Mayer begins duties as Chief Deputy for Sheriff’s Department PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 04 October 2017 10:33

Being selected to serve as chief deputy for the Scott County Sheriff’s Department is, in the words of new Chief Deputy Shawn Mayer, “…an honor and a commitment to continue to serve this community.”

Women charged with meth dealing among several individuals arrested on drug offenses PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 04 October 2017 10:26



Two Scottsburg women are among recent drug-related arrests made by local officers.

Mystin M. Williams, 35, and Samantha L. Williams, 36, are incarcerated at the Scott County Security Center after an early morning incident at Huck’s in Austin on Monday, September 25.

Deputies Joe Baker and Rex Herald set up an undercover drug deal with a confidential informant late on Sunday night, September 24. That person contacted the women and then told the officers that the pair would be at the gas station in a Mustang to make the sale.

The deputies apprehended the Williamses in the car sometime after 2 a.m. Approximately 20 grams of methamphetamine (meth) were in the women’s possession, according to Deputy Baker’s probable cause affidavit. Also found was some drug-related paraphernalia.

Each suspect was booked into the Security Center that same morning.

Both face charges of Level 2 felony dealing in meth and misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia. Mystin Williams owned the car the pair was using, so she faces a Level 6 felony charge of maintaining a common nuisance. Samantha Williams has a misdemeanor charge of visiting a common nuisance.

The women had initial hearings in Scott Circuit Court on Thursday, September 28. Not guilty pleas were entered, and an initial January 8 jury trial date was scheduled for each. Bail was set at $100,000 by corporate surety bond or $10,000 cash for each.

The defendants are scheduled to return to Circuit Court on Thursday, October 5, regarding their need for public defenders.

Others charged in recent drug arrests are:

? Jessica Nicole Barrett, 30, Underwood; charged with Level 6 felony maintaining a common nuisance and misdemeanors of possession of a synthetic drug or look-alike, operating motor vehicle when never received a license and possession of drug paraphernalia. Arresting officer was Scottsburg Patrolman Greg Green; assisting him were Sgt. Rodney Watts and Patrolman Justin Cheatham. The arrest was made on September 16 on U.S. Highway 31 after Ptl. Green said he saw Barrett make several driving errors. A one-year-old child in the car was turned over to a staff member of Scott County Department of Child Services.

? Jonathan Beech Terry, 33, Scottsburg; charged with Level 6 felony possession of meth and Level 6 felony possession of a legend (prescription) drug. Arresting officer was Scottsburg Lt./Detective Mike Nichols on September 14. Det. Nichols located Terry in a mobile home park after learning Terry was wanted on two arrest warrants. Terry was allegedly found with several syringes and the drug.

? James Robert Hall, 38, Underwood; charged with Level 6 felonies of possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe and escape, and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance. Arresting officer was Deputy Josh Watterson at 1 a.m. on September 19; Deputy Baker assisted him. Hall had been involved in a single vehicle accident at State Road 56 East and Shea Road. Deputy Watterson noticed a home monitoring bracelet on his ankle and learned that Hall did not have permission to be away from his residence at that time of day. Liquified meth was allegedly found in a syringe in his possession. The deputy said he also located crystal meth and Suboxone strips.

? Ernest V. McKeand, 21, Madison; charged with Level 6 felony unlawful possession of a syringe and misdemeanor resisting law enforcement. Arresting officer was Austin Sgt. Scott McCoskey on September 19 in downtown Austin; Deputy James Shelton assisted him. McKeand allegedly fled on foot from Sgt. McCoskey before surrendering. The syringe was reportedly located by jailers between McKeand’s buttocks at the Security Center during the booking process.

? Christopher Scott Gay, 33, Austin; charged with Level 6 felony unlawful possession of a syringe and misdemeanors of possession of a controlled substance, visiting a common nuisance and operating a motor vehicle whenever received a license. Arresting officer was Deputy Watterson on September 20 near Coffee Pot Road. Gay allegedly had Suboxone in his possession when he was stopped by the officer.

