Are We Now Paying For Those ‘Cut Government Spending’ Candidates We Elected?

by Curt Kovener

Did you vote for candidates who wanted to cut government spending? Put government on a business basis? Eliminate government regulations? Get government off the backs of business and out of our private lives?

So now how does it feel to travel 100 or more years back in public health history? Maybe now we realize (and way too late) that government funding of inspections, regulation and oversight as it applies to public health is a wise investment in “We, the People.”

The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic takes us back. It transports us to a time when there were no available antibiotics, virtually no vaccinations and limited medical-care interventions compared to what exist today.

The leaders we elected to the White House, the Statehouse and the Courthouse weren’t paying attention until the wolf was at our door or perhaps; the Huns were at the gate.

So now, this public health approach of a century ago is also all we can employ to contain the coronavirus, a virus without a specific antiviral medication to treat it or a vaccination to prevent it.

COVID-19 is 10 times more lethal than influenza and is now on every continent except Antarctica. Compared with the MERS and SARS coronaviruses, this coronavirus will probably be much more difficult to control.

Despite the new inconveniences of our now everyday life of social distancing, public health officials expect that we have not seen the worst of this pandemic and many more cases and deaths will follow. Although, so far, relatively few cases have been identified in Indiana, it is anticipated that intensification will occur as a result of person-to-person contact that may have happened before we all sequestered ourselves.

A long incubation period of up to 14 or more days, spread of infection from asymptomatic infected individuals and a high mortality rate make this virus especially worrisome.

Possible effective antiviral medications are being explored but will take a year or more to develop.

This current health threat should be a reminder of the value of our elected leaders supporting public health on the federal, state and local levels. The very success of public health— the absence of diseases that once routinely killed healthy people— has rendered public health interventions invisible and taken for granted by the public and government. These interventions involve advancements in sanitation, housing, food protection, nutrition, clean water, pure food and drug legislation, antibiotics and vaccination.

Historically, we have woefully underfunded federal, state and local health departments. The Trump administration earlier in his term reduced Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funding. Indiana ranks 49th in public health funding with the Indiana State Department of Health spread thin and most county health departments, including Scott and Jackson Counties, lacking adequate infrastructure and personnel.

Indiana and most states will need significant federal assistance and leadership. The Trump administration has provided a delayed and less-than-adequate federal response with President Trump busy politicizing what should be a bipartisan effort. We can only hope that Vice President Mike Pence, the former Hoosier Governor not highly enlightened nor historically proactive in public health matters but now in charge of the federal government’s coronavirus response, will leave the decision making to federal public health experts.

Now that citizens are showing infection, businesses closed, and the stock market has plummeted to the levels since before Trump was elected by vowing to Make America Great Again, the federal government (which is already trillions in debt) is busy throwing money at a problem that could have been decreased with adequate pre- emptive funding for research and tests.

What we are experiencing and how we now must live is why funding public health is so important.

And what about those anti- vaccine advocates among us? Will they refuse a COVID-19 immunization when available for them and their children and then continue spreading the disease among the rest of us?

(Dr. Richard Feldman, an Indianapolis family physician and a former Indiana State Health commissioner, contributed to this column.)

Legal Notices

2020 Scott Tax Rates
Scott School District 1 Annual Performance Report

LEGAL NOTICE
The members of Zoah Christian Church, 700 N. Zoah Church Road, Scottsburg, Indiana will meet Sunday morning April the 5th at 10:30 AM to elect a Trustee. The name of Gene Amos had been approved by the Church’s Board and will be voted on by the members present for approval to serve as Zoah Trustee.
3/18, 3/25, 4/1 hspaxlp

LEGAL NOTICE
PUBLIC TEST
Notice is hereby given that the Scott County Election Board will conduct a public test of the electronic voting systems to be used in the upcoming primary election on May 5, 2020.
This test will be conducted at the Scott County Courthouse on Wednesday, April 1st at 2:00 p.m. in the Commissioners Room, Suite 128.
Missy Applegate, Secretary
Scott County Election Board
3/25 hspaxlp

