Dr. Kerry Goodin travels to Haiti on a Dental Mission PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 06:18

Dr. Kerry Goodin, a Scott county dentist, recently returned from a six day medical-dental mission trip to Haiti.  The medical-dental team was deployed to the very remote village of Lubin in the impoverished district of Artibonite, Haiti. 

Trio ‘visiting’ old cemetery among those recently arrested on drug charges PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 06:17

People who plan to party at cemeteries in the county ought to make other plans.

US 31 Closes Next Tuesday Between US 50-SR 250 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 24 May 2016 12:49

JACKSON COUNTY, Ind.—The Indiana Department of Transportation plans to close U.S. Highway 31 between U.S. 50 and State Road 250 in Jackson County for 14 days while contracted crews remove and replace a 2400-foot section of concrete pavement at Kriete Corner. The closure is tentatively scheduled to begin after Memorial Day—weather permitting—on Tuesday, May 31.
U.S. 31 will be open to the construction site for local traffic coming from the north. There will be no local access between Kriete Corner and S.R. 250. All through traffic should detour around the closure via Interstate 65.
This work is part of a $5,188,987 rehabilitation project along 21 miles of U.S. 31 between U.S. 50 and Lake Road south of Scottsburg.
Dave O’Mara, the state’s contractor, is charged with making full-depth concrete patches and partial-depth asphalt patches on rural segments of U.S. 31 in Jackson and Scott Counties. In addition to pavement repairs, the north-south highway will be milled and resurfaced through Crothersville between Marshall Street and Cindy Lane, and through Scottsburg and Austin between Lake Road and the Muscatatuck River overflow bridge.
Excavation and extensive concrete patching is scheduled to begin at Scottsburg and Austin on Monday, June 6.
The contract also includes concrete repairs and joint sealing at the I-65 bridge. This part of U.S. 31 has a traffic count of 15,420 vehicles per day.
The contract completion date is November 15.

Recent inmate transfer confusion caused by wording on other counties' on-line sites PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 19 May 2016 10:53


In April, Scott County paid Washington County $46,000 for housing inmates for which there was no room at the Scott County Security Center.

Now, with the new building in downtown Scottsburg declared completed, those inmates temporarily housed at facilities in Washington, Clark and Floyd counties have been transferred back. The jail population now hovers around 150. Male prisoners are in the new wing; female prisoners are housed in the old section.

But the transfer of all of the prisoners created a totally new – and unexpected - problem for Sheriff Dan McClain.

Apparently, the movement of inmates resulted in a crop of rumors that inmates were being released. Not transferred, released.

This, of course, was not the case, said Sheriff McClain.

“My office received numerous calls from citizens regarding inmates being released from custody. Many calls are apparently in response to people getting on-line and reading on those counties' websites that jails have 'released' inmates. Yes, those people were released, but they were released back into our custody. The term 'release' doesn't mean released and free, especially in the case of our inmates,” explained Sheriff McClain.

The sheriff offered an apology for any confusion on the part of the public. He also suggested that those with questions about who is being housed at the local jail should visit his department's website and check the current list of inmates.

That website is www.scottcountysheriff.org.

Alleged instances of selling meth bring more charges against Austin man PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 May 2016 10:50



Five additional drug charges have been filed in a new Scott Circuit Court case against Patrick Aaron Hirstein, 43.

Hirstein, whose residence is on North Terry Road northeast of Austin, now has four criminal cases pending against him, three in Scott Circuit Court and one in Jackson County. In each, he is charged with dealing in methamphetamine as well as other felonies, most involving dealing or possession of drugs. All are Level 2 felony cases.

In his most recent criminal case, which was filed May 10, Hirstein is charged with four counts of selling crystal methamphetamine. Alleged instances date from January, 2015, through May, 2015. Anywhere from $600 to $1,700 was paid to Hirstein during the purported transactions, according to the probable cause affidavit, and the sales reportedly occurred at his North Terry Rd. residence and at a residence on North Slab Road.

He is also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, a Class B misdemeanor.

In this most recent case, a jury trial date of October 3 was scheduled. Bail was set at $75,000 by corporate surety bond or $15,000 cash. In his three 2015 cases, Hirstein has managed to file either surety bonds or paid cash to be released, although his bail in his case dating from April, 2015, was revoked and reset at $75,000 cash on February 16.

The Jackson County case is scheduled for a jury trial on June 18. The trial date for two other Scott County cases remains June 28.

Hirstein is also fighting over cash seized as evidence in the case filed in January. The Sheriff's Department and Scottsburg Police Department would like to keep those funds, the amount of which has not been released. Those departments filed that action, a civil plenary, this past January.




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