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FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT SEARCHING FOR INMATE WHO FAILED TO RETURN FROM WORK RELEASE

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Department is looking for an inmate who failed to return to a work release facility. 39-year-old Patrick Allen was last seen early Sunday morning. He was serving time in Community Corrections following a July 2016 arrest for fraud on a financial institution and theft. If you have information on Allen, you can call Fayette County Central Dispatch at 765-825-2111.

 

 

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IVY TECH NAMES BOLSER CHANCELLOR

(RICHMOND)- Chad Bolser has been named chancellor of the Richmond campus of Ivy Tech Community College. It’s part of Ivy Tech’s restructuring that places a chancellor on each of the college’s 32 campuses across the state. Bolser was previously president of Ivy Tech at Richmond. Before Ivy Tech, he held several positions with Richmond Community Schools, including athletic director and head boys’ basketball coach.

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INDIANA ATTORNEY GENERAL WARNS OF TOBACCO SCAM

Indiana’s attorney general is warning about a scam that implies that individuals can receive payments under the settlement between tobacco companies and the federal government. Attorney General Curtis Hill says an online promotion from Money Map Press tries to get people to pay for more information on getting settlement money, and asks people to provide bank account information. Hill says it’s a scam and you should not give out your personal information online.

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RPD HAS FOUND A PERSON OF INTEREST IN SHOOTING CASE

(RICHMOND)- Richmond Police say they have found a person of interest they wanted to question in connection with a shooting that left two men dead almost a week ago. Police say the investigation led to the arrest of a juvenile on unrelated charges. But there have still been no charges filed in last Friday’s deaths Bishop Oliver and Shawn Sams.

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BLUE GREEN ALGAE STILL ON BROOKVILLE LAKE

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management says blue-green algae is still showing up on Brookville Lake at the Mounds State Recreation Area. However, high levels of the algae were not found in the latest testing at Quakertown State Recreation Area and Whitewater Memorial State Park. Though the algae is not deadly, it can make you sick if you ingest water where it is found.

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CAREFLIGHT CALLED TO DARKE COUNTY CRASH

One person was flown to a hospital after a serious crash in Darke County. It happened late yesterday morning at the intersection of North Star Fort Loramie Road and Rhynard-Fink Road. Sheriff’s Deputies say the drivers of both cars were injured, but that one driver had to be cut out of their car before CareFlight flew them to be treated. The extent of their injuries has not been released, and deputies haven’t said what caused the crash.

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ACCIDENT ON I-70 LEAVES BABY IN CRITICAL CONDITION

A baby from Hagerstown is in critical condition after a pickup truck flipped on I-70 just east of Centerville Road. The crash happened around nine-o-clock last night. State Police say the woman driving the truck lost control, and the woman’s nine-month-old son who was not properly restrained was ejected from the truck. The woman managed to get the baby off the east bound lanes to keep him from being hit by traffic. The infant was flown to Dayton Children’s Hospital. The mother’s injuries were minor.

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RPD ADDS FOUR MORE OFFICERS

(RICHMOND)- Four more Richmond Police officers have graduated from the state law enforcement academy. Officers Jordan Brouse, Brett Haskett, Jeremiah Holbrook and Jenny Meadows now move on to the next phase of field training. They will ride with certified officers and gradually increase their responsibilities.

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COUNCILOR MILLER OBJECTS TO LOAN APPLICATION

(RICHMOND)- At least one Richmond Common Council member does not want the city to apply for a loan from the state to pay for the demolition of the old Reid Hospital property. Councilor Clay Miller wants the city to use nearly five million dollars in reserve funds to pay for the project. The demolition is expected to cost at least 7.7 million dollars, and the city has already applied for the zero-interest loan. Last week, the council approved using TIF money to repay the loan.

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INDIANA DNR SAYS FACEBOOK RUMOR IS NOT TRUE

Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources says a rumor about a death at Brookville Lake is not true. A Facebook post shared hundreds of times claims a young person died after coming into contact with blue-green algae at the lake. But the D-N-R says no deaths have occurred, even though they issued an advisory for the algae recently.

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TWO TROOPERS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL AFTER CRASH

(Richmond)- Two Indiana state troopers were taken to the hospital after their patrol cars crashed. It happened early Saturday morning at U-S Highway 40 and Southwest First Street. Investigators say one trooper was trying to make a U-turn on the way to an overdose call. That’s when his car was hit by the other trooper’s car.

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TWO MEN DIE AFTER SHOTS FIRED DURING ARGUMENT

(Richmond)- Richmond Police say two men who died after a shooting in front of a duplex were firing at each other after an argument. 22-year-old Bishop Oliver and 27-year-old Shawn Sams died after the shooting late Friday night on Richmond Avenue. A third man was injured by the gunfire.

