City receives permit; State Street project moves forward

Jun 30, 2016 212

There has been some movement to report on the project to revitalize State Street on Columbus’ east side. Mayor Jim Lienhoop says that the necessary permit from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources has been received by the city. He says that, since Hawcreek is involved in the project, via improvements to a bridge spanning the waterway , the DNR became involved. With the permit in hand, Mayor Lienhoop explains the next step… Lienhoop says that he is hopeful that those bid documents will be finished soon. He adds that the quick approval from the State was unexpected… The Mayor went on to say that once United Consulting has the bid documents ready, the process for formally bidding Phase I of the project can begin. Phase I is largely confined to bridge improvements that will help connect pedestrian traffic between downtown and the city’s east side. ...

Brownstown man facing eight Felonies after arrest

Jun 30, 2016 205

A Brownstown man is facing charges after being arrested Wednesday evening in connection with a burglary in Vallonia. A spokesperson with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department says that Reserve Deputy Brent Terry was able to piece-together what happened, with help from Deputy Mark Holt. The spokesperson says that Terry investigated the scene of the burglary, which happened at a home on Main Street. When the deputy arrived, he reported finding that a vehicle had been broken into and that a number of items, including weapons, were taken from a garage. Authorities say that, after several interviews in Vallonia, Reserve Deputy Terry was able to identify the suspect as 26-year-old Jeremy Toppe. A witness reportedly told authorities that he saw Toppe in Vallonia, earlier the same day, trying to sell items that matched the description of the stolen property. The Sheriff’s Department says that Terry learned that Toppe might be in a home on Vine Street in Seymour. He, along with Reserve Deputies Charlie Murphy and James Murphy, went there. When... ...

Dept. of Insurance warns you about consequences of fireworks

Jun 30, 2016 192

With Independence Day celebrations, comes fireworks. While much has been made about fireworks safety, along with where they can be legally set-off, one group wants to remind Hoosiers about another potential issue that could arise from improper use. The Indiana Department of Insurance says that there are several state laws governing fireworks, as well as additional ordinances in many cities and towns. Jenifer Groth, a spokeswoman with the agency, is warning Hoosier homeowners and renters that accidental damage caused by fireworks that are banned in their counties may not be covered by their homeowners or renters insurance policies. She says that many insurance policies contain provisions disclaiming coverage for illegal acts committed by the insured. However, Groth says that residents who are injured or have property damage due to another person’s use of fireworks may be able to claim benefits under their insurance policy. “It’s important for Hoosiers to consider the consequences before using fireworks,” said IDOI Commissioner Stephen W. Robertson. “If someone using fireworks accidentally starts a fire, to... ...

USPS holding special stamp event in Columbus on Friday

Jun 30, 2016 226

The U.S. Postal Service will be in Columbus Friday to celebrate ice-cream sodas and fountain drinks. Mary Dando, spokesperson for the postal service, says that the agency will celebrate five of those confections during an event at a downtown establishment that has been serving them since 1900. She says that Columbus Postmaster Terri Muir will dedicate the Soda Fountain Favorites Forever Stamp at Zaharako’s Ice Cream Parlor and Museum, at 329 Washington Street, during a 1 p.m. event. Dando says that Muir will be Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop, Zaharakos owner Tony Moravec, one of shop’s original owners, Jim Zaharako, as well as other postal officials. At the special dedication, Dando says that Zaharako’s will be serving all five of the treats illustrated on the Soda Fountain Favorites Stamps. They are: a double-scoop ice cream cone, an egg cream, a banana split, a root beer float and a hot fudge sundae. Dando notes that the Soda Fountain Favorites Stamps went on Thursday and can be purchased at local Post Offices, as... ...

Hawes makes bid for Bartholomew County Council

Jun 30, 2016 532

Bartholomew County Democrats have a candidate for the County Council-At Large. The original candidate, Gabrielle Cheek, vacated her candidacy after May’s primary election. Nancy Ann Brown, Chairwoman of the Bartholomew Count Democratic Party, announced Thursday that the party’s central committee voted unanimously to place Diane Hawes on the ballot. Hawes filed her papers with the County Voter Registration office Thursday morning. Brown says that Hawes is “very qualified” for the position, noting Hawes’ “extensive training, experience and education in Personnel and Organizational Leadership.” Hawes has an Associate of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership and Supervision from Purdue University College of Technology. She adds that she is also working towards completing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Louisville by 2018. Hawes is also a 2015 graduate of Leadership Bartholomew County, as well as a 2015 graduate of Collaboration through Coalition Leadership. Hawes currently works as an Administrative Assistant to the Director of Turning Point Domestic Violence Services. She says that her previous work... ...

