Off-road vehicle crash kills grandmother, injures grandson

Mar 28, 2016 207

A Decatur County woman is dead and a child injured after an off-road vehicle crash on Easter Sunday. Indiana Department of Natural Resources conservation officers report that 58-year-old Mary Romans was driving on County Road 700W in Westport when she collided with a tree on the side of the road. She was not wearing a safety belt and was thrown out of the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene by the Decatur County coroner. Her 10-year-old grandson was pinned inside the vehicle. He was wearing a seatbelt and was seriously injured in the crash. He was airlifted to Riley Hospital in Indianapolis. ...

Columbus City Councilman faces court hearing

Mar 26, 2016 364

A Columbus City Council member is facing a misdemeanor charge of public indecency. Councilman Dascal Bunch, 61, of Brooks Street in Columbus, has been ordered to appear in court on April 4th for his initial hearing on the Class C misdemeanor charge. Prosecutor Bill Nash said he has requested a special prosecutor in the case because they are both Republicans and Nash has a long-time association with Bunch, including Bunch volunteering to plant yard signs for Nash during Nash’s first run for office. Nash, reached Saturday morning, said that without access to his office files, he could not recall which prosecutor’s office had been tapped to handle the case. Few details are available because the county courthouse is closed for the weekend. But a court record obtained through the court’s online record system shows that a probable cause affidavit, which lays out the details of the charges against Bunch, was filed on March 17th and the court date set on March 18th. Bunch has been ordered to appear in Superior Court II before Judge Kitty Coriden... ...

Firefighters locate electrical short in home

Mar 25, 2016 278

Discovery of smoke inside of a Columbus home led to a 911 call Thursday afternoon. Columbus Fire Department Spokesman Capt. Mike Wilson says that firefighters were called to a possible structure fire in the 1800 block of 10th street after a family returned home to find smoke and audible alarms going off inside their rented home. He says that firefighters arrived at 4:18 p.m. and confirmed the presence of smoke. Wilson says that firefighters found a light haze of smoke in a dining room area, but no flames. They later determined that the smoke conditions and odor was possibly caused by an electrical issue. During an inspection, firefighters discovered an electrical outlet short, said Wilson. Firefighters located the electrical panel and disconnected power to the area. Wilson says that no injuries were reported and the family of four was not displaced. Damages are estimated at less than $100. ...

Jungle Book performance to take stage at The Commons

Mar 25, 2016 279

This spring’s final First Fridays for Families show will feature a performance of “The Jungle Book” ballet. Dancers Studio will be performing the familiar story of Mowgli, Bagheera and Baloo at The Commons on Friday April 1st, starting at 6 p.m. First Fridays performances are meant to introduce children to the arts. They are organized by the Columbus Area Arts Council and are free to the public because of the support of Old National Bank and the Nugent, Custer and Teegarden foundations. If you have any questions, you can call the arts council 812-376-2539 at go online to artsincolumbus.org ...

Hope farmer recognized in national corn contest

Mar 25, 2016 260

A Hope area farmer was recognized earlier this month by a national organization for his corn yield. Jim Daily of Hope placed third in the state in the Irrigated Class of the 2015 National Corn Yield Contest, sponsored by the National Corn Growers Association. Daily and his sons received the award at the association’s conference in New Orleans in early March. According to the association, Daily had a yield of 282.8 bushels per acre. He was one of 407 state winners out of more than 7,700 entries. The average yield nationwide was about 217 bushels. ...

