Memorial Day Travel Safety
Many Americans are planning to travel during the upcoming holiday weekend. A recent survey by Travelocity stated that nearly 80% of surveyed adults who said they plan to travel on Memorial Day, plan to travel by car. 2 An article by AAA states that due to the low gas prices we have seen this year, more than a third of Americans plans to take a family vacation of 50 miles or more from home this year.1
The following are good reminders as you prepare to take to the road during the Memorial Day travel weekend.
Buckle your safety belt – it’s the best way to stay safe in a vehicle and remember, the national Click It or Ticket program is in full swing over the holiday weekend
Put down the cell phone – nearly 10 people are killed and over 1,000 injured every day in crashes involving distracted drivers – don’t text and drive! 3
Don’t drink and drive – even one alcoholic drink can reduce your abilities and impair your judgment
Be prepared – take a map, atlas, or GPS device; make sure your spare tire is inflated and you know how to change it; have your car serviced before heading out; include an emergency kit with water and snacks in case you’re stranded for more than a few hours; refuel BEFORE your gas warning indicator displays
Turn down the music – hearing sirens and emergency vehicles is an important warning to slow down and drive cautiously - you may be approaching an accident scene
Keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel – eating, looking for CDs, and digging for things in the floorboard or back seat can lead to trouble
Get plenty of rest – make sure you’re well rested before getting behind the wheel, rotate driving duties with others in the car to avoid becoming too sleepy or distracted
Take frequent breaks – stop, get out of the vehicle, and stretch your legs often
Be courteous - because of the volume of vehicles on the road, you’re bound to run into a few traffic jams, be cut off, or be forced to stop short - remain calm and courteous - don’t let other drivers ruin your holiday
Travel safely and enjoy your Memorial Day weekend!
Sheriff Dan McClain
The Scott County Sheriff’s Office is looking for ROBERT EVANS. Evans is wanted for two counts each of Dealing in Methamphetamine and Maintaining a Common Nuisance.
Anyone with any information regarding the location of ROBERT EVANS is asked to contact the Scott County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office maintains several options for reporting criminal activity including a tip line at 812-752-7898 where callers can anonymously report the location of wanted subjects or suspected criminal activity. Citizens can also email us using the website or send us a message on our Facebook page.
The Scott County Sheriff’s Office and Scottsburg Police Department Strengthening Patrols for Upcoming Participation in 2017 Click It or Ticket Campaign
Includes participation in shared “Border to Border” mobilization
Scott County, IN. – The Scott County Traffic Safety Partnership which is comprised of the Scott County Sheriff’s Office and Scottsburg Police Department announced today its participation in the national and statewide 2017 Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization occurring May 12- June 4, 2017. Officers will join more than 250 state and local law enforcement agencies, and thousands more across the country, to conduct high-visibility patrols encouraging drivers and passengers to buckle up.
“Wearing your seat belt, either as a driver or passenger, is the essential beginning for staying safe on the road,” said Sheriff Dan McClain. “Increasing public awareness and heightening enforcement through our participation in this campaign is a great way to boost the importance of seat belt safety. If you are unbelted, we will pull you over.”
Click It or Ticket is an annual enforcement effort supported by federal funding allocated to The Scott County Traffic Safety Partnership from the Traffic Safety division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI). More than 14 Officer from The Sheriff's Office and Scottsburg Police will work overtime to conduct seat belt patrols around the clock. According to ICJI, in 2016, there were 827 people killed on Indiana roadways. Of those fatalities, 36 percent were found to be unrestrained.
“I am grateful for all the agencies involved in this campaign, which is vital to encouraging people to buckle up,” said Indiana Criminal Justice Institute Director Dave Murtaugh. “We will continue to spread the message of how crucial seat belt use is in saving lives and reducing injuries.”
Indiana law enforcement agencies have been actively involved in the Click It or Ticket campaign for over 20 years. In addition, for 2017, Indiana agencies will join those from across the Eastern half of the United States in a combined “Border to Border” mobilization. On May 22 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. this joint mobilization will be a driving force for seat belt safety, and unbelted, whether driving or riding, will result in a ticket.
