Two arrested after Friday night raid

Aug 28, 2017 43

Bartholomew County’s Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team arrested two men Friday on Azalea Drive on drug charges after complaints from neighbors. Sheriff Matt Myers says that officers found more than a pound of methamphetamine, heroin, Ecstasy, marijuana, other controlled substances and drug paraphernalia when they raided the home in the 1400 block of Azalea Drive Friday night. They also found drug packaging material, scales and firearms according to the sheriff. The meth alone was worth about $50 thousand dollars on the street, Myers said.. 56-year-old Stanley D. Edelen was at the home at the time of the raid. He is facing preliminary charges of possessing meth, maintaining a common nuisance and two outstanding warrants. Police also allegedly saw 64-year-old Dexter R. Pigg drive away from the home, Myers says. They stopped his vehicle because he is a habitual traffic violator. Further investigation led to preliminary charges of dealing methamphetamine, possessing meth, heroin, a controlled substance, marijuana and drug paraphernalia as well as maintaining a common nuisance. The Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team... ...

Reason 2,422,192 to Love Columbus [PICS]

Aug 26, 2017 240

Columbus is such a great place to live and work! Just look around at everything that surrounds us… World class people in our community and world class architecture. Exhibit Columbus is going on through November 26th. Here are some pics I took while walking around our beautiful city. I hope you get a chance to take some good ones, as well! ...

Philharmonic to hold annual meeting on Monday

Aug 25, 2017 32

The Columbus Indiana Philharmonic is holding its annual meeting Monday evening. Katelyn Ice, the CIP marketing director, explains that the event is being held at YES Cinema… Vocalist Sylvia McNair is scheduled to provide entertainment, while Bob Jones, Chairman & CEO of Old National Bancorp, is the keynote speaker. For more information, visit thecip.org. ...

North Carolina woman seriously hurt in Jennings County crash

Aug 25, 2017 38

A North Carolina woman was seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash Thursday just outside of North Vernon. Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, spokesman for the Indiana State Police, say that the crash happened at about 1:30 p.m. at the intersection of US 50 and State Road 750 in Jennings County. The initial investigation by Trooper Matt Holley indicated that a car driven by 74-year-old Ann Cutter, of Greensboro, was traveling west on US 50, approaching the intersection at State Road 750 when it entered the intersection into the path of a semi tractor-trailer driven by 27-year-old Carlnell V. Barrett II, of Mullins, South Carolina. ISP says that Cutter’s car struck Barrett’s trailer before coming to rest partially under the trailer. Cutter was trapped in the vehicle until she was able to be freed by emergency personnel. She was then flown to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for what are being called “critical injuries.” Barrett was not hurt. Wheeles says that the investigation is ongoing. Neither alcohol nor drugs are not believed to be... ...

Former state trooper arrested in Greensburg

Aug 24, 2017 78

A former Indiana State Police Officer has been arrested on allegations of improper conduct with a minor. Capt. David Bursten, ISP spokesman, says that 54-year-old Jack R. Hewitt, of Greensburg, was arrested Thursday afternoon at the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department. Bursten says the arrest was the result of a state police investigation. Bursten says that Indiana State Police personnel were notified of the allegations against Hewitt by another law enforcement officer on August 9th of this year. As a result of the allegations, a state police criminal investigation began on the same day and Hewitt was immediately placed on paid administrative leave. Specifics of the allegations have not been released. Bursten says that Hewitt resigned from the force on the same day as his arrest. He is being held at the Decatur County Jail on preliminary charges of Sexual Battery, a Level 6 felony, and Sexual Misconduct with a Minor, a Level 5 felony. Hewitt was with ISP since December of 1998 and officials say that he did not have... ...

