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The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is now warning Hoosiers about an FBI alert related to fraudulent online sales as the holiday season approaches.

The department says the FBI’s Cyber Division is alerting folks to fraudulent postings for sales of automobiles, boats, recreational vehicles, and outdoor equipment this holiday season.

The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center has gotten almost 7 thousand complaints about criminals targeting consumers through false advertisements for big ticket items since June of 2009. The losses from these scams adds up to more than 20 million dollars.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indiana State Police and the Indiana Intelligence Fusion Center recommend consumers buy products from reputable sources after determining the legitimacy of the seller.

In this particular scam, criminals post a false advertisement offering the item for sale. The advertisement usually includes a fraudulent photo. Within the advertisement, the criminal includes a contact telephone number. The consumer leaves a message and the perpetrator responds via text message. The text message normally requests that the consumer provide an e-mail address. Once the e-mail address is provided the consumer is sent additional details to include multiple images of the item for sale.

The perpetrator provides logical reasons for offering the item at such a discounted price. These include moving to another location; the sale was part of a divorce settlement; or overseas military deployment.

To avoid being scammed, the FBI has made several recommendations. These include using search engines to research an advertised item and/or the person selling the item, searching the Internet for negative feedback or reviews on a seller, and being cautious when responding to any advertisements or special offers.

Anyone who suspects being the victim of an Internet-related crime may file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.IC3.gov.

A Pike County woman was injured after her vehicle collided with a school bus west of Ireland yesterday afternoon.

At 3 o’clock yesterday, Dubois County Sheriff’s deputies were called to State Road 56 a quarter of a mile west of County Road 550 West. Deputies say 63-year-old Sherry Malone of Winslow had been driving westbound along State Road 56 when a tire on her vehicle likely failed. That caused Malone to lose control of her vehicle. It then went left of center and hit an eastbound school bus being driven by David Fuhrman of Otwell.

Deputies say Fuhrman saw Malone’s vehicle go left of center, but couldn’t get out of the way. The left front of Malone’s vehicle wound up hitting the entire left side of the school bus.There were no children on the bus at the time of the accident.

Malone suffered facial lacerations, but she refused medical treatment at the scene. She later went to Memorial Hospital by personal vehicle. Fuhrman did not report any injuries.

Malone’s vehicle was a total loss. Meanwhile, Fuhrman’s bus sustained about 20 thousand dollars worth of damage. Both vehicles were towed from the scene by Uelbehors and Ruxers wreckers.

No citations were issued. State Road 56 was closed for about half an hour while the accident scene was cleared.

Ireland First Responders and Memorial Hospital EMS also assisted.

An ongoing domestic dispute ended with the arrest of a Tell City man overnight.

The dispute was called in to the Huntingburg Police Department at about 11:15 last night. When they arrived at the scene in the 200 block of North Geiger Street, officers found children outside of the residence. The children told police the argument was taking place inside.

After separating the parties and investigating further, police found that 30-year-old Kent Greener Jr Kent Greenerand 30-year-old Alicia Greener of Huntingburg had been arguing when Kent struck Alicia in the face. Alicia Greener had redness and swelling around the eye where she had been hit. Both refused medical treatment at the scene.

Kent Greener was taken into custody and booked into the Dubois County Security Center. He is facing a Level 6 felony for domestic battery in the presence of a child under the age of 18.

Dubois County Sheriff’s deputies also assisted.

A trooper with the Indiana State Police Jasper Post has been promoted to a trooper detective.

Craig Starr was promoted last Sunday. Starr graduated from the Indiana State Police’s 67th Recruit Academy in 2007. He was then assigned to the Jasper District, where he patrolled Crawford and Orange counties.

Starr has served as a Field Training Officer while with the state police. He is also certified to perform truck inspections through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program. He has additional certification as a School Safety Specialist.

A native of Orange County, Starr graduated from Paoli High School in 2003. He earned his bachelor’s degree in public affairs from Indiana University in 2006.

Detective Starr and his wife Jessica reside in Orange County.

The capabilities of NSWC Crane and the surrounding region were once again put on display.

The Association of Old Crows Crane Roost recently held the 6th annual NSWC Crane/AOC Capability Gaps and Enabling Technologies Operational and Technical Information Exchange. The event featured a showcase at the WestGate Academy Conferencing and Training Center.

