More early voting locations open in Bartholomew County

Apr 25, 2016 226

Starting today, there will be three more locations in Bartholomew County to cast your early ballot for next week’s primary election. According to County Clerk Jay Phelps, the satellite early vote centers at Donner Center, the Main Source Bank branch on Jonathan Moore Pike and at Flintwood Wesleyan Church on 25th street will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. You can also vote early at the Bartholomew County Courthouse from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. this week. Voting so far in this primary election has been brisk Phelps says. As of Friday, the number of people casting ballots was the second highest total in Bartholomew County history, second only to last year’s mayoral primary in Columbus. With just over a week left of early voting, the totals so far have been the second highest in the past 10 years. 2006 Primary – 818 2007 Primary – 744 2008 Primary – 1,370 2010 Primary – 844 2011... ...

Cruz campaign stopping in Columbus today

Apr 25, 2016 244

Presidential hopeful and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz will be stopping in Columbus today to meet voters. Barb Hackman, chairwoman of the Bartholomew County Republican Party said she was contacted over the weekend by the Cruz campaign. She said the campaign had several ideas for Columbus locations, but really wanted to come to Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor. Hackman said she reached out to the restaurant’s owner, Tony Moravec, who was happy to oblige the candidate. Hackman said Cruz will stop by Zaharakos on Washington Street at 2 p.m. this afternoon for the meet-and-greet event. She does not believe he will be having lunch in Columbus. Cruz was originally scheduled to make a Columbus stop on Thursday, but the campaign staff moved up their timetable late Sunday evening. Hackman said that there is not enough room or time for a full-blown rally, but people can attend the event or support the Republican presidential candidate by having their Cruz signs out in the area. ...

Candidates for State Representative discuss RFRA and civil rights

Apr 22, 2016 215

Area voters on both sides of the political aisle will be voting to select their candidate to represent them in Indiana House District 59 in this year’s primary election. Republican incumbent Milo Smith is facing two challengers from his own party, while Democrats will select between a local advocate and a BCSC educator. We talked to the candidates about the uproar caused when state lawmakers passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. We asked them what can, or should, be done to balance religious liberties with the rights of the LGBT community, as well as other minority groups. Milo Smith says that there is no place for discrimination in Indiana… Republican Ryan Lauer, who ran for State Representative two-years ago, says that we all need to look to the Constitution… Republican Lew Wilson says that every Hoosier’s voice needs to be heard… Democrat Bob Pittman says that first and foremost, the civil rights of LGBTQ Hoosiers must be protected… Democrat Dale Nowlin agrees with his primary opponent, Bob Pittman, that the... ...

Traffic stop leads to arrest of two Columbus residents

Apr 22, 2016 295

A pair of Columbus men were arrested early Thursday morning on a number of drug charges after a traffic stop on US 31, just north of Columbus. Indiana State Police (ISP) Spokesman Stephen Wheeles says that the investigation by Trooper Korry Clark began when he stopped a car traveling north on US 31 near County Road 500 North at approximately 12:30 a.m. During the stop, Clark became suspicious of possible criminal activity. Moments later, Columbus Police Officer Branch Schrader arrived on the scene with his K-9. During a walk-around of the vehicle, Branch’s K-9 was allegedly alerted to the odor of illegal drugs coming from inside. Wheeles says that a subsequent search of the vehicle led to the discovery of heroin, hydrocodone, and drug paraphernalia. He says that the passenger, 26-year-old Vincent D. Eddelman, was arrested on one count of visiting a common nuisance. Wheeles says that the driver, 24-year-old Branden L. Smith, was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital for a blood test to determine if he was intoxicated. Smith... ...

Suspended license leads to drug arrest

Apr 22, 2016 239

Columbus police stopped a vehicle in the East Columbus neighborhood last night because the driver was known to have a suspended license. But officers also discovered he allegedly had a passenger’s seat with syringes. Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the police department, said that Officer Troy Love stopped the vehicle driven by 38-year-old Eric D. Caldwell on Gladstone Avenue because of the suspended license. A search of the vehicle allegedly revealed two syringes on the seat and another in the glove compartment. One of the syringes contained liquid that tested  positive for methamphetamine. Caldwell was arrested on preliminary charges of possession of methamphetamine and driving While suspended with a prior conviction. ...

Assistance to stranded motorist, ends in drug arrest

Apr 22, 2016 270

A Bartholomew County deputy’s stop to help a stranded motorist, ended up leading to a drug arrest for the driver. The sheriff’s department is reporting that a deputy pulled his patrol car beside a vehicle with an open hood at about 11:04 p.m. last night. The deputy stopped to offer assistance but found out that the driver, 41-year-old Tamara Watkins of North Vernon, had two outstanding warrants for her arrest. A search of the vehicle also allegedly revealed methamphetamine, syringes, a legend drug and several pieces of drug paraphernalia. In addition to the outstanding warrants and preliminary possession charges, she is also facing a charge of false informing, according to the sheriff’s department. ...

New chief chosen for Columbus Township Fire Rescue

Apr 22, 2016 269

Columbus Township Trustee Ben Jackson is announcing that Dave Thompson has been promoted to the chief of the Columbus Township Fire and Rescue department. Thompson spent 13 years at the Elizabethtown Volunteer Fire Department, where he also served as chief. He has been with the Columbus Township Department for six years and acted as a captain and frequent spokesman for the department. The previous chief, Rodney Ferrenburg, resigned in February. Jackson said that Thompson is certified as an emergency medical technician, a trained arson investigator, a Bartholomew County deputy coroner, president of the IAFF Union Local 4823 and an ASE certified instructor. Columbus Township volunteers provide fire protection in the donut area outside of the Columbus city limits but still within Columbus Township. ...

Saturday cookout to benefit Advocates for Children

Apr 22, 2016 245

Raft to Rafters will be holding a grilled lunch cookout to support Advocates for Children from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at their store on 25th Street. Lunch tickets are $3 which includes 2 grilled meats, 2 cold sides, a dessert and a cold beverage. Proceeds will help Advocates for Children with their efforts to provide qualified advocates for local victims of child abuse and neglect. And White River Broadcasting’s Mike Sullivan will be on hand, playing music at the event. ...

Recycling center hosting Earth Day activities Saturday

Apr 22, 2016 292

The Bartholomew County Solid Waste Management District will be celebrating Earth Day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at the recycling center on South Mapleton Street. Bartholomew County residents will be able to dispose of hard-to-get-rid-of waste with an amnesty program. You can drop off up to two refrigerated appliances at no cost, up to two propane tanks and up to four personal vehicle tires. You can also take advantage of the electronics recycling program and the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department will be having a drug-take-back event. There will also be a hot dog roast from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., children’s activities provided by Kids Commons, document shredding, and the Book Express will be on hand. Click here for more information ...

Coroner candidates discuss need for autopsies

Apr 22, 2016 273

Bartholomew County Republican voters will be choosing between two candidates for county coroner in this year’s election, after long-time county coroner Larry Fisher decided not to run for re-election. Funeral home director Ron Shadley is facing Columbus police patrolman Clayton Nolting. We asked the candidates: What will you use to guide you on how to handle the need for autopsies? What will you use to make those judgment calls? Shadley: 04-22 Ron Shadley Question 5 Full Nolting: 04-22 Clayton Nolting Question 5 Full The winner of the Republican primary will face Democrat Paula Rothrock in the November election. Rothrock is unopposed in the primary. ...