For The Record: 12/20


JASPER — The Jasper Police Department made an internal theft arrest Thursday night at Kmart, 723 Third Ave.

Store personnel contacted police at 10:07 p.m. Police said the suspect, 23-year-old Vanessa N. Malone, of 1110 Jackson St., Huntingburg, admitted to stealing $300 in cash.

Authorities booked Malone into the Dubois County Security Center at 11 p.m. on a Class D felony count of theft. She posted bond early this morning.


HUNTINGBURG — A Spencer County driver was taken by ambulance from the scene of a two-vehicle collision Thursday afternoon at U.S. 231 and Maple Street.

Christopher L. Spencer, 24, of Grandview was northbound on U.S. 231 in a 1996 Nissan at the time of the 3:09 p.m. accident, according to the Huntingburg Police Department.

Police said Spencer stopped for traffic and, when he did, his Nissan was rear-ended by a 2010 Ford pickup truck driven by 31-year-old Matthew D. Hitter, of 216 W. Fourth St., according to police.

Spencer complained of neck pain and was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Jasper. A hospital spokeswoman said he was treated and released.

The crash totaled Spencer’s Nissan and caused an estimated $5,000 in damage to Hitter’s Ford.

Police ticketed Hitter for following too closely and cited Spencer for driving on a suspended license.

Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and wreckers from Kars and Ruxer Ford assisted.


JASPER — A truck being used to make deliveries at Tom’s Lawn, Garden & Appliance Center, 719 W. Sixth St., touched off an incident that drew Jasper police to the scene Thursday afternoon
Michael Buehler, 39, of Newburgh had backed a 2001 International truck to the east side of the building just before the 12:53 p.m. accident.

Buehler was in the back of the truck getting packages when the vehicle’s emergency brake cable apparently snapped, according to authorities. The International rolled into a fence owned by the business, then continued on and struck a Frontier Communications telephone pole, police said.

Telephone wires fell after the collision and came down on a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck being driven by 67-year-old William Brumley of Indianapolis, police said.

There were no injuries.

Damage was estimated at $3,000 to the International delivery truck and $50 to Brumley’s pickup truck.

No citations were issued.


JASPER — A Jasper woman was able to drive away from the scene of a Monday morning collision with a deer just east of Jasper.

Barbara J. Kalb, 62, of 569 Eversman Drive, was eastbound on State Road 164 in a 2005 GMC Envoy when the 5 a.m. mishap occurred by Whoderville Road, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

A deputy said Kalb’s SUV sustained $3,500 in damage when it struck a deer that ran onto the highway.

Police were unable to locate the deer after the incident.

Fire runs

JASPER — The Jasper Volunteer Fire Department responded to callouts Thursday morning and again this morning, but neither incident involved a fire.

The first call, at 9:21 a.m., originated from the Tri-Cap office, at 607 Third Ave.

Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang said trucks were left on standby after the first firefighter on the scene reported that a child had pulled an alarm.

Eighteen firefighters responded to the page but the department spent only 10 minutes at the location ensuring there was no problem.

At 3:04 a.m. today, firefighters were called to an alarm activation at Memorial Hospital, 800 W. Ninth St.

Hochgesang said firefighters located a defective smoke detector in the radiology unit.

Two trucks and 25 firefighters were on the scene 10 minutes.

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