For The Record: 5/15

Crime stoppers

JASPER — The Jasper Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance as officers investigate an overnight burglary at a city auto shop.

The burglary at Denny’s Auto Sales & Service, 493 Third Ave., was discovered when a Jasper Police Department officer on routine patrol noticed a broken window at the business at 12:38 a.m.

Police said a small amount of cash was taken from the shop’s register.

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


JASPER — Total damage exceeded $18,000 when a motorist with a medical condition drove his truck into landscaping in a west-side neighborhood Tuesday evening.

Lance M. Pieper, 39, of 679 N. Savannah Drive, was southbound in the 1000 block of Sapphire Drive in a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado when the accident occurred at 6:55 p.m., according to Jasper police.

Police said Pieper, because of an unknown medical condition, veered the truck off the roadway where it struck a retaining wall and landscaping at 1000 N. Sapphire Drive owned by Linda Korn. A Frontier Communications phone box also was damaged.

Pieper was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Jasper for treatment of the medical condition, police said, adding that no injuries from the crash were reported. A hospital spokeswoman said he was treated and released.

Damage was estimated at $15,000 to Pieper’s truck, $3,000 to Korn’s landscaping and retaining wall and $400 to the Frontier Communications phone box.


JASPER — Police issued a ticket after a two-vehicle mishap Tuesday afternoon at 36th Street and Leslie Drive.

Julie M. E. Gollehon, 50, of 4060 Wilhelm Strasse, was at the Germantown Shopping Center attempting to cross 36th Street in a 2007 Chrysler sedan to get to Leslie Drive when the accident occurred at 4:54 p.m., according to Jasper police.

Officers said Gollehon’s car proceeded onto 36th Street where it was struck by an eastbound 2012 Jeep four-door passenger vehicle driven by 41-year-old Brian L. Wright, of 1108 Jackson St.

Damage was estimated at $2,500 to Gollehon’s Chrysler and $1,000 to the Wright Jeep.

Police cited Gollehon for failure to yield the right of way.


HOLLAND — A broken steering component was blamed for a Thursday night accident along a county road south of Holland.

Jacob Alexander, 31, of Monroe City was northbound on County Road 720W in a 2004 Dodge Dakota pickup when the 9:27 p.m. accident occurred north of County Road 1025S, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

Alexander told a deputy he believed a tie rod broke on his truck after he hit a bump. The loss of steering sent the vehicle off the east side of the road where the truck stopped in a ditch.

Damage was estimated at between $1,000 and $2,500.

A Kars wrecker assisted.


HOLLAND — An SUV was able to be driven from the scene of a Thursday night collision with a deer north of Holland.

Tamara L. Love, 45, of 1895 Gun Club Road, Jasper, was northbound on State Road 161 in a 2012 Cadillac SRX when the 9:58 p.m. mishap occurred north of County Road 650S, according to the county sheriff’s department.

A deputy reported that a deer ran into the roadway and Love’s SUV struck it head-on.

Damage was estimated at between $1,000 and $2,500.

Spencer Court

ROCKPORT — A Santa Claus man arrested in October on child molesting charges has been sentenced in Spencer Circuit Court.

Karl B. Rustin, 56, of 7890 E. Spencer County Road 1600N, pleaded guilty in March to a Class A felony count of child molesting. During a May 3 sentencing, he was given 50 years at the Indiana Department of Correction, with 40 years of the sentence executed and the remaining 10 years to be served on probation.

Indiana State Police detectives began an investigation last year after receiving information from the Dubois County Department of Child Services that Rustin allegedly had molested two girls younger than 14. The investigation determined that, for approximately one year, Rustin allegedly molested the two girls on several occasions in Spencer County.

At his sentencing hearing, Rustin argued that the court should show leniency because he had shown remorse for his actions and needed help for a problem. He also argued that alcoholism and the fact that he was abused as a child were contributing factors to his actions.

Spencer County Prosecutor Kelly D. Corne requested the maximum sentence allowable under the law. Among the aggravating factors she cited were the victims’ young ages, Rustin’s previous convictions for theft, drunken driving and vicarious sexual gratification and the fact that the offense occurred in the presence of another child. Regarding the latter, Corne said Rustin would force one of the girls to be a lookout for him while he was abusing the other victim. He did that by having the child look out of holes drilled in his shed where the abuse occurred.

Corne said Rustin will be 76 years old when he becomes eligible for parole.

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