For The Record: 5/14

Accidents

JASPER — A Jasper teen was hurt Monday evening when he rolled the golf cart he was operating on private property east of Jasper.

The 15-year-old was hauling two 15-year-old male friends when the 6:43 p.m. accident occurred at 323 N. Trainer Lane, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

The golf cart started to roll after the teen took a turn, authorities said. The two passengers bailed from the cart but the driver tried to save the vehicle from rolling. He overcorrected and the golf cart rolled despite his efforts.

X-rays at Memorial Hospital in Jasper confirmed the teen suffered a broken arm above his right elbow, police said. Authorities declined to release the victim’s name because he is a juvenile and the accident happened on private property.

Jasper’s police and volunteer fire departments and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted.

 


HAYSVILLE — A Martin County motorist sustained minor injuries when he rolled his pickup truck Monday evening just south of Haysville.

William A. Isaacs, 24, of Loogootee was northbound on U.S. 231 in a 1991 Chevrolet pickup truck when the 6:26 p.m. accident occurred north of Old Road 45, according to the county sheriff’s department.

Isaacs told a deputy he believed his truck sustained a mechanical failure because he was unable to steer it when it went left of center. The truck rolled and stopped on its side in a ditch on the west side of the highway.

A deputy said Isaacs suffered minor cuts but was able to climb from the vehicle on his own. He declined to be transported from the scene by ambulance, according to authorities.

The crash totaled the truck.

The Haysville Volunteer Fire Department, Memorial Hospital EMS and a Uebelhor & Sons wrecker assisted.

 


JASPER — Both vehicles were able to be driven from the scene of a Monday afternoon accident on St. Charles Street at the north exit at Jasper High School, 1600 St. Charles St., that occurred just after school dismissed.

Traffic waiting to get into the high school to pick up students was stopped in the northbound lane of St. Charles Street and the southbound, left turn lane at the time of the 3:16 p.m. mishap, according to the Jasper Police Department.

Because of the traffic pattern at the time, police said, traffic traveling north had to go into the left turn lane by the school to go around stopped vehicles. Janelle N. Gore, 18, of 1904 N. Shiloh Road, did so but had to abruptly stop the 2007 Chevrolet Aveo she was driving because of slowing and stopped traffic. When she did, her Chevrolet was rear-ended by a 2002 Honda Civic driven by 16-year-old Cristian A. Abarca Flores, of 1026 Northwood Ave.

Police faulted Flores for following too closely.

Damage was estimated at $650 to the Gore Chevrolet and $400 to the Flores Honda.


Arrest

JASPER — The Jasper Police Department arrested 34-year-old Rhodri B. Williams, of 665 Giesler Road, at 12:45 a.m. today and charged him with drunken driving (test refusal).

Police stopped the 1995 Chevrolet Blazer that Williams was driving in the 600 block of Giesler Road for speeding. Officers determined Williams may have been under the influence of alcohol but he initially refused to submit to a chemical test.

Police obtained a warrant for a blood draw that was conducted at Memorial Hospital in Jasper. It placed Williams’ blood alcohol content at .15 percent, police said.

Authorities booked Williams into the Dubois County Security Center at 3:27 a.m. In addition to the impaired driving charges, police said, he was also cited for speeding.


Fire

JASPER — Units of the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire this morning on the city’s south side.

The incident began at 5:58 a.m. when a 2004 Ford F-150 driven by Keith Witte, of 4535 W. Brescher Drive, struck a deer that ran onto State Road 162 just east of U.S. 231, according to Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang.

Hochgesang said the accident, which killed the deer, damaged the headlight area of the driver’s side of the truck. An electrical short in the damaged headlight area triggered a fire that a Jasper Police Department officer arriving on the scene put out using a fire extinguisher, the fire chief said.

Two fire trucks and 19 firefighters were on the scene for 10 minutes.

Hochgesang estimated damage from the fire at $3,000.

It was the second consecutive day with a callout for Jasper firefighters. The department was called at 10:32 a.m. Monday to an alarm at Jasper High School, 1600 St. Charles St., but there was no fire, Hochgesang said.

The run involved a malfunctioning alarm in an information technology room, the chief said.

One truck and 18 firefighters were on the scene 10 minutes Monday.


Spencer Circuit Court

ROCKPORT — A Santa Claus man arrested in October on child molesting charges has been sentenced in Spencer Circuit Court.

Karl B. Rustin, 56, of 7890 E. Spencer County Road 1600N, pleaded guilty in March to a Class A felony count of child molesting. During a May 3 sentencing, he was given 50 years at the Indiana Department of Correction, with 40 years of the sentence executed and the remaining 10 years to be served on probation.

Indiana State Police detectives began an investigation last year after receiving information from the Dubois County Department of Child Services that Rustin allegedly had molested two girls younger than 14.

The investigation determined that, for approximately one year, Rustin allegedly molested the two girls on several occasions in Spencer County.

At his sentencing hearing, Rustin argued that the court should show leniency because he had shown remorse for his actions and needed help for a problem. He also argued that alcoholism and the fact that he was abused as a child were contributing factors to his actions.

Spencer County Prosecutor Kelly D. Corne requested the maximum sentence allowable under the law. Among the aggravating factors she cited were the victims’ young ages, Rustin’s previous convictions for theft, drunken driving and vicarious sexual gratification and the fact that the offense occurred in the presence of another child. Regarding the latter, Corne said Rustin would force one of the girls to be a lookout for him while he was abusing the other victim. He did that by having the child look out of holes drilled in his shed where the abuse occurred.

Corne said Rustin will be 76 years old when he becomes eligible for parole.




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