Fire damages Columbus restaurant

Dec 22, 2015 449

A Columbus restaurant was closed for several hours Tuesday after a fire. Captain Mike Wilson, Spokesman for the Columbus Police Department, says Firefighters were called to the Kentucky Fried Chicken on Brentwood Drive, after a chicken fryer caught fire when employees were preparing to open for the day. Wilson says that store owner Kelley Poindexter told investigators that two employees were working in the store when the incident occurred. He said that part of their duties include turning on three deep fryers used to cook chicken. The fryers sit close together. Poindexter reportedly told investigators that an employee had just successfully turned on two of three fryers, which use natural gas. When an employee attempted to ignite the burner of the third fryer, flames reportedly erupted from under it. One the employees reportedly told firefighters that he retrieved a fire extinguisher to put out the flames. He said that he extinguished the fire briefly, but it flared up again. The employee added that when the fire reignited, it spread to... ...

Multi-vehicle crash snarls traffic on U.S. Highway 50

Dec 22, 2015 384

U.S. Highway 50 in Jackson County was closed for a time Monday evening after a multiple-vehicle crash. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department says that deputies responded to the crash, located at 3000 East Highway 50 at Crane Hill, at 5:42 p.m. Deputies say that a vehicle driven by 21-year-old Noah Hayes, of Seymour, was traveling west on Highway 50 and was attempting to turn left in to a driveway. Investigators then say that an SUV, driven by 21-year-old Randall Caudill, of Ladoga, stopped behind Hayes’ vehicle. A vehicle driven by 48-year-old Gregory Collier was behind Caudill’s vehicle and authorities say he was able to stop in time, as was the vehicle behind him, which was being driven by John Gorbett, of Medora. Deputies say that a vehicle being driven by Romona Cutter, of Seymour, struck the rear of Gorbett’s vehicle, setting off a chain-reaction crash. Authorities say that Gorbett was taken to Schneck Medical Center for complaints of leg and abdominal pain. He was reportedly treated and released. The Sheriff’s... ...

Thefts of holiday packages reported in Columbus

Dec 22, 2015 356

Columbus police are looking for your help solving the theft of shipped packages off of the front porches of residents. Sgt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the department, said that there have several reported thefts of packages. To protect your packages, Harris suggested that you track the shipments electronically and make sure someone is home when packages are due to be delivered. He also urges you to be on the lookout for any suspicious people or activity in your neighborhood. If you have any information on the package thefts, you can call the Columbus Police Department at 812-376-2600. Tips and information can be left anonymously. ...

County to levy fee for mobile home transactions

Dec 22, 2015 430

Owners of mobile homes in Bartholomew County would pay a fee when they move or sell their homes under a plan considered Monday by Bartholomew County Commissioners. County Treasurer Pia O’Connor proposed the $10 fees for mobile home transactions. O’Connor said that state law allows for the fees, but the county has never collected them before.  She said that many people expect to pay fees when they come in to make the transactions. Under state law, the county is allowed to charge a reasonable fee to cover the costs of providing services, she said. The proposed fees are the same as those in Jennings County, she said. O’Connor said there have been about 240 mobile home transactions this year, which would have raised $2,400. That money will go to the general fund, she said. In the past, O’Connor has said that property taxes are so low on mobile homes that it actually costs the county more to collect the money than it brings in. Commissioners approved the proposal on first... ...

Local firm to provide products for MTV awards show

Dec 22, 2015 382

A Columbus cosmetics company has announced it will be providing products for the gift bags to be given to stars at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards. Dawn Andrews, President and CEO of garb2ART Cosmetics, says she began the company in early 2013. Andrews says the company is based on clean cosmetics and recycling. She says that garb2ART has kept over seven tons of material out of U.S. landfills since the company launched. This year’s MTV Movie Awards Ceremony will be live on April 10. Andrews says that she will be attending a private party with celebrities and national media in Beverly Hills prior to the event. She says that she’ll be taking another local person with her to showcase her products, and the city she calls home. ...

