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State Road 11 south of Columbus  near Garden City will be closed intermittently over the next couple hours to replace a ...
09/04/2020

State Road 11 south of Columbus near Garden City will be closed intermittently over the next couple hours to replace a telephone pole after an accident involving a CPD patrol car. The officer involved in the crash was not injured.

Thanks to the QMIX morning crew for having us on the air to talk about police news and updates.
09/04/2020

Thanks to the QMIX morning crew for having us on the air to talk about police news and updates.

Veteran CPD Officer and K-9 Partner RetireA veteran Columbus police officer, who spent most of his law enforcement caree...
09/03/2020

Veteran CPD Officer and K-9 Partner Retire

A veteran Columbus police officer, who spent most of his law enforcement career as a canine handler, announced his retirement as well as the retirement of his canine partner. CPD Officer Chad Lehman, a 20 year veteran, completed his final patrol shift on Wednesday morning alongside his canine partner, Oxs, a seven year old Dutch Shepherd.

Lehman agreed to continue his work with police dogs and selected Oxs, his second police canine partner, after the retirement of K-9 Rex, who worked at the Columbus Police Department with Officer Lehman for eight years. K-9 Rex was retired from duty in 2016 and remained in Lehman’s care until he passed away later that year.
Columbus Police Department Lieutenant and K-9 Supervisor, John Luttrell stated; “Chad’s career was highlighted by his passion and hard work with police dogs.” “It was a pleasure to get to work alongside him for many years.”

Due to Oxs’ age, he was allowed to retire from duty and remain with Lehman and his family. Lehman signed paperwork on Wednesday that transferred care and ownership of Oxs from the City of Columbus to Lehman.

Former Columbus Police Chief Glenn Line received a Proclamation from Mayor Jim Lienhoop today on his 92nd birthday.  Chi...
09/03/2020

Former Columbus Police Chief Glenn Line received a Proclamation from Mayor Jim Lienhoop today on his 92nd birthday. Chief Line was joined at Columbus City Hall by his family including his wife, Jackie. Thank you Chief for your 22 years of service to our City.

JOINT NARCOTICS ENFORCEMENT TEAM/INTELLIGENCE LED POLICE DRUG-RELATED ARRESTSOn September 2, 2020, the Joint Narcotics E...
09/03/2020

JOINT NARCOTICS ENFORCEMENT TEAM/INTELLIGENCE LED POLICE DRUG-RELATED ARRESTS

On September 2, 2020, the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Task Force (JNET) and ILP (Intelligence Led Policing) units received information in ref to a methamphetamine drug dealing ring in Bartholomew County. Deputies initiated a traffic stop on two vehicles and arrested two individuals.

Curtis Scott Reeve, 53, Columbus, was arrested after a substantial amount of drugs were located in his vehicle.

Nathan Edward Jost, 30, Nashville, IN, was arrested for driving while suspended – prior and additional charges were added after the execution of a search warrant. A large amount of money was also located during the traffic stops.

Following the traffic stops, a search warrant was executed at a residence located at 7980 W Goeller Road, where additional drugs, drug packaging materials and drug-related paraphernalia were located.

The following individuals were taken to the Bartholomew County Jail on preliminary charges of:

Curtis Reeve:
Dealing methamphetamine – Felony level 2
Possession of methamphetamine – Felony level 3
Dealing marijuana – Class A misdemeanor
Possession of marijuana – Class B misdemeanor
Possession of a controlled substance – Class A misdemeanor
Possession of a legend drug – Felony level 6

Reeve remains in BCJ in lieu of $346,000 bond.

Nathan Jost:
Dealing methamphetamine – Felony level 2
Possession of methamphetamine – Felony level 3
Possession of drug-related paraphernalia
Maintaining a common nuisance – Felony level 6
Driving while suspended – prior

Jost remains in BCJ in lieu of $340,000 bond.

A search warrant was also executed at 7980 W Goeller Road, Columbus, IN where approximately 119.5 grams (approximately one-quarter pound) of methamphetamine was located along with packaging material, drug-related paraphernalia and a digital scale.

Additional arrests are expected. The investigation is ongoing.

Agencies involved: JNET, ILP, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office, Columbus Police Department and BCSO K9 units.

