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Dubois County Reports- May 12, 2020

Ferdinand Police

Intersection collision

After stopping at the stop sign, 72-year-old David Oeding of Ferdinand entered the intersection of Virgina and 9th streets and collided with an eastbound 2017 Toyota Tacoma driven by 39-year-old Rosy Margarita Chamu of Huntington Beach, CA. Oeding informed police he did not see Chamu’s vehicle when he entered the intersection. Neither driver was injured in the May 6, 6:41 p.m. accident. Damage to Oeding’s Ford Ranger was estimated at $150, while damage to Chamu’s vehicle was estimated at $3,500.

Indiana State Police

Men Arrested for theft in Jasper

On May 7, Indiana State Police Detective Brock Werne was contacted by Walmart security in Jasper and given a description of a male subject who had just stolen items from the store. Detective Werne contacted the Jasper City Police for assistance locating the vehicle, which was located in the Rural King parking lot. Jasper City Police detained two males subjects for Detective Werne as part of the investigation. The two males were identified by Detective Werne as the subjects who had stolen the items from Walmart. Both subjects were in custody and transported to the Dubois County Security Center. All items stolen from Walmart were recovered and returned to the store. The total retail amount of the items stolen was $1,547.93. One of the male subjects was identified as 33-year-old Artis Bunch of Utica, Kentucky. Bunch was also found to have other warrants out for his arrest from Vanderburgh County for possession of methamphetamine, a Level 6 Felony, an additional two counts of felony theft, and three counts of misdemeanor theft. The second subject was James Manion of Henderson, Kentucky, who was determined to be the driver of the vehicle used to transport the pair from one crime scene to the next. Manion had also allegedly altered the license plate on the vehicle in an attempt to deceive authorities. Detective Werne is investigating the possibility that Bunch and Manion have committed similar crimes in the area. Both Bunch and Manion were charged with felony theft. 

Jasper Police

Driver cited after collision

According to police, 18-year-old Marissa Bradley of Jasper attempted to make a left turn during a yellow directional signal onto Second Street from southbound 231 and collided with a northbound 2008 Kia Sedona driven by 58-year-old Karen Parnell, also of Jasper. Parnell was traveling through the intersection with a green signal light. Neither driver was injured in the May 8, 11:41 a.m. accident. Bradley, however, was cited for disregarding a lighted signal. Damage to Bradley’s 2002 Toyota Camry was estimated at $1,500, while Purnell’s vehicle sustained an estimated $1,000 in damage. 

Man charged with battery, strangulation

At approximately 4 p.m. last Friday, May 8, Jasper Police received a call from a third party in reference to a distraught female advising that her husband was holding her down and being physically violent with her. When officers arrived at the residence at 215 W 7th Street, the subject — 34-year-old Dustin Jones of Jasper — had already left the residence on foot. He was apprehended several hours later while trying to return to the house. Jones was taken into custody without incident on charges of domestic battery, strangulation, and intimidation, all level 6 felonies, and interference with a crime, a class A misdemeanor.

Three-vehicle collision

A Loogootee man was cited for disregarding a traffic signal after a May 8, 8:27 a.m. collision involving three vehicles. According to police, 62-year-old John Divine continued into the intersection at US 231 and 36th Street, despite having a red light. He then struck a 2006 Ford Econoline E250 driven by 58-year-old Terry Gobert, who had a green light and had just entered the intersection. The impact caused Gobert’s vehicle to slide across the intersection, at which point it struck a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado driven by 40-year-old Nathan Hawkins of Jasper. No one was injured in the collision. Divine’s vehicle sustained an estimated $1,000 in damage, while damage to Hawkins’ vehicle was estimated at $500 and Gobert’s vehicle damage was estimated at $12,500. 

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