For The Record: 10/12


JASPER — The Jasper Police Department took Heather R. Kavanaugh, 38, 4370 N. Beth Lane, into custody Wednesday on a Dubois Circuit Court warrant charging her with drug-related offenses.


Court documents allege that, on the afternoon of Sept. 3, a Jasper officer on patrol came upon a Chevrolet Equinox that Kavanaugh was driving parked in the middle of the roadway at Kundek and Wagner streets.

During the 30 seconds it took for the SUV to move, the officer noted there was a no-parking sign directly in front of it and it had an expired license plate.

The license plate was found to belong to another vehicle after the traffic stop that ensued, according to court documents. Also, police allege, Kavanaugh did not have insurance coverage on the vehicle.

During an inventory of the vehicle, police allegedly located marijuana, a smoking pipe with burnt marijuana residue and 24 prescription pills.

Police said Kavanaugh promised to appear for a September court date when issued a summons detailing charges related to the stop. When she did not, a warrant was issued Oct. 4 charging her with a Level 6 felony count of illegal possession of a legend (prescription) drug and misdemeanor counts of paraphernalia possession and possession of marijuana. The warrant also cites her with two traffic infractions: driving while suspended and operating a motor vehicle without financial responsibility.

Authorities booked Kavanaugh into the Dubois County Security Center at 9:38 p.m. Wednesday on the active warrant.



ST. MARKS — A Crawford County motorist was able to drive her car away from the scene of a Friday evening collision with a deer in St. Marks.

Kristin R. Smitson, 35, Eckerty, was northbound on County Road 500E in a 2014 Dodge Charger when the 7 p.m. accident occurred 2,500 feet south of Front Street, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

Smitson told a deputy a deer came from the west side of County Road 500E into her lane of travel.

Damage to the Smitson Dodge was estimated between $2,500 and $5,000 after the collision that left the deer dead at the scene.


Fire calls

JASPER — Units of the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department responded to an alarm activation Tuesday afternoon at St. Charles Health Campus, 3150 St. Charles St.

There was no fire associated with the 2:04 p.m. callout, according to Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang.

Firefighters were unable to arrive at a cause for the false alarm that involved a detector in a dining room/hallway area, the chief said.

Three trucks and 21 firefighters were on the scene 15 minutes.


HUNTINGBURG — A Saturday night report of a tree on fire near the City of Huntingburg’s water treatment plant resulted in a response by the Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department.

Fire Chief Scott Patberg said two trucks were kept on standby after a firefighter near the scene heard the 7:36 p.m. dispatch and radioed that a tree limb was on a power line at the site along State Road 64 west of County Road 400W.

Eight firefighters stood by at the scene for a short time while a Huntingburg Municipal Utilities electric crew came and cleared the line.


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