Columbus man arrested on warrant, drug charge

A local man was arrested on a felony warrant and drug-related charges while walking near 11th and Franklin streets.

Columbus Police Sgt. Oscar Olmeda saw William C. Cox, 42, of 924 Chestnut St., at 2:45 p.m. Friday and confirmed there was a felony Bartholomew Superior Court 1 warrant for failure to appear pending on Cox, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

The original charges on that warrant are unlawful possession of a firearm, theft of a firearm, theft and unlawful possession of a firearm with a prior domestic violence conviction, Harris said.

While searching Cox, officers found a syringe as well as a debit card that was recently stolen, Harris said. Cox was also arrested on charges of possession of stolen property and possession of a syringe, Harris said.

Cox was being held without bond in the Bartholomew County Jail, 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.