For more information regarding the Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization campaign, please visit http://www.nhtsa.gov/nhtsa/ciot/index.html. To learn more about the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, please visit www.scottcountysheriff.org.
Scott County Sheriff's Office is Accepting Applications for
Deputy Sheriff Full Time
(Varies / 24 Hour Public Service Operation)
21 years of age; Ability to complete required Indiana Law Enforcement Academy training
and other required training as needed; Possession of a valid Indiana Driver’s License and be in
good standing with the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
Candidates can obtain a Scott County Employment Application from the Scott County Auditor’s Office from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. The Application must be submitted to the Auditor’s office by 4:30 pm on May 19, 2017.
Basic Written Skills Test: After a review of applications, applicants will be contacted by phone or mail for a written basic skills test. Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Graduates will not be required to take the basic written skills test.
Physical Fitness Assessment: Applicants who receive a passing score on the basic written skills test will be invited to take a physical fitness assessment. The assessment is set to the current entrance physical fitness standards of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. Those entrance standards can be found on the ILEA website at http://www.in.gov/ilea/2338.htm
Merit Board Interview: Applicants who receive a passing score on the physical fitness assessment will be invited to an interview with Sheriff’s Merit Board. Following the interviews, the merit board will provide a list of applicants that are eligible for hire and provide that list to the sheriff.
Background Investigation: Those candidates on the hiring list will be given a conditional offer of employment and will be required to undergo a voice stress analysis and a background investigation. The voice stress analysis will be administered by a certified voice stress analyst.
Physical Exam: Candidates that pass the voice stress analysis and the background investigation will be required to undergo a physical examination by a physician.
Scott County, Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age or disability on the provisions of services.
On April 29, 2017, The Scott County partnership in cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Scott County Sheriff’s Office and Scottsburg Police gave the public an opportunity to help in preventing prescription drug abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Citizens brought numerous prescription medications and dropped them off for disposal at the drug drop location which was set up at Wal-Mart in Scottsburg Indiana. 72.8 lbs of prescription medications were collected locally and will be disposed of.
There were more than 4,000 community partners at almost 5,200 collection sites nationwide. Over the life of the program, 7.1 million pounds (more than 3,500 tons) of prescription drugs have been removed from medicine cabinets, kitchen drawers, and nightstands by citizens around the country.
“Take back programs offer a safe, simple, and anonymous way to keep dangerous prescription drugs out of the wrong hands and prevent substance abuse,” said Chuck Rosenberg, Acting DEA Administrator.
Unused medicines in the home are a problem because the majority of the 6.4 million Americans who abused CPDs in 2015, including the almost 4 million who abused prescription painkillers, say they obtained those drugs from friends and family, including from a home medicine cabinet, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health released last month. Some painkiller abusers move on to heroin: Four out of five new heroin users started with painkillers. Almost 30,000 people—78 a day—died from overdosing on these painkillers or heroin in 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In the last two years since new regulations made the disposal of CPDs easier for patients and their caregivers, many law enforcement agencies, pharmacies, hospitals, and clinics have begun continuous collection of these medications.
To visit one of these thousands of collection sites between Take Back Days, please visit
Scott County Sheriff Dan McClain announces that three people have been charged with the shooting deaths of Michele Brewer and Jesse Bowling.
The double homicide occurred on March 27, 2016, in Lexington, Indiana. Sheriff McClain explains that Detectives with the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance from Detectives with the Indiana State Police, recently presented their findings of the yearlong investigation to the Scott County Prosecutor’s Office which has resulted in numerous counts of murder and conspiracy to commit murder charges being filed.
Charged in connection with the homicides are; Roger McIntosh (age 57) of Crothersville, Indiana, Phillip McIntosh (age 54) of North Vernon, Indiana and David McIntosh (age 52) of North Vernon, Indiana.
Roger McIntosh has been charged with two counts of Murder, Conspiracy to Commit Murder, and Obstruction of Justice. In addition to Roger's charges, the State filed notice to seek life without the possibility of parole.
