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MOTHERS PRESS FOR ARREST OF DAYCARE RESIDENT

(Richmond, IN)--A group of Richmond mothers are pressing for charges against a man who lives in a home where daycare is provided to multiple children.  According to a Department of Child Services report, several children reported being touched inappropriately and witnessing other touching events.  The suspect was questioned and gave conflicting stories.  The DCS concluded that there was substantiated sexual abuse, but that was back in late August.  That’s when Richmond police requested an arrest warrant.  The man’s family claims that he has serious health issues.

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MAN GETS 17 1/2 YEARS FOR ROLE IN MURDER

(Richmond, IN)--On Thursday, 32-year-old Jesse Boggs was sentenced to 17 ½ years for his role in the murder of James Herbolt II two years ago.  Boggs was the first of four men charged in the case.  Herbolt was killed two years ago and his body was dumped in a field near Nolands Fork Road.  A murder charge against Boggs was dropped in exchange for a guilty plea to lesser charges.  Boggs admitted to providing materials used to bind Herbolt’s hands to another suspect.  Boggs said Thursday that he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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TIP LEADS TO ARREST OF WANTED RICHMOND WOMAN

(Richmond, IN)--Police received a tip Friday morning about a Richmond woman who has been wanted on drug charges, and now she’s in custody.  29-year-old Chelsea Beaty was captured in the 2500 block of North West 16th and jailed at just before 3 Friday morning.  Beaty is charged with possessing methamphetamine and controlled substances.  She was one of five people caught in a drug raid on North 10th in April of last year.

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MOTHER OF DENNIS SHOOTER JAILED, RELEASED

(Richmond, IN)--The mother of the boy who caused the active-shooter incident at Dennis Intermediate School last year spent about an hour and a half in jail Tuesday.  43-year-old Mary York turned herself in at the Wayne County Jail, posted a $750 bond, and was released.  She faces a total of six felony charges connected to the allegation that she knew her son had mental health issues, but withdrew him from treatment and withheld medication.  Treatment records indicate York was fully informed by medical personnel of her son’s mental health situation.

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STOPLIGHT PROBLEM CREATES TRAFFIC BACKUP

(Richmond, IN)--There’s a problem with a stoplight at Richmond’s most dangerous intersection, and it’s causing traffic headaches that are not associated with interstate construction.  The stoplight is the one at Elks Road and East Main, which sees more crashes annually than any other intersection.  The problem is that green light going from east to west lasts only about ten seconds before turning red again.  On Tuesday, it caused traffic to back up to Garwood Road.  The issue has existed for several days.  There’s been no word on the cause of the problem or when a fix will be made.

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MOTHER OF DENNIS SHOOTER CHARGED WITH MULTIPLE FELONIES

(Richmond, IN)--The mother of the Dennis Intermediate School shooter Brandon Clegg is now facing six felonies in connection with events leading up to that incident last December.  "I just don't think he would.  That wasn't my son,"  said Mary York in response to being asked if she thought her son was capable of trying to shoot and kill Dennis students.  But charging documents indicate her response is far from the truth.  Prosecutors say York was well aware of her son’s mental health issues, neglected to provide him medical care for months, and gave him access to guns.  Clegg had told doctors for weeks that he wanted to kill other students.  He was prescribed medication, but York allegedly told him he didn’t have to take it.  York told the Dr. Ox Show there were no warning signs.  She also allegedly never told police he had fired a gun inside the home two months before the shooting.  York has not been taken into custody.

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MAN WHO PROMPTED SILVER ALERT FACES MULTIPLE CHARGES

(Whitewater, IN)--A man who had prompted a Silver Alert by allegedly beating and strangling his wife was caught following a manhunt and foot chase in the Whitewater area Monday morning.  38-year-old Travis Lee was behind bars Tuesday morning, charged with eight crimes including aggravated battery and strangulation.  Lee allegedly dragged Sommer Lee into a wooded area Sunday night after a car crash.  Authorities searched overnight into Monday morning and could not locate the couple.  Sommer Lee was eventually able to get to a home on Whitewater Road and call for help.  Travis Lee was tracked in the same area taken into custody.  Sommer Lee suffered minor injuries and has been released from Reid Health.

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GROUP REACHES GOAL FOR ORCHARD AT MARY SCOTT PARK

(Richmond, IN)--An organization has reached its financial goal to convert part of Mary Scott Park in Richmond into a public-access fruit orchard.  The goal was to raise $17,500.  On Monday, the total was $200 higher than that.  Funding will secure fencing and other materials.  The orchard would provide continuous free access to food through the growing season and will serve as a learning tool for students at next-door Dennis Intermediate School.  Installation would begin in September of next year.

