Local court records reveal drug-related arrests continue to happen in Scott County PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 June 2016 12:35

 

 

Among other arrests made by law enforcement agencies over the past couple of weeks were several involving drugs or drug-related charges.

Defendants in cases filed in Scott Superior Court now include:

Johnny D. Scudder, 44, Milan, arrested by Scottsburg Patrolman Troy Ford on May 22 in the parking lot of Wal-Mart and charged with Level 6 possession of heroin and unlawful possession of a syringe and a Class C misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Scudder's case was assigned to a public defender. His initial jury trial date is August 29, and he has a bail reduction hearing set for June 27. Bail is set at $15,000 by corporate surety bond or 10% cash.

Lance J. Eads, 28, Scottsburg, arrested by Ptl. Ford on May 22 in the Wal-Mart parking lot and charged with Level 6 felonies of unlawful possession of a syringe and possession of methamphetamine and a Class C misdemeanor of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Eads' attorney appeared with him at his initial hearing. A jury trial date of August 23 was scheduled. Bail was lowered from $15,000 by bond/10% cash to $10,000 bond/10% cash. Eads was released after a cash bond was filed on May 27.

James D. Bailey, 30, Norman, In., found on May 23 in his room at America's Best Inn, Scottsburg. Charges were prepared by Scottsburg Patrolman Shawn Hurt and include Level 6 felony unlawful possession of a syringe, Class C misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

A warrant remains outstanding for Bailey's arrest.

Logan C. Roger, 19, Austin, arrested by Indiana State Police Trooper Brandon Farias on May 27 at a residence at 5364 North Terry Road. He is charged with Level 6 maintaining a common nuisance, Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana, and Class C misdemeanors of possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal possession, consumption or transportation of alcohol by a minor. Also filed was the State's intent to seek an enhanced penalty in this case because of prior convictions.

His jury trial is scheduled August 23 with bail set at $30,000 by bond or $3,000 cash. A public defender was appointed. Roger has a bail reduction hearing set for June 20.

Tabatha M. Donahay, 30, Scottsburg, arrested June 1 by ISP Trooper Nathan Abbott at the intersection of Cherry and Washington Streets, Scottsburg. Charges include Level 6 felony possession of methamphetamine and Class C misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

The jury trial in this case is scheduled August 23. Bail is $15,000 by bond or $1,500 cash. A public defender has been assigned to the case.

Christine Nichole Smith, 30, arrested June 1 by Sgt. Brian Hall of Scottsburg Police Department at her residence at 816 South First Street, Scottsburg. Charges are three Level 6 felonies of possession of a legend (prescription) drug (Gabapentin), unlawful possession of a syringe and possession of a narcotic drug (heroin). State also filed a petition for detainer, and Smith was ordered held 15 days without bond, bond thereafter set at $15,000 by bond or $1,500 cash.

Smith's case was assigned to a public defender and her jury trial is set for September 6.

Melissa Cull, 42, Scottsburg, arrested by Ptl. Ford on June 5 in the Jay C Food Store parking lot. Charges include Level 6 felony unlawful possession of a syringe and Class A misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Her initial hearing was held June 6, with a public defender appointed to the case and bail set at $10,000 by bond or $1,000 cash. Her jury trial is September 6.

Felix W. Neace, 25, Austin, arrested by Austin Patrolman Scott McCoskey on June 5 at the intersection of Church Street and Factory Drive. Charges are Class A misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Bail is set at $10,000 by bond or $1,000 cash, and his jury trial is set August 11. Neace was released on home detention to await his trial.

Paige Elizabeth Perez, 25, Atlantic, Ia., arrested on June 10 by ISP Trooper Rob Caudill on Interstate 65 southbound near the 24.5 mile marker. She is charged with Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Perez appeared on June 13 for her initial court hearing and entered a preliminary plea of not guilty. Her jury trial date is August 11, and her bail is set at $5,000 by surety bond or $500 cash.

Casey D. Sterling, 26, Lexington, arrested on June 16 by Deputy Joe Guarneri at residence at 6538 East Webster Road, Lexington.

No court action has been taken on the case.

