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Kenneth Reid LesterPolice Officer Kenneth Lester succumbed to injuries sustained in an automobile crash on February 17th...
05/12/2021

Kenneth Reid Lester

Police Officer Kenneth Lester succumbed to injuries sustained in an automobile crash on February 17th, 1995, while responding to an alarm call.

He was responding to the call with his lights activated but no siren. As he approached the intersection of South 8th Street and South H Street a tractor-trailer that was driving in the left lane moved to the right lane. As Officer Lester overtook the tractor-trailer, it suddenly attempted to make a left turn in front of him. His patrol car became stuck underneath the trailer, causing him to suffer debilitating head and internal injuries.

Officer Lester required around-the-clock care for the next 25 years. He passed away from complications of the original injuries on February 10th, 2020.

Officer Lester had served with the Richmond Police Department for 16 years at the time of his crash. He is survived by his wife, two children, and two sisters.

Kenneth Reid Lester

Police Officer Kenneth Lester succumbed to injuries sustained in an automobile crash on February 17th, 1995, while responding to an alarm call.

He was responding to the call with his lights activated but no siren. As he approached the intersection of South 8th Street and South H Street a tractor-trailer that was driving in the left lane moved to the right lane. As Officer Lester overtook the tractor-trailer, it suddenly attempted to make a left turn in front of him. His patrol car became stuck underneath the trailer, causing him to suffer debilitating head and internal injuries.

Officer Lester required around-the-clock care for the next 25 years. He passed away from complications of the original injuries on February 10th, 2020.

Officer Lester had served with the Richmond Police Department for 16 years at the time of his crash. He is survived by his wife, two children, and two sisters.

There is still time to register online for Blue Line 5K Saturday morning at Hamilton Center.  Online registration ends T...
05/11/2021

There is still time to register online for Blue Line 5K Saturday morning at Hamilton Center. Online registration ends Thursday. You can also sign up during the morning of the event. Come out and join us for great family fun and help support our police charities.

Congratulations to all the 6th grade students at Rockcreek Elementary School who received the Mayor’s Work Ethic Award t...
05/11/2021

Congratulations to all the 6th grade students at Rockcreek Elementary School who received the Mayor’s Work Ethic Award today. We appreciated the opportunity to speak to the students and celebrate their hard work this year.

Does it get any better than this....Thanks to the folks at Ruoff Home Mortgage for dropping off donuts for our officers ...
05/11/2021

Does it get any better than this....Thanks to the folks at Ruoff Home Mortgage for dropping off donuts for our officers as part of National Police Week.

Does it get any better than this....Thanks to the folks at Ruoff Home Mortgage for dropping off donuts for our officers as part of National Police Week.

Police Memorial Service Planned for FridayIn commemoration of National Police Week, a memorial service to honor law enfo...
05/11/2021

Police Memorial Service Planned for Friday

In commemoration of National Police Week, a memorial service to honor law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty will be held on Friday, May 14th at 9:00 a.m. at the Public Safety Plaza near 2nd Street and Jackson Street in Columbus. During the thirty minute ceremony, officers will read the names of 362 police officers and 22 police canines who died in the line of duty during 2020. This year’s event will feature area law enforcement Honor Guards, bagpipers, a “21 gun” salute, and the playing of taps. The event is free and open to the public.

Police Memorial Service Planned for Friday

In commemoration of National Police Week, a memorial service to honor law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty will be held on Friday, May 14th at 9:00 a.m. at the Public Safety Plaza near 2nd Street and Jackson Street in Columbus. During the thirty minute ceremony, officers will read the names of 362 police officers and 22 police canines who died in the line of duty during 2020. This year’s event will feature area law enforcement Honor Guards, bagpipers, a “21 gun” salute, and the playing of taps. The event is free and open to the public.

