The 5th person who was wanted in a string of local burglaries has been found.

Jasper Police say 17-year-old Savion Frye was taken into custody at a hotel in Louisville yesterday by Louisville Metro Police. JPD credits tips from the public in helping to locate Frye. Frye is currently incarcerated in Louisville, where he is awaiting a trial and extradition back to Indiana to face local charges.

Authorities say 4 other people were taken into custody in this case. 19-year-old Gina Kieffner, 18-year-old Kyle Peckinpaugh, a 17-year-old male and a 17-year-old female have all been arrested and charged with burglary and theft within the last couple of days. Kieffner and the 17-year-old female were taken into custody yesterday.

Now authorities say those arrested were involved in 3 burglaries over Memorial Day weekend. One was reported at a residence along Genevieve Avenue in Jasper and the other 2 happened on County Road 550 West in Ireland. 2 of the 3 homes had money stolen from them and one of the homes in Ireland had other items, including a 1999 Ford pickup truck stolen.

Police say the truck was found empty off of a Pike County road. Some of the money stolen from the Genevieve Avenue residence has also been recovered. Other items that were stolen have yet to be found.

JPD is still asking the public to come forward if they know of other thefts from cars over the last month. If you have had something taken out of your car since May 9th and it hasn’t been reported, you should call Jasper Police at (812)-482-2255 and ask to speak with Detective Sgt. Rick Chambers.

This will be a special weekend for veterans all across Southern Indiana, including some from our local counties.

Honor Flight of Southern Indiana’s 2nd flight to Washington DC will be taking off tomorrow morning from the Evansville Regional Airport. A dozen World War 2 veterans from Dubois and Spencer counties will be aboard this flight, which will have 70 veterans from all over Southwestern Indiana on board.

Pat O’Keefe is a member of the Southern Indiana Leatherneck detachment of the Marine Corps League and is a committee member for Honor Flight of Southern Indiana. O’Keefe says the flight is a chance for many World War 2 veterans to finally get the homecoming they deserve:

O’Keefe says the average age of World War 2 veterans is now about 92 years old. He says this chance is even more rare as a thousand veterans from World War 2 pass away each day.

O’Keefe is also asking the public to come to the Evansville airport for the welcome home party. Honor Flight of Southern Indiana is expecting around 4 thousand people to show up at the airport tomorrow evening. The plane is expected to land at 8:30 pm central time. Anyone who does attend is asked to bring American flags, signs and banners and should dress in 1940s attire. Parking will be available at the Old Terminal lot off of US 41 and at the Thunderbolt Pass Golf Course off of Petersburg Road. Shuttles will begin running at 5:30 central time to take guests to the airport.

Now Honor Flight of Southern Indiana had its first flight to Washington DC back in October of last year. The flight began as an extension of the Indy Honor Flight, but soon grew enough to warrant a Southern Indiana hub. The hub is based out of the Evansville Regional Airport.

O’Keefe says Dubois County has played a key role in Honor Flight of Southern Indiana’s growth to date:

Honor Flight of Southern Indiana is the 133rd hub in the national Honor Flight Network. It serves veterans in Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Lawrence, Martin, Orange, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh and Warrick counties.

For more information, you can go to honorflightsi.org or like them on Facebook.

June is shaping up to be a busy month in the city of Huntingburg.

Mayor Denny Spinner told the Huntingburg City Council last night the Stellar Communities efforts have kicked into high gear and there will be several public hearings for upcoming projects. The Huntingburg Redevelopment Commission will be kicking off those hearings this upcoming Monday June 1st at their meeting. The commission’s hearing will focus on the TIF bonds that are being used to pay for the Stellar projects.

Then, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security will be in Huntingburg on Monday June 15th to hold a hearing on the ongoing project to move the Huntingburg Street Department out of a floodplain. That will be followed up on Wednesday June 17th when city officials will unveil the design plans for the 4th Street Heritage Trail and Market Street park areas. The June 17th presentation will begin at 6 o’clock at Old Town Hall along Geiger Street.

Spinner says the projects are progressing well, which is a major credit to the city’s Stellar Committee. Spinner says the city has learned a lot through the process, knowledge that is being passed on:

Work on the 9th Street extension project is now underway and will be done in September. Work on the other 2 projects will get underway sometime next year.

In other business, the council voted to approve the refunding of Sewage Works Revenue Bonds that were issued back in 1995. At that time, 2 bonds were issued for work on the city’s waste water plant. Under an ordinance passed last night, the 2 bonds will become 1. The life of the bonds will also be shortened by 4 years and the interest rate will drop down to 3%. It had been at 4 and a half percent.

Spinner says its another step forward for fiscal responsibility in Huntingburg:

Spinner says the city will save about 326 thousand dollars thanks to the refunding.

