Boyfriend of woman overdosing on heroin charged after officer revives victim PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 10 February 2017 12:32


A woman who was revived by the administration of Narcan by an Austin police officer on February 4 had apparently overdosed on heroin at her home.

Austin Patrolman Justin Cheatham was dispatched to the home of Taressa E. Caudill around 1 a.m. after 9-1-1 dispatchers received a call for help for an overdose victim.

He was met by the woman’s sister, who said Caudill was overdosing. Ptl. Cheatham grabbed a dose of the antidote and administered it to the woman as she lay on a bathroom floor.

Scott County EMS technicians arrived soon after as did Deputies John Hartman and Josh Watterson. Ptl. Cheatham talked to the victim’s sister and another man who lived at the house. He stated in a probable cause affidavit that the sister said she and her husband were upstairs asleep when they heard the other man, Jeremy Hensley, yelling.

The couple came downstairs and said they found Taressa Caudill unconscious. The sister stated that Taressa Caudill apparently allowed another man, Jordan D. Bowling, to enter the residence.

Hensley told the officer that he had just come home to find Bowling there and Caudill “…not breathing and her body was turning blue.” He called 9-1-1 to summon help. Hensley allegedly said Bowling did not want to call emergency services.

The ailing woman’s bedroom contained hypodermic needles, a burned soda pop can and other paraphernalia, including a baggie with tan-colored residue. All was collected by officers.

Asked for a statement, Bowling reportedly told officers he did not know about the heroin in the bedroom.

The woman was transported to Scott Memorial Hospital for further treatment. Bowling was placed into custody and transported to the Scott County Security Center in Scottsburg.

On Monday, February 6, Bowling appeared in Scott Circuit Court to answer to a Level 6 felony charge of possession of a narcotic drug and a misdemeanor charge of visiting a common nuisance. After a preliminary plea of not guilty was entered for him, Judge Jason Mount assigned a jury trial date of May 22 to the case and set bail at $15,000 by corporate surety bond or $1,500 cash.

Judge Mount lowered the bond to $7,500 by surety bond or $750 cash with the conditions that Bowling stay away from the Broadway St. residence and shall reside with his parents. He was also to be subject to pre-trial supervision by the Probation Department.

A cash bond was filed for Bowling that same day.


Two motorists arrested after local officers perform traffic stops, find drugs PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 10 February 2017 12:29



Two traffic stops performed by local officers resulted in two arrests on drug-related charges.

Early on the evening of January 30, Deputy John Hartman stopped a vehicle traveling on Owen Street near Bond Street in Scottsburg.

Deputy Hartman informed the driver, Robert L. Hines, 35, Scottsburg, that his license plate had expired in June, 2016. Hines told the officer that he had never had a driver license, a statement confirmed by dispatchers who told Deputy Hartman the man had been charged with an infraction for that in the past.

What really interested the deputy, however, was the smell of marijuana coming from either Hines or the vehicle. When the Kia was searched, two glass pipes and a plastic baggie filled with marijuana were located.

A not guilty plea was entered for Hines on February 1 during his initial hearing in court. Bail was originally set at $15,000 by corporate surety bond or 10% cash on charges of felony maintaining a common nuisance and misdemeanors of possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and operating a motor vehicle whenever received a license.

Judge Jason Mount allowed the man’s bail to be lowered to $10,000 by surety bond or $1,000 cash; a cash bond was filed that same day for Hines. Hines hired his own attorney. His trial date is April 25.

Erratic driving of a maroon SUV with Michigan tags was reported by motorists on Interstate 65 on February 4. Scottsburg Patrolman Travis Rutherford caught up with the northbound vehicle at the 30.5 mile marker.

He talked with the driver, William J. Heidtman, 35, of Marquette, Mi., and put Heidtman through a field sobriety test, which the man passed.

When Heidtman was finished, Ptl. Rutherford told him he could continue on his trip. He also asked Heidtman if he could look inside the SUV. Ptl. Rutherford stated that Heidtman said, “Yeah, go ahead.” That’s when the officer said he found a glass smoking pipe, a cut drinking straw and 14 pills in a round blue container in the passenger seat.

A portion of the pills was a legend, or prescription, drug. Nine were identified as Naloxone, a Schedule 3 controlled substance. Instead of heading north, Heidtman found himself at the Security Center in downtown Scottsburg.

His initial hearing before Judge Mount was held Monday, February 6, on felony possession of a legend drug and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia. His bail was reduced from $15,000/$1,500 to $10,000/$1,000, and Heidtman filed a cash bond and was released the same day.

