Six injury accidents reported recently; motorcyclist badly hurt, passenger unconscious PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 March 2016 11:51



Three injury accidents occurring between February 25 and 27 occurred in Scottsburg, police records revealed.

The first was reported just before 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 25, on State Road 56 202 feet east of Main Street in downtown Scottsburg.

Drivers were Mark D. Self, 36, Scottsburg, and Teresa L. Cantu, 48, Seymour. Self was driving a 2013 Chrysler 200, while Cantu was behind the wheel of a 2014 Chevy Equinox.

Self told Sgt. Joe Nicholson that he was eastbound and did not realize Cantu was slowing down. Self struck the rear of the Equinox, causing under $1,000 damage. Unfortunately, Cantu's passenger, Stephen Pierson, 68, Seymour, experienced neck pain following the crash. No apparent medical care at the scene was indicated on the accident report.

Cause of the accident was cited as driver distraction.

The most serious accident happened at 5:25 p.m. on Friday, February 26, on U.S. Highway 31 North at Vest Street.

Patrolman Trevis Burr and Sgt. Rodney Watts were dispatched to the scene as were Scott County EMS technicians and First Responders with the Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department.

Motorcyclist Todd J. Hook, 24, Scottsburg, was riding a 1973 Honda northbound on U.S. 31 when a 2001 Ford Ranger operated by Betty J. Caudill, 52, Austin, pulled out from Vest St. to go south on the highway. Caudill later told Ptl. Burr she did not see Hook.

The Ranger struck the motorcyclist on the side of the Honda, tossing Hook and the motorcycle into the southbound lanes.

Hook's leg was severely injured. He was stabilized by EMS staff and First Responders and then taken to University of Louisville Hospital, where he was still being treated on Monday, February 29.

Caudill was not injured. Property damage was listed at up to $5,000.

A Scottsburg man was injured in a crash on Saturday evening, February 27, on S.R. 56 West at the I-65 interchange.

Sgt. Steven Herald and Sgt. Nicholas were dispatched to the scene, located just before the I-65 overpass in the westbound lanes.

Information from the two drivers and a witness indicated that Jared W. Lucas, 21, Austin, was driving a 2005 Nissan Titan pickup truck which was pulling a trailer. He was eastbound at the traffic light, waiting to turn left onto northbound I-65.

Lucas said he saw the other vehicle, identified as a 2012 Kia Sedona SUV being driven by Gabriel E. Land, 38, Scottsburg, as it left a liquor store parking lot, but Lucas related that he thought he had plenty of time to make his turn across the westbound lanes.

He did not. Though the pickup cleared the lane, the trailer was struck by the Sedona. A witness's statement described a similar scene.

Land experienced back pain after the impact and was assisted by Scott County EMS technicians at the scene.

Property damage was estimated at up to $10,000 by Sgt. Herald.

Then, the Sheriff's Department got busy, investigating three injury accidents between Friday, March 4, and Sunday, March 6.

Deputies Josh Watterson, Joe Johnson and Joe Guarneri were dispatched to Bogardus Road about 1,000 feet north of Crothersville Road at 12:41 a.m. that Friday.

There, they found a wrecked 2000 Mazda 626 but not its driver, who was later identified as Gregory L. Baker, 49, Austin.

Baker told Deputy Watterson that he had been headed south on Bogardus Rd. when his car left the road, traveling down an embankment and hitting a utility pole. Baker said he managed to get out of the car and climbed back up on the road, where he was picked up by a woman, who drove him to her home before emergency crews arrived on the scene.

The incident is still under investigation.

Baker's injuries were described as incapacitating on the officer's report, and he was transported to Scott Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Property damage was estimated at up to $10,000 including the utility pole, which is owned by Jackson County REMC.

The second mishap on Friday, which occurred just before noon, was the worst of the three, causing what was described as severe head injuries to a passenger in one of the vehicles.

This accident happened when a westbound semi-tractor-trailer operated by Joseph Humes, 57, Kings Mountain, N.C., was turning north off of State Road 356 onto Tombstone Drive. Humes slowed to make the turn, allowing the driver's side of the semi-trailer flatbed to remain partially in the westbound lane, according to Deputy Paul Clute's report.

Willard Gay, 65, Scottsburg, was driving west on S.R. 356 in his 1990 Ford Ranger with a friend, Everitt Hargis, 65, Henryville. According to the report, Gay's Ranger hit the trailer on the passenger side, then went out of control and into a ditch on the highway's south side.

The impact, Deputy Clute related, caused the passenger side of the Ranger's cab to cave in on Hargis, causing head injuries to the Henryville man. He was trapped inside the wreckage. Gay also suffered from heavy facial bleeding.

Both men were assisted by Scott County EMS and then transported to University of Louisville Hospital. Their conditions are not known.

Property damage was estimated at up to $10,000.

Deputies James Shelton and Rex Herald worked an accident before 9 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, near where the first of the trio had happened on Friday.

They were dispatched to Bogardus Road about 500 feet south of Crothersville Road.

Driver William S. Combs, 20, Austin, said he attempted to brake as he was traveling south on Bogardus Rd. and approaching Crothersville Rd. Unfortunately, his brakes failed, and he had to swerve to avoid another vehicle in front of him being driven by Ronald Lamb, Austin. Lamb, it was learned, had just turned onto Bogardus Rd. from the other road.

Combs' 1991 Chevy pickup left the road on its east side, tore through a fence and struck a small tree at the bottom of a hill.

Combs suffered a possible injury to his knee/lower leg/foot. He was transported to the local hospital for treatment.

Property damage was estimated at up to $5,000 including the privately-owned fence.



