Two taken into custody on drug and alcohol charges after wreck near Austin PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Friday, 16 October 2015 10:15

Two young men, one from Little York and a second from Ellettsville, were taken into custody by sheriff's deputies after a side-swiping accident on Van Campen Road south of Austin on Saturday, October 10.
Charged in Scott Superior Court were Victor Isaiah Vires, 19, and Nathan Forrest Gates, 20.
According to the accident report and a probable cause affidavit filed by Deputy Shawn Mayer, he, Deputy Jac Sanders and Reserve Deputy William Best were dispatched to the scene of a two-vehicle accident that occurred in the curve of Van Campen around 2:30 p.m. that Saturday approximately 1,400 feet north of the road's intersection with York Road.
A 17-year-old youth from Austin was driving a 1996 Honda Civic west on Van Campen Rd. The youth told Deputy Mayer that he “...went wide...” in a sharp curve in the road and struck another Honda Civic being driven by Misty D. Collins, 27, of Underwood. No one was injured in the mishap, but Collins told the officer that, while everyone was waiting for deputies to arrive, she noticed Vires “...making a lot of movement....” and appeared to be trying to hide items.
When Deputy Mayer tried to talk to Vires, he said he could smell alcohol and that his speech was slurred and eyes were bloodshot. Vires allegedly said that he had drank a shot of vodka earlier.
Vires gave the officer permission to search the vehicle prior to Deputy Mayer placing him under arrest for illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor.
Deputy Mayer's canine, Arina, indicated that drugs may be in the car, the affidavit related. When Deputy Sanders attempted to search Gates, a small bottle of whiskey was found in the young man's pocket. Drug paraphernalia was also found on Gates, it was noted.
While they were being processed by a jailer at the Scott County Security Center, Vires allegedly registered a .203 blood alcohol content (BAC), well above the Indiana's legal limit of 0.08. Gates' test was below the legal limit, it was noted.
Vires was placed in the jail's padded cell after it was determined he may harm himself. While in that cell, Vires allegedly caused damage by tearing up pieces of the floor near a grate.
Charges filed against Vires in Scott Superior Court include maintaining a common nuisance, a Level 6 felony; criminal mischief, a Class A misdemeanor; possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor; and illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor and illegal possession/transportation of alcohol by a minor, both Class C misdemeanors.
Gates' charges include visiting a common nuisance, a B misdemeanor; and C misdemeanors of possession of drug paraphernalia, illegal possession of alcohol by a minor and illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor.
Both had initial court hearing on Tuesday, October 13. Not guilty pleas were entered for them. Vires was assigned bail of $15,000 by corporate surety bond or $1,500 by cash and a jury trial date of January 7, 2016.
Vires filed a cash bond that same day and was released to await trial.
In Gates' case, his bond was set at $5,000 by corporate surety bond or $500 cash, and his jury trial was set for December 10.
Gates was released on home detention, having given officials an address of a residence in Scottsburg, court records indicated.

New shopping mall planning under way at Scottsburg Interstate 65 interchange PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Friday, 16 October 2015 10:12

A new shopping mall may soon transform the interchange at Interstate 65 in Scottsburg.
A developer, Scott D. Coots, president of Coots Development Group L.L.C. in Charlestown, met with Scottsburg utility department superintendents and Mayor Bill Graham on Wednesday morning, October 14, at the Mid-America Science Park.
Under discussion was a plan for Coots to develop two adjacent pieces of property on the north side of State Road 56 and east of the interchange. Those properties may be remembered as the sites of the former Dowd's Chevron and Julian's Standard, later BP. Both were primarily gas stations, and buildings which once stood on the land have been torn down and underground tanks removed.
What Coots wants to do is purchase the old Dowd's Chevron from owner David Church and the Julian site from owner Ken Temple and build a shopping mall which may contain 16,000 to 17,000 square feet. Coots declined to advise what anchor retailer is interested in the site, but he did say that a restaurant is anticipated to occupy 5,000 square feet.
Coots' business is completing two similar malls on State Road 62 in Jeffersonville near the booming River Ridge Commerce Center. One of the malls features a stand-alone Dollar General Store, El Nopal and Jimmy John's eateries, a beauty salon and a bakery. Early plans indicate that all buildings will connect in the proposed Scottsburg mall and feature attractive stone-and-brick facades.
Coots had hoped to get letters from all of the city-owned utilities and Midwest Gas Corporation indicating that the city's systems could accommodate the commercial addition. However, department heads wanted to know approximately how much electricity, water and sewer would be used by tenants, and those figures were not available at the Wednesday morning forum.
Plans to be on the agendas of the Scott County Board of Zoning Appeals and Area Plan Commission in November may not be possible, it was learned. Coots stated he wanted the mall “up and going” by July, 2016.
“We are very excited that the mall may become a part of our family here in Scottsburg and Scott County,” stated Mayor Bill Graham. “We will do everything we can to facilitate the process for the developer.”
David Church was also present at the forum. He commented that several businesses had been interested in the site, since it is so close to the interchange and S.R. 56 is heavily traveled. “We didn't want just anyone to get the property. We want something that will be attractive and inviting for travelers and local residents to see and visit when they drive into the community,” he said.

