Brother of man who died from ruptured colon sues county for ‘wrongful death’ PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 27 January 2017 14:44



The brother of a man who died in January, 2015, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Sheriff’s Department, Scott County EMS and the county.

Samuel E. Pate filed the civil suit on January 13, three days before the two-year time limit to file such suits expired. He and the estate of his late brother, Larry Randall Pate, are being represented by a North Vernon attorney.

The complaint stated that Larry Pate called 9-1-1 at 7:35 a.m. on January 14, 2015, for help. The lawsuit said he was in “…severe medical distress…” at the time of the call. The sick man talked to a dispatcher for a little over five minutes, but the complaint says that the dispatcher “…did not respond appropriately in the context of the telephone call.”

Larry Pate made a second 9-1-1 call at 7:43 a.m. and talked to the same dispatcher for just over a minute. Three deputies were dispatched to the man’s home to investigate the nature of his emergency.

“It is the plaintiff’s belief that the deputies did not properly investigate,” the lawsuit states. The report issued, it says, indicated that the call was a false alarm. The officers “…left the scene without ever physically coming into contact with (Larry Pate)…” the document advises, leaving by 8:04 a.m.

Around 11:30 a.m., a family member found Larry Pate nearly unresponsive at his home. Scott County EMS was summoned and transported him to Scott Memorial Hospital. He was later air-lifted to Norton Hospital in Louisville. Pate died two days later.

The lawsuit is requesting “…reasonable monetary damages including funds to cover medical bills, Pate’s pain and suffering and his wrongful death.” It also requests that the EMS and Sheriff’s Department be found negligent due to failure to “….properly supervise, train or otherwise handle the decision to dispatch correct medical personnel to Larry Pate’s residence and the deputies who ultimately responded to said residence.”

A jury trial is requested. Defendants have 25 days from the date the lawsuit was filed in which to respond.

Claims made in a civil suit reflect only one side of a disputed matter.


Sectional action begins Tuesday night for many area girls’ basketball teams PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 27 January 2017 14:43



With Sectional beginning for most area teams on Tuesday, January 31, last-minute strategies to advance to finals are being discussed by coaches and players.

By the IHSAA’s class system, 96 teams will play in Class A; 99 in Class 2A; 101 in Class 3A; and 100 in Class 4A. In total, 393 games will be played in the 2017 girls’ tournament, including finals at Indianapolis.

Sectional tickets are now being sold at all teams’ high schools. Fans can buy the three-session bundle for $10; single session tickets will cost $6. Those prices are good for students and adults.

Of the area teams (Austin, Crothersville, Henryville, New Washington and Scottsburg), the Scottsburg Warriorettes are the only one which won’t see action on the first night of state sectionals. They’ll wait for the second night at the Corydon Central Sectional 30, February 1, to take on Brownstown.

Austin’s Lady Eagles are hosting their sectional. The Class 2A Sectional 45 will be played at the Harold Rigel Memorial Gym, where the high school’s boys’ team plays. New Washington in Clark County is also hosting its sectional for Class A teams, thanks to its win of its sectional last year.

The Lady Eagles were also sectional champions last winter and so won not only the title but hosting duties, advised Keith Henderson, Austin High School Vice Principal and Athletic Director.

Henderson said AHS ticket sales will continue through the second night of that tournament, Friday, February 3.

When a pair of games is played on the same night, action will begin at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Final games on February 4 will start at 7 p.m. Here’s how the area sectional action will take place:

Class A

Orleans Sectional 61

?January 31: Crothersville (13-6) vs. Trinity Lutheran (8-12); and West Washington (11-9) vs. Borden (9-9).

?February 3: Orleans (4-12) vs. winner of Game 1; and Medora (2-11) vs. winner of Game 2.

?February 4: Winner of Game 3 vs. winner of Game 4 for the championship.

Class A

New Washington Sectional 62

?January 31: Christian Academy of Indiana (CAI) (6-10) vs. New Washington (8-11); and Shawe Memorial (11-9) vs. Rock Creek (4-14).

?February 3: Lanesville (5-15) vs. winner of Game 1; and South Central (12-6) vs. winner of Game 2.

