The Indiana Department of Transportation says weather permitting one lane of I-64 will be closed each day next week between 7 am and 3 pm for pavement testing and patching.

They say Mobile crews will be working between mile 43, near Interlake State Recreation Area in Warrick I-64 Lane MapCounty, and State Road 66 (Exit 92) in Crawford County.

INDOT urges drivers to slow down and stay alert near mobile crews.

For construction updates and traffic alerts, follow INDOT on social media at facebook.com/INDOTVincennesDistrict and at twitter.com/INDOTSouthwest, or you can access INDOT’s TrafficWise Traveler Information Service at carsprogram.org.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP)-A central Indiana lawmaker wants to revise a state law restricting the route of the final leg of the Interstate 69 extension between Evansville and Indianapolis.

Republican state Rep. John Price of Greenwood says he wants lawmakers to debate a 2006 law that bans the I-69 extension from passing through Marion County’s Perry Township.

Price’s district includes part of Johnson County, which is immediately south of Perry Township.

He says the law should be reviewed because Johnson County has worked to add water and utility infrastructure along State Road 37 to support the highway’s final stretch between Martinsville and Indianapolis.

Price says “it would be a shame” if the I-69 extension doesn’t pass through that area considering the economic development benefits it would bring.

Construction of I-69 is still ongoing on Section 4 of the highway between Crane and Bloomington. That route is expected to open to traffic sometime next year. Preliminary construction on Section 5 between Bloomington and Martinsville is also underway.

The first 3 sections of the highway between Evansville and Crane opened to traffic back in 2012.

HAWESVILLE, Ky. (AP)-An Ohio River bridge that connects western Kentucky with southwestern Indiana is set to be painted coming up in 2016.

A Kentucky Transportation Cabinet official says the rusted Bob Cummings-Lincoln Trail Bridge will probably not be completely closed during the project. The span connects Hawesville, Kentucky with Cannelton, Indiana in Perry County.

The state of Indiana will manage the painting project. The bridge was built in the 1960s.

The state of Kentucky managed the painting of the nearby Glover H. Cary Bridge in Owensboro that was completed last year. That project cost more than $10 million and the bridge was closed to all traffic for more than six months.

A Jasper man was taken into custody after running off of the road…and into someone’s house.

Just before 8:10 pm, Jasper Police were called to a home on Briarcliff Parkway on the reported car vs house accident. Police say a truck driven by 23-year-old Ted Gramelspacher had gone off of the right side of the roadway. It hit 2 mailboxes and a light pole. Gramelspacher’s truck then went through a yard in the 1400 block of Briarcliff Parkway before coming to rest against a nearby home.

The truck became stuck next to the home and Gramelspacher began trying to free it. Police ordered Gramelspacher out of the vehicle, but he did not comply and continued trying to free his truck. Police then took Gramelspacher out of the vehicle and detained him.

EMS was called to the scene due to Gramelspacher being in an incoherent state. Gramelspacher then spit on an EMT on the way to Memorial Hospital. Police say initial toxicology screenings found that Gramelspacher had THC in his system.

Gramelspacher was then admitted to the hospital. He is being lodged in the Dubois County Security Center upon his release from the hospital. Gramelspacher faces OWI-controlled substance, resisting law enforcement, and battery by bodily waste on a public health official charges.

Total damage was estimated at 4 thousand dollars.

A Spencer County hunter was injured after he fell from a treestand yesterday morning.

Just before 7:10 am, Spencer County Dispatch received a report of a man who was in need of medical assistance after falling out of the tree stand in the southeastern part of the county. When they arrived, medical crews found 35-year-old Brian Meunier of Lamar lying at the base of the tree stand. Meunier complained of back pain.

Meunier told Indiana Conservation Officers that he was standing on the top step when he turned around to sit on the stand and fell off. Meunier fell about 11 feet before hitting the ground.

Conservation officers say a layer of frost on the steps of the wooden stand was a contributing factor. They also say Meunier was not wearing any type of safety harness.

Meunier was taken to Jasper’s Memorial Hospital. He was listed in stable condition.

The New Boston and Grandview Fire Departments, Spencer County Emergency Management, and Spencer County EMS assisted conservation officers.

Now tree stand falls are the most common hunting accident in Indiana according to conservation officers. You are encouraged to use a safety harness or fall restraint system while hunting from an elevated position.

Well today is only Thanksgiving, but Santa Claus came to Jasper last night to kick off the holiday season.

Santa was at the Herman Kiefer Fire Station along West 6th Street from 5:45 to 6:15 last night. Many young children gathered to visit with Santa. They also recieved goodie bags from Santa’s elves.

Santa then got on board a fire truck and rode down to the west side of the Jasper downtown square as part of a parade. That parade culminated with the lighting of the Christmas tree. Music was provided by the Messmer Family Band and Friends.

Now last night’s visit from Santa was coordinated by the Greater Downtown Jasper Business Association. Germaine Blessinger is the treasurer for the association. She says getting to see Santa is a big part of the holidays for many of the kids:

As for the business association, Blessinger says hosting Santa’s visit is a great opportunity:

Jasper mayor Terry Seitz was also on hand to provide a special holiday greeting prior to the tree lighting.

UPDATE: Dubois County Coroner Bob Veatch has released the names of the fire victims. 2 adults (20-year-old Linsey Parsley originally of Indianapolis and 20-year-old Alex Snedeker of Jasper) along with Parsley’s 3-year-old son Robert Parsley were killed in this morning’s blaze.

Veatch says autopsies were scheduled to be done later in the afternoon.

ORIGINAL STORY:

An early morning fire on Jasper’s southeast side has resulted in three fatalities.

At 4:45 this morning, firefighters with the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department were called to the 400 block of 3rd Avenue on a reported structure fire. Jasper fire chief Kenny Hochgesang says the upstairs apartment in the home was fully engulfed in flames when fire crews arrived on scene:

No other injuries were reported in the fire. Hochgesang says everyone in the downstairs apartment made it out safely.

Hochgesang says the cause of the fire has not been determined. The state fire marshal’s office was called in to investigate.

Third Avenue between Church Avenue and Giesler Road was closed for several hours this morning. Traffic was re-routed along Church Avenue to South Newton Street.

The Jasper Fire Department responded with 4 trucks and 35 men. Dubois County Sheriff’s deputies, Jasper Police, and Memorial Hospital EMS also assisted.