Jury trial scheduled in May for Salem man who allegedly struck and killed pedestrian PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 15 January 2016 10:58

 

 

An initial jury trial date of May 18 has been scheduled for Derek A. Deaton, the 22-year-old Salem area resident who has been charged in Washington Superior Court for striking and killing Mitchell Lovins of Scottsburg with his pickup truck on Sunday, January 10.

The 70-year-old Lovins was walking on State Road 56 in Washington County around 3 a.m. Sunday when he was apparently struck by Deaton, who was driving a red Chevy S10 pickup at the time. Lovins was on foot because the mini-van he'd been driving westbound had slipped off the highway and become disabled. The mishap occurred near Quaker Lane about two miles east of Salem.

After hitting Lovins, Deaton allegedly left the scene. Lovins' body was found a short time later by a passing motorist and reported to authorities. Lovins died of massive trauma at the scene.

Indiana State Police turned to social media and newspapers on Monday, asking for help in locating the person who struck Lovins.

That help came quickly that same day in the form of a tip that led ISP detectives to Deaton, who has no previous criminal record. After interviewing the young man, the ISP placed him in custody and transported him to the Washington County Jail in Salem on a preliminary charge of leaving the scene of an accident causing death.

That charge was made formal on Tuesday afternoon, January 12, by Judge Frank Newkirk Jr., who informed Deaton of his rights and told him that the Level 5 felony had been filed.

Judge Newkirk set Deaton's bond at $10,000 cash and forwarded the case on to that county's public defender board for assignment.

Deaton was being held at the Washington County facility in lieu of bond as of January 13.

Lovins was a retired City of Scottsburg employee, having worked as a mechanic for the city for 34 years. He retired in 2009. He was also once active with the Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department, serving as a fireman for 28 years.

He is survived by his wife, a son and two daughters as well as a stepson and two stepdaughters, his mother, siblings, 20 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

His funeral was conducted on Friday morning, January 15, at Fairview Christian Church near Underwood. Rick Richardson officiated.

Staff of the Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg was in charge of arrangements.

 
Drug dealer sentenced to 16 years in Level 2 felony case involving methamphetamine PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 15 January 2016 10:56

 

 

Caught in December, 2014, with over ten grams of methamphetamine, Jackson Lee McGinnis, 37, now has a new home with the Indiana Department of Corrections.

McGinnis was sentenced in Scott Circuit Court to 16 years for a Level 2 felony charge of dealing methamphetamine, a highly addictive homemade drug. In a plea agreement, McGinnis entered a formal guilty plea to the dealing charge on January 4, getting a sentence of 16 years, the last six of which may be served on supervised probation. He must successfully serve at least 75% of those ten years and, if the terms of probation are not complied with, those six years will be revoked and also be served by him, advised Scott County Prosecutor Jason Mount.

Another drug-related case against McGinnis was dismissed in accordance with the plea agreement. “Due to the overlap of these two investigations, it would not have been possible to seek consecutive sentences on these two cases,” advised the prosecutor.

McGinnis was stopped by Indiana State Police (ISP) investigators on December 18, 2014. He had in his possession 13 grams of the illegal crystal substance. Additionally, undercover agents for the ISP had purchased over 14 grams of meth from McGinnis earlier that month. McGinnis had been among over 30 persons being investigated by the ISP from June, 2014, to January, 2015.

After being charged with the crime in 2014, McGinnis posted a $10,000 cash bond and was released. When a plea agreement was worked out for McGinnis nearly two years later, he was ordered to report to the Scott County Probation Department so that a pre-sentencing report could be compiled. He was also informed that his sentencing on the charge would take place on November 30.

McGinnis never reported to the Probation Department and did not appear on November 30. His bond was revoked and an arrest warrant was issued.

By December 7, he had been located and re-arrested, and sentencing was reset for January 4.

In addition to prison time, McGinnis' bond shall be used to pay $1,578 in delinquent child support, a $1,000 drug interdiction fee, court costs and a $400 drug and alcohol program fee.

