For The Record: 4/18


JASPER — A Dubois County Sheriff’s Department deputy who encountered a car in a ditch early this morning arrested a woman on drug-related charges.

The deputy on patrol saw a 2006 Chevrolet in a ditch at State Road 162 and Schnellville Road at 2:27 a.m. The driver, 28-year-old Valerie Messmer, of 5550 S. Club Road, Huntingburg, appeared to be passed out.

Messmer was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Jasper. After an investigation by law enforcement and a drug screen at the hospital, she was arrested on a preliminary Class D felony count of possession of a controlled substance, plus misdemeanor counts of driving while under the influence of marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

Authorities booked Messmer into the Dubois County Security Center at 4:45 a.m.

The Jasper Police Department and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted.


HUNTINGBURG — The Huntingburg Police Department made a drug arrest late Wednesday morning after being called to a disturbance at Dollar General Store, 1710 Main St.

Police said the 11:34 a.m. call advised that a woman was sitting in a store aisle making a mess. She had taken her shoes and socks off and appeared disoriented.

Officers arrived to find 24-year-old Amber N. Miller of New Albany in the store parking lot. She was unsteady and, during an investigation, was found to have a hypodermic needle tucked in the waistband of her sweat pants.

Authorities arrested Miller and booked her into the county security center on a Class D felony count of illegal possession of a hypodermic needle and misdemeanor counts of public intoxication and possession of paraphernalia.


JASPER — City police arrested 18-year-old Felicia N. Drake, of 4020 Wilhelm Strasse, on Wednesday afternoon for allegedly shoplifting at the Dollar General Store at 4117 Mannheim Road.

Store personnel contacted Jasper police at 4:07 p.m. after Drake allegedly tried to take food items with a total value of $10.02.

Authorities booked Drake into the county security center on a Class D felony count of theft.


JASPER — Amy E. Ingle, 18, of 407 Second Ave., Holland, turned herself in Wednesday morning to answer to an active Dubois Circuit Court warrant charging her with a Class D felony count of failing to return to lawful detention.

Ingle was charged early last month with a misdemeanor count of illegal consumption of alcohol. On March 20, she received a sentence that, after accounting for time served, required her to serve 32 days on work release through the Dubois County Community Corrections Center.

Staff at the center granted her some time March 20 to retrieve belongings but she failed to return to custody. A warrant for her arrest was issued March 22.

Authorities booked Ingle into the county corrections center at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.


WHITFIELD — Units of the Haysville Volunteer Fire Department ventured into its service territory in southern Martin County on Wednesday night when a tree that had fallen on a roadway caught fire.

The 9:33 p.m. call sent the department to Brooks Bridge Road, about 11 miles north of Dubois County and almost five miles east of U.S. 231, according to Fire Chief John Fuhrman.

The dead tree had fallen onto the roadway and had taken down a power line in the process, according to Fuhrman.

Haysville firefighters worked with Daviess-Martin County Rural Electric Cooperative personnel to secure the scene and remove the tree.

One truck and 10 firefighters spent about two hours on the call.

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