Elevator at City Hall out of service; Meetings moved

Jun 23, 2017 53

The elevator at Columbus City Hall remains out of order after storms a few weeks ago knocked it out of service. City officials say that they expect it to be repaired and back in service by Friday, June 30th. In an effort to make all public meetings are accessible, the following meetings have been moved to Hamilton Center, located at 2501 Lincoln Park Drive, for the week of June 26 – June 30: Tuesday, June 27 – Board of Works & Safety at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 27 – Board of Zoning Appeals at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 28 – Exec. Committee of Columbus Human Rights Commission at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, June 28 – Columbus Human Rights Commission at 4:30 p.m. If you need to take care of business at city hall and you have accessibility needs, call (812) 376-2500. ...

Decatur County man sentenced on drug charge

Jun 23, 2017 110

A Westport man is headed to prison after pleaded guilty to felony drug-related charges this week. “The Greensburg Daily News” is reporting that 65-year-old Robert E. Ward, Jr. was sentenced to 11 years in prison on a charge of Possession of Methamphetamine and two years in prison on a charge of Visiting a Common Nuisance. The paper says that these sentences run concurrently, making Ward eligible for parole in September of 2024. According to the report, the sentences were handed down after a plea agreement following Ward’s arrest on multiple drug-related charges in November of 2015. Investigators said they found 11 guns, more than $4,100 in cash, methamphetamine and other drugs when they raided Ward’s Westport home. The paper reports that Ward posted a $200,000 bond and was free ahead of a June 22, 2016 court hearing, which he allegedly skipped. His bond was revoked and an arrest warrant was issued. Days earlier, on June 5, 2016, Ward was arrested on unrelated charges in Jennings County after he allegedly led... ...

Two arrested after hit-and-run crash into traffic sign

Jun 23, 2017 110

A 17-year-old driver and and an older teen are under arrest after a hit and run accident. Columbus police were called to the area of 7th Street and Central Avenue at about 6:40 a.m. Thursday after a car struck a curb and road sign, then fled the scene. The vehicle was found with damage along the passenger side in the 1100 block of Phoenix Court shortly after the crash. The 17-year-old driver put his hands up and dropped the car keys as police approached. He appeared unsteady and was having a hard time keeping his eyes open, says Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the police department. Officers also could smell a strong odor of marijuana. A second suspect, 18-year-old Kyle P. Reardon of Columbus, was allegedly found to have marijuana and drug paraphernalia in his pockets and he was arrested on possession charges. The underage driver was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital to have his blood drawn and tested and then arrested on preliminary charges of driving under the influence... ...

Shoplifting call turns into drug arrest in Taylorsville

Jun 23, 2017 79

Bartholomew County deputies are reporting that a shoplifting call at a Taylorsville convenience store turned into a drug arrest Thursday morning. Deputies say that when they arrived at the store, they found a store clerk following a woman to her car. Video recordings in the store showed the woman allegedly taking items from the store without paying for them. When confronted by police and ordered to drop her bag, she tried to run away, according to police reports. Police say that they allegedly found syringes hidden in a glasses case in the bag as well as a spoon with drug residue. Deputies say that the woman, 26-year-old Danielle N. Hurley, of Columbus, also admitted to taking heroin earlier in the day. She was arrested on preliminary charges of possession of a legend drug injection devices, resisting law enforcement and conversion. ...

BBQ and Blues taking over downtown Columbus Saturday

Jun 23, 2017 83

BBQ, Blues and Brew is coming up in downtown Columbus on Saturday. Erin Hawkins, marketing director with the Columbus Area Visitors Center, explains the popular event. Hawkins says the festival is organized by Kurt Schwarz, the owner of Fourth Street Bar and Steve Leach, of The Garage Pub. Hawkins says that it has become one of the most popular events in downtown Columbus She says it features award-winning BBQ grill masters preparing their work in a relaxed atmosphere. There will also be a kids zone and three bands playing rock and blues. It starts at 11 a.m. Saturday morning and runs until 10 p.m. Faded Memories Blues Review will take the stage at 11:45 a.m., with Wayne Ellis Watson and Bluescake at 3:30 p.m. and headliner Oddz R starting at 7:10 p.m. The event is free. BBQ, Blues and Brew is sponsored by Main Source Bank. ...

Dog owner thankful for help searching cave for missing pet

Jun 23, 2017 87

The owner of a missing hunting dog is thanking the Indiana conservation officers and volunteers who helped search a Jennings County cave for the dog and eventually bring the animal home safely. Kyle Short, the dog’s owner, explains that he went hunting late Tuesday night… Short says that he called some friends to help search for the dog before entering the cave… Short says he is humbled by the help offered by friends and strangers alike… DNR called in their cave rescue team to help search, but couldn’t find Frank. Officers said they hoped that the dog had found another exit to the cave. Short says that the DNR, friends and strangers all pitched in to help… Short says he is very thankful for all of the help. Frank turned up later in the day Wednesday, some two-and-a-half miles from the cave. Short says that he’s doing fine. ...

Hauser FFA to honor recent grad tonight for state election

Jun 23, 2017 71

The Hauser FFA will be holding a celebration tonight after a recent graduate was elected to a top post in the state organization. There will be a public reception tonight for Natalie Taylor, who was elected earlier this week as state reporter. The reception will be at 6 tonight at the Hauser High School auditorium. ...

Sheriff warns of property deed scam hitting homeowners

Jun 23, 2017 61

Authorities are warning of a scam targeting local homeowners. Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers says he was contacted by the county recorder’s office, about a company that has been offering to provide a copy of your property deed. That’s at a cost of $89. However, the county recorder’s office will only charge you a dollar a page for the same documents, Myers says. The sheriff warns that the company may be targeting those who have recently purchased homes, or made changes to their deed. ...

Ivy Tech Columbus names Chancellor

Jun 22, 2017 59

Ivy Tech Community College has named Dr. Steven Combs, Ph.D., to serve as Chancellor of its Columbus campus as a part of the College’s organizational structure announcement. School officials say the new structure will “better align with community needs at the campus level and empower campuses to be responsive and nimble in meeting local needs.” Prior to the change, multiple campuses reported to regional leadership, including the college’s Columbus and Southeast regions reporting to a single, shared chancellor. Columbus will now be a self-sustaining campus with Combs serving as the Chancellor. Combs previously served as the Columbus Campus President, a position that is being phased out as part of the organizational structure. “I am humbly honored to serve as Chancellor of the Columbus campus and look forward to building on our strong relationships within our outstanding community,” Combs said. “Our partnerships within the community will continue to grow as we align our programs with the needs of our area’s workforce. The collaborative spirit of our community provides our dedicated faculty... ...

Rep. Messer takes part in first hearing of task force

Jun 22, 2017 55

Rep. Luke Messer, a Republican representing Indiana’s Sixth Congressional District, joined House Speaker Paul Ryan and a bipartisan group of 12 members of Congress Thursday for the inaugural hearing of the Task Force on Intergovernmental Affairs. This group is tasked with reducing the size of the federal government and helping return power to the states. Messer was appointed by Speaker Ryan to serve on the Task Force. The Task Force will partner with state and local governments to help uncover federal abuses of power, and return control to state and local entities. The Task Force will also provide a forum for states, cities, and counties to showcase innovation and creativity in solving public policy problems. ...