For The Record: 6/11


DUFF — A Jasper man was hospitalized after an all-terrain vehicle accident Sunday night near Duff.

Daniel Hedinger, 24, was operating a 2011 Yamaha Raptor on County Road 450S near Duff when the ATV failed to negotiate a curve at about 9 p.m., according to Indiana conservation officers. The ATV ran off the roadway and struck a gravel pile, ejecting Hedinger from the machine. Although injured, he was able to ride to a residence for medical assistance, according to authorities. A 911 call was placed at 9:07 p.m.

Hedinger was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Jasper. He was then transferred to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville for treatment of leg and internal injuries, according to conservation officers who declined to release Hedinger’s numeric address because of department policy. A spokeswoman at the Vanderburgh County hospital said Hedinger was listed in good condition today.

Alcohol appears to have been a factor in the accident, according to conservation officers. When an investigation is complete, authorities said, the case will be turned over to the Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office for the consideration of alcohol-related charges.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Ireland Volunteer Fire Department and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted.


JASPER — An accident involving four cars led to the arrest of a Huntingburg man on two charges Monday afternoon.

Jacob Hill, 19, of 909 Clay St., Huntingburg, was southbound on U.S. 231 north of Second Street when the 3:30 p.m. accident occurred, according to the Jasper Police Department. Police allege Hill had inhaled toxic vapors that caused him to black out. Hill’s 2000 Chevrolet Camaro went left of center, striking a 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Carolyn Denton, 70, of 8786 E. State Road 56, who also was southbound on U.S. 231 but was stopped in the center turn lane attempting to turn east on Second Street.

According to a police report, Hill’s vehicle continued off the east side of U.S. 231 into the Old National Bank lawn at 771 Second St. It entered the parking lot and struck two unoccupied vehicles: a 2003 Chevy Monte Carlo owned by Kaysha Edwards, 33, of Petersburg and a 2011 Toyota Camry owned by Toyota Motor Credit Union, Atlanta.

Hill then fled the scene, according to police, and parked in one of the wash bays at Mighty Kleen Car Wash on Indiana Street. Officers located the vehicle and Hill at the carwash.

Hill was arrested and booked into the Dubois County Security Center at 4:15 p.m. on charges of inhaling toxic vapors, a Class B misdemeanor, and leaving the scene of an accident. He posted bond at 5:20 p.m.

Hill’s vehicle was totaled and police estimated damages to Denton’s Cherokee at $500. The Monte Carlo and the Camry had estimated damages of $5,000 each.

No one was injured in the accident.


HUNTINGBURG — A Ferdinand man was arrested on drug charges early today after police were called to a residence in Huntingburg.

At 1:30 a.m., officers from the Huntingburg Police Department were dispatched to 706 Church Ave. on a report of a man refusing to leave a residence.

Upon arrival, police encountered Justin MacDonald, 31, of 7932 Club Road, Ferdinand, and learned from the property owner that MacDonald was not welcome at the residence. Police alleged MacDonald was in possession of a bag of marijuana during the incident.

MacDonald was arrested and booked into the county security center at 3:15 a.m. on a Class D felony charge of possession of marijuana with a prior conviction.

The homeowner did not wish to pursue residential entry charges against MacDonald, police said.


FERDINAND — Units of the Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department responded to the report of farm machinery on fire Sunday afternoon at the Orville Mundy residence, 1838 E. Holiday Lake Road.

Fire Chief Dan Lindauer said firefighters answering the 12:58 p.m. call arrived to find a fire in the engine area of a John Deere 325 skid loader owned by Mundy Corp. Residents had used a garden hose to knock down most of the flames by the time firefighters arrived, Lindauer said.

An investigation determined a bird’s nest constructed on top of the motor triggered the fire, which was contained to the area around the motor. Lindauer estimated the damage at between $2,000 and $2,500. He said the Mundys would need to buy new hoses and wiring, a new air filter and other components to make the skid loader operational. The machine was insured, he added.

Two trucks and 18 firefighters were on the scene 45 minutes. The Ferdinand Police Department assisted.

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