For The Record: 6/18


JASPER — Austin D. Schepers, 21, of 318 N. Jackson St., Huntingburg, was booked into the Dubois County Security Center at 5 p.m. Monday on warrants charging him with a Class A felony count of robbery resulting in serious bodily injury and a Class C felony count of battery resulting in serious bodily injury.


Court documents indicate Schepers, ostensibly in the pursuit of drugs and accompanied by another man who knew the person about to be accosted, knocked on the door of a residence in the 200 block of North Walnut Street in Huntingburg in the early morning hours April 9. When the male victim, who had been watching a movie with two friends, went to the door, court records state, Schepers allegedly entered and knocked him off balance, tackled him on a couch, backed up and told him to stay down or he would get cut.

When the victim rose from the couch, court documents state, Schepers allegedly cut him severely in several areas with a box-cutter knife. The knife fell to the floor during a struggle Schepers had with one of the victim’s friends who came to his aid.

Schepers then left the scene.

The Huntingburg Police Department was called to the residence at 1:49 a.m. April 9. A warrant for Schepers’ arrest was issued out of Dubois Circuit Court the next day.

Authorities said Schepers was taken into custody in Marion County. A Dubois County Sheriff’s Department deputy brought him to the security center Monday.

At the time of the April incident, sheriff’s deputies and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted Huntingburg officers.


FULDA — A Spencer County woman was injured Saturday morning when she crashed the pickup truck she was driving south of St. Meinrad.

Rhonda Carver, 54, of 13155 E. Main St., St. Meinrad, was northbound on State Road 545 in a 1992 GMC Sonoma when the 6:55 a.m. CDT accident occurred between New Boston and Fulda, according to St. Meinrad Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Tom Kloeck.

Firefighters from St. Meinrad and New Boston and Spencer County Emergency Medical Services were called to the scene to assist the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department, Kloeck said.

Carver’s GMC went off the west side of the road and struck an embankment, Kloeck said. The motorist was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville for treatment of injuries that were described as not life-threatening. A hospital spokeswoman said she was listed in fair condition today.

Further details on the crash were not available from the sheriff’s department.


FERDINAND — A Spencer County man escaped injury when he wrecked his car Monday evening on a rain-slickened county road northeast of Ferdinand.

Clinton D. Hewson, 23, of Dale, was southbound on South Club Road in a 2004 Saturn Ion when the 7:35 p.m. accident occurred a quarter-mile south of County Road 825S, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

A deputy said Hewson lost control of his car in a curve because of the rainy weather conditions. The Saturn spun and the rear of the vehicle stopped in a small ditch.

Damage was estimated at $2,000.

A passerby pulled Hewson’s car from the ditch and the vehicle was able to be driven from the scene.

The Ferdinand Police Department assisted.


JASPER — Total damage reached $6,000 in a two-car collision early Monday afternoon on 36th Street west of Leslie Drive.

Ronald Rampersad, 42, of Charleston, S.C., had turned left from Leslie Drive and was westbound on 36th Street in a 2012 Nissan Altima at the time of the 12:26 p.m. mishap, according to the Jasper Police Department.

Police said the right rear of Rampersad’s car was struck by the left front of a 2006 Subaru sedan that was attempting to turn right from the Germantown Shopping Center lot onto 36th Street to also go west.

Police cited the driver of the Subaru, Donna L. Ensberg Matheis, 67, of 31 Carter Blvd., for failure to yield the right of way after she failed to spot Rampersad’s car.

Damage was estimated at $4,000 to Rampersad’s Nissan and $2,000 to Ensberg Matheis’ Subaru.


SCHNELLVILLE — A pickup truck was able to be driven from the scene of a Thursday evening collision with a deer northwest of Schnellville.

Gary A. Hasenour, 60, of 51 N. Celestine Road South, was northbound on Celestine Road South in a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado when the 7:29 p.m. accident occurred north of Schnellville Road, according to the county sheriff’s department.

A deputy said Hasenour was driving down a hill when a deer ran from the west side of the road into his truck’s lane of travel and was struck.

Damage was estimated to have exceeded $2,500.

Fire calls

JASPER — The Jasper Volunteer Fire Department responded to two alarm activations Monday night but neither run involved a fire.

The first call, at 9:32 p.m., sent the department to the Holiday Inn Express, 2000 Hospitality Drive.

Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang said steam coming from a third-floor shower set off the alarm. It was the eighth false-alarm run to the hotel in the last two months. Hochgesang said he spoke with the hotel’s manager Monday and was told measures were being taken to address the problem.

Two trucks and 18 firefighters were on the scene 10 minutes.

At 10:51 p.m., firefighters were called to an alarm at Memorial Hospital, 800 W. Ninth St.

Hochgesang said the alarm quickly was traced to a faulty detector in the hospital’s MRI room.

Two trucks and 21 firefighters were on the scene 10 minutes.

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