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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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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Severe weather expected Tuesday afternoon

The National Weather Service has placed most of central Indiana, including Bartholomew County, in an Enhanced Risk for severe weather on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

Forecasters say a strong-to-severe line of thunderstorms will push east-southeastward into Indiana during the afternoon hours, with the potential for damaging winds and very large hail. Additionally, downbursts (sudden, strong collapses of air), will be possible and pose the threat for substantial straight-line wind damage at the surface.

The National Weather Service says that atmospheric conditions will be primed for severe weather earlier in the day than usual, with dew points reaching the lower to middle 70s by lunchtime, high instability, and a strong low level jet present.

Officials believe the storms will hit our area between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tuesday.

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Honorees announced for CYP Next Gen Awards

Tickets for the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce’s and Columbus Young Professional’s Next Gen Awards Luncheon are available. Cindy Frey, president of the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, recently talked about the luncheon on our weekend “News & Views” program. Categories including honoring a Next Gen business, innovator, educator and volunteer. The keynote speaker will be Ellie Symes, CEO of the Bee Corp., an Indiana tech company that was founded in 2016. Organizers say the award ceremony will recognize six individuals and one business selected for leadership, intelligence, exuberance and dedication to improving the community. They include: YP Volunteer of the Year: This award is presented to a young professional whose extraordinary civic engagement, philanthropy, volunteerism, and public service has benefited the community. 2019 Award Winner – Tyshaun Allen, Taylor Brothers Construction. Allen has served on the Columbus Area Multi-Ethnic Association board of directors for five years and currently serves as its president. He also served on the team that led the Welcoming Communities survey and serves as technology consultant to African American Fund of Bartholomew County and the Columbus Enrichment Program. YP Innovator of the Year: This award is presented to a young professional whose innovation, entrepreneurial vision, courage, and leadership has made a positive impact in the community. 2019 Award Winner – Joshua Carter and Adrian “Soca” Wibowo of Helix BioStructures, LLC. These Indiana University alums run a research services company. YP Educator of the Year: This award is presented to a young professional who has demonstrated initiative, creativity and excellence in an education role, has taken on leadership roles in the community and acted as role model to those around them. 2019 Award Winner – Shane Yates, BCSC pre-kindergarten director, manages the early childhood education programs. Unsung Hero: This award recognizes a public service leader who has operated behind the scenes, silently working in a dedicated and committed fashion, without the limelight, who has laid the foundation for stellar public service results and has created positive change in their organization and community. 2019 Award Winner – Tim Green, Foundation for Youth. NextGen Business of the Year: This award is presented to a Columbus business or organization that complements workplace culture among millennial employees with a commitment to attracting, retaining and developing the young, professional workforce. 2019 Award Winner – Assisted Independence, Nathan Red. He created a business plan, with support from SCORE, and founded the company. Now he employs 50 people who serve clients in Indianapolis, Bloomington and Columbus. Community Contribution Award: This award recognizes someone who is positively impacting this community, making Columbus a better place to live, work and play. 2019 Award Winner – Susana Villegas, Program Coordinator, Columbus Area Arts Council. The awards luncheon is Sept. 13th at 11:30 a.m. at The Commons. Tickets are available at columbusareachamber.com.

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Two arrested after banned shopper returns to store

Kenton A. Wilson. Photo courtesy of Columbus Police Department
A Columbus man’s return to Walmart after being banned, led to two arrests on drug charges over the weekend. Columbus police are reporting that they were called to the store on Whitfield Drive at about 4:40 p.m. Thursday afternoon and found 30-year-old Kenton A. Wilson inside a van in the parking lot. As officers talked to Wilson and his passenger, 28-year-old Alexa A. Hicks, they noticed narcotics inside the vehicle. A search revealed two bags of methamphetamine, syringes and drug paraphernalia in the van. Wilson and Hicks are facing preliminary charges for possessing the drugs and paraphernalia. Wilson is also being charged with criminal trespassing.
Alexa A. Hicks. Photo courtesy of Columbus Police Department.

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Local man arrested after yelling at drivers

Delfino Galacia; Photo courtesy of Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Dept.
A local man was arrested early Sunday morning after a Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Deputy spotted him in the area of State Street and Gladstone Avenue standing in the intersection and yelling at passing motorists. Police say that 37-year-old Delfino Galacia, of Columbus, was uncooperative and aggressive. He allegedly kicked at officers and the windows from inside a patrol car. Galacia was found in possession of a large kitchen knife and drug-related paraphernalia. Galacia is facing preliminary charges of: Public Intoxication
Resisting Law Enforcement
Possession of Paraphernalia
Bartholomew County Warrant Galacia remains behind bars on $14,500 bond.

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Gas station disturbance leads to Columbus man’s arrest

A scuffle with police at a convenience store led to the arrest of a Columbus man Saturday night. Police report being called to assist with a drunk man who was refusing to leave a gas station in the 1100 block of Washington Street at about  7:55 p.m. Saturday night. They encountered 27-year-old Joseph B. Caudill, who was causing a disturbance and began resisting police when they tried to arrest him. The fight went to the floor, where he was put into restraints and taken to Columbus Regional Hospital to be checked out. After being released from the hospital he was taken to jail on preliminary charges of public intoxication, trespassing and resisting law enforcement.

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Stolen golf course vehicle found being driven on People Trail

Photo courtesy of Columbus Police Department.
Caleb Bowers. Photo courtesy of Columbus Police Department.
A stolen, city-owned golf course maintenance vehicle was recovered, after it was found being driven on the People Trail. Columbus Police say that the vehicle had recently been stolen from the Greenbelt Golf Course, but Mark Jones, the city parks director, noticed it driving on the People Trail at about 6:30 Thursday night. Police stopped the vehicle near McKinley and McShane avenues. The driver, 33-year-old Caleb D. Bowers, of Columbus was allegedly carrying methamphetamine and marijuana. He was arrested on preliminary charges of theft, burglary and drug possession.

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