4 jailed on drug, firearm charges

Staff Reports

Columbus police arrested four people — three of them local — this week on warrants for narcotics or firearm-related offenses.

On Tuesday, police arrested Kimberly K. Townsend, 48, 6714 S. Jonesville Road, on two counts of dealing in methamphetamine, police said. Townsend is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $60,000 bond, jail officials said. Her arrest was part of a multi-month investigation into narcotics being sold in Columbus, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Columbus police officers Troy Love and Kyle Young saw two wanted individuals riding bicycles in the 1300 block of Chestnut Street at about 6:40 p.m. Wednesday, Harris said.

They arrested Tiffany J. Coleman, 43, 1301 Chestnut St., on two warrants for failure to appear on two counts of conversion, and additional charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia, police said. The officers arrested Michael A. Coleman, 49, 1312 Sycamore St., on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and a warrant for failure to appear for conversion, police said.

While searching Tiffany Coleman, officers found a pipe with methamphetamine inside it as well as a small scale, Harris said. When officers were speaking with Michael Coleman, they noted he had a marijuana cigarette behind his ear, Harris said. Officers also located a small amount of methamphetamine in his clothing when he was searched, Harris said.

Tiffany J. Coleman is being held at the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bond, jail officials said. Michael A. Coleman is being held in lieu of $91,000 bond at the jail, officials there said.

Also on Wednesday, Columbus officers arrested an Indianapolis man on several felony charges after a traffic stop at about 10:30 p.m. in the 1100 block of Washington St., Harris said.

Officers stopped Damon L. Bailey, 42, after determining he had a suspended driver’s license, Harris said. When searching Bailey prior to taking him to the Bartholomew County Jail, officers found methamphetamine and marijuana in a bag in Bailey’s pants, Harris said. Officers also recovered two bundles of currency totaling nearly $900 in Bailey’s pockets, Harris said.

A loaded handgun with an altered serial number, as well as a digital scale and several small empty plastic bags were recovered from Bailey’s vehicle, Harris said.

Bailey was arrested on charges of:

Possession of heroin

Possession of methamphetamine

Possession of heroin within 500 feet of a school

Possession of methamphetamine within 500 feet of a school

Possession of marijuana within 500 feet of a school

Possession of a handgun without a license within 500 feet of a school

Possession of a handgun with an altered serial number

Dealing in methamphetamine

Dealing in marijuana

Bailey was being held without bond at the Bartholomew County Jail, jail officials said.

Standoff with police ends with man’s peaceful surrender

A local man surrendered to Columbus police after a standoff that started over a dispute with a neighbor.

James E. Bowling, 40, 4662 Breckenridge Drive, was arrested on a preliminary charge of resisting law enforcement, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Police were sent to the 4600 block of Breckenridge Drive at about 7 p.m. on a complaint that a man had been beating on a neighbor’s door and threatening him, Harris said. The neighbor, Bowling, said the man was accusing him of letting the air out of one of his vehicle tires.

Officers were called back to the residence shortly after 8 p.m. when the man claimed someone had punctured and deflated another tire on his vehicle. The man asked officers to stay until his vehicle could be towed.

Officers then attempted to talk with Bowling who was standing nearby in his yard, Harris said.

Bowling fled on foot into his home despite being asked to stop by officers, Harris said. Bowling later threatened multiple times to blow up his house and to shoot officers, Harris said.

Columbus SWAT officers and its crisis negotiators spoke with Bowling for an extended period of time before Bowling surrendered peacefully to SWAT officers, Harris said. The standoff ended at about 12:30 a.m. Friday, officers said.

Bowling was released from the Bartholomew County Jail after posting $5,000 bond, jail officials said.