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BIRDSEYE — Men alleged to have fired rifles, detonated exploding targets and revved vehicles with loud exhaust Sunday morning from their rural home property adjoining Anderson Valley Christian Church south of Birdseye were arrested on felony warrants Wednesday.

Josh McBride
Damian McBride

Josh J. McBride, 39, and his son Damian J. McBride, 19, were taken into custody at their 8042 S. State Road 145 home by Dubois County Sheriff’s Department deputies executing Dubois Circuit Court warrants.

Authorities said both are charged with two Level 5 felony counts of intimidation and single Level 6 felony counts of criminal recklessness. They were also charged with misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct.

The charges follow a call by a church member logged at 8:48 a.m. Sunday that reported people shooting and explosions occurring.

In addition to the shots, congregation members arriving for Sunday’s 9 a.m. service witnessed the headless carcass of the McBride’s Rottweiler dangling from a backhoe bucket before an object thought to be the carcass covered in a tarp was left strapped to a large stone cross planted in the 8042 S. State Road 145 lot next to the church parking lot. Authorities said the words “lying hypocrites” had previously been spray painted on the cross.

“At 9:01 a.m., they said hanging the dog on the cross with the backhoe,” Sheriff Donny Lampert related while reviewing the call sheet from Sunday prior to the execution of the warrants Wednesday.

Court documents describe the McBrides as argumentative and rude and continually shooting their guns while the sheriff’s department was on the scene Sunday. A deputy said the McBrides moved vehicles and revved up engines with loud exhaust to disrupt the church service.

Of particular concern to the sheriff’s department was the shooting of exploding targets at close proximity to the church.

A probable cause affidavit alleges the McBrides knowingly and intentionally performed acts to intimidate, disrupt, scare and place the congregation of the church at risk of their safety.

The McBrides were booked into the Dubois County Security Center at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Prior to the arrests, Lampert had said an Indiana Conservation Officer was investigating a poisoning report concerning the Rottweiler and authorities were awaiting autopsy results in that case.

A deputy noted in the affidavit for the arrest warrant that it was his understanding the McBrides believe someone from the church poisoned their dog. Court documents also note that, on Feb. 22, deputies delivered a letter from church elders to the McBrides saying they were not welcome at church services or to be on the church property.




TELL CITY — A Jasper man is charged with felony impaired driving after Indiana State Police stopped the car he was driving in Tell City early today and found he had two children in the vehicle and had allegedly just used methamphetamine.

At 2:43 a.m., a trooper patrolling Main Street in Tell City allegedly observed a southbound 2001 Chrysler driven by John H. Kempf, 23, 2912 Brosmer St., traveling 52 mph in a 25 mph zone. The trooper also reported the vehicle crossing the centerline numerous times.

The trooper conducted a traffic stop at Main and Mozart streets and, upon investigation, allegedly learned Kempf had just used methamphetamine. Police said later tests indicated Kempf had presumptively tested positive for methamphetamine and marijuana.

At the time of the traffic stop, police said, Kempf had two children in the vehicle, ages 4 and 5. Those children were released to family members while Kempf was arrested and booked into the Perry County Jail at 4:11 a.m. on a Level 6 felony count of operating while intoxicated with passengers under the age of 18.


HUNTINGBURG — Police arrested a 27-year-old man on two counts of theft Wednesday morning after being called to a storage rental business on the report of suspicious activity.

At 6:45 a.m., Huntingburg Police Department Officer Paul Lehr and Assistant Chief Ronnie Bowman were called to B&P Rentals Mini-Storage at the corner of Eighth and Van Buren streets. Police say the caller observed several people going into a building at the location and felt the activity needed to be checked.

Upon arrival, officers could hear people moving around inside the storage building; however, the people inside would not open the door. Officers say they waited for approximately 15 minutes until three of the occupants exited the building. Once they did, officers learned that Joshua R. Cummins, 27, Loogootee, was still inside.

Police report that they had been trying to locate Cummins for questioning in recent thefts throughout Huntingburg. With the assistance of deputies from the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, entry was made into the building and police say they found Cummins on the floor. Police say an immediate check of the area next to him revealed several hunting items Cummins allegedly said did not belong to him.

Cummins was placed into custody and transported to Huntingburg Police Department for questioning.

During questioning, police said they were able to make contact with a recent theft victim and that individual was able to positively identify an item that had been located with Cummins on Wednesday morning during his arrest. Officers also believe a crossbow they recovered earlier in the week with the assistance of the Indiana State Police was also taken by Cummins.

Cummins was charged with two counts of Class A misdemeanor theft and was transported to the Dubois County Security Center where he was booked at 11:45 a.m.


JASPER — Jonathan D. Eckstein, 54, 460 Riverside Drive, was arrested by the Jasper Police Department at 7:53 p.m. Wednesday and charged with a misdemeanor count of operating while intoxicated.

Eckstein was arrested by officers investigating a complaint about a vehicle reportedly swerving and crossing the centerline on Third Avenue several times.

Police made contact with Eckstein and the 1999 Ford Ranger he was allegedly driving in the parking lot of a Third Avenue business. He was taken to Memorial Hospital in Jasper, where a blood draw placed his blood alcohol content at .15 percent, police said. He also tested positive for marijuana, according to authorities.

Authorities booked Eckstein into the county security center at 7:53 p.m.


JASPER — The Jasper Police Department arrested a woman Wednesday afternoon for allegedly shoplifting at Traderbakers Vendor Mall, 787 Third Ave.

Police were called at 3 p.m. in reference to the report of a woman suspected of shoplifting several items.

Officers arrived and, while speaking to Leslie B. Elliott, 38, 1323 Briarcliff Parkway, noticed a large bowl in her purse. In addition to the bowl, other Traderbaker items that Elliott allegedly took included necklaces, bracelets, earrings and fragrance oil with a total value of $194.92.

Authorities booked Elliott into the county security center at 3:50 p.m. on a misdemeanor count of conversion. She posted bond that evening.


JASPER — Police ticketed a motorist after a collision Wednesday afternoon at U.S. 231 and MacArthur Street.

Frederick Block, 49, Jasper, was eastbound on U.S. 231 in a 1992 Oldsmobile Royale at the time of the 2:45 p.m. mishap, according to Jasper police.

Block stopped his car for a red traffic signal and, when he did, it was rear-ended by a 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse driven by Joella A. Oskins, 56, Jasper.

Oskins told police her cellphone was ringing and she was reaching for it.

Damage was estimated at $3,000 to Oskins’ Mitsubishi and $1,500 to Block’s Olds.

Police cited Oskins for following too closely.


JASPER — Total damage reached $11,000 in a Cadillac-versus-Jeep collision this morning on Jasper’s west side.

Michael Steurer, 52, Jasper, was northbound on Kluemper Road in a 2011 Jeep Wrangler that was stopped at the Sixth Street intersection at time of the 6:20 a.m. mishap, according to Jasper police.

Kenneth L. Sendelweck, 61, Jasper, who was westbound on Sixth Street in a 2012 Cadillac CTS, attempted to turn south onto Kluemper Road.

Sendelweck said he was paying attention to oncoming traffic and did not notice Steurer’s Jeep at the intersection.

Police said Sendelweck turned too sharply and his Cadillac struck the left front of Steurer’s Wrangler.

Damage was estimated at $7,000 to Sendelweck’s Cadillac and $4,000 to Steurer’s Jeep.

Police cited Sendelweck for driving left of center.

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