Warriorettes defeat Brownstown 56-53 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 11:51

 

by Kaleb Mount

Correspondent

The Warriorettes faced off against the Brownstown Lady Braves on the evening of Nov. 27. After what Coach Cheatham called a “comedy act of officials,” the game ended with the Warriorettes ahead by three points. The final score was 56-53.

“The game didn’t get over until almost 11:00,” said Cheatham. “That game was so interesting. You couldn’t figure out where the calls were coming from, but the officials just kept blowing their whistles.”

During the game, there was a total of 57 foul calls made. 73 free throws were shot as a result. Scottsburg had a slightly better percentage on their shots, edging out Brownstown by the four points they ended up needing to win. Emma Waskom shot 9/11 on her free throws,standing out among both teams.

Cheatham said that despite questionable calls, the Warriorettes were able to lead for most of the game. After overcoming some initial challenges, they stayed in control for the entirety.

“It started off slow. We were playing on the Friday after Thanksgiving, and you could tellthat both teams had sat at the table for too long. Once we got the lead, though, we didn’t loseit,” said Cheatham.

Cheatham said that overcoming the tough circumstances of the game was indicative of something greater.

“We showed that we are growing up. We’re a much more mature ball club than we havebeen in the past. In recent years, we have had talent but not heart. The girls have been second-guessers. I think that now we’re beginning to plow through that,” said Cheatham.

 

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Woman escapes from Austin area man alleged to have held her against her will PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 10:34

 

 

A woman who allegedly escape from her captor after being held against her will for two days told Indiana State Police a harrowing tale of the incident.

The woman was interviewed by ISP Trooper Tracy Spencer at the emergency room at Scott Memorial Hospital in Scottsburg. She said that Jeffrey Scott Combs, 29, Austin, kept her at his East Crothersville Road residence for two days.

During that time, the woman said Combs hit her and strangled her twice, almost causing her to pass out. She was treated at the hospital for bruises on her face, arms, legs and neck.

How she got into the situation is almost as bizarre. The victim related that Combs and an unidentified woman came into her home in Commiskey on November 4. She said she was assaulted and held down while Combs injected her with an unknown substance. When she woke up, she said she was at Combs' home and the subsequent abuse took place.

On November 7, she said she was able to get out of the residence and ran down Whitsitt Road. She said Combs ran after her, caught her and hit her, then attempted to strangle her beside the road.

Six people in a van said they saw the assault take place as they drove northbound on Whitsitt Rd. They turned around, and as they were southbound, they saw the couple again. The woman said she ran toward the van and was allowed inside by the occupants, escaping from Combs. The people took her to the Commiskey residence.

When he was interviewed, Combs said the woman willingly came with him and his grandmother on November 4 to his house on Crothersville Rd. He said he saw her run from the house on November 7 and went after her, where he “...kept her at the road by grabbing (hugging) her until the van came by...”

The man with which the woman was living in Commiskey also offered a statement, saying she had disappeared from the home while he was showering, and he didn't see her again until people brought her home on November 7.

Combs remains at the Scott County Security Center in Scottsburg in lieu of bail of $50,000 by corporate surety bond or $10,000 cash. He has been charged with one count each of criminal confinement, a Level 5 felony, strangulation, a Level 6 felony and battery as a Class A misdemeanor.

Combs has an initial trial date of February 23. He has a public defender.

A no contact order has been entered to protect the woman from Combs if he is released on bond.

 
Alcohol possible factor in early Sunday morning crash that damages 8 vehicles PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 10:32

 

Scottsburg police are awaiting toxicology reports from the Indiana State Police crime lab before filing charges against a 33-year-old Scottsburg man in connection with a crash on U.S. Highway 31 South that damaged a total of eight vehicles.

The accident was reported at 12:46 a.m. on Sunday, November 29. Sgt. Rodney Watts and Patrolman Travis Rutherford were dispatched to the scene, U.S. Highway 31 South at Ron's Auto Sales.

According to information released by the city department on Monday morning, November 30, Olber Soto was the driver of his wife's southbound 1999 Ford Expedition that apparently drifted left off the highway and clipped the front of a 2012 Kia Soul, one of several vehicles being displayed at the business.

That hit started a chain re-action accident, vehicle striking vehicle, that resulted in a total of seven at the used car dealership being damaged. The heavily-damaged Expedition ended up in the southbound lane again. Along with damages to the Sotos' Ford, loss of property was estimated at up to $50,000 by Sgt. Watts.

Soto was still behind the wheel of the SUV when officers and First Responders arrived. As rescuers were trying to get Dawn Soto out of the vehicle's rear seat, Olber Soto got out by himself, the officer's report related, despite both airbags having deployed. He was ordered to sit on the end of a fire truck until medical help was available.

Dawn Soto had suffered a large cut between her eyes. The window beside her was completely destroyed in the incident. Her husband was also hurt and was bleeding from the back of his head. The woman was taken directly to University of Louisville Hospital by Scott County EMS technicians, while Soto was transported by another EMS unit to Scott Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Deputy Joe Johnson and Reserve Deputy Jim Wampler accompanied Soto to the local hospital since the man had become combative, so much so that EMS technicians were forced to hold him down in the back of the ambulance while a First Responder drove the unit. A blood screen was taken at the hospital to determine the man's blood alcohol content.

The current conditions of the couple are not known.

