Toyota Forklifts announces Harvey relief effort

Oct 16, 2017 15

Toyota Forklifts announced a $50,000 donation to Hurricane Harvey relief in Gulf Coast communities on Monday. Company officials say the donation will be a team effort from Toyota with Toyota Industries Corporation, Toyota Material Handling U.S.A., Toyota Industrial Equipment and Toyota Commercial Finance joining together to support the effort. The funds will support affected dealership employees and the community as a whole, including the American Red Cross. “The recent hurricanes caused major damage to many areas, including Houston, where some of our dealer employees lost homes and vehicles,” said TMHU director of human resources and training & development, Tracy Stachniak. “We rallied together to support our family members and the community of Houston. We’re proud the Toyota family is always eager to support one another in a time of need.” In addition to the donations from Toyota, the company will make a dollar-for-dollar match for all donations in support of Toyota associates in the Houston area. The funds will be issued to employees as relief grants to cover utility expenses,... ...

Central Middle School teacher/students honored

Oct 16, 2017 19

A Bicentennial map project allowing local students to see Indiana’s rich, shared history is the recipient of a statewide award. The Indiana Historical Society announced Monday that Central Middle School teacher Alan Birkemeier and his students received its 2017 Outstanding Bicentennial Collaborative Project Award. Rachel Hill Ponko, the IHS director of public relations, says that the award recognizes a Bicentennial-related event or history project implemented in 2016. As it is the final year for the award, the judging committee chose to recognize four projects, with Birkemeier’s “Incredible Indiana History Map” among them. Hill Ponko says that the 8th grade U.S. History teacher started the project by randomly assigning students to research the history, people and tourism of one of Indiana’s 92 counties. Students then used their findings to create a brochure, a graph, a presentation and a to-scale map of the county. “Through research, collaboration, community partners and various site visits, students were enabled to dig into characteristics associated with their designated county,” writes Randy Gratz, principal of Central Middle... ...

Cummins announces acquisition of battery pack company

Oct 16, 2017 18

Cummins announced Monday that it is acquiring the assets of Brammo, Inc., which designs and develops battery packs for mobile and stationary applications. Cummins officials say that adding Brammo’s battery pack expertise and resources is an important milestone in Cummins’ efforts to become a global electrified power leader. “To be a leading provider of electrified power systems just as we are with diesel and natural gas driven powertrains, we must own key elements and subsystems of the electrification network,” said Tom Linebarger, Chairman and CEO, Cummins Inc. “By adding the expertise of Brammo and its employees to Cummins, we are taking a step forward in our electrification business and differentiating ourselves from our competition. As always, when markets are ready, Cummins will bring our customers the right power solution at the right time to power their success.” Operations from this acquisition will report under Cummins’ recently formed Electrification Business led by Julie Furber, Executive Director of Electrification at Cummins, and will continue to be based in Talent, Oregon. Cummins says... ...

Semi fire closes Interstate

Oct 16, 2017 16

A semi fire closed Interstate 65 in Bartholomew County on Monday morning. Deputy Chief Matt Lynch, with the German Township Volunteer Fire Department, says that just before 9 a.m., dispatchers received several calls about a crashed semi at the 78 mile marker on I-65. Lynch says that firefighters from his department responded and observed a semi that had run into the ditch and came to rest in the trees. He says that the semi cab and trailer, which was empty, was about 80-percent consumed by fire. With no fire hydrants along the interstate, firefighters received help from the Edinburgh Fire Department and requested further assistance with water tankers from Clifford, Flat Rock, and Harrison Township fire departments. Lynch says that the fire was under control within 20 minutes, consuming 9,000 gallons of water to extinguish it. Authorities say that fire crews were on scene for about three hours as the remaining diesel fuel was off loaded and the semi was towed from the scene. The investigation into what caused the... ...

Incident at store turns into brawl with police

Oct 16, 2017 17

A Columbus man is accused of scratching a police officer in a Friday afternoon fight outside of a drug store. 28-year-old Christopher Murphy is facing charges of disorderly conduct, resisting law enforcement, intimidation towards a police officer and battery on a public safety officer. According to police reports, a man was outside the Walgreens at 2400 Beam Road screaming at customers at about 4:45 p.m. Friday afternoon. When officers talked to Murphy, he allegedly threatened and attempted to fight with the police, says Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the Columbus Police Department. An officer received scratches and cuts to his arm during the fracas, Harris says. Murphy was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital to be checked out before being taken to the Bartholomew County Jail.   ...

