For The Record: 11/14

Crime stopper

JASPER — An SUV reported stolen from the city’s east side Monday morning has been located in a neighboring county, the Jasper Police Department announced today.

The vehicle in question was a black 1999 GMC Jimmy. Police had said it was stolen from the area of Seventh and Anderson streets between 7 and 9 a.m. Monday.

Police say the vehicle was not occupied at the time it was found and no arrests have been made at this time. It was located in a park, according to police who declined to identify the county at this time.

Anyone with information on the theft is asked to call Jasper police at 812-482-2255 or the department’s anonymous tip line: 812-481-COPS (2677).

In releasing information about the auto theft, Jasper police reminded the public to remove the keys and lock the doors of all vehicles when they are parked.




HUNTINGBURG — An investigation into a Monday night leaving-the-scene accident resulted in the arrest of a woman accused of impaired driving.

The Huntingburg Police Department had been notified about a possibly impaired driver just before a 9:36 p.m. report of a vehicle being struck in the 200 block of Van Buren Street.

Authorities say a witness who spoke with the suspect reported the woman said to not call police before leaving the scene in a 1996 Nissan Altima.

Police say the license plate number that was obtained came back to Kitty L. Bieker, 60, 410 E. Fourth Ave. Authorities located the Altima believed to have been involved in the accident behind her residence in a field. Police said the car appeared to be stuck.

Huntingburg police say Bieker, who was located at her residence, admitted to being the driver in the crash. Officers who detected the odor of alcohol reported that Bieker failed field sobriety testing.

A blood draw conducted at Memorial Hospital allegedly placed Bieker’s blood alcohol content at .10 percent.

Authorities booked Bieker into the Dubois County Security Center at 1:15 a.m. today on preliminary misdemeanor counts of operating while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.


HUNTINGBURG — Zachary D. Reller, 23, 611 E. Fifth St., was arrested late Monday night by the Huntingburg Police Department and accused of impaired driving and drug-related offenses.

Reller was arrested after police were called at 11:11 p.m. to the report of a suspicious vehicle on the north side of the Dollar General Store at 1710 N. Main St. Police were told the pickup truck involved was running with its headlights on.

Officers who located the 1999 Ford Ranger said its driver, Reller, was passed out in the driver’s seat. Police said the truck was in gear and Reller’s foot was on the brake pedal.

Police also reported smelling the odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Officers say they were able to wake Reller, who appeared to be under the influence, and get him to exit the truck.

During a search of the Ranger, police said, a small amount of marijuana and a grinder were located.

Reller failed field sobriety testing, police said, and a blood draw at Memorial Hospital was positive for marijuana.

Authorities booked Reller into the Dubois County Security Center at 1:30 a.m. today on preliminary misdemeanor count of operating while intoxicated, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.



Fire run

FERDINAND — An alarm activation late Monday morning at Ferdinand Elementary School, 402 E. Eighth St., drew a response by the Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department.

There was no fire associated with the 11:26 a.m. callout, Fire Chief Dan Lindauer said, but students were evacuating as a precaution when he arrived.

Lindauer said he was only a block away when the call was dispatched so he had three fire trucks and seven firefighters on standby at the fire station while he checked the school.

The activation was traced to a hallway manual-pull station by a maintenance door and officials ultimately identified the student responsible for pulling it, Lindauer said.

Authorities successfully reset the alarm system and Lindauer cleared the call after about 10 minutes.




JASPER — Police ticketed a motorist after a passenger car-versus-semi collision Friday morning at 15th and Newton streets.

Robert Wittmer, 35, Montgomery, was southbound on Newton Street in a 2014 Freightliner semi at the time of the 7:49 a.m. accident, according to the Jasper Police Department.

Wittmer stopped for traffic and, when he did, his rig was rear-ended by a 2004 Ford Focus driven by Dustin Campbell, 26, Shoals, police said.

Campbell complained of chest and head pain after the accident and was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital, police reported. A hospital spokeswoman said he was treated and released.

Damage was estimated at $1,000 to the Campbell Focus and $500 to the Wittmer Freightliner.

Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted.


PATOKA LAKE — A Jasper man’s SUV required a wrecker after a Wednesday morning collision with a deer in the Patoka Lake area.

Ronald L. Beck, 53, Jasper, was eastbound on State Road 164 in a 2012 Ford Expedition when the 8:45 a.m. accident occurred 1,000 feet east of County Road 1100E, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

The sheriff’s department said Beck’s Expedition collided with a deer that came into its travel lane from the south side of the highway.

Damage was estimated between $2,500 and $5,000.

The deer was killed in the collision.

A Ruxer Ford wrecker assisted.

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