Veteran detective Culberson dies

Retired Columbus Detective Tony Culberson, the last man you wanted on your trail if you were a fugitive, died Tuesday at St. Francis Hospital. He was 59.

Culberson, a Columbus Police Department veteran of more than 32 years, retired in December, capping a career that took him from patrol to detective and resulted in a reputation for effective police work, especially in finding fugitives.

"I used to call Tony 'Columbo,' because he used to stay on the trail of the bad guy until he got him," said Columbus Mayor Jim Wetherington, former chief of the Columbus Police Department. "He was an outstanding police officer. We're all going to miss Tony."

Wetherington's assessment was shared by men who worked side-by-side with Culberson over the years.

Read more about this story later today online and in print editions of Thursday's Ledger-Enquirer.