Traffic stop leads to arrest on drug charges

Mar 31, 2017 206

A Morgantown woman was arrested on drug charges police say she failed to stop at an intersection on Thursday afternoon. Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the Columbus Police Department, says that Sgt. Ben Goodin saw the violation at Middle Road and Poshard Drive shortly after 2 p.m. During the traffic stop, Goodin said the driver appeared visibly nervous and did not make eye contact with him. The woman allegedly gave officers a driver license that belonged to someone else. Harris says the woman then falsely identified herself a second time. Officers determined a short time later that the driver was 37-year-old Samantha K. Gay. Harris says that Gay was taken into custody and told police that there were drugs inside the vehicle. During a search of Gay’s purse, officers reportedly found seven bags of methamphetamine. Police also allegedly found marijuana, pipes with drug residue, two digital scales, 70 syringes and other drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. Gay was arrested and taken to the Bartholomew County Jail. While there, officers reported... ...

Greensburg teen facing rape charge as an adult

Mar 31, 2017 144

A Decatur County teenager was arrested for rape and is facing prosecution as an adult. WRBI radio in Batesville is reporting that 17-year-old Paul W. Rose, of Greensburg, is facing charges of Rape, Sexual Battery, and Criminal Confinement against a younger girl. The station is reporting that the incident happened in January. The following month, investigators met with the alleged victim. She reportedly told them that her encounter with Rose began as consensual, but as it escalated, she asked Rose to stop. In the report, police say that Rose refused to stop and wouldn’t let her leave. WRBI is reporting that Rose’s bond was set at $10,000 and a jury trial has been scheduled for July 26. For more on this story, visit wrbiradio.com. ...

Bureau warns of scam targeting grandparents

Mar 31, 2017 180

The Better Business Bureau of Central Indiana is warning of a scam targeting seniors in the area. They are calling it the grandparents scam. Tim Maniscalo, president and CEO of the bureau, explains that authorities see an increase of these types of scams around spring break, when college students are frequently traveling. The scammers will claim to be from a jail or hospital or even your grandchild and say that your relative needs immediate help financially. They could also require you to purchase a prepaid card such as an app store card or a Green Dot card. Maniscalo says that a legitimate authority is never going to ask you to wire transfer money or to make a payment by buying store cards or pre-paid debit cards. Unfortunately, many of these scammers operate from overseas and there is little that can be done to get your money back. He said that these scammers are preying on people’s good nature and their desire to help family members. Maniscalo suggests that people check... ...

Philharmonic to present Bible-inspired epic Saturday

Mar 31, 2017 238

The Columbus Indiana Philharmonic will be presenting a Bible-inspired performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” on Saturday evening at Columbus North High School’s Erne Auditorium. The philharmonic’s conductor and musical director David Bowden says that the show will feature world renowned bass baritone Timothy Noble. Noble may be best known locally as the singer of the National Anthem at IU basketball games. The show will also feature a young, local performer, Ally Parker. She performs with the Columbus Indiana Children’s Choir. Other featured performers include Rachel J. Holland, Hannah Penn and Justin Stolz. The performance tells the story of Elijah from 2 Kings including his confrontation with the priests of Baal and flight from Queen Jezebel. Bowden talks about what makes the arrangement so powerful. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the high school. It will be preceded by a Musically Speaking session with Bowden at 6:45 p.m.. Tickets are available for the show at the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic offices on Franklin Street or you can go online to thecip.org. ...

Store evacuates after lightning strike

Mar 31, 2017 167

A suspected lightning strike led to the evacuation of the Bed Bath and Beyond store in Columbus yesterday afternoon. Columbus firefighters were called to the store on National Road at about 1:05 p.m. Thursday on a report of the smell of smoke in the building. By the time firefighters arrived, the store staff of five employees and about 10 customers were being evacuated. Managers told firefighters that they believed the building had been hit by lightning. Capt. Mike Wilson says firefighters investigated and discovered that the smell of smoke was strongest closest to the entrance and store sensors were detecting a problem in the air conditioning system. Firefighters went to the roof where they found discoloration on the breaker box. They unhooked the unit and store managers said they would be getting the damaged air conditioning unit repaired. ...

