Court action scheduled January 23 in cases of two defendants in Reynolds murder PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 January 2017 14:26




Court action is planned next week in the cases of two defendants being held without bond in the September, 2015, shooting death of Bill Albert Reynolds.

Reynolds, 69, was struck once by a bullet while he was standing at the gate of his property on Slate Ford Road southeast of Scottsburg. He died at the scene.

Three suspects were arrested in the case a few days later, alleged shooter Kerry Ray Heald and his friend, Jacob Wayne Mathis, both of Clarksville, and Johnetta Ruth Hall, who is said to have hired the two young men to commit the murder. In February, 2016, Hall’s daughter and the girlfriend of Heald, Amaris Rose Bunyard of Clarksville, was arrested.

All defendants were charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Heald, Mathis and Hall were also charged with obstruction of justice.

Mathis entered a blind plea of guilty to conspiracy to commit murder, a Level 1 felony, in September, 2016. He waived the 30-day limit on sentencing and is still awaiting that step in the process. Now age 23, his sentencing will be reviewed during a 9 a.m. hearing scheduled for January 23 in Scott Circuit Court.

Bunyard, now 20, has a jury trial scheduled for March 6. Her pre-trial conference to prepare for that trial is also scheduled at 9 a.m. on January 23. Judge for that trial will be Jonathan W. Webster, judge of Jennings Circuit Court.

Heald’s jury trial is currently scheduled for April 23. It had earlier been rescheduled from January 23. Judge Michael J. Hensley of Jefferson Superior Court will preside. Heald, 23, has a pre-trial conference scheduled for February 6.

Hall’s trial is currently set for April 24. Judge Darrell M. Auxier of Jefferson Circuit Court will preside over the trial. Her pre-trial conference was to be held on Tuesday, January 17.




Parole check by officers results in six arrests in Austin on drug-related charges PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 January 2017 14:24



Add six more names to those recently arrested on drug-related charges in Scott County.

The bust was the result of a parole check conducted in Austin on Saturday evening, January 7, at a residence on U.S. Highway 31 North.

Three Indiana State Police (ISP) parole agents along with an ISP trooper and Deputies John Hartman, Shawn Mayer and Josh Watterson served the parole violation warrant on Jerry Anthony Newton.

Once officers were admitted to the residence, all subjects were patted down and identified. Newton had five visitors when the officers arrived.

After drug paraphernalia, Alprazolam and ephedrine pills, syringes and marijuana were located in the home, Newton was taken into custody. A small purse which Arbana J. Church, 25, Austin, reportedly identified as hers contained methamphetamine (meth). She too was placed under arrest as was Arlie Campbell Jr., 50, Austin; Amanda Dawn Jones, 32, Seymour; Clarence Robert Spicer, 67, Austin; and Brandon Stidham, 24, Austin.

Officers also reported finding kits containing Naloxone. Naloxone is the drug used to counteract overdoses.

Court action taken included assigning each defendant an initial jury trial date of April 10 and bail of $15,000 by corporate surety bond or $1,500 cash. Charges filed per defendant were:

?Newton was charged with Level 6 maintaining a common nuisance, possession of meth and unlawful possession of a syringe and misdemeanors of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. He will be represented by a public defender.

?Church was charged with Level 6 felony possession of meth and misdemeanor visiting a common nuisance. She indicated she may hire an attorney. Her bail was $15,000/$1,500 but was lowered by the court to $7,500/$750.

?Jones was charged with misdemeanor visiting a common nuisance. She will be represented by a public defender. Her bail was set at $5,000 by surety bond or $500 cash. Jones was released on a $250 cash bond filed January 8.

?Campbell was charged with Level 6 felony possession of a legend (prescription) drug and misdemeanor visiting a common nuisance. He too said he would hire counsel. His bail was lowered to $10,000 by surety bond or $1,000 cash. A cash bond was filed for him on January 9 and he was released to await his trial date.

