For The Record: 6/14

Accidents

IRELAND ­— An accident involving a semi tractor-trailer and another driver’s much smaller trailer resulted in a motorist receiving citations Thursday afternoon.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department was called to the accident on State Road 56 just west of Ireland at 2:26 p.m.

Alberto Barrios, of 8791 E. State Road 356, Otwell, was eastbound on State Road 56 in his 2001 Ford F-150 pickup truck pulling a small trailer at the time of the incident. According to the sheriff’s department, the trailer that Barrios’ truck was pulling came unhitched from the vehicle and went left of center. Thomas Linley of Brilliant, Ala., who was driving a 2007 Peterbilt west on the highway, attempted to avoid the trailer but was unable to do so and struck the unhitched trailer with his semi.

Linley’s semi tractor’s steering was affected after it struck the trailer, police said. The rig went left of center and off the south side of the roadway where it struck a large embankment.

Linley complained of pain to his lower legs and was transported to Memorial Hospital. A hospital spokeswoman said he was treated and released.

Both Barrios’ trailer and Linley’s semi were totaled.

Barrios was cited for a safety chain violation and for not having the trailer registered.
The ages of the drivers were not immediately available from police.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Ireland Volunteer Fire Department, Memorial Emergency Medical Services and wreckers from Stork Service Center and Uebelhor & Sons.

 


JASPER — An accident involving two cars in the 500 block of Hoffman Road resulted in about $2,500 worth of damage Thursday evening.

Courtney Mills, 16, 928 S. Old Huntingburg Road, was exiting a convenience store’s parking lot in her 2001 Pontiac Grand Am at the time of the 7:10 p.m. mishap, according to the Jasper Police Department. Mills was turning north onto Hoffman Road when she failed to see a southbound 2009 Dodge Ram pickup truck driven by Lucas Garner, 35, of North Salem, police said.

Mills’ car collided with the rear of Garner’s pickup truck.

Police estimated damage at $2,000 for Mills’ Grand Am and $500 for Garner’s truck. Neither driver was injured.


Crime stoppers

JASPER — Jasper police are asking for the public’s help in locating a vehicle that left the scene of an accident near Sixth and Newton streets late Thursday morning.

Police responded to the accident on Newton Street north of Sixth Street at 11:36 a.m.

McKinley Lynch, 18, 11265 E. State Road 56, French Lick, was northbound in the inside lane of Newton Street in her 1996 Pontiac Grand Prix when another vehicle traveling in the outside lane attempted to enter her lane to pass a slow-moving semi it was following. That vehicle, described as a 2008 or newer, gray, four-door car, possibly a Lexus brand, struck Lynch’s car on the right front end, causing the car to enter the southbound lane of Newton Street and almost strike a southbound vehicle, police said.

The car that collided with Lynch’s Pontiac then left the scene of the accident.

Police estimated damage to Lynch’s car at $250.

The vehicle that left the scene would have damage to its driver’s side, according to police.

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation is asked to call Jasper police at 482-2255 or the anonymous tip line at 481-COPS (2677).


Fire

JASPER — Units of the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire in a metal trash bin behind Stonebrook Apartments, 111 E. 36th St., Thursday afternoon.

Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang said damage was limited to cardboard and other items in the bin, plus the plastic flip lids covering the bin.

Two trucks and 19 firefighters were on the scene 20 minutes.


Fire run

FERDINAND — Units of the Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department responded Thursday evening when multiple alarms simultaneously activated at MasterBrand Cabinets, 624 W. Third St.

Fire Chief Dan Lindauer said that at 6:44 p.m. there were indications that manual pull alarms and sensors in the sprinkler system had been triggered but there was nothing showing. He said all employees were evacuated as a precaution, but plant officials, firefighters and police who responded soon learned nothing was wrong in the plant. It was later determined that a circuit breaker in a nearby electric substation had tripped for an unknown reason, he said.

Both the plant’s alarm system and the electric substation serving Ferdinand were successfully reset and went back to normal.

Two trucks and nine firefighters were on the scene 10 minutes. The Ferdinand Police Department assisted.


Update

JASPER — Additional charges were added this week against one of six former employees of the Providence Home Health Care Center arrested in February after an investigation by the Indiana Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit alleged a center resident had been abused.

The facility’s former director of nursing, 41-year-old Katrina L. Patterson, of 247 Daisy Lane, along with 52-year-old Sheryl A. Rockett of Washington, the former assistant director of nursing at the 520 W. Ninth St. nursing home, were initially charged with misdemeanor counts of failure to report victimization of an endangered adult. Class D felony counts of obstruction of justice and neglect of a dependent were added to Patterson’s case this week.

According to initial probable cause affidavits filed in Dubois County Circuit Court, a Providence Home certified nursing assistant approached Patterson and Rockett, who were her supervisors, in May of last year to report that three CNAs had been verbally and physically abusing a resident. Charging documents contend Patterson and Rockett did not investigate the allegations against the accused or report the allegations to the proper authorities. Eventually, four CNAs were arrested and charged with Class D felony counts of battery and neglect and misdemeanor counts of intimidation.

On Monday, the additional Indiana State Police probable cause affidavit was filed in the case against Patterson. It stated an incident report about alleged abuse of the resident at the center of the case was not filed with the Indiana State Department of Health, which is contrary to what Patterson told investigators from the Indiana Attorney General’s Office. Patterson’s incident report also alleged that all other staff denied the allegations made by the reporting CNA but a handwritten statement from a second CNA contradicting that was discovered in a file Patterson provided investigators.

The additional probable cause affidavit said Patterson’s failure to provide investigators with the corroborating statement given by the second CNA misled investigators and hindered their investigation.

Last week, the Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office also filed motions to consolidate all the similarly related cases for trial. The court then decided that the cases against Patterson and Rocket will be joined into one proceeding. A hearing was set for July 8 to determine if the cases against the four CNAs will be consolidated into a single court proceeding.




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