Child Welfare Check Sends 3 To Jail After Drugs Found

Indiana Conservation Officers, along with the Washington and Scott County Sheriff’s Departments, arrested three people on a multiple drug and weapons charges.

Joshua Thomas Purlee

Joshua Thomas Purlee, 35, of Floyds Knobs, and Deloris Newton, 58, of Austin, were arrested in Washington County, while James Newton, 52, of Austin was arrested in Scott County.

On Sunday, Aug. 6, Indiana Conservation Officers Robert Brewington and Washington County Sheriff’s Drputy Brad Naugle responded to a report of a young girl playing alone in the rain at Elk Creek Lake Public Fishing Area between Scottsburg and Salem.

Deloris Newton

Officers found the girl in a vehicle by herself while her father, Joshua Purlee, was in a separate vehicle with Deloris Newton. A search of Purlee and Newton found nearly 30 grams of methamphetamine, marijuana, prescription pills, and cash, Conservation Officers reported.

Both were arrested, and the Indiana Department of Child Services was contacted. The child was transferred to the custody of a relative.

James Newton

Officer Brewington obtained a search warrant for Newton’s residence in Austin, where Indiana Conservation Officers and Scott County Sheriff’s Department officers found more methamphetamine, prescription pills, paraphernalia, and firearms. James Newton, Deloris Newton’s husband, was at the home and was arrested.

Nearly 43 grams of methamphetamine, several hundred prescription pills, marijuana, paraphernalia, and 13 firearms were seized as evidence in this case.

Joshua Thomas Purlee was booked into Washington County Jail facing charges of dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, maintaining common nuisance, neglect of dependent, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of controlled substance.

Deloris Newton was booked into the Washington County jail charged with dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, maintaining common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia.

James Newton was booked into the Scott County Jail charged with dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of controlled substances, maintaining a common nuisance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Scott Co. Traffic Stop Yields Heroin

A traffic stop in I-65 resulted in the arrest of a Scottsburg woman on a variety of drug charges on Tuesday, Aug. 8.

Shortly after 2:30 p.m., Indiana State Police Trooper Nathan Abbott made a traffic stop on northbound Interstate 65 near the 29 mile marker for a traffic infraction on a blue van. Once the traffic stop was made ISP K-9 Teague alerted on the vehicle as to possibly contain controlled substances.

Alexandrea Grut

During a search of the vehicle, used syringes, plastic baggies and other paraphernalia was located, according to ISP Sgt. Jerry Goodin. During additional investigation police learned that the driver of the vehicle, Alexandrea E. Grut, 26, of East Jefferson Street in Scottsburg, was in possession of heroin hidden in a body cavity.

Grut, was placed under arrest and transported to the Scott County Jail where the hidden Heroin was confiscated. Grut, was charged with possession of heroin, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of a syringe and possession of paraphernalia.

This investigation is continuing, Goodin reported.

Library ‘Food For Fines’ Underway

Customers of the Jackson County Public Library in Seymour, Crothersville, and Medora can pay overdue fines by donating non-perishable food items now through August 26.

Donations of non-perishable food items collected in lieu of fines are given to local food pantries at Provisions Inc. and Anchor House in Seymour, Crothersville First Baptist Church, and Medora Christian Church.

Since its first fine-waiving program in 1991, the Jackson County Public Library has accepted 80,192 items (food, school supplies, and supplies for the Humane Society) and waived $66,090.80 in overdue fines.

For every dollar owed in fines at least one food item must be donated. If a customer has a $5.00 fine, at least five food items are needed to erase the fine. A fine of $5.50 would require at least six food items. Food items must not be expired, rusty, dented or USDA commodities.

Food for Fines is not available to customers with damaged or lost materials. The materials must be returned undamaged within six months of their original due date before the overdue fines can be waived. Collection agency accounts may participate in this year’s only fine-waiving program as long as they pay the $10 collection agency fee first.

Customers participating in Food for Fines will receive a computer-generated receipt reflecting fines waived by their food donation.

Food for Fines applies to all Jackson County Public Library materials including movies and audiobooks but does not apply to fines from other Evergreen Indiana libraries.

Individuals without library fines wishing to donate food items may do so at any library location.

For more information contact the Jackson County Public Library in Seymour at 812-522-3412, Crothersville at 812-793-2927 or Medora at 812-966-2278.

