Local deputy receives prestigious Chamberlain Award

Deputy Robert Cooper and Major Chris Lane; photo courtesy of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Dept.
Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Deputy Sheriff Robert A. Cooper graduated from the 217th class of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy on Saturday, May 18th. Sheriff Matt Myers says that due to Cooper’s extraordinary display of leadership, his 141 peers at the academy nominated him to be the recipient of the prestigious Joshua Chamberlain Award. The Chamberlain Award is named in honor of Joshua Chamberlain, an American college professor from the State of Maine, who volunteered to join the Union Army during the American Civil War. Chamberlain is best known for his gallantry at the Battle of Gettysburg for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor. “I am extremely proud of Deputy Cooper for his hard work and dedication. “He is another example of a quality person who has chosen to serve the citizens of Bartholomew County,” said Sheriff Myers. Deputy Cooper is a native of Franklin and retired from the U.S. Army after 20 years of service.

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Local deputy receives prestigious Chamberlain Award

Deputy Robert Cooper and Major Chris Lane; photo courtesy of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Dept.
Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Deputy Sheriff Robert A. Cooper graduated from the 217th class of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy on Saturday, May 18th. Sheriff Matt Myers says that due to Cooper’s extraordinary display of leadership, his 141 peers at the academy nominated him to be the recipient of the prestigious Joshua Chamberlain Award. The Chamberlain Award is named in honor of Joshua Chamberlain, an American college professor from the State of Maine, who volunteered to join the Union Army during the American Civil War. Chamberlain is best known for his gallantry at the Battle of Gettysburg for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor. “I am extremely proud of Deputy Cooper for his hard work and dedication. “He is another example of a quality person who has chosen to serve the citizens of Bartholomew County,” said Sheriff Myers. Deputy Cooper is a native of Franklin and retired from the U.S. Army after 20 years of service.

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Schneck offers ‘Safe Sitter Program’ for babysitters

Schneck Medical Center in Seymour is offering a “Safe Sitter Program” for children in grades six through eight. Hospital officials say the Safe Sitter program offers young adults an up-to-date and well-rounded youth development program with a medical basis. This class is designed to teach babysitters the life and safety skills they need, while equipping them with the tools to handle emergencies when caring for younger children. A two-day class and a one-day class are being offered. Dates for the two-day program include:
– June 13 and 14
– June 27 and 28
– July 11 and 12
– July 25 and 26 The two-day classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Schneck Simulation Lab in the Jackson Medical Building. A one-day is also being offered on June 8 and July 6. The one-day class will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Family Life Center at Schneck Medical Center. For more information or to register, call (812) 523-4770 or (812) 522-0421.

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Schneck announces car seat recycling effort

Schneck Medical Center is holding car seat recycling event next month in Seymour. Schneck officials say that most car seats expire six years after its manufactured date. They are holding this event in an effort to ensure expired seats are not reused or re-distributed throughout the community. Hospital staff explain that the car seats will be recycled at a secure location?, preventing anyone from picking up and reusing the seats. Schneck’s Car Seat Recycling Event will be held on June 15th from 9 a.m. to noon behind the Schneck Cancer Center. You don’t have to worry about parking, as you can simply pull up and staff will take the seats you’re dropping off. For more information on the Car Seat Recycling Event or for information on how to properly install a car seat, call Schneck’s Family Life Center at (812) 522-0435.

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Man arrested in September hit-and-run death

A Jefferson County man is facing charges for leaving the scene of a fatal crash last fall in Jennings County. 55 year old Richard D. White is facing a felony charge of Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Death. 24 year old Davon Lee Shine died in the accident at about 4:38 a.m. the morning of Sept. 16th when he was struck by a vehicle on US 50 near County Road 700 West in Jennings County. Evidence left behind at the scene led police to believe that Shine was struck by a Toyota truck or SUV. A tip led police to a vehicle found at White’s home. state Police say that after the vehicle was seized, evidence linking White and the vehicle to the crash was obtained. He was arrested Tuesday and taken to the Jennings County Jail.

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Deputies investigate snake behind movie rental kiosk in Taylorsville

Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies were sent to Taylorsville this morning after someone reported a “giant python” was behind the Redbox machine at the Circle K. Deputies determined that the snake was not a python, but a snake native to Indiana, and it was safely transported back to the wild. For more on this story, see

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Classic Cummins race cars prepare to take anniversary lap

Cummins historic diesel-powered race cars were unveiled Wednesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Photo courtesy of Cummins Inc.
All five of the Cummins diesel powered Indy 500 historic race cars were all in the same place, for the first time yesterday at the Speedway. IndyCar drivers including Tony Stewart will be taking a lap in the antique cars just before Sunday’s race. The five diesel race cars are from 1931, 1934, 1950 and 1952. In 1934, Cummins had both the No. 5 and No. 6 cars in the race. The 1952 Cummins Diesel Special No. 28 car was the first turbocharged car to race at Indy. It won the pole position with an average speed of 138 miles per hour To commemorate Cummins’ 100th anniversary, the cars will participate in a vintage parade lap just prior to the green flag dropping at this year’s race. Joining Stewart driving the cars will be veteran Indy drivers Johnny Rutherford, Lyn St. James and Willy T. Ribbs, along with Tom Dollmeyer, executive engineer for Cummins Electrified Power segment. Al Unser Sr. will be a passenger in Rutherford’s car. Unser Sr. won the 1987 Indy 500 driving the No. 25 Cummins Holset car that year.
Former Racer Lyn St. James behind the wheel of a classic Cummins-powered Indy car. Photo courtesy of Cummins Inc.

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Wanted pair accused of running from police in Columbus alley

Justin Sholty. Photo courtesy of Columbus Police Department.
A wanted man and woman are accused of running from police Wednesday afternoon in Columbus, leading to more charges against them. Columbus officers report that they noticed 35 year old Natosha E. Burton and 42-year-old Justin S. Sholty near 10th and Sycamore streets at just before 5 yesterday. Recognizing they were both wanted on warrants, police approached and the two ran down a nearby alley. Despite splitting up, the two were arrested by officers. A search of Sholty’s backpack allegedly revealed heroin, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
Natosha Burton. Photo courtesy of Columbus Police Department.
Burton is facing charges of resisting law enforcement in addition to three outstanding local warrants. Sholty was arrested on two outstanding warrants and resisting law enforcement, in addition to charges of possession of heroin, methamphetamine, a legend drug, a look-alike substance, a controlled substance, and a syringe.
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Two arrested on multiple charges after fleeing from police

Two people were arrested on several charges after they attempted to flee on foot from Columbus police. Just after 5 p.m. Wednesday, an officer from the Columbus Police Department’s Intelligence Led Policing Unit saw Natosha E. Burton, 35, Columbus and Justin S. Sholty, 42, Columbus near 10th Street and Sycamore Street. The officer confirmed multiple

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