CRH announces auction at former Clarion Hotel

Aug 24, 2017 63

Columbus Regional Health has scheduled a public auction to coordinate the sale of the remaining contents of the former Clarion Hotel and Conference Center. Kelsey DeClue, hospital spokeswoman, says that a public auction will take place Sept. 16th at 9:30 a.m. at the former hotel. The auction will be conducted by Earl’s Auction Company. Last month, Columbus Regional Health acquired the foreclosed facility and surrounding property from German American Capital Corporation following a Sherriff’s Sale. Since then, DeClue says that Columbus Regional Health has been working with the Bartholomew County Historical Society to secure new use for some of hotel contents with historical and architectural significance, as well as working with area non-profits to donate hundreds of items, ranging from furniture and appliances to office supplies. CRH says that plans continue to evolve for the 22-acre property on , located on State Road 46 West near the Interstate 65 exchange. DeClue says the building is scheduled to be demolished before the end of the year. Prior to demolition, however, she... ...

Fish named new Chief Medical Officer at Schneck

Aug 24, 2017 38

Eric Fish, M.D., MBA, has been named Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer of Schneck Medical Center in Seymour. Hospital officials say that, in his new role, Dr. Fish will provide executive leadership, direction, and administration of the hospital medical staff. Dr. Fish earned his medical degree at Indiana University School of Medicine and completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. He joined the medical staff at Schneck in 2005 and founded Schneck Obstetrics & Gynecology in 2006. He is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology. In 2013, he received his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee. Dr. Fish is also a past President of the Schneck Medical Staff, Chairman of the Physician Excellence Committee, and Medical Director of Schneck Obstetrics & Gynecology. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Managers for Inspire Health Partners. ...

Traffic stop leads to arrest on marijuana charges

Aug 24, 2017 43

A Wednesday morning traffic stop led to the arrest of a Columbus man on drug charges. Judy Jackson, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman, says that at 2:34 a.m., a deputy saw an SUV disregard the traffic light on northbound US 31 at County Road 650 North. The deputy stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, 27-year-old Aaron J. Starkey. Authorities say that they could smell marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. K9 Bolt then alerted to the odor of drugs inside of Starkey’s vehicle, leading to a search. Inside, deputies reported finding a black zipper pouch that contained a glass smoking pipe, a set of digital scales, a grinder and a bag containing a green leafy substance. They also reported finding a backpack, containing a plastic container with six plastic baggies, each containing a green leafy substance. Starkey was arrested on preliminary charges of Dealing in Marijuana, Possess of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia. Jackson says that he has since been released. ...

Local legislator to talk marijuana legalization

Aug 24, 2017 52

Republican State Rep. Jim Lucas, who represents southern Bartholomew County as part of his statehouse district, is expected at a town hall at noon Saturday at the State Library to talk about his support for medical marijuana. Marijuana advocates believe Lucas’ support will be a game changer for their movement. Our news-gathering partners at Network Indiana talked with David Phipps, leader of the Indiana Cannabis Revolution. “Rep. Jim Lucas, the assistant majority whip in the state house, has come out and voiced his support,” Phipps told the network. “That is hopefully making other Republican legislators a little more comfortable with leaning more on the topic and we plan on having quite a few of them at our upcoming town hall.” Lucas, of Seymour, said he’s heard from people in his district who say they have been helped. “People telling me their personal stories, how they’ve been helped by this product and how far behind Indiana is on this issue,” said Lucas, talking with RTV6 earlier this month. “We have a... ...

First Exhibit Columbus events kick off tonight

Aug 24, 2017 53

Exhibit Columbus gets underway full speed this weekend but the first event is this afternoon. Local high school students will unveil their installation at the historic post office at 7th and Washington streets in downtown Columbus at 5 p.m. today. Richard McCoy, director of Landmark Columbus, explains the students’ work. The high school installation is one of 18 around the community that will be unveiled over the next few days. On Friday morning, the six installations from university architectural students from around the region will be unveiled at a ceremony at Central Middle School. That starts at 11 a.m. and you will have the chance to talk with the student architects and their professors. Other Exhibit Columbus events that are free and open to the public include: Architect’s Newspaper opening conversations, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Red Room of the Bartholomew County Public Library.  Exhibit Columbus Opening Celebration 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday on Fifth Street from First Christian Church to Mill Race Park Mill Race Park 25th... ...