Local & Area News: Thursday, July 6, 2017


AREA-WIDE — The National Weather Service has issued a SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT for the WITZ listening area for heavy rain today.

1 – 1.5 + inches of rain could fall, especially as slow-moving storms move through with torrential rains.

The NWS reminds you to be aware of the risk of flash flooding and do NOT drive on flooded roadways.  TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN.


CLICK HERE to view the full SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT from the National Weather Service 

NEW! Two Arrested in Jasper on Drug Charges

JASPER — A broken head – light landed two people in jail early this morning in Jasper both on drug charges.

Police stopped James Myers of Princeton just after Midnight in the 1400 block of Newton Street.

A K-9 indicated drugs were in the vehicle.  A search turned up a glass smoking pipe, a container with meth and pills.

Myer’s female passenger, Lisa Martin of Greenwood gave officers a false name, according to police reports.

Turned out, she had two felony warrants out of Dubois County.

Myers is charged with possession of paraphernalia and a controlled substance.

Martin is charged with paraphernalia possession, false identification and possession of methamphetamine.

ISP Offers $5,000 Reward For Information in Murder Case

FRENCH LICK — Indiana State Police are NOW offering a $5,000 reward for information about the death of a French Lick man last year.

66-year-old James Bryson was found dead at a home in the 11,000 block of WEST COUNTY ROAD 50 SOUTH in French Lick on December 27th.

The man was last seen 3 days before being found.

State Police, along with grieving family members are pleading for information that may help solve this case,according to a media statement.

Anyone with information should contact the Jasper State Police post at 482 -1441.



Police Warn Parents About Snap Chat Tracker

PERRY CO — Sheriff’s deputies in Perry County are warning parents of a new TRACKER that has been installed in the newest version of the popular smart-phone app SNAP CHAT; an app that allows the user to add friends and exchange photos in real time.

It’s grown in popularity over the years, especially among youth.

But now, the Perry County Sheriff’s Department is warning a newly introduced tracker allows you to view the exact location of friends, including area, town and street.  If you zoom in, you can even see the house on the street layout.

The department urges parents to be sure your child’s app is set to GHOST MODE so no one can see where they are.



NASCAR’s Gase & Best Home Furnishings Team Up to Honor Child Who Died

FERDINAND — Ferdinand-Based Best Home Furnishings is teaming up with NASCAR driver Joey Gase, to pay a special tribute to little Ava Bransteter, a six-year-old who passed away unexpectedly.  Her organs and tissue were donated.

When Gase shows up next week for the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, his Number 23 Best Home Furnishings NASCAR Cup Series car, will be dedicated to the little girl’s memory.

Gase says he hopes it will raise awareness for tissue and organ donation.


Strassenfest Parade Deadline July 10th

COUNTY-WIDE — Strassenfest event organizers want to remind you that Parade entry forms are due by July 10th.

Entry forms are available at www.jasperstrassenfest.org



Red Cross Issues Emergency Call for Blood

STATE-WIDE — The American Red Cross needs your help combating a nationwide blood shortage.

The Red Cross is issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donors of all blood types.

The organization says they got 61,000 fewer donations than they needed in the last two months. That’s the equivalent of the Red Cross not collecting any blood at all for four days.

“It’s crucial that people donate now to meet the needs of patients every day and to be prepared for emergencies that require significant volumes of donated blood,” said Rodney Wilson, communications manager of the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the Red Cross, in a press release issued Monday. “Every day, blood and platelet donors can help save lives, and right now these heroes are needed to give as soon as possible.”


UE President Announces He’s Stepping Down

EVANSVILLE — University of Evansville president Thomas Kazee has announced that he is stepping aside.

It won’t be until next year, but Kazee says he and his family are planning to relocate to South Carolina after he steps down in May of 2018.

Since his inauguration in June 2010, Kazee has focused greatly on infrastructure on the UE campus including a facilities master plan that includes new student townhouses as well as renovations and additions of key academic buildings.

Prior to his time at UE, he served as Provost and Executive Vice President at Furman University.

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