For The Record: 2/13


HOLLAND — A Holland man suffered injuries when the van he was driving struck a forklift Tuesday morning at Kentucky Street and State Road 161.

Aaron R. Peters, 32, of 802 S. Fifth St., was eastbound on Kentucky Street in a 2003 Chevrolet Express when the accident occurred at 8:09 a.m., according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

A deputy reported Peters was driving into the rising sun, which was glaring on his windshield, when he drove the Chevrolet into the rear of an Ingersoll Rand forklift being operated by Donald F. Kemper, 74, of 13799 Giles Road.

Peters reportedly suffered knee, lower leg and foot pain and was bleeding after the accident. He was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Jasper, where a spokeswoman said he was treated and released.

The forklift did not appear to have been damaged but the Chevrolet had major damage estimated at between $5,000 and $10,000.

A Blesch’s Sales & Service wrecker and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted.


FERDINAND — Total damage reached $3,500 when two pickup trucks collided Wednesday afternoon at Ninth and Main streets.

John Lechner, 56, of 4340 S. 50E, Huntingburg, was northbound on Main Street in a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado at the time of the 2:55 p.m. mishap, according to the Ferdinand Police Department.

Police said Larry Pierrard, 55, of 9734 Apalona Road, St. Croix, attempted to make a left turn in front of Lechner and steered his 1999 Dodge Dakota into the Chevy’s path.

Damage was estimated at $2,000 to Pierrard’s Dodge and $1,500 to Lechner’s Chevrolet.

Neither driver was injured and no citations were issued.


JASPER — The Dubois Rural Electric Cooperative is alerting the public to scam calls being made to area businesses demanding payment to prevent their electricity from being disconnected.

The calls constitute a scam and should be reported to police, according to Dubois REC General Manager Don Book.

“If a utility customer receives one of these calls and feels pressured for immediate payment or personal information, hang up the phone and call the customer service number on your utility bill,” Book said. “This will ensure you are speaking to a real representative.”

Crime stoppers

JASPER — Indiana State Police are warning parents that troopers and area police are finding candy laced with Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in southwest Indiana.

THC is the chemical compound found in marijuana that provides a “high” to the user. Most of the candy found by troopers resembles suckers, hard-rock candy and gummy worms and bears.

The doctored candies look so much like regular candy that children or even adults wouldn’t hesitate to consume them, police said.

State police encourage parents to inspect their children’s candy and be suspicious of unwrapped or re-wrapped candy in unfamiliar packaging.

Anyone with information about the THC candies is encouraged to contact the Indiana State Police at 1-800-852-3970.


JASPER — The Jasper Police Department issued a request Wednesday asking for the public’s help in locating an SUV reported stolen from the Walmart Supercenter parking lot. That request was canceled this morning when it was learned the vehicle was never actually stolen at all.

The black 2012 Chevrolet Captiva owned by Cody and Lisa Moore of Loogootee was in the 4040 Newton Street lot the whole time.

Lisa Moore had parked in a different portion of the lot than she remembered, according to Sgt. Jeremy Lee. The Moores had driven around the lot Wednesday but the owners did not spot their vehicle until this morning.

“It’s just one of those things,” Lee said today.


HUNTINGBURG — Police contend the Wednesday arrest of a male juvenile has cleared up several open theft and burglary cases.

Officers with the Huntingburg Police Department were sent to the 300 block of North Geiger Street at 8:02 p.m. when it was reported that items were being stolen from a vehicle.

Upon arrival, officers were told the vehicle’s owner had caught the suspect — a young juvenile male — in the vehicle but the youth was able to elude the victims.

Police identified the suspect and, when he was contacted, he confessed to several thefts and burglaries in the area, police said. He is being charged with felony burglary and theft and misdemeanor unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle.

Officers declined to release any identifying information about the juvenile because of his age.

Fire run

JASPER — Units of the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department responded to an alarm activation Wednesday afternoon at a Kimball International facility at 1620 Cherry St.

There was no fire, according to Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang.

The chief said the facilities sprinkler system is a type in which pipes remain dry and pressurized with air under ordinary circumstances. When the compressor failed, the malfunction allowed a drop in air pressure that triggered an alarm when water filled the pipes.

Three trucks and 26 firefighters were on the scene 15 minutes.

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