Two Louisville men arrested with cocaine after accident east of Scottsburg PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 18 March 2016 11:15



The arrests of two men from Louisville on Saturday, March 5, east of Scottsburg predated even more action by law enforcement agencies in a round-up of suspects involved with the use and/or sale of illegal substances.

Deputies Jac Sanders and Justin Cheatham were dispatched on March 5 to an area of State Road 56 just east of its T intersection with Double or Nothing Road. There, the officers said they saw a black Ford Expedition driving west across a field back toward S.R. 56 about 200 yards west of the site of the accident.

As the officers observed, the driver attempted several times to get the vehicle back onto the highway but failed because of the wide, deep roadside ditch.

When the deputies approached the stuck vehicle, they tried to get the driver, later identified as Tyler Cross, 24, to shut off the vehicle, but he continued to spin its wheels in hopes of freeing it.

Finally, Cross turned off the motor. Deputy Sanders asked him for his driver license. In response, the deputy said Cross re-started the engine, placed it in gear and again began spinning the SUV's tires.

While all this was happening, Deputy Cheatham said he noticed the passenger, now known as Christopher Reliford, 20, “...kept reaching around the back of the driver's seat and the front dash area...” after he'd been instructed by the officers to keep his hands in view.

Both men were ordered from the vehicle. At that time, Deputy Cheatham stated he saw a plastic baggie containing what appeared to be marijuana on the passenger seat. Cross and Reliford were handcuffed, with Deputy Cheatham going back to the vehicle to search for weapons.

Another plastic baggie was found in an air vent, Deputy Sanders stated. The cocaine weighed 19.62 grams.

A further inventory of the SUV resulted in finding additional baggies and a set of digital scales, it was reported.

Cross and Reliford were charged on March 7 in Scott Circuit Court with dealing in cocaine, a Level 2 felony; possession of cocaine, a Level 4 felony and possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor. Cross also has a Class B misdemeanor of failure to stop after an accident.

With preliminary pleas of not guilty entered, each has been assigned an initial jury trial date of August 9. Bail for each was set at $75,000 by corporate surety bond or $25,000 cash by Judge Roger Duvall.

Cross' case has been assigned to a public defender. Reliford hired a local attorney, and a motion to reduce his bail has been scheduled for a hearing on March 28.


Additional investigations provide background to locate, arrest seven people in Scottsburg PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 18 March 2016 11:14


A local round-up of individuals suspected of being involved in selling and/or using drugs took place in Scott County on Sunday, March 6, and Monday, March 7, and resulted in the arrests of seven people, three men and four women.

The service of a search warrant based on a narcotics investigation at 554 South Second Street in Scottsburg occurred on Sunday. The house was the residence of Morgan M. Richey, 30, and Corey Daniel Smith, 22.

The department used its K-9 officer, Arina, in a “free air sniff” of the premises. The trained dog “hit” on several areas in the house which deputies then began to search.

Methamphetamine (meth) and paraphernalia associated with drug dealing and with the use of drugs were located. Some of the meth appeared to be bagged for sale.

Additionally, the woman's cell phone reportedly displayed a photo of what appeared to be bagged meth. Cited was an alleged text conversation between Richey and Smith, with Richey asking Smith, “What did you do with the dope?” Smith purportedly replied that he had given it to a third party.

Each defendant was charged with dealing in methamphetamine, a Level 4 felony; possession of meth, a Level 6 felony; and maintaining a common nuisance, also a Level 6 felony.

Initial court hearings were conducted for the pair on Thursday, March 10, in Scott Circuit Court. Preliminary pleas of not guilty were entered, and bails were set at $50,000 by corporate surety bond or $10,000 by cash. An initial jury trial date of August 2 was scheduled for each. Both indicated they want to hire attorneys.

Because Richey was on probation in a 2008 drug case when she was arrested on the new charges, a Notice of Prior Offense was filed by the Prosecutor's Office as was a petition for detainer and/or greater-than-standard bond. The prior offense notice could add time to any sentence if Richey is convicted. She is being held on the detainer petition, her first 15 days without bond.

Matthew Haynes, 22, and Carly Boley, 23, were taken into custody at 550 Rosewalk Drive, Lot 48, when officers with the Sheriff's Department, Scottsburg department and Indiana State Police executed another search warrant around 2:45 p.m.

Sheriff Dan McClain said officers “...interrupted and dismantled a drug operation...” at the mobile home apparently owned by Haynes. A total of 15 grams of methamphetamine, 4.5 grams of heroin, Opana and drug-related paraphernalia were seized. Also found was $610 in cash.

Purportedly, both Haynes and Boley told officers they sold methamphetamine “ close friends...” and said they weren't “...big (drug) kingpins...” They also said they were drug addicts, the probable cause affidavit stated.

