Motorcycle Crash Claims Bourbon Man’s Life



A July 3rd motorcycle versus deer crash on a Marshall County road claimed the life of a Bourbon man.  Michael A Disher, 45, was eastbound on 9B Road between Hickory and Grape Roads when a deer ran into the roadway. He couldn’t avoid striking the animal and was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:45 p.m. by officials from the Marshall County Coroner’s Office.

New Motorcycle Sale Law Ensures Level Playing Field For Indiana

State Senator Ed Charbonneau

This Sunday, fully-assembled motorcycles will be available for purchase to Hoosiers at Indiana dealerships thanks to a new law authored by State Senator Ed Charbonneau.

Currently, state law prohibits the sale of motorcycles on Sunday, making their purchase a class B misdemeanor. However, Senate Enrolled Act 192 repeals that ban, aiming to not only help local business owners increase profit, but Charbonneau says it will also add convenience for Indiana customers.

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Jack Haut Faces Sentencing Tomorrow for Reckless Homicide

Jack Haut

More than a year after the incident, Jack Haut is scheduled to be sentenced tomorrow. On July 22, Haut was found guilty of Reckless Homicide, a Class C felony after his truck struck the motorcycle of Tom White on July 2, 2010, killing him in the crash. The crash occurred on U.S. 35.

In the state’s argument, Bourff said that Haut was driving recklessly, forcing drivers off the road, speeding, and driving in the opposite lane of traffic. After Haut passed two vehicles on U.S. 35, he pulled back into his normal lane of travel, but veered back to the opposite lane where he struck the motorcycle of Tom White. No brake lights were seen by witnesses, and there was no testimony that would indicate why Haut did not recall anything from the accident or afterward.

For the defense, they said that this was a tragic accident. Haut’s speed could not be determined by the state crash reconstructionist, and the coroner said that the injuries were consistent with highway speeds. They argued that the medication in Haut’s system, including Dilata, Oxycodone, and Xanax, were not abused, but were in fact within the therapeutic range prescribed by a physician. No alcohol was involved in the accident.

Haut will be sentenced tomorrow in the Starke Circuit Court at 11 a.m.