Couple in Austin camper arrested when syringe filled with heroin found by officers PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 March 2016 11:58



A couple discovered by officers tipped off about possible drug activity was arrested in a camper on Blunt Avenue in Austin on February 12.

Larry M. Burnett, 43, North Bogardus Road, Austin, and Christine N. Smith, 29, Scottsburg, were taken into custody after sheriff's deputies and Austin officers were advised that there was drug activity at a house at the address. Deputies Paul Clute and Joe Guarneri went to a camper behind the house and found Burnett and Smith. While talking to Smith, Deputy Guarneri said he saw a hypodermic syringe on a shelf. Smith told him at that time she was in the county's needle exchange program. When she fetched the needle exchange card from her purse, Guarneri stepped inside to look at the card. At that time, he said he saw the end of a marijuana cigarette in an ashtray and smelled burned marijuana in the camper.

As he approached the ashtray, Deputy Guarneri said he saw another hypodermic needle “...full with a brown, liquid-like substance...” Chief Deputy Don Campbell stated later the syringe “...was 'loaded' for use.”

More hypodermic needles, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and heroin was found inside the camper, a department release stated.

Initial hearings for Burnett and Smith were conducted in Scott Superior Court on February 16 on charges of possession of cocaine/narcotic drug, visiting a common nuisance, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. Not guilty pleas were entered for the defendants, with Burnett assigned a trial date of May 12 and Smith a trial date of May 16.

Public defenders were assigned to the cases.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 March 2016 12:00
Public 2015 Stucker Ditch study presentation set at SHS commons on March 28 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 March 2016 11:57


Anyone interested in flooding currently happening in Scott County is invited to attend a presentation on Monday evening, March 28, at Scottsburg High School.

The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the high school's commons.

The study completed late last year by staff of HWC Engineering has already been reviewed by members of the Scott County Drainage Board, Scott County Commissioners and the Scott County Council.

Knowing that facts gathered could affect its ability to obtain grants, the Drainage Board requested support from Commissioners. Commissioners in turn asked that the study's $40,000 price tag be paid by the County Council. Once Councilmen agreed to foot that bill, engineers fanned out on foot to track Stucker Ditch.

Stucker Fork has been proved to drain at least 75% of Scott County from its mouth in Lexington Township along its journey to the Muscatatuck River in Jennings Township. Flooding takes its toll on infrastructure and the bills to replace or repair those structures.

2015 was an excellent year to experience the effects of flooding in Scott County since two months have been declared the wettest on record by the National Weather Service.

Over the years, flooding has taken acres of agricultural land out of production, and some property owners are now required to buy flood insurance. Subsidies for flood insurance premiums are beginning to disappear, so homeowners and farmers with land currently in flood plains may soon find themselves with unexpected expenses to keep their properties covered by insurance.

The study traces Stucker Ditch through farm and residential areas, showing how silting has caused excess surface water to flow out of its banks and onto roads, bridges, cropland and homes.

Strategies to correct most flooding are also covered as are the projected costs.

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50% match for SHS scholarship fund offered through March 31 by Foundation PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 March 2016 11:56


Alumni of Scottsburg High School are being asked to donate to the SHS Alumni Association's scholarship fund before March 31 to ensure the fund gets additional dollars.

The Alumni Association has established an endowment fund with the Scott County Community Foundation. The move helps alumni donate directly to fund scholarships for students intending to attend college or further their training after graduation. Scholarships have provided thousands of dollars for higher education over the years.

Thanks to the Lilly Endowment, dollars given to the Foundation through Thursday, March 31, will be matched 100% if given to unrestricted funds. If designated for specific funds, like the new Alumni endowment fund, each dollar will earn 50 cents. Consequently, a $100 contribution will grow by half, reaping $150 for alumni scholarships.

Individual SHS graduates or classes can donate directly to the fund by making checks out to the Scott County Community Foundation, designating contributions to the SHS Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.

On-line payments may be made by visiting

The new Foundation fund is a long-term project. Until it is fully funded, alumni scholarships must continue to come from the association's operating fund. Therefore, the Alumni Association is asking its members to also consider donations toward 2016 scholarships by donating to its operating fund. Those contributions may be sent to SHS Alumni Association, P.O. Box 161, Scottsburg, IN 47170.

Contributors may note that all donations are now tax deductible, since the association has completed its incorporation process and applied for 501(c)(3) status.

