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Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Former Loogootee police officer Glen Akles 51 of Loogootee reportedly committed suicide after being arrested this week.
Akles was arrested Wednesday night after an investigation by Martin County authorities including the Indiana Department of Child Services.  He was charged with sexual misconduct with a minor and patronizing a prostitute.  After his arrest, he bonded out of the Martin County Jail.     Martin County Prosecutor Mike Steiner confirmed a call to 9-1-1 was received around 4pm. When officials arrived they discovered Akles was suffering from a self-inflicted gun shot wound. He was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital where he died two hours later.

Two people were injured in a crash at the intersection of John Williams Boulevard and Becky Skillman Way Thursday in Bedford.
According to Bedford police report, At 6:05 p.m., 44 year old Rachel Hudson of Mitchell was stopped at a stop sign on Becky Skillman Way, preparing to make a left turn onto John Williams Boulevard in her silver 1996 Mercury Sable GS. At the same time, 25 year old Khushboo Patel, of Elkhart, was driving east in the right lane on John Williams Boulevard in a red 2008 Toyota Sienna. Hudson told police Patel’s vehicle had its right turn signal on, which led to her to think the van was turning onto Becky Skillman Way. Hudson pulled onto John Williams Boulevard, then Patel’s van struck the left side of Hudson’s Hudson, , complained of pain to a knee, lower leg and foot and was taken to a hospital by an IU Health Bedford Hospital ambulance. 8 year old David Troxel, of Williams, was Hudson’s passenger and he complained of head pain. Hudson was trapped in the car after the crash, and Bedford Fire Department also responded to the scene.

An off-duty Dubois County Sheriff’s Deputy stepped in to break up a fight in the Jasper Walmart Thursday night. Jasper police were called to the store at about 10:45 p.m. for the report of an altercation between two men 24 year old Nathan Phillips of Jasper and 19 year old Donald Demotte . When they arrived, Deputy Jesus Monarrez informed them he had witnessed the Phillips and Demotte. Monarrez told police he heard the two men yelling at each other and he observed Phillips push a cart into Demotte’s father. Demotte then punched Phillips in the side of the head in what was reported as an attempt to defend his father. After that, Monarrez was able to subdue Demotte and ordered Phillips to sit on the floor to separate the two men. Jasper police charged both men with misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and were booked into the Dubois County Jail. Jasper Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted at the scene.



Thursday, December 1st, 2016

A former with the Loogootee Police Department has been arrested.  51 year old Glen Akles of Loogootee was arrested Wednesday on charges of sexual misconduct with a minor and patronizing a prostitute.   According to a e Martin County Sheriff's Department press release, officer and caseworkers with the Department of Child Services investigated allegations that an officer had participated in sexual misconduct with a minor and also employed the use of a prostitute. Akles is being held in the Martin County Jail.  Police say the case is still under investigation.

An employee at Indiana University in Bloomington will plead guilty in a negotiated plea agreement to a charge of possession of child pornography.  Former IU Ethics Director Jon Riveire was arrested after police found photos of a sex act between an adult man and a girl, between the ages of 3 and 5, in Riveire's email. After obtaining a search warrant, they reported finding 30 additional images of child pornography on Riveire's IU-issued computer.  He had worked at IU since 2007, first as a residence hall director and was the assistant director for student conduct at IU's Office of Student Ethics

Indiana Conservation Officers are reaching out to the public to attempt to identify who left a deer carcass thrown in the landscaping of the Jasper Sports Complex.  If you know the responsible party please contact 1-800-847-4367 .  “We would love to discuss alternate waste removal options with the responsible party,” they wrote. 

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Rick Emerick, Director of the Orange County Emergency Management says the Orange County Commissioners have lifted the burn ban in Orange County, due to recent rainfall. The Orange County Career Fair will take place today from 1-5pm.  Location is the Orange County Community Building on Sandy Hook Road in Paoli,, next to the fairgrounds.  There is no fee to participate.  The career fair is sponsored by WorkOne South Central, Orleans Chamber of Commerce, Paoli Chamber of Commerce and French Lick-West Baden Chamber of Commerce. 

