For The Record: 5/8


HAYSVILLE — An Orange County motorcyclist was injured this morning when he laid his bike down on a stretch of highway east of Haysville.

Stephen C. Plimpton II, 44, of French Lick was westbound on State Road 56 operating a 2005 Yamaha V Star 1100 when the 7 a.m. accident occurred just east of Kellerville Road, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

Police said Plimpton lost control of the bike and laid it down on its side. The cycle skidded 185 feet before stopping in the roadway on its side, according to authorities.

Plimpton, who was wearing a helmet, was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Jasper to be treated for head, hip and hand pain, according to the sheriff’s department. At last report, he was being transferred to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville, according to a spokeswoman at the Jasper hospital.

Damage to the Yamaha was estimated at $2,000.

The Haysville Volunteer Fire Department, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and a Uebelhor & Sons wrecker assisted.

The accident closed the highway for about 15 minutes.


HOLLAND — A pickup truck owned by Dubois County was able to be driven from the scene of a Friday morning collision with a deer north of Holland.

Dubois County Highway Superintendent Steve Berg, 53, of 1101 W. Ohio St., was northbound on State Road 161 in a 2012 Dodge pickup truck when the 6:10 a.m. accident occurred north of Old Road 64, according to the county sheriff’s department.

The deer ran into the roadway and was struck by the center of the truck’s bumper, according to authorities.

Damage was estimated at $2,500.


IRELAND — A deer ran into a Daviess County man’s pickup truck Thursday morning just west of Ireland.

Robert L. Spalding, 55, of Washington was eastbound on State Road 56 in a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck when the 6:30 a.m. accident occurred near County Road 550W, according to the county sheriff’s department.

Police said a deer came onto the roadway from the north side of the highway and ran into the driver’s door of Spalding’s truck, causing damage estimated at between $1,000 and $2,500 to the door and along the truck’s bed.

The truck was driven from the scene.


HILLHAM — The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department arrested a brother and sister Tuesday night after responding to reports that an impaired man had driven erratically in yards in his rural neighborhood west of Hillham and had thrown a beer bottle at a neighbor.

The 11:27 p.m. call sent units to 51-year-old Kenneth E. Harris’ 10049 1/2 E. State Road 56 residence where a deputy found Harris in the driver’s seat of his 2001 Dodge Ram truck consuming an alcoholic beverage. He eventually was arrested and preliminarily was charged with drunken driving (test refusal), intimidation and disorderly conduct, all misdemeanors.

The arrest came after a neighboring family across the private road said Harris had earlier parked in their driveway and revved his engine, awakening their daughter. When the girl’s mother went outside to address the situation, police were told, Harris exited his truck, chased the woman into her home and threw a beer bottle at her. The woman’s husband stopped Harris from entering the home, according to police. Harris was alleged to have threatened to break into the family’s home when they went to work. While backing from the neighbor’s driveway into his own, police were told, Harris’ truck struck a Dumpster on his property.

While a deputy was speaking with Harris, his sister, 48-year-old Paula K. Dill, of the same Hillham-area address, was reported to have shown up at the scene. Police indicated she attempted to rapidly escort Harris into the family home and was telling a deputy he could not arrest Harris on his own property.

Police reported that Dill would not comply with instructions, escalated the situation and resisted being taken into custody. She was arrested and preliminarily charged with a Class D felony count of obstruction of justice and misdemeanor counts of resisting law enforcement and disorderly conduct.

Dill complained of a medical problem and was taken to Memorial Hospital in Jasper to be checked before being booked into the Dubois County Security Center at 2:55 a.m. today. Harris also was lodged in the county security center.


JASPER — The Jasper Police Department arrested 28-year-old Curtis D. Rodgers, of 101 W. Sixth St., at 6:50 p.m. Tuesday and charged him with a Class C felony count of driving while classified as a habitual traffic violator for life.

Rodgers, who was arrested by Jasper officers for the same offense a week ago, was spotted driving a Jeep Cherokee at Third and Mill streets Tuesday evening. An officer stopped the vehicle at Seventh and Mill streets and took Rodgers into custody after determining he was classified as a habitual traffic violator for life.

Authorities booked Rodgers into the county security center at 7:20 p.m.


JASPER — A county sheriff’s deputy arrested 35-year-old Donald L. Reese, of 937 Shelby St., Huntingburg, at 9:35 p.m. Tuesday and charged him with drunken driving (blood alcohol content .32 percent).

Reese was arrested after the deputy stopped the 2004 Chevrolet pickup truck Reese was driving on Meridian Road near State Road 162 for speeding and going left of center.

Authorities booked Reese into the county security center at 11:15 p.m.

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