Two arrested after North Vernon Police receive tip

Aug 29, 2017 33

Two people were arrested in North Vernon Monday after police there received a tip that a wanted man was a passenger in a vehicle sitting at a gas station. Sgt. Andrew Richmond, spokesman for the North Vernon Police Department, says that officers received the tip at 12:47 p.m. When police arrived on the scene, they recognized 21-year-old Jacob McCarty, of North Vernon, as the passenger. Richmond says that moments later, K9 Heros was alerted to the odor of drugs coming from the area. A search allegedly resulted in the discovery of six grams of heroin in a bag in McCarty’s shorts. Officers also found, and seized, multiple cells phones from the vehicles, along with $566 in cash and an open pack of rolling papers. McCarty was arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Controlled Substance and Maintaining a Common Nuisance, along with the outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court on a prior drug possession charge. The driver, 21-year-old Guy Yeager, of North Vernon, was arrested on preliminary charges... ...

Cummins unveils electric-powered semi tractor

Aug 29, 2017 30

Cummins has unveiled a new electric-powered semi tractor. Company officials say the “Class 7 Demonstration Urban Hauler Tractor” shows Cummins’ commitment to compete, and win, in the field of new and future technologies. An unveiling ceremony was held Tuesday morning at the Cummins Tech Center on McKinley Avenue. Cummins says that the Concept Class 7 Urban Hauler EV includes a state-of-the art battery pack offering, allowing the vehicle to hold a longer charge for improved range and faster charging, reducing down time. The concept truck design includes an Engine-Generator option for extended range capabilities. Company officials say that engine options offer 50 percent fuel savings compared to today’s diesel hybrids, with zero emissions. Jon Mills, Cummins’ director of external communications, says the announcement of this electric-powered vehicle compliments the company’s earlier announcements about the production of super-efficient diesel engines and future plans to introduce “a revolutionary heavy-duty diesel engine in 2022.” Company officials say these products and technologies add to Cummins’ portfolio of solutions and offer customers the latest in... ...

Bartholomew County considers change to veterans’ transport program

Aug 29, 2017 23

Bartholomew County officials are considering going it alone on a van to transport veterans to the Indianapolis VA center for medical treatments. County Commissioners received a report from the county venterans service office yesterday saying that the number of trips made by the sponsored vehicle have dropped to a level that the state is consideirng taking the vehicle back. County Commissioner Rick Flohr explains: County officials say that the restrictions on volunteer drivers including the training requirements and the lack of reimbursement is leading to so few drivers volunteering that they can’t make the needed trips. The county is currently operating with only two drivers Flohr says. Rather than a reimbursement, drivers receive a $6 meal voucher that can only be used at the VA cafeteria. And the drivers frequently spend most of a day at the center for a trip. And rather than a van, the provided vehicle is only a small SUV, further limiting the number of veterans that can be served. Commissioners said that the county could... ...

Union Street home damaged in early morning fire

Aug 28, 2017 19

Columbus Firefighters battled an early morning fire in an empty rental home in the 1500 block of Union Street on Monday. Capt. Mike Wilson, department spokesman, says that firefighters were called to 1528 Union Street just after 5 a.m. after a passerby saw smoke coming from the home. When Firefighters arrived on the scene they found smoke pushing out of windows. Unsure if there was anyone inside, Wilson says that firefighters breached the front door to do a search. He says the firefighters met intense smoke, heat and flames in the kitchen and an adjacent bathroom. The fire was extinguished “within minutes,” said Wilson. Columbus Fire Department investigators learned that the home has been vacant for two weeks while the residence was being treated for bedbugs. They say the tenants have been staying in a hotel at the time of the fire. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Damages are estimated at $40,000. No injuries were reported. ...

