Both boyfriend, overdose victim now facing charges PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 11:21

Criminal charges are now pending against both the boyfriend and the Austin woman revived by the administration of Narcan by a police officer on February 4 at her home.

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Buddy’s confession about burglary solves crimes PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 11:20

A friend’s confession about recent actions allegedly committed by him and his buddy in the area of State Road 203, Lexington Township, led to both being charged with felony burglary and other offenses.

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Boyfriend of woman overdosing on heroin charged after officer revives victim PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 10 February 2017 12:32

 

A woman who was revived by the administration of Narcan by an Austin police officer on February 4 had apparently overdosed on heroin at her home.

Austin Patrolman Justin Cheatham was dispatched to the home of Taressa E. Caudill around 1 a.m. after 9-1-1 dispatchers received a call for help for an overdose victim.

He was met by the woman’s sister, who said Caudill was overdosing. Ptl. Cheatham grabbed a dose of the antidote and administered it to the woman as she lay on a bathroom floor.

Scott County EMS technicians arrived soon after as did Deputies John Hartman and Josh Watterson. Ptl. Cheatham talked to the victim’s sister and another man who lived at the house. He stated in a probable cause affidavit that the sister said she and her husband were upstairs asleep when they heard the other man, Jeremy Hensley, yelling.

The couple came downstairs and said they found Taressa Caudill unconscious. The sister stated that Taressa Caudill apparently allowed another man, Jordan D. Bowling, to enter the residence.

Hensley told the officer that he had just come home to find Bowling there and Caudill “…not breathing and her body was turning blue.” He called 9-1-1 to summon help. Hensley allegedly said Bowling did not want to call emergency services.

The ailing woman’s bedroom contained hypodermic needles, a burned soda pop can and other paraphernalia, including a baggie with tan-colored residue. All was collected by officers.

Asked for a statement, Bowling reportedly told officers he did not know about the heroin in the bedroom.

The woman was transported to Scott Memorial Hospital for further treatment. Bowling was placed into custody and transported to the Scott County Security Center in Scottsburg.

On Monday, February 6, Bowling appeared in Scott Circuit Court to answer to a Level 6 felony charge of possession of a narcotic drug and a misdemeanor charge of visiting a common nuisance. After a preliminary plea of not guilty was entered for him, Judge Jason Mount assigned a jury trial date of May 22 to the case and set bail at $15,000 by corporate surety bond or $1,500 cash.

Judge Mount lowered the bond to $7,500 by surety bond or $750 cash with the conditions that Bowling stay away from the Broadway St. residence and shall reside with his parents. He was also to be subject to pre-trial supervision by the Probation Department.

A cash bond was filed for Bowling that same day.

 

 
Two motorists arrested after local officers perform traffic stops, find drugs PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 10 February 2017 12:29

 

 

Two traffic stops performed by local officers resulted in two arrests on drug-related charges.

Early on the evening of January 30, Deputy John Hartman stopped a vehicle traveling on Owen Street near Bond Street in Scottsburg.

Deputy Hartman informed the driver, Robert L. Hines, 35, Scottsburg, that his license plate had expired in June, 2016. Hines told the officer that he had never had a driver license, a statement confirmed by dispatchers who told Deputy Hartman the man had been charged with an infraction for that in the past.

What really interested the deputy, however, was the smell of marijuana coming from either Hines or the vehicle. When the Kia was searched, two glass pipes and a plastic baggie filled with marijuana were located.

A not guilty plea was entered for Hines on February 1 during his initial hearing in court. Bail was originally set at $15,000 by corporate surety bond or 10% cash on charges of felony maintaining a common nuisance and misdemeanors of possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and operating a motor vehicle whenever received a license.

Judge Jason Mount allowed the man’s bail to be lowered to $10,000 by surety bond or $1,000 cash; a cash bond was filed that same day for Hines. Hines hired his own attorney. His trial date is April 25.

Erratic driving of a maroon SUV with Michigan tags was reported by motorists on Interstate 65 on February 4. Scottsburg Patrolman Travis Rutherford caught up with the northbound vehicle at the 30.5 mile marker.

He talked with the driver, William J. Heidtman, 35, of Marquette, Mi., and put Heidtman through a field sobriety test, which the man passed.

When Heidtman was finished, Ptl. Rutherford told him he could continue on his trip. He also asked Heidtman if he could look inside the SUV. Ptl. Rutherford stated that Heidtman said, “Yeah, go ahead.” That’s when the officer said he found a glass smoking pipe, a cut drinking straw and 14 pills in a round blue container in the passenger seat.

