For The Record: 8/5


JASPER — A concerned citizen’s report Monday afternoon of a woman staggering as she walked up to Jasper Middle School resulted in a multiple-count arrest.

The 5:30 p.m. call described the woman as she walked from her vehicle to the school’s entrance, according to the Jasper Police Department. When officers arrived they found a male juvenile was locked inside the woman’s 2003 Mercedes Benz, which had its windows rolled up.

Police made contact with the suspect, identified as Melissa Dolen, 45, of 4648 Picadilly Circle, who was alleged to be highly intoxicated. Police said her blood alcohol content exceeded .38 percent.

Dolen resisted arrest while being placed under arrest. She later escaped custody but was immediately detained again.

After being medically cleared at Memorial Hospital in Jasper, authorities booked Dolen into the Dubois County Security Center at 9:05 p.m. on a Level 6 felony count of child neglect, a Level 5 count of escape and misdemeanor counts of drunken driving and resisting law enforcement. A Level 5 felony under Indiana’s new criminal code was a Class C felony prior to July 1 and a Level 6 was a Class D.



FERDINAND — A motorcyclist avoided injury late Monday afternoon when he wrecked his Harley Davidson on a Club Road curve.

Matthew D. Patton, 21, of 1640 Vienna Drive, was northbound on Club Road on a 1996 Harley when the 5:50 p.m. accident occurred north of State Road 264, according to the Ferdinand Police Department.

Patton said he was traveling through a curve when a southbound red or burgundy sedan driven by a female motorist crossed the centerline. Patton swerved to avoid being struck and ran his motorcycle off the east side of the road. The bike continued northbound until it stopped in a ditch.

Damage to the motorcycle was estimated at $1,200.

JASPER — Police ticketed a motorist after a car and an SUV collided Monday afternoon at Sixth and Clay streets.

Lisa Gogel, 26, of 8502 E. 2000N, Ferdinand, was westbound on Sixth Street in a 2014 Toyota Camry at the time of the 3:17 p.m. mishap, according to the Jasper Police Department.

Police said Gogel attempted a left turn to go south on Clay Street and, as she turned, her car collided with an eastbound 2013 Toyota Highlander driven by Nicole Haefling, 31, of 11349 E. 475N, Dubois.

Damage was estimated at $3,000 to each of the vehicles.

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


Fire calls

JASPER — Units of the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department were called out twice during the weekend but both runs were false alarms.

The first call, at 2:47 p.m. Saturday, sent trucks to the Tory Houchin residence at 460 Riverside Drive, according to Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang.

Hochgesang said a small child using a tablet computer activated an application capable of sending an alert to police, fire and emergency medical services and one such alert was sent, although there was no problem at the residence.

Three trucks and 16 firefighters were at the residence for five minutes to ensure there was no problem.

Then, at 2:11 p.m. Sunday, a detector activated at Mary Jane Neuhoff’s 464 Rumbach Ave. residence. No cause for the activation was uncovered, according to Hochgesang.

Four trucks and 27 firefighters were on the scene 20 minutes.

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