Limited view by equipment driver while negotiating U.S. 31 leads to bizarre accident PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 July 2016 14:12


A driver's inability to see much in front of the nose of his agricultural sprayer on a section of U.S. Highway 31 narrowed to two lanes in Scottsburg led to a pretty bizarre accident on Thursday, July 15.

Sgt. Joe Nicholson and Capt. David Hardin were called to the scene of the mishap, north of the U.S. 31/State Road 56 intersection, just after 9 a.m.

Kennith W. Kliessendorff, 49, Henryville was southbound on U.S. 31 in his 2000 Chevy Impala when he said the elevated John Deere field sprayer struck the rear of his car and then went completely over the top of the car.

The operator of the sprayer, Quinn Gray, 30, Butlerville, told Sgt. Nicholson that roadworkers in the construction zone on the highway had stopped northbound traffic for him because of the size of the equipment. Gray said he didn't see the Impala because of the design of the sprayer.

The equipment went over the top of the car, and Gray continued on southward because he said he didn't even know he'd hit anyone.

Fortunately, Kliessendorff and his passenger, Doneil B. Houchens, 56, Henryville, weren't seriously injured. Kliesendorff suffered back pain, while Houchens' wrist was injured. Houchens had apparently attempted to exit the car when he saw what was happening, but the equipment partially shut the door on his wrist as it passed over. He had bruises and contusions on his lower arm.

Sgt. Nicholson noted in his report that the equipment's undercarriage caused damage to the car. In total, property damage was estimated at up to $5,000.

The sprayer is owned by a Hardinsburg implement company.

The Scottsburg officer related that he climbed into the operator's seat on the sprayer later to confirm that the driver's view is obstructed approximately 30 feet in front of the equipment because of its “nose” which sets in front of the engine compartment.



Henryville man's attempt to 'get attention' on trail succeeds with Scottsburg police PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 July 2016 13:57


A Henryville man's alleged attempt to, in his words “...get her attention...” succeeded all too well in an incident which was reported to the Scottsburg Police Department on July 8.

Sgt. Rodney Watts was dispatched that day to Scott Memorial Hospital to talk to a woman, who told him that a man had approached her while she was running north on a trail near the hospital. The man grabbed her from behind, she said, placing his right arm around her neck and head. She said the man told her he didn't want to hurt her, but he wanted money and a ride.

The woman managed to scratch the man and screamed for help. Breaking free, she ran to the hospital and asked for assistance.

She described her assailant as 5-10 in height with tattoos on his upper and lower arms, brown hair and some facial hair which was graying.

Police searched the trail area but did not find him. A short time later, Sgt. Watts said officers found Scott A. Hall, 45, on Finley Firehouse Road near Weir Road. Hall reportedly fit the description the victim gave.

Sgt. Watts asked Hall how he had gotten some scratches. The officer stated in a probable cause affidavit that Hall immediately replied, “I never touched that girl.” Asked what girl he was talking about, the officer said Hall replied that he was involved in an incident on a walking path, but that he hadn't touched the girl. He purportedly added he was only trying to get the woman's attention.

Hall was booked into the Scott County Security Center that same morning.

He appeared for his initial hearing in Scott Circuit Court on Thursday, July 14. Charges include Level 3 felony attempted robbery and misdemeanor battery.

A preliminary plea of not guilty was entered for Hall. Bail was set at $75,000 by corporate surety bond or $25,000 cash. A public defender was appointed to represent him, and his jury trial date is November 29.




E lvis rocks Friday night! Bicentennial bison and barn quilt painting part of MaterFest this weekend PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 July 2016 13:54


Any visitor to the 2016 MaterFest event in downtown Scottsburg this Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23, will certainly not be bored.

No, sirree... From the food trucks to children's games, free entertainment and a haunted trailer to the booths dotting the downtown courtyard square, there will be plenty to do and see.

Take, for example, the county's Indiana Bicentennial bison. He's going to start getting painted this weekend. The goal is to have 200 people paint him as well as have 200 individuals paint the Indiana Bicentennial barn “quilt.” Once the quilt is painted, it will be mounted on the barn by the Scott County Heritage Center and Museum on South Main Street. The quilt has been divided into 200 small squares, and supervision will be available for anyone who'd like to paint the bison or quilt. Vail's Home Center donated paint for the event.

All that action will be at the Arts Council's booth from 4:30 to 10 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday. Remember: You don't have to know how to paint. All you need is the desire to be a part of this Indiana Bicentennial event.

Elvis Presley will be on the square Friday night, and his show, or rather Travis Albertson's show, is being filmed for a documentary. Come to the free show, which will begin at 7 p.m. at the gazebo, and dress in 1950s and '60s styles if you'd like because the audience is going to be part of the show, too, as far as the filmmakers are concerned.

He will be preceded by a new talent, David Fisher, who has been fooling around with rope for years, and his amazing talents are highlighted at both 6 and 8 p.m. Known as “The Rope Warrior,” Fisher has performed in Europe and at the White House. His feats are also entered in the Guinness Book of World Records. Get ready to be amazed.

Planning to enjoy some of the entertainment at the gazebo both days of the festival? Make sure you bring lawn chairs and/or blankets to do so in comfort.

Here is the official lineup of events planned for this year's MaterFest:

Friday, July 22

5:00 p.m.: Food trucks and booths open.

6:00 p.m.: The Rope Warrior shows off his skills with a jump rope.

7:00 p.m.: Scott County's Travis Albertson will perform as Elvis Presley.

8:00 p.m.: The Rope Warrior returns with more tricks.

10:00 p.m.: Free showing of Walt Disney Studios' “Zootopia,” a 2016 family film favorite.

