For The Record: 12/12


HUNTINGBURG — The Huntingburg Police Department arrested 39-year-old Eric D. Hildenbrand, 1100 N. Main St., on a felony domestic battery charge early this morning.

Officers called to a domestic dispute in progress at 12:15 a.m. spoke with a woman who had a cut on her face and a blackened eye. Police said a child younger than 16 was present at the time of the incident, which resulted in Hildenbrand being preliminarily charged with a Class D felony count of domestic battery.

Authorities booked Hildenbrand into the Dubois County Security Center at 2:10 a.m.


JASPER — Indiana State Police arrested 48-year-old Catherine A. Mervyn of Odon at 2:40 p.m. Wednesday and charged her with drunken driving (blood alcohol content .17 percent).

Mervyn was arrested after a trooper stopped the 2008 Saturn that Mervyn was driving in the 3100 block of U.S. 231 for going left of center and running a stop sign.

Authorities booked Mervyn into the Dubois County Security Center at 4 p.m.


DUFF — The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department has released information on a Friday afternoon accident north of Duff that injured a wrecker driver.

Andrew Long, 43, of 3360 S. 650W, Huntingburg, was northbound on County Road 600W in a 1996 Dodge 350 wrecker owned by Sternberg Chrysler Center of Jasper when the 5:30 p.m. accident occurred south of Ell Creek Road, according to deputies.

Long was on his way to a wrecker call when a 2003 Ford F-250 pickup truck driven by 21-year-old Max Hopf, 1890 S. 600W, Huntingburg, came out the Hopf family’s driveway on the east side of the roadway.

Hopf, who told deputies he failed to notice the wrecker, turned left and the trucks collided head-on.
The impact pushed Hopf’s Ford to the north. After spinning 180 degrees, the pickup was off the roadway and facing northwest when it stopped, according to police.

The wrecker spun 180 degrees to the south and was facing south in the roadway when it stopped, authorities said.

Long complained of knee and nose pain, the latter of which was caused by deployment of the airbag, according to police. Authorities said Long declined to be transported from the scene by ambulance but said he would seek medical treatment on his own.

Hopf was not injured.

The accident totaled both trucks.

No charges were filed.

A Uebelhor & Sons wrecker assisted.


FERDINAND — A Southeast Dubois School Corp. school bus was involved in a fender-bender Wednesday afternoon in the Monastery Immaculate Conception parking lot, 802 E. 10th St.
Mary L. Luebbehusen, 63, of 121 E. Fifth St., was backing a 1999 Chevrolet school bus at 4:30 p.m. when she failed to notice she was too close to a parked 2006 Toyota Sienna minivan owned by Joseph B. and Paula A. Kluesner, of 1840 E. 350S, Huntingburg, according to the Ferdinand Police Department.

Luebbehusen backed the bus into the Toyota, causing an estimated $4,500 in damage to the minivan, police said. The bus was not damaged.

No tickets were issued.


JASPER — Total damage reached $6,000 in a two-vehicle collision Wednesday afternoon at Fifth and Newton streets.

Alan R. Nonte, 64, of 3580 Grassland Hills Road, was eastbound on Fifth Street in a 2012 Toyota sedan at the time of the 2:58 p.m. mishap, according to Jasper police.

Officers said Nonte stopped at Newton Street, where a northbound semi driver in the west lane had stopped south of the intersection to allow for cross traffic to flow. Several other vehicles had crossed Newton Street from the east by the time Nonte checked for oncoming traffic and proceeded.

Police said Nonte failed to see a northbound 2006 Chevrolet HHR driven by 45-year-old Carrie A. Rusie, of 807 N. Jackson St., Huntingburg, approaching the scene because of the semi’s presence.
Nonte’s Toyota was struck by Rusie’s Chevrolet when it got to the east northbound lane, police said.

Damage was estimated at $4,000 to Nonte’s Toyota and $2,000 to Rusie’s Chevrolet.

No tickets were issued.


ST. ANTHONY — A motorist complained of pain after wrecking on an ice-covered roadway just west of St. Anthony early Friday morning.

Tyler A. Hedinger, 21, of 3880 E. 650S, St. Anthony, was eastbound on State Road 64 in a 2005 Chevrolet 1500 series pickup truck when the 2 a.m. accident occurred by Club Road, according to the county sheriff’s department.

Deputies said Hedinger lost control on the ice-covered roadway. The truck went left of center and off the north side of the highway. It traveled down a steep embankment and rolled, police said.

Hedinger complained of head pain but declined to be transported from the scene by ambulance, according to authorities.

Damage was estimated to have exceeded $5,000.

A Berg’s Garage wrecker assisted.

Fire run

JASPER — Units of the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department were called to the report of a possible fire early Wednesday afternoon at Dubois Apartments, 448 W. 43rd St.

There was no fire, according to Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang. Instead, firefighters learned that remodeling activity in a vacant unit had triggered a smoke detector.

Three trucks started toward the scene but only one had arrived by the time units were told they could return to their stations, Hochgesang said. Twenty-six firefighters spent 10 minutes on the run.

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