***Q-100 News***

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Fire departments from the Guthrie, Pleasant Run and Shawswick townships in Lawrence County were called to assist crews from Jackson County in fighting a house fire Wednesday near Norman. Firefighters were dispatched to the scene at 9:35 p.m and the fire was in Jackson County’s Owen Township, which is just over the line from Pleasant Run Township. Firefighters say the home’s residents were at work when the fire struck and the home is still standing, but there was pretty substantial damage. Crews remained at the scene until about midnight. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Around 10:04 Thursday morning, Master Trooper Brian LaRoche was patrolling Interstate 64 near the 61 mile marker, when he observed a black 2004 BMW sedan traveling eastbound at 103 miles per hour. Master Trooper LaRoche caught the BMW and identified the driver as 21 year old Logan W. Davis of Louisville, KY. LaRoche, while speaking with Davis, detected the odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle. Troopers Justin Mears and Philip Lubbers assisted Master Trooper LaRoche, and later found Davis to be under the influence of marijuana. Davis was arrested without incident and transported to the Spencer County Jail for Operating While Intoxicated with a Controlled Substance. Arrested and Charged was 21 year old Logan W. Davis of Louisville, KY with Operating While Intoxicated - Controlled Substance, Class A Misdemeanor

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Orange County REMC would like to warn the public of a telephone fraud that is targeting members. Several members have received calls from telephone number 800-489-7369 stating they had not paid electric bill, and were subject to disconnection. Members were then asked to make a payment immediately. Please be advised this is a scam.  Orange County REMC’s automated notification system calls members concerning prior balances, prepay accounts, planned outages and other possible situations where members need to be notified within a short period of time. Members are asked to verify they are the account holder then may then proceed to make a payment if desired.  Orange County REMC recommends anyone who has given credit or debit card information to contact his or her financial institution immediately to cancel the payment. @

Citizen’s Energy says Hoosiers could have lower home heating gas bills by keeping thermostats between 65 to 70 degrees while at home and lowering to 58 when away. This should not have any adverse effects on furnaces. Replacing furnace filters once a month during the winter keeps furnaces breathing easier will and help lower gas consumption. Also suggested is closing vents in rooms not in use.

In Martinsville, Indiana University Health is planning to let go of about 100 employees at Morgan Hospital. The permanent layoffs are expected to begin at the end of March. IU Health says it will offer severance packages and outplacement services for the displaced workers.

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Visitors to the French Lick Resort are being contacted about a possible breach on credit cards. Resort officials say the breach would affect custome4rs who were at the resort between April 23d and January 21st and used a credit card. An investigation revealed that malware was introduced to the payment system.

The federal government has given the green light to an expansion of Indiana’s health program
 for low-income residents. Individuals age 19 to 64 who make less than $16,105 annually will be eligible to enroll as well as families of four with an income of $32,913 or less. Uniinsured residents can start to sign up for health care coverage as soon as next month under the “Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0.

An Odon man injured in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday morning at the intersection of Hwy 37 and Patton Hill in Lawrence County. 53 year old Joseph Hill was driving a 95 Buick south on Hwy 37 and making a left turn onto Main Street in Oolitic. A 2008 Nissan, driven by 25 year old Estevan Ayala of Mitchell, ran a red light and struck the Buick. Police say Ayala was at fault for disregarding a stop light. 

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 

Some ice on roadways this morning,, The Orange County Sheriff’s Department warns of black ice, and reports several slide offs.. Stay home if you can,, Crawford County, West Washington and Salem Schools on a two hour delay.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Indiana farmers last year planted more acres in popcorn than ever before and produced a record crop despite abnormally wet conditions, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Farmers planted 91,000 acres of corn used to make popcorn, up 10,000 acres from 2013, according to a National Agricultural Statistics Service report produced for Purdue University. They harvested 90,000 acres, also up 10,000 acres from the previous year.  Although the amount of Indiana acres harvested in popcorn was small compared with the 5.77 million acres in corn grown for grain, Indiana is regarded as the second-largest popcorn producer in the nation behind Nebraska.

A Brownstown man was killed in a one vehicle crash Monday evening on Hwy 50 near the Jackson and Lawrence County Line. 58 year old David Mark Sterling was driving a 99 Mercury Mountaineer when he hit a guardrail, rolled over and traveled into a ravine. He was ejected and killed in the crash. US 50 was shut down for about 45 minutes.

Monday, January 26th, 2015

A Lawrence County man arrested Sunday morning after police say he entered a home in the 2500 block of Sanders Lane in Bedford and pointed a shotgun at a couple. According to Bedford Police, officers were contacted after a woman made a frantic 911 call at 4:11 a.m. reporting a man was in her home and had a gun and then hung up. Officers after arriving at the home say they saw two men exit the home and immediately placed both men in handcuffs. Officers learned that 23-year-old Patrick Gary of Bedford entered the home, walked into the couple's bedroom and pointed a loaded shotgun at them and that he was going to shoot them. Gary was arrested on charges of invasion of privacy, public intoxication, intimidation, residential entry, pointing a firearm and criminal recklessness with a weapon.

