Three injury accidents investigated on State Road 56 West, State Road 256 since mid-week PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 22 March 2016 14:33



Following too closely, failing to yield to on-coming traffic and driving left of center were reported factors in three recent personal injury accidents that occurred in Scottsburg and Scott County since Wednesday, March 16.

Two accidents on State Road 56, known locally as McClain Avenue in Scottsburg, were reported.

The first mishap occurred at 11:22 a.m. on March 16 about 150 feet west of Park Drive. Sean D. Voyles, 43, LaGrange, Ky., was driving a 2007 Toyota Prius west on the highway. He later told Sgt. Rodney Watts he did not see that a commercial truck owned by Irving Materials had stopped. Employee Stanley L. Brown, 62, Scottsburg, was behind the wheel.

The Prius struck the rear of the large truck.

Voyles was injured, suffering pain in an elbow/lower arm. He was treated at the scene by Scott County EMS technicians.

Approximately $10,000 in property damage was caused by the accident, according to Sgt. Watts' estimate. He was assisted at the scene by Sgt. Brian Hall and Sgt. Steve Herald.

Deputy Justin Cheatham was dispatched to a crash at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 20, on S.R. 256 East at its intersection with Whitsitt Road.

Three vehicles were involved in the mishap, a 1995 Geo Prizm operated by Gregory J. Cord, 76, Avon; a 2015 Kia Sedona driven by Raymond Coomer, 80, Scottsburg; and a 2001 Toyota Avalon operated by Russell C. Henson, 42, Austin.

From what Deputy Cheatham learned, the Prizm crossed the center line of the road as Cord was driving west. The left front of the small car struck the left front of the Sedona, causing it to spin and hit Henson's Avalon.

That impact caused the Toyota to run off the south side of the road and down an embankment.

Airbags in the Prizm and Sedona activated, with all of the drivers protected by use of their seat belts and harnesses.

Both Cord and Coomer were transported to Scott Memorial Hospital by Scott County EMS technicians. Cord had what appeared to be a minor head wound, while Coomer suffered a possible injury to his hip/upper leg. Henson was apparently uninjured.

Deputy Cheatham estimated property damage could reach up to $25,000.

A total of five people were injured in the next mishap, which occurred a minute after 5 p.m. on Sunday at the intersection of S.R. 56 West and I-65 at its northbound ramp.

Sgt. Watts with the Scottsburg Police Department was again in charge of the accident scene. He was assisted by Sgt. Hall and Deputy Rodney Rudder.

The two drivers were identified as Anthony W. Ogle, 21, Louisville, Ky., and Christian S. Wilder, 22, Scottsburg. Ogle was driving a 2007 Dodge Dakota pickup. Wilder and his passengers were in a 2006 Chevy Silverado extended cab pickup.

According to statements from the drivers and witnesses, Ogle had stopped at the intersection to turn left across the two westbound lanes of S.R. 56 and enter the northbound I-65 ramp. He told Sgt. Watts he didn't see the Silverado coming westbound and he made the turn.

The Silverado struck the passenger side of the Dodge Dakota, knocking it into a guardrail while debris from the impact spewed onto the road surface, stopping all westbound traffic.

Because of the nature of the crash, doors on the Dakota would not work; consequently, Anthony Ogle and his passengers, Kelsey Ogle, 20, Louisville; Steven Dye, 18, Rushville; and Amber Ogle, 18, Brandenburg, Ky., were briefly trapped inside the wreckage of the pickup. They were freed by volunteers with the Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department.

Anthony Ogle and Amber Ogle suffered minor head wounds. Kelsey Ogle experienced chest pain, while Dye had a possible hip/upper leg injury. A passenger in Wilder's truck, Kailey Slusser, 19, Salem, also experienced pain from a hip/upper leg injury.

Both Kelsey Ogle and Dye were air-lifted from the scene by medical helicopter to University of Louisville Hospital. All of the rest were transported to Scott Memorial after treatment at the scene by Scott County EMS technicians and Scottsburg First Responders.

It took some time to clean up the accident site. Local towing firms assisted and removed the damaged vehicles.

Sgt. Watts estimated that property damage, including the guardrail, could reach up to $25,000.

IU student and friend pay the price for not leaving money for restaurant meal PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 18 March 2016 11:17



An Indiana University student and his friend are getting to spend a little time at the Scott County Security Center in Scottsburg after they neglected to leave money for the meal they consumed at the Scottsburg Denny's restaurant.

