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Thursday, November 15th, 2018

A Huntingburg man was killed in a Tuesday afternoon crash on I-64 near the Lynnville exit. According to authorities, a tow truck was attempting to turn around at the scene to retrieve a disabled vehicle when a car driven 21 year old Jonathan Alcantar-Ramirez of Huntingburg rear-ended the wrecker. The accident occurred in the westbound lanes of I-64 at the 38.5-mile marker, just east of the Lynnville exit. The crash closed the westbound lanes for about two hours and additional details of the accident were not available. ndiana State Police accident reconstructionists assisted at the scene

Wednesday November 14th 2018

Indiana State Police initiated a criminal investigation early Tuesday morning after a Wadesville man called 911 to report a woman would be found tied up in a Poseyville residence.  Preliminary investigation revealed that sometime late Monday night, 20 year old Ryan Hartwell of Wadesville went to the female’s residence in Poseyville to visit. Hartwell allegedly struck the victim in the head, tied her up and sexually assaulted her. During the altercation, Hartwell allegedly cut the victim’s arm with a knife and killed her German Shepherd dog. Hartwell then fled the scene in her car. At approximately 5:00 Tuesday morning, Hartwell allegedly contacted Gibson County 911 and reported a woman could be found tied up in her Poseyville residence. When officers arrived at the residence they found the victim still tied up. She was taken to Deaconess Hospital where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries.  Hartwell is charged with Felony counts of Rape, Criminal Confinement, Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Animal Cruelty, and Auto Theft.  Hartwell was arrested and taken to the Posey County Jail where he is currently being held without bond.

A Bedford man was arrested on accusations he confined a woman to a home and threatened to kill her with a loaded crossbow Monday morning.  At 4:56 a.m., a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department officer went to a home in the 900 block of North Pike Road for a welfare check on a woman. When police arrived, an officer saw 39 year old Jeremy Giddens of Bedford through a window in the home. However no one would answer the door.  Dispatch received a 911 call from the female, and they found Giddens was possibly in possession of a loaded crossbow and that Giddens went into another room in the home. The woman was then able to flee the home and go to the officer.  The officer then entered the home and detained Giddens.  The woman told police Giddens pointed a crossbow and handgun at her and threatened to kill her. She also accused him of confining her to a room. Giddens is facing felony charges of criminal confinement while using a deadly weapon and intimidation.  Giddens was booked into the Lawrence County jail. He has no bond set because he was on probation for a previous incident because of domestic battery that stemmed from an October 2017 incident in which a woman told police he choked her.

Tuesday November 13th 2018

Springs Valley Superintendent Tony Whitaker handed in his letter of retirement to the Springs Valley School Board at the Nov. 12 session. He will stay in his position until the end of the calendar year. He expressed his gratitude for all the support by the school board, staff and students during his years at the school. He also said he valued the opportunities Springs Valley has given him, first as a teacher and then as an elementary principal and superintendent.  Whitaker has been superintendent at Springs Valley Schools since January 2014. Before becoming superintendent, he was Springs Valley Elementary School Principal for 13 and a half years. Whitaker previously taught industrial arts at Springs Valley, Orleans and Princeton high schools and has been an educator for 32 years.

A Mitchell man was arrested after causing a disturbance at Lowes on Sunday night.  Bedford Police officers were called just before 8 p.m to the business.  There police found Cory Turpin of Mitchell inside the store causing a disturbance.  According to Police Chief Terry Moore said He showed all the signs of being intoxicated. He had slurred speech, red blood-shot eyes and was unsteady on his feet.  Turpin gave officers permission to search him and officers found him in possession of meth, marijuana and a controlled substance that he did not have a prescription for.  He was arrested on charges of public intoxication, possession of meth, marijuana and a controlled substance.

An armored truck and a coal truck were collided and left three people injured west of Ireland Monday morning.  According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department 24 year old Charles Dunlap Jr of Louisville, Kentucky, was westbound on State Road 56 in a 2017 International armored truck at about 10:10 a.m. when he lost control of the truck in a slight curve. Dunlap overcorrected and went left of center where it struck a Peterbilt coal truck that was stopped in the eastbound lane at the intersection of County Road 800W.  The impact caused the armored truck to spin and then go off the north side of the roadway where it flipped several times before coming to a stop on its top.  Dunlap suffered a leg bruise and was later transported to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center by private vehicle. Two passengers of the armored truck, 21 year old Kendrick Eaves and 23 year old Jacob Wittenbraker both of Radcliffe, Kentucky, were transported to Memorial Hospital by ambulance.  38 year old Michael Troop of Jasper was driving the empty Peterbilt coal truck and was not injured.  The crash totaled both of the trucks.

Monday, November 12th, 2018

Officials with the Indiana Department of Transportation say they are ready to handle wintery weather in the forecast this week.
The forecast is calling for rain, turning to snow tonight. INDOT says they have 70 drivers ready to report in around 10 p.m. tonight to patrol and treat roadways as needed. INDOT Spokesperson Scott Manning said late last week that INDOT drivers had spent the prior few days treating bridge decks with a salt brine mix that helps prevent moisture from freezing to paved surfaces. INDOT urges drivers to keep an eye on the forecast and be mindful of conditions before starting their commute. They also asked drivers to be patient and give salt truck drivers plenty of room to do their jobs. "Be patient, slow down, make sure your vehicle is in good condition, ready for winter weather driving," "Make sure you've got an emergency kit on hand." You can also check highway and interstate travel conditions on  INDOT's TrafficWise website at www.in.gov/indot

The Orleans High School Spell Bowl team brought home third place honors from the State Finals of the 2018 Indiana Spell Bowl at Purdue University on Saturday.
Senior speller Nicholas Hester earned special recognition for spelling all nine of his words correctly and senior Annie Johnson was recognized for a near-perfect round. This year marked the third straight trip to the State Finals for the spellers and the fourth in school history. Other schools competing in Class 4 were State Champion Riverton Parke; second place, Barr-Reeve; and state finalists Northeast Dubois and Washington Township.Class 4 includes schools with fewer than 355 students enrolled in grades 9-12. The Orleans Community Schools Academic Teams are funded in part by a grant from the Orange County Community Foundation.

Friday, November 9th, 2018

36 year old Michelle Chatman of French Lick pled guilty to unemployment insurance fraud in Orange County Circuit Court on Nov. 1. Through the use of agency records, an Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) employee began an investigation and determined that Chatman was working and receiving wages while claiming unemployment insurance benefits. Chatman received eight years, with 180 days to be served on home incarceration with electronic monitoring and the remaining seven years and 185 days suspended to probation. She also was ordered to repay DWD $18,970 for the benefits she fraudulently collected. DWD receives wage reports and new hire data from Hoosier employers documenting who is employed and receiving compensation. The agency uses this information to ensure people are not collecting unemployment insurance benefits while working. Since 2013, Indiana courts have ordered fraudsters to repay millions in restitution to the state’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund.

Police have arrested the son of a woman found dead in her California home. The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office has charged 26-year-old Levente Lazar of Bloomington with the murder of his mother Athena Valentiny. Authorities argue that the homicide was premeditated. Valentiny's body was discovered with multiple stab wounds by Grover Beach police on Oct. 25 during a welfare check. The investigation led detectives to identify Lazar as the primary suspect. Investigators traveled to Indiana to meet and interview Lazar, and to serve search warrants at his home. On Tuesday, Nov. 6th, detectives arrested Lazar on a charge of murder. No other information is being released at this time.

A flue fire in a wood stove resulted in the destruction of a home in Lawrence County Tuesday evening.
According to police reports, At 8:18 p.m., a neighbor reported a home was on fire in the 800 block of Cauble Road. Huron Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched and when they arrived the home was fully engulfed in flames. The home was owned by Tracey Osborne and was not home at the time. In addition to Huron, the Marion Township Rural Fire Department, Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department and a AMR/St. Vincent Dunn Hospital ambulance responded to the fire.

Thursday November 8th 2018

Sheryl Chestnut of Loogootee is scheduled to appear in court on December 10th on charges that she stole thousands of dollars from the Barr-Reeve Band Booster account. Chestnut is facing felony charges of theft and forgery. She was the treasurer of the Barr-Reeve Band Boosters. The booster club is a private group and is not supervised by the school corporation. The missing money was discovered when Barr-Reeve music teacher and band director Stephanie O'Brian began checking on the funding for a band trip to Disney World in Florida. Chestnut is accused of withdrawing money and writing checks to herself out of the booter's account. The affidavit states Chestnut told investigators she used the money to pay personal bill. She is accused of taking $34,295 from the account between January 2015 and October 2018. School band officials say that the band will not be able to make the trip because of the theft. 

A man was arrested on a warrant Friday alleging he battered a man and threatened people with a knife. According to a Lawrence Superior Court II probable cause affidavit Bedford Police officers went to the 1300 block of Oak Street in Bedford at 8:56 a.m. on Oct. 27 after a woman called 911 and reported a man with a knife was on her property,. When police arrived, they reported the woman was outside the home, along with a man with blood running down his face and a small girl on the porch crying. The woman told police she was in the bedroom with the man and her 6-year-old daughter when she heard a noise. She then saw 26-year-old Shawn Baugh of Heltonville, who she had a protective order against, walking down the hall. She told police Baugh screamed at her and the man and then he pulled out a knife. She told police she grabbed her daughter and ran into the living room and attempted to call police. She alleged Baugh grabbed her neck and attempted to choke her. The woman was able to call 911 and tell the dispatcher some information, but Baugh took her phone and smashed it. Then, she said she saw Baugh punch the man in the face. Baugh then drove away in his truck before police arrived. The man also told police Baugh punched him in the face, which resulted in a cut near his eye. Baugh is facing felony charges of residential entry, domestic battery, battery resulting in bodily injury, and Misdemeanor counts of invasion of privacy, interference with the reporting of a crime, and criminal mischief. Baugh was booked into the Lawrence County jail and no bond has been set.