Vehicles beside the Expedition and Kia Soul which were damaged in the accident included a 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander SUV, a 2008 Buick Lucerne, a 2011 Hyundai Accent; a 2010 Hyundai Elantra, a 2010 Smart Car and a 2005 Chrysler Sebring.

All were towed from the scene.

The business' sign was also sideswiped, the officer noted.

 
Father of six-month-old charged with causing baby's head and eye injuries PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 10:29

 

 

A Scott County baby's injuries to his head and eyes have been attributed to his father, Bryan Lee Anthony, 28, Scottsburg.

Anthony was taken into custody by Indiana State Police on November 19. He had voluntarily driven to the ISP post at Sellersburg for an interview after making statements to Detective/Sgt. David Mitchell that an incident at the family's home two days prior had happened.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the six-month-old baby boy was taken by his mother on November 19 to a pre-arranged check-up by the child's pediatrician. The doctor noticed the baby's condition and arranged for the infant to be admitted to Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville for treatment.

At Kosair, the baby underwent a CAT scan. The test allegedly revealed “...a chronic subdural hemorrhage, meaning that blood had collected around his brain. The child also had a total of three retinal hemorrhages in his eyes, the affidavit related.

A later test, an MRI, indicated that what was originally thought to be blood or blood products around the baby's brain was another type of fluid.

Reportedly, in an interview at Kosair, Anthony told Det./Sgt. Mitchell and a caseworker from the Scott County Division of Child Services (DCS) that he had become irritated with the baby at the couple's home “...and grabbed him from the bed without supporting his head, and quickly pulled (the baby) upwards and backwards several times causing his head to bobble back and forth approximately six times.”

Though the father admitted to “...feeling bad...” about his actions, he did not alert the baby's mother to the child's condition. He reportedly said he noticed the baby spitting up more than usual “...and feared that this could be the result of injury sustained during the incident...” a day later. The next day, the baby was taken to his pediatrician by his mother.

Also included in the probable cause was a statement allegedly made by Anthony to the officers that he kept quiet because he was scared of getting into trouble and going to jail.

That's where Anthony is now, charged with battery causing bodily injury, a Level 5 felony, and neglect of a dependent, a Level 6 felony.

When an initial hearing was held in Scott Circuit Court on November 23, a preliminary plea of not guilty was entered for him by Judge Roger Duvall. An initial jury trial date of April 19 was scheduled, and a protective order was entered, directing Anthony to stay away from his son if he is released on bail except under circumstances approved by the DCS.

Bail was set at $50,000 by corporate surety bond or $10,000 by cash. A public defender has been assigned to the case.

 
We Care! Auction starts at noon Friday, December 4, in downtown Scottsburg PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 10:27

 

 

Come 12 noon on Friday, December 4, a whole lot of bidding will be generated by the items to be offered in the 2015 We Care Auction on the air at 105.3 FM.

A pretty nifty 2002 Olds Silhouette mini-van is the vehicle up for grabs in We Care's Super Lot this year. The red van has been donated by Mr. and Mrs. Sam McIntosh of Wheel and Deal Auto Sales and is on display across from the I105.3 radio station on the Scottsburg square. There are lots of collectibles, too, as well as toys, handmade crafts, small appliances and some surprises thrown in the mix.

The pile of items has continued to grow as people contribute to the unique on-air auction that can be viewed on Facebook at scottcountywecare and on the web page at Ilovewecare.com. The Scottsburg High School Student Council and yearbook staff have been taking those photos of items Those who plan to donate to We Care are urged to bring their items as soon as possible to the studios of I105.3 FM on the north side of Scottsburg's downtown square. We Care volunteers will cheerfully take cash contributions, too.

With the money that is raised, warm coats and new shoes are purchased by local agencies and school districts and distributed to needy children who live in Scott County. This mission began 26 years ago.

Through those years, children have been provided with coats, shoes and other warm clothing, all of which help them during cold weather. Last year, 1,127 children in the county got warm winter clothing and shoes with the $58,503.14 that was raised.

Once a caller has won an item in the auction, he/she is asked to stop by the radio studios and pay for the merchandise. We Care volunteers may accept cash, personal checks or credit cards for payment. All items can then be collected at the We Care Pick-Up Center, which is in a building on the east side of Scottsburg's square next to Jendy's Pizza.

People are also welcome to visit that building, perhaps more familiar as the Democrat Party headquarters, and view the dozens and dozens of items available this year. Hours at the Pick-Up Center on Thursday, December 3, are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will re-open at 9 a.m. on Friday, December 4, and remain open until 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 5. Just walk in, look at the lots boxed up for the auction and make a note of the lot and item numbers so you can place your bid on what you want when the lot is brought up for auction.

All bids may be placed by calling 812-752-3688 or 1-800-441-1053 during We Care.

Motorists should watch for National Guard soldiers manning roadblocks in Austin and Scottsburg that weekend as well. Money collected will be added to We Care's total. Roadblocks are scheduled at U.S. Highway 31 and State Road 56 and S.R. 56 and Main Street in Scottsburg and at U.S. 31 and State Road 256 in Austin throughout Friday and Saturday.

Mary Miller, a I105.3 employee and longtime We Care advocate, urged people to donate items to the auction. “We need from 1,200 to 1,500 items to fill all of our auction lots. Anything that can be turned into cash will be put in the auction. Remember, every penny counts!” she said.

Items not claimed by winning bidders will be placed in a wrap-up auction, set for Friday night, December 11, at VFW Post 6582 on U.S. Highway 31 between Austin and Scottsburg.

 
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