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November 2017: Rennie Fish Given Baker-Wildman Award; Joe Hambel Found Guilty of Murder; Tornado Hits Springville; Volunteer Firefighter Killed And Another Firefighter Arrested; Tony Haag Receives Award
Updated January 2, 2018 8:05 AM
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(UNDATED) - In November, Rennie Fish was awarded the first ever Baker-Wildman Award, Joe Hambel was found guilty of murder; a tornado hits Springville area; a volunteer firefighter was killed at crash scene and another firefighter was arrested and Tony Haag receives highest Department Of Navy Civilian Honorary Award.

Rennie Fish Awarded First Ever Baker-Wildman Award

Rennie Fish was awarded the first ever Baker-Wildman Award from the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence County for his honesty and advocacy work for the kids.

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Chief Professional Officer, Brigitte Gurden spoke about how much Fish means to the club, "Invaluable. You know how you always see those Master Card commercials where it says priceless- he's priceless. Priceless to me."

Joe Hambel Found Guilty Of Murder

After deliberating for more than four hours, a Salem jury found 30-year-old Joe Hambel guilty on two counts of murder, two counts of felony murder and one count of criminal trespassing in the death of his cousin, 37-year-old Valerie Shelton Dicus, and her boyfriend, 36-year-old Joe Hobson.

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The crimes took place in the early morning hours of Aug. 20, 2016.

Hamble told police that he killed Hobson and Dicus with a .32 caliber handgun saying that 'he just took care of one of Washington County's biggest drug problems.

He was sentenced to 112 years in prison.

Tornado Hits Springville Area

A tornado hit the Springville area on Nov. 5th.

Five homes were destroyed, other damaged, downed trees, over-turned mobile homes, and other various property damages were widespread in Perry Township.

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Damages were from Popcorn Road, north of Springville, in a straight line east to Hayes Road.

A command station was set up at Springville Elementary School with the Red Cross offering assistance to those displaced by the storm.

A gas leak caused from the tornado lead to the evacuation of 50 homes. A pop off valve blew from the buildup of pressure from the tornado causing it to pop and the evacuation.

Volunteer Firefighter Killed At Crash Scene, Another Firefighter Arrested

A volunteer firefighter was killed at the scene of a crash November 10th after being run over by another responding firefighter.

At 9:55 p.m. police and emergency crews were called to a crash with injures along Old US 50 (County Road 100 South), just west of County Road 800 East.

Deputies from the Daviess County Sheriff's Department and three firefighters from the Montgomery and Cannelburg Fire Departments had arrived at the scene. The three firefighters had arrived in their personal vehicles.

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A fourth responding firefighter, 26-year-old Colby Blake of Cannelburg, was traveling east in his 2006 Dodge Ram truck. While approaching the scene, Blake struck the rear of another Dodge Ram truck parked by a firefighter along the south side of the road. Blake's Dodge continued east, striking a 2013 Ford Fusion parked by 27-year-old Kendall Murphy of Montgomery.

Murphy, a firefighter who had responded to the scene, was standing outside of his Ford, and was struck by Blake's Dodge as it continued east.

Blake crashed into a third firefighter's vehicle after striking Murphy, a 2007 Ford F350 truck, before coming to a stop.
Murphy suffered numerous injuries after being struck. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Daviess County Coroner.


Blake was uninjured in the crash; however, after further investigation, was found to be operating while intoxicated with a blood alcohol level of 0.21 percent.

Blake was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death and reckless driving.

Tony Haag Receives Highest Department Of Navy Civilian Honorary Award

Tony Haag, a local resident and a 34-year employee at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane), was awarded the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award for his innovative leadership within the Department of Navy (DoN) Electronic Warfare Community.

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