Conservation officers search cave for missing dog

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Frank. Photo courtesy of Indiana Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers.

Indiana Conservation Officers went into a Jennings County cave to rescue a hunting dog, but couldn’t’ find the animal. Now they are hoping that “Frank” found another way out of the cave.

The agency’s cave rescue team and two volunteer crews were called after Frank, a Walker champion coon hunting dog went missing Tuesday night after tracking into the cave near Norris Avenue in southwestern Jennings County Tuesday night.

They say that they searched the cave extensively but couldn’t find Frank. The owner is offering a cash reward for Frank’s return.  If you see Frank, they ask that you contact the conservation officer’s dispatch center at 812-837-9536.

Excise police raid local stores for counterfeit merchandise

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Photo courtesy of Indiana Excise Police.

Indiana State Excise Police made raids this week of stores allegedly selling counterfeit merchandise, including stores in Decatur County and in North Vernon.

Photo courtesy of Indiana Excise Police.

The excise police report that they seized more than 2,200 items in seven counties at 11 stores. Those items included hats, sunglasses, shirts and purses. They say that the merchandise included imitations of name brand items from the NCAA, NFL, Major League Baseball, Ray Ban and others.

The stores that were raided have alcohol and tobacco permits, and while state excise police normally enforce alcohol and tobacco laws, they have the authority to enforce any state law, according to the agency.

The stores were cited administratively for being a public nuisance. The agency says reports will be submitted to the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission’s prosecutor for review.

Among the stores they raided:

  • The Moores Hill Food Mart, 13891 State Road 350, Moores Hill
  • New Point Food Mart, 1810 South 850E, New Point
  • Batesville Food Mart, 1340 East State Road 46, Batesville
  • Batesville Shell, 1029 State Road 229, Batesville
  • Indiana Trail BP, 7474 East Hwy 350, Milan
  • Rising Sun BP, 632 N. High St., Rising Sun
  • Brookville Food Mart, 1010 Main St., Brookville
  • Dillsboro BP, 15313 US 50 Suite A, Dillsboro
  • Rainbow Food Mart, 5987 South State Road 101, Liberty
  • Delaware BP, 4900 North State Road 129, Osgood
  • North Vernon Mini Mart, 895 S. State St., North Vernon

Silver Alert issued for Carmel man

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Bill Steele; photo courtesy of Indiana State Police

The Carmel Police Department is investigating the disappearance of an adult male from Carmel, IN. Carmel is located approximately 23 miles north of Indianapolis.

William “Bill” Steele is a 63 year old male, 6 feet 5 inches tall, 260 pounds, with gray/balding hair and blue eyes. Bill Steele was last seen Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 9:43 a.m. in Indianapolis and is believed to be in danger.

Bill Steele was last seen wearing a turquoise polo shirt, khaki shorts, and dark colored boat shoes. He may be disoriented and require medical assistance. Bill Steele is believed to be driving a Gold 2009 Lexus with Indiana plate ULJ795.

Photo courtesy of Indiana State Police

If you have any information on Bill Steele, contact the Carmel Police Department at (317) 773-1282 or 911.

Redevelopment Commission hears update on riverfront project

Jun 21, 2017 43

Work continues on coming up with a project for Columbus’ Riverfront District. Core Planning is helping the city in that endeavor. Karen Valiquette says that they applied for a pair of grants, totaling $350,000, through the Ohio River Foundation…


Valiquette gave an update this week to the Columbus Redevelopment Commission. She also talked about the results of a public survey conducted by the Hitchcock Design Group to help determine what residents want in their riverfront.


Valiquette talked more about Hitchcock’s work.


Now that the public info has been gathered…


During that same meeting, the redevelopment commission also approved a resolution to execute a contract with SJCA Engineers and Surveyors to conduct a 3-D model of the low-head dam in the East Fork of the White River at a cost of $7,150.

Council approves annexation/rezoning for housing development

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The Columbus City Council has given final approval to a large subdivision northwest of Columbus. Arbor Homes submitted a plan to annex approximately 154 acres for the subdivision to be called “Abbey Place,” in the area of Indianapolis Road and Interstate 65 near the Princeton Park subdivision.

