Large crowd leaves Commissioners' meeting after APC board told to talk to attorney PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 12:52


A standing-room-only crowd attended a portion of the Scott County Commissioners' meeting on December 16.

But most if not all interested in an apparent impasse between the Scott County Area Plan Commission (APC) and the Commissioners left the meeting shortly after a brief appearance by APC board members before the Commissioners.

Of the 40 or so attending, it was apparent that most if not all of the people were supporting the recent appointment of APC administrative assistant April Ramoni to the APC's executive director's position. That position has been empty since the former executive director, Alexandria Voignier, resigned to take a post with the City of Columbus, Ohio, in mid-August.

Ramoni served under Voignier for nearly two years. She first applied for the job when it was advertised in October. However, the advertisement for the post was declared incorrect and it was advertised again. Ramoni and a former county commissioner, Mark Hays, interviewed for the job in November.

Commissioners were not happy with the APC's decision to appoint Ramoni, citing the APC's alleged variation from the job as described in the advertisements, which were published in these newspapers and posted at the Courthouse.

At the Commissioners' meeting, Board of Commissioners President Larry Blevins addressed the three APC members who attended, Megan Voyles, Mark Whittymore and Chris Wakeman and their attorney, Mike Carter.

“Commissioners wear different hats at different times,” Blevins began. “Today we are here to arbitrate. We believe that the (APC) board varied from the job description in making their decision. We request that your board meet with your attorney and come up with a compromise so that a lawsuit is not filed (against the APC).”

Carter commented, “As lead counsel, I believe that is the best thing to do.” Blevins told the APC members, “Your attorney can better explain this to you.”

Whittymore addressed the Commissioners, telling them, “Our decision (to appoint Ramoni) is based upon both job description clippings. So, we're sitting here today, wondering why we are here.” Blevins again urged the board members to take the matter back to the full APC board and talk to their attorney.

Voyles and Whittymore got up and left the room. Wakeman continued to sit in front of the Commissioners as those officials indicated they were ready for more business. Wakeman then commented, “We were here last week, too, (at the Commissioners' meeting on December 9) and now you're saying we've got to do all this again?” He too stood up and left the meeting.

His departure apparently encouraged all of those who wanted to hear a discussion of the issue to leave as well.

It was learned soon after that meeting that Carter resigned his position as legal counsel for the APC.

The APC has since notified its members that it will meet at its normal time at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 13. An agenda of that meeting has not yet been posted.

Several injury accidents occur during long holiday weekend in Scottsburg, Scott County PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 08:56

Three injury accidents happened in Scottsburg and Scott County during the Christmas holiday period.

‘Heritage Barns of Scott County’ a Bicentennial Legacy Project for community PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 08:55

A dual partnership between the Scott County Arts Council (SCAC) and the Scott County Visitors Commission (SCVC) has given birth to the Heritage Barn Legacy Project in which all residents of the community can participate.

Charge may be filed against driver injured in one-vehicle accident early Sunday morning PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 30 December 2015 08:54

A criminal charge is being considered by the Scott County Prosecutor’s Office against a driver involved in a one-vehicle accident on Bogardus Road early on Sunday morning, December 13.

Adler arrested for assault on girlfriend's former boyfriend at Hardy Lake campground PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 23 December 2015 13:19


An initial hearing was conducted in Scott Circuit Court on Tuesday, December 15, for Thomas L. Adler, 46, an apparent resident of a travel trailer at one of the Hardy Lake campgrounds.

Adler is the defendant in a criminal case filed against him on December 15 arising from an incident in the campground of December 12.

Deputy James Shelton was dispatched to the state recreational area on Saturday to investigate a call about a fight. When he arrived, he found Adler, William Biesen, a woman and two young boys, who were identified as the woman's sons.

According to Shelton's probable cause affidavit, Adler had returned to the trailer to find Biesen, described as a former boyfriend of the woman, in the trailer with her and the woman's three sons.

Adler told the officer that he and Biesen became involved in a struggle. He allegedly admitted pulling a knife and stabbing Biesen “ self defense...” and then running out of the trailer.

Biesen, the deputy soon discovered, had several wounds to his abdomen. His story was more graphic, alleging that Adler arrived and began attacking him with a stick and demanding Biesen leave. He said Adler then pulled out a box cutter and stabbed him. The action caused him to hit Adler in the face with his fist, Biesen said. Adler stabbed him two or three more times, the bleeding man told the officer.

Scott County EMS was called to the scene and treated Biesen. He was transported by ambulance to University of Louisville Hospital. His current condition is unknown.

Deputy Shelton also got statements from the woman and her two sons. The woman said Adler became angry upon learning Biesen was at the trailer. When the two men began fighting, she said she got her youngest son out of the trailer but could not reach the other two, ages 10 and 11. Those youngsters told the officer that Adler had struck Biesen with a stick and then stabbed him. They also said Biesen threw Adler onto a bed and continued to hit him.

Adler now faces a count of aggravated battery, a Level 3 felony, because of stabbing Biesen and creating “....a substantial risk of death or...serious permanent disfigurement. He is also charged with one count each of battery resulting in serious bodily injury and battery with a deadly weapon, both Level 5 felonies, and a Class A misdemeanor count of battery for striking Biesen with the stick.

Judge Roger Duvall entered a preliminary plea of not guilty for Adler and set a bail of $50,000 by corporate surety bond or $10,000 cash. A condition was attached to Adler's posting bond; if he does so, he is to have no contact with Biesen.

Adler's case was assigned to a public defender, and an initial jury trial date of May 10 was scheduled.

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