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UPDATE: SUBJECT OF SILVER ALERT FOUND ALIVE

(Whitewater, IN)--There was breaking news Monday morning in the case of the Silver Alert involving a missing and endangered missing woman.  Wayne County authorities have now confirmed that Sommer Lee was found alive in the Whitewater Road area at around 9:15 Monday morning.  She was being taken to Reid Health for an evaluation.  Her condition has not been released.  Meanwhile, law enforcement agents were searching the same area where Sommer Lee was found for her husband, Travis Lee.  Lee is still thought to be armed with a knife.  The Silver Alert was prompted by a report that he had dragged her into a wooded area last night.  Lee has an extensive violent criminal record.

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SILVER ALERT ISSUED AFTER REPORT OF DOMESTIC ATTACK

(Wayne County, IN)--There was an active Silver Alert Monday morning for a missing Richmond woman who may have been the victim of a violent domestic incident Sunday night.  Police were originally called to Jennings Road near Whitewater on the report of a man armed with a knife dragging a female into the woods. Due to the violent criminal history of the suspect, 38-year-old Travis Lee, a large police response was sent to the area.  Officers from multiple agencies Sunday night searched the Whitewater area with helicopters, dogs, and drones, but Lee and the possible victim, Sommer Lee, could not be located.  The Silver Alert for Sommer Lee was issued by the state police Monday morning.  She is said to be in extreme danger.  It was just last week that Kicks 96 and 101.7 The Point News reported that Travis Lee was facing 13 new criminal charges after allegedly choking Sommer Lee until she lost consciousness while traveling between Lynn and Winchester.

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CENTERVILLE POLICE ARREST TWO FOR METH, COUNTERFEIT MONEY

(Centerville, IN)--Centerville police conducted a traffic stop Sunday that ended with some serious criminal charges.  A vehicle occupied by 28-year-old Bernard George of Centerville and 24-year-old Teanna Ray of Richmond had allegedly visited an area known for drug activity.  Inside the vehicle officers found both methamphetamine and counterfeit money.  Both George and Ray are charged with morning with multiple felonies.  Quantities have not been released.

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CONSTRUCTION BACKUP LEADS TO YET ANOTHER I-70 CRASH

(Preble County, OH)--construction backup on westbound I-70 around Richmond Thursday led to yet another serious crash in Preble County.  One person was trapped after two vehicles collided about five miles from the state line.  That person was flown to a Level One Trauma Center.  His or her name and condition have not been released.  Two other people sustained minor injuries.  The interstate was closed until 8 o’clock Thursday night.  Friday morning, crews were removing barrels around Richmond that had reduced 70 to one lane.  But those barrels will be going right back up Friday night as crews shift construction from the passing to the driving lane.  The construction begins just west of Chester Boulevard, but backups are again expected to extend well into Preble County.

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NEARLY ALL WHITEWATER VALLEY NOW OFFICIALLY IN A DROUGHT

(Whitewater Valley)--Burn bans continue across parts of the area.  Franklin County extended its burn ban Thursday through at least this coming Tuesday.  Union County is also under a burn ban.  Meanwhile, the federal government Thursday released an updated drought map.  Now, the entire Whitewater Valley, with the exception only of southeastern Preble County, is officially in a moderate drought.  That includes all of Wayne County.

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AREA GETS $5.4 MILLION IN GRANTS FOR ROADS

(Whitewater Valley)--Whitewater Valley communities will be receiving nearly five-and-a-half million dollars to improve roads and bridges, according to a release from State Senator Jeff Raatz’s office.  The money comes from the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program.  Wayne County will get $810,000 and Randolph County gets $650,000.  Franklin County is our area’s largest single recipient, getting $905,000.  Grant money is also being distributed at the town level.  Hagerstown is set to get $532,000.

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PHILLIPS DRUGS SUES CITY

(Richmond, IN)--After being denied a flooding claim by the city of Richmond’s insurance carrier, Phillips Drugs has now sued the city, a contractor, and a design firm.  Water begin infiltrating Phillips’ basement earlier this year during the construction process.  No one seems to deny there’s a water issue, but all three entities being sued have blamed each other in a series of letters.  The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Wayne Circuit Court.  Phillips is seeking unspecified damages, although in an earlier filing it claimed the damage was $7700.  On Tuesday, the city posted on its Facebook page photos of repair work being done just outside Phillips.

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MAN INVOLVED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH DIES

(Richmond, IN)--A man who was involved in a Richmond motorcycle accident Wednesday afternoon has died.  A rider lost control at the intersection of Industries Road and Chester Boulevard.  It did not appear that the motorcycle had collided with any other vehicle.  Scanner traffic indicated that bystanders were doing CPR.  A medical helicopter responded.  The man’s identity has not been released.  It’s also unclear if the man suffered a medical incident that led to the crash and his ultimate death or if the crash itself was the cause.

