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ISP Releases Sketch Of Delphi Murders Suspect

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Delphi (Local Sources) – Indiana State Police this morning released a sketch of the man they say is the primary suspect in the murders of 14-year-old Liberty German and 13-year-old Abigail Williams more than five months ago.

Police say they hope the sketch (pictured right) will help clarify some of the pictures that have been released regarding the investigation including the “man on the bridge”.

Man on Bridge

Man On Bridge Picture Released Earlier by ISP

Sgt. Kim Riley says the sketch is the result of information to the tip line and follow-up investigations in the past couple of weeks.

Police say the person depicted in the composite sketch is described as a white male between 5’6” to 5’10”, weighing 180 to 220 pounds, with reddish brown hair. The eye color is unknown.

This sketch depicts a hat that may not be accurate. Police are asking for the public to focus on the person’s facial features.

 

 

 

 

 

Jasper Man Escapes Serious Injury When Truck Hits Utility Pole; Teen Injured After Rolling SUV

Jasper Man Injured When Truck Hits REC Pole

A Jasper man escaped serious injury Sunday morning when his pickup truck ran off the road and struck a utility pole.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department says 61-year old Roger Fleck was driving eastbound on West 300 North just east of North 500 West in Madison Township when his pickup truck went off the south side of the road at about 9am.

DCSD says Fleck’s pickup struck a Dubois Rural Electric utility pole snapping it at its base.

DCSD says Fleck refused medical treatment at the scene but he was taken to the hospital later in a private vehicle.
Fleck’s truck was considered a total loss.

Jasper Man Arrested For OWI After Crashing Car West of Bretzville Junction

Meanwhile, a Jasper man was arrested early Sunday when after he crashed his car along Indiana 64 between Bretzville and St. Anthony.
DCSD says the driver of the vehicle, 25-year-old Adam Buchta, was standing against his car off the south side of the roadway when deputies arrived on scene.

DCSD says Buchta was traveling westbound on SR 64 when he apparently fell asleep and drove his vehicle off the south side of the roadway into a ditch, where the car rolled over on its top, and came to rest upside down, facing south.

Deputies say Buctha showed signs of intoxication while on the scene, and after several field sobriety tests.

Buchta was then taken by deputies to the Huntingburg Police Department for a chemical breath test where he DCSD says he tested .083% blood alcohol content.

He now faces a charge of Driving While Intoxicated.

Local Teen Escapes Serious Injury After Rolling SUV Near Sultan’s Run

A Jasper teen escaped serious injury when is SUV rolled onto its side near Sultan’s Run Golf Club Saturday night.

DCSD says 16-year old William Sternburg was leaving the golf course when the accident happened shortly before 9pm.

Sternberg told deputies he was distracted as he turned west onto Meridian Road and his vehicle went off the side of the road.

DCSD says the road’s shoulder does have a small drop off and when he overcorrected bringing the SUV back onto Meridian Road, the vehicle rolled over onto its driver’s side.

DCSD says SUV slid about 200 feet down the roadway on its side, spinning 180 degrees before coming to rest off the north side of the roadway facing south.

DCSD says Sternberg was able to get out of the SUV on his own before deputies arrived.

He was treated at the scene for an injury to his left hand before being taken to the hospital in a private vehicle.

DCSD says the SUV was a total loss.

Hot(ter) And More Humid As Week Progresses (VIDEO)

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

Jasper Gets With The Program (VIDEO)

Jasper (NNDC) – Several years ago, the American Red Cross launched its national home fire prevention program.

The program teams up with communities and volunteer groups all across the country to help protect homes and family from fires

The City of Jasper, with the help of volunteers from the local family advocacy group is the latest to get with the program…

Homeowners in Jasper who want to take part in the new smoke alarm program can call the American Red Cross at 812-610-9494 and leave a message.

Jasper Pool Issues “Safety Reminder

Jasper Municipal Swimming Pool

Jasper Municipal Swimming Pool

Jasper (Local Sources) – The City of Jasper Parks and Recreation Departmet has issued a safety reminder on behalf of the Jasper Municipal Swimming Pool.

City officials want to remind parents and guardians who drop their kids off at the pool or for any child who walks to the pool on their ow

Jasper (Local Sources) – The City of Jasper Parks and Recreation Departmet has issued a statement on behalf of the Jasper Municipal Swimming Pool.

City officials want to remind parents and guardians a safety announcement for those who drop their kids off at the pool or for any child who walks to the pool on their own to provide sunscreen for children if they are swimming for a few hours and that children also have essentials with them, including an emergency contact number, a towel and anything else required for water safety.

City officials say the pool is responsible for ensuring children are safe on the deck and in the water, but cannot provide sunscreen, towels, life jackets and toys.

