Local & Area News: Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Huntingburg Man Drove Over 100 mph Impaired, Arrested

DAVIESS CO. — A Huntingburg man was arrested in Daviess County on the 4th of July.

Police say Russell Morris, 57 of Huntingburg, was clocked going over 100 mph just before midnight on State Road 257, police reports allege.

Morris was taken to a hospital where he tested positive for THC and opiates.

He’s charged with Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Reckless Driving.

Three Injured In Ferdinand Fireworks Accident

FERDINAND — Three people were taken to the hospital following a fireworks accident over – night Monday on East Mariah Hill Road near Ferdinand.

No details are available at this time.

We will keep you posted as we learn more through the day.

 Salem Man Killed in Fireworks Accident in Kentucky

HENDERSON KY — A southern Indiana man was killed in a fireworks accident in Henderson, Kentucky Monday night.

The Henderson Gleaner reports that 25-year-old Michael Osborne of Salem was hit in the chest when the device he was lighting ignited prematurely.

Deputy Henderson County Coroner Bill Schwartz told the newspaper it was “a big ordnance” that was “supposed to explode 100 feet in the air.”

An autopsy will be conducted in Louisville, but Schwartz said it appears Osborne was hit so hard that it stopped his heart.


 Violent Felon From Dubois Co. Arrested in Martin Co.

MARTIN CO — A wanted felon from Dubois County has been arrested in Martin County.

We reported last week that 38-year-old Christopher Jones allegedly ran from police who tried to serve a warrant for possession of a fire arm by a serious violent felon.

He had been on the run since June 29th.

Martin County deputies received a tip yesterday that led them to a heavily wooded area  along Brooks Bridge Road.

That’s where deputies took Jones in to custody without incident.


Will Read & Sing for Food to Feature Jen Chapin

JASPER — A very special event for a very special group this week in Jasper.

Will Read and Sing For Food, a group that has donated over a $100,000 to Dubois County organizations, is welcoming Jen Chapin, daughter of 70’s singer – songwriter Harry Chapin.

In addition to Jen, there will be several other performances.

The event is Thursday, July 6th at 7 p.m. at the Jasper Community Arts Center.

A $10 dollar donation will go to the Art Center’s building fund.


Gov. Discusses Indiana’s Drug Epidemic

STATEWIDE — Governor Eric Holcomb says the state is giving heroin addicts in five Indiana counties a new avenue to get well.

Speaking at a press conference in Greenwood this morning, Holcomb and deputy health commissioner Dr. Jennifer Walthall, said that the state is opening new opioid treatment facilities (OTP’s) in Allen, Johnson, Monroe, Tippecanoe and Vigo counties.

“We’re encouraged that expanding substances abuse services to include services provided by OTP’s will help connect countless Hooisers with treatment and become healthy and productive members of their community,” Walthall says.

She adds that new offices will specialize in methadone treatment to help addicts recovering from opioid addiction, and also if you are an addict and are on Medicaid through the Healthy Indiana Plan, your plan will cover the all the services and treatment you receive.

Governor Holcomb says that the opioid epidemic is a crisis that goes beyond the state of Indiana and that this is a step in many of making good on his campaign promises to fight heroin addiction.

“On the very first day (in office) I signed an executive order. We hit the ground running,” Holcomb said.

With the state seeing an increase of 500-percent in overdoses since the turn of the century, the governor adds that it’s critical that we make efforts to curb that trend.

“If I could only have wish, if I could accomplish on thing in my time. It would be to bend that trajectory, bend that arc down,” Holcomb continued.

  • WITZ is an news affiliate of Network Indiana




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