A Huntingburg man was airlifted to a regional hospital after the tractor trailer he was driving rolled over east of Haysville yesterday.
At 1:15 yesterday afternoon, Dubois County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a curve along State Road 56 just east of County Road 175 East. Deputies say 50-year-old Ronald Hasenour of Huntingburg had been driving westbound along State Road 56 approaching a curve when his truck turned over in the curve. Deputies say Hasenour was driving too fast entering the curve and the load of turkey feed inside of the tractor trailer may have moved, contributing to the rollover. The truck wound up spilling some of its load of turkey feed and it blocked the eastbound lane of State Road 56.
Hasenour’s left arm was pinned by the cab of the semi. He was extricated from the vehicle by Haysville First Responders and was life flighted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville for treatment of injuries on his left arm. The truck and trailer were a total loss and State Road 56 was closed for about 2 hours yesterday while the accident scene was being cleaned up.
The Haysville Fire Department, Memorial Hospital EMS, St. Mary’s LifeFlight helicopter service, and employees of Henke Farms, JFS Mill, and Dubois County Communications all assisted.
A Huntingburg man was taken into custody after he hit a railroad crossing pole last night.
Just after 8:30 last night, Huntingburg Police were called to a railroad crossing along County Road 400 West near Farbest Foods on a report of a vehicle accident. When they arrived, police found that 25-year-old Yeison Fonseca of Huntingburg had backed his car into the crossing arm pole. The crossing arm was activated and was going up and down when police arrived. Damage was estimated at more than 2 thousand dollars to Fonseca’s car and about 50 dollars to the crossing pole according to police.
Fonseca told police that he had been driving the car and hadn’t driven much in the United States. After running his information, it was discovered that Fonseca didn’t have a US driver’s license.
Fonseca was taken into custody and was lodged in the Dubois County Security Center. He is charged with operating a vehicle while never having been licensed.
The discussions about new hangar space at the Huntingburg Airport continue.
Last night, the Dubois County Airport Authority received updates on possibilities for funding a new 10 unit T hangar for the airport. The new hangar would be built in open space behind one of the current hangars though there is some debate on the type of building that would be built.
Airport manager Travis McQueen presented five different options for funding to the board. These were county EDIT funds, Indiana Finance Authority/INDOT bonds, a USDA loan, a loan from Radius Indiana, and private bank loans. Airport board attorney Phil Schneider stated that both the Huntingburg City and Dubois County Councils would have to approve any of the options outside of EDIT funds because they would be adding on new debt. He also suggested EDIT bonds as a possibility while noting that a bond issue for any of the other options would raise property taxes.
DCAA president Brian Craig says other sources of funding will be critical for the hangar project:
The board approved having Wolpert Engineering come up with a design for the hangar with more discussion on financing to take place at future meetings.
In other business, the board received an update from Wolpert on the environmental assessment for the Huntingburg Airport. The board heard that comments received on the EA were minor, but the wetland portion of it needs to be updated. The wetland part of the plan has not been updated since 2007. The board approved allowing Wolpert to utilize 10 thousand dollars of leftover funding to work on the wetland part of the report.
In final notes, the board heard that work on the Runway 9 tree trimming project is going well. Craig says all of the trees are down and contractors are currently waiting for the ground to dry out before removing the towers. He says everything has gone well with the project so far:
Craig says VUJC and the Greater Jasper School Corporation have each expressed interest in a tower once they are taken down. The project could be ready for its final inspection by the board’s April meeting.
Troopers with the Indiana State Police Jasper Post will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint in Dubois County on Friday.
The checkpoint will be at an undisclosed location within the county. Drivers passing through the checkpoint area should have their licenses and registrations ready to present to troopers. Folks will only be detained for a short time while troopers decide if further investigation is necessary.
State Police say the purpose of these checkpoints is to take alcohol and drug impaired motorists off of the roadways. They say those drivers pose a danger to all who use the roads while causing billions of dollars in property damage, personal injury, and death each year.
