Columbus firefighters promoted after recent retirements

Battalion Chief Steve Yeley. Photo courtesy of Columbus Fire Department.
Columbus Fire Department has promoted three of its firefighters. Capt. Steve Yeley has been promoted to Battalion Chief, Lt. Eric Darlage has been promoted to captain and Firefighter Leroy Armstrong has been promoted to lieutenant. Battalion Chief Yeley will be the commander of all 6 fire stations and personnel serving on B-Shift. Capt. Darlage will be  the A-shift Captain at Station # 1. Lt. Armstrong will be the B-shift Lieutenant of Station # 1. The Columbus Fire Department has a chief, two deputy chiefs, three battalion chiefs, 10 captains, 18 lieutenants and 60 firefighters.
Lt. Leroy Armstrong
Capt. Eric Darlage

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Wanted man arrested while walking in downtown Columbus

Phillip T. Roberts. Photo courtesy of Columbus Police Department.
A wanted man was arrested in downtown Columbus after he was seen walking by police officers. Columbus police say that 32-year-old Phillip T. Roberts was walking near 10th and Wilson streets at about 5:50 p.m. Monday evening when he was spotted. Police allegedly found that he was carrying a small bag of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. In addition to the outstanding Bartholomew County warrant, he is facing charges of possessing the methamphetamine and paraphernalia.

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Vandals tear up whimsical pathway known as Friendship Alley

A colorful and whimsical garden tucked away on a path called Friendship Alley was torn apart by vandals just before members of a local garden club had hoped to showcase its beauty to visitors attending Exhibit Columbus. Members of the Let’s Grow Garden Club began calling each other early Monday morning after being notified by

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CPD arrests local man on drug-related charges

CPD officers arrested a wanted person on drug-related charges after he was seen walking on Monday evening in Columbus. Officers saw Phillip T. Roberts, 32, Columbus, walking near 10th and Wilson streets at 5:50 p.m., said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman. Officers confirmed a local warrant for Roberts’ arrest and he was taken

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Tuesday weather picture gets a little brighter

Forecasters are scaling back the chance of extremely bad weather today. Bartholomew County Emergency Management is reporting that the storm prediction center has pulled back the enhanced risk designation for our area, seeing that the system is likely to weaken sooner than originally forecast. Strong wind gusts are still possible and will remain a hazard today. However the chance of hail or tornadoes has become very low. The bad weather should be out of Indiana by 8 tonight.

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Report: Former mayor, city settle public records lawsuit

The city of Columbus and former mayor Kristen Brown have reached a settlement in her public records lawsuit with the city. Our news-gathering partners at The Republic are reporting that the city and police department will pay Brown $32,000 to cover her attorney fees court costs and other expenses. The action stems from an alleged domestic disturbance in August of 2016 involving a married couple employed by the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department. Brown filed the lawsuit in February of 2017, alleging that the Columbus Police Department and Chief John Rohde failed to document and provide her with information regarding that incident. Judge Richard W. Poynter, of Jackson County, ruled in the former mayor’s favor in June. You can read more at  therepublic.com

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Jail corrections officer terminated after arrest

Staff Reports A Bartholomew County Jail corrections officer was terminated Friday after the Indiana State Police arrested her for operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Kimberly A. Cruser, 42, Morgantown, was arrested at about 2 a.m. Friday by state police troopers, who have not yet released details, including the location of the arrest. Jail records indicate

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Regional Hospital, Police – August 20

Region Police JENNINGS COUNTY Arrests Saturday Ashley Westerkamm, 36, Butlerville, driving while suspended with a prior conviction, 10:05 p.m., by the North Vernon Police Department, $605 bond. Incidents Friday 12:15 p.m. — Trespassing in the 100 block of North Jackson Street. 1:13 p.m. — Trespassing in the 1400 Block of East Buckeye Street. 6:39 p.m.

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Local Police, Fire – August 20

Police, Fire EDITOR’S NOTE: The following information was summarized from the records of city, county, and state police, fire and hospital agencies. Arrests Friday Isiah M. Stitt, 20, Edinburgh, illegal consumption of an alcoholic beverage, 3:01 p.m., by the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, released on $2,500 bond. Nickolas A. Montambo, 50, of 1225 Eighth St.,

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