For The Record: 9/4


JASPER — Various counts of burglary, criminal mischief and theft being filed against six juveniles arrested Tuesday by the Jasper Police Department relate to multiple burglaries reported in the city in the last six months.

Police expect to make additional arrests today.

Jasper officers were called Tuesday to the former Jasper Wood Products building at 1316 Vine St. to investigate a burglary that had occurred on Labor Day. The building, owned by Paul Voegerl Sr., had been the location of an Aug. 7 or 8 break-in that found two vehicles inside, including a prized 1989 Chevrolet Camaro owned by Paul Vogler Sr., heavily damaged.

Video surveillance equipment had been installed after last month’s break-in and police say camera footage is part of the evidence against the teens apprehended Tuesday at Jasper Middle School.
Police said all those arrested were students at the school ages 14 to 16.

Jasper police said subsequent leads and information that was developed link two of the six arrested juveniles to a burglary reported Tuesday at a 1526 Mill St. house owned by Chris Faulkenburg.

Additionally, police said a third burglary that occurred last month at a Riverside Drive residence also is considered solved.

The juveniles arrested Tuesday all were released to their respective guardians.

Anyone with further information on the case is asked to call Jasper police at 482-2255 or the department’s anonymous tip line: 481-COPS (2677).


HUNTINGBURG — Skylar L. Whipking, 27, of 1115 N. Jackson St., was arrested by the Huntingburg Police Department on Tuesday morning and charged with a Class D felony count of intimidation and misdemeanor counts of battery, marijuana possession and possession of paraphernalia.

Police were called to a domestic disturbance in the city at 8:11 a.m. Authorities said Whipking was alleged to have displayed a knife and threatened to cut someone if the domestic incident was reported. He also was alleged to have pushed another man at the location into a woman who also was present.

Authorities booked Whipking into the Dubois County Security Center at 9 a.m.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department also assisted.


HUNTINGBURG — A woman escaped injury when she wrecked the truck she was driving Friday afternoon west of Huntingburg.

Sylvia J. Blackorby, 47, of 6493 W. Holland Road East, Holland, was eastbound on State Road 64 in a 2005 Dodge truck when the 1:30 p.m. accident occurred east of County Road 585W, according to the county sheriff’s department.

Blackorby told police she looked away from the roadway and her vehicle started to go off the south side of the highway. She then overcorrected, sending the Dodge left of center and off the north side of the road where it struck an Indiana Department of Transportation road sign before stopping.

Total damage was estimated in excess of $2,500 but the Dodge was able to be driven from the scene.


DUFF — A county sheriff’s deputy responding to the report of a vehicle accident in the southern half of the county Saturday night got waylaid by an encounter with wildlife.

Clint W. Gogel, 27, of 3866 N. 550W, Jasper, was southbound on County Road 650W in the sheriff’s department’s 2013 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck when the 8:56 p.m. accident occurred a half-mile north of State Road 64, according to the sheriff’s department.

Police said a deer ran onto the north portion of the roadway and was struck by the front of the truck, causing damage estimated to have exceeded $5,000.

Gogel declined to be transported by ambulance, according to authorities.

The truck was towed by a Uebelhor & Sons wrecker.

Fire runs

FERDINAND — A brief power outage tripped a fire alarm Monday afternoon at Monastery Immaculate Conception, 802 E. 10th St.

Fire Chief Dan Lindauer said there was no problem and the system reset without difficulty.

Three trucks and 15 firefighters were on the scene 10 minutes. The Ferdinand Police Department assisted.


HUNTINGBURG — The Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department rolled trucks early Tuesday morning to OFS Brands’ Plant No. 5, 210 W. Ninth St.

No fire was associated with the 6:03 a.m. alarm, according to Fire Chief Scott Patberg. Instead, a low-pressure condition of unknown origin that affected the sprinkler system triggered an alarm activation. No water was disbursed and there was no damage.

Two trucks and 10 firefighters were on the scene six minutes.


BIRDSEYE — A Birdseye area man seriously injured in a rollover accident Friday night along State Road 64 west of Schnellville Road died Sunday morning at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville.

Sheriff’s department deputies were in Birdseye on another call when a passerby stopped at 10:40 p.m. Friday to tell them about an overturned vehicle just up the road. The deputies arrived at the crash scene to find the 1998 Chevrolet S-10 driven by Harold “Sonny” Wright, 68, of 5843 S. Mentor Road, on its top on the south side of the highway.

Officers immediately called for the Birdseye Volunteer Fire Department and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services.

Deputies said Wright, who was partially trapped in the truck, was extricated by firefighters. He was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Jasper and then was airlifted by LifeFlight to the Vanderburgh County facility where he died at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

Wright’s death was the third roadway fatality in Dubois County this year.

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