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Columbus Fire DepartmentMedia ReleasePatriot Day Observation-     The City of Columbus will observe the 20 year annivers...
08/31/2021

Columbus Fire Department
Media Release

Patriot Day Observation-

The City of Columbus will observe the 20 year anniversary of the 2001, September 11 attacks with a remembrance ceremony on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at Columbus City Hall. The ceremony will be held outside and will begin promptly at 8:40 a.m. All community members are welcome to attend.

A moment of silence will be observed to correspond with the attacks, beginning at 8:46 a.m., the time the first plane, American Airlines Flight 11, struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Additionally, the ceremony will include an emergency responder radio dispatch to honor the first responders and citizens that lost their lives following the attacks at the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and the passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Nearly 3000 people lost their lives during the attacks. Members of the Columbus Fire Department and Police Department Color Guard will take part in the ceremony. The ceremony is scheduled to last approximately 30 minutes.

Columbus Fire Department
Media Release

Patriot Day Observation-

The City of Columbus will observe the 20 year anniversary of the 2001, September 11 attacks with a remembrance ceremony on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at Columbus City Hall. The ceremony will be held outside and will begin promptly at 8:40 a.m. All community members are welcome to attend.

A moment of silence will be observed to correspond with the attacks, beginning at 8:46 a.m., the time the first plane, American Airlines Flight 11, struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Additionally, the ceremony will include an emergency responder radio dispatch to honor the first responders and citizens that lost their lives following the attacks at the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and the passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Nearly 3000 people lost their lives during the attacks. Members of the Columbus Fire Department and Police Department Color Guard will take part in the ceremony. The ceremony is scheduled to last approximately 30 minutes.

08/30/2021

Gladstone Avenue is closed south of Marr Road in regards to an ongoing crash investigation. Please avoid the area if possible.

08/28/2021

Deere Leads Columbus Police Officers on Pursuit through Town

At around 4:00 a.m., Columbus Police officers received a call about a suspicious bulldozer in the area of US 31 and Hawcreek Blvd. Officers located the John Deere 650 K Crawler dozer in the area of 17th and Central Ave., and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The driver, Adam Jackson, 26, Gray, KY, refused to stop, and led officers on a pursuit southbound on Central. Officers used an in car public address system, and gave multiple commands for Jackson to stop. Jackson continuously made obscene gestures to police throughout the pursuit, while reaching speeds as high as 6mph. CPD had three officers directly involved in the pursuit, and other officers were blocking busy intersections on Central Ave. While continuing south, Jackson was driving over medians, near the People Trail, and at one point, officers were concerned that he was going to drive into the Haw Creek near 3rd St. and Central Ave. Due to his reckless behavior, the Columbus Police requested the use of the Bartholomew Co. Sheriff MRAP to be utilized in order to prevent Jackson from driving into a well populated area.

Jackson eventually stopped the bulldozer in a Cummins parking lot near 3rd St., and was taken into custody without incident. Jackson told officers that he was “joyriding.” Jackson was transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where he was remanded on the following preliminary charges:

Resisting Law Enforcement
Vehicle Theft
Criminal Recklessness.

A pursuit involving a bulldozer was a first for the Columbus Police Department.

Two Arrested on Multiple Drug Charges after Traffic StopA man and woman are in custody for several drug related charges ...
08/24/2021

Two Arrested on Multiple Drug Charges after Traffic Stop

A man and woman are in custody for several drug related charges after their vehicle was stopped for a minor traffic violation early Tuesday morning. At approximately 1:00 a.m. a CPD officer was patrolling the area of 8th St and Sycamore St when he observed a vehicle that did not have an illuminated license plate. The officer initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, Makaelin J. Wilks, 28, and a passenger, Lisa G. Bryant, 53. Officers learned that Wilks’ driving status was suspended, and that he had an outstanding warrant through Jackson County. During the investigation a CPD K9 responded and alerted to the odor of narcotics coming from the vehicle. While searching the vehicle officers found two straws containing methamphetamine underneath the driver seat, and a piece of aluminum foil with a burnt substance in the center console. Officers searched a bag belonging to Bryant and found pills and a Suboxene strip, along with a glass pipe in the vehicle where she was sitting. Wilks and Bryant were both taken into custody, and transported to the Bartholomew County Jail. While at the jail, officers locate two small bags that Bryant had concealed in her clothing. One bag contained a gray, powdery substance that tested positive for Fentanyl/Methamphetamine, and one bag consisted of a crystal-like substance that tested positive for Methamphetamine. Both Wilks and Bryant were remanded on the following preliminary charges:

Makaelin J. Wilks
Jackson County warrant
Operating without ever Receiving a License with a previous conviction
Driving while Suspended - Prior
Possession of Paraphernalia

Lisa G. Bryant
Possession of a Narcotic Drug
Possession of Methamphetamine
Possession of a Legend Drug,
Possession of a Controlled Substance
Possession of Paraphernalia