Arrest made after stove bought with stolen card

Oct 16, 2017 13

Columbus police say a local man used a stolen credit card and driver’s license to buy a stove Friday night. An officer patrolling the parking lot at Menards on the west side of Columbus recognized 30-year-old Tyler J. Vandiver near a truck in the loading area. Vandiver was wanted on several warrants and the officer saw Vandiver go into the store. The officer took Vandiver into custody and discovered Vandiver was allegedly carrying the fake credentials. The rightful owner said that his vehicle had been broken into and those items were stolen, says Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the Columbus police. Other suspects who were with Vandiver allegedly fled, leaving the stove behind. And the truck was discovered abandoned in a nearby parking lot. Drug paraphernalia was also found inside, Harris said. Vandiver is facing charges of theft, fraud and three Bartholomew County warrants. ...

Local courts buried under wave of drug arrests

Oct 16, 2017 10

The Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress in Bartholomew County is coming up on the six month anniversary of its efforts to tackle the opioid epidemic in the community. The teams will be holding a public forum next week at The Commons to unveil new programs and new initiatives to address the epidemic as well as the providing new resources for those with family members or friends trapped in addiction. Bartholomew Circuit Court Judge Kelly Benjamin has been heading up the intervention team, which is looking into the law enforcement, courts and jail efforts in the community. She said that the number of drug and drug paraphernalia possession cases have doubled since 2014. She said that increase has been putting pressure on the already stressed judicial system in the county. She said that the judicial system lacks the programs to get people into treatment. That is leading to a new trend in family members of those with drug problems. The forum will be at 6:30 p.m. the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 24th at... ...

Driver accused of 100mph chase through Jackson, Jennings counties

Oct 16, 2017 23

A Seymour driver is being accused of fleeing from a police traffic stop at speeds of up to 100 mph Saturday. 36 year old Benjamin Tipton is facing preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, criminal recklessness, and reckless driving. According to reports from the Seymour police, an officer saw a vehicle commit several traffic infractions at about 10:15 p.m. that evening near East Tipton and South Broadway streets. The officer tried to pull the car over, but instead of stopping, the driver took off, eventually leading police into Jennings County and then back into Jackson County. Police dropped stop sticks that deflated the vehicle’s tires and the driver eventually stopped at the intersection of East Tipton Street and Marley Lane, where he was arrested. ...

Signature Chefs Auction to benefit March of Dimes Thursday

Oct 16, 2017 14

The March of Dimes is holding its “Signature Chefs Auction” this week in downtown Columbus. Derek Richey, a spokesman for the March of Dimes, says  that Thursday night’s event begins at 6 p.m. at the Commons. Richey explains that Thursday night’s event includes a speech from Mayor Jim Lienhoop talking about the good work done by Columbus Regional Health and the March of Dimes to help lower premature births. The evening includes a 90-minute session where you can taste creations from all of the chefs. After that, there will be a live auction with proceeds going to benefit the mission of the March of Dimes. Richey says the live auction includes a number of intriguing items: The featured chefs will include Jeff Karr, Catering by Karr Gethin Thomas, Henry’s Social Club  Alexa Lemley, 240Sweet Rosa Kelly, Silver Oaks Health Center Aubrey Smith, Ashlynn Leigh Cakes Carrie Douglas, C4 Instructor  Stephen Manning, Rails Craft Brew and Eatery  Ric Camu, Saladmaster For more information, you can visit the March of Dimes website. ...

Traffic stop leads to packaged meth, drug-dealing arrest

Oct 16, 2017 16

A traffic stop in North Vernon led to an arrest on drug-dealing charges Sunday. That’s after police dog Heros alerted to the odor of narcotics inside the vehicle. Police say they recovered five grams of methamphetamine, broken up into five separate bags They also recovered digital scales, extra bags, a smoking pipe, snorting tube and other paraphernalia, says Sgt. Andrew Richmond, spokesman for the North Vernon Police Department. 24-year-old Jarod H. Schwacke, of North Vernon is facing preliminary charges of dealing methamphetamine and possession of both methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. ...