Alleged intoxicated driver finds case enhanced because of 1998 conviction PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 07:28

A Scottsburg area resident charged with two counts of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (OWI) has learned his case has been enhanced to Level 5 felonies.

Indiana Court of Appeals upholds 85-year sentence of Caudill in Turner murder PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 07:27

James Matthew Caudill’s appeal of his 85-year sentence in the 2015 robbery and murder of John Turner of Austin has been denied.

April 17 begins city crews’ pick-ups of spring clean-up collections in Scottsburg PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 13:12



Staff of Scottsburg's Street Department is again gearing up for the city's annual spring clean-up effort.

Jason Applegate, Scottsburg Street and Sanitation Department Superintendent, said the project will begin on Monday, April 17. He said trucks will pick up large household items and other trash once throughout Scottsburg. The process could take up to three weeks to complete, Applegate stated.

Residents may place items at the curbside three days before the special collection begins.

Small household items put out for this special collection should be placed in boxes or bags. Only household items will be accepted.

Items that will not be collected by crews include e-waste, another term for used electronic items. They can be taken to the county transfer station, located south of State Road 356 East at 4689 Double or Nothing Road, Scottsburg.

E-waste includes computers and computer parts, printers, TVs, cell phones, electric typewriters and the like. Any size television or item with a screen and all appliances which use and still contain freon have a $15 disposal fee. Electronic items which are still usable can also be taken to the Reuse Center at the landfill, where people can obtain such items and household goods free of charge.

Landfill hours are from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday. The Reuse Center is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday.

Other items that will not be picked up during the spring clean-up include tires, remodeling or contractor materials, automotive parts, outbuilding parts or refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners and any other item that contains freon unless that freon has been removed by a professional and a certified sticker is on it.

The route for trucks will start north of State Road 56 (McClain Avenue) and east of U.S. Highway 31 (Gardner Street). Crews will work their way north and back down the west side of U.S. 31 to the fairgrounds. From there, they will go back up the east side of U.S. 31 to S.R. 56.

If items are placed at curbside for pick-up after crews have passed the residence/building, the resident/owner will be charged a pick-up fee for a crew to come back and get the material.

Applegate also issued a warning to non-residents of Scottsburg who might be thinking about taking advantage of the spring clean-up to get rid of some items.

“If we become aware of outsiders bringing trash into Scottsburg to be collected with customers' trash, the items at those locations will not be picked up, and participants could be subject to citations,” he advised.

Any questions about spring clean-up should be directed to Scottsburg City Hall at 812-752-4343.

Circuit Court activity in March breaks record for number of new cases filed PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 13:11



Did it seem as if county newspapers were full to bursting in March with stories about new arrests being made by local law enforcement agencies?

Both The Giveaway and The Scott County Journal/The Chronicle carried a lot of those types of stories. There’s a reason for that, a very good one.

Officers with the two city departments and Sheriff’s Department as well as those with the Sellersburg post of the Indiana State Police made a remarkable number of arrests during March.

In fact, the numbers are so remarkable that this past March set a record for the number of defendants visiting Scott Circuit Court on a wide array of charges.

The State of Indiana adopted a new way of categorizing felony charges in mid-2015. Level 1 felonies are the highest, carrying a sentence of from 20 to 40 years, with an average or advisory sentence of 30 years. A felony which is a Level 6 carries the lowest penalty, six months to 2½ years with an advisory sentence of one year in jail.

Murder is a separate category and carries a range of sentence from 45 to 65 years with an advisory sentence of 55 years.

In March, only one Level 1 felony case was filed, that against Jedidiah Smith, 33, Scottsburg. Smith is charged with several counts of child molesting and sexual misconduct with a minor. His trial date is June 20.

A total of six Level 2 felonies were entered in the court’s docket, two Level 3 felonies, two Level 4 felonies and 15 Level 5 felonies. A total of 62 Level 6 felonies were filed, most of which involve drugs, battery or thefts. Misdemeanor cases filed totaled 49, which means for March alone, the Scott Circuit Court staff recorded 137 criminal cases as well as its other work.

In January and February, the Court added 187 new criminal cases, so for the whole first quarter of 2017, a total of 324 new criminal cases were processed through that courtroom. The Court continues to address some old civil cases as well until all civil matters are transitioned over to Superior Court later this year.

In Superior Court, which as of January 1 is handling all the new civil matters and new juvenile cases, the total of cases filed has reached 298 in the first quarter. That number includes 77 civil collections, 114 small claims, seven civil torts, 24 civil plenaries, 34 dissolutions and 42 juvenile matters.

