Columbus Police Department

  • Agency: Columbus Police Department
  • Address: 123 Washington Street, Columbus, 47201 IN
  • Chief: William Martin (Chief of police)
Phone: (812) 379-1689 (812) 376-2600
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Columbus Police Department is located at 123 Washington Street, Columbus, 47201 IN. The Chief of police of the department is William Martin. The Columbus Police Department phone number is (812) 379-1689 (812) 376-2600.

Columbus Police Department News

We would like to thank Ofc. Bernard Sims for taking time to talk to the students at Smith Elementary School about being a police officer during their Career Day on Friday.

Man Arrested After Stealing Truck With Dog Inside A local man was arrested after he reportedly stole a truck with the owner’s dog inside while it was parked in front of a Columbus residence Sunday morning. At approximately 10:30 a.m., CPD received a report of stolen truck in the 300 block of Center Street. The truck’s owner advised officers that he left his truck running in front a friend’s residence and was carrying groceries to the house when an unknown person stole the vehicle. The owner also stated that his dog was inside the truck at the time it was stolen. Officers from the Columbus Police Department and Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department spotted the stolen truck a short time later and attempted to stop it. The truck crashed through two locked gates at a business on South Gladstone Avenue where the stolen vehicle came to a stop and the suspect who was identified as Richard L. Gahwiller, 43, of Columbus was taken into custody. The vehicle as well as the dog who was unharmed was returned to its owner. Gahwiller was transported to the Bartholomew County Jail on the following preliminary charges: Auto Theft Theft Leaving the Scene of an Accident

CPD Records and Parking Division will be closed today in observance of Veteran's Day and will reopen tomorrow. A special thanks to all who served so that we can experience freedom each day.

Thanks to the PAAL Football players for dropping off this great sign for our officers. We hope you had a great season.

Nine Arrested on Felony Charges After Year Long Investigation of Aryan Brotherhood Local law enforcement officers arrested nine people, many of whom are members or known associates of the Aryan Brotherhood, after a year-long investigation which began in October 2017 with the arrests of two persons connected to the gang. This lengthy investigation focused on complaints of narcotics dealing, multiple burglaries and vehicle thefts in Columbus and Bartholomew County and also involved suspects attempting to sneak contraband into the Bartholomew County Jail. Officers from the Columbus Police Department and Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department worked together during this investigation which also included officers from the CPD Intelligence Led Policing Unit, CPD SWAT, Columbus/Bartholomew County Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team, CPD Detective’s Division as well as the Indiana State Police, Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Edinburgh Police Department. As the case progressed, detectives contacted Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash who assigned Deputy Prosecutor Lindsey Holden Kay to work closely with investigators on the case. As a result of the investigation, the persons below were arrested on the following formal charges filed by the Bartholomew County Prosecutors Office. All suspects should be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Chelsie S. Harden, 30, Columbus, Indiana Trafficking with an Inmate (Level 5 Felony) Possession of Methamphetamine (Level 6 Felony) Possession of a Controlled Substance (Class A Misdemeanor) Criminal Gang Activity (Level 6 Felony) Maintaining a Common Nuisance (Level 6 Felony) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Class A Misdemeanor) Jarred A. Parton, 26, Franklin, Indiana Criminal Gang Activity (Level 6 Felony) Battery (Class A Misdemeanor) William Jacob Lustig, 38, Columbus, Indiana Criminal Gang Activity (Level 6 Felony) Trafficking with an Inmate (Level 5 Felony) Dealing in a Schedule III Controlled Substance (Level 6 Felony) Dealing in a Schedule IV Controlled Substance (Class A Misdemeanor) Brandon B. Jacobs, 28, Nashville, Indiana Criminal Gang Activity (Level 6 Felony) Auto Theft (Level 6 Felony) Intimidation (Level 6 Felony) Possession of Altered Handgun (Level 6 Felony) Carrying an Handgun Without a License (Class A Misdemeanor) William “Corey” King, 35, Columbus, Indiana Criminal Gang Activity (Level 6 Felony) Trafficking with an Inmate (Level 5 Felony) David “Bub” Hadley, 35, Columbus, Indiana Criminal Gang Activity (Level 6 Felony) Trafficking with an Inmate (Level 5 Felony) Mary Jaylin Craig, 22, Edinburgh, Indiana Trafficking with an Inmate (Level 5 Felony) Possession of Methamphetamine (Level 6 Felony) Possession of a Controlled Substance (Class A Misdemeanor) William J. Stillabower, 33, Columbus, Indiana Criminal Gang Activity (Level 6 Felony) Trafficking with an Inmate (Level 5 Felony) Matthew S. Mowery, 22, Austin, Indiana Possession of Methamphetamine (Level 6 Felony) Unlawful Possession of a Syringe (Level 6 Felony)

We received the following photo and message on Twitter yesterday from the family member of a motorist who was in crash yesterday. Thanks to Officer Clapp for a job well done. @Columbus_Police Officer Chris Clapp came to our rescue today after we had a collision on the I-65 with a truck this afternoon. He was amazing, with my very stressed mum, and with not leaving us until he was sure we were ok and had another hire car organised. A true credit to you.

