County APC annual report reveals most activity in Scottsburg, Lexington Township in 2016 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 07:36

Though new stick-built houses didn’t keep the same pace as occurred in 2015, Scottsburg and Lexington Township (Twp.) led the county in development in 2016.

Body of lost 2-year-old found PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Browning   
Monday, 23 January 2017 06:45

The body of a 2-year-old Borden boy, William Roberts, was found in the very early morning hours Sunday, January 22 after a search that took most of the day.

Rescue workers were called out just before 3 p.m. Saturday to begin the search for the little boy who wondered away from his home.

More information can be found in the Wednesday, January 25 issue of The Banner Gazette.

Man allegedly shooting gun in subdivision taken into custody for recklessness PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 19 January 2017 14:28




A 29-year-old man living in the New Providence area has pleaded not guilty to criminal recklessness and unlawful possession of a syringe in an incident which reportedly began with gunfire.

Deputies Shawn Mayer, Joe Johnson and Rodney Rudder were dispatched to the Richie Subdivision where a 9-1-1 caller had reported a gun being fired near some apartments on Jeffrey Street.

Talking to the caller, officers learned the apparent location of the incident and knocked on the door of the nearest apartment. After announcing the presence of deputies, Deputy Mayer got the front door open and again announced that law enforcement officers were coming in. The resident, Jaron A. Mullins, walked into the living room with his hands up. Deputy Mayer then looked in the residence’s rooms to ensure no one else was present.

That was when he said he saw a dresser drawer that contained a hand torch, syringes and a digital scale, all in the room that Mullins had exited.

Officers also found two empty gun holsters and that set off a search for weapons. What was described as a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun was allegedly found under a mattress. All evidence was photographed and then collected.

A talk with Mullins led to his purported admission that he had fired the gun three times into the ground outside the apartment and that syringes discovered were his.

Bail has been set at $35,000 by corporate surety bond or $3,500 cash after a motion was filed by the Prosecutor’s Office requesting higher-than-normal bail.

Mullins’ preliminary jury trial date is April 18. The case has been assigned to a public defender.




Court action scheduled January 23 in cases of two defendants in Reynolds murder PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 19 January 2017 14:26




Court action is planned next week in the cases of two defendants being held without bond in the September, 2015, shooting death of Bill Albert Reynolds.

Reynolds, 69, was struck once by a bullet while he was standing at the gate of his property on Slate Ford Road southeast of Scottsburg. He died at the scene.

Three suspects were arrested in the case a few days later, alleged shooter Kerry Ray Heald and his friend, Jacob Wayne Mathis, both of Clarksville, and Johnetta Ruth Hall, who is said to have hired the two young men to commit the murder. In February, 2016, Hall’s daughter and the girlfriend of Heald, Amaris Rose Bunyard of Clarksville, was arrested.

All defendants were charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Heald, Mathis and Hall were also charged with obstruction of justice.

Mathis entered a blind plea of guilty to conspiracy to commit murder, a Level 1 felony, in September, 2016. He waived the 30-day limit on sentencing and is still awaiting that step in the process. Now age 23, his sentencing will be reviewed during a 9 a.m. hearing scheduled for January 23 in Scott Circuit Court.

Bunyard, now 20, has a jury trial scheduled for March 6. Her pre-trial conference to prepare for that trial is also scheduled at 9 a.m. on January 23. Judge for that trial will be Jonathan W. Webster, judge of Jennings Circuit Court.

Heald’s jury trial is currently scheduled for April 23. It had earlier been rescheduled from January 23. Judge Michael J. Hensley of Jefferson Superior Court will preside. Heald, 23, has a pre-trial conference scheduled for February 6.

Hall’s trial is currently set for April 24. Judge Darrell M. Auxier of Jefferson Circuit Court will preside over the trial. Her pre-trial conference was to be held on Tuesday, January 17.




Parole check by officers results in six arrests in Austin on drug-related charges PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 19 January 2017 14:24



Add six more names to those recently arrested on drug-related charges in Scott County.

The bust was the result of a parole check conducted in Austin on Saturday evening, January 7, at a residence on U.S. Highway 31 North.

Three Indiana State Police (ISP) parole agents along with an ISP trooper and Deputies John Hartman, Shawn Mayer and Josh Watterson served the parole violation warrant on Jerry Anthony Newton.

Once officers were admitted to the residence, all subjects were patted down and identified. Newton had five visitors when the officers arrived.

After drug paraphernalia, Alprazolam and ephedrine pills, syringes and marijuana were located in the home, Newton was taken into custody. A small purse which Arbana J. Church, 25, Austin, reportedly identified as hers contained methamphetamine (meth). She too was placed under arrest as was Arlie Campbell Jr., 50, Austin; Amanda Dawn Jones, 32, Seymour; Clarence Robert Spicer, 67, Austin; and Brandon Stidham, 24, Austin.

Officers also reported finding kits containing Naloxone. Naloxone is the drug used to counteract overdoses.

Court action taken included assigning each defendant an initial jury trial date of April 10 and bail of $15,000 by corporate surety bond or $1,500 cash. Charges filed per defendant were:

?Newton was charged with Level 6 maintaining a common nuisance, possession of meth and unlawful possession of a syringe and misdemeanors of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. He will be represented by a public defender.

?Church was charged with Level 6 felony possession of meth and misdemeanor visiting a common nuisance. She indicated she may hire an attorney. Her bail was $15,000/$1,500 but was lowered by the court to $7,500/$750.

?Jones was charged with misdemeanor visiting a common nuisance. She will be represented by a public defender. Her bail was set at $5,000 by surety bond or $500 cash. Jones was released on a $250 cash bond filed January 8.

?Campbell was charged with Level 6 felony possession of a legend (prescription) drug and misdemeanor visiting a common nuisance. He too said he would hire counsel. His bail was lowered to $10,000 by surety bond or $1,000 cash. A cash bond was filed for him on January 9 and he was released to await his trial date.

?Spicer was charged with Level 6 felony maintaining a common nuisance, since he was living with Newton. Bail is $15,000 surety bond or $1,500 cash. He will be represented by a public defender.

?Stidham was charged with misdemeanor visiting a common nuisance. He indicated he may hire counsel. Bail is $15,000 by surety bond or $1,500 cash.

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