Roger McIntosh— Former School Board Member, GOP Leader— Charged In Murder For Hire

Drugs, a deadly family conspiracy and murder for hire have resulted in three men being charged with murder last Thursday in Scott Circuit Court in the shooting deaths of two Lexington residents more than a year ago.

Roger McIntosh

Roger McIntosh

Roger D. McIntosh, 57, of Crothersville and Phillip McIntosh, 54, of North Vernon each face two counts of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and obstruction of justice while David McIntosh, 52, also of North Vernon, faces a murder charge and a conspiracy to commit murder charge in connection with the deaths of Michele R. Brewer, 45, and Jesse Willard Bowling, 51, according to a news release from the Scott County Sheriff’s Department.
Brewer and Bowling were found shot to death March 28, 2016, in a residence at 10133 E. State Road 356 in southeastern Scott County.

Phillip McIntosh

Phillip McIntosh

The arrests of the McIntoshes stem from a year-long investigation by detectives with the Scott County Sheriff’s department and the Indiana State Police.
Roger McIntosh is presently serving a 13-year prison term in the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility near Carlisle for dealing in a controlled substance. He received that sentence on July 13, 2016, in Jackson Circuit Court by Special Judge William Vance. McIntosh is a former Crothersville School Board member and former Republican party leader.
Phillip and David McIntosh are both being held without bond at the Scott County Jail. In addition to the current

David McIntosh

David McIntosh

charges, David McIntosh is in jail for driving while suspended, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a firearm, and fleeing law enforcement. Philip McIntosh is in Scott County Jail on a parole violation.
Phillip McIntosh and David McIntosh are brothers from North Vernon who are cousins to Roger D. McIntosh.
According to the probable cause affidavit, a criminal drug case was scheduled to go to trial in Jackson County in April 2016 against Roger McIntosh. Michele Brewer was a confidential informant in the matter and was expected to testify against McIntosh.
“I discovered that Roger McIntosh had been telling people that Michele Brewer had purchased drugs from him for the police,” said Scott County Detective Jeremy Arnold. “And there was another criminal case pending (against McIntosh) in Jackson County in which Jesse Willard Bowling was a witness.”
Arnold said during the course of the investigation, Roger McIntosh had threatened to kill Brewer and Bowling “and had approached individuals about killing Brewer.”
According to the court document, Phillip McIntosh told police the trio met several times to discuss a plan to kill Brewer to prevent her from testifying against Roger McIntosh. The McIntoshes “had multiple meetings to plan and discuss the murder and how to carry it out” according to Phillip McIntosh.
During the meetings Roger McIntosh would supply his cousins with drugs and money.
According to the probable cause document, Roger McIntosh never promised Phillip or David an exact amount of money to commit the murder. But according to Phillip McIntosh, “He did tell him that they would be taken care of, their mom would be taken care of, and he would give them a house and property he owned in Blocher.”
Phillip said in the court documents that he knew Roger had money and “Roger was good for what he was telling them therefore they did not need an exact agreement.”
Phillip McIntosh told authorities that Roger McIntosh had supplied him with a car, .22 handgun and rifle. Det. Arnold reported in the court document that “in the days leading up to the murders, he had some hesitation and had not carried out the act. However, Roger McIntosh began hounding him about not having committed the murder yet, and told him that if he was not going to do it, that he needed to bring back the car and his tools.”
Phillip McIntosh said that he knew Roger meant guns when he said “tools”.
Phillip McIntosh told police that he acted alone in carrying out the murders.
Court documents reveal that he drove to a lane off Horner Road near the Brewer residence and walked “a beaten path that leads to the backyard” of the Brewer residence.
According to Arnold, Phillip McIntosh said he used both a rifle and a revolver to commit the murders. He told authorities that after committing the murders he threw the guns out of the car down the road from the murder scene.
Police had earlier recovered the weapons.
According to Phillip McIntosh in the court document, after throwing out the guns, he traveled to his residence in North Vernon where he burned his clothes and other accessories that had been used in the murders. “He also advised that he called Roger and told him the he had killed Michele and Jesse and that Roger told him that Roger would get him some money,” Det. Arnold reported in the court document.
The state has filed a notice to seek life without the possibility of parole against both Roger and Phillip McIntosh.

