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Fairland man arrested after attempted bank robbery in Shelbyville

SHELBYVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — A Fairland man was arrested in Shelbyville Thursday after he allegedly tried to rob a bank, Shelbyville Police Department said.

According to authorities, Paul Hochgesang, 27, of Fairland, walked into the First Merchants Bank at 29 E Washington Street around 1:20 p.m. Thursday and tried to rob it.

Shelbyville police were called to the bank and told that a male suspect who attempted to rob the bank had left and began walking northbound. Officers were able to find the suspect, Hochgesang, a few blocks north of the bank.

Hochgesang was arrested after cooperating with the Criminal Investigations Division.

Police say no one was harmed during the incident and no one else is believed to be involved.

Hochgesang is being held at the Shelby County Jail on a preliminary charge of robbery.


2 Columbus police officers arrested, facing charges of misconduct, ghost employment

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) — Two Columbus police officers have been arrested on multiple charges including official misconduct and ghost employment.

According to Indiana State Police, Dan Meister and Ron May were arrested for allegedly working off-duty security jobs while also working on duty with the Columbus Police Department. An investigation into the officers began in November 2018 after a request was made by the Columbus Police Department.

Lt. Dan Meister and Sgt. Ron May allegedly worked overlapping shifts for both the police department and Columbus Regional Hospital between February 2015 and August 2018. The officers were paid by CPD and the hospital for the same hours worked on multiple occasions.

Meister had overlapped hours on 52 different occasions and May overlapped on 62 occasions, investigators say.

The investigation was turned over to a special prosecutor and arrest warrants were issued for the men on Friday. They were arrested Friday afternoon without incident and taken to the Bartholomew County Jail, police say.

Both officers are facing charges of official misconduct, ghost employment and theft.

May and Meister are expected to face initial hearings soon.

Information about how long they have worked with CPD was not immediately available.