Two More Scams Using Local Banks; HPD Looking For Hit & Run Vehicle (POLICE BLOTTER)


JASPER (NNDC)- Two more local financial institutions say customers have been targeted by phone scams. These are the second and third in two days. Yesterday, German American Bank reported customers being targeted by an automated call scam.

Meanwhile, Dubois/Pike Federal Credit Union is informing its customers if they get a phone call saying your debit card has been blocked/locked, please DO NOT give ANY information out.

DPFCU says asks its customers to NOT press any numbers they when prompted to do so… just simply hang up.

Meanwhile, Freedom Bank security staff are warning the public that some customers are receiving automated scam calls purporting to be from the Huntingburg-based bank.

The automated message states a customers debit card has been locked. Bank spokesman Michael Olinger says potential victims are told that, to reactivate their card, they must talk to a representative by dialing “1.”

Olinger says It appears customers are being contacted only on their cell phones. He says the number sending the message is 661-695-5199, which is in Bakersfield, CA.

Olinger says all banks DO NOT ask for a customer’s bank information.


JASPER (NNDC) — Jasper police have arrested a Lawrence County woman for driving while under the inflence of a controlled substance.

51-year old Jane Michel of Mitchell was arrested just before 2pm Tuesday.

She was pulled over by police after they received a top about a reckless driver southbound on Newton Street coming into the city

JPD says officers observed Michel’s car driving left of center near the intersection of 14th and Newton streets.

Michel was taken by police to Memorial Hospital where a drug screen confirmed Michel was under the influence of a controlled substance.


JASPER (NNDC) — 50-year old Charles Fry of Paoli was arrested by Jasper police for allegedly stealing about $50 worth of items from a local hardware store.

JPD received a tip at about 6pm that man had committed a theft at the True Value Store at 2805 Newton St. Police were also told the suspect was headed north along Newton Street on foot.

Fry was located at 47th and Newton a short time later.

JPD says Fry admitted to taking the six green, 15-foot extension cords and the three packages of AA batteries which had in a bag with him when he was stopped by police. The value of the items in the bag; $54.


HUNTINGBURG (NNDC) – Huntingburg police say they are looking for a hit and run vehicle and its driver and HPD is asking the public for help in locating them.

HPD says the accident happened at 14th and Main streets at 5:20pm Thursday.

The car police are looking for will have damage to its driver’s side and quite possibly be missing the driver’s side rearview mirror.

The vehicle was last seen traveling north on “old” U. S. 231 from Swifty’s Gas Station.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Huntingburg police at 683-4111 or you can call the HPD anonymous tip line at 684-2992.

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