For The Record: 3/20


JASPER — An early morning traffic stop Sunday resulted in a Morgan County man going to jail.


A Jasper Police Department officer checked the license plate on a 2002 Toyota Sienna traveling northbound on Mannheim Road at 4:30 a.m. and discovered the plate returned was expired and was registered to a different minivan.

A traffic stop was conducted in the parking lot of a business in the 4000 block of Mannheim Road and the officer allegedly confirmed the plates were unlawfully placed on the vehicle and the Toyota did not have current insurance.

Police also allege articles known to be used with drug consumption were located inside the van while it was being inventoried prior to a police-action tow.

The driver and two passengers occupying the vehicle were asked if they were in possession of any illegal narcotics or contraband, police said, and one of the passengers, Zachary R. Frame, 27, Bloomington, admitted to possessing two hypodermic syringes and a glass pipe used to smoke marijuana.

Authorities booked Frame into the Dubois County Security Center on a preliminary Level 6 felony count of illegal possession of a hypodermic syringe and a preliminary misdemeanor count of paraphernalia possession.

The Sienna’s driver was cited for the fictitious plate and for not having insurance before being released.

A Uebelhor & Sons wrecker towed the Toyota.


HUNTINGBURG — Police serving a Vanderburgh County warrant on an Evansville woman this morning in Huntingburg accused her of a new criminal offense while taking her into custody.


At 9:40 a.m., Indiana State Police Trooper Brock Werne attempted to serve a Vanderburgh County warrant on 43-year-old Barbara J. Lankford of Evansville.

Werne’s information was that Lankford worked at Farbest Foods in Huntingburg. 

After arriving there, speaking with staff members and investigating, it was alleged that Lankford was in possession of methamphetamine while at work.

Lankford was placed into custody on the Vanderburgh County warrant as a preliminary Level 6 felony count of methamphetamine possession in Dubois County.

Authorities booked Lankford into the Dubois County Security Center at 10:38 a.m.


JASPER — Police say a 23-year-old man was arrested and accused of driving and registration violations as well as operating while intoxicated after he allegedly illegally passed an off-duty police officer.

The Jasper Police Department says they received a reckless driving complaint concerning a white Chevrolet pickup truck Saturday morning.

The caller, who happened to be an off-duty officer, said the man allegedly passed him on a double yellow line in a no-passing zone.

Police say the off-duty officer kept an eye on the driver until an on-duty officer could intercept him near the intersection of Sixth and Newton streets.

The patrolman reportedly witnessed the driver make a left-hand turn without signaling. He then pulled over the driver of the 2006 truck, later identified as Stephen S. French of the Greene County community of Solsberry, near the intersection of 10th and Newton streets.

During a registration check, police say they determined the truck was displaying a license plate registered to a green Mazda vehicle.

While discussing the alleged reckless driving behavior and the unlawful registration of the truck, police say they detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from the cab. A standard field sobriety test resulted in the officers believing the man might be under the influence of alcohol.

Police say French was detained and transported to the Jasper Police Department where he allegedly failed a certified breath test, registering .13 percent BAC.


JASPER — A Saturday night report of two suspected shoplifters being detained at the Walmart Supercenter resulted in two women being accused of theft.

The Jasper Police Department was called to the 4040 Newton St. store at 8:03 p.m.

After investigating, police alleged Neyvi De La Caridad Trujillo Lombera, 35, 217 W. Seventh St., and Doval Alvarez Osmaydi, 42, Louisville, attempted to take items from the store. In addition to allegedly placing a cup and a rubber whale toy in a purse, according to authorities, the total value of items with false barcodes attributed to the case was $438.57.

Trujillo Lombera and Alvarez Osmaydi were booked into the Dubois County Security Center on preliminary misdemeanor counts of theft. Both women posted bond a short time later.


JASPER — A report of a man slumped over the wheel of his vehicle at a Jasper restaurant’s parking lot early Sunday resulted in the individual being accused of impaired driving.

The Jasper Police Department was called to the Denny’s restaurant, 3850 N. Newton St., at 3:35 a.m.

After arriving and investigating, police alleged the man driving a 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 series pickup truck, Zachary J. Bennett, 37, Oaktown, was intoxicated.

Police transported Bennett to Memorial Hospital where his blood alcohol content allegedly tested .145 percent.

Authorities booked Bennett into the Dubois County Security Center at 6:51 a.m. on a preliminary misdemeanor count of operating while intoxicated.


HUNTINGBURG — A home detention search by authorities on Friday afternoon resulted in the subject of the search being accused of new criminal charges.

The Huntingburg Police Department was asked at 3:45 p.m. to assist Dubois County Community Corrections Center personnel with a search at the 1103 Oakwood Drive residence of 48-year-old Linda J. Kemp.

Authorities allege they found marijuana and a bent silver spoon with a cotton ball stuck to it that was consistent with drug use.

Kemp was booked into the Dubois County Security Center at 5:48 p.m. on preliminary misdemeanor counts of marijuana possession and possession of paraphernalia.


IRELAND — Jeremy W. Robb, 39, Hazelton, was arrested by the Indiana State Police at 1:15 a.m. Sunday and accused of impaired driving.

Robb was arrested after a trooper allegedly clocked the 2005 Pontiac GTO he was driving westbound on State Road 56 going 70 mph in a 55 mph zone. A traffic stop was conducted near the highway’s intersection with County Road 750W.

Police allege Robb’s BAC tested .089 percent.

Authorities booked Robb into the Dubois County Security Center at 2:40 a.m. He posted bond later in the morning.


HUNTINGBURG — The Huntingburg Police Department placed a man under arrest early Sunday after being called to the report of a fight between roommates.

Police taking the call at 4:30 a.m. arrived at 318 N. Chestnut St. to find a man with an injury to his mouth. Officers then learned Jomaa Yahya, 33, had allegedly bitten the man in the face, causing injury.

Authorities booked Yahya into the Dubois County Security Center at 5:13 a.m. on a preliminary misdemeanor count of battery resulting in injury.



BIRDSEYE — A single-vehicle crash early Saturday east of Birdseye left an Illinois woman with minor injuries and her pickup truck totaled.

Carlie Davis, 21, Mooresville, Illinois, was westbound on State Road 64 in a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado crew cab when the 2:02 a.m. accident occurred near County Road  , according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies said that, because of fog and wet road conditions, Davis drove right of the highway’s fog line and over-corrected in a curve. Her truck ran off the north side of the highway, struck a guardrail and rolled over into the embankment.

Davis was able to exit the truck. She suffered minor injuries and was transported for treatment at Memorial Hospital in Jasper. A hospital spokeswoman said she was treated and released.

The Birdseye Volunteer Fire Department, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and wreckers from Berg’s Garage and Ruxer Ford assisted.


CELESTINE — A motorist was taken to jail after a single-vehicle crash Saturday morning east of Celestine.

Jeff R. Kelley, 47, 1077 N. State Road 545, Celestine, was northbound on State Road 545 in a 2014 Chevrolet pickup truck when the 7:06 a.m. accident occurred a quarter mile north of State Road 164, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies said it appeared Kelley had fallen asleep at the wheel just before his truck ran off the east side of the highway and struck an Indiana Department of Transportation sign.

The truck went onto and drove off a guardrail, traveled down an embankment, continued through a ditch and stopped against some small trees.

Deputies alleged there was a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Kelley’s person. He was taken by law enforcement to be checked for injury at Memorial Hospital’s emergency room. Police alleged his BAC registered .28 percent.

Authorities booked Kelley into the Dubois County Security Center at 9:44 a.m. He posted bond that evening.


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