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Crime stoppers

JASPER — The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department is seeking witnesses to a Dec. 17 crash near the Bretzville Junction as deputies continue an investigation into the double fatality.

Anyone who witnessed the accident or observed the vehicle involved prior to the crash is asked to contact deputy Jesus Monarrez at 482-3522.

Authorities have alleged the driver of the SUV that crashed east of the Bretzville Junction was driving recklessly and operating while under the influence of a controlled substance.

Carlishia Dooley, 20, of East State Road 264, Ferdinand, was arrested six days after the crash on a warrant charging her with two Class C felony counts of driving while under the influence of a controlled substance causing death and two Class C felony counts of reckless homicide. She was also cited for driving while suspended.

Dooley was the driver in a 6:10 p.m. crash along State Road 64, just east of State Road 162, that killed 28-year-old Eric M. Bureau of Dale and 20-year-old Jessica L. Morgan of Birdseye.

A preliminary investigation by the sheriff’s department indicated a 2006 Mercury Mountaineer driven by Dooley was eastbound on State Road 64 at a high rate of speed when the accident occurred.

Dooley lost control of the vehicle east of State Road 162 and the SUV hit a guardrail on the south side of the road. The Mountaineer then went down an embankment, struck and broke a large cedar tree and possibly overturned before stopping on its wheels. Both Bureau and Morgan were pronounced dead at the scene by the Dubois County Coroner’s Office.

Police have yet to expound on the toxicology results from the crash.


HUNTINGBURG — Indiana State Police arrested Jana L. Fulkerson, 55, 300 S. Meridian St., Holland, on charges that included drunken driving (blood alcohol content .13 percent) after a traffic accident Monday night in Huntingburg.

Authorities allege a 1998 Mercury passenger car Fulkerson was driving struck a tree at U.S. 231 and Fourth Street at 8:43 p.m. Police said the car had struck the tree and bounced back into the roadway so that it was blocking the southbound lane. Fulkerson then left the scene.

Witnesses who told a trooper they had seen the driver running south on U.S. 231 from the scene provided a clothing description. A Huntingburg Police Department officer located Fulkerson a short time later walking on Geiger Street.

Fulkerson was returned to the scene. Police said she initially lied about the incident but eventually admitted to driving and leaving the scene.

In addition to the impaired driving charge, Fulkerson was also charged with a Class D felony count of driving while being classified an habitual traffic violator, plus misdemeanor counts of false informing and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

Authorities booked Fulkerson into the Dubois County Security Center at 11:05 p.m.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department also assisted.


JASPER — Police ticketed two Martin County motorists after an SUV-versus-car fender-bender Monday afternoon at 15th and Mill streets.

Brandy Arford, 39, of Loogootee was northbound on Mill Street in a 2002 Mercury Sable at the time of the 5:14 p.m. mishap, according to the Jasper Police Department.

Police said Arford stopped at the intersection and was proceeding with the right of way when a westbound 2008 Ford Edge driven by 33-year-old Tanya Parsons of Loogootee stopped at the four-way after Arford’s arrival. Parsons proceeded west and her vehicle struck the Mercury.

Damage was estimated at $1,000 to Parsons’ Ford and $750 to Arford’s Mercury.

Police cited Parsons for failure to yield the right of way and ticketed Arford for driving without valid insurance.


DUBOIS — A woman’s SUV received extensive damage in an early-morning collision with a deer today southeast of Dubois.

Amanda R. Jones, 26, of 4810 N. Cuzco Road South, was eastbound on State Road 545 in a 2014 Ford Explorer when the 1:09 a.m. accident occurred just east of Celestine Road North, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

Authorities reported that a deer entered the roadway from the north and struck the driver’s side of Jones’ SUV. The Explorer’s side-curtain air bags deployed and the vehicle sustained damage down the majority of its driver’s side, police said.

Damage was estimated at $10,000. The deer was killed.

A Ruxer Ford wrecker assisted.


CELESTINE — A rural Huntingburg woman escaped serious injury when her small SUV slid off a slick roadway Thursday night and overturned down an embankment west of Celestine.

Barbara D. Mathies, 61, of 3652 S. State Road 162, Huntingburg, was westbound on State Road 164 in a 2002 Honda CR-V when the 9:09 p.m. accident occurred near County Road 425E, according to the county sheriff’s department.

Mathies encountered ice that sent her Honda off the south side of the roadway and down a large embankment, where it rolled and stopped on its top.

Police reported that Mathies complained of knee pain and had a lower leg scrape but declined to be transported from the scene by ambulance.

Damage was estimated to have exceeded $5,000.

A Berg’s Garage wrecker, the Celestine Volunteer Fire Department and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted.

Fire runs

JASPER — Units of the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department responded to two alarm activations so far this week but neither involved a fire.

The first call, at 8 p.m. Sunday, sent the department to Home Depot, 4250 Newton St.

Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang said the activation was attributed to a faulty sprinkler alarm. The store was to contact technicians to check the system.

Three trucks and 29 firefighters were on the scene 30 minutes.

Then, at 2:46 p.m. Monday, the department responded to an alarm at Memorial Hospital, 800 W. Ninth St.

Hochgesang said the activity of a worker on the building’s roof tripped the alarm.

One truck and 19 firefighters were on the scene 10 minutes.

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