Columbus Utilities helping Kokomo

Aug 31, 2016 337

Crews from the City of Columbus’s Department of Public Works left yesterday to assist with clean-up efforts in Kokomo after a line of tornadoes caused damage to over 1,000 homes. Those clean-up efforts are expected to last another three to five weeks. Dave Hayward, Executive Director of the Department of Public Works, says the city sent a crew of four employees and four pieces of heavy equipment. They will remain in Kokomo through the end of the week assisting with work such as clearing fallen trees. Hayward says that the gesture is a small way to pay-back the municipalities throughout Indiana that came to Columbus’ aid after the flood of 2008. ...

Broken tail light leads to drug arrest

Aug 31, 2016 308

Columbus police are reporting that a broken taillight led to the arrest of a Seymour man on drug charges last night. An officer stopped the truck with the broken tail light at about 8:45 p.m. Tuesday in the 700 block of Central Avenue. Officer Jeremy Jones had his police dog Max check the vehicle and Max alerted to the smell of drugs. Police allegedly found heroin in the billfold of the driver, 28-year-old Clinton D. Chadwell. Syringes were also allegedly found. Chadwell is facing preliminary charges of possession of heroin, drug paraphernalia and a legend drug injection device. ...

Dog euthanized, owner arrested in neglect case

Aug 31, 2016 299

A North Vernon man is facing animal neglect charges after a maggot-infested Border Collie at his home had to be euthanized by animal control officers. The North Vernon police are reporting that they received a tip about the pitiful living conditions of the dog on Hayden Pike. The tip reported that the dog was chained up in the back yard, with no food nor water and that it had an infected cut around its neck. Police found that the dog’s collar had begun cutting into the skin. The dog’s owner, 23 year old Ian Amburgey, was arrested on the misdemeanor neglect charge. ...

Council reaches budget compromise; issues remain

Aug 31, 2016 288

Bartholomew County Council has ironed out a budget for next year, but they will still be wrangling with the County Commissioners over an economic development fund that has mostly been used for road improvements and a proposed property tax increase. Council President Bill Lentz offered the compromise last night. 08-31 Bill Lentz-1 The proposed budget calls for taking $700,000 from an income tax fund set aside for economic development, but usually used to repair road. The commissioners had earlier said they would hand over $200,000 from the fund. But the council believes it now has the authority, after changes to state law, to control how much to put into the fund in the first place. Commissioners disagree. They had voluntarily offered $200,000 from the fund, but were prepared to square off over control of the rest of the money. Commissioners President Rick Flohr: 08-31 Rick Flohr-1 In a separate division in the budget process, one of the hardships the council faces is that the county does not have a cumulative capital... ...

Homeowner with gun confronts suspected burglar

Aug 31, 2016 279

A Bartholomew County woman found a man in her home rummaging through her things over the weekend, but he ran away when she came into the room with a gun. Authorities are now reporting they have arrested 33-year-old Darrik Burton of Pine Street, in Columbus in the case. The incident unfolded at about 2:50 p.m. Saturday in the 7000 block of County Road 300S when a woman heard someone shaking her front door to see if it was locked. She retrieved a handgun and found a man going through a bag in the kitchen. The man ran from the home and she lost sight of him. Shortly afterward, off-duty Columbus police officer Jay Frederick saw a man matching the description walking on County Road 400W. The homeowner identified Burton as the suspect and he was taken to jail on a preliminary charge of residential entry. The sheriff’s department says that Burton is being held on $257,000 bond and is a suspect in another incident in the same area on the same... ...

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Felony charges filed in fish-kill incident, says newspaper

Aug 30, 2016 408

A Milroy man is facing felony charges following an investigation into a large fish kill in the Little Flatrock River. “The Greensburg Daily News” is reporting that 41-year-old Bradley J. Tressler is facing two Level 6 felony charges of Criminal Mischief Resulting in at Least $50,000 in Damages, as well as Transporting Hazardous Waste to an Unpermitted Facility with the Offense Resulting in Damages to the Environment. The paper reports that the charges are related to an incident that took place in June. The paper reports that Indiana Conservation Officers and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management began investigating the fish kill two months ago after state conservation officers were dispatched to a scene just off of State Road 3, south of Milroy. According to the report, IDEM officials said that the discharge killed numerous species of fish, crayfish and other aquatic life. The incident also led to Greensburg utilities taking precautions to protect the city’s drinking water, said the newspaper. The report says that the Rush County Prosecutor’s Office... ...

Shelbyville man dies in hit-and-run crash

Aug 30, 2016 324

A person has died after a hit-and-run crash in Shelby County late Monday night. WISH-TV Channel 8 is reporting that the incident happened around 10 p.m. in the 9500 block of South State Road 9 in Flat Rock. According to the report, police arrived on the scene to find the body of 20-year-old Nathan Turner, of Shelbyville, who died from “massive trauma.” The television station is quoting police as saying that it appears that Turner fell out of a moving vehicle being driven by 29-year-old Adam Nordhoff, of Hope. Once Turner fell out of the vehicle, police believe he was struck by a vehicle heading north from the accident scene. Police do not have a description of the suspect vehicle. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department at (317) 398-6661. ...

Hope teen killed in motorcycle crash

Aug 30, 2016 367

A Hope man died in a motorcycle crash Monday night and police believe he may have been involved in a police chase earlier that evening. Judy Jackson, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson, says that at approximately 11:43 p.m., Deputy Dane Duke was in the area of Sunland Road when he came across a single tire track running off the roadway. When he investigated, he reportedly found the body of 18-year-old Xavier Maurice Scrogham. Jackson says that a preliminary investigation indicates that Scrogham’s motorcycle was headed east on Sunland Road. As he entered a 90-degree left turn, Scrogham’s motorcycle went off the east side of the road, where it traveled across a grassy area before striking a telephone pole guide wire. Police say that Scrogham was thrown from the motorcycle and came to a rest on the grassy area while his motorcycle continued into a soybean field. Scrogham was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, said Jackson. Investigators say that they believe this was the motorcycle that was... ...

2016 Makes a Hash of My Childhood ONCE MORE. Some Thoughts on Gene Wilder.

Aug 30, 2016 424

–image taken from Wikipedia- Farewell to Jerome Silberman.  The man the world would come to know as the comedic actor Gene Wilder died on Monday after a struggle with Alzheimer’s disease over the past three years, at the age of 83. When I heard the news yesterday, it was like many passings over 2016 – it really yanked the rug out from under me.  As John Irving put it in The World According To Garp, “we are all terminal cases.”  Look, I know in my heart of hearts that none of us is immortal, that the measurement of years is a finite thing, but a death of that high profile can really rattle me, even now.  I felt it when Elvis Presley died, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and the late Gilda Radner (who left Wilder a widower in 1989) – it’s a feeling of “this just doesn’t feel right at all.” Gene Wilder was a writing and acting genius.  The writing, in the form of Young Frankenstein and other films was solid craft, in... ...