For The Record: 4/4


DUFF — The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department arrested Randal L. Durcholz, 61, of 6726 W. 260S, Huntingburg, at 7:56 p.m. Thursday and charged him with drunken driving (blood alcohol content .17 percent).

Durcholz was arrested after a deputy came upon a wreck in which Durcholz’s 2011 Chevrolet 2500 series pickup truck crashed on Duff Road Southeast east of County Road 600W. The details of that accident were not immediately available.

Authorities booked Durcholz into the Dubois County Security Center at 11:25 p.m.


Fire runs

JASPER — Lighting early today was blamed for damage and a small fire at Jasper Lumber Co., 1060 Third Ave.

Units of the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department were called to the business at 12:27 a.m., according to Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang.

Hochgesang said lightning apparently traveled through the building’s ventilation system and started a small fire in a spray booth area. The fire was extinguished by the activation of the building’s sprinkler system.

Firefighters used fans to exhaust smoke. No damage estimate was immediately available. Hochgesang said the building’s phone system was also damaged but Jasper Lumber was able to open for business today.

Three trucks and 25 firefighters were on the scene 30 minutes.


HOLLAND — Units of the Holland Volunteer Fire Department responded Thursday afternoon to the report of a milk tanker truck on fire on State Road 161 at County Road 650S.

There was no fire associated with the 4:06 p.m. call, according to Assistant Chief John Hemmer. Instead, he said, a mechanical problem put oil and fluids on a hot manifold and created smoke.

The 2000 Sterling owned by Kester Milk Transport, Wadesville, had made a delivery and was empty at the time of the breakdown.

Two trucks and seven firefighters were on the scene 15 minutes.

Water rescue

ST. MEINRAD — Spencer County Emergency Medical Services, the St. Meinrad Volunteer Fire Department and the Spencer County Emergency Management Agency’s water rescue team were called at 8:03 a.m. CDT today to State Road 545 near the Abbey Press gift shop where a car was reported in a ditch and filling with water.

Authorities were told they could disregard the run after the vehicle’s occupant safety exited, according to an EMA spokeswoman.



JASPER — A Martin County woman suffered injury in a two-car collision Thursday afternoon at Kellerville Road and Cathy Lane.

Kathleen R. Stempf, 31, of Loogootee was southbound on Kellerville Road in a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix at the time of the 3:46 p.m. accident, according to the Jasper Police Department.

Police said the side of Stempf’s Pontiac was struck by an eastbound 2003 Ford Taurus driven by James A. Burton, 29, of French Lick.

Burton had stopped at the intersection but told police he did not see Stempf’s car approaching before proceeding.

Stempf suffered scrapes to her forearms from airbag deployment but declined to be transported from the scene by ambulance, according to police.

Damage was estimated at $6,000 to Stempf’s Pontiac and $2,000 to Burton’s Ford.
Police cited Burton for failure to yield the right of way and for driving with no insurance.

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