Columbus police make another meth arrest

Oct 24, 2016 123

Columbus police made another meth arrest over the weekend. Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department Spokesman, says that that just after midnight Saturday morning, Sgt. Josh McCrary reported seeing a speeding vehicle near Second and Sycamore Street. After stopping the vehicle, McCrary became suspicious of the vehicle’s occupants. Officer Branch Schrader arrived with his K-9 partner, Argo, who alerted to the odor of narcotics inside the vehicle. A search of the vehicle allegedly produced two syringes in a cup where 26-year-old Nathan F. Ingram, of Columbus, had been sitting. Officers also reported finding methamphetamine that fell out of Ingram’s clothing while he was being searched. Ingram was arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of a Legend Drug Injection Device. ...

Police arrest one, seek another, in business burglary

Oct 24, 2016 104

A Columbus man was arrested after he allegedly broke into a north side Columbus business on Sunday night. Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department Spokesman, says that approximately 11:45 p.m., officers responded to an alarm at Rural King, at 2985 North National Road. After officers arrived, they reported hearing the sound of a saw cutting into the building. A short time later, Harris says the suspects saw the officers and ran back inside the building. Moments later, 34-year-old Jeremy S. Vanantwerp was caught by police after he allegedly fled from the scene. Harris say sthat the second suspect in the burglary was not found. Vanantwerp was arrested on a preliminary charge of Burglary and is being kept on a 48-hour hold. Anyone with tips or information about this case, including the second suspect, are asked to call Det. LaShawn Tyler at (812) 376-2661. ...

Columbus teen arrested on gun and drug charges

Oct 24, 2016 103

A Columbus teenager was arrested Friday on gun and drug charges. Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman, says that officers arrested 19-year-old Skye N. Bailey after he was allegedly found passed out in a vehicle with a handgun on his lap. At approximately 1:50 p.m., Officers Ben Quesenbery and Eric Kapczynski responded to a parking lot in the 2000 block of Merchants Mile in regards to two suspicious men in a vehicle. Harris says that when the officers arrived they found Bailey inside the vehicle. Officers reportedly took the handgun and arrested Bailey after waking him up. A second person in the vehicle was taken into custody but later released. Harris adds that police reported also finding a small amount of methamphetamine and Xanax in the vehicle. Bailey was arrested on preliminary charges of Carrying a Handgun Without a Permit, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Methamphetamine. ...

Candidates for Coroner talk issues

Oct 24, 2016 105

Two candidates are in the running to be the next Bartholomew County coroner, after long-time coroner Larry Fisher decided not to seek re-election. Both candidates are running for office for the first time. Republican, Clayton Nolting, 31, is chief deputy coroner and a patrolman with the Columbus Police Department. He has a bachelors degree in organizational leadership and supervision and a masters in forensic science focused in etymology. He is also a certified medical death investigator. He is married to Brelyn. Democrat, Paula Rothrock, 57, is a case manager for Columbus Regional Hospital emergency department and served on the Columbus Police Department for 11 years. She has a bachelors degree in nursing science and is working toward her masters degree. She is married to Paul, a retired Columbus firefighter/paramedic and they have four children. We asked the candidates about issues in the coroner’s race. Their full answers are below: What qualities would you bring to the role of County Coroner? Nolting said: Rothrock said: The job of county coroner seems... ...

Charges filed in crash that killed Seymour teen

Oct 21, 2016 224

A Westfield, IN man is facing charges in a Oct. 2015 crash that killed a Jackson County teenager. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department says that the charges stem from a crash that took place Oct. 18, 2015, just east of Brownstown. On that day, 17-year-old Aaron M. Greathouse, of Seymour, was driving home when his car collided with another vehicle driven by 21-year-old Caleb P. Cartmel. The Sheriff’s Department says that Cartmel was driving east on County Road 25 North when he went left-of-center, striking Greathouse’s vehicle head-on. Greathouse was pronounced dead at the scene. Cartmel and his passenger/brother, 17-year-old Ian Cartmel, were flown to IU Health in Indianapolis. Jackson County authorities say that after a year-long investigation, the case was sent to prosecutors for review. They have filed charges of Reckless Homicide, a Level 5 Felony, and Operating a Motor Vehicle Causing Serious Bodily Injury or Death with Schedule I or II Substance, a Level 6 Felony, against the elder Cartmel. Authorities say that Cartmel has been arrested and... ...

