Governor Pence Statement on Arrests of Suspected Drug Dealers in Scott County on Friday, Feb. 5 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 10 February 2016 09:17

Governor Mike Pence issued the following statement regarding the coordinated, multi-agency effort to arrest suspected drug dealers in Scott County on Friday, February 5.

Another arrest made in the Reynolds muder case PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Thursday, 04 February 2016 10:25

Amaris Bunyard

February 3, 2016: Detectives with the Scott County Sheriff’s Office and the Indiana State Police arrested Amaris Rose Bunyard (19) Clarksville, in connection with the murder of Bill A. Reynolds.

On September 27, 2015, Bill A. Reynolds was discovered deceased, lying in his driveway on Slate Ford Road in Scott County, prompting authorities to initiate an investigation surrounding his death.

During the investigation, three (3) individuals were arrested and charged with Reynolds’s murder, including: Kerry Ray Heald (22) Clarksville, Jacob Wayne Mathis (21) Clarksville and Johnetta Ruth Hall (42) Lexington. All are being held at the Scott County Security Center without bond.

Sheriff Mc Clain expressed that he was pleased with the progression of the investigation and continued to offer his condolences to Reynolds’s family and friends

Woman's false information raises questions; drugs found in purse by K-9 detection PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 13:42


A patrolling deputy and his K-9 partner teamed up to make a drug-related arrest on January 19, Scott Circuit Court records revealed.

Deputy Shawn Mayer and his canine partner Arina were coming back from a call on Cutshall Road. Traveling in front of him was a black Jeep. When he called for a check on the license plate displayed on its rear bumper, Deputy Mayer learned the vehicle did not match the plate number.

He pulled the Jeep over on the shoulder of Slab Road near Cutshall Road and requested assistance. Deputy Jac Sanders arrived on the scene.

Deputy Mayer asked the driver for identification. Watson produced his driver's license but gave no information on the vehicle. When his female passenger was asked for identification, the young woman told the officer she had none with her. She gave her name as Lauren Ray.

Dispatchers readily came up with information on Watson but could obtain none for Ray. The woman eventually gave her correct name, Lauren Rae Freeze, 28, Austin. She was ordered out of the Jeep when Deputy Mayer learned she had an active arrest warrant from an 2014 criminal case in which a petition to revoke probation/suspended sentence had been filed.

After a sniff around the vehicle by Mayer's K-9 partner pinpointed the presence of drugs around the passenger seat, a search of the Jeep was conducted. The probable asue affidavit noted that the contents of Freeze's purse included a glass pipe coated with residue, which Freeze allegedly said would test positively for methamphetamine. She also had two straws, also recognized as a common way to “snort” drugs, nine small baggies, one baggie with crystal meth inside and 23 pills identified as a Schedule 4 controlled substance called Clonazapam.

Later that same date, Freeze was formally charged in Scott Superior Court with Level 6 possession of meth, Class A misdemeanors of dealing in a Scheduled 4 controlled substance, giving a false identity statement and possession of a controlled substance and a Class C misdemeanor charge of possession of paraphernalia.

Her bail on her new charges was set at $30,000 by corporate surety bond or $3,000 cash. Bail in the petition to revoke was set at $25,000 by bond or $2,500 cash.

Her jury trial date of April 12 on her new charges coincides with a hearing on the petition to revoke.

She is being provided with a public defender in both cases.



Another bridge replacement planned this summer on State Road 356 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 13:38

A meeting between officials with the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), contractor McAlister Excavating and utility company representatives on January 19 was the initial step in preparations for replacing a bridge on State Road 356 northeast of Lexington this summer.

The targeted bridge serves Woods Fork Creek.

The meeting took place at INDOT's Seymour District office. The bridge is located a little over three miles east of State Road 203. Its replacement will require the closure of S.R. 356 as well as Hardy Mill Road.

According to INDOT, cost to demolish and replace the structure with a composite pre-stressed concrete bridge is $1,017,814.

The work schedule calls for the S.R. 356 site to be staked and cleared after March 1. Utilities will relocate their services away from the site in April, May and June. During this time, flaggers will direct motorists around worksites.

Complete closure of the two roads will begin at the end of June. INDOT's official detour involves motorists using State Roads 56, 3 and 203.

Approximately 470 vehicles use the current bridge per day, according to an INDOT traffic count.

Updated information and a map of the closure are available on the INDOT TrafficWise service at indot.carsprogram,org. Roadway information is also available by calling 1-800-261-7623 or 511 from a mobile phone.

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Scott County Sheriff's Office Seeking Information on Two Missing Juveniles PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 13:38

The Scott County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating two missing juveniles.

Matthew Missi, age 15, described as 6’4” tall, approximately 215 pounds, brown wavy hair, and blue eyes. Matthew was last seen wearing an aqua colored hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Debbie Clemons, age 16, described as 5’2” tall, approximately 130 pounds, blond short hair, and blue eyes. Debbie was last seen wearing a dark gray hooded sweatshirt, dark skinny jeans, and black combat style boots.

The Sheriff’s Office has obtained information that the juveniles had planned to runaway together. The juveniles were spotted in the Lexington, Indiana area yesterday by a friend. They were last seen walking towards the Lexington Elementary School around 4:00 PM on February 2, 2016.

Law enforcement and family are concerned for Matthew and Debbie’s welfare.

Sheriff Dan McClain urges that anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Matthew Missi and/or Debbie Clemons to call the Scott County Sheriff’s Office at 812-752-8400 or the Scott County Sheriff tip line at 812-752-7898. Sheriff McClain also advises the public that they can report information on-line at

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