Another area community has been awarded grant money towards the development of senior housing.
Tell City was among those communities that received rental housing tax credits and other state financing recently. The city was granted more than 1.6 million dollars that city officials say will go towards a proposed senior housing complex that would be built along 7th Street. That development, which would be called River Pointe, will involve building 40 units of senior housing and other apartments or condos that could either be rented for the market price or sold. The first floor of River Pointe would feature commercial and retail spaces along Humboldt and 6th Streets.
The River Pointe project is being led by four firms. These are Vision Communities Incorporated, Flaherty and Collins, Kuhl and Grant, and Myszak and Palmer. There will be 1 and 2 bedroom units available in the proposed complex. They will feature appliances, washers and dryers, and either a balcony or patio. The complex will also have a courtyard and community room along with a rooftop terrace for a view of the Ohio River.
The project was originally proposed last September. A new hotel could also be part of development plans for that area.
Now River Pointe was part of 12 million dollars of rental housing tax credits awarded statewide. In Dubois County, the city of Huntingburg was also awarded money for the development of the former St. Joseph’s Hospital property. That project received more than 1.3 million dollars in funding and will create 45 senior living residences in the former hospital building.
One area county will be going old school to ensure that all votes are counted during this year’s elections.
Warrick County clerk Sarah Redman has proposed taking logs from polling precincts, the absentee board, and the canvassing board and comparing those numbers to the vote tallies on Election Day. She says that would be done with pen and paper rather than reports fed out of a computer.
The changes are being proposed in the wake of Monday’s announcement that nearly 38 hundred absentee votes cast prior to the November 2012 election were not counted. Redman says a technician with MicroVote (who supplies the county’s electronic voting machines) used an incorrect method to transfer votes from the machine to a computer used for tallying results. Redman’s own ballot was among the 38 hundred lost in that process.
In the end, Redman believes the incident was an “isolated” one and should not happen again. She says details for the older tallying methods will be worked out in the coming weeks. The changes will be rolled out beginning with May’s primary election.
Also earlier this week, secretary of state Connie Lawson asked for an independent and nonpartisan review of MicroVote’s voting report and the totaling procedures used throughout the fall 2012 elections. The review, which will be led by Voting System Technical Oversight Program (VSTOP) will be done in Warrick and all other Indiana counties that utilize MicroVote’s services.
A crash in rural Washington County yesterday afternoon sent three people to a Louisville hospital with serious injuries.
Just before 4:05 pm yesterday, Indiana State Police and Washington County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a two vehicle crash along Becks Mill Road near Posey Chapel Road. Troopers say 18-year-old Dakota Bowling of Salem was southbound on Becks Mill Road when he crested a hill and lost control of his vehicle. Bowling’s vehicle then went left of center and hit a truck being driven by 41-year-old Jared Green of Fredricksburg. Green swerved in an attempt to avoid the crash, but could not get out of the way in time.
Bowling and a front seat passenger (19-year-old Serena Durgins of Fredricksburg) were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. A back seat passenger (18-year-old Cody Lavens of Fredricksburg) was not wearing his seatbelt according to state police. All three sustained serious injuries and were airlifted to University of Louisville hospital for treatment. Green was not hurt in the crash. State police say their investigation is still ongoing.
Washington County EMS and the Posey Township Fire Department also assisted.
An investigation into drug complaints at a Jasper hotel led to 1 person being arrested.
Just before 10:50 yesterday morning, Jasper Police were called to the Days Inn along Brucke Straase on a report of suspected drug use. When they arrived, officers spoke with 21-year-old Jeremy Bryant of Jasper who was walking out of the hotel. While doing a pat down, police found a marijuana pipe. The officers then asked to search a duffle bag that Bryant had with him, but Bryant denied that request. Police then brought in a K-9 to do an open air sniff around the bag. The K9 then found an odor of a controlled substance on the bag. Police then searched the bag and found about 68 grams of marijuana that had been individually bagged. They also found another marijuana pipe along with digital scales.
Bryant was taken into custody and was lodged in the Dubois County Security Center. He is charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernelia.
Meanwhile, another JPD officer spoke with 2 other men who were also walking out of the hotel. 1 of them (23-year-old Tyler Russell of Dale) was found to have an outstanding warrant in Dubois County. Russell was then taken into custody and was also lodged in the Dubois County Security Center.
