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Efforts to continue the preservation the Mother of God Grotto at Jasper’s Cathedral Health Care Center got underway late last week.

Friday night, the Friends of the Grotto kicked off a month-long silent auction at the Dubois County Museum. The group is auctioning off 85 paintings done by the late Father Thaddeus Sztuczko (STUTZKO) to raise money for keeping the Grotto in good condition. Father Thad was the administrator at the then Providence Home from 1972 until 1995 when Father Angelo Quadrini succeeded him. Father Thad passed away in 2008 at the age of 93.

Irene Kapp is leading the effort to auction off the paintings. She says though she isn’t sure how this all came together for her, all has turned out well:

Now several area artists and art educators showed up Friday night to see the works. Myra Schuetter was among the artists on hand. Schuetter says among many things that one can learn from Father Thad’s art, there is one lesson that stands out:

Former Jasper High School fine arts department chairman Tom Schum also stopped by. Schum, who spent 35 years at JHS before retiring in 2002, says the artwork was part of the great legacy Father Thad created in Jasper:

The silent auction will continue through Sunday March 15th at the Dubois County Museum. Final bids will be taken at 3 o’clock that afternoon.

The Grotto, which is located along Bartley Street behind Cathedral Health Care Center, was completed in 1970 after 10 years of work. It was built by Father Philip Ottavi.

More accolades have been given to a Spencer County campground.

Lake Rudolph Campground and RV Resort in Santa Claus has been named as a top destination RV park by Good Sam RV Travel. It is the only RV park in Indiana and 1 of just 54 RV parks in the United States to be recognized with this honor.

In its review, the Good Sam website defines destination parks as virtual jumping-off points for the most popular destinations in North America. Good Sam says many of the parks help guests to arrange tours and provide various information about regional points of interest.

This year’s destination parks list was chosen by editors and consultants for the Good Sam RV Travel and Savings Guide. The 54 parks were chosen out of Good Sam’s database, which includes more tha 7 thousand private RV parks. You can visit GoodSamCamping.org for the complete list.

Lake Rudolph will be opening for the 2015 season on Friday April 24th and Saturday April 25th. The campground will then be open daily starting on May 1st.

For more information or to make your reservations, you can visit LakeRudolph.com or you can call 1-877-478-3657.

A Huntingburg man was taken into custody after a traffic stop unveiled that he had drugs in his vehicle.

At around 10:30 last night, Huntingburg Police stopped a Chevrolet Malibu at Geiger and 3rd Streets for driving without its tail lights being on. After stopping the vehicle, officers smelled Caleb Dubonsynthetic marijuana/drugs coming from the vehicle. Officers then searched the vehicle and found that one of the passengers (18-year-old Caleb Dubon Jr) had a glass smoking pipe tucked into his waistband. Officers also found a marijuana joint and a packet of synthetic marijuana known as K2.

Dubon admitted to police that the drugs in the car and the pipe were all his. He was taken into custody and booked into the Dubois County Security Center.

Dubon is charged with a Class B misdemeanor for possession of marijuana and Class A misdemeanors for possession of synthetic drugs and possession of paraphernalia.

A Daviess County man was arrested on multiple charges after a traffic stop where he fought with officers.

At around 10:15 last night, state police pulled over a gold pick-up truck along Meridian Street in Washington for speeding. During the traffic stop, a state trooper spoke with the driver (30-year-old Dustin Fuquay of Washington) and noted that he seemed to be impaired. After doing field sobriety tests, the trooper tried to arrest Fuquay, but Fuquey began resisting. State police say Fuquay tried to push the trooper and other officers on scene and also tried to pull away from them. After he was put into a state police car, officers noted that Fuquay had found a way to get his handcuffed wrists from behind his back to out in front of him. Officers then pulled Fuquay from the car and tried to re-handcuff him behind his back. At that point, state police say Fuquay continued to resist, hitting officers with his shoulders and elbows and even trying to spit on an officer.

Fuquay was finally corralled and taken to Daviess Community Hospital for blood alcohol tests. The tests found that Fuquay’s BAC was .19%, almost 2 and a half times the legal limit. Officers also discovered that Fuquay had smoked synthetic marijuana earlier in the evening.

Fuquay was booked into the Daviess County Security Center without further incident. He is facing Level 6 felonies for Battery on a Police Officer and Intimidating a Police Officer. He is also facing a Class B misdemeanors for Disorderly Conduct and Class A misdemeanors for Operating While Intoxicated Endangerment, OWI with a BAC of .15% or higher, and Resisting Law Enforcement.

Dubois volunteer firefighters were kept busy last night when a shed caught fire near a house in the far northeastern part of the county.

Just before 9:15 last night, fire crews were called to the Aaron and Jacquelyn Taylor residence in the 4700 block of North County Road 1050 East for the reported fire. When they arrived, Dubois Fire Department spokesman Zach Eichmiller says firefighters found a 12 by 20 structure about 75 feet behind the residence that had nearly burned to the ground. Aaron Taylor told fire crews that the family was in their living room at the front of the house when one of the children went to the restroom at the back of the house. The girl began screaming to her parents that the backyard was on fire. The family then got out of the house because it was so close to the burning building, but the house was not damaged. Eichmiller says the building had a lawn tractor, a weed eater, a chainsaw, and numerous other miscellaneous items. Eichmiller says the building had not been used recently according to the homeowners and the cause of the fire is unclear. There was no electricity to the building according to Eichmiller.

Eichmiller says the building and its contents were a total loss. He says the family does have insurance on the property. Nobody was injured, though Memorial Hospital EMS did have an ambulance on standby at the scene.

The Dubois Fire Department sent 2 trucks and 20 men to the scene. They were there for about 50 minutes.

State police arrested a Washington man overnight after a traffic stop found that he was driving under the influence.

Just before 11:25 last night, an Indiana State Police trooper saw a maroon 2007 Toyota FJ cruiser run a stop sign aft the intersection of Daviess County Roads 150 North and 450 West, just northwest of Washington. After pulling the vehicle over, the trooper noticed that the driver (67-year-old James Taylor) looked to be intoxicated. The trooper also smelled alcohol.

Taylor was taken to the Daviess County Jail, where tests found that Taylor was indeeed intoxicated with a BAC of .106%. While he was at the jail, a further search found that Taylor was carrying 30 Adderall pills in a plastic bag. Adderall is considered to be a Schedule 2 Controlled Substance according to state police.

Taylor was booked into the Daviess County Jail. He is charged for Operating While Intoxicated and Possession of a Schedule 2 Controlled Substance.

Authorities are now leading a death investigation in Orange County after a man was found severely injured.

At around 11:30 this morning, Indiana State Police troopers and Orange County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a residence in the 5400 block of West County Road 100 North in West Baden. There, police and family members found 30-year-old Franklin McCracken of West Baden inside with unknown injuries. State police say McCracken was flown to University of Louisville Hospital, where he died from his injuries.

State police say the case is being treated as a death investigation pending an autopsy on McCracken. That autopsy is set for tomorrow.

No other information is available. State police say this investigation is ongoing.