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A routine traffic stop in Daviess County did not end well for a Vincennes woman.

At about 1:25 yesterday afternoon, a pair of Indiana State Police troopers were on patrol along US 50 near County Road 900 East in Cannelburg when they noted a silver 2000 Chevrolet Impala going 78 mph in a 50 mph zone. The troopers then pulled the vehicle over and spoke to the driver (29-year-old Brittany Smith).

After talking to Smith, troopers noted the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The troopers’ suspicion was confirmed as they found marijuana after searching the vehicle. Troopers also found out that Smith was driving under the influence of methamphetamine, marijuana, and opiates.

Smith was taken into custody and booked into the Daviess County Jail. She is charged with a Level 6 felony for Operating While Intoxicated with a Prior Conviction and misdemeanor counts for Operating While Intoxicated and Possession of Marijuana with a Prior Conviction.

Now state police ask that if anyone comes across a dangerous or reckless driver, you should call 9-1-1 immediately. Be ready to describe your location and the vehicle in question. You should also be able to describe the reckless driving behavior to dispatchers.

Indiana has become a leader in implementing the text-to-911 system, though local officials say few people in Dubois County are using it.

Dubois and all surrounding counties are among 88 statewide that have implemented the service which allows you to send a text message to 9-1-1 dispatchers from your cell phone. The only counties in Indiana that don’t have the service are Lake, Jasper, Marion and Ripley.

Janice Love is the director of the Dubois County 9-1-1 Communications Center. She says most of the time the text-to-911 usage is coming from the dispatch center rather than from people in distress:

Love says it’s not clear if more people will use the system as time goes on. She remains adamant that calling 9-1-1 is still the best option:

Love says the text system is useful when someone has a hearing or speech impairment or in a situation where speaking would be unsafe.

Now the text-to-911 system has been implemented locally and statewide in response to a federal order requiring all wireless carriers and text-messaging providers to support the system by the end of this year. Vermont and Maine are the only 2 states that have all of their counties accepting text messages to 9-1-1.

15 other states have a few of their counties participating thus far.

Indiana Democrats say the ongoing debate over legislation removing one of state school superintendent Glenda Ritz’s responsibilities could boost Ritz and other Democratic candidates in next year’s election.

House Minority Leader Scott Pelath says Ritz’s 2012 upset of Republican Tony Bennett was a referendum on the GOP’s education policies, policies pushed by Bennett and former Governor Mitch Daniels. Pelath also points to Republican voters who are outraged by bills that would end Ritz’s automatic chairmanship of the State Board of Education.

Last week, District 48 state senator Mark Messmer talked with WBDC News about the controversy over Ritz’s role in the education issues. Messmer voted for the Senate version of the bill that would remove her from the automatic chairmanship. He says the move will not have the major impact that has been widely reported:

Governor Mike Pence has pushed for the change in the State Board of Education chairmanship. He argues that it is needed in order to put a stop to the dysfunction between Ritz and the rest of the board.

First drafts of the bill have already been approved in the House and Senate. The Senate bill would shrink the board down to 9 members and would transfer 4 board appointments from Pence to legislative leaders.

A Pike County man has been arrested for the alledge rape of a Jasper woman.

27-year old Donald Demotte of Otwell was taken into custody by the Pike County Sheriff’s Department Friday on a Dubois Circuit Court warrant charging him with a Level 3 felony count of rape, a Level 6 felony count of sexual battery and a misdemeanor count of battery.

Police in Jasper say the charges stem from an investigation conducted after a 23-year-old Jasper woman came to the Jasper police station last Sunday reporting she was allegedly sexually Donald DeMotteassaulted by Demotte at a Jasper residence earlier in the day.

Demotte was arrested by Pike County Authorities and taken to Jasper. He was booked into the Dubois County Security Center a $4,000 cash-only bond.

A Huntingburg man landed in the Dubois County Security Center Friday afternoon on theft charges after he was arrested for allegedly stealing a trailer from a Jasper dealership.

Jasper Police say they were notified back on February 11th that a single-axle trailer had been taken from Sternberg Chrysler in Jasper.

During the investigation, officers determined the trailer may be at the residence of 24-year old Casey Mehringer, along the 6300 block of West County Road 350 South in Huntingburg. Police Casey Mehringerfound the trailer at that location at about 10:30 Friday morning.

Mehringer was charged with Level 6 felony count of possession of stolen property and was booked into the county security center.

The Daviess County Sheriff’s office says they have received word from authorities in Alabama that the individual who committed suicide on an Alabama interstate highway Wednesday has been positively identified as a man wanted for questioning in a homicide case in northern Daviess County.

Alabama Law Enforcement say 40-year old Jeffery Dyer who was named a “person of interest” in the investigation of the murder of Travis Woodruff on Tuesday night in Odon, shot himself to death near the southwest Alabama town of Daphne after being stopped by police on Interstate 10 on Wednesday.

The scene of the roadside shooting in Alabama is about 680 miles south of the scene of the slaying in Indiana.

Investigators have yet to find the cause of Woodruff’s death. An autopsy on Woodruff’s body was planned for Thursday, however results have yet to be released. The families of both of the individuals have been notified.

The investigation is ongoing.

A longtime Jasper physician is being recognized for his support and contributions to his alma mater.

Indiana University’s Alumni Association says it will honor Dr. Terry Brown with a Maynard K. Hine Medallion. Dr. Brown practices at Jasper’s Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center.

The Maynard K. Hine Medallion is awarded to those alumni who make significant contributions to support the campus and its alumni programs. The medallion is named for the first chancellor of IUPUI and Dr. Terry Brownrecognizes 30 years of steadfast service to the IU School of Medicine through the medical education program in Evansville and the time Dr. Brown has served on the school’s alumni association board of directors.

After earning a bachelor’s degree and MD from IU, Brown completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at IU in 1981. He has hosted fourth year medical students in his clinic since 1985 and was appointed volunteer clinical assistant professor at the school’s Evansville campus in 1995, steadily rising to volunteer clinical professor.

A lifetime member of the IU Alumni Association, he has been an active member of the IU School of Medicine Alumni Association board since 2003, serving as director, treasurer, president-elect, and president.

Brown will receive the award at the 2015 IUPUI Alumni Leadership Dinner Feb. 26 at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis.