For The Record: 10/23


JASPER — One motorist complained of pain after two cars and a minivan collided Tuesday afternoon on State Road 56 east of Kluemper Road.

Roman J. Lubbers, 60, of 5656 E. 650S, St. Anthony, was westbound on State Road 56 in a 2006 Pontiac Vibe at the time of the 5:01 p.m. accident, according to the Jasper Police Department.

Lubbers stopped for traffic in front of him and, when he did, his Pontiac was rear-ended by a 2005 Ford Focus driven by 19-year-old Felicia C. Crays, of 302 E. 14th St., police said.

The impact sent Lubbers’ Pontiac into the rear of a 2007 Chrysler Town & Country minivan driven by 36-year-old Anthony J. Clark, of 4255 W. Brescher Drive, according to authorities.

Crays complained of chest pain but declined to be transported by ambulance, according to police.

Damage was estimated at $5,000 to Lubbers’ Vibe and $1,500 to Clark’s minivan. Crays’ Focus was listed as totaled.

Police cited Crays for following too closely.


MENTOR — The Schnellville Volunteer Fire Department responded at 4:44 p.m. Tuesday to the report of a large amount of black smoke spotted east of Schnellville.

Firefighters found a controlled burn of debris in an open field a mile north of State Road 64 on County Road 1025E, according to Fire Chief Mark Fischer. The burn, which had not been called in to the county’s dispatch center ahead of time, was extinguished. Fischer could not immediately provide the name of the person doing the burning.

One truck and five firefighters were on the scene 20 minutes.

Anyone contemplating a controlled burn should notify the county’s dispatch center — by calling the nonemergency number of 482-9111 — in advance and then stand by at the scene to supervise the fire.


JASPER — Units of the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department responded to an agriculture fire and an industrial fire Tuesday.

The first call, at 6:03 p.m., took the department to a Schroering Farms field at State Road 162 and County Road 230S where a late-model John Deere combine owned by Phil Schroering was being used to harvest soybeans, according to Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang.

Hochgesang said a Schroering employees noticed smoke and used an extinguisher to knock down a forming fire until the fire department arrived. A John Deere representative came to the scene and helped determine that the fire resulted after accumulated dust that was heated by its proximity to the combine’s turbocharging unit, according to Hochgesang.

The damage, estimated at $3,000, basically was confined to a wiring harness.

Two trucks and 25 firefighters were on the scene 30 minutes.

At 11:57 p.m., the department was called to Jasper Rubber, 1010 First Ave.

Hochgesang said a malfunction in a motor bearing in the dust collection system outside the plant resulted in friction that ignited rubber dust. The only damage to the system outside of the failed bearing was to filter bags that must be replaced, the chief said.

Six trucks and 29 firefighters were on the scene for a little more than an hour.

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FERDINAND — The Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call Tuesday afternoon regarding the odor of gas in an apartment.

The 3:29 p.m. page sent firefighters to a 212 E. 14th St. apartment owned by Randy Berg of Bretzville, according to Fire Chief Dan Lindauer. An occupant at the unit smelled the odor of gas, dialed 911 and exited until the fire department arrived, the chief said.

The gas level inside the apartment did not register on the department’s multi-gas monitor and there was no signs of trouble other than the odor, according to Lindauer.

Similar calls in recent weeks coincided with the Ohio Valley Gas Corp. bringing in a contractor to service the system, including repairing valves and meters. Some form of system backflow is thought to have led to reports of odors.

Lindauer said residents who notice a gas odor should continue to contact the gas company or the fire department and should not assume the problem does not involve a leak.

Three trucks and seven firefighters were on the scene 20 minutes. The Ferdinand Police Department assisted.

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