Carrying a handgun without a license is a crime in Indiana.  However, state Rep. Him Lucas of Seymour says he’s bringing up a bill next year to try and change that.  Lucas told CBS 4 in Indianapolis he believes it’s immoral to make innocent people jump through hoops to carry a handgun.  Guy Relford, a gun rights attorney, says even if the bill is passed,  people would still have to pass a federal background check. 

Monday, November 28th, 2016

A Lawrence County teen suffered injuries after a crash on Rabbitsville Road in Mitchell Sunday.
According to police reports, At 3:39 a.m., a person reported he heard a loud boom and a horn honking on Rabbitsville Road, just south of Stevens Lane. The caller said he went to the scene and found 16 year old Dayton Shaw of Bedford, who needed medical attention, in the back seat on the passenger’s side. Shaw was a passenger in the vehicle; the driver was not at the scene. Police say 17 year old Christopher Burris of Bedford was the driver. Burris appeared to have been traveling south on Rabbitsville at a high speed before losing control. The car ran then off the road, which caused the back passenger side to hit a utility pole. The car then spun, and came to a rest. Shaw suffered “substantial injuries to the entire body” and was transported to a Bedford hospital by IU Health Bedford Hospital ambulance. A second passenger, Josh McGill was also in the vehicle during the crash but additional information on McGill was not included in the report. Burris left the accident scene and went to a family member’s house and later was given a blood-alcohol test and results are pending.

A Greene County man was injured but fled the scene of an accident Saturday night on North Sandstone Road. According to a Lawrence County Police report, officers were alerted to the accident at 8:41 p.m. 36-year-old Shawn Dotson of Bloomfield was traveling south on North Sandstone Road in a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado when the truck ran off the road through a yard at 599 North Sandstone Road damaging a stone walkway and landscaping. The truck continued through the yard onto a tree stump where it damaged some statues that were on the stump. The vehicle stopped on top of the stump. A volunteer firefighter who was in the area stopped to see if Dotson needed medical attention. The firefighter attempted to render first aid because Dotson had suffered a large gash on his head and was bleeding. Dotson refused medical treatment and was uncooperative with the firefighter and left the scene walking south on North Sandstone Road.The firefighter told police Dotson smelled of alcohol.Police checked the area for Dotson and were unable to locate him.

Friday, November 25, 2016

In the early morning hours of Thursday, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office received a request to attempt to locate Justin Crosby for a welfare check from a family member who believed his life may be in danger. During the search for Crosby, Officers went to a residence he owns at 105 Poplar Street in Loogootee. After several times of knocking on the front door without receiving a res ponse while the Officers were hearing and seeing people moving inside the residence Mike Kane exited the rear door of the residence and was met by Officers. During interactions with the Officers Kane tossed his phone and wallet on the ground, with those items was a small bag of suspected methamphetamine. Kane informed the Officers that he lived at this residence and they were welcome to go inside and look for Crosby. As Officers walked through the residence looking for Crosby they observed several items of drug paraphernalia. Deputy Salmon then contacted Martin County Prosecutor Steiner to prepare a search warrant to present to Martin County Judge Ellis for the residence. Judge Ellis signed the warrant approving the search at 6:09 am. At 6:29 am the search was conducted resulting in the arrest of the nine residents. Arrested was 19 year old Ashlyn Jewell, 19 year old Morgan Wells, 36 year old Joshua Payne, 25 year old Devon Payne, 30 year old Christian Stinebaugh, 33 year old Justin Crosby, 35 year old Mike Kane, 39 year old James Brim Jr. and 28 year old Brad Zins, all of Loogootee. Assisting Deputy Salmon in this investigation were Martin County Sheriff Roush, Chief Deputy Greene, Deputy Reed along with his K9 partner Vrika, Loogootee Officer Norris, Daviess County Sheriff Deputies Sturgis, Mann, and Harmon with his K9 partner Focus.

