Charge may be filed against driver injured in one-vehicle accident early Sunday morning PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 08:54

A criminal charge is being considered by the Scott County Prosecutor’s Office against a driver involved in a one-vehicle accident on Bogardus Road early on Sunday morning, December 13.

Adler arrested for assault on girlfriend's former boyfriend at Hardy Lake campground PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 23 December 2015 13:19


An initial hearing was conducted in Scott Circuit Court on Tuesday, December 15, for Thomas L. Adler, 46, an apparent resident of a travel trailer at one of the Hardy Lake campgrounds.

Adler is the defendant in a criminal case filed against him on December 15 arising from an incident in the campground of December 12.

Deputy James Shelton was dispatched to the state recreational area on Saturday to investigate a call about a fight. When he arrived, he found Adler, William Biesen, a woman and two young boys, who were identified as the woman's sons.

According to Shelton's probable cause affidavit, Adler had returned to the trailer to find Biesen, described as a former boyfriend of the woman, in the trailer with her and the woman's three sons.

Adler told the officer that he and Biesen became involved in a struggle. He allegedly admitted pulling a knife and stabbing Biesen “ self defense...” and then running out of the trailer.

Biesen, the deputy soon discovered, had several wounds to his abdomen. His story was more graphic, alleging that Adler arrived and began attacking him with a stick and demanding Biesen leave. He said Adler then pulled out a box cutter and stabbed him. The action caused him to hit Adler in the face with his fist, Biesen said. Adler stabbed him two or three more times, the bleeding man told the officer.

Scott County EMS was called to the scene and treated Biesen. He was transported by ambulance to University of Louisville Hospital. His current condition is unknown.

Deputy Shelton also got statements from the woman and her two sons. The woman said Adler became angry upon learning Biesen was at the trailer. When the two men began fighting, she said she got her youngest son out of the trailer but could not reach the other two, ages 10 and 11. Those youngsters told the officer that Adler had struck Biesen with a stick and then stabbed him. They also said Biesen threw Adler onto a bed and continued to hit him.

Adler now faces a count of aggravated battery, a Level 3 felony, because of stabbing Biesen and creating “....a substantial risk of death or...serious permanent disfigurement. He is also charged with one count each of battery resulting in serious bodily injury and battery with a deadly weapon, both Level 5 felonies, and a Class A misdemeanor count of battery for striking Biesen with the stick.

Judge Roger Duvall entered a preliminary plea of not guilty for Adler and set a bail of $50,000 by corporate surety bond or $10,000 cash. A condition was attached to Adler's posting bond; if he does so, he is to have no contact with Biesen.

Adler's case was assigned to a public defender, and an initial jury trial date of May 10 was scheduled.

County Fair Board members look forward to seeking new venues at annual convention PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 23 December 2015 13:18


After a Christmas carry-in dinner was enjoyed by everyone on December 8, members of the Scott County Fair Association got down to business.

Good news was announced by board president John McNeely. He said the Scott County Visitors Commission provided $7,000 as support for activities held during the 2015 fair. McNeely and Todd Richey had attended the December 1 meeting of the Visitors Commission, with Richey presenting the case for full financial support for the 2015 fair.

“We really appreciate the Visitors Commission's support. Once we get all of our financial records in order, we'll start selecting projects to get done before the 2016 fair,” McNeely stated.

Treasurer Tonia Richey presented what figures she had to the board that evening. It was no surprise to members that the demolition derby was the biggest grandstand event, bringing in $20,889. The stock car race was second on the list, providing $8,806. The Scott County Fair Queen Pageant was third at $3,085, the enduro race fourth with $1,864 and the new Music Fest was last, bringing in $680. Net profit per event was $982.20 after expenses, Richey related.

The 2015 fair had a grandstand profit of $11,862.96.

With board member Roy Binkley handling boat and RV storage rentals this fall, the Fair Association brought in $12,400, she reported. That was a 33% increase over 2014 rentals.

Tonia Richey said bills will be mailed in January for those who have rented sign space at the fairgrounds in the past.

Randy Oakes visited the Fair Association to provide some information on the 2016 demolition derby. Megan Voyles, Scott County Extension Educator, requested improvements to the 4-H livestock areas and submitted a list of 4-H events for 2016.

The selection of David Church to serve as the Fair Board member representing the Visitors Commission was approved by the board.

Turning back to grandstand events for 2016, Todd Richey reported he had been contacting several promoters for the stock car and possibly mini and big car events. He said he hoped to have a proposal for each event at the Fair Board's meeting on January 12.

The board has continued its improvements at the old Saddle Club building. Several pieces of old kitchen equipment have been removed. The local 4-H organization will provide new tables and chairs, it was learned.

Six applications were submitted for the vacant caretaker position. Interviews were scheduled December 29.

McNeely, Todd Richey, Binkley and Jeff Broady will be attending the Indiana State Fair and Festival Convention in early January in Indianapolis. “We're hoping to meet a lot of promoters and see what venues we can find to fill up all nights at the grandstand in 2016,” stated McNeely.

Fair Association memberships are available to any interested person, it was noted. The association's website is, and contact information is available there.

The next meeting of the Fair Board will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12, at the Saddle Club building.




Not guilty plea entered for man in shooting of teenager; woman also charged PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 23 December 2015 13:16


A 25-year-old Underwood area resident is now being held in the Scott County Security Center in the shooting and wounding of his 17-year-old brother last Thursday, December 10.

Gary D. Amick, Craig Road, has been charged in Scott Circuit Court with two counts of Level 5 felony intimidation, two Level 6 felony pointing a firearm at a person, and one Level 6 felony criminal recklessness.

Additionally, a charge of false informing was filed against a woman in connection with the case on Wednesday, December 16.