?February 4: Winner of Game 3 vs. winner of Game 4 for the championship.


Class 2A

Austin Sectional 45

?January 31: Austin (10-8) vs. Milan (8-8); and South Ripley (14-4) vs. Switzerland County (6-11).

?February 3: North Decatur (8-11) vs. winner of Game 1; and Southwestern (5-15) vs. winner of Game 2.

?February 4: Winner of Game 3 vs. winner of Game 4 for the championship.

Class 2A

Providence Sectional 4

?January 31: Crawford County (14-4) vs. Eastern Pekin (12-7); and Providence 14-5) vs. Henryville (10-8).

?February 3: Paoli (11-9) vs. winner of Game 1; and Clarksville (2-19) vs. winner of Game 2.

?February 4: Winner of game 3 vs. winner of game 4 for the championship.

Class 3A

Corydon Sectional 30

?January 31: North Harrison (18-1) vs. Silver Creek (8-12).

?February 1: Brownstown (11-8) vs. Scottsburg (12-7); and Charlestown (10-9) vs. Salem (12-8).

?February 3: Corydon Central vs. winner of game 1; and winner of game 2 vs. winner of game 3.

?February 4: Winner of game 4 vs. winner of game 5 for the championship.

Looking ahead, regionals will be played on Saturday, February 11. The Class 3A winner at Corydon will play at Charleston; the Class 2A winners at Austin and Providence will travel to Paoli; and the Class A winners at New Washington and Orleans will go to Springs Valley.

Semi-state games are scheduled for Saturday, February 18, at either Jeffersonville or Richmond for southern Indiana winners.

The big dance happens at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis on Saturday, February 25.

Good luck to all teams!


Couple with young children in vehicle among recent drug-related arrests PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 27 January 2017 14:40



A couple with two young children in a car stopped by an Austin officer on January 15 is among the most recent drug-related arrests in Scott County.

Austin Patrolman Scott McCoskey was patrolling on Mann Avenue when he noticed the Hyundai roll through a stop sign at Paulanna Avenue and enter Mann without stopping. He noted the car drove to Blunt Avenue, stopping with its flashers activated.

He pulled up behind the car, finding Elizabeth Benham, 32, Scottsburg, behind the wheel. Jonathan Terry, 38, was her passenger as was the woman’s two young children.

Reserve officers and Major Donald Spicer arrived to assist. Ptl. McCoskey said he became suspicious of both adults because of their nervous behavior. Each was patted down for officer safety. When Benham consented to a search of the car, a purse with several syringes was located. The couple was enrolled in the county’s needle exchange program and proved it by providing ID cards. One needle was “loaded,” the officer noted. The couple said a friend had left it and the bag in the car but could not name the individual.

A container in the bag proved to have crystal methamphetamine inside it, and a pill bottle inside the woman’s purse reportedly contained a prescription drug and was marked with the name of one of Benham’s relatives. The bottle’s “fill” date was 2014.

Terry and Benham were placed under arrest and transported to the Scott County Security Center. The children were released to a relative, and the car was impounded.

Both are charged with possession of meth and maintaining a common nuisance, since the car is owned by both. Each charge is a Level 6 felony. Benham was also charged with possession of a legend (prescription) drug, also a Level 6 felony.

At their initial court hearings on January 17, not guilty pleas were entered for them, and each was assigned an initial trial date of April 18. Bail for Benham was set at $10,000 by corporate surety bond or $1,000 cash; for Terry, bail is $20,000 by surety bond or $2,000 cash.

Benham was also the subject of a 15-day hold placed on her by the court as requested by the Prosecutor’s Office.

Other recent arrests included:

?Michael R. McIntosh, 36, Scottsburg. He was arrested January 17 after being seen driving while his driver license was suspended. The vehicle was impounded and searched, and the man’s cell phone was found to allegedly be coated with meth. Charges filed included Level 6 felony possession of meth and maintaining a common nuisance. His jury trial date is April 18; a public defender was appointed. McIntosh filed a $500 cash bond after his bail was modified from $10,000 by surety bond/$1,000 cash.