LEGAL NOTICE
SCOTTSBURG MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC UTILITY
Scottsburg, Indiana
Proposed Rate Adjustment Applicable to the 2nd Quarter 2020 and Supporting Schedules
For use with approved electric rates and usage for the period: April 2020, May 2020, and June 2020 and utility bills payable: June 2020, July 2020 and August 2020
Rate Adjustments
The Rate Adjustments shall be on the basis of a Purchase Power Cost Adjustment Tracking Factor occasioned solely by changes in the cost of purchased power and energy, in accordance with the Order of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, approved on December 13, 1980 in Cause No. 36835-S3 as follows:
Rate Adjustments applicable to the Rate Schedules are as follows:
Residential Service Rate R
($0.006031) per kWh
Single Phase Commercial Service Rate C
($0.006003) per kWh
Three Phase Commercial Service Rate C
($0.006003) per kWh
General Service Rate GS
($0.005932) per kWh
Industrial Service Rate IS
($0.005829) per kWh
Optional Large Industrial Service Rate OLIS Billed on IMPA’s ECA Factors
3/25 hspaxlp

LEGAL NOTICE
Legal Notice of Public Hearing
Notice is hereby given that the Scott County Advisory Board of Zoning will hold a Public Hearing at the Scott County Courthouse, 1 East McClain Avenue, Scottsburg, IN, on Wednesday October 9, 2019, at 6:00 P.M at which time all interested persons will be given the opportunity to be heard in reference to the matters set out in the “Description of Action Requested” below:
Case Number: CU-01-20
Applicant: Anthony Oxendine
Owner: Anthony Oxendine as owner of Kentuckiana Funeral Service dba Spring Valley Funeral Home
Description of Action Requested: Applicant wishes to operate a self-contained crematory facility on said property in an existing metal-sided pole barn with concrete floor. Licensed staff will operate the computerized system which is designed and regulated to emit no odor or pollutants.
Description of Property Affected: 72-08-98-200-006.000-005 cka 5330 East State Road 356, Scottsburg, IN 47170 and containing 43.54 acres.
The petition (application) and file on this matter are available for public inspection during the regular working hours, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, at the Scott County Courthouse, 1 E. McClain Avenue, Scottsburg, IN in Suite G40 until two days prior to the hearing date. (Office: 812-752-8445, ext. 1)
Martha A. Randall,
SC BZA Administrative Assistant
3/18, 3/25

LEGAL NOTICE
Legal Notice of Public Hearing
Notice is hereby given that the Scott County Advisory Board of Zoning will hold a Public Hearing at the Scott County Courthouse, 1 East McClain Avenue, Scottsburg, IN, on Wednesday April 8, 2020, at 6:00 P.M at which time all interested persons will be given the opportunity to be heard in reference to the matters set out in the “Description of Action Requested” below:
Case Number: V-03-20
Applicants: Roland and Gayle Collins
Owners: Roland and Gayle Collins
Description of Action Requested: Applicants requesting that a Variance be granted from Zoning Ordinance standard of 950 square feet of living space so that a mobile home containing at least 700 square feet of living space can be used as a CU residence for his parents, both of whom have medical conditions. Variance CU-05-19 granted in October, 2019, and amended in January, 2020, to allow placement of mobile home on applicant’s property based on medical need of parents.
Description of Property Affected: 72-06-19-100-006.001-005 cka 12 North Napper Road, Lexington, IN 47138, and containing 2.27 acres accessible by legal easement.
The petition (application) and file on this matter are available for public inspection during the regular working hours, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, at the Scott County Courthouse, 1 E. McClain Avenue, Scottsburg, IN in Suite G40 until two days prior to the hearing date. (Office: 812-752-8445, ext. 1)
Martha A. Randall
SC BZA Administrative Assistant
3/25, 4/1 hspaxlp

LEGAL NOTICE
NOTICE OF SUPERVISED ADMINISTRATION
Cause No. 36C01-2002-ES-020
In the Circuit Court 0f Jackson County, Indiana.
Pursuant to I.C. 29-1-7-7, notice is hereby given that Jackson County Bank was on the 28th day of February, 2020, appointed Personal Representative of the Estate of
Susan I. Macak, deceased, who died intestate on the 3rd day of April, 2019, and authorized to administer this estate with court supervision.
All persons having claims against this estate, whether or not now due, must file the claim in the office of the Clerk of this Court Within three (3) months from the date of first publication of this notice, or within nine (9) months after the decedent‘s death, whichever is earlier, or the claims will be forever barred.
Dated at Brownstown, Indiana, this 28th day of February, 2020.
Melissa J. Hayes
Clerk of the Circuit Court of
Jackson County, Indiana
Denise K. Connell
Lorenzo, Bevers, Braman & Connell
218 West Second Street
Seymour, IN 47274
(812) 524-9000
(812) 524-9001 (fax)
connell.denise@outlook.com
3/18, 3/25

