Classic car recovered after traffic stop near Taylorsville

Oct 26, 2017 30

A Columbus man was arrested Wednesday night after he was allegedly caught driving a stolen car. Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the Columbus Police Department, says that officers were able to recover a stolen classic car after observing it traveling on US 31 near Taylorsville. Shortly before 6 p.m., officers were checking the area after receiving tips from the public when they spotted the stolen 1968 Chevy Chevelle, which was stolen Monday from a garage in Columbus. Harris says that a high-risk traffic stop was conducted by the officers, resulting in the arrest of 33-year-old Dustin M. Freese. Harris adds that deputies from the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office as well as detectives from the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team assisted with the recovery of the stolen vehicle. Freese was arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and Operating a Vehicle without ever Receiving a License. He remains behind bars on a 48 hold as the investigation continues. ...

Mourn Not the Good Old Days, Because They’re Kind of New Again.

Oct 26, 2017 52

The pleasures of vinyl are something special, and it’s little wonder that Your Humble Narrator never gave up on the format. Even when it started to become problematic getting replacement parts for a turntable, ways were discovered to keep my groove – literally and figuratively – going. And now, we mercifully reside in an era when vinyl is storming back into favor, because people are starting to discover all the joyful aspects of it: cover art that acts as ART, and that you can actually SEE. Liner notes that are legible. And that “warmth” thing with the sound that all your record geek friends were gassing on about? Ends up it was true, and it had a little science behind it. Of course there were other less convenient aspects that were part of the experience, but it was all part of the love affair. Read more about it right here. – Todd Berryman Middays on WIN 104.9 Busting Out Side 1 of Tortoise’s Standards album, Because He CAN ...

Overdose call leads to arrest of two in North Vernon

Oct 26, 2017 52

A reported overdose in Jennings County led to the arrest of two people Wednesday night. The North Vernon Police Department says that officers responded to the 300 block of Long Street at 7:38 p.m. after receiving the call. They ultimately arrested 27-year-old Clinton Maschino and 24-year-old Darcey Heitz, both of North Vernon. Police say that pair are facing preliminary charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana and Maintaining a Common Nuisance. ...

Hub for help seen as central to local drug fight

Oct 26, 2017 30

One of the key components for the community plan to address the opioid epidemic in Bartholomew County is a Hub to act as a center making it easier for addicts to get the help they need. In its six months of research into the local drug problem, the Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress in Bartholomew County recognized that the current system is disjointed and hard to navigate. Anna Hilycord, adult and family services manager with Centerstone, explains how the current mish-mash makes it hard to navigate for those already with an addiction: Hilycord explains the current system can be an impenetrable maze for addicts trying to get into a treatment program, even if there is one available. The idea of a Hub would be to seamlessly move addicts through the various systems they need to get into recovery. She said that the idea would be to staff the center with knowledgeable volunteers. No location for the Hub has yet been identified, and the services it would provide are still in... ...

Racist flyers turn up in Columbus

Oct 25, 2017 32

Columbus city officials say that several propaganda flyers from Midwest Alliance, a white supremacist group, were recently found at area bus stops. Mary Ferdon, the city’s director of administration, says the flyers were found at the ColumBus Depot at Mill Race Center, at bus shelters at Columbus Regional Health, near the west side Walmart and at Franklin and Seventh Street. Another flyer was found on a pole at Seventh and Third Street. Ferdon says the flyers appeared sometime after bus service ended Saturday night and early Monday morning when the first flier was found at Mill Race. She says that the flyers were immediately removed by city officials. Ferdon adds that the Columbus Police Department is investigating to find who is responsible for putting them up. A statement from the city reads: There is no place in the City of Columbus, or society at large, for racist ideology espoused by the group represented on this flyer, or any other white supremacist group. Their views are in direct opposition to the... ...

