Scott District 2 officials asking for six new school guards PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 20 April 2018 11:18



Officials with Scott School District 2 have approached both Scottsburg and county governments with a unique request: splitting the cost of adding six new law enforcement officers.

District 2 Superintendent Dr. Marc Slaton attended both the Scottsburg City Council meeting on Monday night, April 16, and the Scott County Council meeting on Tuesday morning, April 17. He was also expected to appear at the Scott County Commissioners’ meeting on Wednesday, April 18.

At each meeting, Supt. Slaton said the district needs to increase its security at the six schools it operates. Three of those schools are located in Scottsburg; three are in the county.

What he proposed was splitting the cost of paying six new officers – three at the city’s police department and three new deputies for the Sheriff’s Department. He told City Council members, “We are committed to spending $250,000 on this plan.”

The figures Dr. Slaton provided Monday night indicated District 2 was willing to pay $24,000 per guard, roughly half of what an officer would make. The superintendent explained to both groups that District 2 “…doesn’t want to get in the business of hiring police officers.” Consequently, the Board of School Trustees determined this system of having each department hire three officers dedicated to school safety would provide more security and better response times in case of incidents.

According to the proposed plan, each officer would serve an eight hour shift. City police officers have ten hour shifts.

Figures quoted apparently do not include equipment, vehicles, training or insurance.

At the City Council meeting, Council President Bill Hoagland asked Dr. Slaton if the plan would involve current officers on staff. “No, we mean (that the City would) hire three new, additional officers,” he replied, adding, “We’d like to see this (plan) become reality.”

Councilman John Konkler thanked the D2 officials for hosting a recent executive session of all county, city and Austin officials and law enforcement agencies.

“In talking to others (about protecting schools from violent intruders), I’ve learned it’s a matter of being prepared when it does happen, not if it is going to happen,” Konkler said soberly.

Mayor Bill Graham was unable to attend Monday night’s meeting, so the matter was tabled by the City Council.

Similarly, the County Council thanked Dr. Slaton for coming and decided to discuss the proposal further.



Three defendants plead guilty in 2017, 2018 felony cases PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 20 April 2018 11:15


Three defendants charged in separate incidents occurring in 2017 and 2018 have entered plea agreements and received sentences ranging from nine to 24 years.

According to Prosecutor Chris Owens, Jessica Stark Smith of Lexington was one of three people involved in the attempted robbery of a Crothersville man in March, 2017.

Smith pleaded guilty to one count of Level 2 felony robbery resulting in serious bodily injury and received a sentence of 24 years. She will spend 16 of those years in prison. When she is released, Smith will be on supervised (reporting) probation for another eight years.

Smith’s husband, Lonnie Smith, is a co-defendant in the case and is scheduled to be sentenced on Thursday, April 26.

According to what officers learned, Jessica Smith lured the Crothersville man to the Smith home on Johnny Johnson Road where her husband and a friend, Scott Mitchell, reportedly planned to rob him. The visitor was armed with a gun, however, and shot Mitchell after Mitchell punched him. Mitchell died of his injuries.

The Smiths were subsequently charged in the incident and have been incarcerated since it occurred.

Remaining charges against Jessica Smith were dismissed in accordance with the plea agreement. Smith will also be responsible for court fees. She was credited with 427 days already served.

Haley D. Cornett, 21, Austin, was convicted of dealing in methamphetamine (meth) and given ten years. Six years will be served in state prison with the remaining four served on supervised probation. She was granted a credit of 80 days for time already served.

Cornett was arrested and charged this past January with selling meth to a confidential informant in November, 2017. As part of her plea agreement, Cornett will receive the opportunity to obtain drug treatment while in prison.

Two other Level 3 felony charges of dealing in meth and a Level 5 count of dealing in a look-alike substance were dismissed against her.

She was sentenced on April 2.

The third defendant is Jacob W. Robak, 38, Madison.

Robak is the individual arrested after an armed robbery attempt at a Dollar General Store in Scottsburg on January 29. He left the store after learning he could not get any money because of the security system used by the store chain. Scottsburg police saw him trying to drive away from the store and captured him.

A folding knife was found in the man’s car.

Robak will serve a sentence of nine years. Four of those years will be served on supervised probation after he is released. He received credit for time already served of 70 days. His remaining charges, which include a charge of operating a motor vehicle after adjudged an Habitual Traffic Violator, were dismissed.

Prosecutor Owens applauded the efforts of the Sheriff’s Department, Austin Police Department, Scottsburg Police Department and Indiana State Police in securing evidence that developed into solid cases against the trio. “We are lucky to have a group of departments and officers that are willing and able to work together for the good of the community,” stated Owens. “When everyone works for a common goal, it is much more attainable.”

Traffic Stop in Scott County Puts Three in Jail PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 13:38

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Scott County-This morning at 9:15 am, a trooper conducted a traffic stop on a 1999 Toyota Camry on U. S. #31 near Moonglo Road in Scott County. During the stop Indiana State Police K-9, Riggs indicated the presence of controlled substances in the vehicle. Troopers searched the vehicle finding Crystal Methamphetamine, Marijuana, Syringes and Paraphernalia.

Troopers arrested the driver, Corey Smith, 27 years of age, from Austin. He was charged with Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of a Syringe, Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana, Trafficking with an Inmate and Maintaining a Common Nuisance.

Two passengers were also arrested during the traffic stop, Brandon L. Bowman, 25 years of age, from Salem, IN, was charged with Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of a Syringe, Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana, and Visiting a Common Nuisance. The other passenger, Jesse D. Terry, 24 years of age, from Scottsburg, IN, was charged with Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of a Syringe, Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana, Trafficking with an Inmate and Visiting a Common Nuisance.

All of the arrested were incarcerated at the Scott County Jail.

Updated: Fatal Crash in Floyd County-Next of Kin has been located PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 18 April 2018 08:23

Last night (Tuesday, April 24, 2018) around 7:30 pm, troopers from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg responded to a crash on Interstate #265 near the 5.5 Mile Marker in Floyd County.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 April 2018 09:35
Job fair Friday at CLC PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 18 April 2018 07:28

Friday, April 20 the Washington County Chamber of Commerce and the Washington County Economic Growth Partnership will join forces to host a job fair.

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