A Lawrence County man suffered arm and shoulder pain after a two vehicle crash Friday near the Lawrence County 4-H Fairgrounds. According to a Lawrence County police report, 79-year-old James Durnill of Bedford was driving his 2006 Chevrolet pickup west on U.S. 50 and was preparing to turn into a driveway in the 11000 block of U.S. 50 West when his pickup was hit in the rear by a 2007 GMC Envoy driven by 21-year-old Kaylea Mundel of Shoals. Mundel told police she was giving a child, who was in the back seat, a sippy cup and didn't see the pickup stop. Mundel's vehicle collifed with Durnill's pickup and a maibox. She and the child were not injured, but Durnill complained of shoulder and upper arm pain.

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

An Lawrence County man has been jailed on drug-related charges after an investigation by the Lawrence County Drug Task Force. According to police reports, Bedford Police officers had received information that 26 year old Reed Crane of Oolitic could be involved in illegal drug activity and also information on what type of vehicle he was in on Thursday. Officers then located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. During that stop, police made a canine search and it did alert to the possible presence of drugs in the back seat. Officers found a package with some residue in it, and the substance tested positive for a synthetic drug. Crane was then arrested and charged with dealing in a synthetic drug, possession of a synthetic drug, possession of paraphernalia and trafficking. After Crane was taken to the Lawrence County Jail, an additional search was done and authorities found two more packages of synthetic drugs in Crane’s groin area. He booked into the Lawrence County jail at 1:44 p.m. His bond is set at $20,000 surety or $2,005 cash.

Huntingburg police have arrested a woman after an insurance fraud investigation revealed that she allegedly used a false identity while receiving medical treatment dating back as far as June of 2012. Huntingburg Police launched the investigation in October after receiving a report from an insurance company involving someone going by the name Sarah Ann Hernandez. According to police reports, the investigation revealed that 42 year old Bernice Barrientos-Galcana, of Huntingburg was hired by a local furniture company under the alias of Sarah Ann Hernandez. Barrientos-Galcana allegedly had a fraudulent date of birth and fake Indiana Driver’s License under the assumed name. The insurance carrier became aware of the fraudulent identification after it was received from Jasper Memorial Hospital. Tuesday evening, Gogel, with the assistance of Dubois County Sheriff’s Department deputy Jesus Monarrez, spoke with Barrientos-Galcana at the Huntingburg police station and subsequently arrested her for Level 6 felony synthetic identity deception. Authorities booked Barrientos-Galcana into the Dubois County Jail.

A bill sponsored by a State Senator from Bedford, that makes intentionally decapitating someone a crime eligible for the death penalty, has been approved by the Indiana Senate. Senators voted 45-4 on Thursday in favor of the proposal. Bill sponsor Sen. Brent Steele, R-Bedford, argues current state law only allows prosecutors to seek the death penalty for anyone convicted of torturing or mutilation before a killing or decapitating someone who is already dead. Death penalty opponents contend the measure isn’t necessary and that capital punishment amounts to “recycling the violence.” The proposal now goes to the Indiana House for consideration.

Thursday, January 22d, 2015

Over 78,000 dollars in drug money, along with meth, marijuana and firearms were seized in a Daviess County drug raid investigation this week. 47 year old Alan Fox was arrested and is facing multiple charges.

Full time manufacturing jobs for non-college degree workers pay a wage premium of more than $37,000
annually over jobs in other economic sectors and have a significant positive impact on the economy according to a report from Economic Policy Institute. In Indiana the average manufacturing worker makes $17.67 an hour compared to $15.77 for all other workers, an annual wage difference of $3,952 for the usual 2,080 working hours in a year. In Indiana, manufacturing makes up 16.85% of jobs.

Purdue Extension and Indiana Pork have announced plans ofr this year’s Southern Indiana Pork Conference. It is slated for January 30th in Jasper.. It will run from 10am to 4:30pm and focus key issues in the pork industry like regulations, swine production and animal health. More information is available at Indianapork.org.

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Dubois County Coroner Bob Veatch, has confirmed the remains found in a burned farm home Saturday are those of a man in his 50s. Authorities presumed 56 year old Michael Bauer perished in that fire. Bauer’s family was informed Saturday night that the human remains were found in the area of the bedroom. A forensic anthropologist is working on a positive identification. Dubois Volunteer Fireman were called to a multi-structure fire on the property at 9779 North 400 east in Dubois Saturday afternoon. Upon arrival, firefighters observed the home and three barn-type structures had burned to the ground.

Bloomfield – Indiana State Police Detectives are continuing their investigation
into the disappearance of Marina Boelter of Bloomfield who was last seen on New Year's Eve getting into what was described as a four door 2009-2011 Mercury Milan near the Bloomfield IGA.  The person of interest reported as the driver of the Mercury was described as a white male, in his 40’s or 50’s and heavy set.  Investigators have exhausted these leads and need no more information or tips regarding that vehicle or the person described.  Marina Boelter was last seen wearing blue jeans with rhinestone designs on the back pockets, a black and purple jacket and Nike tennis shoes, described as white, with a pink swoosh and black trim.  Detectives and Troopers are still following up on leads and information that comes their way. Please call (812) 332-4411 and speak to the Post Commander or contact ISP Bloomington via Facebook (Curt Durnil, Indiana State Police or Twitter @ISPBloomington) with any new information.  Tips can remain anonymous.

