Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

Local News

July 25, 2013

Scammer or legitimate salesperson in Milan?

Sheriff Tom Grills reports, "The Ripley County Sheriff’s Office has received a report of a female in her early 20s going to a residence in the Milan area, saying she was 'doing research for the county.' The female asked for the mother of the residence, stating she was an intern with the county and doing research on kids that were in school. She was carrying a notepad, but had no other identification on her or her vehicle. The vehicle, which was a dark-colored passenger car, appeared to have Texas plates."

The sheriff questioned county officials and Milan school authorities, and was told this activity has not been authorized.

Midday Thursday, Grills says sheriff’s deputies, after receiving multiple tips from citizens, have confirmed the identity of the female going to residences as legitimate activity.

The female Texan is in the area offering for sale educational literature through http://southwesternadvantage.com, said Grills.

He wants to thank the public for such a great response, but advises, “…the business pursuit cannot be confirmed as a legitimate business transaction, but it can be confirmed she is a door-to-door salesperson. At this time, Ripley County does not have an ordinance regulating this activity, although I tried years ago to have the commissioners enact one. It has also been confirmed this individual was denied a permit in the city of Greensburg to operate, according to the Greensburg Police Department.” 

The sheriff also urges residents to be cautious of this type of activity: 

Do not let salespeople inside your home unless you are 100 percent sure of their authenticity. 

Do not give out personal information to unknown subjects, either in person or over the phone. 

Try to verify the representation of the business and the associate through the Internet. 

Grills advises, "With the advancement of smartphones, social media, Web searches, blogs, blotters and/ or other social media outlets, quick verification avenues of legitimacy are at your fingertips.” 

Text Only
Local News
  • Couple arrested on theft charges

    An Oldenburg couple were arrested by Batesville police in connection with a theft April 14, according to Chief Stan Holt.

    April 15, 2014

  • nws - bv041514 - Helms presentation 1 A shower of praise for Ivy Tech chancellor About 190 laughed during hours of stories about the boisterous James Helms, Ivy Tech Community College Southeast Region chancellor emeritus, during an April 5 retirement dinner at the Batesville Knights of Columbus Hall. A formally dressed Mayor Rick

    April 15, 2014 3 Photos

  • nws - bv041514 - Severe weather speech Weather spotters update their training Naturally, National Weather Service, Wilmington, Ohio, forecaster Andy Hatzos is always thinking about that universal topic. "There's nothing so far tonight, but I'm kind of keeping an eye on it," he told about 70 who attended a severe weather spotte

    April 15, 2014 3 Photos

  • Security measures added at SDCSC ST. LEON - Tom Harris, Sunman-Dearborn Community School Corp. support services director, gave trustees an update April 10 on the safety and security measures being added in the district. "Every school now has a sensor on the exterior doors, and we

    April 15, 2014

  • 'School safety is more than an active shooter' OSGOOD - A stabbing at a Pennsylvania high school that injured 22 is one of the most recent examples of school violence. Officials are constantly doing what they can to create a safe environment for the children. On April 3, school administrators,

    April 15, 2014

  • nws - bv041114 - Heart health speaker Doctor offers ideas to keep heart healthy

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv041114 - Prevent child abuse (pinwheels 2) Involvement can lessen child abuse VERSAILLES - Exactly when Gov. Mike Pence was leading a similar event in Indianapolis, Michelle Russell, Indiana Department of Child Services Ripley County director, welcomed 60 attendees to "this most critical cause," a National Child Abuse Preventi

    April 11, 2014 4 Photos

  • nws - bv041114 - virtus Hill-Rom acquires Virtus After buying Virtus products for 21 years - and for the past 16 years from its Batesville-based location - Hill-Rom leaders decided to acquire the supplier, reported Larry Baumann, Hill-Rom, Chicago, global communications executive director. Financia

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Most area teachers rated as effective The Indiana Department of Education released educator effectiveness data (please see box) for the 2012-13 school year April 7, the first time such data has been gathered in Hoosier history. "The data show that over 87 percent of public school educato

    April 11, 2014

  • Dramann will assume Oldenburg marshal duties Oldenburg will have a new town marshal beginning June 1. With the upcoming May 31 retirement of Marshal Scott Barnhorst, council members decided April 7 to hire Bill Dramann to fill the position. They also agreed to keep Eric Moenter on as deputy. De

    April 11, 2014

Featured Ads
AP Video
Disbanding Muslim Surveillance Draws Praise Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Sinks Passengers Abuzz After Plane Hits Swarm of Bees Boston Bomb Scare Defendant Appears in Court Pistorius Trial: Adjourned Until May 5 Diaz Gets Physical for New Comedy Raw: Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast Town, Victims Remember Texas Blast Freeze Leaves Florida Panhandle With Dead Trees At Boston Marathon, a Chance to Finally Finish Are School Dress Codes Too Strict? Raw: Fatal Ferry Boat Accident Suspicious Bags Found Near Marathon Finish Line Boston Marks the 1st Anniversary of Bombing NYPD Ends Muslim Surveillance Program 8-year-old Boy Gets His Wish: Fly Like Iron Man Sex Offenders Arrested in Slayings of CA Women India's Transgenders Celebrate Historic Ruling Tributes Mark Boston Bombing Anniversary Raw: Kan. Shooting Suspect Faces Judge
Photo Gallery


Seasonal Content
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Facebook