Alleged robber of downtown pizza restaurant turns himself in, says not guilty PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 June 2016 12:41

 

 

The alleged robber of the Jendy's Pizza restaurant on the east side of Scottsburg's downtown square entered a preliminary plea of not guilty to the charges filed against him.

Vincent E. Mayo, 29, no address listed, is charged with Level 3 felony robbery and Level 6 felony theft in the incident which occurred late at night on Friday, June 10.

The probable cause affidavit written by Scottsburg Patrolman Shawn Hurt related that he was dispatched to Jendy's regarding an armed robbery.

Employees of the restaurant said two males armed with guns came in the shop's back door. Both had their faces partially obscured by bandanas.

The intruders reportedly told the employees to not move. They said one took a tray out of a register in the rear of the store, and the other man took a small safe and its key. They then ran out the back door.

Though police searched the area, no suspect was located. The tray was found inside the store by employees, noted Ptl. Hurt. Nearly $1,000 in cash had been taken.

Mayo was identified as one of the men by a store employee. He reportedly had once worked at Jendy's. Mayo was overheard telling a jailer that he had turned himself in when he learned he was a suspect in the robbery.

At his court appearance, Mayo respectfully answered Senior Judge Nicholas South's questions, advising he had a job. Judge South set a jury trial for September 27 and Mayo's bail at $50,000 by corporate surety bond or $10,000 cash. A public defender was to be appointed to the case.

Judge South talked with several of Mayo's family members after the suspect was led away. He advised them that they should talk to Mayo's attorney about getting his bail reduced.

 

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Three accidents result in three people reported injured in city and county mishaps PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 June 2016 12:39

 

 

Two adults and a 13-year-old boy were listed as injured in three recent crashes that occurred in Scottsburg, Austin and Finley Township.

The first injury accident happened on State Road 56 West (McClain Avenue) at Beechwood Avenue just before 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7.

Tami E. Shouse, 52, Scottsburg, was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo and stopped in the left lane of eastbound traffic to attempt a north turn onto the city street.

As she was waiting, Shouse said a motorist stopped in the left lane of westbound traffic motioned her to turn. When she did so, she collided with a 2006 Chevy Trail Blazer driven by Tonya M. Lee, 44, Scottsburg.

Shouse received abrasions to her face in the mishap and was transported to Scott Memorial Hospital by Scott County EMS technicians. Lee was reportedly not injured.

Sgt. Rodney Watts investigated the accident. He was assisted at the scene by Lt./Detective Mike Nichols and Sgt. Brian Hall. The estimate of property damage was listed at up to $25,000 and included a city-owned street sign.

Deputy Joe Guarneri was dispatched to an accident in Austin on Thursday, June 9, that involved that city's police chief, Robert Gudgel. The accident occurred at 3:10 p.m.

Chief Gudgel said he was behind a 2002 Chevy Cavalier in his patrol car, a 2014 Dodge Charger unit, when the Cavalier suddenly stopped in front of him. Driver Patricia A. Sizemore, 56, Austin, said she braked to avoid another vehicle which had abruptly stopped in front of her.

Unfortunately, Chief Gudgel's car hit the back of Sizemore's vehicle. Neither adult was injured, but Sizemore's passenger, 13-year-old Vincent Hall, Austin, suffered a neck abrasion and hit his head. Deputy Guarneri's report related that medical treatment was refused at the scene.

Property damage was estimated at up to $5,000 in that accident.

Just before 6 a.m. on Saturday, June 11, a motorist's encounter with a deer resulted in an injury accident on S.R. 56 800 feet east of Dunny Drive.

Charles R. Bandy, 51, Jeffersonville, was headed east on the state highway when he said a deer appeared in his way. Bandy swerved in his 2008 Mini-Cooper trying to avoid the animal. That action caused Bandy to run off the road and down a steep embankment where the car stopped after hitting a culvert. The impact caused up to $25,000 in damage to the compact car and deployed Bandy's airbag.

Bandy was transported to Scott Memorial by the local ambulance service after saying he was experiencing chest pain.

