For The Record: 12/10


FERDINAND — Units of the Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department responded Friday morning to a vehicle fire on the west side of MasterBrand Cabinets Plant No. 22, 624 W. Third St.

Fire Chief Dan Lindauer said yard drivers noticed a fire in the engine compartment of a 1990 Dodge Dakota pickup truck owned by Jessica Combs of French Lick and sounded the alarm at 7:28 a.m.

Workers at the plant came out with extinguishers and had the fire out by the time the department arrived, according to Lindauer.

The damage was contained under the hood, the chief said. Lindauer added that the truck would be repairable, although the dollar amount of the damage was unknown.

Lindauer said the truck had reportedly been parked for more than an hour prior to the fire so the cause was suspected to be electrical in nature.

One truck and 16 firefighters were on the scene 25 minutes. The Ferdinand Police Department assisted.


JASPER — Damage was estimated to have exceeded $7,000 in a pickup truck-versus-SUV collision Monday morning at 36th and Newton streets.

Renee Sandage, 56, of 4176 Meadow Lark Lane, was southbound on Newton Street in a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee at the time of the 8:56 a.m. accident, according to the Jasper Police Department.

Police said Sandage slowed to make a right turn into a private business and, when she did, the rear and passenger side of her SUV was damaged by the vehicle that had been following her: a 2013 Ford F-150 driven by 32-year-old Duane Beyke, 6899 E. Highland Blvd., Celestine.

Beyke told officers that, by the time he noticed Sandage slowing, it was too late for him to stop. He attempted to drive to the right to avoid a collision but instead went into the path of the SUV.

Damage was estimated at $5,000 to Sandage’s Jeep and $2,500 to Beyke’s Ford.

Police cited Beyke for driving too fast to avoid a collision.

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