Long arm of the law not long enough in Floyd County PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Browning   
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 00:00

By Josh Suiter
Special Correspondent

The Floyd County Council unanimously approved the hiring of additional staff to the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department after hearing a presentation from Sheriff Frank Loop during their March 13 meeting.

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Water Rate Increases 1% in April.... Crothersville Town Council Approves New Playground Equipment at Bard Street Park; Repairs at Concession Stand at Community Park PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 12:38

 

 

The Crothersville Town Council held its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, March 7.

Town Council Vice-President, Robert Lyttle, called the meeting to order. All board members were in attendance except Lenvel Robinson who was unable to attend. Town Attorney, Jeff Lorenzo, was also in attendance.

Danieta Foster made a motion to approve the agenda. Chad Wilson seconded. Motion carried with a vote of 4-0.

Danieta Foster made a motion to approve the February 7, 2017 meeting minutes. Brenda Holzworth seconded. Motion carried with a vote of 4-0.

Danieta Foster made a motion to approve the claims. Chad Wilson seconded. Motion carried with a vote of 4-0.

New Business:

Robert Lyttle made a motion to approve the second reading of Ordinance 2017-1. Danieta Foster seconded. Motion carried with a vote of 4-0.

Danieta Foster made a motion to approve the first reading of Ordinance 2017-2, setting the storm water user fees for non-residential properties. Brenda Holzworth seconded. Motion carried with a vote of 4-0.

Danieta Foster made a motion to re-appoint Matt Browning to the Parks Board for a four year term. Chad Wilson seconded. Motion carried with a vote of 4-0.

Danieta Foster made a motion to approve the Inter-Local Agreement with Jackson County. Brenda Holzworth seconded. Motion carried with a vote of 4-0.

The council reminded the public of the water rate increase of 1% that is set to take effect in April. Information only, no action required.

Old Business:

Brad Bender from FPBH updated the board on current projects.

Police Captain JL McElfresh updated the board on activity by the police department.

The agenda item, Community Garden, was tabled until January 2018.

The Parks Board asked to be able to purchase $7,000 worth of playground equipment for the Bard Street Park from the park board accounts. Brenda Holzworth made a motion to allow that purchase. Chad Wilson seconded. Motion carried with a vote of 4-0.

The Parks Board also asked to be able to use $1,750 from Town Property Building to make repairs to the Countryside Park concession stand. Chad Wilson made a motion of approval. Brenda Holzworth seconded. Motion carried with a vote of 4-0.

Danieta Foster made a motion allowing Mason Boicourt to purchase a weather station to be used at the sewer plant for approximately $700. Brenda Holzworth seconded. Motion carried with a vote of 4-0.

Chad Wilson made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Danieta Foster seconded. Motion carried with a vote of 4-0.

Public comments were accepted and discussions were held.

 
Parents ordered to court over children’s dismal school attendance PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 12:36

 

 

A Scottsburg area couple has been ordered to appear in Scott Circuit Court on March 27 to answer to charges they have allowed their children to skip school.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the attendance of the three youngsters was reviewed by Scott School District 2 officials. The children’s attendance records were described as “substandard.”

Four letters regarding the problem were sent to Otis Bishop, 34, and Amanda Bishop, 36. The couple reportedly did not respond to any of the letters. They also did not attend a meeting scheduled by the Scott County Attendance Review Board in December so that the couple could talk to court and school officials and develop a plan to address the absences.

They were also warned that, if the children continued to miss school, the parents could be subjecting themselves to criminal prosecution.

According to the affidavit, all three children have continued to be absent.

Consequently, each parent has been charged with six counts of Class B misdemeanor violation of compulsory school attendance.

 

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County Prosecutor’s Office announces recent sentencings for committed crimes PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 12:35

 

 

Among those who were recent sentenced in Scott Circuit Court were two men, one of whom pleaded guilty to battery resulting in serious bodily injury, and a second for selling drugs, being an Habitual Offender and probation violation.

Charles Thomas Dentith of Louisville, Ky., was sentenced to three years on the Level 5 felony battery charge with the Indiana Department of Corrections. The plea agreement includes allowing Dentith 69 days of credit for time already served.

