Authorities are continuing to look for a vehicle they say hit a Ferdinand Police Jeep and left the scene.

Dubois County Sheriff’s deputies and Ferdinand Police were called to 17th and Virginia Streets in Ferdinand at 1:50 yesterday morning on a reported hit and run. When they arrived, authorities say a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee belonging to Ferdinand Police had been hit. Witnesses told police they had heard the crash and a silver vehicle left the area going northbound on Virginia Street. The police vehicle sustained more than 5 thousand dollars worth of damage and has been taken out of service.

Now authorities are looking for a slate blue or grey 1998/1999 Toyota Avalon 4 door passenger car. Police say the suspect vehicle has heavy damage to it and will be missing part of the front bumper on the passenger’s side. The vehicle also leaked out fluid as it was leaving the area.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Ferdinand Police Department or the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department. All callers may remain anonymous.

The Spencer County Regional Chamber of Commerce celebrated a big anniversary over the weekend.

Saturday night, the chamber hosted its 15th annual membership dinner in Chrisney. The dinner saw several people recognized for their efforts. Original chamber board member Gene Steinkamp was recognized as the Board Member of the Year on Saturday. Steinkamp says public service has always been important to him:

Several other awards were presented Saturday night. One of those was the Ambassador of the Year award. This year’s winner was Mary James.

The final announcement of the night may have been the biggest one for the future, however. Executive Director Debbie Barrett says she will be leaving the chamber next month. Barrett is set to take over as General Manager for Santa’s Lodge.

Barrett, who has led the chamber for the last 6 years, says a lot has been accomplished during her time as director. She says community gatherings have been the best part of her job:

The Spencer County chamber has been incorporated since 1999.

Jasper Redevelopment Commission president John Bell has announced his plan to seek the Republican nomination for District 3 on the Jasper City Council.

In a news release, Bell says he and his family love the city because it is a unique and special place to live. He says the city still needs to push forward to allow Jasper to continue growing and prospering with future businesses that are looking to either build or expand in the community.

The 49-year-old Bell is a Jasper native. Bell graduated from Purdue University and spent 7 years working at Kimball International, mostly as the Quality Assurance Manager and being a liason B&W Sittingbetween the sales and manufacturing divisions.

In 2000, Bell was hired as the Chief Operating Officer for Williams Bros. Pharmacy. He also serves as Chief Operating Officer for TrueScripts Management Services, a company that he is an owner of as part of a partnership started last year.

Bell has been very active in the community over the last 6 years. In addition to leading the Jasper Redevelopment Commisson, some of his community work has included being on the Parklands Advisory Board, the Jasper Library Building Committee, and being involved with the city’s Downtown Riverfront Master Plan.

Bell also serves on the Young Life Finance Committee and is president of the Business Network Alliance Organization. He’s a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper.

Girls on the Run serving Dubois County is starting its first season today and tomorrow.

In all, 65 girls in grades 3 through 5 will be participating this year. The girls will be taking part in after school and evening programs over the next 10 weeks designed to allow them to define their life on their own terms.

Now the after school programs will be held at 10th Street Elementary each Monday through Thursday for 10 weeks. The evening programs will be held at 5th Street Elementary on Tuesdays and Thursdays during that time.

The culmination of the first year will come in April. At that point, the girls will join running buddies to complete a 5K run to celebrate. The girls will be partnering with the Jasper Cross Country Boosters to take part in the Wildcat Runaway 5K.

Girls on the Run Serving Dubois County is an independent council of Girls on the Run International. For more information, you can go online to

The Indiana Sheriff’s Association is seeking nominations for this year’s college scholarships.

Dubois County Sheriff Donny Lampert says 40 such scholarships will be awarded statewide this year. To qualify, students have to be Indiana residents. They also must be either a current member of the sheriff’s association or have a family member who is an association member. Students have to be attending a college or university in Indiana and must be enrolled as a full-time student with a law enforcement area major.

Applications are available from all 4 high school guidance counselors, the Dubois County Sheriff’s department, or by writing to the Indiana Sheriff’s Association in Indianapolis to request a form. You can also download it by going online to The deadline for applications this year is April 1st.

The scholarships are coming from the Indiana Sheriff’s Assocation’s Scholarship Fund. The fund was established to receive, invest, and dispense money for college scholarships to qualified students who are looking to pursue an education and career in law enforcement.

A report of a man in an unrented hotel room led to the arrest of a Jasper man on drug charges.

Carlos HernandezJust before 3:30 Saturday afternoon, Jasper Police were called to the Econolodge on that report. The caller told police the man had fled the scene on foot.

Officers later found the man (19-year-old Carlos Hernandez) near 5th Street Elementary and detained him. During a search, police found that Hernandez had drug paraphernalia and synthetic marijuana.

Hernandez was booked into the Dubois County Security Center. He is facing charges for possession of a synthetic drug and possession of paraphernalia.

A Florida man man was taken into custody early this morning on a number of charges including 3 felonies for OWI, Resisting Law Enforcement and Obstruction of Justice after he lead police on a brief pursuit in Jasper and then refused to cooperate with authorities.

At around 1:40 this morning an officer with the Jasper Police Department was traveling behind a northbound SUV on Clay Street near JR’s Bar.

Police say the vehicle turned east onto 2nd Street before crossing Newton Street and then turned left onto Main. Police say as the driver 26-year old Toby Shelly of Bradenton, Florida turned his SUV east at 3rd Street from Main, he accelerated at a high rate of speed.

The officer then activated his emergency lights and siren and the vehicle continued to accelerate southbound on 3rd Avenue on the city’s southeast side.

The officer continued his pursuit and police say Shelly turned his SUV east onto Rumbach Avenue nearly colliding with the curb before coming to a stop in the parking lot of Fazoli’s restaurant.

After a short investigation, police determined Shelly was intoxicated, however he refused standard field sobriety tests or portable breath tests.

Police took Shelly to Memorial Hospital for a blood draw but he still refused. A warrant was issued for a blood/urine sample and Shelly once again refused.

Police say Shelly became belligerent and continued to yell an scream at officers and hospital staff after he was asked several times to stop.

Shelly was then taken to and booked into the Dubois County Security Center on Class 6 Felony counts of Driving while Intoxicated with a prior. Obstruction of Justice and Resisting Law Enforcement after attempting to run from authorities. He is also facing a misdemeanor count of Disorderly Conduct due to his behavior at the hospital.