Crothersville Scout Overcomes Pandemic To Become An Eagle

Eagle Scout John Jones (left), of Crothersville Troop 522, completed the requirements for Scouting’s highest honor when he completed a flag retirement box at the Crothersville library. Joining Jones for the dedication were Troop leader Steve Plasse, Jackson County Library Director Julia Aker and Crothersville library representative Teresa Black.

The requirements to obtain the rank of Eagle Scout include earning 21 merit badges, serving in a position of leadership and most importantly developing a community service project.
And you have to do it all and more before reaching the age of 18.
For Crothersville Troop 522 Scout John Jones, he had to complete the process to obtain the Boy Scouts of America’s highest rank during the COVID-19 pandemic.
His project involved placing a flag retirement box in front of the Crothersville Library. It’s the only box of its kind in town and just the second in Jackson County. A flag retirement box was placed in front of the Seymour American Legion Post earlier this year.
The purpose of the box is to allow people to properly retire their flags instead of just throwing them away.
Once a flag is placed in the box and the door swings shut, it drops into a lower compartment that can only be opened by someone with a key. The flags are later respectfully, and ceremonially burned by a Crothersville VFW member during a once a year ceremony.
“There are only certain people who can retire flags,” said Crothersville Troop leader Steve Plasse, noting they are Scouts, active military personnel and veterans’ organizations.
Last Wednesday, just in time for the July 4 weekend, 16-year-old Jones along with his grandfather, Edward Byrd, and Plasse installed the flag retirement box along US 31 at the library.
Jones and Plasse were joined by library officials for the dedication

When to retire a flag: A flag ready for retirement may have rips or tears, holes, fading, discoloration or frayed edges.
How to retire a flag: If the flag is large enough to fold, it should be folded and then placed in the retirement box. In a somber, respectful ceremony, officials will place the flag on a flame so it burns quickly with none of the flag remaining afterwards.

Four From Austin Charged With Dealing Drugs

Residents of a Rice Street home on the northeast side of Austin got a rude awakening last Wednesday morning, July 1, when Scott County Sheriff’s Deputies served a search warrant at 6 a.m.
“The search warrant stemmed from an ongoing investigation that was conducted by deputies, detectives and Austin Police officers,” said Scott County Sheriff Jerry Goodin. “Over the last several months authorities had responded to the residence at 111 Rice Street over 30 times on calls ranging from thefts to domestic battery to overdoses.”
“Additionally, sheriff’s undercover officers purchased drugs out of the home,” said Goodin. “The home was being used as a flop house with bedrooms being numbered and rented by the week.”
After the early morning raid, four people were incarcerated on felony charges with two others arrested on lesser charges being released on their own recognizance.
“Due to jail restrictions on misdemeanor and low level felony arrests because of Covid-19, those two people were released on their own recognizance,” said Goodin.
Those incarcerated include:
The owner of the home, Clyde Polly, 78, of Austin was arrested for dealing in a controlled substance and maintaining a common nuisance. He remains incarcerated on a $60,000 bond set by Scott Circuit Court Judge Jason Mount.
His son, Kevin Polly, 54, of Austin was arrested for two counts of dealing in methamphetamine. He remains in custody on a $60,000 bond set by Judge Mount.
David Roberts, 52, of Austin was charged with dealing in a narcotic drug, dealing in a controlled substance. He remains in jail on a $50,000 bond set by Judge Mount.
Crystal Sullivan, 47, of Austin was arrested for two counts of dealing in a controlled substance. She remains ordered held in jail for 15-days by Scott Circuit Court Magistrate Alison T. Frazier who set Sullivan’s bond at $15,000.
Kimberly Smith, 45, of Austin was arrested and released on her own recognizance on charges of possession of a syringe, possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance.
Ashley Sullivan, 27, of Austin was arrested and released on her own recognizance on charges of possession of a syringe, possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance.
In other Scott County arrests, on Saturday, June 27, Corporal Johnney Coomer observed a vehicle that matched the description of a vehicle that had been reported as stolen earlier in the day. He and Deputy Skylar Thompson stopped the vehicle in Scottsburg to investigate. That led to the arrest of two people for multiple charges.
Joseph Lady, 31, of Lexington was arrested for possession of a narcotic drug, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of a syringe, neglect of a dependent, possession of paraphernalia and auto theft.
Trista Lady, 26, of Lexington was arrested for neglect of a dependent, possession of a syringe, visiting a common nuisance, possession of paraphernalia, possession of a narcotic drug, and auto theft.
On Sunday, June 28, 1st Sgt. John Hartman and Deputy Zach Brown assisted the Austin Police Department in investigating a man believed to be bicycling while intoxicated.
Their investigation led to the arrest of Brandon Bowman, 27, of Austin on a Bartholomew County for conversion. He was also charged with possession of methamphetamine and dealing or possession of a look alike substance.