?Lynda M. Wilson, 23, Scottsburg, was charged January 19 with Level 6 felony possession of meth and a misdemeanor charge of possession of paraphernalia. She was found at her home on January 13 by Scottsburg Patrolmen Travis Rutherford and Shawn Hurt after they received a call about an overdose victim. Scott County EMS technicians stabilized her and took her to Scott Memorial Hospital for evaluation; from there, she was transported to the Scott County Security Center. A preliminary plea of not guilty was entered for her at her initial hearing on January 19. Her initial trial date is April 18 with bail reset from $10,000/$1,000 to $500 cash and pre-trial supervision by the Probation Department. A public defender was appointed to handle the case.

?Bethany L. Noble, 35, Austin, and Shawn D. Hensley, 26, Crothersville, were arrested January 18 at a gas station in Scottsburg. The drug hydrocodone, over nine grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were allegedly found by officers in the pair’s vehicles. Hensley is charged with dealing meth, possession of meth, possession of a narcotic drug, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia. His charge of dealing was enhanced up to a Level 2 felony because of past convictions. Noble is charged with unlawful possession of a syringe, a Level 6 felony, and possession of paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Jury trial dates of April 18 were assigned to each case, and public defenders will handle their cases. Each defendant is being held for 15 days without bond. Bail for Hensley is $50,000 by surety bond/$5,000 cash; bail for Noble is $10,000 surety bond/$1,000 cash.

?Joshua G. West, 36, Scottsburg, was arrested January 20 for possession of meth and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance. He was allegedly found in possession of the drug Alprazolam and meth. At his initial court hearing, he was assigned an initial trial date of April 4. A public defender will handle the case. Bail is $15,000 by corporate surety bond or $1,500 cash.

?Balbina L. Hernandez, 40, Scottsburg, was arrested January 20 when Deputy Joe Johnson stopped her car in Scottsburg because he knew she did not have a valid driver license. Her charges include Level 6 felonies of possession of meth and maintaining a common nuisance and misdemeanors of driving while suspended and possession of paraphernalia. She too received an initial trial date of April 4 and the services of a public defender. Bail is $15,000 by surety bond or $1,500 cash.

Officers involved in these cases include those listed as well as Indiana State Police Master Trooper Matthew Busick; Patrolman Troy Ford, Sgt./Detective Steven Herald, Lt./Det. Mike Nichols, Sgt. Brian Hall, Sgt. Rodney Watts and Patrolmen Travis Rutherford and Trevis Burr of the Scottsburg Police Department; Austin Reserve Officer Jonathan White; and Deputy John Hartman of the Sheriff’s Department.

County APC annual report reveals most activity in Scottsburg, Lexington Township in 2016 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 January 2017 07:36

Though new stick-built houses didn’t keep the same pace as occurred in 2015, Scottsburg and Lexington Township (Twp.) led the county in development in 2016.

Man allegedly shooting gun in subdivision taken into custody for recklessness PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 January 2017 14:28




A 29-year-old man living in the New Providence area has pleaded not guilty to criminal recklessness and unlawful possession of a syringe in an incident which reportedly began with gunfire.

Deputies Shawn Mayer, Joe Johnson and Rodney Rudder were dispatched to the Richie Subdivision where a 9-1-1 caller had reported a gun being fired near some apartments on Jeffrey Street.

Talking to the caller, officers learned the apparent location of the incident and knocked on the door of the nearest apartment. After announcing the presence of deputies, Deputy Mayer got the front door open and again announced that law enforcement officers were coming in. The resident, Jaron A. Mullins, walked into the living room with his hands up. Deputy Mayer then looked in the residence’s rooms to ensure no one else was present.

That was when he said he saw a dresser drawer that contained a hand torch, syringes and a digital scale, all in the room that Mullins had exited.

Officers also found two empty gun holsters and that set off a search for weapons. What was described as a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun was allegedly found under a mattress. All evidence was photographed and then collected.

A talk with Mullins led to his purported admission that he had fired the gun three times into the ground outside the apartment and that syringes discovered were his.

Bail has been set at $35,000 by corporate surety bond or $3,500 cash after a motion was filed by the Prosecutor’s Office requesting higher-than-normal bail.

Mullins’ preliminary jury trial date is April 18. The case has been assigned to a public defender.




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