A Tennyson man was taken into custody last week in connection with a bomb threat at a Spencer County shipyard in late January.
26-year-old Randall Kline, who worked at the Corn Island Shipyard, was taken into custody late last week. Police say Kline placed a call to the shipyard office just before 2 pm on January 30th and told the secretary that there was a bomb in the shipyard. The secretary immediately reported the threat to the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies with the department along with an Indiana State Police bomb-squad specialist went to the scene to sweep the area, but found nothing suspicious.
An investigation into phone records by police found that 3 calls were placed to the shipyard’s office around the same time. 1 of those calls was traced to a cell phone left at a residence that Kline was staying at. Police say Kline made the call in order to avoid going to a 4:30 pm orientation on January 30th. Kline told police he had been having personal issues and didn’t want anyone around him on the day of the incident.
Kline was lodged in the Spencer County Security Center on a Class D felony for false informing. He is being held there on a 500 dollar bond while awaiting a psychiatric evaluation and a judge’s decision about his release. Kline may also face legal action to reimburse money to the shipyard. The shipyard was billed 2 thousand dollars by the Grandview Fire Department for expenses during the response to the threat.
An area state senator is thankful for the support he’s gotten as he nears the end of his time in office.
District 48 State Senator Lindel Hume took some time during Saturday morning’s legislative breakfast in Jasper to thank the people for that support. Hume will not be seeking re-election this time around. He was originally elected to the Indiana House of Representatives back in 1974. He was then elected to the state senate in 1982 and has been there ever since. Hume has been the Whip for the state’s Democrat party for many years as well having been reappointed to that role in 2012.
During his time at the microphone Saturday morning, Hume stated he is very thankful for how he has been treated by the people of Jasper and Dubois County:
Hume says the things that have been accomplished in Jasper make the community stand out above many others across the state.
Hume graduated from Oakland City University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a minor in physics. He was also certified as an electronic technician through TTI in Evansville. He began his career in 1961 at Potter and Brumfield (now under Siemens Company). He also served on the Oakland City University Board of Trustees from 2011 through 2012.
State Senate District 48 covers parts of Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Pike, Spencer, and Warrick counties.
A fire this morning near Hillham destroyed the home of a Dubois firefighter.
Just after 9:15 this morning, firefighters with the Dubois Volunteer Fire Department were called to the home of Clint and Trisha Eichmiller along Hillham Road South just off of State Road 56.The one story ranch home was completely engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on scene.
A tanker truck from the Haysville Volunteer Fire Department was also called to the scene to provide extra water for firefighters as they fought the blaze. Dubois fire department spokesman Zach Eichmiller says the fire likely started towards the middle of the house near a wooden stove and he says the stove likely caused the fire. Eichmiller says nobody was home at the time of the fire thus nobody was injured. The home is a total loss and Eichmiller says the home is covered by insurance.
Firefighters were on scene for more than 3 and a half hours this morning and into the afternoon fighting the fire and putting out hot spots. Dubois REC and Memorial Hospital EMS assisted.
Eichmiller says both financial and clothing donations will be accepted for the family. Clothes being sought for the couple’s 2 children include 5T girls shirts, 36 by 30 jeans, size 13 to 14 shoes and extra large shirts. As for the parents, size 13 women’s pants, large and extra large shirts, 33 by 36 jeans, and size 10 shoes are among the items needed.
Eichmiller says all donations will be able to be dropped off at St.John’s Lutheran Church at the Dubois Crossroads. Folks can drop their donations off along the west side overhang on the steps or inside if the doors are unlocked.
The investigation into an armed robbery at a Chrisney liquor store has resulted in the arrests of two Rockport men, though a third man remains at large.
Back on Tuesday, Indiana State Police say detectives followed up on a tip they received about those who may have been responsible for the armed robbery of the North Side Liquors store along Main Street back on February 5th. Detectives found that 18-year-old Alec Meredith was the armed robber that entered the store and stole cash from the store clerk. They also found that 19-year-old Justin Meserve was the driver that transported Meredith to the liquor store and waited in the vehicle while the robbery was occurring.
Meredith was taken into custody yesterday at his Rockport home while Meserve was found in Indianapolis last night and was arrested there. Both are charged with Class B felonies for armed robbery. Both were lodged in the Spencer County Security Center.
That’s not the end of the story though. State police say the information from this case also helped to solve a second armed robbery that took place in Kentucky. In this case, police say Meredith and 28-year-old Keith Philhower entered a convenience store in Masonville, Kentucky and robbed it on February 10th. Meserve was the driver of the vehicle for this robbery as well according to police.
As mentioned earlier, Philhower is still at large. The February 10th robbery is still under investigation and the Daviess County (KY) Sheriff’s Department is still looking for Philhower. Anyone who has any information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Indiana State Police Jasper Post at 482-1441 or 1-800-742-7475. Folks can also contact the Daviess County Kentucky Sheriff’s Department at 270-685-8444.
Plans for new senior housing in Huntingburg are now set to move forward.
Last night, the Huntingburg City Council heard that tax credits for the redevelopment of the former St. Joseph’s Hospital building on the city’s north side have been approved by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority. Miller-Valentine Group, who has been heading up that project, will be developing about 30 thousand square feet of the existing hospital building for senior living. Additionally, there will be new construction on the building that will create 45 senior living units.
Huntingburg mayor Denny Spinner says the city will be benefitting from this project:
Construction on the new units is set to begin this fall. The new units would be made available for rent in the fall of 2015.
In other business, the council heard from representatives of firms interested in removing the remaining gas from the city’s gas storage field. The decision to remove the gas from the storage field was made following an explosion in the field back in June of last year which destroyed a dehydration unit.
Spinner says the presentation made a good impression on everyone:
In final notes, the council heard an update from Honeywell representative James Zellman concerning a study on a demand-response program that would save money for customers. Zellman told the council that it would be best for the city not to move forward with the program at this point. Spinner says the city can still make improvements on its own going forward:
Zellman cited the costs involved and the potential for penalties involved with a voluntary program as the reasons for his recommendation.
A Washington woman was killed in a two-car accident in rural Daviess County yesterday.
Daviess County Sheriff’s deputies say a box truck driven by 40-year-old Krystal Choate of Evansville was southbound on County Road 350 East when witnesses say a car driven by 75-year-old Sharon Neely ran the stop sign at the intersection of 350 East and County Road 100 South. Choate’s truck then hit Neely’s car in the passenger’s side, causing both vehicles to go about 170 feet into a nearby field.
Neely was pronounced dead at the scene by Daviess County Coroner Laura Petty. Choate was taken to Daviess Community Hospital where she was treated and released.
The Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department and Southwest Medical EMS also assisted.
The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department says they are looking into numerous reports about vehicles having been being entered and looked through during the overnight hours either overnight lastnight or early this morning.
In a news release Detective Tom Kleinhelter with the Sheriff’s office says residents in the Ireland and Celestine areas reported their vehicles were rummaged through while parked at their residences.
Also Jasper Police say they have recieved similar complaints within the city.
Authorities ask that anyone who may have seen anything suspicious or who had their vehicle ransacked, even if nothing valuable was taken, is asked to contact the sheriff’s department at 482-3522 or, if the incident occurred in Jasper, call the Jasper Police Department at 482-2255 or the department’s anonymous tip line: 481-COPS (2677).
All calls may remain anonymous.