Police Pursuits Uncover Meth, Pills, Pot & Guns

Anonymous tips from area residents helped deputies confiscate nearly 43 grams (1.5 ounces) of methamphetamine, numerous pills, drug paraphernalia, stolen guns, and sent five people to jail following two incidents, according to Scott County Sheriff Jerry Goodin.
On Saturday, Feb. 20, Scott County Sheriff’s Deputies John Smith and Zach Morris attempted to conduct a traffic stop in Austin. The vehicle refused to stop resulting in a brief pursuit. During the pursuit several items were thrown from the suspect vehicle. After finally stopping while still in Austin an investigation led to the arrest of three people for multiple charges including drug charges, according to Scott County Sheriff Jerry Goodin.
As deputies were safely securing the three occupants of the vehicle, Deputy John Hartman went to the locations where items had been thrown from the vehicle. He recovered three handguns, nearly 35 grams of methamphetamine, over 90 grams of marijuana, a large amount of narcotic pills and multiple drug paraphernalia items were collected as evidence.
Arrested were:
•Justin Spicer, 32, of Austin, driver of the vehicle, was charged with resisting law enforcement, possession of a handgun without a license, dealing in methamphetamine, dealing in controlled substance, dealing in marijuana, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of paraphernalia and reckless driving.
•Jarrod Mays, 27, of Jeffersonville, was charged with dealing in methamphetamine, dealing in controlled substance, dealing in marijuana, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of a handgun without a license, possession of paraphernalia and visiting a common nuisance.
•Dakota Putt, 32, of New Albany, was charged with dealing in methamphetamine, dealing in controlled substance, dealing in marijuana, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of a handgun without a license, possession of paraphernalia and visiting a common nuisance.
Officers with the Austin Police Department assisted during the incident.
On Monday, Feb. 22, Deputies Johnney Coomer and Skylar Thompson attempted to conduct a traffic stop in the Blocher area of eastern Scott County. The vehicle refused to stop resulting in a pursuit. When the pursuit ended, passenger, Colton White, 22, from Louisville KY, jumped out of the vehicle and a foot pursuit began.
Along with deputies, Scottsburg Police Department, Austin Police Department, Johnson Township Fire Department, and Scott County EMS responded to assist deputies and the man who fled was located.
Located in the vehicle was a stolen handgun, a shotgun, approximately 9 grams of methamphetamine, a large amount of narcotic pills, three pounds of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.
The driver of the vehicle Jacob Rice, 23, of Henryville was charged with dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of controlled substance, maintaining a common nuisance, carrying a handgun without a permit, dealing in marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, possession of a legend drug, resisting law enforcement, receiving stolen property, dealing in controlled substance.
White was charged with dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of controlled substance, visiting a common nuisance, carrying a handgun without a permit, dealing in marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, possession of a legend drug, resisting law enforcement, receiving stolen property, dealing in controlled substance.
All five were incarcerated at the Scott County Jail.
“Our deputies continue their non-stop efforts in fighting crime and drugs,” said Sheriff Goodin. He also praised the public for all the tips saying, “This is another example of what can happen when a community and the police work together.”

Derby Dinner Playhouse Begins Children’s Musical Production

Alexander & The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is now on stage as a part of Derby Dinner Playhouse’s Children’s Musical Theatre Series. Performances will run March 6, 13, 20, 22, 27.
Alexander is having a bad day. Not only does Alexander wake up with gum in his hair, but his mother forgets to pack him a dessert, and his best friend decides he’s not his best friend anymore. And if that’s not bad enough, Alexander’s brothers don’t have any cavities but he does! Alexander’s struggles with life’s daily dramas will not only entertain but educate young audiences as they identify with Alexander and the obstacles he encounters.
Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is based on the popular children’s book by Judith Viorst. Derby Dinner’s production is under the direction of Tina Jo Wallace. The cast will include Elijah Kelso as Alexander, Lem Jackson, Shaquille Towns, Kiersten Vorheis, Ja’Naye Flanagan, Cherrie Vaughn and J.R. Stuart.
All performances of ALEXANDER are on Saturdays with Breakfast at 9 a.m. and Lunch at noon. A dinner performance has been added on March 22 at 5:45 p.m. All performances feature a kid friendly menu. This production is most suitable for ages 3 – 12.
For ticket information please call 812-288-8281 or visit www.derbydinner.com. For your safety, all seating is socially distanced and masks are required.

