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A-2 Front Wednesday, June 12, 2019 The Press-Dispatch We're not afraid to shed some light on the truth. 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Washington St., Otwell, IN 47564 who commit violent crimes against animals, especially someone's pets, have a high likelihood of committing domestic violence. She also said the victims of domestic violence who have had their pets harmed are more af- fected by the attack. Hunt's attorney attacked Ziebold's credibility, asking her if she had completed a bachelor's degree. Ziebold admitted she hadn't. Taylor then pointed out Ziebold did not do research on studies that looked at both sides of the issue. In- stead, she was citing on- ly studies that agreed with her viewpoint. Taylor also requested the level 6 felony conviction on the killing a domestic ani- mal be entered as a misde- meanor instead of a felony. She said Hunt had a limited record of criminal history. She also asked for his sen- tence to be prorated. Pike County Deputy Pros- ecutor Sarah Christianson argued Hunt did not de- serve having his conviction entered as a misdemeanor. "We object to her claim he has no felonies. It doesn't mean he hasn't been com- mitting them. He just hasn't been sentenced on a felony. The court has entered felo- nies as misdemeanors two times before," said Chris- tianson. She said giving him leni- ency in those cases has just caused him to expect leni- ency. "This was an extreme act of violence and it deserves the maximum," said Chris- tianson. "He is someone who has repeatedly commit- ted crimes and does not de- serve to be in our communi- ty. . . He is absolutely a risk to our community." Judge Biesterveld took a recess to review and then re- turned to the court room to pronounce the sentence. He said he found numer- ous aggravating factors, in- cluding: a history of person- al delinquent behavior which leniency had not helped and he is a risk to the communi- ty; lessening the sentence would degrade the serious- ness of the offense. Hunt was given good time credit for 257 days he has served in jail, since he was arrested in September. He was ordered to serve his sentence in the Pike Coun- ty Jail. On the Pike County time, Hunt will have about 200 days left to serve. However, he faces a level 4 felony in Vanderburgh Coun- ty on the burglary charge. If convicted, Hunt will face two to 12 years in prison By Andy Heuring Two people were arrested for drunken driving in Pike County over the last week in Pike County. A Velpen man was arrest- ed after police stopped him for not having his taillights on. Scottie L. Harris, 62, of 8307 E. CR 300 S., Velpen, was arrested on a charge of operating a vehicle while in- toxicated (refusal). Indiana State Trooper C.J. Boeckman said at about 11 p.m. last Tuesday, he was on patrol in Winslow when no- ticed two vehicles turn from Center St. onto Main St., then drive south and turn onto Jefferson St on their way to Miller's Field. Boeck- man, in his report, stated he noticed the first car did not have taillights. Trooper Boeckman turned and parked near the vehicles that had parked near the Patoka River. He said Harris got out of one car, while Misty Krieg and Edra Cannon got out of the other vehicle. Harris was driving the ve- hicle without taillights. He said he didn't use his tail- lights because it caused his battery to run down and that Kreig and Cannon were fol- lowing him because he had no taillights. Boeckman said while talking to Harris he noticed the odor of alcohol, and Har- ris admitted to drinking. He also had an open beer can in his hand when he got out of the vehicle. Boeckman, in his report, said Harris claimed he wasn't going to leave Mill- ers Field that night. He failed field sobri- ety tests and tested almost three times the legal limit for blood alcohol content on a portable breath test. He refused to take a chem- ical test at the jail. A Petersburg woman was arrested after police stopped her for crossing the center- line three times late last Tuesday night. Kathy Tooley, 61, of 4013 W. River Rd., Petersburg, was arrested on a charge of operating a vehicle while in- toxicated. Petersburg Patrolman Scott Arnold said he was on patrol and noticed a brown GMC SUV drive left of cen- ter three times as it drove north on Highway 61 from Highway 57. He stopped the vehicle at Spruce St. Arnold said while talking with Tooley, he noticed the odor of alcohol. She failed field sobriety tests and was taken to the Pike County Jail, where she tested 0.191 percent for blood alcohol content. The legal limit in Indiana is 0.08 percent. Tooley was taken into cus- tody. By Andy Heuring Winslow first grade teach- er Stephanie Shedd was named the Pike County El- ementary School Teacher of the Year recently at the IPL Academic Excellence ban- quet. Shedd was nominated by Kristi Murphy and Stepha- nie Sallee. "Mrs. Shedd is an amaz- ing teacher, encompass- ing all traits of a Superstar Teacher! She is firm, but compassionate. She has wonderful classroom man- agement skills, and she has created a classroom that teaches students to respect everyone. The students learn, through her teach- ing and mannerisms, basic skills knowledge that will