One suspect jailed, second still sought in Casey's Store burglary PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 16 September 2009 00:00
    Two people have been charged in the Monday, August 31, burglary of the Casey's General Store on U.S. Highway 31 South in Scottsburg.
    Michael LaMaster, 19, Scottsburg, remains at the Scott County Security Center. Police were still seeking Gladys “Suzie” Saylors, 33, also of Scottsburg.
    Both have been charged in Scott Circuit Court with one count each of burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Both burglary-related charges are Class C felonies. The third charge is a Class A misdemeanor.
    Sgt. Steven Herald with the Scottsburg Police Department prepared the probable cause affidavit filed with the charges against the pair.
    In the document, Sgt. Herald related how he was dispatched to the business on September 1 with other officers. Two store managers were present, one of whom confirmed the store had been closed at 11:40 p.m.
    By looking at security camera tape, the officer learned that two unauthorized people entered the store at 11:45 p.m. The woman wore a hat and a hoodie sweatshirt with the hood pulled up obscuring her face. The male wore a hat, white bandanna, white t-shirt and faded blue jeans. He was also seen wearing a white bracelet.
    The camera recorded the pair's activities inside the store. The woman went into the office and shut off some lights and then went to the store's safe and opened it by punching in numbers on the safe's keypad. She dumped money from the safe into a trash can.
    Her companion grabbed chewing tobacco and cigarettes and put them into the trash container.
    They then left by the front door.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 September 2009 12:36
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Woman pleads guilty to burglary and battery in May, 2008, stabbing case PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 16 September 2009 00:00
    A 24-year-old Scottsburg woman will learn what sentence she will receive on Monday, September 21, after pleading guilty to Class B burglary and Class C battery causing serious bodily injury for her actions in May, 2008.
    Amanda Vernon entered the guilty plea in a plea agreement submitted and approved in Scott Circuit Court on August 10.
    She was originally charged with Class A felony attempted murder, Class B felony aggravated battery and two counts of Class C battery in the incident which left the victim, Jessica Groenenboom, critically injured.
    Officers with the Scott County Sheriff's Department and Austin Police Department responded to an early morning call on May 26, 2008, finding the victim at 5925 North Jack Morgan Corner Road. A man at the scene said Vernon, described as his former girlfriend, had stabbed Groenenboom, his current girlfriend.
    Vernon later turned herself in at the Scott County Security Center in Scottsburg, where she was detained on preliminary charges.
    According to court documents, Vernon could be facing from six to 20 years on the burglary charge and from two to eight years on the battery charge.
    The sentencing hearing in Circuit Court is scheduled for 1 p.m. that Monday before Judge Roger Duvall.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 September 2009 12:40
 
Scottsburg receives grant for Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 September 2009 00:00
    Senator Evan Bayh today announced that the cities of Anderson and Scottsburg will receive a total of $7 million in economic recovery funds to construct two new facilities that will support Indiana businesses and help put Hoosiers back to work. The funding was awarded by the Department of Commerce as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
    “This is an important step on the path to economic recovery for communities that have been hit hard by the current recession,” Bayh said. “This funding will produce hundreds of new middle-class jobs and generate millions of dollars in economic benefits by investing in an improved infrastructure to help Hoosier small businesses.”
    The city of Anderson will receive $2.7 million to construct a multi-tenant business and industrial building to house growing firms and other early-stage companies, including new businesses in the renewable and green energy sector. The Department of Commerce estimates the grant will create 400 new jobs and attract over $20 million in new economic investment in the region.
    The city of Scottsburg will receive $4.3 million to build a Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, which will serve as an incubator for manufacturing technology as well as a conference hall. The center will facilitate investment and provide support for new businesses and entrepreneurs in the Scottsburg area.
    Both grants were awarded by the Economic Development Administration (EDA), an arm of the Department of Commerce. EDA advances economic growth by assisting communities and regions experiencing high unemployment and low per capita income to create an environment that fosters innovation, promotes entrepreneurship, and attracts increased private capital investment.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 September 2009 08:39
 
Fleeing suspects run into FOP ball tournament; are detained PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 02 September 2009 00:00
    A couple of suspects fleeing by car from Austin police officers and Scott County deputies ran out of luck quickly on Saturday, August 29, in Austin.
    When the chase ended at Austin Community Park, the pair found themselves surrounded by baseball bat-wielding members of the Amick-Baker-Kellems Chapter 156, Fraternal Order of Police. Unbeknown to the pair, FOP members were hosting a softball tournament at the park.
    Taken into custody at the park were the driver, Gregory P. Dilger, 33, Scottsburg, and Stephen R. Perry, 33, Austin, his passenger.
    From Deputy Joe Guarneri's case report, the officer had been in phone contact with Austin Lt. Shawn Hurt just before 5:30 p.m., whop reported to Guarneri that his personal vehicle had nearly been hit head-on by a blue Buick driving southbound on Third Street. Deputy Guarneri soon found the car being driven down the middle of Third St.
At Third and Broadway Streets, the officer said the Buick took the corner and then sped off east on Broadway. That street ends at Community Park, where the FOP tournament was occurring. Deputy Guarneri followed the car, witnessing when the car allegedly passed several vehicles and disregarded stop signs. The vehicle was also seen nearly striking a couple of children on bicycles near the parking lot.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 September 2009 08:13
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'Looking for dog' gets man charged with burglary PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 02 September 2009 00:00
    An Austin man who was allegedly looking for his dog now faces a charge of Class C felony burglary in connection with a break-in at a garage on Blunt Avenue in Austin.
    Donald E. Garrow, 55, Paulanna Avenue, reportedly told Austin Patrolman Crystal Schapson that he was looking for his dog when he was found inside a garage. The building's door had been forced open, according to Ptl. Schapson's report.
    Garrow was apprehended on August 11 after a woman reported that she had seen an unidentified man standing under an awning near the garage. As Ptl. Schapson pulled up to the residence, Garrow reportedly tried to hide inside the garage. He was taken into custody by deputies Rex Herald and Jeremy Arnold.
    Garrow allegedly told the officers that he'd been hunting for the dog. Tools had been thrown outside of the structure and an air compressor was missing, Schapson noted. Marks where the door had been pried were also discovered.
    Garrow was also charged with theft, a Class D felony, and public intoxication, a Class B misdemeanor. In his initial court appearance on August 11, a not guilty plea was entered for him, and a trial date of November 30 was set. His bail was reduced from $75,000 corporate surety/full cash to $25,000 surety/10% cash, and his case was assigned to a public defender.
    Garrow was to be back in court on August 24 for another hearing dealing with his bond.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 September 2009 08:14
 
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