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Darren Patterson seeking county council seat

Jasper (NNDC) – Darren C. Patterson has filed his candidacy on the Republican ticket for a seat on the Dubois County Council.

Patterson, 52, was born and raised in Jasper. He lives and works in Bainbridge Township and would represent District 2.  Patterson graduated from Jasper High School in 1983 and after graduation, served in the U.S. Army on active duty for three years at Fort Carson, Colorado, and Heidelberg, Germany. After full-time military service, he attended Indiana University-Bloomington and earned degrees in business, economics and psychology. Additionally, his education includes master level studies in business and post-baccalaureate courses in accountancy.
After graduating from IU in May 1992, Patterson was accepted into an Internship Exchange Program in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, where he was a banking intern. The program also included a three-week stay in Pfaffenweiler, Germany, Jasper’s Sister City.  Fluent in German, Patterson has traveled several times to Germany with the Jasper German Club, Rotary International and has made personal visits to explore his German ancestry.
He is the owner of The Mortgage Company of Southern Indiana Inc., which is a loan brokerage specializing in government-backed mortgages for first-time homeowners and veterans. He has over 23 years of experience in the banking and financial services industry.  Patterson retired from the U.S. Army with 21 years for service with the rank of First Sergeant. His awards and achievements include, Expert Infantryman Badge, Drill Sergeants Badge, Airborne Badge, and Meritorious Service Awards. During his military career, he served in the infantry, transportation corps, and was the chief of public affairs for the 100th Division.
Community involvement includes: The Rotary Club of Jasper (founder and past-president), Jasper German Club (past-president), Jasper Kiwanis Club (past-president), and Team Red White and Blue, (veterans outreach director). He is also a member of the American Legion Post 147, Jasper Outdoor Recreation, National Rifle Association and Holy Family Catholic Church.
He is interested in contributing his leadership, communication and financial literacy skills to the community to participate in future growth and economic development.
“I believe my experience as a business owner, former Soldier and community service leader will help me solve tough problems local government will often face,” Patterson said. “Continuing our local efforts to expand and improve our roadways is my primary focus.”
Patterson and his wife, Dr. Ann Patterson, live in Jasper with their four children. He enjoys outdoors activities, such as hunting, fishing and shooting sports.

Bucshon Challenger Raises $100K Before May Primary

Jasper (From release) –

Dr. Richard Moss’s Congressional campaign announced Monday it
raised more than $100,000  just weeks before Indiana’s May primary. The
announcement comes ahead of the Federal Election Commission’s official
pre-primary deadline Wednesday.

The campaign’s recent fundraising success was dominated by Hoosier
grassroots support and a major contribution from Dr. Richard Moss himself.  With nearly 100 contributions and over 90% of them coming from within  Indiana, it’s clear Dr. Richard Moss has emerged as the choice for
conservative Hoosiers.

“I’m honored and humbled to have the support of so many Hoosiers from every walk of life,” said Dr. Richard Moss.

This cycle, Dr. Richard Moss is leading one of the toughest primary
challenges in the country, providing a clear, conservative alternative to
four-term incumbent Larry Bucshon.

“Congressman Larry Bucshon is standing in the way of common sense
conservative reforms. He moved his family to Washington, D.C. full-time and never looked back,” said Dr. Richard Moss. “Hoosiers deserve a Congressman who will vote with them 100% of the time. It’s time we repeal Obamacare, slash federal spending, and end illegal immigration.”

*Dr. Richard Moss is a board certified cancer surgeon, businessman and
political columnist. He is challenging four-term incumbent Larry Bucshon in Indiana’s Eighth District.

Moss lives in Jasper, Indiana with his wife and four kids.*

Registration Deadline Wednesday For Star Wars Activities at VUJC

(NNDC) – The Purdue Extension Science of Star Wars Spark Club will meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28, in the Administration Building on the Vincennes University Jasper Campus. Registration will start at 8:30. Area youths 3 to 12 years of age are invited to the day full of science and engineering activities that all relate to Star Wars.

Participants will explore different technologies and participate in STEM challenges that all relate to Star Wars. Themes throughout the day include Light Sabers, Hovercrafts, Helper Droids, Force Powers, and Robotic Limbs. Featured events will include War Wars Bloxels, Little Bits Droid Kits, Light Sabre Paper Circuits, Ozobots, and more.

Cost is $10 to all current 4-H members and $20 for all non-4-H members. Families with a financial hardship that would make it difficult to pay should contact the Purdue Extension office at 812 482-1782. All participants must register in advance. To register to call 812 482-1782, or email jmonarch@purdue.edu. You can also go to http://bit.ly/sciencestarwars. Registration deadline is Wednesday, April 25.

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.

