For The Record: 4/15


JASPER — Police arrested the driver in a single-vehicle crash Saturday evening south of Jasper that injured five, one seriously.

Hector Vazquez Jr., 18, 107 S. Main St., Huntingburg, was driving a 1996 Honda Civic south in the 2700 block of Meridian Road when the 7:42 p.m. accident occurred just south of County Road 100S, according to Indiana State Police.

Vazquez lost control in a curve, police said. The Honda left the roadway, struck two trees and came back onto the roadway.

Police said Vazquez and four passengers were all injured. The passenger in the middle of the back seat, 13-year-old Myra Arellano, 814 N. Jackson St., Huntingburg, was flown by LifeFlight helicopter to an Evansville hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. Information on her condition was not available this morning.

Vazquez and passengers Ernesto Chavez, 22, also of 814 N. Jackson St., plus Karolina Lopez, 12, and Trenton Torres, 23, both of 107 S. Main St., Huntingburg, were taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Jasper for treatment of what police termed non-life-threatening injuries. A hospital spokeswoman said Lopez and Torres were treated and released. No information was available on Chavez.

Troopers noted that Arellano, Chavez and Lopez were not wearing seat belts.

Police arrested Vazquez after a drug screen for driving while under the influence of marijuana. A trooper also cited him for speed too fast to avoid a collision and driving left of center. Authorities booked Vazquez into the Dubois County Security Center at 10 p.m. He posted bond Sunday morning.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Jasper’s police and fire departments, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and a Uebelhor & Sons wrecker assisted.


IRELAND — Units of the Ireland Volunteer Fire Department battled a barn fire Sunday morning at the E.G. Bartley farm property at 6704 W. Portersville Road West.

Fire started in a 50-by-80 machine shed and moved to a 40-by-60 cattle barn, according to Fire Chief Stan Seifert.

The cause of the fire is undetermined, but the machine shed roof was collapsing when the first firefighters arrived. By the time fire moved into the barn, 13 steers in the structure had been rescued and let out to pasture, according to Seifert.

Tanker support was acquired from the Jefferson Township Volunteer Fire Department, based in Otwell.

Both buildings were considered a total loss, but the fire departments’ work kept the barn from collapsing.

Equipment lost in the machine shed included an old manure spreader, an old wheat drill, hand tools, an air compressor and 10 tons of wood shavings intended for use in turkey houses.

Seifert said Bartley, who is a member of Ireland’s fire department, normally keeps more equipment in the shed but many pieces had been in use at another farm property and were saved for that reason.

The buildings were insured and Seifert said an adjuster would be coming to the scene. He conservatively estimated the value of the loss at $75,000.

Five Ireland trucks and 18 firefighters were on the scene two hours and 40 minutes. They were assisted by a Jefferson Township tanker and three of that department’s firefighters.
The Dubois Rural Electric Cooperative and Memorial Hospital EMS assisted.


JASPER — The Jasper Police Department arrested 30-year-old Kurt V. Gabhart, of 215 W. 14th St., on a pair of felony charges Saturday afternoon after receiving a call about medication stolen from a residence.

Gabhart and the complainant live at the same address but in separate apartments. Police responding to the 2:18 p.m. complaint found five pills in a stairway leading to Gabhart’s apartment and located three half-capsules inside his residence.

Authorities booked Gabhart into the Dubois County Security Center at 2:57 p.m. on Class D felony counts of possession of stolen property and illegal possession of a Schedule II controlled substance.

JASPER — A county sheriff’s deputy arrested 19-year-old Clayton A. Tyler, of 655 E. 300N, at 10:44 a.m. Sunday and charged him with operating while under the influence of drugs and other counts.

Tyler was arrested after a deputy stopped the 1985 Chevrolet pickup truck he was driving on Kellerville Road, a mile north of Jasper, for going left of center. Police said a drug screen found marijuana, amphetamines and benzodiazepines in his system.

Authorities booked Tyler into the county security center at 12:20 p.m. In addition to the impaired driving count, he also was charged with a Class D felony count of maintaining a common nuisance and misdemeanor counts of criminal recklessness, marijuana possession and possession of alcohol by a minor.

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