Deputies Arrest Motorist On Drug, Gun & Impersonating Police Charges

A rural Clark County man faces drug & gun charges and impersonating a law enforcement officer after Scott County deputies made a traffic stop on I-65 near the 31-mile marker north of Scottsburg.
Late Thursday evening, June 11, Scott County Deputies Kenton Makowsky and Charlie Morgan pulled over a white Dodge Durango for a traffic infraction. While talking with the driver, William McCoy, 33, of Kettle Bottom Road, in Nabb, became suspicious and received permission to search the vehicle.
During the search, deputies located two flashlights taped to the rearview mirror, according to Scott County Sheriff Jerry Goodin. “When turned on, they were shown to display red and blue lighting. Deputies also located a navy blue hat inscribed with ‘Narcotics Officer’ and two navy blue security officer uniform shirts, sleeve patches, and a back patch. Other security officer clothing was also found in the vehicle,” said Goodin.
As the search continued deputies located a sawed off shotgun with no serial numbers and a black cinch style bag containing unused syringes, white residue and scales. Officers also located over three grams of methamphetamine and a small amount of marijuana.
Deputies placed McCoy under arrest and transported him to the Scott County Jail where he was booked-in on charges of dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of a syringe, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a common nuisance, possessing a firearm with obliterated ID numbers, impersonating a police officer,
His initial appearance before Scott Circuit Court Judge Jason Mount was scheduled for Monday afternoon. Judge Mount set his bond at $50,000.
In other arrests by Scott County deputies, on Monday, June 8, Corporal Johnney Coomer was dispatched to Interstate 65 for a vehicle driving erratically. The deputy located the vehicle and made a traffic stop. His investigation led to the arrest of Larry Simpson, 39, of Louisville, KY for possession of a syringe, resisting law enforcement, possession of paraphernalia, possession of a narcotic drug and maintaining a common nuisance.
On Wednesday, June 10, Deputy Christopher Bowling conducted a traffic stop in Austin. His investigation led to the arrest of Dawn Price, 37, of Austin for possession of a legend drug and possession of a controlled substance.
On Thursday, June 11, Deputy Kenton Makowsky made a traffic stop in Scottsburg. His investigation led to the arrest of Austin Roach, 26, of Memphis. for possession of a syringe and maintaining a common nuisance.

Amid COVID-19, Now’s A Good Time To Plan For Medical Emergencies, End-Of-Life

Though the COVID-19 pandemic carries on, claiming lives, infecting thousands more and altering social and economic landscapes, the number of people planning ahead with health care instructions doesn’t seem to have changed.
Attorneys, whose practices include estate planning and wills, said they hadn’t really seen big increases in demand for creating advance directives for health care. They spoke anecdotally about a month into Indiana’s stay-at-home order and travel restrictions.
But attorneys and doctors recommend having such documents in place, at any age, in case of a situation or emergency where a patient can’t articulate medical treatment choices for themselves. The directives can also state who a patient wants making health care decisions for them.
“Usually in the medical situations, it’s important to have an advocate – somebody who’s willing to be proactive, contacting doctors and nurses and whoever they can, and to find out what the situation is and what the options are,” said attorney Denise Connell with the Jackson County law firm Lorenzo Bevers Braman & Connell. “It’s like anything else, there’s options on what to do. And that’s what a health care directive does: it appoints someone to help choose those options.”
The firm provides wills, estate planning and bankruptcy services from their office in Seymour. She said she hadn’t seen much of an uptick in calls for advance directives.
She speculated demand for advance directives probably hasn’t risen because residents have had to address more immediate concerns, including, for many, employment and financial issues.
“‘Am I employed? Can I pay for groceries this week? Can I pay rent?’ That type of thing. It’s probably further down, they just haven’t thought about it,” Connell said.
A certain level of fear might also play into it. Some might not want to risk a face-to-face meeting. Others might have a more innate superstition about confronting death.
“One of the problems with doing a will is people don’t want to think about that, and so they don’t really want to get prepared,” Connell said. “And the more scared they are, the less they want to do something because they think they’re like tempting fate or something.”
“Nobody, even now, people don’t think they’re going to die from COVID-19, just like you don’t think you’re going to die next week in an automobile accident. But, things happen, and you should do appropriate planning to address those risks,” She said. “And with regard to health care decisions and powers of attorney and those kinds of things, people don’t want to think about being a situation where they are incapacitated.”
But attorneys will accommodate needs for social distancing during the planning process, from appointments to signing documents.
But the key, the attorneys and doctors agree, is to first discuss arrangements in advance directives with loved ones chosen to serve as a patient’s health care representatives – those appointed to make decisions for medical care and carry out wishes if the patient is unable.
Having such a plan in place, naming a health care power of attorney, now can save on future legal or family headaches if a patient is unable to speak for themselves. Without a directive, state law takes over with a general list of who’s in charge of making decisions, which can become murky or lead to family disputes.
“You’d be subject to whatever the statute says. And that dictates who in priority can make medical decisions for you,” Connell said. “It’s good to have, especially in these times that we have.”
The directives also provide a road map for health care providers. They get a clearer understanding of patient goals in end-of-life situations, such as, whether one would want to go on dialysis or feeding tubes, or even whether one wants nothing done.

