For The Record: 12/6


JASPER — An officer who investigated after hearing a car alarm sounding Tuesday evening arrested a motorist and accused him of fleeing from police.

Hernandez Rico

The Jasper Police Department officer was in the vicinity of the Jasper Lofts at 1300 E. 13th St. when he heard the car alarm at 7:16 p.m. The officer checked the area and observed a red 2004 Honda Civic leaving the area at a high rate of speed.

The officer said the car ran a stop sign. When the officer attempted a traffic stop, the vehicle allegedly attempted to flee. The driver, Mauricio A. Hernandez Rico, 25, 1440 Dewey St., went to his address where he exited the car and was taken into custody, police reported.

Police say Hernandez Rico was found to have never received a driver’s license. Police also allegedly found marijuana on his person.

Authorities booked Hernandez Rico into the Dubois County Security Center at 7:47 p.m. on a preliminary Level 6 felony count of resisting law enforcement with a motor vehicle and preliminary misdemeanor counts of marijuana possession and driving while having never been licensed.


Fire run

DUBOIS — Units of the Dubois Volunteer Fire Department responded to the report of an outdoor fire getting out of hand early Sunday afternoon northeast of Dubois.

Becky Noble was burning outside in the 5000 block of North Dubois Road Northeast when the fire started to spread and was reported by a neighbor at 12:49 p.m., according to Fire Chief Steve Kalb.

Noble and the neighbor had the fire all but out by the time the fire department arrived, Kalb said. Firefighters finished the job, he added.

A 50-by-50-foot area in the edge of a woods burned but there was no other damage.

The fire department was having a meeting when the call came in so 25 firefighters responded with three trucks. They were on the scene for about 15 minutes.



JASPER — Total damage topped $15,000 in a chain-reaction collision early Friday afternoon at 14th and Newton streets.

Eric D. Kimmel, 53, Celestine, was northbound on Newton Street in a 2007 Toyota Tundra pickup truck at the time of the 12:16 p.m. mishap, according to the Jasper Police Department.

Nikolaus J. Hoffman, 34, Jasper, was following Kimmel in a 2004 Toyota Celica, police said.

The drivers said traffic suddenly stopped in front of them so Kimmel and Hoffman stopped.

Patrick F. Moriarty, 52, Jasper, who was trailing in a 2008 Dodge Dakota, was not able to stop in time and his truck drove into the rear of Hoffman’s Celica, which was pushed into the rear of Kimmel’s Tundra.

Damage was estimated at $7,500 to the Hoffman Celica, $5,000 to the Kimmel Tundra and $3,000 to the Moriarty Dakota.

There was no injuries.

An officer cited Moriarty for following too closely.


JASPER — Glare from the sun was cited as a factor in a car-versus-truck collision Friday morning along State Road 164 east of Meridian Road.

Phyllis J. Winkel, 70, was attempting to pull out of her driveway on the north side of the highway and head west in her 2014 Buick Regal at the time of the 8:21 a.m. mishap, according to the Jasper Police Department.

Police said Winkel’s car went left of center as she pulled out onto the highway and struck an eastbound 2013 Ford truck driven by Mark A. Witte, 49, Jasper.

Winkel allegedly told police the sun was in her eyes and she did not see Witte’s approaching truck.

Damage was estimated at $5,000 to each of the vehicles.

Police ticketed Winkel for driving left of center.


JASPER — Police are looking for anyone who witnessed a Saturday afternoon collision at 36th and Newton streets after the drivers maintained they each had the right of way.

Roberta L. Caudill, 57, Freetown, was northbound on Newton Street in a 2011 Chrysler Town & Country minivan at the time of the 4:14 p.m. accident, according to the Jasper Police Department.

Tiffany J. Bush, 24, Petersburg, was eastbound on 36th Street in a 2010 GMC Terrain, police said. She had stopped at Newton Street and was waiting to turn to go north.

Caudill allegedly told police she had a green light as she proceeded into the intersection. Bush allegedly said the left turn arrow for 36th Street had turned green when she drove into the intersection.

Police said the Bush SUV struck the left rear of the Caudill van.

Damage to each vehicle was estimated at $2,500.

Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to call Jasper police at 812-482-2255 or the department’s anonymous tip line: 812-481-COPS (2677).

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