Identity of person killed in apartment fire released PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Browning   
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 11:13

Washington County Coroner Rondale Brishaber released the identity of a woman killed in a fire last Tuersday (Dec. 2) at Parkview Apartments in Salem.

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Suspects in Orange County Stabbing Apprehended After Pursuit on I-65 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 05 December 2014 08:17

Shelby County: Two suspects wanted for questioning for their involvement in an early morning home invasion and stabbing in West Baden Springs are now in custody after a vehicle pursuit on Interstate 65.

Around 5:00 this evening (Thursday, Dec. 4), officers attempted to stop Tanner Stickney, 20, and Cody Lake, 21, on Interstate 65 north of Columbus. The pursuit traveled north on I-65, exited at the 80 mile marker, and traveled east on State Road 252. The suspects stopped near Flat Rock along State Road 252 in Shelby County, and were taken into custody without incident at 5:17. A female in the vehicle was additionally taken into custody.

Additional information will be provided as it is made available.

 
Very cold shooting night dooms Eastern in loss to Scottsburg PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Browning   
Thursday, 04 December 2014 10:41

 

The Eastern boys' basketball team must have fallen on hard times financially because they couldn't buy a three-point basket in Tuesday's (Dec. 2), 71-56, loss to visiting Scottsburg.

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Supporters of Kids First raise over $30,000 in 18 hours to help needy children PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 08:30

Lots of bids for great merchandise added up to $30,773 raised by the 2014 Kids First Auction, held on November 22 and during the early morning hours of November 23.

Students from Austin and Scottsburg manned bidding boards with communications students behind the scottcounty.tv cameras at the bustling Knights of Columbus Hall. Not that middle or high school students did all the work, of course. Members of the Kids First board of directors were in control of the activities. Other stalwart volunteers stayed hours, staffing the kitchen and completing the many behind-the-scenes chores that go into making the Kids First event go smoothly.

Not that this year’s event was without its interesting aspects....

An out-of-county couple moving further north got lost and wound up in the Knights of Columbus parking lot. As their rented moving van was being backed, it scraped the passenger side and damaged the front bumper of the 2002 Mercury donated for the auction by Wheel and Deal Auto Sales.

The car sold as is for $1,800, advised Kids First volunteer Jessica Jones. A familiar face and KF supporter, Billy Graham, bought the vehicle.

The on-air auction was plagued from its 9 a.m. start with audio problems. Finally, at 5 p.m., a 20-minute recess was called by emcee Ed Amick. That break gave the scottcounty.tv crew time to work with a crew sent by Warner Cable and get that problem resolved. Warner was profusely thanked for its efforts to correct the problem with new equipment brought up from Louisville, Ky.

Custody of Millard, the huge stuffed bear that is a symbol of Kids First from year to year, was won by employees of the City of Scottsburg. The bear is named in memory of the late Millard Moore, a longtime city employee who truly enjoyed the annual auction. The bear will be displayed in the lobby at City Hall until next November when Kids First will go on the air once again.

The final items were auctioned off around 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

Despite what problems there were, people enjoyed the event, which raises Kids First funds to help needy children and their families year-round with issues from needing hearing aids to providing money to buy gas for hospital trips and air conditioners for children with asthma.

The wrap-up event on Monday night was also a hit, with auctioneers Bob Tobias and Nat Love keeping the action going and cajoling participants to spend. A wrap-up auction added another $2,969.50 to the treasury. Expenses of operating the event have not yet been calculated.

 
Clark State Forest incident last August results in charges against woman PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 08:29

The woman who was implicated in an drug-related incident in August at the Clark State Forest finally had her initial court hearing on November 13.

According to court records, an arrest warrant was issued on September 30 for Sharon Spence, 44, Scottsburg, based on evidence gathered at the August 26 incident.

Spence is being charged with dealing in methamphetamine, possession of the drug, participating in an illegal drug lab/possession or sale of precursors, illegal possession of a hypodermic needle and possession of other drug paraphernalia.

Spence and her male companion, Charles Hodge, were found last August by Robert Brewington, a Department of Natural Resources officer, by Wilcox Lake, which is partially in Scott County in the Clark State Forest. Brewington became suspicious of the pair and, once permission was obtained from Spence to search their vehicle, the officer found methamphetamine in the vehicle. The illegal drug had allegedly been recently manufactured by Hodge in a location near Scottsburg.

Meth-coated coffee filters and crystals of meth were found either near Spence or in her purse. A bucket was found in the vehicle’s rear hatch area that Officer Brewington said matched the description of a “one-pot” method of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Further, a search of purchasing records for pseudoephedrine revealed that the pair had purchased products containing that ingredient weeks and days leading up to August 26.

Hodge was immediately taken into custody. His charges, all filed in Scott Circuit Court, include dealing in meth, unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of methamphetamine, possession of chemical reagents/precursors, dumping controlled substance waste and possession of paraphernalia. His jury trial on these charges is now scheduled for March 17, 2015.

Hodge is now incarcerated at the Washington County Jail in Salem.

Upon her preliminary plea of not guilty, Spence was scheduled for trial next April 7. Her bond was originally set at $25,000 by corporate surety bond or $5,000 by cash, but Judge Roger Duvall allowed her release on her own recognizance as long as she resides at 1220 Birchtree Lane in Scottsburg and remains under pre-trial supervision by officers with the Scott County Probation Department.

 
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