Five men charged in search warrant service in Austin PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 29 April 2009 00:00
        Five men now face criminal charges after Scottsburg police, with assistance from the Austin Police Department and the Sheriff's Department, served a search warrant on a Spicertown house alleged to be the site of drug dealing.
        Those facing charges include the two residents of the house, Dennis Smith, 35, and Carl Vancleave, 34; Donald J. Barrett, 61, Austin; Matthew Miller, 28, Austin; and David Gwin, 56, Austin.
        Around 5 p.m. on Friday, April 24, Scottsburg Patrolman Troy Ford was approached by a confidential informant who told Ford that Dennis Smith was selling drugs at his home on Tibbs Street. A “buy” was arranged, and $40 worth of Oxycontin was allegedly purchased from Smith at the residence.
        Using this action as a basis for a search warrant, Ptl. Ford contacted Scott County Prosecutor Jason Mount. The warrant was issued, and at 11 p.m., Ptl. Ford, Scottsburg patrolmen Steven Herald and Travis Rutherford, deputies Don Campbell and Joe Johnson and Austin Patrolman Shawn Hurt served the warrant.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 April 2009 09:08
Noble becomes Austin department's new Detective/Major; ordinance officer is announced PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 22 April 2009 00:00
    A veteran with the Austin Police Department has become the agency's new detective.
    Lonnie Noble, who had served as the APD's Director of Public Safety since January, 2007, received his new title of Detective/Major on Monday, April 20.
    “I really struggled with this decision. Lonnie has done us and every resident of Austin a terrific job as Director. He understands budgets as well as anyone I've seen, and that made me reluctant to put him in this position because we'll lose a very good man as director. But everyone I talked with told me that we've already got the best man for the (detective's) job and that man is Lonnie,” Austin Mayor Doug Campbell explained at a press conference called at City Hall on Monday afternoon.
    The Mayor started out the occasion by advising he normally “...has these meetings for the opposite reason, bad news. This time, we've got good news.” He also used the press conference to announce that former police chief, now Major, Donald Spicer is serving as Officer-In-Charge (OIC) and that the voluntary position of ordinance enforcement officer has been filled by Larry Stout, a retired resident of Austin.
    The Mayor said his decision to put his director in the detective slot became apparent as he talked with other mayors and officers to determine how best to fill a vacancy on the police department's roster. “I was interested in doing something this time that was really going to help the department and this city. A detective was the way to go because we have to have a person free that can conduct investigations and make good arrests of people who are breaking the laws,” he explained to the small group who gathered for the announcement.
    Because one pitfall to having a detective is that the officer often becomes involved in other duties, the Mayor was particularly pleased to announce that Det./Maj. Noble was moving into his new office that day. The office is right next to Mayor Campbell's office at City Hall, not at the police department. A separate phone line for the officer will be installed this week.
    The new detective will be paid the rate of an Assistant Chief of Police, $17.50 per hour. He will not wear a police uniform. His work week is 40 hours, but Noble can make his own schedule since detective work is not normally a 9-to-5 job.
    “What we want to see are results. I want him to start concentrating on Class C felony offenses and higher,” stated the Mayor. “I feel that as this economy gets worse, so will crime. We must protect our citizens.” He described Det./Maj. Noble as “...a man with broad shoulders. He knows what's expected of him.” The Mayor publicly thanked Noble for his service to the department the past 16 months. “He's done us a whale of a job,” he remarked.
As Noble stepped away from the director's position, Major Donald Spicer stepped up to serve as the department's Officer-In-Charge, in essence the acting police chief. Spicer began as a reserve officer in 1994, the year after Noble joined the department  He said he was happy to be allowed to serve as OIC and said he intended to apply for the police chief's job.
    That position will be advertised in the next few weeks, related Mayor Campbell. “We welcome all applications,” he said.
    In other news, Larry Stout will join the department in a voluntary position as the city's new ordinance enforcement officer.
    Stout has lived in Austin for ten years and is serving as a member of the Austin Comprehensive Plan Committee.
The ordinance officer “...isn't somebody that wants to issue you a citation. He wants to work with you, especially if you aren't aware that you are violating a city ordinance,” the Mayor stated.
Stout will patrol city streets in a police car. He will wear a uniform but will not be issued a weapon.