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RPD AWAITS TOXICOLOGY BEFORE RELEASING DETAILS OF RAILROAD TRACK BODY

(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond Police Department spokesperson said this week that they’re awaiting toxicology reports before giving any information on the investigation into the body found on the railroads tracks near North 12th and E last week.  Kicks 96 and the Point News has now independently identified the victim as 32-year-old Joseph Duncan.  There is also now an unconfirmed report that Duncan had been involved in a fight in the Glen Court area before his body was found.  RPD refuses to say if foul play is suspected.  Toxicology results could take several more weeks.

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WAYNE COUNTY RANKS LOW IN CRIMINAL RECIDIVISM

(Wayne County, IN)--Wayne County has one of the lower rates of criminal recidivism in Indiana.  According to new numbers from the Indiana Department of Corrections, 31% of people who had been convicted of felonies before 2012 in Wayne County have additional convictions after that.  The most likely people to repeat crimes locally are sex offenders.  58% of people arrested for that before 2012 have reoffended.  30% of Wayne County drug dealers repeat their crimes.

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MORE ROAD CONSTRUCTION COMING TO RICHMOND

(Richmond, IN)--If you thought there could not possibly be more road construction in Richmond, you’re wrong.  The Indiana Department of Transportation has just awarded a $1.5 million contract to Milestone Contractors for work at the U.S. 27 bridge over I-70.  They’ll be doing maintenance on that bridge beginning next month.  They’ll also replace a culvert a half-mile to the north and repair another culvert another mile north of that.  Traffic will be affected in the area until October.

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RCS STUDENTS TO SEE SUBSTANTIAL BOOK FEE INCREASE

(Richmond, IN)--Big book fee increases are coming to the parents of Richmond Community School students.  The RCS Board Wednesday night approved a fee structure that will go into effect at the start of the upcoming school year.  Some fee increases will be minimal, but some will go up as much as 70%.  Generally speaking, fees will increase by about $45 per semester.  The increase comes with the district’s introduction of laptop computers.  The RCS Board agreed to absorb other costs to keep the increases as low as possible.

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CAMBRIDGE CITY COUNCIL BACKS SUGARCREEK IN WASTEWATER DISPUTE

(Cambridge City, IN)--The dispute over wastewater at the Gateway Industrial Park is getting more intense.  The Cambridge City Town Council this week approved a resolution that asks for intervention from a state agency in the fight to expand wastewater capacity.  That expansion is necessary to allow Sugar Creek Packing to grow to 400 employees.  In the resolution, Council expresses a willingness to have operations of the Western Wayne Sewer District returned to the town.  In the last couple of weeks, Sugar Creek had to pay $30,000 to bring in ten tanks to store wastewater that could not be discharged.

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FAYETTE COUNTY CORRECTIONAL OFFICER CHARGED WITH TRAFFICKING WITH INMATE

(Connersville, IN)--A Union County woman who was working as a correctional officer at the Fayette County Jail has been arrested and charged with trafficking with an inmate.  37-year-old Jennifer Hall of Brownsville admitted to bringing markers to inmates that had been hollowed out and filled with marijuana and Xanax.  Hall is the second officer to be arrested in the last month.  Drake Pope is facing similar charges.

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GREENS FORK MAN ARRESTED FOR SETTING FOUR HOUSE FIRES IN 35 MINUTES

(New Castle, IN)--A Greens Fork man has been charged with setting four house fires over a period of about 35 minutes.  The fires occurred last week in New Castle.  Investigators have concluded that 24-year-old Joshua Dunham of Greens Fork set three vacant homes on fire.  One of the fires spread to an occupied home, although no one was inside at the time.  No motive for the fires has been released.

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OLD REID DEMOLITION ADVANCES WITH REDEVELOPMENT APPROVAL

(Richmond, IN)--Approval was granted Tuesday for a resolution that would allow the Richmond Redevelopment Commission to be used as the source to repay a zero-interest loan to demolish the old Reid property.  A minimum of $385,000 in TIF money per year would be allocated for payment.  Mayor Dave Snow said the city would apply for a loan by the end of the month.  Finalizing the plan would require approval of Common Council and would include public hearings on the issue.  Snow said Tuesday that if everything goes smoothly, actual demolition of old Reid could start by early next year.

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COMPANY AGREES TO BUY RICHMOND, EATON MARSH STORES

(Indianapolis, IN)--A company has agreed to buy the Marsh locations in Richmond and Eaton.  That company is Generative Growth II.  They’re paying a total of $8 million for 15 Marsh stores, including Richmond and Eaton.  Marsh had said recently that it would close all of its stores, including those two, if a buyer was not found.  Successful bidders were announced to the bankruptcy court Tuesday.  But, there’s still an issue.  CVS could try to block the sale over a previously-arranged agreement to purchase Marsh pharmacies.

