Hay Bales Catch Fire North Of Huntingburg; Texas Man Charged With Felonies In Dubois County (BLOTTER)

HUNTINGBURG (NNDC) – Four large hay bales caught fire at a farm north of Huntingburg Tuesday morning (today).

The burning bales were spotted by a delivery driver who was delivering a load a sawdust to the Jerome Kerstiens farm in the 3900 of South Old Huntingburg Road at about 8:45AM who notified the farm’s owners.

Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department Chief Scott Patberg says internal combustion was the likely cause.

A skid loader was used by farm employees to break open the bales while firefighters on the scene doused the bales to extinguish any “hot spots.”  Another 30-40 bales near the four that caught were inspected before firefighters left the scene.

Gentryville Man Arrested For Shoplifting In Jasper

JASPER (NNDC) – A Spencer County man was taken into custody Monday afternoon for allegedly shoplifting at the Jasper WalMart store on north Newton Street.

Jasper police say 38-year old Michael Pate of Gentryville attempted to take two bottles of workout supplements valued at $24.00.

JPD officers were called to the store shortly after 3:00PM Monday where Pate was being detained by store security personnel.

Pate is charged with a misdemeanor count of theft.

Huntingburg Man Charged With Drunk Driving

HUNTINGBURG (NNDC) – A local man was arrested by Huntingburg police early Monday evening for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

HPD says 37-year old Hector Gutierrez of Huntingburg was stopped at about 6:35PM in his pickup truck for failing stop at a stop sign near 20th and Chestnut Strets.

HPD says Gutierrez’s blood alcohol contest tested .105%.

Texas Man Faces Several Charges Including Felony Obstruction Of Justice; Resisting Law Enforcement



FERDINAND (NNDC) – A Dubois County deputy had to do some unconventional driving to avoid being hit by an alleged drunk driver early Sunday morning.

DCSD received a tip shortly before 1:00AM of a possible impaired driver of a pickup truck on Indiana 162 north of Ferdinand.

A county deputy located the truck driving in the wrong lane of the highway.  DCSD says the deputy had to drive off the highway and into the grass to avoid a collison with the pickup but eventually was able to pull the driver of the truck over.

DCSD says the truck 34-year old Corbett Swearingen of Burk Burnett, Texas.

DCSD says Swearingen showed signs of impairment and failed field sobriety tests.  Later, DCSD says he refused to submit to a blood draw after being taken to Memorial Hospital and he became hostile and argumentative.

Swearingen still refused to submit to the blood draw even after DCSD was able to obtain a warrant.

Swearingen with Obstruction of Justice and Resisting Law Enforcement with a Motor Vehicle (both Leve 6 felonies). He is with Operating a Motor Vehilce While Intoxicated (Class A misdemeanor) and he was also cited for reckless driving.

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