Arrest made in shoplifting, trespassing case

Jun 27, 2016 215

A Columbus man was arrested on theft and trespassing charges after allegedly stealing items from Walmart. 42-year-old Jimmie Carmer of Columbus was arrested Friday afternoon after workers at the Walmart store on Merchant MIle reported Carmer had allegedly taken items from the store without paying for them and then left the store. Police found Carmer hiding in the woods near the store and arrested him. Officer Justin Black with the Columbus police says that Carmer had already received a trespassing warning from Walmart earlier this year. ...

Sheriff seeking grant to fund traffic enforcement

Jun 27, 2016 200

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department is seeking a $10,000 grant to use for seat belt law and traffic enforcement. Chief Deputy Chris Lane told the County Commissioners this morning that the state grant would fund efforts such as Operation Pull Over. He said this is a standard annual grant application and it provides money for overtime pay for deputies working outside their normal hours to improve road safety including looking out for speeders and reckless drivers as well as those not wearing seatbelts. Commissioners approved the grant application. ...

Street sweeping starting today in Columbus

Jun 27, 2016 205

The Columbus Department of Public Works will start street sweeping today, west of Washington Street. On Tuesday, the department will begin sweeping the big block which stretches from 4th to 25th streets and Central Avenue to Washington Street. You will see areas posted with no parking signs 24 hours before the scheduled sweeping. City workers ask that you move your vehicles off the street on the day your sweeping is scheduled. ...

Unknown pollutant kills river life along Little Flatrock

Jun 27, 2016 173

State officials are looking into an incident Friday night that killed fish and other wildlife along more than 9 miles of Little Flatrock River in Rush and Decatur counties, stretching all the way to the start of the Flat Rock River. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management and conservation officers were called to the area near Milroy after a pollutant began wiping out fish, crayfish and other aquatic life on the river. If you have any information on the source of the pollutant, you should call Indiana Conservation Officers Central Dispatch at 812-837-9536. ...

Two injured in weekend ATV accidents

Jun 27, 2016 241

Indiana conservation officers are reporting two serious ATV accidents over the weekend. In the first incident on Friday afternoon, a Seymour child was seriously injured in an ATV crash  in Brown County. Conservation officers report that a 12-year-old was driving the ATV at about 3:10 p.m. Friday on Lutheran Lake Road in southern Brown County when the vehicle flipped in a turn and landed on the child. The victim was flown by Lifeline Helicopter to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis in serious but stable condition with head and chest injuries. Conservation offices say that neither the 12-year-old, nor a 16-year-old passenger, were wearing helmets, protective gear or seatbelts. The 16-year-old was uninjured. A Brown County man was injured Saturday night in an ATV accident. Conservation officers report that 46-year-old Ronnie Camden was riding an ATV after dark in a private yard when he hit a rut, and was thrown off the ATV, which then rolled over on top of him. That happened at just before 10 p.m. Saturday in the... ...

Apartment fire leaves 28 homeless

Jun 26, 2016 336

An apartment complex fire late Saturday night on Stonegate Drive in Columbus left 28 people homeless. Firefighters were called to the scene at 11:30 p.m. Saturday and found a two-story apartment building with heavy smoke and fire on its south side, says Capt. Mike Wilson, spokesman for the Columbus Fire Department. Residents were alerted by smoke alarms and were evacuating the building’s 12 apartments when firefighters arrived. Firefighters entered the building to attack the fire, but were driven out by the intense flames and smoke, Wilson says. They retreated to the outside and the flames entered the attic and spread throughout the roof line. The roof caught fire, burning through and collapsing, Wilson said.  Firefighters used an aerial truck and “deluge gun” to eventually gain control of the blaze, Wilson says. Wilson says the Red Cross were called to the scene to aid the displaced residents. The cause of the fire is under investigation and no damage estimates are yet available. Firefighters finally left the scene at about 9 a.m.... ...

Brad and Todd v/s BK Mac-N-Cheetos!

Jun 24, 2016 920

We’d heard about the latest frankenfood from BK, Mac-n-Cheetos. Several listeners call and tried to describe them for us. So, Brad decided to make Todd taste test them with him. The verdict? Brad likes them, Todd not so much. If you’ve tried them, let us know what you think! Hit us up on Twitter or on Facebook and tell us your thoughts! ...

Area counties to be honored for work in attaining student success

Jun 24, 2016 204

State officials say that eleven Indiana counties, including a few local ones, will be recognized for their efforts to improve student success in college and in establishing careers. Officials with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education says that an event will be held Tuesday at the Indiana Statehouse. There, spokesperson Kaylee Showers says that Teresa Lubbers, Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education, will honor the counties for their work in establishing College Success Coalitions. Showers explains that these coalitions, which are comprised of groups of local education, workforce and community leaders, work together to help more students earn college degrees, or other training beyond high school. Showers says that Indiana’s College Success Coalitions launched in 2010. She notes that there are currently 72 counties with these coalitions throughout the state. Local counties being honored on Tuesday are: Brown and Johnson counties. State officials say that representatives from Dearborn, Greene, Huntington, LaGrange, Marshall, Martin, Randolph, Starke and Warrick counties will also be recognized during Tuesday’s event. It is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.... ...

Report ranks North Vernon among the best places for teachers

Jun 24, 2016 247

A Jennings County city has been recognized as one of the best places in the United States for teachers to live and work. In the second annual “Best U.S. Cities for K-12 Teachers” report (available here), which was released Thursday by the college and careers website GoodCall, North Vernon was ranked as the 53rd best place in the country for teachers to live and work. Michelle Billick, a spokeswoman for GoodCall, says that the report recognized North Vernon’s “strong teacher salaries, great local school ratings, and a healthy job market.” Billick says that a total of 913 cities were analyzed for their report. ...

North Vernon man arrested after stand-off with police

Jun 24, 2016 295

A Jennings County man was arrested early Friday morning after officers with the North Vernon Police Department responded to a reported domestic disturbance. A department spokesperson says that police responded to the scene, at the 2000 block of North Crestwood Drive, at 11:40 p.m. on Thursday. Officers reported speaking with the woman when they realized that the man, Derek Foster, 29, of North Vernon, was wanted on a Jennings County warrant. Police say that Foster initially refused to answer the door when they tried to talk to him. The spokesperson says that Foster eventually emerged from the home at about 2:30 a.m. on Friday and surrendered to officers. Authorities say that, along with the warrant, Foster is also facing preliminary charges of Criminal Confinement and Intimidation. ...