Natural Food & Shelter Habitat Can Attract Wildlife To Your Back Yard

photo by Tracie Kovener

photo by Tracie Kovener

Water also is an important part of the back yard habitat, in the form of a shallow birdbath or watering hole. Be sure to provide nearby cover.

by Joseph Persinger
If you intend to plant trees, flowers or shrubs this spring, why not choose varieties that will provide nesting sites, protection or even nutritious food for birds, butterflies and honeybees?
That was the question posed at a “back yard habitat landscaping” workshop recently at the Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge east of Seymour.
Donna Stanley, park ranger, assisted by Sally Crouch of the Muscatatuck Wildlife Society, shared information about diverse plants that can help sustain populations of songbirds, hummingbirds, butterflies, and honeybees as part of the home landscape.
“The best food is natural,” Stanley told those attending the workshop, “and there are many native plants that provide nutrition.”
When selecting trees to plant, consider diversity, she added, citing varieties such as red cedar, white pine, black gum, hackberry, white oak, and chokeberry, depending on available space and other limitations of the home landscape.
Trees that provide fruit include mulberry, flowering crab, persimmon, Washington hawthorne, and dogwood. Shrubs that produce berries or fruits include serviceberry, wild plum, sumacs, sassafras, elderberry, spicebush, and winterberry holly.
“Birds love dogwood berries,” Stanley commented, “and cedar waxwings like persimmons.” She also noted that the leaves of spicebush provide food for butterfly caterpillars.
She encourages the use of native plants when possible, such as scarlet honeysuckle, trumpet creeper, Virginia creeper, staghorn sumac, wild grapes, and native passionflower.
Stanley said trumpet creeper is very good for attracting hummingbirds, “but it grows fast and can get big,” so be sure you have enough space.
She urged landscapers to avoid pesticides as much as possible, choose food plants for different seasons, and minimize mowing as much as possible.
Stanley said Cooper’s hawks and sharp-shinned hawks are the main predators of smaller birds in this area and urged homeowners to “provide dense cover so small birds can escape.” This would include shrubs or bushes that the larger hawks cannot penetrate in pursuit of the smaller birds.
When providing nesting habitat, she noted, “different birds have different needs. You can provide nesting boxes, but watch for predators such as raccoons, skunks and snakes — just be aware of that when you’re providing habitat.”
Stanley said the most common hummingbird in this area is the ruby-throated variety, which can live up to 10 years and will return to the same area year after year from mid-April to October.
Many familiar garden flowers provide nectar for hummingbirds, and the common feeder solution is one part sugar to four parts water.
Hummingbirds are attracted to scarlet, orange, red or white tubular-shaped flowers. Butterflies are drawn to bright red and purple flowers, and bees are attracted to bright white, yellow or blue flowers.
Stanley encouraged participants to consider landscaping with plants native to Indiana as recommended by the Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society (
She noted that a native plant sale will be held from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the wildlife refuge as part of the Wings over Muscatatuck Migratory Bird Festival.
She warned against use of invasive species such as purple loosestrife, Japanese honeysuckle, autumn olive, and crown vetch. Invasive plants harm wildlife by choking out the plants native animals need for food and cover. For more information visit

Conservation Club Fish Fry Saturday, May 13

The Tri-County Conservation Club of Crothersville will serve their Fish Fry and Walking Taco’s on Saturday, May 13, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
This is a change from the traditional first Saturday of the month so everyone can take in the Crothersville Community Yard Sales.
Everyone is invited to bring their yard sale leftovers and use the premises on that Saturday in a flea market for a small donation of $5 a space.
Call in orders can be taken 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. by calling 812-498-4447 or 812-498-4448.
The Saturday menu will consist of Fish Sandwiches, Tacos in a bag, French Fries, desserts and drinks.