 

 
Local court records reveal drug-related arrests continue to happen in Scott County PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 June 2016 12:35

 

 

Among other arrests made by law enforcement agencies over the past couple of weeks were several involving drugs or drug-related charges.

Defendants in cases filed in Scott Superior Court now include:

Johnny D. Scudder, 44, Milan, arrested by Scottsburg Patrolman Troy Ford on May 22 in the parking lot of Wal-Mart and charged with Level 6 possession of heroin and unlawful possession of a syringe and a Class C misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Scudder's case was assigned to a public defender. His initial jury trial date is August 29, and he has a bail reduction hearing set for June 27. Bail is set at $15,000 by corporate surety bond or 10% cash.

Lance J. Eads, 28, Scottsburg, arrested by Ptl. Ford on May 22 in the Wal-Mart parking lot and charged with Level 6 felonies of unlawful possession of a syringe and possession of methamphetamine and a Class C misdemeanor of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Eads' attorney appeared with him at his initial hearing. A jury trial date of August 23 was scheduled. Bail was lowered from $15,000 by bond/10% cash to $10,000 bond/10% cash. Eads was released after a cash bond was filed on May 27.

James D. Bailey, 30, Norman, In., found on May 23 in his room at America's Best Inn, Scottsburg. Charges were prepared by Scottsburg Patrolman Shawn Hurt and include Level 6 felony unlawful possession of a syringe, Class C misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

A warrant remains outstanding for Bailey's arrest.

Logan C. Roger, 19, Austin, arrested by Indiana State Police Trooper Brandon Farias on May 27 at a residence at 5364 North Terry Road. He is charged with Level 6 maintaining a common nuisance, Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana, and Class C misdemeanors of possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal possession, consumption or transportation of alcohol by a minor. Also filed was the State's intent to seek an enhanced penalty in this case because of prior convictions.

His jury trial is scheduled August 23 with bail set at $30,000 by bond or $3,000 cash. A public defender was appointed. Roger has a bail reduction hearing set for June 20.

Tabatha M. Donahay, 30, Scottsburg, arrested June 1 by ISP Trooper Nathan Abbott at the intersection of Cherry and Washington Streets, Scottsburg. Charges include Level 6 felony possession of methamphetamine and Class C misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

The jury trial in this case is scheduled August 23. Bail is $15,000 by bond or $1,500 cash. A public defender has been assigned to the case.

Christine Nichole Smith, 30, arrested June 1 by Sgt. Brian Hall of Scottsburg Police Department at her residence at 816 South First Street, Scottsburg. Charges are three Level 6 felonies of possession of a legend (prescription) drug (Gabapentin), unlawful possession of a syringe and possession of a narcotic drug (heroin). State also filed a petition for detainer, and Smith was ordered held 15 days without bond, bond thereafter set at $15,000 by bond or $1,500 cash.

Smith's case was assigned to a public defender and her jury trial is set for September 6.

Melissa Cull, 42, Scottsburg, arrested by Ptl. Ford on June 5 in the Jay C Food Store parking lot. Charges include Level 6 felony unlawful possession of a syringe and Class A misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Her initial hearing was held June 6, with a public defender appointed to the case and bail set at $10,000 by bond or $1,000 cash. Her jury trial is September 6.

Felix W. Neace, 25, Austin, arrested by Austin Patrolman Scott McCoskey on June 5 at the intersection of Church Street and Factory Drive. Charges are Class A misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Bail is set at $10,000 by bond or $1,000 cash, and his jury trial is set August 11. Neace was released on home detention to await his trial.

Paige Elizabeth Perez, 25, Atlantic, Ia., arrested on June 10 by ISP Trooper Rob Caudill on Interstate 65 southbound near the 24.5 mile marker. She is charged with Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Perez appeared on June 13 for her initial court hearing and entered a preliminary plea of not guilty. Her jury trial date is August 11, and her bail is set at $5,000 by surety bond or $500 cash.

Casey D. Sterling, 26, Lexington, arrested on June 16 by Deputy Joe Guarneri at residence at 6538 East Webster Road, Lexington.