Woman Charged With Arson; Teen Drinking Party Busted

A mobile home fire last Wednesday evening resulted in the residence’s tenant being jailed on arson and a variety of other charges
Wednesday evening, July 1, Corporal Johnney Coomer and Deputies Zach Brown and Jessica Dickey responded to a mobile home fire in the 9000 block State Road 356 east of Lexington.
Deputies with the assistance of the Lexington Township Fire Department investigated the cause of the fire. After deputies spoke to Tiffany K. Paiz, 37, the resident of the mobile home, they arrested her for arson, disorderly conduct, criminal recklessness, criminal mischief, obstruction of justice, resisting law enforcement and possession of a syringe. She was incarcerated in the Scott County Jail.
On Thursday she made her initial appearance before Magistrate Alison T. Frazier who set her bond at $60,000.
On Sunday, June 28, Deputies Skylar Thompson, Jessica Dickey, Corporal Johnney Coomer and Indiana State Trooper Cameron Collins investigated a complaint of an underage drinking party in rural southern Scott County.
When authorities arrived, 12 people were located at the residence. Of the 12 people, six were found to be consuming alcohol.
“Due to jail restrictions because of the Covid-19 on misdemeanor arrests, the six teens found drinking were cited into the Scott County Circuit Court for illegal consumption of alcohol,” said Scott County Sheriff Jerry Goodin.
Those cited into court were:
•Tyler Bridgewater, 18, of Scottsburg,
•Riley Pool, 18, of Scottsburg,
•Ethan McGinnis, 19, of Lexington,
•Andrew Slaton, 18, of Lexington,
•Brantley Deaton, 18, of Scottsburg.
An additional juvenile under age 18 was cited into Juvenile Probation for illegal consumption of alcohol, Goodin said.

Amanda Herald Named Scott Co. Chief Deputy Prosecutor

Scott County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Owens announced that Amanda Herald has been appointed as his Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney. “Mrs. Herald has been a deputy prosecutor for our office for over a decade and has shown dedication to our office and to the citizens of Scott County,” said Owens.
Her previous experience with the prosecutor’s office primarily focused on the prosecution of drug crimes. She will now be shifting her focus to the prosecution of crimes involving child victims and she will oversee the juvenile delinquency docket.
Herald is a lifelong resident of Scott County. She is a graduate of Austin High School, Indiana University Southeast, and the Indiana University Indianapolis School of Law. She even lived in Scott County and commuted back and forth to Indianapolis each day during her time in law school. She resides in Scott County with her husband, Rex, and their children.
“During my time with the Scott County Prosecutor’s Office I have had the pleasure of working with a lot of great professionals while striving to protect the citizens of Scott County. I look forward to continuing my duties with the Prosecutor’s office,” Herald said.
“She has earned this promotion to Chief Deputy with her dedication, loyalty, and work ethic. This is a great move for our prosecution team and I am excited to continue working with her at my side to hold people accountable for criminal behaviors,” said Owens. “I am looking forward to continuing the strides this community has been making within the criminal justice system.”

A Butterfly Flutters By

A Zebra Swallowtail butterfly dines on nectar from a butterfly weed in the southern Indiana wilderness. The adult female lays its eggs on the leaves of the Pawpaw tree usually found growing in the under-story of the forest. The caterpillars eat only the leaves of the pawpaw until they grow and pupate into colorful flying ‘flutter bys’ pollinating plants nearby.

Drug Arrests Continue In Scott County

On Tuesday, June 23, Scott County Sheriff Deputies Zach Brown and Josh Juliot and Major Joe Guarneri went to an residence on Plum Street in Austin to serve an outstanding arrest warrant. Their investigation at the residence led to the arrest of two people for drug related charges.
Johnny Williams, 43, of Austin was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of a syringe.
Megan Estep, 27, of Austin was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, maintaining a common nuisance and a second offense for possession of a syringe.
On Wednesday, June 24, an investigation conducted by undercover detectives at the Scott County Sheriff’s Office led to the arrest of Sharlene Marshall, 52, of Austin for two counts of dealing in methamphetamine, two counts of possession of methamphetamine and possession of a syringe.
Corporal Kenton Makowsky made a traffic stop in Austin on Monday, June 22. His investigation led to the arrest of Melissa Ambrose, 46, of Austin for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance.
All were lodged in Scott county Jail awaiting their court appearance.