Looking Back – May 14

Around Columbus

May 14

News around Columbus and the surrounding area as reported on or about this date in the pages of The Evening Republican and The Republic 10, 25 and 50 years ago.


Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles said a new Columbus license branch, to be located near the intersection of Marr Road and 10th Street, would be a prototype for customer service statewide, with cutting-edge technology and more space, including room for training.


The U.S. Marshal’s Service declared Bartholomew County Courthouse a virtual time bomb waiting to explode after it determined that security in the building was non-existent. A full-time uniformed guard, metal detectors and judge “duress alarms” were among suggested modifications in a 15-page formal report.


A 30-mile chase on Interstate 65 at speeds nearing 120 miles per hour, punctuated by pistol shots and shotgun blasts from local law officers, ended in the arrest of three Indianapolis teenagers in a stolen car.