Local & Area News: Monday, June 26, 2017

JUST IN:  Tom Kleinhelter has announced he is seeking the Office of Sheriff of Dubois County in the 2018 election

DUBOIS CO. — In a statement released Monday morning, Kleinhelter said,

As the current Detective Sergeant in the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department I am excited about the opportunity to run for the Office of Sheriff of Dubois County in 2018. I started with the Sheriff’s Department in 1994 as a Jail Officer, and advanced through the department holding every position that is available through testing and interviews. I have been the Detective Sergeant for the past 5 years where I am the lead investigator on most of the crimes against persons. I also supervise the Evidence Room as well as the Narcotics Officer.

I believe the Sheriff’s Department is the premier law enforcement agency in the county. I will use the tremendous amount of knowledge within our department to continuously improve, which will allow us to serve our citizens more efficiently and be more of a proactive agency. It is no secret that we have an opioid problem in our county, and I will work with all of our state and county offices to find a solution to help reduce the number of individuals returning to jail as repeat offenders.

I have been an active member of numerous boards and organizations throughout my career, including the Drug Court, the Community Correction advisory Board, the Child Advocacy Center, and I am a Certified Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Training Officer. I am also a member of the Knights of Columbus, and I am a licensed official for the Indiana High School Athletic Association for Baseball and Basketball.

With the support of my wife Angie of 25 years and our two adult children Taylor and Reece, I feel now is the perfect time to seek this office, as I have the time necessary to successfully fulfill the duties of Sheriff. I am an excellent listener and I do not rush to judgment. I have the broad experience, leadership, and organizational skills needed to be an outstanding choice for the citizens of Dubois County to serve as your next Sheriff.”


Jasper PD Investigating Break-In at Local Pizza Shop

JASPER — Jasper Police are investigating a weekend burglary at Villa Pizzeria on Third Avenue.

Police say someone broke into a side window to gain entry to the business sometime between 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Jasper Police at (812) 482 –2255 or via the anonymous TIP LINE at (812)  4 8 1 – COPS.


Spencer Co. Jury Convicts Jasper Man on Felony Meth Charges

SPENCER CO. — A jury in Spencer County has convicted a Jasper man on two felony counts of dealing in Methamphetamine and felony possession charges.

60-year-old Sixto Cotto was found guilty last week  after a jury of 6 men and 6 women deliberated for just 20 minutes.

This isn’t Cotto’s first time in hot water.  He pleaded guilty to possession of meth within a 1,000 feet of a school back in 2004.

Cotto will be back in court July 21st for sentencing where he could be ordered to serve as much as 12 years in prison.


New Senior Living Community Coming to Jasper

JASPER — A new senior living community is coming to the city.

Monday night, a neighborhood meeting will be held to meet the owners, ask questions and learn about the Legacy of Jasper and its amenities.

That meeting is tonight at 6:30 at Shilo Methodist Church on State Road 56 in Jasper.

WITZ Radio News will be there and we’ll have much more about this new senior community on your Tuesday reports of local news.


Anthem Settles Class Action Lawsuit for Millions

INDIANAPOLIS — Inside Indiana Business says the Indianapolis-based insurance company will settle a class-action lawsuit after the personal information of nearly 80 million people were hacked more than two years ago.

Investigators say they DON’T know who the hacker was – but no one’s credit card or medical information was stolen.

The money from the settlement would provide at least two years of credit monitoring or reimburse those who have already paid for it. If approved by the court, it would be the largest data breach settlement in history.


New ATV Helmet Law & Higher Taxes & Fees Take Effect July 1st

STATEWIDE — Beginning July 1st, anyone under the age of 18 MUST wear a helmet while ridding on or operating an ATV, dirt bike or any other off road vehicle.

LISTEN:  State Rep. Lloyd Arnold discusses his reasons for authoring the ATV Helmet Bill


The Indiana DNR is taking to social media to answer frequently asked questions . . .

(via Facebook)

ATV Helmet Law: Frequently asked questions

Does the Helmet Law apply to Side by Sides and UTV’s?
Yes, the law pertains to all vehicles that are designed for cross country travel.

If I place a child in a car seat, does the helmet law still apply?
Yes, the use of a car seat does not exclude a child, under age 18 from being required to wear a helmet when riding on an off-road vehicle.

Does the helmet law apply to ATV’s being used around the farm?
When used for “Farm purposes” the helmet law does not apply, however the law does apply when the vehicle is used for something other than “farming purposes”

Does the helmet law apply to Golf Carts?
Golf carts are excluded from this law and no helmet is required.

Does my child need to wear a helmet when on a motorized mini-bike or dirt-bike?
Yes, the law applies to all vehicles specifically designed for off-road travel, excluding golf-carts.

Is a helmet required when my child is operating or riding on a Go-Cart?
Yes, this law also applies to Go-Carts.

Does the helmet law apply to battery operated toy machines?
The law applies to any machine that is designed for cross country travel. It includes certain battery operated machines, but the common toy machines that are only capable of slow back yard travel are not considered off road vehicles and helmets are not required for them.

Does this law only apply to public property or roadways?
No, the helmet law applies on public and private property.

Who is responsible if a violation is found by an officer?
The operator of any vehicle is ultimately responsible for any violation, including the failure of the operator to wear a helmet. However, the new law also allows the adult that is responsible for the ATV to be cited for the offense.

Are Jeeps, Trucks, Crawlers, Dunebuggies or similar vehicles included on this list?
If a vehicle is unregistered through the BMV and used for the purpose of cross-country travel it is within the definition that requires a helmet for all occupants under the age of 18.


This is the last week before several new tax hikes take effect that will impact your wallet.  New road funding legislation (passed in the last legislative session) will raise the gas tax by .10 cents a gallon beginning this Saturday.

In addition to the gas tax — 44 other new taxes and fees will increase around the state.

LISTEN to the report on tax increases


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