A driver was arrested he was found slumped in his seat Wednesday in a parking lot near the Bretzville Junction. At 12:13 p.m A Dubois County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped to check on the driver of a black Chevrolet Cruze that was in the lot of a former restaurant south of the Bretzville Junction. The driver 26 year old Jevin Madden of Taswell, was reported to be nervous and have glassy eyes, thick speech and other signs of drug use and he also did not have a valid driver’s license. The deputy allegedly spotted a bag of marijuana in Madden’s shoe and a search of the car resulted in the discovery of raw marijuana, a pipe with burnt residue and multiple types of pills. Authorities booked Madden into the Dubois County Jail at 1:35 p.m. on a preliminary felony count of illegal possession of a narcotic drug and preliminary misdemeanor counts of marijuana possession, possession of paraphernalia and illegal possession of Schedule drugs. Madden posted bond later Wednesday night. A Uebelhor & Sons wrecker assisted at the scene.

Monday, November 5th, 2018

A Monroe County man was arrested after he walked out of Rural King in Bedford without paying for his items. Bedford Police officers were called to the store at 7:13 p.m. after an employee witnessed a man walk out of the store without paying for his items. When police arrived they detained 19-year-old Alexander England of Bloomington in the parking lot. England showed signs of intoxication and admitted to taking the items. Officers also found England in possession of drugs. He was arrested on charges of theft, public intoxication, possession of meth, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Seymour police are asking the public to help them identify two armed robbery suspects. The two men allegedly robbed Morales Super Market at 416 East Tipton Street, around 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Seymour Police say the men entered the store and made the clerk believe they were armed and demanded the clerk hand over the money in the register. The men however never displayed any weapons. After given the money the men fled. According to Police both men were speaking Spanish and are between the ages of 20 and 25 years old, 5'8″ to 5'10" tall and between 140-160 pounds. Anyone will information should call the Seymour Police Department at 812-522-1234.

Friday, November 2nd, 2018

A Lawrence County man plead guilty Wednesday in Greene County to a felony charge of sexual misconduct with a minor after his involvement with a runaway minor from Ohio. According to Greene County Circuit Court 24-year-old Cody Major of Bedford plead guilty in a negotiated plea agreement. In that agreement, a charge of sexual misconduct with a minor and a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia was dismissed. He plead guilty to one count of sexual misconduct with a minor in intercourse or other sexual conduct. He was sentenced by Judge Erik Allen to the Indiana Department of Correction for seven years, with two years suspended and was given credit for 83 days served.

Early Sunday morning an off-duty Trooper Kyle Hall, observed a white Ford passenger car traveling westbound on State Road 46 near Red Hill Road near Ellettsville. While observing the vehicle, one of the occupants threw out a lit cigarette. After initiating a traffic stop and identifying the occupants of the vehicle, it was discovered the driver had a suspended driver's license and both passengers were wanted on warrants through Monroe County. Troopers discovered 22 syringes inside the vehicle. After being transported to the Monroe County Jail, it was also discovered that both passengers, Keith Leighton, and Christina Hale had meth concealed on their person. Police arrested 26-year-old Leighton on probation warrants of possession of a controlled substance, possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe and two counts of trafficking with an inmate and 29-year-year old Hale on probation warrants, possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe, false identity statement and false informing. Assisting were Trooper Gabe Bault, Ellettsville Police Department, the Monroe County Sheriff's Department, and Monroe County Jail Officers.

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is reporting the state's first influenza-related death of the 2018-2019 flu season.
According to the ISDH "We don't typically see flu-related deaths this early in the season, but flu viruses circulate year-round and can have heartbreaking consequences at any time," The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone age 6 months and older get a flu vaccine each year. Dr. Box said that because infants under 6 months can't be vaccinated, it's important that anyone in a household where a young baby lives or visits get a flu shot to protect the child. Healthcare workers also are urged to get a flu vaccine to reduce their risk of transmitting illness to their patients.It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body, so the CDC recommends early vaccination. However, the flu vaccine can be administered at any time during the season, which typically runs from October through May.


Thursday, November 1st, 2018

A Lawrence County man was sentenced to two years supervised probation Wednesday after pleading guilty to setting fire to a car. 19 year old Logan Furnace, of Springville, plead guilty to arson, a Level 6 felony, in Lawrence Superior Court I Wednesday. Furnace set fire to a car in December 2017. Furnace has been receiving counseling for his past drug use and is taking medication.

A Pike County man was found dead at the scene of a two-vehicle accident Wednesday morning on State Road 64 west of Huntingburg in Dubois County. However, it isn't known yet if 87-year-old Emil Maier of Velpen died from injuries received in the crash or a medical condition. Dubois County Sheriff's deputies responded at about 7:30 a.m. to the crash on State Road 64 near the intersection of County Road 650W. Maier ran into the rear of a car stopped in traffic waiting to turn. The two occupants of that vehicle, 40-year-old Lory Toby of Stendal and her 14-year-old daughter Kayla, refused medical treatment at the scene. According to police, Maier had been eastbound on State Road 64 in a 2008 Chevrolet Impala when his car ran into the back of Toby's 2010 Dodge Avenger. Toby was also eastbound on State Road 64 and had stopped to turn left on County Road 650W. She was waiting for traffic to clear when Maier's vehicle hit her's. Police said Maier did not brake prior to colliding with Toby's car. The investigation is ongoing by the Dubois County Coroner. State Road 64 was closed until 9:15 a.m. while the scene was cleared. The Dubois County Sheriffs Department was assisted on scene by Indiana State Police, including a crash reconstructionist, Huntingburg Fire Department, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and Uebelhor and Sons Wrecker Service.

Jerry Lee Carson, Jr., appeared before Judge Larry Medlock this morning on charges of obstruction of justice and failure to report a dead body.
If convicted on those charges he could face a charge of being found guilty of being a habitual offender. The state cited three past charges:  Theft in August 2017 in Marion County, Theft in March 2012 in Hamilton County, and Escape in December 2015 in Jackson County. Carson was arrested after the disappearance of 22-year-old Jacob Dodson. Dodson was reported missing on Friday morning by his mother and last seen on Oct. 20th in Washington County. Officers located Dodsons body in a duffel style bag stuffed under an abandoned mobile home. An autopsy showed no signs of trauma to Jacob's body. Officials are currently waiting for the results of toxicology reports.

Wednesday October 31st 2018

An Orleans woman was taken to a hospital after a crash on State Road 37 Tuesday afternoon.  At 5:30 p.m. 53 year old Melissa Carnes-Lowe of Orleans was traveling south on State Road 37, south of Old U.S. 50, in a white 2006 Chevrolet Trail Blazer. 33 year old Sarah Horton of Mitchell was traveling behind Carnes-Lowe at the same time in her 2010 Chevrolet Traverse. Horton said she wasn't paying attention and hit Carnes-Lowe's vehicle when she slowed down. After Horton hit Carnes-Lowe's SUV, the SUV hit a 2007 Dodge Ram driven by 40 year old Paul Owens of Mitchell that was in front of Carnes-Lowe.  According to a Lawrence County Sheriff's Department crash report Carnes-Lowe complained of back pain.

Tuesday October 30th 2018

A Huntingburg Police officer was attacked by a man wearing brass knuckles as the officer tried to take a man into custody Monday morning.   Officer Tim Roos with the Huntingburg Police Department conducted a traffic stop Monday morning near the intersection of 19th Street and Medical Arts Drive. During the stop, Roos recognized 22 year old Austin Zehr who was a passenger in the vehicle and had active warrants out of Dubois County.  Roos ordered Zehr out of the vehicle and attempted to arrest him. Zehr exited the vehicle and allegedly attacked Roos, striking him several times with brass knuckles.  As Zehr continued to resist, Roos was able to take Zehr to the ground and gain control of him until additional officers arrived.  Roos sustained multiple minor injuries during the incident and was transported to Memorial Hospital by ambulance where he was evaluated and released.   During the incident, Dubois County Dispatch received 911 calls reporting an officer getting attacked which allowed additional officers to be dispatched for assistance.  Zehr was booked into the Dubois County Security Jail on felony counts of aggravated battery, battery on a public safety official, intimidation with a deadly weapon, resisting law enforcement, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a syringe and a misdemeanor count of theft.  Zehr's warrants included a misdemeanor charge for theft and a felony charge for failure to return to lawful detention. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department and Memorial EMS assisted with the incident.

Monday, October 29th, 2018

A Bedford man suffered fatal injuries after he crashed his vehicle in a ditch on Old State Road 37 near Washboard Road Friday morning. According to a Lawrence County Sheriff's Department police report, at around 8AM, 57-year-old Bradley Stewart of Bedford was driving a 1999 Chrysler Sebring and it veered off the road and hit a ditch. The vehicle then went airborne after hitting the ditch. Stewart suffered severe bruising and bleeding to the right side of his face and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt.

