County Prosecutor’s Office announces recent sentencings for committed crimes PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 12:35



Among those who were recent sentenced in Scott Circuit Court were two men, one of whom pleaded guilty to battery resulting in serious bodily injury, and a second for selling drugs, being an Habitual Offender and probation violation.

Charles Thomas Dentith of Louisville, Ky., was sentenced to three years on the Level 5 felony battery charge with the Indiana Department of Corrections. The plea agreement includes allowing Dentith 69 days of credit for time already served.

Dentith was a prisoner being held on other charges at the Scott County Security Center in 2016. He attacked a fellow inmate by coming up behind him and punching the man several times in the head. The man’s injuries included a broken orbital socket bone, which holds the eye in place.

“Inmates need to understand that laws still apply to them within jail walls,” stated Chris Owens, Scott County Prosecutor. “We do everything we can to enforce those laws and help the jail staff maintain a safe environment.”

Sheriff Dan McClain said that new equipment at the jail has helped his staff to respond to such incidents. When an incident occurs, we will work diligently with the Prosecutor’s Office to ensure inmate are held responsible for offenses they commit in our facility.”

A state petition to revoke probation was dismissed in the plea agreement, and Dentith was ordered to pay court costs.

The case was handled by Deputy Prosecutor Elizabeth Stigdon.

In another 2016 case, Robert Estep, 53, received a nine-year sentence for selling his wife’s medication to an undercover agent in the parking lot of Scott Memorial Hospital. The incident occurred last September.

“Mr. Estep sold drugs in our county, and he is now being held accountable for what he did. Any time a drug dealer is taken off the streets, our community gets better,” stated Prosecutor Owens. “This agreement assures that Mr. Estep won’t be selling drugs in our county for some time.”

Deputy Prosecutor Amanda Herald handled this case.


Four arrested for apparent drug use at Paulanna Avenue residence in Austin PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 12:33



Four people were taken into custody by officers with the Indiana State Police, Austin Police Department and the Sheriff’s Department on March 5 on drug-related charges.

Those charged include Shannon Barger, 35, Scottsburg; Lawrence Campbell, 42; and Deborah A. Campbell, 61, and Paul T. Campbell, 35. The woman and younger Campbell reside at the same home at 184 Paulanna Avenue. Lawrence Campbell is a neighbor who lives at 185 Paulanna Ave.

A tip about possible drug activity at 184 Paulanna was provided in early January to the Sellersburg post of the Indiana State Police (ISP). In his probable cause affidavit, Sgt. Jerry Goodin said the post was told that Deborah and Paul Campbell were allowing people to use methamphetamine and other illegal substances at their home.

Some of the charges in their cases are based on an October 21 visit by ISP troopers and Austin police and a January 4 visit by a parole officer, Austin police and deputies. The 2016 visit resulted in the discovery of 300 unused syringes, four used syringes and burned soda cans, which could have been used to heat crystal meth into a liquid that can be injected.

The January visit was to assist the parole officer in locating a parolee. A total of 11 syringes and a small baggie of meth were found at that time.

Sgt. Goodin noted that between January, 2016, and January, 2017, there had been at least 70 calls for police and EMS technicians to visit 184 Paulanna Ave. Warrant service, parole arrest, drug overdose, syringe pick-up and use of drug paraphernalia were among reasons listed for the calls.

Each is charged with three counts of Level 6 felony maintaining a common nuisance, one count of Level 6 felony possession of meth, one count of Level 6 unlawful possession of a syringe and a misdemeanor count of possession of paraphernalia.

Charges against Barger and Lawrence Campbell resulted from a March 5 visit to the residence by Austin Patrolman Scott McCoskey and Deputy Josh Watterson. Ptl. McCoskey was looking for Lawrence Campbell to serve a warrant. Upon their arrival, Lawrence Campbell reportedly ran away, but the officers apprehended him after a brief chase. He was taken into custody.

Barger was also a visitor at the home and was placed into custody after drug paraphernalia and meth residue were found at 184 Paulanna Ave.

Both men were in court on March 7 for their initial hearings. Preliminary pleas of not guilty were entered for them, and each was assigned an initial trial date of June 13. Bail was originally set at $15,000 by corporate surety bond or $1,500 for Barger, but it was lowered to $5,000 surety bond or $500 cash with Barger advised not to return to the residence if he is released on bond.

