Hope to have first drug store in 30+ years

Dec 30, 2016 141

Residents of the Town of Hope got some good news last night — next year the town will be getting its first pharmacy in more than 30 years and it will fill a historic building on the Town Square. Lester Burris with Panacea Pharmacy made the announcement during last night’s state of the town meeting. He said that his company would be opening a pharmacy in the former Irwin Union Bank Branch and Hope Star-Journal building on the Town Square. Burris describes the company’s plans: Burris said that Hope’s demographics make for a good fit. “We are finding that in other small communities around the state, where they used to have things that have moved to bigger cities… there is still a need, especially for a health care type of service in those communities,” Burris said. “A lot of times people are just going without. o I think there is a certain need for it here.” Burris credited Town Manager J.T. Doane with selling the pharmacy owners on the attraction... ...

Local government offices closed for New Years

Dec 30, 2016 127

Local government offices are closed today and Monday for the New Year’s holiday. That includes Columbus City Hall and City Utilities. If you have a water or sewer service emergency you can 812-372-8861 and follow the prompts. The Columbus City Garage wants you to be aware that trash and recycling pickup are on their normal schedule, despite the holidays. Bryan Burton, the city’s director of public works, says that they have been getting calls from residents asking about the holiday schedule, but because Christmas and New Year’s Day fall on Sundays, collections will continue as normal this week and next. The Bartholomew County Recycling Center and Landfill are open today from 7:30 to 4:30, but the Solid Waste Management District Offices are closed. On Saturday, the recycling center is closed but the landfill will be open from 7:30 to 4. The Harrison Township and Petersville Convenience Sites will be open from 8 to 3. Both the recycling center and the landfill are closed Monday. ...

Local officials prepare for inauguration trip

Dec 29, 2016 116

Local officials are preparing for their trip to Washington D.C. to witness the inauguration of Columbus-native Mike Pence as the next Vice-President of the United States. Barb Hackman is the Bartholomew County Republican Party Chairwoman… Hackman says that these buses will be making additional pickups in Richmond and New Castle. The group will arrive in Washington D.C. Wednesday night, Jan. 18. On Thursday, the group will tour the nation’s capital before attending that evening’s Indiana Society Ball, co-chaired by Indiana First Lady Karen Pence… The group will wrap up its trip on that Saturday when they hold a reception for state officials, including incoming Gov. Eric Holcomb and, hopefully, new Vice-President Pence. The group is scheduled to return home on Sunday, Jan.22. Hackman says that just over 100 people are a part of this trip. ...

Phone scam invokes Columbus Police Dept.

Dec 29, 2016 137

Columbus Police want you to be aware of a scam going on where the department’s name is being used in an effort to get your money. Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman, says that he was contacted by a former BCSC teacher who got a phone call Thursday from someone claiming to represent CPD and attempting to raise money for the “junior police camp.” Harris stresses that the department does not solicit funds for any of its programs over the phone. He explains that most of the department’s community programs, such as the CPD Youth Academy and Public Safety Academy, are held at no charge to participants. If a business or community member is interested in making a donation to a police department program, such as DARE, they can contact the police department directly. Lt. Harris says, “It is disappointing that there are persons who would try to use the good reputation of our police department to scam members of the community.” If you receive similar calls, you should... ...

Arrest made in hit-and-run involving a house

Dec 29, 2016 113

A Columbus teen is facing charges after a Tuesday morning hit-and-run involving a house. Caitlyn Gross, with the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, says that at approximately 9:30 a.m. that day, deputies were dispatched to the 6100 block of South Jonesville Road to investigate an accident with possible injury. They learned that an SUV went off the road, through a picket fence and crashed in to a house. The driver then fled on foot. Authorities say the vehicle caused extensive damage to the outside of the home and also struck a gas line, which required Vectren to respond. Gross says that later that day, Deputy Andrew Dougan received information about the driver. He has been identified as 19-year-old Ethen Robertson. While investigating the tip, deputies learned that Robertson had a Body Attachment out of Bartholomew County. Gross says that Deputy Dougan received another tip informing him of Robertson’s location. She says that units went to the 3100 block of 13th Street, where they were allowed into the home. Inside, they found... ...