Columbus Woman Arrested on Drug/Gun ChargesA Columbus woman was arrested on drug dealing and gun possession charges afte...
09/02/2020

Columbus Woman Arrested on Drug/Gun Charges

A Columbus woman was arrested on drug dealing and gun possession charges after her vehicle was stopped by officers on Monday afternoon. Shortly before 2:00 p.m., officers from CPD’s Intelligence Led Policing Unit, which is comprised of officers from the Columbus Police Department and the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office, stopped a vehicle driven by Jessica L. Olson, 35, near 2nd Street and Brown Street in Columbus.

A police canine was requested by officers and a short time later CPD Bane arrived and alerted to the odor of narcotics inside Olson’s vehicle. Officers conducted a search of the vehicle and located nearly seven grams of suspected methamphetamine, over 12 grams of suspected Xanax pills, drug paraphernalia, as well as a loaded handgun and over $5,500.00 in U.S. Currency.

Olson was placed under arrest and transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where she was remanded on the following preliminary charges:

Dealing Methamphetamine (Enhancing circumstance/Firearm)
Possession of Controlled Substance (Enhancing circumstance/Firearm)
Possession of Paraphernalia
Carrying a Handgun without a License

Ready to start your career with CPD?   The first step in our hiring process, a written test, will be held on September 2...
09/01/2020

Ready to start your career with CPD? The first step in our hiring process, a written test, will be held on September 26th. Apply online at www.columbus.in.gov/police

Local Woman Arrested After Traffic StopCPD officers arrested a Columbus woman on drug charges after her vehicle was stop...
09/01/2020

Local Woman Arrested After Traffic Stop

CPD officers arrested a Columbus woman on drug charges after her vehicle was stopped on Monday night. At 11:00 p.m., officers pulled over a vehicle driven by Jamie R. Lane, 43, of Columbus after observing her commit a minor traffic violation near 11th Street and Chestnut Street. While speaking with Lane, the officers noted that she was visibly nervous. A police canine was requested and CPD K-9 Argo alerted to the odor of narcotics in Lane’s vehicle.

A search of the vehicle was conducted and the officers reportedly located methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia inside Lane’s purse. Lane was placed under arrest and transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where she was remanded on preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Driving While Suspended with a Prior Conviction.

All charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

09/01/2020

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Congratulations to Diane Burgmeier on her retirement today from the Columbus Police Department after 33+ years of servic...
08/31/2020

Congratulations to Diane Burgmeier on her retirement today from the Columbus Police Department after 33+ years of service as a civilian employee.

Columbus Police Investigating Fatal CrashThe Columbus Police Department is investigating a single vehicle fatal crash th...
08/31/2020

Columbus Police Investigating Fatal Crash

The Columbus Police Department is investigating a single vehicle fatal crash that occurred on Interstate 65 on Sunday night. At approximately 9:52 p.m., CPD officers responded to the southbound lanes of Interstate 65 near the 65 mile marker in regards to a single vehicle crash. The driver of the vehicle was deceased at the scene. The identity of the driver will be released by the Bartholomew County Coroner’s Office later today. The crash remains under investigation by Columbus Police Department Crash Reconstructionists.

Local Woman Arrested for Attempted ArsonA Columbus woman was arrested after she reportedly poured gasoline on vehicles a...
08/31/2020

Local Woman Arrested for Attempted Arson

A Columbus woman was arrested after she reportedly poured gasoline on vehicles and around a home during a fight on Saturday morning. At approximately 10:00 a.m., CPD officers were dispatched to the 700 block of California Street in regards to a disturbance. When the officers arrived, they determined that a woman, later identified as Paige N. Sneed, 29, of Columbus, poured gasoline on vehicles and around a house after an argument.

The officers noted the strong odor of gasoline near the home and observed a gas can laying on its side next to the front porch of the house. The officers also observed an oxygen tank propped up against the home’s porch. Sneed was taken into custody and transported to the Bartholomew County Jail. She was remanded on a preliminary charge of Attempted Arson, a Level 4 Felony.

