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A Jasper man suffered injuries after an accident with a dog overnight.

Just after 10:05 pm, Jasper Police say 42-year-old Steven Schepers was riding his motorcycle northbound in the 1400 block of Greene Street when a dog tried to cross the road in front of him. Schepers was unable to stop in time and his motorcycle hit the dog and toppled over.

Schepers suffered a laceration above his eye, but he refused medical treatment at the scene. The dog was injured in the crash and will be taken to an animal clinic. Schepers’ motorcycle sustained 500 dollars worth of damage. The dog’s owner was cited under city ordinance for allowing an animal to run at large.

A recent graduate of Forest Park High School is among nine incoming Indiana University freshmen from across the Hoosier state have been selected as Kelley Scholars by the IU Kelley School of Business.

The Kelley Scholars, who intend to major in business at IU Bloomington, will receive standard tuition and fees, a stipend for living expenses and funding for academic activities such as overseas study.

Brandon Luebbehusen is the son of Chris and Angie Luebbehusen of Saint Anthony. A graduate of Forest Park Junior/Senior High School, Brandon was valedictorian and president of the senior class, student council and National Honor Society.

He was a four-year member of the soccer team, a National Merit Commended Scholar and delegate to the 2013 National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. He also received the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award.

The Kelley Scholars Program is funded by a $23 million gift from E.W. Kelley and his family, made to IU in the fall of 1997. The university named its school of business for the Kelley family in acknowledgement of the gift.

This year’s class of Kelley Scholars was selected from a group of top students admitted to IU, who were invited to apply for the program because of their outstanding academic records. The application included references, a high school transcript, several personal statements on a variety of topics and an essay.

An accident on Jasper’s south side resulted in 1 person suffering minor injuries.

Just before 1:40 yesterday afternoon, Jasper Police were called to the intersection of 5th and Newton Streets on the reported accident. Police say 34-year-old Sherry Escalera of Washington was southbound on Newton Street and tried to turn left to head eastbound on 5th Street. However, police say Escalera failed to see a northbound vehicle driven by 65-year-old Janice Stidd of Jasper. The two vehicles then collided in the intersection.

A passenger in Escalera’s vehicle (12-year-old Alisia Escalera of Washington) complained of neck pain. She was then treated for that injury. Damage was estimated at 5 thousand dollars for Stidd’s vehicle while Escalera’s vehicle sustained 25 hundred dollars worth of damage.

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

This weekend marks the start of the Pike County 4H Fair.

This year’s fair is highlighted by several new events and performers. 14-year-old Payton Lynn will be highlighting the Sunday opening ceremony with a new album premiere performance. Lynn will be singing the title song “I Smell Smoke” along with various other cover songs. The group Fighting for a Chance will also be performing Sunday evening.

Two new events will also take place this year. The first of those is Swamp Fever Racing. The new event is a mix of drag racing, tractor pulls, and demolition derbies in a mud arena. Various classes of trucks, jeeps, and mud-racing vehicles will try to get through a large mud pit. That race is set for Saturday evening.

The second new event to take place will be the Amazing Race to End Hunger. That event is based off of the TV show Amazing Race. The concept will then be used to raise money and food donations for Petersburg-based Somebody’s Place. 4 person teams will compete across 6 competition stations. Some of the stations include a food weighing station and one where the contestants eat baby food.

The Pike County 4H Fair officially gets underway at 5 o’clock Sunday evening with the parade along Main Street in Petersburg. The Pike County fair pageants are set to take place starting Monday evening. The Little Miss and Mister pageant begins at 7 pm with the Junior Miss pageant to follow at 8:30. The pageants continue Tuesday night when the Miss Teen Pike County and Miss Pike County will be crowned.

The fair runs through next Saturday, July 26th.

Patoka Reservoir’s 23rd annual star party has been rescheduled for 6 to 10 pm tomorrow (Saturday) at Patoka Lake Beach.

A special presentation will be given by members of the Louisville and Evansville astronomical societies and the Stonebelt Stargazers of Bedford as they share their knowledge of the sky above.

There will be children’s activities and giveaways until dark. A special astronomy program will be held under the tent on the beach.
Telescopes will be set up for observations of Mars and Saturn as darkness falls.

The entrance fee of 5-dollars per vehicle for Indiana residents is required for the Newton-Stewart State Recreation Area.

For more information regarding this program or other interpretive events, call the visitors center at 812-685-2447.

A Spencer County author’s book is hitting stores nationwide this week.

The book is titled “My Daddy Always Tol’ Me.” It was written by South Spencer High School teaching assistant Tom Kuchenbrod. The book is focused on self-management.

The book functions as a no-nonsense guide to life through examples from Kuchenbrod’s own life. It also features advice that he has given to students through the years as he helped them through difficult times in life.

The book is being published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises. You can get the book at your local bookstore or online at tatepublishing.com. Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com are also offering the book through their websites.

Kuchenbrod has worked as a teaching assistant at South Spencer for 15 years. He received his bachelor’s degree in history education.

Kuchenbrod also served in the Army and the Air Force. He’s worked in law enforcement both as a patrolman and as a jailer.

An investigation into an alleged sexual misconduct with a minor incident led to the arrest of a Huntingburg man on a felony charge.

Last month, a parent of a 14-year-old girl contacted Huntingburg Police about a September 2013 incident involving their daughter Dylan Johnsonand 22-year-old Dylan Johnson. Huntingburg Police detective seargeant Christian Gogel then launched the sexual misconduct investigation after getting the report.

Police brought Johnson in for questioning at around 9:30 yesterday morning. Johnson was then taken into custody at about 11 o’clock yesterday morning and was lodged in the Dubois County Security Center. He is currently being held without bond on a Class B felony for sexual misconduct with a minor.

The Dubois County Department of Child and Family Services assisted Huntingburg Police with this investigation.