Local Man Charged Following May Wreck That Claimed Toddler’s Life

A 21-year-old Crothersville man has been charged in connection with a wreck in May that left a 3-year-old local girl dead.

Brent Sawyer

Brent Allen Sawyer

Brent Allen Sawyer of Crothersville was booked into the Jackson County Jail at 11:37 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, on a charge of causing death when operating a vehicle with a controlled substance in the blood.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed by the Jackson County Prosecutor’s office, the ISP toxicology report on Sawyer’s blood following the accident tested negative for alcohol and positive of THC (marijuana).

The accident occurred around 12:40 a.m. on May 13 that resulted in the death of Tavaya A. Bevers. who was riding in a child car seat in the rear seat of a 2003 Ford Windstar van driven by her father, Devin P. Bevers, 30, of Crothersville.

According to the report by the Indiana State Police, Sawyer was southbound on US 31 near County Road 500 S north of Crothersville in a 2006 Jeep Liberty, when he crossed the centerline into the path of a northbound Bevers. According to police Bevers attempted to avoid the collision be turning into the southbound lane. Police said Sawyer steered his vehicle back into the southbound lane then the collision occurred.

The vehicles struck each other on the passenger sides.

Sawyer was released from jail on Monday, Aug. 15 after posting a $4,005 bond, according to jail records. He has an Oct. 3 court appearance scheduled.

On June 10, in Jackson Superior Court, Tonia Miller, mother of Tavaya Bevers, filed a wrongful death suit against Brent Sawyer and Devin P. Bevers in connection with the May 13 fatal accident.

Church Closes But Congregation’s Financial Generosity Will Help Community For Years To Come

The congregation of Immanuel United Church of Christ held a final worship service Sunday, ending a church that began in Crothersville in the 1860’s. The current church building, constructed by German immigrants in 1874, is at the corner of Kattman Avenue and Howard Street.

“While this is a sad, somber time for the remaining members of the church, the congregation will leave a legacy in many ways,” said the Rev. ‘Bud’ Walther, long time pastor at the church. “After a long ministry the church will continue to serve through the distribution of the remaining assets.”

Financially the church expects to leave approximately $350,000 to continue the work the congregation has begun.

The congregation voted to fund several endowments through the Community Foundation of Jackson County.

“But the real legacy will be the hundreds of people in Jackson County who can trace their faith roots through parents, grandparents great grand-parents, and extended family to baptisms, confirmations, marriages, funerals at this church.

The church’s German Reformed Cemetery at the corner of Kattman Avenue and Main Street will perennially be cared for through an endowment of $85,000. The cemetery will be turned over to the Crothersville Cemetery Association for care.

The congregation has voted to establish an endowed $100,000 fund for an annual college scholarship for Vernon Township students in future years.

A $50,000 endowment will support the work of Brooklawn (Uspiritus) in Louisville and Crossroads in Fort Wayne. Both facilities have received the local church’s long time support are for abused and neglected children.

A $25,000 endowed fund will be established for Crothersville community nonprofit work annually.

“The foundation strives for a 4% return on investments,” said Dan Davis, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Jackson County. “The generosity of the congregation of Immanuel United Church of Christ means that over $10,000 annually will be made available for the church designated endowments in perpetuity.”

The congregation has supported a child in the Philippines at the Dumaguete Kalauman Center through the UCC Global Ministries Child Sponsorship program for many years. “We are sponsoring our fifth child, Kenneth,” said Walther. “We will be providing $2,500 to complete our current child’s education. Also the Dumaguete Kalauman Center for Development is conducting a capital campaign to enlarge the school and the congregation will be making a gift of $5,000 toward that effort.”

Additional gifts will be made to the Crothersville-Vernon Township Volunteer Fire Department, the Crothersville Senior Citizens Center and the Crothersville Area Ministerial Association “Helping Hand Fund.”

Walther said a healthy reserve fund will be held for one year to cover any potential expenses. The church and parking lot will be sold with a closing expected later this year. Any funds remaining will be distributed in one year, he added.

