City of Scottsburg now paying less for IMPA-provided power PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 05 January 2018 15:37

 

2018 will prove a less expensive year for the City of Scottsburg and its electrical customers.

The wholesale supplier of the city’s electrical power, the Indiana Municipal Power Agency (IMPA), is charging its member cities less. IMPA’s Board of Commissioners approved the 3.5% decrease in 2018 wholesale rates for its 61 members in late 2017.

The new prices took effect January 1.

“While prices seem to be on the increase for other utilities, IMPA is extremely proud to pass on a decrease in wholesale electrical rates to our member municipal utilities for 2018,” advised Raj Rao, IMPA President and CEO.

“Thanks to the visionary efforts of our founders in the 1980s, who foresaw the benefits of creating an organization that would own and share generating resources between many utilities, our members continue to reap the benefits of municipal ownership and agency membership,” Rao stated. “IMPA’s ownership in generation assets combined with a reduction of regulatory requirements at the federal level and our strong financial position, has enabled us to pass this decrease on to our members.”

This is the second year in a row that IMPA’s wholesale electric rates to member communities have decreased. IMPA’s rates are based on its operating costs, which are derived from its diverse generation and transmission ownership, purchased power, debt service and administrative and general expenses. The 2018 decrease is a result of IMPA’s investments in generation and transmission projects over the past two decades. All of the agency’s newer units, which include new solar projects, and a reduced regulatory burden are contributing to lower, sustained costs for this year and beyond.

According to Scottsburg Mayor Bill Graham, who serves as an IMPA Commissioner, the agency has traditionally provided some of the lowest electric rates in the state.

“The agency’s commitment to providing a low-cost, reliable power supply to its member cities and towns enables Scottsburg to provide that same commitment to our customers. This wholesale rate decrease is just another example of how Scottsburg and IMPA work to best serve the people in our communities,” stated Mayor Graham.

 

 
4-H Enrollment Open Now Through Jan. 15 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Friday, 05 January 2018 15:36

 

4-H is an extracurricular, volunteer led, family-oriented program. 4-H is for all youth, from cities and towns as well as rural areas and farms. 4-H prepares young people to be leaders in their communities and around the world through hands-on experiences alongside their peers and caring adults. This program helps young people develop life skills.

This program is for youth in grades K through 12. Mini 4-H is free for youth Kindergarten through 2nd grade. Enrollment fee is $15 for 3rd grade and up and you can enroll online at https://in.4honline.com. Enrollment dates are October 1st through Jan 15th. If you need financial assistance to join 4-H please contact the Extension Office.

Youth are encouraged to complete at least one 4-H project that will be a learning experience for the 4-H members. There are a variety of projects that can be completed through 4-H. These range from baking foods, sewing, making crafts, taking pictures, learning about electricity, firearm safety with shooting sports club, cake decorating, home environment and aerospace to name a few. Youth may also exhibit a variety of livestock projects through 4-H as well.

Other activities include Career Development Events that 4-H members can participate in include Livestock and Dairy judging, Soils judging, Crops, Entomology and Forestry judging, Horse judging. These events help enhance decision making skills, public speaking skills, help develop friendships, etc. The surrounding counties also participate in an area wide 4-H camp that is held in June in Underwood, IN. There are also opportunities at the state level which include workshops allowing youth to stay overnight at the university campus and learn about leadership and career exploration.

Scott County 4-H program offers various workshops such as livestock reasons workshop for beginner livestock judgers, jewelry making, sewing, photography, etc.

If anyone is interested in becoming a 4-H member, volunteer or donate to this great program, feel free to contact the Purdue Extension Scott County Office at 812-752-8450. We are located in the basement of the Courthouse in suite G-30 and are open Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

 

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Young woman’s death January 1 remains under investigation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 05 January 2018 15:34

 

The investigation into the circumstances leading to the death of a 23-year-old Scottsburg area woman is continuing, according to Chief Deputy Shawn Mayer.

