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Pair Arrested For Dealing Meth During I-65 Traffic Stop

About 1 p.m. last Wednesday, July 3, Indiana State Police arrested two people on drug charges following a traffic stop on I-65 near the Crothersville interchange that led to the discovery of methamphetamine.
The investigation began when Trooper Randel Miller stopped a white 1991 Chevrolet truck for a traffic infraction on I-65 Northbound near the 36 mile marker near the Crothersville interchange, according to ISP Sgt Stephen Wheeles. During the course of the traffic stop, Trp. Miller became suspicious of criminal activity. He deployed his drug detection K-9 Jinx, who alerted to the odor of drugs coming from the vehicle.
During a search of the vehicle, troopers from the All Crimes Policing Unit located approximately 28 grams (about 1/8 of a cup) of suspected methamphetamine in the vehicle.
Trp. Miller arrested the driver of the vehicle, Ryan C. Plessinger, 33, North Vernon, and his passenger Rose Z. Victorino, 57, Crothersville, on drug charges.
After being transported to the Jackson County Jail, Victorino was found to be in possession of approximately 40 additional grams (about 1/4 of a cup) of methamphetamine that she had concealed on her person, Wheeles reported.
Both Plessinger and Victorino face felony charges of dealing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine. They were incarcerated at Jackson County Circuit Court.

Crothersville Asked To Extend Sewer For Future Development

The Crothersville Town Council wants provide sewer service along the east side of US 31 on the southern outskirts of town.
Sims Bark, which is building a bark mulch manufacturing facility at U.S. 31 and County Road 1150 E (Frontage Road) adjacent to Interstate 65 at the Crothersville exit has requested to connect into the town’s sewer system.
The location is currently outside of the town limits but is expected to be annexed into the town limits.
It will require the town supply an 8-inch sewer main to the east side of U.S. 31, said sewer superintendent Mason Boicourt.
The new sewer line would make it possible for more development in the area, however, he added.
The town would bore under US 31 at the Industrial Way lift station to provide for sanitary sewage service in the undevelopted area.
Sims Bark would be the only customer for now now. “But it gives us the opportunity to provide sewer to other properties on the east side of the road,” Boicourt said
The existing sewer lift station will be able to handle the additional capacity from Sims Bark, but it would have to be upgraded in the future if there is more development in that area, Boicourt added. No process water will flow to the sanitary sewer. The new industry will have employee restrooms flow into the sanitary sewer system.
If the town doesn’t want to spend the money on the sewer, Sims Bark could install their own 2-inch line from the property taking it below U.S. 31 to tie into the line that serves Crothersville Industrial Park, but that would prevent future hookups, said Brad Bender, with FPBH the town’s engineer.
He also said it would make Sims a contract customer, which would be unusual. “I don’t believe we have any other contract customers,” Bender said.
Council member Lenvel “Butch” Robinson suggested the town negotiate with Sims Bark to see if they would install an 8-inch line instead of a 2-inch so others could hook up to it and dedicate it to the town.
But if the town did that, Sims Bark would then be able to recover some of its costs from future ratepayers that decide to hook on to that line, said town attorney Jeff Lorenzo.
If such a partnership wouldn’t work, “then maybe Sims Bark could make a donation to the town” to help fund the project, Robinson said.
Bender said he would contact Independent Land Surveying, which is working with Sims Bark, to tell them the town is willing to look into a public extension of the sewer line provided the company participates in the project.
“They are obviously asking to do this because it’s a cheaper solution than putting in a commercial septic system required by the county,” Bender said.
The town already supplies the area outside of town on the east side of US 31 with water and fire hydrants as well as police protection.
Extending the sewer into the area will allow the town to annex approximately 140 undeveloped acres for residential, industrial and commercial development. Additionally, the property could be placed in the Crothersville TIF (Tax Increment Financing) District where business expansion in the area could be used for fixing up the downtown area.
But the town apparently needs to take more rapid action that they customarily do.
The Jackson County Council is looking at the possibility of establishing tax increment finance districts in unincorporated area of Jackson County that would allow the county to capture tax money from new industrial development or increased property values in those county controlled TIF districts. That money would then be used to fund infrastructure, redevelopment or incentives to promote economic development in other areas.
The Sims Bark property is one of the areas being discussed as a potential Jackson County TIF district.
In other business,
•The council approved second reading by a 4-0 vote to make the alley next to town hall from Main to Howard Street an area with no parking on either side.
•Considered making fines for unkempt and nuisance properties an entire council action rather than a letter from a single councilman.
•On the yet-to-be started Seymour Road/Cindy Lane sewer renovation, gave contractor King’s Construction a 30-day extension for substantial completion and a 15-day extension for final completion. King’s will be reminded that the CDBG project has an Aug. 31, 2019 completion date. Rain and floods were the reasons cited for King’s delay.
•Another round of paving grants is underway but the council opted to wait to apply in January 2020 so the town could review their finances.

