A Scottsburg man who allegedly threatened to kill people on March 11 is now charged with Level 6 felony intimidation.
Travis L. Neace, 44, is currently being held at the Scott County Security Center without bond for a total of 15 days on a State's petition for detainer. His bail after that time will be $15,000 by corporate surety bond or $1,500 cash.
Neace was taken into custody on March 11 by Scottsburg Patrolman Travis Rutherford. Ptl. Rutherford found Neace sitting in a lawn chair outside his residence after he was dispatched to Walnut Street. The officer said the man smelled of alcohol and was unsteady on his feet. He appeared to be despondent over his father's death, Ptl. Rutherford related in his probable cause affidavit.
Neace asked Ptl. Rutherford to take him to the emergency room at Scott Memorial Hospital, which the officer did. He also stayed with Neace and assisted hospital personnel who tried to help Neace.
Neace, however, apparently became belligerent, yelling and frightening other patients. He purportedly told the officer, “You see it all the time on TV. When I get out, I'll shoot 14 or 15 before I'm done.” He also allegedly threatened to harm staff and patients.
Neace was eventually transported to the Scott County Security Center.
Besides the intimidation charge, he was charged with disorderly conduct, a Class B misdemeanor.
The defendant appeared later that day in Scott Superior Court to answer to the charges. A preliminary plea of not guilty was entered for him, and an initial trial date of May 26 was scheduled.
His attorney filed a motion for a reduction of his bail, and that matter is set for a hearing on March 29.