For The Record: 5/2


DUBOIS — A motorist escaped injury Wednesday afternoon when he wrecked his SUV along a county road southwest of Dubois.

Shannon D. Hoffman, 46, of 37 Daffodil Court, Jasper, was southbound on Jasper-Dubois Road in a 2006 Ford Explorer when the 5:05 p.m. accident occurred north of County Road 300N, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

A deputy sheriff who worked the accident said Hoffman crested a hill and encountered two vehicles stopped in the southbound lane. The lead vehicle was waiting for northbound traffic to clear in order to turn left into a private drive, the deputy said.

Hoffman veered right to avoid a collision. The SUV went down a slight embankment, struck an electrified barbed wire fence at 4863 E. Jasper-Dubois Road belonging to Randy Schnell and stopped in Schnell’s field.

Damage to the Explorer was estimated at $3,000. The deputy said Schnell’s fence sustained minimal damage.

No citations were issued.


HOLLAND — Police ticketed a motorist involved in a rollover accident early Wednesday afternoon near the Holland Junction.

Crystal M. Bowman, 33, of rural Holland, was westbound on State Road 64 in a 2002 Ford Explorer when the 12:15 p.m. mishap occurred east of State Road 161, according to the county sheriff’s department.

A deputy said Bowman inadvertently drove off the north side of the highway. She pulled the SUV back onto the roadway but overcorrected, police said. The Explorer again went off the north side of State Road 64 and rolled over at least once before striking and breaking off a utility pole owned by Dubois Rural Electric Cooperative, Jasper.

The SUV stopped partially in the roadway, facing north.

Bowman, who did not report any injury, was cited for driving without proof of insurance.

The crash totaled the SUV.

Dubois REC and Huntingburg Municipal Utilities assisted.


CUZCO — A car was able to be driven from the scene of a Saturday night collision with a deer south of Cuzco.

Sabrina J. Schepers, 17, of 499 E. State Road 56, Jasper, was southbound on Cuzco Road South in a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt when the 11:30 p.m. accident occurred just south of County Road 330N, according to the county sheriff’s department.

A deputy said Schepers’ car struck a deer that entered the roadway, causing damage that was estimated at between $1,000 and $2,500.

Fire call

FERDINAND — Units of the Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department responded at 12:08 a.m. today to the report of smoke inside Scenic Hills Care Center, 311 E. First St.

Firefighters arrived and traced smoke in the front lobby area to a maintenance room where the belt on a portable Husky air compressor was found to have burned off, according to Fire Chief Dan Lindauer.

Closed fire doors kept smoke away from the facility’s living quarters so no residents had to be evacuated, Lindauer said.

Firefighters carried the portable compressor outside and used exhaust fans to ventilate the maintenance room. The only damage was to the belt that failed, according to Lindauer.

Four trucks and 14 firefighters were on the scene 45 minutes.

The Ferdinand Police Department and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted.


JASPER — The Jasper Police Department took Jacob D. Hundley, 19, of 923 Mill St., into custody Wednesday morning on an active Dubois Superior Court warrant charging him with two Class D felony counts of receiving stolen property.

Hundley was alleged to have resisted law enforcement while being taken into custody at his residence so, when he was booked into the Dubois County Security Center at 10 a.m., he also was charged with a misdemeanor count of resisting law enforcement.

Police said Hundley had been in possession of two items stolen during early April burglaries: a 32-inch LG television taken from Greg’s Barber Shop, 108 E. 12th St., and a MacBook Pro laptop computer stolen from the Jeffrey Daub residence, 416 W. Ninth St. He then sold those items to another individual for $400, according to court documents.

The investigation into the burglaries is continuing and more arrests and charges are pending, according to police.

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