Family members charged in brutal shooting deaths of woman, man in March, 2016 PDF Print E-mail

Careful and persistent work on the part of officers with the Scott County Sheriff’s Department led to the charging of two North Vernon brothers and their cousin from Crothersville in the March, 2016, shooting deaths of Michele Brewer, 45, and Jesse Willard “Willie” Bowling, 51.

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Tip from LMPD to ISP Nails Alleged Serial Robber PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 03 April 2017 09:28

Clark County-Late last night, the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg received a telephone call from Louisville Metro Police Detectives stating they had possibly tracked an armed robbery suspect, James R. Daugherty, Jr., 48, from Jeffersonville, IN, to the Pilot Truck Stop in Memphis, IN.

Troopers from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg met with Louisville Metro Police Department detectives at the Pilot Truck Stop in Memphis, IN. Louisville Metro Police detectives assisted troopers at the truck stop by identifying the vehicle James R. Daugherty, Jr. was in. Troopers approached the vehicle, which was parked in the parking lot. They made contact with the occupant, who in fact turned out to be James R. Daugherty, Jr. During the troopers contact with James R. Daugherty, Jr., they found out he was wanted in Harrison County, IN for Armed Robbery. The vehicle he was occupying, a white 2016 Hyundai, also came back as being stolen out of Clark County, IN.

James R. Daugherty, Jr. was placed under arrest at the scene and a subsequent search of the vehicle, yielded four syringes, Marijuana, a digital scale, a rubber tourniquet, distilled water, small cotton balls and several small plastic baggies.

It is believed, James R. Daugherty, Jr., is responsible for several Robberies over the month of March, 2017 at businesses located in Owensboro, KY, Scottsburg, IN, Louisville, KY, Elizabethtown, KY, Lagrange, KY and Corydon, IN.

James R. Daugherty, Jr. was incarcerated at the Clark County Jail on the charges of Auto Theft, Felony; Possession of Syringes, Felony; Possession of Marijuana, Misdemeanor and the warrant for Armed Robbery out of Harrison County, IN.

Tennessee woman caught in Scottsburg in stolen vehicle with drugs PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 30 March 2017 14:44



Deputy James Ward started his weekend tour of duty with the Sheriff’s Department by stopping and arresting a woman in a car reported stolen in Tennessee.

On Friday, March 24, the deputy said he saw a 2007 white Nissan SL2 matching the description of the stolen vehicle at the intersection of U.S. Highway 31 and State Road 56. He pulled the vehicle over and found it was being driven by Stephanie D. Rachels, 44, of Chattanooga, Tn.

Rachels was placed under arrest for auto theft and not having a valid driver license and transported to the Scott County Security Center.

Additional charges were added when it was discovered that Rachels also had in her possession a syringe, a small quantity of methamphetamine (meth) and a small glass pipe, apparently used to smoke meth. All of the items and the car were seized.

At her initial hearing in Scott Circuit Court on Monday, March 27, Rachels was advised of her rights and the charges against her by Senior Judge Nicholas South. Those include Level 6 felony auto theft, unlawful possession of a syringe, and possession of meth. Also included was Level 6 felony maintaining a common nuisance and Class C misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bail for her was set at $15,000 by corporate surety bond or $1,500 cash. Her initial trial date is June 13.

The case has been assigned to a public defender.



Woman arrested for alleged drug buy finds more trouble at Security Center PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 30 March 2017 14:43



A woman taken into custody because of her alleged involvement in a January 23 drug buy is now facing more trouble because of her reported actions at the Scott County Security Center.

Amanda Spencer “Sug” Konkle, 38, reportedly helped her apparent boyfriend, Eddie “Ed” Daniel Collins, 39, sell methamphetamine (meth) at the couple’s home at 222 Rice Street, Austin, on that date. Detective Don Campbell of the Austin Police Department helped set up the undercover purchase, which he reported was successful.

Collins was charged with Level 5 felony dealing in meth. Konkle was charged with Level 6 maintaining a common nuisance. According to the probable cause affidavit, she was present during the illegal transaction, and she told the buyer that, if the crystal substance is broken, it would become “dust.”

The pair was arrested on March 23, and booked into the Scott County Security Center. Part of that booking process is disrobing one piece of clothing at a time with a jailer present. Each piece is then checked by the jailer, and other clothing is given to the prisoner to wear while he/she is incarcerated.

When Konkle was told to disrobe by the female jailer, she took off her shirt but then turned her back on the jailer. Told to turn around and face the jailer, Konkle allegedly put her hand inside her bra and then put a small baggie inside her mouth, apparently in an attempt to swallow it.

