For The Record: 2/10


The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department worked a dozen slide-offs Sunday morning after overnight precipitation created black ice conditions.

Many of the incidents in the four-hour span starting at 4:30 a.m. involved only minor damage, said Sgt. Stuart Wilson. Sites for slide-offs included U.S. 231 north of Phoenix drive in the Huntingburg area, the 66-mile marker of I-64 in the Ferdinand area and State Road 162 from north of Bretzville to Maltersville.

Damage was recorded in some of the icy accidents.

At 7:50 a.m. Sunday, 36-year-old Julie Cummings, of 3030 N. Jackson St., Huntingburg, was northbound on U.S. 231 a quarter mile north of Phoenix Drive when she lost control of  her 2005 GMC Envoy on the ice-covered roadway, according to the sheriff’s department.

Deputies said the SUV veered off the left side of the road and struck a guardrail, spinning about six times in the process.

Cummings complained of neck pain but declined to be transported by ambulance and the vehicle did not require a wrecker.

Damage was estimated at $3,000 to the GMC and $1,000 to to the guardrail owned by the Indiana Department of Transportation.

U.S. 231 was blocked for about 20 minutes while the scene was cleared.
The Huntingburg Police Department assisted.

At 7:55 a.m., Karen A. Ball, 54, of Paoli lost control of the 2006 Dodge pickup truck she was driving westbound on State Road 56 east of Haysville, near County Road 175E.

After coming in contact with ice, the truck went off the right side of the highway and struck a Frontier Communications telephone pole. Deputies said Ball and three passengers were all wearing seat belts and escaped injury.

Total damage was estimated at between $2,500 and $5,000.

At 8:30 a.m., Courtney Heberer, 26, of 18640 N. State Road 545, St. Meinrad, was northbound on State Road 162 in a 2002 Ford F-150 when she lost control of the pickup truck on the icy highway south of Jasper, near County Road 230S.

Deputies said the truck went off the left side of the road, struck an INDOT road sign and stopped in a yard.

Damage was estimated at $250 to the Ford, $500 to the sign and $100 to the yard of Margie Steftenagel, 2343 S. State Road 162, Jasper.

IRELAND — An icy roadway contributed to an accident Saturday morning that injured a passenger in a car that wrecked on the northwest corner of Dubois County.

Crystal D. Martindale of Washington was eastbound on Old Petersburg Road in a 2003 Chevrolet Impala when the 5:49 a.m. accident occurred east of County Road 900E, according to the county sheriff’s department.

Deputies said Martindale, whose age was not immediately available, lost control of her car on the ice. The vehicle began to go off the south side of the road but Martindale over-corrected, sending it off the north side of the county road and into a ditch.

A passenger, Ethan Emmons, whose age and address were not immediately available, struck his head and eye but declined to be transported from the scene by ambulance.

Damage to the car was estimated at $4,000.

The Ireland Volunteer Fire Department and a Uebelhor & Sons wrecker assisted.


JASPER — A motorist misjudged the closing rate of a vehicle she was turning in front of late Saturday night at Third Avenue and Giesler Road.

Dorothy Persohn, 57, of 258 Baden Strasse, was on Giesler Road and had stopped her 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier at Third Avenue at the time of the 11:59 p.m. mishap, according to the Jasper Police Department.

Persohn told police she saw a northbound pickup approaching but thought she had enough time to turn left to travel north in front of the approaching truck. Officers said the passenger side of Persohn’s car was struck by the 1993 Dodge Ram being driven by Timothy Mack, 60, of 931 W. Donder Lane, Santa Claus.

Damage was estimated at $2,500 to each of the vehicles.

Police cited Persohn for failing to yield the right of way.

JASPER — Black ice sent a small pickup sliding Sunday morning at Newton Street and Schuetter Road.

Matthew Keller, 26, of 4160 Wilhelm Strasse, was southbound on Newton Street in a 1999 Ford Ranger at the time of the 7 a.m. mishap, according to Jasper police.

Keller attempted to slow for the intersection but his truck slid across Newton Street and struck a traffic signal pole on the east side of Newton Street, according to police.

Damage to the truck was estimated at $5,000. The pole did not appear to have sustained any damage, according to authorities.


HOLLAND — The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department arrested three people on drug-related charges Sunday evening.

Deputies said the case began at 6:52 p.m. with a tip to the sheriff’s department’s narcotics officer regarding the possible whereabouts of a wanted person.

The wanted man was not found at the 300 S. Meridian St. address in Holland but deputies did locate 96.9 grams of marijuana.

A resident at the address, 47-year-old Everett E. Lagenour, was arrested on a Class D felony count of maintaining a common nuisance and misdemeanor counts of marijuana possession and possession of paraphernalia.

Two other people at the address were also arrested.

Danielle S. Curtis, 24, of Milltown was arrested and charged with a Class D felony county of possession of more than 30 grams of marijuana and a misdemeanor count of possession of paraphernalia.

Jamie A. Hunter, 47, of 4051⁄2 N. Main St., Huntingburg, was taken into custody on misdemeanor counts of marijuana possession and possession of paraphernalia.

All three subjects were booked into the Dubois County Security Center at 12:50 a.m. today.

Crime stoppers

JASPER — The Jasper Police Department is asking the public to be on the lookout for a grey pickup truck with left front-end damage and a red all-terrain vehicle in its bed.

A southbound vehicle matching that description attempting to turn into the Germantown Shopping Center lot just north of the Burger King restaurant at 2:41 p.m. Sunday struck he left rear of a 2001 Saturn automobile driven by Tesla Fulton, 21, of 206 W. Fourth St.

Police said Fulton was stopped at the intersection and was waiting for traffic to clear to turn southbound on Newton Street.

The truck that struck Fulton’s Saturn, causing an estimated $1,000 in damage to it, fled the scene.
Anyone with information on the accident or the grey pickup truck hauling the ATV is asked to call Jasper police at 482-2255 or the department’s anonymous tip line: 481-COPS (2677).

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