Carey Schneider

A fire that broke out late this morning in a Jasper fast food restaurant that caused damage to the building’s interior is now being considered an act of arson resulted in the arrest of an employee from Knox County on not just a charge of arson, but others including drug possession and theft.   

Just before 11:30 am Firefighters with the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department responded to the Rally’s restaurant along US 231 near the Crossing where Jasper Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang says the blaze was discovered by firefighters in a restroom storage cabinet.

Firemen were able to knock out the blaze in a matter of minutes.

Initially, Hochgesand said exactly what started the fire had yet to be determined though it is was considered suspicious in nature. The Jasper Police Department and Dubois County Sheriff’s Department were called to look further into the matter.

An investigation revealed a strong odor of gasoline coming from within the building. Authorities say an employee 24-year old Braxton Cannon of Vincennes had intentionally started the fire using gasoline and a lighter in the employee restroom.

Police say while being patted down, Cannon became physically resistant with officers and was found to have a white powdery substance in a baggie that police say later field tested positive for methanphetamine.

Police also found 80-dollars in cash in his possession that Cannon admitted to have taken out of the store register as he was leaving the building after setting the fire.

Cannon was taken to the Dubois County Security Center where he was booked on Level 4 Felony counts of Arson, and possession of Methamphetamine as well as a Level 6 felony count of theft and a misdemeanor count of resisting law enforcement.

Meanwhile Hochgesang estimated damage at around 15-hundred dollars and says its uncertain whether or not the restaurant will be open for business today mostly due to needed clean-up.

32 men with three trucks responded to the call.  Firefighters were on the scene for about 30 minutes.

No injuries were reported.

A Spencer County man as been arrested for numerous child molesting incidents that took place in Pike County over a five year period.

A detective with the Indiana State Police launched a criminal investigation back in February after receiving information that 32-year old Brandon Lester of Santa Claus, had allegedly molested a Pike County girl.

Brandon LesterDuring the course of the investigation police discovered evidence of the alleged molestation on several different occasions between January of 2009 and February 2014.

The case was presented to a Pike County Grand Jury last week and on Friday Lester was indicted for child molesting a Class A Felony.

An arrest warrant was issued and Lester was picked up by Indiana State Police this morning at his residence in Santa Claus.

He was taken to the Pike County Jail where he is currently being held on a $350,000 bond.

In preparation for the 35th annual Jasper Strassenfest set to kick off later this week, festival royalty was crowned Saturday at the Jasper Middle School Auditorium.

The Little Miss and Mister Strassenfest contest took place in the first two sessions of the day where Serenity Eckerle was crowned Little Miss Strassenfest and Ethan Schaefer was named Little Mister Strassenfest.  Continue reading

A Huntingburg man was taken into custody over the weekend on a warrant for murder accusing him of being involved in an earlier shooting that took place in Louisville.

Huntingburg Police say early Sunday morning they received a tip that 22-year old Kyle Jordan Chambers of Huntingburg had been in an altercation in Louisville  Continue reading

The driver of a Jeep SUV escaped with scratches and bruises when he fell asleep at the wheel and flipped the vehicle Sunday morning.

The Spencer County Sheriff’s Department says the Jeep was eastbound on Interstate 64 near mile marker 59 about 8 am Sunday when it ran off the left shoulder of the highway in Spencer County, crossed over to run off the right side of the roadway and flipped several times before landing on its top.  Continue reading

Road paving Tuesday along Merdian and 15Th Streets in Jasper.

Officials with the Dubois County Highway Department say that a repaving project will take place beginning tomorrow morning  (Tuesday) on portions of both Meridian Road and East 15th Street in Jasper.   Continue reading