Saturday, July 23

8:00 a.m. (to 12 noon): Farmers' Market stalls open in city parking lot on North Main Street.

8:00 a.m.: MaterFest 5K at Heritage Station.

9:00 a.m. (to 3:00 p.m.): Toy tractor show and antique tractor display at Scottsburg Heritage Station off North Main St.

10:00 a.m.: Tomato growers' contest at Heritage Station. Best-looking and the biggest tomatoes are among the categories which will receive ribbons.

Gazebo Attractions

10:00 a.m.: New Beginnings Church worship team will sing.

11:00 a.m.: Musician Andrew Pittman.

12 noon: Cooking contest for recipes using tomatoes. Desserts, etc., will be judged.

1:00 p.m.: Musicians Derek LaFountain and Sam Swisher.

2:00 p.m.: Bicentennial Moments presented by the Scott County Heritage Center and Museum.

3:00 p.m.: Cory McNeely will perform his original music.

4:00 p.m.: Singer Sara Campbell.

5:00 p.m.: Rust 'n Bones Band.

6:00 p.m.: Karoke contest with Frank Smith III.

For the karoke contest, individual divisions are set up for youth and adult competitors. Cost to enter is $5. Each singer will perform one song. Finalists will be called back and will perform another, different song.

To learn more about how to enter the 5k race, cooking or growers' contests, visit the MaterFest's Facebook page or





DNR confirms black bear report in southern Indiana PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 18 July 2016 13:45
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources today confirmed the presence of a black bear in and around Corydon in southern Indiana.
The bear was first reported around 9 p.m. Sunday. Indiana Conservation Officers received a call from a Harrison County homeowner of a bear going through the caller’s garbage.
Conservation officers, sheriff’s deputies and local animal control officers responded but did not locate a bear. On Monday morning, the bear was observed by several people, including conservation officers, in areas near State Road 62 and later in Corydon.
The sighting comes roughly a year after a black bear wandered into northwest Indiana from Michigan. That bear was the first verified presences of a bear in Indiana in more than 140 years. After spending several weeks in Indiana, the bear returned to Michigan. Young black bears are known to disperse in the springtime as they seek new territory in which to settle. The bear is most likely wild and swam across the Ohio River from Kentucky. Kentucky has an expanding bear population.
“We’ve anticipated this possibility and our staff has been preparing,” said Linnea Petercheff staff operations specialist with the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife. Black bears are shy by nature and tend to avoid human contact. Attacks are rare. Black bears are non-aggressive in most instances and prefer fleeing from humans when given the chance. DNR wildlife biologists offer the following bear awareness tips:

– Don’t intentionally feed bears. If a bear becomes accustomed to finding food near your home, it may become a “problem” bear.
– Eliminate food attractants by placing garbage cans inside a garage or shed.
– Clean and store grills away after use.
– Don’t leave pet food outside overnight.
– Remove bird feeders and bird food from late March through November.
– Don’t add meat or sweets to a compost pile.
– If encountering a bear, don’t run. Shout, wave your arms and back away slowly.
– Collect and remove low-hanging or fallen fruit from fruit trees.

– Eliminate meat, cooking oil, fish or fruit odors from near your home. This includes fish-meal fertilizers.

– Collect and remove any ripened vegetables from your garden.

Indiana DNR encourages citizens to report bear sightings to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by calling (812) 334-1137 during regular business hours. Photos or videos can be sent to the same email address. The maximum file size is 15 MB.
DNR wildlife biologists will monitor the bear to determine whether to allow it to remain where it is or trap it and relocate it to a more suitable environment for a bear. That decision will be based on whether the bear exhibits nuisance behavior and continues to come into close contact with humans.
The DNR has a protocol in place should the bear become a nuisance, according to Josh Griffin of the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife.
“It’s best if people just leave the bear alone and let it be a part of the natural environment,” he said.
As European settlers began arriving in the 1700s in what is now Indiana, black bears were found throughout the territory. Loss of habitat and demand for furs of all sorts led to the bears’ demise in Indiana. According to the book “Mammals of Indiana” by John O. Whitaker, Jr., and Russell E. Mumford, the last confirmed report of a resident wild black bear in Indiana was in 1850. Whitaker and Mumford report a bear sighting in northwest Indiana in 1871 but note it was forced south from Michigan to escape a series of fires known historically as the Great Michigan Fire.
Black bears are now listed as an exotic mammal and protected under Indiana Administrative Code 312 9-3-18.5 (b-1), which prohibits the killing of a black bear except by a resident landowner or tenant while the animal is “destroying or causing substantial damage to property owned or leased by the landowner or tenant.”
South-central Indiana is hilly and heavily forested with large tracts of public land. Harrison-Crawford State Forest and O’Bannon Woods State Park occupy about 26,000 acres in the area. The Hoosier National Forest also occupies large swaths in Crawford and neighboring Perry County.
“It is possible black bears may re-establish populations in the southern half of our state,” said Sam Whiteleather of the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife. “Education efforts on how to deal with nuisance black bears would be conducted to help ensure black bears are enjoyed from a distance.”
Body found near Deam Lake PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 July 2016 07:56

Media outlets in Metro Louisville reported Wednesday morning and the Clark County Sheriff's Department has confirmed that the body of a 58-year-old man was found Monday afternoon.

The body, that of John Theiss, was found near Deam Lake by a motorcyclist on a wooded trail near Persimmon Run Road Monday.

According to the Clark County Sheriff's Department preliminary findings point to a possible overdose, but that will not be determined until autopsy and toxicology results obtained.

The death is still under investigation.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 July 2016 08:40
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