Community-policing unit makes 2 arrests

By Staff Reports

Columbus police officers who are a part of the department’s community-policing initiative arrested two Columbus men in separate incidents on 11 preliminary charges and warrants.

Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS) officers located Charles W. Albertson Jr., 28, Nashville, at a residence in Freetown about 5 p.m. Sunday, said, Sgt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Albertson was arrested on warrants out of:

Brown County for violation of probation on an original charge of criminal recklessness;

Johnson County for public indecency;

Bartholomew County for failure to appear on indecent exposure; and

Bartholomew County on failure to appear for violation of probation on an original charge of driving while suspended.

About 8 p.m. Sunday, the officers received information that Jamie A. Stephens, 40, 1508 California St., was in a residence in the 1500 block of California Street. Stephens was taken into custody; and after confirming Stephens was wanted on several warrants, police said they found heroin in one of his pants pockets.

Stephens was arrested on charges of:

Bartholomew County warrant for two counts of dealing in methamphetamine;

Bartholomew County warrant for failure to appear on a driving-while-suspended charge;

Three Bartholomew County warrants for failure to appear/failure to comply;

Possession of heroin; and

Possession of a Legend drug-injection device.

Albertson is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail without bond, according to jail officials.

Stephens is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $315,138 bond, according to the jail.