For The Record: 2/8


Indiana State Police are warning the public about an emerging scam involving fake jury duty phone calls.

There have been only a few incidents so far, but the Indiana Division of State Court Administration, the Indiana Judicial Center and police are alerting the public in the abundance of caution.

Judges in Henry and Hamilton counties recently learned residents received similar phone calls making false claims about missed jury service. The caller accused the individual of failing to appear for jury duty and offered ways to resolve the situation by appearing in court or providing financial information to pay a fine.

Courts are not aware of anyone who has been harmed by revealing personal financial information, according to police.

Indiana courts never ask potential jurors (or those who missed jury duty) for money, police said. Courts never ask for specific bank account numbers, credit card information or Personal Identification Numbers and never call jurors and pressure them to reveal personal information.

All initial contact with potential jurors is conducted in writing through the mail. A written jury summons and/or questionnaire may ask for name, age, occupation, marital status, prior jury service or whether the person understands the English language.

If a person fails to appear for jury duty, a judge can send the sheriff to compel the individual to attend jury selection. A judge can hold an individual in contempt and require the individual to pay a fine for failure to appear. None of these actions takes place over the phone. Questions about jury service should be directed to the county clerk or court in the county where the individual lives. Individuals who receive what appears to be a fake jury duty phone call should alert police.


JASPER — One motorist was ticketed after a rear-end collision Friday afternoon at 16th and Newton streets involving an SUV and a passenger car.

Sarah Yager, 21, of Winslow was southbound on Newton Street in a 2014 Volkswagen Jetta at the time of the 2:56 p.m. mishap, according to the Jasper Police Department.

Yager slowed for traffic and, when she did, her car was rear-ended by a 2002 Ford Explorer driven by Christopher Collins, 28, of Petersburg. Police said Collins told officers he was unable to stop in time and attempted to veer into the center lane. Damage was estimated at $2,500 to each of the vehicles. Police cited Collins for speed too fast to avoid a collision.

BRETZVILLE — A wrecker was needed after a car collided with a deer early Monday morning south of the Bretzville Junction.

Linda K. Beard, 66, of 1121 Schuetter Road, Jasper, was southbound on State Road 162 in a 2012 Toyota when the 5:20 a.m. accident occurred north of County Road 700S, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

A deputy said a deer ran onto the highway and was struck with the front of Beard’s Toyota, with damage estimated to have exceeded $2,500. A Uebelhor & Sons wrecker assisted.

HUNTINGBURG — A deer was killed in a collision with a car Monday morning north of Huntingburg.

Jeffrey S. Metz, 33, of 860 Judith Ave., Jasper, was southbound on U.S. 231 in a 2003 Hyundai Elantra when a deer ran onto the highway from the east at 5:45 a.m. north of Phoenix Drive, according to the county sheriff’s department.

A deputy said the driver’s side front of Metz’s car struck the deer. The impact broke off the driver’s side mirror.

Damage was estimated at between $1,000 and $2,500.

IRELAND — A motorist complained of back pain after an accident Monday morning at State Road 56 and Walnut Street in Ireland. Gerald C. Bates Jr., 32, of 6366 N. Kellerville Road, Jasper, was eastbound on the highway in a 2001 Dodge Durango at the time of the 9:15 a.m. accident, according to the county sheriff’s department.

Bates said his SUV rear-ended a vehicle in front of him after it abruptly slowed. The vehicle he struck left the scene and Bates was treated by Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services.

Damage to the Durango was estimated to have exceeded $2,500.

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

More on