Disturbance at convenience store leads to drug arrest

Oct 9, 2017 119

A Columbus woman is facing drug charges after an incident over the weekend. Judy Jackson, spokeswoman for the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, says that deputies were called to a disturbance at a convenience store in the 10000 block of North U.S. 31 at 10:36 p.m. Friday. Dispatch told deputies that a woman was trying to steal from the store. After a clerk confronted the woman, identified as 22-year-old Dessirae Loreal Jonesike Streeter, she allegedly began destroying store displays. When a deputy arrived, he reported seeing a woman matching Streeter’s description, standing in the lobby of a nearby fast-food restaurant. After making contact with Streeter, the deputy says that she agreed to return to the store with him. Jackson says that the deputy repeatedly asked Ms. Streeter to stay away from her purse before she finally sat the purse on the floor covering it with a piece of cloth. When backup arrived, authorities say that K-9 Diesel was alerted to Streeter’s purse. They say that a search resulted in the discovery... ...

Suspicious vehicle results in two drug arrests

Oct 9, 2017 135

Two Columbus residents were arrested over the weekend on drug charges after a Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle. Judy Jackson, department spokeswoman, says that a deputy was dispatched to the area of West County Road 100 North and North County Road 250 West at 3:43 a.m. Saturday. When the deputy arrived, he reported finding two people sleeping in the vehicle. After making contact with the driver, 39-year-old Jeremy Kittle, he reportedly told police that he was homeless and staying at random places. Kittle also reportedly told police that his passenger, 55-year-old Doreen Cregar, was in possession of a white powdery substance. Jackson says that a search resulted in the discovery of a prescription pill bottle, not in Kittle’s or Cregar’s name, containing multiple pills, as well as a glass pipe with burn marks and a white residue. Jackson says that both Kittle and Cregar were arrested. Kittle is facing preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Paraphernalia. Cregar on preliminary charges... ...

Drug treatment hinges on county income tax hike

Oct 9, 2017 81

The Bartholomew County Council will be deciding tomorrow on whether or not to increase local income taxes. A large part of the new revenue would go to address public safety and the opioid drug epidemic. Jeff Jones, head of Bartholomew County’s anti-opiate task force, the Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress, says that county officials have realized that dealing with the drug problem will have to require new revenue. Part of that new revenue would to staff and reopen the old portion of the jail. That would ease jail overcrowding and would leave room for a drug treatment center of inmates, Jones said. By opening the old jail, the sheriff could segregate inmates who need drug treatment, Jones said. In effect, the jail provides a captive audience of newly sober addicts, Jones said. With that sobriety, some would like to improve their life, he said. The County Council is scheduled to consider the second and final approval of an income tax increase. The tax rate would increase by half a percentage point... ...

State police investigating death at Bartholomew County Jail

Oct 9, 2017 83

An Elizabethtown woman died in the Bartholomew County Jail Saturday night and Indiana State Police are investigating. 42-year-old Angela L. Blair was serving a sentence for a probation violation on drug related charges. Jail staff responded to a report that she needed medical attention at about 10:30 p.m. that night. As the jail staff spoke to her she collapsed and became unresponsive. Paramedics from Columbus Regional Hospital could not revive her and she was pronounced dead by the Bartholomew County Coroner’s office, says Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, spokesman for the state police. Wheeles says an autopsy was performed Sunday at the hospital and results are pending. ...

Cummins to announce electric power technology

Oct 6, 2017 124

Cummins has announced plans to reveal electrified power technology for transit bus applications at the APTA public transportation show opening in Atlanta on Monday. Cummins officials say the company will display a new powertrain, configurable for either a full battery electric vehicle (BEV) or a range extended electric vehicle (REEV) incorporating a compact engine-generator. Cummins says that these systems are ideally suited for integration into transit, shuttle and commuter buses. With the bus operating in battery-only mode, they say the system achieves zero emissions at the point of use. “The introduction of our new BEV and REEV systems will complement Cummins’ clean-diesel, near-zero natural gas and diesel-hybrid products to offer the broadest, most energy-diverse power portfolio in the bus industry. We are able to meet the needs of every transit route, every duty cycle and every emissions standard in the most cost-effective manner,” said Julie Furber, Executive Director, Electrification Business, Cummins Inc. Compared to the standard diesel-powered bus, Cummins says the REEV 4.5-liter engine is downsized by about 50 percent... ...