He also entered into a pre-trial diversion agreement. If he has no further violations for one year, the charges may be dismissed.

Wide range of issues and problems addressed February 1 by County Commissioners PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 10 February 2017 12:28



Scott County Commissioners had yet another full agenda for their first business meeting on February. Kelley Robbins, chairman of the Board of County Commissioners, called the meeting to order with only Commissioner Mike Jones to keep him company.

Commissioner Bob Tobias was tied up with another matter but made it to the meeting less than an hour later.

Officials plowed through items in a fairly brisk manner at first, approving several service contract renewals with the Scott County Economic Development Corporation, the Scott County EMS clinical affiliation and workers’ compensation insurance. They even got through the Maximus contract with Circuit Court in a fairly short time after Judge Jason Mount explained to them that the firm seeks child support payments from responsible parties in IV-D cases. Two-thirds of what is recovered returns to the county.

Judge Mount also advised Commissioners that he had contacted state legislators in an attempt to attach Scott County to a bill which would approve a local magistrate’s court.

That court’s judge would be able to conduct initial hearings on criminal cases and handle other issues, thus allowing the Circuit and Superior Court judges more time to move bigger cases more quickly through the local system. If the magistrate’s court is allowed, Judge Mount said, it would not activate until January 1, 2018.

As the meeting progressed, Commissioner Robbins announced that there would be no update that morning on the proposed jail renovation/building project from the contracted firm DLZ. “They are still working the numbers on it,” he told those gathered.

That subject was of interest to Scott County Councilmen Mike Zollman and Eric Gillespie, who were in attendance as was retired councilman Raymond Jones.

What bogged down Commissioners briefly was a $4,700 bill from the company which installed the new jail’s elevator last year. The bill covered two trips by the firm to the county jail for needed repairs when the elevator stopped working. After talking with Sheriff Dan McClain and Chief Jailer Doug Herald about the issue, they tabled that claim until more information could be obtained about the elevator’s warranty.

They also recommended to the Sheriff that he locate a service company for the elevator.

Commissioners approved adding a dumpster for recyclable materials at the jail.

A quote to move a safe from the current Health Department to the old John Jones building was presented by Michelle Goodin, Health Department Administrator. It was approved. She also advised Commissioners that she had no update on the renovation of the John Jones building into new Health Department headquarters.

Goodin and Health Inspector Tim Brunner presented a proposed ordinance to force owners of neglected properties to clean them or face having the cost to clean them added as liens on the properties. Some discussion was held over the fact that the Scott County Area Plan Commission (APC) also has an ordinance covering some of these issues. Commissioners approved the ordinance but requested that Brunner meet with APC Executive Director April Ramoni to compare the two so that they do not overlap.

The ordinance must be legally published in these Green Banner newspapers with a wait period of 30 days before it takes effect.

Brunner also went over the procedure to file a complaint about a residence or site with the Health Department. Complaints may be phoned to the department, but written complaints are also accepted, they learned.

“We can’t start acting on an issue until we receive a formal complaint,” Brunner explained.

Umang Patel, a local businessman who owns two sandwich shops and two motels in Scottsburg, was named to the Scott County Visitors Commission.

The county’s long-awaited auction will be held at the old John Jones facility on U.S. Highway 31 North in March. Unsure of the need for advertising the event legally, Commissioners selected March 4 as the initial date and March 11 as an alternate date for the auction of unneeded equipment, vehicles and the like.

Trash collection was also a subject brought up by Commissioner Tobias. Too many people are dumping at designated county dump sites when there is no personnel there.

Each township has a dumpsite open at scheduled hours on scheduled days of the week. “But we’ve got some people that, if their day to bring trash is Tuesday, they’ll bring it in Monday, and by the time the site is open on Tuesday, we got a huge mess on our hands,” Tobias said. Animals tear open the bags, allowing trash to spread.

Trash can only be brought to these sites at designated times, Tobias stressed. Additional policing for illegal dumping is being considered.



Paving plant bid rejected by County Commissioners during special meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 10 February 2017 12:27



Scott County Commissioners unanimously rejected a bid of $400,000 in paving as the purchase price offered for a paving plant.

The nearly unused paver had been valued as high as $1.6 million when brand new. It was used by the U.S. Army to teach proper paving procedures for plane runways and the like at overseas sites. The paver was among equipment labeled surplus by the Army and offered to any unit of U.S. government free which could transport it. Scott County won that right.