More accolades have rolled in for Holiday World and Splashin Safari.

The park has been honored with the 2015 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.com. The award honors hospitality excellence and is only given to establishments worldwide who consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. The top performing 10% of the nearly 5 million businesses listed on TripAdvisor win the award.

In a news release, park president Matt Eckert says the designation is a well-deserved pat on the back for park staff. Eckert says the staff consistently deliver memorable days at Holiday World for all of the park’s guests.

To be eligible, businesses have to maintain an overall rating of 4 or higher out of a possible 5 and must have been listed on the site for at least 12 months. Volume of reviews is also factored in and the park says it got more than 12 hundred visitor reviews.

For more information, visit the park’s website at HolidayWorld.com or call 1-877-463-2645.

Dubois County has retaken the lead as the county with Indiana’s lowest unemployment rate and has dropped below the 3% mark.

Local numbers released this morning by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development show Dubois County’s unemployment rate dropped by a staggering 1.2 percent in the month of April. Dubois County’s unemployment rate is now 2.9%, 2 tenths of a percent lower than 2nd place Hamilton County.

Among other counties, Daviess County tied for 3rd lowest in the state at 3.3%. Martin, Pike, Spencer and Warrick counties all reported 3.7% unemployment. Perry County came in at 4.2%. Crawford and Orange counties still have unemployment rates over 5% as of April’s report. Crawford County came in at 5.7% while Orange County reported 5.9% unemployment. Indiana’s highest unemployment rate was in Vermillion County once again, this time at 6.9%.

As a whole, Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.4% for April, down 4 tenths of a percent from March’s numbers. The state saw more than 10 thousand new jobs created in the private sector, led by gains in the Trade, Transportation and Utilities, Professional and Business Services and Construction sectors. The Hoosier State has added more than 281,000 jobs since July of 2009, which was the low point for employment in Indiana.

The DWD says Indiana is now just 78 hundred private sector jobs short of the all-time employment peak. That was reached back in March of 2000.

An investigation into a string of recent burglaries has led to the arrest of 4 Jasper residents and 1 more suspect remains at-large.

Gina KieffnerThis morning, Jasper Police took 19-year-old Gina Kieffner into custody on a Level 4 felony count for burglary and a Level 6 felony count of theft. Her arrest is in connection with a Friday burglary that occurred at a residence in the 600 block of Genevieve Avenue in Jasper along with a pair of burglaries in the Ireland area Monday evening.

Now authorities say on Friday, Kieffner’s red four door passenger car was seen driving past the Jasper residence. At that point, witnesses say the vehicle stopped and 2 young men got out and broke into the house, taking an undisclosed sum of money before leaving the scene.

Kyle PeckinpaughThen on Monday, Dubois County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a pair of burglaries on County Road 550 West in Ireland. Deputies say nothing was taken from the first residence, but the 2nd home reported a large amount of cash missing from a safe. That resident also had several other items, including a 1999 Ford pickup truck stolen.

Police say the truck was later found empty off of a country road in Pike County. Deputies soon identified Kieffner along with 18-year-old Kyle Peckinpaugh of Jasper, a 17-year-old male, a 17-year-old female and Savion Frey as people of interest.

Kieffner and the 17-year-old female were found by Jasper Police at the Jasper Walmart on Tuesday. They were taken to JPD headquarters for questioning and were arrested this morning.

Meanwhile, sheriff’s deputies say 4 of the 5 suspects have been arrested on burglary and theft charges. Frey is the only one who is still at-large. The investigation is still ongoing and the Pike County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana State Police are also assisting Jasper Police and Dubois County Sheriff’s deputies.

Jasper Police say some of the stolen money from the Genevieve Avenue residence has been recovered. JPD says several of the other items have not been recovered however. If you have had something stolen out of your car anytime between May 9th and today and it has not been reported, you should call Jasper Police at (812)-482-2255 and ask to speak with Detective Sergeant Rick Chambers.

Jasper water customers should be prepared in the event of a potential water shortage next week.

The Jasper Water Department says due to connection of the newly mandated Ultra-Violet water purification system, water production will only be at half of its normal capacity from next Tuesday June 2nd through next Friday June 5th.

Water department officials say the half capacity is normally adequate for this time of year, thus it’s unlikely that anyone will have a water shortage. However, water department personnel will be constantly monitoring the status of the city’s water system next week. If any unforeseen issues come up, the department will notify the public about any short-term measures that may be needed to conserve water until the city’s water reserves are re-established. These would include not watering your lawn or not washing a vehicle at home.

Now the Jasper Water Department wants to reassure the public that any water that is produced will be safe to drink and water discoloration is not likely. If there is discoloration, customers should run their cold water taps for a few minutes to clear it out.

For more information or questions, you can call the Jasper Water Department at (812)-482-5252.