Statistics reveal that Indiana is one of the worst states in the country for infant mortality. Hoosier infants are 25 percent more likely to die within the first year of life. Officials say this can be prevented, especially by addressing problems with smoking and obesity.  

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

At 9:26 p.m. Monday night, Dubois Firefighters were called to the Steve Stackhouse property, 8389 N Cuzco Road North. A passerby called 911 with the report of flames showing. Upon firefighters' arrival, they found an area of debris burning that the land owner had intentionally set. No one was at the property at the time of the call and the fire was extinguished. The property was the site of a house fire that occurred earlier last year and the property owner has been cleaning up what was left of the home. There were three trucks with 26 firemen responding to the scene and were there for about 15 minutes.Clean-energy supporters in Indiana say a new bill would kill solar power in the state. House Bill 1320, introduced by Rep. Eric Koch, R-Bedford, would change terms and allow demand charges for utility customers who generate electricity with solar systems. Electricity customers in Indiana who use solar power receive credits for selling excess power back to the grid. Those against the bill say H-B 1320 would minimize those credits, and allow utilities to set fixed charges for solar users. Brad Morton of Morton Solar in Evansville is among those speaking out against the legislation, saying it would increase the cost to install solar power, effectively killing it in Indiana.

The Springs Valley Blackhawk Brigade was on WHAS11 last Wednesday. The band was the overall winner of the WHAS11 Band of the Week. The prize was a spot on Great Day Live. The band performed on three segments and was the initial teaser to start the show. Students performed at the KFS YUM Center in downtown Louisville. 87 students traveled with the band.  

Monday, January 19th, 2015

At 3:01 p.m. Saturday afternoon, Dubois Volunteer Firefighters were called to the report of multiple structures on fire at the Mike Bauer residence, 9779 N 400 E. Upon arrival, firefighters found a home and three barn type structures burned to the ground. A family member to Mr. Bauer called in the incident. A short time after firefighters arrived on scene, it was brought to their attention that Mr. Bauer could not be located. All of his vehicles were at the scene along with all the tractors that Mr. Bauer used on the farm. Family members who arrived on scene made numerous phone calls to try to account for him. A representative was called in from the state fire marshal's office who began an investgation. Personnel on scene began to sift through the area where Mr. Bauer's bedroom was believed to be and found some remains that could not be identified on scene as human. These remains were taken by the coroner and are to be examined by a forensic pathologist sometime on Monday. Sunday morning, units from the fire department were back on the scene with the fire marshall's office, coroner, and a search team with cadaver dogs from Ohio Valley Search and Rescue. The search dogs did give some signals near the area where the remains were found. Mr. Bauer has not come forward at this time and it has been presumed that he parished in the fire. There were four trucks with thirty firefighters responding to the scene Saturday afternoon. Units were on the scene for about four and a half hours. It was determined that the fire probably started sometime between 1:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. The fire appeared to have started at the home and spread to the two nearby building by wind. The location of the residence was very remote making it hard for anyone to have noticed it. The cause of the fire is undetermined. Fire personnel were assisted on scene by the state fire marshal's office, Dubois County Coroner, Dubois County EMS and the Dubois County sheriff's department

Spencer, Ind. – Indiana Conservation Officer divers recovered two juveniles Sunday afternoon who had fallen through the ice of a rural rock quarry north of Spencer, Indiana. At approximately 1328 hours Owen County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a 911 call in reference to two juveniles who had fallen through the ice.
First Responders arrived and navigated steep rocky terrain to reach the waters edge. Indiana Conservation Officer Divers located the two juveniles within minutes of entering the water. They had been submerged for approximately an hour and a half in 11 feet of water. Both victims were taken to I.U. Health Bloomington Hospital and pronounced dead. .They have been identified as 17 year old Edward" Shoemaker, of Spencer and 13 year old Dominic Arthur, of Coal City. Autopsies are scheduled for today in Terre Haute, The pair had been ice fishing with family members at the rock quarry in rural Owen County. The ice was measured at less than three inches thick.  Indiana Conservation Officers note that the warming temperatures had contributed to the deterioration of the ice. Always verify the thickness of the ice before venturing out on it.

Today is a Federal holiday,, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, with government offices, some schools and business’ closed.

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Lawrence County Police arrested a 29-year-old man Wednesday morning after finding him in possession of two syringes containing heroin. According to a Police report, Matthew Irwin, who was listed in the jail log as being homeless, was a passenger in a vehicle driven by 21-year-old Dillon Shaw of Mitchell. Shaw was pulled over by a Lawrence County Police Department canine officer for an equipment violation. After Shaw consented to his vehicle being searched, the canine indicated the presence of drugs. The officer who was assisted by a Mitchell Police Department officer, searched the car and found two syringes in Irwin’s possession. The contents of both syringes tested positive for heroin. Irwin was booked into jail at 2:22 a.m. for possession of a Schedule I controlled substance (heroin) and possession of paraphernalia with his bond set at $7,500 surety or $755 cash. Shaw, the driver, was issued a citation for an expired license plate.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department arrested a Holland resident drug-related charges Tuesday afternoon. According to a police reports, The Dubois County Superior Court issued a search warrant based on probable cause the sheriff’s department presented as part of an ongoing investigation into drug activities. Deputies and an Indiana State Police K-9 unit executed the search warrant at Mangel’s auto care business in Holland and located 48 grams of marijuana and scales. Arrested was 56 year old Don Mangel of Holland and he was charged with Level 6 felony count of maintaining a common nuisance and misdemeanor counts of dealing marijuana and marijuana possession. Dubois County deputies found marijuana on Mangels person during the arrest. The Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office also assisted with the incident. The investigation is ongoing.

