Police called to disturbance, arrest man

Local resident charged with possession of methamphetamine and paraphernalia

A local man was arrested on drug-related charges after a disturbance near 25th and Midway streets.

Columbus police arrested Franklin E. Byars, 34, of 743 Chestnut St., at 1:53 a.m. Friday after they were sent to the disturbance involving a couple arguing.

After locating the couple, the officers saw the man turn away and reach toward the waist band of his pants, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman. The officers ordered the man to raise his hands and when he did, a small bag of methamphetamine fell to the ground, Harris said.

Byars was arrested on preliminary charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, Harris said.

He was released from the Bartholomew County Jail after posting $10,000 bond, jail officials said.