Scottsburg area resident saved from heroin overdose facing charges PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 11 August 2017 16:19



A man whose life was saved through administration of the antidote Narcan is facing a felony charge in Scott Circuit Court.

Detective Jeremy Arnold with the Sheriff’s Department answered a call for help on July 20. The caller told 9-1-1 dispatchers that a man had been found unresponsive in a car at Pioneer Village. Pioneer Village is a small convenience store at the corner of State Roads 203 and 256 east of Scottsburg.

The man in need of help was identified as Cody A. Deaton, 26, Scottsburg. Deaton was found by Det. Arnold lying on the ground beside a vehicle. Drugs and paraphernalia were seen in the car, including an uncapped loaded syringe, which field-tested positively as heroin.

Narcan was administered to Deaton, who survived.

He is now charged with possession of a narcotic drug, a Level 6 felony. He was ordered held for 15 days without bail. His bail after that period was set at $30,000 by corporate surety bond or $3,000 cash.

Deaton was provided with the services of a public defender. His trial date is scheduled October 16.




County coroner forced to make other arrangements for bodies PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 11 August 2017 16:18



County Coroner Jerry Buchanan waited through nearly all of the meeting held by Scott County Commissioners on Wednesday morning, August 2, to present a most unique problem to those officials.

For years, Buchanan explained, if an autopsy was needed to find a cause of death, that procedure was done by the Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville, Ky. Recently, however, Buchanan was informed that the county will have to make other arrangements to obtain autopsies.

“Louisville is experiencing a lot more deaths because of the opioid epidemic,” he explained. Consequently, the Medical Examiner can no longer perform autopsies on persons who have died outside of Jefferson County, Ky.

Buchanan said he’s been researching what would be needed to perform autopsies in the county. Certain equipment is required, and, of course, a room.

Commissioners Kelley Robbins, Bob Tobias and Mike Jones discussed the situation, speculating if room could be found at the old John Jones GM City building. It is rapidly being transformed into a new facility for the Scott County Health Department. An estimated $7,000 to $10,000 could be needed for equipment alone.

After debating the pros and cons of locating a small morgue there, Commissioners encouraged Buchanan to contact Scott Memorial Hospital. Perhaps an agreement could be reached so the facility could be located there, it was thought.

Buchanan said he’d talk with administrators at the local hospital and report back to Commissioners.



Woman, teen listed as injured in two recent vehicle accidents PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 11 August 2017 16:17



Two women were injured in separate vehicle accidents on August 2 and 5, records with local law enforcement agencies indicated.

On Wednesday, August 2, James Stingley Jr., 34, Scottsburg, was driving a 2003 Toyota Celica north on Kinderhook Road a little after 7 p.m. As he met a car headed south in a curve, he said he thought the 2013 Ford Focus was in his lane. Stingley told Deputy Jac Sanders that he steered the car off the edge of the right side but then over-corrected his steering.

That action apparently caused the car to move into the southbound lane and hit the Focus head-on.

Stingley nor the other driver, identified as Alvin M. Wicky, 20, Scottsburg, were not injured, but Wicky’s passenger, Sheron R. Wicky, 14, suffered head pain and was transported by Scott County EMS to Scott Memorial Hospital.

Stingley was cited by Deputy Sanders for having no proof of financial responsibility.

Both cars were heavily damaged and towed from the scene. Property damage was listed at up to $25,000 by the officer.

On Saturday, August 5, an elderly Salem woman was injured when her 2015 Lincoln was rear-ended by a 2013 Dodge Dart.

Judith D. Zink, 76, experienced head pain after the mishap. She was treated at the scene, noted Sgt. Brian Hall.

Sgt. Hall talked to the driver of the Dodge, identified as Isaac P. Stone, 24, Hanover. Stone said he was driving Weston State Road 56 (West McClain Avenue) when he looked away from the road to reach for a drink. By the time he looked back, he said the Zink car had stopped behind another vehicle which was turning, and he had no time to avoid the collision.

The mishap occurred near the entrance to Spaulding Square Court just after 11 a.m.

Again, both vehicles were towed from the scene. Sgt. Hall was assisted by Sgt. Rodney Watts and Patrolman James Vires.