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Postal authorities are investigating a burglary at the French Lick Post Office that occurred between January 8th and 9th. French Lick Post Office customers are being asked to review recent mail and accounts to determine if they are missing anything. A $10,000 reward is being offered for the arrest and conviction of those responsible. Call Postal Inspection Service toll free at 1-877-876-2455 with any information.

The French Lick Resort will unveil it’s 20 million dollar Meeting and Event Center today. The 163,000 square foot addition is the largest privately-owned meeting space in the state and now features 27 meeting rooms.

Three cases of “Whooping Couth” or Pertussis have been diagnosed at Bradie Schrum Elementary School in Salem. The health department says three people, two juveniles and an adult are being treated with antibiotics for the disease. Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory disease and is known for uncontrollable violent coughing making it hard to breath. More information can be found about the disease at www.in.gov/isdh.

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department has released their statistics for the month of December. A total of 250 court papers were served: 43 traffic tickets issued. 63 warnings, 260 public service duties, 295 courtesy checks, investigated 17 traffic accidents, 24 crimes and 2 incidents. The top 2 crimes in the county in December were: Failure to Appear, with 20 charges filed and theft with 17 charges filed.

For the first time a Muslim lawmaker will serve on the House Intelligence Committee. Congressman Andre Carson would be named to the Intelligence Panel by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Carson now serves in the House Armed Services Committee and in the past has worked for Homeland Security.

The Springs Valley Church of the Nazarene will provide the noon meal this Thursday, January 15th. The church is located at 763 Bears Bend Road in French Lick. The meal will be served from 11:30am to 1pm. The public is welcome.

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Indiana University Police report a rape at Eignmann Residence Hall Sunday. A Female told IU Police that she had met the man over social media and the two agreed to meet in person. After the two consumed alcohol, the rape took place without her consent.  The male is described as a white male, 5-foot-9-inches, 160 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. A Crime Alert email was sent to students warning them to beware of predators using social media and using alcohol and or drugs to target potential victims. Students were warned to be aware of their surroundings and to speak up and call police if they see someone in trouble. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact Indiana University Police at (812) 855-4111.

Firefighters from four departments responded to a fire at 9:16pm Monday in Oolitic. The fire was at a home in the 200 block of Indiana Avenue. Fflames and smoke were coming out of windows and from under the eve of the roof. The fire was under control at 12:30am. And was contrained to the attic and upstairs area, however the lower level sustained smoke and water damage. The cause is under investigation by the State Fire Marshall.

An Indiana Senate committee takes up a bill today to authorize the death penalty for beheadings. The maxmimum sentence for murder in Indiana is 65 years. It only becomes eligible for capital punishment or life without parole if it meeets one of 34 aggravating factors, from the killer being on probation to the victim being tortured.

Monday, January 12th, 2015

A Orange County woman escaped injuries this morning when she lost control of her vehicle near the Dubois Crossroads. According to a Dubois County Sheriffs report, at around 4:23AM, Kimberly Campbess of French Lick lost control of her 1999 Ford Ranger on the hill approaching the Dubois cross roadson State Road 56 near county Road 575E. When Campbess lost control, the Ranger struck and embankment and then overturned. Deputies said road and weather conditions were a factor. No injuries were reported. The truck was considered a total loss. Dubois First Responders, Jasper Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services, and a wrecker from Uebelhor and Sons responded.

At approximately 8:25PM Saturday, Indiana State Police, Gibson County Sheriff’s Department and Oakland City Police responded to a residence located at 622 Walnut Street in Oakland City to serve an arrest warrant on 20 year old Megan Mitchell.  She was wanted out of Gibson and Pike Counties for various offenses.  After arriving, one officer went to the rear of the residence and observed a male walking through the backyard.  When the male was ordered to take his hand out of his pocket a knife fell to the ground. He was identified as 39 year old Christopher Jones, of Petersburg. A further search discovered over two-grams of meth and a syringe in a coat pocket. Jones was arrested and taken to the Gibson County Jail. While officers were outside the residence they detected a strong odor commonly associated with the manufacturing of meth.  A search of the residence revealed a meth lab and drug paraphernalia in the attic.  The homeowner, 49 year old Darrell Mitchell, was arrested along with Megan Mitchell and 20 year old Amber Reiner, of Newburgh.  Darrell Mitchell, Jones and Reiner were taken to the Gibson County Jail where they are currently being held on bond.  Megan Mitchell was taken to the Pike County Jail where she is currently being held on a $150,000 bond.