LEGAL NOTICE
STATE OF INDIANA
COUNTY OF SCOTT
IN THE SCOTT CIRCUIT COURT
CAUSE NO. 72C01-2002-EU-007
IN RE: THE ESTATE OF
MARTHA KARI KESSLER-GEE, Deceased
NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATION
Notice is given that Kristina Kessler was, on March 9, 2020, appointed Personal Representative of the Estate of Martha Kari Kessler-Gee, deceased, who died on February 18, 2020. The Personal Representative is authorized to administer the estate without Court supervision.
All persons who have claims against this estate, whether or not now due, must file the claim in the office of the Clerk of this Court within three (3) months from the date of the first publication of this notice, or within nine (9) months after the decedent’s death, whichever is earlier, or the claims will be forever barred.
Dated: March 9, 2020.
Missy Applegate
Clerk, Scott Circuit Court
Kerry Thompson, #840-72
Houston, Thompson and Lewis, PC
49 East Wardell Street
Scottsburg, IN 47170
Telephone: (812) 752-5920
Email: kthompson@htllawyers.com
Attorney for the Estate of Martha Kari Kessler-Gee
3/18, 3/25 hspaxlp

LEGAL NOTICE
State Of Indiana
County Of Jackson
In The Jackson Superior Court 2
Annual Term 2019
Cause No.: 36D02-1912-AD-36
NOTICE TO NAMED MOTHER
Elaina Barger, who has been named the mother of the child born on February 14, 2009 to Elaina Barger and Gabriel Land, is notified that a petition for adoption of the child was filed in the office of the clerk of the Jackson Superior Court 2, 109 S. Sugar Street, Brownstown, IN 47220.
If Elaina Barger seeks to contest the adoption of the child, she must file a motion to contest the adoption in accordance with IC 31-19-10-1 in the above named court.,
If Elaina Barger:
(1) does not file:
(A) a motion to contest the adoption
the above named court will hear and determine the petition for adoption. Her consent will be irrevocably implied and her parental rights will be terminated.
Nothing Taylor and Carolyn Barger or anyone else says to Elaina Barger relieves Elaina Barger of her obligations under this notice.
A person being served with this notice should consult the Indiana adoption statutes.
Prepared by:
Amanda L. Goecker
Attorney at Law
1407 Corporate Way
Suite 107
Seymour, IN 47274
(812) 522-7473
3/11, 3/18, 3/25 hspaxlp

LEGAL NOTICE
IN THE SCOTT SUPERIOR COURT
STATE OF INDIANA
IN RE THE ADOPTION OF Cambrie Sky Caudill, a minor
Cause No. 72D01-2001-AD-1
NOTICE OF ADOPTION
Cecil Cory Caudill is notified that a petition for adoption of a child, named CSC born to Skylar Lee-Anne Barnett on November 18, 2014 was filed in the office of the clerk of court, Courthouse, 1 E. McClain Ave, Room 252, Scottsburg, IN 47170. If Cecil Cory Caudill seeks to contest the adoption of the child, Cecil Cory Caudill must file a motion to contest the adoption in accordance with IC31-19-10-1 in the above named court not later than thirty (30) days after the date of service of this notice. If Cecil Cory Caudill does not file a motion to contest the adoption within thirty (30) days after service of this notice the above named court will hear and determine the petition for adoption.
The consent to adoption of Cecil Cory Caudill will be irrevocably implied and Cecil Cory Caudill will lose the right to contest either the adoption or the validity of Cecil Cory Caudill implied consent to the adoption. No oral statement made to Cecil Cory Caudill relieves Cecil Cory Caudill of Cecil Cory Caudill obligations under this notice. This notice complies with IC 31-19-45-3 but does not exhaustively set forth a person’s legal obligations under the Indiana adoption statutes. A person being served with this notice should consult the Indiana adoption statutes.”
Missy Applegate
Clerk
3/11, 3/18, 3/25 hspaxlp