“I thank the Indiana State Police for their efforts in this matter, and I am glad we could reach a just conclusion to this case without the necessity of trial, despite the fact that many drug penalties have recently been reduced by Indiana legislators. Dealing in over ten grams of methamphetamine is the most serious, highest level drug offense in Indiana,” stated Prosecutor Mount.

 
Scott County Partnership Trivial Pursuit Night to be held January 30 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Friday, 15 January 2016 10:55

 

 

The Scott County Partnership is pleased to announce that the Trivial Pursuit Night Fundraiser will be held on January 30th, 2016 at the Mid America Science Park located at 821 S. Lake Road South Scottsburg IN. The fun and festivities will begin at 6:00 PM. If you register on or before January 15th, 2016 the cost is $150 per team or $25 per person. Registrations after January 15th, 2016 are $175 per team or $30 per person. Teams cannot have more than 8 members. Spectators may come and watch for $5 admission. The event will be more geared toward adults. To register your team or yourself please call the SCP at 812-752-6365.

First prize for the trivia competition is $300. Additional prizes will be awarded for best snacks, best table decoration and last place in the trivia competition.

“I love this fundraiser.” says Ace Woodson, Special Events Coordinator for the SCP “It is a fun night for people to come out, relax and pit their knowledge of trivia against their friends. It will be a blast.” Along with the Trivial Pursuit activities there will also be auction items to bid on through out the evening and a Cash bar serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. You also have the opportunity to provide auction items, or acquire items that would be suitable for an auction and donate them. If you have items available for auction, please call 752-6365 to donate.

“This is one of our favorite fundraisers.” States Jene Bridgewater, Director of the Scott County Partnership. “It helps support so many great programs.”

Proceeds from this event enable the Scott County Partnership to provide leadership or assistance to: Scott County Clearinghouse, Scott County Circles Campaign, Scott County Attendance Review Board, Career Clusters, Healthy Start for School Festival, Guiding Good Choices, LifeSkills, coordinating Jump-Start, Reality Stores, Youth/Education Committee, Get Healthy Scott County Committee, Family, Health, & Self-Sufficiency Committee, Workforce Development, and other new initiatives that arise within the community.

Again, The Scott County Partnership will hold their annual Trivial Pursuit Night Fundraiser on January 30th, 2016 at the Mid America Science Park located at 821 S. Lake Road South Scottsburg IN. The event starts at 6:00 PM. If you register on or before January 15th, 2016 the cost is $150 per team or $25 per person. Registrations after January 15, 2016 are $175 per team or $30 per person. Teams cannot have more than 8 members. Spectators may come and watch for $5 admission. The event will be more geared toward adults. To register your team or yourself please call the SCP at 812-752-6365.

 
Indiana Dept. of Education releases Scott County's Public School's ISTEP Pass Percentages PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Friday, 15 January 2016 10:52

 

 

The Indiana Department of Education has reported that 53.5% of the students who took the ISTEP standardized test last year passed both the language arts and mathematics portions. 74.7 percent of students passed both sections in 2014. Officials say the new scores cannot be compared to previous years' scores because testing has changed. Lawmakers have been considering removing any negative influences the test scores might have on school districts and teacher pay.

The following is the percentages from the Scott County Schools:

Austin Elementary School 50.6% passed English, 42.5% passed Math

Johnson Elementary School 60% passed English, 62.1% passed Math

Lexington Elementary School 87.1% passed English, 80.6% passed Math

Scottsburg Elementary School 63.4% passed English, 54.9% passed Math

Vienna-Finley Elementary School 75.5% passed English, 79.3% passed Math

Crothersville Elementary School 83.8% passed English, 94.4% passed Math

 
Malfunctioning electric cigarette was cause of semi rig’s crash, driver’s injuries PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 08:42

It’s odd, but apparently true: A malfunctioning electronic cigarette was the apparent cause of an accident on Interstate 65 that happened around noon on Tuesday, January 5.

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