Coronavirus Killing Crothersville Cultural Arts Activities

The Crothersville Historical and Cultural Arts Association is a unique organization with events at Hamacher Hall, located at 211 East Howard Street in Crothersville.
The officers planned a calendar of activities for 2020, but due to the Coronavirus and the restrictions and personal safety concerns which resulted, none of those activities has taken place to date.
“Events were planned for community participation, with most of them being opportunities for fund-raising and donations,” said Brenda Holzworth speokesperson for CHACAA. “Since these events could not take place, the organization is asking for friends and supporters of the Association to contribute funds to enable the group to cover regular operating expenses and needed maintenance. Area residents are also invited to become members or continue membership with annual dues and participation.”
The Crothersville Historical and Cultural Arts Association is a tax-exempt organization. To inquire about membership, contact the Treasurer, Eunice Lacey, at 812-528-2229.
Contributions should be mailed to Crothersville Historical and Cultural Arts Association, in care of Eunice Lacey, 4476 South US 31, Crothersville, IN 47229.
“All contributions, small or large, will be greatly appreciated,” said Holzworth.

Crothersville’s Carson Farmer Awarded Rumpke Scholarship

Crothersville High School senior Carson Farmer is the 2020 Rumpke Medora Landfill Scholarship winner.
On his application, Farmer wrote that he plans to pursue a career as a conservation officer, managing and protecting wildlife and various water resources. He plans to major in criminal justice at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus this fall.
“We’re excited to award Carson Farmer the annual Rumpke Medora Landfill Scholarship, a tradition our company started more than 10 years ago,” said Eric Curtis, region vice president, Rumpke. “Carson exhibits the work ethic, passion and attitude needed to make our community a better place.”
Each year, Rumpke offers a $1,000 non-renewable scholarship for a graduating high school senior in Jackson County pursuing a degree at an accredited institution. Last year’s winner was Natalia Garcia of Seymour.
This year, Rumpke awarded $24,000 in scholarships to students throughout its service area.

For more information log on to


The City of Austin Advisory Plan Commission (“PC”) will consider the adoption of a text amendment to the City’s Zoning Ordinance that creates new requirements for temporary storage structures at a public hearing on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at 5:30 PM at 80 W. Main St., Austin, IN 47102, Council Chambers. The text amendment will apply to all areas within the corporate boundaries. The proposed amendment is available for inspection and review 8 AM to 4 PM M-F (excluding holidays) at the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office in City Hall, 80 W. Main St., Austin, Indiana 47102. Written objections to the amendment that are filed with the Clerk-Treasurer before the hearing will be considered and oral comments concerning the proposal will be heard at the hearing. The hearing may be continued from time to time as may be found necessary.
Dated on June 11, 2020.
City of Austin, Indiana
6/17 hspaxlp

Court Claims to be approved 7/1/2020
Houston Thompson & Lewis PC, 450.00; Indiana State Bar Association, 138.00; Jason Mount, 50.00; Marsha Owens Howser, 188.00; Matthew Bender & Co Lexis, 96.08; McKesson Medical-Surgical, 84.03; Quill Corp., 214.87; Rebecca Lockard, 1,460.00; Stephanie Parker, 1,000.00; The Office Shop, 38.80; Thomson West Payment Ctr, 65.74.
6/17 hspaxlp

