For The Record: 6/13


HUNTINGBURG — The Huntingburg Police Department arrested 28-year-old Cory Brown, of 811 E. Ninth St., at 1:26 a.m. today and charged him with a Class D felony count of domestic battery.

Officers responding to a report of a domestic disturbance at a residence arrested Brown after speaking with a female victim.

Authorities booked Brown into the Dubois County Security Center at 2:57 a.m. The charge was a felony because a child was present at the time of the alleged battery.


JASPER — A witness brought clarity to the situation after a semi tractor-trailer collided with a car Tuesday afternoon at Seventh and Newton streets.

Kassie R. Traylor, 17, of Winslow was southbound on Newton Street driving a 1999 Toyota Corolla in the westernmost lane when the accident unfolded at 5:34 p.m., according to the Jasper Police Department.

Traylor told police she steered toward the curb when a southbound semi tractor-trailer in the east, inside lane came into her lane. Police said when Traylor had no more room to move away her car was struck by the 2000 International driven by 59-year-old Leslie A. Trammell of New Haven, Ky.

The collision forced Traylor’s car onto the sidewalk where its front bumper struck a state road sign.

Trammell told police his rig was partially in both lanes and Traylor’s car came up beside him as he was easing into the westernmost lane. But police said a witness following Traylor’s car at a distance beyond the rear of Trammell’s carrier said the International was entirely in the east southbound lane and Traylor’s car was entirely in the west southbound lane. The witness estimated Traylor’s car was traveling next to the semi’s cab when the rig began migrating into the west lane.

Police cited Trammell for unsafe lane movement.

Damage was estimated at $5,000 to Traylor’s car and $1,500 to the International driven by Trammell.


JASPER — Total damage reached $1,500 in a fender-bender Tuesday afternoon at The Timbers of Jasper, 2909 Howard Drive.

Louise C. Pattison, 92, of 18 St. Charles St., was pulling her 2005 Ford Crown Victoria into a parking spot in the nursing home’s parking lot when the mishap occurred at 3:23 p.m., according to Jasper police.

Officers said the left front bumper of Pattison’s car struck the right rear fender of a parked 1996 Jeep Cherokee owned by Deborah McNabb of 2010 N. Lincoln Drive, Huntingburg.

No tickets were issued but police placed Pattison at fault for the accident.

Damage was estimated at $1,000 to Pattison’s car and $500 to McNabb’s SUV.

Fire call

HUNTINGBURG — Units of the Holland Volunteer Fire Department responded Tuesday afternoon to a small-scale rekindle at the site of a Monday evening explosion at Huntingburg’s natural gas storage field southwest of the city.

The explosion and fire at 6:49 p.m. Monday destroyed the plant’s dehydration unit and a 30-by-50 building that housed it at the 416-acre field at 8570 S. 500W. There wasn’t much left to rekindle, according to Fire Chief Greg Englert, but a 2-by-4 below a wall remnant that the wind knocked down did give off enough flame and smoke to be noticed by a passerby at 4:22 p.m. Wednesday.

Two trucks and five firefighters responded and spent a little less than 30 minutes at the scene.

An Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office investigator ruled the explosion was accidental in nature.
Englert surmised an electrical problem existed and that, coupled with some type of gas leak in the gas-drying system, triggered the explosion.

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