?Spicer was charged with Level 6 felony maintaining a common nuisance, since he was living with Newton. Bail is $15,000 surety bond or $1,500 cash. He will be represented by a public defender.

?Stidham was charged with misdemeanor visiting a common nuisance. He indicated he may hire counsel. Bail is $15,000 by surety bond or $1,500 cash.

Brighter futures for students through better health is goal of new school clinic PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 January 2017 14:20



Though the weather outside was cold, the atmosphere inside the new lobby of the Southern Indiana Rural Health Clinic in Austin was cheerful and warm.

The attractive facility features new flooring and wall coverings. It has plenty of room for students who become ill and require a trip to the small brick building facing U.S. Highway 31 South.

Traditionally, school nurses have split their daily hours between district schools and their young clients in each school building. If a child becomes ill with an ear ache, the flu or sore throat, most often the school’s answer has been to call a parent so the child can be taken home. Further care, if given, was the responsibility of the parent to continue. But often, Dr. Joan Duwve pointed out in her speech, if medicine is not purchased because of lack of money, the child has been left to get well on his own, even if it means missing multiple school days.

Dr. Duwve, the Indiana State Chief Medical Officer, was the keynote speaker, and her attentive audience was well aware of her caring attitude toward students and her worries that missed days eventually could become a habit and that habit could lead to a poorer lifestyle and less hope for personal improvement for such children as well as more physical problems later on in life.

The clinic, created through innovative thinking by the Indiana Rural Health Association and the Indiana State Board of Health, is, advised Dr. Duwve, “…an opportunity to address a need identified in rural communities all over Indiana.”

Over one-half of students in Indiana schools have chronic health problems, she said, involving diabetes, asthma and food allergies. “Thanks to the support from these superintendents and from Dr. Goodin in his role as a state legislator, we can now fight these conditions which threaten these communities as a whole,” beamed a happy Dr. Duwve.

Superintendents of all three school districts joined in this clinic spoke at the ribbon-cutting held that morning. Robert Anderson, Dr. Goodin and Trevor Jones indicated they felt more medical attention can prevent absences. When children attend school regularly, they have the opportunity to keep current on lessons and more value is placed on obtaining, at the least, a high school diploma. Incidentally, all three supportive superintendents are Austin graduates. Austin has known its share of notoriety over the past few years; the clinic could be a step toward reclaiming some children and re-directing them toward a more successful, healthy lifestyle.

Created through a partnership with the Indiana Rural School Clinic Network (IRSCN) and school districts in Austin, Crothersville and Hanover, the clinic will combine in-person care along with the new version of healthcare, telehealth.

Telehealth is a rather new field but has proved effective in diagnosing illnesses properly through the use of the school nurse, staff of the clinic and a doctor. Now when a child is sick, he can be seen by the school nurse, who may refer him on to the clinic. Clinic staff can confer with a doctor via the internet.

The new clinic serves students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 who are enrolled in the three participating school districts, Scott School District 1, Crothersville Community Schools and Southwestern Jefferson County Schools. Parents can also use the clinic for acute needs. Students, however, will always be seen first before other patients.

There is no charge for this service.

The Southern Indiana Rural Health Clinic is the second school-based telehealth clinic to open in Indiana. The Indiana Rural Health Association received a planning grant last June to establish school-based telehealth clinics. Such clinics can provide resources and support for current and future school-based health clinics.

“Your goal is to educate children,” Dr. Duwve addressed the superintendents. “This clinic can be one of the tools by which you keep children healthy and ready to learn.”

According to Supt. Anderson, the clinic has been a dream for a long time. He recounted how retired Supt. Berley Goodin attempted to develop a clinic within the Indiana Rural Health network several years ago. “Mr. Goodin was told no, but we are here today to dedicate this clinic to our kids. I really think this clinic will affect secondary education outcomes in this community and in Crothersville and Hanover,” Anderson stated.

Noted Dr. Goodin, one of Berley Goodin’s sons, “This health clinic will make a difference in their lives.”




