Back to School Bash Set for July 23 at First Christian Church PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 July 2016 14:21



Plans are underway for the Back to School Bash 2016 at the First Christian Church Shelterhouse, located at 750 South Gardner Street in Scottsburg on Saturday, July 23, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Any non-profit, a school or a business that serves kids (K-12th grades) or that serves families in any manner, are encouraged to participate. It is estimated that about 800-plus children will participate and be served and given free school supplies.

Those wishing to have a 12x12 space both rental should provide their own table, chairs, canopy and other items for display, as well as their items to distribute. There are a few limited spots for electrical use. Deadline for booth registration is Friday, July 15. Please RSVP to Jeff Kukuk at 1-812-752-2115 or to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Needed supplies include: back packs, black pens, blue pens, rulers, pencil crayons, #2 pencils, pink erasers, scissors, pencil case, lined paper, pronged folders, facial tissues, clorox wipes, 24 pack box crayons, glue sticks, spiral notebook.

Free backpack giveaway at local Verizon store in Scottsburg set on July 30 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 July 2016 14:19


Staff of the Scottsburg TCC Verizon store, located behind the Scottsburg Pizza Hut, will be giving away children's backpacks from 12 noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 30.

The store is just south of the State Road 56 (West McClain Avenue) and S. Lake Road intersection at 543 South Lake Road.

Between 200 to 300 free backpacks for elementary-age children will be available. To get one, youngsters must come to the store. Backpacks will contain school supplies and prizes offered by local merchants.

Any business which would like to donate coupons or gift cards or any small item that will fit into a backpack should contact Paul Keller or any of the staff at the TCC Verizon Wireless store by calling 812-752-6300.

The giveaway is part of the TCC Verizon's Culture of Good initiative and more about it can be learned at either or In total, TCC Verizon Wireless will be distributing 100,000 backpacks through its annual School Rocks Backpack Giveaways across the nation.

That same day, the store is promoting the Food4OurSouls event at the Jayce Ray Stallings Youth Center at 1054 Clay Street in Austin.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., families can visit the center and obtain school-required immunizations for their children, free hair cuts and clothes and sports physicals for students in grades 6 to 12 A meal will also be served.



Passenger accused of choking woman giving him a car ride and grabbing jewelry PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 July 2016 14:13



Officers with the Scottsburg police and the Sheriff's Department quickly reacted to a report on July 11 of a man who allegedly choked a woman and stole jewelry from her.

Deputy Rodney Rudder, Scottsburg Patrolman Trevis Burr and Capt. David Hardin were dispatched to Boatman Road and State Road 56 West around 9:30 a.m. concerning the incident. Capt. Hardin was holding a man whom he had located around a nearby business, and Sheriff's Reserve Deputy Bobby Thompson was talking to a woman by the time Deputy Rudder arrived.

The woman said she had picked up the man, whom she identified as Michael Chad Robinson, 38, at an Austin gas station. She said she was giving him a ride. When they got to the stop at Boatman Road and S.R. 56, she said Robinson grabbed her by the throat and then took a box of jewelry she had in the car. He got out of the car and headed north on foot, the woman said.

Employees of a nearby business saw the man walking around the front of their building. They noticed when officers arrived, the man went to the back of the building as if he was allegedly hiding from the police. Both said they saw the man had something in his hands.

Ptl. Burr searched around the building and located a box of jewelry, a glass pipe and an open pack of cigarettes. Inside the pack were small plastic wrapper which contained methamphetamine, it was learned. A GPS unit was also found with the other items.

When Robinson was being booked in at the Scott County Security Center, jailers said they located a card reader, a device which can record information from a credit or debit card, in his shorts.

Robinson appeared in Scott Circuit Court on July 14 for an initial hearing, during which a preliminary plea of not guilty was entered for him on Level 3 felony robbery, Level 6 felony possession of methamphetamine and two misdemeanor charges of battery and possession of drug paraphernalia.

His bail was fixed at $75,000 by corporate surety bond or $25,000 cash, and he was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim of the crime.

A public defender was assigned to the case, which has been initially set for a jury trial on November 19.

Limited view by equipment driver while negotiating U.S. 31 leads to bizarre accident PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 July 2016 14:12


A driver's inability to see much in front of the nose of his agricultural sprayer on a section of U.S. Highway 31 narrowed to two lanes in Scottsburg led to a pretty bizarre accident on Thursday, July 15.

Sgt. Joe Nicholson and Capt. David Hardin were called to the scene of the mishap, north of the U.S. 31/State Road 56 intersection, just after 9 a.m.

Kennith W. Kliessendorff, 49, Henryville was southbound on U.S. 31 in his 2000 Chevy Impala when he said the elevated John Deere field sprayer struck the rear of his car and then went completely over the top of the car.

The operator of the sprayer, Quinn Gray, 30, Butlerville, told Sgt. Nicholson that roadworkers in the construction zone on the highway had stopped northbound traffic for him because of the size of the equipment. Gray said he didn't see the Impala because of the design of the sprayer.

The equipment went over the top of the car, and Gray continued on southward because he said he didn't even know he'd hit anyone.

Fortunately, Kliessendorff and his passenger, Doneil B. Houchens, 56, Henryville, weren't seriously injured. Kliesendorff suffered back pain, while Houchens' wrist was injured. Houchens had apparently attempted to exit the car when he saw what was happening, but the equipment partially shut the door on his wrist as it passed over. He had bruises and contusions on his lower arm.

Sgt. Nicholson noted in his report that the equipment's undercarriage caused damage to the car. In total, property damage was estimated at up to $5,000.

The sprayer is owned by a Hardinsburg implement company.

The Scottsburg officer related that he climbed into the operator's seat on the sprayer later to confirm that the driver's view is obstructed approximately 30 feet in front of the equipment because of its “nose” which sets in front of the engine compartment.



Henryville man's attempt to 'get attention' on trail succeeds with Scottsburg police PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 July 2016 13:57


A Henryville man's alleged attempt to, in his words “...get her attention...” succeeded all too well in an incident which was reported to the Scottsburg Police Department on July 8.

Sgt. Rodney Watts was dispatched that day to Scott Memorial Hospital to talk to a woman, who told him that a man had approached her while she was running north on a trail near the hospital. The man grabbed her from behind, she said, placing his right arm around her neck and head. She said the man told her he didn't want to hurt her, but he wanted money and a ride.

The woman managed to scratch the man and screamed for help. Breaking free, she ran to the hospital and asked for assistance.

She described her assailant as 5-10 in height with tattoos on his upper and lower arms, brown hair and some facial hair which was graying.

Police searched the trail area but did not find him. A short time later, Sgt. Watts said officers found Scott A. Hall, 45, on Finley Firehouse Road near Weir Road. Hall reportedly fit the description the victim gave.

Sgt. Watts asked Hall how he had gotten some scratches. The officer stated in a probable cause affidavit that Hall immediately replied, “I never touched that girl.” Asked what girl he was talking about, the officer said Hall replied that he was involved in an incident on a walking path, but that he hadn't touched the girl. He purportedly added he was only trying to get the woman's attention.

Hall was booked into the Scott County Security Center that same morning.

He appeared for his initial hearing in Scott Circuit Court on Thursday, July 14. Charges include Level 3 felony attempted robbery and misdemeanor battery.

A preliminary plea of not guilty was entered for Hall. Bail was set at $75,000 by corporate surety bond or $25,000 cash. A public defender was appointed to represent him, and his jury trial date is November 29.




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