Update on Young Woman’s death on January 1 in Scott County PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Tuesday, 02 January 2018 16:23
Young woman’s death January 1 remains under investigation
The investigation into the circumstances leading to the death of a 23-year-old Scottsburg area woman is continuing, according to Chief Deputy Shawn Mayer. 
The frozen body of Morgan Coomer, 23, West Thomastown Road, was discovered by a passing motorist around 10:30 a.m. in a roadside ditch on the graveled portion of Thomastown Road. That person called 9-1-1 to report the body and remained at the scene while officers from the Sheriff’s Department, technicians with Scott County EMS and a First Responder with the Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department responded. 
Reserve deputies Ron Howard and Greg Martin happened to be near the location because they were assisting with the department’s annual New Year’s free dinner program. They were the first on the scene and began securing the area. Deputy Joe Johnson arrived next and took charge of the scene. He called the Sellersburg post of the Indiana State Police (ISP) to request technical assistance, and officers with ISP were also quick to respond. Scott County Sheriff Dan McClain, Chief Deputy Mayer, Coroner Jerry Buchanan and the Prosecutor’s Office were also involved in the investigation at the scene. 
The young woman’s body was clothed in jeans, a top and shoes with a flannel shirt tied around her waist. No purse or coat was recovered. “She certainly wasn’t clothed properly to protect her against the low temperatures we’ve been experiencing,” noted Chief Deputy Mayer. The body showed no signs of physical violence nor trauma. 
“The autopsy was performed (on Tuesday, January 2). Lab reports are not expected to be completed for six to eight weeks,” advised Chief Deputy Mayer. Deputy Johnson is lead investigator in the case. 
Currently, officers are seeking any information about Coomer’s activities on December 31 and January 1. Officers were told Coomer left her parents’ home, but the identity of a companion or companions is currently being determined. 
“We’ve received many tips, and we are investigating all of them. We are also talking to family members, neighbors and friends. We are building a timeline of Morgan’s actions to indicate where she was at what time. Our goal is to give her family some relief in this tragedy by learning the truth,” related Chief Deputy Mayer. 
Anyone having pertinent information about Morgan Coomer is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 812-752-8400 and request to speak to Deputy Johnson or Chief Deputy Mayer or call the 24-hour Tip Line at 812-752-7898. 
The Chief Deputy also had advice for the general public: “Don’t believe all of the rumors that you may be hearing from friends or via social media. We also ask that you respect the family’s privacy during this time. Express your condolences, but allow them to grieve for their loved one.” 
Funeral arrangements are pending at the Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg. 
An account at GoFundMe.com has been established on Facebook to help with funeral expenses.
 
Young Woman Found Deceased Along Thomastown Road in Scott County PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Tuesday, 02 January 2018 13:57

 

A young Scott County woman, Morgan Coomer, 23, was found on a frigid Monday morning, January 1, around 11 a.m. along West Thomastown Road, in Scott County.

The woman's body was found just feet from the gravel road, when a motorist had spotted the young lady's body lying there, just a very short distance from her family's home. The motorist called 911 and reported the situation.

Presently, the death investigation is being handled by the Scott County Sheriff's Department. There is no evidence at this time to determine the death of Coomer.

More information will be found on our website as more details are released and in our newspapers.

She was the daughter of Steve Coomer and Robin Smith Coomer.

A GoFundMe page has been set up on Facebook for Morgan Coomer for those wishing to help the family with the cost of the funeral expenses at Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg.

The following is a link to the GoFundMe Account:   https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.gofundme.com%2Ffet7t3-funeral-expenses%3Fpc%3Dfb_dn_cpgnsharebartop_r%26rcid%3Dr01-15149150298-f42527d328d24017&h=ATOqLxk_7WQfbtIvQQMjLwofjbYAQb7mupdMWflhewlciE9Wt3tpGzAxjyX7I9r0iLryfGEchLFzhvpMVtyLL8PlD0cIOj386BvdQna9J-ZYVxf9KIimOMJKs7r6j9ZAZkp6e7LW8VJhdD6GQu0qUc8Dg1Z9y0t_PusJyvDpwblHW_dQ7vTelRPFDPpogbT0gIVNAmaHrjjYOygLHYouQE9wCr13VKxc7rYFoaNrJ4uH-KhLv9k3Sgfw51jToUAoYA5nlUp84hrroIFZcvMUOP-zExIRbQIlPQ

 
Crash at U.S. 31/State Road 356 injures Austin couple PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 28 December 2017 11:31

 

An Austin couple was injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred at the intersection of U.S. Highway 31 South and State Road 356 on Monday, December 18.

The collision occurred at 11:15 a.m.

Leeroy Campbell, 68, and wife Nancy, 62, were driving south on U.S. 31 in their 2008 Chevy Uplander when a 2007 Dodge Ram pickup truck entered the highway from S.R. 356.

