Autumn Arrives In The Forest

Maple leaves in shades of gold, orange and red litter the Southern Indiana forest floor accentuated by the greens of cinnamon ferns. Fall officially arrived last Tuesday, Sept. 22. The changing hours of daylight and lingering drought resulted in some trees shedding their leaves earlier than usual.

Deputies Arrest 7 On Drug Related Charges

Drug arrests continued in Scott County last week with seven people going to jail.
On Friday, Sept. 18, Scott County Deputies Johnney Coomer and James Campbell were called to a residence in Austin on a report of suspicious activity. After they arrived, their investigation led to the arrest of two people.
Dwayne May, 46, of Austin was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and criminal trespassing.
Also arrested was Kimberly Smith, 46, of Austin was who was charged with criminal trespassing.
On Saturday, Sept. 19, Deputies Jessica Dickey and Tim Hall responded to the Bridgewater Cemetery to investigate a report of suspicious activity. Their investigation led to the arrest of two people. Lisa Spicer, 47, of Scottsburg was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, visiting a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia.
Daryl Spicer, 56, of Scottsburg was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia.
On Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, First Sgt. John Hartman checked a suspicious vehicle in rural Scott County. He arrested of two occupants of the vehicle on drug related charges.
Bryan Cook, 25, of Ghent, KY, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, visiting a common nuisance, possession of paraphernalia and public intoxication.
Brogan Vance, 24, of North Vernon, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, maintaining a common nuisance, driving under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of paraphernalia and public intoxication.
On Tuesday, Sept. 22, Deputy Zach Brown questioned a man in rural Scott County. His investigation led to the arrest of Dale Wright, 56, of Austin for possession of a syringe and possession of a narcotic Drug.
All seven were incarcerated in Scott County Jail.

County Recorder Offers Real Estate Protection From Elder Abuse & Fraud

As our population ages, elder abuse is a growing problem impacting some of our most important citizens. The elderly are uniquely vulnerable to abuse, neglect and exploitation.
Elder abuse impacts not just seniors, but anyone over the age of eighteen categorized as an endangered adult. An endangered adult is a person incapable by reason of mental illness, intellectual disability, dementia, habitual drunkenness, excessive drug use, or other physical or mental incapacity of managing or directing the management of the individual’s property or providing self-care. The definition also includes a person harmed or threatened with harm as a result of neglect, battery or exploitation of the individual’s personal services or property.
There are multiple crimes that are committed against endangered adults in our State. One of the most common crimes committed against endangered adults is Exploitation. Exploitation is committed by a person who knowingly or intentionally exerts unauthorized use of the personal services or the property of an endangered adult for the person’s own profit or advantage. According to a 2011 study, older Americans lose a minimum of $2.9 billion annually due to elder financial abuse and exploitation.
There are several well-recognized risk factors for elder abuse. The risk factors include: a current diagnosis of mental health; current abuse of alcohol; high levels of hostility; poor or inadequate preparations or training for care giving responsibilities; assumption of caregiving responsibility at an early age; inadequate coping skills; exposure to abuse as a child; high financial and emotional dependence upon a vulnerable elder; lack of social support; or lack of formal services such as respite care.
Elder abuse is most often perpetrated by the victim’s own family members. Roughly 90% of abusers are family members, most often adult children or spouses. A 2010 study reported that approximately 11% of the elderly population in the United States had experience abuse or neglect in the year prior. Despite this high percentage, we know that elder abuse is largely unreported. The National Center on Elder Abuse suggests that only 1 in 14 cases of abuse is actually reported to authorities.
All of this is made more important because elders who experience abuse, neglect, or self-neglect face considerably higher risk of premature death than elders who have not been mistreated. Older adults who are abused or mistreated are three times more likely to die within the next decade than the same age adults who are not mistreated.
The County Recorder’s Office may not be the first place you think of when it comes to protecting our elders from abuse like exploitation. However, a common property scam occurs where someone files a fake deed at the Recorder’s Office, then takes that deed to a bank and fraudulently obtains a loan.
Jackson County Recorder Amanda Lowery said that Jackson County has a fraud alert system in place to prevent this kind of conduct. Property owners can sign up for this service by calling the Recorder’s Office, or by going to https://pfa.fidlar.com/INJackson.
“The registration process is quick, easy and free. The system will deliver an alert by email or telephone if the user’s name appears in a document filed with the Recorder’s Office,” said Lowery.
“I hope the citizens will use this fraud alert tool to protect themselves and their loved ones from exploitation,” she said. “I also hope that, as a community, we will take the opportunity to be vigilant regarding the safety and well-being of elders and endangered adults among us.”
For more information about the fraud alert program, residents can contact Lowery’s office by phone at (812) 358-6113

