LOCAL NEWS: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Dentist and Wife Out on Bond

JASPER — Alan and Aimee Friz have bonded out of the Dubois County jail.

The Huntingburg dentist, and his wife, are accused of locking one of their children inside a cage every night for over a month.

Alan Friz is also accused of inappropriately touching the child multiple times.

His bond was set at $25,000 cash.

His wife, Aimee, who is currently more than 8 months pregnant, bonded out on $10,000 cash.

They are to have no contact with the child.


New Dollar General Could be Coming to Huntingburg

HUNTINGBURG — A new Dollar General Store is one step closer to becoming a reality in Huntingburg.

Our media partner, the Dubois County Free Press reporting, the city council this week agreed to re-zone 4 residential lots for the new development at East 1st and Main streets.

4 homes will likely be demolished to make way for the development….

2 of the homes are old, 2 others described as “dilapidated.”

The developer tells the council the competition will actually be good for other businesses in the area like the nearby Family Dollar store.


Crash Blamed on Heavy Rain

DUBOIS CO. — A crash yesterday is being blamed on the heavy rain.  It happened around 2 Tuesday afternoon on Schnellville Road west of County Road 400 EAST.

Police say a driver hydroplaned on the wet roads, going off the roadway and hitting an embankment.

The driver, a Jasper woman, and her passenger were transported to the hospital for their injuries.

One complained of head pain and shortness of breath.

The other of hip pain.


IU Investing Millions to Fighting Opioid Crisis

INDIANAPOLIS — IU will pour 50-million dollars into pursuing solutions to the opioid crisis.

IU will hire 10 new faculty members over five years to study opioid addiction from several angles. Researchers will examine the physical mechanisms of addiction and work to develop new, non-addictive painkillers. They’ll also study methods of treatment, prevention, and recovery; Indiana’s shortage of treatment counselors and social workers; and ways to keep opioids within the confines of legitimate prescriptions.

The project is the third in a series of sweeping “Grand Challenge” initiatives timed to I-U’s bicentennial in 2020. The university has already announced research into precision medicine and environmental change.

Governor Holcomb says the state is still weighing whether to join a wave of lawsuits against opioid manufacturers. He says he “commends” Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett for filing suit. The city charges manufacturers downplayed or ignored the risk of addiction.

Holcomb says he’s waiting to see the results of a review by Attorney General Curtis Hill before deciding whether the state will file its own suit. Four states already have.





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