10 Charged In Scott County Drug Ring Linked To HIV Epidemic

Ten people were indicted last week on drug charges in Scott County, U.S. District Attorney Josh Minkler said.

The announcement, made Friday afternoon, came hours after federal, state and local authorities broke up a Scott County drug ring, which authorities said dealt in methamphetamine and the prescription painkiller Opana.

“Scott County was targeted by an organization with the goal of infesting that community with drugs like prescription painkiller Opana and methamphetamine … This became an epidemic,” Minkler said.  Local, state and federal investigators cooperated in the investigation. “Today, I am pleased to announce that the organization has been dismantled but this is only a start; one aspect of a bigger solution,” Minkler said.

According to the federal prosecutor, Bennito ‘Benny’ Rodriguez, 38, and his wife, Brooklynn Mack, 29, both of Scottsburg, were leaders of the ring accused with supplying Opana and methamphetamine to Scott County residents. Drug Enforcement Administration officers in Indianapolis said, Rodriguez and Mack would get the drugs from sources in Louisville, Indianapolis and Detroit.

The remaining 8 indicted and on drug charges including conspiracy to distribute and distribution of a controlled substance:

  • Rashawn ‘Ray’ A. Vaughn, 41, of Louisville.
  • Eric L. Gude, 36, of Indianapolis.
  • Rashaan ‘Phil’ S. Perkins, 21, of Detroit.
  • Anthony L. Hardy, 39, of Indianapolis.
  • James D. Haney, 56, of Austin.
  • Justin ‘Booger’ M. Roberts, 38, of Austin.
  • Travis D. Brock, 34 of Scottsburg.
  • Michael A. Doyle, 38 of Scottsburg.

Seven of the 10 had been incarcerated in Scott County Jail by Friday. All were remanded into federal custody in Indianapolis Friday evening where they remain incarcerated with no bond.

Defendants in the case could face 10 years to life in prison if convicted, authorities said.

Law enforcement officials said Opana typically sells for up to $160 per pill and can be dissolved and injected by up to four people.

Nearby Austin in Scott County was the epicenter of a public health crisis last year, when the number of people diagnosed HIV positive rose to more than 150. Officials tied the outbreak to Opana, and needle sharing among drug users. According to authorities, Scott County has seen 188 cases of HIV in the last 13 months.

The outbreak brought national attention to Scott County. and sparked action from counties and cities in the region. Both Scott and Clark Counties gained approval for a needle exchange program and both counties received a state grant to help pay for first responders to carry a nasal heroin overdose antidote.

“This should be an indication to drug dealers throughout the county that our law enforcement agencies are working together to get drugs off our streets,” Scott County Sheriff Dan McClain said.

Town OK’s Sewer Compliance Plan; Hires New Police Officer

The Crothersville Town Council approved a Combined Sewer Overflow compliance plan to be submitted to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management when they met on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

Crothersville is like 118 other communities in Indiana under an IDEM mandate to reduce or treat surface water that makes its way to the town wastewater treatment plant.

When the Crothersville sanitary sewer system was designed and installed, surface water from streets and ditches were allowed to flow into the sewer system.

“The thinking back then was that during heavy rain events, the surface water would flush out the sewer lines keeping them clean and reduce maintenance,” said Dan Wright, a town engineer with FPBH of North Vernon.

During such rain events, the wastewater treatment couldn’t process all of the effluent and raw sewage would be allowed to flow into the discharge creek.

“Now we aren’t allowed to do that,” said Wright. “We either have to get the surface water out of the system or treat it.”

The signed compliance does not commit the town to any specific course of action.

“What they (IDEM) are looking for in this is an indication on your part as to what progress you intend to do,” explained town attorney Jeff Lorenzo.

What will probably occur is for the town to reduce the surface water infiltration to the plant by diverting rainwater from drainage ditches and curbside drains out of the combined sewer. Installation of storm sewers could be a part of the eventual plan.

The town has already closed off some inlets in ditches for surface water allowing the water to flow through natural drainage ways.

Wright explained that the town has completed monitoring the sewer system to determine where the greatest amount of surface water enters the system.

One area is believed to be along US 31 where INDOT drains surface water from the highway into ditches that flow into sewer system.

“Signing this compliance agreement gets us in compliance with the IDEM agreed order and gets you time to seek specific plans for accomplishing removing surface water,” said Wright.

And reducing the amount of water treated at the sewer plant is important for the manufacturing plants in the town’s industrial park.

Aisin Chemical IN, which is in the process of an expansion which will added additional jobs, will use about 50,000 gallons of water per shift in their manufacturing process. They will be pre-treating the water and recycling some, but their discharge, which must go into the sanitary sewer system, will be cleaner than the street and ditch water that the town is mandated by IDEM to remove.

In other business, the council hired reserve office Chris Cooper as a full-time police officer with the town. Cooper, whose father Mike is a sergeant with the Seymour Police Department, will be attending the Indiana Police Academy later this year.