Drivers in separate accidents now face several felony charges filed against them PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 08:24

Serious charges have been filed against the drivers in two injury accidents that occurred in the county in 2014 and this past February.

I-65 Lane Closures at Mile-Markers 25-22 - South of Scottsburg PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Tuesday, 13 October 2015 14:48

SCOTTSBURG, Ind.—The Indiana Department of Transportation has closed the right lanes of Interstate 65—both northbound and southbound—between mile markers 25.0 and 20.0. The state’s contractor will be placing partial depth asphalt patches in the roadway along this 5-mile segment of north-south interstate.
Restrictions will be lifted Friday morning.
E & B Paving is INDOT’s contractor for a $12,385,500 Seymour District project that calls for repairing and repaving I-65 from 0.5 miles north of S.R. 160 to 0.43 miles north of S.R. 56 in Scott and Clark Counties. The project includes replacement of twin bridges at Brownstown Road.
A cross-median traffic shift is in effect at the 22.0 mile marker while the bridges are being constructed. Signed detours route Brownstown Road traffic west of I-65 along County Line Road and Salem Road. East of I-65, motorists are detoured on County Line Road to U.S. Highway 31.
Stay informed. Updated information and a map of the closure are available on the Indiana Department of Transportation TrafficWise service at Roadway information is also available by calling 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone. Follow @INDOTSoutheast on Twitter at and on Facebook at
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I-65 Downtown Bridge to Open Ahead of Schedule Public will have a chance to ‘Walk the Bridge’ before it opens to traffic PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Tuesday, 13 October 2015 11:48



Speaking from the deck of the new Interstate 65 bridge in downtown Louisville, Gov. Steve Beshear announced on Monday, Oct. 12, the bridge will open to two-way traffic ahead of schedule.

“In January, I stood at the base of this massive project and announced we were accelerating the schedule,” Gov. Beshear said. “Today, I’m walking on this beautiful new bridge and telling you we’re moving even faster than expected. Drivers will get an early present – you will be driving on the new bridge by Christmas!”

An exact date for the opening of the new bridge will be determined closer to that date. Gov. Beshear said the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and crews with Walsh Construction are on budget and ahead of schedule. Officials are confident the bridge will be ready to carry traffic before Dec. 25.

Gov. Beshear also announced plans for a public celebration in advance of opening the bridge to traffic.

“Over the coming decades, hundreds of thousands of people and cars will cross this bridge, but we’re creating a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity before we open the bridge to vehicle traffic,” said Gov. Beshear. “Before the first car drives across this span, the public will have a chance to walk the new bridge. It’s an opportunity to be part of an historic celebration of an extraordinary project. ”

Plans for the public celebration will be announced in the coming weeks.

Gov. Beshear was joined by Indiana Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Jeffersonville (Indiana) Mayor Mike Moore for the progress announcement. Each signed a golden bolt, some of the final bolts that will be put into place on the deck of the new bridge.

“I’m excited to be a part of this moment and proud of all this bridge represents,” said Lt. Gov. Ellspermann. “Building these two bridges will transform Indiana and Kentucky. Governor Pence and I applaud the hard work of people on both sides of the river and the political aisle to make it happen.”

Building a new interstate bridge across the Ohio River in Louisville had been discussed for decades, but became real in December 2011 when Gov. Beshear and then-Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels instructed their staffs to cut costs and make the project financially feasible. The groundbreaking ceremony was held 18 months later, in June 2013.

“I witnessed the decades of debate and heard from many people who never thought the bridges would be a reality,” said Mayor Fischer. “Because of Gov. Beshear’s tenacity, outside-the-box thinking and leadership, we are standing here today.”

Walk the Bridge

Details will be announced soon regarding the Walk the Bridge celebration. The event, planned for December, will offer the public a chance be part of history by walking on the bridge before it opens to traffic. The public is expected to access the bridge from Jeffersonville.

“I couldn’t be more excited to have Jeffersonville host this tremendous event,” said Mayor Moore. “It’s been nearly 52 years since the Kennedy Bridge opened to traffic. Giving the public this opportunity offers all of us a chance to be part of a historic moment. It’s going to be a fantastic celebration.”

Opening to Traffic

When the new Downtown bridge opens in December, it will temporarily carry two-way traffic. Crews with lead contractor Walsh Construction Co. will then begin extensive improvements to the adjacent John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge. More than $22 million in improvements are planned, including building a new floor system. It’s expected to add decades of new life to the Kennedy Bridge.

All but one lane of the Kennedy Bridge will close when the new bridge opens to traffic. One lane will remain open for about a month to maintain access to I-64 and I-71 North. The entire Kennedy Bridge will then close for about six months. One lane of the Kennedy will reopen first, restoring access to I-64 East and I-71 North. Access to I-64 West will be restored a short time later. The entire Kennedy Bridge is expected to reopen in late 2016.

The revamped Kennedy Bridge will eventually carry six lanes of I-65 South traffic and the Downtown bridge will carry six lanes of I-65 North traffic.

The entire Downtown Crossing – the new cable-stayed bridge, the improved Kennedy Bridge and interstate connections on both sides of the river – is scheduled to be complete in December 2016.

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