(Update) Man Wanted out of Perry County apprehended this afternoon in Dubois County (Click on Video)

Jasper (NNDC) Today at approximately 10:22am the Tell City Police Dispatch received a call from Perry County Community Corrections that David Templin had cut his ankle monitor off.  David Templin was on home GPS monitoring with the Perry County Community Corrections program. A warrant was issued for Mr. Templin for Escape, and additional charges of Impersonating Law Enforcement Officer, Resisting Law Enforcement, Unlawful use of a Police Radio, and Obstructing Medical Personal.

Mr. Templin had made threats to Law Enforcement in the past, and was known to be carrying a weapon.  Tell City Dispatch was GPS tracking his phone and believed that Mr. Templin was heading into the Jasper area in a red 1995 Lincoln Town car.  For precautionary reasons, and his destination being unknown, Jasper Police ensured a Police Officer was near the schools. Jasper Police, Huntingburg Police, Ferdinand Police, Dubois County Sheriffs department and the Indiana State Police assisted in the search.  Deputy Sheriff Wade Pierce located the suspect vehicle near the county highway garage on SR 162.  Deputy Pierce was able to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle and take Mr. Templin into custody.

Mr. Templin was handcuffed and searched, Deputy Sheriff Pierce located a 9mm Glock pistol in the front waist band of his pants.  Further search of the vehicle located two other rifles, ammo, camping gear and food.   Perry County Sheriff Alan Malone was also following Templin on the GPS Tracking and along with other officers was quick to arrive at the scene of the traffic stop.  Mr. Templin was taken back to Perry County for further investigation.  The vehicle was towed and a dog that was in the vehicle was taken to the Dogwood Animal Clinic.  The Sheriff Department is thankful to all agencies, and citizens for their assistance in detaining Mr. Templin and the Department is glad that this incident was brought to a safe conclusion.

Pokey LaFarge to Perform Intimate Solo Acoustic Set at the Historic Astra Theatre in October

Jasper (NNDC) (click on video)

American musician Pokey LaFarge will perform a solo acoustic set at the historic Astra Theatre on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Doors for this intimate performance will open at 6:30 p.m., a yet-to-be determined opener will perform at 7:30 p.m., and LaFarge will take to the Jim and Pat Thyen Performance Stage at 8:30 p.m. LaFarge is a musician, songwriter, bandleader, entertainer, innovator, and preservationist at the forefront of American music. He has a creative mix of early jazz, string ragtime, country blues, and western swing.

Tickets for the show are onsale now at www.TheNextAct.org <http://www.thenextact.org/> or directly here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pokey-lafarge-tickets-44669748420 and are $36.95 for VIP (preferred parking and seating, early venue access with refreshments, and, if available, an artist meet and greet), $26.95 for the main floor, and $26.95 for the balcony.

This will be the first reserved seating show at the newly-renovated Astra Theatre. Season ticket holders and business members will be contacted with their assigned seat information.

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Charges in Huntingburg

Huntingburg (HPD) from releases Tuesday April 17th – This past Thursday at approximately 3:00PM, Huntingburg Narcotics Officer Drew conducted a traffic stop on a Dodge Durango for exceeding the posted speed limit near 650 West 1st Street Huntingburg.  After making contact with the driver, Tara Fullington, and passenger, Zackary Wheatley.  Huntingburg K-9 Officer Byrd and his partner Ester were called to the scene to conduct an open air sniff around the Dodge Durango. K-9 Ester gave a positive indication for the odor of narcotics.  Police then searched the vehicle.  During the search Huntingburg Police found methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a schedule IV controlled substance, and several syringes.  Tara Fullington and Zackary Wheatley were both charged with numerous charges including possession of Methamphetamine, possession of Marijuana, possession of Paraphernalia possession of a Syringe and possession of a controlled Substance.  KARS wrecker service and Dubois County Sheriff’s Department assisted with this incident.

Dubois County Sheriff’s Department contacted about “Grandparent Scam”

Jasper (NNDC)  (click on video)

A concerned Dubois County resident received what is known as a “Grandparent Scam.” This is where a scammer poses as a legal representative of the child.  The scammer will advise that the child has been injured or is in legal trouble and is requesting money for bail.  In this case the scammers left a return call back number which the resident called and did not get an answer.  However, a short time later received a call back from the scammer.  The resident told them they believed it was a scam and hung up.  The Sheriff’s Department reminds you if you receive one of these type calls, sometimes the scammers even pose as a family member or friend do not give out any personal or banking information.  Do not wire or send any money.

Your best defense for scam calls like this is to just hang-up.

And yes folks this can happen to anyone.

Sisters of St. Benedict Hosting Creative Women’s Retreat

Ferdinand (NNDC) – The Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand are offering a Creative Women’s Retreat Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 20, 21, and 22 at Kordes Hall on the grounds of Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand.

The retreat presents an opportunity for women to experience images, colors, and symbols relating to their life journey. Participants will discover more of who they are and the women God created them to be. The weekend will include presentations, personal reflection, group prayer, sharing, and creative expressions.

