Public 2015 Stucker Ditch study presentation set at SHS commons on March 28 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 March 2016 11:57


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 has been proved to drain at least 75% of Scott County from its mouth 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 have been 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.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 March 2016 11:58
50% match for SHS scholarship fund offered through March 31 by Foundation PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 March 2016 11:56


Alumni of Scottsburg High School are being asked to donate to the SHS Alumni Association's scholarship fund before March 31 to ensure the fund gets additional dollars.

The Alumni Association has established an endowment fund with the Scott County Community Foundation. The move helps alumni donate directly to fund scholarships for students intending to attend college or further their training after graduation. Scholarships have provided thousands of dollars for higher education over the years.

Thanks to the Lilly Endowment, dollars given to the Foundation through Thursday, March 31, will be matched 100% if given to unrestricted funds. If designated for specific funds, like the new Alumni endowment fund, each dollar will earn 50 cents. Consequently, a $100 contribution will grow by half, reaping $150 for alumni scholarships.

Individual SHS graduates or classes can donate directly to the fund by making checks out to the Scott County Community Foundation, designating contributions to the SHS Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.

On-line payments may be made by visiting

The new Foundation fund is a long-term project. Until it is fully funded, alumni scholarships must continue to come from the association's operating fund. Therefore, the Alumni Association is asking its members to also consider donations toward 2016 scholarships by donating to its operating fund. Those contributions may be sent to SHS Alumni Association, P.O. Box 161, Scottsburg, IN 47170.

Contributors may note that all donations are now tax deductible, since the association has completed its incorporation process and applied for 501(c)(3) status.

This year's Alumni Association Banquet will be held on Saturday evening, June 25, at the SHS commons. For information about new by-laws and the banquet, visit, click on “Schools,” then “Scottsburg High School,” and finally the “Alumni” tab.

Officers with the association are also collecting nominations for the 2016 Outstanding Alumnus Award. Any SHS graduate is eligible for nomination, which must be submitted by April 15.

Nominations may take the form of a letter containing the candidate's name, contact information, age, graduating year, brief biographical information and reasons why the individual is deserving of the award. Include any information which will help the committee make a good selection.

Nominations submitted by mail must be sent to SHS Alumni Association, P.O. Box 161, Scottsburg, IN 47170. By email, send material to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 March 2016 11:56
Scott County Sheriff's Dept and Scottsburg Police Call a Full-Court Press to Combat Dangerous and Impaired Driving During March Enforcement Campaign PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 March 2016 11:54



The Scott County Sheriff's Department and Scottsburg Police Department announced that they will join efforts with over 250 Indiana state and local law enforcement agencies to increase education and enforcement around dangerous and impaired driving. From March 4 through March 27, officers across the state will conduct high-visibility patrols specifically designated to identify and intercept those driving aggressively and under the influence.

“Between Indiana's deep-rooted basketball pride and the St. Patrick's Day holiday, much of Indiana celebrates throughout the month of March,” said Sheriff Dan McClain. “Celebrating responsibly is important and our officers will be out in full force to keep those celebrating, safe. So if we see you driving dangerously or find you over the limit, you will be under arrest. Period.”

Increased enforcement during March is a statewide effort supported by federal funding allocated to Scott County from the Traffic Safety division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI). A total of 17 officers will work overtime to conduct observational patrols and sobriety checkpoints around the clock.

According to ICJI, in March 2015 there were 529 alcohol-related crashes across Indiana, resulting in 214 injuries and five fatatlities. Additionally, during the same period, crash reports indicate 1,606 collisions occurred due to dangerous driving, resulting in 332 injuries and four fatalities. Dangerous driving includes such factors as “speed too fast for weather conditions,” driver distracted,” and “driver asleep or fatigued.”

“Keeping our roadways safe is a priority,” said ICJI Executive Director Dave Murtaugh. Our dedicated officers who patrol our roadways all across the state are the first line of defense. Motorists need to do their part to ensure our roadways are safe by making responsible choices. From watching the basketball tournament action to taking part in St. Patrick's Day celebrations, it's up to you to be safe and responsible. If you are going to drink, do not drive. It's that simple.”

Accidents resulting from dangerous and impaired driving are preventable. The Scott County Law Enforcement and ICJI would like to remind motorists safe driving is as following these easy steps:

Before the celebration begins, plan a safe way home.

Do not drive impaired.

If you drink, use a taxi, public transportation, ridesharing service or designate a sober friend or family member, and give them your keys.

If you see a drunk driver on the road, call 911.

If you know someone who is about to drive or ride impaired. Take their keys and help make arrangements to get them home safely.

To learn more about the Scott County Sheriff's Department please visit: For more information on Indiana's efforts on impaired driving prevention and enforcement, please visit:

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 March 2016 11:54
Six injury accidents reported recently; motorcyclist badly hurt, passenger unconscious PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 March 2016 11:51



Three injury accidents occurring between February 25 and 27 occurred in Scottsburg, police records revealed.