You are hereby notified that on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, the Board of Commissioners of Jackson County, Indiana will hold a public hearing on a proposed lease to be entered into between the Jackson County Building Corporation (the “Corporation”), as lessor, and Jackson County, Indiana (the “County”), as lessee (the “Lease”) with respect to the financing of the acquisition of land and the construction, renovation, expansion and/or improvement thereon of one or more buildings, structures and associated infrastructure comprising a county work release facility, to be located at or near the 300 block of Dupont Drive in the City of Seymour, Indiana (the “City”), the installation and equipping of such facilities, and the construction, renovation, repair and equipping of other improvements and projects related thereto (collectively, the “Project”).
Such public hearing will be held at 6:00 p.m., local time, on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in the Annex Building in the Jackson County Courthouse, 220 East Walnut Street, Brownstown, Indiana. 
The leased premises (the “Premises”) under the proposed lease consists of the Project, and the real estate on which such Project will be located. The proposed lease is for a term of up to twenty (20) years commencing on the date of issuance of bonds of the Corporation to finance the Project (the “Bonds”). The annual lease rental will not exceed Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($500,000) payable in semiannual installments on June 30 and December 31 of each year during the term of the Lease. Each rental installment shall be based on the value of the portion of the Premises which will be complete and ready for use and occupancy by the County at the time such semi-annual installment is made. As additional rental, the County shall maintain insurance on the Premises as required in the Lease and shall pay all taxes and assessments against such property, as well as the cost of alterations and repairs. After a sale of the Bonds, the yearly rental, payable in semiannual installments on each June 30 and December 31 shall be reduced to the multiple of $1,000 next higher than the principal and interest due on the Bonds in each twelve month period commencing on June 30, plus $5,000, payable in such semiannual installments. The County shall pay such lease rentals solely from (i) legally available revenues of the County (the “County Revenues”), and (ii) to the extent that the County Revenues are insufficient, the revenues derived from an ad valorem property tax levied by the County pursuant to the Indiana Code 36-1-10-17 (the “Property Tax Revenues”). The County may pay such lease rentals from other revenues legally available to the County.
The lease gives an option to the County to purchase the Premises. The Project will be used for a County work release facility.
The drawings, plans, specifications and related information, including the estimates for the cost of providing the Project, as well as a copy of the proposed lease, are available for inspection by the public during normal business hours, at the office of the Auditor of the County, Jackson County Courthouse, 111 South Main Street, Brownstown, Indiana. 
At such hearing, all persons interested shall have a right to be heard upon the necessity for the execution of the Lease, and upon whether the lease rental provided for therein to be paid by the County to the Corporation is a fair and reasonable rental for the Premises. Such hearing may be adjourned to a later date or dates. Following such hearing, the Board of Commissioners may authorize the execution of the Lease as originally agreed upon, rescind the proposed Lease, or make modifications therein as may be agreed upon with the Corporation, but in no event may the rental exceed the amounts set forth in this notice. The Board of Commissioners may approve the execution of the Lease if it finds that the service to be provided throughout the term of the Lease will serve the public purpose of the County and is in the best interests of its residents.
Dated this 17th day of June, 2020.
6/17 hspaxlp

In the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Indiana.
Pursuant to I.C. 29-1-7-7, notice is hereby given that Stanley E. Schroer was on the 14th day of May 2020, appointed Personal Representative of the Estate of Mildred E. Schroer, deceased, who died intestate on October 31, 2020, and authorized to administer this estate without court supervision.
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 14th day of May 2020.
Melissa J. Hayes
Clerk of the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Indiana
Denise K. Connell
Lorenzo Bevers Braman & Connell
218 West Second Street
Seymour, IN 47274
(812) 524-9000
6/10, 6/17 hspaxlp

State Of Indiana
County Of Scott
In The Scott Circuit Court
Case Number: 72C01-2005-EU-0017
IN RE: The Unsupervised Estate Of Peggy W. Cooper, Deceased
Notice is given that Eric S. Cooper was, on May 29, 2020, appointed Personal Representative of the Estate of Peggy W. Cooper, deceased, who died on April 27, 2020. The Personal Representative is authorized to administer the estate without Court supervision.
All persons who have 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 the 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: May 29, 2020.
Missy Applegate
Clerk, Scott Circuit Court
Kerry Thompson, #840-72
49 East Wardell Street
Scottsburg, IN 47170
Telephone: (812) 752-5920
Attorney for the Estate of Peggy W. Cooper
6/10, 6/17 hsaxlp

In the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Indiana.
Cause No. 36C01-2005-EU-0043
Notice is hereby given that Shane Prince was, on the 28th day of May, 2020, appointed Personal Representative of the Estate of Randall Prince, deceased, who died on the 30th day of April, 2020, and authorized to administer such estate without Court supervision.
All persons who have 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 the 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 28th day of May, 2020.
Melissa J. Hayes
Clerk Of The Circuit Court
For Jackson County, Indiana
Attorney for Estate
Travis J. Thompson, #22549-49
113 East Second Street
P. O. Box 644
Seymour, Indiana 47274
Telephone: (812) 522-6949
6/10, 6/17 hspaxlp

