Teen admits involvement in string of burglaries
With his parents by his side, a Columbus teenager turned himself in Tuesday, admitting partial responsibility for a string of burglaries that began Aug. 17 in Columbus.
The 15-year-old was questioned by Columbus Police Department regarding 15 burglaries in the northern area of the city. CPD spokesman Lt. Matt Myers said the teen is cooperating and some stolen items already have been recovered.
During the weekend of Aug. 17-19, burglars ransacked seven businesses. Police suspected all of those burglaries were related because of the similarity of the forced entry — generally, doors were pried open — and that the businesses were ransacked.
The 15-year-old told authorities that two other teens involved in three of the burglaries have since left the country.
St. Bartholomew School Fall Festival Saturday
St. Bartholomew Catholic School’s annual Fall Festival on Saturday will feature carnival games, food, a beer tent and live music.
The event from 4 to 9 p.m. is open to the public and will be at the school, 1306 27th St.
Raffle tickets are available from any St. Bartholomew student or by calling the school office at 372-6830.
20th-anniversary open house set at services center
Bartholomew County Youth Services Center will celebrate its 20th anniversary with an open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23.
The event, at 2350 Illinois Ave., will include refreshments, tours, door prizes and art dedication.
The Youth Services Center is operated under the authority of the Bartholomew Circuit Court, which has jurisdiction over juvenile cases. The center provides services to help educate and rehabilitate juveniles who are struggling and/or have been accused of criminal activity.
Man held by police after exposure incident
A Columbus man was being held at Bartholomew County Jail on Tuesday on a preliminary felony charge of performing a harmful act on a minor.
A man drove a car near Home Avenue and 24th Street about 8 a.m. Tuesday, where two teenage girls were walking to Columbus North High School. He reportedly rolled down his window and made eye contact with the girls, who saw him commit a sexual act upon himself, according to Columbus Police Department reports.
The girls reported the man to a North official, who approached the vehicle, prompting the driver to flee.
CPD officers Angie Owens and Chris Clapp got descriptions of the car and its driver and the license plate number, which led them to Jacob A. Ritter, 21.
The CPD went to Ritter’s residence, 925 McClure Road, where he was on house arrest for an August 2011 exposure incident at Walmart. He agreed to be questioned and was placed on 48-hour hold.
Anyone with additional information is being asked to contact Detective Chris Couch at 376-2600.
Bull Dog alumni group set for annual meeting Friday
The Bull Dog Alumni Association will hold its annual meeting 6:15 p.m. Friday in the new cafeteria at Columbus North High School.
Tours will be available at 6:30 p.m for anyone interested in seeing the remodeled facility.
— Staff Reports
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