Property damage was estimated as high as $25,000.




17-year-old charged as adult in May shooting pleads guilty PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 11 August 2017 16:15



A teenager who was videoed in a city park shooting a man appeared in Scott Circuit Court on Tuesday morning, August 8, and entered a guilty plea to one of five charges filed against him.

Detai Howard, 17, Austin, was waived from Juvenile Court jurisdiction to adult court. He was charged with Level 3 felony aggravated battery, two counts of Level 5 battery and two counts of Level 5 criminal recklessness.

As family members watched, Howard entered into a plea agreement, pleading guilty to the first count of Level 3 aggravated battery. This charge indicates that Howard “…did knowingly or intentionally inflict injury…that created a substantial risk of death, caused serious permanent disfigurement or protracted loss or caused impairment of the function of a bodily member (the victim’s leg)…”

His plea was accepted by Judge Jason Mount. As is normal in a plea agreement of this enormity, a pre-sentence investigation was ordered to be submitted to the court before Howard’s sentencing. The sentencing is scheduled on September 25. A diagnostic evaluation of Howard was also requested.

Howard has been held at the juvenile facility in Brownstown since the shooting occurred around 8:30 p.m. on May 31. A Clarksville man, Jonathon Borton, 19, had arrived at Beechwood Park, allegedly to get a handgun which Howard had taken from him.

Other people at the park heard shouting as the situation escalated, and one person used a cell phone to video the confrontation, capturing the moment that the gun being held by Howard fired, striking Borton in the leg.

Though he ran from the scene, the juvenile suspect was identified shortly after the shooting and surrendered to authorities that same evening. He was placed into custody and transported to the Jackson County center.

The .22 caliber handgun was retrieved by local police from a roadside ditch about four hours after the shooting.





Pair charged with assisting criminal during recent incident PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 11 August 2017 16:13



Scottsburg police ran into an unusual and potentially dangerous situation recently and solved it by arresting two men on the scene and then filing charges later against two others for lying to them.

The incident on July 15 began when Patrolmen Troy Ford and Shawn Hurt were dispatched to a residence on North Hyland Street. They were told by dispatchers that a caller had said a man was hiding in a closet because he was afraid of people trying to beat him up. They were also informed that drugs were in the house.

When officers went to the front door, they said no one would answer their knocks or verbal commands.

Ptl. Ford contacted the owner of the house. She reportedly told the officer that a woman she identified as Heather Ward and a man, Jordan Harrell, were staying there while Harrell did some work on the property for her. Harrell, 23, was wanted on a warrant for failing to comply with a court order, the officers knew.

As the patrolmen were talking, they said they saw a couple leave the residence. Ward, 25, and her companion, identified as Frederick Noble, 28, reportedly told the officers no one else was in the house.

When the home’s owner arrived at the scene and allowed the officers inside, Harrell and another man, Christopher J.S. Helton, 29, were located in the basement. Helton was also wanted on warrant, officers discovered. Both were placed into custody and transported to the Scott County Security Center.

Officers recovered a bag of ten syringes from the area where the men had been. Drug paraphernalia was also in the bag, the probable cause affidavit said, and more needles were found in a sharps container and in a backpack. When Helton was booked in, jail staff reported they found a baggie with 6.3 grams of heroin in his possession.

On July 19, new charges were filed against Harrell and Helton. Harrell is charged with maintaining a common nuisance and unlawful possession of a syringe, both Level 6 felonies, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Helton’s charges include possession of a narcotic drug, a Level 5 felony, and Level 6 felony unlawful possession of a syringe, and visiting a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia, both misdemeanors.

Bail for each is set at $60,000 by corporate surety bond or $6,000 cash, and each was assigned an October 16 jury trial date. In addition, both were held for 15 days without bond. The men also attended separate hearings on State motions to revoke suspended sentences in earlier cases.

Because Ward and Noble allegedly knew there were two other people in the house but withheld that information from officers, each has been charged with assisting a criminal, a Level 6 felony, and visiting a common nuisance, a misdemeanor.

Warrants for each were filed July 21. Ward was arrested and booked into the local jail on August 1. She was expected to have her initial court hearing by Thursday, August 3. Officers were still searching for Noble at the time of her arrest.

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