Inspired By Washington Leaders

by Curt Kovener

I have an old book of inspirational quotes from people from the Mid-West. Granted, it’s a pretty big region but I still like the wisdom of a Mid-Westerner. I wished those serving us(?) in Washington would pay attention.

“Absorb ideas from every source,” ~Thomas Edison

“There are things worth learning after you think you know it all,” ~Harry S Truman.

“Man has much to learn from nature,” ~Walt Disney

“Time is a great teacher,” ~Carl Sandburg

“Tomorrow comes to us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives, and it puts itself in our hands and hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday,” ~John Wayne

“The trouble with the world is not that people know so little, but that they say so many things that ain’t so.” ~Mark Twain

“Not to engage in the pursuit of ideas is to live like ants instead of men,” ~Mortimer Adler

“There is no force so powerful as an idea whose time has come,” Everett Dirksen

“Thinking is one thing they’ve never been able to tax,” ~Charles Kettering

“I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen,” ~Ernest Hemingway

“Technology does not improve the quality of life; it improves the quality of things. Improving the quality of life requires the application of wisdom,” ~Neil Armstrong.

“Lord, deliver me from the man who never makes a mistake, and also from the man who makes the same mistake twice, “ ~William Mayo

“You can tell the size of a man by the size of the thing it takes to make him mad,” ~Adlai Stevenson

“Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity,” ~Frank Leahy

“Always keep an open mind and a compassionate heart,” ~Phil Jackson


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Town Signs Water Tower Maintenance Agreement

A summer long discussion on how best to maintain the town of Crothersville’s water tower was settled last Tuesday when the town council agreed to hire SUEZ Advanced Solutions of Westfield, IN to provide exterior and interior tank maintenance.
The 300,000 gallon tower was erected about 20 years ago to provide water pressure for the town’s water utility customers.
SUEZ and Pittsburg Tank of Henderson, Kentucky were the two companies to submit proposals to the council for a perpetual maintenance plan.
SUEZ’s proposal calls for payments of $51,542 annually for 5 years then $20,911 per year after that.
Pittsburg Tank’s proposal was for a first year payment of $185,000 followed by annual payments of $19,000.
Both provided for exterior cleaning and scheduled painting of the tank and legs as well as cleaning, repair and painting the tank’s interior. The difference in the proposals is that SUEZ would install an agitator inside the tank to keep the treated water circulated.
Town Engineer Brad Bender of FPBH and attorney Jeff Lorenzo reviewed the two proposals.
“SUEZ is less expensive and offers a broader scope of work,” said Lorenzo.
Bender agreed. “SUEZ is a better deal because they meet our Request For Proposal and is less costly. And they only have one customer in Indiana where SUEZ has several.
SUEZ representative Marc Hanson noted his company does work nationwide but has offices in Indiana as well as several southern Indiana water utilities as customers.
With the maintenance agreement the town council will not have to deal with periodic bids for tower maintenance work.
“Our contract goes on for as long as you want it to,” said Hanson. “After the initial annual $51,000 payments for five years, the only cost to the town is $20,911 annual fees. The tower will be repaired, painted and cleaned inside and out routinely under a specific schedule.”
Work on the tower is expected to begin later this year.
In other business the town gave first reading to a proposed salary ordinance for 2018.
The town proposes to increase the office manager Michele Teipen’s salary from the current $15.19 to $16.19 per hour. Second deputy Melissa Glenn’s wages would be increased from $11.32 to $13.32.
The sewer superintendent Mason Boicourt’s wages would go from $19.31 to $20.31 and the street/water superintendent Chris Mains’ would go from $16.99 to $18.99 per hour.
Skilled utility workers wages would go from $17.25 per hour to $18.25 and skilled field workers would go from $14.50 to $16.50 per hour.
After an hour-long discussion on police department salaries, no decision was made.
At issue, according to council president Lenvel ‘Butch’ Robinson, is the amount of overtime being paid to police officers under the current system.
“Overtime is eating away at the town’s general fund,” general fund.
Robinson wants the police department to be paid salaries.
Chief of Police Brett Turner proposed annual salaries of $40,000 for the chief, $35,000 for Sgt. J.L. Brewer, and $32,000 annually for Patrolmen Chris Cooper and Matt Browning.
But officers are opposed unless a salary compensates them at the same current level which includes overtime.
An executive session is planned for 6 p.m. Aug. 29 to hammer out an agreement.