Monthly Archives: July 2018

Traffic stop turns to drug arrest for Columbus woman

Tausha N. Hendren. Photo courtesy of Columbus Police Department.

A Columbus woman was arrested Friday morning on drug charges after a traffic stop.

Columbus police report that they pulled over a vehicle driven by 27-year-old Tausha N. Hendren of Columbus at about 1:25 a.m. Friday morning after she drove through the intersection at 14th and California streets without stopping at a stop sign.

A police dog alerted to the smell of narcotics in the SUV and a search allegedly revealed heroin, pills and drug paraphernalia. Hendren is facing preliminary possession charges.

New fire truck destroys camper in I-65 crash

Photo courtesy of Indiana State Police.

Interstate 65 was shut down Friday night after a brand-new fire truck crashed into the rear end of a camper trailer just north of Columbus.

Indiana State Police and the German Township Volunteer Fire

Photo courtesy of German Township Volunteer Fire Department.

Department report that the crash happened at about 7:30 that night when the new Pierce quint style fire truck crashed into the camper, completely demolishing it and spreading debris across the highway..

Sgt. Stephen Wheeles with the Indiana State Police says that there were no injuries. But said it is a good example of why no one should ever ride in a camper trailer while it is in motion.

The fire truck was slated to be delivered to the Broward County Sheriff’s Department Fire Rescue team. Instead, the new truck was set to be towed to the nearest Pierce dealership on Saturday.

Seymour suspect caught on video in burglary

Photo courtesy of Seymour Police Department
Photo courtesy of Seymour Police Department.

Seymour police are looking for a suspect in a store burglary over the weekend. The police department posted a still frame from a video that shows the man police suspect in the burglary at Darlage Custom Meats a little after five Saturday morning.

f you recognize the person you should contact Officer Brian Proffet or Detective C.J. Foster with the Seymour Police Department at 812-522-1234.

‘Special Dogs’ fundraising drive ends on Wednesday

There are only a few days left in a fundraising drive to aid in the relocation of “Special Dogs and More,” currently located inside the Fairoaks Mall in Columbus. Randy Lapidus says the restaurant opened 10 months ago. He explained that the idea for the business came about after a loved one suffered brain trauma. With that, the idea to create a business that allows those with disabilities to work, was born.

Lapidus says the initial plan was to stay in the mall for two to three years. However, he says that the loss of businesses and foot-traffic at the mall has resulted in the need of a new location. He says they’ve found a great location on Washington Street.

Lapidus adds that the deadline to raise the needed $50,000 is Wednesday. As of Friday evening, just over $30,500 has been raised. Lapidus notes that if the goal isn’t reached, they keep none of the pledged money. For more information on this fundraising effort, visit “Special Dogs and More” on Facebook or their fundraising page at

Former reserve deputy formally charged with child molesting

A retired Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputy has been formally charged in Bartholomew Superior Court 1 with child molestation. Our news-gathering partners at “The Republic” are reporting that 72-year-old Larry Scott is facing:

– two counts of Child Molesting Involving a Child Younger than Age 14;
– one count of Possession of Child Pornography;
– one count of Performing Sexual Conduct in the Presence of a Minor;
– one misdemeanor count of Possession of Paraphernalia;

According to the report, Scott worked as a Ceraland security volunteer. He is accused of molesting a 12-year-old boy at his camper on July 21st. He is also accused of taking a photo on his phone of the child during the incident.

Scott was quickly arrested after the start of the initial investigation. His stay in the Bartholomew County Jail was extended to allow prosecutors additional time to investigate and file formal charges. Those charges came down Friday shortly before Scott was set to be released.

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Cummins announces settlement with other company

Cummins Inc. announced a settlement agreement has been reached with JM Turbo Technology Corporation precluding the manufacture or sale of products that infringe Cummins patents.

