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Quiet and warmer weekend; bitter cold returns Monday

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Enjoy the pleasant conditions for the weekend. Near record-breaking cold for this early in the season is on tap for early next week.

Saturday:

A thin layer of cloud cover across the area will slowly move out for the morning hours, leaving us with mostly sunny skies this afternoon. Highs should warm back to the middle 40s this afternoon.

Saturday Night:

There will be a few clouds and conditions will be quiet through the overnight. Lows will fall to the middle 30s.

Sunday:

Beautiful day is on tap, with partly to mostly cloudy skies and milder temperatures. Highs will top out in the lower to middle 50s.

Bitter cold and snow?

A well-advertised arctic air mass will move into the state starting Monday. A cold front will sag through the state from the north, sparking a rain/snow mix, eventually changing to all snow. Some minor accumulations of less than 1″ will be possible on grassy and elevated surfaces through Monday afternoon.

Highs will hit the upper 30s around midday, and quickly fall throughout the rest of the day. Tuesday morning record low of 14° is very much in jeopardy of being broken, as many areas fall to the middle teens, and wind chills dip to near 0°

8-day Forecast:

Arctic high pressure will keep us quiet but cold through the first half of the week. The cold air will release its grip on the Midwest for the back half of the work week, allowing for temperatures to moderate a bit, with highs back in the 40s Thursday through the start of next weekend.

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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.

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