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Man arrested in beating of pregnant woman

A Columbus man was arrested after his pregnant girlfriend was beaten.

Chawn Coomer, 27, was being held at the Bartholomew County Jail Tuesday on preliminary felony charges of domestic battery, strangulation, battery on a pregnant female and criminal confinement.

“He allegedly grabbed her, threw her up against car, pulled her hair and strangled her,” Columbus Police Department spokesperson Matt Myers said.

Police responded to a call at 3:30 a.m. Saturday to the 4400 block of Drummond Avenue, where they spoke with a woman, who said Coomer beat her. The woman, who was nine months’ pregnant, according to police reports, was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital for stomach pains.

Police officers Branch Schrader and Roger Fields found Coomer in the 1600 block of Washington Street, where he was arrested.

Coomer is being held in lieu of $5,000 bond at the jail.


Garage opens for Cummins employees

The third parking garage in downtown Columbus welcomed its first vehicles Tuesday.

The structure, which is bordered by Sixth, Seventh, Washington and Franklin streets, is exclusively for Cummins Inc. employees.

The garage eventually also will provide 90 parking spots for tenants of the adjacent apartment complex, which is expected to open next year.

Bronze statue stolen from school building

A bronze statue of a girl has been stolen from the fountain pool outside the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. Administration Building, which used to be the Arvin Industries headquarters.

Lt. Matt Myers, spokesman for the Columbus Police Department, said sometime during the weekend the statue, “Puddles and Frog Pond,” was stolen from the school headquarters, 1200 Central Ave. The statue is of a girl stepping barefoot in the water.

Artist Jo Saylors created the girl statue, the boy statue next to the girl and the “Crack the Whip” sculpture near the Second Street Bridge, according to the Columbus Area Visitor’s Center website.

Only the girl statue was stolen. BCSC Superintendent John Quick said the school system adopted the sculptures when it acquired the building from Arvin Industries in 2005.

“It’s very disappointing,” he said. “It’s been a part of the history here. We have staff who saw it as late as Sunday.”

Myers asked that anyone with information call police at 376-2600.


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