Hope town employees to see more pay, holidays in 2016

Dec 22, 2015 515

Employees of the town of Hope will receive a 2 percent pay raise and more holidays under plans adopted last night by the Town Council. But the town will also be looking to modernize its personnel policies, which have been unchanged since 2006. Council member Clyde Compton pointed out that the town’s salary ordinance is inconsistent in several areas and needs updating. The town agreed to hire an outside human resources firm at a cost of $2800 to help update the policies and ordinance, before next year’s budget hearings. Melina Fox, the town manager, said that she researched the number of holidays for state employees and those of both Bartholomew County and Columbus. Those government employees received between 14 and 15 paid holidays a year, while Hope employees only receive nine. The council voted 3-1 to approve more holidays for employees including Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Veterans Day. ...

Redevelopment Commission and Aviation Board supportive of Walesboro proposal

Dec 21, 2015 276

Work is set to get underway on the first phase of redevelopment of property at the former airport in Walesboro. Chris Hamm and Sean Downey, with HWC Engineering, made a presentation Monday evening during a meeting of the Columbus Redevelopment Commission and Aviation Board. The pair agreed that the property would be a good spot for a mix of manufacturing, research and development and a commercial district. They then spent the meeting discussing the original 2012 Master Plan for the former airport property, then unveiled HWC’s proposed development plan. Hamm did suggest a possible relocation of the commercial district from the north side of the property to the south. HWC’s overall plan calls for the development of 509 acres over five phases at a total cost of $45,080,706. The Redevelopment Commission indicated that it was supportive of a plan to begin the first phase, Phase 1A, as soon as possible. HWC says that Phase 1A comprises 82.4 acres at a cost of $6,680,492. The future of the project depends on... ...

Four arrested in drug investigation

Dec 21, 2015 381

The Bartholomew County Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team made four felony drug-dealing arrests Friday in a case that has been underway for about a year. Sgt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the Columbus Police Department, said that warrants were served Friday on the four men suspected in the sale of methamphetamine and cocaine. Harris said that 23-year-old, Erlin Lucero, of Clark Boulevard in Columbus and Jose R. Dominguez Cruz of Alan Drive were arrested on two preliminary counts of dealing methamphetamine. 29-year-old Albin E. Asencio, of Longshore Drive, is facing two counts of dealing in cocaine and 30-year-old Carlos M. Martinez of Joseph Cox Court is accused of one count of dealing in cocaine and two counts of dealing in meth. Harris said that officers from the Indiana State Police and FBI assisted with the investigation. The Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team is made up of deputies from the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, officers from the Columbus Police Department, and the county prosecutor’s office. ...

Cry Havoc, and Let Slip the Demons of Live TV.

Dec 21, 2015 587

The big snafu this weekend was probably Steve Harvey botching the name of the winner at the Miss Universe Pageant.  He claimed that it was written on his card that way, certainly possible, although he’s still caught a lot of grief on the intertoobz for the error. To be fair to Steve Harvey, it’s a high pressure live event, and I’ve always found it tricky to announce the first place winner in contest situations like that.  YOU try talking in front of millions upon millions of people at one time, and see how well you do.  Me?  I’m not interested, this radio gig is large enough, thanks. Now, to play the other side for a second, I will say that Harvey compounding the error in his original Tweet, where he called the correct winner “Miss Phillipians” probably didn’t do him many favors.  At that point, it gets into reckless territory, and it was so avoidable.  And also a little Biblical, frankly. My favorite Tweet so far in response was one... ...

Compton selected as fire chief

Dec 21, 2015 398

Columbus Mayor-Elect Jim Lienhoop has selected a 28-year Columbus Fire Department veteran to serve as the city’s next fire chief. Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Compton will become the city’s next fire chief on Jan. 1, when Lienhoop and his administrative team take office. That’s according to Capt. Mike Wilson, spokesman for the department. Compton will be taking the reins from current Fire Chief Dave Allmon, who was appointed by Mayor Kristen Brown. Compton has been battalion chief since 2014. “I am delighted to have the opportunity to serve as  chief of our department,” Compton said. “We have an outstanding group of firefighters that provide the highest level of service to the community. As a team, we will all work together with a unified vision for the future.” ...