Traffic Stop Results In More Drugs Off The Roadway

A 43-year-old Jeffersonville woman was booked into Scott County Jail last Wednesday, Aug. 17, on a variety of drug charges.

Indiana State Police Trooper Mark Lamaster stopped a gray Jeep for speeding and driving erratically on I-65 southbound near the 26 mile marker.

0824 p1 hendersonThe driver of the Jeep, Michelle D. Henderson, seemed impaired while trooper Lamaster was speaking to her. During the traffic stop Heroin and Adderall, a Schedule 2 Controlled Substance were located in her vehicle.

Henderson was incarcerated at the Scott County Jail on the two counts of possession of a narcotic drug, operating while intoxicated, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia.

The Wilderness Is A Jungle

Curt-lineby Curt Kovener

We are fast approaching Labor Day, that near the end of summer 3-day weekend holiday where I try to catch-up on all of the outdoor work that didn’t get done in preparation for autumn and the ultimately later frigid weather.

Owing to alternating horribly hot & humid Hoosier weather making me opt for the inside air conditioning in hopes of cooler days for outdoor work and the frequent Midwest monsoons leaving the lake level going out the emergency overflows and wilderness run-off creeks running most of the summer, I have more than ample outdoor work.

There’s the rutted lane due to the aptly named ‘gulley warsher’ rains that need re-re-graded again.

There are the weeds growing along the lake and creek that since May I promised myself I would get the string trimmer and cut back. That was a promise broken multiple times. And the weeds kept growin’

There are the plethora of sticks, limbs, parts of trees that have died, decayed and fallen during the wind and rains on either the lane or the several acres of grass that gets cut. Sticks on the lane that are too big to run over causes a slight delay in exiting or entering the property while the vehicle is stopped, driver gets out, and wood offal gets tossed into the forest where it can complete its decay.

Of course there’s the blade sharpening that is on-going and the mower-engine-drive train tweaking to get one more mowin’ before major maintenance must be done.

I’ve not even started the chainsaw this season to cut wood for the fireplace. But I don’t have to replenish much thanks to El Nina the warmer than usual last winter didn’t deplete my woodshed as much as previous years.

On the gardening to-do list is making raised bed half barrel planters for root crops. Here in the wilderness, voles, shrews, mice and underground dwelling bugs thoroughly welcome our efforts to grow potatoes, turnips, and onions for their meals.

There have been some success stories. The clearance hanging pot ferns we bought for $5 looked pretty pathetic back in early June, but weekly fertilizing, daily watering and vocal encouragement has resulted in two lush hanging baskets that will need to be divided before storing away in the basement for winter.

The white & purple butterfly bushes have rebounded from the trimming that Emma the Great Pyrenees puppy teethingly gave them in the spring to be attracting flying flowers and hummingbirds in August.

The purple leaves of Persian Shield and the sweet potato vine have gotten along famously as they spread over much of the front porch, almost like kudzu.

And there is the first year effort growing colorful caladium and mammoth elephant ear. And again, the bulbs came from the discount bin at the big box store and we got them in the pots late. But the same kind of fertilizing, watering and encouragement has resulted in a deck rail full of red, green, white & yellow caladium and large elephant ears that wave in the breeze. The largest ear measure 24”x30” and can look me in the eye.

Some aspects of the wilderness jungle aren’t a bad thing.

Public Notice



The Jackson County Council has called for a public hearing on Ordinance No. 14, Council Bill No. 9, An ordinance establishing a Local option Income Tax for Public Safety and Property Tax Relief, to be held at the Jackson Courthouse Annex, Brownstown, Indiana at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, September 12, 2016.

Interested persons may appear in person or by counsel to present their views upon the ordinance. Written suggestions or objections to this ordinance may be filed with the Auditor before the hearing and will be considered by the Council.

Charlie Murphy,

Jackson County Council


Susan D. Bevers

Jackson County Attorney

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