Crash at U.S. 31/State Road 356 injures Austin couple PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 December 2017 11:31


An Austin couple was injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred at the intersection of U.S. Highway 31 South and State Road 356 on Monday, December 18.

The collision occurred at 11:15 a.m.

Leeroy Campbell, 68, and wife Nancy, 62, were driving south on U.S. 31 in their 2008 Chevy Uplander when a 2007 Dodge Ram pickup truck entered the highway from S.R. 356.

The pickup’s driver, Kaylee M. Pace, 23, Charlestown, told Deputy Jac Sanders that she had been heading west and stopped at the intersection, then started through it. She said she did not see the Campbells’ SUV.

The Uplander struck the passenger side of the pickup.

Nancy Campbell was trapped inside the wreckage of the SUV but was freed by Scottsburg and Vienna volunteer firemen. She and her husband were attended by Scott County EMS technicians at the scene and then were transported by ambulance to Scott Memorial Hospital. The woman’s injuries were not specified. Leeroy Campbell experienced pain in his abdominal/pelvic area.

Pace was listed as unhurt. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

Total property damage was estimated by Deputy Sanders at up to $50,000.

Louisville man pleads not guilty in local home burglary PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 December 2017 11:27


A suspect in a June 9 house burglary is now housed at the Scott County Security Center and has had his initial court hearing.

Tony Humphrey, 56, Louisville, Ky., was booked in at the local jail on December 1. He is charged with Level 4 felony burglary and misdemeanors of theft, failure to stop after an accident and reckless driving.

Trooper John Cain of the Indiana State Police, Sellersburg post, was dispatched on the morning of June 9 to handle what was reported as a vehicle crash on Interstate 65 near the 25.5 mile marker.

As he talked with the driver of the semi-tractor-trailer involved in the mishap, he learned that an SUV had swerved into truck. It then rolled and came to a stop at the tree line along the northbound lanes.

The man said he saw the SUV’s driver get out and run from the scene.

Trp. Cain later called the wrecked vehicle’s owner, who told him that Humphrey had been the driver at the time of the crash. She said Humphrey had called her on June 10 and told her about the wreck. She said Humphrey had called her from a cell phone, but she said he didn’t own a cell phone.

Further checking indicated that Humphrey had made the call from a cell phone reported stolen by its owner on the same day as the interstate crash. That owner said he had left his home between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 9. When he returned, he said he discovered someone had broken into his house and taken the cell phone. The intruder also apparently took food items and some prescription pain medicine from the house.

The SUV owner reported later that she received another cell phone call from Humphrey on June 12.

Charges were filed in Scott Circuit Court against Humphrey on July 25. An arrest warrant was also issued that date.

No information was available on when and where Humphrey was taken into custody.

At his initial hearing on December 14, he was advised of his rights and learned that an initial jury trial date of March 12 was assigned. His bail remains as originally set, $60,000 by corporate surety bond or $6,000 cash.

Humphrey has requested a public defender be assigned to his case.




Area Plan Commission staff receives free IURC training PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 December 2017 11:25


Staff of the Scott County Area Plan Commission (APC) recently received free training at the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission’s (IURC) annual Midwest Damage Prevention Training Conference.

April Ramoni, executive director of the APC, and administrative assistant Ashlee Campbell attended the conference through two scholarships received by them “…in recognition of continued efforts to create a safer community for Scott County residents.” It is the second year in a row for the staff to receive scholarships based on past year’s efforts.

Nearly three years ago, a phone call from the region’s largest natural gas provider alerted the staff to a breakdown in communication between the office and underground utility suppliers in Scott County. A demolition project near an active supply line of the natural gas company could have endangered the line.

In the wake of that incident, Ramoni and Terry Shafer, regional area manager for Midwest Natural Gas, agreed to work together on a solution to ensure general safety. Ramoni and Campbell joined Shafer and other members of the Southeast Damage Prevention Council at regular monthly meetings to discuss best practices for development in areas where underground utilities are present. The group established a local outreach program to educate citizens about Indiana’s Dig Law and the importance of calling Indiana 811 so that all involved parties are informed and prepared.

APC staff uses every opportunity to spread the word about observing underground utility safety, regardless of how small or large the “dig project” is, explained Ramoni. “Whether the project involves a weekend gardener, a professional landscaper or a large-scale developer, we can all sleep a little easier at night knowing that our efforts are helping to keep people and properties safer, including our utility professionals and our emergency responders. By calling 8-1-1 before digging, people can prevent losses,” she said.

Ramoni will serve as the 2018 Vice-Chair of the SEDPC, with Shafer continuing to serve as chairman.

The conference the two staff members attended at French Lick focused on underground utility safety through education and networking. It complimented the work of the Southeast Council, which meets every third Thursday of the month at the Mid-America Science Park in Scottsburg.

Meetings begin at 10 a.m. and are open to the public.

Indiana 811 is a non-profit corporation composed of operators of underground facilities within the state. A free, statewide system, Indiana 811 is designed to save time and money and dramatically reduce accidental dig-ins. More information may be obtained by contacting the Scott County APC office at 812-752-8445, ext. 1.