Loogootee Police arrested two Shoals residents Friday on drug charges.
Police arrested 35-year-old Amy Moffitt on charges of maintaining a common nuisance, possession of meth, possession of marijuana, and possession of a controlled substance and 39-year-old Chadwick Funk on charges of visiting a common nuisance, dealing in meth, possession of meth and possession of marijuana. Both are being held in the Martin County Jail.

A Bedford woman was injured after another driver either fell asleep or blacked out while driving Saturday morning. According to a Bedford Police report, 22-year-old Jesse Prince of Bedford was traveling west on 29th Street around 7:20 a.m. when he either blacked out or fell asleep while driving. Prince told police when he woke he saw headlights before crashing his 2010 Chevrolet Colorado into a 2015 Ford Edge driven by 75-year-old Julia Curren, head-on. Curren complained of shoulder and upper arm pain and was transported by ambulance to IU Health Bedford Hospital for treatment. Prince was treated at the scene and refused to be transported to the hospital.

Friday, October 26th, 2018

Lincoln Pickett has been sentenced to 84 years to the Department of Corrections by Superior Court I Judge Williams Sleva. A Lawrence County Superior Court II jury found Lincoln Pickett guilty of killing 29-year-old Kami Ratcliff on Jan. 21, 2016 in the back seat of his red Blazer after an argument. He then waited a week before burning her body in a pit at his home aon US 50 West. He was also found guilty of obstruction of justice, abuse of a corpse false informing and failure to report a dead body and possession of a firearm by a violent felon. The sentences will be served consecutively for a total of 84 years. Public Defender Joseph Lozano file an appeal.

On October 10, 2018, Indiana Conservation Officers received a report of trespass in northern Harrison County, after a landowner’s trail camera captured a late-night photo of a man suspected of stealing ginseng plants from the property.
The landowner also discovered that a separate trail camera had been stolen from a tree. Upon viewing the trail camera photo, Indiana Conservation Officers immediately identified the man as 44 year old Charles Cole Jr. of New Salisbury, from recent dealings with him involving a separate trespass/ginseng theft case. After speaking with Cole, they discovered stolen ginseng and a stolen memory card from another trail camera at his residence. During the course of their investigation, Indiana Conservation Officers recovered stolen ginseng in addition to 9 stolen trail cameras and memory cards. As a result, they sought an arrest warrant through the Harrison County Prosecutor’s Office on Oct 19 th. Cole Junior was then arrested today, after he contacted officers expressing his desire to turn himself in.


Sears Hometown in Bedford will not close according to a story in the Times Mail Bedford Paper. According to owner Gary Smart, Sears Holdings Corp., is a separate entity from Sears Hometown, which filed for bankruptcy protection in White Plains, New York, Oct. 15 with a plan to close about 142 of its 700 stores by year-end and sell up to 400 of its best-performing stores in an auction in January to a buyer that will keep them operational. Although they share a business relationship, Sears Holdings, and Sears Hometown split in 2012, which is around the same time when Smart bought the local store. Smart says he will keep a close eye on the bankruptcy developments. Sears Hometown expects to provide inventory continuity through Sears Holdings, but also has supply agreements in place with most of its key suppliers and have been sourcing product directly to avoid any disruption in inventory.Also, Sears Hometown has confirmed with Sears Holdings that local stores can continue to accept the Sears credit card and redeem and sell Sears gift cards. In addition, Sears Hometown has confirmed all product warranties and protection agreement coverages remain in effect.

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

A Lawrence County man has been sentenced to prison for Dealing methamphetamine. 28 year old Ethan Payton, of Mitchell, plead guilty to dealing methamphetamine, a Level 5 felony, and dealing a Schedule III controlled substance, a Level 5 felony, during his sentencing Tuesday in Lawrence Superior Court II. Judge William Sleva issued Payton a six-year sentence, with one of those years to be served on probation. According to Lawrence Superior Court II documents, Payton was accused of selling meth and buprenorphine twice in August and September of 2017. In one of the buys, police accused Payton of selling 1.96 grams of meth to a confidential informant, according to court documents.


An 89-year-old Bloomington man died after he crashed his pickup into a Dodge Grand minivan parked along State Road 37 at Rockport Road overpass Monday afternoon. According to an Indiana State Police report, Lowell Bourke of 818 Lemon Lane was taken by ambulance to IU Health Bloomington Hospital and pronounced dead at the hospital.

The Jasper Police Department is asking for the public’s help in the investigation of a battering that occurred when a man attempted to snatch a purse from a woman Wednesday evening. According to Jasper police, a young male wearing a hooded sweatshirt attempted to take a purse from the female victim in the 400 block of West Ninth Street at about 8:45 p.m. The victim was battered during the incident and the suspect fled on foot without the purse. Anyone with information on the assault or video surveillance footage from the area is asked to call Jasper police at 812-482-2255 or the department’s anonymous tip line: 812-481-2677 (COPS).

Wednesday October 24th 2018

Firefighters battled a fire after a woman dialed 911 and reported their neighbor's house was on fire.  At 7:42 p.m. on Tuesday, a fire was reported at 304 West Vine Street in Mitchell. Firefighters from three departments responded. The fire was primarily contained to two rooms and had spread into the attic. Owner Darren Fleetwood of the resident was vacationing at the time of the fire. Firefighters reported the fire was out at 9:57 p.m.  But firefighters were called back to the scene at 3:41 a.m. Wednesday morning.  When firefighters arrived the home was engulfed in flames. The rekindling of the fire was possibly because of “a hot pocket somewhere firefighters couldn’t see.  The cause of the fire is unknown and under investigation.  Marion Township Rural and Orange County Rural District II fire departments also responded to the blaze.

A man was taken to a hospital after a motorcycle accident Monday afternoon.  According to a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department accident report At 2:38 p.m. 57-year-old Floyd Cox was traveling north on Spencer Pike Road, near Popcorn Road, on his 2003 Yamaha XVS950. He told police a soccer ball was blown into the road, causing him to swerve and crash.  Cox suffered a leg injury and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.  Police alleged Cox may have been drinking before the crash. Cox agreed to a blood draw to test for alcohol consumption.

Police arrested a man Tuesday evening after a report of a theft and a protective order violation.  A female who is the protected person in a court order alleged to the Jasper Police Department that 33 year old Byron Moton of Jasper went through a mutual friend to contact her via text messages. Moton is also suspected to have taken a 60-inch television valued at $373.50 from the victim.  Authorities booked Moton into the Dubois County Jail at 7:58 p.m. on misdemeanor counts of invasion of privacy and theft.

Tuesday October 23th 2018 

There were no injuries from a crash that happened east of Paoli on State Road 56 that saw a Pepsi truck careen off the side of the road, strike a parked dumped truck and burst into flames.   According to the accident report, at 2:30 p.m on Oct. 12, 26 year old Matthew Lockhard of Columbus, was westbound in the Freightliner when he leaned down to light a cigarette and ran off the north side of the roadway. The tractor-trailer then collided with an International dump truck that was sitting at the construction site of a new home and burst in to flames before emergency units could arrive. Jerald Green who was the owner of the dump truck reportedly told police the Pepsi truck was on fire before it stopped moving.  Lockhard complained of an injury to his hand, but refused medical treatment. The accident caused damage estimated at $25,000 to $50,000.  Orange County Rural District 2 and Paoli Fire Department worked to put out the blaze. The highway was shut down temporarily because of concerns that four carbon dioxide tanks on the truck might explode in the heat.

Smoke lingering from a Celestine fire caused a five vehicle crash on Schnellville Road this morning.  The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to the crash at 8:41 a.m. and when they arrived they found visibility in the area extremely poor from the smoke that had settled in the area.   The poor visibility was caused by the smoke from a hay barn fire that occurred Monday on Santine Road, north of Schnellville Road. Police said the weather conditions overnight caused the smoke to hover near the ground and cover a distance of up to five miles.  According to police, 19-year-old Jalynn Williams, of Birdseye, was driving on Schnellville Road when she encountered the smoke. She slowed down in her 2003 Chevrolet Impala and turned on her hazard lights. Her car was then rear ended by a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado driven by 18-year-old Destin Berg of Birdseye. Then a 2010 Nissan Altima driven by 75-year-old Gale Nunn of Eckerty, rear ended Berg’s Silverado causing it to run into Williams Impala again.  Then a 2008 Mercury Sable driven by Ivan Atkins of Birdseye struck Nunn’s Altima on the left rear side. A 2008 Chevrolet Impala driven by 89-year-old Helen Theising of Schnellville then ran into the Altima’s right rear side.  Williams, Berg, Atkins, and Theising were not injured. Gale and David Nunn were transported for treatment to Memorial hospital by ambulance for injuries and released a short time later. Schnellville Road was closed while the scene was cleared and the smoke lifted for about one and a half hours.

Police arrested a man on Monday after being called regarding a domestic incident. EMS and the Jasper Police Department were called at 10:03 p.m. to the vicinity of a business in the 600 block of Third Avenue when a female victim told staff she had been stabbed in the head by her boyfriend.  Police arrived to find the victim had a small cut to the top of her head from the tip of a knife that had allegedly been in the possession of her boyfriend, who had left before officers arrived. The boyfriend, identified as 31-year-old Brian Dillard was located a short time later on Sycamore Manor. Police alleged Dillard had a syringe, a straw and a spoon in a backpack that he had with him.  Authorities booked Dillard into the Dubois County Jail at 11:06 p.m. on preliminary charges that included a Level 6 felony count of unlawful possession of a syringe and misdemeanor counts of domestic battery and possession of paraphernalia.

