Human Rights Commission announces art/essay winners

Apr 24, 2017 10

The Columbus Human Rights Commission has announced the student winners of the 2017 J. Irwin Miller Art and Benjamin M. King Essay Contests. The winners will be honored at the Commission’s Annual Dinner Meeting, set for May 11th at 6:30 p.m. at The Commons. Organizers say the theme for this year’s art and essay contests is “Advocating for Others.” Those students being recognized are: 2017 J. Irwin Miller Art Contest: Elementary School Division: Jessica Meza, St. Bartholomew Catholic School Middle School Division: Emma Nolting, Central Middle School High School Division: Kate Stewart, North High School 2017 Benjamin M. King Essay Contest: Elementary School Division: Fareeha Parvin, Southside Elementary School Middle School Division: Jordan Spurgeon, Central Middle School High School Division: Emma Perry, CSA New Tech Tickets for the dinner can be purchased in advance only. They are $30. Tickets can be purchased at the Human Rights Commission office inside of City Hall or online at www.columbus.in.gov/human-rights/. The deadline for purchasing tickets is May 5th at 5 p.m. ...

Shoplifting arrest leads to drug charges for Columbus man

Apr 24, 2017 12

A Columbus man was arrested after he was reportedly seen acting suspicious inside of a department store on Saturday afternoon. Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the Columbus Police Department, says that officers were sent to the Walmart on Merchants Mile at 1:30 p.m. in regards to a possible shoplifter. Harris says that Officer Ben Quesenbery approached 39-year-old Bradley A. Burton after he allegedly concealed merchandise, including a bottle of liquor, in his jacket. After Burton was taken into custody, officers reported finding two syringes as well as a small amount of heroin and methamphetamine in his clothing. The stolen property was returned to store employees and Burton was arrested on preliminary charges of Theft, Possession of a Legend Drug Injection Device, Possession of Heroin and Possession of Methamphetamine. ...

Overdose claims a life in Elizabethtown

Apr 24, 2017 14

A suspected overdose claimed the life of another Bartholomew County resident on Sunday night. Judy Jackson, spokeswoman for the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, says that deputies responded to the 10000 South block of County Road 500 East Elizabethtown in reference to a possible death by overdose. When deputies arrived at the scene at 11:10 p.m., deputies found the body of a 53-year-old woman with a syringe still in her arm. Other drug-related equipment was reportedly found nearby. These included multiple syringes and drug paraphernalia. Sheriff Matt Myers says, “I can’t repeat this enough: the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office is committed to slowing the flow of Heroin into our county. If you are dealing heroin, we will do everything within our power to catch you and hold you accountable for spreading this poison to our citizens. Residents of our community are committed to reporting you and it is only a matter of time before we find you.” In a Friday interview, Sheriff Myers stressed that residents can report any suspicious activity... ...

Seymour man arrested after found sleeping in stolen vehicle

Apr 24, 2017 13

A Seymour man was arrested early Sunday morning after Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Deputies found him sleeping in a stolen vehicle. Judy Jackson, department spokeswoman, says that at 12:42 a.m. on Sunday, deputies responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint on Gore Street in Columbus. When Sgt. Gary Knoef arrived, he reported finding a man sleeping in the vehicle with the hood open, making it look like that there was a mechanical problem. When he ran the license plate, it came back as having been reported stolen the previous day from the Columbus East High School parking lot. Jackson says yhe vehicle itself had been reported stolen out of Seymour. Deputies arrested the man, 30-year-old Justin Kleinpeter, on preliminary charges of Auto Theft and Receiving Stolen Property. Jackson says that he has since been released. ...

Ricker’s store allowed cold beer sales — for now

Apr 24, 2017 13

The Columbus Ricker’s store on 25th Street and one in Sheridan will be allowed to continue selling cold beer at least until the end of the year. But no others in the state. Our news-gathering partners at Network Indiana report that in the closing hours of this year’s legislative session, legislators voted to freeze carryout cold beer permits until next April, to buy time for an in-depth study of Indiana’s alcohol laws. Both the House and Senate gave overwhelming approval to what one legislator calls a “time out,” sparked by the granting of alcohol permits to two burrito restaurants located inside Ricker’s convenience stores in Sheridan and Columbus. Legislators have slammed that decision as upending three decades of laws and court precedent declaring convenience stores off limits for carryout cold beer sales. Until the Ricker’s cases, legislators had relied on a provision instructing the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission to assess “the character of a business” to decide whether it was a convenience store. The bill requires any future applicants for... ...

Mother accused of drunk driving with child in vehicle

Apr 24, 2017 9

A Columbus mother was arrested Friday evening, accused of driving intoxicated with her child in the vehicle. Columbus police say that witnesses noticed a car driving recklessly on Marr Road near County Road 450N at about 6:30 p.m., including weaving off the road and slamming on its brakes, trying to provoke an accident. And there was allegedly an unrestrained child inside the vehicle. The driver then stopped on Arnold Street and got out of the SUV while holding the child, police say. When police attempted to arrest the driver, 43-year-old Andrea Rhoades, she allegedly got upset and refused the officer’s commands, instead, getting back in the SUV and trying to leave. She is facing preliminary charges of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, resisting arrest and possession of marijuana. ...

County installs courthouse case for bicentennial torch (with video)

Apr 24, 2017 8

Bartholomew County has a new home for its bicentennial torch. Every county in Indiana has been given one of the torches that made their way across the state last fall in celebration of Indiana’s 200th birthday. Bartholomew County officials unveiled a display case on the first floor of the county courthouse Friday morning that will provide a permanent home for the torch. The case was built out of Indiana red oak by Rick Trimpe, the county’s maintenance supervisor. ...

Toddler’s 911 call leads to mother’s arrest

Apr 24, 2017 8

A mother wanted on an outstanding warrant ended up getting arrested this weekend in Columbus. That’s after her toddler dialed 911. The Columbus Police Department reports that dispatchers received the call at just before noon Sunday and it sounded like a child playing on the telephone. But dispatchers also alerted police that a woman at the address, 29-year-old Paris M. Mann, was wanted on a Bartholomew Superior Court II warrant. After making sure there was nothing wrong at the home, Mann was arrested. her child was left in the care of a family member. ...

Ivy Tech president praises iGrad partipants

Apr 24, 2017 8

Ivy Tech President and former Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann cheered on high school seniors who have participated in the iGrad program. High school seniors from as far away as Brownstown, attended the banquet Friday afternoon at The Commons in Columbus. Ellspermann stressed that even for those graduates going directly to the workforce, to get a good job they will likely need some post-secondary schooling to gain certifications or to learn technology. The iGrad program identifies students at risk of dropping out of school and pairs them up with a mentor to keep them on track. This year’s seniors from Columbus were some of the first students in the program — identified when they were in middle school as potential participants. ...

Arrests made after stolen vehicle recovered at hotel

Apr 24, 2017 9

A stolen vehicle was returned to its owner after a Saturday night arrest in Taylorsville. The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department reports that deputies and state police encountered two people in the vehicle at a hotel parking lot. The vehicle was reported stolen out of Columbus on April 14th. After arresting 34-year-old Robert Scott of Morgantown and 33-year-old Brandy Moore of Bargersville, a search of the vehicle allegedly revealed narcotics paraphernalia and a syringe. Scott, the driver of the vehicle, is facing preliminary charges of receiving stolen property, possession of a syringe and possession of paraphernalia. Scott was also issued a traffic summons for driving while suspended. Moore, a passenger, was issued a summons on a charge of possession of paraphernalia. ...