For The Record: 6/21

Fire call

JASPER — Units of the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department responded Thursday evening to Kimball International’s office furniture plant at 1037 E. 15th St. after plant personnel noticed the smell of propane.

Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang said a large propane tank at the plant had been used to fill the tank on a forklift during the day. The big tank was fine but the forklift’s tank had developed a leak that was noticed at 6:25 p.m. The gas had bled out of the tank by the time the leak was noticed, Hochgesang said.

Four trucks and 29 firefighters were on the scene 15 minutes.

The Jasper Police Department assisted.


DUBOIS — A Schnellville teen’s pickup truck sustained $2,500 in damage when it collided with a deer this morning.

Matthew Betz, 18, of 7151 E. 100S, Schnellville, was northbound on State Road 545 in a 2003 Chevrolet pickup truck when the 5:45 a.m. accident occurred just north of Dubois, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

Betz’s truck sustained front-end damage when the deer ran onto the highway, according to the sheriff’s department.


BRETZVILLE — A pickup truck was able to be driven from the scene of a Saturday afternoon collision with a deer south of the Bretzville Junction.

Steven C. Rottet, 62, of 5741 N. Kellerville Road, Jasper, was southbound on State Road 162 in a 2006 Chevrolet 2500 series crew cab pickup truck when the 2 p.m. accident occurred near County Road 700S, according to the county sheriff’s department.

A deputy said a deer ran onto the highway and was struck by the front driver’s side of the truck.

Damage was estimated at between $1,000 and $2,500.


FERDINAND — A motorist escaped injury Saturday night when his pickup truck rolled onto its side southwest of Ferdinand.

Christopher W. Arvin, 38, of 1477 E. State Road 164, Jasper, was northbound on Mariah Hill Road in a 2004 Dodge Ram pickup truck when the 11:17 p.m. accident occurred 400 feet north of County Road 1100S, according to the county sheriff’s department.

A deputy reported that Arvin swerved to avoid an oncoming vehicle that was left of center and the passenger’s side tires of his truck went into an irrigation ditch. The truck was totaled when it struck a culvert and rolled onto its side.

The value of the vehicle was in excess of $10,000, according to authorities.

A Uebelhor & Sons wrecker assisted.

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