Two Arrested on Multiple Drug Charges after Traffic Stop

A man and woman are in custody for several drug related charges after their vehicle was stopped for a minor traffic violation early Tuesday morning. At approximately 1:00 a.m. a CPD officer was patrolling the area of 8th St and Sycamore St when he observed a vehicle that did not have an illuminated license plate. The officer initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, Makaelin J. Wilks, 28, and a passenger, Lisa G. Bryant, 53. Officers learned that Wilks’ driving status was suspended, and that he had an outstanding warrant through Jackson County. During the investigation a CPD K9 responded and alerted to the odor of narcotics coming from the vehicle. While searching the vehicle officers found two straws containing methamphetamine underneath the driver seat, and a piece of aluminum foil with a burnt substance in the center console. Officers searched a bag belonging to Bryant and found pills and a Suboxene strip, along with a glass pipe in the vehicle where she was sitting. Wilks and Bryant were both taken into custody, and transported to the Bartholomew County Jail. While at the jail, officers locate two small bags that Bryant had concealed in her clothing. One bag contained a gray, powdery substance that tested positive for Fentanyl/Methamphetamine, and one bag consisted of a crystal-like substance that tested positive for Methamphetamine. Both Wilks and Bryant were remanded on the following preliminary charges:

Makaelin J. Wilks
Jackson County warrant
Operating without ever Receiving a License with a previous conviction
Driving while Suspended - Prior
Possession of Paraphernalia

Lisa G. Bryant
Possession of a Narcotic Drug
Possession of Methamphetamine
Possession of a Legend Drug,
Possession of a Controlled Substance
Possession of Paraphernalia

Stolen Property; Narcotics Equipment Recovered from Traffic Stop An Anderson man was arrested early Monday morning after...
08/23/2021

Stolen Property; Narcotics Equipment Recovered from Traffic Stop

An Anderson man was arrested early Monday morning after Columbus Police officers located stolen property in his vehicle during a traffic stop. At around 2:22 a.m., a CPD officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by William Streeval, 35, near the area of 16th St. and Lafayette after observing a license plate violation. A CPD K9 responded, and alerted to the odor of narcotics coming from the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, officers located five syringes and a reciprocating saw in the passenger compartment, along with a handgun, two magazines, and a catalytic converter in the trunk. A credit card and a Garmin brand GPS that had been previously reported stolen through CPD was also recovered and returned to the owner. Streeval was transported to the Bartholomew County Jail, where he was remanded on the following preliminary charges:

Possession of Legend Drug Injection Device
Possession of Stolen Property
Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Serious Violent Felon

Stolen Property; Narcotics Equipment Recovered from Traffic Stop

An Anderson man was arrested early Monday morning after Columbus Police officers located stolen property in his vehicle during a traffic stop. At around 2:22 a.m., a CPD officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by William Streeval, 35, near the area of 16th St. and Lafayette after observing a license plate violation. A CPD K9 responded, and alerted to the odor of narcotics coming from the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, officers located five syringes and a reciprocating saw in the passenger compartment, along with a handgun, two magazines, and a catalytic converter in the trunk. A credit card and a Garmin brand GPS that had been previously reported stolen through CPD was also recovered and returned to the owner. Streeval was transported to the Bartholomew County Jail, where he was remanded on the following preliminary charges:

Possession of Legend Drug Injection Device
Possession of Stolen Property
Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Serious Violent Felon

CPD officers have stopped several speeding vehicles this week on Washington Street as well as on the new overpass into C...
08/20/2021

CPD officers have stopped several speeding vehicles this week on Washington Street as well as on the new overpass into Columbus.

Please slow down, limit distractions inside your vehicle, so that you arrive safely at your destination.

Michigan Woman Arrested on Several ChargesColumbus police officers arrested a Michigan woman on several charges after sh...
08/20/2021

Michigan Woman Arrested on Several Charges

Columbus police officers arrested a Michigan woman on several charges after she assaulted a CPD officer during a traffic stop overnight. At approximately 12:20 a.m., CPD officers stopped a suspected drunk driver near 3rd Street and California Street. During the DUI investigation, a passenger in the vehicle, who was later identified as Jenna A. McClellan, 28, of Roseville, Michigan began causing a disturbance.

During the encounter, McClellan dialed 911 claiming she was being harassed, yelled obscenities at officers, and struck an officer in the chest with her hand after attempting to slap his face. McClellan was taken into custody a short time later and transported to Columbus Regional Hospital for medical clearance. While at the hospital, McClellan reportedly attempted to bribe the officer with money to release her from custody.

After being discharged from the hospital, McClellan was transported to the Bartholomew County Jail on the following preliminary charges:

Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer
Bribery
Misuse of 911
Disorderly Conduct
Resisting Law Enforcement
Public Intoxication

Michigan Woman Arrested on Several Charges

Columbus police officers arrested a Michigan woman on several charges after she assaulted a CPD officer during a traffic stop overnight. At approximately 12:20 a.m., CPD officers stopped a suspected drunk driver near 3rd Street and California Street. During the DUI investigation, a passenger in the vehicle, who was later identified as Jenna A. McClellan, 28, of Roseville, Michigan began causing a disturbance.