Firefighters from the Bedford Fire Department battled a mobile home fire at Collins Trailer Park on Tuesday. Firefighters were called to the scene at 12:26 p.m. Flames were shooting out of the south end of the trailer when firefighters arrived. The mobile home was vacant and being dismantled. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Dale native Florence Henderson, whose portrayal of Carol Brady on the iconic television show “The Brady Bunch” created an idealized mother figure for an entire generation, died Thursday. She was 82. Henderson died from heart failure about 7:30 p.m. while surrounded by her four children. She began her show business career at 17, Henderson was a well-known nightclub entertainer performing in Texas when she was asked to audition for the role that would change her life, portraying Carol Brady on the Brady Bunch from 1969 to 1974. Born in 1934 on Valentine’s Day, in Dale, Henderson was the youngest of 10 children of a homemaker and a tobacco sharecropper.

Wednesday, November 23d, 2016

A  Lawrence County  woman was arrested after she allegedly smacked her mother Friday.  Bedford Police arrested 39-year-old Johnni Salmon, of 2903 Washington Ave., on a charge of battery resulting in bodily injury.  Around 3pm, ., officers were called to a home in the 2900 block of Washington Avenue for a battery report. According to Assistant Chief Joe DeWees says Salmon grabbed and then smacked her mother because she was upset after her mother took her to a local dentist office and they wouldn't let Salmon take her dog inside. The two then left the dentist office and went home where Salmon became upset and got into an altercation with her mother. The mother was able to flee the home and call police. . Salmon is being held in the Lawrence County jail on a $5,000 surety or $505 cash.

Orange County Career Fair will be on Wednesday, November 30th from 1 p.m. till 5 p.m..   The job fair will be held at the Orange County Community Building located at 1075 N. Sandy Hook Road in Paoli. There is no fee to participate. The career fair will be sponsored by WorkOne South Central, Orleans Chamber of Commerce, Paoli Chamber of Commerce, and French Lick-West Baden Chamber of Commerce.  This career fair allows employers the opportunity to share information and discuss job opportunities with community members. Employers are encourage to come and promote all job positions they may have, including Co-ops, Internships, Seasonal, Part-time and Full-time positions.  Employers are encouraged to come and promote all job positions available, including co-ops, internships, seasonal, part-time and full-time positions. Space is limited to the first 40 businesses. To register, call (812) 279-4400, ext. 227, or send an email to Earl Isom at eisom@vinu.edu before Friday

A teen accused of causing three deaths in a wreck along Interstate 69 this month had been drinking heavily on the Indiana University campus, according to an arrest affidavit.  The crash killed three members of the Rinehart family of Newburgh, and injured a fourth as their car sat disabled alongside the highway.  According to the affidavit, 19-year-old Mason Hartke of Jasper, Indiana, was visiting friends in Bloomington for the weekend before he tried to return home to Dubois County in the early hours of Nov. 13.  Hartke didn't make it.  Instead, his truck veered off the road and slammed into the Rineharts' Honda Civic.  David Rinehart, 46; Ruth Ann Rinehart, 74; and Sophie Rinehart, 17, all died in the crash. David Rinehart was a pastor at Crossroads Christian Church, and Sophie Rinehart was a student at Castle High School. Josie Rinehart, 18, survived injuries sustained in the wreck.  Hartke, whose blood-alcohol level was reportedly tested at almost 0.16 percent more than two hours after the crash, Police estimated the truck was going about 76 mph when it hit the Civic.

Tuesday, November 22d, 2016

Perry Clear Creek firefighters battled a houseboat fire Saturday morning near the Cutright Boat Ramp at Lake Monroe. According to of the Department of Natural Resources, an Indianapolis man told authorities he had been doing year-end maintenance work to the docked boat, and gasoline from a gas can accidentally spilled and caught fire. The man reported he attempted to retrieve the fire extinguisher kept inside a cabinet on the Carver houseboat, but could not safely reach it. So he pushed it out into the lake in an effort to prevent the fire from spreading to other property.  Members of the Perry-Clear Creek firefighters used the department's fire boat to reach the boat that was engulfed in flames. Crews then worked to retrieve the remains of the boat from the water which floated over to the shoreline and sunk. Officials are not certain what ignited the spilled gasoline, and the case remains under investigation

