Scottsburg couple arrested on warrants after teen son, pets found in filthy conditions PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 09 August 2016 13:53



Neglect charges, pertaining to a teenager and 14 dogs and two cats, were filed against a Scottsburg couple whose mobile home was filled with what investigators said were rotting food, bugs and animal feces on July 27.

Charges filed in Scott Superior Court against Marion Anthony Hayes, 39, and Ashly N. Phillips, 33, include one count of neglect of a dependent, a Level 6 felony, and four counts of cruelty to an animal, all Class A misdemeanors. The neglect of a dependent charge was based on the fact that Hayes' 17-year-old son was living there. His 18-year-old son was also a resident.

The situation was discovered when Deputy Rodney Rudder stopped at the couple's mobile home on Wednesday, July 27. He was serving notification papers for possible jury duty in the park and mistakenly went to the Hayes-Phillips residence.

As he approached the trailer and knocked on the door, Deputy Rudder said he smelled a strong odor and that several dogs began barking inside the mobile home. He also found a dog loose outside the home.

The deputy was aware that the number of dogs and cats which can be kept by Scottsburg residents is limited by city ordinance, and pets must be restrained by a leash, fencing or chained at all times when they are outside.

He reported the situation to Animal Control Officer Denny Robbins. Robbins went to the trailer soon afterward and picked up the stray dog. That animal's collar was so tight that it was embedded in the dog's neck, Officer Robbins noted. He also saw several dogs “...hanging out the windows,” the probable cause affidavit related.

The smell of feces from the animals was described as “ strong you could not get close to the house...” by the animal control officer.

Officer Robbins contacted Deputy Rudder. Scottsburg policemen then met animal control officers at the residence. Since no one was at home, Major Richey Barton of the Scottsburg department contacted Hayes by phone at his workplace. Hayes made arrangements to meet the officers at the trailer that afternoon.

Patrolman James Vires and Robbins went back to the residence that afternoon. With them were District 8 field veterinarian Dr. Jodi Lovejoy and a Department of Child Services (DCS) staff member.

Hayes allowed the veterinarian, DCS employee and Officer Robbins inside to observe living conditions. The man allegedly admitted to having seven dogs inside. Ptl. Vires noted in his report, “The strong odor of feces and urine could be smelled while standing out in the roadway approximately 30 feet away.”

The DCS staffer stated she observed that “...the floor was covered with dog feces, rotting food and other items making it difficult for (her) to walk through the rooms without sliding.” In her opinion, every room was uninhabitable, the affidavit stated.

Insects, both live and dead, were also found in the residence, including in the refrigerator. Dr. Lovejoy advised that several dogs had severe flea infestations and significant skin and hair problems. Ten of the dogs she saw had long nails, and two of the dogs had nails so long they appeared to be growing into their paws.

Officers seized a total of 13 dogs and two cats from the residence. One of the larger dogs was emaciated and so weak, it had difficulty standing up, Dr. Lovejoy noted. The veterinarian said she observed the dog “...walk only a few feet before laying back down and was observed urinating in the hallway.” On a scale of 1 to 10, Dr. Lovejoy graded the dog's condition a 1, the worst possible.

The temperature in the main area of the residence was 90 degrees that day, it was noted in the affidavit.

The 17-year-old was removed from the home by the DCS.

The animals were taken under the wing of the Scott County Humane Society. Once the larger dog, an apparent Australian shepherd, was bathed, he was kept at the local shelter so that his condition could be monitored. Officer Robbins said the dog's condition and appetite appears to be improving. “He still has a way to go, though,” Robbins related.

Several of the small dogs have already found new homes through the Society's adoption service. Some are in foster homes.

Hayes and Phillips were arrested on Wednesday evening, August 3. They appeared for initial hearings in Superior Court on Thursday, August 4, during which preliminary not guilty pleas were entered for them. Each was assigned an initial trial date of November 1 and a public defender.

Bail for each of the defendants was set at $30,000 by corporate surety bond or $3,000 cash.




Heavy fog a factor in early Sunday morning accident at ‘T’ which injures five PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 03 August 2016 08:18

Fog is never a good thing to encounter, especially when driving during the early morning hours.

Changes begin on September 1.... Railroads cautioning communities: Expect more, faster, longer trains in coming years PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 03 August 2016 08:18

Rails and cross-ties have been replaced and crossings torn up and repaved over the last several months in communities up and down the train tracks in Scott, Clark and Jackson counties.

Arrest warrant puts man in cuffs; drugs located in car reap new charges PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 03 August 2016 08:16

He failed to appear for a court hearing on July 11, but Mack D. Cottingham, 30, Crothersville, now has more serious charges facing him in Scott Superior Court than his original count of driving while suspended with a prior conviction.

Free food distributions are offered monthly at Austin and Scottsburg sites PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 02 August 2016 14:05



Two free monthly food distributions are held each month at Austin and Scottsburg church properties.

The food distribution that will be held at the fellowship hall of the First Baptist Church of Austin is planned for Friday, August 12. It is located on the northeast corner of West Cherry and South Second Streets.

On Friday, August 26, a free distribution of food will take place at The Rock, the Scottsburg First Christian Church shelter house, which is located south of Scottsburg High School on the west side of U.S. Highway 31.

Both distributions are offered through the efforts of the Nelson Spaulding Community Clearinghouse and Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Inc.

Doors at both locations will open at 8 a.m. on those designated Fridays. Starting at that time, persons wishing to receive food can sign in and get a number. That number will be called when that person's turn in the distribution line is available. Hours for both distributions will be from 10 a.m. to 12 noon or until supplies are exhausted.

No smoking is allowed in or outside the buildings. Those needing to smoke must do so in their vehicles. People smoking on the grounds in Austin or Scottsburg will be asked to leave.

Questions about the distributions should be directed to the Clearinghouse by calling 812-752-0123.




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