Two stolen vehicles recovered; one found burning

Mar 31, 2017 181

Bartholomew County deputies recovered two stolen vehicles this week. One was running and one was burning. The sheriff’s department reports that deputies were called to the scene of a reported grass fire just before 10 p.m. Wednesday evening.. That’s where they discovered two vehicles in the woods near South County Road 100W. A Honda Prelude that had been reported stolen in the Edinburgh area was on fire, while a Chevy truck stolen from Columbus was undamaged, but the engine was still running. Last year there were 79 reported vehicle thefts in Bartholomew County and so far this year there have already been 25, according to statistics from teh sheriff’s department. Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers is warning you to make sure to keep your vehicles locked, especially if you have valuables inside. He said that even extends to garage door openers, which a thief could use to break into your home, even without keys. He says not to make it easy for a thief to take your belongings, whether your... ...

Sheriff urges residents to lock vehicles, keep eyes open

Mar 30, 2017 128

Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers is warning you to make sure to keep your vehicles locked, especially if you have valuables inside. He said that even extends to garage door openers, which a thief could use to break into your home, even without keys. The sheriff urges anyone who sees suspicious activity to report it. He says that suspicious activities include any circumstances which seem out of place in your neighborhood. f you see something that looks wrong you can call the sheriff’s department tip line at 812-379-1712 or call the non-emergency number for the Bartholomew County dispatch center at 812-379-1689. ...

Columbus driver accused of fleeing crash scene

Mar 30, 2017 137

Johnson County deputies are looking for a Columbus driver accused of leaving the scene of an accident yesterday at U.S. 31 and State Road 252 that injured two other drivers. The sheriff’s department reports that the crash happened when an SUV pulled into traffic on U.S. 31 from the state highway garage at Amity and was hit by another vehicle at about 3:45 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. That led the first driver to then crash into a panel van stopped at the stop sign on State Road 252. The sheriff’s department says that the first driver failed to yield, but the driver of the second car was seen running away from the scene. Deputies believe that the second driver was, 40-year-old Ronald D. Estes, of Columbus, who has a suspended license for being a habitual traffic violator. Sheriff Doug Cox says they will be seeking a warrant for his arrest. The other two drivers were taken to Johnson Memorial Hospital. ...

Hope to open new visitors center Saturday at museum

Mar 30, 2017 128

A new visitors center branch in the town of Hope will open on Saturday, a new partnership between the Columbus Area Visitors Center and the Yellow Trail Museum. The visitors center closed the previous satellite office in Hope at the end of the last year after a trial period. Previously, the Hope Area Chamber of Commerce operated a welcome center for the town. That closed in 2014. Barb Johnson, director of the museum on the northwest side of the Town Square, says that the new partnership will allow the volunteer-operated museum to be open regular hours, including some weekday opportunities for visits. Beginning Saturday the museum will be open Thursdays-Sundays, noon to 6 p.m., and with extended hours during special events in town.   Saturday’s opening is considered a soft opening as the center is still getting all of its furnishings in place. At first, the center will be offering visitors information just for the broader Columbus and Bartholomew County area. But eventually, the center will also have Hope-specific activities and... ...

Teenager revived after overdose in store parking lot

Mar 29, 2017 130

A 17-year-old girl is alive after a Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Deputy revived her from an overdose. Judy Jackson, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department, says that just after 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sergeant Dean Johnson was on State Road 46 in front of Walmart when he heard units being dispatched to the parking lot in reference to a possible overdose. Upon entering the parking lot, Sgt. Johnson reported finding a running vehicle with its lights on. When he looked inside, Johnson saw the unconscious teen in the front seat. The girl had a pulse, but her breathing was reportedly shallow. Sgt. Johnson administered two doses of Narcan prior to EMS arrival. Jackson says that the girl was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital where her condition has not been released. “We must create a strong foundation of communication with our children. Talk with them about drugs and alcohol and let them know the consequences for bad choices. Know where they go, who they are with and when they will be home. Monitor cellphones... ...