Employee Charged After $80,000 & Prescription Forms Reported Stolen From Scottsburg Doctor

After a 10-month investigation, Indiana State Police last week charged a Scottsburg physician’s office employee with theft, forgery, fraud, and corrupt business influence.
Courtney Brewer, 28, of 694 East Marshfield Road, Scottsburg, turned herself in to the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg on Thursday, July 19, after a probable cause affidavit was presented earlier that morning by the Scott County Prosecutor Chris Owens in Scott County Circuit Court.
According to ISP Sgt Jerry Goodin, the arrest was the result of a nearly ten month long investigation that was initiated when a Scottsburg doctor noticed possible prescription fraud within his practice. After uncovering the possible prescription fraud he then noticed what appeared to be fraudulent transactions in his bank statements and other funds, Goodin reported.
ISP Sgt. Tracy Spencer from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg was assigned to investigate and discovered Brewer, an employee at the doctor’s office, allegedly stole money and prescription forms which she wrote for controlled substances.
“The stolen money totaled about $80,000 and there were over ten controlled substance prescriptions stolen and fraudulently written to her,” Goodin reported.
Brewer was booked into Scott County Jail just before 1 p.m on July 19 facing charges of charges: Corrupt Business Influence, Fraud on a Financial Institution, two counts of Forgery, 11 counts of theft, 12 counts of prescription forgery.
Goodin said the investigation is continuing.

Austin Christian Pre-School Orientation Tomorrow

Orientation for students enrolled at Austin Christian Preschool for the 2018-2019 school year will be held tomorrow (Thursday) July 26 at 6 p.m. After a short meeting to go over the Handbook and Preschool calendar, students and parents can meet the Preschool staff and visit the classrooms and playground area.
Openings are still available for 3, 4, & 5 year old youth. Parents can call the Austin Christian Church office at 812-794-2541 to enroll.
Classes start Tuesday, August 14, for the 3-year-olds and Wednesday, August 15, for the 4-& 5-year-olds.
Austin Christian Church is located on Highway 31 South of Austin.

Hemp Should Be A Hoosier Crop

by Curt Kovener

As reported on the front page a bill being studied this summer by the Indiana legislature could allow southern Hoosier farmers to grow a new crop: industrial hemp. The bill, authored by Rep. Jim Lucas of Seymour, passed the house earlier this year and was gaining support in the Senate when Gov. Eric Holcomb gave a thumbs-down further consideration
Like the baby with the bath water, hemp, and its much more popular cousin marijuana, were made illegal in the 1930’s. More on that in a bit.
What is industrial hemp? A variety of the cannabis sativa plant that contains less than 0.3% tetrarahydro-cannabinol (THC) concentration. THC is the chemical that provides the drug effect of marijuana where its concentration levels generally range between 5% and 20%, although higher concentrations occasionally occur.
To say another way, hemp is near beer to marijuana’s moonshine.
Perhaps it might be easier to view the differences between hemp and marijuana like we view sweet corn and field corn. Both of the corns are in the same biological family but eating the former is more tasty than the latter even though young immature field corn can be substituted on the dinner plate. It just lacks the sugar content and is a bit more al dente.
Industrial hemp is a fiber-producing agricultural crop that is grown in more than 30 countries throughout the world, including our neighbors to the north, Canada.
Industrial hemp is visually distinguishable from marijuana because of the purposes for which it is grown. Industrial hemp, grown for its long, strong and light fibers, is a single stalk often reaching a height of six feet or more. Marijuana plants are shorter and bushier with numerous branches with unfertilized flower clusters where THC is accumulated.
Marijuana is not self-pollinating. There are male and female marijuana plants. Pot growers will pull up and discard the male plants. The remaining females are longing for love and male companionship and as a result, their unrequited flower buds attain a higher level of THC.
Hemp and marijuana will cross pollinate but when they do, the marijuana’s THC is dramatically reduced. And that is not what the grower or the consumer are seeking.
The fact that the plants can cross pollinate could make the illegal marijuana growers some of the more vocal opponents of legalizing hemp because it would decrease the buzz of their buds. Remember that the next time someone opposes its legalization. It doesn’t necessarily mean they are looking out for the community’s morality or your children’s interests.
And from a marijuana control perspective, what better way than to let nature take its pollinating course?
Up until 1937 hemp was used for rope, sail and tent canvas, writing paper, clothing and other fiber. Hemp seeds can be crushed into an oil which is used for cosmetics and medicinal applications.
For a historic perspective, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew hemp. Jefferson used hemp paper for the first several drafts of the Declaration of Independence.
Given the many uses of hemp and the fact that it does not contain a significant quantity of the psychoactive THC, one wonders why its production was and continues to be prohibited in the United States. It is apparently the result of a combination of factors which converged in the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. At that time, the outlawing of substances to protect the morality of the America public was being pushed by crusading elected officials and religious leaders.
(Remember, prohibition didn’t work so well in America…except for organized crime & bootleggers.)
But there may have also been more personally profitable motives for outlawing heemp.
Newspaper magnate William Randolph Heart supported making hemp illegal for his own financial purposes. At that time, the Hearst empire included large tracts of forest that provided wood pulp for the newsprint used by his and other newspapers. Hemp has the advantage of growing faster and producing more paper per acre than trees. Fearing hemp-based paper could give his competitors an advantage and make his forestland less valuable, Hearst editorialized for making marijuana and hemp illegal.
With the current tariffs on wood-based newsprint, a Hoosier hemp newsprint manufacturing plant could be a homegrown answer leading to jobs and a market for Indiana farmers growing hemp.
The eventual decriminalization of industrial hemp at the federal level appears to be inevitable. Kentucky has already put into the bluegrass state’s laws the right to raise hemp.
The Bluegrass Commonwealth, a state considered backwards by some Hoosiers, is more than six years ahead of Indiana in the legalizing and growing hemp. Kentucky farmers are growing hemp for seed, oil and fiber and are developing markets for their product. That should rather make Hoosiers reconsider which state is really backwards.
The question facing the summer study committee and the Indiana legislature is whether Indiana should be positioning its farmers to take advantage of a new opportunity when it becomes available, or should we continue to ban the production of a beneficial and potentially profitable crop because of out-of-date misconceptions and prejudices.