Shoplifting Suspect Arrested on Warrants/Drug ChargesColumbus police officers arrested a Flatrock, Indiana man who was a...
05/11/2021

Shoplifting Suspect Arrested on Warrants/Drug Charges

Columbus police officers arrested a Flatrock, Indiana man who was accused of switching price tags on merchandise inside a store on Monday. At approximately 5:55 p.m., CPD officers responded to Walmart, located at 735 Whitfield Drive, in regards to a man, later identified as Jordan L. Caldwell, 31, who was reportedly switching price tags on merchandise inside the store. The officers met with store security and Caldwell inside the store and determined that Caldwell had three active Bartholomew County Warrants and he was placed under arrest. While searching Caldwell, the officers located methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia inside his clothing. Caldwell was transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where he was remanded on the following preliminary charges:

Three Bartholomew County Warrants
Possession of Methamphetamine
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Shoplifting Suspect Arrested on Warrants/Drug Charges

Columbus police officers arrested a Flatrock, Indiana man who was accused of switching price tags on merchandise inside a store on Monday. At approximately 5:55 p.m., CPD officers responded to Walmart, located at 735 Whitfield Drive, in regards to a man, later identified as Jordan L. Caldwell, 31, who was reportedly switching price tags on merchandise inside the store. The officers met with store security and Caldwell inside the store and determined that Caldwell had three active Bartholomew County Warrants and he was placed under arrest. While searching Caldwell, the officers located methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia inside his clothing. Caldwell was transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where he was remanded on the following preliminary charges:

Three Bartholomew County Warrants
Possession of Methamphetamine
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

We were excited when we noticed that over 36,000 people follow the CPD page.  That's a lot of people.   The CPD...
05/10/2021

We were excited when we noticed that over 36,000 people follow the CPD page. That's a lot of people. The CPD social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are the quickest way to get up to date information in regards to police news and events. If you haven't liked our page or started following our pages, go ahead and click the like and follow button.

We were excited when we noticed that over 36,000 people follow the CPD page. That's a lot of people. The CPD social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are the quickest way to get up to date information in regards to police news and events. If you haven't liked our page or started following our pages, go ahead and click the like and follow button.

Yesterday marked the beginning of National Police Week.  We pause during this time to remember the officers who died in ...
05/10/2021

Yesterday marked the beginning of National Police Week. We pause during this time to remember the officers who died in the line of duty. Over the course of this week, we will take a moment to reflect on the lives of the three Indiana officers who died in the line of duty in 2020.

After taking a year off due to COVID, our annual law enforcement memorial service will take place on Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. at 2nd Street and Jackson Street. The law enforcement spouse group, Behind the Badge, is sponsoring a 5k run Saturday morning at Hamilton Center in Columbus that starts at 8:00 a.m.

On behalf of our officers and civilian staff we would like to thank our community for their continued support of CPD. The food, cards, and well wishes you show to us all year long means a lot during these challenging times.

Yesterday marked the beginning of National Police Week. We pause during this time to remember the officers who died in the line of duty. Over the course of this week, we will take a moment to reflect on the lives of the three Indiana officers who died in the line of duty in 2020.

After taking a year off due to COVID, our annual law enforcement memorial service will take place on Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. at 2nd Street and Jackson Street. The law enforcement spouse group, Behind the Badge, is sponsoring a 5k run Saturday morning at Hamilton Center in Columbus that starts at 8:00 a.m.

On behalf of our officers and civilian staff we would like to thank our community for their continued support of CPD. The food, cards, and well wishes you show to us all year long means a lot during these challenging times.

Suspect Arrested After Pursuit on Consecutive DaysColumbus police officers arrested a Freetown, Indiana man on numerous ...
05/10/2021

Suspect Arrested After Pursuit on Consecutive Days

Columbus police officers arrested a Freetown, Indiana man on numerous charges after he fled from officers on two consecutive days. On Thursday, May 6th , CPD officers attempted to stop Donovan A. Martin, 24, who had several warrants for his arrest and was reportedly armed with a sawed off shotgun. Martin refused to pull over his truck for the officers and a vehicle pursuit ensued. The officers pursued Martin who disregarded several traffic signs and signals during the chase. Martin eventually fled from his vehicle which was left in gear and struck a fire hydrant near 8th Street and Cottage Avenue. Officers pursued Martin on foot but lost sight of him a short time later.

