Passenger accused of choking woman giving him a car ride and grabbing jewelry PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 July 2016 14:13



Officers with the Scottsburg police and the Sheriff's Department quickly reacted to a report on July 11 of a man who allegedly choked a woman and stole jewelry from her.

Deputy Rodney Rudder, Scottsburg Patrolman Trevis Burr and Capt. David Hardin were dispatched to Boatman Road and State Road 56 West around 9:30 a.m. concerning the incident. Capt. Hardin was holding a man whom he had located around a nearby business, and Sheriff's Reserve Deputy Bobby Thompson was talking to a woman by the time Deputy Rudder arrived.

The woman said she had picked up the man, whom she identified as Michael Chad Robinson, 38, at an Austin gas station. She said she was giving him a ride. When they got to the stop at Boatman Road and S.R. 56, she said Robinson grabbed her by the throat and then took a box of jewelry she had in the car. He got out of the car and headed north on foot, the woman said.

Employees of a nearby business saw the man walking around the front of their building. They noticed when officers arrived, the man went to the back of the building as if he was allegedly hiding from the police. Both said they saw the man had something in his hands.

Ptl. Burr searched around the building and located a box of jewelry, a glass pipe and an open pack of cigarettes. Inside the pack were small plastic wrapper which contained methamphetamine, it was learned. A GPS unit was also found with the other items.

When Robinson was being booked in at the Scott County Security Center, jailers said they located a card reader, a device which can record information from a credit or debit card, in his shorts.

Robinson appeared in Scott Circuit Court on July 14 for an initial hearing, during which a preliminary plea of not guilty was entered for him on Level 3 felony robbery, Level 6 felony possession of methamphetamine and two misdemeanor charges of battery and possession of drug paraphernalia.

His bail was fixed at $75,000 by corporate surety bond or $25,000 cash, and he was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim of the crime.

A public defender was assigned to the case, which has been initially set for a jury trial on November 19.

Limited view by equipment driver while negotiating U.S. 31 leads to bizarre accident PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 July 2016 14:12


A driver's inability to see much in front of the nose of his agricultural sprayer on a section of U.S. Highway 31 narrowed to two lanes in Scottsburg led to a pretty bizarre accident on Thursday, July 15.

Sgt. Joe Nicholson and Capt. David Hardin were called to the scene of the mishap, north of the U.S. 31/State Road 56 intersection, just after 9 a.m.

Kennith W. Kliessendorff, 49, Henryville was southbound on U.S. 31 in his 2000 Chevy Impala when he said the elevated John Deere field sprayer struck the rear of his car and then went completely over the top of the car.

The operator of the sprayer, Quinn Gray, 30, Butlerville, told Sgt. Nicholson that roadworkers in the construction zone on the highway had stopped northbound traffic for him because of the size of the equipment. Gray said he didn't see the Impala because of the design of the sprayer.

The equipment went over the top of the car, and Gray continued on southward because he said he didn't even know he'd hit anyone.

Fortunately, Kliessendorff and his passenger, Doneil B. Houchens, 56, Henryville, weren't seriously injured. Kliesendorff suffered back pain, while Houchens' wrist was injured. Houchens had apparently attempted to exit the car when he saw what was happening, but the equipment partially shut the door on his wrist as it passed over. He had bruises and contusions on his lower arm.

Sgt. Nicholson noted in his report that the equipment's undercarriage caused damage to the car. In total, property damage was estimated at up to $5,000.

The sprayer is owned by a Hardinsburg implement company.

The Scottsburg officer related that he climbed into the operator's seat on the sprayer later to confirm that the driver's view is obstructed approximately 30 feet in front of the equipment because of its “nose” which sets in front of the engine compartment.



Henryville man's attempt to 'get attention' on trail succeeds with Scottsburg police PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 July 2016 13:57


A Henryville man's alleged attempt to, in his words “...get her attention...” succeeded all too well in an incident which was reported to the Scottsburg Police Department on July 8.

Sgt. Rodney Watts was dispatched that day to Scott Memorial Hospital to talk to a woman, who told him that a man had approached her while she was running north on a trail near the hospital. The man grabbed her from behind, she said, placing his right arm around her neck and head. She said the man told her he didn't want to hurt her, but he wanted money and a ride.

The woman managed to scratch the man and screamed for help. Breaking free, she ran to the hospital and asked for assistance.

She described her assailant as 5-10 in height with tattoos on his upper and lower arms, brown hair and some facial hair which was graying.

Police searched the trail area but did not find him. A short time later, Sgt. Watts said officers found Scott A. Hall, 45, on Finley Firehouse Road near Weir Road. Hall reportedly fit the description the victim gave.