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MAN JAILED FOR METH POSSESSION, FALSE INFORMING

(Richmond, IN)--A Centerville man was in the Wayne County Jail Wednesday morning after being arrested in the area of South West 2nd Street in Richmond Tuesday night.  Police allegedly found 24-year-old Dustin Brooks in possession of methamphetamine and syringes.  He also allegedly gave a false name initially.  Brooks has a long history of theft in Wayne County and was also on probation in Scott County for other crimes.

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PILOT HAD DRUGS, ALCOHOL IN SYSTEM AT TIME OF DARKE CO. PLANE CRASH

(Arcanum, OH)--Nine months after a fatal Darke County plane crash, a newly-released autopsy indicates that two young men who were killed both had drugs and alcohol in their system.  20-year-old Clayton Heins was piloting the plane when it went down near Arcanum last September.  19-year-old Jacob Turner was a passenger.  Toxicology reports now show both victims had cocaine, alcohol, and Xanax in their systems.  The NTSB still has not released the final report on the crash.

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INVESTIGATORS STILL SILENT ON RAILROAD TRACK BODY DISCOVERED A WEEK AGO

(Richmond, IN)--It’s been a full week now since a dead body was found on or near the railroads tracks near North 12th and E Streets in Richmond and there’s still no word from investigators on the man’s identity or what caused his death.  The body was found about the same time that a fatal scooter crash happened in the same area, but police have said the two incidents are not connected.  Police are still not saying whether or not foul play is suspected in the death of man found near the tracks.  His funeral will be held Wednesday in Dayton.

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FORMER FOUNTAIN CITY TOWN COUNCIL MEMBER ARRESTED AGAIN

(Fountain City, IN)--A former Fountain City Town Council member is back in jail.  26-year-old Jesse Berger was booked into the Wayne County Jail at 9:30 Sunday night.  Berger was allegedly drunk and disorderly earlier in the evening.  Officers had warned him and left.  Berger then called 911 to say he was being harassed by the officers.  That brought police back and resulted in Berger going to jail.  He had been arrested for felony DUI in March.  After that arrest, he stepped down from council.

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WOMAN DIES FROM MOTORCYCLE CRASH INJURIES

(Wayne Co., IN)--A Richmond woman has now died as the result of a Saturday night motorcycle crash.  It happened on State Road 227 in front of the Richmond Municipal Airport.  A motorcycle being ridden by Jon and Michelle Stoffle collided with a hay wagon that was turning into a private drive.  Michelle Stoffle was flown to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where she later died.  Jon Stoffle sustained minor injuries.  The hay wagon driver was not hurt.

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CORDELL POOL TO REOPEN MONDAY

(Richmond, IN)--The Cordell Municipal Pool in Richmond will reopen Monday.  The pool had closed last week after as many as 60 children experienced minor abrasions on their feet.  In the days it was closed, experts were brought in to examine the pool and the water.  They determined that there was nothing wrong with the pool.  The say the children’s abrasions were caused because they spent excessive time in the water, which softened the skin on their feet, and then walked on the dry concrete pool deck.

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MAN HAULING FIVE KILOS OF HEROIN ON I-70 CAPTURED AFTER MANHUNT

(Eaton, OH)--Residents near the fairgrounds in Eaton were warned to shelter in place Thursday after a man who was hauling half a million dollars of heroin on I-70 escaped police custody.  Ohio Highway Patrol troopers had placed the Hispanic man in a cruiser when they found five kilos of heroin during a traffic stop.  When he got into Eaton, the man was able to escape.  "We don't know exactly how he was able to get out of the cruiser yet," said OHP Trooper Danny Springs.  That led to a manhunt that lasted several hours.  The suspect was finally found and taken into custody at around 10:30 Thursday night.

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COMCAST DROPS WDTN FROM RICHMOND LINEUP; OTHER REDUCTIONS POSSIBLE

(Richmond, IN)--Richmond subscribers to Comcast recently lost another local network television affiliate, and a Comcast spokesman this week said it’s impossible to predict if more stations will be dropped.  Comcast dropped WDTN, Dayton’s NBC affiliate on Channel 2.  Richmond once had eight television stations from Dayton and Cincinnati (excluding PBS), which are geographically the closest two markets.  Now, it’s down to just three.  The reason is that Richmond is now determined by Nielsen to be a part of the market of a large central Indiana city, despite the fact that that city is twice as far away.  Dayton and Cincinnati TV stations are now considered out-of-market.  Comcast said it was contractually required by Nextar Media to stop providing programming from WDTN.

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RPD CONFIRMS DEAD BODY FOUND, WITHHOLDS DETAILS

(Richmond, IN)--Richmond Police did confirm Thursday that a dead body was found on or near the railroad tracks close to North 12th Street on Wednesday night, but that’s about all they’re saying.  An RPD spokesperson would not elaborate Thursday on whether or not foul play was suspected, how long the body had been there, or how it was discovered.  Investigators could not find identification on the body.  RPD said the investigation is continuing.