The first was reported just before 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 25, on State Road 56 202 feet east of Main Street in downtown Scottsburg.

Drivers were Mark D. Self, 36, Scottsburg, and Teresa L. Cantu, 48, Seymour. Self was driving a 2013 Chrysler 200, while Cantu was behind the wheel of a 2014 Chevy Equinox.

Self told Sgt. Joe Nicholson that he was eastbound and did not realize Cantu was slowing down. Self struck the rear of the Equinox, causing under $1,000 damage. Unfortunately, Cantu's passenger, Stephen Pierson, 68, Seymour, experienced neck pain following the crash. No apparent medical care at the scene was indicated on the accident report.

Cause of the accident was cited as driver distraction.

The most serious accident happened at 5:25 p.m. on Friday, February 26, on U.S. Highway 31 North at Vest Street.

Patrolman Trevis Burr and Sgt. Rodney Watts were dispatched to the scene as were Scott County EMS technicians and First Responders with the Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department.

Motorcyclist Todd J. Hook, 24, Scottsburg, was riding a 1973 Honda northbound on U.S. 31 when a 2001 Ford Ranger operated by Betty J. Caudill, 52, Austin, pulled out from Vest St. to go south on the highway. Caudill later told Ptl. Burr she did not see Hook.

The Ranger struck the motorcyclist on the side of the Honda, tossing Hook and the motorcycle into the southbound lanes.

Hook's leg was severely injured. He was stabilized by EMS staff and First Responders and then taken to University of Louisville Hospital, where he was still being treated on Monday, February 29.

Caudill was not injured. Property damage was listed at up to $5,000.

A Scottsburg man was injured in a crash on Saturday evening, February 27, on S.R. 56 West at the I-65 interchange.

Sgt. Steven Herald and Sgt. Nicholas were dispatched to the scene, located just before the I-65 overpass in the westbound lanes.

Information from the two drivers and a witness indicated that Jared W. Lucas, 21, Austin, was driving a 2005 Nissan Titan pickup truck which was pulling a trailer. He was eastbound at the traffic light, waiting to turn left onto northbound I-65.

Lucas said he saw the other vehicle, identified as a 2012 Kia Sedona SUV being driven by Gabriel E. Land, 38, Scottsburg, as it left a liquor store parking lot, but Lucas related that he thought he had plenty of time to make his turn across the westbound lanes.

He did not. Though the pickup cleared the lane, the trailer was struck by the Sedona. A witness's statement described a similar scene.

Land experienced back pain after the impact and was assisted by Scott County EMS technicians at the scene.

Property damage was estimated at up to $10,000 by Sgt. Herald.

Then, the Sheriff's Department got busy, investigating three injury accidents between Friday, March 4, and Sunday, March 6.

Deputies Josh Watterson, Joe Johnson and Joe Guarneri were dispatched to Bogardus Road about 1,000 feet north of Crothersville Road at 12:41 a.m. that Friday.

There, they found a wrecked 2000 Mazda 626 but not its driver, who was later identified as Gregory L. Baker, 49, Austin.

Baker told Deputy Watterson that he had been headed south on Bogardus Rd. when his car left the road, traveling down an embankment and hitting a utility pole. Baker said he managed to get out of the car and climbed back up on the road, where he was picked up by a woman, who drove him to her home before emergency crews arrived on the scene.

The incident is still under investigation.

Baker's injuries were described as incapacitating on the officer's report, and he was transported to Scott Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Property damage was estimated at up to $10,000 including the utility pole, which is owned by Jackson County REMC.

The second mishap on Friday, which occurred just before noon, was the worst of the three, causing what was described as severe head injuries to a passenger in one of the vehicles.

This accident happened when a westbound semi-tractor-trailer operated by Joseph Humes, 57, Kings Mountain, N.C., was turning north off of State Road 356 onto Tombstone Drive. Humes slowed to make the turn, allowing the driver's side of the semi-trailer flatbed to remain partially in the westbound lane, according to Deputy Paul Clute's report.

Willard Gay, 65, Scottsburg, was driving west on S.R. 356 in his 1990 Ford Ranger with a friend, Everitt Hargis, 65, Henryville. According to the report, Gay's Ranger hit the trailer on the passenger side, then went out of control and into a ditch on the highway's south side.

The impact, Deputy Clute related, caused the passenger side of the Ranger's cab to cave in on Hargis, causing head injuries to the Henryville man. He was trapped inside the wreckage. Gay also suffered from heavy facial bleeding.

Both men were assisted by Scott County EMS and then transported to University of Louisville Hospital. Their conditions are not known.

Property damage was estimated at up to $10,000.

Deputies James Shelton and Rex Herald worked an accident before 9 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, near where the first of the trio had happened on Friday.

They were dispatched to Bogardus Road about 500 feet south of Crothersville Road.

