Couple with young children in vehicle among recent drug-related arrests PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 27 January 2017 14:40

 

 

A couple with two young children in a car stopped by an Austin officer on January 15 is among the most recent drug-related arrests in Scott County.

Austin Patrolman Scott McCoskey was patrolling on Mann Avenue when he noticed the Hyundai roll through a stop sign at Paulanna Avenue and enter Mann without stopping. He noted the car drove to Blunt Avenue, stopping with its flashers activated.

He pulled up behind the car, finding Elizabeth Benham, 32, Scottsburg, behind the wheel. Jonathan Terry, 38, was her passenger as was the woman’s two young children.

Reserve officers and Major Donald Spicer arrived to assist. Ptl. McCoskey said he became suspicious of both adults because of their nervous behavior. Each was patted down for officer safety. When Benham consented to a search of the car, a purse with several syringes was located. The couple was enrolled in the county’s needle exchange program and proved it by providing ID cards. One needle was “loaded,” the officer noted. The couple said a friend had left it and the bag in the car but could not name the individual.

A container in the bag proved to have crystal methamphetamine inside it, and a pill bottle inside the woman’s purse reportedly contained a prescription drug and was marked with the name of one of Benham’s relatives. The bottle’s “fill” date was 2014.

Terry and Benham were placed under arrest and transported to the Scott County Security Center. The children were released to a relative, and the car was impounded.

Both are charged with possession of meth and maintaining a common nuisance, since the car is owned by both. Each charge is a Level 6 felony. Benham was also charged with possession of a legend (prescription) drug, also a Level 6 felony.

At their initial court hearings on January 17, not guilty pleas were entered for them, and each was assigned an initial trial date of April 18. Bail for Benham was set at $10,000 by corporate surety bond or $1,000 cash; for Terry, bail is $20,000 by surety bond or $2,000 cash.

Benham was also the subject of a 15-day hold placed on her by the court as requested by the Prosecutor’s Office.

Other recent arrests included:

?Michael R. McIntosh, 36, Scottsburg. He was arrested January 17 after being seen driving while his driver license was suspended. The vehicle was impounded and searched, and the man’s cell phone was found to allegedly be coated with meth. Charges filed included Level 6 felony possession of meth and maintaining a common nuisance. His jury trial date is April 18; a public defender was appointed. McIntosh filed a $500 cash bond after his bail was modified from $10,000 by surety bond/$1,000 cash.

?Lynda M. Wilson, 23, Scottsburg, was charged January 19 with Level 6 felony possession of meth and a misdemeanor charge of possession of paraphernalia. She was found at her home on January 13 by Scottsburg Patrolmen Travis Rutherford and Shawn Hurt after they received a call about an overdose victim. Scott County EMS technicians stabilized her and took her to Scott Memorial Hospital for evaluation; from there, she was transported to the Scott County Security Center. A preliminary plea of not guilty was entered for her at her initial hearing on January 19. Her initial trial date is April 18 with bail reset from $10,000/$1,000 to $500 cash and pre-trial supervision by the Probation Department. A public defender was appointed to handle the case.

?Bethany L. Noble, 35, Austin, and Shawn D. Hensley, 26, Crothersville, were arrested January 18 at a gas station in Scottsburg. The drug hydrocodone, over nine grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were allegedly found by officers in the pair’s vehicles. Hensley is charged with dealing meth, possession of meth, possession of a narcotic drug, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia. His charge of dealing was enhanced up to a Level 2 felony because of past convictions. Noble is charged with unlawful possession of a syringe, a Level 6 felony, and possession of paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Jury trial dates of April 18 were assigned to each case, and public defenders will handle their cases. Each defendant is being held for 15 days without bond. Bail for Hensley is $50,000 by surety bond/$5,000 cash; bail for Noble is $10,000 surety bond/$1,000 cash.

?Joshua G. West, 36, Scottsburg, was arrested January 20 for possession of meth and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance. He was allegedly found in possession of the drug Alprazolam and meth. At his initial court hearing, he was assigned an initial trial date of April 4. A public defender will handle the case. Bail is $15,000 by corporate surety bond or $1,500 cash.

?Balbina L. Hernandez, 40, Scottsburg, was arrested January 20 when Deputy Joe Johnson stopped her car in Scottsburg because he knew she did not have a valid driver license. Her charges include Level 6 felonies of possession of meth and maintaining a common nuisance and misdemeanors of driving while suspended and possession of paraphernalia. She too received an initial trial date of April 4 and the services of a public defender. Bail is $15,000 by surety bond or $1,500 cash.

Officers involved in these cases include those listed as well as Indiana State Police Master Trooper Matthew Busick; Patrolman Troy Ford, Sgt./Detective Steven Herald, Lt./Det. Mike Nichols, Sgt. Brian Hall, Sgt. Rodney Watts and Patrolmen Travis Rutherford and Trevis Burr of the Scottsburg Police Department; Austin Reserve Officer Jonathan White; and Deputy John Hartman of the Sheriff’s Department.

 
County APC annual report reveals most activity in Scottsburg, Lexington Township in 2016 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 January 2017 07:36

Though new stick-built houses didn’t keep the same pace as occurred in 2015, Scottsburg and Lexington Township (Twp.) led the county in development in 2016.

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Man allegedly shooting gun in subdivision taken into custody for recklessness PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 January 2017 14:28

 

 

 

A 29-year-old man living in the New Providence area has pleaded not guilty to criminal recklessness and unlawful possession of a syringe in an incident which reportedly began with gunfire.