Indiana Conservation Officers have added Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS) to their search and rescue capabilities. The DNR Law Enforcement Division is the first state emergency response agency to receive official endorsement to utilize these devices for the purpose of search and rescue operations.  "The SUAS machines will greatly enhance our ability to bring quick resolve in finding lost children, hikers, hunters, outdoor enthusiasts and injured people", said Captain Keith Dinn, Support Services Assistant Commander. "The training and expertise our certified pilots have received gives me confidence that our officers and other emergency responding agencies will have a much higher rate of success in locating citizens in need with a much quicker response time." 
Currently, five Indiana Conservation Officers have become certified pilots of the SUAS machines and will be prepared for statewide response. The DNR Law Enforcement Division has two SUAS units with future goals of adding more to the fleet.  Along with the ability to locate lost citizens, the SUAS will map out the obstacles for the emergency response personnel and provide knowledge of dangers before encountering the obstacle.
  

Monday, November 21st, 2016

The half inch of rain the area received Friday was not enough for local officials to recommend removing the burn ban covering Dubois County
. The burn ban was put into effect November 3 at the recommendation of the county’s fire chiefs and will remain in effect until they deem it is safe to resume burning activities. Also the Burn Ban in Orange County is still in place as well. The ban prohibits: Open burning of any kind using conventional fuel such as wood or other combustible matter, with the exception of grills fueled by charcoal briquettes or propane; The burning of debris, such as timber or vegetation, including such debris that results from building construction activities; Campfires and other recreational fires.

Friday, November 18th, 2016

A Jackson County woman was injured in a one vehicle accident in eastern Lawrence County early Thursday morning.
According to a Lawrence County Police Department accident report, 24 year old Shiqann Johnson, of Medora, was traveling west on Sparksville Road approaching Williams Street in her 1995 Ford F350 truck. A deer jumped in front of her vehicle. She swerved to avoid hitting the deer, and her right front wheel went off of the roadway. Loose dirt and leaves caused the vehicle to travel further off the roadway, hitting several small trees along the way. The vehicle then struck a larger pine tree causing the rear of the truck to come into the road before rolling onto its side. It would have continued to roll, but was stopped by another tree. The truck came to rest on the driver's side. Johnson was initially stuck in the vehicle with her leg under the steering wheel and was freed from the wreckage by Bedford Fire Department extrication. She was taken by Seals EMS to IU Health with incapacitating injuries to her knee, lower leg and foot. She was wearing a seatbelt. The vehicle, registered to Benjamin Love of Medora, had to be towed from the scene.

A motorcycle driver was airlifted to a trauma center following a one-vehicle accident near the intersection of Sorrells and Kings Ridge roads in Spice Valley Township west of Bryantsville Thursday afternoon. According to a Lawrence County Police Department accident report, 48 year old Ty Osborne, of Bloomington, was operating his 2016 Honda CRF on Sorrells Road and attempting to turn onto Kings Ridge Road. Osborne was traveling too fast to negotiate the turn and went left of center and over an embankment. He was wearing a helmet and the helmet struck a road sign as his vehicle was leaving the roadway. Osborne was taken from the scene by ambulance and was airlifted to a trauma center. He suffered severe bleeding from his head.

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of the former treasurer of the Newberry Volunteer Fire Department.
According to Indiana State Police, 57-year-old Earlana Hall reportedly admitted to writing checks to herself while she was treasurer of the Newberry Volunteer Fire Department. The audit on the fire department's checking account highlighted a total of $12,140 as likely being used to personally benefit the Halls. Hall is facing four counts of Level 6 Felony theft and a warrant was issued for her arrest November 15. The investigation began in October 2015 after an internal audit detected several discrepancies from Hall's time as the treasurer. According to police, that in 2014, the fire department's account went from $14,000 to $2,000 in 18 months.