During the encounter, McClellan dialed 911 claiming she was being harassed, yelled obscenities at officers, and struck an officer in the chest with her hand after attempting to slap his face. McClellan was taken into custody a short time later and transported to Columbus Regional Hospital for medical clearance. While at the hospital, McClellan reportedly attempted to bribe the officer with money to release her from custody.

After being discharged from the hospital, McClellan was transported to the Bartholomew County Jail on the following preliminary charges:

Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer
Bribery
Misuse of 911
Disorderly Conduct
Resisting Law Enforcement
Public Intoxication

Two Arrested on Drug Charges After Traffic StopTwo local residents were arrested on numerous drug charges after their ve...
08/18/2021

Two Arrested on Drug Charges After Traffic Stop

Two local residents were arrested on numerous drug charges after their vehicle was stopped by CPD officers early this morning. Shortly after midnight, CPD officers stopped a vehicle on US 31 near Lowell Road driven by Calvin L. Watkins, 50, of Columbus. Officers spoke to Watkins and his passenger, Abigail N. Clemans, 23, of Columbus and requested a police canine respond to the scene a short time later. The canine later alerted to the odor of narcotics inside the vehicle.

Watkins and Clemans exited the vehicle and were detained. Officers located drugs including methamphetamine Watkins had reportedly concealed in his clothing. The officers also located methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle near where Clemans was previously seated.

Both Watkins and Clemans were transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where they were remanded on the following preliminary charges:

Calvin Watkins: Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Legend Drug, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Ma*****na, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Abigail Clemans: Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Two Arrested on Drug Charges After Traffic Stop

Two local residents were arrested on numerous drug charges after their vehicle was stopped by CPD officers early this morning. Shortly after midnight, CPD officers stopped a vehicle on US 31 near Lowell Road driven by Calvin L. Watkins, 50, of Columbus. Officers spoke to Watkins and his passenger, Abigail N. Clemans, 23, of Columbus and requested a police canine respond to the scene a short time later. The canine later alerted to the odor of narcotics inside the vehicle.

Watkins and Clemans exited the vehicle and were detained. Officers located drugs including methamphetamine Watkins had reportedly concealed in his clothing. The officers also located methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle near where Clemans was previously seated.

Both Watkins and Clemans were transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where they were remanded on the following preliminary charges:

Calvin Watkins: Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Legend Drug, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Ma*****na, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Abigail Clemans: Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Homework with an Officer Program Resumes A popular Columbus Police Department outreach program will resume next week aft...
08/17/2021

Homework with an Officer Program Resumes

A popular Columbus Police Department outreach program will resume next week after being temporarily halted due to COVID-19. Homework with an Officer, which started in Columbus in 2012, allows CPD officers the opportunity to interact with local students from kindergarten-8th grade in a relaxed setting for one hour each week. The officers usually spend 30-40 minutes assisting the students with their homework and the remaining time is spent playing games with the participants.

“We are excited to restart this program and begin working and having fun with the students once again” said CPD Officer Brian Voyles, who is one of three officers assisting with the program this year. “I am looking forward to getting to know some of the new students and visiting with the returning students” Voyles added.
Homework with an Officer will be held at the following locations this school year:

Mondays (4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) Arbors at the Water’s Edge Apartments Clubhouse, 4060 N. 150 West, Columbus, IN 47201
Tuesdays (4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.) Candlelight Village Mobile Home Park Clubhouse, 3671 Candlelight Drive, Columbus, IN 47203
At this time, participants in the program will be required to wear face masks.

There is no charge to attend this program.

Homework with an Officer Program Resumes

A popular Columbus Police Department outreach program will resume next week after being temporarily halted due to COVID-19. Homework with an Officer, which started in Columbus in 2012, allows CPD officers the opportunity to interact with local students from kindergarten-8th grade in a relaxed setting for one hour each week. The officers usually spend 30-40 minutes assisting the students with their homework and the remaining time is spent playing games with the participants.

“We are excited to restart this program and begin working and having fun with the students once again” said CPD Officer Brian Voyles, who is one of three officers assisting with the program this year. “I am looking forward to getting to know some of the new students and visiting with the returning students” Voyles added.
Homework with an Officer will be held at the following locations this school year:

Mondays (4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) Arbors at the Water’s Edge Apartments Clubhouse, 4060 N. 150 West, Columbus, IN 47201
Tuesdays (4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.) Candlelight Village Mobile Home Park Clubhouse, 3671 Candlelight Drive, Columbus, IN 47203
At this time, participants in the program will be required to wear face masks.

There is no charge to attend this program.

Address

123 Washington St
Columbus, IN
47201

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