For The Record: 8/6


HUNTINGBURG — A distracted driver’s minivan went left of center Tuesday morning west of Huntingburg and struck a concrete truck, injuring the small van’s driver.

Sarah C. Arnold, 27, of Evansville was westbound on State Road 64 in a 2005 Chrysler Towne & Country minivan when the 9 a.m. accident occurred near County Road 525W, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

Arnold told deputies she attempted to give her 4-year-old daughter a drink and took her eyes off the roadway. The distracted driver drove left of center and the left side of the minivan struck the left side of an eastbound 2005 ADV concrete truck owned by IMI Southwest Inc. and driven by Dennis E. Weyer, 61, of 1605 Vienna Drive, Ferdinand.

The collision with the van busted out several tires on the concrete truck. A deputy said the vehicles came to a stop about a quarter mile apart.

Arnold suffered facial cuts and complained of left leg pain. She was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital, according to police. Her daughter, Alexandria Arnold, was also transported by ambulance but did not appear harmed, authorities said. Both were treated and released, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Weyer declined to be transported from the scene.

The crash totaled the minivan and resulted in between $5,000 and $10,000 in damage to the concrete truck.

The accident is still under investigation, but police said Arnold would be cited for driving left of center.

Huntingburg’s police and fire departments, Indiana State Police and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted.


JASPER — Police ticketed a rural Birdseye-area woman after two cars collided Tuesday afternoon at Sixth and Newton streets.

Carol S. Sander, 67, of 170 N. Truman Road, Jasper, was eastbound on Sixth Street in a 2007 Chevrolet passenger car at the time of the 1:28 p.m. mishap, according to the Jasper Police Department.

Sander proceeded with the green light when her car collided in the middle of the intersection with a southbound 1994 Ford passenger car driven by Charlotte A. Wright, 73, of 10312 W. Oak Hill Road, Birdseye.

Police said Wright disregarded the automatic traffic signal and was cited for the offense.

Damage was estimated at $4,000 to Sander’s Chevrolet and $3,500 to Wright’s Ford.


JASPER — The Jasper Police Department took a man into custody Tuesday afternoon for allegedly shoplifting at Walmart Supercenter, 4040 Newton St.

Store personnel detained Scottie L. Nicholson, 22, of 3828 N. Portersville Road, until police could make the 3:54 p.m. arrest.

Nicholson is alleged to have attempted to steal two pairs of sunglasses valued at $32.10.

Authorities booked Nicholson into the Dubois County Security Center at 4 p.m. on a misdemeanor theft charge.


JASPER — The Jasper Police Department reports taking an aggressive driver for a psychological evaluation early Tuesday.

Police became involved at 4 a.m. when a caller said a Dodge Caravan being driven aggressively and erratically had followed the victim from Loogootee to Jasper. Police stopped the minivan at 28th and Newton streets after it passed the victim’s vehicle in the turn lane and determined its driver was Tennis A. Tinkle, 75, of Loogootee.

Officers who took Tinkle to Memorial Hospital in Jasper for an evaluation said he will be transported to the Dubois County Security Center upon his release. He will be charged with aggressive driving, following too closely, unsafe lane movement, improper use of a horn and speeding, according to authorities.

That transfer to the jail had not occurred as of this morning.


JASPER — The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department arrested Troy W. Denton, 27, of 1434 Main St., at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday and charged him with misdemeanor counts of marijuana possession and illegal possession of hypodermic needles.

Denton was arrested after deputies received an anonymous tip about possible drug activity in the parking lot of a restaurant in the 1300 block of Mill Street. Denton was sitting on a bicycle in the restaurant parking lot when deputies made contact with him and allegedly found him to be in possession of marijuana and hypodermic needles.

Authorities booked Denton into the county security center at 11:58 p.m.


JASPER — Nicholas M. Ice, 24, of 309 N. Washington St., Huntingburg, was arrested by Jasper police at 1:18 p.m. Monday and charged with a misdemeanor count of driving on a suspended license.

Ice was arrested after an officer stopped the 1989 Pontiac Trans Am he was driving at Third Avenue and Brucke Strasse because it had an expired license plate. A records check revealed Ice’s driver’s license was suspended.

Authorities booked Ice into the county security center at 2 p.m.

Power outage

JASPER — A short in a small control transformer on Vectren’s 69KV line at Jasper’s central substation at Eighth and McCrillus streets resulted in a Tuesday afternoon power outage.

The 3:16 p.m. outage stretched from Third to 15th streets and affected buildings and traffic signals in the downtown. Power was restored at 3:41 p.m., according to Electric Distribution Manager Jerry Schitter.

Fire calls

JASPER — Units of the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department responded to an alarm activation Monday afternoon at Jasper Seating Co., 932 Mill St.

There was no fire associated with the 3:16 p.m. callout, according to Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang.

Firefighters were unable to find a cause for the activation but it may have been linked in some way to a corresponding power outage in the vicinity. The alarm activated just as power was restored.

Maintenance reset the system.

One truck and 14 firefighters were on the scene 15 minutes.

The department was also called at 11:32 p.m. Monday to the Dubois County Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Square.

Hochgesang said a faulty detector was discovered in the attic and maintenance staff made plans to replace it.

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

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