For The Record: 8/26


DUBOIS — One woman was transported by ambulance for treatment after a nearly head-on accident Friday afternoon near the Dubois Crossroads.

Karina Sanchez, 25, of Indianapolis was southbound on State Road 545 in a 2003 GMC Envoy when the 3:47 p.m. collision occurred half a mile south of State Road 56, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

Based on what Sanchez said, police reported, her SUV that had just been in the shop for front-end work may have suffered a mechanical failure involving its front suspension when it went left of center.

A deputy said Sanchez’s SUV had an offset head-on collision with a northbound 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by 39-year-old Misty Tharp of Shoals. The crash sent Sanchez’s SUV skidding off the east side of the highway where it stopped in the grass. Tharp’s car spun and was in the northbound lane facing east when it stopped.

Tharp complained of wrist pain and was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Jasper, according to police. A hospital spokeswoman said she was treated and released.

Sanchez, who declined to be transported by ambulance, was ticketed for driving left of center.
Total damage was estimated at between $10,000 and $25,000.

The Dubois Volunteer Fire Department, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and wreckers from Ruxer Ford and Sternberg Chrysler Center assisted.

HUNTINGBURG — A medical condition is thought to have triggered a Sunday evening accident that damaged four vehicles and a restaurant in Huntingburg’s downtown.

Shawn Denton, 47, of 2141 W. Anya Court, was westbound in the 300 block of Fourth Street in a 1999 Ford F-150 pickup truck when the accident occurred at 7:51 p.m., according to the Huntingburg Police Department.

Police said Denton experienced a medical condition that caused him to lose control of his vehicle. The truck veered toward the north curb and struck a parked, unoccupied 2006 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck owned by Alan Kern, of 110 Oak St., pushing the Kern Chevrolet into a parked 2007 Ford Edge owned by Clint and Erica Carie, of 4140 N. State Road 545, Dubois. The Carie SUV then struck the rear of a parked 2006 Ford Taurus owned by Diana Jackle, of 318 1/2 E. Fourth St.
Denton’s truck stopped against The Gaslight restaurant at 328 E. Fourth St.

Police said Denton was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital for treatment of his medical condition. A hospital spokeswoman said he was treated and released.

Damage was estimated at $10,000 each to The Gaslight, Denton’s Ford and Kern’s Chevrolet. The Carie SUV sustained $2,500 in damage, while damage to Jackle’s car was estimated at $1,000.
No charges were filed.

HUNTINGBURG — A city police officer charged a motorist with leaving the scene of a property damage accident Sunday afternoon.

Police said Trell Ferguson was northbound on Van Buren Street in a 1995 Jeep Cherokee when the 2:31 p.m. mishap occurred at Church Avenue.

Ferguson’s SUV ran off the roadway and struck a City of Huntingburg utility pole before leaving the scene. Police who located the SUV at Ferguson’s residence charged him for the hit-and-run.
Damage to Ferguson’s truck was estimated at less then $1,000. No damage was estimated for the city’s utility pole.

FERDINAND — Total damage was placed at $3,500 in a two-vehicle mishap late Sunday morning at Michigan and 10th streets.

Rita C. Drach, 73, of 417 W. 1000S, was backing her 2009 Honda Accord on Michigan Street when the car struck a parked, unoccupied 2007 Ford Five Hundred owned by Patrick and Donna May of Owensboro, according to the Ferdinand Police Department.

Damage was estimated at $2,000 to the May Ford and $1,500 to the Drach Honda.

No citations were issued.


HUNTINGBURG — Raymond C. Stromblad, 49, of 318 N. Chestnut St., was arrested by Huntingburg police at 11:33 p.m. Saturday and charged with drunken driving (blood alcohol content .13 percent).

Stromblad was arrested after an officer stopped the 1996 Pontiac Stromblad was driving at Fourth and Chestnut streets for not having operable taillights.

Authorities booked Stromblad into the county security center at 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

HOLLAND — The Holland Town Marshal’s Office arrested 27-year-old Nicholas J. Aders, of 301 S. Fifth St., for an alleged battery of a minor Saturday afternoon.

Police were called at 12:12 p.m. after it was reported that a child younger than 14 had suffered bruises and scratches to the neck, according to authorities.

Aders was booked into the county security center at 6:15 p.m. on a Class D felony count of battery on a minor. A county sheriff’s deputy assisted Holland’s deputy marshal on the case.


JASPER — Units of the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department were called to an outbuilding fire today at the Allen Seger property at 2782 S. Meridian Road.

Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang said the fire destroyed a 312-by-40-foot former turkey building that was being converted to another use.

Seger saw the glow from the fire and called authorities, but the burning building was on the ground when firefighters arrived. Hochgesang said the walls folded in and created a neat pile so firefighters concentrated their efforts on spraying around the scene to keep the fire from migrating.

An all-terrain vehicle had been parked inside the otherwise vacant structure. A possible cause for the fire was an electrical malfunction involving the ATV, according to Hochgesang.

The Jasper chief had not yet arrived at a damage estimate.

The Huntingburg and Ireland volunteer fire departments assisted by bringing water tankers to the scene.

Four Jasper trucks and 31 firefighters were at the location for one hour. Ireland’s department responded with its tanker and five firefighters, while Huntingburg’s tanker was brought to the site by two firefighters.

There were no injuries.

Memorial EMS also assisted.

Fire runs

Jasper firefighters responded to a pair of false alarms at Jasper High School, 1600 St. Charles St., over the weekend.

Jasper fire department Chief Kenny Hochgesang said the first run to the school, at 5:44 a.m. Saturday, was triggered by a duct detector that required cleaning. The second call, at 4:33 a.m. Sunday, was attributed to a malfunctioning smoke detector in thee school’s new gymnasium.

Four trucks and 24 firefighters were at the school for about 15 minutes during the runs.

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