Local News: Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Numerous Drugs Found Near Ferdinand, 2 Arrested

FERDINAND — A weekend traffic stop near Ferdinand lands two men in jail on a hefty list of charges.

Police say a concerned citizen reported a vehicle stopped on the side of County Road 450 North near Ferdinand around 6:15 Saturday night with the driver slumped behind the wheel.

As deputies arrived, the driver attempted to leave the area but got stuck in the mud allowing officers to catch up with him.

Police say the driver, Kraig Kiefer, 31 of Jasper, appeared to be very intoxicated.

His passenger, Jeremy Siddons, 31 of Ferdinand, had fresh track marks on his arm — according to police.

A search of the vehicle turned up syringes, paraphernalia, meth, marijuana, heroin and a bag of pills.

Kiefer failed sobriety tests and was taken to the hospital for a blood draw.

Those results showed marijuana, opiates, amphetamine, benzodiazepines and ecstasy in his system.

Both Kiefer and Siddons face 6 felony charges of various drug possession and maintaining a common nuisance.  They are also charged with possession of paraphernalia — a misdemeanor.

Kiefer faces even more charges; operating a vehicle while intoxicated and a felony count of possession of a schedule 1 controlled substance.  Siddons is additionally charged with possession of a schedule 4 controlled substance.


Wildfire Near Huntingburg Prompts Burn Reminders

HUNTINGBURG — A wildlfire over the weekend scorched about 7 acres of land on the Blessinger property, about a mile east of Huntingburg off of Highway 64, according to the Huntingburg Fire Department.

Firefighters were called out around 3:30 Sunday afternoon after a controlled burn caught grass on fire and quickly spread out of control.

It took 16 firefighters about an hour and a half to get the fire under control.

No buildings were damaged and no one was hurt.

Know the Controlled Burn Do’s and Dont’s

It’s getting to be the time of the year where farmers and property owners begin clearing brush for the winter, and, like we saw over the weekend near Huntingburg, controlled burns can quickly get out of control.

Huntingburg Fire Investigator John Smith wants residents to be aware of the dos and don’ts of controlled burning.

LISTEN:  John Smith, Fire Investigator with the Huntingburg Fire Department 

If you have any questions about controlled burns, the fire department said they are always available to answer any questions you may have.



ELECTION 2018:  Lindauer to Run for State Representative 

JASPER — Shane Lindauer of Jasper has announced he’ll be running for the Indiana State House of Representatives in the 2018 republican primary.

The seat is currently held by Rep. Mike Braun, who recently announced he’s running for Joe Donnelly’s U.S. Senate Seat.

Lindauer is a graduate of Jasper High School and attended ISU where he got his Bachelors in Industrial Technology Supervision.

He also holds a Doctorate of Chiropractic and a Bachelors in Health and Human Sciences.

He served in the National Guard from 1997 until 2005.

On policy, Lindauer says he’s a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment.

He also believes the government was primarily instituted to protect life, liberty and property.

In a statement released yesterday, Lindaeur says his combination of experience in the Guard, county government, raising a family and owning a business have prepared him to be the next state representative of district 63.


Indiana Republican to Introduce Medical Marijuana Bill

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A Republican lawmaker says he has received a lot of support from Hoosiers after he announced his intention to introduce legislation to legalize medical marijuana legal in Indiana.

Rep. Jim Lucas of Seymour was part of the Indiana Medical Cannabis Town Hall, hosted by Indiana NORML at the Indiana State Library on Saturday.

“When you have people come up and hug you with tears in their eyes and thank you for taking up this cause because they or a loved one have seen with their own eyes how much it does help, it pretty much tells me I’m on the right track,” says Rep. Lucas while talking with 93 WIBC’s “Tony Katz and the Morning News” Monday morning.

Rep. Lucas cites medical cannabis as a treatments for veterans dealing with PTSD, as well as a safe alternative for opioid addicts.

However, Indiana’s Attorney General Curtis Hill, who is also a Republican, wrote an opinion for the Indianapolis Star in June saying that marijuana is highly addictive and its abuse could lead to long-term health problems.

“There’s a lot of scientific-based evidence that should help sway people that still have their doubts, their prejudices or beliefs that marijuana is a bad drug, and it’s not,” says Rep. Lucas.

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