For The Record: 7/9


HUNTINGBURG — A Jasper man suffered injury early today after crashing the scooter he was operating northwest of Huntingburg after an encounter with an animal on the roadway.

Matthew E. Cronin, 25, of 257 Brucke Strasse, was northbound on County Road 400W on a 2009 Roketa scooter when the accident occurred 500 feet south of Phoenix Drive at about 2:35 a.m., according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

Cronin told a deputy that a small animal he thought was an opossum ran into the roadway and struck the scooter’s front tire. Police said Cronin lost control and was thrown off when the scooter tipped onto its side.

A deputy said Cronin was treated at Memorial Hospital’s emergency room in Jasper for a facial injury. Emergency room staff notified the sheriff’s department about the accident at 3:45 a.m.
Damage was estimated at less than $1,000 to the scooter and a wrecker was not needed.

JASPER — An ambulance transported the operator of a motorcycle from the scene of a single-vehicle accident Monday afternoon at 14th and Jackson streets.

Jeffrey Mahler, 59, of 4435 Obing Strasse, was southbound on Jackson Street on a 2006 Suzuki when the 4:33 p.m. accident occurred just north of 14th Street, according to the Jasper Police Department.

Police said Mahler over-corrected while slowing the Suzuki for traffic, which led to him tipping the bike.

Mahler complained of neck pain and had scrapes to the left side of his body, according to police. He was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Jasper and then transferred to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville. A spokeswoman at the Vanderburgh County facility said he was in good condition today.

No citations were issued and damage to the motorcycle was placed at just $100.

JASPER — No charges were filed Monday morning when a minivan crashed into a mailbox in the 2200 block of St. Charles Street.

Jennifer L. Schipp, 29, of 31110 E. 825S, Ferdinand, was northbound on St. Charles Street in a 2002 GMC minivan at the time of the 5:54 a.m. mishap, according to Jasper police.

Police said Schipp’s minivan ran off the right side of the road and struck Glenn Krodel’s mailbox at 2270 St. Charles St.

Damage was estimated at $1,000 to Schipp’s van and $500 to Krodel’s mailbox.

JASPER — Total damage reached $5,000 in a two-car mishap Monday morning at 12th and Newton streets.

Jacob Howard, 17, of 402 W. Ninth St., was northbound on Newton Street in a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier at the time of the 7:58 a.m. mishap, according to Jasper police.

Officers said a car that had been westbound on 12th Street attempted a left turn onto Newton Street and pulled into the path of Howard’s vehicle. The left front of Howard’s Chevrolet struck the left rear of the 2012 Toyota Camry driven by 51-year-old Brenda Binkley, of 610 Tealwood Drive.

Binkley, who had stopped at the stop sign before attempting the turn, told officers her vision had been blocked by a portable sign at the location.

No citations were issued.

Damage was estimated at $2,500 to each of the vehicles.

There were no injuries.


Fire run

DALE — A report of two women stuck in an elevator that had stopped between floors sent members of the Carter Volunteer Township Volunteer Fire Department to the Best Western Plus Lincoln Land Inn, 1339 N. Washington St., at 9:14 a.m. CDT Saturday.

Fire Chief Dan Reinke said his department used a key to open elevator shaft doors and free the two housekeeping employees who had been temporarily stranded between the second and third floors.
The department took the elevator out of service until elevator company technicians could address the malfunction.

One truck and four firefighters were on the scene about 15 minutes.

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