Sean Whobrey, 26, Austin, and Lindsey Goldman-Trick, 28, Bloomington, were taken into custody by Deputy Arnold and Chief Deputy Don Campbell after Campbell made a traffic stop at Montgomery and North Second Streets in Scottsburg.

Whobrey was driving the vehicle, a black Buick, and apparently admitted to the officers that the car contained narcotics. A soft drink can in the center console contained a baggie with less than three grams of methamphetamine.

The pair was transported to the Scott County Security Center, and that's when things got a little more interesting. According to jailers processing Goldman-Trick, the woman had a plastic baggie hidden in her crotch which contained about two grams of methamphetamine and .02 grams of heroin. A set of digital scales was also found by Chief Deputy Campbell when he was inventorying the car's contents.

During the evening hours, another search warrant, this time for 64 Oak Drive in Scottsburg, was served on Carmyn Porter, 24, who lived there with her mother.

Detective Jeremy Arnold took the lead in this investigation, with the Sheriff's Department getting several tips about several individuals reportedly visiting the residence briefly and about Porter driving frequently to local gas stations and allegedly selling drugs there.

Det. Arnold and Deputies Rex Herald and Jac Sanders served the search warrant on Porter's mother. In the young woman's bedroom, Deputy Arnold said he saw a brownish powder scattered on the floor. It tested positively for heroin.

Searching further, he said he found additional heroin residue, all of which amounted to less than three grams. A locked safe was found under Porter's bed.

When the safe was opened by Porter, officers discovered it contained $4,290 in cash. When Deputy Arnold asked the woman's mother if she was aware of Porter having any large amounts of money, the mother said no, that Porter had been unemployed for some time and that her daughter owed her money.

Porter was taken into custody and transported to the Scott County Security Center.

Late on Wednesday morning, March 9, Boley, Goldman-Trick, Haynes, Whobrey and Porter were advised of their rights by Judge Duvall. He also told the defendants that the Prosecutor's Office had filed for and received 72-hour continuances of their initial hearings. Consequently, charges were not yet available for the five.

As the judge had told them, initial hearings were conducted Friday morning, March 11. Preliminary pleas of not guilty were entered for each defendant, and initial trial dates were set in August. Each defendant's bail was set at $50,000 by surety bond or $10,000 cash.

The attorney who appeared to represent Boley on that Wednesday waived a formal reading of her rights and charges on Friday. Her felony charges are dealing in over ten grams of a narcotic drug; dealing in a narcotic drug in the amount of one and five grams; possession of meth; possession of a narcotic drug; and maintaining a common nuisance. She is also charged with Class A misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia.

On a defense motion, Boley's bail was altered to $10,000 by surety bond or 10% cash if she resides with either of her parents and submit to in-patient addiction treatment.

Porter also had a hired attorney to help her at the initial hearing. Her charges include Level 5 felony dealing in cocaine, Level 6 felony possession of cocaine and Level 6 felony maintaining a common nuisance.

Her bail was lowered to $10,000/10% cash. If she files bail, Porter was told by Judge Duvall that she must reside with her mother, and the premises will be subject to random searches and she will undergo random drug testing. Porter was also told she may seek addiction counseling and/or treatment.

Both bond reductions were made over the objections of Deputy Prosecutor Amanda Herald. Apparently, a report made to the judge that the Scott County Security Center had 57 women among its inmates that Friday had a bearing on the bond reductions as well.

Judge Duvall then turned his attention to Haynes. His charges are Level 2 dealing in meth, Level 4 dealing in heroin, Level 4 possession of at least ten grams of meth, Level 6 possession of heroin, Level 6 maintaining a common nuisance and Class C misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia.

Goldman-Trick faces charges of Level 4 dealing in meth, Level 5 dealing in heroin, Level 6 charges of possession of meth and possession of heroin and Class B misdemeanor visiting a common nuisance.

She was placed on a 15-day hold without bail through the State's petition for detainer filed against her.

Whobrey has charges of Level 4 dealing in meth, Level 5 dealing in heroin, Level 6 possession of meth, Level 6 possession of heroin and Level 6 maintaining a common nuisance.

The cases of Haynes, Goldman-Trick and Whobrey were assigned to public defenders.




Police efforts to keep drug users off streets continue; officers make multiple arrests PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 18 March 2016 11:13


Multiple arrests for drug possession and related offenses have occurred since March 3.

Brandon S. Morgan, 26, North Bogardus Road, was found by officers on South Fourth Street on March 3 in a black Honda. Morgan was sitting in the driver's seat, but, according to Sgt. Rodney Watts' report, his speech was slurred and manual dexterity was described as poor. Scott County EMS was requested.

The probable cause affidavit filed in Scott Superior Court related that Morgan reportedly told EMS personnel that he had taken Xanax.

