Women and children hurt in crashes occurring in and around Scottsburg PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 15:19

 

On Thursday evening, March 24, a rear-end crash on U.S. Highway 31 at Marshfield Road resulted in injuries to two women.

Teresa J. Watford, 48, Scottsburg, had stopped her southbound 2004 Volkswagen Jetta on U.S. 31 in preparation to turn east onto Marshfield Rd. just after 6:30 p.m. The Jetta was struck in the rear by a 2009 Ford Focus operated by Joshua T. Vires, 21, Austin.

Vires talked to Deputy Joe Guarneri following the crash and told him that he didn't see the Jetta stop. He said he applied his brakes but started sliding. Watford told the officer that she saw the car coming in her rearview mirror and tried to move but could not get out of its way.

Watford and her passenger, Elizabeth Anderson, 43, Austin, each suffered neck pain and were transported to Scott Memorial by Scott County EMS technicians.

The Focus was driveable, but damage to the Jetta disabled it, requiring it to be towed. Property damage was estimated at up to $5,000 by Deputy Guarneri. He also indicated that following too closely was a factor in the accident.

Assisting at the scene were Deputy Paul Clute and Sgt. Brian Hall of the Scottsburg Police Department.

Two children were among the four injured in a two-vehicle crash at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, on State Road 56 West in Scottsburg. The accident happened 75 feet west of the road's intersection with U.S. 31.

Janna E. Evans, 34, Scottsburg, told Sgt. Steven Herald that she had been preparing to pull out onto S.R. 56 from the CVS Pharmacy's parking lot. She said another motorist waved her out onto the eastbound lanes, but as she steered her 2005 Cadillac forward, it was struck by a 1995 Lincoln Town Car driven by Doris Prewitt, 78, Lexington.

Both women were hurt, Evans experiencing head pain while Prewitt suffered a possible elbow/lower arm injury. Two children in Evans' car were also listed. Xavier Eads, 9, Scottsburg, had an injury to his knee/lower leg/foot, and Eva Aiona, 1, Scottsburg, had unspecified injuries. The women were treated at the scene by Scott County EMS personnel.

Sgt. Herald cited failure to yield as an accident factor. He estimated up to $10,000 in property damage from the wreck. He also cited Evans for failure to have proof of insurance.

The officer was assisted at the scene by Sgt. Joe Nicholson and Patrolman Trevis Burr.

 

 
Woman charged with recklessness after allegedly shooting shotgun at neighbor PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 30 March 2016 15:17

 

 

A Lexington area woman has been charged with felony criminal recklessness after allegedly shooting at her neighbor.

Cathy M. Bleemel-Stanley, 50, East State Road 356, reportedly discharged a .410 shotgun toward a male neighbor some time around 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 27.

Deputies Jac Sanders and Paul Clute were dispatched to the neighbor's home. The man told Deputy Sanders that he had been standing by his tractor when Bleemel-Stanley saw him and pointed the gun in his direction and fired. The neighbor said he saw the muzzle flash.

When the deputies visited the accused, the woman allegedly stated that she had fired her gun “...up in the air.” The gun and a spent shell were seized as evidence. Bleemel-Stanley apparently offered no explanation for her alleged action.

Bleemel-Stanley's jury trial date was scheduled July 19 during her initial hearing in Scott Superior Court on Monday, March 28. Bail is $45,000 by corporate surety bond or $4,500 cash.

A protective order was issued against the woman to prevent contact with the neighbor.

 

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Tips proving invaluable as officers search for suspects in March 28 double homicide PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 15:12

 

Family members discovered a grim scene at the home of Michelle Brewer on Monday evening, March 28.

The lifeless bodies of Brewer, 46, and family friend Jesse Willard “Willie” Bowling, 51, were found on the floor of the kitchen area in the single-wide mobile home. Both had died at the scene of multiple gunshots, advised Scott County Coroner Jerry Buchanan.

Sheriff Dan McClain advised in an interview on Wednesday morning, March 30, that no signs of forced entry were found at the mobile home. The victims' clothed bodies bore no other signs of violence or conflict.

Bowling had been living with Brewer at the residence, located perhaps a mile west of the Scott/Jefferson County line on a winding stretch of State Road 356. A wide gravel driveway leads to the mobile home, a simple light gray structure with its front door painted red to match window shutters and the wood front porch. A small wood wishing well, a bench and a few other yard decorations had been placed near the front porch, which bordered on a small flower bed containing spring flowers on one side.

One neighbor interviewed by Louisville television media described the area as “...quiet and peaceful...,” and its views of a variety of large and modest homes tucked into woods and on pasture-like lawns promise just that to the casual motorist.

Sheriff McClain declined to speculate on what led up to the violent deaths of Brewer and her friend. The mobile home was combed for clues, Indiana State Police lending a welcome hand from the beginning of the investigation.

Detectives, other officers and the sheriff stayed on the job throughout that first night of investigation. The bodies were sent early Tuesday to the Medical Examiner's Office in Louisville. Sheriff McClain and others were on hand during the autopsies that were performed that same morning.

He said he learned from family members that they had not heard from Michelle for a short while and became concerned. When the bodies were discovered, relatives called 9-1-1.

The hesitation in naming Bowling as the second victim was due to the man having had no identification on him at the time of his death. His relatives later confirmed his identity, the Sheriff stated.

Sheriff McClain's office was nearly overrun with officers on Wednesday as the investigation progressed. “We are continuing to interview people, and we are continuing to follow leads. No tip is too small for us to consider; we appreciate information from the public so that we can track down who killed these people as quickly as possible,” McClain said.

The Sheriff's Department can be reached by calling 812-752-8400 during the day or through its confidential, 24-hour Tip Line at 812-752-7898. The Sellersburg post of the Indiana State Police can be reached at 1-800-872-6743.

Brewer's relatives went on TV on Tuesday evening, asking people to call with information. The woman's sister and her teenage daughter also urged the person/persons responsible for their deaths to turn themselves in to authorities.

Funeral arrangements for Brewer and Bowling were made by their families at Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg.

 
Busy days for officers result in several new cases involving illegal drugs PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 07:38

More inmates were recently transferred out of the Scott County Security Center to the Washington County Jail because of an influx of new defendants in drug-related cases.

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CPD Patrolman retires to begin new chapter PDF Print E-mail
Written by Janna Ross   
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 07:37

When asked many little boys want to grow up to be a police officer or fire fighter. Many figure out what their destiny is as they grow up and are able to succeed in their chosen career path. Few are able to choose two different careers, that seem very different, but have one common goal, to help people.

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