A relief fund has now been set up for a local firefighter and his family who lost their home to fire on Friday.
Officials with the Dubois Fire Department say a relief fund for the family of Clint and Trisha Eichmiller has been set up through German American Bank. Donations will be accepted at any German American branch and the account is under the name of the Dubois Fire Department. Department officials say the family are currently staying with other family members until more permanent arrangements can be made.
Clothing donations also continue to be accepted for the family. The items being accepted are:
Men’s: 33X36 and 36X30 pants, large and extra large shirts, and size 10.5 shoes
Women’s: Size 13 pants and extra large shirts
Girl’s: Size 5T shirts
The donations are able to be dropped off at St. John’s Lutheran Church, which is located at the Dubois Crossroads.
Dubois Fire Department spokesman Zach Eichmiller says the community has been helpful to the family thus far:
The department is also set to hold a breakfast and bake sale later this month to help the family. That is set to take place on Sunday March 30th from 8 am till noon. It will be held at the Dubois Volunteer Fire Department located in the 4500 block of 2nd Street in Dubois. The breakfast will cost 6 dollars for adults and 3 dollars for children. Free will donations will also be accepted.
All proceeds from this event will benefit the Clint and Trisha Eichmiller family.
A Daviess County woman was taken into custody after she hit two people in front of a Washington McDonald’s while driving drunk.
Just before 3:10 Sunday morning, Daviess County Sheriff’s deputies say 33-year-old Bridgette Bess and 34-year-old James Hubbard (both of Washington) were walking westbound along East National Highway near the McDonald’s in the 1400 block. They were on the north side of the roadway when a passing car hit the two of them. The impact caused Bess to fall into a nearby ditch immediately while Hubbard initially landed on the hood of the car. Hubbard fell into the ditch when the car stopped a short distance later.
The driver of the car (23-year-old Taylor Helms) then headed northbound on Hillside Drive and called her mother according to police. Helms then went back to the accident scene.
A breathalyzer test given at the scene found Helms had a BAC of .16 percent (twice the legal limit). A second test found Helms’ BAC to be .28 percent or three and a half times the legal limit.
Helms was arrested and lodged in the Daviess County Jail. She is facing two counts for operating while intoxicated causing serious injury. She is also charged with operating while intoxicated endangerment and operating while intoxicated with a BAC of .15 percent or higher. She was later released on 9 thousand dollars bond.
Meanwhile, Bess and Hubbard were taken to Daviess Community Hospital and were later airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville. Helms’ vehicle sustained between 25 hundred and 5 thousand dollars worth of damage according to deputies.
Indiana State Police are continuing their search for a Perry County man they say was last seen at a Harrison County hotel.
Troopers say 55-year-old George “Ronald” Schmidt Jr of Branchville was reported missing back on Sunday. According to state police, Schmidt Jr left his home in Branchville back on Thursday to go to the Social Security office in New Albany. Schmidt Jr’s family then told police he went to Elizabeth, IN where he applied for and was given a new job. He then went to his father’s house in Corydon to tell his father how excited he was about getting the new job. After visiting with his father for a short time, police say Schmidt Jr went to Mauckport to visit a friend of his. However, that friend was not home at the time and police believe he went to the River Bottom Inn in Mauckport. He was believed to have arrived there at about 5 pm local time where he played a few games of pool and had a few drinks. State police say he left the hotel sometime between 6 and 7 pm local time, leaving his coat and an unfinished drink behind.
Police say Harrison was driving a silver 1999 Honda CRV with an “In God We Trust” license plate. The license plate number will be 284BBH. The family told state police that they have not heard from Schmidt Jr since about 8:30 pm on Sunday evening. Police say he didn’t show up for his new job yesterday and the family remains concerned about his safety.
Schmidt is described as a white male standing 6 feet tall and weighing in at about 200 pounds. He has brown hair and hazel colored eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue t-shirt, blue jeans, tennis shoes, a baseball hat, and glasses.
Anyone who has any information is asked to call Trooper Chris Tucker at the Sellersburg state police post. That number is 1-812-246-5424 or 1-800-872-6743.