Two arrested after stabbing during domestic dispute

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Elijuah B. Nail. Photo courtesy of Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department.

Two people were arrested Monday after a domestic dispute ended with a stabbing.

Bartholomew County deputies were called to the 6000 block of East State Street at about 6 p.m. Monday evening. That’s where 40-year-old Elijuah B. Nail of Bloomington approached police and told them that he had been stabbed in the lower back side. He said an argument with his girlfriend turned violent when she stabbed him.

But when police found Nail’s girlfriend, 26-year-old Kristen A. Wise of Bloomington at a nearby convenience store with their RV, she also appeared injured. She said that Neil had been strangling her, so she pulled out a pocket knife and stabbed him to defend herself, says Judy Jackson, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department.

Kristen A. Wise. Photo courtesy of Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department.

Police searched the RV the couple was using and and found the knife as well as drugs and drug paraphernalia, according to police reports.

They both were arrested. Wise on charges of possession of a controlled substance, and Nail on preliminary charges of strangulation, domestic battery and interfering with the reporting of a crime.

Duke warns of scams targeting utility customers

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Duke Energy is warning its customers to be wary of scammers who misrepresent the company and prey on utility customers.

Wednesday is Utility Scam Awareness Day and electric and natural gas companies across the country are warning customers about scams. According to one survey, the number of attempted phone scams have more than doubled in the past year.

Duke officials report that the most common scams targeted at utility customers include scammers demanding that you pay a large bill immediately, or face cut-off of your power. Scammers will frequently tell you that you have to buy prepaid debit cards and give that information over the phone in order to settle the fake debt, usually within a matter of hours. They could also request that you wire money.

And you should be cautious even if you have caller ID because scammers can now fake the information, so a call appears to be coming from a legitimate utility company.

Duke says to hang up immediately if you suspect a scam, don’t pay your utility bill with pre-paid debit cards or money wires, and don’t make immediate payments over the phone. Delinquent customers will always receive a regular notice in their bill, never a phone demand for immediate payment of your power will be shut off in an hour.

BCSC to spend $1 million more than budgeted

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Bartholomew Consolidated schools will be spending just over a million dollars more this year than previously budgeted. That’s under a new appropriation the school board passed last night.

Superintendent Dr. Jim Roberts explains the additional spending was caused in part by an increase in teacher’s pay under the new contract. Originally the district budgeted for a 2 percent raise, but the negotiations led to a three point two percent increase.

The district also had higher than budgeted health insurance premiums.

The increased spending is being offset by increased revenue this year. That is coming from a higher than anticipated student enrollment and from higher interest payments. Roberts said that the September enrollment count, which was up by almost 60 students over last year, would mean more money going to the district, retroactively to this summer.

Looking forward to next year, Roberts said that the increases have already been built into the 2018 budget.

Tickets now available for Bourbonfest orchestra fundraiser

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Tickets are now on sale for the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic’s Bourbonfest fundraiser, coming up in February.

Representatives from the orchestra say that this year’s event sold out in three weeks, but there will be almost 200 more tickets available for the 2018 event.

The event features bourbon samples from national distributors as well as small area distilleries such as Bear Wallow Distillery, Hotel Tango, Old 55 Distillery, and Starlight Distillery. Musical entertainment will be provided by members of the Philharmonic.

Bourbonfest will be on Saturday, February 17th from 3 to 6 p.m. at The Commons. VIP entry will begin at 2 p.m. that afternoon. Tickets start at $15 for a designated driver. $30 for general admission and go up to $50 for advance purchase of VIP tickets.

You can buy tickets now at the Philharmonic offices at 315 Franklin Street, online at, or by calling 812-376-2638

Deputies seeking info on smashed mailboxes

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Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers is looking for information on who is smashing mailboxes and running over traffic signs in the county. The sheriff said that there were nearly 20 incidents of mailboxes being destroyed Saturday night and Sunday morning, with most being concentrated on Sprague Road, Deaver Road and County Road 300S.

It appears as if the mailboxes and road signs had been run over or sideswiped by a vehicle.

The sheriff warned that damaging a mailbox is a federal offense. He said that could carry a penalty of a $250,000 fine and three years in prison, for each act of vandalism to a mailbox.

