Local News: Thursday, March 8, 2018

Father & Son Now Facing Attempted Murder Charges

JASPER — Attempted murder is being added to a list of charges against a father and son accused in a road rage incident in Jasper last month.

Travis Karns and his 21-year-old son Brandon were already facing aggravated battery, criminal recklessness, and drug charges, in addition to others.

But, this week, prosecutors added a charge of attempted murder, criminal confinement and battery with a deadly weapon.

The father and son are accused of chasing a truck through Jasper on February 22nd, ramming it until it became disabled before getting out of their vehicle and beating the driver with clubs.

The victim in the case had to be treated at the hospital for his injuries.


Alan & Amiee Friz Trail Will Be Heard By Out-of-County Jury

JASPER — A Huntingburg dentist and his wife will face an out-of-county jury when they go to court in August on allegations they locked a child in a cage as a form of discipline.

Lawyers for Alan and Aimee Friz of Huntingburg say their clients can’t get a fair trial in Dubois County and requested a change of venue in court this week.

The defense contends public hostility, news reporting on the case and other factors make it difficult to get a fair trial with a local jury.

Both sides agreed to select members of the jury from neighboring Martin County.

Alan Friz is accused of locking one of his daughters in a closet modified into a locked cage, putting her name on it and forcing her to reliever herself in a bucket.

He’s also accused of sexual misconduct with a minor.

Aimee Friz is also facing charges stemming from the incidents with the cage.

Their trial is set to begin August 27th.


Body of Missing Kayaker Found

ROME  — Authorities are confirming a body pulled from the Ohio River in Perry County this week is that of a missing kayaker.

Scott Whitehead went missing Thursday while kayaking on the Ohio River near Rome.

An intense search for the man has been going on since that time.

Conservation officers say Whitehead’s body was found in just three feet of water.

We are awaiting the results of an autopsy.


Jasper Engines Named “Company of the Year” by ESOP

JASPER — Jasper Engines and Transmissions has been named “Company of the Year” by the Indiana Chapter of the ESOP Association.

The national non-profit group honored Jasper Engines with the award during a recent conference in Carmel.

The group says Jasper Engines has seen immense growth since the inception of ESOP, expanding to a current workforce of around 2,900 full-time associate owners, with revenues exceeding $600 million.

Jasper Engines, in a statement released this week, saying the company has a large staff that is very proud of their 75-year-old company.


National Office Furniture Honored for Environmental Stance 

JASPER — National Office Furniture has received the Beacon Award from the Kentucky Excellence in Environmental Leadership or EXCEL program.

National was honored for its continued dedication to protecting the environment through its business practices.

Danville plant manager Mike Potter says the award is an example of how passionate the company’s employees are about the environment.

The KY EXCEL program is a voluntary group that is open to any individual, business or organization that wishes to improve and protect the state’s environment in ways that extend beyond current environmental requirements.

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