For The Record: 7/30


JASPER — Two people complained of pain Tuesday morning after a car and a Jeep Wrangler collided at U.S. 231 and State Road 162.

Jerry R. Carter, 76, of Petersburg was southbound on U.S. 231 in a 2009 Pontiac G6 at the time of the 10:32 a.m. accident, according to the Jasper Police Department.

Carter attempted to turn east onto State Road 162 but pulled into the path of a northbound 2000 Jeep Wrangler driven by 24-year-old Anna T. Steckler of 410 E. Fourth St., Huntingburg.

Police said the Jeep attempted to swerve but the vehicles collided in the intersection.

Steckler complained of neck pain and a passenger in Carter’s Pontiac, 75-year-old Mary Carter of the same Petersburg address, complained of chest pain. Both declined to be transported from the scene by ambulance, police said.

Damage was estimated at $9,000 to Carter’s Pontiac and $4,500 to Steckler’s Jeep.

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

JASPER — One driver’s evasive maneuver lessened damage when a car and a minivan collided Tuesday morning at 14th and Jackson streets.

Eugene B. Hostetter, 76, of 3880 E. State Road 164, was southbound on Jackson Street in a 2012 Cadillac SRX at the time of the 9:38 a.m. accident, according to Jasper police.

Officers said a westbound 2012 Chevrolet Savanna minivan driven by Brenda L. Oeding, 51, of 11188 S. Pike County Road 950E, Stendal, stopped at the intersection and then entered into Hostetter’s path.

Police said Hostetter took evasive action by trying to turn west onto 14th Street, which greatly reduced the amount of damage when the vehicles collided. Officers said the van’s front bumper struck the left front fender and wheel well of the Cadillac.

Damage was estimated at $1,500 to each of the vehicles.

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

JASPER — A City of Jasper utility pole and street sign absorbed damage when a semi tractor-trailer had trouble negotiating a turn Monday afternoon at 15th and Royal streets.

Durward L. Kempf, 69, of Boonville was in the southbound lane of Royal Street attempting to turn west onto 15th Street in a 2005 Volvo semi tractor-trailer when the mishap occurred at 1:54 p.m., according to Jasper police.

Kempf began his turn but did not make it wide enough, police said. The right rear side of the semi trailer struck a stop sign and severely damaged a city utility pole.

Damage was estimated at $2,000 to the city’s sign and pole and $1,000 to the semi trailer.

No tickets were issued.


Fire calls

HUNTINGBURG — Units of the Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department opened the week with two callouts.

The first, at 11:09 a.m. Monday, sent firefighters to Cooper Rail Service, 1700 N. Van Buren St.

There was no fire, according to Fire Chief Scott Patberg. Instead, a storm Saturday night had damaged the business’ alarm system and technicians were working to repair it when the false alarm was recorded.

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

Then, at 12:12 p.m. Tuesday, the department responded to an alarm activation at Stork Place, 402 N. Van Buren St.

Assistant Chief Glen Kissling said a third floor resident overheated a pan of grease, which emitted smoke in the unit. Firefighters vented the apartment.

Two trucks and 10 firefighters were on the scene 20 minutes.

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