Ice Cream Social Saturday At Hamacher Hall

There will be a free Ice Cream Social for area residents at Hamacher Hall this Saturday, July 13, from 1-3 p.m.
This annual July event is sponsored by the Crothersville Historical and Cultural Arts Association, and will feature ice cream in your choice of cone, dish, or sundae, or perhaps even a banana split.
All are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult.
Hamacher Hall is located at on East Howard Street one block east of the stoplight in Crothersville.

Freetown Freedom Festival This Weekend

The northwest Jackson County community of Freetown will hold a three-day Freedom Festival this Friday through Sunday. The celebration will be held at the Freetown Park off Columbus Pike near the Pershing Township Fire Station.
There will be patriotic tributes throughout the event.
The event fruns from 6-9:30 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Music will be provided by Don Pedigo & the Coyotes, the Fabulous HickBillys, Isaac Kenneth, the Long Family Singers, and A Burden Lifted band.
Firemen will be frying fish and there will be a hog roast.
Activities include a water slide, kids games with prizes, a baby contest, a car show, cake walk, Wild West Show, obstacle course race, a tractor drive, a pie eating contest, bouncy house, an a veterans’ display.
There will be a parade on Saturday and fireworks.
For more information see the Freetown Freedom Festival’s Facebook page or call 812-525-5105.

It’s AAADD & It’s Coming For You!

by Curt Kovener

(This is an encore column from the Curt Comments archives.)
It’s called Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder. And here is how it affects you.
I recently decided to water the outdoor potted flowers. As I unreeled the hose, I look over at my mini SUV and decide it needs washing.
As I start toward the garage for a bucket & sponge, I noticed that there is mail on the porch table that I brought from the mail box earlier. I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.
I lay my car keys on the table, put the junk mail in the trash can under the table and notice that the trash can is full.
So I put the bills back on the table and take out the trash. But then I think that I will be near the mailbox when I take out the trash, I may as well pay those bills first.
I take my checkbook out of the drawer and see that there is only one check left. The extra checks are in the secured fireproof safe so I go into the office to get them. When I do, I discover the can of soda pop I had been drinking.
I’m going to look for my checks but I need to push the soft drink aside so I don’t accidentally knock it over. I notice the soft drink is getting warm and decide to put it in the refrigerator.
When I head to the kitchen, a vase of flowers catches my eye—they are beginning to droop and need to be watered.
I set the soft drink on the counter, and discovered my reading glasses that I had been searching for all morning. I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I’m going to water the flowers.
I set my glasses back down on the counter, start to fill the vase with water when I suddenly spot the TV remote. I must have left it on the kitchen table.
I realize tonight when we want to watch TV I will be looking for the remote but won’t remember that it is on the kitchen table so I decide to put it back in the living room where it belongs. But first I must water the flowers. I pour some water into the vase but some of it spills onto the floor.
So, I set the remote back down on the table, get some paper towels and wipe up the spill. Then I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.
At the end of the day, the car is not washed, the bills aren’t paid, there is a warm can of pop sitting on the counter, the flowers don’t have enough water, there is still only one check in my checkbook, I can’t find the TV remote, I can’t find my glasses, and I don’t remember what I did with my car keys.
Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I’m really baffled because I was busy all day long and I’m really tired.
Now I realize that this age related mentall condition is a serious matter and I’ll try to get some advice and maybe a prescription from my physician. I go to call my family doctor but can’t find his phone number. Which is okay because I can’t find my cellphone either.
Don’t laugh…if this isn’t you, brothers and sisters, your day is coming!