DUI Suspect Arrested After Striking Fire HydrantCPD officers arrested a local man early Sunday morning on suspicion of d...
08/31/2020

DUI Suspect Arrested After Striking Fire Hydrant
CPD officers arrested a local man early Sunday morning on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after he struck a fire hydrant with his vehicle and left the scene of the crash. Shortly after 1:00 a.m., CPD officers were dispatched to the area of 29th Street and Fairlawn Drive in regards to the crash. The officers arrived in the area a short time later and observed that a fire hydrant was struck and damaged near Tulip Drive and Fairlawn Drive.

The officers located a damaged truck near Fairlawn Drive and Fairlawn Court and spoke to the driver, Charles W. Wininger, 32, of Columbus a short time later. While speaking with Wininger, the officers noted that his speech was slurred and he had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath. The officers administered several field sobriety tests to Wininger as well as a portable breath test. Wininger provided a breath sample of .109%.

Wininger was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital for a blood draw and eventually placed under arrest. He was remanded to the Bartholomew County Jail on the following preliminary charges: Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident.

Trooper Earl Brown was shot and killed on this date 65 years ago while searching a suspicious subject who was walking wi...
08/31/2020

Trooper Earl Brown was shot and killed on this date 65 years ago while searching a suspicious subject who was walking with a shotgun in southern Bartholomew County.

Trooper Brown and a Columbus police officer were called to investigate a suspicious man walking with a shotgun along U.S. 31-A. Upon locating the subject, about 400 feet south of the Bartholomew and Jackson county line at 5:00 am, he surrendered the shotgun without resistance. As he was being searched, he pulled a pistol from his hip pocket and shot Trooper Brown twice.

The 31-year-old suspect was shot three times and critically wounded by the Columbus police officer. He was later judged to be insane and was committed to a maximum-security facility for life. In 1962 he was transferred to the state mental hospital where he died on November 13, 1962.

Trooper Brown had served with the Indiana State Police for nearly 15 years and was assigned to the Seymour post. He was survived by his wife, son, daughter, parents, and two brothers, one of which was a detective with the Columbus Police Department. He was preceded in death by a daughter.

Ready to help keep Columbus safe?  We are accepting applications for the position of patrol officer.   Apply online toda...
08/27/2020

Ready to help keep Columbus safe? We are accepting applications for the position of patrol officer. Apply online today at www.columbus.in.gov/police

It’s a bad idea to run from the police.  It’s a really bad idea to run from the police during #nationaldogday while CPD ...
08/27/2020

It’s a bad idea to run from the police. It’s a really bad idea to run from the police during #nationaldogday while CPD officers are having K-9 training nearby.

K-9 Argo quickly sniffed out Scott B. Burton, 46, who had a felony warrant for his arrest and was hiding in the backyard of a Columbus residence after fleeing from CPD officers on Wednesday.

#CPDK-9
#thatsagoodboy

Here’s to another beautiful morning in Columbus.  Let’s make it a great Thursday everyone.
08/27/2020

Here’s to another beautiful morning in Columbus. Let’s make it a great Thursday everyone.

CPD Arrests Domestic Disturbance SuspectCPD officers arrested a local man on a felony strangulation charge after they re...
08/25/2020

CPD Arrests Domestic Disturbance Suspect

CPD officers arrested a local man on a felony strangulation charge after they responded to a report of a disturbance at a Columbus hotel on Monday evening. At approximately 8:45 p.m., CPD officers were dispatched to a hotel room in the 100 block of Carrie Lane in regards to the disturbance. Officers made contact with the victim who had bruising on her neck form reportedly being strangled by Robert S. Grissom, 35, of Columbus during an argument. Officers located Grissom nearby and he was placed under arrest. Grissom was transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where he was remanded on preliminary charges of Strangulation, a Level 6 Felony and Domestic Battery, a Class A Misdemeanor.

08/24/2020

Got a case of the Mondays? Don’t worry, we are still accepting applications online for the position of patrol officer. Apply today at www.columbus.in.gov/police

Good morning Columbus.  Let’s end the week strong and make it a great Friday.
08/21/2020

Good morning Columbus. Let’s end the week strong and make it a great Friday.