A Tuesday evening crash on U.S. 50 in Martin County was the result of a deer crossing the roadway. At 6:09 p.m. Indiana State Trooper Andrew Beaver was patrolling U.S. 50 and had turned to initiate a traffic stop for a speeding violation. As he turned around to face west, he observed a two vehicle crash that had just happened. As he pulled up to the scene, Trooper Beaver found a pickup truck on its side and an SUV in the roadway. The investigation showed that 41-year-old Deanna Smith, of Shoals was driving westbound on U.S. 50 when a deer entered the roadway, standing near the center line. At the same time, Jason Robbins, of Shoals was driving eastbound towards Smith and the deer. Both Smith and Robbins swerved to miss the deer, but each swerved towards the center line. Impact from the collision caused Robbins' truck to overturn onto its passenger side, trapping him inside the vehicle. Robbins was cut from the truck by Martin County Civil Defense and the Loogootee Fire Department. He was transported to Memorial Hospital in Jasper after complaining of rib and leg pain. Smith was treated at the scene for minor injuries. Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash, greatly reducing the extent of injuries to each driver. The Indiana State Police would like to remind motorists that, particularly during deer season, drivers should not swerve to avoid deer in the roadway. Evasive maneuvers in which a motorist drives off of the roadway or leaves their lane poses a greater risk of having a severe crash as opposed to colliding with the animal. In this crash, even though both drivers attempted to avoid the deer, the deer was still struck prior to the vehicles crashing into each other.

Monday, November 14th, 2016

A driver was flown to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis after suffering injuries in a crash at the entrance of Spring Mill State Park.
According to police reports, 21 year old Jonathan D. Hattabaugh of Mitchell, was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier east on State Road 60 East near the park entrance at 7:05 p.m. Sunday. At the same time, 32 year old Matthew J. Wronowicz, of Bedford was driving a 2009 General Motors Sierra pickup truck. A witness told police Wronowicz was stopped on State Road 60 East, waiting to turn into the park. He had his turn signal on. The witness also told investigating officers Hattabaugh rear-ended the truck. Hattabaugh was trapped inside his vehicle. Marion Township Rural Fire Department and the Bedford Fire Department responded to the scene to assist law enforcement. Members of the fire departments extricated him from the car and he was taken to St. Vincent Dunn Hospital in Bedford by a Seals ambulance where he waited for a helicopter to transfer him to the Indianapolis hospital. Wronowicz, who is the assistant property manager at Spring Mill, also was injured. He reported to police that he had a sore neck, but he said he would wait to go to a hospital with family members. The truck Wronowicz was driving was his personal vehicle. During an investigation of the crash, police learned Hattabaugh has a suspended license. Also, there was no insurance for the car and the license plate for the car was not registered with that car, but for a different vehicle owned by Hattabaugh’s wife. Hattabaugh received citations for driving with a suspended license, operating a vehicle without financial responsibility and false and fictitious registration.

Three people were arrested early Saturday for multiple drug charges after they fled police in a vehicle. 32 year old Amanda Bridgewater, of Bloomington, was driving a 1990 GMC Jimmy along State Road 37 near Main Street in Mitchell when Bedford police pulled it over for an expired license plate. As the officer got out of his patrol car and approached the Jimmy, Bridgewater drove off south on State Road 37. Bridgewater drove through Mitchell and Orleans before stopping at the intersection of State Road 37 and County Road 250 North, between Orleans and Paoli. At that time the police car came to a stop beside the Jimmy. At that point, the vehicle turned right, clipped the front of the police car and drove into a field. The vehicle stopped and two male passengers in the car, 22-year-old Calvin Bland of Bloomington and 30-year-old Cory Turner, also of Bloomington, refused to get out of the vehicle. Officers had to forcibly remove them from the SUV. Police found methamphetamine, marijuana, heroin and several syringes in the vehicle. The suspects were taken to the Lawrence County jail, where jail officers found a small bag of drugs in Turner’s pocket. All three were booked into the Lawrence County Jail with bonds set at $7,500 surety or $755 cash.