Apartment fire on Cottage Avenue does $25,000 in damage

Aug 28, 2017 29

Two brothers escaped their second story apartment after being alerted to a fire on a wooden patio deck on Sunday morning. Capt. Mike Wilson, spokesman for the Columbus Fire Department, says that firefighters were called to the building in the 1600 block of Cottage Avenue, shortly before 11 a.m. When firefighters arrived on the scene, the blaze had begun to melt the vinyl siding as well as the rubber membrane roof that the patio deck was built on top of. As firefighters advanced through the damaged patio door, they found heavy smoke and fire on the exterior wall of the apartment, as well as fire on the wood deck. Wilson says that 50 percent of the approximately 12’ x 8’ wooden patio structure was destroyed. The interior of the apartment sustained minor smoke and water damage. Columbus Fire Department investigators determined that the accidental fire was caused by a cigarette discarded near combustible materials. Damages to the apartment are estimated at $25,000. No one was hurt. Smoke alarms were found... ...

Drug overdose treatment leads to arrest

Aug 28, 2017 29

A Columbus man was arrested over the weekend after being revived from a drug overdose, according to Columbus officers. Police were called to a reported overdose in a home in the 1300 block of Cottage Avenue at about 8:45 p.m. Sunday. They found 29-year-old Michael A. Dunham unconscious and he was breathing very shallow. Officers gave Dunham two doses of Narcan to revive him, but officers also found out that Dunham was wanted on a Bartholomew County warrant. While searching him, they allegedly found a plastic bag with marijuana in his pants pocket. After being taken to Columbus Regional Hospital for treatment, he was arrested on preliminary charges of possession of marijuana along with the outstanding warrants. ...

Democrats seeking potential candidates for 2018

Aug 28, 2017 22

Bartholomew County Democrats are looking for candidates for next year’s elections. They will be holding an open house on Thursday where you can learn more about the positions up for election, as well as how to file for office. They say that this event could be helpful whether you are committed to running for public office, or just considering it. The open house will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Democratic Party Headquarters, at 1417 Chestnut Street. ...

DSI merger planned with Four Rivers agency

Aug 28, 2017 21

Developmental Services Inc. is merging with Four Rivers to become one of the biggest agencies of its type in the state. The two agencies will combine to serve children and adults with disabilities in 56 counties after the merger goes into effect in November. According to an announcement from the agencies, they provide supported living, group homes, job placement and supported employment, work services, adult day services, preschool, health and wellness, affordable housing and information and referral. The agencies do not expect to reduce services, but do believe they will save costs by merging. Four Rivers was founded in 1986 and serves 14 counties, while DSI opened in 1975 and serves 44 counties. There is already some overlap in their service areas. ...

Columbus woman arrested after traffic stop

Aug 28, 2017 25

A Columbus woman was arrested on drug charges early Saturday morning after an officer saw her driving suspiciously near Ohio Avenue and Cleveland Street. Columbus police report that records showed the registered owner of the vehicle, 58-year-old Sandra K. Carr, was found to have a suspended driver’s license. Officers stopped the car near McKinley and Gladstone avenues at about 12: 15 a.m. and arrested Carr. She allegedly had prescription pills in her pocket that did not belong to her. She is facing charges of driving while suspended and possession of a legend drug and of a controlled substance. ...

Couple chosen as Hope Heritage Days grand marshals

Aug 28, 2017 28

Organizers have chosen the grand marshals for this year’s Hope Heritage Days parade. Multi-term clerk-treasurers John and Shirley Robertson were announced at a ceremony yesterday at Hope United Methodist Church. Michael Dean, CEO of Heritage of Hope, made the announcement, which came as a surprise to the couple. Dean said that John’s family ties to the community go back to three of the families that accompanied Martin Hauser to Indiana to found the town. Shirley Robertson served as the town’s clerk-treasurer for 17 years, while John served for eight years. Among other accomplishments, the Robertsons have been longtime team sponsors for Hope Summer Playground, Future Jets Basketball, Hope Babe Ruth and the Hauser Athletic Department as well as the Hauser Dollars for Scholars program. Shirley M. Robertson Member of Hope United Methodist Church, held numerous board positions 22-year employee of Sweet Chiropractic Served 17 years as Hope Clerk Treasurer Helped form the Hawcreek-Flat Rock Endowment and served as a board member. Helped form the Hope Chamber of Commerce and the... ...