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A Pike County Man was taken into custody Thursday afternoon after a criminal investigation revealed he allegedly battered his one-year-old son last month.

Indiana State Police say back on August 19th an ISP detective initiated a criminal investigation after receiving information a one-year-old boy had severe bruising on the side of his face.

Police say on August 15th the child’s father, 29-year old David Huffer of Velpen was watching his son at Huffer Mughome and was playing video games while his son was taking a nap. They say Huffer allegedly battered his son after he woke up and started crying. Police say the childís mother was not at home at the time of the alleged incident.

Now after reviewing the investigation the Pike County Prosecutor’s Office decided to issued an arrest warrant for Huffer who was arrested by without incident by a state trooper and a Pike County Sheriff’s deputy around 4 o’clock Thursday afternoon.

He was taken to and booked into the Pike County Jail on Level 5 Felonies of Neglect of a Dependent and Battery on a Person less than 14 years of age and a Level 6 Felony of Neglect of a Dependent. He is currently being held on bond.

A Washington man was arrested in Loogootee on multiple drug charges yesterday for possessing methamphetamine and other narcotics after trying to sneak around a State Trooper and dispose of the drugs.

Indiana State Police say around 1:10 Thursday afternoon a trooper pulled into the Marathon gas station Smith's Drugsparking lot in Loogootee and observed a male walking away from the property, but continuing to watch the trooper.

Police say the trooper observed the male continue to watch him, until the male suddenly sprinted behind a parked semi trailer. They say the trooper could see the male bend down under the trailer, stand back up, and sprint back to his original location.

Smith MugConcerned that the activity was suspicious, the trooper approached the man who identified himself as 55-year old Joseph Smith of  Washington. The trooper walked with Smith back to the semi trailer, where he found a pill bottle hidden by Smith containing methamphetamine, hydrocodone, and marijuana.

Smith was arrested and lodged without incident in the Martin County Jail.

He faces charges of Possession of Methamphetamine a Level 6 Felony, Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance a Class A Misdemeanor and a Class B Misdemeanor of Possession of Marijuana

After a long wait, the Schnitz Brewery and Pub will finally be able to serve its own kind.

The restaurant announced on their Facebook page yesterday afternoon the brewery received the go ahead from the state of Indiana and will feature 4 different German beers brewed in-house. They include wheat, porter, IPA, and blonde. Various seasonal beers will also be offered.

Head brewer Wayne Patmore has plans to brew new batches of beer two to three times per week. In addition to the 4 staple beers that are on tap, Patmore will also be brewing a seasonal beer that will rotate throughout the year. Of course for the non beer drinkers, root beer will always be available on tap, brewed fresh on site.

Of course the 200 gallon tanks that the beer will be brewed in were delivered to the pub back in early June. The brew pub marks the 2nd restaurant that parent company H Properties has an ownership stake in, along with the Schnitzelbank Restaurant.

H Properties Sales and Marketing Coordinator Charlotte Roesner says the brew pub is the fulfillment of a long-time dream for ownership:

Now the Schnitz Brewery and Pub also features a family dining area with menu items such as pizza, hamburgers, wraps and salads. The restaurant located on the lower level of KlubHaus 61 opened its doors back in July and an official ribbon cutting and grand opening is tentatively slated for Thursday October 1st at 4 pm.

For more information, you can go to the Schnitz Brewery and Pub’s Facebook page.

Of course, the month of September is now well underway..and that means we’re nearing the start of this year’s Ferdinand Folk Festival.

This year’s Folk Fest will be held on Saturday, September 19th at Ferdinand’s 18th Street Park. Elizabeth Cook of Nashville, Tennessee will be the headliner for the 6th edition of the fest.

Ferdinand town manager Chris James says there will be plenty for everyone:

Other main stage performers this year are Georgia Brown of Bentonville, Arkansas; Nick Dittmeier and the Sawdusters of Jeffersonville; Hymn for Her of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; The Way Down Wanderers based in Chicago, Illinois; and Knoxville, Tennessee-based group The Black Cadillacs. Brown will be the youngest performer in Folk Fest history at the age of 15.

Nick Peay of Louisville is set to kick off the Main Stage lineup thanks to his win in the first ever singer-songwriter contest. Hayley Payne of Owensboro won the under-18 division of that contest and will be featured in multiple sets on the Market Stage.

Even with the promise of this year’s Folk Fest, James says there is more to come in terms of events:

More information on those other events will be released later this fall.

Jasper Police are investigating an attempted break-in at the Jasper Youth Sports Complex.

Police say sometime between 6 o’clock Monday night and 7 o’clock yesterday morning, a suspect or suspects tried to force their way into a maintenance shed on the property. JPD says the person was not able to get into the shed.

Now Jasper Police and the Community Strike Force Against Crime are offering a $750 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for this incident. Anyone with information is being asked to call Jasper Police at (812)-482-2255.

You can also call the department’s anonymous tip line at (812)-481-COPS.

Although the public turnout for recent comprehensive plan meetings in Ferdinand has been low, its not causing alarm for town officials.

Roughly a dozen town residents showed up to the most recent comprehensive plan meeting held last week at the Ferdinand Community Center. That meeting was the 4th one held about a new comprehensive plan with the 3 previous ones being more small group based.

Ferdinand town manager Chris James says the silence is probably a good thing:

James says this comprehensive plan process has been somewhat new to him. He says its also been a great learning experience:

Of course, the town is looking to put together a framework for the next 5 to 10 years. Ideas from the current comprehensive plan that was adopted back in 2007 will also be used.

Some of the new ideas included more affordable housing, jobs for teenagers and everyone in general, adding sidewalks along Main Street and a future run at the Stellar Communities designation.

Now with the community meetings completed, the next steps fall to the Ferdinand Plan Commission. Town officials say the commission with work with consultant Kathy Kleindorfer to come up with a final proposal.

That proposal is expected to come before the Ferdinand Town Council for its approval later this fall.

A southeastern Dubois County man was killed in a car vs motorcycle accident yesterday afternoon in northern Spencer County.

Just after 3 o’clock central time, authorities were called to an area about half a mile east of the intersection of State Roads 62 and 162 near St. Meinrad. Fatal AccidentSpencer County Coroner Robert Fuller says 47-year-old Joe Edward Smitson of St. Anthony was riding westbound on State Road 62 when he crossed the center line for an unknown reason and hit a small car head-on. A pair of witnesses later told authorities it appeared that Smitson was having mechanical issues with the motorcycle at the time of the crash according to Fuller.

Fuller says Smitson suffered serious head injuries due to blunt force trauma and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Fuller says Smitson was not wearing a helmet.

No other injuries were reported, though a LifeFlight helicopter from St. Mary’s was originally called to the scene and later was sent back. State Road 62 was closed in the area for about 3 hours while the accident was being investigated.

Santa Claus Police, the St. Meinrad Fire Department, Spencer County Sheriff’s Deputies, the Spencer County Coroner’s Office and Spencer County EMS also assisted.