Bank Street marijuana business in Austin busted; woman charged with dealing PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 26 July 2016 10:53



Two people were taken into custody on July 14 at a home at 116 Bank Street in Austin in connection with alleged marijuana sales.

Tina M. White, 45, and Enick White, 37, have both been charged with maintaining a common nuisance, a Level 6 felony offense. Tina White is also charged with dealing in marijuana, also a Level 6 felony. Enick White also got another charge, that of escape, a Level 6 felony.

Sgt. Jerry Goodin and Sgt. Tracy Spencer of the Indiana State Police, Sellersburg post, and Austin Police Chief Robert Gudgel met on June 3 about complaints fielded recently that the Whites were selling drugs at the Bank Street address.

Enick White was on probation from an earlier criminal case, but his probation officers could not locate him. When he was found at a residence on Paulanna Avenue, the state troopers and Chief Gudgel went to talk to him, and White was returned to the Bank Street home.

Tina White met Sgt. Goodin at the front door. She allowed the officers inside, and while the Community Corrections officers were talking to Enick White, Tina White agreed to talk to Sgt. Goodin outside.

According to the probable cause affidavit Sgt. Goodin prepared, Tina White allegedly confirmed that the rumors were true. She went to the house's basement and brought a plastic tote upstairs, handing it to Sgt. Goodin. Marijuana, money, a marijuana grinder and a set of digital scales were in the tote.

Sgt. Goodin gave Tina White a Miranda warning, and the woman supposedly said the items belonged to her. The ISP officer stated that Tina White said she had gotten behind on some bills and she was selling marijuana to “...catch up.” She also allegedly explained she was selling both “weaker” and “strong” marijuana.

At their initial hearings in Scott Superior Court, preliminary not guilty pleas were entered for the pair, and each received an initial trial date of October 6.

Bail for each was set at $15,000 by corporate surety bond or $1,500 cash. Each is being represented by a public defender.




Alleged undercover heroin buy Friday afternoon lands pair of suspects in jail PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 26 July 2016 10:52



An alleged purchase of heroin from two Austin men by an undercover law enforcement agent has resulted in those two suspects being jailed at the Scott County Security Center.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed in the cases of Ossie Henry White, also known as Ossie Henry White Jr., 40, and Justin N. White, 25, a person working for the Scottsburg City Police Department allegedly made a $50 purchase of heroin around 3 p.m. on Friday, July 22.

Scottsburg Patrolman Troy Ford was with the undercover agent when contact was made with the older White. Ossie White then allegedly made a cell phone call to Justin White, bringing him to the site for the drug deal, a driveway on West Lake Road, Scottsburg.

Following the alleged exchange of money for heroin, both Whites were arrested by Ptl. Ford and transported to the local jail.

During their initial hearings in Scott Circuit Court before Judge Roger Duvall, each defendant received an initial trial date of November 29. Their bails were set at $40,000 by corporate surety bonds or $10,000 in cash.

The Whites indicated they planned to retain an attorney, and Judge Duvall set a hearing to review that matter on Friday, July 29.

Ossie White may find himself back in court on several other criminal matters still pending against him in both county courts, a review of records indicated.

In Superior Court, the older White has three cases pending, three from 2013 and one filed in February of this year. In the 2016 case, involving charges of escape, unlawful possession of a syringe and possession of drug paraphernalia, a trial date of August 15 is scheduled. In a 2013 escape charge and another 2013 case on a public intoxication charge, a trial date of September 27 is set for both.

In Circuit Court, White also has a plea hearing slated on August 22 in a 2013 case involving a petition to revoke probation/suspended sentence filed by the Prosecutor's office.

White had been released on his own recognizance in March, 2016, to be admitted to Floyd Memorial Hospital for treatment of a liver condition. He was to have reported back to Scott County Community Corrections to be placed on home incarceration for the dealing and maintaining charges. He apparently did not follow that court directive.

Man charged with burglary pinned by angry wife between car and pickup truck PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 26 July 2016 10:51



A man charged with burglarizing a neighbor's property on East Bridgewater Road found himself days later pinned between his wife's car and a pickup truck.

James Butler, 31, was taken into custody by Detective Paul Clute with the Sheriff's Department on July 18. He was charged with one count of Level 5 felony burglary, one count of Level 6 felony receiving stolen auto parts and a Class A misdemeanor charge of theft.

Det. Clute first opened the burglary case on June 30 when a nearby neighbor of Butler's called and said his barn had been entered and a piece of equipment, a Bobcat, had apparently been tampered with. A non-working starter had been put on it, and its original vehicle identification number (VIN) plate had apparently been taken off and replaced with another.

During his investigation, Det. Clute visited the Butler residence with Detective Jeremy Arnold. Butler had a Bobcat, and its VIN was registered to the neighbor's equipment, not his. The Bobcat Butler had was reported stolen from Huntingburg two years earlier, the officer learned.

Butler was transported to the Scott County Security Center on the afternoon of July 18. So was his wife, Natalie Butler, 39, after officers learned she was wanted on a warrant for battery causing bodily injury.

Apparently, the couple had argued on July 15. Deputy Joe Johnson was dispatched to the East Bridgewater Rd. home that Friday to investigate a domestic disturbance. He was told that Natalie Butler had backed her Mitsubishi into James Butler and pinned him with the car against a pickup truck.

James Butler suffered severe pain from an apparent knee injury caused by the incident.

Natalie Butler appeared in Scott Circuit Court on July 18 to enter a plea on charges that included felony battery, Level 6 felony criminal recklessness and misdemeanor domestic battery.