Legal Notices

LEGAL NOTICE

MDK # 18-001157

STATE OF INDIANA
SS:
COUNTY OF SCOTT
IN THE SCOTT SUPERIOR COURT

Bank of America, N.A.
Plaintiff,
vs.
Ronnie Morris, et al.
Defendants.

CAUSE NO. 72D01-1801-MF-000003
NOTICE OF SUIT SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION

TO: Unknown heirs, devisees, legatees, beneficiaries of Rhonda Dehart and their unknown creditors; and, the unknown executor, administrator, or personal representative of the Estate of Rhonda Dehart:
BE IT KNOWN, that Bank of America, N.A., the above-named Plaintiff, by its attorney, Elyssa M. Meade, has filed in the office of the Clerk of the Scott Superior Court its Complaint against Defendant Unknown heirs, devisees, legatees, beneficiaries of Rhonda Dehart and their unknown creditors; and, the unknown executor, administrator, or personal representative of the Estate of Rhonda Dehart, and the said Plaintiff having also filed in said Clerk’s office the affidavit of a competent person showing that the residence and whereabouts of the Defendant, Unknown heirs, devisees, legatees, beneficiaries of Rhonda Dehart and their unknown creditors; and, the unknown executor, administrator, or personal representative of the Estate of Rhonda Dehart, upon diligent inquiry is unknown, and that said cause of action is for default on the promissory note and to foreclose a mortgage on the following described real estate in Scott County, State of Indiana, to wit:
A tract of land known as Lot Number 17 of the unrecorded Plat of Harmony Acres in Jennings Township, Scott County, Indiana and described as follows:

Commencing at the Northeast corner of the Northeast Fourth of the Southeast Quarter of Section 19, Township 4 North, Range 7 East and running thence West with the Quarter Section Line, 615 feet to a steel spike and the true point of beginning of this description: thence South, 220 feet; thence West, 100 feet; thence North, 220 feet to a spike in the North line of said Quarter; thence East with the Quarter Section Line, 100 feet to the true point of beginning.
commonly known as 131 West Harrod Road, Austin, IN 47102.
NOW, THEREFORE, said Defendant is hereby notified of the filing and pendency of said Complaint against them and that unless they appear and answer or otherwise defend thereto within thirty (30) days after the last notice of this action is published, judgment by default may be entered against said Defendant for the relief demanded in the Complaint.

Dated Clerk, Scott Superior Court

Elyssa M. Meade (25352-64)
Stephanie A. Reinhart (25071-06)
Sarah E. Barngrover (28840-64)
Chris Wiley (26936-10)
Leslie A. Wagers (27327-49)
J. Dustin Smith (29493-06)
Amanda L. Krenson (28999-61)
Attorneys for Plaintiff
MANLEY DEAS KOCHALSKI LLC
P.O. Box 441039
Indianapolis, IN 46244
Telephone: 614-220-5611
Facsimile: 614-220-5613
Email: sef-emmeade@manleydeas.com

