North Vernon brothers arrested after police chase

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A Saturday night police chase in Jennings County led to the arrest of two brothers from North Vernon. Deputy Bryan Katterhenry, public information officer for the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department, says that at approximately 10:20 p.m., he and Reserve Deputy Travis Wakefield attempted to stop a vehicle in the area of U.S. Highway 50 and County Road 75 East for speeding. Katterhenry says the vehicle failed to stop and fled south on County Road 75 East towards Vernon at a high rate of speed. Deputies say they pursued the vehicle, which allegedly reached speeds of over 110 mph, through eastern Center Township and western Campbell Township for a total of 15 miles. Katterhenry says the chase lasted about 11 minutes, ending at the driver’s residence in the 3500 block east of U.S. Highway 50. The driver, 20-year-old Troy R. Petro, Jr., allegedly exited the vehicle and began to fight with deputies as they tried to take him into custody. Katterhenry says that Petro was ultimately subdued after deputies used a... ...

Shelbyville man arrested after traffic stop

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A Shelbyville man was arrested Saturday on alcohol-related charges after an early-morning traffic stop. Judy Jackson, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman, says that at approximately 2:45 a.m., Deputy Sgt. Kris Weisner saw a vehicle traveling east on County Road 450 South without its headlights on. Weisner stopped the vehicle and spoke with the three people inside. Sgt. Weisner reported smelling alcohol coming from inside the vehicle. The driver, 20-year-old Dakota Stevens, allegedly told Weisner that he had been drinking but didn’t realize his headlights were not on. Stevens was arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated Illegal Consumption of Alcohol and Operating a Motor Vehicle Without a License. Jackson says that Stevens has since been released. ...

Garden City man arrested after traffic stop

Nov 28, 2016 102

A Garden City man was arrested Friday night after a traffic stop. Judy Jackson, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman, says that at 9:23 p.m., Deputy Andrew Dougan saw a car driving without headlights near Garden City. Dougan stopped the car and spoke with the driver, 39-year-old Alberto Rodriguez. During the conversation, Deputy Dougan reported seeing alcohol sitting on the passenger’s seat and smelled alcohol on Rodriquez. Rodriguez was arrested on preliminary charges of Operating Without Ever Receiving a License and Operating while intoxicated. Jackson says that Rodriguez has since been released. ...

2016. We’ve Lost a Lot of People…

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…but also institutions. I had the blessing of visiting New York City a few years back, a trip I would make again in a heartbeat. Checked out a few museums, saw the 9/11 Memorial and the Statue of Liberty, basically did everything except attend a show – which, in my case, was no big loss. 🙂 Much like my experience in the French Quarter of New Orleans, I decided pretty quickly that it wasn’t really possible to find a bad restaurant in NYC. And, since I was there for a few days, it seemed essential to go check out some authentic old-school Jewish deli. Sure, you may have had pastrami in your life, but if you ever go to New York and don’t take advantage of the opportunity to have it the way it should be experienced, I feel bad for you. I’m glad to say the Carnegie Deli was one of the places that I got the chance to try, and it was outstanding. They brought me a sandwich... ...

Expired license plate leads to drug arrest

Nov 28, 2016 142

A Columbus woman who was stopped for an expired license plate is now facing drug charges. Officers stopped the vehicle driven by 32-year-old Sasha S. Penrose at about 3:15 p.m. Friday afternoon near Beam Road and U.S. 31. After issuing a citation, a search of her car before it was towed, allegedly revealed digital scales with methamphetamine residue, says Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the Columbus Police Department. She is facing preliminary charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine. ...

Woman accused in theft of car, forged title

Nov 28, 2016 149

A Westport woman was arrested over the weekend for allegedly stealing a car and forging the title. A Columbus police officer noticed a vehicle parked in an alley on Werner Avenue at about 10:15 a.m. Saturday morning and recognized it from the description of a vehicle stolen earlier in the month. A check of the license plate and the VIN number revealed it was the same vehicle. 34-year-old Melissa R. Hulse was in a nearby home and told police that she had purchased the vehicle. But the title had scribbled handwriting and police believe that Hulse forged a signature on the document. She was arrested on preliminary charges of  auto theft, forgery and an outstanding warrant from Marion County.   ...

Applicants sought for winter heating bill help

Nov 28, 2016 137

Although we haven’t had any stretches of really cold weather yet, Human Services Inc. is ready to help with your winter heating bills, if needed. Kelley Goins, director of housing stabilization with Human Services Inc. says money is available for those in need. “The Energy Assistance Program began Nov. 1st. and we assist income-qualified individuals and families, with a one-time benefit paid toward their heating source, which includes electric, gas, propane or wood,” Goins said. The agency has a group of returning applicants every year, but is looking to expand to more in need with the energy assistance program. “We are really trying to expand to people who may not know about our program or who may just not have thought about it, because the weather has been exceptional,” Goins said. You will need to gather some paperwork before applying Goins said. That will include IDs for all adults in the house, Social Security numbers for all residents and income information. Households can qualify that make up to 150 percent... ...

Columbus group plans Ask-A-Muslim event

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Members of the Islamic Society of Columbus Indiana believe the best way to bridge the gaps between community members and their new neighbors is just getting to know one another. The group will be holding an Ask-a-Muslim event from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 10th in front of the Commons. It is a chance to meet someone of a different faith, to discuss issues — and to share coffee and donuts. Mariam Nakyobe, an organizer for the event, encourages anyone to walk up that morning and strike up a conversation. “We are just inviting anyone, any member of the community, to just come up and say ‘Hi,” so you can actually meet a Muslim and talk to a variety of us and see what it is we understand and what it is we want,” she said. “And address some of the fears, just put a name to a face.” Nakyobe says the event is being inspired in part by the election results. “After the election results came out,... ...

Seymour police capture driver after high-speed chase

Nov 28, 2016 139

Seymour police are reporting an arrest after a high-speed chase Friday night. According to police reports, an officer attempted to stop a vehicle near East Tipton Street and U.S. 31 at about 11:45 p.m. Friday, but instead of stopping, the driver raced away, heading south on U.S. 31 at speeds of up to 90 mph. Officers with the Indiana State Police and Jackson County Sheriff’s Department helped stop the car near Uniontown. They arrested the driver, 49-year-old Brian W. Roberts of Seymour on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement, reckless driving, driving while suspended and possession of a firearm by a violent felon. ...

Community center seeks board members

Nov 28, 2016 149

The Community Center of Hope is looking for members for its advisory board. Board member Jeff Yarnell says that the center is looking for board members who can be positive and outgoing in supporting the center, attend monthly meetings and volunteer at fundraising events for the center. He said the board would love to add members who have children in day care at the center, business owners and anyone with a heart for volunteering. Those applying now would take office in January or February. For more information, you can call the center at (812) 546-4499. ...