Local woman faces drug charges after traffic stop

Feb 27, 2017 20

A local woman was arrested on drug charges after a weekend traffic stop. Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman, says that at approximately 4 a.m. on Sunday, Officer Travis Harbaugh stopped a car near 11th Street and Chestnut Street for a vehicle equipment violation. While speaking with the driver, 33-year-old Kimberly D. Callahan, Harbaugh reported smelling marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Harris says that a search revealed marijuana, methamphetamine and glass smoking pipes with drug residue. Callahan was arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Methamphetamine. ...

Batesville man arrested on theft, other charge

Feb 27, 2017 26

A Batesville man was arrested by Columbus Police over the weekend after he allegedly stole several knives and a hatchet from a west-side store. Lt. Matt Harris, CPD Spokesman, says that at approximately 2:50 p.m. on Sunday, Sgt. Ben Goodin was dispatched to a home-improvement store in the 2300 block of Merchants Mile on a report of a shoplifter. Store personnel reported that 44-year-old Richard L. Peetz was inside the store stealing knives. They allege that when Peetz left the store, he refused to stop for store security and began walking towards the parking lot with his hands in his jacket pockets. Sgt. Goodin reports that he gave Peetz several commands to remove his hands from his pockets, but says that he would only show his left hand. Harris says that after Peetz ignored two additional commands to show his hands, Goodin used his Taser on the alleged shoplifter. Police say that when Peetz kneeled over, they saw a large hatchet sticking out of the back of his pants. After... ...

Father leads police on three county chase with baby in car

Feb 27, 2017 37

A local man was arrested over the weekend after Columbus Police say he led area officers on a 90 minute chase with his girlfriend and eight-month old child in the vehicle. Lt Matt Harris, CPD spokesman, says that at 12:05 p.m. on Saturday, an officer saw a car without a rear bumper near Eighth and Maple Streets. A license plate check revealed that the driver, 28-year-old Kyle I. Pacek, had two warrants for his arrest. When the officer attempted to stop Pacek, he allegedly refused to pull over and initially led officers on a low speed chase on the city’s north side. A short time later, Pacek allegedly increased his speed and led officers out of Columbus and into Bartholomew County. Harris says the pursuit continued into southern Decatur County and northern Jennings County at speeds approaching 80 miles per hour. During the pursuit, police say that Pacek was able to avoid several tire deflation devices. Pacek eventually reentered Bartholomew County and stopped in the 7800 block of South County... ...

CFD announces firefighter promotion

Feb 27, 2017 30

The Columbus Fire Department has announced a a promotion. Capt. Mike Wilson, department spokesman, says that Firefighter Michael Nida has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. CFD says that Nida is a 17 year veteran of the department and holds numerous training certifications, including Emergency Medical Technician, Hazardous Materials Technician, Fire Inspector, Aircraft Rescue, Technical Rescue Awareness, and Strategies and Tactics. Wilson says that Lt. Nida is also a 31 year veteran of the Indiana Army National Guard where he currently holds the rank of First Sergeant. During his Army career, Nida has been deployed to Bosnia, Iraq, and Kuwait. Nida is currently assigned to Squad 1, the department’s technical rescue response vehicle. Lt. Nida’s promotion was announced after the retirement of Lt. Steve Ahrmann, who retired in January after 32 years of service with the department. ...

Passenger accused of fleeing in car after traffic stop

Feb 27, 2017 52

An Indianapolis woman is accused of jumping into the driver’s seat of a car during a Bartholomew County traffic stop and fleeing the county at speeds of more than 90 mph. The situation started when a Bartholomew County deputy noticed a speeding vehicle and stopped it on U.S. 31 near Interstate 65 at about 2:55 a.m. Sunday morning. The deputy ordered everyone out of the car and was issuing a citation to the driver, when he noticed the smell of marijuana, says Caitlin Gross, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department. One of the passengers, Loniesha D. Mays of Indianapolis then allegedly jumped behind the wheel and took off. She was chased by deputies, weaving in and out of traffic at high speed on the interstate, Gross says. Because deputies already knew her identity, and because of the dangers to the public, deputies called off the chase. About half an hour later she was located by Whiteland police and arrested at a truck stop. Mays is facing preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement by... ...

