Suspect named in Franklin graffiti case

Dec 23, 2015 377

Police in Franklin may have a break on a recent graffiti case. Officers with the Franklin Police Department (FPD) began investigating multiple reports of spray paint graffiti in the northern part of downtown Franklin on Dec. 12. A department spokesperson says the graffiti was found on public and private property, including an FPD vehicle. Investigators say they were able to identify several persons of interest and one suspect. Police say the suspect, identified as Charles Nelson, was interviewed by detectives and charges have been submitted to the Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office for multiple counts of Criminal Mischief. Franklin Police Detectives are still investigating the case. If you have any information, you are asked to contact the Franklin Police Department Tip Line at (812) 346-1100. Tips and information can be left anonymously. ...

Teen stabbed in Franklin

Dec 23, 2015 581

Franklin Police are searching for the suspect in an alleged stabbing that took place early Wednesday morning inside of a city park. A spokesperson with the Franklin Police Department says that officers responded to the scene, in the 100 block of Washington Street, at 2:12 a.m. Officers reported finding 19-year-old Christopher L. Jones suffering from three stab wounds to his abdominal area. Witnesses told police that the stabbing took place at Scott Park after Jones intentionally met with his alleged assailant to settle a dispute over a mutual female acquaintance. The witnesses say that a fight eventually broke out, which led to the stabbing. Investigators say they have identified a suspect whom they are looking for. Franklin Police are asking for anyone with information in this case to come forward. You are asked to contact Detective Sergeant John Borges at (317) 346-1142. Tips and information can be left anonymously. ...

Columbus restaurant to be featured by Indianapolis TV station

Dec 23, 2015 291

A Columbus restaurant will get statewide television exposure in the coming weeks. Vicki Michael, with Skooter’s Family Restaurant, says that the restaurant came in first in a recent Facebook poll by Indianapolis television station WISH-TV Channel 8. Michael says that representatives of the station told her that Skooter’s was mentioned more than any other restaurant in the poll, which asked viewers to name the best place for the ideal breakfast dining experience. Michael says that Channel 8 will be broadcasting live from Skooter’s on the morning of Monday, Jan. 4 as part of meteorologist Randy Ollis’ “Randy on the Road” segment from 5 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. She says that Ollis is expected to “help out” at the restaurant and deliver breakfast to patrons’ tables, as well as his usual weather duties. You are encouraged to visit Skooter’s on the morning of Jan. 4 and take part in this event, as well as a nice breakfast. The restaurant is located at 1602 State Street on the east side of Columbus. ...

Franklin police arrest school bomb threat suspect

Dec 23, 2015 427

The Franklin police are reporting that they have a suspect in custody in a bomb threat against Franklin Community High School. The schools closed Friday after the bomb threat. The police department says that the suspect is being referred to juvenile authorities for review of the case. ...

Make sure Santa brags to Mrs. Clause about your cookies!

Dec 23, 2015 591

Want to make sure Santa goes back to the North Pole talking about YOUR Christmas cookies? Southern Living offers these tips toward making the best Christmas cookies ever. • Always have two or three cookies sheets on hand when you are making cookies. Hot sheets will melt the dough. • Choose a cookie sheet that allows two inches of clearance all round it in the oven, which allows for good circulation and even baking. • Eggs should be at room temperature. If you forget to take them out of the refrigerator, place in warm water to speed up process. •Spray your measuring cup with cooking spray, which helps sticky ingredients come out easier. • Don’t overpack your flour. This will make your cookies more tender. • Line your brownie pans with aluminum foil that overlaps the sides, which makes it easier to lift them out of the pan. • Flip and reuse parchment paper for multiple batches of cookies. • Flour the edges of your cookie cutters to prevent dough... ...