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BODY FOUND, SERIOUS CRASH OCCUR NEAR SAME INTERSECTION

(Richmond, IN)--There was a large police presence in the area of North 12th and E in Richmond Wednesday night into Thursday morning for two separate incidents.  A dead body was discovered on or near the railroad tracks close to that intersection Wednesday night.  Investigators could not initially find an ID on the body.  Then, at 10 o’clock Wednesday night, there was a serious crash at North 12th and E.  A scooter and a car collided.  Injuries to at least one person were thought to be life-threatening.  There’s no word yet on any identities or conditions.  Police suspect alcohol played a role in the crash.  Officials stressed that the two incidents were in no way connected.

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VIDEO SHOWS DECEASED INMATE PULLING DRUGS FROM BODY CAVITY

(Connersville, IN)--There’s new information on the deaths of two Fayette County Jail inmates earlier this week.  Fountain City’s Chad Sizemore and Connersville’s Thomas Lohr were both in the same cell when jail staff found them and another man unresponsive.  Both men died.  Sizemore had been arrested by the Fountain City town marshal and then handed off to Fayette County.  Now, investigators say there is surveillance video of the incident.  The jailhouse video shows Sizemore pulling a plastic baggie from a body cavity.  All three men then snorted the contents, which is now believed to be heroin.  All three fell unconscious almost immediately.

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CORDELL POOL CLOSES AFTER MULTIPLE REPORTS OF ABRASIONS

(Richmond, IN)--Richmond’s Cordell Pool has closed temporarily, just a few days after it opened.  The pool closed Wednesday because of multiple reports of foot abrasions from children in the two-to-four-foot area of the pool.  There were about 60 complaints.  Park staff was unable to determine the cause of the abrasions after testing chemical levels and running the pool vacuum for extended periods.  Park officials have not said when the pool may reopen.

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IU EAST TUITION INCREASING

(Richmond, IN)--Tuition at IU East is increasing.  The IU Board of Trustees on Wednesday approved a modest increase for the upcoming school year and the year that will follow.  Tuition at IU East will go up by 1.9%.  That amounts to an extra $135 for a student with a typical class schedule.  The increases are the same at all IU regional campuses.  Tuition at the main campus in Bloomington is going up by 1.4%.

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TWO MEN, INCLUDING ONE FROM FOUNTAIN CITY, DEAD IN SUSPECTED JAIL CELL OVERDOSE

(Connersville, IN)--One Fountain City man and one Connersville man were both found dead inside the Fayette County Jail, and officials suspect it was the result of drugs being smuggled in.  37-year-old Chad Sizemore of Fountain City was jailed on a probation violation on Monday night.  He was placed into the same cell as Thomas Lohr and Weslee Jenkins.  Shortly afterward, jail staff found all three men unresponsive.  Sizemore and Lohr were pronounced dead.  Jenkins was taken to Reid Health and is expected to survive.  Toxicology results will likely take several weeks.

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NO ARRESTS IN RICHMOND SHOOTING

(Richmond, IN)--A man was shot Tuesday in a Richmond neighborhood that’s become notorious for drug use and prostitution.  Police say 48-year-old Ronald Caldwell and 62-year-old James Head were arguing in the area of North 13th and C Streets Tuesday afternoon.  Caldwell began to enter an apartment when he was shot in the hip by Head.  Caldwell’s wound was non-life-threatening.  Head was interviewed, but jail records show he had not been arrested as of 6 o'clock Wednesday morning.

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CHARLES ELEMENTARY NAMED FOUR-STAR SCHOOL

(Richmond, IN)--For the second year in a row, Charles Elementary School in Richmond has been named a four-star school by the Indiana Department of Education.  To get that designation, a school has to be in the top 25th percentile in two ISTEP categories and have received an “A” in the state’s accountability system.  Only one other school in our area received a four-star rating.  That was St. Michael School in Brookville.

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OLD REID'S NEW DEMOLITION PRICE TAG: $7.7 MILLION

(Richmond, IN)--$7.7 million…that’s the new price tag on the demolition of the old Reid Hospital.  The removal was discussed at some length during Monday night’s Richmond Common Council meeting.  Council approved a resolution that would allow Mayor Dave Snow to pursue a loan through Indiana’s Brownfields Program.  The loan would be capped at $10 million.  The city would then be on the hook for a $385,000 annual loan payment for 20 years.  The money would come from the Redevelopment Commission, which is collecting $2 million annually in TIF dollars.  Council members Misty Hollis and Jamie Lopeman voted against the resolution, saying the plan should have been presented as an ordinance, which would have allowed citizens to comment.

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THREE ARRESTED WITH DRUGS NEAR FOUNTAIN CITY MARATHON

(Fountain City, IN)--Three Union City residents were jailed Monday night after they were searched near the Marathon station in Fountain City.  27-year-old Sarah Mangas and 18-year-olds Jeremy Moore and Taylor Murphy were all allegedly in possession of drugs.  Mangas and Moore were charged with dealing methamphetamine.  All were also allegedly in possession of syringes and other paraphernalia.  Moore was wanted in Fayette County.

