Recent arrests of three individuals result in array of charges PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 11:31



Three unusual arrests were made by police officers recently, with two of the three suspects taken into custody reportedly offering considerable resistance.

Two of the arrests occurred September 11. Michael Hollin, 44, South Lake Road, was approached by Deputies Joe Baker and Josh Watterson at the residence. Officers were there to serve an eviction notice on Hollin.

According to court documents, Hollin argued that the notice was false and refused to leave, locking himself in a bathroom at one point. When the deputies persuaded him to come out, he allegedly ran out of the front door, the probable cause affidavit noted. He was apprehended after a brief foot chase.

Hollin reportedly still fought officers. He was tasered twice.

He is now facing misdemeanor charges of resisting law enforcement, disorderly conduct and trespass. A bench trial is scheduled October 30.

Kristopher Mikeal James Ray Tesch, 22, East Bridgewater Road, has been charged with resisting law enforcement as a Level 6 felony as well as misdemeanor charges of false informing and disorderly conduct.

Tesch allegedly called in a 9-1-1 report of “…a large fight in the roadway…” involving at least one gun. A shot had been fired, the unidentified caller told dispatchers.

The incident brought Deputies Shawn Mayer and Joe Johnson as well as Chief Deputy Rick Barrett and Detective Jacklyn Colwell to the scene. Scottsburg Lt./Detective Mike Nichols and Indiana State Troopers Matt Busick, Tracy Spencer and Cane also arrived.

Arriving at the address provided by the caller, officers found no evidence that a fight had occurred. No people seemed to be in the area. The caller made another call to dispatchers, saying officers should go to 881 Bridgewater Rd. No one was at that address.

Trp. Spencer made contact with Tesch at 829 E. Bridgewater Rd. He told Trp. Spencer that he had been inside his house playing a video game. A trace of the first call led officers to the area between residences at 929 and 881, resulting in a search of nearby woods. Nothing was found.

Tesch reportedly then approached Deputies Mayer and Johnson after all others had left the scene. Tesch offered his help.

After Tesch left the men, Deputy Mayer called dispatchers and requested a copy of the 9-1-1 call. Traveling to the 9-1-1 center in downtown Scottsburg, he got that copy as well as the information that the call had been traced back to its cell phone number. The deputy said he recognized the voice as that of Tesch. When it was played for Deputy Johnson, that officer also said Tesch had made the call. Deputy Johnson stayed in the area while Deputy Mayer returned to East Bridgewater Rd.

Tesch apparently spotted Deputy Mayer in his patrol car parked across from his residence and approached his car. After talking with Tesch, Deputy Mayer said Tesch could sit in the front passenger seat, which Tesch did.

The officer turned on his in-car camera to record their conversation. He said Tesch angled the camera toward himself. Deputy Johnson waited outside the car, listening. When the 9-1-1 call was played for Tesch, Deputy Mayer said he began to display signs of nervousness.

Tesch was advised of his rights by the officer while Deputy Johnson attempted to reach Tesch’s girlfriend by cell phone. Once the woman was on the line, the deputy said Tesch began yelling at her.

The woman arrived at the residence, showing officers her cell phone so they could see the number Tesch had been using to call her. It matched the traced number. Deputy Mayer said he got out of the patrol car to come around to the passenger side to place handcuffs on Tesch.

Tesch reportedly continued to yell and then pulled away from the officer. The struggle that ensued was eventually won by the deputies. Tesch allegedly continued to yell at his girlfriend and then struggled again as Deputy Mayer was placing him back into the patrol car. The officer was purportedly kicked several times by Tesch.

In court for his initial hearing, Tesch was assigned an October 30 jury trial date. Bail was fixed at $15,000 by corporate surety bond or $1,500 cash.

Christopher Ray Moore, 28, Lexington, was allegedly caught by several officers inside a relative’s Scottsburg home in the 400 block of South Main Street on September 13.

Scottsburg Sgt. Brian Hall was dispatched to the house just after 6:30 a.m. Another relative, who resides nearby, had called for help. That relative said he had been awakened by a loud noise, later attributed to Moore trying to kick in the home’s front door. As the relative watched, he said Moore kicked in a side door and entered the home.

Sgt. Hall and Deputies Joe Guarneri and James Shelton arrived, with the deputies entering through the damaged side door while Sgt. Hall pounded on the front door.

After being handcuffed, Moore told the officers that he had come “…to serve a search warrant…” so he could retrieve some property. The people Moore was looking for were hiding in the ceiling, he advised. Moore reportedly told officers that he didn’t work for a police agency but that he had a search warrant.

Television equipment found in Moore’s backpack was returned to the property owner. Sgt. Hall also learned that Moore was violating a court-issued protective order by being at the residence.