Friday, November 11th, 2016

A 20-year-old Monroe County man is seriously hurt and his roommate is in jail after shooting him in the face with a handgun.
Both are Indiana University students. According to reports, police were called to an apartment in the 500 block of South Junya Street, off Patterson Drive near West Third Street, just before 10 p.m. after the injured man's girlfriend called police to report the incident. The 20-year-old woman told police the three had been drinking throughout the day. She and the accused shooter were outside on a deck, applying pressure to the injured man's face with a towel, when rescue workers arrived. According to Bloomington Police Department Capt. Steve Kellams, Trenton Kirchmeier was transported to IU Health Bloomington Hospital, then flown by medical helicopter to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. He was listed in critical condition Thursday afternoon. Police arrested his roommate, 21-year-old Jason Cox, on preliminary charges of aggravated battery and criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon. His bond was set at $15,000 surety, $500 cash. Cox is expected to appear in court next week to be formally charged.

General Motors Wednesday announced initiatives to strengthen and align its production output at key U.S. manufacturing operations. The plans include investing more than $900 million in three facilities - Toledo Transmission Operations in Ohio, Lansing Grand River in Michigan and Bedford Casting Operations in Indiana - to prepare the facilities for future product programs.The company will invest $37 million to support future product programs in Bedford, retaining 45 jobs. Project Details Details about program timing and applications will be released at a later date. Including Wednesday's announcement, GM has invested more than $336 million into the Bedford plant since 2010.The Bedford Powertrain currently employees 870, of those 689 are hourly and 181 salaried. The Bedford plant products include transmission casings, converter housings, heads, and small gas engine blocks. As the customer shift from cars to crossovers and trucks is projected to continue, GM will suspend the third shift of production at both facilities in the first quarter of 2017.

The East Oolitic community is hosting an honorary breakfast for Congressman Todd Young. Congressman Todd Young pulled off a win Tuesday, that months ago seemed politically improbable as the Republican defeated Evan Bayh for Indiana's open U.S. Senate seat. The breakfast will be held Saturday, from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. Because the group is expecting a large crowd, the breakfast has been moved from the East Oolitic Community Center to the East Oolitic Community Church Fellowship Hall on East Oolitic Road. The all you can eat breakfast will consist of eggs, sausage, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, waffles, orange juice, milk and coffee. Tickets are $6 at the door.

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

A passenger complained of back pain following a two-vehicle accident that occurred on State Road 37 and State Road 158 at 11:35 a.m. in Lawrence County Wednesday.
According to police reports, 34 year old James Webb, of Williams was traveling south on State Road 37 in a 2011 GM Yukon and was approaching the intersection. Webb disregarded a stoplight and struck a 2001 Dodge Dakota driven by 53 year old Oliver Chastain of Mitchell was in the northbound lane, as it was turning west onto State Road 158. The two vehicles then collided in the southbound lane. Injured was 36 year old Tammy White, of Williams, who was a front-seat passenger in the Yukon. She was transported from the scene by an IU Health Bedford Hospital ambulance. Webb was cited with disregarding a traffic control device.

A Lawrence County man was arrested arrested by the Mitchell Police Department on Monday on drug charges. Information provided by Lawrence Superior Court II states that 35 year old Estell Hetrick, of Mitchell is charged with possession of methamphetamine, Level 6 felony, and possession of a controlled substance, Class A misdemeanor. He also is charged with resisting law enforcement, also a Class A misdemeanor. A probable cause document filed with the court states that an officer came into contact with Hetrick on Monday and found him in possession of meth and the substance in Hetrick’s possession field-tested positive for meth. Hetrick remains in the Lawrence County jail and has no bond. He was released from jail on his own recognizance earlier on a separate charge.

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

On election day Tuesday,  here in Orange County,  there were 8,471 votes cast.  The turnout was 54% of the registered voters in the county.  The Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies are stepping up security at the governor’s residence now that Gov Mike Pence will become the next Vice President of the United States. 

Orange county is in a rural area and supports hunting and fishing .  The Indiana Right to Hunt and Fish amendment,  also known as Public Question 1, was on Tuesday’s ballot as a legislatively referred constitutional amendment.  It was approved by a vote of 79.44%.  The bill will preserve the future of hunting and fishing and as a preferred method of wildlife management.  The amendment was added to the Indiana Bill of Rights. 