Commissioners had hoped the plant could be upgraded and then used by the Highway Department to pave more cheaply than awarding contracts to paving companies. Unfortunately, an expert in the field told them last year that its operation would cost the county more, not less. Hence, the decision to sell the plant was made.

Only one bid to buy it was received last week. Wingham Paving, the same firm which won the nearly $2 million bid to repave a number of county roads last fall, offered to provide $80,000 worth of paving each year for the next five years.

Though a number of alternatives were discussed by Commissioners Kelley Robbins, Bob Tobias and Mike Jones, Robbins and Jones ultimately agreed with Tobias that they should advertise the paver more widely to see if higher bids could be obtained.

This time, Tobias said, the ad should include more specifics. If paving services are to be offered, he wanted “…the amount of paving to be offered and the thickness. Then, everyone is on the same footing,” the official stated.

In other business addressed, Commissioners approved adjusted billings from the elevator company which installed the new device at the jail complex. The company was called twice when the elevator failed last fall. The original bill was for $4,700. The adjusted bill was about half that amount. Commissioners thanked Auditor Tammy Johnson for getting the bill reduced.

Commissioners were also told that officials with DLZ, the firm drawing up plans for the old jail building, want to meet with at least one Commissioner and a couple of county councilmen. Plans are being made to make that meeting a reality, advised Commissioner Robbins.

Commissioner Tobias said he had learned that a new medical area was being constructed in the old jail. “As a member of (the Board of Commissioners), I don’t want to see the tail wagging the dog, so to speak. We need to be advised of what is going on and what is being done,” Tobias declared.

Commissioner Jones said he gave Sheriff Dan McClain some names of workmen to contact to make necessary repairs to the jail after a walk-through of the facility. “I’ve studied the state jail inspectors’ reports from 2014 to 2016 and they emphasize the lack of air circulation, the plumbing and the lighting. if these were the major problems throughout, wouldn’t we have worked on repairing them over these years?” he asked.

Not necessarily, Tobias and Robbins told him. “We were working on building the new jail at the time,” Tobias said. “I just don’t want to see a lot of money spent over there if we are going to tear down the building in a year.”

Auditor Johnson said the work at the old portion of the jail may put her into a difficult position. “I don’t want to pay claims that (the work creating them) hasn’t been authorized by you,” she explained. “I can’t paint the employees’ bathroom over here without getting your permission first.”

Commissioner Tobias suggested that the Sheriff be contacted. “He needs to make sure that this board authorizes everything being done over there,” said Tobias.

Commissioners also reappointed Flossie McGannon to the Scott County Library Board of Directors.

They will next meet at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 15.




Indiana State Police trooper suffers bite wound in tussle with man at hospital PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 10 February 2017 12:20



A man causing a disturbance at Scott Memorial Hospital has been released on bond after being charged with biting an Indiana State Police (ISP) trooper.

James Horvath, 48, Scottsburg, was charged with Level 5 felony battery as well as resisting law enforcement and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors.

Scott County EMS was dispatched to a residence on North Second Street in Scottsburg on January 29 about a person needing medical assistance. Technicians soon called for help because of a man who was interfering with their helping the patient.

That call was aborted after the man, later identified as Horvath, calmed down. However, police were later dispatched to the hospital when Horvath allegedly became disorderly there. Sgt./Detective Steven Herald of the Scottsburg department and ISP Trooper Matt Busick answered that dispatch.

When they arrived, they were told that Horvath allegedly tried to gain access to the person being treated in the hospital’s ER. He was “…being confrontational…” with personnel at the front desk and the hospital security officer as the officers entered the waiting area, Det. Herald noted.

Yelling ensued as the two officers attempted to calm and reason with the man. Those attempts failing, Det. Herald said Horvath began to resist and jerk away as he was being placed in handcuffs. Warned by Trp. Busick that he could be tazered if he continued, Horvath allegedly screamed, “Taze me then.”

Horvath was taken to the floor by the officers, but he continued to resist them and bit Trp. Busick’s right hand, leaving tooth marks. He also allegedly kicked Det. Herald.

Horvath was transported to the Scott County Security Center.

He appeared on February 2 for his initial court hearing. A jury trial was set on April 25; Horvath’s bail was set by Judge Jason Mount at $50,000 by corporate surety bond or $5,000 cash. His case was assigned to a public defender.

When Horvath filed a cash bond on February 6, he was ordered not to enter the local hospital unless he required emergency service.




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