Dubois County Property Tax Reminder

Dubois County Treasurer Chad Blessinger wants to remind taxpayers of the upcoming deadline to pay property taxes.

The first installment of property taxes is due next Friday, May 10th. Payments may be mailed to the Dubois County Treasurer at 1 Courthouse Square, Room 105 in Jasper and must be received or postmarked by May 10th.

The Treasurer’s Office is open from 8 am till 4 pm Monday through Friday. For those unable to come in during regular hours, the office will also be open this Saturday, the 4th, from 8 to noon and will remain open until 5:00 on the 10th. A drop box is located on the Dubois County Annex building for after-hours payments as well.

If you have any questions, you may call the treasurer’s office at 481-7080 during regular business hours.

Brandie Wright

39-year old Brandie Wright of Huntingburg passed away Thursday, in the Emergency Room of Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

She is survived by:
Her husband Mark Wright, Sr. of Huntingburg
Three sons,
Ezra Thompson of Plainfield,
Mark Wright, Jr. of Huntingburg,
and Dacota Wright of Ferdinand,
Four daughters,
Ansela Thompson of Odon,
Felecia Wright of Huntingburg,
Sydney Wright and Chelsea Wright both of Crawford County
Her mother and step-father,
Mary Jane and Arthur Allen ofSouth Point, South Carolina,
One sister and 3 grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services for 39-year old Brandie Wright of Huntingburg will be held at 2 pm Tuesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg with burial to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Huntingburg.

Friends are encouraged to attend and should meet directly at the church for the funeral mass.

There will be no visitation at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions be made to the Nass and Son funeral home in Huntingburg to assist with burial expenses.

Traffic Accident Damages Residence’s Landscape

No one was injured in an accident in Jasper yesterday afternoon.

Jasper Police say 22-year-old Whitney Hildenbrand of Jasper was eastbound on 14th Street at the intersection of Main Street just after 4 pm when the accident took place.

Police say 79-year-old Martina Berger of Jasper was northbound on Main Street approaching the 14th Street intersection with the right of way and no stop sign. Police say Hildenbrand stated that she looked south but didn’t see Berger’s vehicle due to parked vehicles in the area.

Hildenbrand pulled into the intersection and collided with Berger’s vehicle. The two vehicles became joined together upon impact and wound up in the front yard of Jim Dalton in the 1400 block of Main Street. The two vehicles landed on top of a landscaping area in the southwest corner of the Dalton property and took down a stop sign for westbound traffic. Hildenbrand’s car suffered $5,000 in damages and Berger’s car suffered $7,500 worth of damage.

Hildenbrand was cited for failure to yield the right of way.

Huntingburg Teen Busted for Alcohol Possession

A Huntingburg teen was arrested during a routine traffic stop in Jasper yesterday evening.

Jasper Police say 18-year-old Luis Quintanilla of Huntingburg was pulled over for going 57 mph Luis Quintanillain a 35 mph zone along Meridian Road south of State Road 162 at 11:45 pm last night.

During the stop, the officer found Quintanilla to be in possession of alcohol. Quintanilla was arrested and faces a charge of being a minor in possession of alcohol. He was lodged in the Dubois County Security Center.

Jasper Police were assisted by the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

Three Arrested in Martin County Meth Bust

Three people were arrested after a routine traffic stop early yesterday morning found a driver with a suspended license and methamphetamine in the vehicle.

Indiana State Police say 35-year-old Rector Worely of Indianapolis failed to signal for a left hand turn at the intersection of SW 1st and Sheridan Streets in Loogootee. After stopping the vehicle, police say it was determined that Worley was driving on a suspended license. Also during the stop, a trooper found a mason jar in the vehicle containing methamphetamine and several other items commonly associated with the use and making of meth.

Rector WorleyWorely and two passengers in the vehicle, 36-year-old Shirley Coker and 38-year-old Tawnya Stone, both of Loogootee, were arrested and lodged in the Martin County Jail.

With the information gathered during this traffic stop, state police also applied for and received warrants to search both Coker’s and Stones’ residences. At Stones’ residence in the 100 block of SW 3rd Street in Loogootee, police located methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernelia. Stone’s child was also at the residence and was turned over to other family members. At Coker’s residence on East North 1st Street just outside of Loogootee in Alfordsville, meth and precursors were located. The Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Team was called to the scene to assist with collecting evidence and to insure that all present chemicals were safe.

Worley faces a Class D felony for maintaining a common nuisance, Class C felonies for possession of methamphetamine and dealing methamphetamine, andShirley Coker a Class A misdemeanor for possession of paraphernelia. Coker faces four charges from the traffic stop, which are a Class D felony for maintaining a common nuisance, Class C felonies for possession of methamphetamine and dealing Tawnya Stonemethamphetamine, and a Class A misdemeanor for possession of paraphernelia. She also faces four charges in Daviess County stemming from the search of her residence, which are a Class D felony for maintaining a common nuisance, a Class C felony for possession of methamphetamine, a Class B felony for possession of precursors with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, and a Class A misdemeanor for possession of paraphernelia. Stone faces Class D felonies for maintaining a common nuisance and neglect of a dependent, a Class C felony for possession of methamphetamine, and two Class A misdemeanors for possession of paraphernelia.

Indiana State Police were assisted by the Martin County and Daviess County Sheriff’s Departments as well as the Shoals Police Department.

Messmer On the Pending Indiana Budget

As the Indiana House and Senate wrap up voting in this year’s legislative session, one of the key elements has been passing a balanced budget.

Messmer on the floor (2)Indiana District 63 State Representative Mark Messmer says a budget is expected to pass when it comes to a vote this evening and offers his overall reaction:

Messmer says increases in road funding and education funding were two of the biggest points of emphasis in the budget. Tune into the WBDC News on Monday for more from Representative Messmer on Indiana’s new budget.

Stens Recieves Energize Indiana Rebate

A local business was rewarded for its energy-saving efforts in a big way this morning.

Jasper-based Stens, a supplier of parts and accessories for outdoor equipment dealers, distributors, rental companies, golf courses, and forestry companies all over the world, received a rebate check of $25,168 from Energizing Indiana and the Indiana Municipal Power Agency (IMPA). The rebate check for the company is in recognition of its implementation of lights and other improvements to reduce its energy usage.

IMPA Energy Efficiency Manager Dan Worl says the amount of the rebate stood out due to Stens’ efforts to save the energy, but that was just one reason for the grant:

Stens Vice President of Operations Kevin Mair says the award means a lot to not only the company, but to others as well:

Energizing Indiana is a joint effort by participating utilities and consumer organizations to offer comprehensive  energy efficiency programs statewide.

Programs include Home Energy Assessments, lighting discounts, and educational programs for schools. Energizing Indiana programs are funded by utility rates. No separate fees are required to participate.

To learn more or to get an application, visit energizingindiana.com or call 1-888-446-7750. You can also follow them on Twitter and like them on Facebook.