Sheriff to make case for increase in jail staff

Aug 15, 2017 71

Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers will be making the case today for more jail staff. The County Council will hear the sheriff’s 2018 budget request at 1:45 p.m. this afternoon. He said yesterday on Facebook that he wants enough staff to provide for drug treatment in the jail: My goal before I leave the Sheriff’s Office is to have evidence based treatment options for inmates serving and or awaiting sentencing in our jail. I would like to see the old part of the jail partially used to treat inmates with heroin and Methamphetamine addiction. I’m not sure what the treatment would look like at this point, but I truly feel it would change lives and help the heroin and Methamphetamine epidemic we currently face in our community. The current problem is that I don’t have enough staff to operate the jail we currently have opened. The treatment options we have right now in the jail are not ideal for a successful outcome. The bottom line is, If the community member... ...

‘Exhibit Columbus’ preview party details revealed

Aug 14, 2017 61

The Preview Party for the opening of the inaugural Exhibit Columbus, originally scheduled for the grounds of the Cummins Corporate Office Building, has changed it’s location to the Mill Race Park Amphitheater. The party is set for the evening of Friday, Aug 25th. The Indiana University School of Art, Architecture, and Design is the presenting sponsor. Organizers say the Preview Party of Exhibit Columbus’ inaugural exhibition opening is an evening of cocktails, food, and entertainment in celebration of architecture, design, and community. They note that the party will be an occasion to meet and honor the five J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize winners, other designers whose work is being presented in the 2017 exhibition, as well as those who have helped make this exhibition possible. The schedule is as follows: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.: VIP/Patron Reception; 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Preview Party Reception and Dinner catered by Kahn’s Fine Catering of Indianapolis; Organizers have also announced entertainment for the evening. The band “Salaam” will be playing... ...

CFD Battalion Chief wins medals at police and fire games

Aug 14, 2017 48

Columbus Fire Department Battalion Chief Mark Ziegler brought home gold and silver medals after competing in the 2017 World Police and Fire Games. Capt. Mike Wilson, CFD spokesman, says that Ziegler, a 20-year department veteran, traveled to Los Angeles to complete in the track and field competition. Ziegler won gold in the 100 meter hurdle event, setting a world record in the men’s 50-54 age bracket. Ziegler also competed in the 400 meter hurdles where he won silver. Wilson says that this marks the fourth time Ziegler competed in the games. Each time, he came away with at least one medal. Wilson says that the biennial games, which began August 6th and wraps up on Wednesday, attract an average of 10,000 participants from over 60 countries. The first games were held in 1985 in San Jose, California. Subsequent games have been held in Spain, Canada, Sweden, Australia, British Columbia, Ireland and the United States. The 2019 games will be held in China. Ziegler does not yet know if he will... ...

Traffic stop leads to arrest of local woman on drug charges

Aug 14, 2017 67

A Columbus woman is facing drug charges after she was arrested over the weekend. Judy Jackson, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman, says that at about 1 a.m. on Saturday, Deputy Leah Burton was southbound on US 31, in the area of County Road 500 North, when she observed a vehicle in the northbound lane with a headlight out. Burton stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, 40-year-old Lisa Simmons. Authorities say that Simmons appeared to have been under the influence. When she got out of the vehicle, Deputy Burton reported seeing a zip lock bag containing small round, green pills lying in the driver’s seat. She also noted that Simmons had something hidden under her skirt. Simmons allegedly told the deputy that she had a glass pipe hidden there. Simmons retrieved the pipe, which authorities say contained white reside. Jackson says that a search of the vehicle led to deputies finding a small brown glass jar with a whitish brown substance inside, another glass pipe with white residue, as... ...

Cyclist arrested on outstanding warrants

Aug 14, 2017 64

A Freetown man was arrested on Friday, after allegedly leading Columbus police on a chase while on his bicycle. A city police officer recognized 29-year-old Charles A. Reed riding the bike near State and Jones streets at about 8:45 Friday evening. Reed had two outstanding warrants for failing to appear in court. When police tried to stop Reed, he allegedly tried to pedal away, says Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the police department. He was found behind a building on Dahn Street and arrested. In addition to the warrants, he is facing a new charge of resisting law enforcement.. ...