This year's Alumni Association Banquet will be held on Saturday evening, June 25, at the SHS commons. For information about new by-laws and the banquet, visit, click on “Schools,” then “Scottsburg High School,” and finally the “Alumni” tab.

Officers with the association are also collecting nominations for the 2016 Outstanding Alumnus Award. Any SHS graduate is eligible for nomination, which must be submitted by April 15.

Nominations may take the form of a letter containing the candidate's name, contact information, age, graduating year, brief biographical information and reasons why the individual is deserving of the award. Include any information which will help the committee make a good selection.

Nominations submitted by mail must be sent to SHS Alumni Association, P.O. Box 161, Scottsburg, IN 47170. By email, send material to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 March 2016 11:56
Scott County Sheriff's Dept and Scottsburg Police Call a Full-Court Press to Combat Dangerous and Impaired Driving During March Enforcement Campaign PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 March 2016 11:54



The Scott County Sheriff's Department and Scottsburg Police Department announced that they will join efforts with over 250 Indiana state and local law enforcement agencies to increase education and enforcement around dangerous and impaired driving. From March 4 through March 27, officers across the state will conduct high-visibility patrols specifically designated to identify and intercept those driving aggressively and under the influence.

“Between Indiana's deep-rooted basketball pride and the St. Patrick's Day holiday, much of Indiana celebrates throughout the month of March,” said Sheriff Dan McClain. “Celebrating responsibly is important and our officers will be out in full force to keep those celebrating, safe. So if we see you driving dangerously or find you over the limit, you will be under arrest. Period.”

Increased enforcement during March is a statewide effort supported by federal funding allocated to Scott County from the Traffic Safety division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI). A total of 17 officers will work overtime to conduct observational patrols and sobriety checkpoints around the clock.

According to ICJI, in March 2015 there were 529 alcohol-related crashes across Indiana, resulting in 214 injuries and five fatatlities. Additionally, during the same period, crash reports indicate 1,606 collisions occurred due to dangerous driving, resulting in 332 injuries and four fatalities. Dangerous driving includes such factors as “speed too fast for weather conditions,” driver distracted,” and “driver asleep or fatigued.”

“Keeping our roadways safe is a priority,” said ICJI Executive Director Dave Murtaugh. Our dedicated officers who patrol our roadways all across the state are the first line of defense. Motorists need to do their part to ensure our roadways are safe by making responsible choices. From watching the basketball tournament action to taking part in St. Patrick's Day celebrations, it's up to you to be safe and responsible. If you are going to drink, do not drive. It's that simple.”

Accidents resulting from dangerous and impaired driving are preventable. The Scott County Law Enforcement and ICJI would like to remind motorists safe driving is as following these easy steps:

Before the celebration begins, plan a safe way home.

Do not drive impaired.

If you drink, use a taxi, public transportation, ridesharing service or designate a sober friend or family member, and give them your keys.

If you see a drunk driver on the road, call 911.

If you know someone who is about to drive or ride impaired. Take their keys and help make arrangements to get them home safely.

To learn more about the Scott County Sheriff's Department please visit: For more information on Indiana's efforts on impaired driving prevention and enforcement, please visit:

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 March 2016 11:54
Six injury accidents reported recently; motorcyclist badly hurt, passenger unconscious PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 March 2016 11:51



Three injury accidents occurring between February 25 and 27 occurred in Scottsburg, police records revealed.

The first was reported just before 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 25, on State Road 56 202 feet east of Main Street in downtown Scottsburg.

Drivers were Mark D. Self, 36, Scottsburg, and Teresa L. Cantu, 48, Seymour. Self was driving a 2013 Chrysler 200, while Cantu was behind the wheel of a 2014 Chevy Equinox.

Self told Sgt. Joe Nicholson that he was eastbound and did not realize Cantu was slowing down. Self struck the rear of the Equinox, causing under $1,000 damage. Unfortunately, Cantu's passenger, Stephen Pierson, 68, Seymour, experienced neck pain following the crash. No apparent medical care at the scene was indicated on the accident report.

Cause of the accident was cited as driver distraction.

The most serious accident happened at 5:25 p.m. on Friday, February 26, on U.S. Highway 31 North at Vest Street.

Patrolman Trevis Burr and Sgt. Rodney Watts were dispatched to the scene as were Scott County EMS technicians and First Responders with the Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department.