Christopher R. Monroe, 36, Scottsburg, arrested on June 15 by Scottsburg Patrolman James Vires in the McDonald's parking lot. Charges are L6 felony possession of methamphetamine and two Class A misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance, being Clonazepam and Phentermine.

His initial hearing was held June 17 with bail set at $15,000 by surety bond/10% cash and a jury trial date of September 19 scheduled. A public defender was assigned to the case.

Darren Andrew Herald, 18, Independence, Ky., arrested June 17 by Deputies Joe Johnson, James Shelton and Joe Guarneri on Double or Nothing Road after a 9-1-1 call about a possible intoxicated driver was received.

Herald's charges include maintaining a common nuisance, Level 6 felony, and possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor. His jury trial is set for September 19. Bail was reduced to $15,000 by surety bond or 10% cash.

 

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Fireworks Laws Hoosiers Need to Know PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 June 2016 12:16

Fireworks season has arrived, and the State Fire Marshal is reminding all Hoosiers to be mindful of fireworks laws when celebrating this summer.
“Fireworks can be very entertaining to watch, but there are laws in place that are often overlooked when it comes to their usage,” said State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson. “We want for everyone to enjoy their summer, but we also want them to do so responsibly.”
Hoosiers should remember the following laws when setting off fireworks:
·         The person setting off fireworks could be liable for damage on any property.
·         Fireworks may only be set off on the user’s property, on the property of someone who has consented to the use of fireworks or at locally-mandated special discharge locations. Not all communities designate a special discharge location.
·         Throughout the year, fireworks may only be used between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. Local ordinance may limit this further.
·         No local limitations may be placed on holidays and specially designated days listed below.
Specially designated days for fireworks use are June 29 through July 3 and July 5 through 9. On those days, fireworks may be used between 9 a.m. until two hours after sunset.
On holidays (Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and New Year’s Eve), fireworks may be used between 9 a.m. and midnight.
There are penalties that come with breaking the laws regarding fireworks. Here are a few examples:
·         A person using fireworks anywhere other than the three previously listed places could face a maximum fine of $500 per infraction.
·         Damaging someone else’s property with fireworks could result in a fine of $5,000 as well as one year imprisonment. Restitution costs to the property owner may also be assessed.
·         Someone recklessly, knowingly, or intentionally using fireworks and causing the serious injury or death of someone else could face imprisonment and a maximum fine of $10,000.
·         Anyone under the age of 18 possessing or using fireworks without the presence of an adult could face a fine of $500 per infraction.
Not only do fireworks users need to abide by laws, but so do fireworks retailers who sell to the public,  who may only sell 1.4G consumer fireworks. Dealers must hold a permit through Indiana Department of Homeland Security’s Fire and Building Safety Division, which is overseen by the State Fire Marshal.
No one younger than18 may purchase fireworks.
For more fireworks safety tips, visit www.GetPrepared.in.gov. For more information on local ordinances and fireworks limitations, contact local officials.

 
Scott County Sheriff Warns of IRS Scams PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 June 2016 12:09

The Scott County Sheriff's Office has recently received several reports regarding citizens getting phone calls from someone claiming to be an IRS agent. The call can come from a spoofed number that looks like an IRS phone number. The person on the phone says that a debt is owed to the IRS and a warrant will be issued for your arrest if you do not pay it. The person then gives directions to transfer money into a bank account to resolve the issue.

Sheriff Dan McClain encourages everyone to follow the scam prevention tips from the IRS.gov website below:

The IRS Will Never:

Call to demand immediate payment over the phone, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money and you don’t owe taxes, here’s what you should do:

Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.
Contact TIGTA (Treasury Inspector General Tax Administration) to report the call  at 1-800-366-4484.
Use their IRS "Impersonation Scam Reporting" web page at https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml
Report it to the Federal Trade Commission using the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on http://www.ftc.gov (Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes).
If you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS directly at 1-800-829-1040.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 June 2016 12:09
 
Local court records reveal drug-related arrests continue to happen in Scott County PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Browning   
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 09:14

Among other arrests made by law enforcement agencies over the past couple of weeks were several involving drugs or drug-related charges.

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Eleven young people cited at site of June 19 party for underage drinking PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 09:12

The purported host and a total of 11 alleged underage drinkers were taken into custody by sheriff’s deputies early on Sunday, June 19, at a home west of Austin.

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