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A Daviess County woman was killed in an accident along Interstate 69 in Pike County yesterday.

At around 4:55 pm, Indiana State Police say 21-year-old Emily Lengacher of Cannelburg had been going north on I 69 near the 40 mile marker when the right rear tire on her car blew out, causing her to lose control of the vehicle. Lengacher’s vehicle then went into the median and rolled over several times before coming to rest on the shoulder in the southbound lanes.

State police say Lengacher was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. She was ejected from the car during the crash. She was pronounced dead at the scene by the Pike County Coroner.

Now the southbound lanes of I 69 were closed for about an hour yesterday afternoon while the crash was being investigated. State police were assisted on scene by the Pike County Sheriff’s Department and Petersburg Police.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department has received 2 more reports of scam telephone calls.

The separate incidents were reported to the department yesterday. Deputies say the first call involved a resident being contacted by a man claiming to represent the Publisher’s Clearinghouse. The caller, who identified himself to the resident as Mike John Henry, told the resident that they had won 5.2 million dollars. Henry also stated the resident would have to send money to Henry in order to get the winnings. The resident then sent an undetermined amount of money to Western Union and never got the winnings. The resident then contacted PCH and discovered that they had been scammed. This incident is still being investigated, though authorities say the initial destination was traced to Jamaica.

Then a second resident reported that their relative had gotten a call telling them that their grandchild was injured in an accident and then had been arrested and booked into jail. The caller stated that the grandchild’s bond was set at 4 thousand dollars and the bond would have to be paid via green dot card. The caller then promised to call again to get the numbers on the card before releasing the grandchild. Deputies say another family member got involved, thus preventing any transaction from taking place or any information being given out.

The sheriff’s department is taking this opportunity to remind folks about telephone scams. Deputies say telephone scams have many different varieties and most of them are targeted at older people. The best option is always to hang up the phone before the scam can happen. Also, if you win a prize, it will NOT cost you anything to get your winnings. If there is a cost, then it’s a scam.

Additionally, the sheriff’s department does not and will not call relatives of someone who is incarcerated to ask for bond to be posted. Bonds can be posted at the clerk’s office in the county courthouse from 8 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday. You can also post bond at the Dubois County Security Center anytime after 4 pm or on the weekends.

8th District Congressman Larry Bucshon made another appearance in Dubois County yesterday.

Bucshon stopped by Huntingburg City Hall Friday afternoon to host a listening session for local constituents. The session served as a chance for folks to air out any of their major concerns.

Bucshon says as far as the issues facing our country today, there is one that stands out:

Now the session was the second of three that Bucshon hosted throughout the day yesterday. He spent the morning in Rockport hosting Spencer County’s listening session. Following his stop in Huntingburg, Bucshon headed off to Petersburg for a listening session for Pike County residents.

The 8th Congressional District covers all or parts of 19 counties across Southwestern Indiana. That includes Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Knox, Martin, Pike, Spencer, and Warrick counties locally.

Events for the Holland Community Festival are now beginning to fall into place.

This year’s 155th edition of the fest will feature a Scholarship Queen Pageant. That pageant is set for Sunday, September 7th. It will get underway at 6 o’clock that evening in the Southridge High School auditorium.

Now entries are currently being accepted for this year’s pageant. The pageant will consist of 4 different categories. These are interview, introduction, casual wear modeling, and formal evening gown. Contestants will start the process at 4 o’clock Sunday afternoon with the interview. The interview panel will consist of 3 non-local judges and will cover items listed on the application. After the interview, the contestant then goes into the evening pageant and the other subsequent events. Picture night for contestants will be this upcoming Wednesday, September 3rd at 6:30 pm at the Hank and Eloise Stadium in Holland Park. A dress rehearsal is set for next Saturday September 6th at the Southridge auditorium.

The festival queen receives a 500 dollar scholarship. 200 dollars is given to the 1st runner-up and the 2nd runner-up gets 100 dollars. The pageant will also recognize Miss Congeniality and Miss Photogenic.

Those interested should send their applications to pageant coordinator Vanessa Hartke. That address is vhartke at ofs brands dot com.

You can call Hartke at 631-9650 with any questions.

Nobody was injured in an accident that you don’t see everyday.

At around 11:45 this morning, Huntingburg authorities say a man was working on his van in the CVS parking lot across from the Huck’s gas station along Main Street in Huntingburg. Authorities say the van was running at the time and apparently had been left in gear.

The van then began moving and rolled across US 231, somehow avoiding collisions with 2 vehicles. The van then knocked over a diesel pump at the Huck’s gas station before coming to rest.

Huntingburg firefighters say nobody was in the van, so there were no injuries to report. There was also no spilled fuel or fire to report.

Patoka 2000 is now seeking donations for new fall mums to be placed in planters along the Patoka River Bridge.

The organization says the current spring and summer flowers will soon be removed from the bridge because they are beginning to fade.

Now Patoka 2000 is looking for donations from individuals, businesses, or families all across Jasper. Donations can be made in any amount. They can be specified in honor of someone, in memory of someone, or as a tribute to one’s favorite cause.

16 new flower pots in all have been put on the bridge. A contribution from the Rotary Club of Jasper made the donation of the pots possible. The pots were put in place thanks to the Jasper Street Department.

For more information on how to make a donation toward the flowers on the bridge or to assist with watering the bridge flowers, contact the Jasper Chamber of Commerce at 482-6866.

A Jasper man is now facing numerous felony charges after riding a scooter while under the influence of drugs.

At about 10 o’clock yesterday morning, a Dubois County Sheriff’s deputy saw a man operating a scooter commit multiple traffic violations as he went by. The deputy then caught up with the man (63-year-old Leon MehlingLeon Mehling) when Mehling pulled into the driveway of his residence along East 15th Street in Jasper.

The deputy suspected that Mehling had been operating while intoxicated and called for help from a Jasper Police K-9 officer. After arriving at the scene, the K-9 indicated that there were narcotics on the scooter. Mehling then became uncooperative and even combative as the investigation continued. Officers tried to arrest him, but Mehling continually resisted the handcuffs and was eventually tazed. An assisting Jasper police officer suffered scratches on a hand after being kicked by Mehling.

After searching Mehling, police confirmed their suspictions as they found a baggie of methamphetamine on him. Mehling was then taken to Memorial Hospital for a blood test.

The story doesn’t quite end here though. Mehling refused the blood test and even refused to cooperate after the investigating officer sought and was given a search warrant.

Mehling was eventually lodged in the Dubois County Security Center. He faces 6 Level 6 felonies. These are Operating While Intoxicated, Operating While HTV For Life, Obstruction of Justice, Resisting Law Enforcement Causing Injury to an Officer, Battery Causing Injury to an Officer, and Possession of Methamphetamine.

Sheriff’s deputies were assisted by Jasper Police, Jasper First Responders, and Memorial Hospital EMS.