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JOY ANN TO CLOSE PERMANENTLY ON SATURDAY

(Richmond, IN)--What was arguably downtown Richmond’s last truly iconic business is closing for good on Saturday.  "It was too  much," said Cindy Scheele, who is the owner of Joy Ann Cake Shop.  Joy Ann had existed downtown for 80 years, but that ends Saturday.  Scheele cited a variety of factors for the decision, including increased cost from suppliers, increased payroll, and lengthy street construction around the building.  "I just don't have it in me.  I'm very tired," Scheele added.  Efforts to sell the business and the building have failed.  As for now, the building will be empty.  "I own the building.  I'm losing it to the bank.  I'm loosing everything," Scheele explained.  Joy Ann had operated at the same location on East Main Street for more than 80 years.  Scheele said she’s making one last large batch of Joy Ann’s famous thumbprint cookies to sell Friday and Saturday.

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REQUEST FOR SOBER TRANSITIONAL LIVING HOME WITHDRAWN

(Centerville, IN)--A zoning request to turn a house on Stevens Road just south of Centerville into a sober living transitional home has been withdrawn.  The petition was withdrawn this week after numerous nearby residents spoke against the proposal, which would have provided transitional housing for up to six people battling various addictions.  Opponents feared decreased property value and increased criminal activity.  The withdrawal means the plan is off the table for at least six months.

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POLICE CANINE STRUCK BY FLEEING VEHICLE

(Wayne County, IN)--A Wayne County police canine was struck by a car during the apprehension of a suspect Thursday morning.  It happened on Frontage Road in western Wayne County when deputies were attempting to arrest 38-year-old Travis Lee of Lynn.  The dog was not seriously injured.  Charges against Lee include felony criminal recklessness with a vehicle and battery on a police canine.  He’s also charged with felony neglect of a dependent.

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CAMBRIDGE CITY STANDOFF ENDS PEACEFULLY

(Cambridge City, IN)--A police standoff that prompted lockdowns Thursday afternoon at Western Wayne Elementary and Lincoln High School in Cambridge City ended peacefully.  A man described as suicidal barricaded himself inside a home in the 100 block of East Main Street and refused to come out for about an hour and a half.  Schools were placed on lockdown strictly as a precautionary measure.  Sheriff Randy Retter said there was never any direct threat to the schools.  The man eventually surrendered without incident and was taken to Reid Health for evaluation.

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RICHMOND ROOSTERS ARE RETURNING

(Richmond, IN)--The Richmond Roosters are returning.  That’s according to a social media post by John Cate.  Cate was instrumental in the founding and operation of the original Roosters, which played baseball at McBride Stadium from 1995 until 2005.  According to the Wednesday post, the Roosters will be a college wooden bat league that will play in the Midwest Prospect Baseball League.  John and Cindy Cate and Allen Brady are the owners.  The first league game is set for June 29.  There’s no word on where the Roosters will play and, if that location is McBride, how the Roosters will co-exist with the Richmond Jazz, which also plays at McBride.  Cate said more information will be released in a couple of weeks.

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GATEWAY WASTEWATER ISSUE COMPLICATED BY ERRONEOUS FIGURES

(Cambridge City, IN)--There’s been yet another delay in the effort to find a permanent solution to treating wastewater at the Gateway Industrial Park near Cambridge City.  Although the option of sending the wastewater to Connersville appears to be off the table, numbers presented to SugarCreek last month appear to be inaccurate.  Instead of an 18% increase in rates, it now appears there would be an increase of 37%.  A third party firm is now in the process of analyzing data.  In addition to that issue, there are 300,000 gallons of clear water flowing daily into the wastewater system.  The source of that water must be located.

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WOMAN AT CENTER OF DRUG RAID BONDS OUT OF JAIL

(Richmond, IN)--The resident of an alleged Richmond drug house has bonded out of jail and was free Thursday morning.  47-year-old Betty Johnson was one of three people arrested during a SWAT Team raid of a home in the 800 block of South 6th in Richmond.  Officers executed a search warrant after an investigation that included complaints from neighbors and recovered a variety of drugs.  Johnson was charged with dealing cocaine but has posted ten percent of a $15,000 bond and was released.  A Dayton man and Jason Branham of Richmond remained behind bars Thursday.