The retreat, which is limited to 10 participants, begins at 7 p.m. Friday and ends at 4 p.m. Sunday. Retreat presenters will be Sister Gail Benedict and Sister Betty Drewes, both members of the Sisters of St. Benedict.

Retreat cost is $275, which includes a private room and meals. To register, or for additional information, call 812 367-1411, extension 2915 or 800 880-2777 or visit www.thedome.org/events.


High Speed Chase Leads to Arrest of Wanted Suspect Along I-64

Jasper (NNDC) ISP –

Wanted Suspect Crashes Stolen Dodge Charger After Pursuit

Dubois:   motorists on I-64 reported a reckless driver traveling eastbound in excess of 100 MPH near the 58 MM.

Trooper Kern first observed the suspect vehicle passing the Ferdinand exit near the 63 MM and was not able to catch up to the Dodge Charger until the 72 MM, near I-64 and State Road 145.

The driver who was later identified as Zeberiah M. Stilwell, 40, Princeton exited I-64 and traveled north on State Road 145 where he disregarded an INDOT barricade that was in place indicating a road closure.

Stilwell continued northbound on State Road 145 before making an abrupt u-turn and driving back south head-on towards Kern as he was attempting to exit his patrol car. Stilwell swerved before nearly striking Kern and drove through a field near Taylor Hollow Road, before crashing into a ditch.

Stilwell and his passenger, William B. McCarter, 22, Vincennes both exited the vehicle and attempted escape on foot. Kern apprehended McCarter near the crash location. Meanwhile, Dubois County Sheriff’s Department had received a 911 call from a homeowner reporting a suspect was attempting to break into their residence which was located near the crash location. Moments later Trooper Blunk and Dubois County Deputy Gogel arrived and spotted Stilwell running through the woods away from the residence. Blunk and Gogel were able to chase down and apprehend Stilwell.

Stilwell was taken to Jasper Memorial Hospital by ambulance for a medical evaluation, before he was transported to the Dubois County Jail where he is currently being held on no bond for the following Charges:

Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle, 1 Count, IC 35-44.1-3-1, Level 6 Felony

Common Nuisance, 1 Count, IC 35-45-1-5, Level 6 Felony

Criminal Recklessness, 1 Count, IC 35-42-2-2, Level 6 Felony

Auto Theft, 1 Count, IC 35-43-4-2.5, Level 6 Felony

Burglary, 1 Count, IC 35-43-2-1, Level 4 Felony

Resisting Law Enforcement without a Vehicle, 1 Count, IC 35-44.1-3-1, Class A Misdemeanor

Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Crash, 1 Count, IC 9-26-1-1.1, Class B Misdemeanor

Criminal Mischief, 1 Count, IC 35-43-1-1, Class A Misdemeanor

Possession of Marijuana, 1 Count, IC 35-48-4-11(a)(1), Class C Misdemeanor

Reckless Driving, 1 Count, IC 9-21-8-52, Class C Misdemeanor

Stilwell was Wanted on Warrants for the Following Charges:

State of Illinois, Burglary

(Year 2011) State of Indiana, Petition to Revoke:

Manufacturing a Schedule II Controlled Substance, 1 Count, IC 35-48-4-2, Level 6 Felony

Possession of Methamphetamine, 1 Count, IC 35-48-4-6.1, Class D Felony

Possession of Chemical W/Intent to Manufacture-Possession of Chemical Reagent of Precursors with Intent, 1 Count, IC 35-48-4-14.5, Class D Felony

Possession of Pseudoephedrine More than 10 Grams, 1 Count, IC 35-48-4.14.5, Class D Felony

Unlawful Possession of Syringe, 1 Count, IC 16-42-19-18, Class D Felony

Possession of Marijuana, 1 Count, IC 35-48-4-11, Class A Misdemeanor

Possession of Paraphernalia, 1 Count, IC 36-48-4-8.3, Class A Misdemeanor

McCarter, was taken to the Perry County Hospital by Senior Trooper Charlie Johnson for a medical evaluation before he was transported to the Dubois County Jail where he is currently being held on bond for the following charges:

Common Nuisance, 1 Count, IC 35-45-1-5, Level 6 Felony

Resisting Law Enforcement without a Vehicle, 1 Count, IC 35-44.1-3-1, Class A Misdemeanor

Possession of Marijuana, 1 Count, IC 35-48-4-11(a)(1), Class C Misdemeanor

Assisting Units: Sergeant Mark Green, Senior Trooper Charlie Johnson, Troopers Blunk, Henning, Nolan, Griffith along with Dubois County Sheriff’s Deputies Monarrez and Gogel, Birdseye First Responders, Jasper Memorial Hospital EMS and KARS Towing.

Zeberiah M. Stillwell below left:                                      William B. McCarter below right: