Crothersville Probation Visit Results In Six Arrested On Drug Related Charges

A routine probation visit by probation and law enforcement officers from Scott County and Crothersville Police last week resulted in six area residents facing drug related charges.
Just before noon last Wednesday, Feb. 21, Crothersville Chief of Police Brent Turner, along with deputies from the Scott County Sheriff’s Dept, and Probation Officers from the Scott County Probation Department, went to 11242 E 600 S, on the east side of Crothersville for a home visit. The address is the home of Brandon Bush who is currently on probation in Scott County Indiana.
According to CPD Chief Turner, “While at the residence conducting the home visit, we discovered hypodermic syringes, drug paraphernalia, and a substance believed to be methamphetamine.”
Inside the residence were Tonni Renee Drake, 32, of Deputy; Dakota Lee Fortner, 24, of Scottsburg; Debra Lynn Stacy, 45, of Austin; Brandon Todd Sawyer, 20, of Crothersville; Tosha Leoda Tincher, 19, of Crothersville; and Brandon Wayne Bush, 34, Crothersville.
All 6 occupants of the house were arrested and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department was contacted to bring a transport van, said Turner.
The six were booked into Jackson County Jail on the following charges:
•Tonni Drake: illegal possession of syringe, visiting a common nuisance.
•Dakota Fortner: visiting a common nuisance.
•Debra Stacy: visiting a common nuisance.
•Brandon Sawyer: visiting a common nuisance.
•Tosha Tincher: visiting a common nuisance.
•Brandon Bush: maintaining a common nuisance, possession of methamphetamine, illegal possession of syringe, possession of paraphernalia.
Assisting at the scene were Crothersville Police Officer Chris Cooper, officers with Scott County Sheriff’s Department, Scott County Probation Department, Jackson County Jail Commander Charlie Murphy.

Local Resident Named To Peoples Bank Board Of Directors

TPB Bancorp and its subsidiary The Peoples Bank, has announced the election of a new Chairman of the Board and the appointment of a new member to the Board of Directors.
On Monday, February 12, 2018, Jeffrey A. Nierman, of Seymour was elected as Chairman of the Board and Andrew N. Nehrt, of Crothersville was sworn in as a Director. Nehrt will serve the remaining term of Donald L. Norman, who passed away Sept. 23, 2017.
Donald L. Norman began working at the Brownstown Loan & Trust (now known as The Peoples Bank) sixty-two years ago on June 20, 1955 and had served as President from 1965 to 2005. He had served as Chairman of The Board since January 1978.

Andrew Nehrt

Andrew N. Nehrt was born and raised in Crothersville. He graduated from Crothersville High School and attended Purdue University in Aviation Maintenance Technology.
He and his wife, Cheryl, purchased the family farm west of Crothersville and are the fifth generation to own the farm.
Nehrt is currently co-owner of Pro-Form Plastics, Inc., A&N Investments and The Charlestown Hotel Group
“The Directors feel Nehrt will be an asset to the Bank and our community. He is a respected business owner and his philosophies match that of the Board of Directors and the Bank,” said Bank President Wm. Mark Norman.

Jeffrey Nierman

Nierman has been a member of the bank’s board of directors for nearly 28 years. During that tenure he has been an active member of several of the bank’s operational committees.
Nierman graduated from the Indiana University School of Business and Law School. He engaged in private law practice over 25 years concentrating his work in property, banking and municipal law. During this practice he represented the bank; the towns of Crothersville, Medora and Brownstown; as well as the Jackson County Regional Sewage District.
He also served in the Jackson County Prosecutor’s office for 33 years.
Nierman and his wife Jane reside in the Seymour area.

Crothersville Stray Cat Program Deemed Successful; Will Continue In 2018

Last year approximately 60 cats were captured, spayed/neutered and returned to the neighborhood where they were found through a program designed to reduce the numbers of stray felines in Crothersville.
The Crothersville town council will continue the program allowing for up to 60 non-neutered cats to be prevented from having litters of kittens.
“The cat fix program has been successful in the Town of Crothersville. But we still have a problem,” said council president Danieta Foster. “This has been something the town has struggled with for years and it will take us additional time to get a real handle on.”
Town employees will be trapping cats as time warrants or as problem areas are reported, she said.
Cats that are trapped in live-traps are taken to the veterinarian for the sterilization procedure, rabies shots and will be ear notched.
Cats will be returned to the area they were taken from within a few days, said Foster.
The notched ear lets residents know that cats roaming their neighborhood have been sterilized and will not be adding to the cat population. The notched ear also let’s town workers know that a trapped cat has already been sterilized and is let go.
Foster acknowledged that there have been some family pets that have been spayed/neutered and had an ear marked by the program.
“Town employees cannot distinguish between feral cats and family pets when they are picking them up, so we ask that pet owners be responsible and make sure your cats are kept in your home or secured area to avoid having them trapped,” said the council president.
It is the responsibility of the pet owner to make sure their cats are secured to prevent trapping, she emphasized.

