For The Record: 6/20


HUNTINGBURG — A Monday morning traffic stop by the Huntingburg Police Department resulted in the arrest of the Spencer County motorist who was accused of possessing methamphetamine.

An officer stopped a Mercury passenger car driven by James A. Hargis, 53, 207 W. Maple St., Dale, at 9:28 a.m. for allegedly traveling 37 mph in a 25 mph zone at 20th and Chestnut streets.

Department K-9 Ester was brought to the scene and allegedly indicated on the vehicle. Police then allegedly found Hargis to have two straws and a substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine in a plastic bag in his pocket and, inside a lunch box, a scale and a glass pipe with residue.

Authorities booked Hargis into the Dubois County Security Center at 11:55 a.m. on a preliminary Level 6 felony count of methamphetamine possession and a preliminary misdemeanor count of paraphernalia possession.

Hargis posted bond Monday afternoon.


JASPER — The Jasper Police Department arrested a man and a woman Monday afternoon and accused them of shoplifting from the Walmart Supercenter.

Police called to the 4040 Newton St. store at 2:04 p.m. investigated an incident involving Dylan L. Crays, 23, 1424 Jackson St., and Teilia B. Hemmerlein, 24, 320 Wagner St.

Authorities alleged Crays and Hemmerlein scanned some but not all of the items in their cart at a self-checkout station and then attempted to leave the store, passing all points of sale. The $79.19 worth of merchandise included a bracelet that Hemmerlein allegedly took from the jewelry area. Authorities alleged Hemmerlein took the bracelet from its packaging in the celebration merchandise area, placed it in the bottom of her cart and left the box in the celebration merchandise area.

Authorities booked Crays and Hemmerlein into the Dubois County Security Center after 3 p.m. on preliminary misdemeanor counts of theft.



JASPER — Total damage topped $14,000 in a three-vehicle collision Thursday afternoon at 15th and Cherry streets.

Ronald Thyen, 80, Jasper, was westbound on 15th Street in a 2010 Chevrolet 1500 series pickup truck at the time of the 12:15 p.m. mishap, according to the Jasper Police Department.

Police said Thyen’s truck was struck by a 2017 Chevrolet Traverse that was northbound on Cherry Street. Wesley Tervo Jr., 60, Flanders, New Jersey, the driver of the Traverse, had stopped at 15th Street but then proceeded without yielding the right of way to the Thyen truck.

After the impact, Thyen’s truck struck a 2015 Chevrolet Impala that was southbound on Cherry Street and had stopped at the 15th Street stop sign. That car was driven by Karen Schmitt, 48, of Jasper, police reported.

Damage was estimated at $7,500 to the Thyen pickup truck, $4,000 to the Tervo SUV and $3,000 to the Schmitt passenger car.

Police cited Tervo for failing to yield the right of way.


Fire runs

JASPER — The report of the odor of natural gas possibly detected inside a home sent members of the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department to the 900 block of 19th Street Monday night.

After firefighters answering the 9:33 p.m. call were unable to detect any gas leak involving the home’s stove, a Jasper Municipal Utilities gas crew was called to investigate further, according to Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang.

One truck and four firefighters were on the scene 20 minutes.


FERDINAND — Units of the Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department responded to an alarm activation at 12:07 a.m. Sunday at the Comfort Inn, 123 Scenic Hills Court.

There was no fire associated with the callout, according to Fire Chief Dan Lindauer. Instead, he added, the use of an e-cigarette in a third-floor room is alleged to have set off the alarm system.

The detector was removed and cleaned before the alarm system was reset, according to Lindauer.

Four trucks and eight firefighters were on the scene 20 minutes.

The Ferdinand Police Department assisted.



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