Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)


Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)


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GIBSON COUNTY, IND. Motorcycle crash victim identified

Authorities have identified a woman killed Sunday morning in a Gibson County motorcycle crash.

The Gibson County Sheriff's Office said 69-year-old Barbara J. Welch of Petersburg, Ind., was thrown off the bike and into a guardrail on Indiana 57 when the bike started to skid near Sommerville.

Welch's husband, Jon, was driving the motorcycle, Gibson County Sheriff 's Deputy Brad Garnett said. He was flown to St. Mary's Medical Center for treatment. As of Monday afternoon, he was listed in fair condition.

Garnett said Jon Welch told investigators he slowed down to avoid a collision with another vehicle near County Road 540. He said the motorcycle locked up, causing it to slide and hit uneven pavement.


Cars broken into on city's East Side

Police are investigating car break-ins on the East Side over the weekend.

Six break-ins were reported in the Iroquois Gardens neighborhood and three in the area of Riverside and Villa.

Two handguns were taken from cars in the Iroquois Garden thefts. Other items stolen include CDs, a GPS, personal checks and tools. Some of the cars reportedly were unlocked and others were locked.

Police are reminding people to secure weapons in their homes and to lock their vehicles. Anyone with information on the thefts is asked to call 812-436-7979.


Houses evacuated after gas line hit

Four houses were evacuated temporarily Monday afternoon when construction crews struck a 4-inch gas line in the area of South Boeke Road near Kathleen Avenue.

Central Dispatch received a call at 1:47 p.m. reporting a possible leak. Vectren crews had the leak capped at 2:35 p.m., and residents were allowed back in their homes. No one was hurt.

The Evansville Fire Department blocked Margybeth Avenue and Kathleen Avenue during the incident.

Evansville Fire Department District Chief Keith Jarboe said Vectren dug a hole on each end of the gas line to clamp the leak off on both sides.

"We caught a break today by having it (the gas) move up and out of the area, and didn't have a lot of wind where people would start to smell it," he said. …

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