For The Record: 10/16


FERDINAND — A motorist was transported by ambulance from the scene of a Tuesday night accident along a county road north of Ferdinand to be checked for minor injuries.

Sarah Brosmer, 18, of 3617 N. Schnell Road, Birdseye, was northbound on Club Road in a 1999 Pontiac Grand Am when the 9:03 p.m. accident occurred near County Road 825S, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

A deputy indicated Brosmer lost control of the car after it contacted loose gravel. The Pontiac left the roadway and stopped on its top in a ditch.

Brosmer was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital where a spokeswoman said she was treated and released.

Damage was estimated at between $2,000 and $5,000.

A Berg’s garage wrecker, Ferdinand’s fire and police departments and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted.


JASPER — A motorist complained of pain but declined to be transported by ambulance after a one-car accident Tuesday afternoon on a county road east of Jasper.

Emily Epple, 17, of 7800 E. Ellsworth Road, Celestine, was northbound in the 1100 block of Jasper-Dubois Road in a 1996 Ford Mustang when the accident happened at 5 p.m., according to the county sheriff’s department.

A deputy said Epple lost control of the Mustang on the wet roadway. The car went into Gregory Matheis’ yard at 1163 E. Jasper-Dubois Road and stopped when it hit a tree.

The crash totaled the Mustang and caused about $500 in damage to Matheis’ car. The road was blocked for about 50 minutes while authorities cleared the scene.

The Dubois Volunteer Fire Department, Memorial EMS and a Ruxer Ford wrecker assisted.


JASPER — Police ticketed one of the drivers after a minivan and an SUV collided Tuesday afternoon on Second Avenue near Easy Street.

Donna N. Schnell, 60, of 4 Primrose Lane, was westbound on Second Avenue in a 2002 Chrysler Town & County minivan at the time of the 4:08 p.m. mishap, according to the Jasper Police Department.

Schnell said she signaled and slowed to turn left and, when she did, her minivan was rear-ended by a 2002 Toyota 4-Runner driven by 37-year-old Lori J. Abbett, of 1057 Meridian Road.

Abbett, who told police she did not see the turn signal, was ticketed for following too closely.

Neither driver was injured.

Damage was estimated at $2,000 to Schnell’s minivan and $500 to Abbett’s SUV.


JASPER — Total damage topped $2,000 when two pickup trucks collided this morning at Seventh and Newton streets.

Jason E. Bradford, 33, of 610 W. 36th St., was eastbound on Seventh Street and stopped at Newton Street as the 7:17 a.m. mishap began to unfold, according to Jasper police.

Bradford told police the driver of a southbound tractor-trailer in the west lane of Newton Street stopped north of the intersection to allow him to cross in his 1994 Chevrolet 1500 series truck. When he proceeded, police said, Bradford drove into the path of a southbound 1999 Toyota Tacoma that Ismael A. Acosta, 48, of 2010 N. Lincoln Drive, Huntingburg, was driving in the east lane.

Acosta could not stop before driving his Toyota into the side of Bradford’s Chevrolet.

Damage was estimated at $1,200 to Acosta’s Toyota and $1,000 to Bradford’s Chevrolet.
No citations were issued.


JASPER — The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department arrested 47-year-old Vicki L. Astemborski, of 329 W. 10th St., at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and charged her with drunken driving (blood alcohol content .10 percent).

Astemborski was arrested at a convenience store in the 1400 block of Newton Street after a deputy stopped the 1998 Chrysler passenger car she was driving for an unsafe start, an unsafe stop and having no operable taillights.

Authorities booked Astemborski into the Dubois County Security Center at 10 p.m. She was released on bond this morning.


JASPER — Nicole A. Gunter, 22, was arrested Tuesday afternoon by Jasper police who charged her with battery with bodily injury and criminal mischief.

Police who responded to the report of criminal mischief at the group home where Gunter lives determined she had punched a hole in a wall and slammed a van door on the arm of a female caregiver who was treated for the injury.

Authorities booked Gunter into the county security center at 4:50 p.m.

Gunter had been arrested Saturday at the group home and charged with battery and criminal mischief.


JASPER — Fazoli’s restaurant, 703 Third Ave., reopened Monday after repairs that followed a fire the morning of Sept. 23.

Jasper Volunteer firefighters had to remove exterior wall coverings from past remodels to extinguish the fire, which likely was caused by a discarded cigarette, according to Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang.

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