Ivy Tech offers Express Enrollment Day events

Nov 21, 2016 127

Ivy Tech Community College is hosting Express Enrollment Day events in Greensburg, North Vernon and Seymour, beginning next week. School officials say that these events provide residents the opportunity to quickly and easily enroll in college courses in their communities. Express Enrollment Day events are scheduled foe: • Seymour: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Nov. 29 at the Jackson County Learning Center, 323 Dupont Drive. • Greensburg: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Dec. 1 at the Community Learning Center, 422 E. Central Ave. • North Vernon: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Dec. 8 at the North Vernon Education & Training Center, 1200 W. O & M Ave. Ivy Tech officials say that you should bring an unofficial high school or college transcript to help with assessment and course placement. If you have already completed some college courses, you should bring an official college transcript to have those credits evaluated. If you are unable to attend an Express Enrollment Day event, you can complete the enrollment process at... ...

Local real estate mixed, says report

Nov 21, 2016 172

Real estate experts say that it remains a seller’s market in Central Indiana, as the number of homes available for sale and mortgage rates remain low. F.C. Tucker Company released its latest data for the 15-county region. Their reports says that October pended sales were up 4.4 percent compared to October 2015, while the average year-to-date home price also gained ground in October, increasing 2.9 percent for an average price of $187,867. The majority of October active listings included homes less than $200,000, although homes in the $200,000 to $300,000 range showed increased sales activity. F.C. Tucker Company’s report says that as we end the near of the year, the residential real estate market shows signs of improvement. The company says that October marked the sixth straight month of increased home sales. Twelve of the 15 counties that F.C. Tucker tracks showed an improvement in sales. In Bartholomew County, single family home sales in October of 2016 were down 3.6 percent compared to October of 2015. Brown County saw its... ...

Today is deadline for community Thanksgiving dinner deliveries

Nov 21, 2016 677

The deadline is today if you would like a Thanksgiving meal delivered to your home by First Christian Church and the Lincoln Central Neighborhood Family Center. The dinner will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day at the church. Bartholomew County residents who are unable to come to the church can have up to six dinners delivered. But the deadline to ask for home delivery is 4 p.m. today. You will need to call First Christian Church at 812-379-4491 to ask for delivery. The deliveries are being coordinated by Federal Express. ...

Fast-food dispute leads to drunk-driving arrest

Nov 21, 2016 167

An Indianapolis man is facing drunk driving charges after allegedly causing a ruckus at a fast-food restaurant in downtown Columbus early Saturday morning. A driver came to the Third Street restaurant drive-through just before 2 a.m. and began honking his horn and then beating on the restaurant’s doors in a dispute over his order, says Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the Columbus Police Department. When officers arrived, they found 20-year-old Luis C. Mata, who smelled of alcohol and had glassy, bloodshot eyes. His blood-alcohol level was .208 percent, more than twice the legal limit. He was arrested on preliminary charges of illegal consumption and operating a vehicle with a blood-alcohol content of  .15 percent or greater. ...

Shirtless man accused of impersonating U.S. marshal

Nov 21, 2016 114

A shirtless Edinburgh man was arrested Friday after entering a Columbus yard and claiming to be a U.S. marshal. The homeowner was in the backyard with her small children at about 4:10 p.m. in the 2900 block of McKinley Avenue when the man entered the yard and refused to leave. He said that he didn’t have to leave because he was a U.S. marshal. Officers arrived and spoke with the man, identified as 32-year-old Gregory A. Simpson of Edinburgh, who claimed that he had been a U.S. marshal while he served in the military, says Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the Columbus Police Department. Police said Simpson appeared to be on narcotics. He was first taken to Columbus Regional Hospital for treatment and then arrested on preliminary charges of public intoxication and impersonating a police officer.   ...

Railroad Impact Study to be discussed Monday night

Nov 18, 2016 121

The Columbus Redevelopment Commission will be updated on the ongoing railroad impact study by American Structurepoint at its next meeting, set for Monday evening at City Hall. The city has commissioned this study as a result of an expected increase in train-traffic through the city, beginning next year. Not only will the number of trains coming through Columbus each day nearly triple, but the length of the trains will extend by nearly 50-percent. If nothing is done, city officials say there can be substantial traffic delays almost every hour of every day, especially on State Road 46 entering Columbus. The city was made aware of these upcoming changes in the last few years. When Mayor Jim Lienhoop was sworn in in January, he made coming up with a plan to diminish the effects on the increased train-traffic effects on residents a priority. Monday night’s meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and you are encouraged to take part. ...

