Deputies investigate record 16 crashes in week’s time; nine hurt, one fatality reported PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 02 December 2016 11:54

 

 

Deputies with the Scott County Sheriff’s Department investigated a record number of accidents from Monday, November 21, through Sunday evening, November 27.

In those 16 crashes, nine people were listed as injured and one fatality occurred. Six involved motorists striking deer on county roads, and in another, a car struck a raccoon.

Injury accidents began November 21. Deputies Jac Sanders and James Shelton were dispatched to State Roads 203 and 256 east of Austin just after midnight.

Deputy Sanders said when he arrived, he found Jason A. Mitchell, 38. Austin, sitting on the south edge of S.R. 256. A 1997 Ford Thunderbird was located in a ravine about 25 yards from the highway.

Mitchell told the officer that he had been driving west when two deer ran in front of the car. He ran off the road to avoid a collision.

Deputy Sanders said in his report that he detected what he thought was the smell of alcohol on Mitchell’s breath.

The man was bleeding from a small head laceration. Scott County EMS personnel treated him at the scene and then transported Mitchell to Scott Memorial Hospital.

Property damage was listed as up to $10,000.

Just before 6:30 a.m. that Monday, Nathaniel J. Gardner, 22, Austin, was driving his 2014 Chevy Cruz and reportedly followed another vehicle from Booe Road onto northbound U.S. Highway 31. He was struck by a 2004 Kenworth semi-tractor trailer headed southbound on U.S. 31.

Gardner was treated at the scene for a wound to his elbow/lower arm, noted Deputy Rodney Rudder. Rudder listed failure to yield as a contributing factor and estimated property damage at up to $25,000.

The Cruz was towed from the scene.

Assisting Deputy Rudder were Deputy Joe Johnson and Austin Patrolman Justin Cheatham.

Four people were hurt in a mishap at 9:40 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22, at the intersection of Stagecoach and Oak Hill Roads.

Monica D. Bowers, 30, Salem, was driving her 2003 Chevy Suburban with her three children as passengers west on Stagecoach Road. All of the youngsters were in child restraint devices.

Bowers told Deputy J.R. Ward that, as she topped a hill, a red passenger car appeared to be in the middle of the road. She veered to the right to avoid a collision, and the Suburban left the road on the right side. She said she over-corrected her steering, causing the vehicle to cross to the left side. It traveled up an embankment and overturned in an open field.

Bowers suffered head pain after the mishap, while her children, one-year-old Morgan, two-year-old Mason and eight-year-old Trace, all had facial abrasions.

The woman and children were treated by Scott County EMS.

Deputy Ward estimated property damage at up to $25,000. He was assisted at the scene by Deputy J. Hartman.

A deer on the road was to blame for the next injury accident. It occurred at 6:34 a.m. on Friday, November 25, on State Road 356 1,000 feet east of Double or Nothing Road.

Angela M. Sims, 49, Lexington, was driving her 2012 Toyota Prius west on S.R. 356 when she struck the deer. Deputy Joe Johnson estimated damage to her car at up to $10,000.

EMS was not summoned to the scene because Sims apparently declined such help. However, she told the officer that her back hurt after the mishap. The Prius had to be towed from the scene.

Just before midnight on that Friday, a Scottsburg woman ran off S.R. 56 1,500 feet west of Zion Road, crashing her 2016 Sierra Denali.

Deborah J. Parrish, 47, was eastbound when the SUV traveled down into a roadside ditch. It traveled along the ditch into an embankment, finally coming to rest still in the ditch. Severe damage was reported to both sides of the Denali, estimated at up to $50,000 by Deputy J. Watterson.

Parrish suffered minor injuries in the accident and was treated at the scene by EMS personnel. She was also cited for misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Deputy Watterson was assisted at the scene by Deputy Hartman.

An unusual accident which resulted in the death of a passenger occurred off Interstate 65 at the bridge overpass serving County Line Road near Underwood on Sunday night, November 27.

Deputies Hartman, Watterson and Shawn Mayer were dispatched to the scene shortly after 8:30 p.m. as were rescue personnel, First Responders and Scott County EMS.

