Reports of suspicious activity leads to two drug arrests

Mar 16, 2017 145

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department arrested two area women earlier this week after deputies responded to several complaints of suspicious activity in the area of Legal Tender Road and County Road 600 South. Judy Jackson, department spokeswoman, says that Deputy Andrew Densford was patrolling the area Monday night when he saw a van travel left of the center line. Upon stopping the van and speaking with the driver, 38-year-old Clarissa Powers, of Grammer, Deputy Densford recognized the passenger as 29-year-old Lovely Brown, of North Vernon. Brown was wanted on a Jennings County warrant. After arresting Brown, Columbus Police and K-9 Max arrived. Max reportedly alerted to the odor of narcotics coming from inside the van. Police allegedly found that Powers had a plastic baggie of marijuana inside of her coat. They also reported finding a controlled substance in Brown’s purse. Powers was arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana. She has since been released. Brown was arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, along with... ...

Greenwood man sentenced in federal fraud case

Mar 16, 2017 125

A Greenwood man has been sentenced for stealing more than $2.7 million dollars from the construction company he worked for. The U.S. Attorney’s office announced today that 53-year-old Troy L. Sissom was sentenced to three and a half years in federal prison on charges of fraud and filing false tax returns. According to U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler, Sissom set up a fake company in 2003 and made up false invoices to his employer F.A. Wilhelm Construction Co. while he was working as a project manager. He then had Wilhelm pay him for materials that never existed. Authorities say that this defraud Wilhelm out of $2.7 million and also the federal government out of $381,000 in taxes. The case was investigated by the IRS and U.S. postal inspectors. Sissom must serve two years of supervised release after his prison time and must pay back both Wilhelm and the federal government. ...

Seymour police offer dementia help with Project Lifesaver

Mar 16, 2017 95

Seymour Police have announced a new program to help find people with Alzheimer’s, dementia, autism or other mental disorders who may have wandered off. Project Lifesaver equips families with transponders that their family members can wear that will allow the police to locate them in case a relative has gotten lost. The department says that they have issued three of the transponders so far and have more for families who need them. The department does caution that the devices are only for use in Jackson County now, but they also are encouraging departments in neighboring communities to take part. If you would like more information you can go to the department’s website at seymourpd.com and click on the Project Lifesaver link. Or you can call Lt. John Watson at 812-522-1234. ...

INDOT to close 7 bridges on State Road 135 for work

Mar 16, 2017 80

You can expect lots of traffic delays this summer if you are planning to drive State Highway 135. INDOT contractors will be closing seven different bridges on the highway in Brown, Jackson and Morgan counties this construction season for various work and at different times. The work will cost about $3.3 million dollars and will be spread out over three contractors. According to the agency, the work will include: State Road  135 over Little Beanblossom Creek — 1.7 miles north of State Road 45 in Brown County, will require closing the roadway for up to 75 days. The contract calls for rehabilitation of a double-arch structure including new railings, spandrel walls and bridge deck. State Road 135 over Moser Branch — 1.57 miles north of State Road 45 in Brown County near Railroad Road requires closing State Road  135 for up to 60 days. The contract calls for new bridge rails, spandrel walls and bridge deck at the 36-foot single-span arch bridge. State Road 135 over Bear Creek — 1.26 miles south... ...

Airport restaurant set to re-open Friday

Mar 15, 2017 93

The recently renovated restaurant at Columbus Municipal Airport is nearly ready to be unveiled. Brian Payne is the airport director. Payne explains that upwards of $150,000 was spent to modernize the restaurant to help it better match the rest of the airport after its renovations. Payne says that the airport believes that the restaurant’s renovation is money well spent. He notes that the restaurant hasn’t been updated since the terminal was opened in 1982. A “soft” opening of the restaurant, minus some furniture and light-fixtures, is set for Friday. Payne says that a complete grand re-opening, with everything in place, is scheduled to be held sometime after April 1. ...

Health Department offers screenings

Mar 15, 2017 73

The Bartholomew County Health Department will offer screening cholesterol screenings, including triglycerides, LDL and HDL, along with Hemoglobin on the morning of March 28th. Those screenings will be held inside the health department at 2675 Foxpointe Drive, Suite B. The cost for the Cholesterol screening is $15. The cost for the Hemoglobin test is $2. Participants must fast 12 hours prior to the Cholesterol screening. Fasting is not required for the Hemoglobin screening. For more details, or to schedule an appointment, call (812) 379-1555, Option 1, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ...

City cemetery clean-up set for April 3

Mar 15, 2017 64

Columbus City Cemetery is scheduled for a spring clean-up on Monday, April 3. Columbus Parks and Recreation says that those who have family plots in the cemetery, located south of Donner Park, are asked to pick up any items that they wish to save by April 2nd. Parks staff will remove and discard worn and out-of-season decorations that are left behind. Clean-up at the cemetery happens twice each year. Parks officials say the fall clean-up is scheduled for October 2. ...

Sheriff’s Dept. receives grant for wound kits

Mar 15, 2017 90

Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Captain Dave Steinkoenig applied for a grant, through the Indiana Homeland Security Grant Foundation, and has been awarded $3,600 for the purchase of Patrol Pocket Packs. Judy Jackson, Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman, says that the Patrol Pocket Packs are used to treat severe wounds, such as a gunshot or knife wound. They are contained in a weatherproof, vacuum sealed package that fits into the cargo pocket of a deputy’s uniform. Jackson says that several deputies recently attended training, organized by Columbus Fire Department Deputy Chief Mike Kutsko. Authorities say that training is focused on “self-rescue when severely wounded.” Captain Steinkoenig says that Bartholomew County EMA Director Shannan Hinton also assisted in the procurement of this grant. ...

Salem man arrested in alleged arson and murder

Mar 15, 2017 71

A Salem man is behind bars after an alleged arson and murder. Indiana State Police say that at approximately 7 p.m. on Tuesday, firefighters responded to a mobile home fire at 221 Teresa Street in Salem. After the fire was extinguished, a burned human body was found inside of the mobile home. The Salem City Police Department was at the scene and requested Indiana State Police Crime Scene Investigators and Indiana State Police Detectives to assist. ISP says that the owner of the home, 28-year-old Joshua B. Risinger, was found and interviewed. As a result of that interview, Risinger was arrested on preliminary charges of Murder and Arson. The victim that was located inside of the mobile home has not yet been identified. An autopsy was performed Wednesday morning by the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville. That autopsy wasn’t conclusive and authorities are awaiting the results of a further testing. ...

Police: Meth center raided in Elizabethtown

Mar 15, 2017 99

The Bartholomew County Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team is reporting that officers broke up a methamphetamine distribution center in Elizabethtown. The investigation grew out of a traffic stop Monday night, where a woman was arrested on warrants and found to be carrying methamphetamine and a smoking pipe. Authorities say that they believe the meth was sold out of a home on 11th Street in Elizabethtown. Officers obtained a search warrant and raided the home at shortly before midnight last night. They say they discovered drugs, drug paraphernalia and drug-dealing equipment. That was at the home of 28-year-old Stephanie Cecil, says Judy Jackson, spokeswoman for the county sheriff’s department. Cecil is facing preliminary charges of dealing meth, possessing meth and drug paraphernalia, and maintaining a common nuisance. Police also found 23-year-old Travis Sneed hiding under a bed. He was wanted on a Bartholomew County warrant and is facing new charges of possessing methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. The original arrest happened Monday night after Columbus police recognized a wanted woman inside a vehicle.... ...