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Our congratulations go out to Northeast Dubois High School senior Jasmine Vonderheide. Vonderheide ScholarshipMemorial Hospital and Healthcare Center has announced through its Facebook page that Vonderheide is the winner of this year’s Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Magy Clark Young Volunteer Scholarship. Vonderheide put in a staggering 605 hours of volunteer work at the hospital’s gift shop over the last 4 years.

Vonderheide will be attending Indiana University Southeast this fall. She will be majoring in Pediatric Nursing with the goal of someday being a pediatric nurse practicioner.

A Jasper man was taken into custody after an investigation into a drug use complaint.

Mathew TylerEarlier today, Dubois County Sheriff’s deputies investigated a drug complaint against 32-year-old Mathew Tyler. Sheriff’s department K-9 Judge was deployed and Judge soon indicated the presence of an illegal substance inside Tyler’s 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck.

After a search warrant was obtained through Dubois Superior Court, deputies found drug precursors along with air tanks that had been converted to storage tanks for anhydrous ammonia in the bed of Tyler’s truck. Tyler was taken into custody and booked into the Dubois County Security Center. He has since posted bond.

Tyler is facing Level 6 felonies for possession of 2 or more precursors, possession of anhydrous ammonia with the intent to manufacture and maintaining a common nuisance. Tyler also faces a Class A misdemeanor for improper storage of anhydrous ammonia.

The ongoing investigation into a recent fight at a Jasper shopping complex has led to one man’s arrest.

Christopher WilzAt 11:45 this morning, Jasper Police took 26-year-old Christopher Wilz into custody on a Level 6 felony count for Criminal Recklessness with a Deadly Weapon stemming from a fight that took place last Thursday afternoon at the Germantown Shopping Center. During this incident, police say Wilz allegedly pulled a knife on another man and chased him while holding the knife. Police say Wilz accidentally injured himself with the knife during the incident and was taken to Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Police say the other man was not injured.

Jasper Police are looking into the overnight theft of a vehicle from a north side residence.

The department says a black 2014 Subaru Outback was taken from a private driveway in the 3200 block of Howard Drive. Police say the vehicle’s license plate number will be 684RAZ.

Anyone who has information on the theft or where the vehicle might be can call Jasper Police at (812)-482-2255. You can also call the department’s anonymous tip line at (812)-481-COPS.

A home on Jasper’s southwest side caught fire for the 2nd time in the last 5 days this morning.

Just before 7:30 am, firefighters with the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department were called to the Alan and Dana Foy residence in the 300 block of South Truman Road. Fire chief Kenny Hochgesang says the circumstances of this fire were somewhat similar to the fire that happened at the Foy residence this past Wednesday afternoon:

Hochgesang says the Foys were not home this morning as they were staying with family due to the damage caused by last week’s fire.

Hochgesang says the State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of this morning’s fire. He says there is extensive damage to the inside of the home but there is no definitive estimate at this time.

The Jasper Fire Department responded with 6 trucks and 35 men. They were on scene for almost 2 hours this morning.

Jasper Police, Indiana State Police and Memorial Hospital EMS also assisted.

from the Indiana Department of Transportation:

Railroad crews will close State Road 145 in Birdseye beginning Tuesday, May 26 for crossing repairs.

State Road 145 will completely close in both directions while crews work at the location. Restrictions will be in place around the clock. Work is scheduled to take one week to complete, weather permitting.
The official detour for heavy highway traffic uses I-64, S.R. 37 and S.R. 64.

INDOT urges drivers to slow down and stay alert near crews. For construction updates and traffic alerts, follow INDOT on Facebook at www.facebook.com/INDOTVincennesDistrict and Twitter at www.twitter.com/INDOTSouthwest, or access INDOT’s TrafficWise website at http://indot.carsprogram.org.

A Jasper man is facing intoxication and numerous other charges after he went the wrong way on city streets..and then caused problems for officers who were trying to arrest him.

Jasper Police were called at 8:50 last night about a yellow 3-wheel scooter that was going northbound along Jackson Street around 7th Street and was going the wrong way against traffic. JPD says the scooter nearly caused a pair of accidents and witnesses said the driver appeared to be intoxicated since the scooter was swerving all over the roadway. Police say the driver (51-year-old John Layman Jr) also dropped his hat at one point and fell over as he reached down to pick it up.

Officers found the scooter a short time later going northbound on Mill Street at the intersection with 11th Street. Police tried to pull the scooter over, but Layman Jr did not stop and a short chase ensued. Police say Layman Jr ran stop signs along Mill Street at intersections with 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th Streets. Layman Jr had to stop at 16th and Mill Streets due to traffic and was taken to the ground by officers after he refused to get off of his scooter.

JPD says Layman was belligerent and argumentative with officers and it was clear that he was highly intoxicated. After refusing every test offered to him and continuing to be belligerent, Layman was taken to Memorial Hospital for further testing and treatment of injuries. Layman then continued his belligerence, this time with hospital staff and refused testing, even after a warrant ordered him to test.

Layman Jr was booked into the Dubois County Security Center. He is charged with OWI, OWI with a Prior Conviction, and OWI Endangerment. He also faces charges for Reckless Driving, Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Law Enforcement and Resisting Law Enforcement with a Motor Vehicle.