For The Record: 4/8


HUNTINGBURG — A Gibson County woman was taken for treatment Sunday afternoon after driving her SUV into a Huntingburg nursing home.

Barbara J. McEllhiney, 80, of Princeton was pulling her 2011 Ford Edge into a parking space at The Waters of Huntingburg, 1712 N. Chestnut St., when the accident occurred at 1:17 p.m., according to the Huntingburg Police Department.

Police said McEllhiney attempted to depress her brake pedal but instead hit the accelerator. Her Ford jumped a parking block and wedged itself between a brick pillar and a tree as the front of the vehicle hit the building.

Members of the Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department worked with Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services personnel to free the driver and a passenger, husband William H. McEllhiney, 81, who shares the driver’s Princeton address.

Mrs. McEllhiney complained of knee pain and was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Jasper. A hospital spokeswoman said she was treated and released. Mr. McEllhiney was not injured.
Total damage was estimated at between $5,000 and $10,000.

A Kars wrecker assisted.


JASPER — A herd of deer barreled in front of and into a 1998 Nissan Frontier pickup truck Saturday afternoon on Jasper’s north side.

Jose M. Serrano, 40, of 4582 Obing Strasse, was driving northbound on Newton Street when the 1:39 p.m. accident occurred just south of West 44th Street, according to the Jasper Police Department.

Police said five deer attempted to cross the roadway and, in the process, the driver’s door of the truck and the driver’s side of the windshield were struck. Serrano suffered minor cuts from glass from the door window but did not require medical treatment at the scene, police said.

Damage to the Nissan was estimated at $1,500.

There was no report on the fate of the five deer.


JASPER — Police cited a motorist after a car and a pickup truck collided Saturday night at 15th and Newton streets.

Allen G. Bachman, 52, of 6076 Hickory Lane, Huntingburg, was northbound on Newton Street in a 2007 Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck at the time of the 8:41 p.m. mishap, according to Jasper police.

Officers said Bachman’s truck was struck by a northbound 2008 Chrysler 300 attempting to make a left turn onto 15th Street.

Police cited the driver of the Chrysler, 24-year-old Francisco J. Perez, of 202 E. 12th St., Huntingburg, for failing to yield the right of way.

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

Neither driver was injured.

Crime stoppers

JASPER — City police are asking the public’s help as they investigate a hit-and-run accident involving a mailbox and an act of vandalism involving a patio door, both of which occurred during the weekend.

The hit-and-run incident occurred sometime Friday night or Saturday morning at Division and Kluemper roads. A westbound vehicle struck the mailbox owned by Marcella A. Lindauer, of 1584 W. Division Road, police said. The vehicle, thought to be a light silver or gray foreign car, left the scene.

The suspect’s vehicle is missing its passenger-side mirror, police said.

Damage to Lindauer’s mailbox was estimated at $100.

At 11:26 a.m. Saturday, Anna M. Knight, of 2814 Howard Drive, reported that the glass of the patio door at her residence had been shattered. The door’s glass was broken sometime between 10 and 11 a.m. The cost to replace it was estimated at between $400 and $500.

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


JASPER — The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department arrested 35-year-old Bradley A. Beckman, of 1334 E. Jasper-Dubois Road, on a trio of charges after being called to a domestic incident in the county Sunday afternoon.

Deputies and officers with the Huntingburg and Jasper police departments responded when it was reported at 4:07 p.m. that Beckman was threatening a woman with a handgun. After Beckman was taken into custody, according to police, the female victim reported that Beckman had cocked the gun and pointed it at her.

Authorities booked Beckman into the Dubois County Security Center at 5:50 p.m. on Class D felony counts of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon and pointing a firearm, plus a misdemeanor count of battery.


MENTOR — Oscar T. Sandoval, 19, of 403 E. Second Ave., Huntingburg, was arrested by the county sheriff’s department at 12:51 a.m. Sunday and charged with operating while intoxicated (drugs).

Sandoval was arrested after a deputy stopped the 2003 Dodge Stratus he was driving on Mentor Road South, south of State Road 64, for going left of center. Police located marijuana and a pipe in the vehicle during a traffic stop.

Authorities booked Sandoval into the county security center at 2:30 a.m. He posted bond later in the morning.


FERDINAND — Indiana State Police arrested 29-year-old Tyrel C. Sloan of Callahan, Fla., at 6:08 p.m. Sunday and charged him with a Class D felony count of driving while classified as a habitual traffic violator.

Sloan was arrested by a trooper who stopped the 2001 Ford Escape Sloan was driving at I-64’s 65-mile marker for speeding. A records check alerted the trooper to Sloan’s suspended license and his classification as a habitual traffic violator.

Authorities booked Sloan into the county security center at 7 p.m. He posted bond this morning.

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