For The Record: 6/10


JASPER — Three people were injured Sunday afternoon when an SUV and a minivan collided at 15th Street and Meridian Road.

Ashley N. Dunn, 24, of 5479 E. State Road 164, was eastbound on 15th Street in a 2004 Chevrolet TrailBlazer at the time of the 2:20 p.m. accident, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies said Dunn applied her SUV’s brakes in an attempt to stop at Meridian Road but the vehicle slid into the intersection on the wet pavement. Dunn’s Chevrolet struck the driver’s door area of a northbound 2003 Ford Windstar minivan that was attempting a left turn onto 15th Street, police said. The van, driven by 63-year-old Josie L. Wilson of Indianapolis, stopped facing northwest while Dunn’s SUV stopped partially off the east side of Meridian Road facing south.

The Jasper Volunteer Fire Department extricated Wilson from her minivan. She was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital after complaining of neck, back and hip pain. A front-seat passenger, 40-year-old Hollie J. Wilson of Indianapolis, also was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital. Hollie Wilson complained of neck and chest pain, according to deputies.

Both women were later transferred to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville, according to authorities. No information on their conditions was available today.

Dunn complained of a bump to her head but declined medical treatment at the scene, according to deputies. A front-seat passenger, 19-year-old Ryan B. Autry, also of Dunn’s State Road 164 address, and a 3-year-old boy properly restrained in a child car seat escaped injury, according to police.

The accident destroyed Wilson’s van and caused an estimated $2,500 to Dunn’s SUV. The TrailBlazer was drivable after the crash, according to police.

Deputies charged Dunn with speed too fast for road conditions, driving without an operator’s license and driving while suspended. The accident remains under investigation, according to authorities.

The Jasper Police Department, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services, a Ruxer Ford wrecker and LifeFlight assisted.


JASPER — The county sheriff’s department responded to a two-vehicle accident on Jasper-Dubois Road on Saturday.

David Johnson, 37, of 812 E. Ninth St., Huntingburg, was southbound in his 2003 Pontiac Grand Am on Jasper-Dubois Road when he attempted to turn east onto Beaver Lake Road at 11:02 a.m. As he turned, he failed to see a car driven by Dena Sanders, 41, of 910 E. 450N, Dubois, traveling north.
Police said Johnson’s vehicle collided with Sanders’ 1997 Honda CRV. Both vehicles were totaled.

Sanders complained of neck and pelvis pain and was transported to Memorial Hospital where she was treated and released, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Johnson refused treatment at the scene, according to police.

Deputies were assisted at the scene of the accident by the Dubois Volunteer Fire Department, Memorial Hospital EMS and a Uebelhor & Sons wrecker.


JASPER — Jasper police responded to a two-vehicle accident in the Indiana National Guard/Jasper Municipal Swimming Pool parking lot, 1405 Bartley St., Sunday afternoon.

According to a police report, Karen Hager, of 4614 Rhine Strasse, was backing her 2009 Chevrolet east from a parking space at 3:10 p.m. At that time, a 2013 Chevrolet driven by Marissa Schmitt, 4227 W. Leprechaun Lane, was traveling south in the parking lot. Hager failed to see Schmitt and continued backing from the space. The rear bumper of Hager’s vehicle struck the front passenger’s-side door of Schmitt’s SUV.

The ages of the drivers were not available from Jasper police today.

Authorities estimated damage to Hager’s vehicle at $500 and to Schmitt’s at $1,000. Neither driver was injured.


KYANA — A two-vehicle accident on State Road 64 east of Kyana on Saturday afternoon resulted in about $7000 damage.

Jeylyn Staggs, 21, of Santa Claus, was traveling west in her 2002 Jeep Liberty on State Road 64 near Pine Ridge Road when the 1:11 p.m. accident occurred, according to the county sheriff’s department. Staggs was following a 2002 PT Cruiser driven by Clarence Petry, 24, of Birdseye.
Police said Petry slowed for a car pulling into a private drive and was rear ended by Staggs.

Numerical addresses for the drivers were not immediately available from the sheriff’s department.
Police estimated damage to Staggs’ vehicle at $2,000 and to Petry’s at $5,000.

Deputies were assisted by the St. Anthony Volunteer Fire Department, Memorial EMS and a Berg’s Garage wrecker.



HUNTINGBURG — A call about an unresponsive male early Saturday led to an arrest by the Huntingburg Police Department.

Officers were called at 3:20 p.m. to the report of an unresponsive man passed out in a car in the 500 block of Pleasant View Drive.

Police arrived and found 35-year-old Toby C.R. Brown, of 513 Pleasant View Drive. While trying to wake him, police said, they located a pill bottle containing prescription drugs for which Brown allegedly did not possess a prescription. Police also allege a small plastic bag found inside the pill bottle contained synthetic cannabis.

Brown initially was transported to Memorial Hospital in Jasper.  He was then booked into the Dubois County Security Center on a Class D felony county of illegal possession of a legend (prescription) drug and a misdemeanor count of possession of synthetic cannabinoids. He posted bond Sunday afternoon.


JASPER — The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department arrested three men on drug charges late Saturday afternoon at a property in the 400 block of East Schnellville Road.

A deputy was following up on drug information at 5:27 p.m. when the stop at the property led to the call for backup, the securing of a search warrant and the discovery of drugs and paraphernalia, according to the sheriff’s department.

Deputies arrested 20-year-old Mitch A. Butler, of 485 E. Schnellville Road, and charged him with a Class D felony count of methamphetamine and misdemeanor counts of paraphernalia possession and visiting a common nuisance.

Jonathon W. Ingram, 22, Boonville, was arrested at the residence on misdemeanor counts of marijuana possession, visiting a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia.

Deputies also arrested 22-year-old Jordan R. Leinenbach, of 8595 W. Pike County Road 160S, Velpen, on a Class D felony count of maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia. The search warrant secured by law enforcement allowed for a search of a 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier that Leinenbach was driving, according to police.

All three men were booked into the county security center at 7:40 p.m. Leinenbach posted bond Sunday night.


Fire runs

DALE — A report of four boys stuck in an elevator that had stopped between floors sent members of the Carter Volunteer Township Volunteer Fire Department to the Best Western Plus Lincoln Land Inn, 1339 N. Washington St., at 10:39 p.m. CDT Sunday.

Fire Chief Dan Reinke said that, at about the time he was using a key to open elevator shaft doors on the hotel’s ground floor, word arrived that the four 10-year-old boys who had been stuck between the second and third floors had gotten out when the elevator’s doors opened.

One truck and six firefighters were on the scene 15 minutes.


JASPER — Units of the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department responded twice Sunday to smoke alarm activations at Holiday Inn Express, 2000 Hospitality Drive.

Neither the 7:43 a.m. run nor the 9:59 p.m. response involved a fire, according to Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang. Both callouts resulted when steam coming from a shower set off sensitive room alarms.

Two trucks and 16 firefighters responded to each call, spending about 10 minutes at the scene each time.

There have been seven similar false-alarm runs at the hotel in the past two months. That led Hochgesang to speak with hotel management about the ongoing problem. Hochgesang said the hotel’s alarm company was being called in to address the issue.

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