Buddy’s confession about burglary solves crimes reported at homes on State Road 203 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 15:46

A friendâ??s confession about recent actions allegedly committed by him and his buddy in the area of State Road 203, Lexington Township, led to both being charged with felony burglary and other offenses.

James P. Kolep, 34, Lexington, and Christopher Davis, 30, Scottsburg, are now being held in lieu of bails of $50,000 corporate surety bond or 10% cash. Each received a preliminary jury trial date of May 22 when they appeared before Judge Jason Mount in Scott Circuit Court on Thursday, February 9.

Kolep, who purportedly confessed to being an accomplice in a home burglary on February 3, has charges of Level 4 felony aiding in burglary, Level 6 felony theft and misdemeanors of trespass and criminal mischief.

Davisâ?? charges cover several incidents in which he was allegedly involved. Besides Level 4 felony burglary, Davis faces Level 5 felony battery and two counts of burglary; Level 6 felony theft, residential entry and resisting law enforcement; and misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief, theft and disorderly conduct and three of trespass.

Deputies became aware of a break-in in the S.R. 203 area on January 22 when a property owner told Deputy Shawn Mayer that he called 9-1-1 after finding a man lying on his garage floor. When the owner went back to his house to fetch a weapon, the intruder left. Gas had been siphoned from the manâ??s vehicle, and a gas can was stolen.

On February 3, Deputy Mayer and Detective Paul Clute were dispatched to another residence on S.R. 203 about a burglary.

A toolbox and other items had been taken. A caretaker of the property said he would be taking steps to secure the property since a back screen had been ripped and a window broken.

Later that same day, the same caretaker called 9-1-1 again. He told Deputy Mayer he had seen two men in a black Nissan Maxima as he and a friend were driving from the house after boarding up the window. They turned around and went back to the house and found what they thought was the same car parked in the driveway. The men positioned their vehicle behind it to prevent the Nissan from leaving.

Davis was seen coming from the back of the residence by the men. Kolep was sitting in the car. The suspicious pair managed to escape from the property, but the car struck the homeâ??s front porch.

Officers searched for the pair but were unable to locate them or the damaged car. They were told the Nissan had its license plate displayed in its back window.

Around 4:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 4, Deputy John Hartman narrowed the search for the damaged Nissan to a residence on South Concord Road. The officer found the car parked at the house at 4:30 a.m. When awakened, Kolepâ??s mother allegedly told Deputy Hartman that the car belonged to her son, who was a friend of Davis.

In talking with Kolep, the officer said Kolep admitted to being with Davis the previous day and described how he stayed in the Nissan while Davis went inside the house and stole some items.

After the pair had escaped from the caretaker and his friend, Kolep said they drove north of Blocher, where Davis allegedly sold some of the stolen items. Kolep signed a statement regarding the pairâ??s activities, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Later that Saturday, Deputies Joe Johnson and Rodney Rudder responded to a 9-1-1 call for help at a home on State Road 362, Nabb.

There, they found Davis asleep in a vehicle parked inside a garage. They placed him in custody, handcuffing him and putting in a patrol car. The property owner said Davis had apparently broken in and eaten some food and then fell asleep in the vehicle.

As he was being transported to the Scott County Security Center, Davis allegedly unbuckled his seat belt and attempted to escape. In a scuffle, Deputy Johnsonâ??s hand was hurt. Deputy Mayer arrived and helped restrain the suspect.

Kolep has hired an attorney to help him with his defense. A public defender has been assigned to Davisâ?? case.

 

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Search for suspect in undercover meth buys results in new case, more charges PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 15:43

 

The search late last week for a suspected drug pusher not only resulted in the manâ??s arrest but also a new, more serious felony case against him.

Detective Don Campbell, Austinâ??s newest officer, received a tip about sales of methamphetamine (meth) reportedly made in Austin by Jason A. Eldridge, 38, Crothersville.

Supposedly, Eldridge was living with a relative in Austin, the officer said he learned. Eldridge purportedly made contact with potential drug buyers by walking around the community.

An undercover buy of the illegal substance took place on January 26, with Det. Campbell and Patrolman Scott McCoskey observing the transaction involving Eldridge. For $100, the buyer allegedly got .75 grams of meth.

Another buy was set up on January 27 by the officers with Scottsburg officers Patrolman Troy Ford and Sgt./Detective Steven Herald joining the team. $100 this time gained a purchase of .96 grams.

Det. Campbell went to Prosecutor Chris Owens with his evidence, and a warrant was issued for Eldridgeâ??s arrest on February 8 on two counts of Level 5 felony dealing in meth. Officers fanned out to try to locate Eldridge.