Authorities ask for help finding most-wanted fugitive

Oct 25, 2017 42

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department is asking for your help locating this week’s most-wanted fugitive. Judy Jackson, department spokeswoman, says that detectives are looking for 38-year-old Ricky E. Mathews, Jr., who’s last known address was in North Vernon. Mathews is described as a white male, standing 5’11” tall and weighing 130 pounds. He has red hair that is usually shaven or very short, as well as blue eyes. Authorities say that Mathews is wanted on a felony warrant for Petition to Revoke Probation. If you have any information on Mathews whereabouts, you are asked to contact Det. Jason Williams at (812) 565-5928, or via email at ljwilliams@bartholomew.in.gov. You can also call the department’s tip line at (812) 379-1712. Authorities stress that tips and information can be left anonymously. ...

Hospital seeking doctors specializing in addiction

Oct 25, 2017 31

A new specialist doctor’s office focused on treating addictions is one of the first goals to stem the opioid epidemic in Bartholomew County. That was one of the goals outlined last night at the six-month community update from the Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress in Bartholomew County. ASAP in BC is unveiling new initiatives and priorities to fill in the gaps in the drug prevention and treatment process in Bartholomew County. Speakers at the event last night at The Commons explained that the system we have is hard to navigate, frequently takes too long to get treatment and allows people to fall through the cracks. They envision a system that is ready to start helping people as soon as those addicts are ready to get help with easy connections to the services they need to get into recovery. Julie Abedian with Columbus Regional Health heads the treatment team for ASAP. She explained that the community should soon be getting a specialist doctors office focused on addiction treatment. She compared it to other... ...

New grant would provide up to $1 million for local drug prevention

Oct 25, 2017 37

Those trying to prevent drug addiction in Bartholomew County will have a new source of funds for that fight. Mark and Wendy Elwood, of Elwood Staffing, have set up a matching grant to provide up to $1 million dollars for addiction prevention in the community. The Elwoods will match every dollar donated up to $500,000 with the money going toward prevention efforts. Wendy Elwood explains: Elwood said that they do not have preconceived ideas on how the money will be spent. They will be relying on the suggestions from the Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress in Bartholomew County, which held its six month community update last night at The Commons. Elwood said that they are focusing their fundraising on prevention efforts, in the hopes of preventing people from getting addicted in the first place, especially young people. The fund will be administered through Heritage Fund – The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County.  Funds donated through March 31st will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $500,000 total. You can find... ...

North Vernon city employees to pay more for health insurance

Oct 24, 2017 33

North Vernon city employees will be paying a little more for their health insurance coverage next year. The city uses SIHO as its insurance carrier. Initially, SIHO quoted a premium increase of 7.1 percent over 2017 rates, says Shawn Gerkin, North Vernon clerk-treasurer. Ultimately Gerkin says he was able to negotiate an increase of 3.6 percent. City officials say that equates to an annual increase of $240 per year for those on an “employee-only” plan, up to a $696 annual increase for employees on the “family” plan. Council members stress that employees won’t have to absorb the entire increase, as the city covers 75 percent of the premium costs. Gerkin says that equates to an actual out-of-pocket increase for employees of $2 to $6 per pay period. Councilwoman Connie Rayburn suggested that the city look into the possibility of the city absorbing the entire rate increase, without passing it on to the employees. Gerkin says that he will crunch the numbers to see if that would be financially feasible and... ...

Workshops for central neighborhood plan underway

Oct 24, 2017 34

The Columbus / Bartholomew County Planning Department is hosting a three-day public workshop to develop the Columbus Central Neighborhood Plan. The first session was held Tuesday night and was framed as “visionary session” aimed at identifying room for improvement for the area just northeast of downtown. Jeff Bergman, with the city/county planning department, says that the principal players in developing the plan are the community, Design Collective, out of Baltimore, MD and the consulting firm, Green Street. The major points being discussed are: – Improving access to jobs, recreation and health food options; – Promote mixed-use and mixed-income redevelopment; – Mitigate any environmental concerns for the area; – Examine land use possibly adjusting zoning; – Recommend roadway improvements; According to a marketing analysis done by Green Street, residents in the area of the central neighborhood plan make up six-percent of the Columbus population. The area has a higher rate of lower-income residents, with 23 percent living in poverty. Green Street says that, in addition, the incomes of residents living in... ...