Three implicated in Christmas Eve burglary in Scottsburg PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 09 February 2018 15:41



Three people are now implicated and have been charged in a Scottsburg burglary of a home last Christmas Eve, December 24.

A convoluted tale was told by one of the defendants, Loren Alan Smith, 24, Austin, when he was first picked up following an investigation of the burglary by Scottsburg Lt./Detective Mike Nichols.

Smith allegedly told Det. Nichols that he and a friend burglarized the home near Lake Iola because his friend knew the owner would not be home. He said his friend offered him seven grams of methamphetamine (meth) to help with the burglary.

Smith said he bought a big screen TV taken from the residence for $100 from his friend, saying he planned to give it to a relative for Christmas.

The friend implicated by Smith apparently did not take part in the break-in, however. When the detective interviewed jail inmate Trenton C. Campbell, 18, Scottsburg, Campbell purportedly related how Smith planned the burglary and invited Campbell and Katlyn “Katie” E. Deaton, 21, Pekin, to take part. He said he was offered two computers by Smith as his “fee” for helping.

Campbell reportedly met Smith and Deaton after hours at the Blocher General Store, the probable cause affidavit noted, and drove them to the house. Deaton allegedly pried open a side door; the two men entered, taking the TV and four computers.

Afterward, Campbell took the couple back to Blocher. Deaton was supposed to have gotten the TV, but Smith instead kept it and gave it to a relative the next day.

All three have been charged with Level 4 felony burglary. Smith and Campbell are also charged with Level 6 felony theft.

Each has been assigned an initial jury trial date of April 16. Defendants have also been provided with the services of public defenders. Each of their bails is set at $60,000 by corporate surety bond or $6,000 cash.



4-0-1 vote Monday night passes higher sewer rate ordinance PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 09 February 2018 15:39



By a vote of four City Council members for it and one abstention, the controversial ordinance that will increase individual sewer rates and tap-on fees in Scottsburg became law on Monday night, February 5.

About 25 citizens attended the Council meeting, perhaps one-tenth of the number of people who had come to protest and/or listen as a third reading of the ordinance was offered for the Council’s consideration last October.

At that meeting, those who voiced objections to the increases in rates were greeted with applause. At the February 5 meeting, the only person who spoke was developer/builder Mike Guthrie.

In October, Guthrie expressed his views that the plan to spend $18 million and repair/replace the current sewer treatment plant was too excessive, that a less expensive approach could be put in place based on a pre-engineering report (PER) prepared by city engineer Bill Saegesser.

He again said that PER could be the basis for a less-aggressive, cheaper approach to the city’s sewer problems on February 5. But he started his presentation by telling Mayor Bill Graham by saying the meeting that evening should never have been scheduled.

Guthrie cited his concerns that the recent work session held by the Council to discuss options was held illegally. The work session was scheduled in the face of demands recently mailed by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). IDEM has demanded the city show proof of progress toward correcting overflow problems and its soon-to-be-installed phosphorus treatment system.

Mayor Graham said the Council needed that time to look over the sewer problem and IDEM’s most recent correspondence, and city attorney Kerry Thompson said that, in his opinion, the session was legally held. “No decisions were made (at the work session),” the Mayor assured Guthrie.

Another concern of Guthrie’s was that the Monday night Council action was on the third and final reading of the ordinance.

Again, Thompson said the Council was acting legally because no action was taken on the ordinance at the October meeting. At that earlier meeting, Mayor Graham’s requests for a motion to pass the ordinance on its third reading fell on deaf ears. His request “died” for lack of a motion, but the ordinance did not die. Instead, that evening was a tabling of the matter, not an end to it, Thompson said.

Consequently, when the Mayor asked for a Council motion to pass the ordinance on its third reading, he got it from Council President Bill Hoagland. The motion was seconded by Councilman Stanley Allen.

Hoagland and Allen were joined by members Chuck Rose and Karen Gricius in voting for the ordinance’s passage. John Konkler, the lone Republican on the Council, abstained.

Asked why he declined to vote on the matter, Konkler stated, “I simply think we need to do more research. I think there are cheaper systems out there we need to look at.”

The vote sets in motion the financing steps that will need to be taken to pay for the project, which is projected will cost up to $18 to $18.5 million.


Would-be robber foiled in late night DGS robbery attempt PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 09 February 2018 15:36



A clerk and a store’s security system foiled a robbery attempt at a Dollar General Store on Monday night, January 29.

The store is located on U.S. Highway 31 North (North Gardner Street). When Scottsburg police were alerted to the situation, patrolmen James Vires and Greg Green rushed to the scene. Ptl. Green arrived first and began getting a description of the suspect from store personnel. Ptl. Vires heard via his patrol car’s radio that the suspect had left on foot headed north.

He continued past the store and then turned around. When he did so, he said he saw a vehicle in a small alley near the old Temple and Temple Construction building. The car continued out of the alley and onto U.S. 31, going north. Ptl. Vires followed, stopping the gray Buick at the entrance to the Knights of Columbus Hall.

Talking to the driver, he learned the man was Jacob W. Robak, 38, Madison. Deputy Josh Watterson arrived to assist, putting handcuffs on Robak after the officers learned he was a Habitual Traffic Violator and should not have been driving. Robak was taken to the Scott County Security Center by Deputy Watterson.

A cursory search of the vehicle prior to its impoundment revealed a knife near the driver’s seat as well as a white shirt, a dark-colored shirt and a gray sweatshirt.

Store personnel had described the man as having a white shirt on his head, a darker shirt wrapped around his face and wearing a gray sweatshirt, sweat pants and boots.

When the man approached the cashier, she said he demanded money. The clerk told him the register system would not allow entry unless a transaction took place. She told Ptl. Green that the man then pulled out a knife and threatened her, saying he wanted money.

Once again the woman told him it would be impossible to override the system. She said he then stated, “Well, okay, I will be back.” He left the store headed north on foot, she said.

The prompt response of the police as well as Ptl. Vires’ spotting the nearby car played a part in quickly finding the suspect.

After seeing the store’s surveillance video of the incident and noting the suspect’s clothing, Ptl. Vires and Green went to the local jail to talk with Robak.

In that interview, the probable cause affidavit related that Robak confessed to being the would-be robber. He allegedly said he “…didn’t have enough money to get home…” and that he approached the store several times before going in. He also reportedly stated that he selected the store because he “…didn’t want it to be a big deal…” and that the knife opened accidentally.

Robak was in Scott Circuit Court on Thursday morning, February 1, for an initial hearing on his charges of Level 3 felony attempted robbery, Level 5 felony intimidation and Level 6 felony operating a vehicle as a Habitual Traffic Violator.

His bail in the case was set at $75,000 corporate surety bond or $7,500 cash, and the initial trial date Robak was given is April 23.

He has requested that a public defender be assigned to his case.

Parents allegedly using heroin charged with baby’s neglect PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 February 2018 10:40

A couple has been charged with neglect of a dependent after Scottsburg police learned they had apparently used heroin in the presence of their infant son, leaving him at risk.

April trial date set for man accused of defrauding friends PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 February 2018 00:00

A trial date of April 23 has been scheduled in Scott Circuit Court for Travis Roll, 34, in a securities fraud case filed against him on January 25.

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