Scott County Prosecutor Jason Mount Announces Latest in Cases: PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Friday, 15 January 2016 14:22

Last Tuesday, January 5, 2016, Samuel Tyler Green, age 23, was sentenced for a battery he committed against the three year old son of his live in girlfriend that occurred on July 10, 2014. Originally charged with three felonies, Green pled guilty to a Level 3 Battery resulting in serious bodily injury to a child less than 14, and agreed to be sentenced by the Court.
The case was handled on behalf of the Scott County Prosecutors Office by Chief Deputy Prosecutor Chris A. Owens. Owens pointed out the severity of the injuries, which included extreme pain, severe bruising to his backside and face, bruising to his ears, and a broken arm, among other injuries. The Defendant was alleged to have struck the child repeatedly with a whiffle ball bat and to have struck the child in the face with his hand. Owens also presented evidence that this was not an isolated incident.
The sentence was handed down by Scott Circuit Court judge Roger L. Duvall. Green received a 9 year sentence, the maximum allowed under the terms of the plea, with two years to be served on supervised probation. Further he is to have no contact with the child, and shall undergo domestic violence treatment.
“There is nothing in this world more precious than our children, and our office is committed to seeing that justice is served on behalf of those children who, unfortunately, become victims of crime,” Owens stated. “We are pleased with the decision of the court in this matter and hope that this will help the child feel protected, enabling him to move forward and continue to grow into a successful young man.”
This week (Monday and Tuesday) we also had:
ELISA NEACE, age 23: pled guilty to Level 2 Dealing in Methamphetamine, received a 16 years sentence, with 10 years suspended. Neace sold an once (28 grams) to undercover investigators for $1,6000.00. Drug Interdiction Prosecutor Amanda Herald managed this case.
TEDDY DWAYNE ABNER, age 43: Pled guilty to B felony Dealing in Methamphetamine and neglect of a dependent (dealing drugs in front of the child). Received a 12 years sentence, none suspended. Drug Interdiction Prosecutor Amanda Herald managed this case.
FRANKLIN SESSIONS: pled guilty to Level 5 Burglary. He and some co-defendants broke into an outbuilding and stole several thousand dollars worth of lawn equipment and vehicles. He received a 5 year sentence with none suspended. One of his Co-Defendants, Jared Ballard, had no criminal history and cooperated with investigators. Earlier last fall, he was referred to the Floyd County Veteran’s Court, where he is participating in that program. If he successfully completes the Veteran’s Court program and pays restitution, he can avoid felony conviction for his participation. Cases against two other co-defendants are still pending. Prosecuting Attorney Jason Mount managed this case.

Lexington man arrested after crash on Plymouth Road that injured driver PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 15 January 2016 11:01


A Lexington area resident has been charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury.

The Level 6 felony was filed against Branden M. Lytle, 22, on Tuesday, January 12, based on information provided in a probable cause affidavit filed by Deputy Joe Johnson.

Johnson was the officer dispatched to the scene on Plymouth Road when 9-1-1 staff was notified at 10:40 p.m. on Thursday, January 7. The site was about 1,000 feet west of an intersection with Ervin Road.

Lytle told Deputy Johnson that he had been headed east on Plymouth Road. When he came over a hill, he said a 2005 Ford Focus driven by Hannah L. Howard, 19, Austin, was in the middle of the road and the 2011 Ford Fusion he was driving collided with it head-on.

Deputy Johnson noted in the accident report he wrote that Lytle's vehicle was left of center when the head-on crash occurred.

Howard was trapped inside the wreckage of her car. She was assisted at the scene by Scott County EMS and Lexington volunteer firemen and then was taken by ambulance to Scott Memorial Hospital. One of her arms was broken in the accident.

Property damage was estimated at up to $25,000 including damage to a Verizon phone box, which Lytle had struck.

Lytle was detained at the scene by the deputy, who was assisted by Deputies Joe Guarneri and James Shelton. The report stated that Lytle failed field sobriety testing. He was placed in custody and taken to Scott Memorial, where a blood test was drawn.

Toxicology results are pending.

Lytle was then transported to the Scott County Security Center in Scottsburg and booked in.

At his initial court hearing on January 12, he entered a not guilty plea to the Level 6 felony. He was released on a $5,000 cash bond that same day.

His jury trial has been scheduled for April 7.


Jury trial scheduled in May for Salem man who allegedly struck and killed pedestrian PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 15 January 2016 10:58



An initial jury trial date of May 18 has been scheduled for Derek A. Deaton, the 22-year-old Salem area resident who has been charged in Washington Superior Court for striking and killing Mitchell Lovins of Scottsburg with his pickup truck on Sunday, January 10.

The 70-year-old Lovins was walking on State Road 56 in Washington County around 3 a.m. Sunday when he was apparently struck by Deaton, who was driving a red Chevy S10 pickup at the time. Lovins was on foot because the mini-van he'd been driving westbound had slipped off the highway and become disabled. The mishap occurred near Quaker Lane about two miles east of Salem.

After hitting Lovins, Deaton allegedly left the scene. Lovins' body was found a short time later by a passing motorist and reported to authorities. Lovins died of massive trauma at the scene.

Indiana State Police turned to social media and newspapers on Monday, asking for help in locating the person who struck Lovins.

That help came quickly that same day in the form of a tip that led ISP detectives to Deaton, who has no previous criminal record. After interviewing the young man, the ISP placed him in custody and transported him to the Washington County Jail in Salem on a preliminary charge of leaving the scene of an accident causing death.