Traffic Stops Send Two To Jail For Drugs

Routine traffic stops last week resulted in two Scottsburg men going to jail on drug related charges.
On Friday, Feb. 12, Scott County Sheriff’s deputy Charlie Morgan made a traffic stop in Scottsburg which led to the arrest of Brandon Haven, 41, of Scottsburg for operating while a habitual traffic violator, possession of narcotic drug, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of a legend drug and possession of a controlled substance.
On Sunday Feb. 14, Deputy John Hartman made a traffic stop in rural Scott County. His investigation led to the arrest of Matthew Kemp, 20, of Scottsburg for driving without a license, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Both were lodged in Scott County Jail.

Jackson County Food Inspections For January

Critical violations are defined as a provision of the Retail Food Establishment Sanitation Requirements, Title 410 IAC 7-24 that, if in noncompliance, is more likely than other violations to significantly contribute to food contamination, illness, or environmental health hazard. Example: Hot food not being held at 135˚F. or warmer; cold food not at 41 degrees or below; or food contact surfaces contaminated.
Non-Critical violations are provisions of the Retail Food Establishment Sanitation Requirements, Title 410 IAC 7-24 that, if in noncompliance, is not likely to significantly contribute to food contamination, illness, or environmental health hazards but are issues of concern. Examples: No hair restraints; or mop being left in a mop bucket rather than being allowed to air dry.
Repeat violations are issued when a follow-up inspection finds that a previous issue has not been corrected and the establishment continues to be noncompliant and present a hazard.
Pizza Hut
1411 E. Tipton Street, Seymour
5 Non-Critical violations (Wood used to level ware washing machine, Vents need cleaned above pizza prep area, Cove molding and tile missing, Ceiling tiles and trim needs repaired or replaced, Excessive grease built up on the floor around wing fryer)
Circle K #2231
719 N Ewing St., Seymour
2 Non-Critical Violations (Mop not hung to air dry, Gap under exterior stockroom door)
1 Critical Violation (Breakfast burritos not held below 41 degrees in open air cooler, 50 degrees at time of inspection- Product discarded)
Reeds Place
224 S. Chestnut, Seymour
1 Non-Critical (Gap under door to the exterior in stockroom)
1 Critical (Handwashing sink was not functioning at the time of inspection)
Brewskies Downtown
117 E. 2nd St., Seymour
No Violations
The link for the Jackson County Health Department website is: www.jacksoncountyhealth.org

Scottsburg Man Receives Circle of Corydon Award For Heroism

State Sen. Chris Garten (R-Charlestown) recently presented Scott Fergison, of Scott County, with the Circle of Corydon Award for his acts of heroism and courage on Sept. 30, 2019.
On that day, a mother and her son were in their vehicle traveling south on Slab Road in Scott County, when they swerved to avoid an animal on the roadway and ran off the road into a large pond. Fergison, who lives nearby, heard the vehicle go into the pond. Acting suddenly and with no regard for his own safety, Fergison first swam out to the sinking vehicle to help the son in the passenger seat free himself. He then immediately returned to the aid of the mother and managed to get her to the bank of the pond.
“Scott Fergison’s actions that day were beyond exemplary,” Garten said. “Without thought, he put others’ lives before his own. Because of him, a mother and a son returned home that day.”
Garten also recognized the Scott County EMS, Jennings Township Fire Department, and Scott County Sheriff’s Office, who all responded swiftly to the accident.
Garten also praised Scott County EMS Deputy Director Devonnia Tscheulin, and her husband, Michael, a firefighter, for their roles as first responders to the scene.
The Circle of Corydon Award is an award given by the Governor of Indiana. Its purpose is to recognize exemplary citizens who have made significant contributions to the betterment of Indiana. The award is one of the highest honors the Governor can bestow upon an Indiana citizen.

Crothersville Elementary School Principal Resigning

Crothersville Elementary School Principal Drew Markel submitted his resignation last week, effective the end of the current school year, to return to a former career in the technology field.
The Board of Trustees of Crothersville community Schools unanimously approved his resignation when they met on Feb. 8. His contract expires June 30 of this year.
He has served as Crothersville Elementary principal since 2017. Prior to that he served as an administrator at Crothersville Jr.-Sr. high school and director of technology. In addition, he also worked for a technology company.
He decided to return to the technology field, so he submitted his resignation letter to Crothersville Community School Superintendent Dr. Terry Goodin.
Reportedly his work will involve consulting and marketing like he did in the past.
Goodin said he and the board are going through the process of deciding whether or not to hire a replacement for Markel for the approximately 225 students in grades pre-school to 5th grade.
Doug Ballinger was hired at the start of the current school year as the junior-senior high school principal.
Markel also is an elected county commissioner in Jackson County.