Home Rental Scam In Local Area

A Southern Indiana consumer recently reported a rental scam on While looking for rental homes in the Columbus area, the consumer found a desirable property with 3 bedroom, 2 bath and an attached 2 car garage for $450 a month.
When she contacted the presumed homeowner, he informed her how he relocated out of state due to a job. In order to mail her the keys to the property, he would need $850 to cover the deposit and first month’s rent. Cautious of the proposed arrangement, the consumer drove by the property and spoke with the tenant. She learned the tenant had been residing there for about a month and the home was not for lease.
The Indiana Better Business Bureau investigated further and found a different property advertised on for $650 with the same phone number. The same house is listed for rent on for $1,690. BBB reached the property owner listed on and discovered that he is not listing the house through He also mentioned how he had been previously alerted about scammers using his property’s information and images.
Rental scams lure consumers with online ads touting beautiful homes, low rents, and great amenities. For vacation rentals, everything is handled online. For local rentals, the scammer may claim to be out of town and unable to show the property. In some cases, bold scammers have even gained illegal access to homes belonging to others and have “shown” the property as if they own it!
In either case, the scammer may create a false sense of urgency, telling the prospective renter that others are interested so immediate action is required. The renter puts down a security deposit or prepays a vacation rental, only to find out that the property is not available… or does not exist.
To avoid a rental property scam, BBB advises consumers to do their homework, investigate further before sending money, and follow these tips:
•Research the listing. Search online to see if the property has multiple listings, or the scammer’s email address or phone number. If you find the same ad listed in other cities, or the same property on different sites with different dollar amounts, that’s a huge red flag.
•Resist the sense of urgency. Scammers often give a sense of urgency in their requests for a deposit due to high interest in the property. They also appear to be very eager to offer you the lease without doing any kind of background checks.
•See the property in person. Don’t send money or share your personal information with someone you’ve never met for a property you haven’t seen. If you can’t visit an apartment or house yourself, ask someone you trust to go and confirm that it is what was advertised. And remember: be suspicious of the out-of-state/overseas landlord story. Scammers often claim to be out of the state or country and instruct targets to send money to areas that can’t be traced.
Don’t lose your hard-earned money to unscrupulous frauds. Contact the BBB at or 1-866-463-9222 for more guidance.

ABBA Based Musical ‘Mamma Mia’ Playing At Derby Dinner Playhouse

Derby Dinner Playhouse is presenting the smash Broadway hit musical ‘Mamma Mia!’ now through Apr. 8.
On a small Greek island, Sophie dreams of a perfect wedding—a dream that includes her father giving her away. The problem? Sophie doesn’t know who he is! Sneaking a peek in her mother’s old diaries, she discovers three possible fathers. She secretly invites all three to the wedding, convinced that she’ll know her father when she sees him.
But when all three turn up, it may not be as clear as she thought.
Told through the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs, ‘Mamma Mia!’ is a world-wide sensation that has audiences everywhere dancing.
‘Mamma Mia!’ is a musical based around the music of the band, ABBA. Active between 1972-1982, the Swedish pop/dance group is one of the most popular international groups of all time. Memorable songs included in ‘Mama Mia!’ are ‘Dancing Queen, ‘Money, Money, Money’, ‘Take A Chance On Me’, ‘The Winner Takes It All’, and many more.
This enchanting tale of love, laughter, and friendship features explosive dance numbers and a trip down the aisle you won’t forget.
The case includes Jillian Prefach, Kayla Eilers, Mandi Elkins Hutchins, Elizabeth Loos, Matthew Brennan, Bobby Conte among others. For tickets contact the Derby Dinner box office at 812-288-8281 or visit

Scott County Pair Arrested On Drug, Stolen Property Charges

A traffic stop by Crothersville Police on Friday resulted in two Scott County men being incarcerated on drugs and stolen property charges.
Crothersville Asst. Chief J.L. McElfresh located a vehicle with a license plate reported as stolen out of Scott County, shortly after 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, he reported.
McElfresh, Crothersville Officer Matt Browning, and Reserve Officer Mike Weiler conducted a traffic stop on a red 1998 Honda auto in the 700 block of Moore Street on the east side of Crothersville. According to McElfresh, the license plate had been reported stolen from a Chevrolet Cavalier.

Trenton Michael Moore

Brandon Spicer

McElfresh said there were two occupants in the vehicle. The driver was Trenton M. Moore, 25, of Scottsburg; the passenger was Brandon D. Spicer, 36, of Austin.
During their investigation, officers found a substance that field tested positive for heroin and hypodermic syringes, McElfresh reported. Moore was also found to be driving the vehicle on a suspended identification card and Spicer was wanted on a Scott County court warrant, the officer said.
Trenton M. Moore faces felony charges of illegal possession of a syringe, possession of narcotic drug, possession of stolen property, and maintaining a common nuisance.
Brandon D. Spicer faces felony charges of illegal possession of a syringe, and possession of a narcotic drug, a misdemeanor charge of visiting a common nuisance, as well as a warrant for failure to appear in court in Scott County.
Both were incarcerated in Jackson County Jail.
Jackson County Reserve Deputy Joe Francis assisted at the scene.