Seymour police seeking help for victim of purse theft

Jun 21, 2017 53

Seymour police are looking for any leads into a purse snatching that left a woman who recently escaped from an abusive relationship without any money. The police report that the woman had all of her savings in the purse, when it was snatched from her vehicle. They say she had recently relocated to Seymour and was taking her son into her home when the purse was snatched. Police say the theft happened in the 600 block of Oak Street at about 6:30 p.m. yesterday evening. If you have any information on the suspect involved, the location of the purse, or wish to help this family with their new start you can contact the Seymour Police Department at (812)-522-1234. You should ask for Cpl. Devin Cornwell. ...

State police recover hundreds of stolen items in home search

Jun 21, 2017 87

Indiana State police say that a Columbus home was full of thousands of dollars worth of stolen items when they served a search warrant Monday. The Keller Avenue search also yielded methamphetamine, counterfeit money and two people were arrested. Police were looking for a fugitive when they went to the home in the 1900 block of Keller Avenue Monday afternoon, according to Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, spokesman for the state police. Police say a search revealed more than two ounces of what they believe was methamphetamine, counterfeit money and hundreds of stolen items. They say the search and cataloging the items took more than a day.  State police say that the stolen items were taken both from area stores and from thefts from individual victims. And many victims have been contacted so they can retrieve their items. Homeowner Jason D. Warren and his girlfriend Rhonda A. Oliphant, who are both 44 years old, were arrested on numerous charges. Warren is facing preliminary charges of dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine. a syringe... ...

Hope hears proposals for trash collection

Jun 21, 2017 47

A proposal to start town-wide trash service in Hope would cost residents between $8 and $16 a month, depending on the company and options chosen. But town officials are not making any decision yet. The Town Council formally accepted bids from three companies interested in providing the town trash service. The lowest bid, CGS, would charge residents $7.55 a month in the first year, with the town adding a dollar to a dollar and a half for a processing fee. The trash fees, if approved, would be collected with the town water bills. The Town Council took no action on the proposals last night and had no discussion. Town officials have said that they want to wait to see the results of a proposed water rate hike by Eastern Bartholomew Water Corp. that would also affect town residents before deciding on whether to institute the new program. ...

Council approves increase to capital fund rate

Jun 20, 2017 132

The Columbus City Council gave final approval to an increase in the Cumulative Capital Fund Rate. Jamie Brinegar, the city’s director of finance, explained that the increase is being recommended by the state’s Department of Local Government Finance. The increase would see the rate increase from .0316 cents per 100-dollars of assessed value to five-cents, beginning next year. 06-21 JAMIE BRINEGAR-3 Brinegar talked about how the increase could affect home owners. 06-21 JAMIE BRINEGAR-4 Brinegar says that additional money brought in from this rate increase would be earmarked for public safety. A few residents spoke out against the increase, citing concerns that it would result in a tax increase for those who could least afford it. Brinegar again stressed that this fund rate is only one of seven factors that figure into the city’s overall tax rate. As during the first reading of the ordinance, he pledged to try to make adjustments to the other six to negate any potential increase. Brinegar pointed to the fact that the city’s tax-rate... ...

Columbus focus of PBS program

Jun 20, 2017 81

Columbus will be the focus of a PBS program Thursday night. Sarah Curtiss is the producer of “The Weekly Special.” She talks about the aim of the program. Curtiss says that they will have six stories about locations in Columbus, including a piece on Zwanzigz Pizza & Brewing… Another piece will focus on Musillami’s Drive-In. Curtiss and her crew visited the drive-in on Jonesville Road last Friday afternoon to talk to Mike Musillami, the son of the original owners. Musillami talked about his family and the business, which is celebrating 60 years. Thursday night’s program airs locally on WTIU at 8 p.m. ...