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GRANT WILL HELP SILGAN WITH $2.5 MILLION INVESTMENT

(Richmond, IN)--Wayne County’s EDC Board Monday awarded an EDIT grant of nearly $11,000 to Silgan White Cap on Williamsburg Pike.  Silgan is investing $2.5 million into equipment upgrades.  The grant money will be used to train employees on the new equipment.  Silgan manufactures caps for a number of different food and beverage products around the world.

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MAN ABANDONS TWO-YEAR-OLD CHILD IN STROLLER AT VACANT RICHMOND HOME

(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man was arrested Monday morning after he allegedly pushed a two-year-old child in a stroller to a vacant house in the middle of the night and simply left the child there alone.  40-year-old Steven Stinson was booked into the Wayne County Jail at 4 o’clock Monday morning on a charge of felony neglect of a dependent.  The child’s mother was already in jail.  The grandmother was taking care of the child, but she was hospitalized Sunday night.  That left the child in Stinson’s care.  He allegedly pushed the two-year-old to a vacant home and then walked away.  The child was discovered unharmed Monday morning.  Details of how the child was discovered have not been released.

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CONTROLLER ACCEPTS RESPONSIBILITY FOR MISSED STELLAR GRANT DEADLINE

(Richmond, IN)--Here’s more on the missed application deadline by the city of Richmond regarding the Stellar Grant program.  On Friday morning, we reported that the state was still awaiting documentation from the city that was due last December.  City Controller Beth Fields then issued an email in which she took responsibility for the error, saying that she assumed that meetings held with various state agencies constituted official communication.  Fields said she was in contact with those agencies Friday afternoon and that an official request for an extension was sent that day.

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COUNCIL MEMBER EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER OLD REID LOAN RESOLUTION

(Richmond, IN)--Richmond Common Council member Jamie Lopeman took to social media over the weekend to express concern over a resolution that will come before council Monday night.  The resolution would allow Mayor Dave Snow to pursue a loan application to fund the removal of the old Reid building.  Lopeman criticized the fact that it will come before council as a resolution – not an ordinance – and that there is no cap for a dollar amount.  Lopeman also alleges he was excluded from meetings with the mayor about the loan.  Monday night’s council meeting begins at 7:30.

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ALGAE ALERT ISSUED FOR BROOKVILLE LAKE

(Brookville, IN)--An alert has been issued for boaters and swimmers who use Brookville Lake.  The DNR has issued a blue-green algae advisory for Brookville Lake.  Extended exposure can lead to rashes, eye irritation, and nausea.  Swimmers should avoid swallowing the water and should shower after swimming.  Other large area lakes, including Acton Lake at Hueston Woods and Lake Lakengren, have not shown signs of a significant algae bloom.

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CITY HAS YET TO FILE STELLAR GRANT DOCUMENTATION THAT WAS DUE LAST DECEMBER

(Richmond, IN)--Richmond’s Stellar Grant funding is not in jeopardy, despite the fact that the city has missed an application deadline by more than five months.  That’s according to a representative of the Indiana Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Thursday.  Richmond was named a Stellar community four years ago and was originally in line to get nearly $20 million for upgrades – mainly in the Uptown area.  As a part of that process, an application and accompanying documentation was due last December.  According to the Lieutenant Governor’s Office, that deadline came and went with no word from the city of Richmond.  In April, the Office of Community and Rural Affairs, which oversees the Stellar grant program began questioning the delay in discussion with the Lieutenant Governor's Office.  According to that office, the city still has not filed the documentation that was due last December.  A state official said Thursday that grant funding will be held until the Office of Community and Rural Affairs receives the necessary documentation.  The issue will likely come up at Monday night’s council meeting.

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RICHMOND'S PREMIER TOYOTA SELLS

(Richmond, IN)--Richmond’s Toyota dealership has sold.  The sale of Premier Toyota on National Road East to a Harrison-based group was finalized Thursday.  Terms of the sale to Cronin Ford in Harrison have not been disclosed.  One now-former employee of Premier indicated Thursday night that several employees were terminated as a part of the sale.  Cronin has an A-plus rating with the Better Business Bureau and is based 40 miles south of Richmond.

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PICKUP CRASHES INTO MERLE HENDERSON BUILDING

(Richmond, IN)--No major structural damage was found after a pickup truck crashed into the Merle Henderson Apartment building at South 14th and A in Richmond late Thursday night.  "It just fractured the exterior of the wall," said RFD Battalion Chief Eric Holmes.  Holmes described how it happened.  "A guy was working on his truck.  It fell into gear somehow and just rolled into the building."  There were no injuries and there was no need for any evacuation.