When he sees a violation, Stout will stop and attempt to make contact with the resident and/or owner of the property. If he cannot talk with that person, a letter will be issued explaining the violation and providing the property owner with a time period to correct it. Only if there is no action on the part of the owner/resident to correct the problem will a citation be written.
    “We haven't given people any reason to have trash around their houses. We've done away with the SASCO bags, and we provide a dumpster service on the first Friday and Saturday of each month. There's no reason they should have junk in their yards or not mow their properties,” advised Mayor Campbell.
    If a citation is issued, it will be followed up and it will be pursued to the full extent of the law, the Mayor continued. “We ask for the public's support for this new officer and for all of our police officers. The avenues are open for all of this to work for us so Austin can become a better community,” Campbell said.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 April 2009 11:54
Austin woman allegedly part of meth lab operation located by ISP near Deputy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 22 April 2009 00:00
    An Austin woman was arrested by Indiana State Police on preliminary criminal charges that included manufacturing methamphetamine (meth) on Friday, April 10, in western Jefferson County.
    Melody D. Stidham, 30, and Matthew A. Riley, 24, were taken into custody by ISP officers from the Versailles post at a home owned by Riley.
    ISP Trooper Nate Adams had received information from both an anonymous source and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department that Riley was allegedly operating a large meth lab at his residence on County Road 1350W near Deputy.
    Members of the Indiana State Police Drug Enforcement Section had previously received similar information, a news release from the Versailles post noted.
    That Friday, ISP officers assisted by Jefferson County deputies drove to the residence. When they knocked on the door, Riley opened it, and officers said they smelled a very strong chemical or “solvent” odor coming from inside the home.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 April 2009 11:57
Scott Memorial Hospital hosting Blood Drive on April 27 to Boost Red Cross Blood Supply PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 April 2009 00:00
    The American Red Cross blood drive will be held at Scott Memorial Hospital on Monday, April 27. Scott Memorial Hospital began hosting blood drives after the 9-11 attacks in 2001.
    Donations levels have a way of going down as the summer vacation center approaches, and the Red Cross tries to build supplies in advance of that drop.
    If blood supplies drop, there is a risk that accident victims and other critically injured patients may not have enough blood. The Red Cross has enhanced their donor questionnaire and eligibility standards to speed the donor process. European travel restrictions have also been modified so that travelers who have been turned down in the past may now be eligible.
    There have been other changes in the blood donor qualifications that make more people eligible. Those donor eligibility changes include:
* Donors who are taking antibiotics may donate immediately after the last dose if they are not symptomatic.
* Donors who have received chemotherapy may donate if they are treatment-free and symptom-free after five years.
* Donors who have minor injuries requiring stitches may donate two days after receiving stitches if there is no infection present.
* Donors who have had oral surgery requiring stitches may donate three days after receiving stitches if there is no infection present.
    With just 38 percent of the population eligible to give blood, and just a fraction of those eligible actually donating, the American Red Cross is asking eligible blood donors to give blood more often. The average blood donor gives less than two times a year, yet anyone can donate every 56 days.
    All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Eligible donors must be at least 17 years old, or 16 years old with a signed Red Cross parental/guardian consent form where state permits, must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health.
    The blood drive at Scott Memorial Hospital will take place on Monday, April 27, from 1 to  6 p.m. Scott Memorial Hospital is located at 1451 N. Gardner (Us Hwy 31 N.) in Scottsburg.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 April 2009 12:02
Scottsburg man is charged with distribution of child pornography PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 08 April 2009 00:00
    Indiana State Police, inspectors with the U.S. Postal System and agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation spent several hours at a Scottsburg home last Thursday, April 2, collecting evidence against a man suspected of producing child pornography.
    The residence, located on Owen Street, was the scene of activity as troopers, agents and inspectors went through the belongings of Mark William Armstrong, 40, who is now being held in the New Albany Jail.
According to a jail officer, Armstrong has been charged in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, in New Albany with distribution of child pornography, a Class C felony under Indiana law. Federal charges may be pending.
    Initial information from Timothy M. Morrison, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District, was that Armstrong was to be charged with sexual exploitation of children for producing child pornography. No explanation was available on the difference between the initial and final charge.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2009 13:24
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