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

On Friday, October 19th at approximately 10 a.m., Master Trooper Barry Brown was patrolling State Road 56, west of Salem and initiated a traffic stop on a blue Dodge pickup truck for speeding.
The driver, and only occupant of the vehicle, was identified as William Donald Cook of Anderson. Cook advised Trooper Brown he was headed to Salem to spend the weekend with a friend. Trooper Brown, a member of the Sellersburg Post All Crimes Policing squad, was working in conjunction with members of the Washington County Drug Task Force and Deputy Paul Gikins and his K9 partner Leni.  Deputy Gikins arrived a short time after the traffic stop and deployed the K9 which gave a positive alert for the odor of narcotics in the vehicle.  A subsequent search of the vehicle by officers revealed over a pound of suspected processed marijuana which had been packaged in a large vacuum sealed pouch. Cook was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana, a Class A Misdemeanor, and was incarcerated at the Washington County Jail. 

Friday, October 19th, 2018

A Lawrence County man is accused of dealing meth, according to a Lawrence County warrant that was issued.
According to police reports, and a Lawrence Superior Court II probable cause affidavit, a confidential informant for the Lawrence County Drug Task Force purchased meth from 33 year old David Allen of Bedford multiple times in September. During one of the buys, the informant purchased more than 3 grams of a powder form of meth. Allen is facing charges of dealing meth and possession of meth stemming from the warrant. He was also given on-site charges of possession of a narcotic drug, attempting to obtain a narcotic drug, possession of paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a syringe and was booked into the Lawrence County jail.

No one was injured following a three-vehicle collision Monday evening at a bridge construction site south of Jasper.
According to police reports, at around 7:05 p.m, a 2013 Chevrolet Sonic driven by 44 year old Jeremy Wagler, of Ferdinand, was stationary on State Road 162 facing southbound waiting at a red light at the Maltersville bridge construction site south of Schnellville Road. Wagler’s Sonic was then rear-ended by a 2010 Ford Escape driven by 19 year old Grace Seivers, of Jasper. The impact sent the Wagler Sonic into the rear of a 2010 Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by 17 year old Andrew Day, of Ferdinand. The Day Ford was able to be driven from the scene but the Wagler Sonic and the Seivers Escape were removed from the scene by a Uebelhor & Sons wrecker.

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Buehler Inc. and Buehler LLC, both Jasper-based companies with 15 grocery stores across Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky, have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
The companies, which own Save-A-Lot and Cash Saver stores, plan to close three stores sometime in early November — the Cash Saver Market in Jasper, and Save-A-Lots in Seymour and Louisville, Kentucky. According to a statement from the company, the company’s restructuring through bankruptcy “provides the most effective and efficient means to ensure the best recovery. The company is confident that restructuring, trimming expenses, and consolidating operations will lead to a more efficiently run and stronger company. Gabe and Marge Buehler first opened the grocery store that started the Buehler business in 1940. The company’s daily operations will continue without interruption and Buehler Inc. will continue to operate eight Save-A-Lot and four Cash Saver stores across Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

A Tuesday morning accident in Johnson County killed a Bedford man and closed part of State Road 37 for more than two hours. According to police reports, at around 6:44AM, 41 year old Chad Stivers of Bedford. was traveling northbound in the left lane on State Road 37 and drove into a ditch in the median before entering the southbound lanes of traffic of SR 37 near Center Grove. The car was struck on the driver’s side by a semi, with the impact killing Stivers. The semi driver, 46 year old Joshua House, of Anderson, hit the brakes immediately, causing the tractor and trailer to skid, and was not injured. State Road 37 between Olive Branch and Stones Crossing roads was reopened just before 10 a.m. Tuesday, Cox said.

Wednesday October 17th 2018

A Bedford man was jailed Sunday after he was accused of hitting a woman in the head with a baseball bat.  According to a Lawrence Superior Court II probable cause affidavit, Bedford Police Department officers went to Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital after they received a report a woman was being treated for injuries she alleged 41 year old Jeremy Wheeler of Bedford inflicted on her.  She told police Wheeler pinned her on a bed by putting his arm against her throat, and then he asked her “Do you want to die tonight?” She then accused him of choking her until she nearly passed out, according to the affidavit.  Then, she accused Wheeler of hitting her with a baseball bat in the head, which caused a laceration.  Police reported the woman had a gash on her forehead and abrasions on her body. They also said they found blood on carpet, walls, doors and bathrooms in the home. In addition, they found blood on Wheeler’s clothing.  According to the affidavit the incident occurred in Wheeler’s home.  Wheeler is facing several Felony charges including criminal confinement, domestic battery with a deadly weapon, domestic battery, and strangulation.  Wheeler remains in the Lawrence County jail. His bond is set at $5,005 cash.

Police took an Ohio man into custody Tuesday night after a reported theft last week of food from a convenience store.  The Jasper Police Department was contacted to review video footage recorded on Oct. 10 that reportedly showed a man taking a chicken tender dinner and popcorn without paying from the Huck’s Food & Fuel at 230 Third Ave.  At 10:11 p.m. on Tuesday, a person matching the description of the individual in the footage was reported to have been seen at the Days Inn at 272 Brucke Strasse.  Police identified the suspect as 24 year old Eric Vaughn of Lima, Ohio and made contact with him in a laundry room at the hotel and eventually placed him into custody. Police also found Vaughn to have a glass smoking pipe used to smoke marijuana, which was located in the laundry room.  Authorities booked Vaughn into the Dubois County Jail at 12:02 a.m. this/Wednesday morning on preliminary misdemeanor counts of theft, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. He posted bond a short time later.

After being contacted by a Jasper convenience store Police made an internal theft arrest on Tuesday.  The Jasper Police Department was contacted about a possible internal theft at the Huck’s Food & Fuel at 555 Hoffman Road at 11:30 a.m. Officers allegedly reviewed video footage showing an employee identified as 22 year old Joseph Vaughn of Huntingburg stealing items from the store on numerous occasions. Items ranged from cigarettes to sunglasses worth a total $74.78.  According to police Store managers believed that more items have been stolen; however, all of the footage has not been reviewed at this time.   Authorities booked Vaughn into the Dubois County Jail at 2:40 p.m. on a preliminary misdemeanor count of theft.

Tuesday October 16th 2018

A Mitchell man was arrested Monday night after police found a multitude of drugs in his home.  On Monday the Lawrence County Drug Task Force and Lawrence County Detective Division learned 20 year old Mark Gardner was in possession of several different drugs at his home in the 1000 block of Tulip Street. Police obtained a search warrant and then went to the home. Gardner was not home but a family member was at the time of the search. Police allegedly found Psilocybin mushrooms, ecstasy, oxycodone, morphine, Xanax, meth and kratom.  Gardner has been charged with several drug related charges.  As police arrested Gardner, they allegedly found him carrying marijuana and a smoking device.  Gardner was booked into the Lawrence County jail without bond set.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department arrested a man after fielding a report of a protective order violation.  A female who is the protected person in the court order called the sheriff’s department at 10 p.m. on Monday to report she had been contacted via social media by the man named in the active protective order.  Deputies investigated the report against 30 year old Zachary Osborne of Huntingburg, and through the course of that investigation police obtained a search warrant for his home.  A deputy executing the warrant reported detecting the odor of burnt marijuana inside the residence before allegedly locating marijuana and a glass smoking pipe.  Authorities booked Osborne into the Dubois County Security Center at 2:15 a.m. this morning on preliminary misdemeanor counts of invasion of privacy, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

Monday, October 15th, 2018

The K-Mart store in Jasper is on a long list of stores that plan to close nationwide as part of the Sears bankruptcy deal,
according to multiple national news organizations. The store is located on 3rd Avenue in Jasper. A manager at K-Mart in Jasper told WITZ News they had not heard anything from the company about the reported closure.   Liquidation sales at the additional stores are expected to begin within two weeks, according to a court filing released Monday.

The second-annual Senior LPGA Championship presented by Old National Bank teed off today on the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort in French Lick. The tournament will benefit Riley Children’s Foundation, which is connected to Riley Children’s Hospital, the premier children’s hospital in the region. The field of 81 players include, Dame Laura Davies,  Juli Inkster, Hollis Stacy, and Jan Stephenson and other  members of the World Golf Hall of Fame, Major Champions, and past LPGA stars who will compete in the 54-hole Major Championship for a total purse of $600,000. Trish Johnson of England will be defending her 2017 title. Admission for adults is $5 per day, and tickets can be purchased at the main gate of the Pete Dye course. Children are also welcome for free and to experience the Riley KidsFest every day from now through October 17th starting at 10:00 a.m. at The Pete Dye Pavilion. The event will also be televised live on Golf Channel each of the three days: Monday October 15th 4-6 p.m. ET, Tuesday October 16th 4-6 p.m. ET and Wednesday October 17th 4-6 p.m. ET * for the Final Round.

