Driver fleeing crash scene on tire rim located by deputy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 22 November 2017 13:37




A driver who allegedly left the scene of a car crash on Sunday night, November 19, now faces a misdemeanor charge of failure to stop.

William B. Prostler, 38, is apparently homeless and lives in the 2000 Chrysler Voyager mini-van he was driving just before 8 p.m. on North Main Street Road. Tonya A. Maxwell, 48, Scottsburg, told Deputy Joe Baker that she was driving south on the county road in her 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee with the green mini-van in front of her.

She said the van lost its right front tire, and her Jeep ran over it, causing damage to her vehicle.

Maxwell said she call 9-1-1 to report the accident and then pulled up beside the disabled van and told Prostler to talk to her. She said she told him she had contacted the police and needed him to stay at the scene.

Instead, Prostler reportedly told the woman that he wasn’t going to stay and that he needed to get the van to a motel. He drove off, though the van had only a rim. Maxwell remained at the scene and provided Prostler’s license plate number.

Property damage was estimated at up to $5,000 by Deputy Baker.

Prostler was found still headed south on Main Street. The rim had caused some damage to the road surface, noted the arresting officer, Deputy J.R. Ward. His van was impounded.

The suspect was taken to the local jail and incarcerated. The misdemeanor was filed that Monday, and Prostler had his initial court hearing that day.

A bench trial was scheduled for January 23, with Prostler being freed on his own recognizance with the condition that he not drive a vehicle.




Driver in recent injury accident facing criminal charges PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 22 November 2017 13:35

Several charges have been filed against a woman alleged to have been the driver of a car involved in an injury accident.

The accident occurred on West Lake Road on October 31. Belinda M. Decker, also known as Belinda Cowan, was reportedly driving a car which wrecked. She had abrasions and cuts and her male passenger suffered a broken leg in the mishap.

Decker allegedly told Deputies Joe Guarneri and J.R. Ward that another man was driving but he had left the scene on foot. The injured passenger said no one else was in the car and that Decker had been driving. An odor of alcohol was in the car, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Charges were filed against Decker on November 14. She is charged with Class A misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI) and Class C misdemeanor operating a motor vehicle when she never received a driver license.

Another misdemeanor charge was filed against Decker on the same day. Deputies Jacklyn Colwell and Joe Baker had investigated Decker’s October 26 statement that she had been sexually assaulted by a male acquaintance in his home. The woman reportedly did not complete a sexual assault examination. Decker also allegedly returned to the man’s residence and continued to communicate with him by voice, text and Facebook.

When asked for a statement, the accused man said Decker had been at his home for the past three days. He requested that a police officer accompany him to the residence and tell her to leave. In the presence of the officer, she denied having made the accusations against her friend and gave several versions of what had occurred to officers.

The incident resulted in the Class B misdemeanor charge of false informing being filed.

Bail for the OWI charges is set at $7,500 by corporate surety bond or $750 cash. The bail for the false informing charge is $10,000 by surety bond or $1,000 cash.




Several injury accidents reported by County Sheriff’s Department PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 22 November 2017 10:53

Four of the accidents which happened from Monday, November 6, through Friday, November 10, caused injuries to six people, records maintained by the Sheriff’s Department indicated.

Four-year-old injured in recent rear-end collision PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 22 November 2017 10:52

A four-year-old was the only person listed as injured in a two-car crash that occurred on Monday evening, November 13, on U.S. Highway 31 South in Scottsburg.

Young, Donnelly Welcome Scott County Sheriff McClain’s Nomination as U.S. Marshal PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 November 2017 10:52

U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) today welcomed the nomination of Scott County Sheriff Dan McClain to serve as the U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Indiana. President Donald Trump announced the nomination today.

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