Dubois County Highway Worker Escapes Serious Injury After being Shot At-Suspect in Custody

Pine Ridge Road – (NNDC)

  Around 3:00 pm on Thursday, Law Enforcement responded to the area of SR 64 and Pine Ridge Road after the Dubois County 911 Center received a call from a County Highway worker saying he had been shot at.

Preliminary investigation reveals that the Dubois County Highway Department was grading the snow on Pine Ridge Road at SR 64.  As the driver turned the grader around and started north on Pine Ridge Road he noticed a male standing near the mailbox of 4715 Pine Ridge Road.  Shortly after seeing the male, theWINDOW of the grader was shot.  The driver of the grader left the area and called 911.  Fortunately, the Dubois County Highway Department employee only received minor cuts to his face from the broken glass.

Officers responded and established a perimeter around the residence at 4715 Pine Ridge Road and attempted to establish communications with the suspect.  At 11:13 pm after several hours of communicating with suspect, Indiana State Police SWAT breached the front door, and he then surrendered peacefully.  The suspect, Virgil Lee Crews, 76 was taken to Jasper Memorial Hospital for evaluation before being taken to the Dubois CountySECURITY Center.  Crews is charged with Criminal Recklessness with a Firearm and Battery.

“We are pleased that this incident ended peacefully and that no one was seriously injured.  I would like to thank everyone that assisted with this detail.  The peaceful outcome was truly a team effort,” said Lt. Allen, Commander of the Jasper Post.

Investigators are asking for anyone who might have been in the area at the time the shooting occurred to call the Indiana State Police Jasper Post at 812-482-1441.

State Road 64 was closed during the event but was officially re-opened at 11:45 pm.

Assisting Agencies:  Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Conservation Officers, Ferdinand Police Department, American Red Cross, SE District School Corporation

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Crews is being  charged with Criminal Recklessness with a Firearm and Battery.

Dubois County Schools Open Friday With Delays

DUBOIS COUNTY (NNDC) – After being closed for three days because of ice, snow, and severe driving conditions, Dubois County schools are back in session Friday. The Greater Jasper, Northeast Dubois, and Southwest Dubois schools are all open. The Jasper and NE Dubois schools are open with a two-hour delay, the Southwest schools with a one-hour delay. (Note: Information on the Southeast Dubois schools was not available.)

Laura A. Lauderdale, 91, Huntingburg

Laura A. Lauderdale, 91, of Huntingburg, died Wednesday (January 17) at The Waters of Huntingburg. She was born in Duff October 31, 1926, to Herman and Amelia (Warnsman) Sunderman.

Laura worked for 20 years at Potter and Brumfield in Princeton and 20 years at the Dubois County Farm Bureau Co-op in Huntingburg. She was a member of Salem United Church of Christ.

She is survived by one son, John Lauderdale and wife Rita, Versailles, Kentucky; two daughters, Janis A. Hagemeyer and husband Randy, Huntingburg, and Joan Buckler and husband Randall, Winchester, Kentucky; nine grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lauderdale, who died July 30, 2004, one son, James Lauderdale, one brother, Arnold Sunderman, and one sister, Wilmin Sunderman.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Memorial contributions can be made to Salem Church, Mayo Cemetery, Heart-to-Heart Hospice, VFW Post No. 2366, or Shared Abundance. Online condolences can be shared at Funeral services at 1 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home with Pastor Mark West officiating. Burial will follow in Mayo Cemetery near Duff.

Hoosier Business Machines Donate to Honor Flight of Southern Indiana

Jasper – (NNDC)

This year HBM Employees donated to Honor Flight Southern Indiana. In honor of those whom serve and have served. Pictured is Lee Horney presenting a check to Patrick O’Keefe, Representative of Honor Flight Southern Indiana group. Thanks goes to HBM Employees for making a difference.

Colleen J. Weigel, 84, Huntingburg

Colleen J. Weigel, 84, of Huntingburg, died Tuesday (January 16) at the Newburgh Health Care Center in Newburgh. She was born in Huntingburg February 6, 1933, to Earl and Margaret (Kemper) Frick. She married James W. Weigel February 16, 1957, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boone Township. He died June 10, 2017.

Colleen was a homemaker and a member of Salem United Church of Church.

