ISP officers make three recent arrests in Scott County PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 05 January 2018 15:33


Three arrests were among the latest credited to officers with the Indiana State Police, Sellersburg post.

Jamal Omar Bates, 33, Indianapolis, was allegedly speeding southbound on Interstate 65 on the afternoon of December 21. The car’s speed, clocked at 87 miles per hour, attracted the attention of Trooper Tracy H. Spencer.

The officer caught up with the gray Honda north of the State Road 56 overpass at the Scottsburg interchange. As he talked with Bates, Trp. Spencer said Bates presented ID cards issued in Indiana and Alabama. He allegedly admitted to having no valid driver license.

The trooper said he also detected the recent use of air freshener in the car, which overlaid the smell of burned marijuana. When Scott County Deputies James Shelton and James R. Ward arrived with Ward’s K-9 Karl, Deputy Ward walked the dog around the exterior of the car and the animal indicated drugs could be in the vehicle.

Bates then allegedly said cocaine and marijuana were in a box on the front passenger seat. When officers looked, they found the drugs as well as some drug paraphernalia. Bates was placed in handcuffs and the car was impounded.

At his initial court hearing, Bates entered a preliminary plea of not guilty. His original bail was set at $15,000 by corporate surety bond or $1,500 cash. It was reduced to $5,000/$500. Bates’ initial jury trial date is March 26 on a Level 6 felony possession charge and three misdemeanors.

Trooper Kyle Taylor found a woman for whom he had been searching on December 21 in Crothersville.

Trp. Taylor was conducting an investigation of recent drug activity and was looking for Alexus G. Smith, 20, to question her. When he went to a residence on Lawnview Drive in Austin, he talked to a couple who had been keeping some of Smith’s belongings. Obtaining permission to search the items, Trp. Taylor said he came across a “loaded” syringe.

He went to a Crothersville address and found Smith there, but the woman refused to talk with him. She reportedly told him she “…ain’t no snitch…”

Smith has been charged with Level 6 felonies of possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a syringe and a misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia.

Her jury trial has been initially scheduled for March 26. Bail is set at $15,000 by surety bond or $1,500 cash.

On December 29, Trp. Taylor accompanied Austin police and a state parole officer on a parole visit to a home on West Cherry Street in Austin.

William Ray Neace Jr., 32, was at home. In a search of his belongings, a used syringe was found, the probable cause affidavit related. Neace allegedly said it was used to inject methamphetamine. He was taken into custody for violating the terms of his parole.

On January 3, Neace attended his initial court hearing on a Level 6 felony charge of unlawful possession of a syringe.

His jury trial has been initially set for April 2. Bail is $15,000 by surety bond or $1,500 cash.

Apparent domestic call turns into drug-related arrests PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 05 January 2018 15:28


A 9-1-1 call about an apparent domestic situation at a Scottsburg gas station on December 30 resulted in two drug-related arrests by a Scottsburg officer.

Patrolmen Justin Cheatham and Shawn Hurt were dispatched to the Circle K gas station west of the Interstate 65 interchange at Scottsburg just after 12 midnight on December 30. Dispatchers had been told that a man was hitting a woman in a car and that the woman appeared to have a syringe in her possession.

When the officers arrived, the car was parked at a gas pump but was empty. Ptl. Cheatham said in the probable cause affidavit that a syringe was lying on the front passenger seat. When Cheatham looked into the convenience store, he said he saw Nathan Baldwin and a woman walking toward the front door. He said Baldwin saw the officers and turned toward the restrooms.

The patrolman moved quickly to the door of the men’s restroom and said he heard what sounded like someone putting something into the trash container. Ptl. Cheatham said he walked into the restroom and checked the container, finding a locked case. Baldwin, he said, denied the case was his and having a key to open it.

Baldwin submitted to a pat-down by the officers and then went to the car, leaving the woman at the store’s drink dispenser display.

The woman was identified as Samantha R. Pastrick, 25, Indianapolis. She was twitching, the officer stated, and her speech was slurred.

When the officers went outside to talk to Baldwin, they said they saw the handle of a handgun sticking out of the center console of the car. Next to it was a second syringe.

A key located on Baldwin opened the locked case. Inside the case, officers said they found two baggies of methamphetamine weighing a total of 2.4 grams and three baggies and a glass vial, all containing heroin and weighing in total 17.65 grams. Other baggies contained pills of controlled substances. Three different drugs were identified. A cut straw with crystal residue was also in the case, it was reported.

Both Baldwin and Pastrick were taken into custody and transported to the Scott County Security Center.

Pastrick was charged in January 2 with Level 6 felony unlawful possession of a syringe and misdemeanor public intoxication. She had her initial hearing in Scott Circuit Court on January 2 and was assigned an initial jury trial date of March 27.

She was also provided with the services of a public defender. Her bail is set at $15,000 by corporate surety bond or $1,500 cash.

Baldwin was out on $2,500 cash bond for a 2016 escape charge, which is set for trial on January 26. He also has another pending case involving drug charges currently set for trial on March 12.

The office of Prosecutor Chris Owens requested – and got – a 72-hour hold on Baldwin. His bail in this new case is set at $100,000 by surety bond or $10,000 cash. The higher amounts were also requested by the Prosecutor’s Office.

Probable charges can include felonies of possession of meth, a narcotic drug and unlawful possession of a syringe. Misdemeanors may include carrying a handgun without a permit, possession of controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Baldwin’s initial hearing was scheduled for Friday morning, January 5.


Free basketball tickets for Students of SCS PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 03 January 2018 08:28

Due to the generosity of Stanley Colglazier and Sara Colglazier to the Washington County Community Foundation, students of Salem Community Schools will receive free tickets to the January 26, 2018 JV and Varsity basketball games versus Austin High School. 

KFC opens near River Ridge with standing room only crowd PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 03 January 2018 08:25

Motorists traveling down Highway 62 have been watching new construction lining the road from Charlestown to Jeffersonville. With each new start of a building local residents begin to try to figure out what new business will be opening in the area.  The newest edition became apparent to motorists when the famous red and white stripes developed on the building. Residents soon learned the new restaurant would be a KFC and the wait began. Earlier this month, the long wait paid off as the restaurant opened to a standing room only crowd.

Pair of recent arrests by State Police involve drugs PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 03 January 2018 08:23

An Indianapolis man and a Crothersville woman were among the latest arrests by officers with the Indiana State Police, Sellersburg post.

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