Traffic stop leads to three arrests in North Vernon

Jul 25, 2016 155

A traffic stop in North Vernon led to the arrest three people Sunday evening. A spokesperson with the North Vernon Police Department says that, at 7:09 p.m., officers stopped a vehicle for speeding in the area of South State Street. After an investigation, police reportedly arrested 31-year-old Marshall Wilson and 29-year-old Jessica Neukam, both of North Vernon, along with a male juvenile. According to police, charges include Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Hypodermic Needle and Possession of a Look-Alike Narcotic. North Vernon Police say that the juvenile was released into the custody of a legal guardian. ...

Drunk driver crashes into deputy’s patrol car

Jul 25, 2016 195

C olumbus police arrested a driver after he crashed into a sheriff’s department patrol car and nearly hit a state trooper in a 45-minute chase early Saturday morning. Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the police department, said an officer responded to a report of a possibly drunk driver near National Road and Washington Street. The officer gave chase to a vehicle that was weaving across lanes. The driver allegedly raced away, tried to drive into oncoming traffic and drove through tire-deflation devices placed by state police. A near-miss with a trooper’s car was followed by a crash into a Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department vehicle which forced the patrol car to then hit a tree. The deputy was uninjured, Harris said. The driver stopped in the 1900 block of Wallace Avenue and ran away. 25-year-old Stephen D. Fields was arrested a short time later on preliminary charges including: Resisting Law Enforcement (Vehicle) Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resisting Law Enforcement (on Foot) Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Criminal Recklessness Possession of Methamphetamine... ...

Teen arrested after crash injures 16-year-old

Jul 25, 2016 161

A Columbus teen was arrested early Sunday morning after a crash seriously injured a 16-year-old. Bartholomew County deputies were called to the accident at about 2:30 a.m. yesterday in the 11000 block of West Georgetown Road, where they found an upside down vehicle and the injured 16-year-old lying on the ground, says Judy Jackson, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department. The driver, 19-year-old Brandon Dunbar of Georgetown Road saidt he vehicle ran off the road and then rolled down a hill. Dunbar allegedly told deputies that he had a couple of drinks and had smoked marijuana earlier in the evening. The victim was flown by helicopter to IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Another passenger, a 14-year-old, was uninjured. Dunbar was arrested on preliminary charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury. ...

Columbus woman, Greensburg boy, die in crash

Jul 25, 2016 237

A Columbus woman and a Greensburg boy were killed in a three-vehicle crash Friday night in Decatur County. The Indiana State Police report that at about 10:15 p.m., a Jeep, driven by 25-year-old Matthew Hahn of Greensburg, struck the tires of a trailer being towed by an SUV going the opposite direction on County Road 300N. The Jeep then skidded into the path of a truck driven by 47-year-old Terry Robinson of Columbus. 5-year-old Matthew Hahn Jr., a passenger in his father’s Jeep, was flown to Riley Hospital for Children but died. 35-year-old Shelina M. Robinson of Columbus, a passenger in the pickup truck died at the scene. Four other people including Matthew Hahn were injured in his vehicle, as well as Terry Robinson. Those injured included: Matthew L. Hahn, transported to Methodist Hospital. James Supler, 16, from Greensburg, injured, and transported to  Decatur County Hospital. Logan Debiase, 9, from Greensburg,  injured and transported to Riley Hospital. Mataya Hahn, 3, from Greensburg, injured and transported to Riley Hospital. Terry W. Robinson,... ...

Duke outage affects 2,300+ in northern Columbus

Jul 25, 2016 214

Duke Energy is reporting about 2,300 customers in the area of Parkside Elementary, north Washington Street and the National Road and Central Avenue intersection are without power this morning. Chip Orben, with Duke, says it appears a raccoon got into a substation, causing the outage. The company is reporting that power should be restored by 8 a.m. ...

Stewart Bridge to turn blue in honor of police

Jul 22, 2016 196

The Robert N. Stewart Bridge, which spans the East Fork of the White River and brings people in to Columbus, will take on a blue hue over the next. The bridge, named after the late Columbus Mayor, has LED lights installed throughout the structure that allows city officials to light the bridge however they please during overnight hours. Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the Columbus Police Department, says that that the lighting is meant to support law-enforcement, as well as honor the police killed and injured in recent attacks. Harris says that the lighting display begins tonight and will last for one week. ...

Prank call closes restaurant

Jul 22, 2016 213

A prank call ended with the fire suppression system being activated at a local restaurant. Capt. Mike Wilson, Columbus Fire Department spokesman, says that at about 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, firefighters learned that a fire suppression hood system had discharged at the Waffle House Restaurant on West Jonathon Moore Pike. Fire investigators say that the system was manually activated by an employee. According to investigators, an employee answered a phone call from someone claiming to be a member of a fire department. Wilson says that the caller advised the employee that the fire department needed to reset the fire suppression system within the restaurant. The caller went on to explain, in detail, what the employee needed to do to assist the fire department. The caller told the employee to pull the discharge handle of the system, which would allow the system to reset. When the pull station was tripped, the fire suppression system discharged, sending a dry powder extinguishing agent throughout the cooking area. Investigators said that the restaurant was... ...

Reeves engine on display Saturday at Breeding Farm

Jul 22, 2016 199

The Bartholomew County Historical Society will be showing off its 1918 Reeves Steam Engine this weekend. The society’s annual Reeves Festival Breakfast is from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Henry Breeding Farm. The festival will include breakfast, ice cream, games, rides on the Reeves Steam Tractor and more. Tickets are $12 for adults, and $5 for children. Tickets for Society members are $10. You can get more information at bartholomewhistory.org. ...

City works on transportation upgrades for Walesboro

Jul 22, 2016 204

Columbus city officials are considering ways to improve transportation at the Walesboro-area industrial parks on the south side of Columbus. Mayor Jim Lienhoop says the city is considering new stoplights along State Road 58 at the interchanges with I-65, on International Drive and on Old Lane Drive. 07-22 Jim Lienhoop-1   And the city is looking into a new bus route that would serve the factories in the industrial parks, That will be part of upcoming budget planning. 07-22 Jim Lienhoop-3 In addition to efforts to give money to Bartholomew Consolidated schools to help educate the workforce, the mayor said the goal is to help industry in the area retain and recruit workers: 07-22 Jim Lienhoop-4 ...