Local Man Arrested on Drug Dealing Charge A local man was arrested on a drug dealing charge after CPD officers reportedly located a large amount of methamphetamine that was in his possession. On Monday evening at approximately 5:30 p.m. CPD officers observed a vehicle in the 1100 block of Washington Street that was falsely registered. They later spoke with the vehicle’s driver, Christopher M. Bennett, 35, of Columbus and determined that his driver’s license was suspended. Bennett was placed under arrest and officers located a digital scale and two unused corner cut plastic bags which are often used to sell narcotics while searching the vehicle. Prior to transporting Bennett to jail, the officers located a large amount of methamphetamine that he attempted to conceal in his pants. Bennett was transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where he was remanded with a 48 hour hold on the following preliminary charges: Dealing Methamphetamine (Level 2 Felony) Possession of Methamphetamine (Level 3 Felony) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Class C Misdemeanor) Driving While Suspended with a Prior Conviction (Class A Misdemeanor)

Man Late for Work Arrested After Pursuit A Columbus man who advised officers he was late for work was arrested Friday morning after he was involved in a vehicle pursuit that lasted over a mile. At approximately 9:55 a.m., CPD Officers and Frank Dickman and Jeff Gilliam were patrolling near 16th Street and Home Avenue when a vehicle approached the officers from behind. The officers noted that the driver, who was later identified as Jacob T. Waltermire, 28, of Columbus, began flailing his arms and honking his vehicle’s horn. The officers pulled over to see if Waltermire needed assistance, however, he continued past the officers in his vehicle. The officers noted that Waltermire’s car had only one working brake light and they attempted to stop the vehicle, however, Waltermire refused to pull over. The officers pursued Waltermire with their patrol car’s emergency lights and siren activated for over a mile before Waltermire pulled into a parking lot in the 2200 block of North National Road. Waltermire quickly exited his vehicle and complained that the officers were driving too slow when he first encountered them and were making him late for work. Waltermire was placed under arrest and transported to the Bartholomew County Jail on a preliminary charge of Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle, a Level 6 Felony.

Threats With Knife Leads to Arrest Officers arrested a Columbus woman Friday afternoon after she allegedly threatened another person with a knife during a dispute. At approximately 3:50 p.m., CPD officers responded to a residence on North Beatty Street in regards to a disturbance. When the officers attempted to detain the suspect, Kristi N. Cross, 30, she attempted to pull away from them. A struggle ensued and Cross was taken into custody short time later. During the struggle Cross threatened the officers on scene who arrested her. The officers later located drug paraphernalia as well as a knife inside a bag that belonged to Cross. She was remanded to the Bartholomew County Jail on the following preliminary charges: Intimidation with a Deadly Weapon Intimidation of a Law Enforcement Officer Resisting Law Enforcement Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Two Arrested After Vehicle Pursuit Two local residents are in custody on several charges after they attempted to evade Columbus police officers in a vehicle on Thursday night. At approximately 9:10 p.m., CPD officers attempted to stop a passenger car near 25th Street and Maple Street after noting that the wrong license plate was on the vehicle. The occupants in the car refused to pull over and a vehicle pursuit that covered several different Columbus streets and alleys and lasted approximately 10 minutes began a short time later. The pursuit ended when the suspect’s vehicle came to a stop in the 700 block of Maple Street. The driver, Samantha R. Anderson, 27, of Columbus and her passenger, Christopher D. Branum, 33, of Columbus were both taken into custody after a high risk traffic stop was conducted. Officers confirmed active arrest warrants for Anderson and Branum. They were both transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where they were remanded with a 48 hour hold on the following preliminary charges: Samantha Anderson: Reckless Driving, Criminal Recklessness, Driving While Suspended (Prior Conviction), Resisting Law Enforcement in a Vehicle, Jackson County Warrant Christopher Branum: Two Bartholomew County Warrants

