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One of the 2 men recently arrested in connection with a Washington teen’s death has pled guilty.

Yesterday, 28-year-old Craig Streete entered the guilty plea for his role in the shooting death of 17-year-old Devan Burris. He is facing 15 years in jail on a Class A felony count for conspiracy to commit robbery resulting in serious bodily injury.

Now yesterday’s hearing was originally supposed to be a bond reduction hearing. However, Streete’s attorney and county prosecutor Dan Murrie worked out the plea agreement instead. Under the terms of that agreement, Streete would start his sentence with 2 years in the state Department of Corrections. He would then spend 10 years in the Daviess County Security center before spending the final 3 years on home detention. Streete will also face 15 years of probation added onto the end of his prison sentence.

Streete, along with 29-year-old Donald Kruchten, were arrested a week ago yesterday for their roles in Burris’ death. Burris was shot to death during the early morning hours of December 6th by 18-year-old Logan Evans. Evans was sentenced to 45 years in prison. Meanwhile, 19-year-old Lucas Benjamin was sentenced to 30 years in prison for his role in Burris’ death and for attempting to set up a drug deal between himself and Burris.

An agreement to govern oil drilling around the Huntingburg Airport is now in place.

Last night, the Dubois County Airport Authority approved entering into an agreement with Sovereign Natural Resources. Under that agreement, Sovereign will serve as the board’s exclusive agent on nearly 445 acres of land immediately surrounding the Huntingburg Airport. The board would have the right to not allow a company to drill for oil in the area if the offer made for drilling is unacceptable.

The board had directed attorney Phil Schneider to start negotiations on an agreement with Sovereign at last month’s meeting contingent on the company being registered in Indiana. Schneider told the board that happened late last month.

DCAA board president Brian Craig says the agreement not only helps to protect the airport. He says it also could spur development:

Rusty Robinson with Sovereign Natural Resources appeared before the board at last month’s meeting. He says oil is being found in the area at a depth of between 35 hundred and 4 thousand feet below the surface. He also told the board that wells at Elnora and Bicknell continue to produce oil after many years of service. Sovereign Natural Resources already has 20 thousand acres in Dubois County that it manages. It also manages land in Perry, Spencer, and Warrick Counties.

In other business, the board received an update on proposals for a new T hangar at the Huntingburg Airport. A rough draft is now in place for a proposed hangar. That draft was presented at last night’s meeting.

Craig says the next step is to approach county officials:

Craig says all funding options remain on the table at this point. Those include county EDIT funds, bonds through the Indiana Finance Authority, and private bank loans among other options.

Finally, airport manager Travis McQueen reported that the Runway 9 tree trimming project is now completed. McQueen says the final walkthrough was done recently and the airport is now awaiting FAA approval to resume night time landings along the runway.

A pair of bridge projects are set to begin across our area in the near future.

Officials with the Indiana Department of Transportation say one such project just north of Ferdinand could start this Friday. The work there is focused on a bridge over Green Creek along State Road 162 about 4 tenths of a mile to the north of State Road 264.

INDOT says one lane of the highway along the bridge will be closed at a time in order for work to be done. Stoplights are also set to be installed on each end of the bridge to control the flow of traffic. An 11 foot width restriction will be put in place while work is going on.

Jeffersonville-based American Contracting was awarded this project back in February. The contract was worth more than 311 thousand 800 dollars according to INDOT officials.

Meanwhile, folks who travel along US 150 in Orange County may need to seek an alternate route starting later this month.

INDOT says work on a bridge just over 3 miles west of State Road 56 is set to begin on or after Monday, April 28th. 1 lane at a time will be closed as work goes on with this bridge and traffic lights will also be installed. A 14 foot width restriction will be put in place here.

American Contracting was also awarded this project back in February. The contract is worth more than 366 thousand 700 dollars.

INDOT officials are reminding motorists to follow the posted work zone speed limit, use caution, and consider worker safety when travelling through these and other work zones. You can go to for more information.

A local environmental group has been awarded with a grant for its work.

Healthy Dubois County Incorporated has announced that it received a 500 dollar grant courtesy of Heartwood. Heartwood is a not-for-profit environmental organization.

HDC’s grant proposal, called “We Can’t Breathe What We Can’t Burn,” focused on preventing further pollution-related cancers and asthma in both Jasper and across Dubois County. HDC says the grant will be used to educate parents on particulate and dioxin levels in the air. It will also point out the long-term health effects of the air on children. The organization will also be using digital media to make the public more aware of the air around them.

HDC says Heartwood is the 17th entity state and nationwide to recognize and support the organization’s efforts. Others include the Hoosier Chapter of the Sierra Club, the Indiana Utility Ratepayers’ Trust, Valley Watch, and the Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana among others.

As part of its efforts, HDC will be hosting a film night next week on Earth Day. The film Call of Life: Facing the Mass Extinction will be shown next Tuesday, April 22nd at the Ferdinand Library’s Community Room. The film will be shown from 7 to 9 pm next Tuesday night and a discussion session will follow.

For more information on the film, you can go online to

More rainfall hit our listening area this morning in a continuation of a recent rainy trend and the end of the trend may not be anytime soon. meteorologist Michael Wilhite says this weather pattern has been in place for awhile now:

According to the Louisville office of the National Weather Service, parts of Dubois and surrounding counties have gotten upwards of 6 inches of rainfall within the last month. One rainstorm that hit the area just over a week ago dropped more than 5 inches of rain on the area. That storm also caused issues for the town of Ferdinand as the wastewater plant there went down for some time due to the rain. Another recent thunderstorm produced lightning which struck the Ireland water tower and a nearby tree, causing a break in the water main and a draining of the tower.

Wilhite says the weather pattern is here to stay for the foreseeable future:

The wet weather has also caused concerns for farmers across the area. Wet fields may cause delays in the planting season this spring. Planting season typically begins during the second half of this month and into the beginning of next month.

On a final note for you, officials with the Indiana Department of Transportation say there is only 1 road closed due to high waters as of this point. That is State Road 257 at the Pike and Daviess County lines.

The Indiana Department of Transportation says starting today work to repair bridge decks on the span of I-69 over the White River at the Daviess-Pike county line will cause temporary lane restrictions.

INDOT officials say the right lane of both north- and south-bound I-69 will be closed to allow for work.

The lane restrictions will remain in place around the clock until all work is complete. Weather permitting, the work should be done by the end of the day Monday, April 28. Crews will then move the lane restrictions to the left lane of both the north- and south-bound paths. Those lane restrictions will be in place through Monday, May 12.

INDOT urges motorists to slow down and stay alert when encountering work zones.

A Jasper woman was arrested after she fled from police…over a 7 dollar bottle of wine.

At 6:45 pm last night, Jasper Police received a call from an employee at Holiday Foods who was reporting a shoplifting incident that had taken place. The investigation found that 29-year-old Hannah McWaters Hannah McWaterstried to steal a bottle of wine worth just under 7 dollars and then fled the scene before police arrived.

After getting McWaters’ description, police found her walking at a nearby apartment complex. She was taken into custody and police took her back to Holiday Foods, where she was identified as the shoplifter.

McWaters was then lodged in the Dubois County Security Center. She is facing theft charges. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department assisted Jasper Police.