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Traffic Stop Leads to Drug ArrestsAn Edinburgh man was arrested on drug charges by CPD officers after an early morning t...
07/16/2019

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrests

An Edinburgh man was arrested on drug charges by CPD officers after an early morning traffic stop in Columbus. At approximately 1:45 a.m., CPD officers stopped a vehicle driven by Robert H. Everroad, 48, for a minor violation. A short time later, a CPD canine responded to the scene and alerted to the odor of narcotics inside the vehicle. Officers searched Everroad’s vehicle and reportedly located methamphetamine and Suboxone inside a bottle between the vehicle’s seats. Everroad was placed under arrest and transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where he was remanded on the following preliminary charges:

Possession of Methamphetamine
Possession of a Controlled Substance

More pics from this evenings Touch a Truck Event at the Columbus Indiana Chick Fil A.
07/15/2019

More pics from this evenings Touch a Truck Event at the Columbus Indiana Chick Fil A.

07/15/2019

Join us at Chick Fil A until 7:00 pm for their Touch a Truck event.

The two men pictured below are the suspects in the Cellular Connection armed robbery that occurred on Sunday.  We are wo...
07/15/2019

The two men pictured below are the suspects in the Cellular Connection armed robbery that occurred on Sunday. We are working on obtaining higher resolution pictures/video at this time. Tips and information in this case can be left anonymously by calling CPD at 812-376-2600.

Join us today at Chick-Fil-A on National Road for Family Night (Cars Trucks and Heroes).  CPD will be there from 5-7 p.m...
07/15/2019

Join us today at Chick-Fil-A on National Road for Family Night (Cars Trucks and Heroes). CPD will be there from 5-7 p.m. along other public safety agencies to meet with families and answer questions. Come out and see a police car and don't forget to grab a sticker badge.

A big thanks to the nearly 300 riders who came out on Saturday to support our 3rd Annual Blue Line Ride and made this ye...
07/15/2019

A big thanks to the nearly 300 riders who came out on Saturday to support our 3rd Annual Blue Line Ride and made this year’s event our biggest ever!

A special thanks to Mann’s Harley Davidson, the Story Inn, Texas Roadhouse, and Columbus Coca Cola for sponsoring the event.

We can’t wait to see you again next summer.

CPD Investigating Armed RobberyCPD is investigating an armed robbery after two suspects entered a Columbus cell phone st...
07/15/2019

CPD Investigating Armed Robbery

CPD is investigating an armed robbery after two suspects entered a Columbus cell phone store shortly before 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. The suspects, who were both armed, demanded money from the cash register and later fled the Cellular Connection/Verizon Wireless store, located at 2075 W. Jonathan Moore Pike, with an undisclosed amount of currency and cellular phones. No injuries were reported.

Suspect #1 is described as a black male, 20-40 years of age, approximately 5’7”-5’8” tall with a stocky build and broad shoulders. He was wearing a white t-shirt with the Bahamas flag on it along with dark colored pants, a yellow hat and black sunglasses with gold trim. Suspect #1 also had a bandage on his left arm from his elbow to his wrist.

Suspect #2 is described a black male, 20-40 years of age, approximately 6’2”-6’3” tall with a slender build. He was wearing blue plaid pajama pants, a dark hooded sweatshirt and black sunglasses.

Investigators plan to release pictures/video of the suspects in the near future.

Anyone with information in regards to the case is urged to contact the Columbus Police Department at 812-376-2600. Tips and information can left anonymously.

It’s a perfect morning to come out and support our DARE officers and students. Registration for this year’s Blue Line Ri...
07/13/2019

It’s a perfect morning to come out and support our DARE officers and students. Registration for this year’s Blue Line Ride starts at 9 AM at Manns Harley Davidson come out and spend the day with us and have fun while helping our local students.

The weather is looking perfect for tomorrow's 3rd annual Blue Line Ride.  Sign ups start at 9:00 a.m. at Mann's Harley D...
07/12/2019

The weather is looking perfect for tomorrow's 3rd annual Blue Line Ride. Sign ups start at 9:00 a.m. at Mann's Harley Davidson. $25 rider $35 for rider/passenger. Post ride meal catered by Texas Roadhouse. Please share this poster with your friends on social media and help make this our biggest event yet.

