Officers find oxymorphone, drug paraphernalia at Austin home through tip PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 16 February 2016 15:27


Confidential tips are helping local law enforcement agencies put a stop to drug activity.

Sheriff's deputies got a tip that possible drug activity was occurring at a home at 143 Rural Street on Austin's north side. Officers and Austin police went to the residence and talked to the homeowner. As the conversation was taking place, one of the officers stated he saw a syringe in the home. A man in the home, later identified as Barry L. Fox, 31, was allegedly seen attempting to hide something from police.

Deputies were given verbal permission to go inside and investigate.

Located was a syringe, drug paraphernalia normally associated with intravenous drug use and a controlled drug, oxymorphone which is commonly known as Opana. All was allegedly in the bedroom where the officer had seen Fox.

Fox was placed in custody and transported to the Scott County Security Center.

Charges filed in Scott Superior Court included a Level 6 felony possession of a narcotic drug and Level 6 maintaining a common nuisance.

A not guilty plea was entered for Fox during his initial hearing on February 12. An initial jury trial date of May 10 was scheduled, and bail was set at $15,000 by corporate surety bond or 10% cash. Fox's case was assigned to a public defender.

Sheriff Dan McClain said citizens are encouraged to report any suspicious activity to the Sheriff's Department, either by calling 812-752-8400 or its 24-hour tip line, 812-752-7898. Tips can be provided anonymously.

Persons can also visit the department's Facebook page,, or its website,, to leave tips.


Deputy quickly locates, arrests Underwood man for recent auto theft PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 16 February 2016 15:25



Todd Franklin Napier was quickly located and arrested by a deputy recently when the owner of the vehicle taken called and reported the theft to the Sheriff's Department.

Napier, 35, Underwood, was found behind the wheel of a black Volkswagen Passat by Deputy Joe Johnson on February 5, after Johnson and fellow officer James Shelton were dispatched to the Terry Road area.

When stopped at the intersection of Terry Rd. and State Road 256 East, Napier allegedly gave false identification information to the officers. He told the deputies that he had not stolen the car but rather was taking it so it could be repaired.

He was placed into custody and transported to the Scott County Security Center in Scottsburg. The vehicle was returned to its owner.

Since the Prosecutor's Office soon learned that Napier was on probation from an earlier criminal matter, Deputy Prosecutor Amanda Herald filed a petition for detainer and/or greater than standard bond against the defendant. He was then placed on a 15-day hold without bond. Bail remained $15,000 at corporate surety bond or $1,500 by cash.

Napier is now awaiting trial on charges of Level 6 felony auto theft and theft and false informing, a Class B misdemeanor. The trial is scheduled April 14.

His case has been assigned to a public defender.


Operation Dire Straits continues: Four more arrested before drugs exchanged PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 16 February 2016 15:23


Add four more names to those arrested in connection with drug dealing, thanks to law enforcement agencies connected to the Scott County sweep, Operation Dire Straits, which began February 5.

On Tuesday afternoon, February 9, on Interstate 65 in Clark County, Indiana State Police Trooper Mark LaMaster stopped a southbound Chevy Malibu being driven by a woman, Tabatha M. Donahay, 29, at the 5.2 mile marker Her passenger was Kevin C. Lucas, 40. Both gave Scottsburg addresses to the officer.

Sensing the pair was acting suspiciously, Trp. LaMaster called for assistance, and Trp. Nathan Abbott and his drug detection dog, K-9 Teague, arrived and took a walk around the Malibu. When Teague gave a positive alert to the possible presence of drugs inside the vehicle, the officers asked Lucas if the pair had anything illegal in the car. Lucas reportedly replied, “Meth, heroin, marijuana.”

Those drugs and nearly $5,000 in cash were reported discovered as well as drug paraphernalia commonly used to sell drugs.

Officers investigating this incident learned that another Jeffersonville couple was enroute to meet Donahay and Lucas for a drug transaction in Clarksville.

ISP troopers and a Clark County deputy found the other couple traveling on Lewis and Clark Highway. They were identified as Nicole R. Turner, 26, and Denzel L. Ewing, 21. Approximately 4.5 ounces of methamphetamine and four grams of heroin were located in the car, and the pair was arrested.

Preliminary charges against Lucas in Clark County included dealing and possession of methamphetamine, dealing and possession of heroin and possession of marijuana. Charges against Donahay at that time included dealing and possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance.

Turner and Ewing were taken into custody on preliminary charges of dealing and possession of meth and maintaining a common nuisance.

In total, the seized drugs, all of which were reportedly scheduled to be sold in Scott County, had a street value of around $10,000.

Husband arrested for battery after stabbing father-in-law in eye with candy cane PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 16 February 2016 15:15


The son-in-law of a man seriously injured when stabbed in the eye with a plastic candy cane is now awaiting trial on Level 5 felony battery causing serious bodily harm.

Dustin R. Waggoner, 34, Underwood, had gone with his wife to the Scottsburg apartment of his father-in-law, Greg Duke, 51, on Sunday. A statement taken from the daughter related that the three were drinking there,

When Duke argued with the couple, Waggoner went outside. As his daughter began to leave, Duke allegedly struck her in the mouth. She told the officer that Waggoner approached the apartment door, but she said she tried to keep the two apart and shoved her father away. Her father then allegedly struck her again, and Waggoner purportedly threw a child's bicycle at his father-in-law.

The woman, who had been in a crouch, said her father was still fighting but “...all of sudden quit.” She said she looked up at her father, and Duke was bleeding from his left eye. She said Duke yelled that Waggoner had stabbed him in the eye. The weapon was an outdoor Christmas decoration, a plastic candy cane.

When Patrolman L. Travis Rutherford arrived at the scene on York Road, Duke was in the apartment's doorway being helped by Scott County EMS technicians. Waggoner was outside on the sidewalk near a broken candy cane.

The victim twice told the Scottsburg officer that his son-in-law had stabbed him.

Duke's eye wound continued to bleed, Ptl. Rutherford noted in his report. The victim smelled of alcohol, and, when Ptl. Rutherford asked, Duke reportedly said he'd had a lot to drink. After examining him, an EMS technician advised that a portion of the cane was still in Duke's eye and that they would be transporting him directly to University of Louisville Hospital for treatment.

Waggoner was taken into custody. He appeared in Scott Circuit Court on Tuesday, February 9, where a not guilty plea was entered for him.

His case was assigned to a public defender, and bail was set at $25,000 by corporate surety bond or $5,000 cash. He was ordered to have no contact with the victim.

Waggoner's trial has been initially set for July 12.

Duke was charged February 11 in Scott Superior Court with misdemeanor battery for allegedly striking his daughter. He filed a $1,000 cash bond on Friday, February 12, and his initial hearing was scheduled for Tuesday, February 16.


Student musicians take Gold PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 10 February 2016 09:20

The Charlestown Band of Pirates competed in the ISSMA District Solo and Ensemble event on Saturday, January 30, at Floyd Central High School. The student musicians were judged on tone quality, technique, rhythmic and note accuracy, dynamics, musicianship and decorum. The following Charlestown musicians earned the Gold award, the highest award available.

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