Seymour man cited in crash that breaks store’s window PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 05 January 2018 15:39


A man with a Seymour address has been cited with misdemeanor failure to stop after an accident in the wake of a crash in downtown Scottsburg on December 31.

Gregory A. Helton, 22, reportedly admitted to Scottsburg Patrolman Shawn Hurt that he had been behind the wheel when his car went out of control and struck a decorative planter and a lamppost along West McClain Avenue (State Road 56).

Ptl. Hurt related that he got a call at 3:19 a.m. that Sunday from Deputy Rex Herald that there had been an accident at North Main and West McClain. When the patrolman arrived at the scene, he said he found that someone had hit the planter and lamppost. The lamppost fell against the front window of the Scottsburg Pet Shop and broke the glass.

Debris at the scene included a piece of a yellow vehicle, Ptl. Hurt related in the probable cause affidavit.

Later that morning, Ptl. Hurt received a tip that the driver was Helton and he could be found at an apartment at The Willows west of Scottsburg.

As the officer was looking at the damaged car in one of the complex’s parking lots, Helton came out. He said he came to a relative’s apartment after the accident and had planned to call police to report the accident. Looking at his damaged car “…freaked him out,” the officer reported Helton saying. The call was apparently never made.

Helton said he lost control of the car after turning left onto McClain Ave. from South Main Street.

He was placed under arrest.

An initial court hearing is scheduled for him on Tuesday, January 9. Bail is set at $5,000 by corporate surety bond or $500 cash.

Charges filed against driver injured in crash after chase PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 05 January 2018 15:38


Three charges have been filed against a Branchville resident for his alleged part in a long-distance chase that started in Austin.

Kody Anthony Lee Warf, 22, is now facing charges of Level 6 felonies of resisting law enforcement and possession of a narcotic drug and misdemeanor reckless driving in Scott Circuit Court.

The incident began on Saturday, December 16, when Austin Patrolman Anthony Shilow Hurt was assisting at a medical call. He was nearly hit by a vehicle he described in the probable cause affidavit as “…being driven recklessly…” Ptl. Hurt began following the vehicle as it was driven toward the Interstate 65 interchange with State Road 256. He turned on his siren and emergency lights in an attempt to get the vehicle to stop, but it instead was driven onto southbound I-65.

On the interstate, the vehicle began speeding and swerving in and out of traffic, apparently in an attempt to lose the pursuing officer. Ptl. Hurt reported that, at the 28 mile marker, the driver braked twice, allegedly to get the officer to collide with him.

Clark County deputies entered the action as the vehicle and Ptl. Hurt entered that county on I-65. Just north of the Memphis interchange, the driver apparently lost control of the vehicle and it flipped several times.

Officers moved in as the car settled, but Ptl. Hurt said the driver wasn’t through. He reportedly tried to hit the Austin officer and several Clark County personnel as they attempted to get him out of the vehicle.

Ambulance technicians were called to administer aid. The driver, identified as Warf, and his passengers, two women, were transported by ambulance to a hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.

While he was receiving medical attention at the scene, Warf allegedly swallowed a small baggie located in his mouth, EMS technicians reported.

In an inventory of the wrecked vehicle, a man’s coat was found on the floor of the driver’s side. A baggie with nearly four grams of heroin was located in a pocket, the affidavit stated.

A warrant for Warf’s arrest was issued January 3. Bail in the case has been set at $35,000 by corporate surety bond or $3,500 cash.




City of Scottsburg now paying less for IMPA-provided power PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 05 January 2018 15:37


2018 will prove a less expensive year for the City of Scottsburg and its electrical customers.

The wholesale supplier of the city’s electrical power, the Indiana Municipal Power Agency (IMPA), is charging its member cities less. IMPA’s Board of Commissioners approved the 3.5% decrease in 2018 wholesale rates for its 61 members in late 2017.

The new prices took effect January 1.

“While prices seem to be on the increase for other utilities, IMPA is extremely proud to pass on a decrease in wholesale electrical rates to our member municipal utilities for 2018,” advised Raj Rao, IMPA President and CEO.

“Thanks to the visionary efforts of our founders in the 1980s, who foresaw the benefits of creating an organization that would own and share generating resources between many utilities, our members continue to reap the benefits of municipal ownership and agency membership,” Rao stated. “IMPA’s ownership in generation assets combined with a reduction of regulatory requirements at the federal level and our strong financial position, has enabled us to pass this decrease on to our members.”

This is the second year in a row that IMPA’s wholesale electric rates to member communities have decreased. IMPA’s rates are based on its operating costs, which are derived from its diverse generation and transmission ownership, purchased power, debt service and administrative and general expenses. The 2018 decrease is a result of IMPA’s investments in generation and transmission projects over the past two decades. All of the agency’s newer units, which include new solar projects, and a reduced regulatory burden are contributing to lower, sustained costs for this year and beyond.