Local Man Arrested on Warrant/Drug Charges Columbus police officers arrested a local man on a Bartholomew County warrant and drug charges on Thursday afternoon. At approximately 5:45 p.m., CPD officers responded to a business in the 2100 block of State Street in regards to a man with a warrant at that location. The officers spoke with Jerome S. Brantley, 40, of Columbus and confirmed the warrant for his arrest a short time later. While speaking with Brantley, the officers could smell the odor of marijuana coming from his vehicle. Brantley exited his vehicle and was taken into custody without incident. The officers searched Brantley’s vehicle and reportedly located marijuana, methamphetamine and Hydrocodone pills inside. Brantley was transported to the Bartholomew County Jail on the following preliminary charges: Bartholomew County Warrant Possession of Methamphetamine Possession of a Controlled Substance Possession of Marijuana

Flood Statement National Weather Service Indianapolis IN 1210 PM EDT Thu Nov 1 2018 ...A Flood Warning continues for portions of the following waterways in Indiana... East Fork White River...Flatrock River...White River... .Recent rainfall amounts couple with additional rain forecast over the next couple days will result in a steady rise in rivers over the weekend. These rivers will rise above flood stage early next week. Precautionary/Preparedness Actions... Motorists should never drive into flood water. Turn around and go another way. Keep children away from flooded areas. Recreational and agricultural interests should remain alert to changing river conditions. For detailed flood information go to weather.gov/ind on the web and click on rivers and lakes.

Woman Arrested for DUI/Auto Theft Columbus police officers arrested an Indianapolis woman on several charges Wednesday evening after officers determined that she was intoxicated, had a warrant for her arrest and was in possession methamphetamine as well as a stolen vehicle. At approximately 9:45 p.m., CPD officers responded to a report of a person in a vehicle refusing to leave a gas station located in the 3500 block of W. County Road 450 South. The arriving officers located the woman, who was later identified as Jessie L. Harmon, 40, of Indianapolis, in a vehicle in the gas station parking lot. While speaking with Harmon, the officers noted that she appeared disoriented when she got out of the vehicle’s driver’s seat. Officers determined a short time later that Harmon had a Marion County Warrant for her arrest for Possession of Cocaine and Identity Deception and she was taken into custody. Officers also determined that the vehicle she was in had been recently stolen in Indianapolis. While searching the vehicle, the officers located drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine inside the stolen car. Harmon was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital for a blood draw when she refused to take a breath test. Officers applied for and later received a warrant for the blood alcohol test when Harmon refused to cooperate with the investigation. She was eventually transported to the Bartholomew County Jail on the following preliminary charges: Auto Theft Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Possession of Methamphetamine Marion County Warrant

We wanted to take a moment and thank the Kindergarten students at CSA Fodrea for inviting our officers to their school yesterday. We received the “VIP” treatment from the students who wanted to wash our police cars and made us cookies. While the cars were being washed, our officers were able to read a few Halloween stories to the kids. Thanks to everyone at Fodrea for a fun afternoon.

Local Man Arrested on Felony Drug Charges A local man was arrested on felony charges including dealing methamphetamine after he was seen at a Columbus store on Tuesday evening. At approximately 6:00 p.m., CPD officers observed Jared A. Harris, 34, of Columbus, enter a store in the 1100 block of Washington Street. Officers confirmed a parole warrant for Harris’ arrest and he was taken into custody without incident. While searching Harris’ clothing, the officers located a plastic bag containing several small bags of methamphetamine. Harris was transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where he was remanded to their custody with a 48 hour hold on the following preliminary charges: Dealing Methamphetamine (Level 2 Felony) Possession of Methamphetamine (Level 4 Felony) Indiana Parole Warrant

Local Man Arrested After Traffic Stop A local man is in custody on drug possession charges after his vehicle was stopped for a violation early Tuesday morning. At approximately 1:05 a.m., CPD officers stopped a vehicle near 7th Street and Sycamore Street where they spoke with the driver, Joshua R. Nicholas, 28, of Columbus. While speaking with Nicholas, a CPD canine alerted to the odor of narcotics coming from the vehicle. Officers searched Nicholas’ car and located a bag of methamphetamine in the vehicle’s center console. Nicholas was taken into custody and officers located a small amount of marijuana in his clothing. Nicholas was transported to the Bartholomew County Jail on the following preliminary charges: Possession of Marijuana -Previous Conviction (Class A Misdemeanor) Possession of Methamphetamine (Level 6 Felony)

We would like to thank the Columbus Golden K Kiwanis Club for inviting CPD to talk to their group this morning about current police events in the community.

