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A weekend domestic disturbance led to the arrest of a Jasper man.

Ignacio DealbaAt 9:30 Saturday morning, Jasper Police were called to the Village Court Apartments about the incident. Police say 33-year-old Ignacio Dealba had hit a woman at the residence in front of a child. Ignacio was then taken into custody and booked into the Dubois County Security Center.

Ignacio is facing a Level 6 felony for Domestic Battery. The charge is a felony due to a previous domestic battery conviction and the presence of a child when this incident occurred.

An early Sunday morning ATV accident left a Huntingburg man with serious injuries.

At around 2:30 am, Indiana Conservation Officers say 30-year-old Lukas Schroeder had been operating his ATV in a wooded area along the Patoka River when he failed to negotiate the trail he was riding along. Schroeder collided head-on with a tree and a passenger called family for help. ATV Crash 1

Schroeder suffered leg and head injuries in the crash. He was taken to Memorial Hospital and he was later taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville where he is listed in critical but stable condition.

Conservation officers say Schroeder was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and alcohol may have been a contributing factor. The accident is still under investigation. Dubois County Sheriff’s deputies also assisted conservation officers.

Now conservation officers are again warning the public to use protective equipment such as chest protectors, hemets and shin guards when riding an ATV.

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A Saturday afternoon crash involving a bus carrying members of the Paoli High School baseball team left 4 people injured.

At around 5:20 pm, Indiana State Police say 41-year-old Bart Drew of Washington had been going westbound on US Highway 150 in eastern Martin County. After passing Panhandle Road, ISP says Drew lost control of his SUV in a curve due to wet road conditions. Drew’s vehicle then collided with a 15 passenger Ford bus owned by the Paoli Community School Corporation. State police say the bus was being driven by 37-year-old Jeremy Ashley of Paoli and had 1 coach and 6 members of the Paoli baseball team on board.Bus Crash

State police say Drew had to be extricated from his vehicle and he was airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital for treatment. 2 passengers in Drew’s vehicle (15-year-old Chase Drew and 9-year-old Grace Drew) were taken to Memorial Hospital in Jasper to be treated for minor injuries. Meanwhile, 17-year-old Connor Blair of Paoli suffered minor injuries as a passenger on the school bus. He was taken to IU Health Hospital in Paoli for treatment.

The crash is still under investigation. West Baden Police, the Martin County Sheriff’s Department, the Shoals Fire Department, IU Health and Martin County EMS also assisted.

From Indiana Conservation Officers:

DNR SearchIndiana Conservation Officers located a female body believed to be Lianne Wiscaver (55) of Washington this morning at approximately 08:30 am. The body was found in the East Fork of the White River about a half mile downstream from the Highway 257 Bridge on the Pike County / Daviess County Line. Wiscaver had been missing since Thursday evening around 5:15 pm.

An autopsy is scheduled for later today.

Indiana Conservation Officers are continuing their search for a Washington woman who was reported missing yesterday.

In a news release, conservation officers say Pike County Dispatch was called at around 5:15 pm by a concerned motorist. The motorist told authorities that a woman had been standing on the Highway 257 bridge at the Pike and Daviess County lines and he turned around after passing by to go check on her. Once he returned, the woman was gone.Washington Woman Missing

Authorities found a car belonging to 55-year-old Lianne Wiscaver of Washington parked on the south side of the bridge. Police say Wiscaver had not been seen or heard from since yesterday afternoon.

Now conservation officers have been doing bank searches and using dragging equipment in their attempts to find Wiscaver. The search was suspended due to darkness and will begin again at daylight today.

Responding agencies included the Pike County Sheriff’s Department, Daviess County Sheriffs Department, Indiana State Police, Jefferson Township Fire Department, Harrison Township Fire Department, Southwest Medical, Pike County EMS and Indiana Conservation Officers.

Jasper Police are continuing their investigation into a stabbing at the Germantown Shopping Center.

Police were called about a fight in the center’s parking lot at around 12:35 yesterday afternoon. JPD says the caller reported that one of the suspects was armed with a knife.

After arriving on scene, officers found 1 person, who was taken to Memorial Hospital by EMS. Others involved left the scene before police arrived.

JPD says this incident is still under investigation and further information will be released if it develops. Dubois County Sheriff’s deputies, Indiana State Police and Memorial Hospital EMS also assisted.

Funding mechanisms for Huntingburg’s Stellar Communities projects continue to be put in place.

Last night, the Huntingburg City Council moved forward with a resolution and ordinance for issuing tax increment finance (TIF) bonds. The bonds will include financial backup from the city’s economic development income tax funds not to exceed $1 million.

Additionally, the council approved a resolution for issuing up to $3.5 million in Pure TIF bonds. The council also approved the creation of a Redevelopment Authority for Lease Financing.

Mayor Denny Spinner says all of these actions clear the way for the next steps:

Of course, 2 Stellar projects are expected to get underway in the near future. The 4th Street Heritage Trail and the Market Street Park projects are in the planning stages. A public hearing for both projects is planned for Wednesday May 27th at Old Town Hall. More information on that meeting will be released closer to time.
Spinner says both the 4th Street and Market Street projects could see construction start sometime next year.

On a related note, work on the 9th Street Extension project will soon be underway. That project, which extends 9th Street westward from Styline Drive to Moenkhaus Drive, is expected to be completed by the end of September.