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WOMAN KILLED IN PREBLE COUNTY CRASH

(Preble County, OH)--A female driver in her 20’s was killed in a crash on State Route 503 just north of West Alexandria Tuesday.  "It was a huge metal-on-metal crash.".  That’s how Sarah Cupit described the crash just outside her house near Pyrmont (PEER-mont) Road.  The victim had been driving erratically according to a witness who was driving behind her.  "Kind of all over the roadway.  In fact, the witness was just about to give us a call because of the erratic driving when the crash occurred," said Preble County Sheriff Mike Simpson.  She hit an oncoming pickup head-on, causing minor injuries to that driver.  The victim’s name will be released Wednesday.

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SIGNAGE PROMOTES ELDER BEERMAN PARKING

(Richmond, IN)--Some new signage went up in downtown Richmond yesterday that geared toward helping merchants and businesses deal with ongoing street closures.  The signs encourage people to park in the former Elder-Beerman parking lot as an alternative to the loss parking and accessibility due to construction.  Main Street is currently closed between 6th and 7th Streets.  That closure will shift a block west next month.

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RPD MAKES RICHMOND AVENUE DRUG BUST

(Richmond, IN)--Richmond police on Tuesday made another drug arrest in the problem area of the 100 block of Richmond Avenue.  Officers recovered narcotic drugs, marijuana, and syringes when they took 24-year-old Heaven Ford into custody.  Ford now faces three felony counts.  The quantity of drugs recovered has not been released.  Ford has a criminal history that includes numerous book-ins last year.

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COUNCIL QUESTIONS ELEMENTS OF PARK BOND

(Richmond, IN)--Richmond Common Council Monday night heard a request for the issuance of a four-year, three-quarters-of-a-million bond for upgrades throughout the Park Department.  "We're still completely, 100% committed to making our park system the best it can be," said Superintendent Denise Retz to council.  The bond would fund multiple elements.  "Priorities are focusing on maintenance and beautification, compliance, and the parks' future," Retz added.  Some council members suggested that a lengthier bond would be more appropriate.  Others questioned why the needs were not addressed during the budget process.  Council will vote on the request next month.

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MAN WANTED IN MULTIPLE COUNTIES CAPTURED IN RICHMOND

(Richmond, IN)--A man wanted in multiple counties, including Wayne, was located and then taken into custody in Richmond Tuesday morning.  Officers located 29-year-old Kyle King near 15th and East Main.  King allegedly was in possession of methamphetamine this morning and also faces a resisting law enforcement charge.  King has been jailed multiple times in recent years, including as recently as this January.

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WAYNE COUNTY CHILD ABUSE CASES EXPLODE MARCH

(Wayne County, IN)--New numbers are out for child abuse and neglect in Wayne County.  The Department of Child Services says the number of confirmed case of child abuse and neglect has exploded from 14 in February to 41 last month.  The huge jump also puts Wayne County well ahead of where it was at this point last year.  By this point in 2018, there were 62 local cases.  This year, there are 82 cases.  That’s an increase of 32%.

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VICTIMS IN DOUBLE-FATAL PREBLE COUNTY CRASH IDENTIFIED

(Preble County, OH)--The two victims in a double-fatal weekend crash in Preble County have now been identified.  37-year-old Brian Logan of Camden was headed north on State Road 122 near Shul Road when he crossed the center line and hit 69-year-old Steven Fore of New Paris head-on.  Both drivers were killed.  70-year-old Shirley Fore was Careflighted to Miami Valley Hospital.  Her condition has not been released.  Investigators don’t know why Logan crossed the center line, but it did not appear drugs or alcohol were factors.

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ISP: SHOT WAS FIRED AT DEPUTY IN I-70 INCIDENT

(Henry County, IN)--Some new information was released Thursday about the fatal police shooting that occurred on I-70 in Henry County earlier this week.  Investigators now say that the Greenfield man who was shot and killed after pointing a gun at a Henry County deputy actually fired that gun at the deputy before the deputy returned fire.  The deputy was not hit.  The suspect was also in possession of methamphetamine.

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CITY, BIRTH-TO-FIVE HIRE NEW LEADERS

(Richmond, IN)--The city of Richmond has a new IT director.  Mayor Dave Snow announced Thursday that Jeff Kempton has been hired to take over that role and will start a week from Monday.  Kempton comes from similar jobs in Miamisburg and Englewood.  It marks the first time since last summer the administration has been fully staffed.   Also, Linda Irwin has been named executive director of Birth to Five.  Irwin has been with that organization for the last ten years.

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RPD IDENTIFIES MOST CRASH-PRONE INTERSECTIONS

(Richmond, IN)--For the ninth year in a row, the intersection of National Road East, Elks Road, and South 37th Street is the Richmond intersection where the most crashes have occurred.  RPD has released its annual list showing where the most traffic accidents occur.  The top four all involve National Road East, including the intersections of Woodside Drive, Garwood Road, and West Eaton Pike.  Those four intersections accounted for 82 crashes in 2018.  Overall, the number of accidents across the city last year dropped by 182.

