Three sent to hospital after crash on State Street

Jun 28, 2016 213

Three people were sent to the hospital after a multi-vehicle crash Monday afternoon on State Street in Bartholomew County. The crash closed State Street for a few hours during rush-hour. Judy Jackson, spokesperson for the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, says that deputies were called to the 4800 block of East State Street at 3:35 p.m. When Deputy Adam Warner responded to the scene, he reported that four vehicles were involved in the crash. Jackson says that investigators believe that a car driven by Ryan Mitchell, 18, of Dupont, was headed east on State Street when it crossed the center-line, causing the driver side of his vehicle to collide with the driver side of a vehicle being driven by Floyd Smith, 58, of North Vernon. Authorities say that collision caused Smith’s vehicle to spin into oncoming eastbound traffic and directly into the path of an SUV driven by Kevin Wiley, 41, of Holton, Indiana. A fourth vehicle, driven by Olivia Pavy, 19, of Bloomington, was traveling west when investigators say it... ...

Remember That Fun Time When Diet Coke and Mentos Co-mingled…

Jun 28, 2016 513

…when someone discovered the almost-pyrotechnic result of dropping one INTO the other? Well, this is the envelope-pushing moment.  Some idiot with too much time on his hands brave soul thought it would be a kick to fill a swimming pool with Diet Coke, and then add a bucket of Mentos.  You can see the results here. What throws me is the math of it.  Either this kid’s got one amazing inside track, OR he actually spent…lessee, 1500 gallon pool, and four 2-liters to a gallon, and let’s say those are on sale for a dollar each just to make the math easier…something like $6000 JUST ON THE BEVERAGE to pull this together. Astonishing, what we do to be internet famous nowadays.  We salute you, apparent lottery winner who had nothing better to do with his time brave soul! – Todd Berryman Middays on WIN 104.9 NOT Coming To a Burbling Pool of Doom Near You ...

Phone and computer scam takes $59k from man

Jun 28, 2016 223

Johnson County authorities are asking for federal help on a phone scam that took more than $59,000 from a local resident. Sheriff Doug Cox says the scam started with a phone call to a home about two weeks ago, telling the resident that there was a problem with his home computer and that he needed to pay $200 to have tech support look at his computer remotely. The scammer walked the resident through a process on his computer that gave the scammers access remotely and they asked for more money to fix the problem, which the resident paid over the phone from his checking account. The man realized he had been scammed and filed a police report in Franklin, deputies report. However, yesterday , deputies were called to a Trafalgar bank. The victim and bank representatives said that with access to the man’s computer, the scammers were able to gain access to his home equity line of credit and then tie that to his bank account. The scammers then moved... ...

North Vernon mayor prepares for overseas trip

Jun 28, 2016 232

North Vernon Mayor Mike Ochs is preparing for his first trip to Japan. During Monday night’s city council meeting, the Mayor talked a bit about the trip, noting that he was among a group of area mayors making the journey to talk-up their cities in an effort to encourage foreign investment, hopefully leading to American jobs. Mayor Ochs said that the trip was being paid for out of local tax-Increment Financing dollars. He added that the nearly week-long trip is scheduled to depart on August 27th. Ochs credited Seymour Mayor Craig Luedeman for organizing the Asian jaunt. ...

Retiring reserve officer to be allowed to keep sidearm

Jun 28, 2016 232

A recently retired North Vernon Reserve Police Officer will get to keep his service weapon but he will have to pay for it.. Reserve Officer Ted Westerman served on the city’s police force for 23-years. Police Chief James Webster said that when a police officer retires, they are normally gifted their service weapon as a token of appreciation for their service to the department and the city. However, since Westerman was a reserve officer, the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms views the proposed weapon transfer as a “private transfer.” Because of that, the department had to get a trade-in value estimate from a gun dealer in Vernon and asked North Vernon City Council last night to allow Westerman to purchase the gun. City Council members voted unanimously to allow the sale of the Sig Sauer .45 caliber handgun by police department to Westerman for $350. Webster has referred to Westerman’s length-of-service to the department as “one-in-a-million.” The chief said that, in most cases, the best a police force can... ...

Engage Columbus hosting putting contest

Jun 28, 2016 238

Engage Columbus will have an international “tee” tomorrow, as in a golf tee. The organization will be hosting the putting contest at Greenbelt Golf Course from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday including prizes and refreshments. After the putting contest, participants can play 9 holes of golf for $15, or spend $5 for a small bucket and $7.25 for a large bucket of balls. Engage Columbus is a program from Heritage Fund: The Bartholomew County Community Foundation that works to connect people to the information and resources to make them feel welcomed and engaged in the Columbus community. ...

Sheriff warns of IRS phone scam’s return

Jun 28, 2016 233

Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers is warning of an IRS scam going on in the area. He said deputies received a report yesterday of the scam. Scammers will call and claim to be with the Internal Revenue Service. They will say that the resident owes money to the federal government and sometimes threaten that an arrest warrant will be issued if the debt isn’t paid immediately. The callers are even able to spoof your Caller ID, making it appear to be a legitimate phone call. Myers said that the real IRS does not communicate that way or demand immediate payment over the phone. If you receive a call like that, Myers recommends you immediately hang up. He also suggested you can find more information at www.tigta.gov ...

Amos honored for retirement as emergency dispatcher

Jun 28, 2016 205

Monday was declared Vicki Amos Retirement Day in Bartholomew County after retiring dispatcher Vicki Amos. She served more than 23 years in various roles in Bartholomew County, including working with the Hope Police Department, the Sheriff’s Department and mostly on third shifts as a dispatcher in the emergency operations center. Ed Reuter, director of the emergency operations center for the county, praised Amos for her experience and the calm she brought to the dispatch center. He said people throughout the county were able to sleep better knowing Amos was on duty. ...

State Street Closed

Jun 27, 2016 194

State Street, between County Roads 100 East and 250 South in Columbus, is closed due to a traffic crash. Local dispatchers say that an accident reconstruction team has been called to the scene, so the closure is expected to be in effect for some time. You should avoid the area. ...

Elizabethtown residents lose power after pair of crashes

Jun 27, 2016 187

The Bartholomew County REMC says that some 500 customers in, and around, Elizabethtown were without power at some point on Saturday after two separate crashes knocked down power line poles. Marty Lasure, REMC spokesperson, says that the first crash took out a pole at 16400 East County Road 400 South in Bartholomew County. She says that accident, which occurred Saturday morning, caused nearly 300 REMC members in Elizabethtown to lose power. Lasure says that later that afternoon, another vehicle crash destroyed a pole at 750 North County Road 1000 West in Jennings county. She says that caused more than 200 REMC members in, and around, Elizabethtown to lose electricity. Lasure says that a broken pole can take up to three hours to fix. ...