LEGAL NOTICE
America Plastic Molding is submitting an NOI letter for our facility (located at 965 South Elm Street, Scottsburg, Indiana 47170) to notify the Indiana Department of Environmental Management of our intent to comply with the requirements under 327 IAC 15-6 to discharge storm water exposed to industrial activities. There are no storm drains on the property. The outfalls are strictly public right away surface water flowing in an open ditch. Run-off from the facility will discharge to Bird Run an intermittent tributary of Pigeon Roost Creek.
DATED 7/19/18
7/25, 8/1 hspaxlp

LEGAL NOTICE
STATE OF INDIANA,
COUNTY OF JACKSON,
IN THE JACKSON SUPERIOR COURT 1
CAUSE NO. 36D01-1808-MI-39
COUNTY OF JACKSON
Plaintiff
vs
JOSEPH FEE and WILL FEE,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF FILING OF COMPLAINT FOR ORDINANCE VIOLATION
To: Joseph Fee and Will Fee
485 Fiddler Ridge Road
Murphysboro, Illinois
Notice is hereby given that on June 11, 2018, there was filed in the Office of the Clerk of Jackson County, Indiana, a Complaint for Ordinance Violation and an Affidavit for Service of Summons by Publication on Joseph Fee and Will Fee, wherever they may be, showing that the whereabouts and identities of such persons are unknown.
Unless you respond to this notice by entering your appearance in the above-captioned cause within thirty (30) days of the last publication of this notice, the cause will be heard and decided in your absence.
/s/ Amanda Lowery, Clerk
Jackson Circuit/Superior Court
Susan D. Bevers
LORENZO & BEVERS
Attorney for Plaintiffs
218 West Second Street
Seymour, IN 47274
(812) 524-9000
7/25, 8/1, 8/8 hspaxlp

LEGAL NOTICE
STATE OF INDIANA
COUNTY OF JACKSON
IN THE JACKSON SUPERIOR COURT 1
CAUSE NO. 36D01-1806-MI-38
COUNTY OF JACKSON
Plaintiff
vs
ROGER D. BRANAMAN and JOYCE T. BRANAMAN,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF FILING OF COMPLAINT FOR ORDINANCE VIOLATION
To: Roger D. Branaman and Joyce T. Branaman
3800 Williamsburg Way, Apt. 150
Columbus, Indiana.
Notice is hereby given that on June 11, 2018, there was filed in the Office of the Clerk of Jackson County, Indiana, a Complaint for Ordinance Violation and an Affidavit for Service of Summons by Publication on Roger D. Branaman and Joyce T. Branaman, wherever they may be, showing that the whereabouts and identities of such persons are unknown.
Unless you respond to this notice by entering your appearance in the above-captioned cause within thirty (30) days of the last publication of this notice, the cause will be heard and decided in your absence.
/s/ Amanda Lowery, Clerk
Jackson Circuit/Superior Court
Susan D. Bevers
LORENZO & BEVERS
Attorney for Plaintiffs
218 West Second Street
Seymour, IN 47274
(812) 524-9000
7/25, 8/1, 8/8 hspaxlp

LEGAL NOTICE
STATE OF INDIANA,
COUNTY OF JACKSON, SS:
IN THE JACKSON SUPERIOR COURT NO. 1
CAUSE NO. 36D01-1807-PL-000016
DARREN A. ROYALTY and
MISTY S. ROYALTY, Husband and Wife,
Plaintiffs
vs.
HEIRS, SUCCESSORS, ASSIGNS, OR
LEGAL REPRESENTATIVES OF JOHN L. STARR, HENRY DALTON, RUBEN BURFORD, JOHN ELMORE, EVERETT LEE, and GEORGE ULMER, and ANY AND ALL OTHER UNKNOWN PERSONS CLAIMING TITLE TO THE REAL ESTATE,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF FILING OF QUIET TITLE ACTION
To: Heirs, Successors, Assigns, or Legal Representatives of John L. Starr, Henry Dalton, Ruben Burford, John Elmore, Everett Lee, and George Ulmer, along with Any and All Other Unknown Persons Claiming Title to Real Estate, including their successors or assigns, whose identities and whereabouts are unknown.
Notice is hereby given that on July 5, 2018, there was filed in the office of the Clerk of Jackson County, Indiana, a Complaint for Adverse Possession and to Quiet Title to Real Estate and an Affidavit for Service of Summons by Publication on the Defendants, both known and unknown, whoever they may be, showing that the identities and whereabouts of any and all others claiming title to the real estate, including their Successors or Assigns, are unknown.
Unless you respond to this notice by entering your appearance in the above-captioned cause within thirty (30) days of the last publication of this notice, the cause will be heard and decided in your absence.
/s/ Amanda Lowery, Clerk
Jackson Circuit/Superior Court
William M. Braman, #15124-47
LORENZO & BEVERS
Attorney for Plaintiffs
218 West Second Street
Seymour, IN 47274
(812) 524-9000
Braman.William@outlook.com
7/18, 7/25 8/1

 

 

 

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