Recent accidents on Scottsburg streets injure five people PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 December 2017 11:24


Three accidents which happened before the Christmas weekend injured five people, according to records maintained by the Scottsburg Police Department.

On Tuesday, December 19, a 2008 Dodge Avenger struck the rear of a 2017 Chevy Equinox at the traffic light on U.S. Highway 31 at State Road 56 West (West McClain Avenue). The accident happened at 10:47 a.m.

Ann E. Williams, 38, New Washington, was at the wheel of the Avenger and behind the Equinox, which was being driven by Walker “Ed” Amick, 65, Scottsburg. Williams told Sgt. Brian Hall that she looked up and thought the SUV in front of her had started to move. She struck the rear of Amick’s SUV, which had instead been stationary.

The mishap caused Amick to experience head pain, but he declined medical assistance at the scene.

“Following too closely” was the contributing factor that Sgt. Hall noted in the accident report. Property damage was listed as up to $5,000.

A December 20 accident at South Lake Road and S.R. 56 West injured a male driver. The incident happened at 6 p.m. and brought Patrolman Trevis Burr to the scene.

One of the drivers, Mary A. Turner, 68, Austin, explained to the officer that she had been southbound on S. Lake Rd. when she started to turn left into the access road between Pizza Hut and the Verizon Store. Her 2002 Nissan Sentra was struck on the passenger side by William J. Best, 37, Scottsburg. Best said he was northbound on S. Lake Rd. when the car turned into his lane.

Neither reported injuries at the scene of the accident, but the officer noted that Best called later and said he was going to Scott Memorial Hospital because of a persistent leg pain.

Ptl. Burr cited failure to yield as a factor in the crash and estimated property damage up to $5,000.

Three people were reported hurt in a crash that happened in front of the Taco Bell on S.R. 56 West on Friday, December 22. The wreck occurred just after 9:30 p.m.

Trevor E. Stidham, 17, Scottsburg, was driving a 2002 Ford Mustang west on the highway. He had begun a turn into the Taco Bell when the car was struck on the passenger side by an eastbound 2008 Kia Optima operated by Daniel J. Miskell, 19, Austin.

Air bags deployed in both vehicles, which led to Stidham citing facial pain and Miskell, chest pain. Passengers in both vehicles also experienced pain. Tyler Hammill, 17, in the Mustang, suffered pain in his side. Derek Meeks, 20, had knee pain. He was Miskell’s passenger.

All of the young men were checked by technicians with Scott County EMS, but all declined to be transported to the local hospital, the report by Patrolman Greg Green noted.

Property damage was estimated at up to $5,000 by Ptl. Green. He was assisted at the scene by Patrolman James Vires.


Top ISDH official presents current HIV/Hep C information PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 December 2017 11:23


County Commissioners were visited by the new Commissioner of the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), Dr. Kristine Box, on Wednesday, December 20.

Dr. Box was accompanied by Dr. Trent Fox, ISDH Chief of Staff, both of whom were very complimentary about local efforts to quell growth of the outbreak of HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and Hepatitis C. In 2015, the situation in Scott County was declared a public health emergency by then Indiana governor Mike Pence. Pence now serves as U.S. Vice President. Dr. Jerome Adams, then ISDH Commissioner, is serving as U.S. Surgeon General. Consequently, Dr. Box said, Scott County is “…blessed with strong ties at the federal level as well as with the state.”

Dr. Adams spearheaded the local campaign, with the ISDH pouring dollars and other staff into Austin and Scott County to ward off more HIV cases. Many of the original cases were the result of drug addicts sharing needles. Consequently, then Gov. Pence approved setting up the county’s needle exchange program.

Staff, dollars and the exchange program are having a good effect on the HIV rate in Scott County, Dr. Box reported. “Where it was predicted Scott County would have 26 new cases this year, you have had 11 as of December 1. That is a remarkable turnaround from where you were,” Dr. Box told Commissioners Kelley Robbins, Bob Tobias and Mike Jones. “We know this (outbreak) is something that you did not want, but your county is being held up nationally as an example of what can be done and what can be achieved through hard work. That is something to be proud of.”

Of the 217 people eligible for care, 165 are now virally suppressed, the new Commissioner reported. Viral suppression is vital in curbing the spread of HIV.

A total of 739 people are now participating in the needle exchange program, it was learned. The exchange rate of needles is 93.8%. Another 804 individuals have been referred to substance abuse programs.

As of December 1, Emergency Room personnel at Scott Memorial Hospital have tested 138 people for HIV; 283 have been tested at the One Stop Shop on U.S. Highway 31 North in Austin. Of these individuals, 26% have said they have shared needles with other addicts.

Dr. Box said the best way of getting this percentage to decline is education. “Your (local Health Department) staff does a tremendous job of giving information to people who come to them. Education in the schools is another way to inform even young children of dangers they could face, Dr. Box said.

“There’s a lot of good work being done throughout the state on education,” she concluded.

Commissioner Jones asked Dr. Box if the campaign against prescribers of excessive amounts of painkillers is continuing. “Doctors can still prescribe at will,” she replied, “but state officials are looking at those amounts, and there is on-line training for these professionals.”

She promised state officials will continue to keep Commissioners apprised of the continuing campaign in Scott County during 2018. The next such report will mark the effort’s three-year anniversary.



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