Gov. Eric Holcomb is ordering all flags at state facilities be flown at half staff on Monday in honor or Memorial Day. The governor is also asking businesses and residents across the state to lower their flags
Flags should be flown at half-staff from sunrise to noon on Monday.
Photo: Circe Denyer has released this “Flag At Half Mast” image under Public Domain license.
Columbus police say that a wanted local man tried to run away from officers, but he was quickly taken into custody.
Officers noticed a man trying to hide behind a trash can to avoid police at around 7:15 p.m. Thursday night in the 1200 block of Eighth Street. When the officer got out of his car, the man took off running.
Police caught up to him at 8th and Reed Street and discovered that he was 51-year-old Craig A. Pike of Columbus, who was wanted on a Bartholomew County warrant. As he was taken into custody, officers searched his backpack and recovered drugs and paraphernalia.
In addition to the outstanding warrant, he is facing new charges of resisting law enforcement, plus possession of methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Seymour police are warning of a scam going on in the area, where scammers are pretending to be Duke Energy and demanding immediate payment over the phone of a fake past due bill.
According to the police department, the scammers are spoofing local numbers making it appear that they are automated call services threatening to turn off your power if you don’t pay over the phone by check or credit card.
The callers are likely calling from overseas, police say. You should never give out personal information, credit cards numbers or any other information to a caller. Instead, call Duke Energy directly if you have questions about your account.
Duke Energy says if you receive such a call, you should report it to the police. You can contact Duke Energy immediately at 800-521-2232.
Governor Eric Holcomb today extended the public health emergency declaration for the state of Indiana by another month, but he also loosened some restrictions around the state.
According to the governor’s office, continuing the public health emergency allows individuals who otherwise would not be eligible to administer COVID-19 vaccinations to continue doing so. And it allows the state to continue to receive pandemic emergency funds for programs such as the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
A second executive order relaxed some more restrictions including removing the mask mandate for state facilities. Masks will still be required in settings where people are closely packed together such as state prisons and the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. Masks are also still required inside COVID testing and vaccination clinics.
Face masks will still be required inside Indiana schools through June 30th, but not outdoors on school property. Starting July 1st, school boards will be able to determine what restrictions are needed locally.
The governor’s office says Hoosiers should still follow CDC guidance for when fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people should wear masks and take other protective measures.
The Hope Post of the American Legion will be holding its traditional round of Memorial Day ceremonies Monday morning in northeastern Bartholomew County. The post will perform full military services at eight locations Monday morning.
The first service will be at 8:30 a.m. at Sharon Cemetery at the grave of Jonathan Moore. The Revolutionary War veteran was a bodyguard for General George Washington. The final service will be at 11 a.m. at Hope Moravian Cemetery’s Veterans Memorial. You can find a complete schedule below.
There will be a new conservative voice on News Talk 1010 WCSI and 98.1 FM, starting Monday afternoon.
White River Broadcasting General Manager Bob Morrison explains that Dan Bongino will be taking the place of long-time talk radio icon Rush Limbaugh, who died earlier this year. The show will will air daily starting at noon.
Bongino is a former Secret Service agent and New York police officer. He ran unsuccessfully for Congress three times.
He rose through the conservative pundit ranks with his support for former President Trump. He is a frequent guest of Fox News and has been hosting a highly rated podcast. In the weeks following the election in November, it ranked either #1 or #2 among all podcasts on Apple.
A young girl is in critical condition after nearly drowning in Decatur County last night.
Indiana conservation officers are reporting that the incident happened last night at Lake Santee. The Decatur County dispatch center received a report that a 2-year-old girl had disappeared from her home on Lake Santee Drive at about 8:51 p.m. at night. Clarksburg EMS arrived on the scene and quickly found her unconscious in about three feet of water.
She was flown by medical helicopter to Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis. The incident is under investigation.
Columbus police say that a driver tested at more than twice the legal alcohol limit crashed into two vehicles last night on Jonesville Road.
Police were called to the area around County Road 200S and State Road 11 at about 8:50 last night after a pickup truck crashed into the back of a vehicle stopped at the intersection. The driver then reportedly left the scene, crashing into another car on the road.
The driver, 45-year-old Jason E. Ballard had slurred speech and his eyes were bloodshot and glassy. Field tests came back at .227 percent blood alcohol level, close to three times the legal limit. After a blood test at Columbus Regional Hospital, he was arrested on charges of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident.