Happy Days star found dead in Harrison County PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 25 April 2017 08:29

On Saturday, April 22, Erin Marie Moran-Fleischmann, who played Joanie on the hit television series "Happy Days" died at her residence in New Salisbury.

41 grams of meth allegedly found in possession of Austin area resident PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 09:46



Donovan M. Bowling, 25, Austin, is now incarcerated at the Scott County Security Center awaiting his jury trial on a Level 2 felony count of dealing in methamphetamine.

Bowling was found at an apartment on West Owen Street in Scottsburg on April 4 by Deputy J.R. Ward. Deputy Ward had received a tip about possible criminal activity at the residence.

While the officer was executing a consent to search, he said Bowling “…went from the porch outside to the bathroom inside carrying a red bag that was later found to have 41.00 grams of methamphetamine inside it…” according to the probable cause affidavit.

The meth was packaged for individual sale, the deputy said. Also confiscated was a pair of digital scales and some drug paraphernalia.

A preliminary plea of not guilty was entered for Bowling during his initial court hearing. The case was assigned to a public defender.

Bail was set at $100,000 by corporate surety bond or by $10,000 cash.



Alleged intoxicated driver finds case enhanced because of 1998 conviction PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 09:45



A Scottsburg area resident charged with two counts of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (OWI) has learned his case has been enhanced to Level 5 felonies.

Donald F. Wilson, 52, Banes Hollow Road, was arrested by Trooper Kyle Taylor of the Indiana State Police (ISP) on February 28. He was the apparent driver of a pickup truck which lost its load, a camper, on West State Road 256. The camper struck a utility pole, causing property damage.

Wilson was interviewed by Deputy Joe Johnson of the Sheriff’s Department after the mishap occurred.

Put through a series of tests to determine sobriety, Wilson, whose speech was allegedly slurred, also submitted to a blood alcohol test. The results apparently indicated that he was intoxicated.

He was transported to the Scott County Security Center in Scottsburg. The Class A misdemeanor OWI charges were filed by the Prosecutor’s Office on March 6. So was a Notice of Prior Offense, which stated that Wilson had been convicted in April, 1998, of two counts of OWI causing death. Consequently, the case is now a Level 5 felony.

Wilson has a jury trial date of June 5. He will be represented by a public defender.


76 tickets written and 7 arrests recorded from March Operation Pull Over PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 09:43



A total of 76 traffic tickets were written and seven arrests were made during the most recent Operation Pull Over conducted in Scott County.

Officers with the Sheriff’s Department and Scottsburg Police Department participated in the program, which was designed to get dangerous and impaired drivers off local roads and streets.

“Dangerous and impaired driving kills,” said Sheriff Dan McClain. “We all play a part in keeping Indiana’s roadways safe. Campaigns such as this ensure each and every driver and passenger understands his/her role and the importance of staying vigilant behind the wheel. Even just one less dangerous or impaired driver off the road is a success in which we all can share.”

Because of a routine traffic stop, two arrests were made for outstanding criminal warrants. other arrests were for driving while suspended with prior convictions. another individual was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while never receiving a driver license.

Common reasons for ticketing a driver included lack of use of seatbelts or child restraint devices, speeding, expired license plates and invalid driver licenses.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an average of one alcohol-related driving fatality occurred every 53 minutes in 2015. More than 10,000 people die on U.S. roads due to intoxicated driving each year.

Increased enforcement during March is part of a continuing statewide effort supported by federal highway safety funding. More than 250 Indiana law enforcement agencies participated in this Operation Pull Over supported by funding distributed by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.




Subject of high speed chase in Jennings, Scott counties captured locally PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 09:42



The man who was the subject of a high speed chase just before midnight on Friday, April 7, is residing at the Jennings County Jail with several charges filed against him there.

The chase to arrest Mark J. Spicer Sr., 57, reportedly began in North Vernon. Supposedly, Spicer was caught with unpaid merchandise in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart. He allegedly dumped the merchandise and jumped into his car, leading Jennings County officers into Scott County from State Road 3.

Deputies James Shelton, J.R. Ward and Jac Sanders joined the chase as the blue car turned west toward Austin on State Road 256. Spicer once lived in Austin.

Austin units were alerted as the car approached the community. Patrolman Scott McCoskey laid “stop sticks” on S.R. 256 near Jack Morgan Road. The devices are designed to deflate tires.

The stop sticks worked but didn’t stop Spicer. All units followed him as he drove west, across the I-65 overpass and then turned south on Dowling Drive. Spicer pulled into the Sunoco station and then got onto Boatman Road going south.

At Moonglo Road, the car turned east and then went north on U.S. Highway 31. At Marshfield Road, it turned east, continuing for another 1,000 to 1,500 feet before coming to a stop. The car was smoking badly.

Spicer jumped out and ran into a patch of woods, continuing despite officers running after him. When Spicer fell, he still wasn’t through. He allegedly kicked Deputy Sanders in the chest before finally submitting and being handcuffed.

After being examined by Scott County EMS technicians, the suspect was turned over to the two Jennings County officers and returned to North Vernon.

Fire units were also called to the scene to deal with the smoking car.

No charges had been filed in the local court against Spicer as of Monday, April 17.




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