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Update:  The barricaded person inside Briarwood Apartments has been taken into custody.  Waycross Drive in front of Smit...
03/11/2020

Update: The barricaded person inside Briarwood Apartments has been taken into custody. Waycross Drive in front of Smith Elementary School is now open.

CPD officers are currently at Briarwood Apartments in Columbus due to a person who is barricaded inside an apartment.  S...
03/11/2020

CPD officers are currently at Briarwood Apartments in Columbus due to a person who is barricaded inside an apartment. Smith Elementary School, which is nearby, is not allowing anyone in or out of the school due to the law enforcement activity in the area.

From Bartholomew County Emergency Management:Local Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)Local officials are stepping up efforts t...
03/09/2020
ISDH: 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

From Bartholomew County Emergency Management:

Local Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Local officials are stepping up efforts to ensure a coordinated response to any potential outbreak of the new strain of coronavirus in Bartholomew County as more cases of the illness continue to be detected around the world.



The coalition includes representatives from Columbus Regional Health, the city of Columbus Mayor’s Office, Bartholomew County Health Department, Bartholomew County Emergency Management, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation, and Cummins Inc., Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, Columbus Area Economic Development, and Bartholomew County Commissioners.



Local officials confirmed on Monday (March 9th) that there are no suspected or confirmed cases of the illness being monitored in Bartholomew County.



There are three confirmed case in Indiana, two in Hendricks County and one in Marion County. The Governor has declared a Public Health Emergency, allowing for additional resources and funds to be available to the state.



CRH is following protocols on active screening and response methods based on recommendations from the federal Centers for Disease Control and ISDH, including screening patients for symptoms of illness and exposure risk criteria, such as travel history.



Additionally, Bartholomew County 911 Dispatch and CRH EMS have put into place new SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) for responding to EMS calls for persons ill to include these same screening questions.



Prevention

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus and following the below recommendations for preventing the spread of respiratory diseases:



Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If you’re unable to use soap, sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol can be used.


Local Links: For information on the preventative measures in place by individual entities or for more information, follow the below links.



Indiana Department of Health – Latest information from ISDH https://www.in.gov/isdh/28470.htm



Cummins Engine Company – Cummins employees can access company information.

https://cummins365.sharepoint.com/sites/CS32050/SitePages/Travel-restriction-issued-by-CC.aspx



Columbus Regional Health - https://www.crh.org/news



Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation - https://www.bcscschools.org/COVID-19



City of Columbus - https://www.columbus.in.gov/covid-19-information/



Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives - https://secure.acce.org/



CDC – When and How to Wash Your Hands https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html



CDC - El lavado de las manos: Las manos limpias salvan vidas https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/esp/index.html

Two Arrests on Drug Charges After Traffic StopTwo people were arrested after Columbus police officers located marijuana ...
03/09/2020

Two Arrests on Drug Charges After Traffic Stop

Two people were arrested after Columbus police officers located marijuana and cocaine during a traffic stop near 17th Street and Cottage Avenue shortly before 12:00 a.m. on Friday night.

After stopping the car for a minor violation, the officers smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and both the driver, Richard A. Simpson, 36, of Columbus and his passenger, Kellie S. Blann, 50, of Crawfordsville, Indiana were detained.

While speaking with Simpson, he acknowledged that he had marijuana in his jacket pocket. The officers also located additional drugs and drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle that Blann claimed belonged to her.

Simpson was issued a criminal citation for Possession of Marijuana and released from the scene.

Blann was transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where she was remanded on the following preliminary charges: Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Marijuana.

