Local & Area News: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

New Jasper Hotel is Open and Ready for Guests

JASPER — A new Jasper Hotel is now open and ready to take guests.

The Dubois County Visitors Center made the announcement Wednesday morning.

The Sure-Stay PLUS by Best Western features 68 rooms and plenty of amenities.

It’s a great location for attracting travelers; located on Highway 231 — 12 miles north of I 64.


Loogootee Man Arrested for OWI  and Other Charges

JASPER — A Loogootee man was arrested last night for allegedly driving drunk and resisting officers.

Police responded to the area of the north side Citgo gas station just before 8 last night in reference to an intoxicated driver.

Police determined 28-year-old Steven Davidson was drunk and took him into custody.

He obviously didn’t go quietly.  Not only is he charged with driving while intoxicated, he’s also charged with resisting law enforcement and disorderly conduct.


Gibson Co. Coroner ID’s Two Killed in Crash

GIBSON CO. — The coroner there has released the names of the two people killed in a crash Monday on I 69 just NORTH of SR 68.

The driver, 35-year-old Thomas Bibe Junior and his passenger, 34-year-old LaShonda Lambert were both killed in that crash.


It’s “Lightning Safety Week” in Indiana

STATEWIDE —   As spring and summer storms roll across central Indiana, many homeowners have been left with damaged homes due to lightning strikes.

Last week a home in the Center Grove community caught fire after being hit by lightning, but experts said there is a tool you can use to keep your family safe during storms.

Capitol Lightning Protection, a Fishers family-based business, installs lightning protection systems on homes, high rises and businesses according to the national standard.

“If we put a system on according to that standard, we have approximately 99 percent protection for the building,” said Mark Benham, company owner. “Ben Franklin invented the lightning rod and he called it his most perfect invention and he invented many things so he was very proud of the lightning protection.”

Capitol Lightning Protection uses copper and aluminum systems which allow the lightning strike to take the path of least resistance. They also install surge protector systems to guard appliances and electronics from a power surge.

Lightning strikes the Earth’s surface about 100 times every second and causes $100 million in property damage each year.

In case of a thunderstorm, the National Weather Service advises you to:

Avoid high or open spaces

Go inside a large building or a home

Don’t use any wired appliances

Stay away from water pipes and faucets


Woman Leaves Baby in Hot Car While Shopping for Two Hours

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — It happened Monday afternoon at a Wal-Mart parking lot in Evansville.

Police say someone saw the child sweating and crying in the car and an officer broke a window to get the boy out.

The mother, 35-year-old Kelly Decorrevont was arrested and faces neglect and marijuana charges.

The baby is okay and is now with Child Protective Services.


Gov. Holcomb Re-Appoints Ferdinand Resident to State Police Board

FERDINAND — Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb announced several appointments and re-appointments to various state boards and commissions yesterday.

Locally, Kathy Bawel of Ferdinand, was re – appointed to her position on the Indiana State Police Board.

She’s a former member of Indiana State Police.

Her term expires June 30th — 20-21.


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