Cooper will be paid $12.50 an hour and receive a 50¢ an hour raise when he completes the police academy.

The council tabled hiring a planned fourth officer until their March meeting in order to give adequate time to determine the financial feasibility.

Council President Lenvel ‘Butch’ Robinson reminded water utility customers that they will soon feel the effects of an automatic water rate increase.

“It goes into effect in March and customers will see the increase in their April bill,” said Robinson. The 1% increase means a 9¢ increase for the first 10,000 gallons of water used.

“I don’t think you will notice it on your bill,” said the council president.

On a motion by councilman Bob Lyttle, the council unanimously voted to remove the stop signs on Main Street at its intersection with Kattman Avenue.

Valentine Dinner At Hamacher Hall

The Crothersville Historical and Cultural Arts Association will host a Valentine Dinner at Hamacher Hall on Friday, Feb. 12. The program will include musical selections, and the menu of chicken and homemade noodles, roll, coleslaw, apple salad, green beans, mashed potatoes, drinks and dessert.

Cost is of the event is $15 for adults, and $10 for children 10 and under. There will also be drawings for several prizes.

For reservations you may call Linda (812-793-2322) or Brenda (812-793-2760).

Hamacher Hall, the former Presbyterian Church, is located at 211 East Howard Street. The Crothersville Historical and Cultural Arts Association promotes interest and study of Crothersville area history, and participation in and enjoyment of the arts. All funds raised are used for improvements and maintenance for Hamacher Hall and the Annex building.  Donations are tax-deductible.

Public Notices

2015 Grassy Fork Annual


Notice to Bidders

Notice is hereby given that the Board of Parks & Recreation of the City of Seymour, Indiana, will receive sealed bids for concession stands contracts at the office of Seymour Parks & Recreation until the hour of 4:30 p.m. March 14, 2016, at which time said bids will be opened at the regularly scheduled meeting.

The Seymour Parks & Recreation Board reserves the right to reject any and all bids. For any special provisions, please contact the Seymour Parks & Recreation office at (812) 522-6420 or seyparkrec@seymourin.org.

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Jackson County Board of Commissioners will be accepting bids for one tandem axle dump trucks and snow equipment and one single axle dump truck and all snow equipment. Specifications for tandem axle and single axle trucks chassis and beds, and specifications for snow equipment are included in this bid package. Bids for truck and snow equipment will be bid separately. If you bid both trucks and snow equipment they must be listed as two separate bids.

Bids must be in Auditor’s office by 4:00 p.m. April 4th, 2016, 111 South Main Street, Brownstown, IN 47220. Bids will be opened and read aloud in Commissioners’ meeting April 5th, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

County will trade in one tandem axle #16. It is a 2006 International, truck only no sand box or snow plow. Truck will be made available to bidders upon request at our office during regular business hours (7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)

360 S County Road 25 E

Brownstown, IN 47220

Phone: 812-358-2226

Fax: 812-358-0953

Please list each trade-in amount on truck bid sheet.

If you have any questions, contact Warren Martin at the County Highway Office.

10% Bid Bond must be included with your sealed bid.

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Jackson County Indiana

Beginning 10:00 AM, April 6, 2016 Local Time



Pursuant to the laws of the Indiana General Assembly and by resolution of the Jackson County Commissioners, notice is hereby given that the following described tracts or items of real property are listed for sale for delinquent taxes and / or special assessments.

The minimum sale prices listed below are less than the minimum sale prices when offered in the immediately preceding county tax sale held under Section 5 of IC 6-1.1-24 and include all fees and expenses of the county directly attributable to the Commissioners’ Certificate Sale.  The Jackson County Commissioners will accept bids for the certificates of sale, for the price referred to in IC 6-1.1-24-6.1(a)(3), by public auction on April 6, 2016 at 10:00 AM Courthouse Time at Courthouse.

Pursuant to IC 6-1.1-24-5.1, a business entity that seeks to register to bid in an Indiana Commissioners’ Certificate Sale must provide a certificate of good standing or proof of registration in accordance with IC 5-23 from the Secretary of State to the county treasurer.

A person redeeming each tract or item of real property after the sale of the certificate must pay: (A) the amount of the minimum bid under Section 5 of IC 6-1.1-24 for which the tract or item of real property was last offered for sale; (B) ten percent (10%) of the amount for which the certificate is sold; (C) the attorney’s fees and costs of giving notice under IC 6-1.1-25-4.5; (D) the costs of a title search or of examining and updating the abstract of title for the tract or item of real property; (E) all taxes and special assessments on the tract or item of real property paid by the purchaser after the sale of the certificate plus interest at the rate of ten percent (10%) per annum on the amount of taxes and special assessments paid by the purchaser on the redeemed property; and (F), all costs of sale, advertising costs, and other expenses of the county directly attributable to the sale of the certificate.

If the certificate is sold for an amount more than the minimum bid under Section 5 of IC 6-1.1-24 for which the tract or item of real property was last offered for sale and the property is not redeemed, the owner of record of the tract or item of real property who is divested of ownership at the time the tax deed is issued may have a right to the tax sale surplus.