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TASK FORCE SHUTS DOWN DRUG HOUSE

(Richmond, IN)--A drug house near Richmond’s Depot District was shut down Wednesday.  Members of the Wayne County Drug Task Force found methamphetamine, fentanyl, and heroin when they served a search warrant at an apartment in the 100 block of Fort Wayne Avenue.  David Singleton and Edward Hoelscher were both charged with multiple drug-related felonies, including dealing.  The investigation had included several controlled buys.  Numerous needles from the county’s needle exchange program were also recovered.

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WATER TOWER CONSIDERED FOR INDUSTRIAL PARK

(Cambridge City, IN)--Most of the discussion about the Gateway Industrial Park near Cambridge City in recent years has centered on the treatment of wastewater.  This week, the discussion turned to providing more clean water to the area.  There’s a water tower near I-70 that’s nearing capacity because of growth from SugarCreek Packing.  Local officials are looking into a USDA grant that would allow for construction of a new water tower at the industrial park.

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NEW DRUG RECOVERY CENTER PLANNED NEAR CENTERVILLE

(Wayne County, IN)--A new living facility for people getting outpatient treatment for drug addiction is being planned for a property just south of Centerville.  Entities called CapGrow Partners and Pinnacle Treatment Centers would like to convert an existing home at 4446 Stevens Road into a recovery center.  A public hearing on a request to change zoning will take place Thursday night at 6 at the Wayne County Board of Zoning Appeals.  Pinnacle Treatment is the company that operates a similar facility on State Road 1 near I-70 in western Wayne County.

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FISHERMAN DIES AT HUESTON WOODS

(Preble County, OH)--One man died Tuesday after the boat he was fishing in capsized at Hueston Woods.  Two men were fishing on Acton Lake when witnesses say one of them stood up.  Both fell out of the boat.  Other fishermen rushed to their aid.  A 76-year-old man survived, but a 55-year-old man was pronounced dead.  Right now, investigators don’t know if the man drowned or suffered some other medical incident.  His name has not yet been released.

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REID HEALTH TO EXPAND IN CAMBRIDGE CITY

(Cambridge City, IN)--Reid Health has purchased the Alco and CVS building on State Road 1 in Cambridge City.   Reid said in a release Tuesday that the space will be the new home of Dr. James Bertch sometime next year.  New offices will have 18 patient rooms and will have bays for Reid’s new ambulance service.  CVS will remain in its space.  Renovations are currently underway on 18,000 square feet.  There will also be room to add more providers, up to six from the current two.

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WAYNE COUNTY'S ECONOMIC DAMAGE FROM ADDICTION HAS DOUBLED IN RECENT YEARS

(Bloomington, IN)--Here’s more on our report Monday about the total economic damage created by drug addiction in our area.  IU researchers say the total damage to Wayne County since 2003 has been $538 million.  But the numbers have gotten much bigger each year.  It went from $26 million in 2015 to $54 million in 2017 – the last year of the study.  And, here are the numbers for other counties since 2003.  Union’s impact is $35 million.  Fayette’s is $221 million.  Frankin’s is $300 million.  Randolph County’s impact is $182 million, and Henry’s is $256 million.

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MOTORCYCLIST ESCAPES HIGH-SPEED CHASE

(Richmond, IN)--There was a high-speed motorcycle chase through Richmond city streets early Tuesday morning.  And, unlike last week, a rider seems to have escaped.  According to scanner traffic, the motorcycle rider hit speeds of 120 miles per hour as he fled east on Main Street at around 1:30 Tuesday morning.  The chase entered Preble County and turned south past National Trail schools.  Officers lost track of the rider near U.S. 35 and Oxford-Gettysburg Road.  There’s no word yet on what started the chase.

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TWO ARRESTED, DRUGS RECOVERED FOLLOWING I-70 CRASH

(Wayne County, IN)--A crash late Monday night on I-70 led to the recovery of drugs and landed two people in jail.  Officers responded to a call of a car in a ditch on westbound 70 near the Centerville exit.  According to scanner traffic, a man later identified as 52-year-old Ira Hamilton of Winchester was found in the car unconscious and still clutching drugs in his hand.  He was revived and taken to jail along with 31-year-old Christina Fraze of Richmond.  The quantity and type of drugs recovered has not been released.

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