County picks Noblitt as new 911 director

Jun 27, 2017 58

Long-time Bartholomew County sheriff’s deputy, Todd Noblitt, has been chosen as the next director of the Bartholomew County Emergency Operations Center. The county commissioners made that decision yesterday. As a major with the sheriff’s department, Noblitt served as spokesman for former Sheriff Mark Gorbett. He ran in the Republican primary for sheriff and lost to eventual winner Matt Myers. Previous director Ed Reuter left earlier this spring to take over as the head of the state 911 board. Reuter served in the role for 10 years. ...

Entries sought to lead Hope kids parade

Jun 27, 2017 60

Organizers of the Little Ms Sparkler and Mr. Firecracker contest in Hope are extending the deadline to enter. The winner of the contest will lead the children’s parade during the Old Fashioned Independence Day celebrations on the Hope Town Square on Friday. The winner will be chosen by which child raises the most money for the Yellow Trail Museum. Each penny counts as one vote, with a dollar counting for 100 votes. The contest is open to children in the Hope area, ages 3-10. You can pick up registration information at the Hope branch of the Bartholomew County Public Library or at the Yellow Trail Museum. The deadline to drop off donations is 5 p.m. on Thursday. ...

German Township Fire Department receives grant

Jun 26, 2017 62

The German Township Volunteer Fire Department in Taylorsville was awarded a $104,000 grant for firefighter safety equipment. Deputy Chief Matt Lynch explains that the grant was from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighter Grant program. He says that German Township had to pay a five-percent match, totaling $4,952. That money came from the department’s cumulative fund, says Lynch. Deputy Chief Lynch says that the grant replaced all of the department’s Self Contained Breathing Apparatus, which were nearing the end of their service life. In addition, the department purchased two firefighter rescue systems, which are designed to assist a firefighter who may be trapped in a building and running out of air in their SCBA. Lynch says that if a firefighter becomes trapped, the rescue firefighters would take one of the rescue systems in and plug it into the downed firefighter’s air bottle. He explains that this will allow the firefighter to continue to be able to breathe fresh air during a rescue attempt. The department also purchased a... ...

Franklin Police Officer arrested for domestic violence

Jun 26, 2017 82

A Franklin Police Officer was arrested Monday for domestic violence. Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox says that the particulars of the incident, which led to the arrest of Officer Schyuler Z. Brown, likely won’t be made available until sometime on Tuesday. He says that the officer who responded to the incident has been called away to other cases and has yet to fill out an incident report. Franklin Police Chief Tim O’Sullivan says that city officials were “very disappointed” to learn about of the arrest of Brown. He says that city police were dispatched to the home when they learned about the officer’s involvement. To avoid the appearance of conflict or impropriety, O’Sullivan says that Franklin Police contacted the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office to handle the investigation. He adds that the city has placed Officer Brown on leave, pending an investigation and a merit commission hearing for final action. Chief O’Sullivan added that he, and other city officials, are appreciative for the Sheriff’s Department’s help in this case. ...

Columbus man arrested for domestic violence

Jun 26, 2017 62

A Columbus man was arrested on domestic violence related charges over the weekend. Officer Alyson Rech, spokeswoman for the Columbus Police Department, says that at about 2:10 p.m. on Saturday, officers responded to an apartment in the 1100 block of Kevin Drive for a domestic disturbance. Rech says that officers spoke to the victim, who had visible injuries to her face. She reportedly told police that she was choked and had the house phone taken away while she tried to call 911. Officers arrested 34-year-old Kevin C. Montgomery on preliminary charges of Strangulation, Domestic Battery and Interfering with the Reporting of a Crime. ...

Kayaker found after search on Driftwood River

Jun 26, 2017 54

Conservation officers along with Bartholomew County sheriff’s deputies, and Indiana State Police helped find a kayaker lost in the Driftwood River Saturday. Officers report that two kayakers got separated and one was lost. He was finally found after he had to hike several miles to reach a phone. According to police reports, his kayak overturned and the man had to swim to shore. Conservation officers want to remind you to be careful if you are taking part in water recreation, especially if the water is higher than normal. And you should always wear a life jacket. ...

Pro wrestlers to wrangle food for the hungry

Jun 26, 2017 59

Hoosier Pro Wrestling will be holding its 16th annual Fill The Shelves event to help local food banks this weekend. The group will have a pro wrestling card at Aaron’s on National Road in Columbus Saturday night. Admission is free if you bring six cans of food to be donated to Love Chapel and other area food banks. The bell-time is 6 p.m. and you should bring your own lawnchair. ...

Suspected shoe theft leads to drug charges

Jun 26, 2017 62

A shoplifting suspect was arrested on drug charges after an incident Saturday afternoon at a grocery store in Columbus. Columbus police report that they were called to the store on National Road at about 12:40 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. That’s after store security allegedly saw a man try to steal a pair of shoes by stuffing them down the front of his pants. When officers confronted the man in the parking lot, they arrested him. While taking him into custody, they allegedly discovered drug paraphanernalia including a spoon and syringe in is pocket. 29-year-old Michael Dunham was arrested on preliminary charges including theft and possession of drug paraphernalia and a legend drug injection device. ...

Hope hosting Old-Fashioned Independence Day on Friday

Jun 26, 2017 71

The town of Hope will be holding its Old Fashioned Independence Day on Friday on the Hope Town Square. This year’s event will include the traditional kids parade around the Town Square and the apple-pie baking contest. It will also feature the first “Little Miss Sparkler and Mr. Firecracker” contest. Registration forms for all three of those events are available at the Hope branch of the Bartholomew County Public Library or at the Yellow Trail Museum. The events start at 5 p.m. Friday afternoon, with the Banister Family Band performing at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks that evening. The event is free and it is organized by the Yellow Trail Museum. ...

Sheriff schedules Hartsville neighborhood meeting

Jun 26, 2017 44

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department will be holding another neighborhood meeting tomorrow night. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. at the Hartsville Volunteer Fire Department station on Jackson Street in Hartsville. The sheriff’s department says that all residents of Bartholomew County are welcome to come and talk with the sheriff and deputies. You don’t have to be a resident of the town of Hartsville. This will be the last meeting before the department takes a break from the forums for the Bartholomew County 4-H Fair. ...