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Death Investigation Shakes Soul Of Birdseye (VIDEO)

The home north of Birdseye where Darin Adkins' body was found dead Wednesday afternoon.  DCSD has now ruled the death as a homicide.

The home north of Birdseye where Darin Adkins’ body was found dead Wednesday afternoon. DCSD has now ruled the death as a homicide.

UPDATE (NNDC)  –  Birdseye (NNDC) – This afternoon, the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department  determined the death of 49-year old Darin Adkins found Wednesday in a mobile home north of Birdseye was a homicide.

DCSD says its investigation into Adkins’ death is still underway.

At this time, DCSD says they do not have a suspect.

BELOW IS OUR STORY FROM EARLIER TODAY…

Birdseye (NNDC) – Investigators have released the name of the man found dead inside a rural mobile home Wednesday afternoon north of Birdseye.

Meanwhile, Dubois County Coroner Bob Veatch says blunt force trauma to the brain is believed to the cause of 49-year old Darin Adkins’ death…

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Adkins was found dead in this mobile home north of Birdseye not long after a woman called the Sheriff’s Department saying there was a dead man in the home.

DCSD has not released any more information but an Indiana State Police Crime Scene tech team was called in and they remain at the home Thursday morning.

Its also not known what the relationship was between Adkins and the woman who called 911.

The call to DCSD was just before 2 oclock Wednesday afternoon.

With so many questions still awaiting answers, the death and investigation has shaken the soul of this small southeast Dubois County town…. (COMMENT FROM PASTOR HAROLD BAYER/BIRDSEYE NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH)

Sgt. Tom Kleinhelter is heading the investigation for DCSD.

He is asking if anyone has any information about the incident, the call his office at 812-482-3522.  All call can and will remain confidential.

Jasper Police Investigate Riverwalk Assault

Jasper (NNDC) – The Jasper Police Department says it is asking for the public’s help in finding two men they say were involved in an assault along the Riverwalk Wednesday evening.

JPD says the victim suffered minor injuries in the incident that happened at about 9:30pm, but refused medical treatment at the scene.

Police say the victim describes the first mal subject as being approximately 6 feet tall, in his early 20s, average build and black hair with a buzz cut.

The victim told police the man was wearing a white tank top, dark blue basketball shorts, and had a tattoo on his left arm.

JPD says the second male subject in the alleged incident is also in his early 20s.  He’s described as being approximately 5 feet, 10 inches tall, , 200 pounds.  JPD says the second man was wearing a black T-shirt and white striped shorts

The victim told police the second male subject’s hair brown and gelled.

Police say anyone who may have witnessed the  incident or has information about it that could help police in its investigation is asked to call the Jasper Police Department at 812-482-2255 or the department’s anonymous TIPLINE at 812-481-8477 (COPS).

Death Investigation Now

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Indiana State Police Crime Scene Investigation technicians remain on scene Thursday morning at this mobile home north of Birdseye where a death investigation is underway.

UPDATE (NNDC) – The Dubois County Sheriff’s Office says 49-year old Darin Adkins was the man found dead inside thehome on Harts Gravel Rd.  Wednesday afternoon.

The investigation began after a woman called 911 to report the death shortly before 2pm Wednesday. No other details have been released.

Adkins was found inside the mobile home in the 3000 block of South Hart’s Gravel Road just north of Birdseye where Indiana State Police crime scene investigators remain this morning.

ORIGINAL STORY….

Birdseye (NNDC) – The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department is continuing its investigation into a reported battery that left a man dead at a home outside Birdseye Wednesday

Deputies were called just after 2pm to a home in the 3000 Block of Harts Gravel Road north of town.

DCSD says it received a call from a female telling authorities there was a deceased male at that location which it has confirmed.

DCSD says it will release more information when it becomes available.

DCSD say this is an active death investigation and a crime scene technician from the Indiana State Police was dispatched to the scene.

Cultural Center Seeking New Owner/Tenant For Former Boiler Building (w/AUDIO)

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The exterior of the boiler building…

Jasper (NNDC) – Before it all comes tumbling down, the Jasper Library Board says it wants to know if there are any interested parties for one section of the former Hoosier Desk building.

The library board and the Jasper Arts Commission are teaming up together to build a new cultural arts center for the city at the building’s location at 3rd Avenue and Mill Street.

Jasper’ library director Christine Golden says the old office furniture factory’s 3,000 sq. ft. boiler building could remain if a new owner or tenant would want it… (CLICK TO LISTEN)

Golden says the building would be ideal for a new restaurant or other type of business.  She says once final plans for the new cultural center are approved and construction begins, the boiler building would then have be brought down as well… (CLICK TO LISTEN)

Jasper Arts Commission President Michael Jones says he has always hoped that a section of the former factory could be saved and repurposed.

A public referendum was approved by local voters last fall for the Library’s half of the projected $13 million price tag.  The Arts Commission’s half is pending final approval from the Jasper City Council.

A start of construction date for the new Jasper Cultural Center has not yet been announced.  Golden says she hopes deconstruction of the deconstruction of the Hoosier Desk building can begin by year’s end.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE FROM THE CITY ON THE PROPOSED JASPER CULTURAL CENTER….

“Heat Advisory” For Local Area (VIDEO)

Jasper (NNDC) – Ron Rhodes with our media partner, the Eyewitness News Weather Authority, has our latest forecast…

Jasper Man Facing Several Felony Charges After Confining Woman At His Home

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Jasper (NNDC) – An early morning domestic incident ended with a local man in jail now facing several felony charges.

Jasper police say officers were called to home in the 1300 block of Mill Street shortly before 2am Wednesday.  JPD says the woman on the phone was crying and a man was heard yelling at her in the background.

