News From Terre Haute, Indiana

January 24, 2012

Local news briefly: Jan. 24, 2012

Staff Writer
The Tribune-Star


Woman injured in 3-vehicle accident

A Rockville woman was critically injured in a three-vehicle crash at 6:17 p.m. Saturday on U.S. 36 in Parke County near the Raccoon Lake Bridge.

The Parke County Sheriff’s Department reports that Tina Redman, 41, was taken to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. She remained in critical condition on Monday.

The accident occurred when a westbound Nissan Xterra driven by Wendy Thompson, 33, of Terre Haute, rear-ended the westbound Ford Fiesta being driven by Redman. The impact caused the Ford to spin 180 degrees in the highway, where it was then struck by an eastbound Jeep Cherokee driven by Michael Fiandt, 49, of Indianapolis.

Thompson was arrested at the scene on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Her blood-alcohol content was 0.25 percent at the time of the accident, police report. The legal limit is 0.08 percent.

A 15-year-old passenger in Redman’s car was treated at St. Vincent Hospital and later released.

Fiandt and passenger Gordon Parsons, Greenfield, were both treated at the scene, while passengers Beth Fiandt and Kimberly Parsons were taken to a Danville, Ill., hospital from which they were treated and released.


Street committee still working on regs

It will be at least another three weeks before Terre Haute has new regulations in place for temporary street closings.

The committee charged with drafting new street closing rules didn’t meet Monday as planned. The committee will conduct its next meeting Feb. 13 after the regular 2 p.m. meeting of the Board of Public Works and Safety in City Hall.

At the request of Dave Patterson, executive director of the Terre Haute Convention and Visitors Bureau, the committee will be reviewing temporary street closing rules in effect in other Hoosier cities. Patterson is providing those regulations to the committee, of which he is a member.

The committee started meeting late last year after questions were raised about multiple events taking place downtown on the same weekend. There were also concerns raised about charging for admission to downtown streets and sidewalks during the annual Blues at the Crossroads event.

As of Monday, the committee had only received street closing guidelines only from Evansville. More were expected, said Bill Lower, president of the Board of Works, which forms the core of the street closing committee. The committee also includes representatives of Downtown Terre Haute Inc. and the Convention and Visitors Bureau.


Parks promote Leave No Trace program

The Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with the Hoosier Backcountry Horsemen, plans to offer a Leave No Trace Environmental Ethics Youth Program to interested area fifth-graders beginning in February, at Fowler Park, 3000 E. Oregon Church Road.

The Leave No Trace environmental ethics program teaches proper methods for exploring and preserving nature. The program focuses on seven principles: plan ahead and prepare; travel and camp on durable surfaces; dispose of waste properly; leave what you find; minimize campfire impacts; respect wildlife; and be considerate of other visitors.

The program will run from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday  from Feb. 9 to April 19, except for during the Vigo County School Corp.’s spring break on April 5. Pre-registration is required and includes a $10 participation fee.

More information, including registration packets, can be obtained from the Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department office in the County Annex Building at 155 Oak St., by calling (812) 462-3392, or emailing

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics teaches people how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. To learn more, visit


Van slides off road in fog

Heavy fog played a role in a single-car crash that injured a Terre Haute woman Sunday night.

Sgt. Jeff Bell of the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department reported that motorist Tabitha Jordan, 27, stated that fog reduced her visibility. Her Dodge Caravan was northbound on Indiana 159 when it went off the road in a 90-degree curve at Louisville Road and Blackhawk Drive in southeastern Vigo County.

When the van failed to make the turn, it slid sideways off the road, hitting and breaking a utility pole. The van came to rest in a field. The broken utility pole left cables down across the road.

Jordan was transported to Terre Haute Regional Hospital, then transferred to Methodist Hospital, from which she was later released. A passenger in the van, Jordan’s young son, was released to his grandmother at the scene by fire personnel, the report states. He was then taken by his grandmother to Regional Hospital for evaluation.

Bell reported that it was later determined that neither Jordan nor her son were wearing seatbelts when the accident occurred. A driver’s license check also revealed that Jordan’s status was as a habitual traffic violator.


Group to discuss Parkinson’s treatments

Research into treatments for Parkinson’s disease has yielded a variety of possibilities.

Those prospective avenues will be discussed at the Terre Haute Parkinson’s Support Group session, scheduled for 10 to 11 a.m. Friday in Westminster Village, 1120 Davis Drive.

Adult care expert Patty Butterfield will discuss new research that has brought “hope for people afflicted with Parkinson’s disease.” Butterfield has served as director of McMillan Adult Day Service in Terre Haute for the past three years and has worked with senior and disabled citizens for 12 years.

Among the areas of study for Parkinson’s treatments is stem-cell therapy and neutral growth factor.

An estimated 1 million Americans are afflicted with Parkinson’s, along more than 7 million people worldwide. According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, the cost of treatments, lost work and Social Security payments for people coping with the chronic neurological disorder is $25 billion a year in the U.S.

Its symptoms include tremors in the limbs, speech difficulties and slow movements. No cure is known, but some treatments and medications have slowed Parkinson’s progression.

For more information on the local support group, contact founder Loyal Bishop at (812) 239-1900.