Former School Trustee Sentenced To 13 Years For Dealing Drugs

A former Crothersville School Board member and Republican Precinct committeeman was sentenced to 13 years in prison for dealing drugs in Jackson Circuit Court last Wednesday

Roger D. McIntosh

Roger D. McIntosh

Roger D. McIntosh, 56, of South Armstrong Street in Crothersville agreed to plead guilty as a part of a please agreement to a single felony count of dealing in controlled substance after he was arrested in June 2015 on five counts of dealing drugs, theft, and illegal possession of ginseng.

At the time of his arrest authorities found 10 prescription bottles and bundled packets of hydrocodone, oxymorphine, Alprazolan, Oxycontin, and Suboxone not in prescription containers labeled as prescribed to McIntosh.

At the time of his arrest, McIntosh was out of jail on bond from his arrest in March 2014 on an earlier five-count charge of dealing drugs.

As a result of the plea agreement, the additional charges were dismissed by Senior Judge William Vance.

At the sentencing last Wednesday, his daughter, Morgan McIntosh, 25, of East Crothersville Road in rural Austin, said, “My dad is a good guy, He’s always been there for me. He just got wrapped up in some drug stuff,” she told the court.

She said that her father was active in the Crothersville community serving on the school board, Lions Club, and was a Republican Precinct committeeman for 20 years.

“In 2003 he was named the Austin High School Outstanding Alumnus,” she said.

Under questioning by Deputy Prosecutor Herbert “Pete” Walker, she admitted having a drug problem in the past, obtaining drugs from her father.

Roger McIntosh’s daughter, Sara, died of a drug overdose in 2010, her sister said in court.

In asking the judge for leniency in sentencing, she told the judge, ”He won’t do it again. I think it (his facing time in prison) scared him enough.”

Walker called Christopher Ryan Taylor, 31, of Scottsburg to testify at the sentencing. Taylor is currently incarcerated in Scott County Jail on other drug charges.

He told the judge that he sold drugs for McIntosh in Scott County and Eastern Kentucky in 2013. He said his dealing in pills such as Xanax and Roxicodone brought from $800-$1,500 a day.

In addition to selling drugs for McIntosh, Taylor told the judge that he “acted sort of like security for Roger keeping people who wanted to buy drugs away from his home,” he said. “Roger didn’t want to deal from his home because he didn’t want to draw attention.”

McIntosh acknowledged his wrongdoing to the judge. “I’ve done some bad things. But I’ve done some good things, good things for my community. I hope they are taken into consideration,” he said. “I’m just sorry it has come to this.”

McIntosh’s attorney Bart Betteau, reminded the judge of McIntosh’s lack of a criminal record. “What he did was absolutely reprehensible. But for 50 years he was a good man doing good things in his community: served on the school board, 15 years in the Lions Club, 20 years as a Republican precinct committeeman.

“A lengthy prison sentence doesn’t benefit Roger, doesn’t benefit the community,” Betteau told the judge.

Walker reminded Vance that McIntosh “was dealing drugs while out on bond (on other drug charges). He had a very developed operation.”

Before handing down the sentence, Vance said that he engaged in smoking as a youth and that others in his circle did as well. “Today, it seems, if one person uses drugs others in his circle (are likely to) use drugs,” he said.

“But when you engage in the culture and business of selling drugs that is a different consideration,” said Vance. “I am disturbed by him (McIntosh) supplying drugs to his own daughter.”

Vance sentenced McIntosh to 13 years to the Indiana Department of Corrections and suspended three of those years. He was ordered to serve eight years and the final two years on house arrest.

CHS Anglers Rank In World High School Fishing Finals

online CHS fishing

Shown above are club members Chandler Niehause, Taylor Tatlock, Joseph Tatlock, David Ross, and Dillon Maschino. Other members of the club include. Jonathon Wiesman, Andrew Johnson, Jonathon Eldridge, and James Amos.

Members of the Crothersville High School Fishing Club, Joseph Tatlock and Dillon Maschino, participated in the High School World Finals in Florence Alabama at McFarland Park on Pickwick Lake June 29,30, July 1st. They caught a total of 5 bass, one weighing 2 lbs 9 oz, and 4 with a total weight of 6 lbs 15 oz ranking them 69th out of 184 teams from 22 different states.

The Crothersville club is a part of the SAF student angler federation. The boys said the experience and memories will last a lifetime.

Tatlock is the son of Nick Tatlock, and Cassandra Tatlock; Maschino is the son of Angela Schmelzle, and Ed Maschino II.

The club thanks their sponsors for the year: 5-C Auto Parts, Walmart Distribution Center, The Peoples Bank, Complete Construction, Tatlock Lawn Care, Wilson’s Equipment Company, Bob Poynter GM Seymour, Aisin Drivetrain, Inc.

Locals Are Fair Queen Pageant Participants

online fair queenTwo Crothersville teens will be taking part in this Sunday’s Jackson County Fair Queen Pageant.

Cassidy Mantz, daughter of Brian & Regina Huey and George Mantz, sponsored by the Crothersville Extension Homemakers, is one of the 17 contestants in the annual grandstand kick-off to the county fair.

Derrick Maxie, son of Ryan & Linda Begley and Dennis Maxie, will be one of the four escorts for the pageant.

