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.




Charges filed against three adults after mom learns about alleged 'parties' with minors PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 19 February 2016 14:04



Parties this past autumn that allegedly featured games like “Spin the Bottle,” strip poker and “Truth or Dare” has led to the charging of three adults on various charges of child molestation, sexual misconduct with a minor and vicarious sexual gratification in Scott Circuit Court.

The mother of a 12-year-old girl who reportedly attended the three parties learned of the activities in December. The woman said three adults, two men and a woman, engaged in the illegal activities and involved both the 12-year-old and a 14-year-old girl.

Scottsburg Patrolman Shawn Hurt took the mother's original statement, and Sgt. Steven Herald and staff of the Department of Child Services interviewed the child. Allegedly, participants disrobed and fondled and kissed each other on three different occasions around last Halloween.

Two of the suspects, Shawn Cardinal, 38, and Kelissa Bloom, 24, met with Sgt. Herald in December and denied the child's story. A third suspect, Elzie W. Vincent Jr., 37, had been jailed in November on another case of child molesting, which also involves the same young girls.

When the 14-year-old was interviewed by authorities in January, she gave a similar version of the parties she had attended but she said no strip poker was played.

Bloom later came to the police department and gave another, apparently voluntary statement, reportedly saying strip poker was played and that she had stopped the fondling and kissing. She said the 14-year-old and Vincent may have gone farther, but she left the room.

When Cardinal was interviewed on February 3, he too allegedly admitted to the illegal activities with the two minor girls.

Charges were filed against the three on February 5. Cardinal had his initial hearing in court that day, with a not guilty plea entered for him on three counts of child molesting, two counts of aiding in child molesting, three counts of sexual misconduct with a minor, four counts of aiding in sexual misconduct with a minor and two counts of vicarious sexual gratification. The molesting, aiding in molesting and sexual gratification charges are Level 4 felonies; the remainder are Level 5 felonies.

Habitual Offender and Repeat Sexual Offender charges were also filed by the Scott County Prosecutor's Office against Cardinal.

Cardinal requested a speedy trial, so his initial date for a jury trial is on April 4.

A public defender has been assigned to his case.

Bloom has been charged with two counts of child molesting, three counts of aiding in child molesting, two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor, five counts of aiding sexual misconduct with a minor and two counts of vicarious sexual gratification.

Her initial hearing in Circuit Court was held on February 8. After she advised the court that she will be hiring an attorney, her bail was set at $250,000 by corporate surety bond or cash. Her initial jury trial date is July 12.

Bloom will be back in court on Tuesday, February 23, for a bond reduction hearing requested by her attorney.

The new charges against Vincent include five counts of aiding in child molesting, six counts of aiding in sexual misconduct with a minor, two counts of vicarious sexual gratification and one count of sexual misconduct with a minor.

Vincent had not yet been brought to court for his initial hearing earlier this week. Bail is set at $250,000 by either bond or cash in this new case, the same which was set in his November case.

A jury trial date of May 16 is scheduled in the November case.






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