For The Record: 5/16


JASPER — Injuries were reported after a car and an SUV collided Wednesday afternoon at Baden Strasse and Newton Street.

Suzanne Probasco, 40, 8018 N. 925E, Dubois, was southbound on Newton Street in a 2002 Range Rover when the accident occurred at 5:06 p.m., according to the Jasper Police Department.

Probasco slowed for traffic after the intersection’s traffic signal turned red and, when she did, her SUV was rear-ended by a 1998 Toyota Corolla driven by 19-year-old Brandon L. Gilbert, of 12981 State Road 62, St. Meinrad.

Gilbert told police his attention was diverted to something in his car’s interior and, when he looked up, he was unable to avoid a collision.

Gilbert sustained forearm scrapes and Probasco complained of back pain but neither was transported from the scene by an ambulance, according to police.

Damage was estimated at $3,000 to Gilbert’s Toyota and $2,000 to Probasco’s Range Rover.
Police cited Gilbert for following too closely.


HUNTINGBURG — The Huntingburg Police Department arrested a man and a woman Wednesday morning after responding to the report of an altercation taking place at a south-side convenience store.

Officers responding to the 5:21 a.m. call found the suspect’s vehicle, a westbound 2005 Dodge Dakota pickup truck driven by 23-year-old Casey M. Mehringer, of 6344 W. 550S, in the 400 block of East Second Avenue. A woman identified as 20-year-old Carrie J. Holst, of 7492 S. 625W, was walking in the street next to the truck.

Police who stopped to investigate ended up arresting Mehringer and charging him with drunken driving (blood alcohol content .15 percent).

Holst was alleged to initially have given officers an incorrect date of birth and then failed to follow officers’ instructions. Police arrested her on misdemeanor counts of minor consuming (BAC .16 percent), false informing and disorderly conduct.

Authorities booked Holst and Mehringer into the county security center at 7:30 a.m.

Fire runs

JASPER — The Jasper Volunteer Fire Department responded to three alarm activations Wednesday but none involved a fire.

First, at 6:36 a.m., the department learned of an alarm activation at Holiday Inn Express, 2000 Hospitality Drive. Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang said the department was told it could disregard the alarm because the hotel’s sensitive alarm system was found to have been triggered by steam from a shower. Three department officers responded for 10 minutes to verify that account. Hochgesang explained that, once an alarm activates, the department always responds in some manner, if only to verify it was a false alarm.

At 10:27 a.m., the department was sent to Indiana Furniture Industries, 1224 Mill St. Hochgesang said firefighters learned a crew working on the alarm system had neglected to place it on test mode, which would have stopped Jasper’s dispatch center from registering the work as an actual alarm.

Four trucks and 22 firefighters spent 10 minutes on the run.

At 1:44 P.M., an alarm activated at Das Leben Haus apartments, 111 W. 26th St. The complex of independent-living apartments is part of Northwood Retirement Community.

Firefighters discovered that food overcooked to the point of smoking in an apartment; there was no damage.

Two trucks and 26 firefighters were on the scene 10 minutes.

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