DCBi Staff

Just after 1 o’clock yesterday afternoon, Dubois Volunteer Firefighters were called to the report of smoke in a shop building at Patoka Regional Water and Sewer District along the 2600 block of N State Road 545.

Fire Department spokesman Zach Eichmiller says a construction crew was on scene doing some digging work on an expansion project at the facility when they hit an underground power line.

The incident caused electric current to flow to multiple buildings at the facility, possibly through the water line the crew was working on.  Eichmiller says several fixtures in multiple buildings were damaged from the heavy electrical current, but there was no structural damage.

Dubois REC responded to the scene and in short time disconnecting all power to the facility in order for the electric line to be repaired and all fixtures could be inspected that were involved in the incident.  All the buildings involved in the incident were checked by firefighters for hot spots before departing the scene.

Eichmiller said the facility was operating off of generator power when units departed, and would continue to do so until all repairs were made and Dubois REC was able to restore power.

There were no injuries.

Three trucks with 13 firemen responded to the scene where they spent about an hour.

Dubois firefighters were assisted by Dubois REC and Memorial Hospital EMS.

A Huntingburg man was taken into custody after he was accused of causing damage to an inside wall at a local group home Wednesday evening.

Just before 6 pm Huntingburg Police were called to the Transitional Services Group Home located along the 100 Block of Chestnut Street where a man was reported to be destroying the inside of the residence.

Upon their arrival Police made contract with 18-year old Avary Allgood and immediately took him into custody.

Police determined that Allgood had used a metal pipe to knock out a wall in the home’s living room and due to the amount of damage, Avary was charged with a Class A misdemeanor count of Criminal Mischief.

He was taken to and booked into the Dubois County Security Center.

A Jasper woman landed behind bars after she was suspected of shoplifting at the Jasper WalMart Store on the city’s northside.

At about a quarter after 8 last night Jasper Police received a report of a possible shoplifter at the store.  An investigation by authorities found that 31-year old Tessa Zehr of Jasper attempted to steal items from the store valued at nearly 48-dollars.

Zehr was taken to and lodged into the Dubois County Security Center on theft charges.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – A federal appeals court has upheld Indiana’s right-to-work law banning mandatory union fees in a split decision.

Two judges on the three-member panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals determined that the state law doesn’t wrongfully take property from unions and is constitutional. But Chief Judge Diane Wood dissented, writing that federal labor law “does not support such sweeping force for Indiana’s right-to-work law.”

The Indiana Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Thursday on a pair of cases challenging the law on state constitutional grounds. Indiana became the first Rust Belt state to approve a right-to-work law in 2012.

The legislative fight drew thousands of union protesters to the Statehouse in 2011 and 2012, in one of the state’s most divisive and drawn-out debates.

Spontaneous combustion is believed to be the likely cause of a fire that destroyed a haybarn early this morning in Duff.

Firefighters with the Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department spent over five hours at the scene and remained on site as of early this morning.

The blaze broke out around 1:30 at Whitsitt Farms located along the 3200 block of South 650W.

Huntingburg Fire Chief Scott Patberg says a  metal-sided 40-by-60 pole barn full of large round hay bales was engulfed in flames upon their arrival along with a 20-by-60 lean-to attached to it that contained farm implements.

The Holland Volunteer Fire Department and the Ireland Volunteer Fire Department were on hand to provide tanker assistance.

A Cooper Rail Service track hoe was brought to the scene to spread the remnants of the building and the bales so firefighters could get to hot spots.

No Injuries were reported.

Patberg says the main barn, the lean-to and their contents were a total loss. All of which were insured.

Yesterday the Jasper Redevelopment Commission decided to allow the city’s Parks and Recreation Department to take over management of the Parklands property.

The commission will maintain ownership of the   property although all planning, maintenance, and improvements will be the responsibility of the parks department and Jasper Park Board.

Last month the Jasper Common Council asked for a list of pros and cons for the redevelopment commission to own The Parklands.

During yesterday’s meeting commission president John Bell asked parks Director Ken Buck, who was on hand what he thought about the ownership.

Buck said that as they have learned more about the role of the redevelopment commission in the ownership of The Parklands, they have realized the potential advantages.

CityVisions and Gamble and Associates will be presenting The Parklands plan during the next meeting of the Jasper Park Board next Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 at Jasper City Hall.

To assist in paying for the improvements outlined in the Jasper Downtown/Riverfront and Parklands plans, the city is exploring the implementation of tax increment financing districts.

Dubois County is planning to conduct a tax sale next Thursday, September 11th for delinquent properties that have delinquent taxes and special assessments due from the prior year’s spring installment.

In Indiana, the county treasurer and auditor are required to sell tax liens on delinquent properties that remain unpaid from the prior year’s spring installment. The county will offer the tax sale certificates at a public sale that is not less than the total amount due in delinquent taxes, costs, and penalties.

In a news release Dubois County Auditor Kathy Hopf says the purpose of the Tax Sale is to offer delinquent properties in order to collect back taxes to help fund local government services,

Meanwhile county treasurer Chad Blessinger noted there are currently 43 properties available for the tax sale totaling nearly 81-thousand dollars in delinquencies.

In addition to serving as a source for local governments to collect unpaid property taxes, tax sales also serve as an opportunity for real estate investors to earn interest income upon redemption of the property within one year from the sale, or to take title to the property through a post-tax sale process that involves petitioning the local court for a tax deed.

Anyone interested in registering and bidding at the County Tax Sale should visit the SRI, Inc. website at www.sri-taxsale.com and read  information provided regarding tax sales.