Top News Stories DC for Tuesday – Updated

Dubois County (NNDC)  UPDATED:

– Airplane crashes at MasterBrand parking lot, sends two to hospital

Photo provided by Indiana State Police.

Two people were injured when the plane they were in crashed in the MasterBrand parking lot at 624 West 3rd Street, Ferdinand.

According to authorities, the white and blue 1966 Cessna 150 single engine fixed-wing airplane missed the MasterBrand plant, power lines, utility poles and nearby semi-trailers as it came down in the parking lot at about 11 p.m. The nose of the plane then struck an embankment causing the plane to overturn.

The pilot, Gregory Solsrud, 52, of Georgia and passenger, Winston Solstrud, 18, Georgia, were both transported to Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, police said.

The FFA and NTSB have been notified and will handle the investigation.

The Federal Aviation Authority and National Transportation Safety Board have been notified and will handle the investigation.

The Ferdinand Police Department, Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Ferdinand Fire Department, Dubois County Emergency Medical Service and the Huntingburg Airport assisted at the scene.

– Volunteers Needed for Heartland Half Marathon and you can make a difference in your community by volunteering at this year’s Heartland Half Marathon. It takes many individuals to hold the Heartland Half Marathon events, and it wouldn’t be possible without
the generosity of each volunteer.

The committee is in need of volunteers in the morning and afternoon on Friday, August 31 and prior to the race on Saturday, September 1 for registration. Additional volunteer activities the day of the race include assignments along the route and at the finish, refreshment and snack distribution, plus other types of activities. Volunteers generally work in pairs or small groups, and children/teens can also help when paired with an adult. All volunteers will receive a free t-shirt.

To become a volunteer, or for more information, please call Memorial
Hospital’s Marketing Department at (812) 996-2338.

– Holy Trinity Catholic School has announced two principals were named to lead the school’s two campuses in Dubois County.Jon Temple will serve at the new principal at the East Campus (Holy Family Church Campus), which serves Third through Eighth Grade.Jenna M. Seng, who has served the past two years as assistant principal at all three campuses, will serve as principal at the Central and West Campuses, ( Ireland and Precious Blood Campuses), which serve Preschool through Second Grade.

NOTE:  See Mondays stories for the complete story.

– A Jasper firefighter helps rescue a man attempting suicide.

Officers locates a man who jumped off the U.S. 231 bridge over the White River Monday after an off-duty Martin County deputy received a call about a suspicious vehicle parked near the bridge.

Martin County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Keith Keller received a personal call from Kerry Kinder, a firefighter with the Jasper Fire Department at about 11:30 a.m. Kinder reported a suspicious vehicle parked on the north side of the US Highway 231 bridge just inside Martin County. He also told Keller that he believed he saw the man in water.

Sergeant Keller immediately responded and located the vehicle, a tan Mazda sedan. Indiana Conservation Officer Kyle Hembree overheard Sergeant Keller’s traffic with Martin County Dispatch and immediately retrieved his department-issued boat. Sergeant Keller requested the assistance of the Haysville Community Volunteer Fire Department and the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department as well.

At about 12:52 p.m. Hembree located a male subject in the river stuck in a logjam located about five miles downstream from the U.S. 231 bridge in Haysville. The male subject’s head was above the water and Hembree was able to rescue the male subject. He brought him to the Portersville Boat Ramp.

Sergeant Keller, several Dubois County Deputies, Haysville Community Volunteer Fire Department, and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services met with Hembree and the male subject at the Portersville Boat Ramp. The male was transported to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

According to authorities, the man admitted to jumping off the bridge in Haysville in an attempt to harm himself.

– The Dubois County Commiss0ners met today June 19th (highlights below):

• Continued reviewing the various county departments’ budgets and appropriation requests for next year.

• Discussed two new position requests for the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

• Established a hearing authority as part of the county’s new unsafe buildings ordinance, and named the commissioners as the authority board. The board will hear cases of unsafe buildings to determine fines for violations to the ordinance.

• Opened bids for  some upcoming road projects, but took them under advisement because cost issues.  County Engineer Brent Wendholt said he would review the bids and share his recommendatios at the next meeting.

• Discussed the renovation of the commissioners’ room, scheduled to start Wednesday. The room, on the second floor of the Dubois County Courthouse Annex, will be redesigned and will be the commissioners’ room as well as the Dubois County Council’s meeting room.

• The commission also recognized former county commissioner and councilman John Burger for his service to the county. Burger died June 12.

– Dubois County’s unemployment jumped .4% in may to 2.4%, up from  2.0% in April.  Dubois and Elkhart counties remain tied at #2 for the state in lowest unemployment.




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