Franklin man arrested after traffic stop

Feb 22, 2016 309

A Franklin man was arrested on drug and alcohol charges over the weekend after a traffic stop in Bartholomew County. Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department Spokesperson Judy Jackson says that at approximately 2 a.m. on Saturday, Sgt. Kris Weisner was southbound on US 31 following an SUV that was allegedly going much slower than the posted speed limit. Weisner reported that the vehicle repeatedly drove over the right side fog line before signaling and abruptly turning westbound onto Henry Lakes Boulevard. After pulling the vehicle over, he spoke with the driver, 31-year-old Mathew T. Milroy. During the stop, Milroy allegedly admitted to drinking about a quart of vodka. Weisner also reported finding a methamphetamine pipe in Milroy’s possession. Milroy was arrested and booked in the Bartholomew County Jail on charges of Operating a Motor Vehicle while Under the Influence and Possession of Paraphernalia. Jackson says that Milroy has since been released on $5,000 bond. ...

North Vernon man arrested on meth, other charges

Feb 22, 2016 307

A North Vernon man was arrested on a bevy of charges early Saturday morning. A North Vernon Police Department spokesperson says that, shortly after 1 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 2300 block of State Road 7 North in reference to suspicious people in the area. After an investigation, police allegedly discovered two grams of methamphetamine in a vehicle driven by 24-year-old Brian Loos. Police say that in addition to the meth charge, Loos was also charged with False Informing and Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident. ...

North Vernon Police make drug arrest after traffic stop

Feb 22, 2016 305

North Vernon Police made a drug arrest after a traffic stop late Sunday afternoon. A department spokesperson says that officers stopped Samantha Bott for false and fictitious registration in the area of South State Street shortly at 5:46 p.m. While officers were talking with Bott, they reportedly discovered that she was also driving while suspended. Moments later, K9 “Heros” was called to the scene. As the dog sniffed around the vehicle, Heros allegedly alerted officers to the odor of narcotics coming from inside the vehicle. The passenger, Christopher Bott, was allegedly found to be in possession of syringes and other drug paraphernalia. Police say that he was arrested for Possession of Paraphernalia, while Samantha Bott was cited and the vehicle towed. ...

Mayor’s brother makes second round of Supreme Court interviews

Feb 22, 2016 272

The brother of Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop is among the 15 finalists scheduled for a second interview to help name a new Indiana Supreme Court Justice. The Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) named fifteen finalists, including 59-years-old Mark Lienhoop, a LaPorte attorney, for the 109th Supreme Court judicial position. The JNC conducted public interviews of twenty-nine applicants last week. The second set of interviews with the JNC are scheduled for March. In April, Justice Brent Dickson will retire from the five-member Supreme Court. According to the Indiana Constitution and state statute, the seven-member JNC must recruit and select candidates to fill the vacancy on the state’s highest court. The JNC will interview the fifteen finalists March 3-4. The JNC will then publicly vote to send three nominees to the Governor who has 60 days to select Indiana’s next justice. ...

Aisin employees help the hungry in Brownstown

Feb 19, 2016 391

Employees of a local company pitched in to help the hungry in their area. Bonita Dobbs, Program Manager for the Jackson County United Way, says that staff members of Aisin USA showed up “in force” on Friday. Working with Gleaner’s Food Bank and Brownstown Senior Citizens, she says that Aisin employees volunteered at the mobile food pantry, which was set up at the Brownstown Church of the Nazarene. Bonita explains that this pantry is essential to those area residents who are 55-years-of age, and older, as most have limited income. She says that the food pantry helps these residents to subsidize their nutritional needs. Bonita thanked Aisin, and its employees. She says that the need is great throughout Jennings County, adding that there is always room for volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, call the Jackson County United Way office at (812) 522-5450. ...

Highway Department to make another attempt at cleaning up County Road 400 North

Feb 19, 2016 299

The Bartholomew County Highway Department says that County Road 400 North (aka Tinkey Road), between U.S. 31 & River Road, will be closed for a few days, beginning Monday. A department spokesperson says that the closure will be in effect from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. This closure is expected to continue in to Tuesday and, possibly, Wednesday. Officials say the closure is for cleanup work. They add that the work is dependent on the weather. The project has already been delayed twice and could be delayed again if the weather doesn’t cooperate. ...

Authorities ask for your help finding alleged child molester

Feb 19, 2016 333

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department is asking for your help in locating a wanted suspect. Department Spokesperson Judy Jackson says that investigators are searching for 29-year-old Santos Marquez. Authorities say that Marquez also goes by the alias “Johann Perez.” Jackson says that Marquez is wanted on two felony warrants for Child Molesting. If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Santos Marquez, you are asked to please contact Detective Jason Williams at (812) 565-5928, or call the Sheriff’s Department Tip Line at (812) 379-1712. Tips and information can be left anonymously. ...

State Dept. of Health declares mumps outbreaks

Feb 19, 2016 393

State health officials have confirmed two outbreaks of mumps in students at Indiana University in Bloomington and Butler University in Indianapolis. IU has four confirmed cases, while Butler University has nine confirmed cases. Health Department officials say that those numbers may increase as more specimens are tested. The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is working with Indiana University, Butler University and the Marion County and Monroe County health departments to identify potential additional cases and to prevent further transmission of the disease on both campuses. For more information about mumps, visit the Centers for Disease Control’s mumps website at www.cdc.gov/mumps/. ...

Seymour police seeking robbery suspect

Feb 19, 2016 411

Seymour police are reporting a late night robbery of a convenience store. Officers were called the Casey’s Store on North O’Brien Street at about 11:55 p.m. last night. A man displayed a blade and ordered a clerk to turn over all the store’s money, police say. The man then ran away. He is described as a white, slender man with a dark hooded sweatshirt and jeans. Seymour police detectives are investigating the case and if you have any information you are asked to contact the Seymour Police Department at 812- 522-1234 or dcornwell@seymourpd.com. Seymour Police Facebook page ...

Job training program leads way out of poverty

Feb 19, 2016 364

If you are struggling to find a job and get out of poverty, the Bartholomew County United Way and LIncoln Central Neighborhood Family Center are offering a week-long workshop next week to help you make that transition. The Bartholomew County Works program teaches people skills they need to pull themselves to self-sufficiency. Dawn Bierberle, self-sufficiency coach at Lincoln Central facilitates the workshop. She says they cover professionalism, resumes and job interviews. Each student will receive three mock interviews during the week with local human resources professionals.   She said after the conclusion of the program, organizers will work to help participants land a job. Bieberle said 89 percent of those who have taken the program since 2014 have been able to find and keep a job. Classes next week run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and participants have to commit to being there all week. There is still time to apply for next week’s class or the next class will be in April. You can call 812-379-1630 ...