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Late-season rain putting dent in dry spell

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — It’s been a tough growing season. Heavy spring rain, followed by pretty dry conditions through the late summer has left many farmers way behind schedule. As we draw close to the end of the season, some more heavy rain may beat the buzzer before we hit our first freeze of the season.

As we mentioned over the weekend, Saturday’s rain of just over 2″ was the second wettest day of the year. In fact, of the 3.70″ of rain that we’ve picked up for the month, 3.09″ of it fell just last week! That’s more than we’ve picked up in the last two months combined!

With another 1″-2″ of rainfall expected for Wednesday and Thursday, this should put us in the 4″-5″ range for the month, the most for October since 2013.

Much of the area is still under an abnormally dry or moderate drought conditions. The new update later this week should show at least some minor improvements in this situation.


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.