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Arrests made in Bottoms' death

Saturday, February 12, 2011

OWEN COUNTY-- Three people were arrested Friday in connection with the death of a Cunot youth.

A news release from Owen County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Greg Denny said Tabitha Jo Blake Lucas, 28, of Quincy, Tracy Lucas, 35, of Quincy and Mark Blake, 47, of Greencastle were arrested on warrants issued through the Owen County Prosecutor's Office.

Tabitha Lucas is charged with Class C felony failure to return to the scene of an accident resulting in death, while Tracy Lucas and Blake were both charged with Class D felony obstruction of justice.

The arrests stem from a Jan. 22 hit-and-run accident in which William Bottoms, 12, was killed as he was walking home from an event at the Cunot Community Center.

All three suspects were released on bond, and await their initial court appearance in Owen County Circuit Court.


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I'm sorry, but maybe an eye for an eye would be the best punishment they could get. Take them all three and dump them on a highway, in the dark, let them be hit by a car and left to die. I don't know how they went to sleep at night knowing what they had done. It takes all kinds. Hope they get the max when it comes to their sentencing, although nothing will bring that child back.

-- Posted by Grandma10 on Sat, Feb 12, 2011, at 11:52 AM

Since this story hits close to home I now realize not everything is as it seems in a news article. I will never assume I know the story based on a mere 5 sentences of a tragic incident.... think about that Grandma10.

-- Posted by worldtraveler on Sat, Feb 12, 2011, at 12:35 PM

It may hit close to home but there is still no excuse for what they did. She left a young man to die on the road and they helped her cover it up. thank goodness for the person that turned them in. Yes people make mistakes but the cover up took fore thought. I feel for both families and just hope that some sort of peace comes out of this for both.

-- Posted by girlmd on Sat, Feb 12, 2011, at 5:02 PM

You shouldn't judge the people involved in this situation unless u know the whole story. The papers and media leave alot of things out. I know for a fact that the woman did stop and go back to the scene. For some reason she left. She also turned herself in. As for the covering up part it wasnt her car and the owner did not know what happened and fixed it there self. I feel very sorry for the boys family and i agree there is no excuse for her to have left the scene.

-- Posted by ky boy on Sat, Feb 12, 2011, at 7:57 PM

she dont drink and she stoped as soon as it happened

-- Posted by ky boy on Sat, Feb 12, 2011, at 9:10 PM

NO MATTER WHAT EXCUSES ARE BEING MADE AFTER THE FACT, GUILTY IS GUILTY NOW TAKE YOUR PUNISHMENT TO THE FULLEST AND LEARN FROM THAT, A VERY IMPORTANT CHILDS LIFE WAS TAKEN.. NOW DEAL WITH THE CHOICES THEY MADE BY LEAVING THE SCENE! I HOPE THEY MAKE AN EXAMPLE OUT OF THIS AND THROW THE BOOK AT THEM! Be Responsible for your act!!!

-- Posted by takeastand on Sat, Feb 12, 2011, at 10:24 PM

funny how people are eager to back up her story and say she did go back to the scene and then leave....wow how does a person live with themselves when you go back, see a dying child, and then leave them there to die? then somehow live and lie for two weeks about it and expect anyone to listen to their side of the story? wow, finding it hard to see both sides enough to understand, ky boy.......also concerned how much you did know and didnt tell anyone about it? wow, how did you sleep at night?

-- Posted by aemommy on Sun, Feb 13, 2011, at 12:31 AM

aemommy.....

how do you know he didnt tell anyone? He might have.... I have no idea either. You dont know ALL the people the police spoke to.

Back to my first post, there is more to the story than is written. I, for one, look at the media much differently now.

-- Posted by worldtraveler on Sun, Feb 13, 2011, at 1:01 AM

LOOK I FOR ONE I HAVE TO AGREE WITH ALOT OF PEOPLE ON THIS.HOW COULD SHE NOT STOP AND STAY WITH THE LITTLE BOY UNTIL THE POLICE CAME?I THINK SHE WAS MESSED UP ON SOMETHING.IM A MOTHER I THINK IT'S WRONG WHAT SHE DID.JUST LET THAT LITTLE BOY LAY THEIR DYING.YOU SHOULD BE ASHAME OF YOURSELF LADY.SHE LEFT THE SCENE CAUSE SHE WAS HIDDING SOMETHING,CAUSE NO MATTER IF YOU SCARED OR WHATEVER I DONT THINK NO BODY WOULD DO THAT TO A CHILD UNLESS THEY WHERE HIDDING SOMETHING OR ON SOMETHING.MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE FOR THE FAMILY OF THAT LITTLE BOY....

-- Posted by sassyas27 on Sun, Feb 13, 2011, at 1:27 AM

Ouch!...the guilt really starts to ache on you after a while.