The showcase attracted vendors big and small to provide booth exhibits and discuss the wide variety of work the defense industry does to support the military’s electronic warfare requirements.

In a news release, AOC Crane Roost president Jim Hearn says there has been tremendous support for Crane from both the national AOC organization and the local EW community at Crane. Hearn says the hope is that the showcase will grow and connect local students and workforce with activities on the base.

EW is one of the specialities at NSWC Crane. In fact, the bases Electronic Warfare Center is the Department of Defense’s largest multi-service facility for EW, EW sensors, and electronics. Those kind of resources have been housed at Crane for more than 30 years.

This year’s event lasted 3 days in all. It began on Tuesday and ran through Thursday.

Authorities have now released the names of those involved in a one vehicle accident northeast of Jasper Sunday evening that left 1 person dead and injured another.

Just before 6 o’clock last night Dubois County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a 1 vehicle accident in the 3400 block of County Road 125 East north of County Road 300 North. Once on the scene deputies immediately called for emergency medical services, as well as the Dubois Volunteer Fire Department first responders and a Dubois Rural Electric Cooperative crew.

Deputies say they found 2 front seat occupants in the vehicle, both of whom were wearing seatbelts. Deputies say the vehicle had hit a utility pole, causing it to break. The vehicle was lying on its drivers side against the pole. Deputies also found an electric ground wire that had been exposed and other electric lines that had fallen across the vehicle.

The sheriff’s department says their initial investigation found that the 2003 Dodge Neon driven by 18-year old Theodore Boeglin of Jasper, a senior at Jasper High School, was headed southbound on County Road 125 East when it went off of the west side of the road and into a grassy field. Authorities say the car hit landscaping stonework in the area before taking down the utility pole. Sheriff’s deputies are citing unsafe speed and weather conditions as contributing factors to this accident. A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of drug paraphernalia.

Boeglin was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries sustained in the accident. His death marks the seventh roadway fatality in Dubois County this year.

A front seat passenger 19-year old Justin Wright also of Jasper had to be extricated from the vehicle and taken to Jasper’s Memorial Hospital before being transferred via LifeFlight helicopter to St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville for treatment of a right leg and left wrist injury.

Now a third occupant in the vehicle had initially fled from the accident scene. Deputies searched the area and were initially unable to locate that passenger while on the scene. However deputies were able to contact that passenger 23-year old Logan Williams of Jasper and interview him later. Williams was not injured from the crash.

Authorities say the accident is still under investigation and the Dubois County Coroner’s Office is still awaiting a toxicology report that typically takes 2-3 weeks to complete.

Dubois First Responders, Dubois REC, Memorial Hospital EMS, and Indiana State Police all assisted Dubois County Sheriff’s deputies.

Sheriff’s deputies want to send their condolences to the family of the driver. They are also thanking all of those who assisted on scene.

Also the sheriff’s department is reminding the public to use extreme caution and be safe when driving in rain or snow. That includes following the posted speed limit.

Dubois County once again has the lowest unemployment in the state, but the gap is closing.

Preliminary figures released this morning by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development show the county’s unemployment rate is at 3.8% for the month of October. That figure is up 4 tenths of a percent from September.

This marks the 25th time in the last 30 months that Dubois County has either held or tied for the state’s lowest unemployment rate. Hamilton County on the north side of Indianapolis remains in 2nd place. The margin was cut in half down to 2 tenths of a percent. The gap was 4 tenths of a percent
in September.

Among other local counties, Daviess County remains in the top 5 statewide. They are tied for the 5th lowest rate at 4.2%. Martin and Warrick Counties were also in the top 10 this month. Warrick County was 9th lowest at 4.3%. Martin County came in at 10th lowest in the state at 4.4%.

Spencer and Perry Counties were tied at 4.8% unemployment last month, Pike County was at 4.9%, Orange 5.6%, and Crawford County’s unemployment was reported at 6%. The highest October unemployment in Indiana was in Sullivan County. They reported in at 7.3%

Statewide unemployment was at 5.3% last month. That number held steady due to 14 thousand Hoosiers entering the workforce. Indiana’s labor force has grown by more than 65 thousand since last year. That is one of the largest increases in the US.