Courtyard Christmas 'Cards to Community' a popular project this season PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 November 2016 16:26



Get ready for quite a display of holiday cheer, Scott County!

At least 20 oversized Christmas cards will be among new decorations that will be placed along Honeyrun Parkway on the east side of the I-65 interchange.

The cards are being created by businesses and groups who want to express their best wishes to the community this Christmas.

At last count, the cards, made of four-by-four foot pieces of plywood and either painted or overlayed with a “wrap,” will include ones created by members of the Scott County Moose Family Center and Lodge 2324, eight of the city’s departments, Goin’ Postal, ILPEA Industries, St. James Community Apartments, National Youth Advocacy Program (NYAP), New Washington State Bank, Denny’s Restaurant, REMAX realtor Lesa Jones, the Scott County Visitors Commission, JJ’s Tax Service, Light It Up Inc. and surveyor Mark Gardner.

“It’s kind of amazing how this has caught on,” related Jessica Jones, administrative assistant to Scottsburg Mayor Bill Graham and a member of the Courtyard Christmas Committee. The committee is organizing the Courtyard Christmas festivities on Saturday, November 26, in downtown Scottsburg.

Each card is due at Scottsburg City Hall by Monday, November 21, advised Jones. That’s because the committee needs a little time to organize the display and get the spotlights set up that will illuminate the collection at night.

All of the cards will be in place by November 26 and will remain until the end of the holiday season.

Courtyard Christmas organizers are also working hard to dress up the courtyard square with lighted trees and a castle.


“It’s one of the original pieces that is made of wrought iron and lighted with strands of bulbs. I can remember it as a child, and I always liked it. We’re getting it prepped now to be installed in the courtyard over one of the sidewalks so people can walk through it and take selfies,” Jones advised.

Santa’s House will also be a part of the holiday landscape. Not only will Mr. and Mrs. Claus be there after the lighted parade on November 26 but also Santa will be back December 3, 10 and 17 to visit with children from 3 to 6 p.m.

The lighted parade will step off at 6 p.m. from the parking lot at Scottsburg Elementary and head east along State Road 56 (McClain Avenue) to wind around the downtown square and back west on Wardell Street.

Mr. and Mrs. Claus will disembark on the south side of the courthouse and walk through the crowd to Santa’s House on the north side after greeting Mayor Graham at the gazebo. The mayor will order his elves to light up the square prior to the start of the parade.

All in all, it should be a delightful evening for the young and young-at-heart.

Any group, business or individual wanting to participate in the lighted parade is welcome to call the Mayor’s Office at 812-752-3169 for more information.

“We’re inviting everyone downtown to enjoy kicking off the holidays!” said Jones.

State Police grab three wanted in Scott County on variety of alleged crimes PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 November 2016 16:24



Three suspects wanted in Scott County surrendered to Indiana State Police (ISP) officers late last week.

Arrested were a Henryville couple, Sally C. Stepp, 43, and Michael A. Nasby, 42, both of Mount Zion Road, and Heathe L. Barnes, 23, of the New Providence area in Scott County.

Stepp and Nasby were wanted on Level 6 (L6) felonies filed November 4 in Scott Superior Court. Stepp’s charges were operating a motor vehicle while an Habitual Traffic Violator as well as misdemeanors of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Nasby was charged with L6 possession of meth and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

All of the charges were prepared based on police work done by Scottsburg patrolmen Troy Ford and Trevis Burr and Det. Steven Herald.

Armed with arrest warrants, ISP officers went to the Henryville address on November 7. Trooper Matt Busick saw Nasby, who was inside the couple’s mobile home. When they ordered Nasby to come out, he reportedly refused.

That was when Trp. Nathan Abbott released his K-9 Teague into the trailer. Nasby fled out the front door and was immediately captured. Stepp, however, continued to refuse to step outside, but a few minutes later, she acquiesced and was also placed into custody.

Both were initially taken to the Clark County Jail in Jeffersonville and were charged in courts there with misdemeanor resisting law enforcement.

Stepp was returned to Scott County on November 15 for an initial hearing, expected to take place on Thursday, November 17. Nasby was not listed among current county inmates at the Scott County Security Center.

Bail for each is set at $30,000 by corporate surety bond or $3,000 cash.

On Wednesday, November 9, ISP Det. David Mitchell arrested Heathe Barnes at his residence on North Jeffrey Street on three counts of child molesting.

The probable cause affidavit related that Barnes is the suspect in a July, 2015, case involving a five-year-old girl.