Driver Arrested After DUI Crash Knocks Out PowerA local man was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after...
07/12/2019

Driver Arrested After DUI Crash Knocks Out Power

A local man was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after his truck struck a traffic control box knocking out power to the traffic signals at a Columbus intersection. At approximately 11:20 p.m. Thursday night, CPD officers responded to the intersection of Middle Road and Rockyford Road in regards to the crash.

The arriving officers observed that a truck crashed into a traffic control box and also struck a tree near the intersection. Officers noted that the driver of the truck, Adrian T. Villegas, 24, of Columbus appeared impaired and failed several field sobriety tests at the scene. Prior to transporting Villegas to Columbus Regional Hospital, the officers located drug paraphernalia in his clothing. After obtaining a blood sample at the hospital, Villegas was transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where he was remanded on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

We would like to thank Pastor Patrick Galligar who is stepping down as a CPD Chaplain after more than 10 years of servic...
07/12/2019

We would like to thank Pastor Patrick Galligar who is stepping down as a CPD Chaplain after more than 10 years of service to our officers and the community.

Patrick will continue to serve the community as a pastor at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.

We would like to thank Congressman Greg Pence who recently took a moment on the floor of Congress to recognize the Colum...
07/11/2019
Rep. Greg Pence recognizes Columbus Police Department

We would like to thank Congressman Greg Pence who recently took a moment on the floor of Congress to recognize the Columbus Police Department's work and support of our National Guard and Military Reserve employees.

Rep. Greg Pence recognizes Columbus Police Department

Traffic Stop Leads to Local Man’s ArrestA local man was arrested on drug charges after an early morning traffic stop in ...
07/11/2019

Traffic Stop Leads to Local Man’s Arrest

A local man was arrested on drug charges after an early morning traffic stop in Columbus. At approximately 4:00 a.m., a CPD officer stopped a vehicle near State Street and Cherry Street driven by Joshua S. Perry, 35, of Columbus. A CPD canine was requested and alerted to the odor of narcotics coming from the vehicle. A short time later, the officers recovered methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia that Perry had concealed in his clothing. Perry was placed under arrest and transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where he was remanded on the following preliminary charges:

Possession of Methamphetamine
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Here is a sneak peek at this year’s ride shirts we will have available for purchase during Saturday’s Blue Line Ride to ...
07/10/2019

Here is a sneak peek at this year’s ride shirts we will have available for purchase during Saturday’s Blue Line Ride to benefit DARE.
$15 (Size S-###L)

We will also have last year’s ride shirts available for $5.00. Registration for the event begins on Saturday at 9:00am at Mann’s Harley Davidson. Hope to see you there.

CPD Hires Three New OfficersThree new officers joined the ranks of the Columbus Police Department when they were joined ...
07/09/2019

CPD Hires Three New Officers

Three new officers joined the ranks of the Columbus Police Department when they were joined by their families and sworn in by Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop during the Board of Public Works and Safety meeting held earlier today.

Alex Hill (Badge #275) is a 21 year old Columbus resident who graduated from Columbus North High School. While in high school, Alex was a Columbus police cadet for two years. Hill later attended Ball State University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. Hill also completed an internship with the Muncie Police Department and later became a reserve officer at their agency while working with their drug task force.

John Busack (Badge #276) is 23 years old and moved to Columbus from Nebraska when he was two. Busack graduated from Columbus East High School and attended IUPUI where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. John was previously employed with the Bartholomew County Community Corrections for the past two years.

Adriane Polley (Badge #277) is a 21 year old Columbus resident and a graduate of Columbus Christian School. After completing high school, Polley enlisted in the Army National Guard where he became a weapons squad team leader. Prior to coming to CPD, Adriane worked in the Bartholomew County Jail.

The new officers will spend the next several weeks undergoing training at CPD before they attend the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in September.

The DARE Blue Line Ride is only 5 days away.  Our Columbus Texas Roadhouse will once again be feeding the participants a...
07/08/2019

The DARE Blue Line Ride is only 5 days away. Our Columbus Texas Roadhouse will once again be feeding the participants at the end of the ride. Come out and join us Saturday morning at Mann’s Harley Davidson and support your local DARE Officers and students.

CPD Officers Arrest Burglary SuspectsTwo suspects are in custody after they reportedly broke into a Columbus home on Sun...
07/08/2019

CPD Officers Arrest Burglary Suspects

Two suspects are in custody after they reportedly broke into a Columbus home on Sunday evening. At approximately 11:40 p.m., CPD officers were dispatched to a residence in the 700 block of Smith Street in regards to two persons attempting to gain entry into a home. The residents advised the officers that a man and woman were pulling on their door and causing a disturbance outside their home.

While officers were speaking with the residents, the suspects later identified as Clifton S. Burton, 29, of Columbus and Ophelia C. Garcia, 24, of Columbus, were spotted inside the home immediately next door. When Burton and Garcia observed the officers, they fled to the back of the house. Officers later confirmed with the homeowner that Burton and Garcia were not supposed to be inside the home and they were both taken into custody without incident after a Columbus police canine arrived on scene.

Burton and Garcia were transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where they were remanded with 48 hour holds on the following preliminary charges:

Clifton Burton: Burglary, Possession of Methamphetamine, Residential Entry

Ophelia Garcia: Residential Entry

JNET Arrests Two on Numerous Drug ChargesFor Immediate Release:  July 8, 2019Columbus, IN-At the conclusion of lengthy i...
07/08/2019

JNET Arrests Two on Numerous Drug Charges

For Immediate Release: July 8, 2019

Columbus, IN-

At the conclusion of lengthy investigation, detectives from the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team arrested two people on numerous drug charges last Wednesday.

On July 3rd, detectives from the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team executed a search warrant at 6770 S. County Road 650 West in Bartholomew County in regards to an ongoing narcotics investigation.

The detectives located narcotics and paraphernalia inside the home of Troy E. Smith, 54, and Kelly D. Starke, 31. While inside the investigators were inside the house, Smith and Starke returned home. When they observed the officers Smith and Starke attempted to flee in their vehicle, however, officers utilized a tire deflation device and the couple were taken into custody a short time later. They were transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where they were remanded on the following preliminary charges:

Troy Smith: Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Methamphetamine, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Illegal Drug Labs, Bartholomew County Warrant, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Kelly Starke: Possession of a Controlled Substance, Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Methamphetamine, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Illegal Drug Labs

The investigation into the sale of illegal drugs in Columbus and Bartholomew County continues and additional charges are possible in this ongoing investigation.

The Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team, a combined unit of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office, the Columbus Police Department and the Bartholomew County Prosecutor’s Office is proactively targeting the manufacturing and abuse of dangerous drugs in Columbus and Bartholomew County. All suspects should be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

The DARE Blue Line Ride is only 7 days away.  We hope to see you next Saturday. All participants will have a chance to w...
07/06/2019

The DARE Blue Line Ride is only 7 days away. We hope to see you next Saturday. All participants will have a chance to win this $300 gift card courtesy of Manns Harley Davidson who Is hosting the event again this year. Sign-ups are from 9 to 10:45 AM kick stands up shortly afterwards. We will return to Columbus by 2:30 for a meal catered by Texas roadhouse. $25 for rider, $35 for rider/passenger. All proceeds benefit the Columbus and Bartholomew County DARE program. The event will be held rain or shine all bikes are welcome.

We hope you have a safe and happy Independence Day.
07/04/2019

We hope you have a safe and happy Independence Day.

07/02/2019

The DARE Blue Line Ride is only 11 days away. Join us next Saturday at Mann’s Harley Davidson for one of the summers best charity motorcycle rides.

Registration is from 9-11 am. Kickstands up at 11 a.m. we will return to Columbus around 2:30 for a meal catered by Texas Roadhouse.

$25 per rider/$35 for rider/passenger. Event T-shirt’s will be available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the Columbus and Bartholomew County DARE program.

Columbus Police Department Recognized for Military SupportThe Columbus Police Department was recently recognized for the...
06/29/2019

Columbus Police Department Recognized for Military Support

The Columbus Police Department was recently recognized for the department’s support of their National Guard and Military Reserve employees. During the award banquet, which was hosted by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) and held in Indianapolis earlier in the month, CPD received the “Above and Beyond Award” which is presented by the ESGR State Committee to recognize employers at the local level who have gone above and beyond the legal requirements of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Act (USERRA) by providing their National Guard and Reserve employees additional, non-mandated benefits such as differential or full pay to offset lost wages.