From what deputies pieced together at the scene, Clifford L. Zimmerman, 71, and his wife Sandra K. Zimmerman, 70, of Dunbar, Fl., were southbound on the interstate when their 2016 Cadillac SRX traveled off the west side.

The car continued, traveling over 1,000 feet until it struck the overpass’s concrete abutment at County Line Road’s intersection with Collins Road. Rescuers were able to reach the couple, but the woman had succumbed to internal injuries.

Zimmerman was unable to provide information to the officers because of his injuries. He was transported to University of Louisville Hospital after being removed from the heavily-damaged car.

Traffic on I-65 southbound was stopped for some time. Later, one lane was allowed to travel through the area. Full access to both lanes was restored in approximately four hours.

Damage was estimated by Deputy Hartman at up to $50,000.

 
Two county events designated as Legacy Projects by state commission PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 02 December 2016 11:53

 

 

Two events which occurred in Scott County this past summer and fall have now been designated as Bicentennial Legacy Projects by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission.

Included in the 43 projects endorsed as Legacy Projects were Scott County’s MaterFest in late July and the festivities sponsored by the Scott County Visitors Commission (SCVC) in mid-September when the Bicentennial torch was carried through the county.

A total of 17 local people served as Torch Bearers on September 16 as the torch made its way through the county, Scottsburg and Austin.

SCVC marketing director and local Bicentennial Committee chairman Brandon Polley submitted both MaterFest, occurring on the last weekend in July, and the torch festival. Both took place on the courtyard in downtown Scottsburg. Their designations as official Legacy Projects occurred November 4 during the Commission’s meeting in Indianapolis.

This year’s Main Street MaterFest dedicated a portion of its programming to State of Indiana “Bicentennial Moments” presented by Marty Randall, president of Preservation Alliance Inc., and Ed Cozart, popular story teller and amateur historian. People were also invited to help paint “Scott,” the county’s bison statue won in a statewide contest by the Scott County Arts Council, and add touches to the next piece of artwork that will be hung on the Scott County Heritage Center and Museum’s barn, a reproduction of the Indiana state flag.

The torch festival recognized the local Torch Bearers, each of whom was invited to speak briefly about their experiences. It also showed a free family film with an Indiana background, “Turbo,” and gave away souvenir Bicentennial wooden nickels.

Other local Legacy Projects recognized by the state commission include the commemorative courthouse ornament designed by the Scott County Historical Society, a series of historical dinners at the Museum featuring re-enactors with Indiana ties and the Museum Quilters’ Quilt Show which displayed an historical timeline of quilts in Indiana. The Visitors Commission sponsored both the ornament and the historical dinners through its special Bicentennial Grant Fund.

The final deadline for submitting a Bicentennial Project was November 30.

 
‘Milky Way Road’ now new label for old South Lake Road North in Scottsburg PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 02 December 2016 11:51

 

There’s a new road in Scottsburg.

Actually, it’s an old road, which offered the fairly confusing moniker of South Lake Road North.

Now, it’s going to be labeled “Milky Way Road,” all 1½ miles of it stretching from State Road 56 West past Wal-Mart and the Scottsburg Police Department and Fire Station 1 to where the pavement curves at the entrance of Tokuson USA Inc.

The decision was made during the third reading of an ordinance on Monday evening, November 21. The approval process had been stretched through three business sessions of the Scottsburg City Council.

The basis for the change came from conversations city officials had with owners of Goat Milk Stuff, also located along the affected section. The Jonases ship and mail a lot of their merchandise. They also receive a lot of deliveries. Delivery companies like FedEx and UPS were constantly calling, trying to figure out where the business was located. Apparently, South Lake Road North was also confusing to the professionals. Go figure!

Consequently, city attorney Kerry Thompson was directed to prepare an ordinance. This document, however, designated all of the road between State Road 56 West to where it connects to Moonglo Road further north as Wilson Road. This change would uniformly clarify addresses for 9-1-1 and emergency services personnel, it was determined.

