A garage fire just north of Jasper destroyed 2 buildings, damaged other property, and left some folks without power yesterday.

At 4:15 yesterday morning, firefighters with the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department were called to the fire in the 1300 block of North Jackson Street. Jasper fire chief Kenny Hochgesang says a detached garage at the home of Connie Thewes was completely engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. The fire also spread to a detached building at a next door residence that belonged to Steve Wampler.

The 2 buildings were not all that was damaged however. Hochgesang says another building in the 100 block of 14th Street also sustained minor damage and a nearby utility pole was also caught in the flames.

The fire on the utility pole caused wires in the area to drop, which knocked out power to some residents. Jasper Municipal Utilities were called out to fix the pole and restore power after the fire.

Hochgesang says the buildings on Thewes’ and Wampler’s properties were total losses in the fire. Thewes’ building had housed grills and other lawn and garden tools while Wampler’s building had an ATV and lawn and garden equipment in it.The dollar value of the damage to the other structures is unclear according to Hochgesang.

Hochgesang says no injuries were reported in the fire and the cause could not be determined due to the extent of the damage.

A Jasper man was taken into custody following a crash near Huntingburg early yesterday.

At 1:10 yesterday morning, Huntingburg Police and Dubois County Sheriff’s deputies were called about a possibly impaired driver who had been in an accident at the Huntingburg Conservation Club. Dubois County Sheriff’s deputies handled the accident at the conservation club.

Meanwhile, Huntingburg officers found the vehicle going northbound in the 800 block of South Cherry Street. Police say the vehicle was going left of center and nearly ran one of the officers off of the road.

Police then stopped the vehicle and spoke with 30-year-old Michael Arteaga. Further investigation confirmed that Arteaga was intoxicated. His BAC was .15 percent or almost twice the legal limit.

Arteaga was then taken into custody and lodged in the Dubois County Security Center. He is facing operating while intoxicated charges.

A wrecker from KARS also assisted.

Dubois County Sheriff’s deputies are continuing their investigation into an accident that sent a Crawford County man to an Evansville hospital yesterday.

At 7:50 yesterday morning, sheriff’s deputies were called to Schnellville Road just west of Schnellville on the reported accident. They say 19-year-old Austin Newton of Eckerty was going eastbound along Schnellville Road when he went left of center for an unknown reason. Newton’s vehicle then went off of the north side of the roadway, where it hit a culvert and an embankment before coming to rest in a resident’s yard.

Newton was taken to Memorial Hospital and later life flighted to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment of his injuries. His vehicle was totalled in the crash and as mentioned this investigation is still ongoing.

The Schnellville Fire Department and Memorial Hospital EMS also assisted.

The recently completed stretch of I-69 through Southwestern Indiana is now open for business.

On Friday, Alliance Barrier Films cut the ribbon to open its new $25 million manufacturing plant located near the highway at Washington. The opening was part of a larger ceremony that included the announcement of plans to add a 40 to 60 thousand square foot shell building. That building will be located on a 100 acre land plot next to the Alliance building that was purchased by the Daviess County Economic Development Corporation. A shared CSX rail line is also part of the plans.

The ribbon cutting was attended by local, state, and federal officials. Among them were Washington mayor Joe Wellman, County Commissioner Tony Wichman, and representatives for US 8th District Congressman Larry Bucshon and Indiana Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann. Daviess County Economic Development Corporation executive director Ron Arnold also spoke at Friday’s event.

Alliance Barrier president Tom Huff says the company’s decision to locate their plant in Washington was largely due to the support of those in attendance. He says the company is planning to stay for a long time to come. Alliance Barrier Films makes plastic packaging for the food, retail, and automotive industries. This ranges from

Huff says there are 20 employees that currently work at the plant, though he says the plant will be expanding with several lines over the next few years. That could translate to as many as 70 people working at the facility within the next 3 to 4 years.

A group opposing the annexation efforts in Tell City has filed a remonstrance petition.

The petition was filed at the Perry County Clerk’s office last Tuesday, just 2 days before an annexation ordinance would have gone into effect. It was filed by Indianapolis-based attorney Stephen Buschmann, who is representing the opposition group.

The petition was filed with just over 400 signatures. Members of the opposition say that fulfills the required 65 percent of property owners needed to block the annexation, but the decision is set to be made by the Perry County courts. The petition would then have to be certified at a court hearing.

If the petition is certified, then the burden falls to the city. The city would have to prove certain things for the annexation to go through. However, the opposition could also prove points and if they are successful, the annexation doesn’t happen.

Now the petition is the latest in an ongoing battle over a proposed annexation that would cover more than 17 hundred acres to the north of Tell City. The annexation was originally approved by the Tell City council back in early April.

Opponents have based their arguments on a lack of planning on the part of the city. They point to recent data showing that the city’s population has dropped by 15 hundred residents since 1980. Opponents say that population drop makes the annexation unnecessary.

Jasper Police are also looking for a vehicle that left the scene of an accident in the KMart parking lot.

Police say a green Ford Escape hit a white GMC Sierra before leaving the parking lot. They say the truck (owned by Augustin Mejia of Washington) was properly parked. There was about 15 hundred dollars in damage to the truck according to police.

Police say the green Escape was last seen going southbound along 3rd Avenue. They say the vehicle will have damage to its right rear.

Anyone who has any information is asked to call Jasper Police at 482-2255.

A Jasper man was arrested after a scuffle broke out at a residence.

At 2 o’clock yesterday morning, Jasper Police were called to a residence in the 2500 block of Alois Court on a reported battery. Police found that 52-year-old Darrell Satterfield had gotten into a physical fight with Leon Demott. Demott was injured in the fight.

Satterfield was lodged in the Dubois County Security Center on a Class A misdemeanor for battery.