03/09/2020

National Weather Service Indianapolis IN
511 AM EDT Mon Mar 9 2020
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Putnam-Hendricks-Marion-Hancock-Henry-Clay-Owen-Morgan-Johnson-
Shelby-Rush-Sullivan-Greene-Monroe-Brown-Bartholomew-Decatur-Knox-
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Including the cities of Frankfort, Kokomo, Lebanon, Zionsville,
Tipton, Fishers, Carmel, Noblesville, Anderson, Muncie,
Winchester, Greencastle, Plainfield, Brownsburg, Danville,
Indianapolis, Greenfield, Cumberland, New Castle, Brazil,
Clay City, Spencer, Martinsville, Mooresville, Greenwood,
Franklin, Shelbyville, Rushville, Sullivan, Linton, Bloomfield,
Bloomington, Nashville, Columbus, Greensburg, Vincennes,
Washington, Loogootee, Shoals, Bedford, Mitchell, Seymour,
Brownstown, and North Vernon
511 AM EDT Mon Mar 9 2020
...GUSTY WINDS THROUGHOUT THE DAY...
Southwest winds will gust up to and around 35 mph late this
morning through the afternoon for Central Indiana. These winds
could lead to driving difficulties for high profile vehicles.
Loose outdoor objects may also be blown about.

Today on this #InternationalWomensDay we celebrate the women of the Columbus Police Department who work everyday to help...
03/08/2020

Today on this #InternationalWomensDay we celebrate the women of the Columbus Police Department who work everyday to help keep our community safe.

School resource officers from CPD and BCSD wrapped up the SAFE classes for students yesterday at Columbus East High Scho...
03/05/2020

School resource officers from CPD and BCSD wrapped up the SAFE classes for students yesterday at Columbus East High School. The SAFE class is designed to help give tips and information to students on how to be safe at college as well as away from school. The course will also be taught at Columbus North High School later in this spring.

We would like to thank everyone who stopped by our first Coffee with a Cop event in 2020.  A special thanks to CPD Chief...
03/04/2020

We would like to thank everyone who stopped by our first Coffee with a Cop event in 2020. A special thanks to CPD Chief Michael Richardson and Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop for taking time to participate. We would also like to thank our Columbus Chick Fil A for being a great host.

Join us for Coffee with a Cop at the Columbus Chick Fil A.  Our officers will here until 10:30 am today with free coffee...
03/04/2020

Join us for Coffee with a Cop at the Columbus Chick Fil A. Our officers will here until 10:30 am today with free coffee and conversation. Hope to see you here.

Late Night Traffic Stop Leads to Two ArrestsColumbus police officers arrested two people late Tuesday night after a CPD ...
03/04/2020

Late Night Traffic Stop Leads to Two Arrests

Columbus police officers arrested two people late Tuesday night after a CPD canine detected the odor of narcotics inside a vehicle during a traffic stop. At approximately 11:05 p.m., CPD officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle near McKinnley Avenue and Gladstone Avenue. The officers spoke with the driver of the vehicle, Jacob E. Mercer, 30, of Columbus and his passenger, Autumn M. Gibson, 32, of Columbus and requested that a police canine respond to the scene. A short time later, the CPD canine alerted to the odor of narcotics inside the vehicle. Officers searched the truck and reportedly located methamphetamine, syringes and other drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle.

Both Mercer and Gibson were placed under arrest and transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where they were remanded on the following preliminary charges:

Autumn Gibson: Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Legend Drug Injection Device, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Jacob Mercer: Maintaining a Common Nuisance

Join us this morning for Coffee with a Cop from 10:00-11:30 a.m. at the Columbus Chick-Fil-A for free coffee and convers...
03/04/2020

Join us this morning for Coffee with a Cop from 10:00-11:30 a.m. at the Columbus Chick-Fil-A for free coffee and conversations with the officers that patrol our community. Our special guest will be CPD Chief of Police Michael Richardson. Hope to see you there.

