam prevention tips from the IRS.gov website below:

The IRS Will Never:

Call to demand immediate payment over the phone, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money and you don’t owe taxes, here’s what you should do:

Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.
Contact TIGTA (Treasury Inspector General Tax Administration) to report the call  at 1-800-366-4484.
Use their IRS "Impersonation Scam Reporting" web page at https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml
Report it to the Federal Trade Commission using the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on http://www.ftc.gov (Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes).
If you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS directly at 1-800-829-1040.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 June 2016 12:09
 
Local court records reveal drug-related arrests continue to happen in Scott County PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Browning   
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 09:14

Among other arrests made by law enforcement agencies over the past couple of weeks were several involving drugs or drug-related charges.

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Eleven young people cited at site of June 19 party for underage drinking PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 09:12

The purported host and a total of 11 alleged underage drinkers were taken into custody by sheriff’s deputies early on Sunday, June 19, at a home west of Austin.

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Three accidents result in three people reported injured in city and county mishaps PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 09:11

Two adults and a 13-year-old boy were listed as injured in three recent crashes that occurred in Scottsburg, Austin and Finley Township.

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