Gov. Pence cites FBI in decision to block Syrian refugees

Nov 18, 2015 346

Indiana Governor Mike Pence is standing by his decision to try to block Syrian refugees from being settled in the state. In making the Executive Decision, Pence said that his main duty, as Governor, is to keep the residents of Indiana safe. He went on to say that he was unwilling to risk the safety of Hoosiers at a time when Islamic terrorists appear to be using the refugee situation in Syria as a way to infiltrate their targets. Multiple media outlets have reported that at least one of the attackers in Paris was in possession of a fake passport, identifying him as a Syrian. These passports are reportedly very easy to get for people looking to enter Europe. The Governor is using the Obama Administration’s own statements in reaffirming his decision. Matt Lloyd, Deputy Chief of Staff of Communications and Strategy, cited statements made on October 8 by President Obama’s FBI Director, James Comey. In testimony before Congress, Comey stated that “gaps” remain in the United States’ process of... ...

Sheriff’s Department searching for alleged meth dealer

Nov 18, 2015 317

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department is looking for its most wanted suspect this week. Department Spokesperson Judy Jackson says that Deputies are searching for 34-year-old Aubri Rae Hyden. She is reportedly wanted on an outstanding warrant for dealing methamphetamine. Hyden is described as while, five-feet, three-inches tall and weighing approximately 150 pounds. She has brown hair and blue eyes. If you fave information on Hyden’s whereabouts, please call the Sheriff’s Department Tip Line at (812) 379-1712. Tips can be left anonymously. ...

Columbus resident seriously hurt in crash near Clifford

Nov 18, 2015 396

A Columbus man was seriously hurt in a one-vehicle crash Tuesday near Clifford. Indiana State Police (ISP) Spokesman Sgt. Stephen Wheeles says that ISP Troopers and Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the crash at about 5 p.m. on County Road 550 North. According to the initial investigation by Trooper Matt Holley, a car driven by 26-year-old Tyler D. Downs was traveling westbound on County Road 550 North when, for an unknown reason, the vehicle left the south side of the roadway. The vehicle then struck a mailbox and a tree before overturning. Investigators say the vehicle rolled at least twice before coming to a stop while inverted. During the crash, Downs was ejected from the vehicle. Downs was reportedly transported by Lifeline Medical Helicopter to Methodist Hospital with life-threatening injuries. A female passenger, 28-year-old Catricia M. Hoard, of Elizabethtown and a two-year-old girl sustained minor injuries. State Police say that Hoard refused treatment at the scene. ISP say that Downs was not believed to be wearing his seat-belt at... ...

Help deputies pack a patrol car with food donations

Nov 18, 2015 396

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department is still working to Pack a Patrol Car with nonperishable food for Love Chapel. The sheriff’s department has containers set up in the lobby of their building on Second Street where you can drop off food donations. Non-perishable food suggestions include canned foods, boxed pasta, peanut butter and cereal. Food will be collected until Friday night. The food will be delivered to Love Chapel by deputies on Monday. The Love Chapel food bank is operated by the Ecumenical Assembly of Bartholomew County churches. ...

Christmas trees coming to City Hall, Commons

Nov 18, 2015 403

Columbus city crews and Franks Tree Service on Friday will be harvesting the Christmas trees donated by local residents to decorate City Hall and The Commons, Michael Nolting, spokesman for the city, says the 22-foot blue spruce that will decorate City Hall is being donated by Lee Ann Mitchell of Yellowood Court. She said she is donating the tree in memory of her late husband Greg, who died unexpectedly this fall from liver cancer. Shelley and Jerry Coomer of North Gladstone Avenue are donating a 15-foot tall blue spruce that will be displayed at The Christmas Village at The Commons. Nolting said the family has decorated the tree for many years, but it finally got too big for the family to handle. ...

East Columbus without power this morning

Nov 18, 2015 397

Duke Energy is reporting that 1,017 Columbus customers are without power this morning. The affected area stretches from Mapleton to Clifty Drive in East Columbus. There’s no word yet on what caused the outage but the company is estimating power will be restored by 9 a.m. ...

City and Aviation Board to hold joint meeting to discuss Walesboro site

Nov 17, 2015 338

The Columbus Redevelopment Commission is holding a special joint meeting Thursday afternoon with the city’s Board of Aviation Commissioners to discuss the city’s plans for the infrastructure and marketing of a proposed research & development / industrial park in Walesboro. The city and the Aviation Board are working together to sell and develop approximately 470 acres of the former airport site. The aviation board currently controls use of the property. Any sale of the acreage is subject to the approval of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and U.S. Department of Defense. Airport Board Chairman Caleb Tennis says that he expects both groups to give approval to the plan. Mayor Kristen Brown, who will be replaced by City Councilman Jim Lienhoop in January, have been exchanging words via local media, as well as social media, about how the project is being handled. Mayor Brown, in response to comments made by Lienhoop in the local newspaper, invited him to attend Thursday’s meeting to contribute to the process. Lienhoop declined, citing prior commitments. Thursday’s... ...

Muscatatuck Refuge holding Open House this weekend

Nov 17, 2015 275

The second annual Nature Store Open House will be held at the Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center this weekend. Visitor Center Spokesperson Donna Stanley says the Open House will be held on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. She says the Open House will feature big discounts on the non-profit stores merchandise, along with refreshments and a children’s craft. Stanley says the Muscatatuck Nature Store has wonderful educational items including wildlife guides, children’s books, and all kinds of holiday gifts and stocking stuffers for nature lovers of all ages. She adds that all proceeds from Nature Store sales go to the Muscatatuck Wildlife Society and benefit the programs of Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge. Stanley went on to say that Muscatatuck Wildlife Society members receive a 10% discount of store merchandise. For more information on this Open House, call (812) 524-1953. ...

Columbus City Council considering whether chickens can be kept within city limits

Nov 17, 2015 302

Chickens are not yet allowed to be kept inside of Columbus City limits, but there is a chance that an ordinance change may allow them in the near-future. However, any potential changes won’t be addressed for another three months. The Columbus City Council heard arguments from both sides of the issue during its meeting Tuesday night. Back in August, the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) reversed a decision made last spring by a Code Enforcement Officer citing a pair residents for having the birds within city limits. In overturning that decision, the BZA also said that city residents could keep up to four chickens as pets. Under the ordinance, as written, farm animals can only be kept if the property they are on is in excess of five-acres. At issue is the designation “farm animals” versus “domestic animals.” Some owners of chickens say that their birds are pets, just like a cat or a dog. The BZA said they were hopeful that the City Council would address the issue... ...

Off-duty officer helps take an alleged drunk-driver off the road

Nov 17, 2015 306

An alert off-duty Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department Detective helped take an alleged drunk-driver off the street. Sheriff’s Department Spokesperson Judy Jackson says that just after 10 p.m. on Monday, Detective Sgt. Chad Swank advised dispatchers of a possible intoxicated driver. She says that Sgt. Swank followed the suspect’s vehicle until Sgt. Jim Stevens was able to intercept it. Deputy Adam Warner initiated a traffic stop which lead to the arrest of 34-year-old Cory Julian, of Hope. Officials with the Sheriff’s Department say that, despite several warnings, Julian engaged in “disruptive behavior” that also led to him being charged with Disorderly Conduct. Jackson says that Julian was booked in the Bartholomew County Jail on $11,000 bond. ...