She is survived by two sons, Kent Weigel and wife Suzanne, Newburgh, and Rodney Weigel and wife Doris, Huntingburg; daughter-in-law Jeanette Weigel and husband Mark, Schnellville; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one son, Bill Weigel.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at the Nass & Son Funeral Home. Memorial contributions can be made to Salem United Church of Christ’s music fund. Online condolences may be shared at Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with burial following in Fairmount Cemetery. Pastor Mark West will officiate at the service.

Dr. Allen Dearing Scales, 89, Huntingburg

Dr. Allen Dearing Scales, 89, of Huntingburg, died Tuesday (January 16) at The Waters nursing facility in Huntingburg. He was born in Oakland City September 3, 1928, to Dr. Alfred Blythe Scales and Mazo (Dearing) Scales. He married Judith Grabert in 1958. She died in 1980. He married Evelyn Begle in 1982.

Dr. Scales graduated from Oakland City High School and studied pre-medicine at Evansville College (now the University of Evansville). He earned his undergraduate degree in medicine from the University of South Dakota and his medical degree from the University of Illinois in 1954. Following his graduation he began his career as a naval officer and completed his internship at the U.S. Naval Hospital in San Diego, California. While in the Navy he served as Air Group Flight Surgeon aboard the U.S.S. Yorktown. While in college he obtained his pilot’s license. He became an FAA certified flight surgeon and provided flight physicals for numerous pilots during his medical career. He loved flying and continued to fly until he voluntarily gave it up at the age of 70. Upon completion of his naval duties he moved to Huntingburg and joined his father’s medical practice in 1958. In 1972, he was accepted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Family Physicians and received his board certification and membership into the American Board of Family Physicians in 1978. He continued to practice medicine in Huntingburg until he relocated to Florida in 1981 and opened a medical practice near Rocklege and continued to practice medicine until his retirement in 2001.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Scales; one daughter, Kimberly Kilinski and husband Larry, Newburgh; one son, Scott Scales and wife Leesa, Evansville; one step-son, Jeff Egler and wife Wanda, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; two step-daughters, June Garrison, Huntingburg, and Jayne Egler and husband Darrell, Rockledge, Florida; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and first wife he was preceded in death by one brother, Charles Scales.

Friends may call from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Memorial contributions can be made to The Dubois County Humane Society or The Waters of Huntingburg activity fund. Online condolences may be shared at Memorial services will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home with Father Ryan Hilderbrand officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the VFW Post No. 2366 Memorial Detail at the funeral home.

All Dubois County Schools Closed

Dubois County (NNDC) – All schools in Dubois County are closed again today (Thursday) because of the severe weather conditions. Following a chilly low of 8 degrees overnight, the weather forecast for today is “Sunny and not as cold with a high of 32. Tonight’s low 18 under clear skies.”

Rosina M. Friedman, 92, Jasper

Rosina M. Friedman, 92, of Jasper, died Tuesday (January 16) Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in Jasper October 24, 1925, to John and Ida (Brinkman) Obermeier.

Rosina worked for Huntingburg Wood Products for several years. She was an avid quilter and enjoyed needlework.

She is survived by one daugthter, Pauline “Penny” Wood, Huntingburg; two sons, sons, Jerome “Jerry” Staats and wife Sandy, Sanford, Florida, and Kenneth Friedman and wife Pansy, Dale; 2 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren, three step great-grandchildren; and one sister, Alberta Obermeier, Jasper.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one son, Kevin Friedman, one daughter, Karen Friedman, who died in infancy, one sister, Esther Seng, and two brothers, Jerome and Albert Obermeier.

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Friday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to the wishes of the family. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with burial following in Fairview Cemetery.

Jasper Officer Honored by State of Indiana

Jasper – (NNDC)

Today was a very special day for Officer Martin Loya and the Jasper Police Department.

Officer Loya was given the United States Attorney’s Award by Josh Minkler, United States Attorney for Southern Indiana for his work leading to multiple arrests in a multi-state credit card fraud case from December 2015.

Martin was joined by his family, fellow JPD officers, members of the Secret Service and the FBI. Congratulations Officer Loya and JPD!

Eastown Recreation Center is looking for a short order cook and a Bartender to work evenings and weekends, a great part-time job for someone looking for 10-15 hrs per week.  Great for someone working full-time looking for additional income or someone semi-retired who enjoys cooking.  Eastown Recreation is also looking for a Bartender – if you’re a friendly, people person this could be a great job for you.  Come in and apply in person at Eastown Recreation during normal business hours.  Have a question call Eastown at 812-481-2695.  Eastown Recreation Center is a Equal Opportunity Employer.