Shelbyville looking to hire more police officers

Sep 27, 2016 163

The Shelbyville Police Department is accepting applications for police officers. The department currently has one job opening, but anticipates at least two more openings in the first half of 2017. Shelbyville officials say that the hiring process will be conducted “aggressively,” with conditional employment offers being extended in mid-November. They add that the target start date for the new officers will be this January. Those interested in applying for these positions must have a high school diploma or GED, be at least 21-years-old and are required to hold a police officer certification recognized by the Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board prior to appointment. The Shelbyville Police Department says that applications must be received, via PoliceApp.com, by Oct. 10. They add that the entry-level salary for these positions is $46,094 per year. ...

Dead body found outside of elementary school

Sep 27, 2016 196

Police in Brownstown are investigating the discovery of a dead body outside Brownstown Central Elementary School. Brownstown Police Chief Tom Hanner says that officers were called to the school at 10:05 a.m. Tuesday. Once police arrived, they confirmed the discovery of a deceased white male on the west side of the building, at 612 South Base Road. Chief Hanner says that the scene was secured and the school was placed on a “soft” lock-down. He stresses that there was no threat to students or school staff. Chief Hanner says that this is an active death investigation and that no further information will be released until authorities are ready. He adds that The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and Coroner’s Office is aiding in this investigation. ...

Symposium to highlight art and design in Columbus

Sep 27, 2016 169

The first major event in a new project to focus attention on the art, architecture and design in Columbus is taking place this weekend. The Foundations and Futures symposium will kick off Thursday with a gallery opening at the IU Center for Art and Design on Jackson Street. Following that, symposium will be held Friday and Saturday at The Commons. It is part of the new Exhibit Columbus project. Richard McCoy, director of Landmark Columbus, explains the purpose of Exhibit Columbus. “It is really an initiative that is meant to catalyze and to spark new ideas in Columbus about the value of good design,” McCoy said. “What I mean by that is all the great things that Columbus is internationally recognized for – architecture, art, landscape architecture and community planning.” The initiative will also include a new design award named in honor of J. Irwin and Xenia Miller that will have 10 design teams vying for the prize. “Architects, artist and designers that we have selected compete one-on-one to win... ...

North Vernon man accused of driving race car on city street

Sep 27, 2016 232

A Jennings County man was arrested Monday evening on a drunk-driving charge. North Vernon Police say that officers were called to investigate the Ninth Street area on a report of someone driving a race car on the street. Shortly after 6:30 p.m., officers reported finding 30-year-old Justin Walters, of North Vernon, operating the vehicle. After Walters was stopped, police say they became suspicious about his sobriety. They say that Walters registered a blood alcohol content of .25 or greater, more than three-times the legal limit. North Vernon police say that Walters was arrested and booked in the Jennings County Jail. Bond information wasn’t immediately available. ...

North Vernon considering future of city pool

Sep 27, 2016 154

North Vernon city officials are trying to figure out what to do with the community’s aging swimming pool. The diminishing summer break for area school children, coupled with the lack of lifeguards once classes resume, has effectively reduced the pool to only being open two months out of the year, say parks officials. Chad Speer, North Vernon’s parks director, told the City Council last night that the concrete on the bottom of the pool bottom has been degrading for years. Speer says that a liner was put in nearly 15-years ago and that its life-cycle is nearing an end. He explained that replacing the liner will cost over $100,000. Members of the council debated various options from closing the pool altogether, to making the repairs or to repurpose the pool into a splash pad. Councilman Brian Hatfield noted that since he has been on the council, the pool has always run at a deficit. Despite that, he says that the pool is needed, citing it as a quality-of-life issue. Hatfield says... ...

Bartholomew REMC warns of area scam attempts

Sep 27, 2016 139

Bartholomew County REMC is warning of a scam going on in the community that claims to be coming from the utility. According to a report from the company, the scammers are posing as REMC representatives and asking customers to provide credit card or bank account information over the phone. The scammers are claiming that the victim’s account is past due and that electricity will be shut off unless the customer pays immediately. REMC officials say that you should never give your credit card of banking information over the phone, unless you are the one calling the utility. ...

Courthouse going blue to support law enforcement

Sep 27, 2016 151

This week is Peace Officer Appreciation Week in Bartholomew County. The Bartholomew County Commissioners made the declaration yesterday. Commissioners President Rick Flohr read the proclamation praising the officers in the community for the dangers they face to protect the public and thanking their families for the sacrifices they make. Sheriff Matt Myers says you will also see the county courthouse lit in blue this week in recognition of Peace Officer Appreciation Week. ...

Investigation continue into missing woman’s death

Sep 26, 2016 160

Indiana State Police continue their investigation involving the death of a Jackson County woman who was initially reported as missing. An investigation began on Sept. 18 when family of 37-year-old Nikki Reed, of Seymour, reported that they had not been able to contact her since the previous day. Family members told police that Reed had made a trip to Pennsylvania to pick up her boyfriend, 39-year-old Kevin Bell. She was last heard from on Saturday while driving back to Indiana with Bell. Indiana State Police say that on Sept. 20, Bell made his way to the roadway, in the 8600 block of east US 50 in Jennings County. According to ISP reports, Bell told investigators that the SUV he was driving had went off the road three days earlier, traveling down an embankment and crashing into a tree, head-on. The crash purportedly killed Reed on impact. Bell reportedly told investigators that he was trapped in the vehicle and injured, causing his delay in getting help. Sgt. Wheeles says the fact... ...

Columbus women arrested on theft and fraud charges

Sep 26, 2016 186

Two Columbus women were arrested on theft and fraud charges over the weekend. Columbus Police Department Officer Justin Black says that at around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Officers Chris Clapp and John Velten responded to a business in the 3800 Block of 25th Street claiming that a cell phone that had been stolen. Officers utilized the phone’s GPS to determine that the phone was in the area of the 2900 Block of Williamsburg Court. The officers made contact with two women, 37-year-old Amanda Brown and 29-year-old Keshia Dolan and determined that Brown had taken the victim’s cell phone without permission. Police also allege that Dolan had made three separate purchases at a nearby business from the victim’s debit card, which was inside the cell phone case. Brown and Dolan were arrested. Brown is facing a preliminary felony charge of Theft and Dolan is facing a preliminary felony charge of Fraud. ...

New homeless shelter opens tonight in Columbus

Sep 26, 2016 194

The new Brighter Days emergency homeless shelter is opening tonight in Columbus. The shelter is a joint project between Love Chapel which will operate the shelter and the Columbus Township Trustee’s office which owns the building on Mapleton Street in the east Columbus neighborhood. Columbus Township Trustee Ben Jackson said the shelter is meant only for residents of Bartholomew County who have become homeless. He said that staff will check for residency before allowing a person to spend the night. That could include documents such as drivers’ licenses or as part of the mandatory criminal background check. The shelter has rules in place to protect the clients, such as not allowing anyone with a recent criminal history of violence to stay there. And the shelter is within 1,000 feet of Pence Street park, which means sex offenders would be violating their parole to stay there. The 36 bed shelter will house single, adult men and women. Check in begins at 6 p.m. every night, after the free meal sites in town... ...