The frozen body of Morgan Coomer, 23, West Thomastown Road, was discovered by a passing motorist around 10:30 a.m. in a roadside ditch on the graveled portion of Thomastown Road. That person called 9-1-1 to report the body and remained at the scene while officers from the Sheriff’s Department, technicians with Scott County EMS and a First Responder with the Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department responded.

Reserve deputies Ron Howard and Greg Martin happened to be near the location because they were assisting with the department’s annual New Year’s free dinner program. They were the first on the scene and began securing the area. Deputy Joe Johnson arrived next and took charge of the scene. He called the Sellersburg post of the Indiana State Police (ISP) to request technical assistance, and officers with ISP were also quick to respond. Scott County Sheriff Dan McClain, Chief Deputy Mayer, Coroner Jerry Buchanan and the Prosecutor’s Office were also involved in the investigation at the scene.

The young woman’s body was clothed in jeans, a light top and shoes with a flannel shirt tied around her waist. No purse or coat was recovered. “She certainly wasn’t clothed properly to protect her against the low temperatures we’ve been experiencing,” noted Chief Deputy Mayer. The body showed no signs of physical violence or trauma.

“The autopsy was performed (on Tuesday, January 2). Lab reports are not expected to be completed for six to eight weeks,” advised Chief Deputy Mayer. Deputy Johnson is lead investigator in the case.

Currently, officers are seeking any information about Coomer’s activities on December 31 and January 1. Officers were told Coomer left her parents’ home, but the identity of a companion or companions is currently being determined.

“We’ve received many tips, and we are investigating all of them. We are also talking to family members, neighbors and friends. We are building a timeline of Morgan’s actions to indicate where she was at what time. Our goal is to give her family some relief in this tragedy by learning the truth,” related Chief Deputy Mayer.

Anyone having pertinent information about Morgan Coomer is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 812-752-8400 and request to speak to Deputy Johnson or Chief Deputy Mayer or call the 24-hour Tip Line at 812-752-7898.

The Chief Deputy also had advice for the general public: “Don’t believe all of the rumors that you may be hearing from friends or via social media. We also ask that you respect the family’s privacy during this time. Express your condolences, but allow them to grieve for their loved one.”

The deceased was the daughter of Steven Russell Coomer and Robin R. Smith Coomer.

The funeral was conducted at the Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg on Friday afternoon, January 5. Dr. John Croasdell officiated.

Burial was in New Providence Cemetery.

Memorial contributions toward final expenses may be arranged by contacting the staff of the funeral home.

To express condolences, visit www.collinsfuneralhome.net.

 
ISP officers make three recent arrests in Scott County PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 05 January 2018 15:33

 

Three arrests were among the latest credited to officers with the Indiana State Police, Sellersburg post.

Jamal Omar Bates, 33, Indianapolis, was allegedly speeding southbound on Interstate 65 on the afternoon of December 21. The car’s speed, clocked at 87 miles per hour, attracted the attention of Trooper Tracy H. Spencer.

The officer caught up with the gray Honda north of the State Road 56 overpass at the Scottsburg interchange. As he talked with Bates, Trp. Spencer said Bates presented ID cards issued in Indiana and Alabama. He allegedly admitted to having no valid driver license.

The trooper said he also detected the recent use of air freshener in the car, which overlaid the smell of burned marijuana. When Scott County Deputies James Shelton and James R. Ward arrived with Ward’s K-9 Karl, Deputy Ward walked the dog around the exterior of the car and the animal indicated drugs could be in the vehicle.

Bates then allegedly said cocaine and marijuana were in a box on the front passenger seat. When officers looked, they found the drugs as well as some drug paraphernalia. Bates was placed in handcuffs and the car was impounded.

At his initial court hearing, Bates entered a preliminary plea of not guilty. His original bail was set at $15,000 by corporate surety bond or $1,500 cash. It was reduced to $5,000/$500. Bates’ initial jury trial date is March 26 on a Level 6 felony possession charge and three misdemeanors.

Trooper Kyle Taylor found a woman for whom he had been searching on December 21 in Crothersville.