Austin Patrolman Scott McCoskey stated in a probable cause affidavit that he spoke with the Austin relative on February 10 in an attempt to locate Eldridge. The relative told the officer that he would contact authorities if his brother came back to his apartment.

On Saturday, February 11, Ptl. McCoskey returned to the apartment complex. As he approached the building in which the relative lived, McCoskey stated that he noticed a man who saw McCoskeyâ??s police car and ran back into the building.

Figuring that the man was Eldridge, McCoskey stopped his squad car and ran to the back of the building, thinking Eldridge would attempt to avoid him by coming out a back door. Eldridge did try, but after running some distance from the officer, he slipped and fell on a muddy patch of ground. Eldridge was placed in handcuffs.

During the foot chase, Ptl. McCoskey said he saw Eldridge throw some items away. he searched the area and said he recovered three plastic baggies, each apparently containing meth.

Eldridge was also searched by Ptl. McCoskey, who said he found another baggie in the manâ??s pocket along with $103.64, a digital scale, his cell phone and a collection of what appeared to be antique coins.

All of the substances in the baggies field-tested positively for meth. Its total weight was 6.1 grams.

Eldridge appeared Monday morning, February 13 for his initial hearings on the two felony cases. In the original case filed February 8, bail was fixed at $50,000 by corporate surety bond or $5,000 cash. In the new case filed Monday, he is charged with a Level 2 felony count of dealing meth, Level 4 felony possession of meth and misdemeanors of resisting law enforcement and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bail in that case is set at $75,000 by surety bond or $7,500 cash.

In both cases, a jury trial was scheduled for May 16. A public defender has been assigned to the cases.

 
Black bear in southern Indiana to wake from hibernation soon PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 12:05

 

 

A lone black bear believed to be hibernating in Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge is likely to wake soon, according to the DNR.

 

This black bear was last spotted in November in the refuge, and wildlife officials believe it spent the winter there. Bears often emerge from hibernation in late winter or early spring to find food and water.

 

Depending on weather, the bear could emerge as soon as mid-February.

 

The DNR confirmed the bearâ??s presence last July near Corydon and monitored its movement through southern Indiana. This is the second bear confirmed by the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife in Indiana in the last two years.

 

Young, male black bears disperse in the spring to establish their own territory and find mates. This bear most likely swam across the Ohio River from Kentucky, which has an expanding bear population.

 

Black bears are protected under Indiana Administrative Code 312 9-3-18.5 (b-1), which prohibits the killing of a black bear except by a resident landowner or tenant while the animal is â??destroying or causing substantial damage to property owned or leased by the landowner or tenant.â?

 

Black bears are not aggressive in most situations and prefer fleeing from humans when given the chance. DNR wildlife biologists offer the following bear awareness tips:

 

â??Donâ??t intentionally feed bears. If a bear becomes accustomed to finding food near your home, it is likely to become a â??problemâ? bear.

â??Place garbage cans inside a garage or shed.

â??Clean and store grills away after use.

â??Donâ??t leave pet food outside overnight.

â??Remove bird feeders and bird food from late March through November.

â??Donâ??t add meat or sweets to a compost pile.

â??If you encounter a bear, donâ??t run. Shout, wave your arms and back away slowly.

â??Collect and remove low-hanging or fallen fruit from fruit trees.

â??Eliminate meat, cooking oil, fish or fruit odors from near your home. This includes fish-meal fertilizers.

â??Collect and remove any ripened vegetables from your garden.

â??Protect bee hives through the use of electric fencing.

 

Remember that the best way to keep both humans and bears safe is to follow these guidelines. If a bear becomes accustomed to human foods it will continue to seek these foods out, according to DNR mammalogist Taylor Rasmussen.

 

â??This usually results in the bear becoming a â??problemâ?? bear, which in most cases results in the euthanasia of the bear,â? Rasmussen said. â??Following these guidelines will help keep the bear wild, which is the safest situation for everyone.â?

 

Indiana DNR encourages citizens to report bear sightings to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by calling (812) 334-1137 during regular business hours. Photos or videos can be sent to the same email address.

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To view all DNR news releases, please see dnr.IN.gov.

 
Both boyfriend, overdose victim now facing charges PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 11:21

Criminal charges are now pending against both the boyfriend and the Austin woman revived by the administration of Narcan by a police officer on February 4 at her home.

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Buddy’s confession about burglary solves crimes PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 11:20

A friend’s confession about recent actions allegedly committed by him and his buddy in the area of State Road 203, Lexington Township, led to both being charged with felony burglary and other offenses.

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