For The Record: 5/3


CELESTINE — The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department arrested 24-year-old Servando Escobedo, of 3828 N. Portersville Road, today in connection with an alleged rape early this morning.


A sheriff’s department detective said a car occupied by two females had a flat tire after 1 a.m. along Celestine Road North. The women had started walking away from the broken-down vehicle when a pickup truck pulling a turkey-loading trailer arrived on the scene. The truck was occupied by Escobedo and three other men who stopped and offered assistance.

Escobedo and another man got out of the truck. While the other man began changing the tire, the detective said, Escobedo allegedly took one of the women behind the trailer and sexually assaulted her.

Police said the women, who drove away after the tire was changed, later described the truck and the men to police, who located them at a turkey farm west of Celestine. All four men were brought in for questioning but three were released after telling police they had no knowledge that the assault had taken place.

Authorities booked Escobedo into the Dubois County Security Center at 7:14 a.m. on a Class B felony count of rape and a misdemeanor count of possessing a false government identification.


JASPER — Officers with the Jasper Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the U.S. Marshals Service arrested two Jasper men Thursday on Class C felony counts of check fraud and fraud on a financial institution and a Class D felony count of check deception.

Taken into custody at the Le Merigot hotel in Evansville were 22-year-old Shawen W. Smith, also known as Shawen Kinningham, and 20-year-old David G. Slaton, both of 806 Jackson St.
The charges stem from an investigation into Smith and Slaton allegedly using fraudulent checks and checking accounts to purchase vehicles at Uebelhor & Sons in Jasper and attempts to gain cash at various banks in Huntingburg and Jasper.

The two vehicles involved were a 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche and a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. In all, Jasper police said, the pair attempted to defraud merchants and financial institutions out of almost $75,000.

Police said more charges are expected as the investigation widens to surrounding communities and states.

Authorities booked Slaton and Smith into the Dubois County Security Center at 2:30 p.m.

Anyone with information related to this case is asked to call Jasper police detective Sgt. Rick Chambers at 482-2255 or the anonymous tip line at 481-COPS (2677).


JASPER — Units of the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department responded to a car fire this morning in the 600 block of West Division Road.

Erika Posada-Estrada, of 1730 Leopold St., stopped in the street and called authorities to report that the battery in her 2006 Honda Civic was catching fire, according to Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang.

Hochgesang said plates in the battery apparently shorted and burned a hole in the top of the battery. If it is determined no electrical wiring was harmed, he added, the only damage was to the battery itself.

One truck and 21 firefighters were on the scene 20 minutes.


CELESTINE — A wrecker was needed after a truck collided with a deer Monday night along a county road southwest of Celestine.

Zachary L. Denu, 27, of 6950 State Road 145, Birdseye, was westbound on Schnellville Road in a 2005 Chevrolet pickup truck when the 9:13 p.m. accident occurred east of County Road 330E, according to the county sheriff’s department.

A deputy said a deer ran onto the road and Denu’s truck collided with it head-on.

Damage was estimated to have exceeded $2,500.

A Hasenour Motor Co. wrecker assisted.


HAYSVILLE — Both SUVs were able to be driven from the scene of a collision Sunday along a county road southeast of Haysville.

Hannah M. Mehringer, 18, of 247 W. 400N, Jasper, was southbound on Kellerville Road in a 2002 Jeep Liberty when the 11:30 a.m. accident occurred south of County Road 600N, according to the county sheriff’s department.

A deputy said Mehringer slowed rapidly to avoid a rabbit that came onto the road and, when she did, her Jeep was rear-ended by a 2005 Ford Escape driven by Elliot I. Carmen, 51, of 110 N. 1000E, Celestine.

Total damage was estimated at between $2,500 and $5,000.

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