LEGAL NOTICE
IN THE SCOTT SUPERIOR COURT
STATE OF INDIANA
IN RE THE ADOPTION OF Francisco Alexander Rodriguez, a minor
Cause No. 72D01-1912-AD-47
NOTICE OF ADOPTION
Nevada Nicole Herera is notified that a petition for adoption of a child, named FAR born to Francisco Rodriguez Hernandez on June 2, 2010 was filed in the office of the clerk of court, Courthouse, 1 E. McClain Ave, Room 252, Scottsburg, IN 47170. If Nevada Nicole Herera seeks to contest the adoption of the child, Nevada Nicole Herera must file a motion to contest the adoption in accordance with IC31-19-10-1 in the above named court not later than thirty (30) days after the date of service of this notice. If Nevada Nicole Herera does not file a motion to contest the adoption within thirty (30) days after service of this notice the above named court will hear and determine the petition for adoption.
The consent to adoption of Nevada Nicole Herera will be irrevocably implied and Nevada Nicole Herera will lose the right to contest either the adoption or the validity of Nevada Nicole Herera implied consent to the adoption. No oral statement made to Nevada Nicole Herera relieves Nevada Nicole Herera of Nevada Nicole Herera obligations under this notice. This notice complies with IC 31-19-45-3 but does not exhaustively set forth a person’s legal obligations under the Indiana adoption statutes. A person being served with this notice should consult the Indiana adoption statutes.”
Missy Applegate
Clerk
3/11, 3/18, 3/25 hspaxlp

LEGAL NOTICE
IN THE SCOTT SUPERIOR COURT
STATE OF INDIANA
IN RE THE ADOPTION OF Christian Michael Rodriguez, a minor
Cause No. 72D01-1912-AD-48
NOTICE OF ADOPTION
Nevada Nicole Herera is notified that a petition for adoption of a child, named CMR born to Francisco Rodriguez Hernandez on March 14, 2012 was filed in the office of the clerk of court, Courthouse, 1 E. McClain Ave, Room 252, Scottsburg, IN 47170. If Nevada Nicole Herera seeks to contest the adoption of the child, Nevada Nicole Herera must file a motion to contest the adoption in accordance with IC31-19-10-1 in the above named court not later than thirty (30) days after the date of service of this notice. If Nevada Nicole Herera does not file a motion to contest the adoption within thirty (30) days after service of this notice the above named court will hear and determine the petition for adoption.
The consent to adoption of Nevada Nicole Herera will be irrevocably implied and Nevada Nicole Herera will lose the right to contest either the adoption or the validity of Nevada Nicole Herera implied consent to the adoption. No oral statement made to Nevada Nicole Herera relieves Nevada Nicole Herera of Nevada Nicole Herera obligations under this notice. This notice complies with IC 31-19-45-3 but does not exhaustively set forth a person’s legal obligations under the Indiana adoption statutes. A person being served with this notice should consult the Indiana adoption statutes.”
Missy Applegate
Clerk
3/11, 3/18, 3/25 hspaxlp

LEGAL NOTICE
State of Indiana
County of Scott
In the Scott Superior Court
Cause No: 72D01-2002-JT-20
72D01-2002-JT-21
72D01-2002-JT-22
72D01-2002-JT-23
IN THE MATTER OF THE TERMINATION OF THE PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIP:
CD – DOB 9/9/2006
DD – DOB 10/24/2007
CM – DOB 12/3/2008
JM – DOB 6/5/2010
and
Mary Davis (Biological Mother)
Jimmy Melton (Biological Father)
SUMMONS FOR SERVICE BY PUBLICATION & NOTICE OF TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS HEARING
To: Mary Davis
Whereabouts Unknown
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to the above noted parent whose whereabouts are unknown, that the Indiana Department of Child Services has filed a Petition for Involuntary Termination of your Parental Rights, and that an adjudication hearing has been scheduled with the Court.
YOU ARE HEREBY COMMANDED to appear before the Judge of the Scott Superior Court, One East McClain Avenue, # 252, Scottsburg, IN 47170 – 812-752-8425, 812-752-8424 for a(n) Initial Hearing on 4/14/2020 at 1:00 PM and to answer the Petition for Termination of your Parental Rights of said children.
You are further notified that if the allegations in said petition are true, and/or if you fail to appear at the hearing, the Juvenile Court may terminate your parent-child relationship; and if the Court terminates your parent-child relationship you will lose all parental rights, powers, privileges, immunities, duties and obligations including any rights to custody, control, visitation, or support in said children; and if the Court terminates your parent-child relationship, it will be permanently terminated, and thereafter you may not contest an adoption or other placement of said children.
You are entitled to representation by an attorney, provided by the State if applicable, throughout these proceedings to terminate the parent-child relationship.
YOU MUST RESPOND by appearing in person or by an attorney within thirty (30) days after the last publication of this notice, and in the event you fail to do so, adjudication on said petition and termination of your parental rights may be entered against you, in your absence, without further notice.
Missy Applegate, Clerk
Krista A. Willike, 32250-10
Attorney, Indiana Department of Child Services
1050 W. Community Way
Scottsburg, IN 47170
Office:  812-595-5529
3/11, 3/28, 3/25 hspaxlp

