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Dubois County (NNDC):

Jasper man faces 50 years in prison.

At his sentencing on Monday, Alejandro Hernandez, wad given a 50 year prison sentence.  The Jasper man admitted to molesting a juvenile last year.  Investigators say the molestation occurred over a long period of time.

The sentence was part of a plea deal where Hernandez received 25 years on two counts of Child Molesting.  The two sentences will run together for a total of 50 years.

House fire on Jaspers South side destroys home.

Red Cross Assisting Jasper Family Displaced by Tuesday Morning Fire

(Photo from Local Sources)

A Monday morning fire that extensively damaged a Jasper couple’s south-side home and has been ruled accidental in nature.

Jasper fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang and an Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office representative agreed on the determination after going searching the 891 Giesler Road home of Dylan R. Anderson and Kendall C. Neukam.  The couple were both at work when a passerby saw smoke and reported the fire at 8:36 a.m.

Apparently the fire started in the home’s kitchen and burned through to the upstairs.

Firefighters carried two cats outside to safety but the couple’s Dalmatian puppy, Chip, that was administered oxygen died at the scene.

The couple are to be married late next month and items for their wedding were upstairs.

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help with expenses —

https://www.gofundme.com/kendall-and-dylan-Anderson

The house was insured, but may be a total loss.  Estimated damage is expected to exceed $75,000.

Ferdinand will have a new trail around Old Town Lake by 2020 if everything goes according to plan.

 

 

 

Park Board President Matt Weyer and Brett Schipp of Universal Design presented the designs for the 1-mile walking trail, open-air shelter house and bathrooms around the lake located on East 14th Street near Monastery Immaculate Conception at Tuesday night’s Town Council meeting. Following the presentation, the council approved the project to go to bid.

Improvements to the lake area have been on the town’s discussed since the 1990s, but the project picked up speed in 2016  but the project progresses more quickly after being awarded a $200,000 matching grant, which means the town must also come up with $200,000 for the project. That $200,000 can be from financial appropriations, donations or in-kind contributions of labor, materials or equipment. Part of the in-kind contributions will be reclaimed asphalt from the 23rd Street project currently underway. The asphalt will be ground down and used to construct at least part of the 1-mile trail.

The design also calls for other additions such as the old pump house to be repurposed into a shelter house, parking improvements, walking bridges across wetlands areas and one finger of the lake, and a picnic area. The park board would also like to add a fishing pier and a kayak launch. Donations will be sought for these additions.

A rough timeline for the project has work beginning later this year, with the bulk of the work completed in 2019 for a spring or summer 2020 completion.

Jasper has joined a lawsuit targeting companies that make and distribute opioids.

The Board of Public Works entered into an agreement this week with an Indianapolis law firm to fight the battle in court.  Other cities across the U.S. have filed similar lawsuits.

Drug makers are accused of  widespread fraud and deception in the marketing of opioids.

Jasper has joined a lawsuit targeting companies that make and distribute opioids.The Board of Public Works entered into an agreement this week with an Indianapolis law firm to fight the battle in court.

Cities across the country have brought similar lawsuits.

Those cities accuse drug makers of widespread fraud and deception in the marketing of opioids.

The lawsuits allege that has contributed to a nationwide epidemic that has killed thousands.

Attorneys representing other cities in similar suits claim the drug companies owe damages for all of the tax dollars used to combat the opioid epidemic.

The lawsuits allege that has contributed to a nationwide epidemic that has killed thousands.  Most cities, including Jasper, claim the drug companies owe damages for all of the tax dollars used to combat the opioid epidemic.

Jasper has joined a lawsuit targeting companies that make and distribute opioids.  The Board of Public Works entered into an agreement this week with an Indianapolis law firm to fight the battle in court.

Cities across the country have brought similar lawsuits.

Those cities accuse drug makers of widespread fraud and deception in the marketing of opioids.  The lawsuits allege that has contributed to a nationwide epidemic that has killed thousands.

Attorneys representing other cities in similar suits claim the drug companies owe damages for all of the tax dollars used to combat the opioid epidemic.

Vigil to be held for substance abuse.

The Dubois County Substance Abuse Council will host its first candlelight vigil from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at the Jasper Riverwalk gazebo to remember loved ones who have experienced the perils of addiction.

Attendees are welcome to bring photographs of their loved ones. The event includes live music, a guest speaker and the candlelight vigil.

The event will be held rain or shine.

For more information, email coordinator Mark Peters at mapeters@duboiscountyin.org.

 Huntingburg Police investigate crash.

Huntingburg police responded to a vehicle crash at about 5:30 Tuesday 08/14.  20 year old Tatiana Petit-Frere,  of Washington. Was driving a  2007 Hyundai Entourage.  Tatiana was Eastbound on Co Rd 400 S.  When she lost control in a sharp curve, went off the road to the left, struck a guardrail and a Dubois REC support wire and came to rest.

Damage was estimated at total Loss to vehicle, $1500 to guardrail, $500 to support wire.  The driver and 2 passengers complained of head pain and were taken to Memorial Hospital by EMS for non-life threatening injuries.  No charges were filed.

 

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