Police arrested a Greene County woman Sunday afternoon after a report someone had allegedly tried to admit themselves into the hospital under a different name. The Jasper Police Department was called to Jasper Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center at 5 p.m. Authorities say the suspect, 46 year old Kelly Webb, of Worthington, left the building after police were called. Officers who found her leaving the parking lot in her vehicle stopped and detained Webb while they investigated. Police allege Webb admitted to using a fictitious identity to obtain prescription medication. Authorities booked Webb into the Dubois County Jail at 7:11 p.m. on a preliminary Level 6 felony count of identity deception.

Friday, October 12th, 2018


A Lawrence County man was arrested Wednesday on a warrant alleging he sold methamphetamine in September.
According to a Lawrence Superior Court II probable cause affidavit, 32 year old Devin Main of Mitchell sold meth to a confidential informant multiple times in September. Main was then arrested and booked into the Lawrence County jail.

A former Bedford Police Department officer Eddie Allen was sentenced to probation and community service after he pleaded guilty to stealing $20 from a man's wallet in 2016. 43 year old Eddie Allen, of Bedford, plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of criminal conversion as part of a plea deal. A Level 6 felony charge of official misconduct and a Class A misdemeanor charge of theft were dropped. Lawrence County Superior Court Judge John Plummer III sentenced Allen to 180 days probation and 80 hours of community service. If Allen completes his community service before 180 days, the judge will allow him to get off of probation early. He was also to repay the James E. Jones Jr., the $20 he stole from his wallet. Allen was arrested after he stole $20 from Jones' wallet while processing him for arrest at the Bedford police station. Indiana State Police investigated the theft. ISP alleges footage from a body camera shows Allen taking the money from a person's wallet, then placing it into his own wallet.

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

An Orange county man was was arrested after a traffic stop in French Lick Sept. 22 and is now facing two serious felony charges in Orange Circuit Court. According to State Police, An Indiana State Police trooper pulled 33 year old Benjamin Toliver, of French Lick, over near the intersection of State Road 56 and Indiana Avenue shortly after 11 p.m. for driving left of center. A French Lick officer arrived to assist, and ISP trooper conducted a canine sniff around the car. The dog showed a positive hit for illegal substances in the car. Toliver was asked to exit the car and was patted down for weapons. Officers reported finding multiple pills, two small bags of cocaine, a small bag of crystal methamphetamine, a glass tube with a residue in it and also $1,147 in cash. Toliver also told officers they would find more drugs and a gun in his back seat. Turned up was two 9mm handguns, an AR-15-style rifle, digital scales, multiple plastic bags, a bag of marijuana and a notebook with names and dollar amounts in it. Toliver was charged with dealing methamphetamine, a Level 3 felony; dealing a narcotic drug, a Level 3 felony; dealing marijuana, a class A misdemeanor; and carrying a handgun without a license, a class A misdemeanor.

A Mitchell Police Department officer and another motorist avoided injuries in a crash Wednesday afternoon on State Road 37. According to Lawrence County Sheriffs report, at 3:59 p.m., Mitchell Police officer 24 year old Clay Blackburn, said he was traveling north on State Road 37 near Stevens Lane in the right lane and was driving his police cruiser. Blackburn told police a Chevrolet Equinox, driven by 56-year-old Cindy Johnson of Mitchell, pulled out from Stevens Lane onto State Road 37, then hit the side of his Dodge Charger. Johnson told police she drove onto 37 from Stevens Lane because she thought she saw Blackburn’s right turn signal. Both vehicles were towed because of disabling damage after the crash.

Two Lawrence County women were taken to a hospital after a car hit a utility pole Wednesday night. According to police reports, at 7:34 p.m., Mary Edmondson of Bedford was driving a 2007 Ford Five Hundred southwest on Leatherwood Road, near South Leatherwood Road. The road was wet from rain, which caused her vehicle to slide, run off the road, and hit a pole. 34 year old Erica Morgan of Bedford and children were passengers as well in the vehicle. Morgan, and Edmondson, both complained of neck pain,. and were taken to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries. Neither Morgan nor Edmondson were wearing seat belts. Edmondson was cited for driving with a suspended license.

Tuesday October 9th 2018

Two people were injured after being ejected from their scooter during a crash Monday morning just east of the Bretzville Junction. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department at 6:38 a.m., 39 year-old Shane Schlachter of Birdseye was westbound on the highway on his 2014 Kymco 50 scooter when he was approached from behind by 22 year-old Richard Dooley III, of Ferdinand, in his 2012 Ford Mustang.  Dooley told police that he may have fallen asleep as he came upon the scooter and striking it in the rear with the front of his car.  Schlachter and a passenger on the scooter, 30 year old Stephanie Neukam of Birdseye, were ejected and landed in the roadway. Both Schlachter and Neukam were not wearing helmets and received serious head injuries from the incident.  After an investigation, Dooley failed field sobriety testing at the scene and tested positive for marijuana following a blood test at Memorial Hospital. The sheriff’s department said he admitted to smoking marijuana the previous evening. He was booked on two preliminary Level 5 felony counts of operating while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury.  He was booked into the Dubois County Security Center at 9:57 a.m. and was scheduled to appear in court today. The preliminary impairment charges were enhanced because of a previous operating while intoxicated conviction in 2015.  Schlachter was flown by Statflight helicopter from Memorial Hospital for further treatment at Deaconess Midtown Hospital in Evansville. Neukam was taken by ambulance to Deaconess Midtown Hospital for treatment of her injuries.  The roadway was closed for about 45 minutes while the scene was cleared.

A Monday morning traffic backup because of a crash near the Bretzville Junction spawned a second collision.  32 year old Kelly Schroering, of St. Anthony, was westbound on State Road 64 in a 2006 Pontiac G6 and was in the backup of traffic from an earlier crash when the accident occurred at 7:26 a.m. three-quarters of a mile east of State Road 162.  Deputies said Schroering’s vehicle was rear ended by a 2004 Pontiac Sunfire driven by 20 year old Stefanie Archer of Celestine.  Archer said that when she saw the traffic backup, she was unable to stop in time.  Both drivers declined treatment at the scene but both were immediately taken to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center by personal vehicles for treatment of injuries.  Schroering complained of head pain and Archer suffered facial injuries. They both were treated and released.  Damage to the vehicles was estimated at $1,500 each but both were able to be driven from the scene.

The first phase of the U.S. 231 water supply and pressure improvement project began today in Jasper.  This phase of the project stretches from the intersection of Bartley Street and U.S. 231 and east to the intersection of Clay Street and U.S. 231.  Parts of the project include water line installation, pressure testing and chlorination of water lines, service line installation and road repairs. Phase 1 is expected to last until the end of November, but is subject to change. A portion of U.S. 231 will be reduced to two lanes during construction.  The entire project will be in three phases and will make improvements to aging water infrastructure beneath U.S. 231.  To learn more, visit jasperindiana.gov.

Monday, October 8th, 2018

Betty Grissom, the widow of Mitchell native Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, has died. She died over the weekend at age 91. She and Gus were wed July 6, 1945, at the First Baptist Church in Mitchell and raised 2 sons. She worked and put Gus through Purdue and was a staunch supporter of her husband. Gus was killed in a test of the Apollo 1 capsule during a pre-launch test at Cape Kennedy, Florida. She was the first of the widows to sue NASA’s largest contractor, North American Rockwell, over the construction of the capsule, and she inspired Roger Chaffee's wife and Ed White's widow to do the same.

A Norman man was arrested after he allegedly was in possession of a stolen 2010 Chevrolet Camaro from Lawrence County on Oct. 2. According to a press release, 72-year-old Larry A. Shirley, of Norman, was traveling east on US 50 in the Medora Knobs in his 1972 Chevrolet S10 when he came upon and struck the stolen Camaro which was parked broadside in the roadway and in possession of 39-year-old Travis Luedeman. Shirley suffered a head injury and was treated by Jackson County EMS personnel before being taken by ambulance to I.U. Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.Police arrested Luedeman on two counts of possession of stolen property and is being held in the Jackson County jail without bond. Luedeman is also accused of being involved in stealing a 2005 Nissan Altima reported stolen on Aug. 29 from the Medora area.

Friday, October 5th, 2018

According to the Washington County Sheriffs Department, counterfeit currency has been turned into local law enforcement agencies in the past couple of days. A $100 dollar bill was found in the West Washington High School Parking lot this last Friday night, during a home football game. The $100 dollar bill was turned into the school and was later determined to be counterfeit. The Washington County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the incident. Two $20 dollar bills were recently passed in Salem, at a gas station. The bi lls were later determined to be counterfeit and were turned into the Salem Police Department. Local business owners are encouraged to take extra precautions to prevent being a victim. Counterfeit Detection Pens are  effective on most currency and can be purchased online or from most office supply stores. Anyone with information about the counterfeit currency is asked to contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Department at 812-883-5999 or the Salem Police Department at 812-883-5100.

A Greene County man was killed in a crash Thursday morning. According to police reports, at 7:27AM, 33 year old Travis Caswell of Owensburg, was traveling west on State Road 58 in his Chevrolet pickup truck. For unknown reasons, Caswell drove around the traffic barricades at Westgate Road. After going around another set of barricades, Caswell’s truck struck an excavator near Scotland Road. A portion of the road was closed because of ongoing bridge construction. Caswell died from injuries he suffered in the accident, the crash is still under investigation.

