For The Record: 8/30


FERDINAND — A woman escaped serious injury Thursday afternoon when the car she was driving rolled onto its top just northeast of Ferdinand.

Jill Wright, 44, of 14 Walnut St., Birdseye, was northbound on Club Road in a 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo when the 2:30 p.m. accident occurred half a mile north of State Road 264, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

Police said Wright lost control of the car in a curve and it went off the right side of the roadway. The Monte Carlo overturned when its left front struck the end of a guardrail. Police said the car stopped on its top in a large creek.

Wright was trapped in the car until Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department first responders extricated her, according to police. She was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Jasper after complaining of left ankle pain, they added. A hospital spokeswoman said Wright was treated and released.

The wreck that totaled the car kept the roadway closed for about 45 minutes while the scene was cleared.

A Berg’s Garage wrecker, the Ferdinand Police Department and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted.


JASPER — One motorist complained of pain after a car rear-ended a tow truck Tuesday afternoon in the U.S. 231 construction zone south of Jasper.

Andrew J. Long, of 3360 S. 650W, Huntingburg, had stopped the Sternberg Chrysler Center tow truck he was driving just south of WITZ Road for construction activity at the time of the 12:20 p.m. accident, according to the county sheriff’s department.

A deputy said the 1996 Dodge tow truck was rear-ended by a 2000 Lincoln LS driven by Ariel Hernandez Duarte of Miami.

Police could not immediately supply the ages of the drivers.

Long complained of back pain but declined to be transported from the scene by ambulance.

Damage was estimated at $5,000 to Hernandez Duarte’s Lincoln and about $200 to the Dodge tow truck.

A deputy cited Hernandez Duarte for not having insurance coverage and for speed too fast to avoid a collision.

A Kars wrecker assisted.


JASPER — A Martin County man was able to drive his minivan away from the scene of a Tuesday morning collision with a deer north of Jasper.

Darrin J. Graber, 46, of Loogootee was eastbound on County Road 400N in a 2010 Chrysler Town & Country when the 6:40 a.m. mishap occurred just east of U.S. 231, according to the county sheriff’s department.

Police said the deer ran into the driver’s-side front of the minivan and caused damage to the driver’s door area that was estimated at between $1,000 and $2,500.


JASPER — The Jasper Police Department arrested a woman who was the subject of a Thursday afternoon welfare check at Ninth and MacArthur streets.

Police who checked on the welfare of the woman at 2:40 p.m. said she initially identified herself as Mona Lisa Roberts both verbally and by a photo identification. More thorough checking revealed the woman was 54-year-old Geraldine E. Brewer, of 107 Ash St. in Birdseye, according to jail records.

Authorities determined Brewer was wanted on an active theft warrant out of Iowa that was issued in March of this year. Jasper police said she admitted the warrant was the reason she lied about her name.

Police arrested Brewer on a Class D felony count of identity deception. Authorities said she would be extradited to Iowa after answering to the local charge.

Authorities booked Brewer into the Dubois County Security Center at 4:49 p.m.

Fire run

HUNTINGBURG — Units of the Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department responded to an alarm activation at 9:49 p.m. Thursday in an apartment at Friendship Village, 1108 Friendship Drive.

There was no fire, according to Assistant Chief Glen Kissling. The run was chalked up to a malfunctioning detector.

Two trucks and 12 firefighters were on the scene 20 minutes.

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