For The Record: 2/6

Crime Stoppers

CHRISNEY — Police are asking for the public’s help as officers investigate Wednesday afternoon’s armed robbery of a Chrisney liquor store.

At 3:02 p.m. CST, a 5-foot-11 or 6-foot white male with a medium build wearing a ski mask entered the North Side Liquor Store, 306 N. Main St., walked to the counter and displayed a handgun, according to Indiana State Police.

The gunman ordered a store clerk to give him money from the cash register. Police said the clerk complied and the gunman left on foot, heading east.

The Spencer County Sheriff’s Department arrived to begin an initial investigation. Deputies then requested that state police investigators assume a lead role.

In addition to a ski mask, the gunman wore a black or dark gray jacket with a gray hooded sweatshirt underneath, gray athletic shorts with white trim and white tennis shoes with black trim.

Anyone with information that could further the investigation is asked to call state police at the Jasper post at 482-1441.


HUNTINGBURG — An 18-year-old Huntingburg man was arrested Wednesday night after allegedly stealing a bottle of alcohol.

Police were dispatched to the CVS store at about 7:15 p.m. for a report of a theft. After watching surveillance video, officers identified the suspect as Wyatt Jenkins, 515 E. Fourth St.

Police later found Jenkins at Sixth and Van Buren streets. He was found to have a handgun without a permit.

Jenkins faces felony charges of theft and obliterating identifying marks on a handgun and misdemeanor charges of possessing a handgun without a permit and underage possession and consumption of alcohol.

He was booked into the Dubois County Security Center at 11:07 p.m. Wednesday.  


JASPER — A Jasper man faces felony drug charges after authorities found close to 4 ounces of marijuana in his home.

Officers with the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department and Jasper Police Department went to Michael Eckert’s home at 503 W. Sixth St. about noon Tuesday after receiving a complaint about drug activity.
Authorities said Eckert, 63, admitted he had drugs in his home but did not consent to a search.
Authorities found the drugs after obtaining a search warrant.

Eckert faces felony charges of marijuana possession and maintaining a common nuisance and a misdemeanor paraphernalia charge. He was not arrested because of health issues but will be served a court summons. 


BRETZVILLE — No one was hurt in a crash Wednesday morning near the Dubois County 4-H Fairgrounds.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department said Amy J. Durcholz, 44, of Jasper was northbound on State Road 162 about 10:30 a.m. when her 2003 Ford Escape encountered a patch of ice and slid off the road. The SUV hit a rock embankment and stopped ditch. Damage was estimated at $5,000.


JASPER — A Jasper woman was ticketed in a two-car crash Wednesday afternoon at Newton and Ninth streets.

Jasper police said Herlinda Perez Diaz, 36, of 3828 N. Portersville Road, was northbound on Newton about 2:30 p.m. when she switched lanes to move around a car in front of her. Her Dodge Caravan struck a 2006 Volvo, causing a combined $5,500 damage.

Perez Diaz was ticketed for leaving the scene of an accident, operating a vehicle without a license and operating a vehicle with no insurance.

Perez Diaz told police the Volvo struck her vehicle. Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact Jasper police at 482-2255.


HUNTINGBURG — A car rear-ended a semi truck Wednesday night on U.S. 231 but there were no injuries.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department said Milagro N. Cortez Funes, 23, of Jasper was northbound just before 9 p.m. when her 2007 Toyota Corolla crashed into a semi was turning east onto Witz Road. Cortez Funes applied her brakes, but her car slid because of snow and ice.

No tickets were issued. Combined damage was estimated at $2,600.

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