She pleaded not guilty and advised Judge Roger Duvall she planned to hire an attorney. Bail was set at $10,000 by corporate surety bond or $1,000 cash. A condition was attached to her bail, that she have no contact with James Butler.

Her initial trial date is November 15.

The next day, July 19, James Butler was in the same courtroom to enter a not guilty plea against the burglary charges.

He too pleaded not guilty and was assigned an initial trial date of November 1.

His bail was originally set at $50,000 by corporate surety bond or $10,000 cash. Judge Duvall lowered that to $2,000 cash, and James Butler was released on a cash bond on July 20.

U.S. 31 traffic lanes 'flipped' on Monday in Scottsburg; Austin paving in 2 weeks PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 26 July 2016 10:49





By now, those using U.S. Highway 31 in Scottsburg have hopefully become accustomed to driving on the newly-repaved west side lanes.

The shift of motorists from the east side to the improved west side occurred about 1:45 p.m. on Monday, July 25, just as paving crews with the state's contractor, Dave O'Mara, finished laying down new asphalt. Drivers are still restricted to one lane north and one lane south, both of which measure about ten feet in width. Anyone with a wider load than that is going to have to make other arrangements, either using Interstate 65 or, if that's not possible, going west of Scottsburg and using Boatman Road or going nearly 15 miles east and using State Road 3.

As noted in a past news release from the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), the work in Scottsburg ground to a halt for several weeks while the contractor and state engineers worked out a more comprehensive plan to repair and repave U.S. 31 in Scottsburg. Too much damage to the highway's original concrete base was revealed when work crews first milled up the old asphalt on the east lanes, necessitating a change in engineering plans.

In the words of INDOT media specialist Harry Maginity, “You don't lay down new pavement over a bad base.”

Those plans worked out, crews were back in Scottsburg soon after July 5, and work on the areas needing attention began. It was a lot of work, some spots being excavated several feet and filled in with stone before new concrete was poured.

Repaving on the west side lanes began late last week. By early Monday afternoon, crews had restriped what they'd paved, and traffic was switched over so similar work could be done on the east side lanes.

Plan and be patient when using U.S. 31: the Scottsburg restriction is scheduled to last for two more months. Eventually, crews will have the highway repaved from U.S. Highway 50 in Seymour to West Lake Road on Scottsburg's south side.

Those using U.S. 31 through Austin have it no better.

Deteriorating roadbed has been removed, and the highway's subgrade is now being stabilized. Paving in Austin is not expected to begin until the second week of August.

Hose who want to keep current on highway work zones and other traffic alerts can learn more at or by calling 1-800-261-7623 or 511 from a mobile phone. A couple of social media sites are also set up to provide such information, Use or Twitter_@INDOTSoutheast. People can also subscribe to receive text and email alerts at

Seven injured in two vehicular accidents on State Road 256 east of Austin PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 26 July 2016 10:46



Two separate vehicular accidents east of Austin happening on State Road 256 injured a total of seven people, two of which were small children.

In the first crash, a 2001 Honda Accord being driven east by 16-year-old Moriah L. Gibson Berger apparently swerved shortly after 1 p.m. on Monday, July 11, while coming around a curve 300 feet west of New Frankfort Road. The car went across the center and struck a westbound 2014 GMC Yukon operated by Melissa Robinson, 51, Deputy. The accident was described as a “sideswipe.”

Both the Honda and the SUV went off the road. Deputies Jac Sanders and Josh Watterson and Reserve Deputy B.J. Best found them on opposite sides of the highway beyond the point of impact.

Scott County EMS was summoned. Technicians transported Berger and her front seat passenger, Threnton A. Hearon, 15, Scottsburg, to Scott Memorial Hospital by ambulance. Berger suffered facial and neck injuries, and Hearon experienced neck pain.

Another, unidentified passenger in the Berger car who had been seated in the back of the Honda was treated at the scene for injuries to his mouth.

Berger was cited for two infractions, one for not having her learner's permit with her and a second for driving left of center.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene. Total property damage was estimated at up to $25,000.

Five more accidents happened during the week, but none involved injuries, though one was interesting.

Joshua L. Klossner, 31, Scottsburg, was driving south on U.S. Highway 31 during a driving rainstorm late Friday afternoon, July 15. As he negotiated the wet road, a tree fell on top of his 1999 Dodge Durango about 300 feet north of Everitt Road.

Klossner was not hurt in the incident, but the tree fell with force and caused up to $10,000 damage to his vehicle.

Possible brake failure may have been a factor in a two-vehicle crash that occurred just before 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 17, on S.R. 256 at its intersection with Terry Road.

Derrek S. Chapman, 18, was driving a 2003 Chevy Monte Carlo south on Terry Rd. He told Deputy Josh Watterson that he applied the brakes as he came to the intersection with S.R. 256 but his car continued on and was struck in the front passenger fender by a 2006 Ford Fusion driven by Roy Coomer, 61, Deputy.

Chapman refused treatment at the scene, but three people in the Coomer car were treated for injuries. Coomer experience pain in his shoulder/upper arm. Two children, Ethan Coomer, 1, and Derrek Spicer, 3, were in child restraint devices, but were listed with possible, unspecified injuries. All were transported by Scott County EMS ambulance to Scott Memorial.

Chapman's passenger in the front seat, Charles S. Robinson, 18, Scottsburg, was described as having neck pain. He too refused treatment at the scene.

Property damage from the mishap was estimated at up to $25,000, including landscaping at a church on the southeast corner of the intersection. Both vehicles came to rest on that corner after impact.

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