Black bear in southern Indiana to wake from hibernation soon PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 12:05



A lone black bear believed to be hibernating in Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge is likely to wake soon, according to the DNR.


This black bear was last spotted in November in the refuge, and wildlife officials believe it spent the winter there. Bears often emerge from hibernation in late winter or early spring to find food and water.


Depending on weather, the bear could emerge as soon as mid-February.


The DNR confirmed the bearâ??s presence last July near Corydon and monitored its movement through southern Indiana. This is the second bear confirmed by the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife in Indiana in the last two years.


Young, male black bears disperse in the spring to establish their own territory and find mates. This bear most likely swam across the Ohio River from Kentucky, which has an expanding bear population.


Black bears are protected under Indiana Administrative Code 312 9-3-18.5 (b-1), which prohibits the killing of a black bear except by a resident landowner or tenant while the animal is â??destroying or causing substantial damage to property owned or leased by the landowner or tenant.â?


Black bears are not aggressive in most situations and prefer fleeing from humans when given the chance. DNR wildlife biologists offer the following bear awareness tips:


â??Donâ??t intentionally feed bears. If a bear becomes accustomed to finding food near your home, it is likely to become a â??problemâ? bear.

â??Place garbage cans inside a garage or shed.

â??Clean and store grills away after use.

â??Donâ??t leave pet food outside overnight.

â??Remove bird feeders and bird food from late March through November.

â??Donâ??t add meat or sweets to a compost pile.

â??If you encounter a bear, donâ??t run. Shout, wave your arms and back away slowly.

â??Collect and remove low-hanging or fallen fruit from fruit trees.

â??Eliminate meat, cooking oil, fish or fruit odors from near your home. This includes fish-meal fertilizers.

â??Collect and remove any ripened vegetables from your garden.

â??Protect bee hives through the use of electric fencing.


Remember that the best way to keep both humans and bears safe is to follow these guidelines. If a bear becomes accustomed to human foods it will continue to seek these foods out, according to DNR mammalogist Taylor Rasmussen.


â??This usually results in the bear becoming a â??problemâ?? bear, which in most cases results in the euthanasia of the bear,â? Rasmussen said. â??Following these guidelines will help keep the bear wild, which is the safest situation for everyone.â?


Indiana DNR encourages citizens to report bear sightings to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by calling (812) 334-1137 during regular business hours. Photos or videos can be sent to the same email address.

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Both boyfriend, overdose victim now facing charges PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 11:21

Criminal charges are now pending against both the boyfriend and the Austin woman revived by the administration of Narcan by a police officer on February 4 at her home.

Buddy’s confession about burglary solves crimes PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 11:20

A friend’s confession about recent actions allegedly committed by him and his buddy in the area of State Road 203, Lexington Township, led to both being charged with felony burglary and other offenses.

Search for suspect in undercover meth buys results in new case, more charges PDF Print E-mail

The search late last week for a suspected drug pusher not only resulted in the man’s arrest but also a new, more serious felony case against him.

Boyfriend of woman overdosing on heroin charged after officer revives victim PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 10 February 2017 12:32


A woman who was revived by the administration of Narcan by an Austin police officer on February 4 had apparently overdosed on heroin at her home.

Austin Patrolman Justin Cheatham was dispatched to the home of Taressa E. Caudill around 1 a.m. after 9-1-1 dispatchers received a call for help for an overdose victim.

He was met by the woman’s sister, who said Caudill was overdosing. Ptl. Cheatham grabbed a dose of the antidote and administered it to the woman as she lay on a bathroom floor.

Scott County EMS technicians arrived soon after as did Deputies John Hartman and Josh Watterson. Ptl. Cheatham talked to the victim’s sister and another man who lived at the house. He stated in a probable cause affidavit that the sister said she and her husband were upstairs asleep when they heard the other man, Jeremy Hensley, yelling.

The couple came downstairs and said they found Taressa Caudill unconscious. The sister stated that Taressa Caudill apparently allowed another man, Jordan D. Bowling, to enter the residence.

Hensley told the officer that he had just come home to find Bowling there and Caudill “…not breathing and her body was turning blue.” He called 9-1-1 to summon help. Hensley allegedly said Bowling did not want to call emergency services.

The ailing woman’s bedroom contained hypodermic needles, a burned soda pop can and other paraphernalia, including a baggie with tan-colored residue. All was collected by officers.

Asked for a statement, Bowling reportedly told officers he did not know about the heroin in the bedroom.

The woman was transported to Scott Memorial Hospital for further treatment. Bowling was placed into custody and transported to the Scott County Security Center in Scottsburg.

On Monday, February 6, Bowling appeared in Scott Circuit Court to answer to a Level 6 felony charge of possession of a narcotic drug and a misdemeanor charge of visiting a common nuisance. After a preliminary plea of not guilty was entered for him, Judge Jason Mount assigned a jury trial date of May 22 to the case and set bail at $15,000 by corporate surety bond or $1,500 cash.

Judge Mount lowered the bond to $7,500 by surety bond or $750 cash with the conditions that Bowling stay away from the Broadway St. residence and shall reside with his parents. He was also to be subject to pre-trial supervision by the Probation Department.

A cash bond was filed for Bowling that same day.


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