Friends involved in 2015 child molesting incident sentenced to total of 57 years PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 10 February 2017 12:18



Scott County Prosecutor Scott Owens is commending the bravery of two children who told what happened to them at the hands of three adults on October 30 and 31, 2015, which has led to two men getting prison sentences that total 57 years.

“Elzie Vincent Jr. and Shawn Cardinal were apprehended and convicted because of these children’s bravery. Once officers learned about the incident, some solid work by the Scottsburg Police Department gave this office a case in which charges were filed and this type of resolution could be reached,” stated Owens.

Vincent, 38, was convicted and sentenced on January 30 to 32 years in prison for child molesting and sexual misconduct with a minor. On February 7, Cardinal, 39, was sentenced to 25 years for child molesting, sexual misconduct with a minor and being an Habitual Offender.

His registration as a sex offender ordered as part of his sentence, Vincent received credit for time served of 337 days. His sentences in the two cases will be served concurrently as will the sentences on his individual charges. Cardinal’s terms are similar with a lifetime registration as a sex offender included. Cardinal got credit for time served of 493 days already served.

Both men shall have no contact with the girls, who were 12 and 14 years old at the time of the incidents. Vincent’s sentence also covered an earlier incident that year with the same 14-year-old for which charges were filed in November, 2015. The charges from the “party” on Halloween night and the following night resulted in charges against the pair that were filed in Scott Circuit Court in February, 2016.

“Both Vincent and Cardinal have been continuously incarcerated since these charges were filed. By securing lengthy prison sentences for both offenders, we have assured the safety of the children involved well into their adulthoods,” Owens commented.

He added, “My office will do everything in our power to insure that justice is done for crimes committed against children, especially crimes like these. Any time sentences of this magnitude can be handed down without putting young victims through a trial process, we consider it a success. We always put the safety of the victims first, keeping in mind how the trial process will affect them.”

His background in teaching and having parents who are retired educators has caused Owens to always prioritize the well-being of children.

“In all cases that come to this office, we always consider what is best for the kids involved,” he stated.

A third individual involved in the 2015 “party” has a jury trial date scheduled this July.

Two local traffic stops by officers result in arrests on drug-related charges PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 10 February 2017 12:14



Two traffic stops performed by local officers resulted in arrests on drug-related charges.

Early on the evening of January 30, Deputy John Hartman stopped a vehicle traveling on Owen Street near Bond Street in Scottsburg.

Deputy Hartman informed the driver, Robert L. Hines, 35, Scottsburg, that his license plate had expired in June, 2016. Hines told the officer that he had never had a driver license, a statement confirmed by dispatchers who told Deputy Hartman the man had been charged with an infraction for that in the past.

What really interested the deputy, however, was the smell of marijuana coming from either Hines or the vehicle. When the Kia was searched, two glass pipes and a plastic baggie filled with marijuana were located.

A not guilty plea was entered for Hines on February 1 during his initial hearing in court. Bail was originally set at $15,000 by corporate surety bond or 10% cash on charges of felony maintaining a common nuisance and misdemeanors of possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and operating a motor vehicle whenever received a license.

Judge Jason Mount allowed the man’s bail to be lowered to $10,000 by surety bond or $1,000 cash; a cash bond was filed that same day for Hines. Hines hired his own attorney. His trial date is April 25.

Erratic driving of a maroon SUV with Michigan tags was reported by motorists on Interstate 65 on February 4. Scottsburg Patrolman Travis Rutherford caught up with the northbound vehicle at the 30.5 mile marker.

He talked with the driver, William J. Heidtman, 35, of Marquette, Mi., and put Heidtman through a field sobriety test, which the man passed.

When Heidtman was finished, Ptl. Rutherford told him he could continue on his trip. He also asked Heidtman if he could look inside the SUV. Ptl. Rutherford stated that Heidtman said, “Yeah, go ahead.” That’s when the officer said he found a glass smoking pipe, a cut drinking straw and 14 pills in a round blue container in the passenger seat.

A portion of the pills was a legend, or prescription, drug. Nine were identified as Naloxone, a Schedule 3 controlled substance. Instead of heading north, Heidtman found himself at the Security Center in downtown Scottsburg.

His initial hearing before Judge Mount was held Monday, February 6, on felony possession of a legend drug and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia. His bail was reduced from $15,000/$1,500 to $10,000/$1,000, and Heidtman filed a cash bond and was released the same day.