Thursday morning at approximately 10:10AM, Trooper John Davis was contacted by an individual that had been contacted by another individual via Facebook Messenger about purchasing a quarter gram of meth for $400.00.  After communicating with Trooper Davis, the individual agreed to purchase the meth to assist law enforcement and set up a location for the transaction. The person allegedly selling the meth agreed to meet his new client on SR 61, north of Boonville, and would be driving a burgundy Toyota Camry. Troopers were in the area and at approximately noon, Trooper Davis observed the driver of the Toyota Camry abruptly turn left into a private driveway without signaling. Davis initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as 46 year old Stephen Robinson, of Cynthiana, and his passenger as 32 year old Alison Roettger, of Chandler. When Robinson was instructed to exit the vehicle officers observed a small plastic bag containing meth on the front seat where he had been sitting. Troopers continued to search the vehicle and found two electronic scales, two syringes, another baggie containing meth and drug paraphernalia.  The two baggies combined contained approximately 7.4 grams of meth.  Robinson and Roettger were arrested and transported to the Warrick County Jail where they are currently being held on bond.

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

On Wednesday, the Orange County Health Department announced that a positive West Nile infected mosquito had been trapped by the Indiana State Department of Health during the agency’s routine collections in Orange County Sept. 3. What this means is that there is an identified pool of mosquitoes in the county carrying the virus. With this information, residents should increase efforts in eliminating risk factors that increase the number of mosquitoes around their homes and protect themselves while in the outdoors.

Two teens were injured after being ejected from a truck when it ran off the road northeast of Dubois Thursday morning. According to a police report, at around 7:40 a.m, 18 year old Nicholas Burgan, of Jasper, was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado northbound on Dubois Road NE about a half mile north of County Road 735 E northeast of Dubois when it went off the roadway. Police say the truck was traveling at a high rate of speed when it entered a curve causing it to go off the roadway and then roll over twice before stopping. Burgan and a passenger, 16-year-old Tristen Matheis of Jasper, were both ejected from the truck and thrown about 25 feet. Neither was wearing a seatbelt. Both were transported to Memorial Hospital by ambulance for their injuries. Burgan was then transferred to St. Vincents by helicopter for treatment of a possible head injury while Matheis remained at Memorial Hospital for possible arm and shoulder injuries. Police say drugs and alcohol were not a factor in the crash but both teens suffered more significant injuries because they were not using seatbelts. The truck was totaled in the crash. Dubois Fire Department First Responders, Memorial Hospital Emergency Services and Sternberg’s Wrecker Service assisted the sheriff’s department on scene.

Bloomington police investigating a teenager’s report that two men robbed him of cash while he was stopped at a traffic light Tuesday afternoon. According to a police report, an 18-year-old told police he was driving his girlfriend’s 2016 blue Toyota Camry north on Walnut Street and traveling home to New Buffalo, Michigan. He was stopped at the traffic light at North Old Ind. 37 about 1:30 p.m. when two men appeared and opened the car doors. The teenager then told police they demanded “either the money or the car,” so he handed over money and a debit card. The men reportedly ran west into a wooded area. The men were described as “clean-cut” white men in their early 20s with muscular builds. One reportedly had blonde hair and wore a red shirt with an IU logo in white lettering. The other reportedly had brown hair, a brown patchy beard and wore a black hooded sweatshirt. They were not armed with weapons.

Tuesday October 2nd 2018

A 6-year-old girl suffered a head injury in a crash on State Road 37 on Friday.   At 4:19 p.m. 22-year-old Brandon Burns of Bedford was traveling north in the left lane on State Road 37, near Patrick Robbins Way, in his 2003 Ford Econoline F-450. At the same time, Amber McCleery of Orleans was traveling north on State Road 37 in the right lane in her 2002 Kia Sedona.  Burns told police their vehicles collided but he was unsure how the crash exactly happened. McCleery told police she was attempting to stop at a yellow light at the Patrick Robbins Way intersection when Burns hit the rear of her vehicle.  According to a Bedford Police Department accident report 6 year old Oliva McCleery, received a large laceration on her head,. She was taken to a hospital by an Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital ambulance.  According to police, neither person could give an accurate description of what happened.

A Knox County couple suffered injury in a 2 vehicle collision Saturday afternoon east of Haysville.   58 year old Lawrence Nolan of Washington, was heading west on State Road 56 in a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado when the accident occurred at Kellerville Road at 1:41 p.m., Nolan attempted to turn south onto Kellerville Road and turned in front of a 2001 Jeep Wrangler heading eastbound driven by 54 year old William Lindsey of Vincennes.  According to deputies the Jeep drove into the passenger side of the Chevrolet.  Lindsey suffered scrapes to his lower legs and his passenger, 52 year old Catherine Lindsey suffered lower leg scrapes and a cut to her leg that resulted in her being transported to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center for treatment.  The highway was blocked for about an hour while the scene was cleared.  The Haysville Volunteer Fire Department and a Uebelhor & Sons wrecker assisted.

A deputy responding to a possible rollover west of Celestine ended with a woman placed under arrest.   The a report sent at 2:10 a.m. to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department to  State Road 164 near County Road 500E.  The Deputy found there had not been an accident. A 2018 Ford F-150 was parked on the north side of the highway with its rear passenger side about a foot over the fog line in the travel portion of the highway.  The deputy said 38 year old Elizabeth Burnett of Rockport, was slumped over and sleeping in the truck’s cab.  Once he woke her, the deputy determined Burnett was intoxicated, with a blood alcohol content that tested .12 percent.  Authorities booked Burnett into the Dubois County Security Center at 2:47 a.m. on a preliminary misdemeanor count of public intoxication.

Monday, October 1st, 2018

A Jackson County woman was arrested last week on accusations she planned to deal Suboxone. According to a Mitchell Police Department report, an officer pulled over the vehicle at 12:11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 23. and the officer noticed a man, who he knew didn’t have a valid license, driving a Chevrolet Cobalt on State Road 60 East. After the car parked at a home in the 900 block of Newby Street, the officer checked the license plate, then discovered it belonged to a different vehicle. After the officer started his traffic stop, three other MPD officers arrived. The man who was driving told police he was dropping off 20 year old Melissa Cody of Seymour, who was in the car, at the home on Newby Street. The man gave consent to police to search the vehicle. Police dog Ido then alerted to possible drugs in the vehicle. In a purse next to Cody, police alleged they found two unopened packages of Suboxone strips, digital scales and a substance that later field-tested positive for meth. There was no subscription for the Suboxone,” and she also told officers she had two syringes in her bathroom in the house and that she was willing to show the officers where they were. She also intended on dealing the Suboxone.”After getting permission from one of Cody’s relatives to search the home, he said syringes were found in the bathroom, as well as a bedroom. More meth was also found. Cody was then arrested, then booked into the Lawrence County jail.


A Saturday shoplifting complaint at the Walmart Supercenter ended in a woman being taken into custody on theft and drug accusations. According to the Jasper Police Department, they were called to the Walmart on Newton St. at 12:02 p.m. 41 year old Katherine Ackerman, of Hollland, was accused of taking clothing, food and electronic items valued at $86.28. Police also found Ackerman to be in possession of pills that were three different strengths of a single controlled substance. Ackerman was then arrested and booked into the Dubois County Jail at 2:43 p.m. on three preliminary Level 6 felony counts of unlawful possession of a legend prescription drug and a preliminary misdemeanor count of theft.

With six recent mosquito samples testing positive for West Nile Virus, the Dubois County Health Department is reminding residents to stay vigilant in protecting themselves from West Nile Virus and other mosquito-borne diseases. The Dubois County Health Department encourages everyone in the county to protect themselves from being bitten by mosquitoes by following these simple steps: apply insect repellent containing DEET to clothes and exposed skin; wear light colored clothing; Avoid wet, highly vegetative areas where mosquitoes live; and avoid being outdoors during prime mosquito biting times, dusk to dawn, when possible. Some simple steps to prevent mosquitoes from breeding are as follows. Eliminate areas of standing water on your property, Repair failing septic systems, Remove any containers that will hold water, Clean your clogged gutters, Keep grass cut short and shrubbery trimmed.  Tall vegetation is an excellent harborage area for mosquitoes, Keep swimming pools chlorinated and clean, The basic rule is; if water lasts more than 4 days mosquitoes can reproduce. Even a small bucket can produce up to a 1,000 mosquitoes in just a few days. Some symptoms of West Nile Virus are; High Fever, Severe Headache, Stiff Neck, Muscle weakness or paralysis, Nausea, vomiting, and Confusion. West Nile Virus can also infect our domestic animals like horses.  The Virus is very serious and often fatal in horses. It is very important to contact your Veterinarian to get your horse immunized if you haven’t already.

Friday, September 28th, 2018

A Lawrence County Man was arrested on a warrant Sunday for dealing meth. 43-year-old Charles Bish of Mitchell was charged with dealing meth, a Level 4 felony, and possession of meth, a Level 6 felony. According to police, in August, a Lawrence County Drug Task Force confidential informant purchased more than a gram of meth from Bish, according to a Lawrence Superior Court I probable cause affidavit. The affidavit only lists one buy made by the informant. Bish was then booked into the Lawrence County Jail.

Gibson County Sheriff's deputies arrested two men in connection with the burglary of a Patoka convenience store early Tuesday morning. After responding to an alarm at the Trade Mart on West Grave Street in Patoka, deputies discovered the store had been broken into and several items were taken. Following an investigation, officers arrested 19-year-old Ashtin Lang, of Patoka, and 19-year-old Mark Mills of Evansville on a charge of burglary.