Columbus teen dies in late-night crash

Mar 25, 2016 363

A Columbus teen driver died and a passenger was rushed to IU Methodist Hospital after a late-night crash on Marr Road Thursday. Indiana State Police are reporting that 17-year-old Keegan Phillips died when he pulled out in front of an SUV on Marr Road at about 11:50 p.m. He had been driving eastbound on County Road 550N, when he pulled out in front of the SUV driven by 47-year-old Sheila I. Lee of Columbus. His car then veered in front of another SUV driven by 44-year-old Amy M. Fetter of Columbus. Traffic on Marr Road does not stop at that intersection and police report that they don’t know why Phillips pulled out into the traffic. Phillips was pronounced dead at the scene. 19-year-old Tierra Miller was a passenger in the car and was critically injured. She was taken to IU Methodist Hospital for life-threatening injuries the state police report. 18-year-old Blake Sinclair and 18-year-old Rachel Turner were also passengers and were treated for minor injuries at Columbus Regional Hospital. All of the teens are from Columbus. Trooper... ...

Glow-in-the-dark Easter egg hunt for teens set for Saturday

Mar 25, 2016 280

While there are many Easter egg hunts and activities aimed at younger children on Saturday, Columbus Parks and Recreation and Foundation for Youth will be holding an event for area teens at Mill Race Park tomorrow evening. Kathy McPeek, the department’s recreation program manager, says the event is the “Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt.” Once the sun goes down, area teens will be searching for 800 to one-thousand eggs inside the park… McPeek says that teens should check their eggs before leaving, as prizes will be given away and announced with a scrap of paper inside eggs. Pre-hunt events, including music and games, will begin at 7 p.m. at the Mill Race amphitheater. ...

Company plans relocation to Shelbyville; 101 new jobs

Mar 25, 2016 301

A company plans to relocate its headquarters from Memphis, Tenn., to Shelbyville and to bring with it jobs that pay about twice the state’s average wage. That’s according to the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. Governor Mike Pence and Shelbyville Mayor Tom DeBaun joined Krone North America President and CEO Tommy Jones Thursday as the company announced the plans. The state reports that the company will will invest $12.5 million to construct a 200,000-square-foot facility on 40 acres at the intersection of Highway 44 and I-74. Krone anticipates bringing 101 new jobs by 2021. The facility will serve as the company’s primary distribution hub and training center in North America. The new facility will also house approximately 20,000 square feet of office space to accommodate Krone’s corporate headquarters team, which is expected to transition to Indiana in 2017. “Krone is excited to become part of the Shelbyville community,” Jones said.. “In our search we were very impressed with the commitment and teamwork of the community and the state in helping us... ...

Sheriff’s Department searching for McDonald

Mar 24, 2016 265

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department is asking for your help locating its most-wanted suspect. Sheriff’s Department Spokesperson Judy Jackson says that authorities are looking for 38-year-old Kenneth “Kenny” Dale McDonald. He is described as a white male, five-feet, seven-inches tall and weighing 180 pounds. McDonald has brown hair, brown eyes and multiple tattoos. Jackson says that McDonald is wanted on a number of outstanding arrest warrants. She asks that anyone with information, no matter how seemingly insignificant, to please contact Captain Dave Steinkoenig at (812) 565-5940. You can also call the department’s Tip Line at (812) 379-1712. Tips and information can be left anonymously. ...

Two arrested after crash on SR 9 in Bartholomew County

Mar 24, 2016 230

Two people were arrested Wednesday evening after allegedly fleeing the scene of a crash. Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department Spokesperson Judy Jackson says at approximately 6:24 p.m., Deputy Andrew Whipker responded to the area of State Road 9 and County Road East 500 North after authorities received a number of calls about a vehicle being driven erratically in that area. A short time later, there were reports of a single-vehicle crash in which two occupants allegedly fled the scene. Jackson says that deputies found two suspects in the area of the collision. They were identified as 28-year-old Thomas Thompson, of Seymour, and 22-year-old Tiara Wickliff, of Franklin. Authorities say that Thompson is facing preliminary charges of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence, Leaving the Scene of an Accident and Public Intoxication, while Wickliff was charged with Public Intoxication and Resisting Law Enforcement. Jackson says that both were booked in the Bartholomew County Jail. She says that Thompson is being held on $9,500 bond, while Wickliff remains behind bars on... ...