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JASPER — Christopher M. Lee, 42, of 901 Emily St., was arrested Monday afternoon by the Jasper Police Department for alleged felony child sex crimes.

Charges stem from a joint investigation by Jasper police, the Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office and Dubois County Department of Child Services.

Authorities allege Lee touched, fondled and performed oral sex on a juvenile female over the course of the last six years. All of the alleged incidents occurred in Jasper, according to authorities.

Police said their investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible.

Authorities booked Lee into the Dubois County Security Center at 4:43 p.m. on counts of Class A felony child molesting and Class B felony sexual misconduct with a minor.


JASPER — The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department arrested a man for alleged impaired driving after investigating a leaving-the-scene accident early today at WITZ Road and U.S. 231.

Deputies said a motorist witnessed a 1999 Chevrolet 1500 series pickup truck veer left of center and hit a guardrail at 12:53 a.m. The truck scraped along the guardrail for 60 feet before re-entering the roadway and turning north on U.S. 231.

Responding deputies located the truck with no one around it north of WITZ Road on U.S. 231. It had a flat tire, damage to its driver’s side and undercarriage damage.

Police said the truck’s plate belonged to John C. Roelle, 39, of 475 Rumbach Ave. A deputy located Roelle a short time later at a convenience store at the intersection of U.S. 231 and State Road 162 on Jasper’s south side.

During the encounter with Roelle, a deputy said he detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage.
Police said the results of a field sobriety test set Roelle up to be charged with impaired driving as well as leaving the scene of a property damage accident but Roelle refused to submit to a certified chemical test.

Deputies obtained a warrant from Dubois Superior Court to get a blood sample from Roelle but the suspect also refused to allow that to happen. As a result, deputies charged him with a Class D felony count of obstruction of justice.

Authorities booked Roelle into the Dubois County Security Center on the felony obstruction charge as well as misdemeanor counts of operating while intoxicated (test refusal) and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

Total damage in the accident was estimated at $5,000.


HUNTINGBURG — The Huntingburg Police Department arrested a Martin County woman late Monday night after she backed her car into the patrol cruiser that had just conducted a traffic stop on her.

An officer observed a northbound yellow Pontiac Solstice being driven by Sonja S. Wallace-Ader, 44, of Loogootee speeding in the 1000 block of Main Street at 11:47 p.m. While officers were traveling behind her car, Wallace-Ader allegedly drove left of center in the 1300 block of Main Street.

Police initiated a traffic stop at 19th and Main streets. After Wallace-Ader was stopped on the shoulder, she put the coupe in reverse and backed into the Huntingburg officer’s patrol car.

After investigating, police arrested Wallace-Ader for drunken driving (blood alcohol content .21 percent).

Police said there was minor damage to Wallace-Ader’s car and no visible damage to the officer’s patrol vehicle.

Authorities booked Wallace-Ader into the Dubois County Security Center at 2:07 a.m. today. In addition to the impaired driving charge, she was also cited for speeding and driving left of center.
The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department and a Kars wrecker assisted.

Crime stoppers

HUNTINGBURG — Police are asking for the public’s help as the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department investigates a theft at Gudorf Supply, 2875 S. U.S. 231.

Sometime before the theft was reported Monday, one or more people stole a Husqvarna tree trimming pole saw and a regular-style Husqvarna chain saw from the business. The total value of the stolen items was $1,700, according to police.

There are no suspects at this time, according to authorities.

Anyone who saw anything suspicious at the business or who has information on the theft is asked to call the sheriff’s department at 482-3522. Callers may remain anonymous.

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