JUST IN: Mayor Names Persohn as Assist. Police Chief
JASPER — Jasper Mayor Terry Seitz today named Officer Aaron L. Persohn as Assistant Chief of Police.
Persohn has been with the Jasper Police Department for 14 years including serving as Sergeant since 2016.
“I’m looking forward to having Aaron Persohn as my Assistant Chief”, said Chief of Police Nathan Schmitt. “I know that his leadership skills and commitment to the City of Jasper will be a great benefit to the police department. Aaron has the respect of the other officers and shares the common goal of continuing to provide the best law enforcement service to our community.”
Persohn and his wife, Casey, have three children. He replaces Schmitt as Assistant Chief after he was named Chief of Police by Mayor Seitz following the passing of Chief J. Michael Bennett in August.
Dentist’s Wife Arrested Outside of Courthouse, Both Charged
JASPER — Police have arrested Aimee Friz, the 36-year-old wife of Huntingburg dentist Allan Fritz.
He was arrested Wednesday accused of locking a minor in a closet, modified into a lockable cage.
Aimee Friz was spotted by deputies outside of the courthouse as they transported Allan to his initial court hearing.
Mrs. Friz was arrested and BOTH appeared before the judge.
Prosecutor Anthony Quinn requested a 72-hour hold to complete their investigation.
The judge granted that request.
Aimee and Allan Friz will be back in court Monday.
They’re both charged with neglect and criminal confinement but other charges could be filed as the investigation continues.
Man Arrested For OWI, Leaving Scene of Crash
JASPER — A Schnelleville man has been arrested, accused of driving drunk and leaving the scene of a crash.
It happened just before 10 last night outside of the Super 8 Motel in Jasper.
Police say Michael Goodman was highly intoxicated when he hit a car then fled, running a stop sign and red light.
Police caught up with Goodman. They say his blood alcohol level was .16.
He’s charged with Leaving the scene of a property damage crash and OWI with a prior — a felony.
He’s also charged with running the stop sign and traffic light.
Fight in Home Depot Lot Sends 1 to Jail, 1 to ER
JASPER — A Leavenworth man was arrested overnight after police say he battered several people.
Jasper Police were called out to the Home Depot parking lot just before mid-night on a report of a fight.
When officers arrived, they say Shane Cole was extremely belligerent and wouldn’t cooperate with officers’ commands.
One victim had to be taken by ambulance to Memorial.
Cole is charged with domestic battery, domestic battery with moderate injury, disorderly conduct and possession of marijuana and a controlled substance.
Gov. Holcomb to be Keynote Speaker at Jasper Chamber Lunch
JASPER — Indiana governor Eric Holcomb will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Jasper Chamber of Commerce annual luncheon.
The annual Chamber meeting and lunch will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, November 9th at KlubHaus 61.
For tickets, contact the Jasper Chamber of Commerce.
The deadline is November 1st.
IN Supreme Court to Look at Death Penalty
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Supreme Court is deciding whether the state’s execution method needs to be rewritten.
The Department of Correction changed the drug cocktail used to administer lethal injection. But the Indiana Court of Appeals agreed with a Death Row inmate that the department needed to hold public hearings first — that process takes six-to-10 months.
Deputy Attorney General Stephen Creason contends state law explicitly leaves it to the department’s discretion whether to hold hearings if it changes the execution protocol. And Justice Mark Massa asked defense attorney David Frank point-blank whether the challenge is simply “an opportunity to throw sand in the wheels.”
But Chief Justice Loretta Rush notes the prison system does hold hearings on regulations as trivial as licensing requirements for prison barbers and how often sheets and blankets are changed.
The lower court ruling would put all executions in limbo if there were any scheduled, but only one Indiana Death Row inmate has exhausted his appeals, and he doesn’t have an execution date.
The challenge involves the case of Roy Ward, who’s been on Death Row since 2004 for raping and murdering a 15-year-old girl after breaking into her house in Dale.