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INDOT Repairs Along SR 60 To Begin Wednesday

Indiana Department of Transportation’s $4,422,000 pavement preservation project on State Road 60 between Sellersburg in Clark County and New Pekin in Washington County is tentatively scheduled to get underway Wednesday (MAY 4).

Deployment of construction crews—currently patching S.R. 64—and weather conditions could alter the start date by a day or two.

road-repaving_fileE & B Paving of Clarksville is the state’s contractor for this 18-mile-long repair and resurfacing project that will impact motorists at New Pekin, Borden, Bennettsville, Hamburg and Sellersburg.

Initial work includes a number of full-depth concrete patches that require single lane closures to allow time for curing.

There will also be partial-depth concrete and partial-depth asphalt patches.

Once repairs have been made, 1½-inches of S.R. 60’s existing surface will be milled away and new asphalt surface installed.  Flaggers will be present to direct motorists around moving worksites.

INDOT’s contract completion date is October 31.  Officials anticipate S.R. 60 paving on mainline and at drive and road approaches to be completed by mid- to late-summer.

Traffic count for S.R. 60 is 11,390 vehicles per day.

Motorists can learn about highway work zones and other traffic alerts at indot.carsprogram.org, 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone. For highway information, monitor social media sites:www.Facebook.com/INDOTSoutheast and Twitter @INDOTSoutheast.  Subscribe to receive text and email alerts at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/INDOT/subscriber/new.

Salem Woman Was Pregnant When Shot

Alisha Tye, 35, formerly of Salem, died at UK Medical Center Sunday morning from a gunshot wound to the head.

According to family members, Tye was three months pregnant when shot Saturday morning by her boyfriend.

Police arrested Sam Cornett, 52, over the weekend, in connection to his girlfriend’s shooting.

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New details are emerging from the incident, according to Lexington Channel 18.

Neighbors on Skull Branch Road say it was around midnight when they heard the shooting. Seconds later, they saw Cornett walking away with his 2-year-old daughter.

“That guy comes outside and has the little girl by her hair and is cussing and just walks on up the holler,” said neighbor Brandon Brown.

That’s when Brown went inside his neighbor’s house to see Tye bleeding from a gunshot wound to her head.

“It’s got me pretty tore up. Something I wish I had never seen,” said Brown.

“She was begging for me to help her, I couldn’t help her. God help me, I wish I could have helped her but I couldn’t,” said homeowner Amanda Ross.

Ross said Cornett is her nephew, and they were trying to protect his girlfriend who was hiding from him.

The family of 5 says he kicked in the door and pointed a gun at each of them, threatening to shoot.

They say he found Tye with their daughter in the back bedroom.

“He was shooting around her and she had the baby in her arms,” said Ross.

Witnesses say he shot his girlfriend, who was three months pregnant, in the head.

“She wouldn’t hurt nobody. She loved her baby and she loved that baby that she was carrying,” said Ross.

Even being family, the Ross’ say they hope Cornett never is released from jail.

“I hope he gets what’s coming to him for her to get justice. She needs justice done,” said Ross.

Crash Kills Father and Two Children, Five Others Injured

A Lexington, IN father and two children were killed Sunday night in Scott County.

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Yesterday evening at approximately 7:45 pm, deputies from the Scott County Sheriff’s Department responded to a serious crash on State Road 203, also known as East Cherry Street, just north of Hunt Street in Lexington, IN. When deputies arrived, due the severity of the crash, they called for Indiana State Police Reconstructionists to come to the scene.

Troopers arrived and assumed the investigation at the deputies’ request.

The preliminary investigation by Indiana State Police Reconstructionists shows vehicle one, a white 2002 KIA Spectra, being driven by Alfonzo B. Qualls, 36, from Lexington, IN, was traveling northbound approaching a curve in the roadway on State Road #203. Vehicle two, a 2004 Chevrolet pickup truck being driven by Jacob S. Pettit, 21, from Madison, IN, was traveling southbound, approaching the same curve in the roadway.

