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.
The Dubois County Community Foundation is set to host a grant workshop later this month.
Coming up on March 13th, the foundation will be hosting the event for local nonprofits in order to introduce a new open application process. The new process is designed to allow organizations the flexibility to apply for grants all throughout the year rather than 1 time per year as it stands now.
The process will also include the debut of Community Force, which is an online software system that will be used to cut down on the amount of paperwork while streamlining the application process as a whole.
In a news release, DCCF program director Nona Baker says the foundation has been using feedback from grantees along with research into best practices to guide the improvements. She says its an exciting change that will benefit local nonprofit groups.
Potential applicants for grants including nonprofit staff, volunteers, and board members among others are invited to attend this event to learn how they can apply for grants. The foundation says it will be giving away more than 90 thousand dollars in grants this year.
The workshop will begin at 10 am on the 13th and is set to last for an hour and a half. The workshop will be held at the DCCF’s building along 6th Street in Jasper. Reservations are required by next Monday.
For more information or to reserve your spot, you can call 482-5295 or you can visit dccommunityfoundation.org.
The 2014 Jasper Strassenfest Committee has announced a book and button design contest for this year’s big event.
The committee is holding the contest in order to seek public input on the design that will be used for the 2014 Strassenfest program book cover and the collectors buttons. The contest is open to everyone.
Folks can enter their design for either the book or the button or for both items. The winning design will be used on more than 8 thousand program covers, 10 thousand buttons and other promotional media for the Strassenfest. The winner of this contest will have their picture and a short biography featured in the program book. They will also receive a Strassenfest care package.
All entries should be submitted with the theme “Alive with the Arts” in mind. All types of 2 dimensional media will be accepted. Entry forms are available at the Jasper Chamber of Commerce office or at jasperstrassenfest.org. Entries can be mailed to the Jasper Chamber of Commerce PO Box 307 in Jasper, IN 47547. They can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped off in person at the Jasper Chamber’s office along 6th Street.
Old Man Winter isn’t quite ready to loosen his grip on our listening area.
That was evident yesterday as yet another round of snow, sleet, and freezing rain pummeled the area throughout the day yesterday and into the overnight hours. The first wave of freezing rain made its way into the area during the mid-morning hours yesterday. The second wave (which hit in the afternoon) started as freezing rain and sleet before changing over to all snow by the evening. Officials with the Jasper wastewater department reported 2 and a half inches of snow on the ground as of this morning.
Our weather partner Michael Wilhite with southernindianaweather.com says in the end, the storm’s impact was less than expected especially when it comes to the amount of ice:
A winter storm warning went into effect across our entire area Saturday night. it will remain in effect until 1 pm eastern time today. Meanwhile, street crews were kept busy throughout the day yesterday and into this morning as the storm was passing through.
Jasper assistant street commissioner Jeff Theising says the department had 1 crew on call through the day yesterday and into the evening before a different crew took over through the overnight and into this morning. Theising says in spite of some concerns prior to the storm, all went smoothly with the street cleanup:
Now that the storm is gone, temperatures are expected to warm up as the week goes on. We may even reach the upper 40s to near 50 degrees across the listening area by Saturday.
We’ll have more on what you can expect coming up later on in your local forecast.