Fire at site of new Scottsburg Mall declared accidental PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 05 January 2018 15:42

 

Though it may have appeared that workers had started a fire on the site of the new Scottsburg Mall on December 26, the blaze was definitely accidental.

Scottsburg firemen and police halted traffic for a short time while the oily black smoke and flames were dissipated just east of Stop Light Liquors.

Fire Chief James Richey said an investigation of the fire verified that a malfunction of a portable generator started sparks flying. Those sparks caught $1,500 worth of roofing material stacked nearby on fire. That material was the apparent source of the roiling black smoke that briefly marked the site of the blaze at the Interstate 65 interchange with State Road 56.

The fire consumed the generator and several other pieces of equipment plus stacked wood pallets as well.

Volunteer firemen attacked the blaze with water and extinguished it within minutes of reaching the scene.

Plans for the mall were approved last year, and work to relocate a sewer main on the site will be under way soon. Other needed utility work has been completed.

The new mall is expected to be the site of a Dollar Tree and will have additional space for other businesses.

 
Salem resident released but caught driving vehicle again PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 05 January 2018 15:40

 

A Salem man who was recently released from the jail in downtown Scottsburg became an inmate once again when caught driving.

Robert E. Little, 57, was stopped by Deputy J.R. Ward on December 30. The license plate on the 1992 blue Buick Century Little was driving didn’t match the car’s registration, Deputy Ward explained to Little.

Little handed the officer the proper tags for the car that he had been carrying inside the vehicle. That problem handled, the deputy asked to check Little’s driver license. Little told him that he just recently got released from jail for a count of driving while suspended and that his license was still suspended.

Deputy Ward arrested Little for driving while suspended with a prior conviction, a Class A misdemeanor.

In an inventory of the car before it was impounded, the officer reported he found a glass pipe “…with a large amount of residue…” The residue tested positively for methamphetamine.

Little allegedly told the officer he had smoked meth while working on the car the previous day.

Now, Little’s charges include driving while suspended and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and Level 6 felonies of possession of meth and maintaining a common nuisance.

When he appeared in court for an initial hearing, Little entered a preliminary plea of not guilty and was assigned a jury trial date of March 27. He was also given the services of a public defender. Bail is $15,000 by corporate surety bond or $1,500 cash.

 
Seymour man cited in crash that breaks store’s window PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 05 January 2018 15:39

 

A man with a Seymour address has been cited with misdemeanor failure to stop after an accident in the wake of a crash in downtown Scottsburg on December 31.

Gregory A. Helton, 22, reportedly admitted to Scottsburg Patrolman Shawn Hurt that he had been behind the wheel when his car went out of control and struck a decorative planter and a lamppost along West McClain Avenue (State Road 56).

Ptl. Hurt related that he got a call at 3:19 a.m. that Sunday from Deputy Rex Herald that there had been an accident at North Main and West McClain. When the patrolman arrived at the scene, he said he found that someone had hit the planter and lamppost. The lamppost fell against the front window of the Scottsburg Pet Shop and broke the glass.

Debris at the scene included a piece of a yellow vehicle, Ptl. Hurt related in the probable cause affidavit.

Later that morning, Ptl. Hurt received a tip that the driver was Helton and he could be found at an apartment at The Willows west of Scottsburg.

As the officer was looking at the damaged car in one of the complex’s parking lots, Helton came out. He said he came to a relative’s apartment after the accident and had planned to call police to report the accident. Looking at his damaged car “…freaked him out,” the officer reported Helton saying. The call was apparently never made.

Helton said he lost control of the car after turning left onto McClain Ave. from South Main Street.

He was placed under arrest.

An initial court hearing is scheduled for him on Tuesday, January 9. Bail is set at $5,000 by corporate surety bond or $500 cash.

 
Charges filed against driver injured in crash after chase PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 05 January 2018 15:38

 

Three charges have been filed against a Branchville resident for his alleged part in a long-distance chase that started in Austin.

Kody Anthony Lee Warf, 22, is now facing charges of Level 6 felonies of resisting law enforcement and possession of a narcotic drug and misdemeanor reckless driving in Scott Circuit Court.

The incident began on Saturday, December 16, when Austin Patrolman Anthony Shilow Hurt was assisting at a medical call. He was nearly hit by a vehicle he described in the probable cause affidavit as “…being driven recklessly…” Ptl. Hurt began following the vehicle as it was driven toward the Interstate 65 interchange with State Road 256. He turned on his siren and emergency lights in an attempt to get the vehicle to stop, but it instead was driven onto southbound I-65.

On the interstate, the vehicle began speeding and swerving in and out of traffic, apparently in an attempt to lose the pursuing officer. Ptl. Hurt reported that, at the 28 mile marker, the driver braked twice, allegedly to get the officer to collide with him.

Clark County deputies entered the action as the vehicle and Ptl. Hurt entered that county on I-65. Just north of the Memphis interchange, the driver apparently lost control of the vehicle and it flipped several times.

Officers moved in as the car settled, but Ptl. Hurt said the driver wasn’t through. He reportedly tried to hit the Austin officer and several Clark County personnel as they attempted to get him out of the vehicle.

Ambulance technicians were called to administer aid. The driver, identified as Warf, and his passengers, two women, were transported by ambulance to a hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.

While he was receiving medical attention at the scene, Warf allegedly swallowed a small baggie located in his mouth, EMS technicians reported.

In an inventory of the wrecked vehicle, a man’s coat was found on the floor of the driver’s side. A baggie with nearly four grams of heroin was located in a pocket, the affidavit stated.

A warrant for Warf’s arrest was issued January 3. Bail in the case has been set at $35,000 by corporate surety bond or $3,500 cash.

 

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City of Scottsburg now paying less for IMPA-provided power PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 05 January 2018 15:37

 

2018 will prove a less expensive year for the City of Scottsburg and its electrical customers.

The wholesale supplier of the city’s electrical power, the Indiana Municipal Power Agency (IMPA), is charging its member cities less. IMPA’s Board of Commissioners approved the 3.5% decrease in 2018 wholesale rates for its 61 members in late 2017.

The new prices took effect January 1.

“While prices seem to be on the increase for other utilities, IMPA is extremely proud to pass on a decrease in wholesale electrical rates to our member municipal utilities for 2018,” advised Raj Rao, IMPA President and CEO.

“Thanks to the visionary efforts of our founders in the 1980s, who foresaw the benefits of creating an organization that would own and share generating resources between many utilities, our members continue to reap the benefits of municipal ownership and agency membership,” Rao stated. “IMPA’s ownership in generation assets combined with a reduction of regulatory requirements at the federal level and our strong financial position, has enabled us to pass this decrease on to our members.”

This is the second year in a row that IMPA’s wholesale electric rates to member communities have decreased. IMPA’s rates are based on its operating costs, which are derived from its diverse generation and transmission ownership, purchased power, debt service and administrative and general expenses. The 2018 decrease is a result of IMPA’s investments in generation and transmission projects over the past two decades. All of the agency’s newer units, which include new solar projects, and a reduced regulatory burden are contributing to lower, sustained costs for this year and beyond.

According to Scottsburg Mayor Bill Graham, who serves as an IMPA Commissioner, the agency has traditionally provided some of the lowest electric rates in the state.

“The agency’s commitment to providing a low-cost, reliable power supply to its member cities and towns enables Scottsburg to provide that same commitment to our customers. This wholesale rate decrease is just another example of how Scottsburg and IMPA work to best serve the people in our communities,” stated Mayor Graham.

 

 
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