“Our local law enforcement agencies are working hard to take out the criminals in our county. The Austin Police Department, Scottsburg City Police Department, Sheriff’s Department and State Police are all actively pursuing drug dealers and other criminals in our community. Agencies are utilizing undercover officers and confidential informants to make controlled buys of narcotics, which are leading to search warrants and arrests of drug dealers,” stated Chris Owens, Scott County Prosecutor.

Prosecutor Owens continued, “I have said this before and now the numbers are showing it: If you are selling illegal drugs in Scott County, we are coming after you. We are going to find you, and we are going to get you. It’s only a matter of time.”

Thanks to the efforts of police officers and the Prosecutor’s Office, two individuals recently pleaded guilty to felony drug dealing.

Robert Estep, 53, and his wife, Judy, 61, were selling her prescription pain reliever. Each received a nine-year sentence.

Noted Prosecutor Owens, “By also sending Mrs. Estep to prison for nine years, we have secured a lengthy time in which this pair cannot sell drugs in our community.”

Four injured in four local traffic crashes occurring since start of new month PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 13:09



Four people suffered injuries in traffic accidents occurring since the start of April, local departments’ records indicated.

On Monday, April 3, just after 10 p.m., motorists on State Road 56 East were startled to see a 2003 Chevy Malibu shoot across the highway from Slab Road. The car went off the road and landed in a drainage ditch south of the T intersection.

One of the witnesses said he was traveling eastward when he noticed the car on Slab Rd., which he said he thought was going too fast to stop at the intersection. Another witness said he was behind the Malibu and saw the accident take place.

The driver, Kallie N. White, 20, Dupont, told Deputy James Shelton that she didn’t see the stop sign to halt the side road traffic and so didn’t stop. Deputy Shelton noted on his report that speed and weather conditions were factors in the mishap.

White had three passengers with her. Only one reported injuries. Kaylie A. Mullins, 18, Austin, had abdominal/pelvic pain. She had been seated in the driver’s side passenger seat in the rear of the Malibu. She was assisted out of the car and transported to Scott Memorial Hospital by Scott County EMS ambulance.

The car was towed from the scene. Deputy Shelton estimated property damage at up to $25,000.

The following day, April 4, an accident happened on S.R. 56 West in Scottsburg just after 12:30 p.m.

Dwayne R. Thomas, 54, Scottsburg, was driving his 2006 Isuzu pickup truck when he began signaling to turn left off of the highway and into the Scottsburg Post Office parking lot. Loretta D. Kendall, 40, Austin, may have thought his signal meant that Thomas planned to turn left onto North Meridian Street.

She pulled out from South Meridian Street onto S.R. 56 in front of Thomas and was struck in the front driver’s side panel.

Thomas experienced head pain after the mishap and was transported by Scott County EMS to Scott Memorial for evaluation. Scottsburg Patrolman Trevis Burr was unable to obtain a statement from Kendall about the accident. Thomas was unhurt.

Ptl. Burr estimated property damage at up to $5,000. Capt. David Hardin assisted him at the scene.

On April 7, Sgt. Rodney Watts was dispatched to a Scottsburg accident in which a driver was injured.

The accident happened at 5:17 p.m. close to the Interstate 65 A off-ramp on S.R. 56 in Scottsburg. Drivers were identified as Linda L. Harkrider, 31, Cassville, Mo., and Rhonda M. Canada, 37, Scottsburg.

Harkrider was driving a 2011 Chevy Impala east on S.R. 56 and said she didn’t see Canada’s 2009 Dodge Charger stopped in traffic. She struck the back of the Charger.

Canada had neck pain following the mishap and was transported to Scott Memorial by ambulance.

Sgt. Watts estimated property damage at up to $10,000.

Just after 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 9, a Scottsburg teenager was injured in a one-car accident in Finley Firehouse Road in Finley Township.

Rachel N. Gillespie, 17, was driving her family’s 2005 Honda Civic north on the county road when she said she decided to adjust the radio channel. As she took her eyes off the road, the car veered off the right side into a large ditch and struck a tree. The accident happened about 1,500 feet north of West Lake Road.

Gillespie said she got out of the car and called her parents, who came to the scene and took her to Scott Memorial Hospital before Deputy J.R. Ward could get there.

Deputy Ward made sure the vehicle was removed from the ditch and towed safely away before going to the hospital to talk to the girl, who had a possible head injury.

The car had suffered significant damage. The deputy estimated property loss at up to $10,000.




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