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LOCAL NEWS: Monday, September 18, 2017

Dubois Co. Sees “Significant Increase In Domestic Violence & Sexual

Assault Cases

COUNTYWIDE — Dubois County and surrounding communities have seen a steady increase in domestic violence and sexual assault cases over the last 8 months, according to Crisis Connection in Jasper.

It’s an organization that helps victims of these crimes.

But executive director Paula Rasche tells WITZ Radio News, different factors could be contributing to the increase.

Racshe says, if you’re a victim, you don’t have to suffer alone.

LISTEN:  Paula Racshe from Crisis Connection Discusses Factors Contributing to Increase in Rates

You can contact Crisis Connection in Jasper for help.

All services through the organization are completely confidential.

You can also call the 24-hour crisis hotline at 1 (800)  245 – 4580.

 

Road Rage Leads to Washington Co. Shooting

SALEM — Indiana State Police say road rage led to a shooting over the weekend.

Police say Robert Abner and Devin Roll got into a road rage incident just before 9 Saturday night on State Road 135 near Salem.

Police reports show Abner’s wife, Anita, got in to a scuffle with Roll and was injured.

That’s when, police say, Robert Abner grabbed a gun and shot Roll in the leg.

Roll and Anita Abner were flown to a hospital in Louisville.

Robert was taken by ambulance to St. Vincent’s in Salem.

None of the injuries appear to be life threatening.

After being released from the hospital Robert Abner was arrested and charged with criminal recklessness with a firearm and aggravated battery.

 

Tell City Man Leads Police on Long Chase, Ends in Ohio River

TELL CITY —   A man wanted for battery of a police officer refused to stop for Indiana State Police early Saturday, and ended up in jail anyway after taking troopers on a chase through a campground and into the Ohio River.

State troopers tried to pull over Blake Hensley, 30, Saturday about 12:30 a.m., when he didn’t stop at a stop sign. He didn’t stop. When they ran his tag, they found out he was wanted in Warrick County. Hensley hit the gas.

Troopers said Hensley hit a State Police car and kept going. Perry County deputies joined the chase as Hensley tore through a campground near Tobinsport. He drove through a soybean field and crashed into a pavillion. That didn’t stop him.

When a trooper pulled in front of him, he ran off the road and ran over a road sign, came back up on the road and hit the troopers car.

Stop sticks finally put Hensley’s car out of commission, deflating his tires. That’s when cops say he took off running into the Ohio River. And they had to tase him. He’s now in the Perry County Jail.

 

National Office Furniture Wins Safety Awards

JASPER — National Office Furniture in Jasper has been named one of the safest companies in America by EHS Today Magazine.

The company, a division of Kimball International, received the honor for keeping injury and illness rates significantly lower than others in the same industry.

National Office Furniture was also honored for providing innovative solutions to safety challenges and communicating the value of safety to employees and customers.

 

Indiana Unemployment Up, Biggest Spike in 8 Years

STATEWIDE — It’s the biggest one-month jump in Indiana’s unemployment rate in eight years.

The jobless rate had dropped for four straight months before a slight increase in July, but was still near a record low. Instead, Indiana lost eight-thousand jobs in August as unemployment spiked to three-and-a-half-percent. That’s the highest since April, though still nearly a full point below the national average.

It’s the third increase in seven months, after a four-year streak in which the rate went up just once.

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