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September 15, 2021

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B-2 Wednesday, September 15, 2021 The Press-Dispatch Winslow dept. honors 9/11 firefighters Above: this painting of a flag was displayed at the stair climb in hon- or of the 9/11 firefight- ers at Winslow Commu- nity Center. The flag was painted by artist Rebecca Popp. At the bottom of the flag, it has symbols of the Pentagon, the Twin Towers and the state of Pennsylvania, with the capital star, to commem- orate the places attacked that day. Right: Firefighters Joshua Popp and Josh- ua McHargue put on their gear at the Winslow Community Center, pre- paring to climb stairs in honor of the firefight- ers of 9/11 on Saturday, September 11. By Andy Heuring A rural Petersburg man was arrested on September 2 on charges of criminal trespass- ing and false informing after a video appeared to show him trying to talk to a neighbor's small children. David A. King, 60, of 1342 CR 550 N, Petersburg, was arrested by State Trooper Brayden Angermeier at about 7:30 p.m. Victoria Elenbaas called police, telling them King, who had earlier been warned about trespassing, had come onto the Elenbaas property and tried to talk to her three children in their back yard. According to a probable cause affidavit, the Elenbaas- es had a video of King walking over to a fenced-in area and trying to talk to her children. Trooper Angermeier said the video showed King stand- ing there and then the chil- dren stopped playing on their trampoline, went toward their house and then King hurried away like he was spooked. Trooper Angermeier then talked with the oldest child, who is nine, and was told King tried to talk to them, and she told the younger children they shouldn't talk to him and they went inside. Angermeier said police then talked to King. He said he had not left his property all day and had not been on the Elenbaas property. Angermei- er said he then warned King not to lie to him or he could be charged with false informing. King again denied he had been on the Elenbaas prop- erty. He was then taken into custody. Angermeier was assisted by Pike County Deputy Mike Willis, State Trooper Dustin Stein and Petersburg Officer Eric Loveless. King charged with criminal trespass and false informing By Andy Heuring A Winslow man was arrest- ed for drunken driving with children in his vehicle after he repeatedly revved his engine in the PC-1 Stop parking lot. Jerome Sims, 46, of 500 N. Bluff St., Winslow, was ar- rested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a minor in the vehicle and operating a vehicle while intoxicated (re- fusal). Pike County Deputy Sher- iff Jared Simmons said he was parked in the PC-1 Stop parking lot, making a phone call, when he heard an SUV revving its engine so loud he couldn't hear the person on his phone. Simmons said he thought it was probably a high school kid because the Pike Central football game was let- ting out. So he approached the vehi- cle and talked to Sims, who was driving. He asked Sims if he was having vehicle trou- ble. Simmons said he imme- diately noticed the odor of al- cohol, slurred speech, watery eyes and that Sims was hold- ing a red Dixie cup. Sims ad- mitted drinking vodka mixed with an energy drink, accord- ing to Simmons' report. While talking with him, Sims rolled down one of his rear windows and Deputy Simmons noticed there were two small children in the backseat of the vehicle. Sims failed field sobriety tests and refused to take a por- table breath test. He also refused to answer Deputy Simmons when he asked if Sims would take a chemical test. According to Simmons' re- port, Sims said if he was al- lowed to call the children's mother, he would cooperate. He called the children's mother and Deputy Simmons talked to her about the situa- tion. However, Simmons said Sims still refused to answer questions. The children were released so their mother and Sims was taken to the Pike County Jail. Sims arrested on OVWI charges Want to share your news with others? The Press-Dispatch can help deliver it to Pike and the surrounding counties. NEWS! 812-354-8500 See the Business Box for special services on page D-5 BENNER Continued from page 1 Festival brought to you by the Winslow Lions Club and local businesses, churches and organizations Clog the Patoka presented by the Kayak Mafia 15th Annual Winslow Community Festival & Light-Up Parade AND FRIDAY & SATURDAY • SEPTEMBER 17 & 18 FRIDAY, SEPT. 17 4 p.m. Vendor and Flea Market Setup Main Street 4:30 p.m. WHS Alumni Road Rally Departs Comm. Center 5 p.m. WHS Alumni Chili Supper Comm. Center Evening Clog the Patoka Campers Arrive Miller Field SATURDAY, SEPT. 18 All day Inflatable Slide and Games Riverside Park All day Clog the Patoka Riverside Park 7 a.m. Breakfast Riverside Park 8 a.m. Vendor and Flea Market Main Street 