Monthly Archives: September 2020

Waynesville death under investigation

The Bartholomew County Death Investigation Team has been called in after a dead woman was found in Waynesville this morning.

Deputies were called to the scene of the suspected death at South East Street in Waynesville at about 6:30 a.m. this morning. They found a woman with suspicious injuries. Deputies secured the scene and called in the joint team.

Sheriff Matt Myers says that Indiana State Police and Bartholomew County Coroner Clayton Nolting have been working at the scene.

The incident remains under investigation and further information will be released at a later time.

“The death investigation team is working aggressively to pursue further information and once that information is gathered, we will share it with the public,” Myers said.

The Bartholomew County Death Investigation team includes Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office, Columbus Police Department, Indiana State Police, Bartholomew County Coroner’s Office and the Bartholomew County Prosecutor’s Office.

Capt. Dave Steinkoenig updates Bartholomew County Sheriff Matthew A. Myers at the scene this morning

Schneck’s Fish to head Indiana Hospital Association district

Dr. Eric Fish. Photo courtesy of Schneck Medical Center.

Schneck Medical Center’s president and CEO has been named the president of the Indiana Hospital Association’s Southeastern Indiana District for 2021 and 2022

Dr. Eric Fish has more than 15 years of leadership experience at Schneck, most recently, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Previous postopms included Medical Director of Schneck Obstetrics & Gynecology, President of the Schneck Medical Staff, Chairman of the Board of Managers for Inspire Health Partners, Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, and

IHA’s Board of Directors includes representatives from hospitals of all sizes across Indiana. These hospital leaders provide their insight as IHA sets strategic priorities, plans its annual activities and reviews membership requests.

Motorcycle rider dies in training course crash

A new motorcycle rider died in an accident during a training course over the weekend, according to Columbus police.

The training course was being conducted at Columbus Municipal Airport at about 12:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, when 66-year-old Carol McMurray of Indianapolis lost control of her new bike and crashed into a storage container. She was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital where she later died.

Police say the accident remains under investigation.

Updated: Body found near North Vernon City Park

North Vernon police are investigating after a body was found early this morning near the City Park.

Police say a passerby called officers about a person lying in the grass behind a nearby business at about 12:45 a.m. this morning. Police discovered that the person had died. Their identity has not yet been released, as police work to notify the next of kin.

Police say this is an active investigation and more information will be released as it becomes available.

Update 11:30 a.m.

North Vernon police say that they are seeking the public’s help in the investigation. They have released a photo of a vehicle that they believe may have been involved in the death.

If you have any information you can call 812-346-2345 for the non-emergency dispatchers or 812-346-1466 for the NVPD front office.

Photo courtesy of North Vernon Police Department

Early in-person voting set to begin next week

In person early voting will start in just over a week for the November election.

Bartholomew County Clerk Jay Phelps explains that the deadline to register to vote is coming up on Monday, Oct. 5th and the county’s single early voting location will open on Tuesday Oct. 6th.

Unlike previous years, with multiple early voting locations, voters will only be able to cast ballots at Fair Oaks Mall in the former Carson’s store.

Phelps said that early voting will be going on at the mall Mondays through Fridays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with Saturday voting on Oct. 24th and Oct. 31st also from 8 to 5. In person early voting will wrap up at noon on Nov. 2nd.

Phelps said that poll workers will be sanitizing the machines, as well as other common surfaces such as the digital poll books and tables between each use and all workers will be masked.

Neither the courthouse, nor Donner Center, will be used for early voting this cycle.

Election Day is Nov. 3rd and on that day there will be 12 vote centers around Bartholomew County, where you can cast your ballot.

Short police chase leads to arrest of unlicensed driver

Johnny Jordan. Photo courtesy of Columbus Police Department.

A Columbus man was arrested Thursday afternoon after leading police on a short car chase.

According to police reports, an officer noticed a car make a minor traffic violation near 9th and Reed streets at about 12:15 p.m. Thursday afternoon. The driver refused to stop, driving to an alley in the 600 block of Hutchins Avenue where he attempted to leave the vehicle.

The man, identified as 46-year-old Johnny E. Jordan, did not have a driver’s license and was arrested on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement and operating a vehicle without ever receiving a license.

Driver arrested after getting stuck in construction gravel

Trevor Jessup. Photo courtesy of Columbus Police Department

Columbus police say that a suspected drunk driver got his vehicle stuck in gravel at a construction zone early this morning.

According to police reports, Columbus officers found the crash at about 4 this morning at Taylor Road and 31st Street. The driver, 30-year-old Trevor A. Jessup appeared to drive past several “road closed” signs before striking a culvert and getting stuck in the gravel.

Jessup appeared to be unsteady on his feet and slurring his words, according to police reports. He failed several field sobriety tests and was arrested on a preliminary charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Seymour woman dies in U.S. 31 crash

A Seymour woman died in a crash Thursday on North U.S. 31 in Jackson County.

36-year-old Brianne N. Fluhr was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by the Jackson County deputy coroner.

Jackson County sheriff’s deputies say the crash happened at about 1:50 p.m. Thursday afternoon in the 5700 block of North U.S. 31, near the intersection with County Avenue. The initial investigation indicates that Fluhr was driving on County Avenue and tried to cross the  highway onto County Road 560N, pulling into the path of a car driven by 26-year-old Loren A. Smith of Seymour.

After being struck, Fluhr’s vehicle rolled several times before landing upside down.

Smith was treated at the scene and later in the evening was transported by medics to IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis with a back injury.

The accident is still under investigation.

Hope hosting Studebaker car show, suffrage march on Saturday

There will not be a Hope Heritage Days this weekend, but the town is still going to feature events around the Town Square on Saturday.

There will be a return of the Studebaker car show from last year’s Heritage Days. While all cars are welcome, Studebakers will be featured. The car show will be from 10 to 2 and will include awards for grand champion and reserve grand champion Studebaker entries. The Night Owl Country Band will be performing from 10 to 2.

The Yellow Trail Museum will also be hosting a celebration of 100 years of Women’s Suffrage on Saturday from 10 to 3. Visitors will be able to make sashes supporting “Votes for Women.” The museum is encouraging girls to bring their American Girl dolls and sashes will also be made for the dolls. The event will include a women’s suffrage rally at noon on the north side of the Hope Town Square and a march around the square.

Several of the usual Hope Heritage Days food booths will be selling food on Saturday including the Hauser FFA which will be selling food at the Hauser Ag facility at the school from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Congressman Pence seeks to free CARES act funds for states

Congressman Greg Pence, a Columbus Republican, is cosponsoring a bill to allow states to determine how to spend remaining money from the CARES Act.

The Coronavirus Relief Fund Flexibility Act would prohibit funds from being spent on government employee bonuses, lobbying expenses, or budget shortfalls predating the pandemic, while also providing a 50 percent match for funds spent on infrastructure projects begun in the next year. States would be required to hold a quarter of their remaining relief funds in trust for future COVID-19 expenses.

Pence said that if passed, the bill will give states more power to make their own decisions, so taxpayer money is not spent in inefficient or ineffective ways. Pence said that about $80 billion dollars remains unspent of the $150 billion the states received for their response to COVID-19.