For The Record: 6/22


FERDINAND — Authorities said the three uncooperative occupants of a car stopped for speeding Friday evening near I-64’s Ferdinand exit claimed to be sovereign citizens. Indiana State Police arrested the men on drug and obstruction charges.

Records indicate the traffic stop at about 6:30 p.m. involving a Ford Taurus passenger car occurred at the 64-mile marker’s eastbound lanes.

The men in the car refused to identify themselves and would not exit the vehicle, according to authorities. At least one of the men was reported to have held down one of the car’s lock buttons as law enforcement officers used a tool in attempts to get the Taurus’ doors open. Police had to break one of the car’s windows and extract the men, who claimed to be sovereign citizens, according to authorities. Sovereign citizen followers generally rely largely on common law to justify why they’re exempt from certain rules and regulations, such as speed limits.

Police allege the men possessed paraphernalia and a Schedule II controlled substance.

Fingerprint results from the FBI identified the men as 32-year-old Matthew B. Hill, 30-year-old Clarence A. Holmes and 27-year-old Zoe Shalom Newsom, all of St. Louis, Mo., according to staff at the Dubois County Security Center.

All three men were booked into the security center at 8:05 p.m. on Class D felony counts of obstruction of justice and possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, plus misdemeanor counts of paraphernalia possession, interference with law enforcement, refusal to aid an officer and refusal to identify oneself while stopped for an infraction.


FERDINAND — Three people were injured in a two-vehicle collision Friday afternoon at 16th and Main streets.

Kyle Chambers, 22, of Huntingburg, was northbound on Main Street in a 2002 Chevrolet at the time of the 2:50 p.m. accident, according to the Ferdinand Police Department.

Police said Chambers’ vehicle crossed the centerline and struck a southbound 1987 Ford pickup truck being driven by 44-year-old Ryan Treat, of Ferdinand.

Chambers, as well as two boys ages 10 and 11 in the Treat Ford, were transported to Memorial Hospital in Jasper for treatment. All three were treated and released, according to authorities.

Police declined to identify the boys or provide the numeric addresses for the drivers.

The Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and a Berg’s Garage wrecker assisted.


ST. MEINRAD — Three people were ejected from a car during a Tuesday evening mishap in the vicinity of State Road 62 and the Fulda Shortcut Road.

Sandra D. Gonzalez, 31, of 403 Second Ave., Huntingburg, was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu in the 18000 block of North Fulda Shortcut Road when she lost control and crashed at 6:20 p.m. CDT, according to Indiana State Police.

Passengers Gadiel Krespo, 28, Diana P. Fajardo Rivera, 43, and Christofer Rodriguez, 23, all of the Second Avenue address in Huntingburg, appeared to have been ejected, according to police. All three declined medical treatment at the scene.

Police cited Gonzalez for driving without having ever obtained a license and for unreasonable speed.


JASPER — One motorist was cited after a two-car collision Friday afternoon at Ninth and Newton streets.

Dora J. Bardwell, 77, of 2674 W. 750S, Huntingburg, was southbound on Newton Street in a 2010 Toyota Camry at the time of the 2:44 p.m. accident, according to the Jasper Police Department.

Police said Bardwell was in the west southbound lane and attempted to enter the east lane. Officers added she did not see a car next to her in the east southbound lane. Her Camry struct the right side of a 2006 Mercury Grand Marquis driven by 21-year-old Robert J. McKee, of 1117 Mill St.

Damage was estimated at $3,000 to Bardwell’s Camry and $2,000 to McKee’s Grand Marquis.

Police cited Bardwell for unsafe lane movement.

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