Friday, January 9th, 2015

The Indiana State Police along with the Bloomfield Police Department are asking for assistance in the disappearance of 18 year old and mother of one, Marina Boelter, last seen near the IGA Grocery Store in Bloomfield. State Police along with local law enforcement agencies are using every available resource and lead to find information as to Boelter’s whereabouts. Boelter was last seen on New Year's Eve getting into what's been described as a four door 2009-2011 Mercury Milan near the Bloomfield IGA. The vehicle’s color has been reported as everything from silver to beige, even gold in color. The Mercury has multi-spoke rims, a spoiler and a blue tooth or cellular shark fin antenna on top. Investigators also now have an unknown person of interest in the case. The person has been reported as the driver of the Mercury and has been described as a white male, in his 40’s or 50’s and heavy set. The male was also said to have been wearing glasses. Detectives are asking any business or residence that may have any video footage of US 231 in or around Bloomfield, Judson Street or Seminary Street to notify the Indiana State Police Bloomington Post at (812) 332-4411. Anyone with tips or information regarding the whereabouts of Marina Boelter can remain anonymous.

An autopsy on the body of a 4-year old Clark County boy allegedly beaten by his father has not determined his cause of death. Preliminary autopsy results and pending toxicology test results will be given to the Clark County Prosecutor‘s office. The boy was taken to Kosair Children‘s Hospital in Louisville, KY on January 3rd and died 5 days later. Charges have been filed against Hayden Duke‘s father, 27-year old Christopher Bruck.

Its probably safe to say that most Hoosiers are sick and tired of the cold blistering winds and the falling snow.
The good news is a warm-up is coming. Associate State Climatologist Ken Sheeringa says that the warm up will likely start sometime after next week. That doesn‘t mean temperatures will push into the 50‘s like they have earlier this winter, but they will even out and stay average to above average for some time. He says that the late winter will be much different than last winter a much drier forecast. Temperatures into February and March could be a little below average going into spring.  

Thursday, January
8th, 2014

A Dubois County man who is accused in the death of an infant, appeared in Dubois County Circuit Court Wednesday. Circuit Court Judge Nathan Verkamp established a $200,000 cash bond for Charles Hopf who is charged with Level 1 felony aggravated battery causing the death of a child less than 14 years of age. According to the investigative affidavit, Hopf was arrested December 20, 2014 after police were called to Jasper Memorial Hospital where an infant, Xavier Miller, was being treated for extensive injuries. Police were told that Xavier had been brought into the hospital by his aunt Asia Clay and Charles Hopf at about 12:30 a.m. Hopf and Xavier’s mother, India Clay, were in relationship and Xavier had been in Hopf’s care since about 6:20 p.m. that night when India went to work. Xavier was transferred from Memorial Hospital to Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville where he was pronounced dead at 7:09 a.m. The Jefferson County medical examiner determined the cause of death to be blunt force trauma to the child’s head. Hopf was initially charged with Level 3 felony aggravated battery and booked into the Jail. With the death of the toddler, Hopf’s charges were upgraded to Level 1 felony aggravated battery causing the death of a child less than 14 years of age. The court also scheduled Hopf’s omnibus hearing for  February 9. An omnibus hearing is a pretrial hearing to determine admissibility of evidence in the trial.

A special needs child who has been hospitalized since he was allegedly beaten by his father has died.
Indiana State Police say Christopher Bruck, 27, of Underwood, IN, became upset with four-year-old Hayden on January 3 and hit him. During an interview earlier this week, Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull said Bruck hit the child after becoming agitated while watching television. After giving police several stories about how Hayden was injured, ISP said Bruck finally admitted to troopers what happened. Hayden had been in Kosair Children's Hospital since the night he was injured. Bruck is being held in the Clark County Jail. With the death of Hayden the current charges of aggravated battery and neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury are expected to be upgraded.

All residential and business consumers throughout Indiana’s 812 area code should be prepared for changes that are coming this year in preparation for the addition of the 930 area code.Beginning Feb. 7, 2015, all local calls made within the 812 area must be placed using the 10-digit telephone number (area code + the 7-digit telephone number). Calls that are currently local will continue to be local, even though 10-digit dialing will be required. Consumers throughout 812 have had the option of using either 7 or 10 digits to complete local calls since Mar. 1, 2014, to allow ample time to adjust to the changes. To ensure a continuing supply of telephone numbers, the new 930 area code will be added this year to the 812 region which generally covers the southern third of Indiana including Bloomington, Columbus, Evansville, New Albany, and Terre Haute. The new 930 area code will be “overlaid” or superimposed over the same geographical area as 812.  The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) ordered an area code overlay for the 812 region in July 2013, following a year-long case that included a seven-month public comment period and ten public field hearings throughout southern, south-central, and western Indiana. The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) filed testimony supporting the overlay method because it is the least disruptive option available. An overlay is the addition of a new area code to the same geographic region as a pre-existing area code. In this case, the 930 area code is being added to the area currently served by 812. An overlay does not require customers to change their existing area code.

Beginning Mar. 7, 2015, new telephone lines or services may be assigned numbers using the new 930 area code.