Congressman Todd Young pulled off a win Tuesday, that months ago seemed politically improbable as the Republican defeated Evan Bayh for Indiana's open U.S. Senate seat.Young, a Bloomington Republican, was out-funded and not as well-known as Bayh, a former two-term U.S. senator and Indiana governor. But throughout the campaign, Young put Bayh on the defensive as the Democrat struggled to address questions over his Indiana residency and whether he used his standing as a senator to fuel a lucrative career after he originally left office in 2011.  For Young, his win over Bayh could have national implications. Republicans viewed the race as key in determining control of the Senate

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Today is election day 2016..  By all means get out and vote and make your choice count.  WFLQ will have complete election coverage this evening from the polls and the Orange County Courthouse.   As well out website will have complete updates and final results. 

Crews will begin work to repair the iron bridge when a semi drove onto it Christmas day last year with a load of bottled water, weighing nearly six times the posted limit causing the structure to collapse.  Repair work on the bridge will begin in a few weeks. The bridge, constructed in the 1850s is a Select Structure on the National Register of Historic Places and replacing it with a modern bridge could have jeopardized future federal transportation funding for Orange County.  CLR Inc. will make the repairs for an estimated $748,875. The trucking company's insurance carrier, Progressive, will pay for the repairs. The contract requires that CLR Inc. complete the work within 270 days.  The insurance company said they will not pay the cost of repainting portions of the bridge. That cost is estimated at $39,975 and will be paid by the county.  County leaders are considering adding height clearance bars to the bridge's entrances to deter large trucks from trying to cross it.  , 24-year-old Mary Lambright of Fredericksburg the semi driver is facing a Class B misdemeanor charge of reckless operation of a tractor-trailer. She entered a plea of not guilty and is scheduled for a bench trial in Orange Superior Court on March 22 at 9 a.m. She was also cited for disregarding a traffic control device, the signage on the bridge with the posted weight limit, and for traveling with an overweight load on a posted bridge.  Officials say the semi, leased to Louisville Logistics, was carrying 43,000 pounds of bottled water. Police say Lambright couldn't comprehend how much six tons was - the weight limit posted on the bridge. The tractor-trailer and load weighted more than 30 tons.  After the accident the company fired Lambright and then went out of business.

A two-story home near Cuzco was destroyed in a fire last night.   According to authorities, Dubois Volunteer Firefighters were called to the report of an explosion on East Dubois-Cuzco Road.  Jack Davenport and his wife Verna escaped from the home without injury. The couple’s dogs were killed in the fire.   They told firefighters they didn’t know how the fire started but that it started near the back porch of the home. Davenport said he woke up to the flames which were already very extensive at the back door. He made one unsuccessful attempt at extinguishing them before the couple vacated the home.   Mr. Davenport stated that they did not have insurance on the home and he could not confirm if the camper was insured either. He was in contact with the Red Cross and was going to receive assistance. The family would be staying at a neighbor’s house for the night and stated that he would have a place to stay long term as well.   The cause of the fire remains undetermined.   Dubois firefighters responded with three trucks and 25 men and were assisted by Celestine Volunteer Fire Department who had

Monday, November 7th, 2016

General Elections will be held tomorrow in Indiana and across the United States. Q-100 will bring you Election results tomorrow beginning at 6PM.
Here's a Link to what's on the Orange County Ballots http://www.wflq.com/MayPrimary2016.htm

Indiana State Police say wet roads contributed to a fatal collision that killed a Bloomington woman Thursday morning.
The accident was reported at 9:21 a.m. Thursday at Fairfax and Schacht roads. According to troopers, 33-year-old Rhiannah David of Plymouth was driving a 2008 Toyota west on Fairfax Road,when she lost control of the vehicle on the wet roadway and crossed the centerline. David's car struck the eastbound 2014 moped driven by 38-year-old Erica Sanders. Sanders, of Bloomington, was pronounced dead at the scene. She was thrown from her moped in the crash and had not been wearing a helmet. David was transported to IU Health Bloomington Hospital for treatment of minor face lacerations.Members of the Monroe County Coroner's Office and Perry-Clear Creek Fire Department assisted Indiana State Police and IU Health Ambulance Service personnel.

