New DNA Law Resulting In Matches To Other Crimes

6 Matches Made From Jackson County Arrests

A new state law that went into effect the first of the year is resulting in suspects for old and unsolved crimes, according to officials with the Indiana State Police.
The law requires DNA samples be taken from all persons arrested for a felony offense. This is an expansion of a previous policy to collect samples only from those convicted of felonies.
DNA samples are collected by each county jail when a person is incarcerated on a felony charge. The samples are sent to the Indiana State Police laboratory in Indianapolis for analysis and entered into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).
ISP reports that in the first three months of 2018, their lab was sent 9,375 samples for new arrests and tested an additional 3,330 samples from new convicted offenders.
Of the total 12,705 samples, 244 came back as matches (that are referred to as ‘hits’) to other crimes.
•46 hits attributed to the 3,330 new convicted offender samples collected Jan. 1 to March 31, 2018.
•72 hits attributed to the 9,375 felony arrest samples collected Jan. 1 to March 31.
•126 hits attributed to recently completed unsolved crime scene samples.
According to Jackson County Jail Commander Charlie Murphy, six of the samples that have been sent by Jackson County into CODIS has resulted in ‘hits’ or matches to other unsolved crimes.
“The new law is doing what is was hoped it would do: help us solve crime,” Murphy said. “With this new DNA information officers are able to continue their investigations with greater focus on suspects.”
He declined to identify any of the subjects or crimes related to the new DNA matches saying that they are ongoing investigations.
According to ISP, the first arrestee hit was on January 14, 2018 and matched to an unsolved rape investigation that began in 2016
All county jails are providing arrestee samples and 44 different counties have been involved in hits in the first quarter of 2018, according to state police officials.
CODIS has generated hits between Indiana and 23 other states during the first quarter of 2018.
Maj. Steve Holland, commander of the Indiana State Police Laboratory Division commented, “We are very pleased with the results seen thus far and are confident more and more crimes will be solved with the combination of convicted and arrested persons’ samples being matched in the CODIS program.”
“None of this would have been possible without the new legislation, the cooperation of all the county jail personnel who collect the DNA samples and the diligent efforts of state police laboratory scientists that are processing these samples for input into CODIS,” Holland said.

Traffic Stop Puts Three in Jail On Drug Charges

A traffic stop at Moonglow Road & US 31 on the north side of Scottsburg last Wednesday resulted in three men arrested on a variety of drug charges, according to Indiana State Police Sgt. Jerry Goodin.
Trooper stopped a 1999 Toyota Camry on a traffic infraction and during the investigation ISP K-9 Riggs indicated the presence of controlled substances in the vehicle.
Troopers searched the vehicle finding methamphetamine, marijuana, syringes and drug paraphernalia.
Troopers arrested the driver, Corey Smith, 27, of Austin charging him with dealing in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, trafficking with an inmate and maintaining a common nuisance.
Two passengers were also arrested during the traffic stop. Brandon L. Bowman, 25, of Salem, and Jesse D. Terry, 24, of Scottsburg were charged with dealing in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, and visiting a common nuisance.
The trio was incarcerated at the Scott County Jail.

Democrats Plan Fund Raising Dinner

The Jackson County Democrat Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner will be this Friday, April 27, at the Pines Evergreen Room south of Seymour. A social time will begin at 5:30 p.m. follow by dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Indiana House Minority Leader Terry Goodin will be the featured speaker.
Other candidates offering remarks will be Senate District 45 candidate John Perkins, Dist. 69 representative candidate Steve Schoettmer, and 9th district congressional candidates Liz Watson, Dan Canon and Robert Chatlos.
Dinner participants will also be able to meet and greet candidates for Jackson County offices.
Cost of the dinner is $25 per person. For tickets contact Jeanette Hackman at 812-528-2692.

Tip Lands Three in Scott County Jail On Drug Charges

Acting on a citizen’s tip, Indiana State Police officers went to a home at 505 West Cherry Street in Austin on April 9 after receiving information that a man wanted in Washington County was hiding, ISP Sgt. Jerry Goodin said.
Troopers and officers from the Austin City Police searched the house for Travis Lee McCleery, who was wanted in Washington County for possession of methamphetamine. “While searching for McCleery, pieces of drug paraphernalia were located in the home,” said Goodin. “That discovery prompted troopers to obtain a search warrant for the residence.”
During the search, several used syringes and other pieces of drug paraphernalia with methamphetamine residue were located.
Police found McCleery hiding behind a panel in the insulation of the attic, Goodin said
Travis McCleery, 36, of Scottsburg, Misty Dawn Collins, 30, of Austin and Charles McIntosh, 58, of Austin were arrested and transported to the Scott County Jail. Approximately three grams of Methamphetamine was located on Misty Collins at the jail,
•McCleery was incarcerated for two counts of possession of methamphetamine, two counts of possession of a syringe, visiting a common nuisance, resisting law enforcement, and possession of paraphernalia.
•Collins was charged with visiting a common nuisance, possession of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a syringe, false informing, assisting a criminal, and possession of paraphernalia.
•McIntosh was charged with maintaining a common nuisance.

Elementary Music Program Friday

The Crothersville Elementary School Students will be presenting “Spring Into the Possibilities” this Friday, April 20, at 1 p.m. in the CHS gymnasium. The production is under the direction of Mrs. Carolyn Weddle & Tracy Karnes.
“The public is welcome to attend and see what students have learned over the last few months,” said Karnes. Non-school personnel will need to enter and sign in through the Elementary Doors to attend.

Community Yard Sale May 5

The Greater Crothersville Community Wide Yard Sale will be Saturday, May 5, according to Curt Kovener, editor of the Crothersville Times, an organizer of the semi-annual event.
“Anyone who considers themselves a part of the Greater Crothersville area is welcome to join in and hold a yard or garage sale that day,” said Kovener.
Unlike previous sales, each vendor will have their sale location placed on the Town of Crothersville Facebook page for the world to see.
To have your yard sale promoted on Facebook, call or text Town Council President Danieta Foster at 812-390-8217.