SPD accepting reserve applications PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 18 October 2017 10:30

The Sellersburg Police Department is currently taking applications for new Reserve Officers. Interested citizens, men and women, are encouraged to obtain an application from the Sellersburg Police Department located at 101 S. New Albany Street in Sellersburg. Applications may be received from the Records Clerk Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Halloween fun for the entire family PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 13 October 2017 05:44

Danger Run, the thrilling interactive Halloween experience that includes two haunted houses is back.

Todd's Place Ride for Recovery and Car Show Oct. 14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 23:19




On Saturday, October 14, Todd’s Place Ride for Recovery registration will be between 9 and 10:30 a.m. with breakfast being served from 8 to 9 a.m. with biscuits and gravy being served.

Cost of the ride is $25. The bike ride will end at The Scott County Fairgrounds where Todd’s Place will be having their First annual car show and the cost includes lunch and there will be an AA, NA speaker meeting all day.

The event will start at 11 a.m. till dark with delicious food and refreshments. All proceeds go to helping men to learn to live again.

For further information call Jim Pate at 812-722-5185 or 812-271-1199.

Mission Statement: We feel that when we help a man, we help a family, and when we help a family, we Help a neighborhood, and when we help a neighborhood, we are effective in the community.”

21-year jail sentence handed to man involved in multiple offenses PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 23:16




He pleaded guilty to burglary, battery and criminal confinement, all serious felonies, so the sentence of 21 years given to Brandon Lesnet, 32, should not have come as a surprise to the man seated with other inmates in the Scott Circuit courtroom on Tuesday morning, October 3.

Lesnet has been waiting for an outcome to a series of crimes he committed since he first broke into a home in 2015 and stole antique firearms and other guns.

The Sheriff’s Department’s detectives and officers worked the case and had Lesnet in custody within a few days of the crime.

Lesnet added to his legal woes by confining another inmate against that man’s will and yet another incident in jail in which he spat on a jailer. Those outburst earned him multiple charges, including that of criminal confinement and battery to a public safety officer.

Senior Judge Nicholas South presided over the brief sentencing hearing, telling Lesnet that the plea agreement in which he pleaded guilty to Level 4 felony burglary and Level 5 felonies battery and criminal confinement gave him a sentence of 12 years with eight suspended on the burglary; four years with one suspended on the battery; and five years with no suspension on the criminal confinement. All are to be served consecutively.

Consequently, he will serve up to a maximum of 12 years or a minimum of nine years behind bars. After he is released, he must also serve five years on supervised probation.

He was also ordered to make restitution of $4,395.06 to his victims, with whom he is to have no contact.

Remaining criminal charges in the three cases have been dismissed.

“I hope the time that Mr. Lesnet will serve in prison will open his eyes and let him know that the type of behavior he was involved in will not be tolerated. Whether a person acts the way he did out on the streets or in our local jail, the people of Scott County will not put up with it,” stated Chris Owens, Scott County Prosecutor.

He further said that Lesnet has “…a significant criminal history and so has earned his spot with the Indiana Department of Corrections. I hope he takes advantage of the programming offered to him while he serves his sentence so he can return to society ready to put his previous ways behind him and follow society’s rules.”

Excellent work by officers with the Sheriff’s Department is credited by Owens for the outcome in these crimes. “We couldn’t get convictions and sentences like this without good police work. I’d also like to thank the homeowners for their cooperation in the investigation and for their patience in getting these matters resolved,” Prosecutor Owens commented.

Marijuana and methamphetamine possession arrests by ISP in Austin PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 23:14




Two recent arrests for drug possession were made by Indiana State Police (ISP) troopers working in Austin.

James G. Parks, 46, Austin, and Christopher S. Helton, 29, Paris Crossing, were taken into custody by officers on October 2 and 4, respectively.

Parks’ case began when Trooper Tyler Matthew was approached by a woman at the Austin Police Department. The woman told the officer that Parks had been violating a protective order she had against him by texting her and by riding a bicycle near her home several times a day.

Learning that Parks had an active arrest warrant issued by Clark County, Trp. Matthew began looking for Parks. He soon found him riding a bicycle with a female companion. Both riders turned onto Mann Avenue from Broadway Street. Trp. Matthew stopped the pair and asked for identification.

Parks readily identified himself and Trp. Matthew told him he was going to be arrested for the active warrant.

Before the officer could apply handcuffs to Parks, Trp. Matthew said Parks reached into his front pants pocket and threw a package of cigarettes on the ground. The trooper retrieved the package, saying he discovered it contained marijuana.

Parks denied ownership of the package.

He was charged with possession of marijuana on October 5. Bail was set at $5,000 by corporate surety bond or $500 cash by Senior Judge Roger Duvall. A bench trial on the charge is scheduled December 12.

Around 3:30 p.m. on October 4, ISP Trooper Zachary Smith said he noticed a blue Ford Ranger quickly traveling south on U.S. Highway 31. The officer said he used his radar equipment to determine that the Ranger was driving 55 mph in a 35 mph zone.

He said he also noticed that the driver and two backseat passengers were not using their seatbelts as required in Indiana.

Trp. Smith stopped the vehicle and learned that the driver was Christopher Helton. Helton, the officer said, admitted to not using his seatbelt and reportedly said he wasn’t aware of his speed. Trp. Smith noted Helton had “…shaking hands, rapid breathing (and a) shaking voice…” as the two were talking.

Asked if he had any weapons, Helton reportedly admitted to having some knives in his pocket. He was asked to retrieve the knives. As he did so, Trp. Smith said two baggies coated with white residue slid out of the man’s pocket. Helton said he didn’t know he had them, saying they were “…old…”

Helton supposedly admitted to using methamphetamine (meth) recently. A digital scales also reportedly coated with white residue was found in the Ranger. The residue tested positively for meth, the officer stated.

He was placed into custody and transported to the Scott County Security Center.

Helton is charged with Level 6 felony possession of meth and maintaining a common nuisance.

At his initial hearing on October 5, Helton was given an initial jury trial date of January 15. Bail was set at $15,000 by surety bond or $1,500 cash. Those amounts were later reduced to $7,500 or $750 cash.

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