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FORMER RHS BASEBALL PLAYER DIES IN PLANE CRASH

(Lansing, MI)--Recently, Kicks 96 and 101.7 The Point News reported on Luke Leverton, the Seton High School baseball standout who is currently working to raise money to improve McBride Stadium.  One mother has been so touched that she’s asking that people to remember her son by donating.  Joel Beavins played at McBride Stadium in 1990.  This past Sunday, Joel died as the result of a plane crash in Michigan.  Now, Joel’s mom, Dana Leas, has asked that any money spent on flowers or other items be given instead to Leverton’s effort to fund McBride Stadium improvements.  Joel Beavins’ funeral is set for Friday in Franklin.

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DCS: WAYNE COUNTY HAS HAD 57 CASES OF CHILD ABUSE, NEGLECT IN 60 DAYS

(Wayne County, IN)--New numbers from the Indiana Department of Child Services show that the confirmed new child abuse and neglect cases continue on a nearly daily basis.  In the last 60 days, there have been 57 new cases of child abuse and neglect in Wayne County, and that includes six new, confirmed cases of sexual abuse.  So far this year, Wayne County has had 231 new cases.  That’s about the same number as at this point last year.

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HENNY PENNY EXPANSION MEANS AT LEAST 70 JOBS

(Eaton, OH)--Here’s more on the Henny Penny expansion that we told you about earlier this week.  Officials are now calling it the largest expansion project in Henny Penny’s 62-year history.  The Eaton manufacturer will add a total of 175,000 square feet of space to two of its buildings.  That will bring the total square footage to nearly 600,000.  More importantly, the expansion is creating 70 new jobs.  Henny Penny’s last expansion was five years ago.

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COUNCIL REJECTS PROPOSED BAN ON SEMI PARKING

(Richmond, IN)--Semi drivers can continue to park their vehicles in residential driveways in Richmond.  Richmond Common Council on Monday night voted down an ordinance that would’ve forced semi drivers to park in other locations.  One person, Amber Daggy, spoke in favor and talked about buyers who backed away from a house for sale.  "They had really great interest in it and were going to buy the property.  Upon a second viewing - that's when the semi was parked next door - they declined their offer and pulled it back," Daggy said.  Several truckers, like Jeff Hargas, spoke against the proposal.  "I've spoken with my neighbors.  I've been parking my truck there for five years.  Nobody has had any complaints," Hargas explained.  Council voted down the ordinance Monday night 8-1, with Bruce Wissel casting the lone favorable vote.

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DRIVER, BANNED FOR LIFE, ARRESTED AFTER CHASE

(Richmond, IN)--A man who had previously had his driver’s license revoked for life allegedly was not only driving Monday afternoon, but led police on a chase through Richmond.  42-year-old Chad Duff drew the attention of officers on North 12th.  Duff fled in the areas of Chester Boulevard and Waterfall Road.  At one point, he struck a parked car and kept going.  The car gave out on Salisbury Road near Rich Road.  That’s where Duff was taken into custody.  He also had two active warrants.

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CHIEF: THREAT WAS AGAINST LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL IN CALIFORNIA

(Cambridge City, IN)--Cambridge City Police Chief Richard Roberts issued another statement Monday about what had been interpreted by some on social media as a threat against Lincoln High School.  Roberts said Monday that the threat was aimed at a Lincoln High School in San Jose, California.  That’s more than 2300 miles from the Lincoln High School in Cambridge City.  There was an arrest in that case.

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CAMBRIDGE CITY POLICE CHIEF RELEASES STATEMENT ON THREAT

(Cambridge City, IN)--Two recent social media posts have caused a stir in Cambridge City and prompted the police department to make a statement Sunday night.  Chief Richard Roberts said his department has been inundated with calls about what appears to have been a threat that originated from another state.  Roberts indicated they cannot say it’s a credible threat or that it was even pointed to Western Wayne Schools.  Roberts added that there has been a lot of false information shared about a different post on Friday, adding that there was no threat of a gun and no gun found on any student.  Still, additional police officers will be on hand Monday.

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AT LEAST ONE INJURED IN ANOTHER I-70 STATELINE CRASH

(Preble County, OH)--The barriers went back up on I-70 around Richmond over the weekend and, shortly after they did, there was another three-car crash at nearly the same spot where three people died last week.  The newer crash occurred on Saturday after traffic had backed up near the state line.  The Ohio Highway Patrol Monday morning confirmed that there were injuries, but no fatalities.  Details of exactly what caused the crash and who was involved have not been released.  Meanwhile, visitation for Richard and Karen Shiverdecker of Lewisburg is set forTuesday.  They were killed in a state-line crash on 70 last Wednesday.

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MOLESTATION CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST FOUNTAIN CITY MAN

(Richmond, IN)--Criminal charges that included child molesting and sexual misconduct have now been dropped against 44-year-old Jason Kirtley.  Prosecutors indicated in Wayne Superior Court I that new evidence had surfaced that would difficult to get a conviction.  One juvenile has twice, under oath, taken back previous allegations against Kirtley.  Kirtley had spent less than a day in jail when he was arrested last January.

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