Phillip McIntosh has been charged with two counts of Murder, Conspiracy to Commit Murder, and Obstruction of Justice. The State also filed notice to seek life without the possibility of parole on Phillip.
David McIntosh has been charged with Murder and Conspiracy to Commit Murder.
Roger McIntosh is currently incarcerated in the Indiana Department of Corrections serving an unrelated prison sentence. Phillip McIntosh and David McIntosh are both currently incarcerated in the Scott County Jail and are both being held without bond.
All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.
Scott County Sheriff and Scottsburg Police Department Wrap Up March Enforcement Campaign
Scottsburg, IN. – The Scott County Sheriff’s Office and Scottsburg Police Department announced today the completion of the March 2017 dangerous and impaired driving enforcement campaign. During the 24-day enforcement period, 76 tickets were written, and 7 arrests were made within Scott County.
“Dangerous and impaired driving kills,” said Sheriff Dan McClain. “We all play a part in keeping Indiana’s roadways safe, and campaigns such as this ensure each and every driver and passenger understand their role and the importance of staying vigilant behind the wheel. Even one less dangerous or impaired driver off the road is a success in which we all can share.”
Due to a routine traffic stop, two arrests were made for outstanding warrants. Other arrests included driving while suspended with priors and one arrest for never having received a drivers license.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2015, an average of one alcohol related driving fatality occurred every 53 minutes. Further, NHTSA statistics show each year on average, more than 10,000 people die on U.S. roadways due to intoxicated driving.
“Partnering education with enforcement is what ensures campaigns such as this have a lasting impact well beyond when the campaign ends,” said Indiana Criminal Justice Institute Executive Director, Dave Murtaugh. “Our priority is safe roadways and we will continue efforts surrounding this message as we work together toward ending dangerous and impaired driving.”
Increased enforcement during March is a statewide effort supported by federal highway safety funding. The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute distributes funding to more than 250 participating Indiana law enforcement agencies.
For more information on Indiana’s efforts on impaired driving prevention and enforcement, please visit: www.in.gov/cji/2354.htm. To learn more about the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, please visit: www.scottcountysheriff.org.
Sheriff Dan McClain today announced the 38th Annual Indiana Sheriffs’ Association Youth Leadership Camp will be held July 5-7 serving the southern part of the state at Waycross Episcopal Camp in Morgantown, Indiana (Brown County).
The Indiana Sheriffs’ Association Youth Leadership Camp is a program provided by the Indiana Sheriffs’ Association for boys and girls who are currently in the 7th or 8th grade of school and are interested in learning more about a possible career in law enforcement. The camp provides a very meaningful experience and relationship with other campers from throughout the state and sheriff officers who serve as counselors and instructors.
Any boy or girl in the 7th or 8th grade of school interested in attending the camp should contact the Sheriff’s Office or your school counselor for an application and additional information. The Sheriff announced that arrangements can be made to provide the camp registration fee through the Sheriff’s Office for anyone interested.
EASTER EGG HUNTS being sponsored by Sheriff’s Office.
The Scott County Sheriff's Office is making plans to host two Easter egg hunts on Saturday, April 8th.
Each activity is designed for certain age groups and is free for children to enjoy. Colorful plastic eggs filled with candy will be scattered around two parks. Some of those eggs will not only contain candy but also slips entitling the lucky finders to special prizes.
The first hunt is scheduled at Community Park in Austin at 10 a.m. on April 8th. Children ages one to five years old can enjoy this hunt.
At 11:00 a.m., an egg hunt for children ages six to ten is planned at Beechwood Park in Scottsburg. Participants should report to the big shelterhouse in that park to start the hunt.
Children should be accompanied by a responsible adult and dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
The event may be cancelled if weather reports indicate rain or storms will occur.
The Louisville Metro Police Department suffered a tremendous loss yesterday with the line of duty death of Officer Nick Rodman.
The Scott County Sheriff's Office extends our deepest condolences to the Louisville Metro Police Department in regards to their loss. We ask the citizens to join us in extending our thoughts and prayers for Officer Rodman's family and LMPD in the days to come.