Area Hospitals Take Protective Action Against Coronavirus

Medical Hotline Available
Schneck Medical Center has launched a dedicated 24/7 hotline, 812-524-4266, that offers free Coronavirus (COVID-19) phone screenings. The hotline provides guidance to those who believe they have been exposed to the virus or have concerning symptoms.
Scott Memorial Hospital’s COVID-19/Coronavirus Hotline is 812-946-2413 between from 7 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Friday. After hours call 800-722-5725.
Healthcare professionals staffing the hotline will recommend the most appropriate next steps for your care. Individuals may also reach out to their provider’s office if they have questions or concerns.
It is important to remember that the vast majority of individuals with Coronavirus will have mild symptoms and not require treatment or hospitalization.

Schneck Medical Center in Jackson County has been actively monitoring the rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. The health and safety of our patients and our communities is our primary concern and we are making decisions as warranted following guidance from the Indiana State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Alongside our extensive prevention efforts that are already in place, it is now necessary to take further action to help keep our communities safe. These measures will undoubtedly cause inconvenience and disruption, yet the risks of not acting far outweigh the challenges.
•Every visitor and patient will be screened before entering the main hospital building located at 411 West Tipton Street in Seymour.  Please consider arriving early for any scheduled appointments to allow time for screening.
•Schneck has expanded current visitor restrictions, limiting visitors to two per patient.  These expanded restrictions are in addition to the current flu restrictions put in place in January which include visitors must be 18 years old and older and anyone with fever and/or chills, sore throat, muscle aches, runny or stuffy nose, cough, fatigue, headache, and vomiting and/or diarrhea is asked to refrain from visiting patients.
•All visitors must wash their hands (soap and water) or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer before and after visiting a patient. Hand sanitizer can be found throughout the hospital as well as outside each patient’s room.
Hospital entrances hours of accessibility have been modified:
•Main entrance 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
•Schneck Professional Building 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
•Emergency department will remain open 24 hours per day, seven days per week
•All support groups, seminars, and programs hosted at Schneck Medical Center are cancelled through March 31. In addition, the Live Well Expo scheduled for Saturday, April 4 has been postponed until further notice.
At Scott Memorial Hospital in Scottsburg all patients and visitors in the Emergency Department and inpatient units will receive a screening questionnaire prior to being allowed to move through the hospital.
Questionnaire stations are located at the Emergency Department, Main Lobby and Outpatient Surgery entrances. In addition, the facility’s medical office locations are calling patients and conducting phone screenings.
If you are visiting Scott Memorial Health, or any of our facilities, we ask that you help us maintain a safe environment for everyone by following all posted guidelines for visiting patients. We are temporarily adjusting our general inpatient visitation policies to protect patients, staff and the community.
The Scott County Health Department is working with Scott Memorial Health to implement an extra layer of safety providing screening for the disease. A mobile testing unit has been placed outside of the hospital’s Emergency Department.
More detailed information can be found at ScottMemorial.com.