~photo courtesy of Denise Maxie

Relaxing Wilderness Exercise With Benefits

Curt-lineby Curt Kovener

A few weeks ago I told you of my speculation of a promising crop of blackberries in the wilderness. I am pleased to report my prognostications were berry spot on. I have been three-for-three-for-three: 3- trips, 3- hours, 3-gallons over the past week.

Blackberry picking is relaxing from the business baloney dealt with on a daily (and sometimes nightly) basis.

It teaches improved observational skills as I look along my woodland walk for telltale signs of approaching blackberries. There are often tall canes of bright red berries at the edge of a patch contrasting with the green foliage—I call them signal berries—guiding me to where the masses of concealed ripe fruit might be. Usually, I don’t get much ripe pickings from the signal berries as, being out in the open, the woodland birds usually beat me to their ripe offerings.

But once a patch is located via the signal berries, frequently the interior fruits are big, juicy and plentiful…if you can get to them.

Picking blackberries teaches patience and dexterity to move blocking blackberry canes without getting the sharp end of a briar to allow access to the interior of a wild-grown patch. Once inside the honey…er, berry…hole, it is reaching, twisting, crouching, sometimes kneeling sometimes stretching to find the ripe fruit.

As I stretched and maneuvered I thought that berry picking could be called woodland yoga what with all of the peculiar positions I frequently find myself searching for then harvest the fruit. Sometimes it’s a hunkered down squat reaching up and around prickly briars to get to the fruit. Sometimes it is a standing lean over a briar, sometimes it is straddling and balancing on downed rotting treetops. Blackberries like to grow where finding them is a challenge, I think.

And balancing is important in woodland yoga. Not for the exercise, but to not spill the bucket of berries. The longer I pick, the more frequently I check that the spring clip holding the heavier and heavier berry bucket to my britches. There comes a point when sweat, briar scratches, and thirst for some cool drink combine to tell me “That’s enough for this trip.”

So I meander my way back to the wilderness retreat, gingerly stepping over tree branches that offer more exercise for my now tired, sweaty body.

Tired & sweaty: it must have been a good workout.



On or about October 14, 2016, the Town of Crothersville intends to apply to the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs for a grant from the State Community Development Block Grant program Stormwater Improvements Program. This program is funded by Title 1 of the federal Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended. These funds are to be used for community development project that will include the following activities: stormwater collection system improvements to increase the drainage capacity of the system including the installation of three new box culverts to be installed at Bethany Road, Park Avenue and Kovener Street and rehabilitation of the Hominy Ditch waterway in this area by removing obstructions that limit the flow of the stream. The total amount of CDBG funds to be requested is $500,000. The amount of CDBG funds proposed to be used for activities that will benefit low-and moderate-income persons is $256,250. The Applicant also proposes to expend an estimated $63,700 in non-CDBG funds on the project. These non-CDBG funds will be derived from the following sources: total of $63,700 from the Water Depreciation fund ($31,850) and Sewer Depreciation fund ($31,850).

The Town of Crothersville will hold a public hearing on August 2, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. in the Crothersville Town Hall, 111 E. Howard Street, Crothersville, Indiana to provide interested parties an opportunity to express their views on the proposed federally funded CDBG funded project. Persons with disabilities or non-English speaking persons who wish to attend the public hearing and need assistance should contact Office of the Clerk-Treasurer, Town Hall, 111 E. Howard Street, Indiana 47229, 812-793- 2311 not later than July 29, 2016. Every effort will be made to make reasonable accommodations for these persons.

Information related to this project will be available for review prior to the public hearing as of August 2, 2016, at the Office of the Clerk-Treasurer, Town Hall, 111 E. Howard Street, Indiana 47229, 812-793-2311 during normal office hours. Interested citizens are invited to provide comments regarding these issues either at the public hearing or by prior written statement. Written comments should be submitted to Trena Carter, Administrative Resources association, 748 Franklin Street, Columbus, IN 47201, no later than July 29, 2016 in order to ensure placement of such comments in the official record of the public hearing proceedings. A plan to minimize displacement and provide assistance to those displaced has been prepared by Town of Crothersville and is also available to the public. This project will result in no displacement of any persons or businesses. For additional information concerning the proposed project, please contact Trena Carter, Administrative Resources association, telephone: (812) 376-9949, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or write to Trena Carter, Administrative Resources association, 748 Franklin Street, Columbus, IN 47201

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CAUSE NO.  36C01-1510-EU-94



In the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Indiana.

Pursuant to I.C. 29-1-7-7, notice is hereby given that Debra K. Day was on the 21st day of October, 2015, appointed Personal Representative of the Estate of Virginia Lewis, deceased, who died testate on April 18, 2014.  All persons having claims against this estate, whether or not now due, must file the claim in the office of the clerk of this court within three (3) months from the date of first publication of this notice, or within nine (9) months after the decedent’s death, whichever is earlier, or the claims will be forever barred.

Dated at Brownstown, Indiana, this 21st day of October 2015.

Amanda Lowery

Clerk of the Circuit Court of

Jackson County, Indiana

Attorney for Estate:

Jeffrey J. Lorenzo

Lorenzo & Bevers

218 West Second Street

Seymour, IN 47274

Phone:  (812) 524-9000

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