Couple's nap in middle of Webster Road results in their arrests on drug charges PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 03 May 2016 11:33

A car stopped in the middle of Webster Road near Blocher on Monday, April 25, raised the worries of passers-by in the area, and deputies were dispatched to investigate the unusual incident.
Chief Deputy Don Campbell and Deputy Rodney Rudder answered the call and sped to the scene, finding a dark-colored car in the middle of the road with what appeared to be two individuals asleep inside.
It was after dark, so Chief Deputy Campbell left his headlights on, shining into the parked car. Neither of the occupants woke up. In fact, the chief deputy had to knock on the driver's side window and yell before the man woke up.
James Kennedy, 31, Scottsburg, eventually identified himself, replying to Campbell's query about if Kennedy knew where he was by saying, “Yes, I am right here.” The man did not know the name of the road but told the officers that he was waiting on a friend.
Kennedy stepped out of the vehicle when asked to do so by Chief Deputy Campbell. He also told the officer that he had a glass pipe and a knife in a pocket. Those items were removed and Kennedy was placed in handcuffs.
Deputy Rudder asked the now-awakened woman to get out of the car. She complied, identifying herself as Heather J. Albertson, 30, Salem. As she got out, the deputy said he saw something protruding from a pocket of her hoodie. The item turned out to be a loaded hypodermic syringe. Albertson did not have a needle exchange card identifying her as a participant in that program. She was also placed in handcuffs.
Deputy Rudder transported the woman to jail in Scottsburg, while Chief Deputy Campbell waited with Kennedy for a wrecker service to transport the impounded car. Once the car was removed, he took Kennedy to the Scott County Security Center as well since the contents of Kennedy's glass pipe tested positively for methamphetamine.
At the county jail, jailers reported they found a total of ten syringes among Albertson's belongings as well as two glass pipes, a spoon, four pills which proved to be the legend drug Promethazine. A legend drug requires a prescription. Six pieces of a Alprazolam pill were also located, a controlled substance.
Albertson's charges include Level 6 felonies of unlawful possession of a hypodermic syringe and possession of a legend drug, a Class A misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance and a Class C misdemeanor of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Kennedy's charges include possession of methamphetamine, a Level 6 felony, and the Class C misdemeanor of possession of drug paraphernalia.
All were filed in Scott Superior Court.
At their initial hearings on Wednesday morning, April 27, preliminary pleas of not guilty were entered for them, and each was assigned an initial jury trial date of August 1. Public defenders were appointed to their cases.
Bail for each was originally set for $15,000 by corporate surety bond or $1,500 cash, but Albertson was granted a reduction in bail to $5,000 by bond or $500 cash.

Candidates in several party races will be decided during May 3 primary election PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 April 2016 05:26

Voters in Indiana have sat on the sidelines since January, watching results of primary elections and party caucuses in other states whittle down potential Presidential candidates.

Women from Salem and Columbus among recent drug-related arrests recorded PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 April 2016 05:25

Two women, one from Salem and a second from Columbus, were among people recently arrested for drug-related offenses.

SR 356 Bridge To Close For Up To 120 Days Starting Monday PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 25 April 2016 14:03

SCOTT COUNTY, Ind.—State Road 356’s bridge over Woods Fork Creek northeast of Lexington is scheduled to close next Monday (MAY 2) for up to 120 days. Indiana Department of Transportation plans call for demolishing the existing bridge—located 3.13 miles east of S.R. 203 in Scott County—and replacing it with a new 105-foot single-span structure.

A state highway detour will route motorists around the closure site via S.R. 62, S.R. 56 and S.R. 203.

South Hardy Mill Road will also close next Monday at its intersection with S.R. 356 near the bridge.

McAlister Excavating is INDOT’s contractor for this $1,017,814 bridge replacement project.

The Patriot-Indiana contractor is charged with building a new composite pre-stressed concrete bulb-T beam bridge measuring 31½ feet side-to-side. This wider width will accommodate two 11-foot lanes with 4½-foot shoulders.

The state’s contract calls for bridge and roads to reopen by mid-November.

Traffic count for S.R. 356 is 470 vehicles per day.

Motorists can learn about highway work zones and other traffic alerts at, 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone. For highway information, monitor social media sites: and Twitter @INDOTSoutheast.  Subscribe to receive text and email alerts at

Hearing set April 27 on buildings eligible for Blight Elimination Program PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 25 April 2016 08:55



Austin city officials along with staff of ARa have scheduled a public hearing at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 27, concerning 20 buildings and homes eligible for tear-down through the city's Blight Elimination Program (BEP).

The City of Austin recently won a grant of $392,000 through the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA). Through this grant, structures deemed unsafe and/or abandoned and vacant may be purchased by the Austin Redevelopment Commission (ARC) and then torn down. The cleared properties may then be sold by the ARC, with proceeds being channeled back into the BEP.

Those properties targeted under BEP include:

458 West Maple Street

1253 North Church Street

219 Paulanna Avenue

232 East Main Street (State Road 256)

1316 West Gibson Drive

180 Paulanna Avenue

338 South Third Street

49 North High Street

1266 Pearl Street

503 Cross Street

95 Rural Street

136 Wilbur Avenue

971 North Second Street

1027 North Third Street

180 North Street

410 Broadway Street

331 Wilbur Avenue

285 Broadway Street

990 Mann Avenue

825 Mann Avenue

Through BEP, property owners are offered $6,000 for a building with no basement or $10,000 for a building with a basement.

The goal of BEP is to eliminate the number of blighted and abandoned homes in the community. Acquisition and demolition of the structures will aid in stabilization of neighborhood property values, prevent avoidable foreclosures and assist in keeping areas safe.

All interested persons are welcome to attend the April 27 public hearing. It will be held at Austin City Hall, 82 West Main Street.

Those with specific questions about properties listed for BEP inclusion may call Mayor Dillo Bush at 812-794-6646. Those with questions about the Blight Elimination Program can visit or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The City of Austin is a member of ARa, which aids the city with obtaining grants and administering grant programs.

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