? Kayla Suzann Barger, 21, Crothersville; charged with Level 6 felony maintaining a common nuisance. Arresting officer was Deputy Watterson on September 20. Barger was with Gay and owned the 2006 Dodge Caravan stopped by the deputy. The vehicle was impounded.

? Dustin R. Hines, 34, Austin; charged with Level 6 felony unlawful possession of syringe and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Arresting officer was Indiana State Police Trooper Zachary Smith who came across Hines on September 21 near Water Tower and Booe Roads near Austin.

? Jerrica N. Cooksey, 27, Scottsburg; charged with Level 6 unlawful possession of syringe, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of heroin and two misdemeanors of possession of a controlled substance. Arresting officer was Detective Paul Clute of the Sheriff’s Department on September 22. Cooksey was arrested at the home of Barry Kiefer. A 15-day hold without bond was placed on her because of prior convictions.

? Barry R. Kiefer, 55, Scottsburg; charged with the same charges as Cooksey as well as misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Det. Clute and Probation Officer Scott Pool found Kiefer with Cooksey in the mobile home on September 22. He allegedly told the officer that he was trying to help Cooksey get off drugs.

? Shelbie N. Fields, 21, Austin; charged with Level 6 felonies of unlawful possession of syringe and possession of meth and misdemeanor theft. Arresting officer was Austin Police Chief Robert Gudgel on September 23. He took Fields into custody after she was allegedly caught stealing makeup at the Dollar General Store. A 15-day hold without bail was placed on Fields by authorities.

? Martha Hathcoat, 49, Scottsburg; charged with Level 6 felony possession of meth and misdemeanors of possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia. Deputy Josh Watterson stopped Hathcoat as she was allegedly speeding on U.S. 31 in Scottsburg on September 29. Hathcoat reportedly had a suspended driver license and no proof of insurance for the vehicle. Given permission to search the vehicle, the officer said he found pills and drug paraphernalia as well as a straw coated with meth residue.

? Jarrod D. Scifers, 30, Scottsburg, was arrested on September 29 after Deputy Joe Johnson allegedly saw a syringe where Scifers had been seated in a car. Scifers reportedly admitted the syringe was his. Unlawful possession of a syringe is a Level 6 felony.

All defendants have had initial hearings in Circuit Court, with jury trial dates assigned and bail set. Barry Kiefer filed a cash bond of $2,500 and was released to await his trial. Both Hathcoat and Scifers were released on home detention and are subject to weekly drug tests.




October events featured for public to enjoy outdoors PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 04 October 2017 10:22



Festivals in Scott County are family-friendly and offer free entertainment, great eats, interesting booths and lots of activities. Next on the schedule are:

? “Mystery, Murder and Mayhem” is planned by staff and volunteers of the Scott County Historical Society and the Heritage Center and Museum at the Pigeon Roost Monument for Friday, October 13. The event will feature gripping stories, but the evening is designed with families in mind. Tales will be told around a bonfire starting at 7 p.m., and families are welcome to come earlier and enjoy their own picnic meals or roast hot dogs and marshmallows. Reservations will not be taken for this outdoor event. Donations to the museum’s operating fund will be appreciated. The event’s raindate is Friday, October 20.

? Austin Firemen’s Festival on Friday and Saturday, October 13 and 14, on the grounds of the Jennings Township Volunteer Fire Department in downtown Austin. Fish will be fried and consumed and plenty of booths are promised as well as musical entertainment all the time and hayrides in the evenings.

? Saturday, October 21, is designated as Hardy Lake Fall Fun Day at the state recreation area. People enjoy camping at the lake and decorating for Halloween. The event will be followed by the Hardy Lake “Owl ‘O Ween Spooktacular Weekend” on Saturday, October 28. Hours on both days are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Each will begin with an outdoor breakfast at the shelter house overlooking the lake, hours 7 to 10 a.m. Cost is $6.50 for adults and $3 for children ages three to 12. Lake staff will offer pumpkin carving, wagon rides, a costume fashion show and then trick-or-treating at the campgrounds. The public is invited to attend.

