Sheriff’s Department searching for Sowers

Nov 29, 2016 157

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department is asking for your help locating this week’s most-wanted fugitive. Judy Jackson, department spokeswoman, says that detectives are looking for 51-year-old David Sowers, Jr. He is described as a white male, standing five-feet seven-inches tall and weighing 160 pounds. Authorities say that Sowers has brown hair, brown eyes and multiple tattoos. Jackson says that Sowers is wanted on an outstanding warrant. If you have any information on Sowers’ whereabouts, you are asked to contact Capt. Dave Steinkoenig at (812) 565-5940. You can also call the department’s Tip Line at (812) 379-1712 or send an email to sheriff@bartholomew.in.gov. Jackson says that tips and information can be left anonymously. ...

Woman sent to hospital after suspected heroin overdose

Nov 29, 2016 149

A suspected heroin overdose led to the hospitalization of a woman Monday night. Judy Jackson, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman, says that Deputies Andrew Whipker and Andrew Densford responded to the area of 3400 W 100 N at 9:41 p.m. after receiving a call about the possible overdose. As Deputies entered the residence, they reported finding a semi-conscious female. A man inside the home told authorities that he had found the woman unconscious in the bedroom and initiated CPR until she responded. Jackson says that Narcan was administered by Columbus Township Fire personnel. The woman woke up and allegedly told Deputy Whipker that she had injected heroin. Authorities say that a clear plastic container with a small white rock and trace amounts of white powder were lying on a bed near the female. The woman was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital. Her condition is unknown. ...

Some Southwestern customers to see water shut off

Nov 29, 2016 150

Southwestern Bartholomew Water Corp. will be turning off water in the Terrace Lake Road area Wednesday so crews can repair a water main. According to the water company, the water will be off from about 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday for customers on Terrace Lake Road north of Carr Hill Road. All of the customers on Suburban Court will also be affected. After the water main is repaired, customers will be under a boil water advisory until 4 p.m. Friday. Customers should boil water for five minutes before consuming it or using it for food preparation. For more information, call Southwestern Bartholomew Water at 812-342-4421 ...

Commission seeks more details before signing riverfront contract

Nov 29, 2016 132

The city of Columbus is considering paying up to $250,000 to figure out what to do with the riverfront area, including the dam in the East Fork White River, People Trails in the vicinityand the former city dump — a Superfund site. The city’s consultant, Core Planning, recommended to the Columbus Redevelopment Commission yesterday that the agency begin negotiating to hire Hitchcock Design Group. Consultant Karen Valiquett, with Core Planning, said that Hitchcock’s proposal was the most expensive of the five companies who submitted proposals, but it also was the most complete and showed the broadest number of partner agencies. Valiquett said the Hitchcock proposal was between $223,000 and $250,000 dollars. The next highest proposal was $180 thousand. The scope of the work would cover the initial design of a riverfront project, Valiquett said. She expected to negotiate down the cost of the contract as the city clarified the work it wants done. The company was recommended by a committee including various stakeholders on the riverfront project. Once the initial design phase... ...

City tries to stop Cole Apartments climbers

Nov 29, 2016 164

The city of Columbus will pay almost $6,000 to keep people from climbing on top of the downtown Cole apartments from the city-owned parking garage inside the building on Second Street. Heather Pope, redevelopment director for the city, said that the apartment owners have complained about people going to the highest level of the parking garage at night and climbing on top of the apartments, where they leave trash and other debris. To prevent people from gaining access, the city is going to install a set of gates that will block off the highest level of the garage at night. Similar gates will be installed in the city-owned parking garage at Jackson and Fourth streets. The gates would also aid in snow removal costs by allowing the city to close off the upper levels of the garage. The gates at each garage will cost $5,885 but the construction company, Ace Welding, offered a $1,000 discount if the city installed gates at both locations. City officials also discussed putting up fencing... ...

Fight at Sheriff’s Department leads to arrest of North Vernon women

Nov 28, 2016 208

Two North Vernon women were arrested Sunday night after an alleged fight. The North Vernon Police Department says that, just before 7 p.m., officers were called to the Jennings County Sheriff Department parking lot in regards to the fight. Police say that an investigation determined that both women had battered each other, resulting in the arrests of 22-year-old Alicia Jones and 49-year-old Tammy Jones. Authorities say that both women are facing preliminary charges of Battery and Disorderly Conduct. ...

INDOT announces detour route for Festival of Lights Parade

Nov 28, 2016 218

The Indiana Department of Transportation has issued a permit to the City of Columbus allowing closure of State Road 46, between Franklin Street and Lindsey Street, for Saturday’s Festival of Lights Parade. INDOT says that the closure will be in place from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. INDOT says that the parade will require drivers being detoured from Third Street, at Franklin Street, north to 11th Street, west through the roundabout, then south on to Lindsey Street. The parade route follows Washington Street to Eighth Street, to Brown Street, to Third Street. Columbus police will be directing traffic. ...

Post Offices announce Sunday hours as Christmas approaches

Nov 28, 2016 153

The U.S. Postal Service wants you to know about extended holiday hours. A spokesperson with the Indianapolis office says that in an effort to help its customers get cards, letters and packages to their destination in time for the holidays, the following offices will be open on these Sundays: Dec. 4, Dec. 11 and Dec. 18. Columbus 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bloomington 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Greenwood 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Seymour Noon to 4 p.m. ...

Parade to close State Road 135 at Nashville on Saturday

Nov 28, 2016 167

A portion of State Road 135 will be closed in Nashville on Saturday as the town celebrates an annual festival. The Indiana Department of Transportation has issued a permit to the Town of Nashville allowing the closure of State Road 135/Van Buren Street for the community’s Fourth Annual Parade Of Lights. INDOT says that the north-south highway will be closed from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., between School House Lane and Gould Street. INDOT says that drivers heading north will be rerouted at Pat Reilly Drive to Jefferson Street, to West Washington and Mound Streets. Southbound drivers will detour around the parade route using Artist Drive and Old State Road 46. Saturday’s parade is slated to begin at School House Lane. It then proceeds to East Washington Street, to Jefferson Street, to West Gould Street, to State Road 135 South, then back to School House Lane via East Washington Street. If you are attending this event in Nashville, you are urged to bring Christmas presents for the Salvation Army’s Parade... ...

Medora celebration to close SR 235 on Saturday

Nov 28, 2016 155

The Indiana Department of Transportation has issued a permit to close State Road 235 this Saturday at Medora for that community’s annual Christmas Parade on State Road 235 between County Road 275 and Washington Street. INDOT says this will result in the state highway being closed from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. INDOT says that drivers will be routed around the parade site via County Road 275, Jackson Street and Riley Street. Saturday’s Christmas Festival events begin at the Medora Senior Center with Breakfast With Santa. It continues at the public library with Selfies With Santa and Cookies with Mrs. Claus. Food and craft vendors open for business at 9 a.m. Live music precedes and continues after the mid-day holiday parade. At 8 p.m., a Christmas Ball will be held at the Medora Conservation Club. ...