Local News: Monday, November 27, 2017


Speeding Leads to Drug Charges in Jasper

JASPER — A Jasper man is in jail this morning on drug dealing charges.

59-year-old Stanley Vonderheide was pulled over Saturday night in the area of Meridian Road and 15th Street in Jasper for speeding.

Police say they discovered he had meth on him and conducted a search.

The search turned up individual baggies with a white substance which field – tested positive for methamphetamine, according to police sources.

Police say Vonderheide had just over $800 dollars in cash on him.

They believe the money was proceeds from dealing meth.

Vonderheide is charged with two felonies for Dealing methamphetamine and Possession of Meth.


Man Allegedly Drove While Smoking Pot With Teen

JASPER — Huntingburg man was arrested Saturday for allegedly smoking marijuana while driving to Jasper with a 17-year-old in the car.

Police stopped 39-year-old Dustin Cooper on U.S. 231 near  Hoffman Road around 9:00 Saturday night for a broken headlight.

Officers say they could smell burnt marijuana in the car.

Arrested reports indicate Cooper admitted to smoking marijuana while driving from Huntingburg to Jasper.

He was taken to Memorial Hospital where he also tested positive for Opiates, Amphetamines, and Oxycodone.

Cooper is charged with OWI with a person under the age of 18 in the vehicle and marijuana possession.

The teen was referred to the juvenile court system and released to a guardian.


Police Warn to Beware of Christmas Crimes

STATEWIDE — As you make plans to do your Christmas shopping over the next several weeks, police are warning you to follow some safety tips to make your holidays less stressful.

“If you’re going to be buying presents for the holidays, it’s a good idea not to leave them in plain view in your vehicle,” says Franklin Police Chief Tim O’Sullivan, who says your car, truck or SUV could be a target for a break-in especially if you leave your vehicle unlocked. He suggests that you leave your gifts in your trunk or covered up out of sight of would-be thieves.

“If you’re going to be driving at night, it’s always a good policy to be with someone park in a well-lit area,” says Chief O’Sullivan, who says you may risk being robbed if you have cash and gifts.

Police also suggest that if you order gifts online to have them delivered to your office instead of your home. Officers say there is an increased number of packages stolen from front porches and mailboxes during the day while you’re at work.

Officers also say it’s best not to announce on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram when you plan to be away from your home during the holidays because you’re home may be more susceptible for a burglary. Whenever you do step away from your home, double check to make sure all your doors are locked and holiday candles are unlit before you leave.


Weekend Crash Closes U.S. 231, 1 Sent to ER

JASPER — A crash closed U.S. 231 for about an hour about 1 and a half miles north of Jasper.

The three vehicle crash happened just after 4:15 Saturday afternoon as a car was stopped to turn left on to Old State Road 45.

One of the vehicles involved was hauling wood.  The debris in the roadway forced its closure.

A 79-year-old woman in one of the vehicles was taken to Memorial Hospital by ambulance for precautionary measures.

19-year-old Diamond Cox of Clarksville was driving another vehicle involved and was cited for driving without insurance.

Her car, and a third car are totaled.

Damage to the first car was estimated to be around $3,500 dollars.

Raiders Are 2 A State Champions After Weekend Win

HUNTINGBURG — The Southridge Raiders returned to Huntingburg Saturday night victorious after they beat Woodlan to become this year’s 2 A State Champions.

The Jasper fire department escorted the boys’ bus down U.S. 231 just before 7 Saturday night.

Cheers and honks of support greeted the team all the way to Huntingburg where the fire department there took the boys the rest of the way into town.

A massive crowd gathered to welcome our champs home and to celebrate in a pep rally that followed.

Congratulations to the Southridge Raiders… this year’s 2A State Champions.


NWS Confirms Rockport Tornado Last Weekend

ROCKPORT — The National Weather Service has confirmed it WAS a tornado that touched down LAST weekend during the severe weather.

The twister was only rated an EF 1, but it was enough to damage at least 6 homes and 6 outbuildings.

Trees were uprooted and utility poles snapped.

The tornado was on the ground for two-and-a-half miles and packed winds of 90 miles per hour.

Luckily, no injuries were reported.


Spanish Local Newscast Launches Monday on JUAN

AREA WIDE — WITZ, WQKZ and JUAN Radio is beginning a new and exciting chapter in our history this week.

Beginning Monday,November 27th, for the first time, local news is being broadcast, in Spanish, Monday through Friday on JUAN Radio.

Brian Uebhelor, a realtor with Sell 4 Free Welsh Realty, who is fluent in Spanish, has entered into a partnership with JUAN to broadcast local news in the noon and 5 o’clock hours during the week.

The expansion of our news operation will allow us to keep the public informed of what’s happening in the community, translated to reach both English and Spanish-speaking listeners.

We want to welcome Brian to the news team.

If you have any news tips for JUAN, especially stories and events impacting our diverse Latino community, please shoot us an e-mail at news@witz-am-fm-dot-com.





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