The most important facts for consumers to know about the upcoming 930 area code overlay are:

* Your current telephone number, including current area code, will not change.
* If you seek new phone service after Mar. 7, 2015, you may be assigned a phone number with the 930 area code.
* You will need to dial area code + telephone number for all local calls.
* You will continue to dial 1 + area code + telephone number for all long distance calls.
* What is a local call now will remain a local call. 
* The price of a call, coverage area, or other rates and services will not change due to the overlay.
* You can still dial just three digits to reach 911. You can also continue to dial three digits to reach 211 and 811,
as well as 311 and 511, where available.

Please remember to identify your telephone number as a ten digit number (Area Code + 7-digit telephone number), and include the area code when giving the number to friends, family, business associates and customers, etc. Customers should ensure that all services, automatic dialing equipment, applications, software, or other types of equipment recognize the new 930 area code as a valid area code.  Examples include life safety systems, fax machines, Internet dial-up numbers, alarm and security systems, gates, speed dialers, mobile phone contact lists, call forwarding settings, voicemail services, and similar functions. Be sure to check your business stationery, advertising materials, personal checks, and your personal or pet ID tags to ensure the area code is included in your telephone number. Important safety and security equipment, such as medical alert devices, and alarm and security systems must be programmed to use 10-digit dialing. Many systems operate on 10-digit dialing by default but some older equipment may still use 7-digits.  Please contact your medical alert or security provider if you are not sure whether your equipment needs to be reprogrammed to accommodate the upcoming change to 10-digit local dialing. For more information, please visit the IURC website at www.in.gov/iurc/2703.htm, visit the OUCC website at www.in.gov/oucc/2718.htm, or contact your local telephone service provider.

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Jasper police have recovered a stolen car and arrested a 58-year-old Dubois County man for the theft Saturday morning. According to Jasper Police reports, a Mitsubishi Eclipse was reported stolen from the Jasper Memorial Hospital parking lot Tuesday, December 30, 2014. Officers then reviewed the surveillance video at the hospital and identified a suspect. This past Saturday morning, Jasper Police Department then received an anonymous tip about the location of the vehicle. They found the Eclipse located near a residence on Giesler Road belonging to Howard Arnold of Jasper. Jasper Police then made contact with Arnold at about 9:30 a.m. and during the interview, he admitted to taking the vehicle. Arnold was charged with theft and vehicle theft and booked into the Dubois County Security Center.

A missing hiker in Brown County has been found. Jackie Bellinger made his way to State Road 135 south of the Story area around 11:20AM this morning, where he was picked up by a passerby. Bellinger then contacted a family member to advise that he was ok. He was then transported back to the initial search location outside of Story. Bellinger had been missing 7 AM Sunday. Agencies assisting with the extended search included the Brown County Sheriff's Department, Indiana State Police, Johnson County Horse Patrol, and VanBuren Fire Department and Indiana Conservation Department.

Indiana Conservation Officers are reporting that the search for 39 year old Tania Holloman of Koleen has concluded. The vehicle Tania was driving was located early Monday morning with the victim still inside. Late yesterday evening Officers found what they believed to be a submerged vehicle.  The water depth receded last night and the top of the vehicle could be seen this morning. Members of the Conservation Officer dive team were able to confirm Tania was in the vehicle and the vehicle was removed from the waterway. Tania had accidentally drove into flooded waters Saturday January 3 rd 2014 and had not been heard from since that time. Responding agencies included Greene County SD, Richland-Taylor FD, Richland FD, Greene County Ambulance, Indiana State Police, Greene County Coroners Office and Indiana Conservation Officers. Conservation Officers discourage anyone from driving through flooded roadways.  If a roadway is flooded, please turn around.

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

A French Lick, Indiana man is dead this morning after a single vehicle crash in northern Dubois County.  Around 5:03 this morning, 65 year old Ronald Garrison, of French Lick, was traveling westbound on State Road 56 near State Road 545. About one quarter of a mile west of SR 545, Garrison began to slide on black ice and lost control of his maroon 2007 Dodge Ram truck. Garrison’s truck slid off of the north side of the roadway and began rolling. The truck eventually came to rest after slamming into an embankment.  Garrison was pronounced dead at the scene by the Dubois County Coroner’s Office. He was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash. The Indiana State Police was assisted at the scene by the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana Conservation Officers, Dubois Fire Department, Memorial Hospital EMS, and the Dubois County Coroner’s Office.  

Jasper Police caught an alleged shoplifter after he ran from Rural King with unpaid merchandise and attempted to hide in the bathroom of the nearby gas station New Years Eve. According to a Jasper Police report, they were called to Rural King for the theft at about 6:07 p.m. Wednesday. When they arrived, Rural King employees explained they had observed a man later identified as 36 year old Curt A. Brinkman, of French Lick, pick up a knife valued at $39.99 and then walk toward the entrance to the store. As he passed the counter, the store’s alarms sounded and employees asked him to stop. Brinkman ran from the store and Rural King employees followed him to the Circle A convenience store where Brinkman ran into the bathroom. Officers recovered Brinkman from the bathroom and located the knife on his person. Jasper Police charged Brinkman with Level 6 felony theft due to a prior theft charge on his record, he was then bookied into the Dubois County Jail.

