For The Record: 7/28


JASPER — Police took 45-year-old Jennifer Sellers of Elnora into custody Friday on a seven-count, drug-related warrant out of Dubois Superior Court.


Sellers was a manager at the Verizon Wireless store, 3780 N. Newton St., according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department. She was also on law enforcement’s radar screen after several complaints about drug usage and possibly dealing at the business were received.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department’s narcotics officer, an Indiana State Police K-9 unit and a Jasper Police Department officer went to the cellphone store June 30, spoke with Sellers and found her in possession of a meth pipe, methamphetamine, marijuana and multiple types of controlled substances.

A warrant charging her with a Class B felony count of methamphetamine possession; three Class C felony counts of illegal possession of controlled substances; a Class D felony count of illegal possession of a legend (prescription) drug and misdemeanor counts of marijuana possession and possession of paraphernalia was issued out of Dubois Superior Court Wednesday. She was taken into custody at her Daviess County home Friday, according to the sheriff’s department.

Authorities booked Sellers into the Dubois County Security Center at 12:20 p.m.


JASPER — Sabina M. Ballou, 35, 239 Hillside Drive, was taken into custody Saturday on a Dubois Circuit Court warrant charging her with a Level 5 felony count of neglect of a dependent resulting in bodily injury.

The case involving a young female victim was investigated July 14 by the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department with the assistance of the Dubois County Department of Child Services.

Authorities booked Ballou into the Dubois County Security Center at 1:41 p.m. A Level 5 felony under Indiana’s new criminal code was a Class C felony prior to July 1.


JASPER — The Jasper Police Department arrested Manuel Ramirez, 30, of 885 Conrad Ave., at 8:07 p.m. Sunday and charged him with a misdemeanor count of driving while never having a license with priors.

Ramirez was arrested after an officer observed him pulling out of a Second Street business in a 1999 Saturn and failing to stop at a stop sign. The officer conducted a traffic stop and found Ramirez was not licensed and had been charged twice before for driving without ever having received a license.

Authorities booked Ramirez into the county security center at 8:32 p.m. He posted bond later in the evening.


DUFF — The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department arrested a driver after a Sunday morning crash near Duff.

The 6:57 a.m. accident occurred on County Road 650W, 100 feet north of County Road 450S.

Police said the driver of a 2014 Ford Fiesta found crashed into a ditch on the west side of County Road 650W initially was not truthful about who was behind the wheel. The motorist, Samuel W. Hopf, 25, of 8343 W. 350S, eventually told police he was driving northbound on County Road 650W, did not stop at the intersection and swerved to miss a cat, according to authorities.

Hopf’s blood alcohol content later tested .26 percent.

After receiving medical clearance at Memorial Hospital in Jasper, Hopf was booked into the county security center at 10:19 a.m. on a misdemeanor count of drunken driving. He was also cited for driving left of center.

A Sternberg Chrysler Center wrecker towed the car, which sustained less than $1,000 in damage, according to police.


JASPER — Police cited the driver of a pickup truck after a two-vehicle collision Saturday morning at 36th Street and Manor Drive.

Derek Nugent, 40, of 550 Kirkwood Drive, was southbound on Manor Drive in a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck at the time of the 9:43 a.m. mishap, according to the Jasper Police Department.

Nugent attempted a left turn from the stop sign at 36th Street and, as his truck began to turn east, it struck an eastbound 2002 Saturn driven by Vincent Granacher, 60, of 3225 Grassland Hills Road, police reported.

Damage was estimated at $1,000 to Granacher’s Saturn and $250 to Nugent’s Chevrolet.

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

Fire call

FERDINAND — Units of the Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department excused themselves from the department’s fireman’s ball Saturday night to attend to storm-related damage in the community.

A call at 9:09 p.m. sent the department to Third and Maryland streets where storm winds had broken limbs that then knocked two power lines to the pavement.

Firefighters were at standby while Ferdinand Municipal Utilities lineman repaired the lines, according to Fire Chief Dan Lindauer.

While at the scene, Lindauer said, the department was called to assist with clearing a downed tree on East  14th Street that was owned by the Southeast Dubois County School Corp.

Three trucks and nine firefighters were out for one hour and 40 minutes. The Ferdinand Police Department assisted.

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