Columbus Man Arrested After Missing Woman is Located

A local man who was connected to a case involving a woman reported missing by her family was arrested after a short standoff at a Bartholomew County mobile home park on Wednesday afternoon. Investigators from the Columbus Police Department were searching Wednesday for Stephanie Hudak and her boyfriend Steven "Bobby" Burton, 41, of Columbus and asked for the public's assistance in locating them due to concerns of the nature of her disappearance. Hudak was entered as a missing person and a Silver Alert was issued in an attempt to locate Hudak who was last seen on Tuesday night by her family. Investigators followed up on a tip from the public on Wednesday afternoon and located Hudak, who was uninjured, at a mobile home in the 10000 block of Legal Tender Road. The officers determined that Burton was also inside the mobile home, however, he refused to surrender to law enforcement. A search warrant to enter the home was obtained and officers utilized a police canine to search for Burton. With the assistance of Columbus Police K-9 Bane, officers located Burton hiding under a mattress inside a bedroom in the mobile home. He was taken into custody without further incident and later remanded to the Bartholomew County Jail on a Bartholomew County Warrant as well as an Indiana Parole Warrant. The incident remains under investigation.

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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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Centra gets go-ahead to build taller headquarters

COLUMBUS, Ind. – At a hearing with city assistant planning director Melissa Begley, Centra Credit Union was granted approval of its request for a zoning variance allowing it to add an additional 7.5 feet to the elevation of its soon-to-be-built headquarters on Tupelo Drive. Hearings with one officer, as opposed to the entire Board of Zoning Appeals, are convened when all criteria for granting a variance have been met. The project’s architect, Emily DeSmit of RATIO Architects, says that the reason for the variance is some restrictions on the site, notably that floor-to-floor dimensions in commercial buildings are greater than in the past, and the fact that the building will be situated at a lower elevation than neighboring structures. Centra Credit Union anticipates occupying the building around the end of next March. Force Construction is the contractor for the project.

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Columbus, Seymour city offices closed Good Friday

SEYMOUR/COLUMUBUS, Ind. – Seymour City Offices and the Department of Public Works will be closed on Good Friday, April 19. Seymour Transit will also not be running on the holiday. Trash, recycling, and yard waste normally picked up on Friday will be collected on Thursday, April 18. In Columbus, city offices will not be open on Good Friday. However, sanitation workers will be on the job and trash will be picked up on Friday as usual.

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Learning Center hosts student research expo

COLUMBUS, Ind. – The Office of Student Research at IUPUC is holding its ninth annual Student Research Exhibition this Tuesday, April 16, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Columbus Learning Center. The expo brings together the work of 24 students and 13 faculty mentors to showcase 12 research projects selected for the academic year.

Each student-faculty team received a $1,000 grant from the Office of Student Research to fund their project. To earn a grant, students submitted detailed project proposals, passed a rigorous vetting process by a review committee, and then completed their projects with direction and guidance from a faculty mentor.

"These innovative research projects have been an excellent opportunity for students to integrate their academic knowledge with professional research," explained Dr. Julie Goodspeed-Chadwick, professor of English at IUPUC.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

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Trash collection on for Good Friday, recycling center closed

COLUMBUS, Ind. – The Columbus Department of Public Works has announced that the city’s normal trash collection schedule will be observed for Good Friday, April 19. Please have all TOTERS and brush out by 7 a.m. for collection this Friday.

The office of the Department of Public Works, however, will be closed to celebrate the holiday and will reopen on Monday, April 22. If you have any questions, call 812-376-2509 or click here.

The Recycling Center and Bartholomew County Solid Waste Management District Office will also be closed Friday, April 19, in observance of Good Friday. The Landfill will be open normal business hours. For more information, phone 812-376-2614.

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‘Breakthrough’ plays at YES Cinema

COLUMBUS, Ind. – YES Cinema in downtown Columbus will be screening the film, Breakthrough, this Wednesday, April 17. It is based on the inspirational and seemingly impossible true story of one mother’s unfaltering love in the face of impossible odds after her son falls through the ice on a Missouri lake.

Breakthrough stars This is Us' Chrissy Metz, Topher Grace, Josh Lucas, and Marcel Ruiz. Mike Colter and Dennis Haysbert are also featured.

More information, showtimes, and tickets are available here or by visiting the YES Cinema box office.

YES Cinema, is a non-profit program of Lincoln-Central Neighborhood Family Center and is located at the corner of 4th and Jackson Streets in downtown Columbus.

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Pair arrested trying to cash stolen check

COLUMBUS, Ind. – Public relations officer Lt. Matt Harris with the Columbus Police Department (CPD) says law enforcement arrested two people after they attempted to cash a stolen check on Thursday afternoon. Officers responded to the drive-through of Centra Credit Union, 601 Union St., around 3:30 p.m.

Bank officials advised that Travis D. Lyles, 35, of Columbus, was supposedly attempting to pass a personal check from an account that was closed due to stolen checks. CPD also spoke with a passenger in the vehicle, Amber F. Harris, 34, of Columbus, and allegedly found several driver’s licenses and social security cards in her purse that were reported stolen during a separate theft from a vehicle in Columbus last month.

Both Lyles and Harris were placed under arrest and transported to the Bartholomew County Jail. Lyles was charged with attempted forgery and Harris was booked for theft.

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