Indiana law prohibits a person who owes delinquent taxes, special assessments, penalties, interest, or costs directly attributable to a prior tax sale, from purchasing tracts or items of real property at a tax sale. Prior to bidding at a tax sale, each bidder must affirm under the penalties for perjury that he or she does not owe delinquent taxes, special assessments, penalties, interest, costs directly attributable to a prior tax sale, amounts from a final adjudication in favor of a political subdivision in this county, any civil penalties imposed for the violation of a building code or ordinance of this county, or any civil penalties imposed by a health department in this county. Further, each bidder must acknowledge that any successful bid made in violation of the above statement is subject to forfeiture.  In the event of forfeiture, the bid amount shall be applied to the delinquent taxes, special assessments, penalties, interest, costs, judgments, or civil penalties of the ineligible bidder, and a certificate will be issued to the county executive.

The Commissioners specifically reserve the right to withhold from the sale any parcel which has been listed in error, or which otherwise becomes ineligible for sale either prior to the start or during the duration of the auction. The Auditor’s Office does not warrant the accuracy of the key numbers or street addresses published herein and any misstatement in the key number or street address does not invalidate an otherwise valid sale.

Dated:  02/10/2016

Tax Unit: Brownstown Twp

Owner of Record:  Laupus, Joseph F.

Sale ID#:  361500008

Property ID#:  36-65-31-400-006.000-001

Brief Legal Description:  SHIELDSTOWN LOT 17 BLK 5 SHIELDSTOWN EXC 1524 SQ. FT. LOT 16-5 .31A

Property Address:  1900 E Blk Co Rd 200 N

Minimum Bid:  $200.00

Tax Unit: Medora

Owner of Record:  Harold E & Imogene Reynolds

Sale ID#:  361500045

Property ID#:  36-53-34-401-015.000-004

Brief Legal Description:  155–K

Property Address:  106 E Riley St

Minimum Bid:  $200.00

Tax Unit: Driftwood

Owner of Record:  Ellen Miley-Olmstead

Sale ID#:  361500056

Property ID#:  36-44-04-200-003.000-005

Brief Legal Description:  PT NW NW 4-4-4 .50A

Property Address:  4275 S Co Rd 275 W

Minimum Bid:  $200.00

Tax Unit: Seymour City-Jackson

Owner of Record:  John & Myrtle Carroll

Sale ID#:  361500083

Property ID#:  36-66-17-201-026.000-009

Brief Legal Description:  LEININGER 1–48

Property Address:  802 N Blish St

Minimum Bid:  $200.00

Owner of Record:  829 Ewing Street LLC

Sale ID#:  361500085

Property ID#:  36-66-17-202-032.000-009

Brief Legal Description:  KELTCH W PT LOT 16-27 KELTCH 54X105 PT LOT 1 LOT 15 BLK 27

Property Address:  829 Ewing St.

Minimum Bid:  $200.00

Total Number of Properties: 5

I hereby certify that the above real properties have been offered in one tax sale, have not received a bid for at least the amount required under I.C. 6-1.1-24-5 and have been identified in a resolution of the Board of Commissioners for Jackson County, Indiana, to be offered for sale.

Given under my hand and seal on 02/10/2016.

Kathy S. Hohenstreiter


Jackson County Indiana.

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Astute Observations On The Life Condition

Curt-lineby Curt Kovener

Cussin’ Bill… I mean Cousin Bill occasionally sends me some column fodder as he did recently. So blame him, not me for this week’s offering.

  • When threats of a snow or ice storm are imminent, the amateurs go buy bread and milk at the grocery. We professionals go to the liquor store.
  • I live in my own little world, but it’s OK. Everyone knows me here.
  • I don’t do drugs. I find I get the same effect just by standing up really fast.
  • I don’t like political jokes. I’ve seen too many get elected.
  • The most precious thing we have is life, yet it has absolutely no trade-in value.
  • If life deals you lemons, make lemonade. If life deals you tomatoes, make Bloody Mary’s.
  • Every day I beat my previous record of consecutive days I’ve stayed alive.
  • No one ever says, “It’s only a game!” when their team’s winning.
  • Ever notice that people who spend money on beer, cigarettes and lottery tickets are always complaining about being broke and not feeling well?
  • Marriage changes passion… suddenly you’re in bed with a relative.
  • Didja ever notice that most nudists are people you don’t want to see naked?
  • Snowmen fall from Heaven unassembled.
  • I signed up for an exercise class to lose weight and was told to wear loose fitting clothing. If I had any loose fitting clothing, I wouldn’t need the durned class!
  • Now that food has replaced sex in my life, I can’t even get into my own pants.
  • The closest I ever got to a 4.0 in college was my blood alcohol content.
  • Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference. Or, don’t argue with an idiot; they will wear you down to their level then beat you with experience.
  • Wouldn’t you know it! Brain cells come and brain cells go, but fat cells live forever.