The Switzerland County Commissioners, Town of Vevay, and State Representative Randy Frye will host a Town Hall Meeting in conjunction with Duke Energy on Wednesday, July 8th beginning at 6:30PM. The meeting will be held at the Tech Center, 708 W Seminary St, Vevay. Representatives from Duke Energy will be on hand to discuss recent power outages in Vevay along with possible solutions to limit future power outages. The public is invited to attend.
Growing up in and around Vevay, and knowing just about anybody you meet on the street, you learn things about the people you live and work with. I’ve been working at Froggy for just shy of 10 years now…have owned the station since January. In those years growing up here, I remember watching neighbor caring for neighbor, just because. Not for glory or even a thank you…they just did it because that’s what we’re supposed to do…help each other.
I remember when “Ike” came through in 2008, how Vevay pulled together and helped each other. Numerous folks went out of their way to be there for their neighbors and friends. And, since “Ike”, we’ve seen our fair share of power outages and such…but I don’t think I ever realized that, even though we’re a small town, and sometimes people know more about you than you even know about you…we are truly blessed with some amazing friends and neighbors here in Vevay.
Was the power outage bad a couple weeks ago? Yes it was. But, through a lot of hard knocks, I’ve learned to not always look at the negative side of everything all the time. What could I possibly see that was good about the fact we were without power for 22 hours? I saw what community really means again. At 2:15am Friday morning, it was pouring rain…our generator here at the station went down. So, reluctantly I called for help. I hate waking people up…but Louis Bullock is our guy when it comes to the generators. Without hesitation, Louis came and we tried everything we could from the time he got here until about 5am. Somewhere around 4am, we figured maybe the oil filter was clogged up, so again…I hate waking people up, but, knowing the closest oil filter was at least an hour round trip away, I called Bernie Gaudin. Of course, woke him up too. I told Bernie what was going on and begged forgiveness for waking him up. Bernie told me to meet him at the store in 20 minutes. So we did, new oil filter, and 2 quarts of oil, and, that line you don’t hear just anywhere…”you have my number, call me if you need anything else.” You tell me, where else can you call two guys, who are willing to come out in the pouring rain, just to help you? Oh, not to mention I saw a bunch of guys who volunteer their time day after day to respond to fires and car accidents, give their time again and take generators and oxygen to Vevay residents at all hours of the night. Those same guys, some of them having been up for over 24 hours, cooked two meals that fed over 500 people.
Yes, I agree, the outage was bad, and it’s getting very very old…but, you know…we are very blessed people. With friends and neighbors like Louis, Bernie and all the men and women from the local fire departments…don’t focus on all the negative. Thank God for your neighbors who are more than willing to step in and give of themselves just to be there. That, is what makes Vevay a great place to live, work, and own a business.
Adam Griffin, Owner and General ManagerFroggy 95.9-FM
Due to an unfavorable Ohio River forecast, the Saturday, July 4, 2015 Rising Sun Fireworks event has been moved to the Rising Sun Soccer Fields at Shiner Park.
“As of Monday, the river was expected to go up to 37 feet on Wednesday,” said city marketing coordinator Bryce Kendrick. “Thursday was our drop dead date to get on the riverbank to prep the launch area for the fireworks. There is no chance of that happening based on the forecast and additional rainfall expected this week.”
Kendrick also said shooting the fireworks at street level on the river was not possible. “We have to meet safety standards from the state fire marshal’s office and the insurance company,”
Kendrick noted. “We lose the buffer of the riverbank wall and additional footage at street level and, as a result, we are too close to neighboring structures.”
The new launch site will be familiar to those who have watched past fireworks shows in Rising Sun. The launch area will be located in the youth soccer fields behind left field of the high school baseball diamond.
Despite the change in venue, music and food are still planned from 7 to 10 pm prior to the event. A local four-piece band, The Side Effects, will perform a mix of crowd favorites and the Lions Club will serve hot food and cold drinks.