Drunk-driving charged in drainage ditch crash

Aug 14, 2017 68

An Illinois man was arrested in Columbus over the weekend on drunk driving charges after getting his vehicle stuck in a drainage ditch. 45-year-old Robert M. Masa of South Elgin, Illinois was found to have a blood alcohol level more than three times the legal limit after police found the vehicle at 10:45 p.m.  Saturday night stuck in the drainage ditch in the 2900 block of West Inman Drive. Masa was allegedly trying to back the vehicle out of the culvert when police arrived. A breath test revealed a .262 percent blood-alcohol-level. He was arrested on charges of driving a vehicle while intoxicated with a blood-alcohol-level of greater than .15 percent. ...

Off-road driver injured after hitting barn

Aug 14, 2017 59

An Indianapolis man was flown by LIfeline helicopter to IU Methodist Hospital, after crashing his off-road vehicle into a barn over the weekend in Brown County. Indiana conservation officers say that the crash happened at about 4 Sunday afternoon near Nineveh. 38-year-old Christopher Oder was driving in the 8700 block Nineveh Road, when he lost control, left the road and hit the structure, authorities say. He was not wearing any protective gear and suffered head trauma. He is in critical, but stable condition. Alcohol is believed to have played a factor. ...

County officials look to other communities for anti-opiate ideas

Aug 14, 2017 62

Bartholomew County officials will be traveling to Decatur, Ill. this week to check out some promising developments in the fight against the heroin epidemic. Jeff Jones, head of ASAP Bartholomew County, the local anti-opiate epidemic task force, says the group has been investigating several other communities and their approaches to the problem. Among those visits have been Tara Treatment Center in Franklin and the Monroe County Jail.   Among those scheduled to go on the Illinois trip this week are County Commissioner President Carl Lienhoop and Judge Kelly Benjamin, county officials said. Jones said that ASAP will be offering proposals to stem the local epidemic next month. That’s after its initial information gathering phase wraps up.   Jones said that they have also been working with other communities through phone calls. Jones said that ASAP will be offering proposals to stem the local epidemic next month. That’s after its initial information gathering phase wraps up. ...

Bartholomew County families recognized for farming legacy

Aug 11, 2017 142

Three Bartholomew County families were among those honored Friday at the Indiana State Fair through the Hoosier Homestead Award program. To be named a Hoosier Homestead, farms must be owned by the same family for more than 100 consecutive years, and consist of more than 20 acres or produce more than $1,000 of agricultural products per year. The award distinctions recognized are Centennial (100 years), Sesquicentennial (150 years) and Bicentennial (200 years). According to organizers, Bartholomew farmers receiving the Centennial award included: Andrews family farm, established in 1894. Jeffrey and Cynthia Shoaf, for their 1902 farm. The Voelz family farm, established in 1875. Three Decatur county farms were also recognized with the Centennial award, and one Decatur-Jennings county farm. Those included: Porter family in Decatur County, since 1880 Forster-Mahan family in Decatur County, since 1907 Mang family in Decatur County, since 1917 Hamilton family in Decatur/Jennings since 1902.   ...

Federal charges filed in drug-dealing investigation

Aug 11, 2017 171

A Bartholomew County man is facing federal charges after an arrest last month on Fremont Drive. The Bartholomew County Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team along with the U.S. DEA served a search warrant on the home in the 2200 block of Fremont Drive at about 7:20 a.m. the morning of July 27th. Officers discovered about a pound of methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, more than $22,000 in cash and several firearms, according to reports from the sheriff’s department.   39-year-old Jose L. Colis-Cerda was arrested on preliminary charges of dealing methamphetamine, possession of cocaine and marijuana along with maintaining a common nuisance. On Aug. 1st, a federal arrest warrant was issued and he was charged with four counts of possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. Colis-Cerda was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals.   “Maintaining the safety of our communities in the Southern District of Indiana remains a top priority of this office,” said United States Attorney Josh Minkler. “When individuals choose to deal dangerous narcotics in our neighborhoods, they can expect... ...