Deputy Assisting A Disabled Vehicle Results In Drug Arrests

A Scott County Deputy assisting a motorist with a flat tire resulted in the three occupants of the vehicle going to jail.
On August 17, 2018, Deputy Joe Baker responded to the 27-mile marker of the southbound lane I-65 to assist a disabled vehicle.
When the deputy arrived, James Byers and Gregory Leonard were outside of the vehicle attempting to change a tire. The officer talked with vehicle owner, James Byers, to see how he could assist and noticed the license plates on the vehicle were expired. When the deputy checked to confirm the expired plate to the vehicle owner it confirmed that Byers had an active warrant out of Clark County for drug related charges.
Deputy Baker observed a female, Toni Knudson, as a passenger inside the vehicle.
Criminal activity being suspected, Baker requested a K-9 unit. K-9 Officer Cyrus, was deployed by his handler, Joshua Watterson, to do an exterior search of the vehicle. The trained dog was able to show a positive indication for the possible presence of a narcotic substance near the trunk, passenger, and driver’s side door.
A syringe loaded with the presence of a clear substance was located in the trunk of the vehicle. Multiple syringes were then found on the interior of the vehicle.
Additionally, Toni Knudson attempted to discard a flashlight during the investigation and Baker discovered two $100 counterfeit bills located inside of the flashlight.
Gregory Leonard. 44, of Clifford and Toni Knudson, 39, of Seymour were taken into custody.
A search of Leonard at the scene revealed 1.5 grams of a methamphetamine in Leonard’s possession.
During the book-in process, Toni Knudson was searched and 15 grams of methamphetamine and two syringes were found in her possession.
Leonard was booked into jail charged with possession of methamphetamine, visiting common nuisance.
Knudson faces charges of possession of syringe, visiting a common nuisance, possession of methamphetamine, possession controlled substance, forgery, counterfeiting, possession of drug paraphernalia.
Byers was turned over to Clark County law enforcement at the scene.

Four Facing Drug Charges In Crothersville

Seeking a Crothersville resident on an outstanding court warrant led police to incarcerate four people in Jackson County Jail on drug charges last Thursday.
Officers sought Herman Curtis Eldridge, 48, for failure to appear in court on another charge. When they located him, he was in the company of Sabrina Leslie Jensen, 41 of Crothersville, authorities reported. Police noticed drug paraphernalia and subsequently discovered methamphetamine.
Authorities’ questioning of the pair led them to the West Walnut Street residence of Gary Martin Rutherford, 49, who was arrested on a number of drug charges.
Also arrested was Jeremy Todd Stacy, 26, of Crothersville on drug and paraphernalia charges.
Crothersville Police and Indiana State Police cooperated in the arrests.
•Sabrina Leslie Jensen faces charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
•Herman Curtis Eldridge was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and failure to appear in court.
•Jeremy Todd Stacy faces charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
•Gary Martin Rutherford was charged with dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of syringe, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Growth At Schneck Medical Prompts Need For Additional Hospital Volunteers

When patients go to Schneck Medical Center for medical care, they get a little extra care thanks to an army of volunteers who happily donate their time to make each patient’s experience as positive as it can be.
“At Schneck, our Guild Volunteers are partners in the patient experience and dedicate their time to offer Schneck patients, visitors, and staff a helping hand wherever needed,” says Amy Cockerham, volunteer coordinator. “Volunteers provide that little extra special touch that allows Schneck to provide an exceptional customer experience.”
Volunteers serve in various areas of the hospital including the gift shop, admitting and information desks, and various hospital departments. They also transport patients, deliver patient and interdepartmental mail and patient flowers.
Due to the growth at Schneck, the medical center needs more people willing to donate their time. Volunteers are asked to work one four-hour shift per week, but can work more if they would like. Opportunities currently available include:
•Volunteer Workroom Mondays noon to 4:00 p.m. and Tuesdays 8:00 a.m. to noon. Duties include discharging patients, delivering newspapers, collecting mail, and delivering flowers.
•Cancer Center Mondays 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Duties include providing patients with snacks, beverages, warm blankets, and magazines, stocking supplies, sanitizing chemotherapy chairs and wheelchairs, and visiting with patients and families.
•Courtesy Shuttle Mondays noon to 4:00 p.m. Duties include driving passengers including patients, visitors, and staff to their needed destination on Schneck’s main campus.
•Surgery Waiting Mondays noon to 4:00 p.m., Tuesdays noon to 4:00 p.m., every other Wednesday 8:00 a.m. to noon, Wednesdays noon to 4:00 p.m., and Thursdays noon to 4:00 p.m. Duties include checking in surgery patients, communicating with family members, and assisting with cleaning patient rooms.
For more information on the volunteer opportunities at Schneck Medical Center, please call Amy Cockerham, Volunteer Coordinator, at 812-522-0439.

Toxicology Report: 8-Year Old Died After Ingesting Methamphetamine

A toxicology report released Thursday revealed an 8-year-old Seymour boy had 180 times the lethal limit of methamphetamine in his bloodstream when he died June 21, police said.
That report showed Curtis Collman III had 18,000 nanograms of methamphetamine in his bloodstream. A lethal amount is 100 nanograms.
It is unclear how much methamphetamine the younger Collman consumed at his father’s Seymour home as the toxicology report does not show that amount.


The boy, who would have been a third grader at Crothersville Elementary this year, died at Schneck Medical Center after police were called to his grandparents’ home. The boy had been in the care of his father, Curtis Collman II, who had custody.
Police said the boy had spent the night of June 20 with his father. The boy ingested the methamphetamine, police said, and became ill sometime on the morning of June 21. His father later took the boy to his grandparents’ home, and at some point, he became unresponsive.
Collman never sought medical treatment for his son and tried to prevent others from calling 911 to help him, according to court documents. A family friend eventually made the 911 call.
The 41-year-old was charged with neglect of a dependent causing death, a Level 1 felony punishable by 20 to 40 years in prison.
Collman is scheduled to stand trial on that charge Dec. 4 in Jackson Circuit Court. He also will face charges of pointing a firearm, intimidation, possession of methamphetamine, failure to register as a sex offender and theft. On Friday Judge Richard Poynter denied Collman’s request for bond reduction.