CPD announces change to front desk staffing

Apr 27, 2017 45

The Columbus Police Department has adjusted the hours that the department’s front desk is open. Lt. Matt Harris, department spokesman, says the change is being made in an effort to increase the number of officers patrolling the street during peak times for calls for service. He explains that the front desk, located inside the lobby of the Columbus Police Department, is staffed by an officer to answer non-emergency phone calls, complete reports for minor incidents which have already occurred and to answer general questions from the public. Harris says that the front desk will now be open from Monday thru Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will be closed and closed Saturday and Sunday. A call box, which contacts police dispatch, has been placed at the front door of the police department to request an officer when the desk is closed. Lt. Harris says that calls for service have increased 17-percent over the past five years, necessitating this change. “By having additional officers on the street during evenings... ...

Suspected overdose leads to arrest

Apr 27, 2017 66

Another suspected overdose in Columbus led to the arrest of a local woman. Judy Jackson, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman, says that just after 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Deputy Andrew Dougan responded to the 3300 block of West Lowell Road on a report of an unresponsive female was in a vehicle. Jackson says that prior to Dougan’s arrival, Reserve Deputy Tim Dillingham had stopped at the scene and pulled the woman from the vehicle. Authorities say that 21-year-old Destiny Shipley, of Gilmore Street, was not breathing when Deputy Dougan administered Narcan. Dougan then reported using an AMBU bag and began breathing for Shipley when she did not respond. Shipley began breathing on her own a short time later. Deputies reported finding an uncapped syringe loaded with a clear substance on the ground just outside the passenger door of the vehicle. They say the cap for the syringe was found on the vehicle’s floorboard. Officers with the Bartholomew County Joint Narcotic Enforcement Task Force arrived on the scene and reported finding... ...

Scuffle with officers leads to arrest for Columbus man

Apr 27, 2017 66

A 21-year-old Columbus man is back in jail after failing to return from his work release program, then allegedly getting drunk and fighting with police. Police arrested Damarcis C. Scrogham at about 5:45 a.m. Wednesday morning after receiving a report of a man yelling and stumbling in the street near 19th and Union. Police say that Scrogham refused to obey police orders, would not get into the police car and struck an officer. He is facing preliminary charges of public intoxication, resisting law enforcement, battery on a law enforcement officer and disorderly conduct. He has a hold that is keeping him in jail because of the work-release problem earlier this week. ...

Columbus Food Co-op finds new home

Apr 27, 2017 64

The Columbus Food Co-op has found a home. The community owned grocery announced last night that it has signed a letter of intent and plans to have a lease in hand in the next few days. The grocery plans to open in the 1500 block of Central Avenue, in a renovated factory space. Mike Johnston, the co-op board president, says that the co-op plans to focus on locally grown and healthy food. He said that will benefit local farmers by giving a new outlet for their crops and products. He estimates that the co-op will spend $500,000 in its first year on local produce and $2 million by year 10. A co-op is a community grocery store owned and operated by its members. They elect the board overseeing the operations and the co-op is responsive to local needs. The Columbus group formed in 2010 and had originally planned to open in the former Aldi’s space on 25th Street, but that deal fell through. A fundraising campaign is under way. They... ...

Residents safe but pets lost in East Columbus home fire

Apr 27, 2017 109

Two people are safe but their pets are missing and they are homeless after a fire yesterday afternoon on Mapleton Street. Columbus firefighters were called out at 5:45 p.m. to the rental home at 31 Mapleton St. after a resident reported that a fire had started in a bedroom. When firefighters arrived they discovered fire shooting from the bedroom windows, says Capt. Mike Wilson, spokesman for the fire department. Both women who lived in the home had already escaped when firefighters arrived. After knocking down the flames, firefighters were searching for any more fire hiding in the walls and ceilings when the living room burst into flames, Wilson says. That flashover fire caused significant damage to the home, Wilson says. A pet cat and dog were missing after the fire. A third resident was not at home at the time of the fire. The residents were assisted by the American Red Cross, Wilson says. No working smoke detectors were found in the home. Wilson says this is the fifth home... ...

Visitors Center annual meeting highlights sports, other tourism

Apr 26, 2017 53

The Columbus Area Visitors Center held it’s annual meeting Wednesday afternoon. Karen Niverson, executive director of the visitors center, says there were many highlights in 2016. A big one, she says, is sports tourism. 04-27-visitors-center-1 The annual report says that sporting events hosted locally in 2016 were up nearly 15-percent over the previous year. That led to a total estimated economic impact of $16 million. Niverson also touched on another project coming this year, related to the life of the late philanthropist J. Irwin Miller. 04-27-visitors-center-2 Niverson says that exhibit, done in cooperation with Cummins, will take attendees on a tour of Miller’s office, just as it was when he utilized it. It will also have educational panels and displays to help illustrate portions of Miller’s life and work. She estimates that a ribbon-cutting ceremony for this exhibit will be held next month. Wednesday’s annual report highlighted the importance of tourism in and around Columbus. ...

Space limited for CPD’s Public Safety Academy

Apr 26, 2017 58

The Columbus Police Department is inviting you to take part in its annual Public Safety Academy. Lt. Matt Harris, department spokesman, explains the purpose of the academy, which he calls the department’s “keynote event.” Lt. Harris talks about what attendees can expect. Lt. Harris explains why past academies have been so popular with residents. CPD says that space for August’s academy is extremely limited. There is no charge to attend. ...

Drug-laced candy has authorities concerned

Apr 26, 2017 79

Drug-laced candy has Bartholomew County authorities urging parents to be vigilant in watching what their children consume. Officials with the Sheriff’s Department say that the candy, Sweet Tarts, may be becoming a popular way for area high-school students to ingest Xanax. Sheriff Matt Myers says this candy will look like normal candy. He adds that it would be difficult to know if it is laced until it is eaten. The Sheriff went on to say that there may be some candy circulating in the community that is laced with Xanax. Xanax is used to treat anxiety disorders. Side effects of taking the drug include: Drowsiness and feeling tired; Slurred speech, lack of balance or coordination; Memory problems; or Feeling anxious Sheriff Myers says that an Indiana University student was charged last year with selling Xanax-laced gummy candy out of his off-campus apartment. However, local authorities say that the drug-laced candy has only recently appeared in Bartholomew County. The Sheriff says that a 17-year-old Columbus high school student was recently found... ...

Sheriff adds new civil process servers

Apr 26, 2017 68

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department has added two new civil process servers as a way to free more time for deputies to be out on  patrol. Sheriff Matt Myers says that the new positions were suggested during a Six Sigma review of the department’s operations last year. The civil process servers will be delivering non-criminal court paperwork to residents — a task that previously fell to deputies. Myers said that the change frees up time for deputies to do traffic enforcement, criminal warrant service or other policing activities. The new civil process servers are former Columbus police officers Dave Brown and Max Haymaker. They have served more than 700 civil papers to date.           ...

Business hosting Big Brothers/Big Sisters fundraiser

Apr 26, 2017 59

A Columbus business will be holding a fundraiser this weekend for Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Matt Miller, owner of Raft to Rafters on 25th Street, explains that lunch will be $3 at the store on Saturday and will include grilled items as well as sides. The store has been having the charity cookouts for five years, each year benefiting another not-for-profit. Past recipients have included Advocates for Children and the Humane Society. Miller said they turned to a Facebook live event to settle on Big Brothers/Big Sisters as this year’s beneficiary. That lunch will be from 11 to 1 Saturday. White River Broadcasting’s own Mike Sullivan will be the DJ for the event. ...