? Scottsburg Main Street’s Halloween Night in downtown Scottsburg on Tuesday, October 31. Over 1,300 children enjoyed this event with their parents last year, thanks to supporting businesses on and around the square and summer-like weather. Dress up and visit each business to receive candy and other treats.

? Courtyard Christmas and lighted parade in downtown Scottsburg on Saturday, November 25. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will be coming to town in style as part of the lighted parade at 6 p.m. The jolly couple will also be at Santa’s Workshop in the courtyard square to visit with children and hand out candy treats. Look for supporting businesses which will remain open and offer meal and treat specials, and grab a free, horse-drawn carriage ride as part of the holiday fun.

? Austin Christmas Parade and city open house, all scheduled for Saturday, December 2. Santa will come to town in style during the parade and then visit with youngsters at the yearly open house. The parade will begin at 1 p.m., and the open house will follow immediately after in the old gym at Austin Upper Elementary School.

Dollar General’s parent company files appeal of State Commission’s decision PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 10:21



An appeal by Dolgencorp L.L.C., the parent company of Dollar General Stores, was filed on Wednesday, September 20, with the Indiana State Alcohol and Tobacco Commission (ATC).

Dolgencorp lost its chance to obtain a license to sell warm beer and wine to customers at its newest store in Scott County on September 5 when its application was presented to the state commission. The company had 15 days in which to file an appeal of the ATC’s vote. The appeal was filed on that final day.

Battle lines were originally drawn in August when the application was presented to the local Alcohol Advisory Board at a hearing held in Scottsburg. Members tied 2-2 on the issue, thus opening the application to further scrutiny by the ATC. The four members of the state commission were unanimous in their opposition.

The date and time at which the appeal will be heard were not available at this newspaper’s deadline. No information was posted about the appeal’s hearing on the ATC website as of Wednesday afternoon, September 27.

According to some opponents, a group is forming to attend the hearing and present evidence against the application’s appeal.




Probation violations by pair send both to jail for remainder of sentences PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 10:18



Violations committed by a pair of probationers have sent both back to prison to serve out their original sentences.

According to Scott County Prosecutor Chris Owens, Charles Quinn was convicted in 2006 for sexual battery. As a result of the conviction, Quinn was sentenced to seven years and listed with the Sex and Violent Offender Registry. Any person listed on the registry is required to keep the Sheriff’s Office aware of his/her current address at all times. Quinn did not.

Quinn was cited for violating the terms of his probation and failing to register. Of the seven years he was given, Prosecutor Owens said he will serve five in prison and two on supervised probation once he is released. Quinn’s cases were handled by Deputy Prosecutor Liz Stigdon.

Prosecutor Owens explained the purpose of the Sex and Violent Offender Registry. “The registry is a tool that allows easy access for citizens to find out who has been convicted of certain crimes, especially sex crimes. It allows us to take precautions to protect ourselves and our loved ones. All offenders who are required to register and don’t will held accountable by our office,” he said, adding, “Because of his lack of compliance, we will all know where Mr. Quinn will be located for the next few years, with the Indiana Department of Corrections.”

The registry is accessible through the Sheriff’s Department website, Since its inception, it has been maintained by the Sheriff’s Department.

Kalee Hurt was placed on one year of probation on May 16 for her conviction for narcotic drug possession. Less than a month later, a petition to revoke her probation was filed with Scott Circuit Court because she had failed to report to her probation officer, a requirement in her original plea. She had also failed drug screening.

Because she failed to comply with all terms of her probation, Hurt was ordered to serve her one year in jail.

“Holding people accountable and making them comply with requirements placed on them by the court is a large part of making the criminal justice system work. We are dedicated to holding people accountable for their actions. Offenders are often given probation so they can take advantage of programs to correct parts of their lives identified as areas in which they need help,” advised Prosecutor Owens.

He described this “domino effect” in that probationers who do not meet with their probation officers cannot get the help they need, and, in effect, are refusing to “…do their part in trying to become useful and law-abiding members of society. They need to be held accountable and jailed for their refusal to do so,” the Prosecutor concluded.

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