For The Record: 5/24

Crime stoppers

JASPER — The Community Task Force Against Crime is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for recent vandalism to signs and sign posts at the Riverwalk.

On Wednesday, signs were found ripped off posts and posts were found thrown to the ground, according to the Jasper Police Department. The investigation is ongoing.

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


JASPER — The Jasper Police Department arrested a woman Thursday afternoon for allegedly shoplifting at Walmart Supercenter, 4040 Newton St.

Store personnel detained 25-year-old Britoney M. Fight, 101 W. Sixth St., until police could make the 5:28 p.m. arrest. Police said Fight is charged with trying to take $664.93 in miscellaneous merchandise from the store.

Authorities booked Fight into the Dubois County Security Center at 6 p.m. on a Class D felony count of theft.

JASPER — Andrew Astemborski, 50, of 5291⁄2 Main St., was arrested at 3 p.m. Thursday by Jasper police who charged him with a Class D felony count of theft.

Astemborski was arrested after officers were called to GameStop, 3940 Newton St., in reference to the theft of a tablet computer. Police said their investigation determined Astemborski allegedly stole the item valued at $129.99.

Authorities booked Astemborski into the county security center at 3:25 p.m. He posted bond that night.


JASPER — Units of the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department responded to an alarm activation Thursday night at Jasper Seating Co., 932 Mill St.

No fire was associated with the 9:38 p.m. call, according to Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang.

Hochgesang said the plant’s sprinkler system is a type where pipes remain dry and pressurized with air under ordinary circumstances. Firefighters found that an air compressor malfunctioned, allowing a drop in air pressure that triggered the alarm when water filled the pipes.

Six trucks and 29 firefighters were on the scene 20 minutes.

HUNTINGBURG — An alarm activation at 9:34 p.m. Thursday sent the Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department to OFS Brands’ Plant No. 8, 1008 N. Chestnut St.

There was no fire, according to Fire Chief Scott Patberg.

A leak in a dry, pressurized sprinkler system pipe allowed air to bleed off and the system to charge with water, Patberg said.

Four trucks and 14 firefighters were on the scene 30 minutes.

FERDINAND — A troublesome ductwork sensor is getting renewed focus after it activated for no apparent reason Thursday evening for the second time within 72 hours at Monastery Immaculate Conception, 802 E. 10th St.

As with the first alarm Tuesday morning, sisters evacuated as a precaution Thursday until units of the Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department answering the 6:52 p.m. call arrived.

Fire Chief Dan Lindauer said the problem sensor is inside ductwork in a room below the kitchen. An all-clear was given and the system was successfully reset after firefighters checked the scene.

Two trucks and 12 firefighters were on the scene 15 minutes. The Ferdinand Police Department assisted.

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