Molestation Victim’s Mother Calls Sentence “An Abomination”
BIRDSEYE — The mother of a local child molestation victim is expressing her outrage over the recent sentence of the man found guilty of the crime.
Last week, a judge in Daviess County sentenced Kyle Sickbert of Birdseye to just under a year in jail or home detention.
He was originally charged with a total of 5 counts of child molestation, sexual battery and sexual misconduct with a minor, which are all felonies.
But, under the terms of a plea deal, those charges were all reduced to 1 charge of sexual misconduct.
In a letter to local media outlets, the mother of the victim called the verdict “an abomination,” saying it has been a “severely long and arduous battle,” and that her family is “battle weary.”
The mother calls the sentence a violation of her daughter’s rights as a victim in Indiana and of her civil rights under the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution.
While we understand other media outlets are publishing the mother’s name, we will not. By naming the mother we would be identifying the victim of a sexual assault, which is against the policy of WITZ Radio News.
Man Arrested on Marijuana Charges
JASPER — A traffic stop yesterday led to a drug arrest.
Police stopped Floyd Sikes of Frenchburg, Kentucky around 5:45 yesterday evening near the intersection of 5th and Main Streets for failing to use a turn signal.
During the stop, officers reportedly detected the strong smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle.
A police K9 indicated there were drugs inside the vehicle and police conducted a search. That search allegedly turned up 3 grams of marijuana and a glass smoking pipe.
Sikes is charged with misdemeanor marijuana and paraphernalia possession charges.
Local ISP Trooper Honored for 30 Years of Service
JASPER — A state trooper out of the Jasper post is being recognized for 30 years of service to the state of Indiana.
Master Trooper Randy Neighbors graduated recruit school in 1987 and reported to the Jasper State Police Post.
Neighbors has spent those past 3 decades patrolling Crawford and Spencer Counties; even being assigned to the Riverboat Casinos for 8 and a half years.
Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter recognized Neighbors and others recently with framed certificates to mark the milestone.
His post commander said, “It takes a special type of person to put the uniform on and proudly serve the citizens for 30 years. For that, Randy is deserving of praise and respect for his devotion and service to the Indiana State Police for a period of time in excess of thirty years.”
Ross Dress for Less Coming to Jasper’s North Side
JASPER — Another national chain has its sights set on Jasper.
City officials confirm to WITZ Radio News, a Ross Dress for Less has begun to process of moving in to the city’s north side.
Nancy Eckerle with the Jasper Chamber of Commerce and the Jasper Common Council, tells us, during this week’s Jasper Board of Zoning Appeals meeting, a variance was granted for Carney Jasper, LLC to build a wall larger than current ordinances. This, allowing the national retailer to move into the former Goody’s store in the Northridge Shopping Center. There’s still no timetable on WHEN the Ross Dress For Less store will open.
Kimball International Certified as Environmentally Friendly
JASPER — Jasper-based Kimball International is being recognized by the State Department of Environmental Management for it’s environmentally – friendly workplace.
The company tweeted out a photo of its certificate, awarded through the Indiana Environmental Stewardship Program.
It awarded Kimball for its pursuit of continuous environmental improvement which exemplifies the qualities of a Hoosier leader and steward of our environment.
According to the program’s website, it’s a voluntary, performance based leadership program designed to recognize and reward Indiana regulated entities for going above and beyond current environmental regulations.
In return for their exemplary environmental performance, these establishments will receive program incentives including regulatory flexibility, public recognition, and networking opportunities.