As the vehicles met in the curve, vehicle one, the KIA Spectra, allegedly left its travel lane and crossed into vehicle two’s lane of travel. The two vehicles crashed head on.

As a result of the impact of the crash three people were killed and five others were injured.

Below are the names, ages, addresses and vehicles of all the involved in the crash.

Vehicle One, Kia Spectra, Driver of Vehicle One, Deceased Alfonzo B. Qualls, Lexington, IN Male Age/36

Kia Spectra Passenger, (front passenger seat), Deceased Mariah Qualls, Lexington, IN Female Age/8

Kia Spectra Passenger, (front passenger seat), Deceased Kaden A. Pedigo, Austin, IN Male Age/10

Kia Spectra Passenger, (back seat), Life Threatening Injuries Alfonso Qualls JR, Lexington, IN Male Age/6

Kia Spectra Passenger, (back seat), Life Threatening Injuries Jasmine Qualls, Lexington, IN Female Age/2

Kia Spectra Passenger, (back seat), Life Threatening Injuries Makayla Qualls, Lexington, IN Female Age/infant baby

Vehicle Two, 2004 Chevrolet Pickup Truck, Driver Two, Non-Life Threatening Injuries Jacob S. Pettit, Madison, IN Male Age/21

2004 Chevrolet Pickup Truck Passenger, Non-Life Threatening Injuries Marjus C. Turner, Lexington, IN Male Age/26

Due to the injuries suffered by the occupants of the KIA Spectra it is believed that none of the occupants were restrained by seatbelts. The infant child was in a car seat at the time of the collision however, it appears as though it was not properly secured in the vehicle.

The KIA Spectra driver, Alfonso Qualls, had a suspended Indiana Driver’s License. An alcohol and substance blood test will be performed. The results will not be available for up to six weeks.

Assisting agencies, Lexington Township Fire Department, Scott County E.M.S., Scott County Sheriff’s Department and the Scott County Coroner’s Office.

This investigation is continuing.

All Subjects are Innocent Until and Unless Proven Guilty in a Court of Law.

Roy L. Newlin, 82

Roy L. Newlin, 82, of Clarksville, formally of Orleans, passed away on Friday, April

29, 2016 at 9:28 PM at Riverview Village in Clarksville, IN.

He was born August 5, 1933 in Orange County, IN, the son of Earl and Maggie

(Turner) Newlin.

He married Carolyn S. Wood on June 23, 1972 and she survives.

He was a dairy farmer for many years and board member of Dairyman INC. He

was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a Kentucky Colonel. He was a member of

the Syria Christian Church. Roy graduated from Paoli High School class of 1951.

He is survived by his wife of Clarksville, formally of Orleans; two sons, David

Newlin of Bowling Green, KY and John Alan Newlin (Kathy) of Paoli, IN; four

daughters, Susan Moulden (Brian) of Indianapolis, IN, Sandy Robison (John) of

Indianapolis, IN, Nancy Murdock (Randy) of Louisville, KY and Liam Newlin of

Bloomington, IN.; nine grandchildren; six great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Mary Lewis and Joan

Newlin.

The funeral will be on Monday, May 2, 2016 at 1:00 PM at the Ochs-Tetrick

Funeral Home in Orleans with Reverend Michael Williams officiating. Burial will

follow in Syria Cemetery, Orleans.

Friends are invited to visitation at the funeral home on Monday from 10:30 until

service time.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Syria Church Cemetery Fund.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at ochstetrick.net.

LOUISVILLE BATS’ JERMAINE CURTIS NAMED IL PLAYER OF THE MONTH

The International League announced today (Sunday) that Louisville infielder Jermaine Curtis has been named the International League Player of the Month for April. He becomes the first Bat to be named as IL Player of the Month since pitcher Homer Bailey received the award in June of 2009.

Curtis led the International League for the first month of the 2016 season with a .385 batting average, 18 RBI, and a .515 on-base percentage, with six hit by pitches. “I am happy [to hear the news],” exclaimed Curtis. “I have put a lot of work in and to start off good means I could have a great year. I can use this accolade to propel me forward [mentally] the rest of the season.”