Friday, November 4th, 2016

A Orange County man is in intensive care at University of Louisville Hospital after falling from a tree Thursday in the area of County Road 640 North and County Road 200 West, southwest of Orleans.
Indiana Conservation Officer Jim Schreck, responded to the call and Vance Elliott who was with 70 year old Ted Larrison, discovered him lying on his back in an unconscious state, but breathing. Larrison fell about 12 to 15 feet from a tree. According to Schreck, Larrison was using climbing sticks to reach his tree stand and the highest set of climbing sticks broke loose, causing Larrison to fall. He was not wearing a safety harness. Before he was transported to a hospital, he eventually became conscious and was talking. He has no broken bones but suffered a head injury.

Today at approximately 12:09 pm, traffic was stop and go on Interstate 65 South Bound at the 2.8 Mile Marker, as part of the normal traffic situation in this area. A 2016 International Box Truck, driven by John O’Bannon, 47, from Louisville, KY, was stopped in the fast lane, with a 2016 Ford Fusion, driven by Nicholas A. Dame, 24, from Boise, ID, stopped in front of him. For an unknown reason, a 2003 Ford pickup truck, pulling a travel trailer, being driven by Carolyn J. Sieving, 72, from Chandlerville, IL, crashed into the rear of the box truck, spinning it around and on top of the 2016 Ford Fusion. The driver of the Ford pickup truck pulling the travel trailer was seriously injured and was transported to University Hospital in Louisville, KY. It is unknown if she was wearing a seat belt. Neither of the other drivers was injured. Both of those drivers were wearing a seat belt. I-65 was closed for nearly one hour due to the crash investigation.

Wednesday, November 2d, 2016

The 55 newest members of the Indiana State Police reported for duty this week at the 14 State Police Posts across the state.  On of those is Loogootee native Trooper Steven Nolan. He graduated from Loogootee High School in 1998, Vincennes University in 2003 with an Associate's Degree in Business, and Indiana University in 2006 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business. Trooper Nolan previously served as a Deputy Sheriff with the Martin County Sheriff's Department and an Officer with the Loogootee Police Department. Nolan will primarily patrol Dubois County.  The Jasper District is very pleased to welcome Trooper Nolan and Troopers Connor Giesler, Ryan Griffith and Nathaniel Kern. The four will work alongside seasoned troopers for the next three months prior to working within their assignments on solo patrol.
Trooper Giesler, originally from Jasper, Indiana, graduated from Jasper High School in 2014 and attended the University of Southern Indiana and Vincennes University Jasper Campus, studying Business Administration. Trooper Giesler will primarily patrol Crawford County. Trooper Griffith, originally from Marengo, Indiana, graduated from Crawford County High School in 2009 and Indiana University Southeast in 2014, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. Trooper Griffith will primarily patrol Crawford County. Trooper Kern, originally from Jasper, Indiana, graduated from Jasper High School in 2011 and Vincennes University in 2014, earning an Associate's Degree in Law Enforcement. Trooper Kern was previously a volunteer fireman with the Jasper Fire Department and a jailer with the Dubois County Sheriff's Department. Trooper Kern will primarily patrol Spencer County.

A deputy and school employee were arrested by the FBI in Vigo County this morning.  The FBI arrested two people in Vigo County this morning, including a Vigo County Sheriff's Deputy.  Vigo County Sheriff Greg Ewing says the FBI arrested Sheriff Deputy First Sergeant Frank Shahadey at his home.  Shahadey is a 37-year veteran of the department.  The FBI also arrested Vigo County School Corporation Transportation Director Frank Fennell.  No information regarding the arrests is available at this time because the information has been sealed by a Federal Judge.  Shahadey has been placed on administrative leave with pay effective immediately pending a merit board meeting.

The St. Anthony branch of Old National Bank in Dubois County was among the list of closures announced by the Evansville based company during the quarterly report yesterday.   The branch was among 15 the company will close in the first quarter of 2017. All of the branch’s employees are expected to be transferred to other area locations, according to the company.  Others include branches in Vincennes, Bloomington, Indianapolis, and Terre Haute.






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