Columbus water safe, say city officials

Jun 20, 2017 61

Columbus City officials say that they acted quickly to get the word out during last week’s E. coli situation with the city water system, moving within minutes of test results that confirmed E. coli in a city well. Mary Ferdon, the city’s director of administration, said that they believe the public was never in any danger. She laid out the timeline in detail explaining that the city’s first test result indicating e-coli in the well and in the city distribution system came back Thursday from tests performed Wednesday. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management required second samples be done on Thursday to ensure that it was not a false positive. Those results came back Friday afternoon showing the contamination in the well, but not in the city distribution system. After receiving the confirmation, the city had 24 hours to alert the public to boil its water, but instead sent out that warning to media outlets within minutes. That went out about 4:15 p.m. Friday afternoon. The city also alerted the... ...

City has hopes on plan to alleviate train traffic

Jun 19, 2017 65

There may be some good news for the city of Columbus as officials continue to work on how to deal with a massive increase in train traffic. Improvements to the railroad lines through the city are currently underway with an increase in traffic expected to begin in 2018. Once fully implemented, the number of trains running through Columbus on a daily basis are expected to increase more than six-fold. In addition to the increase in traffic, the weight and length of trains will increase as well, with train-lengths expected to go up by nearly 50 percent. All of these factors are expected to drastically increase waiting times for vehicles at railroad crossings, ultimately damaging Columbus’ economy. During Monday’s meeting of the Columbus Redevelopment Commission, John Dorenbush, a member of the Railroad Community Committee, offered a glimpse of good news. Dorenbush says that, for the first time, the committee is “optimistic” that a proposed project to construct an overpass that would take vehicle traffic over the tracks at State Road 11... ...

Ivy Tech holding enrollment event on Saturday

Jun 19, 2017 59

Ivy Tech Community College is holding a special enrollment event this weekend. Express Enrollment Day will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at Ivy Tech Columbus. Event organizers say that Ivy Tech employees will be on hand to help those interested in enrolling at the college. They add that the entire enrollment process can be completed there on this day. School officials say that those attending will be able to: • Complete the first steps to enroll as a student; • Get financial aid questions answered; • Learn about and meet assessment requirements; • Meet with an advisor; • Register for the semester; • And find out about orientation. You are encouraged to RSVP for Express Enrollment Day online at https://www.ivytech.edu/EEStatewide/index.html or by calling Ivy Tech Columbus at (812) 372-9925. You should bring an unofficial high school or college transcript and SAT/ACT/PSAT scores to assist with assessment and course placement. If you have already completed some college courses, you are encouraged to bring an official college transcript... ...

Toyota announces organizational changes

Jun 19, 2017 47

Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. has announced several organizational changes for key positions. Jeff Rufener, company president, says the changes were made in an ongoing effort to improve customer satisfaction. “It is important that we are structured in a way to support our goal,” says Rufener. These changes include: • Bill Finerty,Vice President of Sales, Distribution and Dealer Development • Steve Tadd, Director of Marketing and Information Technologies • Stephen Rosenberg, National Manager of Marketing • Mike Parker, National Manager of Part Sales and Procurement • Anne Ewing, National Manager of Dealer Operations • Brian Liggett, National Manager of Parts Operations • Mike Heyden, National Manager of Aftermarket Sales and Service • Jewell Brown, Strategic Account Executive • Troy Kaiser, Strategic Account Executive • Niels Ostergaard, Value Selling Manager Toyota Industrial Equipment is in the midst of another expansion at its Columbus campus on Inwood Drive. ...

Two wanted men arrested inside of a Columbus store

Jun 19, 2017 86

Two local men were arrested after they were seen acting suspiciously inside of a Columbus store. Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the Columbus Police Department, says that at approximately 12:30 p.m. Saturday, officers were dispatched to the Best Buy in the 1300 block of National Road in regards to a man who entered the store wearing a mask and had a collapsible baton tucked in his waistband. Harris says that store security told police that the man threw the mask on the floor when he was asked to remove it. He then reportedly walked to the back of the store with another man. Officers found the two men a short time later and immediately recognized one of them as 29-year-old Ricky A. Schoonover, of Columbus, who a had a warrant for his arrest. When Schoonover was taken into custody officers allegedly found a small amount of marijuana and methamphetamine in his pants pockets. Officers also spoke to the other man, whom they described as “acting nervous.” Harris says the man... ...