Hope museum partnering with visitors center for new office

Feb 27, 2017 35

The town of Hope will have a satelite office of the Columbus Area Visitors Center again. Barb Johnson, director of the Yellow Trail Museum in Hope has announced that her organization reached an agreement with the Columbus tourism agency last week to reopen a visitors center satellite  in the town that will be hosted in the museum. The new center will have a part-time paid staff that will allow the museum to open about four times as long each week as it has been under its all-volunteer structure. Johnson said that the museum is planning to hire one or two people to keep the building open Thursdays through Sundays, from noon to 6 p.m. The staff member or members will be responsible for informing visitors about Hope tourism opportunities and history, as well as promoting other opportunities in Columbus and all of Bartholomew County. The center is expected to open on April 1st, Johnson said. The visitors center had operated a satellite office in the former historic bank building on the... ...

‘State of the City’ address set for March 9

Feb 24, 2017 55

Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop will be giving his second State of the City address on Thursday, March 9 from Donner Center. City officials say the program will begin at 7:15 a.m. with breakfast provided by the Columbus Fire Department. The breakfast is free, but donations will be accepted for Columbus Fireman’s Cheer Fund. You are encouraged to attend. Mayor Lienhoop says that he will share updates on several ongoing city projects, as well as new projects planned for this year. The mayor’s address is slated to begin at 8 a.m. and will be covered live on NewsTalk 1010 WCSI, online at www.1010wcsi.com, as well as the city’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/celebratecbus. City officials add that tours of Donner Center will be available immediately following Lienhoop’s address. ...

Heritage Fund grants $90,000 to local organizations

Feb 24, 2017 82

Heritage Fund: The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County recently awarded Community Fund grants totaling more than $90,000 to organizations whose programs benefit county residents. Grant recipients were: • Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum – $20,000 to construct a building to store and protect museum artifacts, add a large area for restoration and display creation, and free up museum space for more exhibits. • Bartholomew County Historical Society – $30,000 for repairs to the Henry Breeding Farm barn, including repair of the metal roof, rotten floorboards, exterior walls and windows to prevent water penetration. • Dyslexia Institute of Indiana – $20,000 to provide financial assistance to students attending Camp Delafield Columbus, a four-week day-camp for youth with dyslexia held at Columbus Youth Camp. • Foundation For Youth – $10,000 to support the purchase of new customer relationship management software. • Ivy Tech Foundation – $10,350 to implement a peer-to-peer suicide prevention program (Hope Squad) at the IUPUC and Ivy Tech Columbus campuses. ...

Deputies rescue dog in Hartsville

Feb 24, 2017 94

Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Deputies rescued a dog Friday morning in Hartsville. Judy Jackson, department spokeswoman, says that Deputy Adam Warner responded at 10:13 a.m. to a report of a dog “in distress” in the middle of a pond. When deputies arrived, the owner told them that her two dogs were swimming in the pond when the animals appeared to get stuck. The owner told deputies that she jumped in and was able to rescue one of the dogs. However, the other dog, a five-year-old black lab, was paddling but struggling to stay above water. Jackson says that off-duty Deputy Andrew Dougan, a member of the Bartholomew County Water Rescue Team, responded to the scene and was able to successfully rescue the dog. Neither the owner, nor her dogs, were injured. ...

Edinburgh man arrested on domestic violence charges

Feb 24, 2017 94

Columbus police say that they arrested an Edinburgh man after they saw him in a domestic fight in a vehicle. The incident happened around 12:10 p.m. Wednesday near 10th Street and Central Avenue. After pulling over the car, the driver 39-year-old Angelito Mercado, allegedly refused to follow officer’s orders, including getting out to the car and acting belligerent toward police, says Lt. Matt Harris, with the police department. Officers found out that Mercado was wanted on a warrant on contempt of court charges. He said he was having a medical problem and after being taken to be checked out at Columbus Regional Hospital, he was arrested on preliminary charges of domestic battery, criminal confinement, disorderly conduct, resisting law enforcement and driving while suspended. ...