CPD accepting applications for Columbus Public Safety Academy

COLUMBUS, Ind. – The Columbus Police Department is now accepting applications for the 2019 Columbus Public Safety Academy. This program gives participants a “behind the scenes” look at law enforcement and public safety in columbus and Bartholomew County. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with officers from police specialty units such as SWAT, Bomb Squad, Detectives, and K-9 to learn how they help keep Columbus safe. Also included, participants will get to partake in a ride along with an officer, tour the dispatch center and jail, and spend an evening learning about fire safety with the Columbus Fire Department. The course begins August 8th, and participants must be at least 18 years old. Sign up can be found here.

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Auto-pedestrian accident claims life on I-65

COLUMBUS, Ind. The Bartholomew County Coroner's Office is investigating the death of a female pedestrian who was struck and killed by a semi early this morning. The incident occurred Monday in the construction zone on Interstate 65, just north of the Bartholomew-Jackson county line, near mile-marker 58, at around 3:45 a.m. Bartholomew Coroner Clayton Nolting was called to the scene, where he pronounced that the woman died from blunt force trauma. Nolting stated the car the female is believed to have occupied was apparently southbound before it became stuck in a muddy area in the median of I-65. The crash is being investigated by Indiana State Police. The woman's identity will be released once next of kin has been notified, Nolting said.

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SIHO to sponsor FREE ColumBike rides

COLUMBUS, Ind. – SIHO Insurance Services is inviting residents to ride ColumBike bikeshare for FREE during the months of May, June, and July. To ride a ColumBike, simply visit a kiosk station, swipe a credit or debit card, enter the promo code (417), and ride for two hours free of chage. After the first two hours, riders will be charged $3 an hour, or they can check their bike back in to kiosk check in again for another free two hours. Riding a ColumBike can help reduce a rider’s overall carbon footprint, remove the hassel of parking, and more. There are eight ColumBike stations in total, and the station map can be found here.

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Columbus starts crack sealing/filling program Monday

COLUMBUS, Ind. – National Pavement Maintenance LLC will begin the Columbus crack sealing and filling program this Monday, April 29. It is part of the city’s preventive maintenance plan and officials hope that by keeping cracks sealed, less water will penetrate asphalt pavement, resulting in fewer potholes and longer lasting streets. Crews will begin working in Carter Crossing and then move to Princeton Park, Progress Park, Spear Street, Wildflower, Shadow Creek Farms, and County Roads 200S and 150W. Streets will be marked “No Parking,” 24 hours prior to the work beginning. The project is expected to completed by late June.

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UPDATE: Silver Alert has been cancelled

UPDATE COLUMBUS, Ind. – The Silver Alert for Stephanie Ann Hudak has been cancelled. CPD detectives, following up on a tip from the public, located Stephanie Hudak at a rural Bartholomew County residence. COLUMBUS, Ind. – Investigators from the Columbus Police Department (CPD) are asking for the public's assistance in locating a local woman who is considered a missing/endangered adult. Officers are seeking information on the whereabouts of Stephanie A. Hudak, 36, who was last seen at her residence in the 200 block of S. Brooks Street on Tuesday night. Hudak is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs approximately 150 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a dark colored t-shirt and dark colored sweatpants. A Silver Alert has been issued statewide for Hudak, who is believed to be in the company of 41-year-old Steven R. Burton. He is described as being 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighing about 170 pounds. They may be traveling together in a red, 1990’s Dodge Durango that has chrome taillights and black wheels. Anyone with information in regards to Hudak's or Burton's whereabouts is urged to call CPD dispatch at 812-379-1689. Information and tips can be left anonymously.

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