State police say there are several things you can do to avoid being over the limit and under arrest. These include planning ahead and designating a sober driver, don’t drive if you’ve been drinking, and never provide alcohol to anyone under the age of 21 among other tips.
Motorists who encounter another vehicle that is being driven erratically are asked to call the Jasper state police post at 482-1441 or 1-800-742-7475. You will be asked to provide a description of the vehicle, its location, and its direction of travel.
Officials in Daviess County are looking to fund a new system that would speed up the response times of police in the event of a school shooting.
The School Guard System (which was developed by Illinois State Police troopers) is being considered by the Daviess County Commissioners. The commissioners would make the program available to every school in the county.
The program will cost between 20 and 25 thousand dollars a year to start up but commissioners president Tony Wichman says its worth the cost if it winds up saving lives.
In this system, each teacher would be given an app for their cell phone. The teacher could hit the app to warn of an active shooter in the building. The app would then automatically alert all other teachers and administrators in that building. Police officers within 20 miles of the school would also receive an alert.
Now school shootings continue to be a growing concern all across Daviess County, the state of Indiana, and the country. School shootings have risen 400 percent nationwide since the early 1960s and some of those have taken place here in Indiana. Costs are still being figured out for the new system at this point, though the idea has been presented to all three public school districts in the county along with Washington Catholic Schools. No word yet on whether the Amish schools in the county would take part.
The issue will be presented to the county E-911 board at its April meeting. If all goes well and the state board approves the system, it would then be up to the Daviess County Council to approve an additional appropriation to fund the new system. The system could be in place before the end of this school year.
A Martin County gypsum board producer is set to stop mining operations.
National Gypsum is set to close down the mining portion of its Shoals plant in August. The company will be converting the operation to byproduct gypsum at that point.
Nancy Spurlock is the corporate communications director for National Gypsum. She says the change is all about modernization and improving the company’s product:
Spurlock says the closure of the mine will impact 21 miners at the plant. She says those workers will have a chance to take jobs in the plant. Spurlock says the company is expecting demand to increase once the changeover to byproduct gypsum is complete. She says that may lead to new jobs down the road, but nothing is set in stone on that front.
National Gypsum is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. The company has 17 plants all around the country, including the one in Shoals.
The City of Huntingburg is making plans for its annual Spring Cleanup Days.
This morning the Huntingburg Board of Public Works and Safety gave street superintendent Jason Stamm permission to conduct the city’s cleanup days from Thursday April 3rd thru Saturday the 5th.
Times on Thursday and Friday will from 12 noon till 7 pm and from 8 am till 4 pm on Saturday the 5th. Item may be dropped off at the Huntingburg Street Department along East First Street. The cost is 2-dollars per car, 5-dollars per truck, 5-dollars per trailer under 8 feet and 10-dollars per trailer
over 8 feet.
Additional fees apply for items such as vehicle tires on rims for 3-dollars; vehicle tires without rims for 2; and televisions, computers and monitors for a dollar. A new stipulation this year is that
small loose items must be placed in a trash bag to be accepted. Small items are considered those smaller than 12 to 18 inches. Items containing Freon, such as refrigerators, dehumidifiers and air
conditioners, require a certificate from a licensed plumber showing the Freon has been removed. Wood, plywood, asphalt shingles and other construction debris will not be accepted.
Spring Cleanup Days are for Huntingburg residents only and a valid utility bill and ID are required.
The City reserves the right to refuse any item. For more information call Huntingburg city hall at 683-2211.
Also, the Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department is welcoming its newest member. 22-year old Ethan Trusty was sworn in this morning by Huntingburg city attorney Phil Schneider during this morning’s meeting.
Trusty is a 2010 graduate of Southridge High School and attended the University of Southern Indiana. He is employed by REM bicycle in Jasper. His appointment bring the total number of firefighters for the department to 27 out of a maximum of 30.
Fire Chief Scott Patberg says Trusty will undergo all the necessary training along with attending classes. Trusty will then serve 1 year as a probationary firefighter.