For The Record: 9/5


JASPER — Eight more juveniles were charged Wednesday with various charges including burglary, criminal mischief and trespass regarding break-ins at the former Jasper Wood Products building at 1316 Vine St.

The juveniles, all male, range in age from 11 to 16, according to the Jasper Police Department.
They attend Jasper and Northeast Dubois high schools and Southridge and Jasper middle schools.

These arrests follow the arrests Tuesday of six Jasper Middle School students on charges of burglary, criminal mischief and theft related to multiple burglaries reported in the city in the last six months.

Most of the incidents at the Vine Street building occurred over the summer school break, but some go back as far as January of this year.

All of the boys were charged and released to their parents or guardians.


HUNTINGBURG — The Huntingburg Police Department arrested 58-year-old Kristy D’Esposito, of 504 S. Chestnut St., at 12:56 p.m. Wednesday and charged her with drunken driving (blood alcohol content .28 percent).

Police made contact with D’Esposito and the 2010 Ford Fusion she was driving at North Chestnut Street and Phoenix Drive after witnesses called to report erratic driving. D’Esposito was parked at an electric substation when police made contact with her.

Authorities booked D’Esposito into the Dubois County Security Center at 5 p.m.


JASPER — Jasper police made a theft arrest Wednesday afternoon involving an employee at Holiday Foods, 847 Third Ave.

Store personnel contacted police at 3:10 p.m. regarding the theft of a 30-pack of Hamm’s Light beer valued at $11.76. Arrested and charged with Class D felony theft was 28-year-old Travis A. Royer, of 6163 S. 600E, St. Anthony.

Authorities booked Royer into the county security center at 4:45 p.m.


JASPER — City police arrested a Martin County woman Wednesday afternoon for allegedly shoplifting at Traderbaker Vendor Mall, 787 Third Ave.

Officers investigating the 1:38 p.m. shoplifting report arrested 66-year-old Joyce E. Jones of Loogootee on a Class D felony count of theft.

Police alleged Jones attempted to take $80.66 worth of miscellaneous items that included batteries, bracelets, a necklace and an antique iron.

Authorities booked Jones into the county security center at 3:20 p.m. She posted bond later that afternoon.


JASPER — A teenager suffered some scrapes when he wrecked the scooter he was operating Wednesday afternoon at Fourth and Clay streets.

Conner A. Benston, 15, of 364 Gardenia Lane, was southbound on Clay Street on a 2004 Honda scooter when the accident occurred at 3:05 p.m., according to Jasper police.

Benston was attempting a right turn onto Fourth Street when he encountered loose sand in the roadway, police said. Benston, who was wearing a helment, was ejected when the scooter went down.

Police said Benston suffered scrapes to his left arm and right palm but was not transported by ambulance.

Officers said the Honda did not appear to have been damaged.


FERDINAND — A Spencer County man was able to drive his SUV away after colliding with a deer early this morning on the south end of Ferdinand.

Victor J. Ippoliti, of 19656 N. Fourth St., St. Meinrad, was southbound on State Road 162 in a 2009 Ford Escape when the 1:05 a.m. accident occurred north of South Industrial Park Road, according to the Ferdinand Police Department. The driver’s age was not available.

Ippoliti’s SUV suffered $3,500 in damage when it struck the deer that ran onto the roadway. Police said the wounded animal was not located at the scene.


JASPER — One motorist complained of pain after a semi tractor-trailer struck a car Wednesday afternoon at 36th and Newton streets.

Krystal A. Ungethlem, 28, of Evansville was northbound on Newton Street in a 2005 Dodge Stratus at the time of the 12:37 p.m. accident, according to Jasper police.

Ungethlem was waiting for three or four cars in front of her to proceed after a traffic signal turned green when her car was rear-ended by a 2005 International driven by 49-year-old Jeff Bromm, of 5625 N. U.S. 231.

Bromm told police that, as he started to proceed after being stopped in traffic, he heard a noise and thought he might be having a problem with his rig’s trailer. He decided to continue northbound to a point where the roadway widened so he could pull out of the traffic lane and check on the trailer. After he stopped and exited the International’s cab, police said, a witness came toward him and told him he had rear-ended Ungethlem’s car and pushed it to where he stopped in the 3800 block of Newton Street.

Ungethlem complained of back pain but declined transport by ambulance, saying she would seek treatment on her own, police said.

Damage was estimated at $3,000 to the Dodge car and $1,000 to the International semi tractor.

Police cited Bromm for following too closely.


JASPER — A properly parked, unoccupied SUV was damaged when it was rear-ended Wednesday morning by a car driven by a woman who said she was blinded by bright sunlight at Maple Leaf Drive 40 feet west of St. Charles Street.

The motorist, 28-year-old Laura J. Rohleder, of 535 Circle Pine Drive, was eastbound on Maple Leaf Drive in a 2005 Toyota Corolla at the time of the 8:29 a.m. mishap, according to Jasper police.

Rohleder’s car drove into the rear of a parked 2002 GMC Envoy owned by Steven A. and Kimberly R. Voegerl, of 599 E. Mariah Hill Road, Ferdinand, according to authorities.

Damage was estimated at $3,000 to the Envoy and $6,000 to Rohleder’s Toyota.

No citations were issued.


IRELAND — Two vehicles had to be towed from the scene of separate accidents that happened close to each other early Sunday morning on State Road 56 west of Ireland.

The first accident, at 3:08 a.m., occurred 300 feet west of County Road 600W, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

Jason P. Steckler, 21, of 5698 W. Holland Road Northeast, was westbound on the highway when his 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue encountered loose gravel deposited on the roadway by a storm earlier in the night, according to a deputy. The car lost traction, went off the north side of the highway and stopped in standing water.

Damage was estimated at between $1,000 and $2,500, according to authorities.

Minutes later, Jonathan G. Henderson, 27, of 3347 N. 850E, Otwell, was driving east on the highway in a 1988 Chevrolet truck to check on his friend’s accident when his vehicle also became immersed in standing water. A deputy said the accident occurred when Henderson attempted to turn into what he thought was a driveway 200 feet west of County Road 600W. What he thought was a driveway was actually an area of standing water.

Damage to the Chevrolet was estimated to have exceeded $1,000.

Uebelhor & Sons wreckers assisted both motorists.

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