Charges of Level 4 felony burglary, Level 6 felony residential entry and misdemeanors of invasion of privacy and criminal mischief were filed against Moore. His jury trial is scheduled November 16, and bail is set at $40,000 by surety bond or $4,000 c

Scottsburg couple arrested on drug charges near Jackson/Scott line PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 15 September 2017 14:40



An alert Indiana State trooper stopped a vehicle near the Jackson/Scott County line on Saturday night, September 9, and ended up arresting the occupants of the truck for drug-related offenses.

Trp. Tia Deaton of the Versailles Indiana State Police (ISP) post noticed the Chevy S-10 as it was southbound on U.S. Highway 31. She stopped it for a traffic offense near County Road 700 South.

Trp. Deaton stated she detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle as she talked with the occupants, identified as Katrina Ballard, 39, and Christopher E. Williams, 24, both of Scottsburg. Back-up for the trooper at the scene was provided by Crothersville police officers.

A search of the pickup truck reportedly yielded a quantity of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and 70 grams of methamphetamine (meth). That amount of meth could have a street value of up to $20,000.

Ballard and Williams were placed in custody and handcuffed. They were then transported to the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown.

Preliminary charges against each included dealing in meth, possession of meth, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.




October 28 demolition derby now scheduled at County Fairgrounds PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 15 September 2017 14:38



Demolition derbies, one of the best crowd-gatherers at the Scott County Fair for years, are certainly not over for the season.

As area festivals close down, members of the board of directors of the Scott County Fair Association are gearing up for a demolition derby now scheduled for Saturday, October 28.

Because daylight hours are shorter, organizers are planning to begin action around 4 p.m. that Saturday. Talk of adding trucks and other vehicles to the derby was also heard during the Fair Board’s annual meeting on Tuesday night, September 12.

The date will also be used by the Scottsburg FFA to put on its annual livestock show at the fairgrounds. FFA’ers will operate food concessions during both events.

In fact, October will be a busy month at the fairgrounds on U.S. Highway 31 South, Scottsburg.

An auction is planned for Saturday, October 7. On Saturday, October 14, a car show is scheduled around the former Saddle Club building.

October 28 is reserved for the FFA beef show and the demolition derby.

Information about the demo derby will be released in the near future.

Discussion of updating the fairgrounds’ website occupied some time during the meeting. Boat, RV and vehicle storage will begin on October 1. Jonathan Abbott will chair this project and can be reached at 812-595-2993. He will be assisted by board president John McNeely.

Sue Smith, Adam Gasser and Robbie Combs were re-elected to the board for three-year terms. McNeely was re-elected president, Combs as secretary and Doug Kirby as treasurer.

Memberships in the Association are still available. To obtain a membership, send $25 per person/family to the attention of Fair Board treasurer Doug Kirby at P.O. Box 512, Scottsburg, IN 47170. Organizations can join for $50, and memberships for businesses are $100.

The board will next meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 10, at the former Saddle Club building.




Income survey phone calls continue in Austin PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 15 September 2017 14:37



Staff of a New Albany firm are calling residents in Austin for an important reason.

Workers with Key Research and Analysis Inc. are contacting homeowners and renters by phone or mail to obtain income information. Contacts are made randomly, and all information provided will remain confidential.

City officials placed an advertisement in this Green Banner Publications newspaper recently to let residents know the calls and mailings are legitimate and that their answers are needed for the income survey. The information is required to apply successfully for most grants available to communities. This most recent survey will enable officials to provide up-to-date information.

The City of Austin has successfully applied for grants to repave streets and to tear down buildings unfit for habitation.

Anyone with questions about the income survey is welcome to contact office of Mayor Dillo Bush at 812-794-6646.

Additional molesting charges filed against Scottsburg area resident PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 15 September 2017 14:35



New child molestation charges have been filed in Scott Circuit Court against a Scottsburg area man who is already facing charges in a case filed in June.

Donald R. Smith, 55, has been out on a cash bond of $7,500 since the previous case was filed with the court in late June. He had entered a preliminary plea of not guilty against two counts of Level 4 felony child molesting in the earlier case. His trial on those charges is scheduled for October 30.

On Tuesday, September 12, the Prosecutor’s Office filed eight more charges based on alleged actions ranging from January, 2009, to July, 2016.

New charges include three felony counts of child molesting, one count of sexual battery, one count of child solicitation and three counts of providing obscene matter and performances before minors.

All but one of the charges are alleged to have occurred before Indiana changed its criminal code to Level 1-6 felonies, so only the last count of providing obscene matter is filed as a Level 6 felony. The first three are Class C felonies; the remaining are Class D felonies.

When the case was opened, bail was set at $75,000 by corporate surety bond or $7,500 cash. An arrest warrant was issued for Smith.

A court order was entered directing him to have no contact with the alleged victims.




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