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Scott County Pastor Arrested For Child Seduction and Obstruction of Justice

A Scott County Youth Pastor was arrested Tuesday morning in Scott County after charges were filed alleging he had an inappropriate relationship with one of the youth group members.

At around 10a Tuesday, Brien Stout, 37 years old, from South Elm Street in Scottsburg, turned himself into the Scott County Circuit Court to answer to the charges of Child Seduction, C Felony; Child Seduction, D Felony and Obstruction of Justice, D Felony. 
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Detectives from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg were contacted by the Scott County Division of Family and Children last month and requested to conduct an investigation of an allegation of Child Seduction involving a youth pastor from a Scott County Church. 

During the investigation detectives discovered that Brien Stout had befriended a juvenile member of the youth group he was pastoring.

He then allegedly engaged in inappropriate conduct with the juvenile in the month of June of this year.

The investigation also allegedly discovered that some electronic conversations between the juvenile and Brien Stout had been tampered with. 

After the initial investigation was completed it was turned over to the Scott County Prosecutor which resulted in the court appearance by Brien Stout today. 

Brien Stout was transferred to the Scott County Jail after Tuesday’s hearing was completed. 

ISP warns about IRS scam

The Indiana State Police are warning the public of a scam that has moved to Indiana. It seems as quickly as you hear about one scam it disappears and another one starts. The latest scam that is circulating involves individuals claiming to be from the IRS. 

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Officials are investigating a phone scam involving callers who impersonate Internal Revenue Service representatives and demand immediate payments with pre-paid debit cards and wire transfers. The caller often claims the victim owes thousands of dollars in overdue taxes. According to the IRS the agency would always make contact with the taxpayer first by mail or with a personal visit. 

The scam continues when the caller tells the victim he cannot use standard forms of payment, specifically a credit card to pay the taxes. The caller tries to justify why the money has to be wired to a PayPal account or paid using a prepaid debit card. If the caller is unsuccessful talking to the victim the scammer will then threaten the victim with an arrest warrant. The IRS doesn’t have the authority to issue warrants. 

In this scam, as with most of them, the calls are originating from cell phones or over the internet from all over the U.S. and tracking down the 21st century con artist is no easy task. The state police feel that a well informed public is the best defense in combating scammers and remind everyone that these phone scams and cyber crimes are becoming commonplace. 

If you feel that you have been a victim of this scam you can contact the Treasury Inspector General on the web at: http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml 

COLTS ANNOUNCE HALF A MILLION DOLLAR WEATHER CHALLENGE

Ever thought “if I could predict the weather, I’d be rich”? For the first time in the team history, the Indianapolis Colts are giving their fans the chance to do just that as a part of the Half a Million Dollar Weather Challenge. Through this promotion, fans can visit www.colts.com/weather to submit their gameday weather predictions at each of the team’s 2014 home and away games, and guess whether the roof of Lucas Oil Stadium will be open or closed for each home game, for a chance to win $500,000. Entries will be accepted online beginning today at 5 a.m. ET through 12 p.m. ET on Thursday, August 7, 2014.

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As the 2014 season draws near, the Half a Million Dollar Weather Challenge has been created to build excitement around the team’s schedule and to give fans an opportunity to participate in a fun, and potentially very rewarding, promotion. For the Challenge, fans must guess the outdoor temperature at kickoff of all the Colts 2014 home and away games, as well as whether the roof of Lucas Oil Stadium will be open or closed for each 2014 home game. Any fan who correctly predicts all kickoff temperatures and roof positions will be eligible to win $500,000 cash. For a complete list of contest rules and guidelines, visit www.colts.com/weather.

“The weather is a common topic of conversation for both casual and avid NFL fans around the country as each gameday draws near,” said Stephanie Pemberton, Colts Sr. Director of Marketing. “We designed the Half a Million Dollar Weather Challenge to generate even more excitement around this often-discussed topic and allow fans to give their best weather predictions for the season.”

WHAT:           Half a Million Dollar Weather Challenge

WHEN:           Entries will be accepted beginning 5 a.m. EDT on July 14, 2014 through 12:01 p.m. EDT on August 7, 2014

WHERE:        All entries must be submitted online at www.colts.com/weather

WHO:             Legal residents of the United States who are at least 18 years of age at the time of their entry are eligible to participate. One entry per person. For a complete list of contest rules, visit www.colts.com/weather.

Hogsett resigns after four years

Joseph H. Hogsett, the United States Attorney, announced today his resignation from office, effective July 31, 2014.

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In a letter submitted to Attorney General Eric Holder this morning, Hogsett thanked his staff and reflected on his time as U.S. Attorney:

“It has been an honor to serve in this office for the last four years because I have had the privilege to do so alongside a talented group of Assistant United States Attorneys. I owe them and our tireless support staff a debt of gratitude for the dedication and resilience that has been displayed every day of my tenure…

The result of this effort has been the most exciting period in the office’s history. We have set new records for the number of defendants charged and the total number of criminal convictions. The office has led the nation in average length of sentences imposed on criminal defendants. Fiscally, annual office spending has fallen every year I have served, and is currently at a level not seen since the Bush Administration.

But numbers alone are not sufficient to describe the office’s accomplishments. Rather, the full story is told through the thousands of victims who found some sense of justice over the last four years – children who had faced horrific exploitation, grandmothers who had watched their retirement funds disappear, neighborhoods that used to live in fear of violent gangs that operated with no regard for the rule of law.”

In July 2010, Joseph H. Hogsett was nominated to serve as United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. He was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate and sworn into office on October 7, 2010.

Austin man arrested for beating three-year old

Police arrested a 21-year-old from Austin for beating and causing injuries to his girlfriend’s three-year-old child.

Samuel Tyler Green, 21, from York Road in Austin, was arrested by the Indiana State Police and incarcerated at the Scott County Jail on the charges of Battery Involving a Child with Serious Bodily Injury, Level Three Felony and Neglect of a Dependent, Level Five Felony.

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Friday evening, the Austin City Police Department and the Scott County Division of Child Services responded to a report of a three year old child that had been allegedly battered by the mother’s boyfriend.

The child was evaluated by medical teams from the Kosair Children’s Hospital and the University of Louisville Hospital because of the injuries sustained.

Early Saturday, the Indiana State Police was contacted to assist in the investigation.

After speaking to the boyfriend, Green, 21, the detective placed him under arrest.

This investigation is continuing with no further information being released at this time.

Three alarm fire at church caused by lightening

New Beginnings Baptist Church had just ended its evening service with some basketball and then everyone left for the evening.

About 20 minutes later as a third band of severe thunderstorms moved through Salem, lightening struck the church’s steeple and caused a fire.

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The Salem Fire Department responded to a three-alarm fire at the church after 10p and brought the blaze under control in about 90 minutes.

There were no injuries.

Pastor Scott Huffaker said lightening hit the church’s steeple and traveled down the ground wire, catching the side of the building on fire. A neighbor told Huffaker he heard the lightening strike and thought it had initially hit a tree. “He said it just struck and must have just stayed on the steeple for a few seconds and just rumbled and shook the ground.”

Firefighters cut into the second story and portions of the roof to get the fire under control.

Huffaker initially estimated the damage at $20,000 but said it could easily range over $100,000 because of water and smoke damage to the building, located east of Salem on Bata Road.

Kevin Carty, pastor of Westside Baptist Church consoled Huffaker in the parking lot, “I have a church….you have a church. For a week or a year. Whatever it takes.”

 

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