For The Record: 6/19


BRETZVILLE — One child was treated after a minivan and a tri-axle truck collided early Tuesday afternoon at the Bretzville Junction.

Deirdre K. Mundy, 35, of Tell City was southbound on State Road 162 in a 2005 Chrysler minivan when the 12:32 p.m. accident occurred at State Road 64, according to Indiana State Police.

A trooper reported that Mundy failed to stop at the junction and her minivan was struck by a westbound 1997 Ford tri-axle truck driven by 46-year-old Steven W. Wiseman, of 1005 State Road 145, Birdseye.

Wiseman, who was not injured, had stopped at the intersection before proceeding, according to police.

Mundy did not appear to be injured but was taken to Memorial Hospital in Jasper for observation, according to police. A passenger, 3-year-old Maximillian Mundy, who shares Deirdre Mundy’s Tell City address, suffered small cuts to his head and also was taken to the Jasper hospital. Police said he was treated and released.

The vehicles’ occupants were wearing restraints that did prevent or reduce injury, police said.

No charges were filed in the accident.

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


JASPER — The operator of a scooter was injured Monday afternoon in a collision with the rear of a minivan at 34th and Newton streets.

Robert P. Combs, 70, of Loogootee was northbound on Newton Street in a 2004 Kia minivan when the accident occurred at 5:20 p.m., according to the Jasper Police Department.

Police said Combs was stopping for traffic when the rear of his van was struck by a 2008 Kymco scooter operated by 15-year-old Seth T. Ward, of 1883 Greener Road.

Ward complained of pain to his right leg and had a scrape on his right arm but no medical treatment was necessary at the scene, police said.

Police cited Ward for operating the scooter without insurance. He was placed at fault for following too closely.

Damage was estimated at $1,995 to the scooter and $500 to the minivan.


HUNTINGBURG — A Huntingburg teen escaped injury when he wrecked the pickup truck he was driving Tuesday morning west of Huntingburg.

Blaize A. Meyerholtz, 18, of 5665 S. 500W, was southbound on County Road 500W in a 2010 Dodge Ram 1500 series when, he said, he fell asleep behind the wheel, according to the county sheriff’s department. The truck went off the west side of the road about 1,000 feet south of State Road 64 and continued southbound in a ditch until it stopped after striking a utility pole.

The mishap totaled the truck but appeared to cause only minor damage to the Dubois Rural Electric Cooperative pole.

A Sternberg Chrysler Center wrecker assisted.


DALE — One minor injury was reported to have occurred when a semi tractor-trailer hauling steel coils overturned Tuesday afternoon at I-64’s Dale exit.

Photo courtesy of Holland deputy town marshal Paul Voegerl Jr. 

Eastbound traffic was affected for more than two hours after the 3:57 p.m. CDT accident at the 57-mile marker, according to the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department.

A small boom crane was called to the scene to lift the two steel coils that were in the roadway.

The identity of the trucker and the particulars surrounding the accident were not immediately available from the sheriff’s department.

The Carter Township Volunteer Fire Department based in Dale, Spencer County Emergency Medical Services and police from Dale, Gentryville and Santa Claus assisted.


BRETZVILLE — A Posey County man escaped injury when he wrecked the box truck he was driving late Saturday morning at the construction site at Bretzville Junction.

Jacob E. George, 23, of New Harmony was northbound on State Road 162 in a 2012 Freightliner box truck hauling appliances that were destined for recycling at the time of the 11:45 a.m. mishap, according to the county sheriff’s department.

A deputy said George’s box truck crashed into an energy-absorbing end barrier on the east shoulder of the highway just south of State Road 64.

The collision caused about $5,000 damage to the box truck, which police said will need its lift gate repaired or replaced. Damage to the Indiana Department of Transportation’s barrier was estimated at $1,500.

Crime stoppers

JASPER — Jasper police are asking the public’s help as officers investigate a hit-and-run accident that occurred Tuesday afternoon at First Avenue and Truman Road.

A properly parked 1999 Chevrolet Camaro owned by Sean M. Lemond of Eckerty was facing west on First Avenue when, sometime between 12:20 and 2 p.m., it was struck by what may have been a westbound semi tractor-trailer that was trying to make a left turn onto Truman Road, according to police.

Authorities said it appeared the right rear tires of the trailer struck Lemond’s Camaro, causing an estimated $3,000 in damage. Police said it is possible that the trucker did not realize his rig struck the parked car.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Jasper police at 482-2255 or the department’s anonymous tip line: 481-COPS (2677).

Fire runs

HUNTINGBURG — Units of the Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department responded to OFS Brands Plant No. 6, 4491 S. 400W, on Tuesday morning.

Fire Chief Scott Patberg said the 10:41 a.m. incident involved some smoldering sawdust but no fire.

Patberg said a wood-shaping bit on a machine broke, causing some sawdust that had collected nearby to smolder. Firefighters spend 30 minutes ensuring there were no hot particles in the dust collection system.

Nine firefighters and one truck responded.


JASPER — The Jasper Volunteer Fire Department went on three runs within about 17 hours, but none involved fire.

The first call, at 12:19 p.m. Tuesday, sent firefighters to Northwood Retirement Community, 2515 Newton St.

Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang said the kitchen alarm that activated turned out to be a false alarm.
Four trucks and 27 firefighters were on the scene 10 minutes.

At 4:29 p.m., the department responded to an alarm activation at the Dubois County Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Square.

Hochgesang said firefighters traced the alarm to a faulty duct detector in the courthouse attic. “It was warm up there,” the chief said.

Four trucks and 23 firefighters were on the scene 15 minutes.

A 7:24 a.m. today, the department was called to an alarm activation at Holiday Inn Express, 2000 Hospitality Drive.

In what has become a common occurrence, steam from a third-floor shower tripped a room detector, according to the chief.

Hochgesang had spoken with an alarm company official Tuesday about coming changes that will address the hotel’s problems.

One fire department officer working nearby responded to the hotel this morning to verify there was no real problem, according to Hochgesang.

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