Hope hires new town manager

Jun 30, 2016 223

The town of Hope has hired a new town manager. The previous town manager quit in February and while the town council made a new hire in May, that candidate decided not to take the position on the day before he was supposed to start. Yesterday, the council unanimously approved J.T. Doane of Bargersville for the job. 06-30 JT Doane-2 Doane has most recently been working in sales. He has a degree in political science from the University of Southern Indiana and previously worked for 8 years in the administration of the state attorney general’s office. Council President Clyde Compton said he was happy with the new hire, but not with the process it took to get there. 06-30 Clyde Compton-1 ...

Police urge safety on the road during upcoming holiday weekend

Jun 29, 2016 179

As we enter the long holiday weekend, those who work in public safety are encouraging you to take steps to insure that your Independence Day weekend is a safe one. Officer Justin Black, with the Columbus Police Department, is offering these tips to drivers… He says that these simple things could save you trouble and money. Black says that it’s also important for drivers to get plenty of rest before a long trip… Officer Black adds that it’s also important for drivers to prepare for possible road closures due to construction… He also notes that, at night, it may be tempting to look up from the road to catch a glimpse of fireworks… Black urges you to avoid the temptation, or make plans to stop somewhere and take in a fireworks display. If you happen to see impaired drivers, Officer Black urges you to do your part, and possibly save the lives of others, by calling 911 to report them. ...

Local man arrested after barricading himself in bathroom

Jun 29, 2016 167

A Columbus man’s attempt to avoid being arrested failed after an incident earlier this week. Judy Jackson, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson, says that at 10:12 a.m. on Monday, Capt. Christopher Roberts and Detective Jason Williams attempted to serve a warrant on Michael F. Childers, 24, of 1314 Lafayette Ave. Jackson says that the attempt to make the arrest came about after detectives received information that Childers was staying at a home in the 1300 block of Franklin Street. When they got there, the detectives say that they were invited inside by an unknown man before being met by another man who said that he was Childers’ father. Jackson says that, moments later, Detectives found Childers inside the home. He reportedly tried to barricade himself inside of a bathroom, but was ultimately taken into custody without further incident. Childers was arrested on the outstanding warrant charging him with Violation of Probation on original charges of Criminal Confinement, Domestic Battery, Intimidation and Possession of Marijuana. The Sheriff’s Department says that Childers... ...

E-Town woman arrested after allegedly attacking deputies

Jun 29, 2016 182

An Elizabethtown woman was arrested Tuesday night after allegedly attacking Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Deputies who were investigating a hit-and-run. Judy Jackson, Sheriff’s Department spokesperson, says that at about 10 p.m., a number of deputies were investigating a hit and run accident at South Aspen Road and Brush Creek. According to the report, the woman, Barbara Kennedy, 47, became upset when she was unable to drive down the road due to the investigation. Deputies say that Kennedy began attacking them. Authorities say that Kennedy is facing preliminary charges of Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest and Battery on a Police Officer. Jackson says that the woman has since been released on $12,000 bond. ...

Child hurt in hit-and-run in Bartholomew County

Jun 29, 2016 200

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a hit-and-run involving a child that happened Tuesday night. Judy Jackson, Sheriff’s Department spokesperson, says that deputies responded to the call at 10 p.m. According to the report, two boys were riding their bicycles home when one of them, a 13-year-old, was struck by a gold-colored, four-door vehicle, possibly a Honda. The child’s uninjured friend reportedly told investigators that the incident happened while the pair was traveling south on South Aspen Road. As they were turning west onto Brush Creek, he said that the unknown vehicle struck his friend’s bike. The father of the uninjured child reportedly told deputies that he was following the boys home. While the man saw the gold-colored vehicle leaving the scene, he did not see the incident. Jackson says that deputies searched the area, but were unable to find any vehicles matching the description. The injured boy was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital with scrapes and scratches, said Jackson. She also noted that he suffered a small cut... ...