For The Record: 7/23


HAYSVILLE — A Haysville area man alleged by police to have been impaired was extricated from his pickup truck Tuesday afternoon after crashing near his home.

Richard Brinkman, 73, of 5876 N. U.S. 231, was northbound on U.S. 231 in a 1995 Ford F-150 at the time of the 3:23 p.m. accident, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

A deputy said Brinkman attempted to turn east into his driveway south of County Road 600W but overshot the drive. His truck went into a ditch and rolled onto its side.

Members of the Haysville Volunteer Fire Department responded and Brinkman was extricated from his vehicle.

Police said Brinkman was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Jasper for treatment of injuries to his face and arms. Tests also revealed Brinkman’s blood alcohol content to be .16 percent.

Because of his injuries, police said, Brinkman was not jailed. But charges of operating while intoxicated are expected to follow, police said.

The accident that totaled the truck is still under investigation.

Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted.


JASPER — Police ticketed the driver of one of three vehicles involved in a chain-reaction crash Tuesday afternoon at Sixth and St. Charles streets.

Lana M. Griffith, 40, of 1129 N. Pike County Road 950E, Otwell, was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer at the time of the 5:02 p.m. accident, according to the Jasper Police Department.

Griffith was stopped in westbound traffic when her SUV was rear-ended by a 1987 Chevrolet truck pulling a trailer and driven by Jeffrey W. Thomas, 23, of 502 E. 12th St., Huntingburg.

The impact sent Griffith’s SUV into a 1999 Ford Ranger driven by 29-year-old Adam G. Dumond, of 895 McCrillus St., according to authorities.

Thomas complained of side and shoulder pain after the collision but declined to be transported from the scene, according to authorities.

Damage was estimated at $4,500 to Griffith’s SUV, $1,200 to Thomas’ Chevrolet truck and $1,000 to Dumond’s Ford truck.

Police cited Thomas for speed too fast to avoid a collision.


JASPER — The Jasper Municipal Utilities office is reporting that a telephone scam claiming to originate from its office is cycling through the area.

A customer who alerted the office reported seeing Jasper Municipal Utilities on the caller ID, with the 812-482-9131 telephone number, before answering. The caller then asked the customer for credit card information. The customer hung up immediately.

The utilities office will not ask for credit card information over the phone, according to city officials. It is unclear how the scammers were able to obtain the utility office to display across the caller ID, but the call did not originate from Jasper city offices.

The Jasper Police Department has been made aware of the scam. Anyone who received a similar call can call the police department at 482-2255.


HUNTINGBURG — Indiana State Police arrested 23-year-old Zachary W. King of English on Tuesday afternoon and charged him with a misdemeanor count of marijuana possession.

King was arrested after a trooper, acting on a tip, located him in the Farbest Foods parking lot off County Road 400W and determined he was in possession of marijuana.

Authorities booked King into the Dubois County Security Center at 1 p.m.

Fire call

FERDINAND — Units of the Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department responded to an alarm activation Monday evening at MasterBrand Cabinets’ Plant No. 22, 624 W. Third St.

The 6:41 p.m. alarm indicated water flow, according to Fire Chief Dan Lindauer.

Employees had evacuated when firefighters arrived and discovered there was no fire. Instead, Lindauer said, an employee cleaning a spray booth accidentally broke a seal on a sprinkler head.

The sprinkler head spread water on the floor but no stock was damaged, according to the chief. A wet-dry vacuum was used to remove the water and the sprinkler head was replaced.

Four trucks and 16 firefighters were on the scene 30 minutes. The Ferdinand Police Department assisted.

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