Deputies Shawn Mayer, Joe Johnson and Rodney Rudder were dispatched to the Richie Subdivision where a 9-1-1 caller had reported a gun being fired near some apartments on Jeffrey Street.

Talking to the caller, officers learned the apparent location of the incident and knocked on the door of the nearest apartment. After announcing the presence of deputies, Deputy Mayer got the front door open and again announced that law enforcement officers were coming in. The resident, Jaron A. Mullins, walked into the living room with his hands up. Deputy Mayer then looked in the residence’s rooms to ensure no one else was present.

That was when he said he saw a dresser drawer that contained a hand torch, syringes and a digital scale, all in the room that Mullins had exited.

Officers also found two empty gun holsters and that set off a search for weapons. What was described as a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun was allegedly found under a mattress. All evidence was photographed and then collected.

A talk with Mullins led to his purported admission that he had fired the gun three times into the ground outside the apartment and that syringes discovered were his.

Bail has been set at $35,000 by corporate surety bond or $3,500 cash after a motion was filed by the Prosecutor’s Office requesting higher-than-normal bail.

Mullins’ preliminary jury trial date is April 18. The case has been assigned to a public defender.

 

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Court action scheduled January 23 in cases of two defendants in Reynolds murder PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 January 2017 14:26

 

 

 

Court action is planned next week in the cases of two defendants being held without bond in the September, 2015, shooting death of Bill Albert Reynolds.

Reynolds, 69, was struck once by a bullet while he was standing at the gate of his property on Slate Ford Road southeast of Scottsburg. He died at the scene.

Three suspects were arrested in the case a few days later, alleged shooter Kerry Ray Heald and his friend, Jacob Wayne Mathis, both of Clarksville, and Johnetta Ruth Hall, who is said to have hired the two young men to commit the murder. In February, 2016, Hall’s daughter and the girlfriend of Heald, Amaris Rose Bunyard of Clarksville, was arrested.

All defendants were charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Heald, Mathis and Hall were also charged with obstruction of justice.

Mathis entered a blind plea of guilty to conspiracy to commit murder, a Level 1 felony, in September, 2016. He waived the 30-day limit on sentencing and is still awaiting that step in the process. Now age 23, his sentencing will be reviewed during a 9 a.m. hearing scheduled for January 23 in Scott Circuit Court.

Bunyard, now 20, has a jury trial scheduled for March 6. Her pre-trial conference to prepare for that trial is also scheduled at 9 a.m. on January 23. Judge for that trial will be Jonathan W. Webster, judge of Jennings Circuit Court.

Heald’s jury trial is currently scheduled for April 23. It had earlier been rescheduled from January 23. Judge Michael J. Hensley of Jefferson Superior Court will preside. Heald, 23, has a pre-trial conference scheduled for February 6.

Hall’s trial is currently set for April 24. Judge Darrell M. Auxier of Jefferson Circuit Court will preside over the trial. Her pre-trial conference was to be held on Tuesday, January 17.

 

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Parole check by officers results in six arrests in Austin on drug-related charges PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 January 2017 14:24

 

 

Add six more names to those recently arrested on drug-related charges in Scott County.

The bust was the result of a parole check conducted in Austin on Saturday evening, January 7, at a residence on U.S. Highway 31 North.

Three Indiana State Police (ISP) parole agents along with an ISP trooper and Deputies John Hartman, Shawn Mayer and Josh Watterson served the parole violation warrant on Jerry Anthony Newton.

Once officers were admitted to the residence, all subjects were patted down and identified. Newton had five visitors when the officers arrived.

After drug paraphernalia, Alprazolam and ephedrine pills, syringes and marijuana were located in the home, Newton was taken into custody. A small purse which Arbana J. Church, 25, Austin, reportedly identified as hers contained methamphetamine (meth). She too was placed under arrest as was Arlie Campbell Jr., 50, Austin; Amanda Dawn Jones, 32, Seymour; Clarence Robert Spicer, 67, Austin; and Brandon Stidham, 24, Austin.

Officers also reported finding kits containing Naloxone. Naloxone is the drug used to counteract overdoses.

Court action taken included assigning each defendant an initial jury trial date of April 10 and bail of $15,000 by corporate surety bond or $1,500 cash. Charges filed per defendant were:

?Newton was charged with Level 6 maintaining a common nuisance, possession of meth and unlawful possession of a syringe and misdemeanors of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. He will be represented by a public defender.

?Church was charged with Level 6 felony possession of meth and misdemeanor visiting a common nuisance. She indicated she may hire an attorney. Her bail was $15,000/$1,500 but was lowered by the court to $7,500/$750.

?Jones was charged with misdemeanor visiting a common nuisance. She will be represented by a public defender. Her bail was set at $5,000 by surety bond or $500 cash. Jones was released on a $250 cash bond filed January 8.

?Campbell was charged with Level 6 felony possession of a legend (prescription) drug and misdemeanor visiting a common nuisance. He too said he would hire counsel. His bail was lowered to $10,000 by surety bond or $1,000 cash. A cash bond was filed for him on January 9 and he was released to await his trial date.

?Spicer was charged with Level 6 felony maintaining a common nuisance, since he was living with Newton. Bail is $15,000 surety bond or $1,500 cash. He will be represented by a public defender.

?Stidham was charged with misdemeanor visiting a common nuisance. He indicated he may hire counsel. Bail is $15,000 by surety bond or $1,500 cash.

 
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