County coroner forced to make other arrangements for bodies PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 11 August 2017 16:18



County Coroner Jerry Buchanan waited through nearly all of the meeting held by Scott County Commissioners on Wednesday morning, August 2, to present a most unique problem to those officials.

For years, Buchanan explained, if an autopsy was needed to find a cause of death, that procedure was done by the Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville, Ky. Recently, however, Buchanan was informed that the county will have to make other arrangements to obtain autopsies.

“Louisville is experiencing a lot more deaths because of the opioid epidemic,” he explained. Consequently, the Medical Examiner can no longer perform autopsies on persons who have died outside of Jefferson County, Ky.

Buchanan said he’s been researching what would be needed to perform autopsies in the county. Certain equipment is required, and, of course, a room.

Commissioners Kelley Robbins, Bob Tobias and Mike Jones discussed the situation, speculating if room could be found at the old John Jones GM City building. It is rapidly being transformed into a new facility for the Scott County Health Department. An estimated $7,000 to $10,000 could be needed for equipment alone.

After debating the pros and cons of locating a small morgue there, Commissioners encouraged Buchanan to contact Scott Memorial Hospital. Perhaps an agreement could be reached so the facility could be located there, it was thought.

Buchanan said he’d talk with administrators at the local hospital and report back to Commissioners.



Woman, teen listed as injured in two recent vehicle accidents PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 11 August 2017 16:17



Two women were injured in separate vehicle accidents on August 2 and 5, records with local law enforcement agencies indicated.

On Wednesday, August 2, James Stingley Jr., 34, Scottsburg, was driving a 2003 Toyota Celica north on Kinderhook Road a little after 7 p.m. As he met a car headed south in a curve, he said he thought the 2013 Ford Focus was in his lane. Stingley told Deputy Jac Sanders that he steered the car off the edge of the right side but then over-corrected his steering.

That action apparently caused the car to move into the southbound lane and hit the Focus head-on.

Stingley nor the other driver, identified as Alvin M. Wicky, 20, Scottsburg, were not injured, but Wicky’s passenger, Sheron R. Wicky, 14, suffered head pain and was transported by Scott County EMS to Scott Memorial Hospital.

Stingley was cited by Deputy Sanders for having no proof of financial responsibility.

Both cars were heavily damaged and towed from the scene. Property damage was listed at up to $25,000 by the officer.

On Saturday, August 5, an elderly Salem woman was injured when her 2015 Lincoln was rear-ended by a 2013 Dodge Dart.

Judith D. Zink, 76, experienced head pain after the mishap. She was treated at the scene, noted Sgt. Brian Hall.

Sgt. Hall talked to the driver of the Dodge, identified as Isaac P. Stone, 24, Hanover. Stone said he was driving Weston State Road 56 (West McClain Avenue) when he looked away from the road to reach for a drink. By the time he looked back, he said the Zink car had stopped behind another vehicle which was turning, and he had no time to avoid the collision.

The mishap occurred near the entrance to Spaulding Square Court just after 11 a.m.

Again, both vehicles were towed from the scene. Sgt. Hall was assisted by Sgt. Rodney Watts and Patrolman James Vires.

Property damage was estimated as high as $25,000.




17-year-old charged as adult in May shooting pleads guilty PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 11 August 2017 16:15



A teenager who was videoed in a city park shooting a man appeared in Scott Circuit Court on Tuesday morning, August 8, and entered a guilty plea to one of five charges filed against him.

Detai Howard, 17, Austin, was waived from Juvenile Court jurisdiction to adult court. He was charged with Level 3 felony aggravated battery, two counts of Level 5 battery and two counts of Level 5 criminal recklessness.

As family members watched, Howard entered into a plea agreement, pleading guilty to the first count of Level 3 aggravated battery. This charge indicates that Howard “…did knowingly or intentionally inflict injury…that created a substantial risk of death, caused serious permanent disfigurement or protracted loss or caused impairment of the function of a bodily member (the victim’s leg)…”

His plea was accepted by Judge Jason Mount. As is normal in a plea agreement of this enormity, a pre-sentence investigation was ordered to be submitted to the court before Howard’s sentencing. The sentencing is scheduled on September 25. A diagnostic evaluation of Howard was also requested.

Howard has been held at the juvenile facility in Brownstown since the shooting occurred around 8:30 p.m. on May 31. A Clarksville man, Jonathon Borton, 19, had arrived at Beechwood Park, allegedly to get a handgun which Howard had taken from him.

Other people at the park heard shouting as the situation escalated, and one person used a cell phone to video the confrontation, capturing the moment that the gun being held by Howard fired, striking Borton in the leg.

Though he ran from the scene, the juvenile suspect was identified shortly after the shooting and surrendered to authorities that same evening. He was placed into custody and transported to the Jackson County center.

The .22 caliber handgun was retrieved by local police from a roadside ditch about four hours after the shooting.





Scott County Kids First Fund Promises to Help Children for Generations to Come PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Browning   
Wednesday, 09 August 2017 11:08

A new endowment fund created at the Scott County Community Foundation will help provide funding for children for generations to come. The Scott County Kids First Fund will help the local nonprofit with their mission of helping children year-round.

Traffic Stop Yields Heroin PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Wednesday, 09 August 2017 08:35

On Tuesday, August 8, shortly after 2:30 pm, trooper Nathan Abbott made a traffic stop on Interstate #65 northbound near the 29 Mile Marker on a blue van for a traffic infraction. Once the traffic stop was made ISP K-9 Teague was deployed and alerted on the vehicle as to possibly contain controlled substances.


During a search of the vehicle, used syringes, plastic baggies and other paraphernalia was located. After further investigation it was discovered that the driver of the vehicle, Alexandrea E. Grut, 27, from East Jefferson Street in Scottsburg, was in possession of Heroin hidden in a body cavity.


Alexandrea E. Grut, was placed under arrest and transported to the Scott County Jail. Once at the jail the hidden Heroin was confiscated. Alexandrea E. Grut, was charged with Possession of Heroin, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of a Syringe and Possession of Paraphernalia.


This investigation is continuing.

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