Local News: Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Deputies Investigate Hit-and-Run on SR 164

CELESTINE — The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help investigating a hit-and-run on Sunday.

Police say the crash happened in the parking lot of Happy Hour in the six-thousand block of EAST State Road 164 in Celestine just before 6:45 p.m. Sunday.

No other details have been made available at this time.

Anyone who witnessed the crash, or has information, is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 482 -3522.



Vote Today For Non-Profit to Win $10,000 Grant

DUBOIS CO. — The Dubois County Community Foundation is giving a local non-profit organization a $10,000 grant and today you get to vote for the group YOU want to see get the cash.

All last week we announced 12 winners of $1,000 community foundation grants.

Those 12 are now in the running for that 10 grand!

You can vote now on the Dubois County Community Foundation’s Facebook page.

The winner will be announced tomorrow.

You have until 6 p.m. tonight to vote for the $10,000 grant recipient in this year’s 12 Days of Giving grant campaign.

Good luck to all of our local groups!


Man Arrested For Allegedly Leaving a Crash High

JASPER — An Indianapolis man is in jail today after Jasper Police allege he left the scene of an accident high over the weekend.

First responders were called to the crash scene Saturday on U.S. 231 near 11 hundred south.

Police say 22-year-old Hector Velasquez was driving north on 231 when he told police he thought the road continued as a two-lane one way road and began driving in the wrong lane.

Another driver in that lane saw Velasquez and tried to swerve to avoid a collision but was struck in the rear passenger side sending THAT car into a ditch.

Police say Velasquez kept going.

Officers caught up with him moments later in Huntingburg.

Police say they smelled a heavy odor of marijuana and they allege Velasquez admitted to smoking.

He’s charged with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, in addition to OWI, Leaving the Scene of an Accident and a permit violation.

He’s lodged in the Dubois County Security Center.


More People Visiting Indiana and Spending Money

STATEWIDE — A new reports shows a record number of people are visiting Indiana and spending more in the process.

The survey from Rockport Analytics shows 79-million people visited the Hoosier state in 2016, and spent and estimated $12.2 billion. Those are both new records says Inside Indiana Business, who spoke to state Tourism Chief Newman.

He credits the Capitol City’s expanded ability to host convention and big events such as GenCon and the FFA Convention, as well as other destination spots like the Indiana Dunes and National Lake Shore to the north and the West Baden Hotel and Casino in French Lick to the south.

He adds sporting events like the Big Ten Football Championship Game and the Indianapolis 500 have become key in driving tourism numbers up as well. The reports shows tourism is the fastest-growing job sector in the state and now the 9th largest industry in Indiana.

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