Resident tip leads to arrest

A call from a resident about a possible drunken driver led to the arrest of a local man on a charge of possession of heroin.

Columbus police officer Brian Kushman located the suspicious vehicle at 10:50 a.m. Monday as it pulled into a parking lot in the 2900 block of National Road, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Kushman saw that the driver, later identified as William J. Stillabower, 32, of 5214 S. Lincoln Village Drive, was talking on his cellphone as the officer approached the vehicle, Harris said. Kushman also noted that Stillabower had an uncapped syringe on his lap that he attempted to conceal, Harris said.

Stillabower was arrested on charges of possession of heroin and possession of a legend drug-injection device, Harris said.

He was released from the Bartholomew County Jail after posting $15,000 bond, jail officials said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.