Lawrence Campbell has a June 12 initial trial date. His bail is set at $30,000 by surety bond or $3,000 cash.

Both men have received the services of public defenders.

Deborah Campbell and Paul Campbell had their initial hearings on March 9. Each had his case assigned to a public defender, and bail for each is $30,000 by surety bond or $3,000 cash. June 13 is each defendant’s initial trial date.

Judge Jason Mount has recused himself from the pair’s cases. Senior Judge Nicholas South will preside.


Injury accidents continue to occur in Scottsburg, on county roads PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 12:30



Those injury accidents just keep happening in Scott County.

Three occurred on Tuesday, March 7, keeping emergency service providers busy from pre-dawn hours on into the afternoon.

The first mishap occurred at 5:45 a.m. in the area of the T intersection of State Road 56 East and Slab Road. Deputies Jac Sanders and Rex Herald were dispatched to the scene.

Arriving, he found a red pickup truck and a white Nissan badly damaged. The truck was facing southeast on S.R. 56. The Nissan was in a field north of the highway and west of Slab Road.

A woman was trapped inside the wreckage of the Nissan. She was identified as Danielle N. Evans, Scottsburg. The other injured driver was Gabrielle E. Nay, Deputy. She was lying on the pavement and had apparently suffered injuries to an arm and leg. Deputy Sanders said she was also bleeding from a head wound.

Nay was transported to University of Louisville Hospital, while Evans was taken by Scott County EMS to Scott Memorial Hospital. She had shoulder and neck injuries.

Deputy Sanders got a brief statement from a witness, who said the truck had come into the path of the Nissan and hit it head-on. Evans was also able to provide a statement and told the same story.

The accident is still under investigation by the Sheriff’s Department.

A little over an hour later, emergency providers were dispatched to what was described to 9-1-1 staff as a rolled-over semi-tractor-trailer. The mishap had occurred on S.R. 56 West just west of its T intersection with Westavia Boulevard, the street which leads to the local golf course and several residences.

When Sgt. Joe Nicholson got to the scene, he learned those reports were true. He talked with the driver, Tarlochan Singh, 24, of Yonkers, N.Y. The rig Singh was driving is owned by JSR Trucking of Greenwood.

The uninjured Singh said he had been westbound on S.R. 56 when his windshield fogged up. As he attempted to wipe off the glass, the rig’s right-side tires went off the edge of the road, causing the tractor and trailer to slide down into a ditch on the highway’s north side. Then, the truck’s load shifted, all 42,800 pounds of it.

The shift of all that weight caused the trailer’s side wall to bow outward and separate from the floor. That’s when it tipped over.

Though workers with Goodin’s Wrecker Service and Furnish Towing attempted to right the semi and its trailer for several hours, they were unsuccessful. That meant the cargo had to be unloaded by hand and reloaded on another truck. The effort took several more hours before the damaged trailer could be removed.

Members of the Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department stayed on the scene to assist.

The third accident occurred at 2:13 p.m. on U.S. Highway 31 North about 250 feet north of Vest Street. Sgt./Detective Steve Herald and Lt./Detective Mike Nichols quickly arrived at the scene near Growby’s Rent To Own.

Sara Combs, 22, Scottsburg, was the driver of a 2005 Pontiac G6. She told the officers that she had been at Growby’s and was trying to turn north onto U.S. 31. She said she didn’t see the southbound 2013 Chevy Camaro being driven by Trevor McIntosh, 17, Austin.

As she pulled out, the Camaro hit the Pontiac, throwing both cars partially onto private property off the northbound lanes. McIntosh said he tried to stop before the collison, but the pavement was wet from rain and the Camaro slid on the surface.

Fortunately, neither driver was badly hurt. Combs was treated at the scene by Scott County EMS technicians for abrasions on her neck from her harness. The teenager had abrasions on his lower arm. His car’s airbags activated.

Property damage in the mishap was estimated at up to $25,000.

Scottsburg police, First Responders and Scott County EMS were dispatched just before 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 9, to the site of an injury wreck on U.S. Highway 31 North and Vest Street.

A 2005 Honda Accord had struck the rear of a 2002 Honda VT 600 series motorcycle carrying two people.

