Trial for Dentist and Wife will likely be heard in Crawford County

Jasper (NNDC) A change of Venue request was heard today in Dubois Circuit Court and after comments from both sides including Prosecutor Anthony Quin a change in venue was granted by Dubois County Judge Nathan Verkamp.  The request still has to be approved by the Crawford County Judge before it is actually put on the docket and then a date will be set.


Initial report:

Jasper (NNDC) – Alan P. Friz, a 57-year-old Huntingburg dentist, appeared in court early this afternoon to face charges of neglect and criminal confinement pertaining to his juvenile son. The initial hearing, however, was continued until 11 a.m. Monday in Circuit Court. Friz’ wife, Aimee  Friz, 36, was present outside the courthouse when Friz was being transferred there and was arrested on the same charges as her husband. She also appeared in court today. Her initial hearing was also continued until 11 a.m. Monday. Both are being held without bond.

Friz was arrested Wednesday at his home after Dubois County Sheriff’s Department deputies were called there following a report of an unruly juvenile at that address. After obtaining a search warrant from Dubois Circuit Court and calling for assistance from the prosecutor’s office and the office of Family and Children Services, the deputies interviewed the teenage girl and then arrested Friz and took him into custody. They stated they were told the juvenile had been locked in a closet area in a bedroom that has been converted into a locked cage where she was often kept for long periods of time, overnight and at other times.

Friz was charged with a preliminary Level 5 felony count of neglect of a dependent and a preliminary Level 6 felony count of criminal confinement.

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