Hope woman facing drug charges

May 24, 2017 0

A Hope woman was arrested early Wednesday morning on numerous drug charges after officers observed her riding her bicycle with an equipment violation. Officer Alyson Rech, Columbus Police Department spokeswoman, says that Officer Skylar Berry stopped a woman near Pennsylvania Street and 19th Street at 4:40 a.m. after he saw her riding a bike without a working front light. Officers learned that the woman, 35-year-old Lacey N. Hoeltke, had an active Bartholomew County warrant, leading to her being taken into custody. While officers were searching Hoeltke’s backpack, they allegedly found a spoon and a digital scale, both containing methamphetamine residue. In addition, police say that also found a grinder, three smoking devices and a clear plastic bag, all containing marijuana residue, in Hoeltke’s bag. Police say they also found a small plastic bag containing methamphetamine, a small plastic bag with marijuana and three syringes in Hoeltke’s backpack. Hoeltke was arrested on the warrant, along with preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Legend Drug Injection Device, Possession of... ...

Sheriff’s deputies seeking Meyer as most-wanted fugitive

May 24, 2017 23

Bartholomew County deputies are searching for 36-year-old Sarah R. Meyer as their most-wanted fugitive this week. Meyer is wanted on two outstanding warrants. She is five feet tall, 120 pounds with blonde hair, blue eyes and a butterfly tattoo on her neck. If you have any information on Meyer, you can contact Capt. Dave Steinkoenig, at 812-565-5940  or you can call the sheriff’s department tip line at 812-379-1712. ...

Memorial Day services planned on courthouse lawn

May 24, 2017 17

Memorial Day services will be held at the Bartholomew County Memorial for Veterans on the courthouse lawn at 11 a.m. Monday morning. The event will feature a speech by John C. Walter, a World War II B-17 bomber pilot who flew 35 missions over Germany. There will also be patriotic music, the laying of wreaths and a rifle volley. News Talk 1010 WCSI’s own John Foster will be the master of ceremonies. The event will also feature vocalist Pam Robertson Bolton, retired Col. Richard Yeaton as chaplain and taps played by the Rev. William Weaver. For information you can call Foster at (812) 372-4448 or (812) 374-9467. ...

Garland Brook Cemetery to host 8th annual butterfly release

May 24, 2017 21

Garland Brook Cemetery in Columbus will be holding its annual Memorial Day weekend butterfly release on Saturday. Amanda Klei, the general manager at Garland Brook, explains that the 10 a.m. butterfly release is a way to help those suffering the loss of a loved one. “It is a ceremony for anyone to come out and to honor those who have passed on,” she said. It will allow visitors to remember them in a supportive environment surrounded by others also dealing with loss, she said. She explains how the butterfly release works. Klei says the release will be held in the Bell Tower Gardens. ...

Interstate 65 lanes to shut down tonight for paving

May 24, 2017 28

The Indiana Department of Transportation will be limiting travel lanes on Interstate 65 tonight between Whiteland and Franklin. They will be shutting down the left two lanes in both the northbound and southbound direction starting at 8 p.m. tonight. That will last until 6 a.m. when they will reopen one of the lanes. Crews will be paving the shoulders in that area. ...

Wanted man charged with giving fake name

May 24, 2017 31

Columbus police say that a wanted man was arrested after allegedly giving police a fake name. Officers were called to a hotel on Jonathan Moore Pike at about 9 a.m. Tuesday morning on a report of a suspicious man walking in the area. The man originally gave police a fake name, but he was identified as 27-year-old Nathan F. Ingram, who was wanted on three Bartholomew County warrants, according to police reports. While searching him before taking him to jail, police allegedly found a syringe and a glass smoking pipe in his pants pockets. In addition to the warrants, he was arrested on preliminary charges of possession of a legend drug injection device and paraphernalia. ...

Shop in Fair Oaks Mall raided by state excise police

May 23, 2017 99

EDIT: This story has been updated after we spoke with state officials. Indiana State Excise Police Officers raided a shop this week in a Columbus mall, seizing candies and other items with a marijuana-derived oil. Authorities also also allegedly found a small amount of marijuana in the Nirvana shop, located in the Fair Oaks Mall on 25th Street. Authorities say that officers executed a search warrant at the shop at around 12:20 p.m. on Monday. There, officers say they seized several cannabidiol oil products, including liquid and gummy bears. State officials say the business was cited administratively against its tobacco certificate on preliminary charges of Being a Public Nuisance, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of a Counterfeit Controlled Substance. Excise police say that while at the business, enough evidence was gathered to obtain a search warrant for the home of the owner, Tulsidas G. Narsinghani. Authorities arrived at his Lapwing Drive at approximately 4:50 p.m. on Monday. There, they allegedly found, and seized, several cannabidiol oil products, paper documents, drug... ...

Messer praises President’s plan to cut tax-credits to illegals

May 23, 2017 60

Congressman Luke Messer, a Republican representing Indiana’s Sixth Congressional District, is praising President Trump’s budget blueprint. That plan, released Tuesday, includes a proposal to close a loophole that allows billions of dollars in Child Tax Credits to be claimed by illegal aliens, a measure that Messer has been calling for for some time. The Congressman filed legislation in January urging Trump to take similar action. “Hoosiers are tired of our broken tax and immigration systems that reward people who come here illegally,” Messer said. “Federal tax benefits should go to low and middle-income American families who work hard and play by the rules, not to those who break them. I applaud President Trump’s efforts to protect U.S. taxpayers by stopping this fraud.” Messer’s office says that President Trump’s budget would ensure that only taxpayers with a valid Social Security Number can claim the Child Tax Credit, which allows families to claim a $1,000 tax credit per child. Currently, those in the United States illegally can claim this benefit without a... ...

INDOT announces SR 46 closures for Salute! Concert

May 23, 2017 50

State Road 46 between Franklin and Brown Streets in Columbus will be closed for Friday’s Salute! Concert. The Indiana Department of Transportation issued the permit to help with traffic flow for the show, being held on the lawn of the Bartholomew County courthouse. INDOT says that, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday, drivers will be routed from eastbound State Road 46/Second Street to First Street. The south lane of westbound State Road 46/Third Street will also close at that time. Restrictions should be lifted by 11 p.m. The annual concert performed by the Columbus Philharmonic Orchestra honors those who serve or have served in the United States Armed Forces. This year’s free show begins at 7 p.m. and features Grammy Award-winning vocalist Sylvia McNair. ...

Beaches closed at Monroe Lake for holiday

May 23, 2017 73

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is announcing that you won’t be able to go to the beach at Monroe Lake on Memorial Day. That’s because the beaches at Paynetown and Fairfax state recreation areas are underwater. The Army Corps has been releasing water from the dam as part of their flood control efforts, but it won’t drop in time for the holiday. IDNR says that the primary purpose of Monroe Lake is flood control along lower Salt Creek and recreation comes second. ...