I have absolutely no sympathy for the trio arrested

-- Posted by ProblemTransmission on Sun, Feb 13, 2011, at 5:23 AM

world traveler...yes i agree media leaves a lot out and i am glad....as a mother of a deceased child, EXTRA details in the paper hurt those that are close to the situation....ky boy gave a lot of details that were based on hearsay because i know the people around billy when he was hit and the car didnt stop or come back!!! going by what ky boy said, if she did go back, why did she then leave? huh......wow, and if you borrow a car, crash it, go back to the accident, leave, and return a wrecked vehicle without telling what happened and expect the owner to fix it themself? (doesnt sound sober to me) wow, it does take all kinds in this world, but hard to not pass judgement with info like this....actually no i dont need to hear more details.....no excuse will justify her actions....

-- Posted by aemommy on Sun, Feb 13, 2011, at 9:24 AM

Is this the same Mark Blake that owns the Bon Ton in Bainbridge? Some upstanding citizen he is if so. I know I will NEVER go there again. And if so the driver is his daughter? I'm with the rest of ya, they had to have been impaired in some capacity to leave a human being on the side of the road for dead. Wow

-- Posted by dcsaiht on Sun, Feb 13, 2011, at 10:41 AM

aemommy: I never once said that any excuse will justify HER actions, i agree with you there.

dcsaiht: Mark Blake IS an upstanding citizen who has other children that reflect that.

You are all entitled to your own opinion whether or not they are made with or without accurate information.

My heart goes out to the victims family for this terrible tragedy.

-- Posted by worldtraveler on Sun, Feb 13, 2011, at 1:05 PM

A child is dead. No one should ever leave the scene of an accident. People who do leave a person to die care more for themselves then they care for others. These type of folk should never be let out on bound, as the only life important to them is their own. You can debate it all you want. It does not change the fact that their actions were wrong, or the fact that a child is dead because of their actions.May God have mercy on them and those who defend their wrongdoing.

-- Posted by charpo on Sun, Feb 13, 2011, at 1:17 PM

Its funny how you people can argue back an fourth and slander the people that got arrested for this terrible. Accident ... I know for a fact that the girl that hit the boy. Was not high or drunk ... and I know for a fact that the boys friend who saw the car hit him ... he said it was a red car... wich she was in a black car ... an what everyone does not know was she was not the first initial car to hit him .... there is another car involved as we'll... an mark blake WAS NOT KNOWWHERE NEAR THE. ACCIDENT SCENE ... HE WAS WORRIED. ABOUT LOOSING HIS DAUGHTER ... AND.

HE WAS ALREADY UNDER ENOUGH. STRESS WATCHING HIS MOTHER IN LAW. DIE OF CANCER ... A WEEK PRIOR TO THIS.....PUT YOUR SELF IN HIS SHOES AND SEE IF YOU KNOW WHAT YOU WOUKD HAVE DONE ..I PRAY FOR BOTH SIDES OF THIS TERRIBLE TRAGEDY ... BUT NOT EVERYONE IS PERFECT ... PEOPLE MAKE MISTAKES

-- Posted by peoplemakemistakes on Sun, Feb 13, 2011, at 1:47 PM

To the idiot that keeps blabbering about a hair follicle test: they are not admissible in OVWI cases. You are not an attorney so shut up about it. I am an attorney and I have done many of these cases. They cannot be used to show intoxication at the time of the accident. Let it go.

-- Posted by coltercity on Sun, Feb 13, 2011, at 5:46 PM

Wow Whiteboy, you're a regular detective..... you've got it all figured out don't you?

In response to the comment...."Why would Mark Blake be worried about loosing (sic) his daughter if she did nothing wrong??"

No one ever said she "did nothing wrong".

It's too bad that Mark Blake got dragged into this mess. He's a good guy who doesn't deserve this and wasn't even there. I just hope for a fair, speedy trial and that justice is served where its deserved.

-- Posted by worldtraveler on Sun, Feb 13, 2011, at 7:18 PM

Just for the record, the Bon Ton in Bainbridge is NOT ran by Mark & Sue Blake any longer. But, it is now re-opened and under new management.

-- Posted by John3:16 on Sun, Feb 13, 2011, at 7:28 PM

Well, I'm done now.... I can't even understand what you are trying to say white boy.

-- Posted by worldtraveler on Sun, Feb 13, 2011, at 9:57 PM

wow,"people make mistakes" why are you freaking out over defending Mark...your bringing up all kinds of history about him that is not relevent to the accident...most parents would do what they can to help their children but breaking the law to cover up for a death is ridiculous!!! quit bringing up things that dont matter to make everyone feel sorry for them.....a child is still gone at their doing, accident or not, and nothing you or anyone else can say as an excuse can change what was done...are we supposed to understand family issues, bad decisions, and cover ups and say oh, well ok people make mistakes...billy and his family do not get a re-do....i do understand she didnt deliberately hit him but leaving him there and covering it up is pretending like he didnt matter.....stop defending them and let justice be served

-- Posted by aemommy on Sun, Feb 13, 2011, at 11:48 PM

Why didn't Billy's parents pick him up after the dance instead of letting him walk home in the dark on a dangerous road......