Two Arrested on Drug Charges After Traffic Stop CPD officers arrested two people on drug charges after they were stopped for a minor violation earlier this morning. At approximately 1:00 a.m., CPD officers stopped the vehicle near 3rd Street and Lindsey Street. The officers determined that the driver of the vehicle, Gregory A. Ferrell, 39, of Shelbyville, did not have driver’s license and he was placed under arrest. The officers also observed prescription medication inside the vehicle while speaking with Ferrell’s passenger, James M. Stewart, 28, of Franklin. The officers later confirmed that the pills were a Schedule II Controlled Substance and Stewart was also placed under arrest. While searching Ferrell’s vehicle, the officers located drug paraphernalia including a digital scale as well as methamphetamine. Both Ferrell and Stewart were transported to the Bartholomew County Jail on the following preliminary charges: Gregory A. Ferrell: Possession of Methamphetamine Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Operating a Vehicle Without a License James M. Stewart: Possession of a Controlled Substance with an Enhancing Circumstance

On behalf of law enforcement officers in Columbus, Bartholomew and Brown Counties, we would like to thank Centra Credit Union for their generous $2500.00 donation today to Shop With a Cop. Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #89 members along with local police officers and civilian volunteers are looking forward to making the Christmas and Holiday Season "merry and bright" for several children in our community. Thanks again to Centra Credit Union for your support.

It was a privilege to speak to the preschool classes at First Christian Church this morning about Trick or Treat Safety. Thanks for the invite. We hope you have a safe and happy Halloween.

Report of Suspicious Person Leads to Drug Arrest A Lafayette, Indiana man was arrested early this morning for drug possession and two local warrants after he attempted to flee from Columbus police officers. At approximately 12:30 a.m., CPD officers responded to the area of 13th Street and Pennsylvania Street in regards to report of suspicious persons on bicycles looking into vehicles in the area. A short time later, officers located Jeffrey M. Melvin II, 26, and determined that he had two local warrants for his arrest. Melvin attempted to flee from the officers on his bicycle, however, he was taken to the ground and placed under arrest. While searching Melvin, officers located heroin in his clothing. Melvin was later transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where he was remanded on the following preliminary charges: Two Bartholomew County Superior Court I Warrants Possession of Heroin Resisting Law Enforcement

Columbus Woman Arrested After Crashing into House A local woman was arrested for Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated after she crashed her sport utility vehicle into a Columbus home overnight. At approximately 3:30 a.m., CPD officers were dispatched to the 1200 block of Pine Hill Drive in regards to a vehicle that crashed into a house. The arriving officers located a 2013 Dodge Durango that struck the attached garage of the home causing significant damage. The officers spoke with Melissa J. Calderon, 26, of Columbus who advised that she was the driver of the SUV. The officers noted that Calderon’s speech was slurred and she had trouble maintaining her balance. Calderon was checked by paramedics and refused medical treatment at the scene. Calderon was given a portable breath test which registered .230% (nearly three times the legal limit). Calderon was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital for a blood draw and later placed under arrest. She was remanded to the Bartholomew County Jail on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

Bring your young children and join CPD on Thursday morning at 9:00 a.m. at the Columbus Chick-Fil-A. We will be reading books, passing out sticker badges and talking to the kids about police officers during their weekly story time. Hope to see you there.

Local Woman Arrested on Drug Charges A local woman was arrested on drug charges Saturday afternoon after she was reportedly unconscious in a restaurant parking lot. At approximately 4:40 p.m., CPD officers responded to Taco Bell, located at 1105 25th Street, in regards to a person unconscious inside their vehicle. Officers and paramedics arrived and spoke with Christina D. Sullivan, 42, of Columbus, who was slumped over in the vehicle’s driver’s seat. While speaking with Sullivan, officers observed drug paraphernalia inside her vehicle. The officers ordered Sullivan out of her car and as she exited the vehicle, Sullivan placed methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia inside a small cup of sour cream in an effort to evade arrest. Sullivan was taken into custody and transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where she was remanded on the following preliminary charges: Possession of Methamphetamine Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Local Man Arrested on Drug Charges After Overdose A local man was arrested on drug charges after overdosing on narcotics Friday evening inside his Columbus home. At approximately 10:20 p.m., CPD officers responded to a residence in the 1000 block of 8th in regards to a man who was unresponsive. Officers administered Narcan and revived the man, who was later identified as Timothy S. Gilley, 43, of Columbus. While attending to Gilley, the officers noted drugs inside Gilley’s bedroom and later applied for and received a warrant to search the home for additional drugs. While searching the residence, the officers located 19 syringes, marijuana, methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia inside the home. Gilley was placed under arrest and transported to Columbus Regional Hospital for medical treatment. He was later remanded to the Bartholomew County Jail staff on the following preliminary charges: Possession of Marijuana Possession of Methamphetamine Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Possession of a Syringe Maintaining a Common Nuisance