Dentith was a prisoner being held on other charges at the Scott County Security Center in 2016. He attacked a fellow inmate by coming up behind him and punching the man several times in the head. The man’s injuries included a broken orbital socket bone, which holds the eye in place.

“Inmates need to understand that laws still apply to them within jail walls,” stated Chris Owens, Scott County Prosecutor. “We do everything we can to enforce those laws and help the jail staff maintain a safe environment.”

Sheriff Dan McClain said that new equipment at the jail has helped his staff to respond to such incidents. When an incident occurs, we will work diligently with the Prosecutor’s Office to ensure inmate are held responsible for offenses they commit in our facility.”

A state petition to revoke probation was dismissed in the plea agreement, and Dentith was ordered to pay court costs.

The case was handled by Deputy Prosecutor Elizabeth Stigdon.

In another 2016 case, Robert Estep, 53, received a nine-year sentence for selling his wife’s medication to an undercover agent in the parking lot of Scott Memorial Hospital. The incident occurred last September.

“Mr. Estep sold drugs in our county, and he is now being held accountable for what he did. Any time a drug dealer is taken off the streets, our community gets better,” stated Prosecutor Owens. “This agreement assures that Mr. Estep won’t be selling drugs in our county for some time.”

Deputy Prosecutor Amanda Herald handled this case.

 

 
Four arrested for apparent drug use at Paulanna Avenue residence in Austin PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 12:33

 

 

Four people were taken into custody by officers with the Indiana State Police, Austin Police Department and the Sheriff’s Department on March 5 on drug-related charges.

Those charged include Shannon Barger, 35, Scottsburg; Lawrence Campbell, 42; and Deborah A. Campbell, 61, and Paul T. Campbell, 35. The woman and younger Campbell reside at the same home at 184 Paulanna Avenue. Lawrence Campbell is a neighbor who lives at 185 Paulanna Ave.

A tip about possible drug activity at 184 Paulanna was provided in early January to the Sellersburg post of the Indiana State Police (ISP). In his probable cause affidavit, Sgt. Jerry Goodin said the post was told that Deborah and Paul Campbell were allowing people to use methamphetamine and other illegal substances at their home.

Some of the charges in their cases are based on an October 21 visit by ISP troopers and Austin police and a January 4 visit by a parole officer, Austin police and deputies. The 2016 visit resulted in the discovery of 300 unused syringes, four used syringes and burned soda cans, which could have been used to heat crystal meth into a liquid that can be injected.

The January visit was to assist the parole officer in locating a parolee. A total of 11 syringes and a small baggie of meth were found at that time.

Sgt. Goodin noted that between January, 2016, and January, 2017, there had been at least 70 calls for police and EMS technicians to visit 184 Paulanna Ave. Warrant service, parole arrest, drug overdose, syringe pick-up and use of drug paraphernalia were among reasons listed for the calls.

Each is charged with three counts of Level 6 felony maintaining a common nuisance, one count of Level 6 felony possession of meth, one count of Level 6 unlawful possession of a syringe and a misdemeanor count of possession of paraphernalia.

Charges against Barger and Lawrence Campbell resulted from a March 5 visit to the residence by Austin Patrolman Scott McCoskey and Deputy Josh Watterson. Ptl. McCoskey was looking for Lawrence Campbell to serve a warrant. Upon their arrival, Lawrence Campbell reportedly ran away, but the officers apprehended him after a brief chase. He was taken into custody.

Barger was also a visitor at the home and was placed into custody after drug paraphernalia and meth residue were found at 184 Paulanna Ave.

Both men were in court on March 7 for their initial hearings. Preliminary pleas of not guilty were entered for them, and each was assigned an initial trial date of June 13. Bail was originally set at $15,000 by corporate surety bond or $1,500 for Barger, but it was lowered to $5,000 surety bond or $500 cash with Barger advised not to return to the residence if he is released on bond.

Lawrence Campbell has a June 12 initial trial date. His bail is set at $30,000 by surety bond or $3,000 cash.

Both men have received the services of public defenders.

Deborah Campbell and Paul Campbell had their initial hearings on March 9. Each had his case assigned to a public defender, and bail for each is $30,000 by surety bond or $3,000 cash. June 13 is each defendant’s initial trial date.

Judge Jason Mount has recused himself from the pair’s cases. Senior Judge Nicholas South will preside.

 

 
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