Officers dispatched to investigate 9-1-1 ‘hang-up’ break up apparent drug house PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 23 March 2017 14:59


When two Scottsburg officers were sent to a home near Scottsburg Elementary School on Thursday night, March 16, their mission was to investigate a 9-1-1 “hang-up.”

County dispatchers had earlier reported receiving a call through the 9-1-1 system where the caller apparently hung up. Patrolmen Troy Ford and Shawn Hurt were sent to the residence of Ronald L. Broadus, 44, at 86 North Hyland Street at 11:49 p.m.

When they pulled in the driveway of the small one-story home, they were met by a man getting out of a pickup truck parked in the drive. He was identified as Michael Lee Weston.

Weston offered to go get Broadus. Accompanied by Weston, the officers walked around the north side of the house to approach the front door. The door opened, Ptl. Ford stated in his probable cause affidavit, and a man walked out with “…a large butcher knife in his hand.”

The man, later identified as Brent J. Baker, dropped the knife when he saw Ptl. Ford and attempted to shut the door but was stopped by the officers.

Ptl. Ford said that, while he was retrieving the dropped knife just inside the door, he saw a syringe laying on a nearby table. He said he saw more syringes, a spoon covered in residue and several plastic baggies laying on a kitchen table ten feet away from the door. Broadus was in the kitchen along with two younger men, identified as Alfred Alex Riley and Joshua Riley.

Those three were taken outside, and Ptl. Ford told Broadus their purpose for being at his home, the 9-1-1 call. He said Broadus explained that the call must have been a “pocket dial.”

Broadus offered to take Ford through the house. The officer said he saw a used Narcan nasal spray container on a living room table. Asked who had overdosed, Broadus told him no one had.

Once Deputies James Shelton, Jac Sanders and James Ward arrived on the scene to assist, the five men were asked for cards proving they participated in the county’s needle exchange program and so could legally have syringes in their possession. None were produced.

Alex Riley allegedly told the officers that he would “…take the hit…” if illegal substances were found in the home. He further identified the coating on the spoon as heroin.

After Broadus signed a consent to search form, Ptl. Ford reported that two baggies with white residue and a digital scales were found in Broadus’ bedroom. Residue on another spoon in the kitchen also proved to be heroin.

Broadus was charged with three Level 6 felonies – unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of a narcotic drug and maintaining a common nuisance. He is being held in lieu of a higher-than-standard bond of $30,000 by corporate surety bond or $3,000 cash.

His friends are also in trouble. Baker, 28, Austin; Alex Riley, 23, Scottsburg; and Joshua Riley, 22, Seymour, are all charged with Level 6 felony unlawful possession of a syringe and possession of a narcotic drug and a misdemeanor charge of visiting a common nuisance.

In addition, petitions for detainer were filed against Baker and Alex Riley. Both are being held for 15 days without bond. Bail for each was set at $20,000 by surety bond or $2,000 cash. The initial jury trial date for Broadus, Joshua Riley and Baker is June 6. Because Alex Riley requested a speedy trial, his initial trial date is May 16. Joshua Riley’s bail is set at $15,000 by surety bond or $1,500 cash.

All three and Broadus were scheduled to revisit Circuit Court on Friday, March 24, to determine if they needed the services of public defenders.

Michael Weston, Scottsburg, is being held on a probation violation, according to the probable cause affidavit.




Memorial service conducted for longtime editor of Scott County Journal/Chronicle PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Thursday, 23 March 2017 14:56



Somewhere in the universe, there is a very large space where John Allen Potts used to dwell.

Potts, 78, died on Thursday, March 16, in Indianapolis, where he and his wife of 48 years, the former Joyce E. Gater, lived close to one of his other loves, the Indianapolis ‘500 Motor Speedway.

To those who knew him well, he will be missed. He was talkative, bull-headed, opinionated and one of the best home-spun journalists around.

Potts was a familiar figure around Scott County for 15 years as the editor of the county newpapers, The Scott County Journal and The Chronicle. During those years in the 1970s and 1980s, Potts could be counted on to attend a multitude of high school sporting events, particularly basketball. To say he loved sports is an understatement. To say he was a dyed-in-the-wool fan of racing is also an understatement. His favorite perfume was, undoubtedly, Eau de Fuel Fume.

The local newspapers profited from his understanding of sports and events of county importance. His articles sparked with life. His only worry on press day was if he had the room in the newspaper to get all of the news – plus the latest high school games – squeezed in there. One of his favorite stories highlighted that concern. “An unidentified man’s body was found. The original headline read along those lines, but by the time we got through shoe-horning in what we could, we were down to ‘Man Dead.’ ” he’d recall.

John had an imposing personality, mixing like oil and water with some in town but finding his own camaraderie among police officers. He was also a big man, a really big man, quite heavy, a seemingly prime candidate for a heart attack, especially since he enjoyed smoking the worst-smelling cigars. Or chewing them in frustration when confronted by a younger reporter over an issue.

He was also a good teacher, always taking time to point out to a novice reporter how something could be expressed more succinctly. His advice included, “Don’t write down to people. Pull them up, whether they want to be pulled or not.”

John moved on from the county newspapers in 1985 after they were purchased by Green Banner Publications a year earlier. He went back to his first love, racing, at the old Indianapolis Raceway Park, now Lucas Oil Raceway. He served there as news director for 15 years, and then he and Joyce moved to London, Ky., where he was public relations director for the London Speedway and for the Corbin Speedway in Corbin, Ky. The old Fairgrounds Motor Speedway in Louisville was one of his offspring, and he remained a track official there until it closed in 1980. He flagged thousands of races and demolition derbies for not only the Scott County Fairgrounds but also the American Speed Association, the Sports Car Club of America, the Auto Racing Club of America, the American Motorcycle Association, United Midget Racing Association and, yes, NASCAR.

In 2000, John wrote “Driven to the Past,” a recounting of those racing days and the colorful figures that populated the sport. Others recognized his writing talent and devotion to racing in 2012 when John was inducted into the Kentucky Motorsports Hall of Fame.

A memorial service for John was conducted on Wednesday, March 22, at Conkle Funeral Home in Speedway. That’s the funeral home located nearest to the ‘500 track.

In lieu of flowers, his friends can remember him by making contributions to the Victory Junction Gang Camp, 4500 Adam’s Way, Randleman, N.C. 27317 through the mail or by visiting


Serving of search warrant reveals over $4,000 cash in couple’s Scottsburg home PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 05:14

A couple was arrested at their North Gardner Street home on Friday, March 3, on drug-related charges.

Child’s grandmother and friend arrested when baby found alone in van PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 05:12

The grandmother of a one-year-old girl discovered by herself in a vehicle parked at Scott Memorial Hospital told Scottsburg police that she had forgotten the child was in the vehicle.

Memorial service today for longtime editor of Scott County Journal/Chronicle PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 05:11

Somewhere in the universe, there is a very large space where John Allen Potts used to dwell.

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