Woman escapes from Austin area man alleged to have held her against her will PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 08:35

A woman who allegedly escape from her captor after being held against her will for two days told Indiana State Police a harrowing tale of the incident.

Girlfriend’s statement to ISP officers places younger Caudill at scene of Turner murder PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 08:34

Aiding murder and murder are among the charges filed on Wednesday, November 25, against a second person in the November 7 shooting death of an Austin businessman.

Stucker Fork Conservancy District water rate case: Consumer comments invited PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Monday, 30 November 2015 11:48

Do you want to voice your opinion on Stucker Fork Conservancy District’s proposed water rate increase? Here’s your chance.

The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) is inviting written comments from Stucker Fork customers through Friday, January 8, 2015. The district provides water utility service to approximately 7,500 customers in six counties (Scott, Clark, Jefferson, Jackson, Jennings, and Washington).

Stucker Fork Conservancy District is seeking Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) approval to change rates in two phases. The monthly water bill for a residential customer using 5,000 gallons would drop from $16.55 to $15.45 in the case’s first phase, then rise to $17.40 in the second phase. In addition, the fire protection charge for customers in the City of Austin would rise from the current $6.08 to $6.84 at the end of the second phase. The district’s current rates were approved in 2013.

In its testimony and exhibits, the district says it is seeking the rate changes to pay for capital improvements including expansions and improvements to the Marble Hill water treatment plant, electrical improvements to booster stations and the Marble Hill plant, improvements to the Austin water treatment plant, a new one-million gallon storage tank, and other initiatives.

For more information on the case, including the utility’s testimony, please visit www.in.gov/oucc/2708.htm.

The OUCC – the state agency representing consumer interests in cases before the IURC – is reviewing the utility’s request and has not yet taken a position in this case. The OUCC is scheduled to complete its review and file its testimony with the Commission on January 15, 2016.
Morgan Foods, Inc. has formally intervened in this case and is also scheduled to file testimony on January 15, 2016.

Consumers who wish to submit written comments may do so via the OUCC’s Website at www.in.gov/oucc/2361.htm, or by mail, email or fax:

Mail: Consumer Services Staff
Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor
115 W. Washington St., Suite 1500 South
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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Fax: (317) 232-5923

The OUCC needs to receive all written consumer comments no later than January 8, 2016 so that it can: 1) Consider them in preparing its testimony and 2) File them with the Commission to be included in the case’s formal evidentiary record. Comments should include the consumer’s name, mailing address, and a reference to “IURC Cause No. 44687.”

Consumers with questions about submitting written comments can contact the OUCC’s consumer services staff toll-free at 1-888-441-2494.

Warriors Fall to Eagles 67-64 in OT PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 30 November 2015 11:40





Meyer Gym, known as “The Pressure Cooker,” lived up to its name as this year’s rivalry game came into full swing. As the crowds chanted, each athlete on the court fought for every point. At the end of four quarters, the game was tied at 57 and went into overtime. Austin outscored Scottsburg by 3 points in OT, winning the game with a score of 67-64.

At the end of the first quarter, Scottsburg trailed Austin with a score of 12-14. Matt Johnson and Brady White led the Eagles through the first quarter with 6 points each. White completed one play and scored a three pointer. Johnson hit two free throws and two field goals. Mitchell Meagher led the Warriors and also scored 6 points in the quarter, with two field goals and two free throws.

The second ended with a score of 29-32, in Austin’s favor. Dustin Yocum scored 8 points for the Warriors in this quarter. At this point, he and Meagher led the team with 8 points each. White and Johnson remained the leaders for Austin, scoring 7 each for Austin and ending the first half with a total of 13 points each.

After the break, the Warriors returned and cut down ground lost during the first two quarters of the game. During the third, Junior Dustin Yocum led the Warriors with a 10 point period. Scottsburg outscored their Austin counterparts 14-9, ending the third with a score of 43-41 with the Warriors having the lead.

Casey Smith took charge of the scoreboard during the fourth, hitting two three pointers and rounding off the quarter with 6 points for the Warriors. He led the quarter for his team. Trevor McIntosh led the Eagles with 8 points in the quarter. With the game tied 57-57, the teams entered overtime.

The Warriors were outscored 7-10 in the overtime period, and ended up losing the game to Austin with a final score of 64-67. Senior Matt Johnson led the whole game for the Eagles with a total of 28 points, and Junior Dustin Yocum led the warriors with 23.

“It was a great game for both teams, but by far one of the roughest losses to take in mentally,” said Yocum.

In a post made moments after the game, SHS sophomore and Boys’ Basketball Manager Kelsey Barrett said, “What a great game played by both teams. Thanks [to both Austin and Scottsburg] for keeping the whole county entertained once again.”




Young woman trapped in car that crashed into semi-tractor-trailer on S.R. 56 West PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 14:17


A young woman was trapped inside the 2000 Saturn she was driving in Scottsburg on Wednesday, November 11, after she struck the side of a semi-tractor-trailer.

The driver of the 2007 Peterbilt tractor and trailer, Zohair Y. Zakavi, 50, of Kirby, Tx., was just west of the Interstate 65 interchange in Scottsburg in a parking lot. He needed to turn left to go west. He edged out into the eastbound lanes, then stopped his rig to await a chance to get into the westbound lanes.

The tractor-trailer blocked both westbound lanes.

As Destiny D. White, 20, Austin, approached the west side of the interchange, she apparently hadn't noticed the tractor-trailer. She changed from the right to the left westbound lane to pass a pickup truck. Then she saw the tractor-trailer, she told Det. Lt. Mike Nichols of the Scottsburg Police Department.

White attempted to stop and braked, but the car struck the driver's side of the tractor.

The impact crumpled the car, making it impossible for White to get out. She had to wait for Scottsburg volunteer firemen to pry apart the car.

White suffered chest pain and was assisted by Scott County EMS technicians, who then transported her to Scott Memorial Hospital.

Property damage was estimated at up to $5,000 by Det. Nichols. He was assisted at the scene by Deputy Rodney Rudder.

No injury accidents were investigated by the Sheriff's Department in the past week, but, of the seven accidents to which deputies were dispatched, six mishaps involved motorists striking deer. In all but one of those, property damage was estimated at up to $10,000.

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