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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.

Town To Seek Another Paving Grant

Learning that the large street paving initiative in Crothersville was drawing to a close, the council voted unanimously to seek another state funded Community Crossroads Grant for 2019 street resurfacing when they met on Aug. 7.
The town is completing the resurfacing of 14 streets in Crothersville as a result of a $335,428 grant of the state. The grant requires a 25% local match.
“If you take the money you usually spend on paving each year, you have your match,” said town engineer Brad Bender of FPBH. Historically, the town spends around $45,000 annually to repave street. “If you put in $50,000 you could have another project as nearly as big as the one just being completed,” said Bender.
But there is little time to waste. The state opened the application process on Aug. 6 and the deadline to apply is Sept. 15.
Bender recommended putting together a list of additional streets to be paved in 2019 and get the council’s approval to apply at the Sept. 4 monthly meeting.
“It’s really a no-brainer because we can re-surface four times as many streets with the same amount of money,” said councilman Lenvel ‘Butch’ Robinson.
Council President Danieta Foster agreed, “Another $200,000 will go a long way with paving Crothersville streets.”
In another matter, the council continued their work to update a 20+-year-old open burning ban in town.
Enacted originally because some residents burned their trash in barrels and allowed the trash to smolder into the night resulting in offensive odors to their neighbors, the council is seeking to update the local ordinance and increase fines for violations.
The proposed update would still ban the burning of trash in town but lists some specific instances and occurrences where open burning is permitted.
Only wood and wood products would be permitted to be burned in personal outdoor fire pits, fires for celebrating school pep rallies and scouting activities, and those approved by the Crothersville-Vernon Township Fire Chief.
Fires are to be attended at all times until extinguished.
The biggest change is increasing the fines from a written warning for a first offense to a $50 fine for an initial offense. A second offense would increase to $75 and a third to $100.
The council is expected to continue to discuss the updated ordinance at their September meeting.
Salaries for town employees will increase in 2019 after council action.
The council approved a $1 an hour increase for newly appointed chief of police Matt Browning, a $2.50 an hour increase for second deputy Becky Butler, and a 50¢ an hour increase for all other town employees. The council granted themselves a $600 a year salary boost.

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.

Memories Are A Muse That Amuse

by Curt Kovener

(This is an encore column from the Curt Comments archives. About the only thing the editor hunts these days is for something to drink and a comfortable place to sit to enjoy it.)
The Ides of August, the 15th, is the opening day of squirrel hunting season and marks a five month or so greenflag to a variety of hunting and trapping seasons in Indiana.
Squirrel hunting was about the only thing my Dad and I did when I was real young and because of work obligations the trips were few and far between. But that made them all the more treasured.
I can remember him asking me on the evening before if I wanted to go squirrel hunting in the morning. “You’ll have to roll out of bed pretty early,” he would advise. Of course I wanted to go but the excitement and anticipation of the early morning adventure kept sleep from my eyes until very late. Then when Pop came in, shook my foot to awaken me, with a somewhat whispered “C’mon, let’s go”, I’d scramble for my hunting clothes. Which were older, ordinary playing clothes.
His wakeup drink was coffee. Instant stirred into a cup of hot water from the tap. I sort of embraced it as the drink squirrel hunters drank before heading to the woods. Now, though, I prefer my coffee brewed and set Mr. Coffee the night before to have a whole pot ready for me when I wake up early.
Pop used a 12 gauge 870 Remington shotgun and he provided his pre-teenage son with an over & under .22 rifle/.410 shotgun.
“Use the rifle first. If you miss, bust them out with the shotgun,” he would advise.
While a number of my hunting associates prowl, crawl, crouch, strain and hunker all over the woods looking for squirrel, I hunt using my Grandpa’s favorite technique: sit down amongst some hickory and beech trees, stay quite and keep looking up.
I was using that technique on one of my hunting trips with Pop. All was quiet but in the heavy dew laced landscape, I could begin hearing the light pitter-pitter-patter of pieces hickory shell being removed dentally by Mr. Bushytail. Try as I might I could not locate the rascal, and I dare not move around for fear of being spotted and freezing the squirrel’s breakfast activity and my chance of squirrel & dumplings for supper.
Still hearing the pitter drip of cuttings hitting leaves, I continued to look all around for the source. Suddenly, a couple of drops of dew hit the back of my neck. Looking far upthe tree canopy was the bushy back side of the subject of my attention.
Still seated I leaned one way and then another trying to get a bead on his head. Finally tuckered from all of the contortions and straining, I laid back flat on the ground to rest.
And there was Mr. Squirrel in full plain view.
As I drew up with the .22, he continued his game and to toy with my affection when he made an abrupt 180° turn and all I could see through the leaves was squirrel butt.
I had had it. I wasn’t waiting any longer and I wasn’t going to take any chances. I clicked the gun down to the shotgun side.
Laying flat on my back I drew a bead just a little north of the rear end I saw, took a breath, let it out and squeezed the trigger.
The squirrel was rolled out of the hickory and dropped with a dull thud just a few feet away. But I never saw it.
I learned a painful lessons of physics and shotgun kicks while braced against solid objects.
But the soreness in my shoulder quickly eased when Pop came over as I was picking up the squirrel. He held up the two he had bagged and, using my left arm, I held up my one and we knew what was on the supper menu that night.