Man wanted for forgery, fraud has initial hearing – and new case PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 09 February 2018 15:48


A man who is the defendant in a forgery and fraud case filed last December had his initial court hearing on Tuesday, February 6.

Steven R. Perry, 41, was wanted on two counts of felony forgery, two counts of felony fraud and one count of misdemeanor theft.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the Scottsburg resident took a debit card found in a business parking lot and made purchases at local restaurants and liquor outlets with it. Eventually, the card was cut up and discarded, but Scottsburg Lt./Detective Mike Nichols began investigating the fraudulent purchases. Security videos were obtained, which allegedly show Perry buying alcohol and food.

Det. Nichols knew law enforcement agencies were already looking for Perry. Perry had failed to appear for a court hearing on two petitions to revoke his suspended sentences in two 2015 cases last November.

On Monday, February 5, Perry was taken into custody. When he was arrested, he allegedly had a syringe and some methamphetamine. Those finds launched another criminal case for possession of the illegal drug and unlawful possession of a syringe, both Level 6 felonies. Perry was scheduled to be brought over from the Scott County Security Center on Thursday, February 8, for his initial hearing in that case.

Bail in both of the petitions to revoke was set at $25,000 by corporate surety bond or $2,500 cash. His bail in the forgery/fraud case is $15,000 by surety or $1,500 cash, and he was assigned a jury trial date of April 30. Bail on the drug charges is $20,000 by surety or $2,000 cash.




Austin officials to verify policy, insurance for new K-9 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 09 February 2018 15:45



Austin Mayor Dillo Bush met with Brandon White, Austin City Council President and member of the city’s Board of Works and Public Safety on Friday afternoon, February 2, to talk about a dog.

Diablo, a Belgian Malinois trained to sniff out illegal drugs, is scheduled to join the Austin Police Department on Tuesday, February 13. Diablo’s human partner is Sgt. Scott McCoskey, who is eager to have his handsome partner on duty.

Morgan Foods Inc. paid for the animal, which has already undergone six months of training as well as the training the pair recently experienced together. The grant is also paying for special equipment. The 2016 vehicle that will be used by Sgt. McCoskey was provided to the Austin Police Department by the Scott County Sheriff’s Department through an inter-local agreement approved by Scott County Commissioners and the Scott County Council.

The meeting that Friday involved talking about standard operating procedures (SOPs) which must be approved and adopted by the Board of Works before the dog can be activated, explained Mayor Bush. That document had been handed to city attorney Josh Stigdon for his perusal and approval. Stigdon has made some changes to the policy, which was to be reviewed by Mayor Bush, White and the third member of the Board of Works, Nathan Campbell, and Police Chief Robert Gudgel. The SOP is scheduled to be presented for a vote on Monday night, February 12, at the Board’s monthly meeting. That meeting begins at 5 p.m.

Additionally, Mayor Bush said he wanted assurances from the city’s insurance carrier that the dog will be covered under the city’s policy. That assurance is also expected to be part of the conversation on Monday night.

The Board of Works meeting and the City Council meeting which starts at 6 p.m. are open to the public. Both will be held at City Hall.




Washington County couple arrested by ISP in Scottsburg PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 09 February 2018 15:43


A brief pursuit on foot led to the arrest of a Washington County couple on Friday afternoon, February 2, in Scottsburg.

Indiana State Police (ISP) troopers Tyler Matthew and Kyle Taylor visited Campbell’s Motel on U.S. Highway 31 North (North Gardner Street) around 4 p.m. that day concerning a possible stolen vehicle parked at the small motel.

They were also looking for Devin Coomer, 25, Salem, who was wanted on warrant after failing to appear in court for a hearing on revocation of his probation in a 2015 drunk driving case. Coomer had been in that county’s day reporting program. A warrant for his arrest was issued January 18.

The vehicle turned out not to be stolen, but, when the officers attempted to make contact with Coomer at his rented room, Coomer and his girlfriend, identified as 20-year-old MaKallie Quick, also of Salem, climbed out a back window and attempted to flee.

A brief chase occurred, but the pair was quickly caught and placed in handcuffs. They were transported to the Scott County Security Center.

A search of the motel room by the troopers reportedly resulted in the discovery of a syringe, a spoon coated in burned white residue and heroin.

Both were charged in Scott Circuit Court with possession of a narcotic drug, unlawful possession of a syringe, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

At their initial court hearings on Tuesday, February 6, not guilty pleas were entered for the pair. Each was assigned an initial jury trial date of April 30.

