For The Record: 7/22


JASPER — Shane J. Schlachter, 35, 30 Poplar St., Birdseye, made an initial appearance Monday in Dubois Superior Court on charges stemming from a July 14 series of incidents in Birdseye.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department was called at 5:08 p.m. that Monday to a reported leaving-the-scene crash. Deputies who investigated allege Schlachter drove his 2002 Buick Rendezvous into a Dubois Rural Electric Cooperative pole and seven nearby mailboxes on Poplar Street near State Road 64.

Schlachter is alleged to have left the scene westbound on State Road 64. Police said his SUV then struck a highway speed limit sign before crashing into and snapping a Frontier Communications pole at State Road 64 and King Street.

Police who located Schlachter after he walked away from the second crash scene allege he was impaired and had been involved in a domestic incident with a female victim before getting behind the wheel.

Schlachter refused to submit to a certified chemical test, according to authorities. Deputies obtained a warrant to get a blood sample from Schlachter but he also refused to allow that to happen. As a result, one of the charges he faces is a Level 6 felony count of obstruction of justice. A Level 6 felony under Indiana’s new criminal code was a Class D felony prior to July 1. Police also charged Schlachter with misdemeanor counts of operating while intoxicated (test refusal), domestic battery, driving while suspended with a prior conviction for the same offense and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

Authorities were able to book Schlachter into the Dubois County Security Center at noon Monday, after he was medically cleared following the July 14 incident. He posted bond after his initial court appearance.

Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and the Birdseye Volunteer Fire Department assisted on the day of the incident.


JASPER — The Jasper Police Department held off until its officers’ third trip to a Jasper apartment complex before arresting a man for disorderly conduct early today.

Police received a noise complaint that initially took officers to the parking lot at Village Court Apartments, 655 Village Court, at 1:38 a.m. today.

One of the people officers spoke with was Anthony Maiden, 29, who was a resident at the complex. Police advised Maiden of the state’s disorderly conduct statute at that time.

Officers were then called back to the complex for a welfare check on Maiden. Because of his level of intoxication, police said, Maiden told them he was going to stay with a neighbor.

The third and final complaint from the complex was a disturbance involving Maiden, who was taken into custody on the misdemeanor charge at that point. Arrest records indicate his blood alcohol content was .20 percent.

Authorities booked Maiden into the Dubois County Security Center at 1:44 a.m.


JASPER — The Jasper Police Department arrested a man Monday afternoon for allegedly shoplifting at Holiday Foods, 847 Third Ave.

Officers called by a store employee at 2:50 p.m. were told personnel detained Douglas A. Butler, 60, of 4223 E. State Road 164, when he attempted to leave the store without paying for a canister of spice valued at $1.65.

Authorities arrested Butler and booked him into the Dubois County Security Center at 3:18 p.m. on a misdemeanor count of theft. He posted bond an hour later.


HUNTINGBURG — Police cited three juveniles and took a motorist into custody on an outstanding warrant following a traffic stop early Sunday morning.

A Huntingburg Police Department officer stopped a vehicle driven by Brittany Waters, 19, of 7020 W. 1025S, Holland, at 1:30 a.m. at Walnut Street and First Avenue.

Police said three juveniles in the vehicle were cited for minor consuming before being released to their parents. One of the juveniles was also charged with marijuana possession and another was charged with possession of paraphernalia.

Waters was taken into custody on a Dubois Superior Court warrant charging her with a Class D felony count of receiving stolen property.

Court documents allege that, on June 21, Waters tried to pawn an Apple iPad that had been stolen from a Dubois Rural Electric Cooperative work truck on Jasper’s south side. That case was investigated by the Jasper Police Department and a warrant for her arrest was issued June 11.

Authorities booked Waters into the Dubois County Security Center at 3:55 a.m. Sunday. She made an initial court appearance Monday.


JASPER — Tyler K. Knies, 19, of 1450 S. 1100E, Celestine, was arrested by the Jasper Police Department at 10:05 p.m. Monday and charged with driving on a suspended license with a prior.

Knies was arrested after an officer stopped a pickup truck he was driving at 11th and Newton streets for having an inoperable taillight and license plate light.

Authorities booked Knies into the county security center at 10:45 p.m. He posted bond early today.

Fire run

HUNTINGBURG — Units of the Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department responded to the report of an unknown-type fire near County Road 525W and State Road 64 on Saturday night.

Fire Chief Scott Patberg said the first firefighters on the scene after the 9:29 p.m. callout reported the fire was a controlled burn of a brush pile at the Dan Altmeyer property, 5371 S. 525W. The burn had not been called in to the county’s dispatch center ahead of time, according to the chief
Anyone contemplating a controlled burn should notify the county’s dispatch center — by calling the nonemergency number of 482-9111 — in advance and then stand by at the scene to supervise the fire.

One truck and five firefighters were on the scene 10 minutes.

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