The proposed development would max out at 312 homes, but Mike Campbell, Arbor Homes vice president, says that he expects construction to be gradual. He estimated that it would be six to seven years, at approximately 50 homes each year, before the development is complete.

Opposition to the development from neighboring residents was largely absent during Tuesday night’s city council meeting, especially compared to the first readings of the ordinances two weeks ago.

Arbor officials agreed to a number of commitments for the development, including some that were requested by concerned neighbors. They include improvements to and a roundabout for County Road 200 West, additional right-of-way at the intersection of CR 200W and Lowell Road, at least 13 acres of open space on the east side of CR 200W and a promise that all lots bordering the Princeton Parks subdivision will meet the standards of the “R2” zoning. The rest of the development would be under “R3” zoning standards. Another aspect agreed to by both parties was the establishment of a “knock-down barrier” on a proposed north/south street east of CR 200W. In addition, the council is “strongly recommending” that the Columbus Plan Commission consider the closure of vehicular traffic of potential street connections between the new development and the Princeton Park subdivision.

The council’s votes for annexation and rezoning were unanimous.

North Vernon man arrested on felony meth charge

Jun 21, 2017 107

North Vernon Police made a drug arrest Tuesday morning after stopping a man driving a golf cart. Authorities say they stopped the cart, driven by 26-year-old Gregory Miller, of North Vernon, after observing a moving violation at 10:43 a.m. During the stop, K9 Heros alerted officers to the presence of drugs. Police say a subsequent search led to the discovery of meth.

Miller was arrested on a preliminary felony charge of Possession of Methamphetamine. Police say that he is being held on $3,055 cash bond.

Home detention check leads to drug-dealing charges

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Shane M. Medaris. Photo courtesy of Columbus Police Department.

Columbus police say that a man on home detention is now facing charges of drug dealing.

29-year-old Shane Medaris was arrested after community corrections officers and police checked on him at about 8:25 p.m. last night at his home in in the 3200 block of Washington Street.

Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the police department, says the community corrections officers were checking the home when they found what appeared to be about seven grams of heroin. Columbus police were called in and while searching Medaris after he was taken into custody, they allegedly found three syringes, methamphetamine and more than $3,700 dollars in cash in his pants pockets.

He is now facing preliminary charges of dealing heroin and possessing heroin, meth and the syringes.

Driver arrested after crash into turning semi

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Brandon E. Miller. Photo courtesy of Columbus Police Department.

Columbus police say a drunk driver tried to pass a semi on the shoulder yesterday morning, and instead ended up wrecking both vehicles.

Brandon E. Miller was arrested after the incident yesterday morning on Indianapolis Road near Lowell Road on preliminary charges of operating a vehicle under the influence wtih endangerment and driving under the influence with a previous conviction.

Sgt. Matt Harris says that Miller tried to pass the semi on the shoulder, as it was turning onto Lowell Road, crashing into the truck and disabling both vehicles. As officers talked to Miller, they allegedly noticed the strong smell of alcohol. He tested at .141 percent.

Jackson Co. crash injures Crothersville driver

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Photo courtesy of Indiana State Police.

A driver was seriously injured in a crash near Uniontown in Jackson County when his pickup went off the road and flipped over.

Indiana State Police say that the accident happened at about 2:15 p.m. yesterday afternoon, when the pickup driven by 67-year-old Tommy Keith of Crothersville, veered off of County Road 1300E near State Road 250. The truck struck a pole and flipped over.

Keith was trapped in the wreckage and had to be cut from his truck by the Seymour Fire Department. He was flown by medical helicopter to University of Louisville Hospital.

Assisting state police at the scene were Indiana Department of Natural Resources conservation officers, Jackson County deputies and ambulances and Stat Flight.


Seymour police seeking help for victim of purse theft

Jun 21, 2017 88

Seymour police are looking for any leads into a purse snatching that left a woman who recently escaped from an abusive relationship without any money.

The police report that the woman had all of her savings in the purse, when it was snatched from her vehicle. They say she had recently relocated to Seymour and was taking her son into her home when the purse was snatched.

Police say the theft happened in the 600 block of Oak Street at about 6:30 p.m. yesterday evening.

If you have any information on the suspect involved, the location of the purse, or wish to help this family with their new start you can contact the Seymour Police Department at (812)-522-1234. You should ask for Cpl. Devin Cornwell.