“Last year, people really enjoyed the music and the food,” recalled Kendrick. “Even though the site has been moved, we hope people will still come early to enjoy some awesome music and good grub!”
The logistics of where the band will be performing and where the food will be served was not finalized as of Monday (when this release was issued). Those details will be available by Thursday online at CityofRisingSun.com and on the city’s Facebook page.
“It’s disappointing we had to move the event after such a great response from being on the river last year,” added Kendrick. “We hope to be back on the river for the show in 2016.”
Madison residents will have to step up and console the folks in Carrollton as a very similar rebuilding project is planned for the Carrollton McDonalds restaurant.
Owner Grant Groen says the staff at the Carrollton McDonalds will host a “Rebuilding Celebration” on July 15th, which will include hamburgers for 59¢ and cheeseburgers for 69¢!
“This is a very similar project as the Madison McDonalds did last year,” Groen said.
The store will close on July 16th and be demolished to make way for a new, state of the art facility. Groen says they are hoping for mid-to-late October reopening.
Indiana State Police Detectives filed felony charges on Monday June 22, 2015 in Switzerland Circuit Court against Joseph Duckworth, the Superintendent of Patriot Water Company.
According the probable cause affidavit filed in Switzerland Circuit Court on June 22nd, State Police detectives began investigating Duckworth on March 9, 2015 on allegations of furnishing alcohol to a minor and sexual relations with a juvenile.
The affidavit goes on to state the details of the investigation by Indiana State Police Detectives which included a sexual assault examination on the victim and DNA testing.
On Tuesday June 16, 2015, Detectives received the results of DNA testing conducted at the Indiana State Police Laboratory in Indianapolis. The DNA analysis tied Duckworth to the alleged crime.
Duckworth was booked into the Switzerland County Jail by detectives on Monday evening, and charged with Rape, a level 3 felony; Sexual Misconduct with a minor, a level 4 felony; and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a level 5 felony. Duckworth was released Monday evening on $3000 cash bond.
Duckworth appeared in Switzerland Circuit Court on Tuesday June 23 for arraignment. A pre-trial conference was scheduled for August, and a jury trial for March 22, 2016.
All subjects in this matter are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
On May 29, 2015 Madison Police Detective Kurtis Wallace and Detective Jonathon Simpson observed a motorcycle with no vehicle registration. Officers relayed the information to Ptl. Shawn Scudder who attempted to stop the vehicle at Wilson and Clifty Drive. The motorcycle failed to stop and Ptl. Scudder pursued the vehicle north on Wilson. The motorcycle was able to flee officers. Officers attempted to locate the vehicle, but was unsuccessful. During the investigation Madison Police learned the driver of the motorcycle was Joshua M. Musgrave Age 33 of Greenfield Indiana. During the investigation, Madison Police came into contact with an acquaintance of Joshua’s identified as Jennifer E. Hendrix Age 31. Jennifer was found to be in Possession of Methamphetamine. An arrest warrant was later issued for Jennifer by the Jefferson County Superior Court.
On June 22, 2015, Hanover Police Officer Andrew Sims received information that Joshua and Jennifer were at a location in Hanover Indiana. Officers Sims also received information that Joshua was in possession of methamphetamine. This information was relayed to Detective Kurtis Wallace and Detective Jonathon Simpson. Officers went the residence identified by Sims in attempt to locate Joshua and Jennifer. While in the area, officers observed Joshua and Jennifer exit a residence.
Detective Wallace and Detective Simpson approached Jennifer and Joshua. During approach Jennifer attempted to throw a small purse away from her, which officers later learned to contain methamphetamine and prescription pills. Joshua was ordered to the ground. While going to the ground, a loaded handgun fell from Joshua’s person. Both were then placed into handcuffs. Hanover Police Officer Joshua Taylor and Jefferson County Sheriff Deputies Josh Cochran and K9 Glock and Deputy Brent Bennett arrive to assist. Deputy Cochran conducted an open air search of the vehicle driven by Joshua. During the search, K9 Glock indicated to the presence of narcotics on the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle and suspects officers located a digital scales, plastic bags, glass pipe, four bags of methamphetamine totaling approximately 47 grams, and over $6000 in US Currency. Joshua and Jennifer were placed under arrest and transported to the Jefferson County Jail. The methamphetamine found has an approximate street value of over $5000 dollars.