Traffic to be affected by work beginning Monday

Oct 21, 2016 113

The Columbus City Engineer’s Office says that the intersection of 29th Street and Fairlawn Drive will be closed Monday as work begins on the installation of new drainage structures and new storm pipe, as well as removing and replacing concrete ramps. Once finished in this area, crews are scheduled to move to Fox Pointe Drive to install curbs, followed by curb installations at Gilmore Street. Also on Monday, and through Tuesday, city officials say that crews will be at Morgan Willow Trace to complete milling and paving work. In addition, milling in Forest Park will also begin Monday, followed by paving on Wednesday. Once paving in Forest Park is complete, crews will move to Gilmore Street and Union Street to begin milling and paving work there. Officials say that this schedule is dependent on the weather. ...

Winners announced ahead of film festival

Oct 21, 2016 117

The Columbus Indiana YES Film Festival has announced the Jury Prize winners for the 2016 festival being held the weekend of October 28-30 at YES Cinema. Diane Doup, with the Lincoln Central Neighborhood Family Center, says that the winners in each category are: Best Narrative — “And Punching The Clown” Best Documentary — “The Guys Next Door” Best Short — “Phil’s Camino” Doup says that prizes were awarded by a 10-person jury comprised of filmmakers, media representatives, actors and directors from film festivals across the United States. In addition, she says that the Audience Award will be determined by audience member voting during the festival. You are encouraged to take part in this film festival. You can learn more about the Jury Prize winning films, including showtimes, by visiting www.yesfilmfestival.com or by calling YES Cinema at (812) 378-0377. ...

Cut water line, cyber-attacks, affect water customers

Oct 21, 2016 145

A number of Southwestern Bartholomew Water Corp. customers were without water for about three-hours on Friday. Kathy Ford, the utility’s office manager, says that a water line on Terrace Lake Road was cut by contractors Friday morning. She explains that led to customers on Carr Hill Road, east of Terrace Lake Road, customers on Terrace Lake Road, north of Carr Hill Road and all customers on Suburban Court being without service. Ford says that water was restored at around 1:15 p.m. As a result of this disruption in service, the utility has issued a Boil Water Advisory through noon on Thurday, October 27 for these same customers. As a precaution, affected customers should bring water to a full boil for five minutes before consumption or use in cooking and food preparation. In addition to the boil advisory, Ford says that these same customers will be without service again on Monday, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., for water main work on Terrace Lake Road. The utility is apologizing for the... ...

Red Ribbon Week to be declared in Columbus Saturday

Oct 21, 2016 176

Next week will be Red Ribbon Week in Columbus and across the state as part of the Young Marines campaign against drug abuse. Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop and Gov. Mike Pence have made the proclamation declaring Oct. 23 through Oct. 31st as Red Ribbon Week. Red Ribbon Week is a national anti drug effort and awareness campaign. There will be a ceremony Saturday at 6 p.m. on the steps of Columbus City Hall in recognition of Red Ribbon Week. The Young Marines will then tie red ribbons around all of the trees downtown. The Columbus Unit will also be handing out drug information and awareness material, along with candy, during trick-or-treating at Fair Oaks Mall and Seymour downtown trick-or-treating. Click here for more information on Red Ribbon Week. ...

Leaf pickup programs underway in Seymour, Columbus

Oct 21, 2016 125

Residents of Seymour can now have their leaves picked up. Mayor Craig Luedeman’s office says the Department of Public Works began the program this week. Officials say that leaf pickup will be the day after your trash pickup, weather permitting. Leaves should be raked to the edge of lawn, as close to the curb as possible, but not into the street and should be free of branches and trash. The leaf pickup program in Columbus began earlier this month and runs through Dec. 16th. You should have your leaves raked to the curb but not in the street by 7 a.m. on the same day as your trash pick up. You can also use your yard waste Toter to put leaves out for pickup, but there should be no sticks or woody material in the Toter. If you want to bag your leaves, you bring them to the compost site at the Department of Public Works, which is at 2250 Kreutzer Drive, off South Gladstone Avenue. The bags must be... ...