The Columbus Police Department currently has 11 officers serving in the Armed Forces in an Active Duty, National Guard or Reserve capacity. In total, 33% of Columbus police officers have either served or are currently serving in our Nation’s Armed Forces.

Columbus Police Chief Jonathan Rohde stated, “We are very proud of our police officers that continue to serve in our military.” “These officers have a very special skill set and understand the importance of service.” “We are proud to work with these officers to ensure that they are able to attend the training and military exercises they need to fulfill their obligations and help protect our country and community.”

If you are planning to attend the annual Juneteenth Celebration tomorrow on 4th Street, stop by and visit with our offic...
06/28/2019

If you are planning to attend the annual Juneteenth Celebration tomorrow on 4th Street, stop by and visit with our officers at the CPD table. They will be there starting at 10:00 a.m.

Summer is finally here and so are the warm temperatures.  Please do not leave pets inside your vehicle unattended.  It o...
06/28/2019

Summer is finally here and so are the warm temperatures. Please do not leave pets inside your vehicle unattended. It only takes a couple of minutes for your vehicle to become dangerously hot.

Fleeing Suspect Arrested by CPD OfficersA local man wanted on a Bartholomew County Warrant was arrested by CPD officers ...
06/28/2019

Fleeing Suspect Arrested by CPD Officers

A local man wanted on a Bartholomew County Warrant was arrested by CPD officers after he attempted to evade arrest by fleeing on a bicycle Thursday afternoon. At approximately 2:45 p.m., a CPD officer observed Zackary C. Townsend, 29, of Columbus, riding a bicycle near 11th Street and Chestnut Street. The officers confirmed a local warrant for Townsend’s arrest and attempted to speak with him. Townsend refused to stop for the officers and rode his bicycle through several different alleys in an attempt to evade arrest. Townsend was eventually apprehended in the 800 block of Reed Street and placed under arrest. The officers transported Townsend to the Bartholomew County Jail where he was remanded on the following preliminary charges:

Resisting Law Enforcement
Bartholomew County Warrant

CPD Recovers Stolen Vehicle After Traffic StopOfficers from the Columbus Police Department recovered another stolen vehi...
06/28/2019

CPD Recovers Stolen Vehicle After Traffic Stop

Officers from the Columbus Police Department recovered another stolen vehicle after the car was stopped for a minor violation on Thursday night. At approximately 10:00 p.m., a CPD officer stopped the driver of a Pontiac G6 after seeing the vehicle swerving in the roadway. The officers spoke to the occupants of the vehicle and determined a short time later that the car was improperly registered. After checking the vehicle’s identification number, the officers determined that the Pontiac was reported stolen in Jackson County in 2017. CPD officers arrested the driver of the vehicle who was identified as Kyra S. Anderson, 28, of Columbus. Anderson was transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where she was remanded on a preliminary charge of Auto Theft/Receiving Stolen Property.

Hook a Kid on Fishing will be held on Wednesday, July 24th from 9AM-3PM.  Officers will be on hand to have some fun and ...
06/27/2019

Hook a Kid on Fishing will be held on Wednesday, July 24th from 9AM-3PM. Officers will be on hand to have some fun and fish with youth ages 9-14 in our community. If interested, please email Ofc. Greg Ross at [email protected]. After you have submitted your interest by email, you will receive a confirmation email that it was received. A letter will follow closer to the event with more information. No fishing experience is necessary!

CPD Officers Recover Stolen VehicleCPD officers recovered a stolen car after conducting a felony traffic stop on the sus...
06/27/2019

CPD Officers Recover Stolen Vehicle

CPD officers recovered a stolen car after conducting a felony traffic stop on the suspicious vehicle Wednesday evening. At approximately 8:10 p.m., a CPD officer observed a blue Chevy Camaro driving slowly in front of him in the 1900 block of Cottage Avenue. The officer checked the car’s license plate and determined that the vehicle was recently stolen from Rush County, Indiana.

CPD officers conducted a felony traffic stop on the vehicle and arrested the driver, Timothy E. Barrow, 57, of Rushville and his passenger, Kristi M. Schofner, 43, of Rushville. Officers also confirmed a warrant for Schofner’s arrest. Both Barrow and Schofner were transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where they were remanded on the following preliminary charges:

Kristi Schofner: Trespassing, Rush County Warrant

Timothy Barrow: Theft

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