That charge was made formal on Tuesday afternoon, January 12, by Judge Frank Newkirk Jr., who informed Deaton of his rights and told him that the Level 5 felony had been filed.

Judge Newkirk set Deaton's bond at $10,000 cash and forwarded the case on to that county's public defender board for assignment.

Deaton was being held at the Washington County facility in lieu of bond as of January 13.

Lovins was a retired City of Scottsburg employee, having worked as a mechanic for the city for 34 years. He retired in 2009. He was also once active with the Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department, serving as a fireman for 28 years.

He is survived by his wife, a son and two daughters as well as a stepson and two stepdaughters, his mother, siblings, 20 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

His funeral was conducted on Friday morning, January 15, at Fairview Christian Church near Underwood. Rick Richardson officiated.

Staff of the Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg was in charge of arrangements.

Drug dealer sentenced to 16 years in Level 2 felony case involving methamphetamine PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 15 January 2016 10:56



Caught in December, 2014, with over ten grams of methamphetamine, Jackson Lee McGinnis, 37, now has a new home with the Indiana Department of Corrections.

McGinnis was sentenced in Scott Circuit Court to 16 years for a Level 2 felony charge of dealing methamphetamine, a highly addictive homemade drug. In a plea agreement, McGinnis entered a formal guilty plea to the dealing charge on January 4, getting a sentence of 16 years, the last six of which may be served on supervised probation. He must successfully serve at least 75% of those ten years and, if the terms of probation are not complied with, those six years will be revoked and also be served by him, advised Scott County Prosecutor Jason Mount.

Another drug-related case against McGinnis was dismissed in accordance with the plea agreement. “Due to the overlap of these two investigations, it would not have been possible to seek consecutive sentences on these two cases,” advised the prosecutor.

McGinnis was stopped by Indiana State Police (ISP) investigators on December 18, 2014. He had in his possession 13 grams of the illegal crystal substance. Additionally, undercover agents for the ISP had purchased over 14 grams of meth from McGinnis earlier that month. McGinnis had been among over 30 persons being investigated by the ISP from June, 2014, to January, 2015.

After being charged with the crime in 2014, McGinnis posted a $10,000 cash bond and was released. When a plea agreement was worked out for McGinnis nearly two years later, he was ordered to report to the Scott County Probation Department so that a pre-sentencing report could be compiled. He was also informed that his sentencing on the charge would take place on November 30.

McGinnis never reported to the Probation Department and did not appear on November 30. His bond was revoked and an arrest warrant was issued.

By December 7, he had been located and re-arrested, and sentencing was reset for January 4.

In addition to prison time, McGinnis' bond shall be used to pay $1,578 in delinquent child support, a $1,000 drug interdiction fee, court costs and a $400 drug and alcohol program fee.

“I thank the Indiana State Police for their efforts in this matter, and I am glad we could reach a just conclusion to this case without the necessity of trial, despite the fact that many drug penalties have recently been reduced by Indiana legislators. Dealing in over ten grams of methamphetamine is the most serious, highest level drug offense in Indiana,” stated Prosecutor Mount.

Scott County Partnership Trivial Pursuit Night to be held January 30 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Friday, 15 January 2016 10:55



The Scott County Partnership is pleased to announce that the Trivial Pursuit Night Fundraiser will be held on January 30th, 2016 at the Mid America Science Park located at 821 S. Lake Road South Scottsburg IN. The fun and festivities will begin at 6:00 PM. If you register on or before January 15th, 2016 the cost is $150 per team or $25 per person. Registrations after January 15th, 2016 are $175 per team or $30 per person. Teams cannot have more than 8 members. Spectators may come and watch for $5 admission. The event will be more geared toward adults. To register your team or yourself please call the SCP at 812-752-6365.

First prize for the trivia competition is $300. Additional prizes will be awarded for best snacks, best table decoration and last place in the trivia competition.

“I love this fundraiser.” says Ace Woodson, Special Events Coordinator for the SCP “It is a fun night for people to come out, relax and pit their knowledge of trivia against their friends. It will be a blast.” Along with the Trivial Pursuit activities there will also be auction items to bid on through out the evening and a Cash bar serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. You also have the opportunity to provide auction items, or acquire items that would be suitable for an auction and donate them. If you have items available for auction, please call 752-6365 to donate.

“This is one of our favorite fundraisers.” States Jene Bridgewater, Director of the Scott County Partnership. “It helps support so many great programs.”

Proceeds from this event enable the Scott County Partnership to provide leadership or assistance to: Scott County Clearinghouse, Scott County Circles Campaign, Scott County Attendance Review Board, Career Clusters, Healthy Start for School Festival, Guiding Good Choices, LifeSkills, coordinating Jump-Start, Reality Stores, Youth/Education Committee, Get Healthy Scott County Committee, Family, Health, & Self-Sufficiency Committee, Workforce Development, and other new initiatives that arise within the community.

Again, The Scott County Partnership will hold their annual Trivial Pursuit Night Fundraiser on January 30th, 2016 at the Mid America Science Park located at 821 S. Lake Road South Scottsburg IN. The event starts at 6:00 PM. If you register on or before January 15th, 2016 the cost is $150 per team or $25 per person. Registrations after January 15, 2016 are $175 per team or $30 per person. Teams cannot have more than 8 members. Spectators may come and watch for $5 admission. The event will be more geared toward adults. To register your team or yourself please call the SCP at 812-752-6365.

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