For The Record: 4/29


PETERSBURG — Indiana State Police responded to Pike Central High School at 10 a.m. Friday after authorities said a female student was found to be under the influence of drugs.

Police determined 18-year-old Kirbi McCandless, 2548 S. Pike County Road 900E, Velpen, allegedly had been smoking bath salts and marijuana and had taken some pills from a container in her purse. A search of the purse revealed a container with several pills, tin foil and other drug paraphernalia, police said. Two of the pills later were identified as oxycodone, according to authorities.

McCandless was arrested and booked into the Pike County Jail on a Class D felony count of illegal possession of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor count of possessing drug paraphernalia. She was released after posting bond.


JASPER — Brady T. Freson, 18, 2545 Birk Drive, and Mitchell M. May, 19, 3274 Dogwood Drive, were arrested by the Jasper Police Department at 1:19 a.m. Sunday on preliminary Class D felony counts of marijuana possession. A 16-year-old boy also was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession.

Freson, May and the juvenile were arrested after a Jasper Middle School staff member called police to the school at 3600 Portersville Road, where Jasper High School post-prom activities were being held, because marijuana had been found. After investigating, police alleged that Freson, May and the juvenile were in possession of the drug.

Freson and May were booked into the county security center just after 3 a.m. They posted bond later in the morning. The juvenile was released to the custody of a parent.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department assisted.


JASPER — A deputy sheriff arrested 48-year-old Richard A. Scartozzi Jr of Schererville at 2:27 a.m. Sunday and charged him with operating while intoxicated (test refusal).

Scartozzi was arrested after the deputy stopped the 2003 Chevrolet TrailBlazer Scartozzi was driving at U.S. 231 and Sixth Street after he failed to signal a turn and a lane change.

Authorities booked Scartozzi into the county security center at 3:45 a.m. He posted bond later in the morning.


JASPER — Police cited one of the motorists involved in a collision this morning in the 200 block of Third Avenue.

Deborah Roemer, 50, of 4382 E. 300N, was southbound on Third Avenue in a 2003 Honda Civic at the time of the 6:47 a.m. mishap, according to Jasper police.

Police said Roemer was attempting to turn into a convenience store’s lot when her car was rear-ended by a 2000 Dodge Stratus driven by 22-year-old Amber Inman, of 487 Truman Road.
Inman told officers she did not see Roemer’s turn signal.

Damage was estimated at $2,500 to Roemer’s Honda and $1,000 to Inman’s Dodge.

Police cited Inman for following too close to avoid a collision.


JASPER — One couple’s landscaping and a City of Jasper street sign fell victim when two cars collided Sunday afternoon at 14th and Main streets.

Whitney P. Hildenbrand, 22, of 4211 W. Hillcrest Drive, was eastbound on 14th Street in a 2002 Dodge Stratus at the time of the 4:09 p.m. accident, according to Jasper police.

Hildenbrand told police she looked south after stopping at the intersection but did not see a northbound car approaching because of vehicles parked along the west side of Main Street. She proceeded into the intersection where, police said, her Dodge was struck by the northbound 2007 Toyota driven by 79-year-old Martina N. Berger, 309 E. Eighth St.

Berger was on a through-street and had the right of way, police said.

After the impact, both cars stopped on an area of landscaping in the front yard of Jim Dalton’s 1402 Main St. residence, police said. The vehicles also took down a city stop sign for westbound traffic.

Damage to the vehicles was estimated at $7,500 to Berger’s Toyota and $5,000 to Hildenbrand’s Dodge. No damage estimates were listed for the city’s sign and Dalton’s landscaping.

Police cited Hildenbrand for failing to yield the right of way.


JASPER — Neither driver was injured when a car and an SUV collided Sunday afternoon at State Road 162 and Lube Way.

Helen S. Luttrell, 72, of 11166 N. State Road 161, Dale, was northbound on Lube Way and had stopped her 2007 Toyota Avalon at State Road 162 just prior to the 4:56 p.m. accident, according to Jasper police.

Luttrell told police she proceeded after seeing two eastbound vehicles with their turn signals indicating they were turning south onto Lube Way. She had started into the intersection when she said she noticed a third eastbound vehicle that had been trailing the two turning vehicles.

Police said Luttrell attempted to stop, then gunned her car forward. The left rear of her Toyota was struck by the left front corner of the eastbound 2005 Chevrolet Equinox driven by 22-year-old Jazmun T. Carrie, 373 W. 11th St., Ferdinand.

Damage was estimated at $1,500 to each of the vehicles.

Officers cited Luttrell for failing to yield the right of way.

Fire calls

JASPER — Units of the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department responded to the report of a vehicle fire Saturday morning in the 1300 block of Mill Street.

The 9:27 a.m. call sent the department to Ben Ferra’s 1309 Mill St. residence but the small fire that had existed was out by the time firefighters arrived, according to Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang.

Hochgesang said Ferra was working on an old Chevrolet pickup truck and had taken its bed off the chassis. He was attempting to remove fuel from the gas tank using a vacuum cleaner when a spark ignited fumes that were present, according to Hochgesang.

One truck and 14 firefighters were at the scene for five minutes.


HUNTINGBURG — The Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department rolled trucks late Friday morning to OFS Brands’ Plant No. 5, 210 W. Ninth St.

There was no fire associated with the 11:57 a.m. alarm, according to Assistant Chief Glen Kissling. The activation ultimately was chalked up to a malfunctioning alarm.

Four trucks and 10 firefighters were on the scene for 20 minutes.

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