-- Posted by cominatcha on Mon, Feb 14, 2011, at 11:47 AM

I'm totally with cominatcha!! I think it sounds a little neglectful to let him walk home, at night in the middle of winter! How do they live with themselves?

-- Posted by snowgurl452 on Mon, Feb 14, 2011, at 12:47 PM

Really people you are gonna start placing blame on the young man parents. That is no excuse for her hitting him and leaving him in the cold and dark to die. As far as turning herself in the accident happened Jan. 22 if she was so concerned about what had happened she would have been at the sheriff's office the next morning or better yet stay at the accident scene and not run. I am a mother of 2 children and can not imagine how as a mom she could do such a thing and live with herself. One day she will have to answers to a higher power for her actions.

-- Posted by clovermom on Mon, Feb 14, 2011, at 2:40 PM

No one is going to argue about leaving the scene -of course that was wrong, and she'll pay for it. But until you are in a situation, you really don't know how you'd act. You know how you're SUPPOSED to act, but many of us aren't as perfect as some of you seem to be and we act without thinking things through. Any parent that believes he/she wouldn't at least think - even for a second - about trying to keep his/her kid out of jail is kidding his/herself. Whether you can admit that to yourself or not.

-- Posted by Unbiased on Mon, Feb 14, 2011, at 3:11 PM

No one is placing ANY blame on his parents but the question is why a 12 yr. old would be walking at NIGHT on a dangerous road instead of being picked up by responsible parents......

-- Posted by cominatcha on Mon, Feb 14, 2011, at 4:58 PM

People amaze me at how they make excuses for the bad behavior of their young children now days let along making excuses for bad behavior of an adult child. For every action there is and equal and opposite reaction. It is our duty as parents to teach our children to be responsible at an early age for choices and actions they take in life.

What I find most disturbing is this woman is a mother herself and how she could leave a child laying in the road to die is beyond my comprehension as a mom myself. She showed no compassion what so ever and neither did anyone involved who helped to try and cover the incident up. Then there is remorse, Billy was hit on Jan.22 and did she within a reasonable amount of time go and turn herself in....NO! Three "adults" used extremely bad judgement in what could have been just a horrible accident if they would have done the right thing.

-- Posted by clovermom on Tue, Feb 15, 2011, at 7:22 AM

worldtraveler, you say there is more to the story. By all means, please enlighten us.

-- Posted by Clovertucky on Tue, Feb 15, 2011, at 8:54 AM

If you are going to post comments please learn to spell and use the proper word choice.

-- Posted by BG-reader on Wed, Feb 16, 2011, at 1:30 PM

So if she went back to the scene and still did nothing...makes it that much worse. This woman has children of her own...wonder how she would feel if someone did this to her child?! She is a coward and deserves whatever is coming to her. She had the opportunity to do the right thing and she didn't, end of story

-- Posted by whosurmomma on Wed, Feb 16, 2011, at 7:04 PM

if she was sober and it was just an accident why didnt she just stay there till help arrived that does sound suspicious to leave the scene of an accident if she wasnt on something and to the people that helped cover it up thats all right what goes around comes around they will probably get away with it just like everyone else in owen county its all about the money for bond when they shouldnt even be out on bond thats whats amazing i think it should be an eye for an eye just like the good book says oh but we cant do that thats taking the law into our own hands and then we would be in jail without bond

-- Posted by sdamons on Thu, Feb 17, 2011, at 2:30 PM

i think everyone needs to shut there mouths cuz the banner only put stuff out that made ppl sound bad. there is more to the story.i for one know she feels bad and is taking her punishment like an grown women... no one knows what they would of done if it happen to them u all say u would have stayed but u dont know that cause it hasnt happen to u. and if u could all read right u would have read that she is charged with leaving the accident it didnt say she hit the boy now did it i dont think so..... everyone needs to know the facts befor jugding people. and for all the stories bout how she was drunk or messed up i can tell u she wasnt.

-- Posted by conerned friend on Thu, Feb 17, 2011, at 4:01 PM

"Let he who is without sin cast the first stone" it's very easy in situations like this to only see anger and start throwing out "an eye for an eye" but what if we were all given the punishment we so richly deserve! If you are going to "quote" the bible you also should be practicing forgiveness; you can't just pick out what fits into your life at the moment! No, it isn't always the easiest thing, but unless this has DIRECTLY affected you, it shouldn't be that hard. As for all involved I have been and will continue to pray for you! Only God can bring us out of darkness such as this!