Curtis has led the Bats to a 12-9 start, driving in at least one run in ten of the sixteen games he has played in. He has cleared the bases with a double twice this season, first on April 20 against the Clippers and six days later versus Norfolk. He hit .464 with runners on-base in April, and an even better .526 (10-for19) with runners in scoring position.

“The main thing that comes to mind about Curtis is his consistency,” stated Bats’ manager Delino DeShields. “He works hard and is one of the players guys can look up to in the clubhouse.”

The Bats continue their five-game homestand with the final game of the Durham series today at 2:05 p.m. They finish the homestand with three games versus the Norfolk Tides; highlights of the three games include Dog Night on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. and Education Day on Wednesday at 11:05 a.m.

The Bats have averaged 8,827 fans per game at Louisville Slugger Field since its opening in 2000 and have totaled over 10 million fans through 16 seasons. Tickets for all regular season games are available. The entire 2016 Bats schedule, including updated promotions and special events, can be found at batsbaseball.com. Single-game tickets may be purchased online, by calling 1-855-228-8497 or by visiting the Louisville Slugger Field box office. Full and partial season tickets, along with group outings and suite rentals are available by calling the Bats front office at 502-212-2287.

Former Salem Woman Shot Saturday Morning, Dies from Wounds

A Clay County woman has died from a Saturday morning shooting, the Fayette County Coroner’s office announced Sunday.

Alicia Tye, 35, of Manchester, was taken to the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center early Saturday in critical condition from a gunshot wound.

Her boyfriend, Samuel Cornett, 52, was arrested and charged with attempted murder in the case.

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Samuel Cornett, 52

Both Cornett and Tye are formerly of Salem.

State police said Tye, of Manchester, ran from her home to a neighbor’s home to get away from Cornett but Cornett went to that home and forced his way in.

Once inside, police said Cornett fired several shots at Tye.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office contacted state police at 12:36 a.m. about the shooting on Skull Branch Road.

Cornett was arrested soon after and charged with five counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, attempted murder (domestic violence), first-degree assault and first-degree burglary.

Additional charges are likely.

An autopsy will be performed at the Frankfort Medical Examiner’s Office this week, the coroner’s office said.

Medora Will Participate In Summer Food Program

Medora Community School Corp. recently announced plans to participate in the Summer Food Service Program that provides free meals to all children 18 or younger.

downloadFree meals also will be made available to anyone older than 18 who is enrolled in a state-approved educational program for the mentally or physically disabled.

The meals will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis from June 6 to Aug. 5 at Medora Junior-Senior High School, 82 George St., and Rivervale Chapel, 10935 W. County Road 675S, Medora.

Information: Rebecca Starr, 812-966-2210

2015 Indiana Deer Harvest Up 3 Percent

Indiana hunters harvested 123,664 deer during the 2015 season, according to data released by the Department of Natural Resources.

This is a 3 percent increase from the 120,073 deer taken during the 2014 season.

The antlered deer harvest was 10 percent higher than the 2014 harvest, while the antlerless harvest was 1 percent lower than in 2014.

The overall 2015 deer harvest ranks as the 10th highest in Indiana history. The 2015 antlerless deer harvest ranks 11th highest.

To view the full report, go to widlife.IN.gov and locate “2015 Deer Report” in the “Hunting and Trapping” panel.

The 2015 season was composed of four statewide segments: youth (Sept. 26 -27); archery (Oct. 1 to Jan. 3); firearms (Nov. 14-29); and muzzleloader (Dec. 5-20).

A late antlerless season was available from Dec. 26 to Jan. 3 in 60 counties, with additional date restrictions for counties with “A” designated quotas. Also, hunters could harvest additional deer beyond the statewide bag limits in designated deer reduction zones during the deer reduction zone season which opened Sept. 15 and continued through Jan. 31.

Firearms season was the most productive, accounting for 72,555 deer, or 59 percent of the total harvest.

Archery season accounted for 32,753 deer, or 26 percent, followed by the muzzleloader season with 10,784 (9 percent), special antlerless firearms season with 5,105 (4 percent) and youth season with 2,467 (2 percent).