Nicholas R. Good, 18, Bloomington, and Walter C. Aldridge, 19, Shelbyville, were taken into custody on March 11 by Patrolman James B. Vires at a nearby gas station at the Scottsburg I-65 interchange.

Ptl. Vires and Patrolman Travis Rutherford were dispatched to the Denny's at 3:45 a.m. that Friday to discuss the young men leaving without paying with the restaurant's staff. The pair left in a black Volkswagen, the officers were told.

The description of the car sparked Ptl. Vires' memory of having seen a car like that parked at the Speedway station as he was turning onto Honeyrun Parkway to go to Denny's. He went back to the gas station and found Aldridge, the driver, and Good there.

Good explained that they had stopped at the gas station so he could use the ATM and get some money. He said he needed change to do laundry when he returned to IU. Aldridge said he left the restaurant first after Good had told him that he would pay for the meal, a total of $17.08.

Ptl. Rutherford escorted Good inside the gas station so Good could use the ATM. Before Good got out of the car, Ptl. Vires noted that Good had taken off a coat and stuffed it between the seat and the car's console in what the officer thought was an attempt to hide something.

Aldridge was ordered out of the vehicle after dispatchers advised Ptl. Vires that he was wanted on an arrest warrant in Shelby County. Additionally, when Good retrieved his coat, Ptl. Vires said he discovered two beer bottles on the floor of the car, which was wet to the touch. Both young men were given a breathalyzer test.

Other evidence allegedly found in the car included an empty baggie, a metal seed grinder with bits of green leafy substance clinging to it and a glass smoking pipe.

Both appeared later that same day in Scott Superior Court for initial hearings before Senior Judge Dan Moore.

Both are charged with Class A misdemeanor theft and Class C misdemeanor possession/consumption/transportation of alcohol by a minor. Aldridge is also charged with Class C misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia.

Not guilty pleas were entered for the pair, and an initial jury trial date of May 17 was scheduled. Bond for each is set at $5,000 by corporate surety bond or $500 cash.


Teenagers involved, injured in two recent vehicular crashes occurring on county roads PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 18 March 2016 11:16



County deputies had another busy week, being dispatched to a total of five accidents, two of which resulted in injuries to the people involved.

Both of the injury accidents happened on Sunday, March 13, the first at 1:42 a.m.

Matthew C. Carter, 18, Austin, was driving a 2002 Dodge Dakota pickup truck north on Jack Morgan Road when he said a deer dashed onto the road in his path. The teenager swerved to miss the animal, which he did, but his action caused the pickup to go off the west side of the road and strike a utility pole.

Carter was treated at the scene by Scott County EMS technicians for minor facial bleeding and a possible nose injury. The vehicle was towed, with Deputy James Shelton estimating property damage at up to $25,000.

The utility pole was owned by Jackson County REMC.

Deputy Shelton was assisted at the scene by Deputy Paul Clute.

At 9:20 p.m. on Sunday, Deputy Shelton and Deputy Rex Herald were dispatched to a two-vehicle accident on Boatman Road about 1,000 feet south of Lake Road.

Christiana L. Leonhard, 17, Lexington, was at the wheel when the 1994 Lexus she was driving apparently traveled left of center as she was driving south and struck a northbound 1998 Dodge Ram pickup operated by Bailey R. White, 17, Scottsburg.

Deputy Shelton studied physical evidence at the scene before concluding that, just after Leonhard and White had topped a small hill, markings on the road surface showed that the pickup's front right wheel had come off as his truck was hit by the Lexus. Tire tracks from the truck were visible in the roadside grass where the teenage boy had tried to avoid the car, which he described as in the middle of the road.

With one wheel off, the pickup slewed into the southbound lane before returning to the northbound lane. The truck went back across the south lane, going off the west side of the road and sliding sideways through a field.

Though Leonhard was listed with only minor facial bleeding, she was transported to Scott Memorial Hospital as were her passengers, Megan Lemaster, 15, Scottsburg, and Jesse L. Kruger, 16, Scottsburg. Lemaster and Kruger both suffered neck pain. White was not injured, according to the accident report.

The case remains under investigation.

Property damage in this mishap was also estimated at up to $25,000 and included damage to a privately-owned yard.

Two Louisville men arrested with cocaine after accident east of Scottsburg PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 18 March 2016 11:15



The arrests of two men from Louisville on Saturday, March 5, east of Scottsburg predated even more action by law enforcement agencies in a round-up of suspects involved with the use and/or sale of illegal substances.

