Former elementary teacher sentenced in first criminal case filed against her PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 28 December 2016 15:51


A plea agreement has allowed all but one of the 21 criminal charges filed against Laura L. Nowling to be dismissed and the former elementary teacher to plead guilty to possession of less than five grams of methamphetamine in her classroom, a Level 5 felony.

Nowling, 48, was taken into custody last February 25 at the Austin schools’ administrative building after school authorities became aware the woman had the illegal homemade drug in her purse and called her out of the classroom. Her purse was stored in her classroom away from her young students but still possibly accessible to the children.

Her original charges included 14 counts of neglect of a dependent, all Level 6 felonies, as well as two counts of possession of meth, both Level 5 felonies, and possession of a narcotic drug, unlawful possession of a syringe and maintaining a common nuisance, all Level 6 felonies, and one Class B misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana.

All of those charges were dismissed except the first Level 5 felony possession of meth within 500 feet of a school. Nowling appeared with her attorney in the case, Mark Dove of North Vernon, on Tuesday, December 27, before Circuit Court Judge Roger Duvall to hear her sentencing on the charge.

Because Nowling had no prior criminal record, she was sentenced to three years, with two years to be served on supervised probation under the direction of the Scott County Probation Department. She was also ordered to be directly placed into home detention for the one year left to serve under the supervision of the Scott County Community Corrections Department. Under home detention, she could travel to pre-approved destinations for limited periods of time. Nowling received credit for 62 days already served in the case.

Conditions also included Nowling entering a program of drug/alcohol recovery and completing it at her own cost. She was also ordered to pay court costs and a drug interdiction fee of $500.

Further, the plea agreement allows Nowling to eventually petition the court to amend her conviction to a Level 6 felony and, eventually, to a Class A misdemeanor. Conditions for these steps are steeper; Nowling must successfully complete home detention and supervised probation as well as follow all court directives before any conviction could be lessened. She cannot have any other felony convictions nor can she have any pending criminal matter.

The Prosecutor’s Office reserved its right to argue against any such petitions.

Her jury trial date of January 25 was erased from the Circuit Court calendar.

Though the plea agreement terms are restrictive, Nowling could have been released that Tuesday to live at her home on North Slab Road. But she wasn’t because Nowling and three other people, which included two of her children, were arrested on December 4 at her home. Her warrant was based on two alleged purchases of meth from her by a confidential informant in November and December.

Nowling remains at the Scott County Security Center in lieu of a $50,000 cash bond assigned to the Level 4 felony case. In this case, she has received the services of a public defender, and her trial date is scheduled for April 11.

Additional charges filed against Scottsburg man wanted on warrant PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 06:49

A man sought on a warrant in connection with a new criminal case filed in Scott Circuit Court soon found himself facing charges in Scott Superior Court as well.

Crothersville police seeking help to determine blame on truck fire labeled as arson PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 06:47

Crothersville police are seeking the public’s help in a case of arson that occurred in that community on December 15.

April jury trial date scheduled for Austin man alleged to have shot young girl PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 06:46

The Austin man charged with aggravated battery in the November 29 shooting of a young girl now has a jury trial date.

Austin Eagles defeat Warriors in Scott County Invitational Tournament PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Monday, 26 December 2016 19:40

Fueled by sophomore Drew Buhr's 33-point performance, the Austin Eagles pulled away in the second half to defeat rival Scottsburg, 77-61, in the third place game of the Scott County Invitational boys high school tournament at Meyer Gym.

Burr scored 15 points in a huge fourth quarter, making six straight free throws to ice the contest, and added six three-point field goals.  Only five Eagles scored in the game as Trevor McIntosh had 17, while John Ashby and Nathan Lovell chipped in 11 and ten points respectively.

Scottsburg took a 20-12 lead after the first quarter and expanded it to 11 in the second stanza as the Warriors began a brief run.  But the Eagles rallied to have the game tied at the intermission with a 27-19 quarter.  Austin led by eight points after three quarters, 57-51, and then doubled up the Warriors 20-10 in the final period as Burr scored 15 of those points.  Austin had seven turnovers while Scottsburg committed 11.

Just five players broke into the scoring column for Scottsburg as well with sophomore guard Mitchell Prince netting a game high 23 for the Warriors.  Sophomore forward Jimmy Neace had 16 and senior forward Mitchell Meagher had 15.

The win moves Austin to 3-6 overall while the loss drops Scottsburg to a 3-6 overall record.

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