For The Record: 4/9


HUNTINGBURG — Units of the Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department rolled into action twice Monday, once to the report of smoke in a residence and then for an active woods fire.

The first call, at 2:58 p.m., sent firefighters to Ruth Ferguson’s residence at 403 E. Second Ave., according to Assistant Chief Glen Kissling. Contents of a skillet overheated and gave off a light haze of smoke inside the residence, he said.

Firefighters removed the skillet and ventilated the kitchen. There was no damage.

Two trucks and 12 firefighters were on the scene 15 minutes.

At 5:19 p.m., the department was called to a woods fire behind Andy King’s 1525 Timberline Drive residence.

King and his son had been burning yard debris with a controlled fire that spread over ground cover and burned a quarter-acre patch of woods, Kissling said. Neighbors already were helping to put out the fire when the department’s trucks arrived, Kissling said.

There was no damage.

Two trucks and 15 firefighters were on the scene 30 minutes.

Kissling noted that Huntingburg firefighters have responded to four field or woods fires in recent weeks. Gusty winds, dry conditions and fuel in the form of dead leaves and grasses will continue to mean there is an increased potential for wildfires until it rains, he cautioned.


MENTOR — A cabin south of Mentor escaped unscathed late Sunday afternoon when the Birdseye Volunteer Fire Department got the upper hand on a woods fire near it.

The department was called at 5:26 p.m. to Gary Hoffman’s cabin site in the 6000 block of South Mentor Road, according to Fire Chief David Smith.

The exact cause of the fire that burned leaves and ground cover in a 2-acre section of woods was not determined, but there had been a campfire at the location the previous evening and a hot ember could have been to blame, Smith said.

Twenty firefighters took two trucks and the department’s John Deere Gator all-terrain vehicle to the scene. They were there for an hour.


JASPER — The Jasper Police Department arrested a woman on drug-related charges after a traffic stop Monday night.

An officer pulled over an Oldsmobile Alero being driven by 35-year-old Christy E. Miller, of 885 Conrad Ave., at 15th and Royal streets at 8:35 p.m. because the car had an inoperable headlight.
Further investigation found Miller to illegally be in possession of a hypodermic needle and drug paraphernalia, police allege.

Authorities booked Miller into the Dubois County Security Center at 9:13 p.m. on a Class D felony count of illegal possession of a hypodermic needle and a misdemeanor count of paraphernalia possession.

Fire run

JASPER — The Jasper Volunteer Fire Department responded to an alarm activation late Monday afternoon at The Home Depot, 4250 Newton St.

There was no fire, according to Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang.

Firefighters answering a 5:50 p.m. alert learned the store was testing its alarm system and a message to not page the fire department had been conveyed to the alarm company. Somehow that message did not have the desired effect, according to Hochgesang.

Three trucks and 18 firefighters were on the move for six minutes before being told they could disregard the alarm and return to the station.


JASPER — A Spencer County man’s car was able to be driven from the scene of a Wednesday morning collision with a deer south of Jasper.

Grant H. Winchell, 49, of 426 E. Brown Road, Santa Claus, was northbound on U.S. 231 in a 2010 Cadillac CTS when the 6:25 a.m. accident occurred 1,000 feet north of WITZ Road, according to the county sheriff’s department.

A deputy said a deer entered the roadway from the west side of the highway and was struck by the right front of the car.

Damage was estimated to have exceeded $2,500.

Authorities were unable to locate the deer after the accident.

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