Hope council works to replace missing ordinance

Dec 23, 2015 349

The town of Hope has a law on the books regulating livestock within the town limits, but town officials can’t find a signed copy of that law. When the law was first passed by a previous council in 2011, no signed copy was put on file. To cover their bases, the town council voted earlier this week to reauthorize the law on the advice of town attorney Cindy Boll. The council intended to pass the reauthorization by waiving a second reading. While the four council members present voted unanimously to suspend the rules, allowing for the law to be passed immediately,  Councilman Jerry Bragg voted against the final ordinance. Boll said that the accelerated schedule required two thirds of the council voting in favor to approve it with the second reading rules suspended — which meant all four members present had to approve. Because there weren’t enough members present voting in favor to meet the legal requirements the reauthorization only passed on first reading. A final approval has been scheduled for next month. Boll... ...

In Which Celebrity Idiocy Leads to Something Better.

Dec 23, 2015 478

So, if you hadn’t seen the recent cover of Interview magazine, with Kylie Jenner posing in a wheelchair as a metaphor for being “limited by fame,” it caught a LOT of justifiable flack from people that had a lot less choice. To her great credit, student Arden Lee, who is compelled to use a wheelchair, got mad.  And then she got motivated. Read the story – a rather inspiring one – here. – Todd Berryman Middays on WIN 104.9 Slowly Shaking Head to Self Regarding Modern Celebrity ...

Taylorsville to get new tornado siren

Dec 22, 2015 454

Taylorsville will be getting a new tornado siren. William Tapscott is the Coordinator for the Taylorsville Crime Watch. He says that the town’s original sire, which was approximately 50-years-old, stopped working about six-months ago. Due to the age of the siren, fixing it was not possible. Tapscott says that his group worked with Bartholomew County emergency management director Dennis Moats and Bartholomew County’s Emergency Operations Center Director Ed Reuter to get the specs for a new siren. The original plan was for the Taylorsville Crime Watch to raise the money needed for an updated siren system, possibly utilizing used parts. Tapscott says that his group got a nice surprise a few weeks ago. He says that Moats, Reuter and German Township Trustee Chris West met with the Bartholomew County Commissioners. Tapscott says that the Commissioners pledged $10,000 from the county’s telecommunications fund to purchase, install and maintain a new tornado siren. He adds that the siren will be synched with the county’s emergency system to provide the most advanced warning... ...

Six people arrested in drug-sweep

Dec 22, 2015 469

Investigators from the Bartholomew County Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team, with the assistance of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office, the Columbus Police Department and the Hope Police Department, served six of eight warrants on Tuesday. Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department Spokesperson Judy Jackson says that these warrants came about after investigations that took place throughout the year. Jackson says the following people were arrested without incident and booked to the Bartholomew County Jail: Travis Satterfield, 26, 2248 McKinley Ave., Columbus. Satterfield was arrested on two counts of Dealing Methamphetamine. He remains in jail on $55,000 bond. Jerry Williamson, Jr., 30, 5141 Willow Way, Columbus. Williamson was arrested on two counts of Dealing Methamphetamine. He is in jail on $75,000 bond. Nathan Neely, 24, 1439 Pearl Street, Columbus, was already in the Bartholomew County Jail on an unrelated charge. He is now facing three counts of Dealing Methamphetamine and remains in jail without bond. Danielle Hardin is currently in the Clark Co. Jail on unrelated charges. She is now facing drug charges and... ...

CASA volunteers sworn-in

Dec 22, 2015 362

Several newly trained Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers were sworn in by Bartholomew County Juvenile Magistrate Heather Mollo as officers of the court last week. Rick Scalf, with Advocates for Children, say the group was sworn in last Wednesday evening. He says that, as CASA volunteers, these individuals will serve “as the eyes and ears of the court, working directly with area victims of child abuse and neglect.” Judge Mollo spoke to the necessity of volunteers just before the swearing-n ceremony. “I do not think I exaggerate,” Mollo said to the new CASA volunteers, “in saying that your work has never been more important.” The judge noted a sharp increase in Hoosier children in foster care from 2014 to 2015. Scalf says that Advocates for Children has seen increases in their waiting list in all three counties they serve: Bartholomew, Decatur, and Jennings. He says that the children on these lists have already been removed from their homes, but do not yet have an advocate working on their behalf.... ...