For The Record: 6/20


JASPER — The Jasper Police Department arrested 26-year-old Edward J. Stenftenagel III of Indian Wells, Calif., at 11:40 p.m. Wednesday and charged him with drunken driving (blood alcohol content .18 percent).

Stenftenagel was arrested after an officer stopped the BMW Stenftenagel was driving on Second Street east of Newton Street for speeding and going left of center.

Authorities booked Stenftenagel into the Dubois County Security Center at 1:45 a.m. today.


JASPER — Christy L. Merkley, 24, of 301 E. 17th St., Huntingburg, was arrested Tuesday afternoon by Jasper police who charged her with a Class D felony count of battery.

Court documents allege Merkley struck a female Memorial Hospital emergency department supervisor nurse on the upper arm at the Jasper hospital.

Merkley was booked into the county security center at 5:50 p.m. She posted bond Wednesday afternoon.


Circuit court

JASPER — A Dubois Circuit Court jury found Jesus A. Guardado, 43, 4791 E. State Road 64, St. Anthony, guilty Wednesday of child seduction, a Class D felony.

The jury found him not guilty on Class B felony counts of rape and criminal deviate conduct, as well as a Class D felony count of criminal confinement.

Guardado was arrested the evening of Jan. 15, 2010, by Indiana State Police on charges related to an alleged sexual assault in St. Anthony that afternoon.

The victim was a juvenile female.


BRETZVILLE — Total damage was estimated at between $1,000 and $2,500 when a car backed into a small SUV Friday morning north of Bretzville.

Grace C. Wilmes, 82, of 1959 E. Holiday Lake Road, Ferdinand, was backing a 2001 Buick Sentra from a private drive when her car struck the rear driver’s side of a properly parked, unoccupied 2008 Toyota RAV4 at 9 a.m., according to the Jasper Police Department.

The Toyota is owned by Kristine and Roger Fleck, of 3898 W. 300N, Jasper, according to police.
No wrecker was needed.


DUBOIS — Units of the Dubois Volunteer Fire Department responded to a tractor fire Wednesday afternoon.

The 3:21 p.m. call to a hayfield in the 6000 block of East State Road 56 involved a Freyberger Farms Case-International tractor, according to Fire Chief Steve Kalb.

Kalb said a bird had constructed a nest in the tractor’s engine compartment and the machine’s hot exhaust manifold touched off a fire that burned engine compartment wiring and melted part of the tractor’s hood.

The tractor’s operator had used water from a cooler to knock down the flames before firefighters arrived for what proved to be mop-up duty, according to Kalb.

Damage was estimated at between $10,000 and $15,000.

Two trucks and 15 firefighters were on the scene 30 minutes.

Fire call

JASPER — The Jasper Volunteer Fire Department responded to an alarm activation early Wednesday afternoon at Jasper High School, 1600 St. Charles St.

There was no fire, according to Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang. Firefighters traced the alarm to a faulty detector in a hallway.

Five trucks and 26 firefighters were on the scene 15 minutes.


BRETZVILLE — Police released additional information Wednesday afternoon about an accident the previous day at the Bretzville Junction that injured a child.

Deirdre K. Mundy, 35, 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 she and her five children were taken to Memorial Hospital in Jasper where they were evaluated and released a short time later, according to police. One of the children, 3-year-old Maximillian Mundy, was reported to have suffered small cuts to his head.

Mundy told police she was distracted and failed to notice that she was at the highway intersection in time to stop successfully.

Wiseman said he did not see Mundy’s approaching vehicle in time to avoid the collision.

The intersection is currently an Indiana Department of Transportation work site.

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