After officers arrived at the home, police determined that 28=year old Isadore Brown, who lives in the home, shoved the female during the incident and then refused her access to a phone to call for help.  JPD says the woman was later able to get to a phone and call 911.

During the on-site investigation, it was determined that Brown had a handgun in the home and is a convicted felon.

Brown was taken into custody and now charged with a Level 4 felony count of possession of a handgun by a serious violent felon, a Level 5 felony count of domestic battery, and Level 6 felony counts of criminal confinement and intimidation.

JPD says he has also been charged with misdemeanor counts of interfering with reporting a crime and possession of a firearm by a domestic batterer.

He remains in the Dubois County Security Center on a $5000 cash bond.

Lexi’s Night At The Dubois County Fair (w/AUDIO & Photo Gallery)

Bretzville (NNDC) – Lexi Mattingly was back at the Dubois County Fairgrounds Monday for opening night of the 2017 Dubois County 4-H Fair.

The night was highlighted by a very special memorial ceremony in the horse and pony arena in honor of the 16-year old Southridge High School sophomore, who passed away this past April.

The ceremony for Lexi was hosted by the Dubois County Wrangler Horse & Pony Club… known more affectionately as the “Wrangler Family, according to Lexi’s aunt, Laura Roberts Whitsitt, who taught Lexi how to ride a horse at a very young age.

Monday night’s memorial began with a performance of the Wrangler Club’s color guard of which Lexi was a member of for several years.

After the color guard, the large crowd gathered and listened to a compilation of audio recordings… recordings of Wrangler Family members and others close to Lexi. Then hundreds of balloons with the words “Luv4Lexi” were released into the air…the release caught Laura by surprise…

The highlight of the ceremony came at the end when a group of current and past members of the “Wrangler Family” presented a carved horse statue with Lexi’s name on the base to her parents, Gene and Traci.

Laura says the presentation of the statue was maybe the most touching moment of the evening for the Mattingly family…

Lexi’s parents are hoping the statue can be permanently displayed in the horse and pony barn for all to enjoy and remember Lexi.

Also to be placed in the horse and pony barn, a bench with a plaque of Lexi, a horse and the words “Forever Smiling” the phrase adopted by her friends to describe’s Lexi’s infectious smile and personality…

Wrangler Family members and others gathered plastic bottle caps… redeemed them and had them recycled into the all-weather bench.

Everyone at the ceremony Monday wore teal blue “Forever Smiling” T-shirts that were sold by the Wrangler Club shortly after Lexi’s passing.

Proceeds from the shirt sales are being put into a Memorial Fund in Lexi’s name that will be used to purchase AEDs (defibrillators) to be placed on all school buses in Dubois County.

ALL PHOTOS ABOVE PROVIDED BY LAURA ROBERTS WHITSITT / CLICK FOR LARGER VIEW

Bretzville Man Arrested; Charges Pending Against Another Following Drug Investigation

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Jasper (NNDC) – A Dubois County man was arrested as the result of the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department investigation; the second person to be charged in connection with the investigation.

DCSD says 40-year old Michael Woosley of rural Huntingburg was taken into custody Monday on a Dubois Superior Court warrant for several drug-related charges including a Level 3 felony count of dealing methamphetamine, a Level 5 felony count of methamphetamine possession, a Level 6 felony count of maintaining a common nuisance and misdemeanor counts of dealing marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

Woosley’s arrest stems from a Dubois County Sheriff’s Department joint investigation with Indiana Indiana State Police, the Dubois County office of Indiana Child Services that began back in May after DCSD received a tip from the public about a possible marijuana grow operation at Woosley’s home just north of Bretzville.

Court documents say a search of Woosley’s home found 140 grams of marijuana and nearly 10 grams of methamphetamine, a digital scale and several pipes and other drug paraphernalia.

DCSD says the marijuana that was found in Woosley’s home was growing in a cabinet lined with reflective paper. There was also an L.E.D. light and humidity gauge in the cabinet.

On May 16, deputies who went to the Woosley residence in the vicinity of the Bretzville Junction to investigate the complaint made contact with Staci L. Rue, who was living with Woosley at that time, according to court documents.

After receiving information there would be marijuana found in the home and after discovering an alleged methamphetamine pipe, police sought and obtained a search warrant from Dubois Superior Court with the assistance of the Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office.

The resulting search of the home allegedly found a total of 9.4 grams of methamphetamine, 140 grams of marijuana, a digital scale and multiple pipes and other paraphernalia allegedly used in the consumption of drugs.

The search of the house also resulted in the same seven charges (as Woosley’s) pending against Staci Rue, who was living with Woosley at that time according to DCSD.  DCSD says Rue failed to appear for a July 10th court date which was then continued until July 31st.

DCSD says if Rue fails to appear at the July 31st court date, a warrant will be issued for her arrest.  Earlier, she was formally arraigned on the charges against her.

Heat Index Near 100 Later This Week (VIDEO)

Jasper (NNDC) – Ron Rhodes with our media partner, the Eyewitness News Weather Authority, has our latest forecast…

Blue Blueberry Bushes Taken From Home near Birdseye

Birdseye (Local Sources) – The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the theft of 14 blueberry
bushes from the Scott Huff residence near Birdseye.

Huff Reported to the sheriff’s department that sometime between September of 2016 and this past Saturday, July 15th,
someone went to the Huff property and dug up and removed 14 established blueberry bushes.

The bushes were described as being approximately 6 to 6 1/2 feet tall and four feet across.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department at 812-482-3522.  All information can remain anonymous.