Motorcyclist Todd J. Hook, 24, Scottsburg, was riding a 1973 Honda northbound on U.S. 31 when a 2001 Ford Ranger operated by Betty J. Caudill, 52, Austin, pulled out from Vest St. to go south on the highway. Caudill later told Ptl. Burr she did not see Hook.

The Ranger struck the motorcyclist on the side of the Honda, tossing Hook and the motorcycle into the southbound lanes.

Hook's leg was severely injured. He was stabilized by EMS staff and First Responders and then taken to University of Louisville Hospital, where he was still being treated on Monday, February 29.

Caudill was not injured. Property damage was listed at up to $5,000.

A Scottsburg man was injured in a crash on Saturday evening, February 27, on S.R. 56 West at the I-65 interchange.

Sgt. Steven Herald and Sgt. Nicholas were dispatched to the scene, located just before the I-65 overpass in the westbound lanes.

Information from the two drivers and a witness indicated that Jared W. Lucas, 21, Austin, was driving a 2005 Nissan Titan pickup truck which was pulling a trailer. He was eastbound at the traffic light, waiting to turn left onto northbound I-65.

Lucas said he saw the other vehicle, identified as a 2012 Kia Sedona SUV being driven by Gabriel E. Land, 38, Scottsburg, as it left a liquor store parking lot, but Lucas related that he thought he had plenty of time to make his turn across the westbound lanes.

He did not. Though the pickup cleared the lane, the trailer was struck by the Sedona. A witness's statement described a similar scene.

Land experienced back pain after the impact and was assisted by Scott County EMS technicians at the scene.

Property damage was estimated at up to $10,000 by Sgt. Herald.

Then, the Sheriff's Department got busy, investigating three injury accidents between Friday, March 4, and Sunday, March 6.

Deputies Josh Watterson, Joe Johnson and Joe Guarneri were dispatched to Bogardus Road about 1,000 feet north of Crothersville Road at 12:41 a.m. that Friday.

There, they found a wrecked 2000 Mazda 626 but not its driver, who was later identified as Gregory L. Baker, 49, Austin.

Baker told Deputy Watterson that he had been headed south on Bogardus Rd. when his car left the road, traveling down an embankment and hitting a utility pole. Baker said he managed to get out of the car and climbed back up on the road, where he was picked up by a woman, who drove him to her home before emergency crews arrived on the scene.

The incident is still under investigation.

Baker's injuries were described as incapacitating on the officer's report, and he was transported to Scott Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Property damage was estimated at up to $10,000 including the utility pole, which is owned by Jackson County REMC.

The second mishap on Friday, which occurred just before noon, was the worst of the three, causing what was described as severe head injuries to a passenger in one of the vehicles.

This accident happened when a westbound semi-tractor-trailer operated by Joseph Humes, 57, Kings Mountain, N.C., was turning north off of State Road 356 onto Tombstone Drive. Humes slowed to make the turn, allowing the driver's side of the semi-trailer flatbed to remain partially in the westbound lane, according to Deputy Paul Clute's report.

Willard Gay, 65, Scottsburg, was driving west on S.R. 356 in his 1990 Ford Ranger with a friend, Everitt Hargis, 65, Henryville. According to the report, Gay's Ranger hit the trailer on the passenger side, then went out of control and into a ditch on the highway's south side.

The impact, Deputy Clute related, caused the passenger side of the Ranger's cab to cave in on Hargis, causing head injuries to the Henryville man. He was trapped inside the wreckage. Gay also suffered from heavy facial bleeding.

Both men were assisted by Scott County EMS and then transported to University of Louisville Hospital. Their conditions are not known.

Property damage was estimated at up to $10,000.

Deputies James Shelton and Rex Herald worked an accident before 9 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, near where the first of the trio had happened on Friday.

They were dispatched to Bogardus Road about 500 feet south of Crothersville Road.

Driver William S. Combs, 20, Austin, said he attempted to brake as he was traveling south on Bogardus Rd. and approaching Crothersville Rd. Unfortunately, his brakes failed, and he had to swerve to avoid another vehicle in front of him being driven by Ronald Lamb, Austin. Lamb, it was learned, had just turned onto Bogardus Rd. from the other road.

Combs' 1991 Chevy pickup left the road on its east side, tore through a fence and struck a small tree at the bottom of a hill.

Combs suffered a possible injury to his knee/lower leg/foot. He was transported to the local hospital for treatment.

Property damage was estimated at up to $5,000 including the privately-owned fence.



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