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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Local man arrested after stolen parks utility vehicle spotted

A utility vehicle reported stolen by the city parks department during a recent burglary at Greenbelt Golf Course was recovered after it was spotted by a Columbus Parks and Recreation employee on Thursday. At 6:30 p.m., Columbus Parks and Recreation Director Mark Jones observed what appeared to be a city-owned golf course utility vehicle being

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Flood barricade ordinance voted down

Local motorists who drive through roads closed by floods won’t pay any more in fines tomorrow than they do now. An ordinance that would have significantly increased the fine for driving around barricades warning motorists of closed, flooded roads was defeated by the Bartholomew County Commissioners on Monday. Commissioners chairman Rick Flohr and Larry Kleinhenz

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Man arrested after observed yelling in an intersection

Bartholomew County Sheriff deputies arrested a local man who was accused of standing in an intersection yelling at passing motorists. Deputies were sent to the area of State Street and Gladstone Avenue in Columbus at 2:38 a.m. Sunday about the man in the intersection. The man, identified as Delfino Galacia, 37, 1111 Eighth St., was

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CPD settles with former mayor in public access case

The Columbus Police Department and the city of Columbus have reached a settlement with former Mayor Kristen Brown, agreeing to pay her $32,000 for attorney fees, court costs and other expenses Brown incurred in a public access lawsuit against the department. The settlement agreement was announced Monday, along with the city’s and Brown’s request that

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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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