A portion of the pills was a legend, or prescription, drug. Nine were identified as Naloxone, a Schedule 3 controlled substance. Instead of heading north, Heidtman found himself at the Security Center in downtown Scottsburg.

His initial hearing before Judge Mount was held Monday, February 6, on felony possession of a legend drug and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia. His bail was reduced from $15,000/$1,500 to $10,000/$1,000, and Heidtman filed a cash bond and was released the same day.

He also entered into a pre-trial diversion agreement. If he has no further violations for one year, the charges may be dismissed.

 
Wide range of issues and problems addressed February 1 by County Commissioners PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 10 February 2017 12:28

 

 

Scott County Commissioners had yet another full agenda for their first business meeting on February. Kelley Robbins, chairman of the Board of County Commissioners, called the meeting to order with only Commissioner Mike Jones to keep him company.

Commissioner Bob Tobias was tied up with another matter but made it to the meeting less than an hour later.

Officials plowed through items in a fairly brisk manner at first, approving several service contract renewals with the Scott County Economic Development Corporation, the Scott County EMS clinical affiliation and workers’ compensation insurance. They even got through the Maximus contract with Circuit Court in a fairly short time after Judge Jason Mount explained to them that the firm seeks child support payments from responsible parties in IV-D cases. Two-thirds of what is recovered returns to the county.

Judge Mount also advised Commissioners that he had contacted state legislators in an attempt to attach Scott County to a bill which would approve a local magistrate’s court.

That court’s judge would be able to conduct initial hearings on criminal cases and handle other issues, thus allowing the Circuit and Superior Court judges more time to move bigger cases more quickly through the local system. If the magistrate’s court is allowed, Judge Mount said, it would not activate until January 1, 2018.

As the meeting progressed, Commissioner Robbins announced that there would be no update that morning on the proposed jail renovation/building project from the contracted firm DLZ. “They are still working the numbers on it,” he told those gathered.

That subject was of interest to Scott County Councilmen Mike Zollman and Eric Gillespie, who were in attendance as was retired councilman Raymond Jones.

What bogged down Commissioners briefly was a $4,700 bill from the company which installed the new jail’s elevator last year. The bill covered two trips by the firm to the county jail for needed repairs when the elevator stopped working. After talking with Sheriff Dan McClain and Chief Jailer Doug Herald about the issue, they tabled that claim until more information could be obtained about the elevator’s warranty.

They also recommended to the Sheriff that he locate a service company for the elevator.

Commissioners approved adding a dumpster for recyclable materials at the jail.

A quote to move a safe from the current Health Department to the old John Jones building was presented by Michelle Goodin, Health Department Administrator. It was approved. She also advised Commissioners that she had no update on the renovation of the John Jones building into new Health Department headquarters.

Goodin and Health Inspector Tim Brunner presented a proposed ordinance to force owners of neglected properties to clean them or face having the cost to clean them added as liens on the properties. Some discussion was held over the fact that the Scott County Area Plan Commission (APC) also has an ordinance covering some of these issues. Commissioners approved the ordinance but requested that Brunner meet with APC Executive Director April Ramoni to compare the two so that they do not overlap.

The ordinance must be legally published in these Green Banner newspapers with a wait period of 30 days before it takes effect.

Brunner also went over the procedure to file a complaint about a residence or site with the Health Department. Complaints may be phoned to the department, but written complaints are also accepted, they learned.

“We can’t start acting on an issue until we receive a formal complaint,” Brunner explained.

Umang Patel, a local businessman who owns two sandwich shops and two motels in Scottsburg, was named to the Scott County Visitors Commission.

The county’s long-awaited auction will be held at the old John Jones facility on U.S. Highway 31 North in March. Unsure of the need for advertising the event legally, Commissioners selected March 4 as the initial date and March 11 as an alternate date for the auction of unneeded equipment, vehicles and the like.

Trash collection was also a subject brought up by Commissioner Tobias. Too many people are dumping at designated county dump sites when there is no personnel there.

Each township has a dumpsite open at scheduled hours on scheduled days of the week. “But we’ve got some people that, if their day to bring trash is Tuesday, they’ll bring it in Monday, and by the time the site is open on Tuesday, we got a huge mess on our hands,” Tobias said. Animals tear open the bags, allowing trash to spread.

Trash can only be brought to these sites at designated times, Tobias stressed. Additional policing for illegal dumping is being considered.

 

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