Huntingburg Police arrested a man on New Years Day who involved in a fight and carrying a machete.
According to police reports, Huntingburg Police were notified of the altercation at a 5th Street apartment at about 3:10 a.m. Thursday. When police arrived, they found 51 year old Juan Morales Sacaray, of Huntingburg at the scene with a machete. Police also observed several strikes to a door in the apartment that appeared to have been caused by a machete. The investigation determined that he had battered 28 year old Pedro Roberto Diaz Lopez, who resided at the apartment. Lopez was not struck by the machete. Morales Sacaray was charged with Level 5 felony intimidation, Level 6 felony criminal recklessness and misdemeanor battery. He was booked into the Dubois County Security Center. Huntingburg police were assisted by Dubois County deputies, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services, and Huntingburg First Responders.

onday December 29th, 2014

A motorist was killed in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of U.S. 231 and State Road 62 southwest of Dale Sunday afternoon. The fatal collision occurred at about 2 p.m. and shut down the southbound lanes of U.S. 231. According to authorities, a pickup truck driven by Susan Grundhoefer was westbound on U.S. 62 when it failed to yield the right of way as it crossed the four-lane highway. It was struck by a southbound SUV. The impact on the pickup’s passenger door area caused it to roll over until it came to rest on its top. Grundhoeffer was pronounced dead at the scene. Spencer County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Santa Claus Police Department, Indiana State Police, Carter Fire District Volunteer Fire Department, the Spencer County Coroner and Spencer County Emergency Medical Services.

A Floyd County police officer is expected to be fine after he crashed his cruiser while pursuing a man suspected of trying to break into a pharmacy with an ax. The ax-wielding suspect had allegedly charged at Officer Joel White, who was responding to a reported break-in attempt at The Drug Store in Edwardsville. The suspect who eventually dropped the ax, then took off in his truck. Police followed the suspect through Floyd County, Harrison County and Washington County, where Officer White went airborne over a hill and crashed into a tree. He was treated at the scene and will be fine. Police used spike strips to stop the suspect's vehicle in Washington County and took him into custody after a short foot chase. Besides the damage to Officer White's vehicle, two other sheriff's vehicles were damaged by the spike strips.

A southern Indiana man who mistakenly texted an off-duty police officer while allegedly trying to sell drugs faces felony charges after the officer texted him back and arranged a meeting.
Thirty-four-year-old Jason Riddle is scheduled to appear Monday for an initial hearing on two counts of dealing in a controlled substance. Court documents state that an off-duty Madison patrolman received a text Dec. 9 from an unfamiliar telephone number that appeared to be about prescription medication drug activity. The Madison Courier reported that the patrolman texted Riddle back and set up a time and location for their meeting. The patrolman and another officer met Riddle in a local park, where he was arrested after a passenger in his car told the officers Riddle was selling his prescription pills.

Friday, December 26th, 2014

Following a visit to a Martin County residence to revoke a probation, Martin County Sheriff’s officials found guns, thousands of rounds, military-grade body armor, and a police radio as well as 70 grams of meth in the home of a man arrested on Christmas Eve for resisting law enforcement. Indiana State Police arrested 34 year old Daniel Jackson, of Shoals, Wednesday morning after Senior Trooper Jarrod Lents and Master Trooper David Qualkenbush served a petition to revoke Jackson’s probation through Martin County on a charge of dealing cocaine. After knocking on the front door, Lents heard Qualkenbush yell from the back of the residence for a subject to stop running. Jackson had exited the back door of the house and was attempting to flee from troopers. Jackson stopped and surrendered a short time later. He was then taken into custody without incident. enforcement. Later that day, deputies from the Martin County Sheriff’s Department gained further intelligence of Jackson’s criminal actions. Martin County deputies, with the assistance of the Indiana State Police and Shoals Police Department, executed a search warrant at Jackson’s residence. During the search, officers located over 70 grams of methamphetamine, marijuana, controlled substances, several thousand rounds of ammunition with several guns, military grade body armor, and a police radio. Jackson was further charged with dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, maintaining a common nuisance and unlawful use of a police radio. Jackson is currently being held in the Martin County Jail without bond.

Jasper City Police arrested a Dubois County woman for battery and intimidation Christmas Day. 51 year old Susan Compton, of Jasper was arrested after officers were called to Compton’s residence at about 5:15 a.m. for the report of a battery in progress. According to Jasper police, they determined that Compton had allegedly battered another female and then made threatening gestures with a large kitchen knife. Police charged Compton with Level 5 felony intimidation with a deadly weapon and class A misdemeanor battery resulting in bodily harm. She was booked into the Dubois County Jail. Dubois County Sheriff’s Department assisted with the incident.

A driver and his passenger were injured in an accident Thursday that occurred when the driver swerved to miss two deer in the road and then went off the road and hit a utility pole. According to a Lawrence County Police Report, at around 7:01PM 19 year old Landon Anderson of Williams was traveling west on State Road 60 West, driving a 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse.with the vehicle’s owner 37 year old Alicia Claffey of Mitchell as his passenger. Just after Anderson passed Thompson Lane, two deer ran into the road. Anderson swerved to miss the deer and then ran off the road to the south, striking a utility pole and damaging landscaping on property belonging to Randy Powell.  Anderson complained of eye pain and Claffey suffered a cut on the back of her head. Both refused medical attention. Anderson was cited for operating a vehicle without proof of financial responsibility.

