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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.

Jasper Middle School students got a glimpse of what’s coming up at the Jasper Arts Center tonight.

Joshua Kane continued his week-long stay in town with 2 shows at JMS yesterday. Both shows featured the works of Edgar Allen Poe, including a performance of Poe’s famous “The Raven”.

Kane says he got into acting in order to communicate and connect his passion with people. He says there is one thing that makes performing at the schools worth it to him:

Meanwhile, Jasper Middle School principal Dave Hubster says having these type of shows makes school better for students:

400 students in grades 6 and 7 packed into the morning show. The remaining 7th grade students and 8th graders attended the 2nd performance yesterday afternoon.

Kane was at Jasper High School on Thursday. As mentioned, he’ll be performing tonight at the Jasper Arts Center. The show, titled “Joshua Kane: The Borders of the Mind”, gets underway at 7:30 pm.

The Dubois County Leadership Academy is seeking applicants for its 2015 class.

The academy will meet with a minimum of six four-hour sessions at various locations, (a minimum of two times in Jasper, twice in Huntingburg and twice in Ferdinand) from early April to early August. P

Past class topics have included leadership essentials, problem-solving, government and public service, communications and religious and civic leadership.
The group’s steering committee has placed a focus on business principals and entrepreneurship by combining these topics to re-purpose the problem-solving session.

Each academy culminates with a graduation ceremony and the presentation of capstone projects.

Participation in the Dubois County Leadership Academy requires “buy-in” from the participant’s place of employment, as meeting times will be either in the morning or afternoon during normal business hours of operation. There will also be a commitment of personal time to work on the capstone project. If chosen as a 2015 Leadership Academy participant, a $100 fee will be due at the first meeting.

Applications may be submitted to Chris James at cjames@ferdinandindiana.org or mailed to the Town of Ferdinand, Attention: Chris James, 2065 Main Street, P.O. Box 7, Ferdinand IN 47532.

Applications must be submitted by Friday, March 27.

The Dubois County Leadership Academy is a countywide initiative sponsored by the Leadership Pillars of the Ferdinand and Jasper HomeTown Competitiveness initiatives, the City of Jasper, the City of Huntingburg and Vincennes University Jasper Campus.