North Vernon woman accused in high-speed chase

Dec 29, 2016 116

A North Vernon woman is being accused of leading Indiana State Police on a 90 mph chase. A trooper tried to stop a vehicle at about 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon for a traffic violation on U.S. 50 in Dearborn County. Instead of stopping, the driver allegedly took off on U.S. 50 at speeds of more than 90 mph, heading towards Aurora. Eventually the vehicle’s right front tire blew out, but the driver continued driving for about five more miles before losing control and crashing into a guardrail, state police say. Police found that the driver, 23-year-old Sabrina E. Richman appeared to have already been injured before the crash, but the cause of those injuries are unknown, said Sgt. Stephen Wheeles spokesman for the state police. She was taken to the University of Cincinnati Hospital for treatment of those injuries, where she was allegedly found to have drugs and drug paraphernlaia on her. Wheeles said the information in the incident has been forwarded to the Dearborn County prosecutor’s office for consideration... ...

Pets saved, no injuries in Taylorsville fire

Dec 29, 2016 123

A Taylorsville woman escaped a Wednesday morning fire at her home and firefighters saved both of her pets. German Township Volunteer firefighters were called to the 1200 block of Pearl Street in Taylorsville at 8:27 a.m. yesterday and found heavy fire in the kitchen of a single story home, days Deputy Chief Matt Lynch. A resident had already escaped but a cat and dog were still inside the home. Firefighters found the dog in the living room and the cat hiding under a bed and were able to save both of the animals. Investigators say that the exact cause of the fire is unknown, but the resident said that her husband had used the stove earlier in the morning to cook breakfast and she sat an item on the stove. Firefighters say the fire is being called unintentional. Total damage is estimated at about $60,000 with the fire damage contained to the kitchen. No injuries were reported. Clifford, Harrison Township, and Columbus Township firefighters also assisted at the scene. ...

Text message scam hits local resident for nearly $1,600

Dec 29, 2016 113

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office wants to warn you of a scam being spread through text messages. According to Detective Jason Williams, victims receive texts from a suspicious phone number advising them that they have been approved for up to a $60,000 grant for home improvements. In this case, Williams says the phone number had an out of state area code. The victim is then requested to transfer money via MoneyGram to a person named Sara Doria, which is believed to be a false name. The grant money never arrives and the victim is given an excuse while being tricked into continuing to send more money. Williams said that a victim was scammed out of almost $1,600 on Wednesday morning. Authorities say that it’s important to not give any personal information out through text messages. If you receive a similar message, you are asked to report police. ...

Two injured in Jennings County crash

Dec 29, 2016 120

Two people were injured in a Christmas Eve crash on U.S. 50 in Jennings County. The North Vernon Police Department reports that the crash happened at 11:51 p.m. on U.S. 50 and Showers Drive when 27-year-old William Lane of Seymour, crossed the centerline and collided head-on with 19-year-old Brittany Engelking of Scipio. Lane was trapped inside his wrecked vehicle for about an hour as rescue workers tried to free him. He was taken first to St. Vincent Jennings Hospital and then to an Indianapolis area hospital, police report. Engelking was also taken to St. Vincent Jennings with non-life threatening injuries, police report. The accident remains under investigation. ...

Cummins plans festivities for new Indy office building

Dec 29, 2016 122

Cummins is planning a grand opening and ribbon cutting for its new downtown Indianapolis office building next week. The new building, on the former site of Market Square Arena, will be the headquarters for global distribution for the Columbus-based diesel engine manufacturer. According to company officials, up to 450 employees will work in the building. The building itself is designed by Deborah Berke Partners, a New York based architectural firm that also designed the First Financial Bank branch on Creekview Drive in Columbus. The new building sits on four acres including a park and plaza designed by David Rubin Land Collective. The grand opening will start at 10 a.m Thursday, Jan.. 5th with remarks. ...