Local News: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

2 Hurt, 1 Arrested in Jasper Crash

JASPER — A crash yesterday sent two people to the hospital and landed a man in jail on drug charges.

According to accident reports, both vehicles were south on Newton Street approaching 36th Street around 3:30 yesterday afternoon, when a Celestine woman slowed for traffic ahead.

The driver of the other car didn’t notice and rear ended the car in front.

As police investigated the crash, officers allegedly found a small amount of meth inside the car responsible for the rear-end crash.

Stanley Vonderheide of Jasper was taken to the hospital for a broken nose and laceration below his eye.

He was then taken to the Dubois County Security Center on charges of possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance.

He was also cited for following too closely and driving with no insurance.

A juvenile in the other vehicle was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.


2 Arrested on Marijuana Charges

JASPER — Two people were arrested following a drug complaint in Jasper yesterday.

Jasper Police received an anonymous tip on the tip line regarding people selling drugs out of the Camelot Inn.

When officers arrived, they spoke to the suspects who denied their request to search the room.

A search warrant was obtained and police allegedly found a small amount of marijuana, along with paraphernalia.

18-year-old Rebecca Willis and 42-year-old Rusty Long were both arrested and charged with possession of those items.

Both are lodged in the Dubois County Security Center.


Loogootee Man Files to Run for State Rep. 

AREA WIDE — A Loogootee man has thrown his hat into the ring in this year’s election.

Joseph Lannan released a statement yesterday, confirming he’s running in the democratic primary this May against fellow democrat Dennis Tedrow for State representative out of district 63.

63 includes portions of Dubois, Daviess, Martin and Pike Counties.

Lannan grew up on a farm in Loogootee, and he and his partner have established a consulting firm, eSolve Solutions, LLC, which works with regional schools seeking grant-funding and provides training.

Lannan says he’s pro-life and supportive of the Second Amendment, but he adds, He intends to leave national party conversations in Washington D.C., instead focusing on issues here at home.

The primary will be held May 8th.

You can read his full announcement on our Facebook Page.


Jasper Engines Launches 2018 Endowment Season

JASPER — Jasper Engines and Transmissions has kicked off its JETT endowment season for 2018.

Over 30 people attended a meeting recently to hear a recap of 2017’s giving, which included 8 recipients and over $28,000.

One of the recipients, Mentors for Youth, also submitted a statues report for the two matches that their grant had helped to initiate.

To date, the JETT endowment has raised $166,000 for worthy causes in the area.

There will be a live/silent auction in late April to raise funds.

In 2016, the first year of that silent auction, members raised $13,000 for local non-profit organizations.

This year’s event will be April 28th at the Schnitz Brewery & Pub.


German American Expanding, Purchasing Branches

JASPER — Jasper-based German American has announced it’s purchasing 5 Indiana bank branches, expanding operations in Columbus and Greensburg.

According to our media partner, Matt Crane with the Free Press, the purchase includes around$160 million in deposits and $134 million in loans as of the end of 2017.

“We are very pleased to announce the addition of four branches to our current Columbus franchise as well as our entry into the Greensburg market. We have been looking for opportunities to expand our presence in Columbus since entering the market in 2013. Furthermore, this transaction brings immediate income to our bottom line and is expected to be accretive to our earnings per share.” said Mark A Schroeder, German American’s chairman and CEO.


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