help them be successful in school and social skills that will help them be successful in life," wrote Sallee in her nomination for Shedd. "You can find her many times kneeling down beside the desk of a child who may be struggling with a par- ticular task, talking them through the problems. . . She is not only a great teach- er, she is a wonderful role model for the adults in the building as well. She hosts a prayer group every Thurs- day morning before school. . . I know on many occasions she has given up her lunch time to eat with a child," wrote Murphy in her letter of nomination. She didn't jump right into education while in college at the University of Southern Indiana. She left her major undecided until her second year at USI. Her route to Pike County was one of necessity. She got married between her sopho- more and junior years of col- lege. She said they lived in an apartment for a year, but that wasn't home for them. "With both of us in school, we couldn't afford much. So, we found a small start- er home in Spurgeon." They moved during their last year of school while she was do- ing student teaching at an in- ner city elementary school in Evansville. Shedd said she grew up in a town smaller than Win- slow, so they liked the small town life. She started her career af- ter college at Lynnville as a developmental kindergar- ten teacher's assistant for Sallee. It was just a part- time, half-day job. So she al- so worked at the YMCA in Evansville as daycare site director. She was later hired as a full-time teacher during re- mediations. "If a student didn't pass ISTEP or ECAS, they came to my room and we taught them and tried to get them to pass the ISTEP or ECAS." A fter two years teaching remediation, she landed a job teaching second grade at Winslow the first year. Then she moved to first grade. Shedd said her favor- ite part of teaching is just teaching kids and being around them. "It is just fun and exciting. They say funny things. It is fun to see them learning and grow." She said the key to edu- cation for her is "just build- ing relationships with kids. That is key to learning in the classroom." Shedd's family has a his- tory in education, with her mother and uncle having taught, and her grandfather, who was a school principal. She said her first real ex- posure to teaching was as a cadet teacher in Eastern Hancock High School. "It was kind of like an intro- duction, what a classroom would be like. I didn't get a lot of responsibility, but got to see what the classroom is like and how it went day to day. I liked it, so I thought 'why not,'" said Shedd. She said the first seven years of teaching part-time and in special classrooms was hard. "But it gave me a lot of experiences. I learned about being compassionate and being stern enough to control the room. I thought if I could teach high school for two years, I could do any- thing," said Shedd. She added, "Mrs. Sallee taught me a lot about spe- cial ed and classroom man- agement skills. I know I had to put my dues in and I learned a lot. It molded me into the teacher I am to day. You don't see it when you are there, but when you look back, you see that was probably the best thing that could have happened." UPDATES Continued from page 1 lis asked if there was some- thing that caused three of the four pumps to go out at once. Johnson said two of the pumps were original to the jail, so they were 26 years old. He said it is possible they had a lightning strike, but they couldn't find any other signs of it. He said the water backed up to the door of the room where their server is locat- ed. "We lost a couple of box- es of records, but they were old and way past the date we needed to keep." EMS Director Chris Young said the ambulance that was budgeted for 2019 and was supposed to be de- livered in April is now pro- jected to be delivered in July. He said the company is hav- ing trouble getting chassis, which is an industry-wide problem. "I'm hoping we will have it before the fair," said Young. Jill Bond, with the U.S. Census Bureau, spoke to the county council and asked them to set up a local com- mittee to help coordinate ef- forts to get locals to fill out and turn in the 2020 Cen- sus. She said it is important for Pike County to be prop- erly counted so they can get the federal dollars com- ing to them. Councilmen agreed to assist by form- ing a committee. Librarian Stephanie Rawlings agreed to work with the committee and said Pike County librar- ies are already working on making the census available to more people. Bond said one of the chal- lenges to the 2020 census is people will be responding online instead of sending back a paper survey. Willis asked Bond if the Census Bureau tracks who they send the surveys to and if those people re- spond. Bond said if some- one doesn't respond to their first mailing, that person or household will get a fol- low-up mailing. Then if they don't respond to that, the Census Bureau will send a person to that house. Councilmen also sched- uled their budget review ses- sion for immediately follow- ing their August 13 meeting and then the budget setting sessions immediately fol- lowing their September 10 meeting. 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