Police rescue suicidal man from bridge

Aug 17, 2017 55

A man is in custody after threatening to jump from the Interstate 65 bridge at State Road 46 in Columbus. Columbus Police say that first-responders went to the scene Thursday after the man appeared on Facebook Live threatening to hang himself from the structure. In the video, the visibly distraught man spoke about the court system and not being able to see his children. He also lamented a perceived double-standard in the court system when it comes to fathers being allowed to have access to their children. The incident restricted traffic on both I-65 and State Road 46, according to police Police say that crisis negotiators were able to talk the man off of the bridge where he was safely taken into custody. ...

Police announce procession route for Sgt. Jonathon Hunter

Aug 17, 2017 12

A 4.5-mile route has been announced for Tuesday’s procession escorting the remains of U.S. Army Sgt. Jonathon Hunter, who died during an Aug. 2 ambush in Afghanistan, from Columbus Municipal Airport to Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home. The Columbus Police Department says that a military aircraft carrying Sgt. Hunter is scheduled to touch down at Columbus Municipal Airport at approximately 10:40 a.m. The procession will leave the airport at approximately 11 a.m. and travel south on Ray Boll Boulevard. The procession will turn west on Arnold Street and then go south on Central Avenue. It will turn west on 25th Street and then south on Washington Street, where it will conclude at the funeral home at 1029 Washington Street. Authorities say that motorcyclists wishing to participate in the escort will need to arrive at the airport gate on Middle Road to check in starting at 9:30 a.m. All riders must arrive and be staged no later than 10:15 a.m. Since the public viewing area at the airport is limited... ...

Nashville man “not guilty” in hatchet attack trial

Aug 17, 2017 13

A Nashville man, accused of attacking a Chinese exchange student with a hatchet, has been found not guilty by reason of insanity. Network Indiana is reporting that 61-year-old Dana Ericson testified that he even though he told police he wanted to “kill evil” when he attacked 18-year-old Yue Zhang, of China, that he was in a psychotic state, and wanted nothing to do with racial hatred. According to the report, Ericson’s 100-year-old mother testified that she had seen her son in that state before, noting that it started with euphoria and ended with mania. Zhang, who was attending Brown County High School at the time, did not testify because she is back in China. She did send testimony deposition. She was taking pictures downtown when she was attacked. Authorities say the attack bloodied her and left her without full use of an arm for several weeks. Network Indiana says that Ericson will be held until a commitment hearing. ...

Flat Rock man passes away from injuries sustained in crash

Aug 16, 2017 25

A Flat Rock man has died after a Tuesday night crash. Judy Jackson, spokeswoman for the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, says that at 9:19 p.m., deputies responded to the scene on East County Road 400 South, just west of the U.S. 31 roundabout. There, they found Elizabethtown Fire personnel tending to 54-year-old J. Mike Diewert, who was unconscious. Authorities say that the preliminary investigation revealed that Diewert’s motorcycle was traveling east at a low rate of speed when he made contact with an SUV that was trying to pass him. The driver of the SUV was not hurt. Jackson says that Diewert was flown by Lifeline to Methodist Hospital where he underwent surgery Tuesday night. He passed away on Wednesday. ...

Shelby County drug sweep nets 11 arrests

Aug 16, 2017 27

The Shelby County Drug Task Force executed three search warrants over four days, resulting in 11 arrests, the seizure of methamphetamine, marijuana, controlled substances, syringes, paraphernalia, scales, cash and guns. Authorities say the work began on August 11th, when a search warrant was executed in the 1100 block of Brandywine Court in Shelbyville that resulted in the seizure of methamphetamine and paraphernalia. Those arrested were: James Atwood, 31, of Shelbyville – Visiting a Common Nuisance; Lois Crouch, 56, of Shelbyville – Possession of Methamphetamine, Maintaining a Common Nuisance and Possession of Paraphernalia; Rashod Akers, 29, of Phoenix, AZ – Visiting a Common Nuisance. Police say that Akers also had and an outstanding warrant for Possession of Methamphetamine, Maintaining a Common Nuisance and Possession of Paraphernalia; Jennifer Chaney, 24, of Shelbyville – Visiting a Common Nuisance. On August 14th, a search warrant was executed in the 5200 block of South Columbus Road in Shelbyville that resulted in the seizure of methamphetamine, several used syringes, paraphernalia, and items associated with the manufacture... ...