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COUNCIL TO ADDRESS OLD REID DEMOLITION LOAN ON MONDAY

(Richmond, IN)--The demolition of old Reid will be addressed Monday night.  Common Council will hear a resolution that would give Mayor Dave Snow the authorization to apply for a Brownfield loan to clean up contamination and take the building down.  The zero-interest loan would be repaid through TIF funding.  The repayment process is expected to be approved by the Richmond Redevelopment Commission at a meeting on June 13.

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FACELIFT BEGINS FOR WHITEWATER HALL AT IU EAST

(Richmond, IN)--Construction is now underway at Whitewater Hall.  The first building on the IU East campus is now 46 years old and is undergoing a major facelift.  The work is being done by Whisenhunt Construction and is concentrated on the lobby area and will include a large display of flat screen monitors called an IQ wall.  The renovations were prompted by IU East’s booming enrollment.  It’s doubled in the last ten years and now includes over 4500 students.

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RICHMOND POSTAL WORKER INVESTIGATED FOR KICKING SMALL DOG OFF PORCH

(Richmond, IN)--An investigation is underway at the Richmond Post Office.  It stems from an incident last weekend.  Multiple witnesses say they saw a postal worker kick a small dog off a porch on South West 1st.  Those witnesses say the dog, whose name is Guedo, was not barking or threatening the postal carrier in any way and was ignoring the carrier as he walked onto the porch.  Guedo’s owner is Annika Coston.  She said Wednesday that her Jack Russell terrier was seriously injured.  A post office representative said Wednesday that the investigation is continuing and that no punitive action has been taken yet.

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FATHER/SON DUO ARRESTED OUTSIDE KOHL'S

(Richmond, IN)--A father/son duo was taken to the Wayne County Jail after an incident at Kohl’s in Richmond Wednesday night.  According to police reports, 43-year-old Gerald Kutche tried to walk out of Kohl’s with speakers that he had stuffed down the front of his pants.  As Kutche was taken into custody outside by RPD officers, his father, 73-year-old Donald Kutche, let loose on police.  He was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting law enforcement.  Gerald Kutche was charged with theft.  He was still behind bars Thursday morning.

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LYNN MAN SENTENCED FOR CONVENIENCE STORE ROBBERY

(Winchester, IN)--The Lynn man who used a gun to rob a convenience store and had the clerk put cigarettes in a pink, flowered backpack has been sentenced to three years in prison.  20-year-old Gavien Isaacs had four years suspended this week in Randolph Circuit Court.  He robbed a Village Pantry last October.  Surveillance images, along with Isaacs’ pink backpack and Superman sweatshirt, helped investigators identify and arrest him.

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RICHMOND CHIPOTLE INCLUDED IN MALWARE ALERT

(Richmond, IN)--If you ate at Chipotle earlier this spring, your account information may have been compromised.  Malware designed to access payment card data from cards used was discovered during a nationwide investigation.  The Richmond Chipotle was named as a store that was victimized between March 25 and April 18.  The store in Oxford was also targeted over the same dates.  Experts say that if you were a Chipotle customer between those dates, you should check your account carefully for unauthorized activity.

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BUTT DIALER SENTENCED TO FOUR YEARS

(Richmond, IN)--One of the two Fountain City Butt Dialers has been sentenced.  30-year-old Ricky Maddox was sentenced Wednesday to four years behind bars as a part of a plea deal that involved four criminal cases.  Maddox butt-dialed 911 after stealing from the Winchester Walmart late last year.  He had also returned a printer to Walmart with photocopies of U.S. currency still in it after trying to use the copier to produce counterfeit money.  Maddox still faces criminal charges in Randolph and Preble County.

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TWO ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES NEAR UPTOWN RICHMOND

(Richmond, IN)--Two Richmond men are facing a host of drug charges after their arrest Wednesday near 10th and East Main Street.  49-year-old Darrin Wright and 43-year-old Mathew Thomas were allegedly in possession of drugs and needles.  Thomas has been charged with dealing.  Thomas had been involved in a shots fired incident at his home on Hayes Arboretum Road in January of this year.  Then, early Thursday morning, 34-year-old Treva Holliday of Richmond was caught at 14th and North E.  She was also allegedly in possession of drugs and syringes.

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UNEMPLOYMENT FOLLOW-UP: WAYNE COUNTY'S RATE LOWEST SINCE AT LEAST 2000

(Wayne County, IN)--Here’s a follow-up to our report from last week showing an incredible drop in unemployment rates across the Whitewater Valley.  Wayne County’s rate of 3% is now believed to be the lowest it’s been in at least the last 20 years.  It’s the same for Fayette County, where the rate of 3.7% is the lowest it’s been since 2000.  Indiana’s new statewide rate of 3.6% unemployment is the lowest it’s been since 2001.