Deputies Jac Sanders and Justin Cheatham were dispatched on March 5 to an area of State Road 56 just east of its T intersection with Double or Nothing Road. There, the officers said they saw a black Ford Expedition driving west across a field back toward S.R. 56 about 200 yards west of the site of the accident.

As the officers observed, the driver attempted several times to get the vehicle back onto the highway but failed because of the wide, deep roadside ditch.

When the deputies approached the stuck vehicle, they tried to get the driver, later identified as Tyler Cross, 24, to shut off the vehicle, but he continued to spin its wheels in hopes of freeing it.

Finally, Cross turned off the motor. Deputy Sanders asked him for his driver license. In response, the deputy said Cross re-started the engine, placed it in gear and again began spinning the SUV's tires.

While all this was happening, Deputy Cheatham said he noticed the passenger, now known as Christopher Reliford, 20, “...kept reaching around the back of the driver's seat and the front dash area...” after he'd been instructed by the officers to keep his hands in view.

Both men were ordered from the vehicle. At that time, Deputy Cheatham stated he saw a plastic baggie containing what appeared to be marijuana on the passenger seat. Cross and Reliford were handcuffed, with Deputy Cheatham going back to the vehicle to search for weapons.

Another plastic baggie was found in an air vent, Deputy Sanders stated. The cocaine weighed 19.62 grams.

A further inventory of the SUV resulted in finding additional baggies and a set of digital scales, it was reported.

Cross and Reliford were charged on March 7 in Scott Circuit Court with dealing in cocaine, a Level 2 felony; possession of cocaine, a Level 4 felony and possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor. Cross also has a Class B misdemeanor of failure to stop after an accident.

With preliminary pleas of not guilty entered, each has been assigned an initial jury trial date of August 9. Bail for each was set at $75,000 by corporate surety bond or $25,000 cash by Judge Roger Duvall.

Cross' case has been assigned to a public defender. Reliford hired a local attorney, and a motion to reduce his bail has been scheduled for a hearing on March 28.


Additional investigations provide background to locate, arrest seven people in Scottsburg PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 18 March 2016 11:14


A local round-up of individuals suspected of being involved in selling and/or using drugs took place in Scott County on Sunday, March 6, and Monday, March 7, and resulted in the arrests of seven people, three men and four women.

The service of a search warrant based on a narcotics investigation at 554 South Second Street in Scottsburg occurred on Sunday. The house was the residence of Morgan M. Richey, 30, and Corey Daniel Smith, 22.

The department used its K-9 officer, Arina, in a “free air sniff” of the premises. The trained dog “hit” on several areas in the house which deputies then began to search.

Methamphetamine (meth) and paraphernalia associated with drug dealing and with the use of drugs were located. Some of the meth appeared to be bagged for sale.

Additionally, the woman's cell phone reportedly displayed a photo of what appeared to be bagged meth. Cited was an alleged text conversation between Richey and Smith, with Richey asking Smith, “What did you do with the dope?” Smith purportedly replied that he had given it to a third party.

Each defendant was charged with dealing in methamphetamine, a Level 4 felony; possession of meth, a Level 6 felony; and maintaining a common nuisance, also a Level 6 felony.

Initial court hearings were conducted for the pair on Thursday, March 10, in Scott Circuit Court. Preliminary pleas of not guilty were entered, and bails were set at $50,000 by corporate surety bond or $10,000 by cash. An initial jury trial date of August 2 was scheduled for each. Both indicated they want to hire attorneys.

Because Richey was on probation in a 2008 drug case when she was arrested on the new charges, a Notice of Prior Offense was filed by the Prosecutor's Office as was a petition for detainer and/or greater-than-standard bond. The prior offense notice could add time to any sentence if Richey is convicted. She is being held on the detainer petition, her first 15 days without bond.

Matthew Haynes, 22, and Carly Boley, 23, were taken into custody at 550 Rosewalk Drive, Lot 48, when officers with the Sheriff's Department, Scottsburg department and Indiana State Police executed another search warrant around 2:45 p.m.

Sheriff Dan McClain said officers “...interrupted and dismantled a drug operation...” at the mobile home apparently owned by Haynes. A total of 15 grams of methamphetamine, 4.5 grams of heroin, Opana and drug-related paraphernalia were seized. Also found was $610 in cash.