03/03/2020

Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service Indianapolis IN
1137 AM EST Tue Mar 3 2020
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Carroll-Warren-Tippecanoe-Clinton-Howard-Fountain-Montgomery-
Boone-Tipton-Hamilton-Madison-Delaware-Randolph-Vermillion-Parke-
Putnam-Hendricks-Marion-Hancock-Henry-Vigo-Clay-Owen-Morgan-
Johnson-Shelby-Rush-Sullivan-Greene-Monroe-Brown-Bartholomew-
Decatur-Knox-Daviess-Martin-Lawrence-Jackson-Jennings-
Including the cities of Delphi, Flora, Williamsport,
West Lebanon, Lafayette, West Lafayette, Frankfort, Kokomo,
Attica, Covington, Veedersburg, Crawfordsville, Lebanon,
Zionsville, Tipton, Fishers, Carmel, Noblesville, Anderson,
Muncie, Winchester, Clinton, Newport, Rockville, Greencastle,
Plainfield, Brownsburg, Danville, Indianapolis, Greenfield,
Cumberland, New Castle, Terre Haute, Brazil, Clay City, Spencer,
Martinsville, Mooresville, Greenwood, Franklin, Shelbyville,
Rushville, Sullivan, Linton, Bloomfield, Bloomington, Nashville,
Columbus, Greensburg, Vincennes, Washington, Loogootee, Shoals,
Bedford, Mitchell, Seymour, Brownstown, and North Vernon
1137 AM EST Tue Mar 3 2020
...GUSTY WINDS EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING...
Westerly wind gusts up to around 40 mph are expected this
afternoon and evening across central Indiana. These winds could
lead to driving difficulties for high profile vehicles especially
along north- south oriented roads. Loose outdoor objects may also
be blown about.

We would like to congratulate CPD Officer Kyle Weaver for  completing the two week DARE Officer Training Course in north...
03/03/2020

We would like to congratulate CPD Officer Kyle Weaver for completing the two week DARE Officer Training Course in northern Illinois last week. Officer Weaver is a Columbus native who participated in our DARE program as a elementary school student. He now gets the privilege of teaching our students about the dangers of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. Officers from the Columbus Police Department have taught DARE in our local schools since 1991.

Columbus Man Arrested After DUI Crash in Drive-ThroughColumbus police officers arrested a local man Thursday night after...
03/02/2020

Columbus Man Arrested After DUI Crash in Drive-Through

Columbus police officers arrested a local man Thursday night after he reportedly crashed his vehicle in the drive-through of a fast food restaurant. At approximately 9:20 p.m., CPD officers responded to Rally’s, located 2080 N. National Road, in regards to the crash. When the officers arrived, they observed that a man, later identified as Robert A. Wiseley, 38, of Columbus, had crashed his Chevy SUV into the restaurant’s drive-through speaker box.

While speaking with Wiseley, the officers noted that his dexterity was poor and he nodded off several times. After failing several field sobriety tests, Wiseley submitted to a blood test at Columbus Regional Hospital and was later placed under arrest. He was transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where he was remanded to their custody on the following preliminary charges:

Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated
Possession of a Syringe
Jennings County Arrest Warrant

Good morning Columbus.  Let’s make it a great Friday.
02/28/2020

Good morning Columbus. Let’s make it a great Friday.

Death Investigation Ongoing After Wednesday Night ShootingLaw enforcement officers from Columbus and Bartholomew County ...
02/27/2020

Death Investigation Ongoing After Wednesday Night Shooting

Law enforcement officers from Columbus and Bartholomew County are currently investigating the death of a man who was found in a Columbus parking lot on Wednesday night. At approximately 11:15 p.m., CPD officers responded to the parking lot at Tool Dynamics, located at 835 South Marr Road, in regards to a person injured and bleeding. The officers arrived a short time later and located an adult male who was deceased with what appeared to be a gunshot wound.

Officers later located the deceased man’s vehicle, a silver colored 1998 Honda Civic, in a parking lot in the 2700 block of State Street. Investigators are requesting that anyone who resides or owns a business in this area that has video or security cameras should contact the Columbus Police Department at 812-376-2600.

This incident is currently being investigated by the Bartholomew County Death Investigation Team which consists of representatives from the Columbus Police Department, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office, Indiana State Police, Bartholomew County Prosecutor's Office and Bartholomew County Coroner’s Office.

Tips and information in regards to this case can be submitted to law enforcement anonymously.

02/27/2020

We have dealt with a few crashes, slide offs, and fender benders this morning. Please drive with care and allow extra time to arrive at your destination.

02/26/2020

Join us next Wednesday from 1000-1130 am for Coffee with a Cop at the Columbus Chick Fil-A.

Up to an inch of slushy snow is expected later today.  Just enough winter weather to cause problems for drivers who are ...
02/26/2020

Up to an inch of slushy snow is expected later today. Just enough winter weather to cause problems for drivers who are moving too fast for the weather conditions. Slow down and allow extra time to arrive safely at your destination.

