For The Record: 8/12

Fire runs

JASPER — Units of the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department responded Thursday evening to the report of smoke apparently coming from apartments in the 200 block of West 42nd Street.

There was no fire associated with the 7:06 p.m. callout, according to Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang. Instead, he said, the smoke was found to be coming from someone grilling outside a downstairs apartment.

Seven trucks were en route but only one continued to the scene. Twenty-five firefighters responded and were on the scene for 10 minutes.

Earlier in the day, at 1:57 p.m., the department had been called to an alarm activation at a home in the 500 block of University Drive.

Dust from a contractor’s activities in the basement of the monitored home triggered a smoke alarm, according to Hochgesang.

One truck continued to the scene to confirm it was an accidental activation, Hochgesang said.

The same held true for an 8:40 p.m. run to the Greater Jasper School Corporation office at 1520 St. Charles St. and an 8:51 p.m. callout to Home Depot, 4250 Newton St.

Both calls were false alarms that found one truck remaining on the scene long enough for the department to ensure there was no problem.




JASPER — A Pike County woman complained of pain after a Sunday night SUV-versus-passenger car collision at State Road 162 and South Newton Street.

Ragon A. Mitchell, 18, Stendal, was westbound on the State Road 162 bypass in a 2006 Suzuki Forenza at the time of the 9:12 p.m. accident, according to the Jasper Police Department.

Police said Harley D. Hall, 18, Cuzco, was southbound on South Newton Street in a 2012 Jeep Patriot at the same time.

Hall made a right turn to travel west on State Road 162 and pulled out in front of Mitchell, failing to yield the right of way, police said.

Mitchell was unable to stop in time to avoid a collision because of wet roadway conditions at the time, according to police.

The Mitchell Suzuki rear-ended the Hall Jeep, police said.

Mitchell complained of chest pain due to air bag deployment, police said. She was transported to Memorial Hospital where a hospital spokeswoman said she was treated and released.

Damage was estimated at $3,000 to the Mitchell Suzuki and $1,000 to the Hall Jeep.

No citations were issued.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and wreckers from Uebelhor & Sons and Ruxer Ford assisted.

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