-- Posted by jamo7983 on Thu, Feb 17, 2011, at 5:33 PM

jamo7983:

Finally someone speaks (writes) with sense.... I beginning to wonder about the brains of the online Banner Graphic readers.

-- Posted by worldtraveler on Thu, Feb 17, 2011, at 7:11 PM

Clearly the people or person who was a witness to the accident isn't quite sure what they saw. It's very stressful to be a witness to a crime period, especially when they just saw their best friend get hit by a car. I don't think he knows exactly what he saw. But the sure thing is that this poor boy was first hit by another vehicle (maroon car) and (speculation) flew over that car and landed on the hood of the vehicle that Tabatha was driving. Another thing, supposedly the police said (I'm not sure if this was in the paper or not) that they found pieces of a headlight in the road from the initial impact. Both headlights of the car that Tab was driving were still intact.

As far as people saying that she was drunk at the time of the accident, Tabatha had been at Buffalo Wild Wings prior to watch the game and had 2 drinks three hours before the accident happened. Tab isn't a 100pound girl, those drinks were well out of her system.

Its sad that some people who are commenting have such pathetic lives that they have nothing better to do than to sit at their computer all day and pass judgement on Tabatha and the other people involved. True I'm on the computer as well but if I didn't defend them no one else would. Whiteboy needs to get a life and stop acting as if you know what happened. You weren't there just the same as everyone else. If Whiteboy thinks he knows so much about Tabatha and what the accident intaled, and what she did in the following days, you should go to the police and tell them. But you won't because you don't know what you're talking about!

I'm not saying Tabatha was completely inocent. She was wrong to have left the scene and the three of them were wrong to have lied, replaced the windshield, but she didn't kill that little boy.

Another thing that people are forgetting is that everyone is innocent until proven guitly. Tabatha has charges against her but she hasn't been convicted of anything yet. And the charges aren't that she killed him, the charges are that she fled from the scene of an accident that caused death. I feel for both sides of this and my prayers go out to the friends and family of the little boy and for those who were involved. I also hope that they find the person who was driving the vehicle which caused the initial impact.

-- Posted by conerned friend on Thu, Feb 17, 2011, at 10:15 PM

I agree with lowering the speed limit.....

We tried to after little Freddy was stuck and killed years ago and the county refused.....

Maybe they'll listen NOW......

-- Posted by cominatcha on Sat, Feb 19, 2011, at 3:25 PM

This never should have been open for discussion/comments.

-- Posted by thanku on Sat, Feb 19, 2011, at 11:16 PM

Whiteboy, you're so right about so many things. However, important details that still have not been reported is that both the driver AND her dad DID NOT hide for a month. I know for a fact that they both went to the police station together within the week of the accident. Unfortunately for all of them, the media has made them out to be hiding all of this time. I agree that it is a horrible horrible tragedy but there were and probably still are details that we do not know because the trial is still months away. And 'thanku' is so right because of that very reason. There have been people commenting on the way they look at media now and it's because of that very fact - took 3 weeks for any arrests but they didn't just 'find' them as the media insinuated. No idea what took so long for the arrests as many people were questioned, the ice storm hit, looking for the other car. I don't know.

-- Posted by bannerstuff on Sun, Feb 20, 2011, at 12:45 AM

I find it interesting that every person sticking up for this woman cannot spell to save their lives. Oh, and their grammar is horrible.

-- Posted by taxpayer21 on Mon, Feb 21, 2011, at 3:42 PM

The bad grammar and the misspellings come from most of the people on here... not just the ones sticking up for her.

-- Posted by worldtraveler on Mon, Feb 21, 2011, at 7:17 PM

jamo7983:

Finally someone speaks (writes) with sense.... I beginning to wonder about the brains of the online Banner Graphic readers.

-- Posted by worldtraveler on Thu, Feb 17, 2011, at 7:11 PM

The bad grammar and the misspellings come from most of the people on here... not just the ones sticking up for her.

-- Posted by worldtraveler on Mon, Feb 21, 2011, at 7:17 PM

I guess that includes you worldtraveler! Not trying to be nasty but maybe you should not make fun of people and their english and grammar when you are not perfect either.

-- Posted by RDALERESIDENT on Tue, Feb 22, 2011, at 2:28 PM

worldtraveler:

I'm well aware that it's the case for most people on here. I just thought it was an interesting observation.

whiteboy:

Using incorrect capitalization, misspelling words, incorrect spacing, and run-on sentences all make it very difficult to decipher the point of these comments. I often give up halfway through a comment when it's poorly written. I'm sure that I'm not the only reader that feels this way.

-- Posted by taxpayer21 on Thu, Feb 24, 2011, at 1:45 PM


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