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One killed in US 31 accident.

Late Thursday afternoon, one person was killed and two others suffered minor injuries in a crash on U.S. 31 as a result of a traffic back up.

According to Sergeant Mark Helms, just shortly after 5 p.m. traffic southbound on I-65 at Seymour had been re-routed due to problems on a bridge on I-65 south of Seymour.


Southbound traffic was being detoured off I-65 southbound to U.S. 31. On U.S. 31 a southbound semi was stopped in traffic just north of County Road 50 North. A 2008 Toyota Corolla driven by 58-year-old Thomas Coomer, of Austin was on CR 50N waiting to turn left and go north on U.S. 31. As southbound traffic was stopped the semi driver motioned for Coomer to pull out. Coomer pulled out in front of the semi and continued into the northbound lane of U.S. 31 and was struck broadside by a northbound 2005 Chevrolet Uplander van driven by 60-year-old Timothy Brock, of Seymour.

Coomer’s wife, 55-year-old Debra Coomer, the front seat passenger in the Toyota, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Thomas Coomer and Brock both suffered minor injuries and were transported to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour to be treated.

Sgt. Helms was assisted at the scene by Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Vernon Township Fire Department, and the Jackson County Coroner’s Office.

Military Families Invited to Participate in Annual Blue Star Salute

Military families from across Indiana are invited to participate in the Annual Indiana Blue Star Salute on Saturday, June 21 from 10-2 at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds in Danville.  This event honors the sacrifices made by family members of those serving on Active Duty and in the Reserve and National Guard.  Admission and parking are free and the event is open to the public.

Indiana has a rich legacy of military service and honoring our veterans when they return.  Serving alongside our veterans are the parents, siblings, spouses and children of our military families.  For the past 8 years, the Indiana Blue Star Committee has been honoring these family members through a daylong salute that includes recognition of the family’s service member, guest speakers, prizes and a day of family fun.


Each family also receives a Blue Star Banner to commemorate the tradition started during World War I by Captain Robert Quiessner of the 5th Ohio Infantry to honor his sons serving in Europe.  Today, Blue Star Service Banners are displayed by military families across our country to show pride in their loved one’s service and to remind all Americans that preserving our freedom is not free.  With service members deployed all around the world, we are reminded that communities around our Indiana are filled with proud military families.

To participate in the Indiana Blue Star Salute, military families should register at  More information is available on Facebook and Twitter at Indiana Blue Star Salute.

Shooting investigation leads to Meth Bust

Tuesday morning, May 27 at approximately 12:30 a.m. the Indiana State Police Post at Versailles received a transfer 911 call of a shooting incident that had just occurred on Bard Road near Crothersville.



According to Detective Roger Drew, investigators responded to the scene where 35 year old Jay McGinnis of Austin had reported the back window of his 2006 Nissan Altima had been shot out.

McGinnis suffered a very minor injury as a result of the shooting. It is unknown if a bullet, bullet fragment, or glass caused the injury.

Investigators have been working around the clock since the incident and early this morning executed two search warrants near Austin in Scott County. As a result of those search warrants, four individuals were arrested on drug related charges.

While the search warrants executed in Scott County were issued as a result of the shooting investigation, the arrested individuals were not involved in the shooting incident itself. For more details regarding the drug arrests, see the related story at

The shooter in the incident has been identified by investigators but has not yet been arrested. Investigators are not releasing that individual’s name at this time but say they do not believe he poses a threat to the public. Agencies assisting the state police with the investigation include Crothersville and Austin Police Departments, and Scott and Jennings County Sheriff’s Departments. This is the only information being released at this time. As more information becomes available or if any additional arrests are made, updated information will be released.

Scottsburg Man Arrested For Meth

At around 1:00 pm, a trooper from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg stopped to check on a vehicle parked partially in the road at the intersection of Church Street and Rice Street in Austin.

Brian Bixler

The driver, Brian Bixler, 41, from Scottsburg, IN, was acting suspicious so the trooper investigated further and located suspected Methamphetamine on Brian Bixler.

He was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine and incarcerated at the Scott County Jail.

Search Warrant Leads to Four arrested for Meth in Scott County

Indiana State Police arrested four in Scott County early Wednesday morning after two search warrants were executed.

Arrested were William Robert Waldron, 29, from Cross Street, Austin; Ashley Nicole Vernon, 25, Oard Springs Road, Scottsburg; Gary W. Waldron, 53; Austin and Matthew Murdock, 31, of Austin.

Gary Waldron
Ashley Vernon
William Waldron


Around 4:00 am this morning, officers from the Indiana State Police executed two search warrants.

One search warrant was executed at a residence on Oard Springs Road in rural Scott County. During that search warrant two people were arrested. Waldron and Vernon were arrested and incarcerated at the Scott County Jail. Both were arrested on the charges of Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession. of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Hypodermic Needle, Possession of Paraphernalia and Maintaining a Common Nuisance. 

The second search warrant was executed at a residence on State Road #256 in Scott County and Waldon was arrested on the charges of Possession of Marijuana under 30 Grams, Possession of a Hypodermic Needle and Possession of Paraphernalia.

Murdock was also arrested at the scene for Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Paraphernalia. Both of the arrested were incarcerated at the Scott County Jail. 

The search warrants were a result of a shooting investigation that began in Jackson County.. 

Assisting Agencies; Austin Police Department and the Scott County Sheriff’s Department.