Charges in the case were filed in Circuit Court on November 1. Two of the charges are Level 1 felonies, while a third is a Level 4 felony.

An anonymous tip provided through the Sheriff’s Department website indicated that Barnes could be found at the address given to Det. Mitchell. Additional officers with the Sheriff’s Department and ISP post were sent to the scene to assist.

Barnes was found hiding in the home’s attic. He was talked out of his hiding spot and handcuffed without incident.

The next day, Barnes was in Circuit Court at his initial hearing. After a preliminary plea of not guilty was entered for him, the case was assigned an initial trial date of April 11. A no contact order was filed by the Prosecutor’s office to protect the child and her family.

Barnes will be back in court on Monday, November 21, so that court officials can learn if he plans to hire an attorney or needs a public defender.

His bail is set at $100,000 by corporate surety bond or $25,000 cash.

Four individuals face drug-related charges filed recently in Scott Circuit Court PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 November 2016 16:20



Charges have recently been filed in Scott Circuit Court against four individuals involving drugs.

David A. Zollman, 25, Scottsburg, was formally charged on November 4 with Level 5 felony dealing in methamphetamine.

Mary Nichols, 28, and Dustin R. Rider, 32, Scottsburg, are being charged with Level 4 felony dealing in a narcotic drug and Level 6 felony maintaining a common nuisance.

Willie J. Combs, 49, Austin, is facing a dealing in a narcotic drug charge, a Level 5 felony.

In Zollman’s case, the probable cause affidavit related how Scottsburg patrolman Troy Ford and Sgt./Detective Steven Herald arranged for an undercover drug purchase from Zollman on November 2. Zollman’s apparent girlfriend, Brittany N. Coomer, 26, and the woman’s two-year-old toddler were also in the home on Curtsinger Drive when the drug methamphetamine was purportedly purchased.

Coomer was also taken into custody that date, and she now has six charges against her in Superior Court. Those include possession of a narcotic drug, unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of meth, and possession of a Schedule 1-4 controlled substance, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Zollman also has Superior Court charges, which include Level 6 felony possession of meth and unlawful possession of a syringe, and misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

He appeared in both courts for initial hearings on November 7. In the Circuit Court case, he was assigned an initial jury trial date of April 4, 2017. Bail was set at $25,000 by corporate surety bond or $5,000 cash. In Superior Court, he was assigned a public defender and a jury trial date of February 23. Bail in that case is set at $45,000 by bond or $4,500 cash.

Coomer was released on November 16 after $4,500 cash bail was filed for her.

Her jury trial was scheduled February 23. A public defender has been assigned to the case.

Nichols and Rider listed the same address, 615 Lakeshore Drive. Reportedly, an undercover drug purchase was made in the early afternoon on September 28 at their residence. Ten Hydrocodone pills were obtained in the buy, the affidavit stated. Allegedly, the couple obtained the Schedule 2 controlled substance from a prescription meant for Rider’s grandfather. The elderly man was seen on the residence’s porch during the transaction.

The two cases were filed November 10 with both defendants having their initial hearings that same day. Bail for each was set at $75,000 by surety bond or $15,000 cash. They also were each appointed public defenders.

Rider received an initial jury trial date of January 17 through his request for a fast and speedy trial. His attorney also filed a motion to reduce his bail; earlier this past week, no date had been set for that motion to be argued.

Nichols’ jury trial date is March 28.

The arrest of Willie Combs occurred after Scottsburg Ptl. Ford received a report of drugs being sold at Combs’ residence on Paulanna Ave. Ptl. Ford, Det. Herald, Officer Eric Mills of the Salem department, Austin Chief Robert Gudgel, Major Donald Spicer, and reserve officers Mike Tscheulin, Raymond Richie, Daniel Morris, Delmar Coomer and Bobby Cravens were involved in the case.

An undercover purchase of Oxymorphone was reportedly made from Combs on November 1, with charges filed November 9.

Combs was in court for his initial hearing on November 10. Bail was set at $50,000 by surety bond or $10,000 cash.

An initial jury trial date of March 28 was scheduled, and a public defender was appointed to the case.




Scott County follows state and national trends by selecting Trump over Clinton PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 15 November 2016 16:05

Scott County went in a big way for Republican candidate Donald Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 General Election on November 8.

Two Republicans come up with big wins on county level in political contests PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Tuesday, 15 November 2016 16:04

Republicans went 50-50 on Tuesday, November 8. Of four contests in county-wide political races, two resulted in Republican victories in the 2016 General Election.

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