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Police: Teenager made up abduction story


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A teenage girl who wanted attention fabricated a story that alleged a man tried to lure her into a van Thursday morning as she walked to school, Columbus police said.

Columbus Police Department detectives determined that the incident was fictitious after a follow-up interview with the 14-year-old girl, a middle school student. The detectives reviewed surveillance cameras, which did not indicate an incident had occurred, said Lt. Matt Myers, spokesman for Columbus police.

The girl told detectives that she had fabricated the incident in an effort to seek attention, he added.

Myers said the girl has not been arrested for false reporting.

The girl told a guidance counselor at her school of the alleged incident, which prompted a call to the police.

Workers clear lot at site of proposed apartments

An earth mover was busy Thursday at the site of a proposed downtown apartment complex, but the start of construction is still months away, the developer said.

Janeen Sprague, owner of Sprague Co., said workers were removing dead trees at the lot between Sixth and Seventh streets on Washington Street, adjacent to the recently completed Cummins Inc. parking garage.

She said her company is “working feverishly” to finish the plans for the apartment complex; and assuming city approvals go well, the project should start this spring or summer. She estimated it would take 14 months to complete.

Sprague Co. owns properties including the Holiday Inn Express and Suites, Hilton Garden, and Hampton and Comfort inns in Edinburgh. The company announced in December 2011 plans to build a 40-unit apartment complex in downtown Columbus.

Columbus City Council meeting canceled

Tuesday’s scheduled Columbus City Council meeting has been canceled.

Council President Ryan Brand said the council had no items scheduled for the agenda, so the meeting was canceled.

In February, the City Council will consider an ethics ordinance to standardize policies concerning issues such as nepotism, acceptance of gifts and conflicts of interest.

Health department to offer screening

The Bartholomew County Health Department will offer testing, by appointment only, for total cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL and HDL on Jan. 28.

Participants must fast 12 hours before the test. Cost is $25 cash. To schedule an appointment, call the health department between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 379-1555 and select option No. 1.

Boil-water advisory goes into effect today

Southwestern Bartholomew Water Corp. has issued a boil-water advisory for some customers on Baker Hollow Road because of repairs to a leaking water main.

Water was turned off Thursday for about two hours for customers who live in the area of 11665 to 13321 W. Baker Hollow Road.

The boil advisory is for 1 p.m. today until noon Wednesday. Customers should bring water to a full boil for 5 minutes before consumption or use in cooking and food preparation.

Information: Southwestern Bartholomew Water Corp. 342-4421.

North Vernon police issue warning about scam

NORTH VERNON — Several Jennings County residents have received recent correspondence promising thousands of dollars, but the North Vernon Police Department is warning that these promises are most likely scams.

The correspondence has been received by email, telephone and conventional mail, according to North Vernon police spokesman Justin Black. He said respondents are told they must provide personal and banking information in order to have the money directly deposited into their accounts.

“Ultimately, a person’s bank account or accounts could be cleaned out if responding to these individuals,” said Black, a North Vernon police officer.

The department said Jennings County residents should not provide any personal or banking information to any unsolicited contact or communication that they may receive.

Black urged those who receive these types of offers to contact the North Vernon Police Department immediately at 346-1466.

—Staff Reports

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