The total number of deer taken with a firearm during the deer reduction zone season was incorporated with the firearms season total, while the total taken with archery equipment was included in the archery season total.

Harvest exceeded 1,000 deer in 58 counties, 2,000 in 17 counties and 3,000 in one county.

Harrison County was the top producer for the third season, with 3,227 deer taken. Benton County had the fewest deer taken (90), followed by Tipton County (114).

The nine counties after Harrison with the greatest harvest in descending order were: Washington (2,891), Franklin (2,890), Switzerland (2,653), Noble (2,624), Dearborn (2,559), Steuben (2,523), Lawrence (2,502), Parke (2,390) and Crawford (2,370).

Three counties set unofficial record harvests in 2015. They were Dubois (2,040), Henry (601) and Lawrence (2,502).

For the first time, all harvested deer were checked in electronically.

Hunters have harvested approximately 3.5 million deer during 64 hunting seasons in Indiana.

State Police Offer Spring Planting Driving Tips

The Indiana State Police would like to remind citizens that the farm planting season is upon us and often requires large farm machinery to be on the road.

This requires drivers in rural areas to be alert to the possibility of encountering slow moving farm machines. Motorists should be prepared to slow or stop to avoid a collision with a farm machine turning into a field or driveway.

Tips for Farmers and Rural Drivers:

  • Farm machinery can unexpectedly turn onto a public road from a field or driveway. It is important for everyone to have patience and share the road.
  • Farm machinery travels slower than normal traffic, often at speeds of 25 miles per hour or less. Automobile drivers must quickly identify farm equipment and slow down immediately to avoid rear end crashes.
  • Slow moving farm machinery, traveling at less than 25 miles per hour, are required to display a slow moving vehicle emblem on the back of the equipment. This is a quickly identifiable sign to other motorists. All lighting should be working properly and be highly visible.
  • Slow moving vehicles are required to pull off to the right when three or more vehicles are blocked and cannot pass on the left.
  • Machinery that is half on the road and half on the shoulder may suddenly move completely onto the road. Machinery may take up more than one lane to avoid obstacles such as road signs.

Before passing farm machinery:

  • Check to be sure that machinery is not turning left. Look for left turn lights or hand signals. If the machinery slows and pulls toward the right side of the road, the operator is likely preparing to make a wide left turn. Likewise, sometimes to make a right turn with wide equipment, the driver must fade to the left.
  • Determine if the road is wide enough for you and the machinery to safely share.
  • Look for roadside obstacles such as mailboxes, bridges, or road signs that may cause the machinery to move to the center of the road.
  • Be sure there is adequate distance for you to safely pass.

Extra patience, careful driving habits, and the use of highly visible markings, and lighting will help prevent crashes involving farm machines and automobiles.

State Police Warn about Meth Trash

Every spring the Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Section warns the public to watch for unattended backpacks and gym bags; piles of trash with drink bottles filled with liquid or white residue, used coffee filters, Sudafed blister packs and stripped batteries.

The Meth Suppression Team is responding to Meth labs and Meth trash being found every day in alleys, ditch lines, field pull offs, vacant lots and along streams and rivers.

Part of the reason is that Meth cooks know that making Meth can contaminate their houses, and that ISP now publishes a list of those houses contaminated by Meth at http://www.in.gov/meth/2371.htm

Indiana Police want to remind the public to be vigilant while participating in outdoor activities.

Residents out mushroom hunting or fishing, or if your civic group is out cleaning up a roadside, beware.

Troopers say things to look for are discarded backpacks or gym bags; liquid filled plastic drink bottles with white residue; a large amount of discarded coffee filters or discarded liquid drain opener bottles.

If you encounter any of these items, don’t disturb them call police.

Anyone with information about illegal drug use is encouraged to call the Indiana State Police Post in your area, or the Indiana State Police Drug Tip Line at 1-800-453-4756. Tips can be made and kept anonymous. The Indiana Meth Investigation System or IMIS, can also take tips on meth labs. Just go to www.meth.in.gov and click on the “Report Suspected Meth Activity” Link.