Hearing held on reported violations of County's Unsafe Building Ordinance PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 18 November 2009 00:00
    A hearing preceded the normal business meeting of Scott County Commissioners on Monday night, November 2, involving several pieces of property alleged to have violated the county's Unsafe Building Ordinance.
    The session was scheduled to allow those property owners notified of possible violations a chance to talk with Commissioners and schedule action to correct the alleged violations.
    Commissioners were looking at three properties, 1887 North State Road 3, Lexington; 1276 North Boatman Road, Scottsburg; and 4027 West State Road 56, Scottsburg. A couple who owns one of the pieces of property attended the hearing. After talking with the couple, who is divorcing and is in the midst of a dispute over ownership, Commissioners told them to work out their legal problems and get the property cleaned up.
    Ken McMichael, chairman of the Greater Scott County Chamber of Commerce's Agri-Business Committee, appeared before the officials to get their continued support for the Farmers' Market that operated at the Fairgrounds this past spring and summer.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 November 2009 14:31
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Suspect in toddler's death facing possible 45- to 65-year sentence on murder charge filed in case PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 11 November 2009 00:00
    Jason Carl Hensley, the suspect charged in the October 28 beating death of two-year-old Jacob Matthew Lord, could be facing a prison sentence of up to 65 years if he is convicted of the charge of murder.
    The 26-year-old Hensley entered a not guilty plea during his initial hearing in Scott Circuit Court on the murder charge and the Class A felony charge of battery. The murder charge, advised Scott County Prosecutor Jason Mount, carries a mandatory sentence from 45 to 65 years. The battery charge carries a probable sentence from 20 to 50 years.  
    Jacob, his alleged victim, died without regaining consciousness on October 28 at Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville, Ky.
    The toddler was taken to Scott Memorial Hospital in Scottsburg by his mother, Shawn Lord, and Hensley, described as Shawn Lord's boyfriend, some time early on the morning of October 28. The woman told Detective Brian Busick with the Indiana State Police, Sellersburg post, that she left the child in the care of Hensley around 4 p.m. on  October 27 at Hensley's Austin apartment. She said when she came back to the apartment around 6 p.m., the toddler was asleep on the floor.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 November 2009 09:19
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Three criminals receive lengthy prison sentences on November 3 in Circuit Court hearings PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 11 November 2009 00:00
    Three convicted people learned their fates during sentencings in separate criminal cases conducted on Tuesday, November 3, in Scott Circuit Court.
    Jason D. Arbuckle, 35, Lexington, received the longest sentence. His prison stay will be 30 years for dealing in methamphetamine, a Class A felony.
    Arbuckle may be remembered as the defendant who didn't show up for his own trial on that charge this past August. He was arrested and charged with the felony dealing count in June, 2006, after selling the illegal meth to a female undercover officer with the Indiana State Police. His trial was the first in Scott County held in absentia, without the defendant present. The jury quickly found that Arbuckle was guilty of the charge on August 5. He was located and arrested on August 13. A mental examination was requested by Arbuckle at the end of that month. That was done and submitted to the court in September.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 November 2009 09:22
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Woman flees to Sheriff's Department after boyfriend's threats, actions frighten her PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 11 November 2009 00:00
    Six charges have been filed against a Scott County man who allegedly verbally threatened a woman after their relationship went sour.
    Harold Matthew “Matt” Kemp, 36, had his initial court hearing before Judge Roger Duvall on Monday, November 2, entering a not guilty plea to Class C felony battery, Class C felony criminal confinement, two counts of Class D felony intimidation, and misdemeanor charges of aggressive driving and reckless driving.
    According to the probable cause affidavit prepared by Detective Rick Barrett of the Scott County Sheriff's Department, Kemp and his estranged girlfriend were apparently arguing outside the Scott County Security Center on Thursday, October 29. They were seen by a jail employee, who reported the incident to Det. Barrett. As the detective and the employee approached the woman's car, they overheard Kemp tell the woman, “Those two won't be able to save you.” He then left.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 November 2009 09:24
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Residents around old Marysville Lake leery of religious group's campgrounds plan PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 November 2009 00:00
    Members of the Scott County Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) held an unusually long hearing on October 14 so that those concerned about a Jeffersonville-based religious group's plans for development at the old Marysville Pay Lake property could voice their opinions.
    Joseph Mullen is the construction manager for Voice of God Recordings Inc., the religious group which wants to develop the area into a campground and overnight facility for its members and its youth. Mullen and Daniel Evans, Voice of God public relations officer, presented those plans before the BZA and some 20 people that evening. BZA members present included chairman Gary Green, Sandee Owens, Dale Hobbs and Don Wilkerson. Also present was Area Plan Commission Director Jamie Knowles.
    The group wanted a Conditional Use Variance (CUV) to allow the development of a Christian retreat at the lake, located on South Pleasant Ridge Road in Lexington Township. Mullen said Voice of God is a missionary group which operates worldwide to enrich people with the Christian experience as well as provide counseling and guidance. Voice of God is also in the recording and publishing business. The group's website offers more information on the business and church activities.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 November 2009 09:14
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