For The Record: 4/22


RUSK — Indiana conservation officers believe alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash of an all-terrain vehicle Saturday night in southern Martin County that injured a Dubois County man.

Nicholas Leidgen, 53, of 3214 Foxridge Drive, Jasper, was operating a 2012 Polaris ATV westbound on Rusk Road in the southern Martin County township of Lost River when the accident occurred at about 9 p.m., according to conservation officers.

Authorities said the Polaris went off the left side of the county road for an unknown reason, overturned and threw Leidgen from the machine. Authorities said Leidgen was not wearing a helmet or any other protective gear.

Other members of Leidgen’s ATV party transported him in a personal vehicle to State Road 56 and Hillham Road Northwest where they met first responders with the Dubois Volunteer Fire Department and a Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center ambulance.

Leidgen was taken to Memorial Hospital in Jasper and later transferred to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville for treatment of neck and back injuries, according to authorities. He was listed in fair condition today, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Conservation officers said alcohol-related charges are pending.

The ATV was totaled.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department also assisted.


HUNTINGBURG — The Huntingburg Police Department made two arrests during the weekend after responding to separate domestic disputes.

Officers responding to the first call, at 3:12 a.m. Saturday, spoke to a male victim and then arrested 28-year-old Ashley R. Dupont, of 113 E. 17th St.

Authorities booked Dupont into the Dubois County Security Center at 5:10 a.m. on a Class D felony count of domestic battery in the presence of children.

The second incident, reported at 12:08 a.m. today, also involved a male victim in the city, police said.

Officers arrested 34-year-old Viana M. Volz, of 305 E. First Ave., and booked her into the county security center at 1:10 a.m. on a Class D felony count of domestic battery in the presence of children.

Crime stoppers

JASPER — The Jasper Police Department is asking for the public’s help as officers investigate a theft, an act of vandalism and two leaving-the-scene accidents from the weekend.

Officers were called at 9:19 a.m. Saturday to 25-year-old Nathan Durcholz’s 4196 Pinehurst Drive residence where his 1994 GMC extended-cab pickup truck was missing its back glass. Police said someone using a BB gun or pellet gun is thought to have shattered the back glass sometime Friday or early Saturday.

The damage was estimated at $400.

Then, at 12:57 p.m. Saturday, Michele L. Thomas, of 9413 S. Holland Road South, Holland, called police to report that the rear of her 2006 Pontiac G6 FT had been struck while the vehicle was in the Jasper Manor Shopping Center parking lot.

Thomas told police she had visited Kmart and J.C. Penney. It was upon exiting the latter department store that Thomas noticed that her car’s rear bumper cover was pushed in.

Police said an unknown vehicle backed into Thomas’ car and then left the scene.

Damage was estimated at $500.

At 8:07 a.m. Sunday, the construction manager for Southern Indiana Properties of Distinction, commonly known as Fuhs Properties, reported that a farm-type pipe gate had been taken from the old Jasper Cabinet Co. property at 126 Jackson St.

The pipe gate, which was removed from a post, was valued at about $100.

At 2 p.m. Sunday, David A. and Martha A. Saull, of 6556 S. Lakeshore Lane, Huntingburg, reported that their 2004 Chevrolet Impala had been struck between 1 and 2 p.m. while it was properly parked near the outdoor lawn and garden display at Walmart Supercenter, 4040 Newton St.

Police said an unknown vehicle backed into the Saulls’ car and left the scene. Officers said the right rear bumper of the couple’s car was damaged and the rear bumper of the suspect’s vehicle likely would show damage as well.

Anyone with information about any of these incidents is asked to call Jasper police at 482-2255 or the anonymous tip line at 481-COPS (2677).

Fire run

JASPER — Units of the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department responded at 8:57 a.m. Saturday to the report of an active fire at Kimball Hospitality, 1180 E. 16th St.

There was no fire, according to Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang. He explained a sprinkler head had been knocked off at the plant, causing water to pour on a high-voltage electrical panel.

Firefighters shut off water to the system and then called in a Jasper Municipal Utilities crew to cut power to the drenched box.

Five trucks and 21 firefighters were on the scene 30 minutes.

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