Events leading up to fatal 2015 shooting and aftermath recalled by defendant Mathis PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 06:15

The machinations of a heinous plan to end of the life of an elderly man were recounted by Jacob Wayne Mathis, one of the young defendants in the Bill Albert Reynolds murder.

FC thumps Jeffersonville PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Browning   
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 00:00

The Floyd Central varsity football team improved to 3-2 on the season after a 35-7 win over visiting Jeffersonville last Friday. 

Medal of Honor Recipient Sammy Davis to Speak in Henryville Sept. 23 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 20 September 2016 11:20



Sergeant Sammy Davis, Medal of Honor recipient, will speak to students at Henryville Junior/Senior High School amidst a flurry of pomp and circumstance, including a basketball-court sized American flag.

Sergeant Davis will speak to approximately 540 students at the school.

Students will likely remember this day for the rest of their lives, as they hear the brave story of a true American Hero, Sgt. Davis, and see his Medal of Honor.

After the school event, an invitation-only meet and greet will be held for sponsors who made the day possible. An escorted motorcade for Sgt. Davis will proceed from there to Safe Harbor Christian Church, 3002 Murphy Road, Memphis. Boom trucks will display the suspended, lit American flag along with hundreds of other American flags decorating the entrance to the facility.

The evening’s events, beginning promptly at 7 p.m., will include a talk by Sgt. Davis, dinner, Veteran recognition, Fallen Comrade Ceremony, bagpipe procession, and a wall of heroes. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets for the evening dinner and speech event at Safe Harbor are $30. For tickets, contact Denise Schott at 812-989-5947. Tickets are also available at Furnish Towing in Henryville, Indiana, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays. A limited number of seats are available. Tickets will not be available at the door on the day of the event.

Memorial/Wall of Heroes – Honor or memorialize military men and women by purchasing a space on the Wall of Heroes. It includes a biography and photograph. The section of the wall will be given to you after the day’s events. Cost is $35. Contact Denise Schott.

Sammy L. Davis joined the US Army in 1966. After completion of his training he was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 4th Artillery Regiment, 9th Infantry Division. Shortly after arrival to his unit they were shipped to Vietnam.

In 1967 Sergeant Davis’ unit was just south west of Saigon when they came under attack from the North Vietnamese, who were only 25 meters away. While under attack, he was injured, but still managed to provide fire. He then realized that across the river were three injured fellow Soldiers. Unable to swim, he still was able to reach them in order to help save them. Once he got across he manned another howitzer and carried on fighting off the North Vietnamese until they fled.

After that attack, Sammy was given a promotion to sergeant and he received his Medal of Honor. Sammy remained in the armed forces for almost 20 years, but in 1984 he had to retire due to his injuries. He is famous for appearing in the movie “Forrest Gump”, where his face was replaced with that of Tom Hanks. Thus, he is known as “The Real Forrest Gump”.



Local hospital's parking lot used for drug sale that landed couple in county jail PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 20 September 2016 10:26



A Madison couple has been charged with dealing in a controlled substance after allegedly selling an undercover informant several prescription pills while parked at Scott Memorial Hospital in Scottsburg.

Scottsburg Patrolman Troy Ford received a tip on September 9 that Robert L. “Bobby” Estep, 53, had been selling prescription medicine in Austin and Scottsburg. Purportedly, the pills came from a prescription given to his wife, Judy M. Estep, 60.

The informant was given marked money to attempt a “buy.” Ptl. Ford watched from a distance as a silver Chevrolet pulled into the hospital parking lot. The informant talked to the driver, who he said sold him 13 Tramadol, a medicine used to treat minor pain. The informant said he asked for ten pills, but he said Bobby Estep told him he couldn't make change for the $50 offered to him. The informant said Judy Estep reached under the passenger seat and got out three more pills from a prescription bottle.

When the couple was stopped later, Ptl. Ford said the bottle was found under the seat. The $50 was found in the woman's possession by the officer.

The Esteps had brief initial hearings before Judge Roger Duvall on Tuesday morning, September 13. The Level 5 felony charge each faces has been elevated to a Level 4 felony because the Prosecutor's Office filed a Notice of Prior Offense against each of the defendants.

Bobby Estep has been convicted of dealing in a controlled substance in 2004 and 2012; his wife carries old charges from 2005 and 2008. All occurred in Scott County.

Additionally, each was found to be on probation, Bobby Estep until March 9, 2018, and Judy Estep until July 6, 2018. Consequently, each is now being held without bail for 15 days.

Judge Duvall assigned public defenders for the couple and set an initial trial date of December 13 for each. In both cases, bail was set at $50,000 by corporate surety bond or $10,000 cash.



Motorists, cyclist among injured in investigated accidents in city and county PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 20 September 2016 10:24



A total of five people were injured in three recent accidents that have happened recently, all on U.S. Highway 31.

The first occurred Tuesday afternoon, August 30, at County Line Road in Underwood. A second accident took place on Monday, September 5, south of Scott Memorial Hospital.

On Tuesday afternoon, August 30, a 2003 Toyota Tacoma struck the rear of a 1995 Dodge pickup truck on U.S. Highway 31 South and County Line Road.

Drivers were identified as Mark R. Amos, 55, Henryville, and James M. Bougher, 52, Charlestown.

Bougher had to abruptly brake his pickup because of a slowing vehicle in front of him, Deputy Jac Sanders was told. When he did so, Amos in the Tacoma hit the pickup's rear.

Bougher experienced neck pain after the crash and was transported by Scott County EMS to the hospital in Scottsburg as was one of his two passengers, Ty A. Hicks, 27, Charlestown, who had head pain. Another passenger in the truck, Mark Tully of Charlestown, was checked by EMS personnel at the scene. Amos was also not injured.

Property damage was estimated at up to $10,000 by Deputy Sanders. Both vehicles were removed from the scene by wrecker.

Of the six accidents worked by Scottsburg police since September 2, two involved injuries.

The first mishap occurred at 9:21 a.m. on Labor Day, September 5, on U.S. 31 North at Carla Lane.

According to information gathered by Sgt. Rodney Watts and Lt. Mike Nichols, Hans J. Boettcher, 75, Scottsburg, was cycling with southbound traffic when he was struck from behind by a 2003 Chevy Cavalier driven by Alyssa J. Collins, 18, Austin.

Boettcher suffered abrasions to a knee and lower leg, while Collins experienced abdominal pain following the accident. Both were transported by Scott County EMS to Scott Memorial Hospital just north of the accident site.

Property damage was estimated by Sgt. Watts to be up to $2,500.

On Tuesday, September 6, a crash happened on U.S. 31 South at South Lake Road. Drivers were Gregory L. Whitsitt, 29, Scottsburg, and Kevin R. Abbott, 48, Memphis.

According to statements taken from the drivers and two witnesses, Whitsitt disregarded the traffic signal at the intersection and attempted to turn left onto U.S. 31 in his 2007 Toyota Prius. Abbott was northbound and struck the Prius with his 2005 Ford F250 pickup truck. The pickup was pulling a hay baler.

Whitsitt suffered a possible upper shoulder/arm injury in the mishap. He was treated at the scene by Scott County EMS and then transported to Scott Memorial. Abbott was not injured, according to Lt. Mike Nichols' report.

The report also indicated that Whitsitt was charged with a felony.

Property damage was estimated at up to $25,000. Capt. David Hardin assisted Lt. Nichols at the scene.

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