We would like to thank these middle school students from the St. Peters Lutheran School “Hope Squad” who dropped gift ba...
02/25/2020

We would like to thank these middle school students from the St. Peters Lutheran School “Hope Squad” who dropped gift bags for our officers this afternoon. We appreciate your support of CPD.

Local Man Arrested After Fentanyl Overdose; Officer ExposedColumbus police officers arrested a local man Monday evening ...
02/25/2020

Local Man Arrested After Fentanyl Overdose; Officer Exposed

Columbus police officers arrested a local man Monday evening after he reportedly overdosed on fentanyl inside his vehicle. A CPD officer was also transported to the hospital as a precaution after being exposed to the drug.

At approximately 5:10 p.m., CPD officers responded to a parking lot in the 2200 block of North National Road in regards to an overdose. The officers arrived a short time later and located Jonathan K. Mings, 27, of Columbus, unresponsive in a vehicle. The officers administered two rounds of Narcan to Mings who eventually became conscious.

While speaking to Mings, the officers observed drug paraphernalia inside his vehicle as well as small white colored rocks which was later determined to be fentanyl. While packaging the fentanyl, it became airborne causing an officer to possibly become exposed to the drug. The officer was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital as a precaution where he was later released.

Mings was also transported to the hospital for treatment and after being discharged, he was placed under arrest. He was remanded to the Bartholomew County Jail on the following preliminary charges:

Possession of a Controlled Substance
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Suspect Arrested After Fleeing on BicycleA local woman was arrested Saturday afternoon after she reportedly attempted to...
02/24/2020

Suspect Arrested After Fleeing on Bicycle

A local woman was arrested Saturday afternoon after she reportedly attempted to flee from Columbus police officers on a bicycle. At approximately 5:25 p.m., CPD officers were dispatched to a convenience store in the 200 block of North Gladstone Avenue in regards to a woman harassing customers. Officers spoke to the woman, however, she became argumentative and refused to identify herself when the officers attempted to issue her a trespass warning. The woman, later identified as Katrina M. Wade, 27, rode off on a bicycle a short time later.

The officers located Wade on a nearby street, however, she refused to stop. Wade was eventually detained and placed under arrest. She was transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where she was remanded on the following preliminary charges:

Two Bartholomew County Warrants
Resisting Law Enforcement
Disorderly Conduct

DUI Suspect Arrested After Crashing Into Cemetery FenceA local man was arrested Sunday afternoon for operating a vehicle...
02/24/2020

DUI Suspect Arrested After Crashing Into Cemetery Fence

A local man was arrested Sunday afternoon for operating a vehicle while intoxicated after he reportedly crashed his truck into a fence at Garland Brook Cemetery. At approximately 5:45 p.m., CPD officers responded to the area of 6th Street and Gladstone Avenue in regards to a single vehicle accident with injury. According to a witness, the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, who was later identified as Michael D. Bewley, 58, of Columbus, was traveling south on Gladstone Avenue and later crossed into the adjacent lane before leaving the roadway and crashing into the cemetery fence.

Bewley was extracted from the vehicle by the Columbus Fire Department and transported to Columbus Regional Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Officers later obtained a blood sample from Bewley and he was placed under arrest upon his discharge from the hospital. Bewley was remanded to the Bartholomew County Jail staff on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug ArrestsA local woman was arrested during a traffic stop earlier this morning after CPD office...
02/20/2020

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrests

A local woman was arrested during a traffic stop earlier this morning after CPD officers located narcotics and drug paraphernalia inside her vehicle. At approximately 12:45 a.m., CPD officers stopped a vehicle without working taillights near 17th Street and Central Avenue. The officers stopped the vehicle and spoke to the driver who was identified as Shelby E. Mitchner, 49, of Columbus.

A Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office canine officer who was nearby was requested to respond to the traffic stop. The canine handler later advised that the police service dog alerted to the odor of narcotics coming from Mitchner’s vehicle.

Officers searched the vehicle and located prescription medication, methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia inside. Mitchner was placed under arrest and transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where she was remanded on the following preliminary charges:

Possession of a Legend Drug
Possession of Methamphetamine
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

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