For The Record: 5/20


JASPER — A woman was airlifted to an Evansville hospital after a three-vehicle collision Sunday evening in the 4200 block of Newton Street.

Zachary K. Buechlein, 17, of 420 W. 43rd St., was attempting to go east from Mannheim Road on Common Drive to cross Newton Street in a 2006 Buick when the accident occurred at 6:41 p.m., according to the Jasper Police Department.

Police said Buechlein failed to notice a southbound 2004 Mercury driven by 65-year-old Donna K. Braun of Loogootee. Buechlein pulled into Braun’s path and their vehicles collided, spinning Braun’s Mercury into a westbound 2009 Toyota driven by 70-year-old Douglas L. Lukemeyer, of 986 E. Jasper-Dubois Road.

Buechlein, who had cuts to his head and face, and Braun, who complained of pain to her right knee, were transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Jasper. They were both treated and released, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

A passenger in the Buechlein Buick, 43-year-old Paula S. Buechlein, whose address was not available by presstime, suffered a head injury and was airlifted to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville. A hospital spokeswoman said she was in stable condition today.

Lukemeyer escaped injury.

Damage was estimated at $10,000 each to the vehicles driven by Zachary Buechlein and Braun and $3,500 to Lukemeyer’s Toyota.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Jasper Volunteer Fire Department and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted.

HUNTINGBURG — Both motorists were injured in a two-car collision Saturday afternoon north of Huntingburg.

Tranton S. Duncan, 18, of Evansville, was southbound on U.S. 231 in a 1992 Toyota Camry when the 3:15 p.m. accident occurred a quarter-mile south of WITZ Road, according to the county sheriff’s department.

Deputies said Duncan attempted to pass a pickup truck before he knew there was a car in front of the truck that was about to attempt a left turn.

The 1999 Ford Taurus that attempted to turn into a private drive was driven by 56-year-old Pam Krueger, of 403 Pleasant View Drive, police said. Her Ford was T-boned by the Duncan Toyota. The collision sent both cars off the east side of the road into a yard.

Krueger suffered facial injuries and was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital. There was no information available on her condition today.

Deputies reported that Duncan suffered a minor facial injury. There was no record of him being transported by ambulance.

The wreck totaled both vehicles.

Deputies ticketed Duncan and Krueger for driving without insurance coverage. A deputy also cited Duncan for improper passing.

Huntingburg’s police and fire departments, Memorial Hospital EMS and wreckers from Sternberg Chrysler Center and Uebelhor & Sons assisted.

JASPER — A sheriff’s deputy arrested a motorist who wrecked his pickup truck southwest of Dubois on Sunday night.

Mark F. Sander, 44, of 4447 E. 300N, Jasper, was southbound on Jasper-Dubois Road in a 2003 Ford Ranger when the 10:30 p.m. mishap occurred a mile south of State Road 545, according to the county sheriff’s department.

Sander told police he attempted to avoid two deer in the roadway. He overcorrected and his truck ran off the road and into a ditch where it stopped on its side.

Police said Sander left the scene and walked to his home. A deputy who located him there believed he was intoxicated. A certified breath test conducted at the Jasper Police Department showed Sander’s blood alcohol content to be .17 percent, a deputy said.

Sander was arrested and booked into the Dubois County Security Center at 11:47 p.m. on a drunken driving charge.

A deputy said Sander’s Ford sustained $2,500 in damage.

A Uebelhor & Sons wrecker assisted.


IRELAND — A county sheriff’s deputy arrested 50-year-old Larry A. Hurt, of 2487 N. 500W, at 4:45 p.m. Saturday and charged him with drunken driving (BAC .11 percent).

Hurt, who was driving a 1997 Ford truck, was arrested by a deputy who worked a two-vehicle accident involving Hurt at County Road 500W and Center Street in Ireland. Accident details were not immediately available.

Authorities booked Hurt into the county security center at 6:45 p.m. He posted bond Sunday morning.

HUNTINGBURG — Police said a mistake at a fast-food restaurant’s drive-thru window resulted in the arrest of a restaurant employee.

Timothy D. Thacker, 18, of 1018 Race St., is alleged to have taken a debit card belonging to a fellow employee at the Wendy’s restaurant, 1209 N. Main St., according to the Huntingburg Police Department. Authorities said Thacker made about $100 worth of unauthorized charges using the card at a gas station and a convenience store.

Later, when a Wendy’s customer in the drive-thru lane paid with a debit card, Thacker, by mistake, allegedly gave the female customer the card that he’d taken earlier from his co-worker. The customer realized the switch when she later tried to use the card to make purchases.

Police arrested Thacker and charged him with Class D felony counts of theft and fraud. Authorities booked him into the county security center at 7:15 p.m.

JASPER — A county sheriff’s deputy arrested 24-year-old Amber N. Williams of New Salisbury at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Dubois County Community Corrections Center, 257 Brucke Strasse.

Williams was arrested after a routine offender search of her locker allegedly found her to illegally be in possession of legend (prescription) drugs. Williams was enrolled in the corrections center’s work release program while serving a sentence for an April drug paraphernalia arrest.

Authorities booked Williams into the county security center at 9:35 p.m. on a Class D felony count of illegal possession of a legend drug. She also was charged with violating the terms of her agreement with community corrections.

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