For The Record: 5/6


CELESTINE — The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department arrested 46-year-old Robert O. Clinton, of 3335 S. Santine Road, St. Anthony, and charged him with felony drunken driving (blood alcohol content .17 percent) after an accident Saturday afternoon in the 2700 block of Santine Road.

Full details of the 3:45 p.m. accident a mile south of State Road 164 were not available by presstime this morning, but a deputy was able to report that Clinton went left of center in a 1992 Ford Thunderbird. The car left the roadway and broke a Dubois Rural Electric Cooperative pole, police said.

Upon his release after being treated at Memorial Hospital, the deputy said, Clinton was booked into the Dubois County Security Center at 6:47 p.m. The impaired driving charge was a Class D felony because of a prior conviction within the last five years. A deputy also cited Clinton for driving left of center.

Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and the Celestine and St. Anthony volunteer fire departments assisted.


DUBOIS — A Sunday night motor vehicle accident in the 5900 block of East State Road 56 sent a Dubois man to the county security center.

Indiana State Police arrested the driver, 23-year-old Luke W. Kern, 8627 N. 575E, and charged him with drunken driving (BAC .27 percent).

Police said Kern was driving a 2003 GMC pickup truck west when the 8:40 p.m. accident occurred along State Road 56 near County Road 575E. Kern overcorrected after his truck left the north side of the highway and the vehicle hit an earth embankment. A trooper said Kern was not wearing a seat belt and his head hit the windshield.

Kern was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Jasper for treatment of minor head injuries, police said. After his release, police said, authorities booked Kern into the county security center at 11:45 p.m.

The accident totaled the GMC truck.

Memorial Hospital EMS and the Dubois Volunteer Fire Department assisted at the accident scene.


JASPER — A county sheriff’s deputy arrested 45-year-old Robert E. Tinkle, of 820 Second Ave., at 7:21 p.m. Sunday and charged him with felony drunken driving (BAC .08 percent).

The deputy who arrested Tinkle said she had to veer out of her eastbound lane of travel to avoid Tinkle’s 2003 Dodge Ram truck at State Road 164 and Riverside Drive because the truck crossed the centerline. The deputy who stopped the truck near State Road 164 and Third Avenue alleged Tinkle was impaired and had a juvenile passenger in the vehicle with him.

Tinkle was booked into the county security center at 8:38 p.m. on a Class D felony count of operating while intoxicated and endangering a minor passenger.

The Jasper Police Department assisted.

Fire run

KYANA — Units of the Schnellville Volunteer Fire Department responded Sunday morning to the report of smoke in the basement of Duke Dewitt’s 7183 E. State Road 64 residence.

Fire Chief Mark Fischer said firefighters traced the smell of smoke to a ballast in a fluorescent light fixture. Firefighters then disconnected the light.

Three trucks and 16 firefighters were on the scene 10 minutes.

Memorial EMS assisted.

Scam alert

JASPER — The Jasper Police Department has issued a reminder to the public to be aware of email and telephone scams.

Police say they hear about scam attempts on a daily basis and two scenarios have seemed to surface more than others in recent weeks.

In the first scenario, potential victims are contacted by telephone and told they have won a car or a large sum of money. They are instructed to go to Walmart or Kmart, buy a prepaid credit card and mail it to a specific address to claim the prize. One variation informs potential victims that someone will come to their home at a specific day and time, police report.

Another frequent scam, commonly called the “Granny Scam,” involves potential victims receiving a call advising them a grandson or granddaughter is in legal trouble. The potential victim is told to send money via Western Union for the grandchild’s bail.

Jasper police say such scammers are playing on the sympathy of grandparents. Victims often are told to send money to an address outside the United States.

Police say the people making such calls can be very convincing. Sometimes the callers are rude and forceful and advise potential victims not to tell relatives or friends about the call. The police’s advice: Just hang up on these calls or delete these emails. Citizens never should send money or prepaid credit cards to claim prizes.

Jasper police said it is not necessary to contact the police upon receiving one of these calls unless the victim has provided personal information or hassent money to someone.

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