BCSC discusses superintendent contract, no candidates named yet

Mar 28, 2016 231

The Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation (BCSC) is closing in on hiring a new superintendent. The board held a special public hearing Monday evening outlining the contract that it plans to offer a candidate. A BCSC official said that the search has been narrowed down to a few finalists. While names weren’t discussed, that same official told WCSI that a successor to Dr. John Quick would be named on April 11, “if all goes well.” BCSC Board President Dr. Jill Shedd and School Corporation Attorney Kelly Benjamin presented the contract proposal during the meeting, held at the BCSC Administration Building. Shedd explained that, by law, the initial contract has to be three-years in length.  She added that after the third year, employment with the district is year-to-year. The proposed contract includes: Annual Salary (1st year) $170,000 10.5% Retirement Health, Dental and Vision Insurance Annual 401(a)/403(b) Plan Contribution $500,000 Life Insurance Annual Auto Allowance of $10,000 Annual Professional Development Allowance and Membership Fees of $4,000 One‐time moving expense not to exceed $5,000... ...

Mailbox vandalism spree draws police attention

Mar 28, 2016 477

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department is trying to track down the person who damaged 11 mailboxes in the western edge of the county over the weekend. Judy Jackson, spokeswoman with the sheriff’s department, says that deputies began receiving reports of the damaged mailboxes near the Bartholomew and Brown county line. She said 9 were found damaged along White Horse Road and two on Bellsville Pike. Jackson said mailboxes are considered federal property and federal law makes it a crime to vandalize them or to deface or destroy any mail deposited in them. Violators can be fined up to $250,000 or imprisoned for up to three years for each act of vandalism to a mailbox. If you have any information, no matter how seemingly insignificant, regarding the person  responsible for vandalizing these mailboxes, you can call the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office at 812-379-1650 or use the Tip Line at 812-379-1712. ...

Missing tail lights lead to drug arrest

Mar 28, 2016 298

  A Columbus man driving with no taillights ended up facing drug charges after a traffic stop Friday night. At about 10:47 p.m. Friday, Bartholomew County Deputy Leah Burton, noticed the vehicle in front of her patrol car on Jonathan Moore Pike had no tail lights. When the deputy pulled the driver over, he put his hands into the air and told the officer that he was driving on a suspended license, says Judy Jackson, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department. A records search revealed that the driver, 45-year-old David Ward of Columbus was wanted on a warrant out of Marion County. After being arrested, deputies allegedly found Ward was carrying a glass pipe with white residue. At the jail, he was also allegedly found to be carrying a black baggy with what appeared to be methamphetamine. Ward is facing preliminary charges of possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license. ...

County to close Road 325W for road repairs

Mar 28, 2016 292

The Bartholomew County Highway Department reports that due to ongoing road improvements, Bartholomew County Road 325W, between County Road 200 North and Lowell Roads, will be closed from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. starting Wednesday and running through Friday. ...

Domestic dispute leads to drug arrests

Mar 28, 2016 326

Two Jennings County residents were arrested late Saturday night after a methamphetamine lab was allegedly found in a Country Squire Lakes home when deputies responded to a domestic dispute. Deputies were called to the home on Country Manor at about 10:25 Saturday night after reports of a domestic disturbance. But while the deputies were on their way, they were also told by the Indiana State Police that there was possible drug activity going on at the home, said Lt. Mike Mowery, spokesman for the sheriff’s department. When deputies arrived they noticed drugs and drug paraphernalia in plain view. 29-year-old Emma K. Keifer was found to have an outstanding warrant and was arrested. Police say that the homeowner, 46-year-old Patrick Sweany, gave officers permission to search the home, where they found the drug lab. Keifer and are both facing preliminary charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of meth, possession of paraphernalia, possession of precursors the intent to manufacture and visiting or maintaining a common nuisance. Keifer’s two children were taken into the... ...

State police provide more info on Bunch case

Mar 28, 2016 281

The Indiana State Police have released more information on the public indecency charge filed against Columbus City Council member Dascal Bunch. Trooper Stephen Wheeles, spokesman for the police, says that the case stems from three separate incidents in March and November last year, and again in January. Bunch allegedly was in his home and exposed himself to people outside who could easily view him through the windows. Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the Columbus Police Department, said over the weekend that Columbus Police investigated a similar complaint against Bunch in 2011 but could not substantiate the complaint. Bunch is facing a preliminary charge of a single count of indecent exposure, a Class C misdemeanor, after the investigation by Trooper Detective Chris Howell. Wheeles said Indiana State Police got involved after being contacted by the Columbus Police Department to investigate the case because of Bunch’s position as a City Council member. Special Prosecutor Brian Belding, in the Jennings County prosecutor’s office, was assigned as the prosecutor in this case. After the... ...

Family of five injured on I-65 crash; other driver arrested

Mar 28, 2016 270

A family of five on their way to Florida for spring break were injured after a crash on Interstate 65 in southern Bartholomew County Friday evening and a Columbus driver was arrested. 51-year-old Brian Dayharsh of Coatesville was driving soutbound with his four daughters in the car at about 7:10 p.m. near the Walesboro exit when a vehicle drive by 39-year-old Bryan Davis of Columbus rear-ended the family vehicle. Davis was not injured in the crash. Four of the occupants in the family vehicle were taken to Columbus Regional Hospital for treatment. A 12-year-old daughter was trapped in the wreckage and had to be cut free by firefighters. She was flown by Lifeline helicopter to IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Authorities had received several calls of Davis driving erratically before the crash. He was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence. ...

So, How’s Zayn Doin’?

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One Direction fans have been waiting to see how Zayn’s solo album stacks up.  If you’re curious, a pretty good review of his album is here (note, NSFW due to lyric quotes). Short version: musically solid and better on the adventurous cuts versus the ballads, lyrically sophomoric.  Admittedly, I read some of the excerpts and thought YEEEEEESH, but he is 23, so what did we honestly expect? In short, if you’re a fan, you’ll probably find a lot to like, and if not, the musical surprises might change your mind for the better, if the lyrics don’t take the wind out of your sails. – Todd Berryman Middays on WIN 104.9 I Would Jump Up and Down Very Excitedly, But OW, My Knees. 🙂   ...

Two arrested after Saturday traffic stop

Mar 28, 2016 282

Two men were arrested after on drug charges after a traffic stop Saturday afternoon in Columbus. Indiana State Police pulled over a vehicle at 13th and McClure Road at at about 5:10 p.m. Saturday according to police reports. The trooper suspected that there might be criminal activity taking place and the driver, 21-year-old Ethan Spray of Scipio, allegedly tried to run away. After securing Spray, the passenger, 53-year-old Steven Elliott of Columbus also allegedly resisted arrest. Both were found to be carrying methamphetamine according to police and Spray was also allegedly carrying marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Spray is also facing preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement, and obstruction of justice. ...

Madison woman dies in Jennings County wreck

Mar 28, 2016 302

A Madison woman was killed in an early-morning crash Friday in Jennings County. Lt. Mike Mowery with the sheriff’s department reports that deputies were called to the crash at 2:06 a.m. Friday on State Road 3,  just south of County Road 800N. A car driven by 59-year-old Roberta Young drove left of the centerline and then off the roadway, striking a utility pole head-on. She was not wearing a seat belt and her vehicle’s airbags did not deploy. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident remains under investigation. ...