Arrests made in suspected meth and heroin ring

Oct 6, 2017 211

An investigation into the distribution of heroin and methamphetamine led to the Bartholomew County Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team led to two arrests after authorities executed a search warrant Thursday morning at a home in the 4100 block of County Road 500 North. Judy Jackson, spokeswoman for the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, says the investigation began after authorities received multiple complaints about the amount of traffic going in and out of the home and calls regarding shots fired around the residence. Police say that there were also multiple theft and burglary investigations that led authorities to the address. Jackson says that the Columbus Police Department SWAT Team executed the search warrant at 4110 W 500 N at approximately 8 a.m. That resulted in the arrest of two residents: Jeremy Streeval and Debin Gabbard. Jackson says the pair were arrested on preliminary charges of: Theft/Receiving Stolen Property, Dealing Heroin, Dealing Marijuana, Dealing Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Paraphernalia, and Maintaining a Common Nuisance Authorities say that weapons were... ...

Michigan man arrested on drug charges

Oct 6, 2017 131

A stop to help a stranded motorist ended with an arrest. Judy Jackson, spokeswoman for the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, says that at 7:11 p.m. on Thursday, Deputy Andrew Densford saw a pickup truck stopped on the shoulder of the southbound exit from I-65 to US-31. When Deputy Densford stopped to help the driver, 39-year-old Thomas Richard Fox, of Pinckney, MI, he detected the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Police allegedly found numerous drug-related items inside the truck, including marijuana, multiple individually-packaged marijuana cigarettes, several oral syringes, a pipe and a plastic baggie containing a white powdery substance that preliminarily tested positive as cocaine. Fox was arrested on preliminary charges of: Dealing Marijuana, Possession of Cocaine or Narcotic Drug, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Paraphernalia He has since been released. Jackson says that a juvenile passenger was released to a family member at the scene. ...

Saturday Sampler for kids to be Saturday at Yellow Trail Museum

Oct 6, 2017 109

The Yellow Trail Museum in Hope and the Bartholomew County Historical Society will be holding the next of their kid-friendly Saturday Sampler events, this Saturday. That starts at 10 a.m. at the museum and will feature Adam Rediker of the Historical Society sharing Weird and Wacky Facts from Bartholomew County history. There will also be science experiments to perform and a snack. The program is aimed at school-aged children and their families. ...

Clifty Creek student chosen as fire poster contest winner

Oct 6, 2017 133

The winner of the Columbus Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Week poster concert is Alyson Hendershot, a fifth grader at Clifty Creek Elementary School. The contest was judged by firefighters and staff from White River Broadcasting. Alyson will receive five tickets to Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari. The poster contest was on the theme of “Every Second Counts, Know 2 Ways Out” and Alyson created a poster showing an interior perspective of a home illustrating available exits, says Capt. Mike Wilson with the Columbus Fire Department. The fire department received 97 submissions from local children, ages 12 and younger. Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 8-14. The Columbus Fire Department hopes that you will take some time next week to focus on fire prevention and preparedness. ...

Duke aid to help develop Bartholomew industrial site

Oct 6, 2017 124

Duke Energy is planning to help make a site in Bartholomew County ready for development through its Site Readiness Program. The power company announced this week that a 63-acre site near Edinburgh would be made ready for development through the program, which identifies, evaluates and improves sites for industrial development. The company presented a $10,000 check this week to the Greater Columbus Economic Development Corp. to help improve the site on the corner of U.S. 31 and County Road 800N. That’s about a mile north of the Interstate 65 interchange. According to Duke, site-selection consultant McCallum Sweeney Consulting has evaluated the parcel and made recommendations, which were presented to the development group this week. The $10,000 would to to implement the site consultant’s recommendations. “McCallum Sweeney Consulting advises companies all across the nation on where to find the best sites. Gaining their evaluation of our site is of great benefit to us,” said Jason Hester, president of the Greater Columbus Economic Development Corporation. “As such, we are grateful for Duke... ...