The defendants’ bails are $15,000 by corporate surety bond or $1,500 cash.




Three implicated in Christmas Eve burglary in Scottsburg PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 09 February 2018 15:41



Three people are now implicated and have been charged in a Scottsburg burglary of a home last Christmas Eve, December 24.

A convoluted tale was told by one of the defendants, Loren Alan Smith, 24, Austin, when he was first picked up following an investigation of the burglary by Scottsburg Lt./Detective Mike Nichols.

Smith allegedly told Det. Nichols that he and a friend burglarized the home near Lake Iola because his friend knew the owner would not be home. He said his friend offered him seven grams of methamphetamine (meth) to help with the burglary.

Smith said he bought a big screen TV taken from the residence for $100 from his friend, saying he planned to give it to a relative for Christmas.

The friend implicated by Smith apparently did not take part in the break-in, however. When the detective interviewed jail inmate Trenton C. Campbell, 18, Scottsburg, Campbell purportedly related how Smith planned the burglary and invited Campbell and Katlyn “Katie” E. Deaton, 21, Pekin, to take part. He said he was offered two computers by Smith as his “fee” for helping.

Campbell reportedly met Smith and Deaton after hours at the Blocher General Store, the probable cause affidavit noted, and drove them to the house. Deaton allegedly pried open a side door; the two men entered, taking the TV and four computers.

Afterward, Campbell took the couple back to Blocher. Deaton was supposed to have gotten the TV, but Smith instead kept it and gave it to a relative the next day.

All three have been charged with Level 4 felony burglary. Smith and Campbell are also charged with Level 6 felony theft.

Each has been assigned an initial jury trial date of April 16. Defendants have also been provided with the services of public defenders. Each of their bails is set at $60,000 by corporate surety bond or $6,000 cash.



4-0-1 vote Monday night passes higher sewer rate ordinance PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 09 February 2018 15:39



By a vote of four City Council members for it and one abstention, the controversial ordinance that will increase individual sewer rates and tap-on fees in Scottsburg became law on Monday night, February 5.

About 25 citizens attended the Council meeting, perhaps one-tenth of the number of people who had come to protest and/or listen as a third reading of the ordinance was offered for the Council’s consideration last October.

At that meeting, those who voiced objections to the increases in rates were greeted with applause. At the February 5 meeting, the only person who spoke was developer/builder Mike Guthrie.

In October, Guthrie expressed his views that the plan to spend $18 million and repair/replace the current sewer treatment plant was too excessive, that a less expensive approach could be put in place based on a pre-engineering report (PER) prepared by city engineer Bill Saegesser.

He again said that PER could be the basis for a less-aggressive, cheaper approach to the city’s sewer problems on February 5. But he started his presentation by telling Mayor Bill Graham by saying the meeting that evening should never have been scheduled.

Guthrie cited his concerns that the recent work session held by the Council to discuss options was held illegally. The work session was scheduled in the face of demands recently mailed by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). IDEM has demanded the city show proof of progress toward correcting overflow problems and its soon-to-be-installed phosphorus treatment system.

Mayor Graham said the Council needed that time to look over the sewer problem and IDEM’s most recent correspondence, and city attorney Kerry Thompson said that, in his opinion, the session was legally held. “No decisions were made (at the work session),” the Mayor assured Guthrie.

Another concern of Guthrie’s was that the Monday night Council action was on the third and final reading of the ordinance.

Again, Thompson said the Council was acting legally because no action was taken on the ordinance at the October meeting. At that earlier meeting, Mayor Graham’s requests for a motion to pass the ordinance on its third reading fell on deaf ears. His request “died” for lack of a motion, but the ordinance did not die. Instead, that evening was a tabling of the matter, not an end to it, Thompson said.

Consequently, when the Mayor asked for a Council motion to pass the ordinance on its third reading, he got it from Council President Bill Hoagland. The motion was seconded by Councilman Stanley Allen.

Hoagland and Allen were joined by members Chuck Rose and Karen Gricius in voting for the ordinance’s passage. John Konkler, the lone Republican on the Council, abstained.

Asked why he declined to vote on the matter, Konkler stated, “I simply think we need to do more research. I think there are cheaper systems out there we need to look at.”

The vote sets in motion the financing steps that will need to be taken to pay for the project, which is projected will cost up to $18 to $18.5 million.


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