For The Record: 12/13


DUBOIS — Units of the Dubois Volunteer Fire Department responded to the report of a barn fire Thursday morning at the Charlie Buschkoetter property, 6170 N. 325E.

Upon arrival, firefighters found a corner room in a 60-by-80 building on fire, according to department information officer Zach Eichmiller.

Buschkoetter told firefighters he noticed the fire and called 911 as he was heading to the building to check on his chickens, according to Eichmiller.

The room in question was used as a chicken pen, and Buschkoetter was using a heat lamp during the cold snap to keep his birds warm. Eichmiller said the lamp started the fire that did between $2,000 and $3,000 in structural and electrical damage to the building, although that damage was confined to the one room.

Three trucks and 17 firefighters were on the scene about 45 minutes. Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services stood by on the scene but there were no injuries to report.


FERDINAND — Total damage was estimated at between $5,000 and $10,000 in a minivan-versus-SUV collision Wednesday afternoon on Ferdinand’s south side.

Angela Gogel, 40, of 3990 E. Spencer County Road 1700N, Dale, was eastbound on Industrial Park Road South in a 2013 Chrysler Town and Country minivan when the 4:24 p.m. mishap occurred at the exit of the McDonald’s restaurant at 25 Industrial Park Road, according to the Ferdinand Police Department.

Police said the passenger-side sliding door of Gogel’s minivan was struck by a 2009 Subaru Tribeca driven by 59-year-old Kathy Meyer, of 6649 S. Old Road 162.

Meyer was attempting to make a right turn out of the McDonald’s parking lot and failed to see the Gogel vehicle, according to police.

No tickets were issued.


CELESTINE — A Birdseye-area woman was able to drive her vehicle from the scene of a Sunday evening collision with a deer east of Celestine near Patoka Reservoir.

Stacy L. Napper, 34, of 2455 N. Dillard Road, was westbound on State Road 164 in a 2011 Dodge Caliber when the 7:06 p.m. mishap occurred east of County Road 1025E, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

A deputy said the deer jumped into the Dodge’s path and the ensuing collision damaged the vehicle’s front bumper, its passenger-side quarter panel and a headlight assembly.


JASPER — Damage was estimated at between $1,000 and $2,500 when a Martin County woman’s SUV collided with a deer early Sunday morning north of Jasper.

Courtney R. Wagler, 37, of Loogootee was southbound on U.S. 231 in a 2000 Ford Explorer when the 5:45 a.m. accident occurred near Old Road 45, according to the county sheriff’s department.

A deputy said a deer that ran onto the roadway was struck by the front of Wagler’s SUV, which was able to be driven from the scene.

Fire runs

JASPER — A residential fire alarm Thursday evening sent the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department to the Bradford Freeman residence at 401 E. 400N.

There was no fire, according to Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang. Instead, he said, some fireplace smoke came back into the dwelling area and triggered the home’s fire alarm system.

Three trucks and 27 firefighters were on the scene 15 minutes.


ST. MEINRAD — Units of the St. Meinrad Volunteer Fire Department responded to the report of a possible dryer fire Wednesday afternoon at the Susan Denning residence, 12918 Brewery St.

There was no fire, according to Fire Chief Tom Kloeck. Firefighters arrived within four minutes of the initial call and determined the dryer and its vent pipe simply had a buildup of lint that had to be cleared.

Four trucks and 15 firefighters were on the scene 25 minutes.

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