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.

Republican Party chairman files petition for recount on Rose-Paden Council race PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 14:12


The extremely close race experienced in that District 4 City Council race between Democrat Chuck Rose and Republican Daniel Paden has resulted in the filing of a petition for a recount by Scott County Republican Party Chairman Christopher Albertson.

Papers were filed with Scott Circuit Court on Friday, November 20. Jeffersonville attorney Larry Wilder is representing the Republican Party.

Rose, an affable former councilman who first taught and is now an elementary principal for Scott School District 2, was the Democrat opponent who beat the popular Paden, who was a first-time candidate, U.S. Army veteran and now serves as a medical helicopter pilot. The margin separating the two men was only 3 votes, 280 to 277, in the General Election on November 3.

Rumors have circulated since that nail-biter happened that the Republicans were considering a recount. District 4 is the Vienna 5 precinct, located west of U.S. Highway 31 North to the city's western limits, more or less.

In the petition, Albertson requests that the Court appoint a Recount Commission to perform a hand count of all ballots cast, including those “spoiled” on election day, all ballots cast at the polls and all ballots cast by absentee, shut-in or at the Courthouse prior to November 3. The action also requests a review and consideration of every ballot cast provisionally, every one which was rejected and any ballots retained but not counted.

A request for a jury trial, which would determine any “triable” issues arising from the recount, was also part of the petition.

All members of the County Election Board – County Clerk Missy Applegate and members Fran Satterwhite and Dale Martin - as well as Chuck Rose were served with notice that the petition had been filed.

On the same day that the petition was filed, Circuit Court Judge Roger Duvall recused himself from the case. That action will require the selection of another judge to preside over the recount.


2015 a banner year for Kids First of Scott County; over $33,000 raised in 16 hours PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 14:11


In just 16 hours, generous supporters of the 2015 Kids First auction helped to raise over $33,000 during the event.

Kids First went on the air at 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 21. By about 1:30 a.m., hoarse announcers, workers, TV crews and fans cheered when the figure $33,179 was reached. “That's the best we've ever done with the auction,” advised Jessica Jones, Kids First treasurer.

Mayor Bill Graham was a familiar figure at the auction, as he usually is. He was spied earlier in the day inspecting the beautiful dark red 2005 Mercury Grand Marquis, donated by Wheels and Deals Auto Sales, which was parked out in front of the Knights of Columbus Hall. The Mayor got the car for a bargain $3,000.

Millard the Bear is now in the possession of the winning crew, which donated $500 for that privilege. The huge overstuffed bear is “sold” each year during the auction in memory of the late Millard Moore, a longtime Scottsburg city employee and a dedicated supporter of Kids First.

A donation of $2,500 was presented to Kids First staff on behalf of the Scottsburg Wal-Mart in a special ceremony.

Several contributions were given in memory of Sue Barnett-Amick, who recently died. Sue was administrative assistant to Mayor Graham since his first year in office, 1989, until she retired this past June. Glen Deaton gave $1,000 in her memory, and that amount was matched by Mayor Graham. Kenny and Joyce Spence provided $300.

Everything from cases of turkey gravy, handmade blankets and hand-woven rugs, decorative dolls, knives, Christmas decorations, small appliances, cute little jars filled with candies and other items donated by schoolchildren, theme baskets and a really cool-looking child's motor-driven car were auctioned off this year.

Additional dollars were raised through a wrap-up auction conducted at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Monday night, November 23. Bob Tobias kept that action going with his patented patter. Jones said a final total for the auction will be announced in the next couple of weeks.

Scottsburg resident charged with sexual misconduct with girls ages 12 and 14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 14:10


A Scottsburg man has been charged in Scott Circuit Court with child molesting and sexual misconduct regarding his actions with two girls ages 12 and 14.

The mother of the younger child contacted the Sheriff's Department. She and the pre-teen met with city policemen Sgts. Steven Herald and Rodney Watts about the allegations on November 2.

The child allegedly told the officers that Elzie W. Vincent Jr., 37, had had intercourse with her and the other girl multiple times as well as encouraging other sexual acts.

Vincent also provided the girls with alcohol, according to the child's story.

Vincent reportedly admitted to some details when Sgt. Herald interviewed him. The man also allegedly told the officer he was in love with the 14-year-old and wanted to have a relationship with her when she turned 18.

Vincent was taken into custody, and his initial hearing in Circuit Court was conducted on November 13.

Judge Roger Duvall entered a preliminary plea of not guilty for Vincent on charges of child molesting as a Level 1 felony; child molesting as a Level 4 felony; two counts of vicarious sexual gratification, one as a Level 3 felony and one as a Level 4 felony; and five counts of sexual misconduct with a minor, four as Level 4 felonies and one as a Level 5 felony.

A jury trial date of March 15 was scheduled, and Vincent's case was assigned to a public defender. His bond was set at $250,000 by corporate surety bond or full cash.

Protective orders were filed for the children involved in the case.




White Castle 'Crave Mobile' sets visit to Scottsburg on December 9 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 14:10



All of those who love the taste of those tiny square hamburgers served up by White Castle can rejoice: The “Crave Mobile” has scheduled a visit to Scottsburg on Wednesday, December 9.

The shiny blue-and-white van will be parked at John Jones GM City on State Road 56 West from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A percentage of all sales which occur during the visit will benefit the Scott County Genealogical Society.

The last time the Crave Mobile visited Scottsburg, so many orders were placed that people had quite a wait to get their orders, so plan accordingly.

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