If you have any information you should contact Lt. Chad Swank at 812-565-5928. You can also call the sheriff’s department tip line at 812-379-1712. Tips and information can be left anonymously.

Arts Council announces First Fridays for Families schedule

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The Columbus Area Arts Council is announcing this year’s slate of shows for its First Fridays for Families program held at the Commons.

The first show is “A Dickens Tale” to be held Dec. 1st. The arts council says that the show will feature Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, the ghostly visitors and a hilarious beggar woman.

Other scheduled shows:

  • Dr. Seuss’s The Cat In The Hat, Jan. 5
  • Adzooks Puppets: Circus of Imagination, Feb. 2
  • Beethoven’s Wig, March 2
  • Peter & The Wolf, April 6

The family-friendly shows are held on the First Friday of the month, December through April, starting at 6 in the evening at The Commons. The shows are free to the public through the support of Old National Bank.

For more information, go to

Hope holding Christmas of Yesteryear Friday

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The Yellow Trail Museum in Hope will be holding its annual Christmas of Yesteryear on the Hope Town Square, starting at 5 p.m. Friday evening.

Barb Johnson, with the museum, says that this is the 15th year for the annual event.

The festivities will feature strolling carolers, carriage rides and Santa Claus at the Sweet Chiropractic Office. There will also be a live nativity on the square put on by Hope First Baptist Church.

Johnson said there will be crafts, a bake sale and cookie decorating at the Yellow Trail Museum itself, on the northwest corner of the Town Square. Hauser students will also be talking about the Moravian Church traditions carried on by the town.

For the first time, this year’s event will include fireworks starting at 8:45 p.m.  Friday night. Those fireworks were held over from Hope Heritage Days, in September, when the fireworks were canceled due to the hot dry weather.

Truck chase leads to arrest on drug charges Friday

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Shawn J. Tatman. Photo courtesy of Columbus police.

A car chase by Columbus police Friday night led to a man’s arrest on drug related charges.

Police noticed a truck without a license plate near 10th Street and Whitfield Drive at about 6:30 p.m. Friday evening and attempted to pull the pickup over. However the driver took off south on U.S. 31 at speeds of up to 80 mph.

Eventually the driver lost control and crashed into a fence in the 200 block of Patterson Drive, says Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the Columbus police.

The driver, 41-year-old Shawn J. Tatman was found hiding under a bush. After he refused to show his hands, he was hit with a Taser. Police allegedly found methamphetamine on the ground where he had been laying, Harris says.

He is facing preliminary charges of possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, reckless driving, resisting law enforcement with a vehicle and an outstanding warrant from another county.

Take a break from smoking on Thursday

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This Thursday is the Great American Smokeout.

Local anti-smoking efforts are being organized by Healthy Communities at Columbus Regional Hospital. Kylee Jones, tobacco awareness coordinator for Healthy Communities explains that she will be leading a class from St. Peters Lutheran School on an anti-smoking project on Thursday.

The sixth graders will be picking up cigarette butts from the street, starting at The Commons and then up Washington Street to about Fifth Street. She said the goal is to help show the chlidren how nasty smoking can be.

Jones said that the American Cancer Society encourages tobacco users to quit cold turkey during the Great American Smokeout, whether it is a minute, hour or the whole day as a way to feel what it is like to be smoke-free.

Jones said that Columbus Regional Hospital will be picking up its smoking cessation classes again in January. The classes are held five times a year in eight-week sessions. The classes cost $35, which covers the cost of the books and other materials. Participants will also be given nicotine patches or gum.

For more information, go to the Healthy Communities Tobacco Awareness page on

You can call 1-800-QUIT-NOW to speak to a smoking counselor 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

Cheer Fund volunteer packing efforts start tonight

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Tonight is the first night that you can help firefighters make a child’s Christmas brighter.

The Columbus Firemen’s Cheer Fund’s toy boxing sessions start tonight. They will be held in the Doug Otto United Way Center on 13th Street from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings.

Volunteers are needed to sort toys, clean used toys, stock donations on shelves, replace batteries and package gift boxes.

The Cheer Fund is also still accepting toy donations. You can drop those off at the United Way Center or at any Columbus fire station.

The delivery day for the packages is Saturday, Dec. 16th. Volunteers are also needed that morning to make deliveries across Bartholomew County.

For more information or to make a monetary donation you can go to