Joshua M. Musgrave Age 33
Dealing Methamphetamine Over 10 Grams
Possession of Methamphetamine Over 10 Grams
Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon
Resisting Law Enforcement
Jennifer M. Hendrix Age 32
Wanted on Warrant
Possession of Methamphetamine
A Carroll County man was arrested yesterday morning following a robbery at two different gas stations in Carrollton. KSP Post 5 dispatchers received a call from Carrollton Police advising of an armed robbery at the Marathon Hop Shop in Carrollton at the intersection of KY 227 and I-71. While responding to the Marathon Hop Shop, KSP was informed by Carrollton Police of a report of another robbery at the Super America gas station located on Highland Avenue in Carrollton.
The description of the suspect and the suspect’s vehicle was identical in both robberies. In both robberies the suspect used a knife and the threat of violence to gain compliance of the employees inside. The suspect was described as a white male approximately 6 feet 1 inches tall, 220 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. The vehicle was described as a silver 2007 Toyota pickup truck.
Upon arrival to the Marathon station Carrollton Police identified the suspect and suspect vehicle. The suspect fled the scene and Carrollton Police and KSP initiated a pursuit. The suspect, 19 year old Charles Tuttle, of Carrollton, was apprehended without incident after wrecking the vehicle he was operating on KY 55. Once in custody it was determined that Tuttle had stolen the truck from a residence in Carrollton.
Tuttle was charged by KSP with Robbery 1st, two counts of Wanton Endangerment of a Police Officer, Wanton Endangerment 1st, Burglary 2nd, Theft by Unlawful Taking over $10,000, Criminal Mischief 1st, Reckless Driving, Speeding 26 MPH or More Over Speed Limit, and Operating Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Drugs/Alcohol Aggravated. Tuttle was lodged at the Carroll County Detention Center.
The ongoing investigation of the vehicle theft and robbery at the Marathon is under investigation by Trooper Mickey Gonterman. The robbery of the Super American is under investigation by Carrollton Police Department.
On June 14, 2015 Indiana State Trooper Dustin Whitaker responded to a report of a fight in progress on Skyline Drive in Madison. When Trooper Whitaker and Jefferson County deputies arrived, they learned that one of the participants had been stabbed. William Cox 36, of Madison was transported to King’s Daughter Hospital with a stab wound. Cox was treated for the injury and released from the hospital.
This investigation is continuing. At this time, no suspect has been named. An update will follow once further information is obtained.
Trooper Whitaker was assisted by Jefferson County Sheriff Department and King’s Daughter Ambulance.
On Sunday, June 14th, 2015, Ripley County Sheriff Deputy Trevor Comer investigated a possible electrocution. Brian F. Adams, 37, of Batesville, had been working on removing limbs from a tree in his back yard when his tools made contact with a power line. After being found unresponsive in the back yard, Mr. Adams was then rushed to Margaret Mary Community Hospital by ambulance where he was pronounced deceased upon arrival.
The Ripley County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Rescue 10 and Batesville Rural Fire.
On June 6, 2015 the Ohio County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to State Road 262 near Milton, at the Ohio/ Dearborn County line for a report of a baby walking near the roadway following a dog.
A passerby called 911 and stayed with the baby until officers arrived. An off duty Lawrenceburg Police Officer arrived on scene and found an 18 month old baby sitting near the roadway.
Ohio County Deputies conducted an investigation and a warrant was issued for the mother of the child, 37 year old Diana Davis of Dillsboro. Davis was arrested on Monday (06/15) for one count of Neglect of a Dependent, a level 6 Felony.
Deputy Zachary Brown investigated this incident. He was assisted by Reserve Deputy Cody Miller and Sheriff Glenn Potts as well as the officer with the Lawrenceburg Police Department.