No court action has been taken on the case.

Christopher R. Monroe, 36, Scottsburg, arrested on June 15 by Scottsburg Patrolman James Vires in the McDonald's parking lot. Charges are L6 felony possession of methamphetamine and two Class A misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance, being Clonazepam and Phentermine.

His initial hearing was held June 17 with bail set at $15,000 by surety bond/10% cash and a jury trial date of September 19 scheduled. A public defender was assigned to the case.

Darren Andrew Herald, 18, Independence, Ky., arrested June 17 by Deputies Joe Johnson, James Shelton and Joe Guarneri on Double or Nothing Road after a 9-1-1 call about a possible intoxicated driver was received.

Herald's charges include maintaining a common nuisance, Level 6 felony, and possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor. His jury trial is set for September 19. Bail was reduced to $15,000 by surety bond or 10% cash.

 

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Fireworks Laws Hoosiers Need to Know PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 June 2016 12:16

Fireworks season has arrived, and the State Fire Marshal is reminding all Hoosiers to be mindful of fireworks laws when celebrating this summer.
“Fireworks can be very entertaining to watch, but there are laws in place that are often overlooked when it comes to their usage,” said State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson. “We want for everyone to enjoy their summer, but we also want them to do so responsibly.”
Hoosiers should remember the following laws when setting off fireworks:
·         The person setting off fireworks could be liable for damage on any property.
·         Fireworks may only be set off on the user’s property, on the property of someone who has consented to the use of fireworks or at locally-mandated special discharge locations. Not all communities designate a special discharge location.
·         Throughout the year, fireworks may only be used between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. Local ordinance may limit this further.
·         No local limitations may be placed on holidays and specially designated days listed below.
Specially designated days for fireworks use are June 29 through July 3 and July 5 through 9. On those days, fireworks may be used between 9 a.m. until two hours after sunset.
On holidays (Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and New Year’s Eve), fireworks may be used between 9 a.m. and midnight.
There are penalties that come with breaking the laws regarding fireworks. Here are a few examples:
·         A person using fireworks anywhere other than the three previously listed places could face a maximum fine of $500 per infraction.
·         Damaging someone else’s property with fireworks could result in a fine of $5,000 as well as one year imprisonment. Restitution costs to the property owner may also be assessed.
·         Someone recklessly, knowingly, or intentionally using fireworks and causing the serious injury or death of someone else could face imprisonment and a maximum fine of $10,000.
·         Anyone under the age of 18 possessing or using fireworks without the presence of an adult could face a fine of $500 per infraction.
Not only do fireworks users need to abide by laws, but so do fireworks retailers who sell to the public,  who may only sell 1.4G consumer fireworks. Dealers must hold a permit through Indiana Department of Homeland Security’s Fire and Building Safety Division, which is overseen by the State Fire Marshal.
No one younger than18 may purchase fireworks.
For more fireworks safety tips, visit www.GetPrepared.in.gov. For more information on local ordinances and fireworks limitations, contact local officials.

 
Scott County Sheriff Warns of IRS Scams PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 June 2016 12:09

The Scott County Sheriff's Office has recently received several reports regarding citizens getting phone calls from someone claiming to be an IRS agent. The call can come from a spoofed number that looks like an IRS phone number. The person on the phone says that a debt is owed to the IRS and a warrant will be issued for your arrest if you do not pay it. The person then gives directions to transfer money into a bank account to resolve the issue.

Sheriff Dan McClain encourages everyone to follow the scam prevention tips from the IRS.gov website below:

The IRS Will Never:

Call to demand immediate payment over the phone, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money and you don’t owe taxes, here’s what you should do:

Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.
Contact TIGTA (Treasury Inspector General Tax Administration) to report the call  at 1-800-366-4484.
Use their IRS "Impersonation Scam Reporting" web page at https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml
Report it to the Federal Trade Commission using the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on http://www.ftc.gov (Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes).
If you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS directly at 1-800-829-1040.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 June 2016 12:09
 
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