A pat-down of Morgan was conducted as the officer placed him in custody for public intoxication. That search allegedly revealed marijuana and a collection of controlled substances, including Alprazolam, Phentemine and a small amount of crystal methamphetamine.

Morgan appeared in Scott Superior Court on March 7, where a preliminary plea of not guilty was entered for him on charges of possession of methamphetamine, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and public intoxication. Bail was set at $45,000 by corporate surety bond or 10% cash. His jury trial is May 26, and his case has been assigned to a public defender.

Other cases filed in Scott Superior Court include:

•Ricky Lee Mullins, 39, Stanley, Wi., for possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance (MCN), both Level 6 felonies. He and a female companion were arrested after a traffic stop on March 10. A small amount of methamphetamine, a portable scale and $1,896.56 in cash were seized as evidence. His bail is set at $12,000 by surety bond/10% cash; his initial jury trial date is May 26.

•Loretta Lynn Turner, 46, Austin, for possession of methamphetamine Level 6 felony, and visiting a common nuisance (VCN), Class B misdemeanor. She was a passenger in Rickey Lee Mullins' car. Bail set at $15,000 by surety bond/10% cash, but she was placed on home detention and shall be allowed to go to medical appointments. Initial jury trial date is May 26.

•Leslie A. Talley, 37, Montgomery Street, Scottsburg, for theft, two counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia, all Class A misdemeanors, and public intoxication, Class B. misdemeanor. State also filed a Notice of Prior Offense and a petition for detainer and/or greater-than-standard bond. She is now being held for 15 days without bond with bail set at $30,000 by surety bond or 10% cash. Her jury trial has initially been set for May 26.

•The initial court hearing for Jennifer M. Romero also known as Jennifer Wells, 31, North Vernon, was held on Monday, March 14. She is charged with possession of methamphetamine, Level 6 felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class B misdemeanor. She was found by Indiana State Troopers Matt Busick and Nathan Teusch in February at a Scottsburg motel allegedly using methamphetamine. Charges against her were filed on March 7 in Superior Court. A preliminary plea of not guilty was entered, and a jury trial date of May 26 was scheduled. Bond is $30,000 corporate surety/10% cash.

Republican Party's Lincoln Day Dinner set April 8 at MAS Park PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 18 March 2016 11:11



Tickets can now be obtained and tables reserved for the annual Lincoln Day Dinner scheduled by the local Republican Party for Friday evening, April 8, at the Mid-America Science Park, Scottsburg.

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. and conclude at 9 p.m.

Republican Party Chairman Chris Albertson said several candidates are currently scheduled to speak that evening. Ninth District Congressional candidates planning to attend include State Senator Erin Houchen, State Senator Brent Waltz and Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller.

Tickets are $30 each. Event sponsor levels are: $300 for eight tickets, reserved table; $150 for four tickets; and $80 for $2 tickets. Sponsors will also receive program advertising.

To get more information or reserve tickets and tables, contact Albertson by phone or text at 812-722-0102 or email him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Stucker Ditch study presentation set by Commissioners March 28 for public at SHS PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 18 March 2016 11:11


Anyone interested in flooding currently happening in Scott County is invited to attend a presentation on Monday evening, March 28, at Scottsburg High School.

The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the high school's commons.

The study completed late last year by staff of HWC Engineering has already been reviewed by members of the Scott County Drainage Board, Scott County Commissioners and the Scott County Council.

Knowing that facts gathered could affect its ability to obtain grants, the Drainage Board requested support from Commissioners. Commissioners in turn asked that the study's $40,000 price tag be paid by the County Council. Once Councilmen agreed to foot that bill, engineers fanned out on foot to track Stucker Ditch.

Stucker Fork drains at least 75% of Scott County from its beginnings in Lexington Township along its journey to the Muscatatuck River in Jennings Township. Flooding takes its toll on infrastructure and the bills to replace or repair those structures.

2015 was an excellent year to experience the effects of flooding in Scott County since two months were declared the wettest on record by the National Weather Service.

Over the years, flooding has taken acres of agricultural land out of production, and some property owners are now required to buy flood insurance. Subsidies for flood insurance premiums are beginning to disappear, so homeowners and farmers with land currently in flood plains may soon find themselves with unexpected expenses to keep their properties covered by insurance.

The study traces Stucker Ditch through farm and residential areas, showing how silting has caused excess surface water to flow out of its banks and onto roads, bridges, cropland and homes.

Strategies to correct most flooding are also covered as are the projected costs.

Robert Tobias, President of the Board of Commissioners and a member of the Drainage Board, expressed Commissioners' appreciation to the County Council for paying for the study, which has reportedly proved that dredging Stucker Ditch to bring it back to its original configuration will help retard local flooding.

“We feel the program on March 28 will prove interesting to farmers and homeowners alike, and we encourage people to learn as much as they can about the study and the steps needed to improve Scott County drainage,” Tobias stated.



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