For The Record: 9/27


HAYSVILLE — Five people were reported injured Thursday evening in a single-vehicle rollover crash east of Haysville.

Jennifer L. McKinney, 33, of 4863 E. Jasper-Dubois Road, Dubois, was westbound on State Road 56 in a 2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer when the 6:03 p.m. accident occurred 500 feet west of County Road 175E, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

McKinney told deputies a grain truck had gone left of center, causing her to run off the north side of the highway. She steered the SUV back onto the roadway but deputies said it shot across the centerline and went off the south side of the road. The TrailBlazer rolled several times before stopping after hitting an embankment.

Police reported that McKinney complained of pain to her shoulder and upper arm but declined emergency medical services.

Four passengers were transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Jasper. They were Zack C. Betz, 18, of 2092 N. Beaver Lake Road, Jasper, who complained of neck pain; Jace T. McKinney, 15, of the Dubois address, who had minor bleeding in the elbow and lower arm; Kaylin M. McKinney, 15, of the Dubois address, who had minor bleeding in the knee and lower leg; and Mariah L. McKinney, 10, also of the Dubois address, who complained of neck pain.

All four passengers were treated and released, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Damage was estimated at between $5,000 and $10,000.

The Haysville Volunteer Fire Department and a Ruxer Ford wrecker assisted.


ST. ANTHONY — Total damage topped $8,000 in a Thursday morning accident at St. Anthony involving two pickup trucks, a boat trailer and a bass boat.

Eugene Verkamp, 67, of 2290 E. 825S, Ferdinand, had stopped the 2008 Chevrolet pickup truck he was driving behind another eastbound vehicle that was waiting to turn into a convenience store’s lot when the accident occurred at 6:50 a.m., according to the county sheriff’s department.

Michael D. Walton, 39, of Marengo, who was driving an eastbound 2006 Dodge pickup truck, did not see Verkamp’s stopped truck and the 15-foot bass boat and 1996 boat trailer it was pulling in time to avoid a collision, according to the sheriff’s department.

Walton’s truck struck the boat and boat trailer, pushing it into the back of Verkamp’s truck.

Damage was estimated at $3,500 to Walton’s Dodge and $5,000 to Verkamp’s truck, boat and boat trailer.

No charges were filed but the accident remains under investigation.

Fire runs

JASPER — Heat from the popping of popcorn in a concession area during a girls volleyball match triggered an alarm Thursday afternoon at Holy Family School, 990 Church Ave.

There was no fire and no popcorn was burned, said Jasper Volunteer Fire Department Chief Kenny Hochgesang. The heat set off the alarm, he said after investigating.

Four trucks and 23 firefighters were on the scene 10 minutes.


FERDINAND — Units of the Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department responded to an alarm activation Thursday afternoon at Forest Park High School, 1440 Michigan St.

No fire was associated with the 3:45 p.m. run, according to Fire Chief Dan Lindauer.

Instead, he said, firefighters discovered that a student placed a food item in a microwave oven in the cafeteria and did not add water to the dish. When it heated up, Lindauer said, the plastic container melted and gave off enough smoke to trigger the alarm system

Trucks were left at the station on standby while Lindauer, who had spoken with the principal about the incident, investigated to ensure there was no problem. He was at the school for about 15 minutes.

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