76 tickets written and 7 arrests recorded from March Operation Pull Over PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 09:43

 

 

A total of 76 traffic tickets were written and seven arrests were made during the most recent Operation Pull Over conducted in Scott County.

Officers with the Sheriff’s Department and Scottsburg Police Department participated in the program, which was designed to get dangerous and impaired drivers off local roads and streets.

“Dangerous and impaired driving kills,” said Sheriff Dan McClain. “We all play a part in keeping Indiana’s roadways safe. Campaigns such as this ensure each and every driver and passenger understands his/her role and the importance of staying vigilant behind the wheel. Even just one less dangerous or impaired driver off the road is a success in which we all can share.”

Because of a routine traffic stop, two arrests were made for outstanding criminal warrants. other arrests were for driving while suspended with prior convictions. another individual was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while never receiving a driver license.

Common reasons for ticketing a driver included lack of use of seatbelts or child restraint devices, speeding, expired license plates and invalid driver licenses.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an average of one alcohol-related driving fatality occurred every 53 minutes in 2015. More than 10,000 people die on U.S. roads due to intoxicated driving each year.

Increased enforcement during March is part of a continuing statewide effort supported by federal highway safety funding. More than 250 Indiana law enforcement agencies participated in this Operation Pull Over supported by funding distributed by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

 

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Subject of high speed chase in Jennings, Scott counties captured locally PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 09:42

 

 

The man who was the subject of a high speed chase just before midnight on Friday, April 7, is residing at the Jennings County Jail with several charges filed against him there.

The chase to arrest Mark J. Spicer Sr., 57, reportedly began in North Vernon. Supposedly, Spicer was caught with unpaid merchandise in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart. He allegedly dumped the merchandise and jumped into his car, leading Jennings County officers into Scott County from State Road 3.

Deputies James Shelton, J.R. Ward and Jac Sanders joined the chase as the blue car turned west toward Austin on State Road 256. Spicer once lived in Austin.

Austin units were alerted as the car approached the community. Patrolman Scott McCoskey laid “stop sticks” on S.R. 256 near Jack Morgan Road. The devices are designed to deflate tires.

The stop sticks worked but didn’t stop Spicer. All units followed him as he drove west, across the I-65 overpass and then turned south on Dowling Drive. Spicer pulled into the Sunoco station and then got onto Boatman Road going south.

At Moonglo Road, the car turned east and then went north on U.S. Highway 31. At Marshfield Road, it turned east, continuing for another 1,000 to 1,500 feet before coming to a stop. The car was smoking badly.

Spicer jumped out and ran into a patch of woods, continuing despite officers running after him. When Spicer fell, he still wasn’t through. He allegedly kicked Deputy Sanders in the chest before finally submitting and being handcuffed.

After being examined by Scott County EMS technicians, the suspect was turned over to the two Jennings County officers and returned to North Vernon.

Fire units were also called to the scene to deal with the smoking car.

No charges had been filed in the local court against Spicer as of Monday, April 17.

 

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Scott County School District 2 Invites All to Annual Retirement Dinner May 18 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 09:33

Scott County School District 2 will host the annual Retirement Dinner to recognize retiring faculty and staff on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. in the Commons at Scottsburg High School. Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. followed by the program recognizing this year’s retirees.

Anyone who would like to attend the evening’s festivities and celebrate the careers of our
honored guests is encouraged to attend. There is a $10 dinner charge for any adult who is not an SCSD2 employee and a $5 charge for students K-12. Checks should be made payable to SCSD2 and can dropped by the Business Office during regular business hours (7 a.m. - 4 p.m.) or mailed to Connie Rose, 375 East McClain Avenue, Scottsburg, IN 47170 by May 5th.

Superintendent Marc Slaton stated, “We hope that past SCSD2 employees, former students,
community members, along with friends and family of our current retirees will join us to help make this a very special evening. We do ask that anyone who would like to attend make proper arrangements by May 5th in order for meal preparations to be made.”

Presently slated to retire are:
(At this time we do not know which retirees plan to attend the banquet)

Kathy Anderkin - Scottsburg Middle School (1989-2017) - 28 Years of Service

Cindy Gibson - Scottsburg High School (1998-2016) - 18 Years of Service

Robert Hughes - Lexington Elementary School (2002-2003 & 2011-2016) - 6 Years of Service

Diana Gail Johnson - Scottsburg Middle School (2002-2016) - 13 Years of Service

Kathy Miner - Scottsburg Elementary School (1995-2017) - 22 Years of Service

Michael Seal - Scottsburg Middle School (2013-2016) - 2.8 Years of Service

Bardy Wells - Scottsburg Middle School (1995-2017) - 22 Years of Service

 
Alleged intoxicated driver finds case enhanced because of 1998 conviction PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 07:28

A Scottsburg area resident charged with two counts of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (OWI) has learned his case has been enhanced to Level 5 felonies.

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Indiana Court of Appeals upholds 85-year sentence of Caudill in Turner murder PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 07:27

James Matthew Caudill’s appeal of his 85-year sentence in the 2015 robbery and murder of John Turner of Austin has been denied.

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