Austin Elementary School Project Moving Forward

A plan to raze and rebuild the Austin Elementary school took a step closer to getting underway on Monday, March 9, when the Scott County School District 1 School Board hired The Skillman Corporation of Indianapolis to serve a the project construction manager.
Core Corp of Indianapolis was the other firm under consideration.
“A Construction Manager as constructor handles all of the scheduling, logistics, coordinating and inspections of quality during the construction process,” said Dist. 1 School Superintendent Trevor Jones. “The school board is ultimately responsible but this process puts professionals familiar with construction and standards in charge of the daily, hands-on oversight.”
Jones said that the CMc is a process that has been used by school corporations in construction projects for the past few years.
“This puts professionals in the building trades as the school district’s representative on the building site,” he said.
Jones said Skillman has been or is being used as CMc on projects similar in size to Austin Elementary at South Montgomery Schools, Westfield Washington School, and Plainfield Community Schools.
According to the Skillman website the company was founded in 1972, has completed over 700 K-12 projects, over 70 new elementary school projects, and has worked on four projects with Lancer+Beebe, the architectural firm hired by District 1 to design the new Austin Elementary School.
Jones said that there is a higher administration cost for a CMc but their onsite construction presence would save the school corporation on actual construction costs.
The District 1 school board last summer approved a $20 million renovation for Austin Elementary School which includes razing the 1939 two-story brick and the 1950’s single story classrooms and replacing them with a new structure.
Voters in the Jennings Township school district approved a referendum last November to fund the project.
School officials have said that the aging elementary school has been plagued with heating and plumbing issues, and portions had to be shut down and classes moves, owing to original, irreparable pipes.
The campus of the mid-1900s also lacks sufficient student security for the 21st century school safety concerns.
Jones said the new elementary will be energy efficient, provide for improved learning technology and much greater student safety.
The superintendent said current plans are to go to bid later this fall with razing of the 1939 structure in January 2021.
He said there would be a phased demolition and construction.
Students have been moved out of the older two-story school allowing contractors to demolish the building then begin construction of the new elementary.
“When it is complete, students will be moved from the single-story 1950’s classrooms into the new elementary school. Then the single story classrooms will be razed to make way for an elementary playground and additional parking for Rigel Gym events.

Bridge Work To Close U.S. 31 Between Uniontown And Seymour

Work on the U.S. 31 overpass over Interstate 65 between Uniontown and Crothersville, expected to begin today, will close close the roadway for 120 days through mid-July. The overpass superstructure is to be replaced.
The overpass is located approximately 4 miles north of State Road 250 at the north edge of Vernon Township.
The official detour for the closure will follow U.S. 31 to U.S. 50 to I-65 at Exit 36 (Crothersville). Shoulder closures and lane restrictions on I-65 will be necessary during bridge deck demolition and beam setting operations.
A local detour could be turning east on CR 50 N at the former New Hope Church, crossing the interstate then turning north on CR 1240.
However, the roadway will not entirely be clear sailing
Also beginning Wednesday, the U.S. 31 bridge over Mutton Creek Ditch will be restricted to one lane with a temporary traffic signal for application of a bridge deck overlay. The temporary signal will remain in place for 150 days (through mid-August). The bridge is located about 1 mile north of the I-65 overpass between Uniontown and Seymour.
Indiana Department of Transportation contractor E and B Paving Inc. will do the work, which is part of a multimillion-dollar bridge rehabilitation project along U.S. 31 in Jackson County. Crews completed work between Crothersville and Uniontown last year.
Motorists should watch for slowed or stopped traffic, use extra caution and drive distraction-free through all work zones.
The contract completion date for the entire project is Sept. 30. All work is weather dependent.

Fugitive Arrested In Scott County; Drugs, Stolen Police Rifle Found

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Friday the 13th was an unlucky day in Scott County for a Colorado man.
Scott County Sheriff’s Deputy John Hartman received a tip that Franklin Gomar, 39, most recently of Denver, CO, formerly of Scott County was staying at a residence at 5591 East Kinderhook Road in Lexington Township in southeastern Scott County. Gomar was a fugitive from St. Louis County, MO for failure to appear on a dangerous drugs charge, according to Scott County Sheriff Jerry Goodin.
As Scott County, Indiana State and Federal officers were serving the search warrant looking for Gomar, he ran out of the rear of the mobile home abandoning his six month-old infant and a three year-old child, Goodin said. Officers chased Gomar and as they were catching up to him, he threw out two cell phones and then surrendered to authorities. Police found a loaded handgun with extra magazines on Gomar.
“Officers then sought and received another search warrant through Scott Circuit Court to look for more weapons in the home since as a convicted felon, Gomar was not allowed to possess any weapons,” said the sheriff. “During the search of the home officers located a AR 15 rifle that was reported stolen from the Louisville Metro Police Department about a year ago.”
Officers also located a counterfeit drugs, drug paraphernalia and ammunition.
Gomar was incarcerated in Scott County Jail where he faces numerous local charges including child neglect, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of stolen property, failure to register as a sex offender, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a look-a-like drug, and resisting law enforcement in addition to the fugitive warrant from Missouri.
Assisting at the scene were Indiana State Police, Federal ATF Agent, the U.S. Marshal’s office, Scott County Prosecutor’s Office, Scott County Division of Family and Children, Indiana Dept. of Corrections and Scott County E.M.S.