This could be your “office window.”  Tired of the 9-5 grind and ready for something different?  Apply online today to be...
08/20/2020

This could be your “office window.” Tired of the 9-5 grind and ready for something different? Apply online today to be a CPD Officer. www.columbus.in.gov/police
***complimentary bike shorts included

School Resource Officer Arrests Man with Two GunsA CPD school resource officer assigned to a Columbus middle school arre...
08/19/2020

School Resource Officer Arrests Man with Two Guns

A CPD school resource officer assigned to a Columbus middle school arrested a local man with two concealed firearms Wednesday after he was spotted by the officer on school property. At approximately 11:15 a.m., CPD School Resource Officer Greg Ross, observed a man, later identified as Michael K. Jones, 38, of Columbus, acting suspiciously around vehicles in the Central Middle School staff parking area.

Ross made contact with Jones and took him into custody after determining that he was in possession of two handguns that were loaded and concealed on Jones. Jones was transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where he was remanded with a 48 hour hold on a preliminary a charge of Possession of a Firearm on School Property, a Level 6 Felony.

Columbus Chief of Police, Michael Richardson stated; “I would like to commend Officer Ross for his swift actions today.” “This is just one example of why we have veteran law enforcement officers in our Columbus schools.” “By being proactive, rather than reactive, Officer Ross was able to investigate and confront a potential threat to student safety and arrest the suspect without incident.”

Detectives from the Columbus Police Department are assisting with this ongoing investigation.

Local members of the charitable organization, the Hindu Service Society, met with CPD Leadership including Chief Mike Ri...
08/19/2020

Local members of the charitable organization, the Hindu Service Society, met with CPD Leadership including Chief Mike Richardson on Tuesday to celebrate the holiday Raksha Bandham by tying a Rakhi string around the wrists of our officers for protection against life’s adversities.

Columbus Residents Arrested for Meth PossessionColumbus police officers arrested two local residents on drug possession ...
08/19/2020

Columbus Residents Arrested for Meth Possession

Columbus police officers arrested two local residents on drug possession charges during unrelated traffic stops on Tuesday. Shortly after 1:00 a.m., CPD officers stopped a vehicle for a violation near 11th Street and Chestnut Street. The officers noted that the driver of the vehicle, Jessica D. Johnson, 34, of Columbus was extremely nervous. A CPD canine was requested and later alerted to the odor of narcotics inside Johnson’s vehicle. Officers searched the vehicle and located methamphetamine and a syringe inside. Johnson was placed under arrest and transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where she was remanded on preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of a Legend Drug Injection Device.

At approximately 3:00 p.m., CPD officers stopped a vehicle driven by Benjamin T. Leonard, 41, of Columbus near 20th Street and Cottage Avenue. A CPD canine officer was nearby and responded to the scene of the traffic stop. The police canine later alerted to the odor of narcotics inside Leonard’s vehicle. Officers searched the vehicle and located methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia inside the truck. Leonard was placed under arrest and transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where he was remanded on preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Legend Drug, and Driving while Suspended with a Prior Conviction.

It’s a beautiful sunny Wednesday morning in Columbus.   Let’s make it a great day.  #columbusindiana
08/19/2020

It’s a beautiful sunny Wednesday morning in Columbus. Let’s make it a great day. #columbusindiana

(Officers from CPD's Intelligence Led Policing Unit, which consists of officers from CPD and the Bartholomew County Sher...
08/18/2020

(Officers from CPD's Intelligence Led Policing Unit, which consists of officers from CPD and the Bartholomew County Sheriff's Office assisted in the apprehension of the suspect mentioned below during a traffic stop near the Indiana Premium Outlet Mall in Edinburgh)

Fort Wayne Police Department

For Immediate Release
Murder Arrest
August 15, 2020

Date: 8/14/2020

Location: Edinburgh, Indiana

Time: 7:00pm

Arrested: Markquiel Derrick M/B DOB 9-3-1992
Charge: Murder

Details: Fort Wayne Homicide Detectives, along with Columbus Indiana Police Department and Indiana State Police located and arrested Markquiel Derrick just south of Indianapolis last night just after 7:00pm. He was transported back to Fort Wayne and booked into the Allen County Jail on a charge of Murder.

The Murder charge for Derrick stems from the shooting homicide of Antonyo Stephens at 4928 Harrison St just after midnight of the 14th. Fort Wayne Detectives have been working non-stop and within 24 hours were able to piece together events of this incident. Community assistance and great police work were instrumental in bringing about this arrest.

Sgt Sofia Rosales-Scatena
Public Information Officer
Fort Wayne Police Department

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