Flat Rock man seriously hurt in motorcycle crash

Aug 16, 2017 23

A Flat Rock man is in critical condition after a Tuesday night crash. Judy Jackson, spokeswoman for the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, says that at 9:19 p.m., deputies responded to the scene on East County Road 400 South, just west of the U.S. 31 roundabout. There, they found Elizabethtown Fire personnel tending to 54-year-old J. Mike Diewert, who was unconscious. Authorities say that the preliminary investigation revealed that Diewert’s motorcycle was traveling east at a low rate of speed when he made contact with an SUV that was trying to pass him. The driver of the SUV was not hurt. Jackson says that Diewert was flown by Lifeline to Methodist Hospital where he underwent surgery Tuesday night. As of Wednesday morning, authorities say that he is in critical condition in the intensive care unit. Sheriff Matt Myers says this crash should serve as a reminder for all drivers to be aware. He says that motorcycles are smaller and harder to see than other vehicles. “When sharing the road with a... ...

City settles with former Commons restaurant owners

Aug 16, 2017 23

Columbus officials have reached a settlement with the owners of the former Jordy McTaggart’s restaurant in the Commons that will let the city recoup most of the money it is owed. The city’s Redevelopment Commission yesterday approved a settlement with the former restaurant’s owners, agreeing to accept $48,000 of about $55,000 dollars the city says it was owed in back rent, taxes and other expenses. Stan Gamso, attorney for the Redevelopment Commision says that the Jordy’s owners also agreed to help the city find new tenants, and those efforts led to the new Luciana’s restaurant going into that space in the city-owned building. Gamso explained other benefits than the city recieved, above juist receiving most of the money it was owed ...

Police stop turns into drug-dealing arrest

Aug 16, 2017 20

Columbus police say that a vehicle stop turned into a drug dealing arrest last night on Central Avenue. 47-year-old David W. Hill of Columbus is facing charges of dealing methamphetamine, along with possessing meth, marijuana and a controlled substance and maintaining a common nuisance. Police saw Hill driving in the 2600 block of Central Avenue at about 8 p.m. Tuesday night and recognized that he was wanted on outstanding warrants. They stopped the car and after a police dog alerted to the smell of narcotics inside, a search revealed a bag with marijuana, five bags of methamphetamine along with prescription medications and about $2,800 in cash, says Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the city police. Hill was wanted on warrants out of Lawrence and Jackson counties, Harris says. ...

City to tackle junked and unlicensed vehicles

Aug 15, 2017 21

Correction: Fred Barnett is the code enforcement officer for the city of Columbus. An earlier version of this story had his name incorrect. We apologize for the error. The city of Columbus has taken the first steps in making it easier to fine those with junked and inoperable vehicles that can be seen from the street. City Council gave initial approval to amend the city’s ordinance dealing with these types of vehicles. Mary Ferdon, the city’s director of administration, says that the amended ordinance cleans up some ambiguous language regarding where these vehicles can be parked and when they constitute a nuisance. If approved on second reading, city code enforcement officers will be able to “tag” offending vehicles on public property. Currently, Ferdon says that code enforcement must call a city police officer to handle that duty. Code enforcement is also tasked with notifying property owners of offending vehicles in order to have them removed. These notices will be sent to the property owner and not the registered owner of... ...

Sheriff asks for more money for jail, public safety

Aug 15, 2017 23

Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers is asking for a nearly one-million dollar budget increase, as well as additional manpower, for 2018. The sheriff unveiled his proposed budget during Tuesday afternoon hearings before the county council. The sheriff divided his budget into two separate presentations: one for county corrections and the other for everything else. During his presentation, Myers stressed that his leadership team took instruction from the county council in helping to better identify areas in which the department could improve and, potentially, save taxpayer dollars. These tools include Six Sigma and other programs. In addition, the department enlisted the help of Dana Vogt, a Cummins employee, in preparing Tuesday’s presentation. Myers first addressed the situation facing deputies and other non-jail staff. He is asking for $3,967,326, a $356,525 increase over his 2017 budget. The sheriff says that the increases are largely confined to the purchase of 11 new vehicles, three new patrol deputies and a three-percent salary increase for employees. Sheriff Myers argues that the increase in deputies is... ...