Libraries Re-Open After COVID Closing

The Jackson County Public Library in Seymour, Crothersville, and Medora have opened the doors for public use with limited hours and services after closing down to the public on March 13, according to Library Director Julia Aker. In continuing efforts to reduce the risks of spreading COVID-19, current hours at the libraries are Seymour: Mon-Fri 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sat 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Crothersville: Mon, Wed, Fri 2 to 6 p.m.; and Medora Tues & Thurs 2 to 6 p.m. and Sat 1 to 4 p.m.
“Visitors must properly wear masks inside all facilities and are asked to limit their visit to one hour,” she sai. “A limited number of public computers and circulating Chromebooks are available, and wireless internet will reach into the library parking lots for access before, during and after hours.”
On request and if mask requirements cannot be met, the Crothersville and Medora libraries will continue the curbside pickup that began in May, and the Seymour Library will continue contactless drive-thru window service.
For staff and customer safety, hand sanitizing stations are provided throughout the facilities, seating is socially distanced, and anyone visibly ill or coughing excessively may be asked to leave the buildings. Visitors are requested to not reshelve materials but to place them on quarantine carts for cleaning by library staff.
Visitors to the Seymour Library are encouraged to see Information Services staff for a tour of the newly renovated upstairs where everything was moved into a different place after carpet replacement during the closure.
At this time, all programs are virtual on the library’s Facebook page and YouTube channel, meeting rooms and some restrooms remain closed to the public, all teen and children’s activity areas are unavailable, the library is not accepting cash or charge payments, and no food or drink is allowed. Donations for the Friends of the Library are not being accepted at this time.
For more information, contact a library location in Seymour at 812-523-4636, in Crothersville at 812-793-2927, and in Medora at 812-966-2278.

Crothersville Christmas Event Gets Community Foundation Grant

The Community Foundation of Jackson County recently awarded a $3,000 grant to Crothersville Community Schools to benefit the Crothersville Toy & Food Drive this Christmas.
The Toy & Food Drive purchases, sorts, boxes, and delivers non-perishable food items and toys to families right before Christmas. Last year the program delivered to 101 families. The annual craft show in November to raise money for the project was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The grant was recommended through the Immanuel United Church of Christ Vernon Township Community Fund. This fund was created in 2016 to benefit the quality of life in Vernon Township.
“I believe this to be a great benefit to the less fortunate in the community,” said Andrew Nehrt, a Vernon Township resident and member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.
The Foundation administers more than 200 funds that provide grants and scholarships. For information about the Foundation, call 812-523-4483 or email President & CEO Dan Davis at president@cfjacksoncounty.org.

Meat Processing Plant Proposed For North Of Crothersville

A small-scale meat processing facility is being proposed to be built just north of Crothersville.
Chad Reynolds wants his White Oak Custom Meats to be built 2.5 acres of land he owns at 11220 E 500 S for the business.
“I’ve seen a need in the area,” he said. He later related that because of COVID-19 and the higher prices of beef and pork in grocery stores, individuals are looking to have their own meat slaughtered and processed. “As a result, there are long waiting lines at existing processing facilities before individuals can get in to have their meat processed,” he said. “Some area processing plants today don’t have openings until sometime in the spring of 2021.”
Reynolds, who lives just across the road from the proposed site, said his business would be a ‘just-in-time’ processor with no more than three to four live animals on premises at a time. He said the turnaround is fairly quick and animals typically aren’t there for any longer than 24 hours.
Reynolds is planning on investing around $300,000 in building and equipment and employ four workers in the beginning.
Initially, Reynolds does not plan to sell meat to the public but he plans to go in that direction in the future by buying from farmers, butchering the meat and reselling it to the public.
The facility would require periodic inspections by USDA, State of Indiana, and Jackson County Health Department to be sure we are in compliance with all food safety regulations, he said.
Last Tuesday, Sept. 15, the Jackson County Plan Commission voted 8-1 to send the proposal with a favorable recommendation to the Oct. 13 Jackson County Board of Zoning Appeals for final approval. Plan Commission member Leon Pottschmidt cast the lone ‘no’ vote
The BZA meeting is set for at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the county courthouse former circuit court room and is open to the public.
The legal notices of Reynolds’ proposed project are found on page 8 of this issue of the Times and online at www.crothersvilletimes.com.