For The Record: 9/3

Editor’s note: As of today, the crimes of misdemeanor battery and misdemeanor domestic battery routinely will be included in For The Record arrest reports. Those crimes involve people knowingly or intentionally touching others in a rude, insolent or angry manner, oftentimes causing injury.


JASPER — Fire destroyed a detached shed Saturday afternoon but the home nearby that had started to burn was saved by the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department’s response.

Glen Humbert was the only person home at 3219 Lakeside Drive when the sound of the back window of his house breaking at 3:43 p.m. alerted him to the fire consuming his nearby detached 20-by-20 shed, according to Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang. Earlier in the afternoon, Humbert had worked on mowing equipment in the shed and used a stove there, Hochgesang said. The homeowner went back into the shed after that but noticed nothing amiss, the chief said.

A propane tank and aerosol cans exploded during the fire but firefighters had the blaze knocked down about five minutes after their arrival.

The cause of the fire was undetermined.

The shed with a brick base and an upper half with a wood frame contained tools and kitchen appliances. The structure and its contents were a total loss. Fire also damaged the home’s roof and wall near the shed. Hochgesang estimated total damage at $40,000. Heat from the fire also melted some vinyl siding on a home directly north of the fire scene, causing about $3,000 in damage there.

The Humberts were able to remain in their home. The rear window that was affected was triple-pane glass and only the outside pane was broken by the heat, Hochgesang said.

Five trucks and 27 firefighters were on the scene for an hour. The Jasper Police Department and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted.


HUNTINGBURG — The Huntingburg Police Department arrested a woman Sunday night for allegedly breaking into her ex-husband’s residence.

Officers were called to Nathaniel Walz’s 206 N. Van Buren St. residence at 9:25 p.m. Huntingburg officers and Dubois County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrived and witnessed a woman subsequently identified as 29-year-old Allison N. Walz, of 1993 Third Ave., Jasper, inside.

Police arrested Allison Walz, who allegedly was readying items that she intended to remove from the residence, and charged her with a Class D felony count of residential entry.

Authorities booked her into the Dubois County Security Center at 11:51 p.m. She posted bond Monday.


JASPER — The Jasper Police Department made an arrest early Sunday after being called to the 1400 block of Vine Street and the report of a battery with injury.

Officers responding to the 5:24 a.m. call arrived to find a female victim who was transported by ambulance for treatment at Memorial Hospital. The suspect, 52-year-old Jeffery L. Giesler, of 1425 Vine St., had fled but soon was located and charged with misdemeanor domestic battery causing bodily injury.

Authorities booked Giesler into the county security center at 10:46 a.m. He posted bond late Sunday night.


CELESTINE — County sheriff’s deputies called Monday morning to investigate an overnight break-in at Circle A Food Mart, 6661 E. St. Mary’s St., arrested two Jasper men for the crime.

Deputies said an exterior door’s glass had been broken to gain entry. Authorities determined several cartons of cigarettes, some lottery tickets, cash and other merchandise had been taken.

During the investigation, deputies received information that led to the arrest of 26-year-old Howard W. Trambaugh and 24-year-old Joseph B. Weeks IV, both of 4001 W. 400W, Jasper. After taking the men into custody at their residence, police charged each with a Class C felony count of burglary and a Class D felony count of theft.

Authorities booked Trambaugh and Weeks into the county security center shortly after 9 a.m.
Indiana State Police and the Jasper Police Department assisted.


FERDINAND — The Ferdinand Police Department arrested 53-year-old Denny R. Rickelman, of 10841 E. Spencer County Road 1700N, at 9:15 p.m. Saturday and charged him with drunken driving (blood alcohol content .15 percent).

Rickelman was arrested after the 1998 Pontiac Sunfire he was driving stalled and rolled off the roadway at Industrial Park Drive and Main Street.

Authorities booked Rickelman into the county security center at 11:07 p.m. He posted bond Sunday morning.


JASPER — Donald C. Buck Jr., 47, of 3750 Portersville Road, was arrested by Jasper police Saturday afternoon and charged with a Class D felony count of strangulation and a misdemeanor count of battery with injury.

Police were called to the report of a battery in the city at 1:30 p.m. Buck was arrested after officers spoke with a female victim.

Authorities booked Buck into the county security center at 4:41 p.m. He posted bond that evening.


HUNTINGBURG — Andrew S. Burch, 20, of 108 E. 17th St., was arrested Sunday afternoon by Huntingburg police who charged him with a Class D felony count of theft and a misdemeanor count of unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle.

Police made the arrest after being called at 1:59 p.m. to the report of a vehicle break-in in the 1100 block of North Main Street; a handgun was reported stolen.

Authorities said Burch was located and arrested near Van Buren Street and Church Avenue.
Burch was booked into the county security center at 4:23 p.m.


JASPER — City police arrested 61-year-old Michael W. Jochim, of 19209 N. Spencer County Road 674E, Mariah Hill, at 10:37 p.m. Monday and charged him with drunken driving (BAC .13 percent).

Jochim was arrested after an officer stopped the 2008 Ford Explorer Jochim was driving at Schuetter Road and Newton Street for going left of center.

Authorities booked Jochim into the county security center at 11:49 p.m.


JASPER — County sheriff’s deputies who received multiple 911 calls Monday night about an SUV attempting to leave the scene after running off the north side of 47th Street north of Jasper ended up making an impaired driving arrest.

Deputies notified about the property damage accident on 47th Street near Portersville Road at 9:44 p.m. said 51-year-old Ricardo Loya Jr. of Fort Worth, Texas, was able to get the 2000 Nissan Xterra out of a roadside ditch. He drove to the Maple Grove Village trailer park. When deputies made contact with him, he denied being the driver.

Deputies said their investigation determined Loya was indeed the driver and, with a BAC that tested .29 percent, he also was alleged to be intoxicated.

Loya was charged with drunken driving and booked into the county security center at 11:44 p.m.
Damage to his SUV was estimated at $1,000.

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