CAUSE NO. 72D01-2005-AD-0019
Minor Child.
The unnamed father of the child born to Bobbie Jean Dunn on April 16, 2014, or the person who claims to be the father of the child born to Bobbie Jean Dunn on April 16, 2014 is notified that a petition for adoption of the child was filed on the 26 day of May, 2020 in the office of the Clerk of the Scott Circuit Court, 1 East McClain Avenue, Suite 120 Scottsburg, Indiana 47170.
If the unnamed putative father seeks to contest the adoption of the child, the unnamed putative father must file a motion to contest the adoption in accordance with IC 31-19-10-1 in the above named court within thirty (30) days after the date of service of this notice. This notice may be served by publication.
If the unnamed putative father does not file a motion to contest the adoption within thirty (30) days after service of this notice, the above named court shall hear and determine the petition for adoption. The unnamed putative father’s consent irrevocably implied and the unnamed putative father loses the right to contest both the adoption or the validity of the unnamed putative father’s implied consent to the adoption. The unnamed putative father loses the right to establish paternity of the child under IC 31-14.
Nothing Bobbie Jean Dunn, Trenton K. Hensley, or anyone else says to the unnamed putative father of the child relieves the unnamed putative father of his obligation under this notice.
Under Indiana law, a putative father is a person who is named as or claims that he may be the father of a child born out of wedlock but who has not yet been legally proven to be the child’s father.
This notice complies with IC 31-19-4-4 but does not exhaustively set forth the unnamed putative father’s legal obligations under the Indiana adoption statutes. A person being served with this notice should consult the Indiana adoption statutes.
The name and address of the attorney for the Petitioners is Devon M. Sharpe of Jenner & Pattison, 508 East Main Street, Madison, Indiana 47250, Telephone: (812) 265-5132.
Dated at Scottsburg, Indiana this 26th day of May, 2020.
Missy Applegate
Clerk, Scott Circuit Court
6/3, 6/10/ 6/17 hspaxlp

State of Indiana
County of Scott
In the Scott County Superior Court 1
Cause No. 72D01-2005-PL-016
Steven Taskey, Michelle Taskey, Personal Finance Company, Green Tree Financial Servicing Corporation, and Occupant, and all other persons claiming, any right, title or interest in the within described real estate by, through or under them or any other person or entity, the names of all whom are unknown to Plaintiff, Defendants.
A “Complaint to Quiet Title” on the real estate described herein, has been filed and is pending against you. Parcel#: 72-02-34-100-007.004-004, Legal Description: A part of the Northwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter of Section 34, Township 4 North, Range 7 East described as follows: Beginning at a spike in the Northwest corner of said Quarter-Quarter and running thence North 89 degrees 43 minutes East with the County Road 1059.49 feet to the true point of beginning; thence North 89 degrees 43 minutes East with said road 258.53 feet; thence South 00 degrees 06 minutes East with an existing fence line 672.72 feet to a steel post; thence South 89 degrees 43 minutes West 253.44 feet to a steel post; thence North 00 degrees 32 minutes West 672.70 feet to the point of beginning, containing 3.95 acres, subject to all legal highways., More commonly known as: 2738 E. Burn Rd., Austin, IN 47102.
You must answer the “Complaint to Quiet Title” in writing within Thirty (30) days after the third notice of publication of this suit, and if you fail to do so, judgment by default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the “Complaint to Quiet Title”.
Missy Applegate
Clerk of Scott County Courts
6/3, 6/10, 6/17 hspaxlp

State Of Indiana
County Of Scott
In The Scott Superior Court
Case No.: 72D01-2006-PL-018
TO: Tina Begley and Unknown Claimants to Real Estate located at 1097 North Third Street, Austin, Indiana 47102.
You are hereby notified that the above-named Plaintiffs have sued you in the Scott Superior Court. The nature of the suit is a civil suit and is a Complaint to Quiet Title to Real Estate. You must respond to the Complaint in writing within thirty days after the last notice of this action is published, and if you fail to do so, judgment by default may be entered against you for the relief demanded by the Plaintiff.
Dated this 9th day of June 2020.
Missy Applegate
Clerk Scott Superior Court
Joshua A. Stigdon, #29501-72
Houston, Thompson and Lewis, PC
49 East Wardell Street
Scottsburg, Indiana 47170
Telephone: (812) 752-5920
Fax: (812) 752-6989
Attorney for Plaintiffs
6/17, 6/24, 7/1 hspaxlp

Thoughts On Our Current Times From Those Of The Past

by Curt Kovener

I recently stumbled across a quote by Frederick Douglass, “Between the Christianity of this land and the Christianity of Christ, I recognize the widest possible difference.” It seems appropriate for these current times so I reflected on two other great orators for their thoughts.
“Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.”
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
“A nation that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.”
“The time is always right to do the right thing.”
“We may have all come on different ships, but we are in the same boat now.”
Those are from the wisdom on Martin Luther King Jr. in my book of quotations. The next chapter contains thoughts from Abraham Lincoln.
“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”
“I am inclined to silence, and whether that be wise or not, it is at least more unusual nowadays to find a man who can hold his tongue than to find one who cannot.”
“Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed.”
“No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.”
“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.”