Alleged prostitutes apprehended in Austin by officers PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 24 September 2009 00:00
    Recordings of conversations between a man and two alleged prostitutes helped officers investigating reported illegal activity charge two suspects.
    Major/Detective Lonnie Noble stated in probable cause affidavits filed in the cases against Melissa N. Sword, 23, and Lisa L. Hensley, 38, that each woman agreed to perform certain sexual acts in exchange for money on September 15. Hensley reportedly entered the man's vehicle to talk about the agreement  She had allegedly been walking on Rural Street. Sword reportedly had been walking on Church Street when approached.
    Both women were taken into custody and transported to the Scott County Security Center in Scottsburg.
At their initial court appearance on Thursday, September 17, in Scott Superior Court, not guilty pleas were entered for each on counts of prostitution, both Class A misdemeanors. Bail was set at $10,000 corporate surety or 10% cash.
Though Sword remains incarcerated, Hensley was released to a relative so that she might seek treatment at Turning Point. The relative was to transport her to the program site to seek admittance. If she was not accepted for the program, she was to be returned to the Scottsburg jail with her original bond to be reinstated.
    That apparently did not happen. An arrest warrant has now been issued for Hensley, and the State also filed a motion to revoke her bond. That motion is scheduled for a court hearing on September 29.
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:21
 
SHS 50th annual Academic Awards Banquet set for Sept. 21 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 16 September 2009 00:00
    Scottsburg High School will host the 50th Annual Academic Awards Banquet on Monday evening, September 21, 2009, at 6:00 PM in the high school Commons.  Dinner will be served, followed by the awards program honoring students who have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 in four academic subjects.  Members of the National Honor Society will also be recognized and new members inducted during this program.  National Honor Society members must have completed at least 3 semesters with a 3.5 g.p.a. in all subjects and be voted on by teachers.
    Class of 2000 Scottsburg High School graduate Gerald Rea will be the guest speaker for the evening.  Mr. Rea attended Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology studying Optical and Mechanical Engineering.  While in college he worked with small businesses to help bring their products to market.  After college graduation Mr. Rea decided that he wanted to create new technology for a living and founded Stray Light Optical Technologies, Inc.  He is currently the CEO of Stray Light and is pursuing green, energy efficient technologies.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 September 2009 12:24
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One suspect jailed, second still sought in Casey's Store burglary PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 16 September 2009 00:00
    Two people have been charged in the Monday, August 31, burglary of the Casey's General Store on U.S. Highway 31 South in Scottsburg.
    Michael LaMaster, 19, Scottsburg, remains at the Scott County Security Center. Police were still seeking Gladys “Suzie” Saylors, 33, also of Scottsburg.
    Both have been charged in Scott Circuit Court with one count each of burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Both burglary-related charges are Class C felonies. The third charge is a Class A misdemeanor.
    Sgt. Steven Herald with the Scottsburg Police Department prepared the probable cause affidavit filed with the charges against the pair.
    In the document, Sgt. Herald related how he was dispatched to the business on September 1 with other officers. Two store managers were present, one of whom confirmed the store had been closed at 11:40 p.m.
    By looking at security camera tape, the officer learned that two unauthorized people entered the store at 11:45 p.m. The woman wore a hat and a hoodie sweatshirt with the hood pulled up obscuring her face. The male wore a hat, white bandanna, white t-shirt and faded blue jeans. He was also seen wearing a white bracelet.
    The camera recorded the pair's activities inside the store. The woman went into the office and shut off some lights and then went to the store's safe and opened it by punching in numbers on the safe's keypad. She dumped money from the safe into a trash can.
    Her companion grabbed chewing tobacco and cigarettes and put them into the trash container.
    They then left by the front door.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 September 2009 12:36
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Woman pleads guilty to burglary and battery in May, 2008, stabbing case PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 16 September 2009 00:00
    A 24-year-old Scottsburg woman will learn what sentence she will receive on Monday, September 21, after pleading guilty to Class B burglary and Class C battery causing serious bodily injury for her actions in May, 2008.
    Amanda Vernon entered the guilty plea in a plea agreement submitted and approved in Scott Circuit Court on August 10.
    She was originally charged with Class A felony attempted murder, Class B felony aggravated battery and two counts of Class C battery in the incident which left the victim, Jessica Groenenboom, critically injured.
    Officers with the Scott County Sheriff's Department and Austin Police Department responded to an early morning call on May 26, 2008, finding the victim at 5925 North Jack Morgan Corner Road. A man at the scene said Vernon, described as his former girlfriend, had stabbed Groenenboom, his current girlfriend.
    Vernon later turned herself in at the Scott County Security Center in Scottsburg, where she was detained on preliminary charges.
    According to court documents, Vernon could be facing from six to 20 years on the burglary charge and from two to eight years on the battery charge.
    The sentencing hearing in Circuit Court is scheduled for 1 p.m. that Monday before Judge Roger Duvall.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 September 2009 12:40
 
Scottsburg receives grant for Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 September 2009 00:00
    Senator Evan Bayh today announced that the cities of Anderson and Scottsburg will receive a total of $7 million in economic recovery funds to construct two new facilities that will support Indiana businesses and help put Hoosiers back to work. The funding was awarded by the Department of Commerce as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
    “This is an important step on the path to economic recovery for communities that have been hit hard by the current recession,” Bayh said. “This funding will produce hundreds of new middle-class jobs and generate millions of dollars in economic benefits by investing in an improved infrastructure to help Hoosier small businesses.”
    The city of Anderson will receive $2.7 million to construct a multi-tenant business and industrial building to house growing firms and other early-stage companies, including new businesses in the renewable and green energy sector. The Department of Commerce estimates the grant will create 400 new jobs and attract over $20 million in new economic investment in the region.
    The city of Scottsburg will receive $4.3 million to build a Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, which will serve as an incubator for manufacturing technology as well as a conference hall. The center will facilitate investment and provide support for new businesses and entrepreneurs in the Scottsburg area.
    Both grants were awarded by the Economic Development Administration (EDA), an arm of the Department of Commerce. EDA advances economic growth by assisting communities and regions experiencing high unemployment and low per capita income to create an environment that fosters innovation, promotes entrepreneurship, and attracts increased private capital investment.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 September 2009 08:39
 
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