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Two arrested after Scottsburg officers, trooper tipped to suspect vehicle, drug activity PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 March 2016 11:49



Scottsburg city officers with the aid of an Indiana State trooper made two arrests on Wednesday, February 24, both of which involved possession of illegal drugs that included heroin, methamphetamine and pills.

Information about possible drug activity occurring in the Lake Iola area of the city originally brought Sgt. Brian Hall and Patrolman James B. Vires into the area before noon that day. Sgt. Hall had received a tip that a person had spotted an apparent “hand-to-hand” drugs-for-money exchange in the area of Rosewalk Mobile Home Park. The mobile home park is located east of the popular Lake Iola and separated from it by railroad tracks.

The officers began searching for what was described as an older Lincoln town car with front-end damage. As he was looking, Sgt. Hall reported to Ptl. Vires and Indiana State Police Trooper Matt Busick, who was also in the area, that what appeared to be a female and two males were walking toward the remains of the old Morgan corn factory at the southeast end of Lake Iola.

Trp. Busick advised he had found one of the males and the female, with a third person walking south on Meridian Street. Ptl. Vires stopped his patrol car and began walking toward the individual, who identified himself as Dakota L. Fortner, 22.

As the officer had approached Fortner, he said a hypodermic plunger fell from Fortner next to his right foot. That action caused the patrolman to place Fortner in handcuffs.

The rest of the hypodermic syringe was found in Fortner's pocket, and an additional needle was also found, related Ptl. Vires. What was described as a “...tightly-wound plastic bag...bound with elastic hair ties...” was located on the suspect which contained two types of pills. Ptl. Vires said he also found a blue rubber tourniquet.

Fortner was transported to the Scott County Security Center. While bagging the evidence, jail staff reported that there were three types of pills in the baggie, Triumeq,Viagra and Busiprone, all legend drugs. Legend drugs are dispensed by prescription. Also found were two marijuana roaches or cigarettes.

Sgt. Hall was having success in his hunt for the old Lincoln. He caught up with the car at the train tracks just west of Main Street on Owen Street. Noting the driver committed a driving infraction, Sgt. Hall activated his lights and stopped the car. Captain David Hardin and Trp. Busick arrived to assist.

As the driver was explaining to Sgt. Hall that he had left his identification at home, Capt. Hardin stated he saw a partially-filled pill bottle laying on the front seat and two knives. When the man began searching through a console and then moving around as if in search of identification, he was asked to step out of the car.

That's when Capt. Hardin said the man tried to put something in his pocket. He also reportedly pulled away from the officers and clenched his hands into fists. He was taken to the ground by Trp. Busick and placed in handcuffs. Because the man had suffered a cut, Scott County EMS was called, and dispatchers sent a tow truck to impound the vehicle.

Prior to the car leaving the area, Capt. Hardin conducted a vehicle inventory. He listed the discovery of 2.7 grams of methamphetamine, nine Gabapentin pills and three Nitrofurantoin tablets. Gabapentin is a pain killer; Nitrofurantoin is used to fight urinary tract infections.

The suspect was identified as Nathaniel Todd Lewis, 23, of Rosewalk Drive. As Lewis was processed at the security center, jail staff reported to Sgt. Hall that they had located a baggie containing one gram of heroin in his underwear.

Fortner, whose address is Kinderhook Road, Scottsburg, and Lewis had initial court hearings on Friday afternoon, February 25, in Scott Superior Court before Judge Marsha Owens Howser.

Fortner is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a syringe, three counts of possession of a legend drug, all Level 6 felonies, and possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia, both misdemeanors.

Lewis' charges included Level 6 felonies of possession of methamphetamine and possession of a narcotic drug and two counts of possession of a legend drug. He was also charged with resisting law enforcement, a misdemeanor.

Judge Howser entered preliminary pleas of not guilty for both men. She also set an initial jury trial date of May 19 for each, assigned their cases to public defenders and set their bails at $50,000 by corporate surety bond or $5,000 cash.

Each man was also placed on a 15-day hold without bond by individual State's petitions for detainer and/or greater-than-standard bond. Each had been on probation from earlier court cases. Fortner's probation was scheduled to end in April, 2017, while Lewis' probation would have ended in August, 2018.

Discovery of 28 pounds of marijuana in building results in arrest of alleged dealer PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 02 March 2016 08:31

An alleged dealer of marijuana surrendered at the Scott County Security Center in Scottsburg on Tuesday night, February 23, after an arrest warrant was issued for him.

Drivers injured in three crashes investigated by County Sheriff’s Department PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 24 February 2016 09:04

Three drivers have been injured in separate crashes that occurred in Scott County since February 15.

Deputy quickly locates, arrests Underwood man for recent auto theft PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 19 February 2016 14:09



Todd Franklin Napier was quickly located and arrested by a deputy recently when the owner of the vehicle taken called and reported the theft to the Sheriff's Department.

Napier, 35, Underwood, was found behind the wheel of a black Volkswagen Passat by Deputy Joe Johnson on February 5, after Johnson and fellow officer James Shelton were dispatched to the Terry Road area.

When stopped at the intersection of Terry Rd. and State Road 256 East, Napier allegedly gave false identification information to the officers. He told the deputies that he had not stolen the car but rather was taking it so it could be repaired.

He was placed into custody and transported to the Scott County Security Center in Scottsburg. The vehicle was returned to its owner.

Since the Prosecutor's Office soon learned that Napier was on probation from an earlier criminal matter, Deputy Prosecutor Amanda Herald filed a petition for detainer and/or greater than standard bond against the defendant. He was then placed on a 15-day hold without bond. Bail remained $15,000 at corporate surety bond or $1,500 by cash.

Napier is now awaiting trial on charges of Level 6 felony auto theft and theft and false informing, a Class B misdemeanor. The trial is scheduled April 14.

His case has been assigned to a public defender.




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