CPD ‘targeted approach” results in four arrests

Nov 18, 2016 199

The Columbus Police Department’s targeted approach of focusing on repeat offenders yielded four arrests on warrants, narcotics and firearms related charges earlier this past week, say authorities. Lt. Matt Harris, CPD spokesman, says that on Tuesday evening, officers arrested 48-year-old Kimberly K. Townsend, of Columbus, on two counts of Dealing in Methamphetamine. Police say that Townsend was part of a multi-month investigation looking into narcotics being sold in the city. Townsend is facing two counts of Dealing Methamphetamine. On Wednesday evening, Officers Troy Love and Kyle Young reported seeing two wanted persons riding bicycles in the 1300 block of Chestnut Street. Officers arrested 43-year-old Tiffany J. Coleman and 49-year-old and Michael A. Coleman, both of Columbus. While searching Tiffany Coleman, officers allegedly found a pipe containing methamphetamine, as well as a small scale. Michael Coleman allegedly had a marijuana and a small amount of methamphetamine in his possession. Tiffany Coleman was arrested on outstanding Bartholomew County Warrants, along with preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.... ...

Burn ban declared in Jackson County

Nov 18, 2016 162

A burn ban has been declared in Jackson County. The declaration was made Friday by Jackson County Commissioners. Officials say the county is “at risk of widespread fire hazards because of the ongoing drought conditions.” Effectively immediately, the following activities are prohibited in Jackson County: 1. Campfires and other recreational fires, unless enclosed in a fire ring with dimensions of 23 inches in diameter and six-inches high, or larger. 2. Open burning of any kind using conventional fuel such as wood, or other combustible matter, with the exception of grills fueled by charcoal briquettes or propane; 3. The burning of debris, such as timber or vegetation, including such debris that results from building construction activities and/or wind storm debris. 4. The use of burn barrels for any open burning at residential structures. In addition, charcoal from permitted grills shall not be removed from the grills until the charcoal has been thoroughly extinguished. Commissioners say that this burn ban will remain in effect until they officially lift it. ...

Elizabethtown man arrested after allegedly beating his pregnant wife

Nov 18, 2016 343

An Elizabethtown man was arrested Thursday night after an alleged incident of domestic violence involving his pregnant wife. Judy Jackson, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman, says that deputies were called to the Sunnybrook Trailer Park in Elizabethtown at 6:09 p.m. When they arrived, deputies spoke with the alleged victim, who explained that there was an argument between she and her husband, 26-year-old Bobby Hornback. The wife reportedly told authorities that the argument began while discussing a possible divorce and child support. Deputies say that the alleged victim told them that Hornback pushed her into the side of his vehicle, causing the window to break. Hornback then allegedly threw the woman to the ground and kicked her in the stomach, all while knowing that his wife was six-weeks pregnant. Authorities add that this took place in front of two of the couple’s three children, ages eight and five. Jackson says that Deputies Matt Bush and Adam Warner found Hornback at his place of employment. Hornback is facing preliminary charges of Battery... ...

Standoff with SWAT ends peacefully this morning

Nov 18, 2016 127

Columbus police arrested a man who who was allegedly threatening to use guns and explosives against officers last night. What would turn into a standoff with the SWAT team began on Breckenridge Drive at about 7 p.m. last night. That’s when a resident called in with a report that a neighbor had been threatening him, beating on his door and let the air out of one of his tires. Officers left the scene after the first report, but were called back about 8 p.m. that evening after another vehicle tire was deflated at the home. The victim pointed out a suspect standing in a nearby yard, 40-year-old James E. Bowling. As officers approached, Bowling ran into his house. Officers tried to talk Bowling into leaving, but he allegedly threatened to shoot officers or to use explosives to blow up his house, says Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the police department. Bowling also threatened to turn on the gas on his stove and use that as an explosive. Harris said. Bowling... ...