Overnight I-65 work this week between Franklin and Greenwood

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Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) officials say that the project that is adding lanes on Interstate 65 between Greenwood and Franklin will see an increase in work this week. INDOT Spokesman Harry Maginity says that mainline construction activities have begun on the $84 million Major Moves 2020 project. He says that crews are setting concrete barrier walls between mile markers 90 and 94 and 97 and 99. Maginity notes that this work is requiring closures of the right lane at northbound and southbound worksites starting at 9 p.m. and ending at 6 a.m. throughout the week. INDOT officials are hopeful that favorable weather and minimum construction delays will lead to this portion of the project, between Greenwood and Franklin, being finished by the end of October. ...

Hope man arrested on drunk-driving charge

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Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Deputies were responding to a report of a stolen vehicle Sunday morning when they ultimately arrested a local man for allegedly driving drunk. Sheriff’s Department Spokesperson Judy Jackson says that at approximately 6:11 a.m., Deputies Leah Burton and Merrill Henderson were en route to 1056 W CR 625 S, responding to a reported stolen vehicle. On arrival, the deputies saw a car in the driveway of the residence. The vehicle then turned into the yard of a neighbor. Deputy Burton stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, 27-year-old Kainen Joe Carr, of Hope. During the discussion, the deputy reported noticing a strong odor of alcohol. After further investigation, authorities say that Carr was arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Motor Vehicle while Under the Influence. Jackson says that Carr was booked to the Bartholomew County Jail and later released on $2,500 bond. ...

Slow moving vehicle leads to drunk-driving arrest

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A Columbus man was arrested early Monday morning on drunk driving charges. Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department Spokesperson Judy Jackson says that Deputies Teancum Clark and Leah Burton approached a vehicle that was traveling slowly, then abruptly stopped at 1404 W CR 400 N. Jackson says that the driver, identified as 29-year-old Rubicel Cordova Gonzales, of 2248 Fremont Drive, was driving without a license and was visibly under the influence of alcohol. Jackson says that Gonzales was arrested on charges of Operating a Motor Vehicle while Intoxicated and Operating without Ever Receiving a Driver’s License. He was booked in the Bartholomew County Jail, then later released on $7,500 bond. ...

Deputies responding to an overdose save life, make arrest

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Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Deputies saved a life, then made an arrest shortly afterwards. Department Spokesperson Judy Jackson says that on Sunday morning, at approximately 12:24 a.m., Deputy Leah Burton was dispatched to 5371 E 50 N after receiving a report of an unconscious woman. When Deputy Burton arrived, she was reportedly met by 42-year-old Kimberly R. Kirk, of Columbus. Kirk allegedly told the deputy that the woman “had taken something” and was unconscious in the bedroom of the home. Jackson says that Deputy Burton found the woman, who was not breathing, moments later. She began CPR while Deputy Matt Bush administered Narcan, a drug that reverses the effect of an overdose. Jackson says that after three doses of Narcan and continued CPR, the unconscious woman began breathing. She was then transported to Columbus Regional Hospital. Jackson says that in the aftermath, the deputies learned that Kirk had an outstanding warrant out of Johnson County. She adds that deputies also found that Kirk was in possession of heroin. Kirk was arrested... ...

Crash near City Hall leads to arrest of Columbus resident

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A Columbus man was arrested on a drunk driving charge after his vehicle struck a crosswalk signal near Columbus City Hall early Sunday morning. Police Department Spokesman Lt. Matt Harris says that Officer Robert Mitchell responded to the reported crash at 4:15 a.m. Mitchell reported that an SUV ran over the crosswalk signal at the southeast corner of Second and Washington Streets. Harris says that the driver, 29-year-old Adam L. Goode, was sitting in the vehicle when officers arrived. While paramedics were checking Goode, the officers noted the strong odor of alcohol on Goode’s breath. Police also allege that Goode’s speech was slurred and he had trouble maintaining his balance. A breath test allegedly indicated that Goode had a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of .246-percent, more than three-times the legal limit. Harris says that Goode was arrested and booked in the Bartholomew County Jail on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle with a B.A.C. Greater than .15-Percent. ...

Zombies May Not Be Real. But There Are Certainly Similar Inconveniences. :)

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Lemme tell you a little story about one of the places I’ve lived. In the late 1980s, my family moved to a subdivision that abutted a country fairground. 51 weeks of the year, it was pretty quiet and peaceful. For ONE crazy week, however, it became almost impossible to get around, because of the location. We got used to having to deal with being blocked in our own driveway by overzealous fairgoers who couldn’t be bothered to pay for parking, which was an incredibly unreasonable two or three bucks, granted. Hell, I wouldn’t have done it either. (ed: sarcasm) Being trapped in your own home is just one of the difficulties that people whose town is the location setting for a popular TV show have to deal with on a daily basis. There’s also rabid fans of the show taking souvenirs, for one thing, which tends to, oh, drive down the value of your neighborhood, among other annoyances. Or tour groups tromping through your flower garden. This article goes behind... ...

Chamber of Commerce hosting annual luncheon Wednesday

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The Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual meeting this week. Cindy Frey says the meeting is set for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center on Jonathan Moore Pike. Frey says the keynote speaker for this event is Aaron Wren, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute. She says that Wren’s mission is helping to make sities thrive in the 21st century. Cindy Frey 1 Frey explains that along with guest speakers, area residents and business leaders will also be honored during the luncheon. Cindy Frey 2 For more information, you can go to www.columbuschamber.com ...

Mayor to discuss economic spending plan Tuesday

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Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop and the Columbus Economic Development Board will be presenting the community with more information Tuesday night about a program to try and recruit more businesses to Columbus. Lienhoop said the board has done a good job recruiting automotive parts manufacturers over the past 40 years. Jim Lienhoop 1 Two weeks ago, the mayor unveiled a plan to take about $136,000 in economic development income tax money and give it as a grant to the economic development board. Jim Lienhoop 2 Leinhoop said that state law gives the mayor the authority on how to spend that money and while previous Mayor Kristen Brown’s plan concentrated on items the city does Lienhoop said they will find other ways to fund those purchases. Jim Lienhoop 4 For example, Lienhoop said he expects a fire truck to cost less than expected and plans to pay for police and fire radios out of other funds. More details will be discussed with the City Council at Tuesday night’s council meeting, Lienhoop said. The... ...

Columbus police arrest two after motorcycle stop

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Columbus police arrested two people on drug charges after stopping a motorcycle Saturday afternoon. Officer Troy Love pulled the motorcycle over at about 3:15 p.m. Saturday afternoon after watching the driver switch lanes without signalling near Lafayette and Third Streets, said Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the Columbus Police Department. The officer reported that a passenger, a 17-year-old juvenile, appeared to be trying to hide something in his coat and refused to show his hands when ordered to. When the officer searched the boy’s coat, police report that they found several syringes. The motorcycle driver, 46-year-old Virl D. Murray of Columbus allegedly was carrying drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine in a bag under the seat of the motorcycle. Murray is facing preliminary charges of possession of a legend drug injection device, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. The boy was take to the county youth services center on a preliminary charge of possession of a legend drug injection device. ...

Blood drive Tuesday at Bartholomew County Library

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The American Red Cross will be hosting at blood drive at the Bartholomew County Public Library from 2 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday. The agency says there is a critical need for O positive, O negative and B negative blood types. To schedule an appointment time you can call 1-800 RED CROSS or go to www.redcrossblood dot org and enter the sponsor code bartholomewcountylibrary. Mary Clare Specker with the library says that donors will receive a “book buck” that can be used in the library’s ongoing used book sale. ...