Evansville school board member arrested early Saturday morning

EVANSVILLE – Local school board member and restaurateur Amy Word was arrested early Saturday, but many details about the situation are still unknown.

Word was released after several hours after posting $500 bond for a charge is listed on the Vanderburgh County Jail as “controlled substance-common nuisance-maintaining.” She was booked into the jail at 6:34 a.m.

The Courier & Press has left a message with an Evansville Police Department spokeswoman seeking details about the arrest. Jail officials told a Courier & Press reporter that probable-cause arrest affidavits in Word’s arrest weren’t yet available.

Amy Word

Amy Word

Word, 47, has owned Lamasco Bar & Grill at 1331 W. Franklin St. since 2009, according to the Indiana Secretary of State’s office. In 2019, she opened Amy’s on Franklin, 1418 W. Franklin St., a higher-end bar and restaurant.

According to police dispatchers, detectives were sent to Lamasco Bar & Grill twice on Saturday morning.

Word was elected to the EVSC School Board in 2020, winning one of the two seats for District 3 by nearly 5,000 votes. Earlier this month, the Courier & Press included her name on a list of potential mayoral candidates.

“My reason for seeking public office was to always serve where I was most needed and to use my talents where I could be of best use for the people of the community,” she told the Courier & Press at the time. “Any decisions made regarding future positions will always have this as the primary focus.”

The Courier & Press left Word a phone message seeking comment.

This story will be updated.

This article originally appeared on Evansville Courier & Press: EVSC board member, restaurant owner Amy Word arrested Saturday

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