For The Record: 5/21


JASPER — One motorist complained of pain after two cars collided Monday afternoon at Third Avenue and State Road 164.

James T. McAdams II, 26, Linton, was leaving Azura Café and Deli’s lot to go northbound on Third Avenue when the accident occurred at 5:19 p.m., according to the Jasper Police Department.

McAdams told officers the unknown driver of a southbound vehicle that was stopped in traffic motioned for him to enter the roadway in his 2010 Dodge Avenger. He did and safely crossed the southbound lane. But the southbound turn lane for traffic about to head east on State Road 164 was another matter.

Police said McAdams’ car was struck by a southbound 2013 Chevrolet Cruze in the turn lane. The Chevrolet’s driver, 52-year-old Paul K. Setzer, of 973 Second Ave., had the right of way, authorities added.

Setzer complained of neck and back pain after the crash but was not transported from the scene by ambulance.

Damage was estimated at $5,000 to McAdams’ Dodge and $2,500 to Setzer’s Chevrolet.
Police cited McAdams for failure to yield the right of way.


JASPER — The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department arrested 28-year-old Luke A. Zimmerman, of 2133 E. State Road 164, at 8 p.m. Monday after being called to a domestic disturbance.

A deputy sheriff who spoke to a female victim about the alleged battery and verbal threats Zimmerman allegedly made took him into custody on Class D felony counts of intimidation and criminal confinement plus a misdemeanor count of domestic battery.

Authorities booked Zimmerman into the Dubois County Security Center at 8:35 p.m.


JASPER — A passerby alerted authorities to a trash bin fire Monday night behind the Alvin C. Ruxer Student Center at Vincennes University Jasper Campus, 866 College Ave.

Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang said materials inside the steel bin behind the gym building were engulfed when firefighters arrived following the 9:54 p.m. call.

From the smell of finish materials at the scene, Hochgesang said, it seemed as if rags with thinners and sealers on them had spontaneously combusted.

There was no damage to the trash bin, the chief said.

Two fire trucks and 19 firefighters were on the scene 20 minutes.

Fire runs

FERDINAND — Units of the Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department responded to an alarm this morning at Monastery Immaculate Conception, 802 E. 10th St.

Fire Chief Dan Lindauer said a control panel indicated a sensor inside ductwork in a room below the kitchen had activated at 6:17 a.m. There was no smoke or fire showing, but sisters evacuated as a precaution, Lindauer said.

Firefighters and maintenance personnel gave the all-clear after determining there was no threat of fire. The alarm system was reset and maintenance personnel indicated attention would be focused on the ductwork sensor.

One truck and seven firefighters were on the scene 20 minutes. The Ferdinand Police Department assisted.

ST. HENRY — A Friday afternoon report about the smell of anhydrous ammonia in the vicinity of County Road 1100S and U.S. 231 sent authorities into action for a short time.

The St. Henry Volunteer Fire Department’s rescue truck was responding to the 2:12 p.m. call when one of the department’s firefighters who had made it to the scene in a field a quarter of a mile north of County Road 1100S canceled the run and had the truck return to the fire station, according to Fire Chief Steve Eckert.

The firefighter had determined an anhydrous tank with one of its valves not completely closed had just been delivered to the field by Superior Ag Resources Co-op, Huntingburg. A Superior Ag employee and the firefighter approached the tank from upwind and turned the valve all the way off to eradicate the problem, according to Eckert.

The response took about 20 minutes.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted.

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