Thursday at approximately 5:13 p.m., Indiana State Troopers from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg responded to an overturned semi on the interstate ramp from I-265 WB to I-65 SB in Clark County. The preliminary investigation revealed the semi-tractor and trailer loaded with two steel coils was traveling west down the ramp when the loaded coils shifted causing the semi-tractor and trailer to overturn. 64 year old Roger Cole, of Gainesville, GA was driving the 1999 International semi-tractor and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Clark County Cor o ner's Office.

Thursday September 27th 2018

A Mitchell woman was taken to a hospital after a crash on State Road 37 and John Williams Boulevard Wednesday morning.  At 9:24 a.m., Kelly Reeder was traveling north on State Road 37, near John Williams Boulevard, in her 2015 Nissan Rogue. She told police she looked away from the road, and then realized she was traveling through the John Williams Boulevard intersection. She hit a 2007 Ford F-150 driven by 21 year-old  Isaac Beck of Paoli who was traveling west on John Williams Boulevard. Reeder said she thought the traffic light was red. According to a Bedford Police Department accident report Reeder suffered bleeding to her leg. She was taken to St. Vincent Dunn Hospital.  Beck was not injured.  Both drivers were wearing seat belts.

A 12-year-old boy was injured Wednesday afternoon after he rode his bike into the path of a vehicle on O Street.   According to a Bedford Police report, 29-year-old Andrew Hartsock, was traveling south on O Street when Skyler Christenberry rode in front of the vehicle as he attempted to cross O Street between 16th and 17th streets.  Skyler struck the  2002 Buick Le Sabre of Hartsock's on the front of the driver's side.  Skyler suffered a bruise to his knee or lower leg. IU Health Hospital ambulance responded and Erin Wade, Skyler's mother was contacted and came to the scene. She signed a medical release and told police she would take Skyler to the hospital.

Wednesday September 26th 2018

A woman was taken to a hospital after her truck hit a tree early this morning.  At 12:13 a.m., 53-year-old Debbie Schofield of Williams was traveling west on U.S. 50 West, near Connerly Cemetery Road, in her 2002 Ford Ranger when it hit a tree that had fallen onto the road, the report stated. After hitting the tree, the truck veered off the road and went down an embankment. The truck hit more trees before stopping.  According to a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department accident report she was taken to Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital after she complained of pain to her face, chest, neck and arms.

Tuesday September 25th 2018

The Indiana Department of Transportation announces a road closure for a structure replacement project on State Road 145.   Beginning on Monday, Oct. 1, contractors will close State Road 145 about 1 mile south of the intersection of State Road 56. Workers will be excavating and then replacing a drainage structure.  Depending upon weather conditions the work is expected to last until early November.  During this time, the road will be closed around the clock. Local traffic will have access up to the point of closure. All through traffic should use the official detour using State Road 56, State Road 545 and State Road 164.  INDOT urges drivers to slow down and stay alert near crews.

A Fire destroyed a steel-and-fabric hoop barn that was used to store hay east of Ferdinand this morning.   Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department units were called to the Patrick and Lori Fromme farm at 4622 E. Convent Road at 7:17 a.m. Fire Chief John Hoppenjans said that the 40-by-100-foot structure contained about 150 large round hay bales valued at an estimated $6,000. The structure did not have electrical service so spontaneous combustion would have to be considered a likely possibility for the fire’s cause.  A track hoe was brought to pull apart smoldering bales at the scene so hot spots could be extinguished.  Five trucks and at least 20 firefighters responded. They were still on the scene as today’s newspaper went to press.  A Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services ambulance crew remained on standby as a precaution but there were no injuries.

Monday September 24th 2018

A fire reported late Saturday night destroyed an abandoned house in Dubois.   The owner of a neighboring property noticed fire at the house on Third and Sycamore streets owned by Kristy Ranck of Fort Worth, Texas, and called 911 at 11:10 p.m.   Upon arrival firefighters found the southwest corner of the house fully engulfed in flames with the fire spreading throughout the structure.  Firefighters extinguished the flames quickly but not before the house was considered a total loss.  A track hoe was brought to the scene to tear down the house after it was deemed too unsafe for firefighters to put out hot spots from its interior.  The fire’s cause is unknown.  Three trucks and 18 firefighters responded.  The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Dubois Rural Electric Cooperative, Indiana State Police and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted.

A Saturday night report of a hit-and-run resulted in a man being taken to jail .  The Jasper Police Department was contacted at 6:43 p.m. by an employee of the Autozone on Indiana Street who reported observing a vehicle strike a light pole in the parking lot and then left the scene.  An officer located a vehicle matching the caller’s description a short time later in the south-side McDonald’s restaurant parking lot.  37 year old Ryan King of Washington was taken into custody and preliminarily charged with a misdemeanor count of leaving the scene of a property damage accident and an officer also cited King for driving while suspended.  Authorities booked King into the Dubois County Jail at 9:14 p.m. He posted bond later Saturday night.

Two drivers were injured in a two-vehicle accident on Tunnelton Road Saturday afternoon.   According to a Lawrence County Sheriff's Department report a 16-year-old male from Bedford was driving north on Tunnelton Road in Bedford in a 200 Chevrolet S-10 at the same time 50-year-old David Newsome, of Bedford, was traveling south in a 1989 Chevrolet pickup.  As the teen approached Newsome's truck, Newsome went left of center. The teen attempted to avoid the oncoming pickup but the two collided head-on.  Newsome complained of chest and rib pain and suffered a head laceration. He was taken to St. Vincent Dunn Hospital for treatment.  The teenager complained of chest pain and his passenger were both checked at the scene and then released.

Friday, September 21st, 2018

A jury found Travis Wall guilty of operating a vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance and causing an accident that killed 50-year-old Russell Stephens of Martinsville Wednesday. Stephen, was killed on Oct. 19 in a crash on North Walnut Street between North Old State Road 37 and East Blue Ridge Drive. Wall was traveling southbound when he drove his car across the center line and collided head-on with a northbound 1990 Harley Davidson Motorcycle driven by Stephen. Stephen was ejected from his motorcycle and died at the scene. Police say 37-year-old Wall, of Bloomington, failed dexterity tests at the scene, and he submitted to a blood draw. Police believe he was under the influence of methamphetamines. At the conclusion of Wall's jury trial Wednesday, he also had a charge of causing death when operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated dismissed. Walls will be sentenced at 11 a.m. on November 19th. A video sentencing hearing was set for 11 a.m. Nov. 19 in Monroe Circuit Court 9. Online jail and prison records did not list Wall as being in custody.

Martinsville city officials are considering a plan to fight the spread of bed bugs by requiring discarded mattresses be wrapped in sealed plastic bags. Martinsville Mayor, Shannon Kohl, says she has heard from police officers, firefighter, and EMTs about frequent encounters with bed bugs when responding to homes. The idea was brought to the council after talking with someone in the medical field. The plan would also include a requirement that any resident setting out a mattress to be picked up on bulk trash pickup day must first wrap the mattress in a sealed plastic bag.City leaders are consulting with the city attorney to draft language for an ordinance. It could be January before an official proposal goes before the city council.

The U.S. Census Bureau is starting to recruit people to help with preparations for the 2020 Census. Currently, Census officials are looking for people to be recruiting assistants in Dubois and a few other counties in Indiana. Recruiting assistants meet with government officials, business leaders, employment agencies, media outlets, community centers, faith-based groups, and other groups to promote census employment opportunities. They also get local organizations to donate space for census assessment and training sessions; recruit local residents for census projects and positions; review recruiting reports and maps; and give impromptu presentations to diverse audiences. Along with Dubois County, assistants are being sought for Clark and Monroe counties. Those applying for Census positions must be at least 18, be a U.S. citizen; have a valid Social Security number and email address; and pass a Census-performed criminal background check and a review of criminal records, including fingerprinting. Males born in 1960 or after must be registered with selective service or have a qualifying exemption. Candidates must complete an application and answer assessment questions, commit to training and have access to a computer, and be available to work flexible hours, have a valid driver’s license, and have access to a vehicle if no public transportation is available. If hired, workers cannot engage in any partisan political activity while on duty. Additional information about the jobs can be found at www.2020census.gov/jobs Questions can be directed to the Chicago Regional Census Center Recruiting Team at 312-579-1585, 855-562-2020 or chicago.rcc.recruiting@2020.gov.

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

A Lawrence County man who was arrested Tuesday for aggravated battery causing the death of an 18-month-old boy remains in jail on a $200,000 bond. According to a press release from the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department, Lawrence County Central Dispatch received a 911 call at 8:57 a.m. Saturday regarding an unconscious 18-month-old male in the 1900 block of Old Vincennes Road. Deputies from the sheriff's department, Huron Volunteer Fire Department and AMR/St. Vincent Dunn Hospital responded to the incident. Detectives, the Lawrence County Coroner and Indiana State Police officers began the death investigation. Following the examination the next day, they found the cause of death to be from an acute subdural hemorrhage to the brain, and ruled the death a homicide. 29 year old Jessie Phillips, of Mitchell was arrested following a post-mortem examination of the child Sunday. Phillips was the boyfriend of the child's mother. Phillips was charged with aggravated battery. Phillips remains in the Lawrence County Security Center on a $200,000 bond. The investigation remains active. Anyone with information about the case is advised to call detective Sgt. Phillips at (812) 275-3316. 

Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter and Jasper District Commander Lieutenant Jason Allen have selected Trooper Kaitlyn Greene to serve as the next Jasper District K-9 Handler. Greene was selected as the district’s new K-9 handler after an arduous selection process that involved a written examination, performance assessment and oral interview. Greene is currently attending the Indiana State Police K-9 Academy. This is an 11-14 week process where numerous K-9 Master Trainers instill their years of training and expertise into Green and her K-9 partner Drogos. K-9 Drogos is a 5-year-old German Shepherd from Poland. Trp. Greene and K-9 Drogos will be certified in narcotics (heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana, crack, cocaine, ecstasy) detection, tracking, aggression, area search, article search and more. Trp. Greene and K-9 Drogos are expected to complete their training in approximately three months.

The prospect of constructing the long-discussed Midstate Corridor project took a leap forward Wednesday night when the Jasper Common Council authorized the commitment of more than $1 million in funds to a necessary environmental impact study for the potential highway. The city agreed to contribute approximately $1.4 million to the regional development authority organizing the project — an amount that will be paid out over a three-year span and could change in the future. Local government sources have been tasked with raising $3.5 million of that number, and private contributors are responsible for the other half of the funds. The private portion of the $7 million has been contractually pledged and the RDA currently has more than $700,000 in hand for the study, with more private dollars coming in later this year. Though the precise route of the potential corridor will depend on the environmental study, Kaiser stressed that an RDA agreement with INDOT says the group has a “desire to cooperate and review an existing four-lane, divided U.S. 231 facility from the Ohio River to the I-64 Dale interchange, and develop a high-level rural highway through Dubois County, originating at the I-64 Dale interchange and connecting with I-69, possibly via State Road 37.” The exact cost of the study won’t be known until later this year or early next year when the state goes through its request-for-proposal process and the study portion of the project is bid out and awarded.

Wednesday September 19th 2018

This past Monday, officers from the Indiana State Police, Salem Police Department and Washington County Sheriff’s Department executed arrest warrants and search warrants across Washington County. The first location, at 410 Baird Blvd., yielded two arrested on arrest warrants out of Washington County. 28 year old Jennifer Baker of Salem was arrested on six drug charges resulting from arrest warrants from Washington County. A male located in the residence, 32 year old Sean Thompson also of Salem was arrested on two outstanding arrest warrants out of Washington County for Aiding in the Dealing of Heroin. Along with the charges from the warrants both subjects were also charged with several more drug charges.  The second location investigated was 521 East Charles Street in Pekin. Three individuals, 59 year old Gregory Tweedy,57 year old, Kathy Tweedy, and 28 year old Evan Tweedy, . All three subjects lived at the residence in Pekin. All three of the residents had arrest warrants for the charges of Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of Marijuana and Cultivating Marijuana. All three subjects were charged with the additional charges of  Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of Marijuana and Cultivating Marijuana, Evan Tweedy was charged with the additional charges of Possession of a Schedule One Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Kathy Tweedy and Evan Tweedy were arrested at the scene but Gregory Tweedy who was not home turned himself into the Washington County Sheriff’s Department.  The third location was 109 Allen Court in Salem, at this location five people were arrested, 48 year old Tim Root from Salem, was charged with Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia. 63 year old Karen Sue Lashbrooks of Salem, was charged with Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine and Maintaining a Common Nuisance. 37 year old Daniel Crady of Salem, was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Visiting a Common Nuisance. 56 year old Deborah Morgan of Salem, was charged with Visiting a Common Nuisance. 39 year old Joshua Lee Burnett of Borden was charged with Visiting a Common Nuisance.  Along with the arrests Methamphetamine, Heroin, A Schedule One Controlled Substance, Marijuana and Paraphernalia were located.   All of the arrested subjects were incarcerated at the Washington County Jail.

Authorities believe two people were transported for treatment this morning/Wednesday due to being sickened by carbon monoxide escaping in their home.  According to Jasper Volunteer Fire Department Chief Kenny Hochgesang An ambulance was called just after 6 a.m. today to assist a woman in the 900 block of Hasenour Avenue who reported experiencing vertigo-like symptoms.  Once at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center carbon monoxide was reportedly found in the woman’s system.  Firefighters and the Jasper Police Department responded at 6:45 a.m after the woman told them her juvenile son was still at the home. The juvenile was not alert and had to be carried outside by an officer and a firefighter and then transported for treatment.  The fire department confirmed the house contained a high amount of carbon monoxide.  The Gas was shut off to the house until a contractor and authorities could track down the source of the carbon monoxide.  Two trucks and five firefighters were on the scene for approximately 75 minutes.  Jasper Municipal Utilities and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services also assisted.

Tuesday September 18th 2018

French Lick Resort is launching a $17 million construction project that will add 56 guestrooms and a new sports bar. Both are being built in the vicinity of the Event Center and French Lick Casino. The first phases of construction are underway, with both the six-story guestroom addition and sports bar set for completion in the fall of 2019.  The sports bar and additional guestrooms are the latest major investment the resort has made over the past 12 years. The following include the opening of French Lick Casino in 2006; the adjacent Event Center that underwent a $20 million expansion in 2015; the nearby Exhibition Hall that is nearing completion of an extensive renovation; and the current renovation of the former Billiards and Bowling Pavilion into an upscale venue for weddings and other special functions.  The additional rooms will add to the existing 686 guestrooms at French Lick Resort’s two historic hotels. Currently they have 443 at French Lick Springs Hotel and 243 at West Baden Springs Hotel and this project will bring the resort’s overall capacity to 742 rooms.  The new rooms and sports bar are both going up near French Lick Casino, with the sports bar and Handicap accessible guestrooms on the ground level in an area that currently exists as casino shell space and outside parking on the northwestern side of the casino. In total, the sports bar and new guestrooms will encompass 54,450 additional square feet.  Construction of the rooms has been contracted to Krempp Construction, Inc located out of Jasper that. Krempp Construction was heavily involved in the resort’s extensive renovations in the mid-2000s, Krempp Construction will this time oversee the formation of a brand-new facility with work beginning promptly on the new room structure.  The room additions and sports bar are expected to bring even more growth when it comes to the local workforce. The Resort anticipates hiring more than 100 new associates to staff the new facilities and the resort as a whole with the expected increase of guests looking for things to do all across the property.

Three Dubois County people are behind bars after a multi-agency investigation led police to more than $30,000 of methamphetamine.  According to Indiana State Police, Trooper Connor Giesler stopped a 2007 Chevrolet Equinox at the 74.5 mile-marker on Interstate 64 Thursday, September 13, 2018, for speeding in a posted construction zone.  The driver was identified as 27 year old Jakob Batchelor of Jasper. Two passengers in the vehicle were identified as 62 year old Barbara Kelly of Huntingburg and 32 year old Jeremy Siddons of Jasper.  During the traffic stop, officers became suspicious of potential drug activity. Trooper Giesler requested a K-9 officer to respond.  A Georgetown Police Officer Charlie Morgan and his K-9 Partner, Felony, responded to Giesler’s request.   Officer Morgan’s K-9 Felony conducted a free air sniff of Batchelor’s vehicle and gave a positive indicating the presence of illegal narcotics. Officers searched Batchelor’s vehicle and located nearly 316 grams of methamphetamine, numerous drug paraphernalia items and an undisclosed amount of cash.  Kelly, Batchelor and Siddons were all arrested without incident and incarcerated at the Perry County Jail on several drug related charges.

Monday, September, 19th, 2018

Jasper Police pulled a passenger from a burning car early Sunday morning after it crashed near the 15th Street bridge in Jasper. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, at around 2:50 a.m 28 year old Milagro Funes, of Jasper, was eastbound on 15th Street in Jasper, when for an unknown reason the 2007 Nissan Rogue she was driving went off the south side of the street just east of the Patoka River bridge. The Nissan struck a tree, continued eastbound before rolling on its side resting against a chain link fence. The vehicle caught fire and Funes was able to crawl from the vehicle despite having a broken leg. A passenger, Rene Antonio Vanegas, was pulled from the vehicle by Jasper police officers.The Nissan was fully engulfed in flames when Jasper Volunteer Firefighters arrived.Funes suffered multiple injuries and Vanegas suffered facial injuries. The Nissan was totaled. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Jasper Police Department, Jasper Volunteer Fire Department, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and a Uebelhor & Sons wrecker.

The body of a missing Indiana canoeist was found Sunday morning, state conservation officers said.
At 10:56 a.m., conservation officers with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources recovered the body of 27 year old Siddharth Panicker, of Columbus, in the Driftwood River near where he was last seen. His cause of death was ruled an accidental drowning, according to a news release Sunday from the Bartholomew County coroner's office. Indiana Conservation Officers were assisted in the search and recovery by Bartholomew County Sheriff's Department, Columbus Fire Department, Franklin Fire Department, German Township Fire Department, Bargersville Fire Department, Indianapolis Fire Department, and Indiana State Police.

Only minor injuries were reported when a tree limb fell onto the top of a Linton/Stockton High school bus loaded with cheerleaders headed to a football game Friday. Greene County authorities say the bus was going to a Cardinal/Ritter game at 4:22 p.m. The bus was traveling on West State Road 54 near Greene County 230 North when a tree limb fell and punctured through the roof of the bus driven by Chelsea Hawkins. Hawkins along with 13 teens, some suffering minor injuries were evaluated at the scene. The juveniles were released to family members and the bus was able to be driven back to Linton/Stockton High School.







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