Pool officials ask that children six and younger be accompanied by an adult whenever possible.

Parents are also asked that if they drop off their children off at the pool and they stay until closing, that they be picked up promptly at 7 p.m. (regular closing time), at 9 p.m. after pool parties, or 10pm following ‘Twilight Swims’ on Wednesdays.

Pool managers say they will do their best to make sure children are safe before they leave, but are rarely able to stay longer after closing for the evening.

Pool officials also want to remind guests they do their best to ensure children’s safety when they swim and ask for the support and cooperation of parents to help in the endeavor.

to provide sunscreen for children if they are swimming for a few hours and that children also have essentials with them, including an emergency contact number, a towel and anything else required for water safety.

City officials say the pool is responsible for ensuring children are safe on the deck and in the water, but cannot provide sunscreen, towels, life jackets and toys.

Pool officials ask that children six and younger be accompanied by an adult.

Parents are also asked that if they drop off their children off at the pool and they stay until closing, that they be picked up promptly at 7 p.m. (regular closing time), at 9 p.m. after pool parties, or 10pm following ‘Twilight Swims’ on Wednesdays.

Pool managers say they will do their best to make sure children are safe before they leave, but are rarely able to stay longer after closing for the evening.

Pool officials also want to remind guests they do their best to ensure children’s safety when they swim and ask for the support and cooperation of parents to help in the endeavor.

Huntingburg Woman Charged With Shoplifting; More

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FRICK

Jasper (NNDC) – A 19-year-old Huntingburg woman was arrested Friday afternoon charged with shoplifting from the Jasper Wal-Mart store.

Jasper police Taylor Frick was seen running from the store and getting into a Cadillac SUV shortly after 12Noon.  Officers were able to get a license plate number for the SUV which was was located a short time later.  JPD says Frick was with the vehicle in the parking lot at Village Court Apartments just south of West Northwood Ave.

When officers approached, they say Frick allegedly put a bag back in the vehicle and locked the door.  Police say she refused consent to search the vehicle.

JPD says a search warrant was obtained from Dubois County Prosecutors Office.

JPD says a search of the vehicle found stolen items from Walmart along with methamphetamines and paraphernalia.

Among the items taken from Wal-Mart (totaling $155.19) were a lithium battery jump pack as well as other auto accessories.  Household items, including batteries, a light and a fan were also found in the vehicle.

During the search, police say methamphetamines and paraphernalia were also allegedly found.

Frick is charged with a Level 6 felony count of possession of methamphetamine, and misdemeanor charges of theft, criminal mischief and possession of paraphernalia.

JPD says the criminal mischief charge was due to the fact that items from Wal-Mart had been opened and cannot be restocked by the store.

GAB Announces New Multi-Million Dollar Operations Center In Jasper (AUDIO)

Jasper (NNDC) – German American Bank has announced plans to build a new $6 million operations center in Jasper.

Neil Dauby, GAB’s Chief Commercial Banking Officer, says the local bank is in the process of acquiring 7.5 acres of land on Jasper’s far south side for the new 40,000 sq. ft. center that will employ an estimated 150 employees.   100 of those employees will move from the bank’s current operations center on North Main Street and from other back office operations locations in the city including the bank’s main office which is also on North Main Street.

GAB OPERATIONS CTR

Architect Rendering Provided By German American Bank

Friday morning, Dauby and other German American officials met with the Jasper Economic Development Commission to formally apply for a property tax abatement the new operations center that will be built on land on West 12th Avenue between the headquarters of Kimball Electronics and the Jasper Youth Sports Complex.

Dauby says GAB now houses more than $3 billion in assets.  He says German American has successfully grown despite federal regulations brought on by the 2008 recession; including the half-billion dollars in assets it acquired in the merger with Madison, Indiana-based River Valley Bancorp in 2015.

Dauby says the secret to German American’s success has always been, and will continue to be its mission of being a local, community bank which is why the new operations center will be built in Jasper.

Dauby says the bank’s home office which houses its executive staff will remain at its current location at 7th and Main streets in downtown Jasper.

He says construction of the new operations center could begin as early as this fall and be opened in the Spring of 2018.

 

Local Woman Charged With Felony OWI; Had 7-Year Old Son In Car

Local Woman Charged With Felony OWI; Had 7-Year Old Son In Car

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Nugent

Huntingburg (NNDC) – Jasper police say a 29-year old Huntingburg woman was arrested Thursday after she was driving drunk with her seven-year old son in the car with her.

Arrested was Michelle Nugent of Huntingburg.