Monday, December 23rd, 2014

Authorities have released further details regarding the death of a 17-month-old over the weekend in Jasper. According to authorities, the autopsy performed by Dr. Jeffery Springer, the Jefferson County, Ky., Medical Examiner, indicated Xavier Miller died from blunt force trauma to his head and the manner of death was ruled a homicide. 21 year old Charles Hopf was seen briefly in Dubois County Circuit Court this morning but his initial appearance has been held over until tomorrow . According to the Jasper Police Department, the investigation is ongoing at this time. Miller died early Saturday morning at Kosair Childrens Hospital in Louisville after he was flown from Jasper Memorial Hospital. Xavier Miller had been brought to the emergency room with life-threatening injuries early Saturday morning. Hopf had initially been charged with Level 3 felony aggravated battery. Charges against Charles Hopf have been upgraded to Level 1 felony aggravated battery causing the death of a child less than 14 years of age.

Dunham's Sports in Bedford will not reopen till February.
In a press release, Vice President of Advertising and Marketing John Oehler, released the following announcement: "Due to the unfortunate fire that happened on Friday, Dec. 12, the Bedford, Indiana, location at 1018 James Ave.will be closed until further notice. It was closed after a fire was set by 23-year-old Dustin Taylor of Heltonville. The fire was set behind the rear of the store near where the guns and ammunition are displayed in the store. Taylor was apprehended at the Bedford Wal-Mart after he was caught setting a fire in the restroom. Taylor was arrested without incident and no one was injured in either fire. Taylor is also facing two charges of theft from an earlier incident along with two counts of arson.

So far this winter, INDOT is salting less and enjoying it more
. Last winter‘s combination of record or near-record snowfall and persistent frigid temperatures meant INDOT used 50-percent more salt on the roadways than in a typical winter. That‘s resulted in a corresponding price markup of 57-percent as the state gets ready for this winter, because suppliers‘ inventory is still depleted.  

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Mitchell - Just before 9:30 am, an Indiana State Police Trooper conducted a traffic stop on a green Chevrolet S10 pickup truck for a traffic violation
. After initially refusing to stop, the driver led the Trooper to the Lehigh Cement Plant near Mitchell. Once the pickup stopped, the driver waited for the Trooper to walk up, when without warning, the driver attempted to run over the Trooper. The Trooper was not hit and proceeded to give chase to the pickup. The pickup truck was located shortly thereafter, unoccupied near the Lehigh Plant, off of Meridian Street just north of US60. Currently, the Indiana State Police along with local law enforcement are looking for two unidentified white males that had occupied the S10. The only description available is two white males, unkempt and unshaven. The Mitchell Schools were put on lockdown along with Lehigh, Contech and Steel-Tech.  The Indiana State Police at the Bloomington Post is asking for any information regarding this case. Please call (812) 332-4411. All tips will remain anonymous

PAOLI) - More details have been released in the attempted murder case of a West Baden Springs couples
. 20-year-old Tanner Stickney and 21-year-old Cody Lake, both of Bedford, have been charged with the crime that happened at the home of Robert and Donna Meehan on Dec. 4. 20-year-old Kenzi Cox, also of Bedford, stayed in the car while the men entered the home and robbed and stabbed the couple. The two men approached the couple and demanded their medications and money. During the altercation, 54-year-old Robert Meehan was stabbed in the abdomen and leg and 62-year-old Donna, who is Stickney's grandmother, was stabbed in the neck. The three were arrested after police attempted to stop their vehicle around 5 p.m. on Interstate 65, north of Columbus.  Lake told police he and Stickney planned the robbery and Stickney had taken knives "just in case." The two cut the phone lines and screen to the bathroom window. After entering the home they encountered Robert Meehan near the bathroom. Lake told police he saw blood and that Meehan kicked Stickney in the groin before running toward the back of the house. That is when Lake saw Donna attempting to call police. Lake told police he went toward her and made a swiping motion with his knife at Donna. The two men then fled. The three remained in the Shelby County jail as of Wednesday morning. It isn't known when they will be brought to Orange County for initial hearings

Springs Valley Bank & Trust Company to Purchase Mid-Southern Savings Bank, FSB Building in Paoli, Indiana. Mid-Southern Savings Bank, FSB and Springs Valley Bank & Trust Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SVB&T  Corporation, have signed a definitive agreement (subject to regulatory approval) for the sale of Mid-Southern’s Paoli branch facility located at 867 N. Gospel Street. The sale is real estate only with no customer relationships, loans or deposits included. The sale is expected to be completed in early 2015 and all customers of Mid-Southern’s Paoli branch will receive advance notice of the closure of the Paoli branch per regulatory guidelines.  Mid-Southern Savings Bank President and CEO Kermit Lamb noted that after the sale is completed in early 2015, all current Mid-Southern Savings Bank customers who have been serviced out of Mid-Southern’s Paoli branch location will be serviced at Mid-Southern’s branch office located at 870 S. Maple Street in Orleans, Indiana.

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