Driver William S. Combs, 20, Austin, said he attempted to brake as he was traveling south on Bogardus Rd. and approaching Crothersville Rd. Unfortunately, his brakes failed, and he had to swerve to avoid another vehicle in front of him being driven by Ronald Lamb, Austin. Lamb, it was learned, had just turned onto Bogardus Rd. from the other road.

Combs' 1991 Chevy pickup left the road on its east side, tore through a fence and struck a small tree at the bottom of a hill.

Combs suffered a possible injury to his knee/lower leg/foot. He was transported to the local hospital for treatment.

Property damage was estimated at up to $5,000 including the privately-owned fence.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 March 2016 11:51
Two arrested after Scottsburg officers, trooper tipped to suspect vehicle, drug activity PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 March 2016 11:49



Scottsburg city officers with the aid of an Indiana State trooper made two arrests on Wednesday, February 24, both of which involved possession of illegal drugs that included heroin, methamphetamine and pills.

Information about possible drug activity occurring in the Lake Iola area of the city originally brought Sgt. Brian Hall and Patrolman James B. Vires into the area before noon that day. Sgt. Hall had received a tip that a person had spotted an apparent “hand-to-hand” drugs-for-money exchange in the area of Rosewalk Mobile Home Park. The mobile home park is located east of the popular Lake Iola and separated from it by railroad tracks.

The officers began searching for what was described as an older Lincoln town car with front-end damage. As he was looking, Sgt. Hall reported to Ptl. Vires and Indiana State Police Trooper Matt Busick, who was also in the area, that what appeared to be a female and two males were walking toward the remains of the old Morgan corn factory at the southeast end of Lake Iola.

Trp. Busick advised he had found one of the males and the female, with a third person walking south on Meridian Street. Ptl. Vires stopped his patrol car and began walking toward the individual, who identified himself as Dakota L. Fortner, 22.

As the officer had approached Fortner, he said a hypodermic plunger fell from Fortner next to his right foot. That action caused the patrolman to place Fortner in handcuffs.

The rest of the hypodermic syringe was found in Fortner's pocket, and an additional needle was also found, related Ptl. Vires. What was described as a “...tightly-wound plastic bag...bound with elastic hair ties...” was located on the suspect which contained two types of pills. Ptl. Vires said he also found a blue rubber tourniquet.

Fortner was transported to the Scott County Security Center. While bagging the evidence, jail staff reported that there were three types of pills in the baggie, Triumeq,Viagra and Busiprone, all legend drugs. Legend drugs are dispensed by prescription. Also found were two marijuana roaches or cigarettes.

Sgt. Hall was having success in his hunt for the old Lincoln. He caught up with the car at the train tracks just west of Main Street on Owen Street. Noting the driver committed a driving infraction, Sgt. Hall activated his lights and stopped the car. Captain David Hardin and Trp. Busick arrived to assist.

As the driver was explaining to Sgt. Hall that he had left his identification at home, Capt. Hardin stated he saw a partially-filled pill bottle laying on the front seat and two knives. When the man began searching through a console and then moving around as if in search of identification, he was asked to step out of the car.

That's when Capt. Hardin said the man tried to put something in his pocket. He also reportedly pulled away from the officers and clenched his hands into fists. He was taken to the ground by Trp. Busick and placed in handcuffs. Because the man had suffered a cut, Scott County EMS was called, and dispatchers sent a tow truck to impound the vehicle.

Prior to the car leaving the area, Capt. Hardin conducted a vehicle inventory. He listed the discovery of 2.7 grams of methamphetamine, nine Gabapentin pills and three Nitrofurantoin tablets. Gabapentin is a pain killer; Nitrofurantoin is used to fight urinary tract infections.

The suspect was identified as Nathaniel Todd Lewis, 23, of Rosewalk Drive. As Lewis was processed at the security center, jail staff reported to Sgt. Hall that they had located a baggie containing one gram of heroin in his underwear.

Fortner, whose address is Kinderhook Road, Scottsburg, and Lewis had initial court hearings on Friday afternoon, February 25, in Scott Superior Court before Judge Marsha Owens Howser.

Fortner is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a syringe, three counts of possession of a legend drug, all Level 6 felonies, and possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia, both misdemeanors.

Lewis' charges included Level 6 felonies of possession of methamphetamine and possession of a narcotic drug and two counts of possession of a legend drug. He was also charged with resisting law enforcement, a misdemeanor.

Judge Howser entered preliminary pleas of not guilty for both men. She also set an initial jury trial date of May 19 for each, assigned their cases to public defenders and set their bails at $50,000 by corporate surety bond or $5,000 cash.

Each man was also placed on a 15-day hold without bond by individual State's petitions for detainer and/or greater-than-standard bond. Each had been on probation from earlier court cases. Fortner's probation was scheduled to end in April, 2017, while Lewis' probation would have ended in August, 2018.

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