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Columbus Police Department Make Arrests

Officers with the Columbus Police Department (CPD) made two arrests after a man was shot in the face with a pellet gun on Monday night.
At around 6:30 p.m., CPD responded to the 2100 block of Union Street after a disturbance outside a home, according to CPD’s Lt. Matt Harris.
When police arrived they were told by a man who said he had been assaulted that Todd Carr, of Columbus, shot him with a pellet gun and tried to strike him with a metal pole.
Officers then arrested Carr and Lisa Davis,  of Columbus, who both had out of county warrants for their arrest, according to law enforcement.
Carr was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital for treatment of injuries he sustained in the altercation.
Both he and Davis were later taken to the Bartholomew County Jail.
Carr was preliminarily charged with Battery with a Deadly Weapon and for a Johnson County Warrant.
Davis was preliminarily charged for a Jackson County Warrant.

Christmas Tree Pick Up in Columbus

City of Columbus crews will continue to pick up residential Christmas trees curbside (no alleys) the same day as your regular trash collection through Friday, January 27th.
Residents are reminded that call-ins will not be accepted for Christmas trees and collections will not be made on private streets.
Your tree must be free of all decorations including ornaments, hooks, stands, or nails, and placed at the curb in front of your home.

North Vernon Woman Arrested for Dealing Meth

An Ongoing drug investigation lead to the arrest of a North Vernon Woman for Dealing Methamphetamine.
On Friday December 30th, 2022 at around 11:00 a.m. Sgt. Thomas Mellencamp, Deputy Bill Carter, and Sheriff Kenny Freeman went to a Geneva Township residence in an attempt to locate Shannon Bear,of North Vernon, who was wanted on a Jennings County Circuit Court Arrest Warrant for several counts of Dealing Methamphetamine.
The warrant had been issued after a lengthy narcotics investigation by Jennings County Detectives.
Upon arrival Deputies made contact with Ms. Bear.  Further investigation led Deputies to locating over 15 Grams of Meth and Drug Paraphernalia at her residence. Ms. Bear was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Jennings County Jail where she is still being held on multiple Dealing and Possession Charges.

Johnson County Man in Custody After Shots Fired

A Johnson County man was taken into custody in Franklin after reports of shots fired led to the serving of a search warrant by SWAT members.
Officers with the Franklin Police Department were dispatched to the Branigan Creek neighborhood at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
When police arrived, they were unable to find the source of the gunfire but received information on potential people involved.
Due to the nature of the circumstances, investigators contacted Johnson County SWAT to help with the execution of the warrant
. The search led to the arrest of Amos Crenshaw, of Franklin, the threat to the community was over.
The suspect is being held at the Johnson County Jail without bond. Police ask that anyone with information on the incident call 317-346-1100.

Search for New Edinburgh Fire Chief

The town of Edinburgh is looking for a new Fire Chief after the resignation of John Henderson. His last day was December 18th.
Edinburgh Fire and Rescue has named Chuck Ridpath as the new interim Fire Chief. Ridpath has been a member of the Edinburgh fire team since 1994. He is also a Lieutenant with the City of Franklin Fire Department where he has served for 20 years.
The former chief served from May 2021 until he recently resigned in early December. He is now working at Johnson Memorial Health in Franklin.

Bloomington Looking to Expand Centerstone Program

The City of Bloomington’s Department of Public Works is hoping to expand the Centerstone program. That’s a program designed to help people who struggle with mental health and addiction issues get back on their feet. Director Adam Wason says Centerstone has served over 70 people so far, and he tells the City of Bloomington YouTube channel that he hopes to expand the program in 2023.

Attention Hunters and Anglers

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources would like to remind all Hoosier anglers and hunters that all annual 2022 licenses are valid through March 31st of 2023. The 2023 licenses go on sale in January.
DNR would also like to remind hunters and trappers that hunting seasons end at the end of January.
If you Have any questions to ask about your online license system account, license-purchasing errors, or deer control permits, email or call 317-232-4082.

Bartholomew County Burn Ban Lifted

The countywide burn ban in Bartholomew County that was issued earlier this week has been lifted, according to the Bartholomew County Emergency Management.
Clay Township is under a burn ban at the request of Clay Township Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jonathon Ooms.
Burn bans previously in effect for Brown and Jackson counties have also been lifted.
Burn bans in Jennings and Shelby Counties are still active, but will be reevaluated as conditions improve.
The bans were originally put into effect at the request of various county fire chiefs.

Electrical Fire at Cherry Street Home in Columbus

The Columbus Fire Department was summoned to an electrical fire on Cherry Street early Thursday morning.
Crews responded to 492 S. Cherry St., at 3:30 a.m., after the rental property tenant discovered smoke in the home and called 911, according to CFD spokesman Cpt. Mike Wilson.
Firefighters arrived and spoke to the sole occupant of the home. The man had escaped without injury. Inside, there was a fire in the kitchen ceiling, which included visible damage to ceiling tiles, insulation, and ceiling joist. Crews quickly extinguished the flames and determined the small blaze did not extend further through the home beyond the area of origin.
There were no smoke detectors found in the home.
Damages to the home are estimated at $3500 and no injuries were reported. CFD reminds citizens of the importance of working smoke alarms as a tool for early fire detection.