On Friday, May 7th, at approximately 7:25 p.m., a CPD officer spotted Donovan Martin standing at the corner of 7th Street and Union Street. Martin reportedly fled on foot after observing the officer and a foot pursuit ensued. The officer pursued Martin to a nearby alley where the officer noted he had a syringe in his hand. Martin dropped the syringe a short time later and was taken into custody.
Martin was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital for jail clearance. After being medically cleared, Martin was remanded to the custody of the Bartholomew County Jail with a 72 hour hold on the following preliminary charges:

Four Bartholomew County Warrants
Resisting Law Enforcement
Possession of a Legend Drug Injection Device
Possession of a Narcotic Drug
Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle
Criminal Recklessness
Criminal Mischief
Leaving the Scene of an Accident
Reckless Driving

Suspect Arrested After Pursuit on Consecutive Days

Columbus police officers arrested a Freetown, Indiana man on numerous charges after he fled from officers on two consecutive days. On Thursday, May 6th , CPD officers attempted to stop Donovan A. Martin, 24, who had several warrants for his arrest and was reportedly armed with a sawed off shotgun. Martin refused to pull over his truck for the officers and a vehicle pursuit ensued. The officers pursued Martin who disregarded several traffic signs and signals during the chase. Martin eventually fled from his vehicle which was left in gear and struck a fire hydrant near 8th Street and Cottage Avenue. Officers pursued Martin on foot but lost sight of him a short time later.

On Friday, May 7th, at approximately 7:25 p.m., a CPD officer spotted Donovan Martin standing at the corner of 7th Street and Union Street. Martin reportedly fled on foot after observing the officer and a foot pursuit ensued. The officer pursued Martin to a nearby alley where the officer noted he had a syringe in his hand. Martin dropped the syringe a short time later and was taken into custody.
Martin was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital for jail clearance. After being medically cleared, Martin was remanded to the custody of the Bartholomew County Jail with a 72 hour hold on the following preliminary charges:

Four Bartholomew County Warrants
Resisting Law Enforcement
Possession of a Legend Drug Injection Device
Possession of a Narcotic Drug
Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle
Criminal Recklessness
Criminal Mischief
Leaving the Scene of an Accident
Reckless Driving

DUI Suspects Arrested 90 Minutes ApartColumbus police officers arrested two men suspected of operating a vehicle while i...
05/10/2021

DUI Suspects Arrested 90 Minutes Apart

Columbus police officers arrested two men suspected of operating a vehicle while intoxicated approximately 90 minutes apart over the weekend.
Shortly before 11:00 p.m. on Friday night, CPD officers were dispatched to the area of 25th Street near Eastbrook Plaza in regards to a vehicle that had struck a curb and was traveling erratically. CPD officers located and stopped the vehicle driven by Shawn E. Holwadel, 51, of Columbus a short time later. While speaking with Holwadel, the officers noted that his speech was slurred and he had difficulty maintaining his balance. After failing multiple field sobriety tests, Holwadel was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital for a blood draw. At the conclusion of the blood draw, Holwadel was placed under arrest and remanded to the Bartholomew County Jail on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated with a Previous Conviction (Level 6 Felony).

At approximately 12:30 a.m., on Saturday morning, CPD officers responded to an accident with minor injuries near 25th Street and Taylor Road. Officers noted that one of the drivers involved in the crash, Jason M. Berry, 45, of Columbus had slurred speech and poor balance. Berry failed multiple field sobriety exercises and later provided a certified breath sample at the Columbus Police Department of .174% (over twice the legal limit). Berry was placed under arrest and remanded to the Bartholomew County Jail on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

DUI Suspects Arrested 90 Minutes Apart

Columbus police officers arrested two men suspected of operating a vehicle while intoxicated approximately 90 minutes apart over the weekend.
Shortly before 11:00 p.m. on Friday night, CPD officers were dispatched to the area of 25th Street near Eastbrook Plaza in regards to a vehicle that had struck a curb and was traveling erratically. CPD officers located and stopped the vehicle driven by Shawn E. Holwadel, 51, of Columbus a short time later. While speaking with Holwadel, the officers noted that his speech was slurred and he had difficulty maintaining his balance. After failing multiple field sobriety tests, Holwadel was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital for a blood draw. At the conclusion of the blood draw, Holwadel was placed under arrest and remanded to the Bartholomew County Jail on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated with a Previous Conviction (Level 6 Felony).

At approximately 12:30 a.m., on Saturday morning, CPD officers responded to an accident with minor injuries near 25th Street and Taylor Road. Officers noted that one of the drivers involved in the crash, Jason M. Berry, 45, of Columbus had slurred speech and poor balance. Berry failed multiple field sobriety exercises and later provided a certified breath sample at the Columbus Police Department of .174% (over twice the legal limit). Berry was placed under arrest and remanded to the Bartholomew County Jail on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

Suspect Arrested After Vehicle PursuitColumbus police officers arrested a Greenwood woman Sunday evening after she attem...
05/10/2021

Suspect Arrested After Vehicle Pursuit

Columbus police officers arrested a Greenwood woman Sunday evening after she attempted to flee from officers in her vehicle. At approximately 8:45 p.m., CPD officers attempted to stop a vehicle near 8th Street and Pearl Street. The driver of the vehicle, who was later identified as, Autumn R. Felumero, 26, refused to pull over and attempted to evade officers by making a series of quick turns on several downtown streets and alleys. Officers continued to pursue Felumero, until she stopped her vehicle in an alley near 16th Street and California Street where she was taken into custody. Felumero was transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where she was remanded to their custody on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement in a Vehicle and Possession of Ma*****na.

Suspect Arrested After Vehicle Pursuit

Columbus police officers arrested a Greenwood woman Sunday evening after she attempted to flee from officers in her vehicle. At approximately 8:45 p.m., CPD officers attempted to stop a vehicle near 8th Street and Pearl Street. The driver of the vehicle, who was later identified as, Autumn R. Felumero, 26, refused to pull over and attempted to evade officers by making a series of quick turns on several downtown streets and alleys. Officers continued to pursue Felumero, until she stopped her vehicle in an alley near 16th Street and California Street where she was taken into custody. Felumero was transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where she was remanded to their custody on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement in a Vehicle and Possession of Ma*****na.

Six Arrested In JNET Investigation For Immediate Release:  May 7, 2021Columbus, IN-Six people were arrested Friday morni...
05/07/2021

Six Arrested In JNET Investigation

For Immediate Release: May 7, 2021

Columbus, IN-

Six people were arrested Friday morning after a lengthy investigation that focused on narcotics dealing in Columbus. Shortly after 8:30 a.m., officers from the CPD SWAT Team, which is comprised of officers from the Columbus Police Department and Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office, executed a search warrant at a home in the 700 block of Fairview Drive in Columbus. A follow up investigation was conducted at a Columbus auto repair garage located in the 500 block of S. Cherry Street. That garage was subsequently closed down by Columbus Code Enforcement.

The arrests made today were the result of a continuation of the Operation Columbus Day investigation involving illegal drugs and fi****ms.

During the warrant service, officers located methamphetamine, ma*****na, four fi****ms, and a stolen Chevrolet Corvette.

The following persons were arrested on the preliminary charges listed below:

Jeremy W. Sweet, 38, of Columbus: Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Handgun by a Serious Violent Felon

Alexus M. Bush, 21, of Columbus: Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of Ma*****na

Amanda J Cea, 41, of Columbus: Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Ma*****na, Maintaining a Common Nuisance

Eriberto Sanchez Hernandez, 33, of Columbus: Warrant (Dealing Methamphetamine), Resisting Law Enforcement

Alex De Arcia, 33, of Columbus: Three Counts of Dealing Methamphetamine, Two Warrants (False Informing and Operating a Vehicle Without Ever Obtaining a License)

Nicholas J. Miller, 21, of Columbus: Visiting a Common Nuisance

Columbus Chief of Police, Michael Richardson stated; “These arrests spotlight the continued hard work that is put in by our officers and detectives.” “Getting illegal drugs and fi****ms off of our streets will continue to be a priority for our police department.” “If you suspect drug activity is occurring in your neighborhood, you can submit tips and information anonymously,” Richardson added.

"I want to give special recognition to those officers with "boots on the ground" who day in and day out are working to keep illegal drugs off our streets", said Bartholomew County Sheriff Matthew A. Myers. “I said during the March 31st news conference that more arrests were forthcoming and even after being forewarned, these people haven’t stopped. “If you deal or abuse illegal drugs in Bartholomew County, you will be arrested”, added Sheriff Myers.

The Columbus Fire Department and Columbus Code Enforcement also assisted with this investigation.

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.

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