He also entered into a pre-trial diversion agreement. If he has no further violations for one year, the charges may be dismissed.

County Commissioners demand: section of Fairgrounds Road must be reopened PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 08 February 2017 07:29

Scott County Commissioners are again on record demanding that a section of Fairgrounds Road be reopened.

Late Sunday afternoon crash on U.S. 31 North proves fatal to Scottsburg woman PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 03 February 2017 10:37



An elderly motorist was killed and a family of four injured in a late afternoon crash that occurred Sunday, January 29, in Scottsburg.

Margaret “Peg” Anne Shirley, 90, was driving her 2012 Buick Lucerne and attempting to pull out on U.S. Highway 31 North and enter the southbound lanes around 5:30 p.m.

When she got onto the highway, a 2005 Dodge pickup truck driven by Floyd M. White, 28, Austin, struck the mid-sized sedan in the driver’s door. White later told Sgt./Detective Steven Herald that the car pulled out so quickly, there was no time for him to react.

The crash sent the car over into the southbound lanes, while the larger pickup skewed, coming to rest for the most part in the inner northbound lane. The accident was witnessed by Indiana State Police Trooper Martin Wimp. Airbags deployed in both vehicles.

First Responders and firemen with the Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department arrived shortly after the mishap as did Scottsburg officers Det. Herald and Patrolman Trevis Burr and Deputies Joe Guarneri and Rex Herald. The woman was carefully removed from the wreckage and sent on by Scott County EMS ambulance to Scott Memorial Hospital. She was pronounced dead there shortly after arrival. Internal injuries were reported to have caused her death.

Floyd White suffered an abrasion to his elbow/lower arm. His wife, Nicole, had a possible fracture or dislocation of her elbow/lower arm. The couple’s children, nine-year-old Jacklyn and four-year-old Zander, had contusions and bruises. The man was treated at the scene. His wife and children were taken to Scott Memorial for additional treatment.

The funeral for Peg Shirley was conducted at the Stewart & Hoagland Funeral Home in Scottsburg on Thursday, February 2. Bro. Phil LaMaster and the Rev. Tim Lueking officiated.

Burial was in Scottsburg Cemetery.

SHS Female Wrestler Wins at Inaugural State Finals PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 03 February 2017 10:34



When Scottsburg High School (SHS) sophomore Fee Diaz first stepped on a wrestling mat, it was not in an attempt to pin an opponent. It was to take photographs for the student newspaper.

“They said they needed a spot filled,” Diaz said about being approached by SHS wrestling coach J.T. Jenkins while on assignment for The Booster.

Jenkins’ offer piqued Diaz’s interest. She put down the camera and picked up a singlet and headgear.

“I thought it would be something different,” Diaz said.

Trying something new paid off for Diaz — she placed fourth in her weight class at the inaugural Indiana High School Girls Wrestling State Finals held on Jan. 20 at Hamilton Heights High School in Arcadia, Ind.

“I was pretty proud,” Diaz said. “The people there have been wrestling for years and years. Some of them had full teams of girls.”

The inaugural Indiana High School Girls Wrestling State Finals is the first of its kind for the state and for many states nationwide. SHS Athletic Director Jamie Lowry hopes girls wrestling continues to grow.

“Fee has done really well,” Lowry said. “We may look back at it [decades later] and see what Fee started. Hopefully, this starts something really big.”

Throughout the regular season, Diaz did not always have the opportunity to wrestle other female athletes. In the Mid-Southern Conference, Diaz said the number of female wrestlers is few, especially in her weight class of 98 pounds.

“I’ve only wrestled one other girl,” Diaz said before heading to state finals.

To compete, Diaz had to wrestle male athletes. On her team, the next male counterpart to practice with is 40 pounds heavier than her.

“When there are no girls, I just wrestle a boy,” Diaz said. “I like going out there and being different. I like to show them I can actually do it too.”

With the guidance of her coach, Diaz quickly picked up on the basics and was able to make significant gains. She had one pin this season, and next season, she wants to go further.

“I just want to get better and learn new moves,” Diaz said.

She also hopes more females will try wrestling.

“I hope a lot of girls want to try it,” Diaz said. “It’s awkward at first. You get over it. It’s something different.”


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