Death Ruled An Apparent Suicide; Passed Out Motorists Arrested (WEEKEND BLOTTER)

Indiana Conservation officers searching for the body of Lianne Wiscaver on Friday.

Indiana Conservation officers searching for the body of Lianne Wiscaver on Friday. IDNR Photo.

PIKE COUNTY (NNDC) – Daviess County (IN) Coroner Laura Petty says 55-year-old Lianne Wiscaver of Washington died from drowning in the White River.

Petty says the death is being ruled as an apparent suicide.  She believes there’s no foul play involved in the death.  The coroner’s office is waiting on a toxicology report.

Officers from the Indiana Department of Conservation located Wiscaver’s body Saturday morning at a little before 9am EST.
The body was found in the East Fork of the White River about a half mile downstream from the Highway 257 Bridge, known as the Capehart Bridge on the Pike County and Daviess County line.
Wiscaver had been missing since Thursday evening around 5:15pm when Pike County dispatch received a 911 call from a concerned motorist. The motorist had passed a woman standing on the bridge but when they returned to check on her, she was gone. There was a car parked on the south side of the bridge that belonged to Wiscaver.
Jasper Man Arrested After Found Passed Out In Running Car
JASPER (NNDC) – A Jasper man was arrested early Sunday morning after police found him passed out inside his running vehicle at the intersection of 6th and Newton streets.  JPD says 25-year old David Curtis was found by officers passed out behind the wheel of his vehicle at about 2:20am Sunday; police say the vehicle was still in DRIVE.
JPD says Curtis’ blood alcohol content tested .18%.   He’s charged with Operating While Intoxicated, OWI With BAC Over .15%, and OWI Endangerment.
Single-Vehicle Accident Damages Jasper City Light Pole
JASPER (NNDC) – A Celestine man says he was distracted long enough that his car struck a Jasper city utility pole early Saturday morning.
JPD says 40-year old Paul Kurtz III was eastbound on Third Avenue at about 2:30am Saturday approaching Mill Street.  Kurtz told JPD officers he was distracted by passengers in his vehicle and looked away from the street.  JPD say that’s when the car crossed the westbound lane of Third Avenue.  The car continued off the left side of the street and struck and broke the utility pole.
JPD places damages at $12,000 for Kurtz’s car and $4000 for the pole.  No citations were issued.
Pickup Truck Catches Fire In Huntingburg

HUNTINGBURG (NNDC) – A pickup truck belonging to a Velpen man caught fire late Friday at a Huntingburg intersection.  HFD says Junior Meyerholtz was stopped on 11th Street at the intersection of U. S. 231 (Main Street) when he noticed smoke and flames coming from the engine compartment.

The front of the truck was engulfed in flames when the first firefighters arrived on scene.  The heat from the fire caused the front tires of the truck to explode sending black smoke into the air that could be seen for several blocks in all directions.

The fire broke out at about 11:15am Friday.

JPD Looking For Hit & Run Driver

JASPER (NNDC) – Jasper police are investigating a hit-and-run accident Friday in the Jasper High School parking lot.

JPD says a green Toyota SUV was struck sometime between 8am and 3pm by an unknown, possibly white, vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Jasper Police Department at 812-482-2255 or you can call the local anonymous tip line at 812-481-2677 (COPS).

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