Chiming cell phone in closet narrows circle of culprits PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 30 September 2009 00:00
    A ring from an unfamiliar cellphone found in a closet of a burgled home allowed law enforcement officers to narrow the list of suspects in the crime to one.
    Detective Rick Barrett of the Scott County Sheriff's Department related in a probable cause affidavit filed in the case against Heather Thompson, 23, Lexington, that the victim of the burglary on September 17 discovered the strange cell phone in her closet.
    The woman said she had returned to her home on that date and noticed that a window screen had been cut and blinds in a rear bedroom's window were ajar. When she entered the home, she heard the cell phone ringing. She located it and answered to hear a man's voice. Then, she told the detective, Thompson got on the phone and identified the phone as hers. Thompson, the victim stated, told her that she “...must have left it there this morning.”
    Thompson, advised the homeowner, had come to the home that morning, but she did not come in. Thompson was described as a neighbor.
    When Det. Barrett arrived, Thompson was at the house with the owner. She provided information about why she had come to the woman's house. Thompson said a couple who had assisted her with her car in the woman's driveway that morning tried to sell her a gun a short time later.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 September 2009 12:55
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Austin men now facing drug charges after warrant served PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 30 September 2009 00:00
    The service of a search warrant at an Austin residence has resulted in criminal charges being filed against the man living there and a friend who was visiting.
    Brack Fugate Sr., 65, North Second Street, was served with the search warrant by Lt. Shawn Hurt of the Austin Police Department on August 30. Fugate and a friend, James Golden, were found at the home.
    According to the probable cause affidavit, Fugate was found in possession of Oxycontin, a Schedule 2 controlled substance, as well as three handguns and a rifle. An undisclosed amount of money was also recovered from Fugate's wallet and from clothing found in his closet. Golden was allegedly found in possession of several Vicodine pills, a Schedule 3 controlled substance.
    Fugate was charged with dealing a Schedule 2 controlled substance, a Class B felony, and possession of a controlled substance and maintaining a common nuisance, both Class D felonies. He appeared in Scott Circuit Court on Tuesday, September 1, for an initial hearing.
    His jury trial was scheduled for February 2, 2010. Bail was set at $50,000 corporate surety or full cash.
    Golden's charges include possession of a controlled substance, a Class D felony, and visiting a common nuisance, a misdemeanor.
    He also pleaded not guilty at his initial hearing in Superior Court. His bail was set at $3,000 corporate surety/10% cash, and a jury trial date of December 21 was scheduled.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 September 2009 12:57
 
Injuries to two allegedly caused by Lexington man PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 24 September 2009 00:00
A Lexington man has been held at the Scott County Security Center pending a hearing in Scott Circuit Court on his competency to hire legal counsel to represent him on six charges filed against him in connection with an incident that occurred in Austin on Wednesday, September 16.
Eric R. Rasnick, 29, has been charged with Class C felony resiting law enforcement, Class D felony resisting law enforcement and criminal recklessness and Class A misdemeanor counts of resisting law enforcement, criminal recklessness and battery.
Lt. Shawn Hurt of the Austin Police Department prepared the probable cause affidavit for the Scott County Prosecutor's Office. In the document, Lt. Hurt stated that he was dispatched to Paulanna Avenue on September 16 along with Reserve Patrolman Shane Deaton to investigate a possible case of battery.
When the officers arrived, Lt. Hurt said he saw a man running toward a silver vehicle parked close to the officer's patrol car. People at the scene told him that the man was Rasnick. He said he used his flashlight to nick and ordered him to stop. Rasnick, he said, got into the driver's seat and drove his vehicle toward the patrol unit and Lt. Hurt, but as the officer began walking up to the vehicle, Rasnick drove the car closer, causing Lt. Hurt to step back and against his unit to avoid being hit. As Rasnick drove by, Lt. Hurt said he hit the rear window of Rasnick's vehicle with the flashlight, breaking the back window.
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:15
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Alleged prostitutes apprehended in Austin by officers PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 24 September 2009 00:00
    Recordings of conversations between a man and two alleged prostitutes helped officers investigating reported illegal activity charge two suspects.
    Major/Detective Lonnie Noble stated in probable cause affidavits filed in the cases against Melissa N. Sword, 23, and Lisa L. Hensley, 38, that each woman agreed to perform certain sexual acts in exchange for money on September 15. Hensley reportedly entered the man's vehicle to talk about the agreement  She had allegedly been walking on Rural Street. Sword reportedly had been walking on Church Street when approached.
    Both women were taken into custody and transported to the Scott County Security Center in Scottsburg.
At their initial court appearance on Thursday, September 17, in Scott Superior Court, not guilty pleas were entered for each on counts of prostitution, both Class A misdemeanors. Bail was set at $10,000 corporate surety or 10% cash.
Though Sword remains incarcerated, Hensley was released to a relative so that she might seek treatment at Turning Point. The relative was to transport her to the program site to seek admittance. If she was not accepted for the program, she was to be returned to the Scottsburg jail with her original bond to be reinstated.
    That apparently did not happen. An arrest warrant has now been issued for Hensley, and the State also filed a motion to revoke her bond. That motion is scheduled for a court hearing on September 29.
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:21
 
SHS 50th annual Academic Awards Banquet set for Sept. 21 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 16 September 2009 00:00
    Scottsburg High School will host the 50th Annual Academic Awards Banquet on Monday evening, September 21, 2009, at 6:00 PM in the high school Commons.  Dinner will be served, followed by the awards program honoring students who have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 in four academic subjects.  Members of the National Honor Society will also be recognized and new members inducted during this program.  National Honor Society members must have completed at least 3 semesters with a 3.5 g.p.a. in all subjects and be voted on by teachers.
    Class of 2000 Scottsburg High School graduate Gerald Rea will be the guest speaker for the evening.  Mr. Rea attended Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology studying Optical and Mechanical Engineering.  While in college he worked with small businesses to help bring their products to market.  After college graduation Mr. Rea decided that he wanted to create new technology for a living and founded Stray Light Optical Technologies, Inc.  He is currently the CEO of Stray Light and is pursuing green, energy efficient technologies.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 September 2009 12:24
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