Neither the car driver, Natalie M. Skrobot, 20, Scottsburg, nor the motorcyclist, Jeffrey P. Jones, 25, Scottsburg, was injured. Jones’ passenger, Teresa J. Jones, 31, Scottsburg, was, however. She had been knocked off the motorcycle.

She suffered a possible head injury and was transported by ambulance to Scott Memorial Hospital. Patrolman James Vires noted in his report that the Joneses had not been wearing helmets at the time of the crash.

Ptl. Vires estimated damage at up to $5,000. he was assisted at the scene by Sgts. Brian Hall and Rodney Watts.

Another woman was injured on Friday, March 10, just after 10 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. 31 South and State Road 356.

According to Deputy Rex Herald’s report, a 1999 Ford F150 pickup driven by Roy H. Mardis, 22, Lexington, was attempting to continue west onto Leota Road from S.R. 356. Mardis said he stopped at the intersection and then continued on into the intersection where the pickup was struck by a southbound 2002 Buick Rendevous driven by Donna Arbuckle, 55, Clarksville. Arbuckle suffered neck pain after the impact and Scott County EMS technicians transported her to the local hospital for treatment. Mardis was unhurt.

Deputy Herald estimated property damage to be up to $25,000. He was assisted at the scene by Deputy Joe Guarneri.

Statewide drills set Tuesday, March 21…. Get prepared for additional severe weather and flooding this spring, summer PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 12:29




Linda Dawson, director of the Scott County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), is urging residents and businesses to prepare ahead.

“The March 1 storms took many people by surprise. Families, individuals and businesses need to protect themselves from such situations. This county is fortunate few people were injured,” Dawson stated. She said Indiana historically has experienced some of the nation’s worst thunderstorms, tornadoes and flooding during spring months.

Tuesday, March 21, is the annual day on which Hoosiers can practice their weather safety action plans. Statewide tornado drills are scheduled at 10:10 a.m. and at 7:35 p.m., providing storms are not threatening. Families, schools and businesses are all encouraged to participate and become aware how to protect themselves.

Dawson suggested that households, industries and businesses take a three-prong approach to prepare for severe weather.


?Purchase a weather radio. Its label should indicate that it is “all-hazard” and broadcasts alerts from the National Weather Service. Look for NOAA on the label. It stands for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Also look for SAME Technology designation, which allows the radio to be programmed to specific counties and types of alerts.

?Know the difference between watches and warnings. A watch indicates a seriously increased probability of a thunderstorm or tornado. A warning indicates that there is a thunderstorm or tornado in the area.

?Ensure that household members/office staff know which local news media outlets to monitor for severe weather alerts and to take those alerts seriously. Remember that national cable, satellite or streaming TV services may not carry localized weather alerts.


?Create a preparedness kit that includes food and weather for three days and a first aid kit, flashlights, extra batteries, small tools and any other important items that are needed.

?Around the house or building, prune tree limbs and secure outdoor items that could be tossed about in high winds.

?Keep cell phones charged, and ensure all members have several emergency contact numbers of friends and family members programmed in.

?Know which neighbors have disabilities or mobility challenges. Be able to direct First Responders to those who may need extra help.


?Take household members quickly but calmly to the location they would move in severe weather, ideally a basement. If a basement is not available, go to an interior room on the lowest level with no windows. Storm cellars also offer excellent protection.

?Practice moving under a sturdy table or desk or covering up with pillows, blankets, coats or a mattress to protect the head and body from flying debris.

?Walk through potential evacuation routes, both from home and the neighborhood.

?Conduct a family drill at home in which children pretend to call 9-1-1 and calmly talk to an emergency dispatcher. Use a family member or friend so the child knows how to give appropriate and necessary information.

Dawson said flooding is another issue on which residents of Scott County are familiar, especially after heavy downpours.

“Driving on flooded roadways can also place in danger the motorist and his passengers and emergency response personnel who must try to rescue them. Never, ever drive through flood waters, even if you think the water appears shallow. The road could have washed out or its force be stronger than you think. Remember: Turn around, don’t drown!” advised Dawson.

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Shut the town down! Scottsburg resident thrilled to be on ‘Price is Right’ PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 12:25



Like Rod Wilson says, “We ought to all take a break on the 22nd and watch ‘The Price is Right’!”