The pickup’s driver, Kaylee M. Pace, 23, Charlestown, told Deputy Jac Sanders that she had been heading west and stopped at the intersection, then started through it. She said she did not see the Campbells’ SUV.

The Uplander struck the passenger side of the pickup.

Nancy Campbell was trapped inside the wreckage of the SUV but was freed by Scottsburg and Vienna volunteer firemen. She and her husband were attended by Scott County EMS technicians at the scene and then were transported by ambulance to Scott Memorial Hospital. The woman’s injuries were not specified. Leeroy Campbell experienced pain in his abdominal/pelvic area.

Pace was listed as unhurt. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

Total property damage was estimated by Deputy Sanders at up to $50,000.

 
Louisville man pleads not guilty in local home burglary PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Thursday, 28 December 2017 11:27

 

A suspect in a June 9 house burglary is now housed at the Scott County Security Center and has had his initial court hearing.

Tony Humphrey, 56, Louisville, Ky., was booked in at the local jail on December 1. He is charged with Level 4 felony burglary and misdemeanors of theft, failure to stop after an accident and reckless driving.

Trooper John Cain of the Indiana State Police, Sellersburg post, was dispatched on the morning of June 9 to handle what was reported as a vehicle crash on Interstate 65 near the 25.5 mile marker.

As he talked with the driver of the semi-tractor-trailer involved in the mishap, he learned that an SUV had swerved into truck. It then rolled and came to a stop at the tree line along the northbound lanes.

The man said he saw the SUV’s driver get out and run from the scene.

Trp. Cain later called the wrecked vehicle’s owner, who told him that Humphrey had been the driver at the time of the crash. She said Humphrey had called her on June 10 and told her about the wreck. She said Humphrey had called her from a cell phone, but she said he didn’t own a cell phone.

Further checking indicated that Humphrey had made the call from a cell phone reported stolen by its owner on the same day as the interstate crash. That owner said he had left his home between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 9. When he returned, he said he discovered someone had broken into his house and taken the cell phone. The intruder also apparently took food items and some prescription pain medicine from the house.

The SUV owner reported later that she received another cell phone call from Humphrey on June 12.

Charges were filed in Scott Circuit Court against Humphrey on July 25. An arrest warrant was also issued that date.

No information was available on when and where Humphrey was taken into custody.

At his initial hearing on December 14, he was advised of his rights and learned that an initial jury trial date of March 12 was assigned. His bail remains as originally set, $60,000 by corporate surety bond or $6,000 cash.

Humphrey has requested a public defender be assigned to his case.

 

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Area Plan Commission staff receives free IURC training PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 28 December 2017 11:25

 

Staff of the Scott County Area Plan Commission (APC) recently received free training at the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission’s (IURC) annual Midwest Damage Prevention Training Conference.

April Ramoni, executive director of the APC, and administrative assistant Ashlee Campbell attended the conference through two scholarships received by them “…in recognition of continued efforts to create a safer community for Scott County residents.” It is the second year in a row for the staff to receive scholarships based on past year’s efforts.

Nearly three years ago, a phone call from the region’s largest natural gas provider alerted the staff to a breakdown in communication between the office and underground utility suppliers in Scott County. A demolition project near an active supply line of the natural gas company could have endangered the line.

In the wake of that incident, Ramoni and Terry Shafer, regional area manager for Midwest Natural Gas, agreed to work together on a solution to ensure general safety. Ramoni and Campbell joined Shafer and other members of the Southeast Damage Prevention Council at regular monthly meetings to discuss best practices for development in areas where underground utilities are present. The group established a local outreach program to educate citizens about Indiana’s Dig Law and the importance of calling Indiana 811 so that all involved parties are informed and prepared.

APC staff uses every opportunity to spread the word about observing underground utility safety, regardless of how small or large the “dig project” is, explained Ramoni. “Whether the project involves a weekend gardener, a professional landscaper or a large-scale developer, we can all sleep a little easier at night knowing that our efforts are helping to keep people and properties safer, including our utility professionals and our emergency responders. By calling 8-1-1 before digging, people can prevent losses,” she said.

Ramoni will serve as the 2018 Vice-Chair of the SEDPC, with Shafer continuing to serve as chairman.

The conference the two staff members attended at French Lick focused on underground utility safety through education and networking. It complimented the work of the Southeast Council, which meets every third Thursday of the month at the Mid-America Science Park in Scottsburg.

Meetings begin at 10 a.m. and are open to the public.

Indiana 811 is a non-profit corporation composed of operators of underground facilities within the state. A free, statewide system, Indiana 811 is designed to save time and money and dramatically reduce accidental dig-ins. More information may be obtained by contacting the Scott County APC office at 812-752-8445, ext. 1.

 
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