Probation Check in Scott County Yields Meth and $20,000 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 26 January 2011 00:00

Scott County-In the afternoon hours of yesterday’s date, troopers from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg and a probation officer from the Scott County Probation Department made a Probation Home Visit to Brian Bowling’s residence located 6025 North Jack Morgan Road near Austin in Scott County.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 January 2011 14:33
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ISP: Mother shot children, self at family’s home Friday in Spicertown area of Austin PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 25 January 2011 00:00

An Austin police officer dispatched late on Friday afternoon, January 21, to check on the welfare of a family in the Spicertown neighborhood found a scene that defied belief.
Lt. Shawn Hurt had been sent to the home on New York Street because family members could not contact Amanda Leigh (Todd) Bennett, 30, and her three children, 14-year-old Jasmine Marie, nine-year-old Katelyn and four-year-old Ryan Matthew.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 January 2011 14:08
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Driver of Jeep ejected in recent accident on Scottsburg’s south side PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 25 January 2011 00:00

A Lexington man is recovering from a back injury caused when he was ejected from the Jeep he was driving on January 11.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 January 2011 14:10
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Update on deaths in Austin PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 January 2011 00:00

Scott County- In the morning hours of Jan. 24, the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville, KY completed autopsies on the four bodies discovered in a residence located at 310 New York Street in Austin.

Below are the names of the deceased and the preliminary causes of death. Please note that the official causes of death will not be determined until toxicology results from autopsies return which typically takes up to six weeks.

1) Amanda Bennett, female, 30, 310 New York Street, Austin, IN.  Preliminary cause of death, gunshot wound to the head area and smoke inhalation.
2) Jasmine Abbott, female, 14, 310 New York Street, Austin, IN. Preliminary cause of death, gunshot wound to the head area.
3) Katelynn Bennett, female, 9, 310 New York Street, Austin, IN. Preliminary cause of death, gunshot wound to the head area and smoke inhalation.
4) Ryan Bennett, male, 4, 310 New York Street, Austin, IN. Preliminary cause of death, gunshot wound to the head area.

Amanda Bennett was the biological mother of the all of the deceased children.

At this time detectives are not ready to release any type of determination of the facts in this incident due to pending test results and continuing interviews. This case is still under investigation.

Friday afternoon, January 21st, at approximately 4:21 PM, An officer from the Austin City Police Department made forced entry into the residence located at 310 New York Street in Austin to check on the welfare of the residents.  When the officer entered the residence he noticed parts of the home had been burned.  The Officer conducted a quick search of the residence and found four deceased victims inside.

Scott County School District #1, (Austin Schools), officials have asked me to pass on to the media that the school system will have extra counselors present at the schools on Monday.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 January 2011 09:05
 
Austin deaths ruled murder/suicide PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 January 2011 00:00

 

This past Friday afternoon, January 21st, at about 4:21 p.m. an officer from the Austin, IN Police Department responded to an Austin residence at 310 New York Street to check on the welfare of the home owner and other occupants.

Upon arriving the officer had to make a forced entry into the residence. Once in the residence he saw parts of the home had suffered recent fire damage and also located four deceased persons in the home. Authorities from the Austin Police Department subsequently requested assistance from the Indiana State Police to conduct a death investigation.

Based on extensive investigation at the scene and over the weekend, coupled with collaborating information from preliminary autopsy reports, detectives of the Indiana State Police Criminal Investigation Division have preliminarily concluded three of the victims were juveniles and were apparently shot by their biological mother, Amanda Bennett. After shooting the children indications are Amanda Bennett started a fire in the home and then took her own life. The family dog was also shot, but remains alive at a veterinary clinic in Scott County.

While the investigation remains open until the autopsy reports are finalized, indications are this case is a tragic case of murder/suicide that claimed three innocent lives along with the suspect of the murders, Amanda Bennett.

Preliminary autopsy results and positive identification of the suspect and victims are listed below.

Please note that the official cause of death for each person will not be determined until all aspects of the autopsies are completed, which typically takes up to six weeks. All the victims resided at 310 New York Street, Austin, IN.

  1. Amanda Bennett, female, age 30. Preliminary cause of death, gunshot wound to the head area and smoke inhalation.

  2. Jasmine Abbott, female, age 14. Preliminary cause of death, gunshot wound to the head area.

  3. Katelynn Bennett, female, age 9. Preliminary cause of death, gunshot wound to the head area and smoke inhalation.

  4. Ryan Bennett, male, age 4. Preliminary cause of death, gunshot wound to the head area.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 24 January 2011 14:39
 
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