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DOMESTIC ISSUE LANDS TWO IN JAIL ON DRUG, NEGLECT CHARGES

(Richmond, IN)--A domestic issue has landed two Richmond residents in the Wayne County Jail.  Jeffery Short and Donja Nelson were jailed early Monday after the incident near South 9th and A Street.  Short was charged with strangulation and multiple drug charges.  Drugs were also allegedly found on Nelson, who was arrested after being treated for her injuries at Reid Health.  Both were also charged with neglect of a dependent.

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1987 RICHMOND RAPIST CHOSE VICTIM AT RANDOM

(Richmond, IN)--Here’s more on the man who raped a woman in Richmond in 1987 that Kicks 96 and the Point News was first to tell you about Thursday.  Court documents indicate Richard Gwinn fully admits to raping a woman inside a Crestdale home with her daughter present.  Gwinn said that the victim was chosen completely at random and that he came to Richmond only because no one knew him here.  He watched her through a window before forcing his way through a sliding glass door.  Gwinn has committed 40 rapes and has already been sentenced to two terms of life in prison in Florida.

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THREE JAILED AFTER GLEN COURT DRUG BUST

(Richmond, IN)--Richmond police arrested three men and uncovered drugs after a call to Glen Court Thursday night.  Thomas Fair and Lanny Fultz of Richmond, along with Joel Toney of Williamsburg, were all in the Wayne County Jail Friday morning.  According to scanner traffic, all three were under the influence of drugs.  Police found methamphetamine, controlled substances, and drug paraphernalia.  Fultz was on parole and was arrested just three weeks ago for possessing a syringe.

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SHOTS FIRED ON NORTH 19TH

(Richmond, IN)--Shots were fired a block off of East Main Street in Richmond late Thursday night.  Officers were called to North 19th and A after multiple residents reported hearing three or four shots.  Investigators found shell casings in the area, but could not find what, if anything, the bullets struck.  A white male was seen running from the area, but no arrests have been made.

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LOCAL MAN TO PLEAD GUILTY TO MULTIPLE COUNTS OF CHILD MOLESTING

(Winchester, IN)--A man who has lived recently in Richmond and Lynn will plead guilty to multiple counts of child molesting in a Randolph County court.  In exchange for that plea, a human trafficking charge against 36-year-old Shaunta Debouse will be dropped.  Debouse allegedly forced a woman to have sex with multiple men he had met online.  The victim told investigators Debouse threatened to shoot her if she didn’t cooperate.  He’ll be sentenced next month and faces decades in prison.

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MAN WHO ADMITS TO MORE THAN 40 RAPES TRANSFERRED TO WAYNE COUNTY JAIL

(Richmond, IN)--A man who has admitted to committing more than 40 rapes in his lifetime was transferred from an Ohio prison into the Wayne County Jail Wednesday.  64-year-old Richard Gwinn began raping women in 1974 in Vandalia.  Dozens of rape investigations that had become cold cases in Ohio and Florida were tied to Gwinn through DNA testing.  There’s no word yet on when Gwinn is accused of committing a Wayne County rape.  He was being held in Wayne County Thursday morning on a $200,000 bond.  Gwinn has already been sentenced to two life terms in Florida.

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VEACH'S FACES OPEN $12,300 TAX WARRANT

(Richmond, IN)--Earlier this week, Veach’s Toy Station in Richmond announced it would close after nearly eight decades in business.  Owners cited slumping sales as a primary reason.  Documents obtained by Kicks 96 and The Point News indicates there were also multiple tax warrants filed against the store.  All have been satisfied except for one that remains open.  That’s a $12,301.14 warrant for sales tax.  That warrant was filed in mid-March.

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WAYNE COUNTY EMPLOYMENT ROLLS JUMP BY 500

(Wayne County, IN)--506 more people are working in Wayne County than were just a month ago.  That’s according to newly-released figures from the state’s Department of Workforce Development.  404 fewer people are also listed as unemployed.  The number of people in Wayne County’s labor force, though, is down by 750 people from this time last year.  There has been an incredible drop in unemployment rates across the Whitewater Valley.  The unemployment rate for Wayne County in April was just 3%.  That’s the lowest it’s been in at least a decade.  Other area counties are even lower.  The lowest in our area is Union County, which is down to just 2.1% unemployment.  Wayne County’s high-water mark in recent years came in January of 2013, when it was 11.2%.

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MAN RESCUED FROM FLOODED PREBLE COUNTY HIGHWAY

(West Elkton, OH)--Water that flooded streets and roadways across the Whitewater Valley Wednesday night has receded.  The only closures remaining are in Union County, where the Yankeetown Road bridge and all dry fords remain closed.  High water was certainly an issue Wednesday night.  A man had to be rescued when his car became trapped on State Route 122 in southeastern Preble County.  That part of Preble County also was under a tornado warning for a brief time because of a radar-indicated tornado.  No substantial damage was reported.