As part of the settlement agreement, JM Turbo Technology acknowledged it illegally marketed and sold turbochargers protected by Cummins’ patents and other intellectual property rights registered in multiple countries. In addition, Cummins patents were infringed, valid and enforceable. Conditions of the settlement include JM Turbo Technology’s agreement to stop all manufacturing, importation, exportation, advertising and/or sale of all infringing products. The settlement also calls for JM Turbo Technology to destroy all existing inventory of the infringing products.

Garden City woman facing charges for stolen UTV

Rhonda Oliphant; photo courtesy of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Dept.

A Garden City resident is facing charges after allegedly trying to sell stolen property. Caitlyn Gross, spokeswoman for the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, says that the department received a report from the Bartholomew County Fair Board on Wednesday that one of their utility vehicles, valued at approximately $9,000, was stolen over the past several days.

Gross says that detectives from the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office and Joint Narcotic Enforcement Team were able to determine that the UTV was located at a property inside the trailer park. Detectives approached the residence and made contact with the occupant, 45-year-old Rhonda Oliphant. Authorities say they learned that the UTV was hidden on the property and that Oliphant was allegedly trying to sell it, knowing the UTV was stolen.

Oliphant was arrested on preliminary charges of Auto Theft and Receiving Stolen Auto Parts. She is being held on $7,500 bond. Gross adds that a search warrant was obtained for the home and that the investigation is ongoing.

Cummins plant produces two millionth engine

Cummins on Thursday announced the production of the two millionth engine at its Jamestown Engine Plant in Jamestown, New York. Company officials say the Jamestown plant remains one of the company’s largest manufacturing facilities, accounting for 14.7 percent of Cummins total engine production in 2017.

Jamestown is home to the production of Cummins heavy-duty engine technologies including the X15, ISX12, X12, ISM11 diesel engines and ISX12N natural gas engine as well as historically the ISX15 diesel engine and ISX12 G natural gas engine.

“We credit much of our success to the hard-working employees that commit themselves every day to provide products and services that meet or exceed our customers’ expectations,” said Anna Dibble, Cummins JEP Plant Manager. “They work to provide this company with quality products that we feel proud to stand behind.”

Columbus man arrested on gun charge

Joshua Irvin; photo courtesy of Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Dept.

A Columbus man was arrested Wednesday afternoon on a gun charge. Caitlyn Gross, spokeswoman for the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, says at approximately 5:17 p.m., deputies were advised of a warrant for 23-year-old Joshua Irvin for theft of a firearm. With the assistance of JNET, deputies went to a home in the area of the 800 block of Cottage Avenue. When they got there, Irvin allegedly fled inside the home. Officers made entry into the home and took Irvin into custody. His bond was set at $11,000.

Suspicious vehicle leads to three arrests

Sonja Dougherty. Photos courtesy of Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Dept.

A suspicious vehicle led to the arrests of three Columbus residents Wednesday afternoon. Caitlyn Gross, spokeswoman for the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, says that at approximately 2:24 p.m., deputies received a tip of a suspicious vehicle in the area of West Shady Lane, possibly being involved with illegal drugs.

Deputy Brandon Sellers found the vehicle leaving the area and initiated a traffic stop for a moving violation. The occupants of the vehicle were identified as 31-year-old Sonja Dougherty, 32-year-old Jessica Hynes and 39-year-old Keith Wilder. Deputy Matt Bush and K9 Diesel arrived to assist and Diesel apparently alerted to the odor of narcotics coming from the vehicle.

Jessica Hynes

During the search of the vehicle, authorities reportedly found multiple syringes and paraphernalia. Deputies later learned that Wilder had an outstanding warrant and an outstanding body attachment.

Dougherty was arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of a Legend Drug Injection Device and Maintaining a Common Nuisance. Dougherty’s bond was set at $65,000

Hynes is facing preliminary charges of Possession of a Legend Drug Injection Device and Visiting a Common Nuisance. Her bond was set at $63,500.

Keith Wilder

Wilder was arrested for the outstanding warrant and outstanding body attachment. His bond is set at $2,889.26.