Sgt. Watts asked Hall how he had gotten some scratches. The officer stated in a probable cause affidavit that Hall immediately replied, “I never touched that girl.” Asked what girl he was talking about, the officer said Hall replied that he was involved in an incident on a walking path, but that he hadn't touched the girl. He purportedly added he was only trying to get the woman's attention.

Hall was booked into the Scott County Security Center that same morning.

He appeared for his initial hearing in Scott Circuit Court on Thursday, July 14. Charges include Level 3 felony attempted robbery and misdemeanor battery.

A preliminary plea of not guilty was entered for Hall. Bail was set at $75,000 by corporate surety bond or $25,000 cash. A public defender was appointed to represent him, and his jury trial date is November 29.




E lvis rocks Friday night! Bicentennial bison and barn quilt painting part of MaterFest this weekend PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 July 2016 13:54


Any visitor to the 2016 MaterFest event in downtown Scottsburg this Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23, will certainly not be bored.

No, sirree... From the food trucks to children's games, free entertainment and a haunted trailer to the booths dotting the downtown courtyard square, there will be plenty to do and see.

Take, for example, the county's Indiana Bicentennial bison. He's going to start getting painted this weekend. The goal is to have 200 people paint him as well as have 200 individuals paint the Indiana Bicentennial barn “quilt.” Once the quilt is painted, it will be mounted on the barn by the Scott County Heritage Center and Museum on South Main Street. The quilt has been divided into 200 small squares, and supervision will be available for anyone who'd like to paint the bison or quilt. Vail's Home Center donated paint for the event.

All that action will be at the Arts Council's booth from 4:30 to 10 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday. Remember: You don't have to know how to paint. All you need is the desire to be a part of this Indiana Bicentennial event.

Elvis Presley will be on the square Friday night, and his show, or rather Travis Albertson's show, is being filmed for a documentary. Come to the free show, which will begin at 7 p.m. at the gazebo, and dress in 1950s and '60s styles if you'd like because the audience is going to be part of the show, too, as far as the filmmakers are concerned.

He will be preceded by a new talent, David Fisher, who has been fooling around with rope for years, and his amazing talents are highlighted at both 6 and 8 p.m. Known as “The Rope Warrior,” Fisher has performed in Europe and at the White House. His feats are also entered in the Guinness Book of World Records. Get ready to be amazed.

Planning to enjoy some of the entertainment at the gazebo both days of the festival? Make sure you bring lawn chairs and/or blankets to do so in comfort.

Here is the official lineup of events planned for this year's MaterFest:

Friday, July 22

5:00 p.m.: Food trucks and booths open.

6:00 p.m.: The Rope Warrior shows off his skills with a jump rope.

7:00 p.m.: Scott County's Travis Albertson will perform as Elvis Presley.

8:00 p.m.: The Rope Warrior returns with more tricks.

10:00 p.m.: Free showing of Walt Disney Studios' “Zootopia,” a 2016 family film favorite.

Saturday, July 23

8:00 a.m. (to 12 noon): Farmers' Market stalls open in city parking lot on North Main Street.

8:00 a.m.: MaterFest 5K at Heritage Station.

9:00 a.m. (to 3:00 p.m.): Toy tractor show and antique tractor display at Scottsburg Heritage Station off North Main St.

10:00 a.m.: Tomato growers' contest at Heritage Station. Best-looking and the biggest tomatoes are among the categories which will receive ribbons.

Gazebo Attractions

10:00 a.m.: New Beginnings Church worship team will sing.

11:00 a.m.: Musician Andrew Pittman.

12 noon: Cooking contest for recipes using tomatoes. Desserts, etc., will be judged.

1:00 p.m.: Musicians Derek LaFountain and Sam Swisher.

2:00 p.m.: Bicentennial Moments presented by the Scott County Heritage Center and Museum.

3:00 p.m.: Cory McNeely will perform his original music.

4:00 p.m.: Singer Sara Campbell.

5:00 p.m.: Rust 'n Bones Band.

6:00 p.m.: Karoke contest with Frank Smith III.

For the karoke contest, individual divisions are set up for youth and adult competitors. Cost to enter is $5. Each singer will perform one song. Finalists will be called back and will perform another, different song.

To learn more about how to enter the 5k race, cooking or growers' contests, visit the MaterFest's Facebook page or





City of Austin, Jennings Township reaping many benefits of fire department’s improvements PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 July 2016 07:54

It took a couple of months to round up the fire chief for the Jennings Township Volunteer Fire Department.

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