For The Record: 6/27


JASPER — One motorist complained of pain and the other suffered minor cuts when their pickup trucks collided Wednesday afternoon at Ninth and Newton streets.

George Gootee, 54, of 282 N. Kluemper Road, was northbound in Newton Street’s westernmost lane in a 1992 GMC Sonoma at the time of the 3:56 p.m. accident.

Gootee told police he had the green light when his truck struck the passenger’s side of an eastbound 1988 Ford Ranger in the intersection. The driver of the Ford, Lawrence L. Persohn, 86, of 423 Third Ave., told police he ran the red traffic signal when he entered the intersection, according to authorities.

Persohn suffered minor cuts to his hands and face, police said. He was transported by a Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services ambulance to the Jasper hospital. A hospital spokeswoman said he was treated and released.

Gootee complained of chest and arm pain but was not transported by ambulance, according to police.

Damage was estimated at $3,500 to each of the trucks.

Police cited Persohn for disregarding an automatic signal.


JASPER — A wet road surface during Wednesday night’s storms played a role in a single-vehicle crash in the 400 block of Second Avenue.

Logan Kern, 22, of 2076 W. Division Road, was westbound on Second Avenue in a 2002 Chevrolet 1500 series pickup truck at the time of the 8:54 p.m. mishap, according to Jasper police.

Officers said the vehicle hydroplaned on the street, left the roadway and struck a culvert.

Kern was not injured but police said the truck was totaled in the crash.


HUNTINGBURG — Total damage reached $4,500 in a 6:17 a.m. accident today at 11th and Main streets involving three motorists.

Margaret M. Nord, 61, of 10695 S. U.S. 231, was stopped in the northbound lane of Main Street for traffic when her 2012 Dodge van was rear-ended by a 2004 Dodge Intrepid driven by 25-year-old Cindy M. Hobert, of 414 E. Vine St., Dale, according to the Huntingburg Police Department.

The impact of the collision sent Nord’s van into a 1999 CGX trailer being pulled by a 2002 Ford F-350 pickup truck driven by 54-year-old Paul A. Schue, of 208 N. Geiger St., police said.

Memorial Hospital EMS was called to the scene but all of the motorists declined transport, according to police.

Damage was estimated at $2,000 to each of the Dodge vehicles and $500 to Schue’s trailer.

Police cited Hobert for following too closely.

Fire runs

HUNTINGBURG — Units of the Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department went on several runs during Wednesday night’s intense lightning storm.

The first call, at 8:55 p.m., sent the department a couple of miles into Pike County when a fire alarm activated at OFS Brands’ Cool Springs barn, 9412 E. State Road 64. It was a false alarm triggered by the storm, Fire Chief Scott Patberg said.

The next two runs, at 10:29 p.m. to the 100 block of East Second Street and at 11:39 p.m. to the 700 block of East 12th Street, involved limbs on power lines. Patberg said eight firefighters were at each scene securing the area while Huntingburg Municipal Utilities crews cleared the lines.


IRELAND — Storm damage west and southwest of Ireland kept the Ireland Volunteer Fire Department busy for several hours Wednesday night beginning at 8:55.

Firefighters initially responded to the 2000 block of County Road 800W where trees were uprooted and electric lines were torn down, Fire Chief Stan Seifert said. The 2407 N. 800W home of Sylvester “Bud” Durcholz and his wife, Ardella, was damaged when an 8-by-8 utility shed was launched 60 feet, knocking a hole in a bedroom. Part of the shed landed in the bed of Mr. Durcholz’s pickup truck, knocking out its back glass. A tree also fell on the couple’s detached garage.

Seifert said the department advised the Durcholzes to stay with family for the night because the home’s electric service line had been ripped down and an electrician would need to check the home’s wiring for damage.

The department also responded to Bill Wehr’s farm at 2972 N. 750W, where four large metal grain bins were destroyed, and assisted in the 8000 block of West State Road 56, where a tree had fallen across the highway.

A roundup of area storm damage is on the front page.

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