The probable cause affidavit filed with the Gary Amick's case related that, when Luke Amick arrived at the family's home that Thursday, a 15-year-old female was present. Luke Amick told his brother to get the girl out of the home because the teenage boy was not supposed to be around her. The brothers then started arguing.

During the fight, the affidavit stated Gary Amick took a gun and pointed it at the stomach of the teenager, allegedly telling Luke that he, Gary, was going to shoot him. Gary Amick also reportedly shot the handgun several times in the air during the fight and may have also pointed the gun at the 15-year-old girl, telling her “...this was her fault.”

Gary Amick got into his vehicle apparently to leave, and the younger brother kicked the driver's side window, shattering it. Gary Amick then purportedly shot his brother in the groin area.

Gary Amick then left. The girl helped Luke Amick into an SUV and started to drive toward Scott Memorial Hospital to seek help for the teen. Her call to 9-1-1 allowed Scottsburg Patrolman Troy Ford to intercept the car and to take Luke Amick to the hospital.

Deputy Joe Johnson, who had been called to the residence regarding the shooting, met both Luke Amick and the girl at the hospital's Emergency Room. Their statements were taken, and the hunt for Gary Amick began.

He was apprehended by officers with the Sheriff's Department without incident on Friday, December 11, at the Meadowbrook Apartments home of a friend in Scottsburg.

At his initial court hearing on Monday, December 14, Gary Amick allowed a not guilty plea to be entered for him by Judge Roger Duvall. Judge Duvall then set an initial date for a jury trial on April 12, 2016. Bail was set at $75,000 by corporate surety bond or $15,000 cash. The case will be assigned to a public defender.

Gary Amick is also the defendant in a pending criminal case in Circuit Court in which he is charged with dealing in methamphetamine, dealing in a Scheduled 4 controlled substance, dealing in marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance. Those charges were filed in May, 2014. He had been allowed to enter a Salvation Army drug rehabilitation program in which he has participated since October, 2014.

His trial on those charges has been continued six times as his treatment continued. It is now scheduled for February 8, 2016.

Tamra Cutshall, 20, Indianapolis, is the woman charged in the investigation. She allegedly gave officers false information about the shooting. The charge is a Class B misdemeanor. Cutshall's trial is scheduled in Superior Court on February 16. Bail in the case is set at $5,000 by corporate surety bond or $500 cash.

Four people injured, one driver arrested after investigation of recent accident PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 23 December 2015 13:14



Four people were listed as injured, according to reports issued recently by the Scott County Sheriff's Department and the Scottsburg Police Department.

Stephanie M. Criswell, 32, Scottsburg, was at the wheel of her 2000 Honda Passport SUV on Sunday morning, November 29, when the vehicle appeared to go out of control.

Criswell had been traveling south on U.S. Highway 31 when the mishap occurred just after 7:30 a.m. about 100 feet north of Hardy Road in Vienna Township.

Deputy Jac Sanders stated in his report that Criswell's SUV apparently ran off the right side of the road and then skidded and went across the northbound lane. It entered a ditch line, continuing until hitting a state-owned sign and flipping over.

Criswell was assisted by Scott County EMS technicians at the scene. She was then transported by ambulance to Scott Memorial Hospital with unspecified injuries.

Deputy Sanders estimated property damage at up to $10,000.

In Scottsburg, Sgt. Rodney Watts, Patrolman Trevis Burr and Lt./Detective Mike Nichols were dispatched to the scene of an accident on State Road 56 West at Oak Drive just past 4:30 p.m. on Friday, November 4.

Sgt. Watts talked with driver Malcolm M. Neace, 23, Scottsburg, learning that Neace had been attempting to enter the westbound lanes of S.R. 56 from a restaurant parking lot on the south side of the highway. Neace said a motorist in an eastbound lane stopped and made a break in a line of traffic for him.

When he moved into the westbound lane, a 1991 Buick Regal struck his 2012 Ford Fusion as it was being driven westward by Claudette Wooten, 78, Austin.

Wooten and her passenger, Joe C. Wooten, 48, were both transported by Scott County EMS to the local hospital. The woman experienced chest pain, and Joe Wooten had head pain.

Property damage was estimated at up to $5,000.

Another accident outside Scottsburg's city limits occurred on Friday, December 4, just before 7 p.m. on S.R. 56 East close to McNeely Road.

In this mishap, Kendall P. Adams, 22, Lexington, told Deputy Joe Johnson that she had been backing out of a driveway onto S.R. 56 on that foggy night. When she finally saw the eastbound 1998 Honda Accord driven by Bobbie J. Pettit, 33, Scottsburg, Adams said she thought the approaching vehicle was farther away.

Unfortunately, it was not. The Accord struck the 2013 Ford Escape being driven by Adams on its passenger side.

Adams suffered back pain and was transported by ambulance to Scott Memorial. Pettit was listed as not injured.

Property damage was estimated at up to $25,000. Deputy Paul Clute assisted at the accident scene.

A Scottsburg woman was arrested after being involved in a one-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 31 South at the entrance to a subdivision across from the Scott County Fairgrounds.

Deborah Ann West, 47, was taken into custody on December 3 by Major Richey Barton of the Scottsburg police after she had run off the road and entered a ditch by the subdivision. In talking to Mj. Barton after the mishap, West indicated she was trying to enter the subdivision at Lee Street but she missed the entrance and then was trying to turn around.

She was cited for felony operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

In her initial hearing in Scott Superior Court on December 4, a not guilty plea was entered for her. Her driving license was suspended, and the Prosecutor's Office also entered a Prior Conviction Notice against West, relating that she has been convicted of the same offense on two occasions in 2011, one in Scott County and another in Clark County.

West's trial is scheduled February 29. Her bond is set at $15,000 by corporate surety bond or 10% cash. A public defender has been assigned to the case.


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