Public Notices

Public Notice
CAUSE NO.  36C01-1704-EU-000029
In the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Indiana.
Pursuant to I.C. 29-1-7-7, notice is hereby given that Todd M. Nantz was on the 17th day of April, 2017, appointed Personal Representative of the Estate of Olen Nantz, deceased, who died intestate on March 31, 2017.
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 17th day of April, 2017.
/s/ Amanda Lowery
Clerk of the Circuit Court of
Jackson County, Indiana
Attorney for Estate:
Matthew J. Lorenzo
218 West Second Street
Seymour, IN 47274
Phone:  (812) 524-9000
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Notice is hereby given to the taxpayers of Driftwood Township, Jackson County, Indiana, that the proper fiscal body will consider the following additional appropriation in excess of the budget for the current year at the location of 220 East Walnut Street, Brownstown, Indiana 47220 at 6:00 o’clock p.m. on the 17th day of May, 2017.
General Fund
Other Services & Charges    5,000
Total General Fund    5,000
Taxpayers appearing at the meeting shall have a right to be heard.  The additional appropriations as finally made will be referred to the Department of local Government Finance (DLGF). The DLGF will make a written determination as to the sufficiency of funds to support the appropriations made within fifteen (15) days of receipt of a Certified Copy of the action taken.
Dated: April 28, 2017
John McCrary
Fiscal Officer
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Notice is hereby given to the taxpayers of Jackson County, Indiana, that the proper legal officer of Jackson County at their regular meeting place at Jackson County Courthouse Annex, at 6:00 p.m. on the 17th day of May, 2017, will consider the following appropriations in excess of the budget for the current year.
Health Department Fund
Other Services & Charges    6,500
Total Health
Department Fund    6,500
Emergency Management Special
Appropriation Fund
Supplies    225
Other Services & Charges    1,507
Total Emergency Management
Spec. Approp. Fund    1,732
Taxpayers appearing at the meeting shall have a right to be heard.  The additional appropriations as finally made will be referred to the Department of local Government Finance (DLGF). The DLGF will make a written determination as to the sufficiency of funds to support the appropriations made within fifteen (15) days of receipt of a Certified Copy of the action taken.
Dated: May 3, 2017
Kathy S. Hohenstreiter
Fiscal Officer
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Residents and taxpayers of Jackson County, Indiana (the “County”) are hereby notified that the Jackson County Council will hold a public hearing at 6:00 p.m. on May 17, 2017, located at Courthouse Annex Building, 220 E. Walnut Street, Brownstown, Indiana, on the matter of appropriating funds for the purpose of financing a portion of the Judicial Center construction. Such appropriation will be from proceeds of the sale of land for the judicial center to the Jackson County Building Corporation. The amount will not exceed $350,000.  Funds to cover said appropriation are to be provided from the proceeds of the sale of the land for the Judicial Center, together with any investment earnings thereon.
The appropriations are in addition to any appropriations provided for in the existing budget and tax levy. At the public hearings, all persons shall have the right to appear and be heard on the necessity of said appropriations.
Dated: May 3, 2017.
County Auditor
Jackson County, Indiana
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Owners of real property, and registered voters residing, in the Jackson County, Indiana, hereby are given notice that the Board of Commissioners (the “Board”) has determined, at its meeting held April 18, 2017, that (I) a need exists for a new Judicial Center, as defined and described in the resolution adopted by the Board on April 18, 2017, and (II) to the extent permitted by law to take all of the necessary steps to finance all or a portion of the costs of all, or as many as is possible based on the facts and circumstances at the time, of the Judicial Center by entering into a proposed lease (the “Lease”) between the Jackson County Building Corporation, as lessor (the “Building Corporation”), and the County, as lessee, upon all or any portion of any of the premises subject to the Lease. The Building Corporation, as lessor, will issue lease rental revenue bonds (the “Lease Rental Revenue Bonds”) in one or more series secured by and payable from the lease payments under the Lease.
The total maximum original aggregate principal amount of the Lease Rental Revenue Bonds will not exceed $13,000,000.  The maximum term for each series of the Lease Rental Revenue Bonds will not exceed twenty-five (25) years from the date of issue, and the lease rental set forth in the Lease will have a maximum term not to exceed twenty-five (25) years, beginning on the date that the Judicial Center is completed.
Dated: May 3, 2017.
Jackson County Building Corporation
Jackson County, Indiana
Jackson County Auditor
5/3 & 5/10 hspaxlp



To Err Is Human…

Curt-lineby Curt Kovener

This is another encore column from the Curt Comments archives.
We make our share of boo-boos in the newspaper industry. Actually, at the Crothersville Times we are above average in the boo-boo department.
But unlike other businesses, government or education, when we err it is done in a public forum for everyone to see. No executive sessions, no cover-ups, no privileged information. We err for all to see. Our misteaks…errr…mistakes have no way of being covered up, sugar coated, or downplayed like in other sectors.
Mrs. Lewis, my high school English teacher, probably just looks down from above rolls her eyes and shakes her head. “I tried my best to teach him better,” she might be saying.
But there are other forums where grammar, dangling modifiers, and misplaced participles (or is it misplaced modifier and dangling participle?) occasionally crop up. Church bulletins are another source for well-meaning, unintentional gaffs.
I want to be very clear, none of these ‘oopsies’ came from any of our local churches. As far as I can tell, like a literary guardian angel Mrs. Lewis looks over the shoulder of all of the area’s church bulletin preparers as local bulletins always have correct spelling, grammar and punctuation.
These are offered as evidence that God does have a sense of humor.
•Don’t let worry kill you. Let the church help.
•While the Pastor is on vacation, massages can be given to the church secretary.
•The ladies of the church have cast off clothing of all kinds and they may be seen in the church basement every Friday.
•A new loudspeaker system has been installed in the church. It was given by one of the members in honor of his wife.
•Weight Watchers will meet at 7 p.m. Please use the large double doors at the side entrance of the church.
•The choir invites any member who enjoys it to join the choir in sinning on Sunday.
•Irving Bettson and Jessie Smith were married on Oct. 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.
•The Ladies Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at 10. All ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the B.S.
•At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be “What is Hell?” Come early and listen to our choir practice.
•The church’s new tithing campaign has a new slogan: “I upped my pledge—Now Up Yours.”


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