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Tractor Show Riverside Park 10 a.m. Music by Lowell omas and Co. Riverside Park Noon-5 p.m. Family Fun Zone Center Street Noon-5 p.m. Mini Golf Center Street 1 p.m. Music by Connor Loveless Riverside Park 2-6 p.m. Music by Two Cent Road Riverside Park 5:30 p.m. Frozen T-Shirt Contest Center Street 6:30-8:30 p.m. Line Dancing with Instructor Center Street 8 p.m. Parade Line-up Begins Winslow Fire Station Dark Light-Up Winslow Parade Main Street Parade Grand Marshal: Freida Bolin RIVERSIDE PARK Biscuits and Gravy, Sausage/Bacon and Egg Sandwiches, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Brats, Chicken Wraps, Walking Tacos MASONIC LODGE PARKING LOT Ice Cream, Banana Splits, Walking Tacos NAZARENE CHURCH FELLOWSHIP HALL Tacos, Baked Potatoes, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Drinks and Desserts FOOD TRUCKS Main/Center Street parking lot beginning at 4 p.m. DON'T FORGET.... BEACON OF LIGHT CAFÉ 316 N. Main Street QUICK PICK 901 N. Main Street IGLOO 912 N. Main Street HUNGRY? Take the Bite Out of the Dog Days. WITH CARRIER ® COOL CASH, THE SEASON TO SAVE IS NOW. 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On the first day, Benner said they picked up their com- puters from the California Of- fice of Emergency Services and started driving. They drove 800 miles and assessed the River, Bear and Antelope fires. "A lot of these fires most people have never heard of." It was a 16 -hour day. He explained once a fire gets to a certain amount of acreage involved, it becomes a named fire. Prior to less than a 1,000 acres, it is just a local incident that is handled by the local fire departments. Benner said some of the time they would be going in and determining where the fires were located and where they were spreading to. Other days, he said they would assess the amount of damage caused by the vari- ous fires. He said they would survey how many structures, commercial and residential, had been damaged and what levels of insurance were held on the structure. By doing this, it helped get fire-affected areas declared a disaster. He said the sooner those assessments were com- pleted, the sooner they could receive funding to help the ar- eas. It also helps the organizers of the firefighting effort to ac- curately determine where fire- fighting resources need to be sent. Benner also went to the Dix- ie Fire that he said was more than 900,000 acres or roughly 1,500 square miles. As a refer- ence, Pike County covers 341 square miles. Benner said on the first night, they had gotten back to the office and were finishing up their reports. A television was on and he heard about a new fire called the Caldor fire. At the time, it was 277 acres and about 40 miles away. He said he put an alert on it. "When you do that, your com- puter will ding every time an update on that fire is made. My computer was dinging all night." By morning, the Cal- dor fire had grown to 2,500 acres and by that afternoon, it was up to almost 7,000 acres. "It was moving 1,000 feet an hour at one point." Benner said the conditions were great for wildfires and awful for firefighters. He said it was more than 100 degrees during the day, with less than 10 percent humidity, and it had rained less than an inch in the last year in some areas. They eventually were as- signed to the Caldor fire, which was now about 7,500 acres. He said they went to a fire base camp set up at a 4-H Fairgrounds with about 40 trailers. Benner said they used the fairgrounds because it had buildings to house large animals. He said when a fire moves through an area, they often have to deal with cattle and horses. On the Caldor fires, they were sent to map it so they could keep track of where and how it was moving. One of the fires that had burned out, they helped de- termine damage from it. He said a campfire that got away from campers killed 80 people and burned 1,200 residences. HCRN goes in after the fires and helps people get their lives back. "We rebuild homes through grants and do- nations, however we can come by money to help them build homes." He said they typical- ly are helping people who are under insured or not insured or just don't have the finances to rebuild. They network with numer- ous organizations, such as Red Cross, Salvation Army, FEMA and the California Of- fice of Emergency Response, along with numerous local and state organizations and foun- dations, to get resources to people who need help. A fter a busy four days of working in and around the fires, doing paperwork and assessments that have to be done so the firefighters can do their job, Benner returned back to Indiana. It was the third trip to California to work with the Hope Crisis Response Network. Benner knows it will only be a matter of time until he is called upon again to help out in California.

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