Arson suspect arrested in Columbus

Jun 19, 2017 63

A man wanted in the arson of an abandoned Goodwill store in Tennessee being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms was arrested in Columbus. Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the Columbus Police Department, says that CPD was notified Friday afternoon that 23-year-old William S. Warner, of Nashville, Tennessee was possibly in the area after his vehicle had been found with a flat tire. Harris says that officers learned that Warner had a warrant for his arrest and was possibly armed with a handgun. At approximately 5:35 p.m. on Friday, Officers Travis Harbaugh and Michael Beerwart located Warner walking on State Road 46. They arrested Warner at gun point and transported him to the Bartholomew County Jail. ...

Firefighters battle candle-sparked blaze at home

Jun 19, 2017 121

Columbus firefighters say an unattended candle sparked a fire early this morning. The incident happened at about 1:51 a.m., when firefighters were called to a home in the 1000 block of Cottage Avenue, says Capt. Mike Wilson, spokesman for the fire department. An adult was awoken by a sound of their toddler crying and noticed thick black smoke throughout the rental home. The family of two adults and the toddler escaped the and called 911. Firefighters crawled through the thick smoke to extinguish the fire, Wilson says. The smoke caused damage throughout the house while the fire was contained to one bedroom. He said investigators estimate about $40,000 in damage was caused to the home and contents. No working smoke detectors were found in the home. No one was injured. ...

Hope plans for old-fashioned, patriotic festivities

Jun 19, 2017 55

The town of Hope will be holding its Old Fashioned Independence Day on Friday, June 30th on the Hope Town Square. Barb Johnson, director of the Yellow Trail Museum, says that this year’s event will include the traditional kids parade around the Town Square and the apple-pie baking contest. But it will also feature the first “Little Miss Sparkler and Mr. Firecracker” contest. You can pick up entry forms for any of those events at the Hope branch library or at the Yellow Trail Museum. Events start at 5 p.m. that afternoon, with the Banister Family Band performing at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks that evening. The event is free. ...

Power restored to more than 4,000 REMC customers

Jun 19, 2017 55

About 4,000 Bartholomew County REMC customers were without power for several hours yesterday. That’s after Duke Energy transmission lines went down. A spokeswoman for the electric co-op says that power was restored to all REMC customers by about 1 p.m. yesterday afternoon. ...

Funds being raised to add women’s books to libraries

Jun 19, 2017 60

Local fundraisers want to put more books about women role models in Bartholomew County school and public libraries. The Women’s Giving Circle, a program of Heritage Fund: The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County, is working with Bartholomew Consolidated and Flat Rock-Hawcreek schools to add books to community libraries dealing with women’s history and achievements. Kristin Munn, director of development for Heritage Fund, explains: Munn says that the books were chosen by Bartholomew Consolidated librarians: Laura Hack, director of elementary education for BCSC, explains the efforts The goal to raise $5,000. That will add up to 40 books in each of the libraries at all Bartholomew Consolidated and Flat Rock-Hawcreek elementary schools, as well as each of the county library branches. For more information or to donate to the efforts, you can look online at heritagefundbc.org/donate . ...

Columbus City Utilities boil water advisory has been lifted

Jun 17, 2017 225

The city of Columbus has lifted the boil water advisory for Columbus City Utilities customers. The announcement from the city: After consulting with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management on 06‐17‐17, the Boil Water Advisory is lifted and customers in Columbus City Utilities service area can resume using tap water for all purposes. Columbus City Utilities water quality is proven safe. On 06/15/2017, the staff at the Columbus City Utilities learned that a routine sample collected within the water distribution system on 06/14/2017 was total coliform positive. Indiana Department was immediately contacted and we have followed their protocols since that time. As required by the Ground Water Rule, one of the follow‐up steps was to collect samples from the department’s 15 production wells. The sample from the Well# 3‐II collected on 06/15/2017 tested positive for a fecal indicator (E. coli). Repeat sampling in the water distribution system was also performed as required. The repeat water distribution samples all passed all required water quality tests, however IDEM’s public notice requirements contained a boil water advisory because... ...

Health officials urge you to take steps to avoid West Nile

Jun 16, 2017 109

The first 2017 cases of West Nile virus in humans have occurred in Indiana, and state health officials are urging you to take steps to protect yourself from mosquito bites. The Indiana State Department of Health says that as of June 14th, two human cases of West Nile virus have been documented in Hamilton and Lake counties, and mosquitoes in Morgan and Tippecanoe counties have tested positive for West Nile virus. Health officials expect to see increased West Nile activity throughout the state this summer. Some steps you can take to protect yourself include: – Avoid being outside when mosquitoes are active (especially late afternoon, dusk to dawn and early morning); – Apply an insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol to clothes and exposed skin; – Cover exposed skin; – Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of your home; – Discard old tires, tin cans, ceramic pots or other containers that can hold water; – Repair failed septic... ...

Columbus City Utilities customers under a Boil Order

Jun 16, 2017 580

Columbus City Utilities has issued a Boil Order for all customers. This after the utility’s water system detected fecal indicators (E. coli) in one of the wells. Keith Reeves, director of the utility, says that a sample from the well at the Bartholomew County Fairgrounds on Thursday tested positive for E. coli. Reeves adds that they will have staff investigating this issue throughout the weekend. This includes multiple tests and retests in the hope of having answers within 36 hours. Reeves says the hope is that the boil order will be rescinded at that time. In the meantime, Columbus City Utilities says that you should not consume any city water without first bringing it to a rolling boil. You are also encouraged to use bottled water for cooking, drinking and washing dishes until further notice. Columbus boil water advisory official notice ...

Area man drowns in private lake

Jun 16, 2017 237

An area man drowned Thursday in a private lake in southwestern Bartholomew County. The Bartholomew County Coroner’s Office says that 80-year-old Lloyd Grimm was reported missing at around 8 p.m. Thursday. Deputies found the man’s body later that night in the water, near the lake’s dam. Authorities say that Grimm was likely cleaning debris from an overflow pipe in the area when the drowning occurred. ...

Columbus City Hall elevator knocked out; meetings moved

Jun 16, 2017 122

The elevator at Columbus City Hall was knocked out of service by the storms earlier this week, which is leading city officials to move several public meetings while the elevator is repaired.. Jamie Brinegar, the city’s finance director, says that Donner Center will host next week’s meetings of the Columbus Redevelopment Commission, City Council and the Board of Public Works and Safety. The redevelopment commission meets at 4 p.m. Monday afternoon, the Board of Works meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning and the City Council meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday night. Brinegar says that if you are planning to attend a meeting at City Hall through next Friday, you should call first to make sure of its location or check the city website at columbus.in.gov. Also, if you need help with accessibility issues for any government business, you can call 812-376-2500. ...