Councilman John Konkler got more involved in the issue after a resident along the section of road after that first curve by Tokuson complained about the name change. Michael Smith attended both of the first two business meetings where the original ordinance was read and passed on its first two readings. Changing Weir Road to Wilson Road would cause him problems, Smith explained, since he too had an on-line business. Making all of the address changes would be costly, he pointed out.

Now, let’s go back a little further in time, back to the 1990s when the Tokuson facility wasn’t even built yet. A Japanese firm, Kokoku, wanted to buy the property and build its factory there. To do so required a zoning change, of course, and that step was fought by many homeowners in the area, including the owners of the two homes on that section of Weir Road between the road’s two curves. Those homes would face the factory, those residents argued. Property values could be affected, they thought.

To placate them, city officials promised not to annex those residences into Scottsburg. That’s the way things have stood until the renaming of South Lake Road North was contemplated this fall.

Not only does the agreement worked out by Councilman Konkler include renaming the affected section Milky Way Road but also it includes leaving the sections of Weir Road and Wilson Roads with their present names. And the two homes on Weir Road will be annexed into the city.

Konkler presented the amendments to the ordinance on its third reading that Monday night, pretty much taking his fellow Council members and Mayor Bill Graham by surprise.

Since the compromise was not opposed by anyone at the November 21 meeting and it eliminated Smith’s objections as well as gaining Scottsburg a tiny section of property already surrounded by the city, it passed unanimously. Smith appeared relieved. He was again present to see how the compromise would be addressed.

It’s not known how quickly the City of Scottsburg will be in changing road signs. Expense is expected to be incurred by the police and fire departments as staff there make the necessary changes in addresses.

 

 
All invited to 2016 Austin Christmas parade on Saturday afternoon PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 02 December 2016 11:49

 

Everyone is invited to attend the annual Austin Christmas parade and city open house this Saturday, December 3.

The Austin parade will begin at 1 p.m., stepping off from the corner of Broadway Street and U.S. Highway 31 North. Entries led by the Austin High School Band will march south on U.S. 31 to the first entry to the grounds of Austin Upper Elementary, the elementary school and Rigel Gym. Dispersal will take place by the gym.

Santa Claus will come to Austin once again in this parade.

There's a reason for following the parade to what was Austin's original high school. At the gym in that building, a city-wide open house will begin immediately after the parade.

Christmas music will be performed during the open house, and children will enjoy visiting with Santa Claus while munching on treats that will be served.

Members of the City of Austin Beautification Committee are sponsoring this year’s parade and the open house. Residents are encouraged to line the route along U.S. 31 and enjoy this holiday tradition.

There is still time to sign up to participate in the parade. Get information by calling the Austin Mayor's Office at 812-794-6646.

 
Local Ivy Tech students seriously injured in Monday night Interstate 65 accident PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 02 December 2016 11:47

 

 

Two young men have their families and friends praying for their recoveries after both were badly injured in an accident that occurred after a Monday night rainstorm on Interstate 65.

The accident happened shortly before 9:30 p.m.

The red Chevy pickup truck was being driven by Dakota “Koty” Baker of Austin. His passenger was Mitchel S. Sebastian of Scottsburg. Both are students at Ivy Tech Community College in Sellersburg and were returning to their homes after attending classes.

Around the northbound 27 mile marker, the pickup may have hit standing water since heavy rain had hit the area that evening. The truck apparently crossed the median and struck a southbound semi-tractor-trailer rig driven by Fnu Rhamatullah of Carol Stream, Il.

Scottsburg volunteer firemen and First Responders, Scott County EMS and deputies with the Sheriff’s Department raced to the scene with Indiana State Police troopers. Extrication from the wreckage was required for both of the young men. Stabilized at the scene, each was transported to the University of Louisville Hospital.

At the hospital, Baker was taken into surgery. Reports indicate that both arms were broken as well as ribs and his pelvis. His friend suffered a brain bleed, which was reported to be under control, as well as broken ribs, pelvis and back.

Both were listed in critical condition earlier this week.

The semi-tractor driver was not injured in the mishap.

The crash caused a traffic back-up on the interstate. Southbound lanes were closed for four hours.

Trp. Chris Tucker stated that the investigation is on-going.

 

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