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ARMED ROBBER STRIKES RICHMOND PIZZA KING

(Richmond, IN)--There was an overnight armed robbery that was reported at a Richmond Pizza King.  According to scanner traffic, a suspect described only as a black male wearing a mask and a hoody entered the Pizza King on West Main Street and brandished a handgun.  The victim was forced into the kitchen.  The suspect then fled the area in an alley in what was initially described as a black Taurus.  The employee was not hurt.  No arrest had been made as of 6 a.m. Wednesday.

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VICTIM ROBBED FOR $6 AT RICHMOND TRAILER PARK

(Richmond, IN)--There was an armed robbery at a Richmond trailer park Wednesday morning.  It was reported at around 3:30 Wednesday morning and happened at a North West Fifth Street trailer park.  According to scanner traffic, two black males used a handgun to rob a victim of six dollars.  Police detained two men who they thought could have been involved at Love’s Truck Stop, but those two men were released.  The victim in the robbery was not hurt.

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CITY BUILDING GETS NEW EXTERNAL LIGHTING

(Richmond, IN)--If you happened to go by the Richmond City Building after sunset Tuesday night, you may have noticed something new.  On Tuesday night, new external lights were illuminated for the first time.  The lights were provided by an anonymous donor.  Mayor Dave Snow said that the building was shining brighter than it had since it was built 48 years ago.  It’s part of several recent improvements to the building, which include a pressure washing and the removal of overgrown trees.

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RICHMOND'S WORKONE OFFICE TO MOVE NEXT WEEK

(Richmond, IN)--Richmond’s WorkOne Career Center is moving.  The employment center will close at its current location on South A Street just south of Kroger this coming Thursday and will reopen at its new location on Progress Drive off of Williamsburg Pike the following Tuesday.  Administrators with WorkOne say that the new location is a more job-seek and employer-centric site.

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JAILER ARRESTED FOR TRAFFICKING WITH INMATE

(Connersville, IN)--One arrest has already been made and another is possible as the result of an investigation into trafficking between Fayette County correctional officers and inmates.  25-year-old Drake Pope is a former correctional officer who allegedly conspired to sell tobacco to an inmate.  Pope allegedly put tobacco in a ceiling tile and sold it on four separate occasions.  He has resigned his position at the jail.  The investigation continues.

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REGIONAL ECONOMIC PLAN TO BE UNVEILED NEXT THURSDAY

(Richmond, IN)--A meeting has been set for Thursday of next week to unveil a new regional economic development plan.  The Eastern Indiana Regional Planning Commission was formed a year ago to help with economic development in a five-county area that includes Wayne, Union, Fayette, Randolph, and Rush County.  The plan that will be unveiled next Thursday is the result of a year and a half’s worth of work by about 200 people.

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MAN PISTOL WHIPPED IN RICHMOND ROBBERY ATTEMPT

(Richmond, IN)--There was a pistol-whipping and attempted armed robbery at a Richmond apartment complex overnight.  Two suspects approached an older male who was outside in the 1700 block of South J Street at around midnight Wednesday night / Thursday morning.  At least one brandished a handgun, hit the victim in the head, and demanded money.  Both fled before actually taking anything.  The victim was not seriously hurt.  No suspect description has been released.

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BIDS EXPECTED THURSDAY FOR SEWER EXPANSION

(Cambridge City, IN)--Bids are expected to be received Thursday for a new facility for the Western Wayne Regional Sewer District.  Upgraded wastewater treatment is necessary for further expansion of the Gateway Industrial Park, but it will come with a significant price tag for all customers.  Earlier this week, people who attended a public meeting were split on the options of constructing a new facility or sending wastewater to Connersville for treatment.  At least three more public meetings have to be held before plans for a new facility can be finalized.

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MAN WAITS FOR POLICE AFTER THROWING ROCK THROUGH VP WINDOW

(Richmond, IN)--There was an odd incident at the Village Pantry at 5th and West Main Streets in Richmond Thursday morning.  At around 4 a.m. Thursday, a man later identified as 31-year-old Chris Davis threw a large brick or rock through the front window of the VP.  Davis then stood outside as an employee called police.  When an officer arrived, Davis allegedly admitted to the vandalism and told the officer to take him to jail.  Davis got his wish.  He’s charged with mischief.

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MAN SHARES SUCCESS STORY OF DRUG DIVERSION PROGRAM

(Richmond, IN)--The first person to successfully complete Wayne County’s Drug Diversion Program is talking about the experience.  That program reduces or drops criminal charges against addicts if they complete a drug program.  The comments were posted Tuesday on the Facebook page of Wayne County Prosecutor Mike Shipman.  The man said he became addicted to heroin after pain pills for a back injury became ineffective.  He said that the key is to truly want to quit heroin and to have support.  He added that he now has more money and doesn’t have to worry about killing himself by overdosing on potent drugs.

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