According to the Jasper Police Department, officers were notified shortly before 2:00pm of a car crossing the center line and fog line.  JPD says officers stopped Nugent’s car at 14th and Newton Streets.  It was determined by officers Nugent was under the influence of alcohol.  She was taken into custody after she tested .22% on a field breathalyzer test.

and arrested her after she tested .22 percent blood alcohol content with a personal breathalyzer test.

JPD says officers found numerous pieces of drug paraphernalia and two legend drugs during a subsequent search of her car.

Nugent was charged with a Level 6 felony count of operating while intoxicated; endangerment of a minor.   She is also preliminarily charged with possession of a legend drug and paraphernalia.

JPD says Nugent later tested .231% on a certified breathalyzer test at police headquarters.

Jasper Man Charged With Storage Unit Burglary; Unit Belonged To State Trooper

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Frank

Jasper (NNDC) – Meanwhile, a Jasper man was arrested Wednesday after police say he burglarized a local storage unit belonging to an Indiana State Trooper.

Police say Indiana State Master Trooper Brian LaRoche reported his storage unit in Jasper had been burglarized by someone who had gained access through the wall of the adjacent storage unit.

LaRoche says multiple items were taken including a weed trimmer and panels for a dog kennel.

Police say ISP Senior Trooper Brock Werne talked with the lessee of the storage unit next door who told him the only other person with access to that unit was 29-year-old Joseph Frank of Jasper.

Police say Werne went to Frank’s address in Jasper to talk with him.

Police say while standing on the front porch, Werne and LaRoche observed a weed trimmer that LaRoche identified as his.  The officers later located all of LaRoche’s stolen items.   Frank was then taken into custody.

He’s charged with a Level 5 felony count of burglary and a Class A misdemeanor count of theft.

State Unveils 5-Year Highway/Bridge Construction Plan

Indianapolis (Local Sources) –  Governor Eric J. Holcomb and Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Commissioner Joe McGuinness Wednesday kicked off Indiana’s Next Level Roads initiative and shared construction plans for the first five years of a new 20-year program to improve Indiana’s roads and bridges.

They were joined by members of the Indiana General Assembly, who advanced legislation this session that provides funding for a long-term, sustainable, data-driven infrastructure plan.

“Our transportation network of roads and bridges plays a major part in Indiana’s success story both now and in the future,” Gov. Holcomb said. “With a fully-funded plan in place for the next 20 years, Hoosiers can rest assured that Indiana will remain the Crossroads of America for generations to come. I thank our lawmakers for their committed leadership to make this possible, and I commend INDOT for working hard to identify key projects so that we could be ready to roll with this five-year plan so quickly.”

In May, Gov. Holcomb asked INDOT to provide a list of projects to begin and complete in the next five years to maintain Indiana’s position as the Crossroads of America.

The road construction plan for the first five years of Indiana’s Next Level Roads initiative outlines specific INDOT projects that will preserve existing roads and bridges, finish current projects and invest in Indiana’s overall transportation system. The plan outlines approximately $4.7 billion in total investment over the next five years – resurfacing nearly 10,000 lane miles of pavement and repairing or replacing approximately 1,300 bridges.

In Dubois County, the state plans to invest $14,500,000 over the next five years, including work on more than 100 miles of roadways and five bridges. CLICK HERE FOR PLANNED SPENDING IN DUBOIS COUNTY

Beyond this initial, five-year investment in state (INDOT) projects, the Next Level Roads initiative provides an additional $342 million annually to support Indiana cities, towns and counties for local road projects by 2024.

“This much-needed and massive investment means there will be many road construction zones, slower traffic, and orange cones and barrels in every part of our state,” said INDOT Commissioner McGuinness.

“I encourage Hoosiers and visitors to plan alternate routes and be mindful of work-zone safety precautions. The long-term benefits gained in safety, mobility and growth outweigh the short-term inconveniences, because the results will be reduced congestion, smooth highways, improved safety, and better roads and bridges across Indiana–for residents and visitors alike.”

With the bipartisan passage of HEA 1002, Indiana has a fully-funded plan to operate, maintain and improve every state road and bridge–a fact almost no other state can claim. INDOT is also working with local communities to create similar plans for local roads and bridges and will award funding for local projects through its Community Crossings initiative in the coming months.

For more of the plan for the first five years of Indiana’s Next Level Roads initiative visit www.in.gov/indot/.

Home Burglary Suspect Arrested; More Arrests Possible

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Seger

Jasper (NNDC) – A 19-year old Jasper man has been arrested in connection with a home burglary from which more than $12,000 worth of Silver Certificates and old coins were taken.

Arrested was Logan Seger (pictured right).

Jasper police say an investigation into the burglary led them to Seger who police say broke into the home on Leopold Street, accessed a safe inside the home, and took items out of it.

No other details have been released by Jasper police other than their investigation into the burglary is on going and that more arrests are expected.