According to Scottsburg Mayor Bill Graham, who serves as an IMPA Commissioner, the agency has traditionally provided some of the lowest electric rates in the state.

“The agency’s commitment to providing a low-cost, reliable power supply to its member cities and towns enables Scottsburg to provide that same commitment to our customers. This wholesale rate decrease is just another example of how Scottsburg and IMPA work to best serve the people in our communities,” stated Mayor Graham.


4-H Enrollment Open Now Through Jan. 15 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Friday, 05 January 2018 15:36


4-H is an extracurricular, volunteer led, family-oriented program. 4-H is for all youth, from cities and towns as well as rural areas and farms. 4-H prepares young people to be leaders in their communities and around the world through hands-on experiences alongside their peers and caring adults. This program helps young people develop life skills.

This program is for youth in grades K through 12. Mini 4-H is free for youth Kindergarten through 2nd grade. Enrollment fee is $15 for 3rd grade and up and you can enroll online at Enrollment dates are October 1st through Jan 15th. If you need financial assistance to join 4-H please contact the Extension Office.

Youth are encouraged to complete at least one 4-H project that will be a learning experience for the 4-H members. There are a variety of projects that can be completed through 4-H. These range from baking foods, sewing, making crafts, taking pictures, learning about electricity, firearm safety with shooting sports club, cake decorating, home environment and aerospace to name a few. Youth may also exhibit a variety of livestock projects through 4-H as well.

Other activities include Career Development Events that 4-H members can participate in include Livestock and Dairy judging, Soils judging, Crops, Entomology and Forestry judging, Horse judging. These events help enhance decision making skills, public speaking skills, help develop friendships, etc. The surrounding counties also participate in an area wide 4-H camp that is held in June in Underwood, IN. There are also opportunities at the state level which include workshops allowing youth to stay overnight at the university campus and learn about leadership and career exploration.

Scott County 4-H program offers various workshops such as livestock reasons workshop for beginner livestock judgers, jewelry making, sewing, photography, etc.

If anyone is interested in becoming a 4-H member, volunteer or donate to this great program, feel free to contact the Purdue Extension Scott County Office at 812-752-8450. We are located in the basement of the Courthouse in suite G-30 and are open Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.





Young woman’s death January 1 remains under investigation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 05 January 2018 15:34


The investigation into the circumstances leading to the death of a 23-year-old Scottsburg area woman is continuing, according to Chief Deputy Shawn Mayer.

The frozen body of Morgan Coomer, 23, West Thomastown Road, was discovered by a passing motorist around 10:30 a.m. in a roadside ditch on the graveled portion of Thomastown Road. That person called 9-1-1 to report the body and remained at the scene while officers from the Sheriff’s Department, technicians with Scott County EMS and a First Responder with the Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department responded.

Reserve deputies Ron Howard and Greg Martin happened to be near the location because they were assisting with the department’s annual New Year’s free dinner program. They were the first on the scene and began securing the area. Deputy Joe Johnson arrived next and took charge of the scene. He called the Sellersburg post of the Indiana State Police (ISP) to request technical assistance, and officers with ISP were also quick to respond. Scott County Sheriff Dan McClain, Chief Deputy Mayer, Coroner Jerry Buchanan and the Prosecutor’s Office were also involved in the investigation at the scene.

The young woman’s body was clothed in jeans, a light top and shoes with a flannel shirt tied around her waist. No purse or coat was recovered. “She certainly wasn’t clothed properly to protect her against the low temperatures we’ve been experiencing,” noted Chief Deputy Mayer. The body showed no signs of physical violence or trauma.

“The autopsy was performed (on Tuesday, January 2). Lab reports are not expected to be completed for six to eight weeks,” advised Chief Deputy Mayer. Deputy Johnson is lead investigator in the case.

Currently, officers are seeking any information about Coomer’s activities on December 31 and January 1. Officers were told Coomer left her parents’ home, but the identity of a companion or companions is currently being determined.

“We’ve received many tips, and we are investigating all of them. We are also talking to family members, neighbors and friends. We are building a timeline of Morgan’s actions to indicate where she was at what time. Our goal is to give her family some relief in this tragedy by learning the truth,” related Chief Deputy Mayer.

Anyone having pertinent information about Morgan Coomer is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 812-752-8400 and request to speak to Deputy Johnson or Chief Deputy Mayer or call the 24-hour Tip Line at 812-752-7898.

The Chief Deputy also had advice for the general public: “Don’t believe all of the rumors that you may be hearing from friends or via social media. We also ask that you respect the family’s privacy during this time. Express your condolences, but allow them to grieve for their loved one.”

The deceased was the daughter of Steven Russell Coomer and Robin R. Smith Coomer.

The funeral was conducted at the Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg on Friday afternoon, January 5. Dr. John Croasdell officiated.

Burial was in New Providence Cemetery.

Memorial contributions toward final expenses may be arranged by contacting the staff of the funeral home.

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