Konkle later supposedly admitted to Detective Campbell that the baggie contained meth.

The jailer took Konkle to the floor, and Det. Campbell and Austin Patrolman John Smith entered the room to assist the jailer in restraining the woman. Told to spit out the baggie, Konkle instead kicked and yelled and then allegedly bit the jailer’s finger.

Because of those actions, new charges were prepared against Konkle. When she arrived in Scott Circuit Court the next day, she learned that the new case charged her with Level 5 and Level 6 battery, Level 6 felony possession of meth and misdemeanor resisting law enforcement.

Both cases were set for trial on June 6. Her bail on the maintaining charge is $20,000 by corporate surety bond or $2,000 cash. The new case has a bond of $50,000 by corporate bond or $5,000 cash.

A public defender has been assigned in each case.

Jeep accessories attract apparent thieves; suspects in custody three hours later PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 30 March 2017 14:42



A curious Wal-Mart shopper can be thanked for helping with the resolution to an unusual theft in the store’s parking lot on Saturday, March 25.

The incident began around 1:30 p.m. when a shopper noticed two men “…messing…” with a parked black Jeep as he was putting his purchased groceries in his vehicle parked nearby. According to the probable cause affidavit prepared by Sgt./Detective Steven Herald of the Scottsburg Police Department (SPD), the male shopper related that “…he thought it was their Jeep until they took the light bars off (the vehicle) and began loading them into a silver Toyota.”

Using his cellphone, the man took a photo of the Toyota’s license plate. When the detective requested registration information, he learned that the Toyota was owned by James E. Bowyer of Marysville. Bowyer, 35, had been charged on March 10 in a local criminal case involving possession of methamphetamine (meth), maintaining a common nuisance, theft and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released four days later on bail pending his jury trial on June 20.

Information about the theft of the two accessories, valued at over $500, and a description of the two men and the Toyota was distributed to other area departments.

At 4:39 p.m. that day, Det. Herald was patrolling on U.S. Highway 31 South when he said he saw a silver Toyota parked at a Scottsburg business. He called for backup after confirming the license plate number, and Patrolman Trevis Burr arrived and helped to block in the vehicle.

A man came out of the store and turned north, walking away, the officers noted. Ptl. Burr stopped him, asking him how he had gotten to the store and if he’d been in the Toyota. The man said he had walked there.

Asking for identification, the officers learned they were talking to Bowyer. As they stood there with the suspect, another man and a woman came out and appeared to avoid the police. Det. Herald handcuffed Bowyer while Ptl. Burr walked toward the couple. During Bowyer’s pat-down, the detective said he found a box of Nutty bars in the man’s crotch, fruit cups in his sleeve and other items in a pocket. All had allegedly been shop-lifted from the store. Value was set at a little under $22.

The officer stated he also found several knives and tools on Bowyer and a plastic container which contained meth. Bowyer said he found the meth on a shelf inside the store.

The couple was identified. Aaron M. Couch, 27, Scottsburg, said he and the woman rode to the store with Bowyer. The backpack that the couple had was identified as Couch’s.

Asked about the light bar theft, Bowyer allegedly said he “…could take us to it…” if he wasn’t arrested. Det. Herald refused that bargain. By this time, Deputy J.R. Ward had arrived to assist. He placed Bowyer in his patrol car to take him to the local jail. At that time, the affidavit stated that Bowyer wanted the deputy to recover the stolen light bars. The lights were found in the maintenance room of a Scottsburg motel.

While Bowyer and Couch were being transported, Det. Herald said he inventoried the contents of the seized Toyota. He said he found a glass pipe coated with meth in the center console. The backpack reportedly contained 17 syringes, more drug paraphernalia and .4 grams of meth.

Bowyer and Couch had initial hearings on Monday afternoon, March 27, before Senior Judge Nicholas South.

Couch is charged with Level 6 felony possession of meth and unlawful possession of a syringe and misdemeanor theft, visiting a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia. Bowyer is not charged with visiting but rather maintaining a common nuisance, a Level 6 felony, plus the meth, syringe and paraphernalia possession charges, two counts of misdemeanor theft and misdemeanor false informing.

Both cases have now been assigned to public defenders, and both men’s bail is set at $15,000 by corporate surety bond or $1,500 cash. The initial jury trial date for each is June 13.

Couch’s public defender has filed a motion for a lower bail amount or release on his client’s recognizance. No hearing had been set on that matter as of March 29.




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