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This past weekend’s Medication Collection Day in Dubois County was a huge success.

Tri-Cap RSVP director Becky Beckman says 329 pounds of medications were collected from 308 residents at sites across the county on Saturday for disposal. Dubois County Solid Waste District director Carla Striegel-Winner says more than 75 pounds of plastic and 11 pounds of cardboard medication packaging were recycled.

Officials say another collection day will be set for this fall. For the time being, residents are being encouraged to use the 24/7 drop box located at the Huntingburg Police Department. Huntingburg Police Detective Christian Gogel oversees that box and says it has already been used frequently so far this spring.

Saturday’s event was sponsored by the Dubois County Substance Abuse Council, Tri-Cap RSVP, the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana State Police Jasper Post among several others.

We’re nearing the end of the 2015 legislative session and there are several pieces of legislation that still need ironing out.

District 48 senator Mark Messmer says both chambers of the Indiana General Assembly have now heard all of the bills that will be considered this session. Messmer says the remaining days of this year’s session will be about reaching compromises as needed:

Of course, each conference committee has senators and representatives from both parties on it. Advisors generally are senators who have had some involvement or have expertise in the bill that is being considered.

Messmer says there are 56 Senate bills that have come back to the Senate from the House for further consideration. These include Senate Bill 1, which would change the structure of the State Board of Education along with Senate Bill 559, which addresses various criminal matters. It’s also known as the Crime Reduction Package.

The session will conclude on Wednesday. All bills must be voted on in both house by the end of that day in order to be considered by the governor.

A collision at an Ireland intersection left 5 people with minor injuries.

The accident happened at 1:20 yesterday afternoon at the intersection of State Road 56 and County Road 500 West. Dubois County Sheriff’s deputies say 47-year-old Anita Pierrard of Ferdinand was headed west on State Road 56 and did not see that the traffic light was red. Pierrard then drove through the intersection and collided with a southbound vehicle being driven by 42-year-old Craig Sermersheim of Jasper. The impact caused Pierrard’s vehicle to go off of the southwest corner of the intersection where it came to rest against a steel support in the area. Meanwhile, Sermersheim’s vehicle came to rest facing west in the eastbound lane of State Road 56.

Pierrard complained of pain in her left wrist. Meanwhile, 2 passengers in the vehicle (31-year-old Frankie Heise of Ferdinand and a young girl) complained of pain as well. All 3 were taken to Memorial Hospital to be treated. Sermersheim refused medical treatment but a passenger (63-year-old Keith Sermersheim of Jasper) was taken to the hospital for treatment of chest pain.

Both vehicles were totalled in this crash. Deputies cited Pierrard for disregarding an automatic signal.

Ireland First Responders, Memorial Hospital EMS and wreckers from Uebelhor’s and Lueger’s Wrecker Services also assisted.

A Holland man is jailed after police say he was driving under the influence of drugs with 2 young children along for the ride.

Just after 10:50 yesterday morning, Dubois County Sheriff’s deputies were called about a possibly intoxicated driver who was driving on County Road 650 West near Jasper. A sheriff’s deputy saw the driver go left of center several times and nearly hit another vehicle which would’ve caused an accident. Deputies pulled the vehicle over a short time later. Landon Hubster

Authorities say the driver was 36-year-old Landon Hubster. Deputies also found 2 children riding in the vehicle.

DCSD says they suspected that Hubster was driving under the influence of drugs or narcotics. A chemical test at Memorial Hospital found a Schedule 4 controlled substance in his system.

Hubster was booked into the Dubois County Security Center. He is facing charges for possession of a Schedule 4 controlled substance and operating while intoxicated. Jasper Police and a wrecker from Uelbehors also assisted.

Meanwhile, the 2 children were taken to the Sheriff’s Department. They were later picked up by their mother.

This year’s Main Stage lineup for the Ferdinand Folk Festival has been announced.

Tonight, the Ferdinand Folk Festival committee hosted the “Halfway to Folk Fest” fundraising night at the Gaslight in Huntingburg. Elizabeth Cook of Nashville, Tennessee will be headlining this year’s Folk Fest.

The other main stage performers 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.

Marc Steczyk is part of the Ferdinand Folk Fest committee. He says this year’s lineup is special in more ways than one:

Steczyk says its also a huge success that the festival is able to find talent from all over the country to perform each year.

Now this year’s opening act on the Main Stage will be the winner of the festival’s first ever singer-songwriter contest. Steczyk says this contest will continue every year with the goal of finding new upcoming folk music acts that can eventually make it big.

The 6th edition of the Ferdinand Folk Festival will take place on Saturday, September 19th at Ferdinand’s 18th Street Park.

A Celestine-area man is facing charges after he sustained injuries in a single vehicle accident overnight.

At 1:25 this morning, Dubois County Sheriff’s deputies were called to an area along Schnellville Road east of County Road 700 East. Deputies say 19-year-old Keith Verkamp had been going westbound on Schnellville Road when he crested a hill. After cresting the hill, Verkamp’s truck went left of center before going off of the left side of the roadway into a ditch. The truck then continued through the ditch, hitting a utility pole. Sheriff’s deputies say the pole was broken on impact.

After hitting the pole, Verkamp’s truck flipped and came to rest facing south in the ditch. Verkamp left the scene and was found at his residence by authorities a short time later. Deputies say Verkamp broke his neck in the accident. Medical personnel were called to the residence to treat his injuries.

The sheriff’s department says Verkamp was intoxicated at the time of the crash. He is facing charges for OWI, minor consuming, and leaving the scene of an accident.

Damage to Verkamp’s truck was estimated at $7,000. Deputies say there were no power lines down in the area, but the pole that was broken had a wire attached to it which supported another power line pole across the road.

Schnellville and Celestine First Responders, Memorial Hospital EMS, an Indiana State Police trooper, Dubois REC and a wrecker from Berg’s also assisted.

Changes may soon be coming in how Huntingburg residents make their after-hours emergency calls.

Last night, the Huntingburg City Council heard about 3 options for handling those calls in the future. The changes come after the recent retirement of one of the city’s after-hours dispatchers. The council agreed on an option in the end and Spinner says the next step is to put together a full plan:

Spinner says that full proposal will likely be presented at the council’s next meeting.

The other 2 options that were considered were continuing with the current system and hiring a new employee and having staff at the city’s water plant handle those calls as Jasper currently does.

The city currently uses part-time dispatchers who work from home.