That Wednesday this month, the long-running television game show will feature red-headed Rod as one of the lucky contestants who got on stage and competed.

And that’s as far as that portion of this interview with a still-excited Rod went. “We went through four hours of interviews and signing legal releases and a no-disclosure agreement before we even got into the studio,” advised the affable Rod.

Rod is a familiar, very tall sight around the county. He’s been affiliated with the Nelson Spaulding Community Clearinghouse since he arrived here from his hometown of Seymour in 2007. And, for the record, he stands about 6-5, 6-6 in his stocking feet.

He was out in California for a family vacation, and, having lived in that state for nine years before returning to Indiana in 1989, he knew exactly what he wanted to do, what he wanted to see and where he wanted to go. “I definitely wanted to go on the ‘Price is Right.’ Love the show, really like the host Drew Carey,” Rod said. His sister was a contestant back in the mid-80s while on her honeymoon. She won a player piano and a microwave oven.

“We got our plane and ‘Price is Right’ (PIR) tickets six months ago. As long as you’re in (the theater) line at the right time, your ticket guarantees you a seat,” he explained. To prepare to go to PIR, he and family members wore bright gold-colored shirts made by his sister that bore the words, “Just Say Rod Wilson Come On Down!” How prophetic!

“Every time the producers and staff looked at our group, we yelled and screamed like crazy people. Just what they wanted!” he laughed.

Every member of the audience also got a chance to have his or her photo taken on stage near the big wheel. That’s the wheel that all of the day’s individual contestants spin and try to get a total as close to $1 as possible without going over. Two finalists are winnowed out through the process to compete in the final minutes of the show for the showcase prizes, which can be combinations of cars, boats, RVs, expensive vacations, cash prizes and the like.

Those interested in being on stage were asked a question or two while they were in line. He was asked where he lived and what he did. “I told him Scottsburg and that I worked for a non-profit helping people in poverty,” Rod recalled. The man smiled broadly, and Rod was told afterward that producers were interested in getting him on stage.

Therein lays another story.

“When they called my name, I stood up, and I think the upper part of my body wanted to move faster than the lower part. Long story short, I fell and dislocated my hip. I’m sure the TV shot will see me get up and then disappear for a little bit and then reappear and hobble to the contestant line. I was in a lot of pain,” he said.

Asked by staff if he’d like to go to the hospital, Rod emphatically declared no. “Absolutely not! I wasn’t going to miss this!” he remarked.

In pain or not, he won the preliminary “Contestants’ Row” game and got on stage. He played a game called “Range Finder,” in which he had to stop within $150 of the value of an item shown to him.

“And that’s all I can say, except I’m glad the game I played was simple! You’ll have to watch on March 22 at 11 a.m. on the CBS affiliate (WLKY, Channel 32 on non-cable TVs) to see what happens. I can only say I enjoyed myself thoroughly, and I do hope the whole town shuts down, and everybody watches. I haven’t seen the tape myself. I can imagine what my fall looks like,” he reflected.

Even Drew Carey was concerned about his condition. Carey came over to Rod during a commercial break and asked him how he was. “I told him I wasn’t leaving, and Drew said, ‘That’s great! Ratings for this show will be through the roof when they see you fall!’ ”

About that hip of his: He and his family went to the noon shooting of PIR. There’s also an 8 a.m. crowd. They got out of the studio at 6:30 p.m. That night, he was still in a lot of pain, but he didn’t want to go to the hospital. “I was really afraid I’d broken it. That night, I just laid there, thinking my vacation was over. I had rented the convertible we were using for this trip, so no one else could drive, and we’d planned to go up the coast to San Francisco and on to Las Vegas,” Rod related.

Some time the next day, as he was still lying there in pain, he felt – and heard – the hip pop. Instantly, he felt a lot better. It popped again more quietly later, and that’s all it took for the vacation to go on as planned.

“We had a great trip, saw some great sights. I wanted to do as much as I could this time because, with my size and my arthritis, taking even a plane trip is hard on me. I’m not sure if I can ever do that again, so this time it was just do everything,” he exuded.

Lots of his friends know Rod is going to be on television, but no one except Rod knows how it’s all going to turn out.

“You gotta watch the show!” he exclaimed.


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