Would-be robber foiled in late night DGS robbery attempt PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 09 February 2018 15:36



A clerk and a store’s security system foiled a robbery attempt at a Dollar General Store on Monday night, January 29.

The store is located on U.S. Highway 31 North (North Gardner Street). When Scottsburg police were alerted to the situation, patrolmen James Vires and Greg Green rushed to the scene. Ptl. Green arrived first and began getting a description of the suspect from store personnel. Ptl. Vires heard via his patrol car’s radio that the suspect had left on foot headed north.

He continued past the store and then turned around. When he did so, he said he saw a vehicle in a small alley near the old Temple and Temple Construction building. The car continued out of the alley and onto U.S. 31, going north. Ptl. Vires followed, stopping the gray Buick at the entrance to the Knights of Columbus Hall.

Talking to the driver, he learned the man was Jacob W. Robak, 38, Madison. Deputy Josh Watterson arrived to assist, putting handcuffs on Robak after the officers learned he was a Habitual Traffic Violator and should not have been driving. Robak was taken to the Scott County Security Center by Deputy Watterson.

A cursory search of the vehicle prior to its impoundment revealed a knife near the driver’s seat as well as a white shirt, a dark-colored shirt and a gray sweatshirt.

Store personnel had described the man as having a white shirt on his head, a darker shirt wrapped around his face and wearing a gray sweatshirt, sweat pants and boots.

When the man approached the cashier, she said he demanded money. The clerk told him the register system would not allow entry unless a transaction took place. She told Ptl. Green that the man then pulled out a knife and threatened her, saying he wanted money.

Once again the woman told him it would be impossible to override the system. She said he then stated, “Well, okay, I will be back.” He left the store headed north on foot, she said.

The prompt response of the police as well as Ptl. Vires’ spotting the nearby car played a part in quickly finding the suspect.

After seeing the store’s surveillance video of the incident and noting the suspect’s clothing, Ptl. Vires and Green went to the local jail to talk with Robak.

In that interview, the probable cause affidavit related that Robak confessed to being the would-be robber. He allegedly said he “…didn’t have enough money to get home…” and that he approached the store several times before going in. He also reportedly stated that he selected the store because he “…didn’t want it to be a big deal…” and that the knife opened accidentally.

Robak was in Scott Circuit Court on Thursday morning, February 1, for an initial hearing on his charges of Level 3 felony attempted robbery, Level 5 felony intimidation and Level 6 felony operating a vehicle as a Habitual Traffic Violator.

His bail in the case was set at $75,000 corporate surety bond or $7,500 cash, and the initial trial date Robak was given is April 23.

He has requested that a public defender be assigned to his case.

Parents allegedly using heroin charged with baby’s neglect PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Tuesday, 06 February 2018 10:40

A couple has been charged with neglect of a dependent after Scottsburg police learned they had apparently used heroin in the presence of their infant son, leaving him at risk.

April trial date set for man accused of defrauding friends PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Tuesday, 06 February 2018 00:00

A trial date of April 23 has been scheduled in Scott Circuit Court for Travis Roll, 34, in a securities fraud case filed against him on January 25.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 February 2018 10:41
Free legal advice provided each month to those needing help PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 15:41



Free legal advice is being provided to persons needing help on civil matters at the Scott County Courthouse on Wednesday, February 14.

No criminal cases can be assisted.

An attorney will be present in Suite 222 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments are not needed. Civil cases include divorces, paternity, custody, parenting or grandparenting time, guardianship, consumer defense, landlord/tenant issues, debt collection, credit and wills and estates.

Attorneys cannot appear in court but can be invaluable in helping persons prepare for court hearings.

The free service has been provided once a month on second Wednesdays through a grant obtained by Scott County courts. The local courts and Southern Indiana Pro Bono Referrals Inc. are sponsoring the service through March. The next date is March 14.

Pro Bono Referrals is a non-profit organization which refers qualifying low-income Indiana residents with civil legal needs to volunteer attorneys in Scott, Crawford, Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Orange and Washington counties. Local attorneys volunteer their time and expertise to assist with legal matters.

People can also call Pro Bono at 812-288-8002 on the third Tuesday of each month through November from 4 to 6 p.m. for brief telephone conferences. On-line, responses to civil problems can be sent by submitting questions to www.indianalegalanswers.org.

President’s Concert to feature Austin native PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 15:38



A dozen of the best and brightest musicians from Indiana State University’s School of Music will present the President’s Concert at 2 p.m. Feb. 18 in the Boyce Recital Hall of the Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts.

Jon Treadway, a sophomore music performance major from Austin, Ind., will perform on piano. The students were selected to participate based on last semester’s outstanding performances in each area of study.

This year’s concert represents a wide variety of music from classical through contemporary eras, as well as musical theater, by composers such as Handel, Schubert, Brahms, Bartok and Richard Rogers.

The concert is free and open to the public. A reception provided by the President’s Office will immediately follow the performances.

For more information, call the School of Music at 812-237-2771.

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