For The Record: 6/24


VELPEN — Two boys were taken to hospitals after an off-road vehicle accident Sunday near Velpen.

Gavin Boyd, 13, of Winslow was operating a four-wheeled all-terrain vehicle on Pike County Road 900E at the time of the 2:49 p.m. accident, according to Indiana conservation officers.

Boyd lost control of the vehicle after hitting a pothole while rounding a curve, according to conservation officer Cpl. Paul Axton. The ATV went down an embankment and ejected Boyd and a passenger, 6-year-old Briar Thomas of Petersburg.

Boyd was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Jasper with what authorities said were non-life-threatening injuries. A hospital spokeswoman said he was treated and released. Thomas was taken by ambulance to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, also with what were reported to be non-life-threatening injuries. No further information on his condition was available today.

The Pike County Sheriff’s Department and Emergency Medical Services, the Jefferson Township Volunteer Fire Department and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources assisted.

In counties where it is legal to ride an off-road vehicle on public roadways, a driver must have a valid driver’s license and the vehicle must be registered as an off-road vehicle. Conservation officers also recommend wearing protective gear such as helmets, gloves, proper shoes, long pants and long-sleeve shirts.


HUNTINGBURG — One person was injured Friday morning in a three-vehicle accident at Sixth and Chestnut streets.

HarleeRay B. Bicknell, 18, of 6105 S. 500W, was eastbound on Sixth Street in a 1997 Chevrolet S-10 Blazer at the time of the 9:59 a.m. accident, according to the Huntingburg Police Department.

Police said the driver’s side of Bicknell’s SUV was struck by a southbound 2011 Chevrolet 2500 series pickup truck driven by 54-year-old Martha Coomer, of 282 W. Sunset Drive. Coomer had been on the north side of Sixth Street waiting for traffic to clear so she could enter the intersection and told police she had not seen Bicknell’s Blazer.

After the collision, Coomer’s truck veered across the highway and struck a northbound-facing 2006 Chrysler Town & County minivan driven by 65-year-old Linda J. Seng, of 529 E. Burger Road, Jasper. Seng’s van had been stopped on Chestnut Street at Sixth Street.

Bicknell suffered minor cuts and complained of pain. She was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Jasper.

Police said Seng’s van sustained more than $5,000 in damage but was able to be driven from the scene. A Kars wrecker towed both the Coomer truck and the Bicknell Blazer. Each of those vehicles sustained in excess of $10,000 in damage, according to police.

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

The Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department and Memorial Hospital EMS assisted.


CELESTINE — A Jasper motorist escaped injury when she wrecked the SUV she was driving Sunday afternoon on a county road west of Celestine.

Morgan E. Hassfurther, of 634 E. 330N, Jasper, was northbound on County Road 325E in a 2004 Jeep Liberty when she lost control of the vehicle in a curve half a mile north of State Road 164 at 4:30 p.m., according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department. Hassfurther’s age was not immediately available from police.

The Jeep went off the east side of the road and stopped in a wooded area, police said.

Damage to the Liberty was estimated at $2,500.

A Uebelhor & Sons wrecker assisted.

Crime stoppers

JASPER — The Jasper Police Department is asking the public’s help as officers investigate a Friday afternoon hit-and-run accident in the Wendy’s restaurant parking lot at 3565 Newton St.

A properly parked, unoccupied 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix owned by Jamie Jerrell, of 434 W. 43rd St., was facing east on the east side of the restaurant when its passenger-side front door and mirror were struck by another vehicle between 3 and 4:10 p.m., police said.

The red or maroon vehicle that hit the Pontiac left the scene.

Police said the vehicle that left the scene may have been backing out of a parking space next to the Jerrell car when the accident occurred.

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

Fire runs

FERDINAND — A report of several people stuck in an elevator sent members of the Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department to the Comfort Inn, 440 South Main St., at 8:52 a.m. Saturday.

Firefighters found the elevator stuck at the third-floor opening but, upon using a pass key to open its doors, it was found that no one was inside, said Fire Chief Dan Lindauer.

The fire department disconnected power to the elevator and advised management to call in a technician.

One truck and 11 firefighters were on the scene 20 minutes. The Ferdinand Police Department assisted.

The department was called back to the hotel for the same problem at 9:27 a.m. Sunday.

This time, Lindauer said, firefighters spoke with a man who had been on the elevator when the doors would not open at the first floor. The man said the doors finally opened after he’d “messed with some switches” inside the elevator, Lindauer said.

The fire department advised staff to post out-of-order signs at each floor.

Lindauer said Sunday’s problem was related to the malfunction Saturday. He planned to check with hotel management today to ensure the problems are corrected.

Two trucks and 16 firefighters were on the scene 15 minutes. Ferdinand police and Memorial Hospital EMS assisted.


JASPER — Units of the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department were called to an alarm activation Saturday night at Jasper High School, 1600 St. Charles St.

There was no fire associated with the 9:27 p.m. run, according to Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang.

Hochgesang said the cause of the run was traced to a faulty heat sensor in the new gym’s concession stand.

Four trucks and 21 firefighters were on the scene 20 minutes.


HUNTINGBURG — The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department arrested Gladys E. Dixey, 37, of 803 Shelby St., at 3:50 a.m. Sunday and charged her with operating while intoxicated (test refusal).

Dixey was arrested after she drove a 1999 GMC Jimmy over a curb and sidewalk near a convenience store at Sixth and Main streets.

Authorities booked Dixey into the Dubois County Security Center at 4:33 a.m.


JASPER — A county deputy sheriff arrested 23-year-old Jordan B. Schmitt, of 407 E. Fifth St., Huntingburg, at 4:04 a.m. Sunday and charged him with drunken driving (blood alcohol content .19 percent).

Schmitt was arrested after his 1988 Ford Thunderbird struck an Indiana Department of Transportation guardrail on U.S. 231 south of County Road 100S, according to the sheriff’s department.

Authorities booked Schmitt into the county security center at 5:30 a.m.

No damage estimates from the accident were immediately available from police.

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