Purportedly, both Haynes and Boley told officers they sold methamphetamine “ close friends...” and said they weren't “...big (drug) kingpins...” They also said they were drug addicts, the probable cause affidavit stated.

Sean Whobrey, 26, Austin, and Lindsey Goldman-Trick, 28, Bloomington, were taken into custody by Deputy Arnold and Chief Deputy Don Campbell after Campbell made a traffic stop at Montgomery and North Second Streets in Scottsburg.

Whobrey was driving the vehicle, a black Buick, and apparently admitted to the officers that the car contained narcotics. A soft drink can in the center console contained a baggie with less than three grams of methamphetamine.

The pair was transported to the Scott County Security Center, and that's when things got a little more interesting. According to jailers processing Goldman-Trick, the woman had a plastic baggie hidden in her crotch which contained about two grams of methamphetamine and .02 grams of heroin. A set of digital scales was also found by Chief Deputy Campbell when he was inventorying the car's contents.

During the evening hours, another search warrant, this time for 64 Oak Drive in Scottsburg, was served on Carmyn Porter, 24, who lived there with her mother.

Detective Jeremy Arnold took the lead in this investigation, with the Sheriff's Department getting several tips about several individuals reportedly visiting the residence briefly and about Porter driving frequently to local gas stations and allegedly selling drugs there.

Det. Arnold and Deputies Rex Herald and Jac Sanders served the search warrant on Porter's mother. In the young woman's bedroom, Deputy Arnold said he saw a brownish powder scattered on the floor. It tested positively for heroin.

Searching further, he said he found additional heroin residue, all of which amounted to less than three grams. A locked safe was found under Porter's bed.

When the safe was opened by Porter, officers discovered it contained $4,290 in cash. When Deputy Arnold asked the woman's mother if she was aware of Porter having any large amounts of money, the mother said no, that Porter had been unemployed for some time and that her daughter owed her money.

Porter was taken into custody and transported to the Scott County Security Center.

Late on Wednesday morning, March 9, Boley, Goldman-Trick, Haynes, Whobrey and Porter were advised of their rights by Judge Duvall. He also told the defendants that the Prosecutor's Office had filed for and received 72-hour continuances of their initial hearings. Consequently, charges were not yet available for the five.

As the judge had told them, initial hearings were conducted Friday morning, March 11. Preliminary pleas of not guilty were entered for each defendant, and initial trial dates were set in August. Each defendant's bail was set at $50,000 by surety bond or $10,000 cash.

The attorney who appeared to represent Boley on that Wednesday waived a formal reading of her rights and charges on Friday. Her felony charges are dealing in over ten grams of a narcotic drug; dealing in a narcotic drug in the amount of one and five grams; possession of meth; possession of a narcotic drug; and maintaining a common nuisance. She is also charged with Class A misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia.

On a defense motion, Boley's bail was altered to $10,000 by surety bond or 10% cash if she resides with either of her parents and submit to in-patient addiction treatment.

Porter also had a hired attorney to help her at the initial hearing. Her charges include Level 5 felony dealing in cocaine, Level 6 felony possession of cocaine and Level 6 felony maintaining a common nuisance.

Her bail was lowered to $10,000/10% cash. If she files bail, Porter was told by Judge Duvall that she must reside with her mother, and the premises will be subject to random searches and she will undergo random drug testing. Porter was also told she may seek addiction counseling and/or treatment.

Both bond reductions were made over the objections of Deputy Prosecutor Amanda Herald. Apparently, a report made to the judge that the Scott County Security Center had 57 women among its inmates that Friday had a bearing on the bond reductions as well.

Judge Duvall then turned his attention to Haynes. His charges are Level 2 dealing in meth, Level 4 dealing in heroin, Level 4 possession of at least ten grams of meth, Level 6 possession of heroin, Level 6 maintaining a common nuisance and Class C misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia.

Goldman-Trick faces charges of Level 4 dealing in meth, Level 5 dealing in heroin, Level 6 charges of possession of meth and possession of heroin and Class B misdemeanor visiting a common nuisance.

She was placed on a 15-day hold without bail through the State's petition for detainer filed against her.

Whobrey has charges of Level 4 dealing in meth, Level 5 dealing in heroin, Level 6 possession of meth, Level 6 possession of heroin and Level 6 maintaining a common nuisance.

The cases of Haynes, Goldman-Trick and Whobrey were assigned to public defenders.




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