Trp. Taylor was conducting an investigation of recent drug activity and was looking for Alexus G. Smith, 20, to question her. When he went to a residence on Lawnview Drive in Austin, he talked to a couple who had been keeping some of Smith’s belongings. Obtaining permission to search the items, Trp. Taylor said he came across a “loaded” syringe.

He went to a Crothersville address and found Smith there, but the woman refused to talk with him. She reportedly told him she “…ain’t no snitch…”

Smith has been charged with Level 6 felonies of possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a syringe and a misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia.

Her jury trial has been initially scheduled for March 26. Bail is set at $15,000 by surety bond or $1,500 cash.

On December 29, Trp. Taylor accompanied Austin police and a state parole officer on a parole visit to a home on West Cherry Street in Austin.

William Ray Neace Jr., 32, was at home. In a search of his belongings, a used syringe was found, the probable cause affidavit related. Neace allegedly said it was used to inject methamphetamine. He was taken into custody for violating the terms of his parole.

On January 3, Neace attended his initial court hearing on a Level 6 felony charge of unlawful possession of a syringe.

His jury trial has been initially set for April 2. Bail is $15,000 by surety bond or $1,500 cash.

 
Apparent domestic call turns into drug-related arrests PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 05 January 2018 15:28

 

A 9-1-1 call about an apparent domestic situation at a Scottsburg gas station on December 30 resulted in two drug-related arrests by a Scottsburg officer.

Patrolmen Justin Cheatham and Shawn Hurt were dispatched to the Circle K gas station west of the Interstate 65 interchange at Scottsburg just after 12 midnight on December 30. Dispatchers had been told that a man was hitting a woman in a car and that the woman appeared to have a syringe in her possession.

When the officers arrived, the car was parked at a gas pump but was empty. Ptl. Cheatham said in the probable cause affidavit that a syringe was lying on the front passenger seat. When Cheatham looked into the convenience store, he said he saw Nathan Baldwin and a woman walking toward the front door. He said Baldwin saw the officers and turned toward the restrooms.

The patrolman moved quickly to the door of the men’s restroom and said he heard what sounded like someone putting something into the trash container. Ptl. Cheatham said he walked into the restroom and checked the container, finding a locked case. Baldwin, he said, denied the case was his and having a key to open it.

Baldwin submitted to a pat-down by the officers and then went to the car, leaving the woman at the store’s drink dispenser display.

The woman was identified as Samantha R. Pastrick, 25, Indianapolis. She was twitching, the officer stated, and her speech was slurred.

When the officers went outside to talk to Baldwin, they said they saw the handle of a handgun sticking out of the center console of the car. Next to it was a second syringe.

A key located on Baldwin opened the locked case. Inside the case, officers said they found two baggies of methamphetamine weighing a total of 2.4 grams and three baggies and a glass vial, all containing heroin and weighing in total 17.65 grams. Other baggies contained pills of controlled substances. Three different drugs were identified. A cut straw with crystal residue was also in the case, it was reported.

Both Baldwin and Pastrick were taken into custody and transported to the Scott County Security Center.

Pastrick was charged in January 2 with Level 6 felony unlawful possession of a syringe and misdemeanor public intoxication. She had her initial hearing in Scott Circuit Court on January 2 and was assigned an initial jury trial date of March 27.

She was also provided with the services of a public defender. Her bail is set at $15,000 by corporate surety bond or $1,500 cash.

Baldwin was out on $2,500 cash bond for a 2016 escape charge, which is set for trial on January 26. He also has another pending case involving drug charges currently set for trial on March 12.

The office of Prosecutor Chris Owens requested – and got – a 72-hour hold on Baldwin. His bail in this new case is set at $100,000 by surety bond or $10,000 cash. The higher amounts were also requested by the Prosecutor’s Office.

Probable charges can include felonies of possession of meth, a narcotic drug and unlawful possession of a syringe. Misdemeanors may include carrying a handgun without a permit, possession of controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Baldwin’s initial hearing was scheduled for Friday morning, January 5.

 

 
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