First RiverLink Invoices Will Be Mailed Soon Drivers can open accounts and reduce charges PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 January 2017 14:09

Vehicle owners without prepaid RiverLink accounts will soon receive their first invoices for tolled bridge crossings between Louisville and Southern Indiana. Not all vehicle owners will receive invoices at the same time. The first invoices will be sent Friday, with additional mailings to follow in the coming days.

Drivers with prepaid accounts and transponders pay the lowest toll rates. For drivers without prepaid RiverLink accounts, cameras capture license plates and invoices are mailed to registered vehicle owners. Toll rates are higher because of higher administrative costs.

Vehicle owners who receive bills in the mail can still receive lower toll rates, if they contact RiverLink customer service, open a prepaid RiverLink account and request a transponder.

RiverLink Invoices

Two one-way crossings in a passenger vehicle, over any of the tolled bridges, will trigger an invoice. Any additional crossings in the vehicle are collected for the next 15 days, and an invoice is mailed to the owner of the vehicle. Additional tolled bridges crossings after the initial invoice, and multiple vehicles registered to the same address, will be billed in separate invoices. Bills are not combined.

Bills can be paid online (, click on the green log-in button at the top right of the screen), by mail, by phone or in person at a RiverLink customer service center.

The first RiverLink invoice includes only tolls owed, and no additional fees. Vehicle owners have 30 days to pay the bill.

Open a Prepaid RiverLink Account

Vehicle owners who receive invoices can contact RiverLink customer service by phone or in person, open a prepaid RiverLink account and receive lower toll rates. Vehicle owners can request that current, outstanding tolls be reduced to the transponder rate. Trips taken before opening a prepaid RiverLink account will not qualify for the frequent-user discount.

It costs $2 to cross a tolled bridge in a passenger vehicle with a RiverLink prepaid account and transponder, and $4 to cross a tolled bridge without an account and transponder.

Vehicle owners must complete three steps:

Call 855-RIV-LINK or visit a RiverLink customer service center
Pay the current invoice (outstanding tolls will be reduced to transponder rates)
Open a prepaid RiverLink account
Vehicle owners are not able to open a RiverLink account online if there are outstanding tolls associated with the license plate.

Check Invoices Carefully

As with any bill or financial statement, vehicle owners are encouraged to check their RiverLink invoices carefully for accuracy. Each statement will detail trips on tolled bridges for about a 15-day period. The invoice will include the date and time of each crossing, which tolled bridge was crossed and the amount of the toll.

Vehicle owners with questions about their invoices can contact RiverLink customer service by phone (855-RIV-LINK), by email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or in person at one of two RiverLink customer service centers.

Customer service centers are located at 400 E. Main St. in Louisville and 103 Quartermaster Ct. in Jeffersonville. The centers are open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. (EST) Monday – Friday. They are also open 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. (EST) Saturday.

High call volume and heavy traffic at customer service centers is expected as vehicle owners receive their first RiverLink invoices. Vehicle owners are asked to be prepared with their invoice number and license plate number. Patience is requested as wait times will likely be longer than usual.

A callback feature is in place for the morning, midday, and early afternoon hours. Customers who spend five minutes on hold have the option of leaving a preferred callback number. The callback feature is offered through 3 p.m., to help ensure representatives return calls in a timely fashion.

RiverLink is the new tolling system making the Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project possible. RiverLink is all-electronic tolling, with no toll booths, no coin machines, no lines and no stopping.  Toll rates range from $2-$12.

The new I-65 Abraham Lincoln Bridge, the improved I-65 Kennedy Bridge and the new SR-265 Lewis and Clark Bridge are tolled. The Sherman Minton Bridge and the Clark Memorial Bridge are not tolled in connection with the project. Find more information at

Find more details on the Ohio River Bridges Project at

Madison couple with wallet filled with counterfeit money now facing charges PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 07:56

A man and woman with Madison addresses are now facing Level 6 felony charges for counterfeiting money and for possession of methamphetamine (meth).

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