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ONE DEAD AFTER MOTORCYCLE CRASH NEAR GREENS FORK

(Greens Fork, IN)--The name of the man killed in a Wayne County motorcycle accident has been released.  61-year-old James Fields of Richmond was pronounced dead at the scene of a crash on North Washington Road just south of Greens Fork at around 8 o’clock Monday night.  Fields’ motorcycle went off the road and down an embankment.  The investigation is continuing pending toxicology.

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WAYNE COUNTY'S WORKFORCE CONTINUES TO SHRINK

(Wayne County, IN)--New employment numbers are out for Wayne County.  Unemployment numbers have ticked back up after a huge drop last month.  This month, 76 more people are listed as unemployed as compared to last month.  The most notable number, though, continues to be Wayne County’s shrinking work force.  The county is approaching dropping below 30,000 in the workforce.  829 fewer people are in the Wayne County workforce today than were at this time last year.

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ICONIC LOCAL BUSINESS FOR SALE

(New Paris, OH)--An iconic local business is for sale.  Wesler’s Orchard is listed with a local realtor and appears for sale on the website landandfarm.com.  The 80-acre property just outside of New Paris was purchased by Frank Wesler 87 years ago and has been operated as an orchard for decades by Wesler’s descendants.  The family has indicated they want to retire after many successful years in business.  Asking price for the land, store, and home that sits on the property is $1.1 million.

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ALLEGED CHILD MOLESTER SURRENDERS AT JAIL; BONDED OUT BY FATHER

(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man turned himself in at the Wayne County Jail over the weekend on a felony child molesting charge.  42-year-old Peter Angi and his father showed up at the jail at just after midnight Sunday morning.  Angi’s father then immediately posted bond and Angi was set free.  Details of what Angi is alleged to have done have not yet been released.

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MAN WHO ALLEGEDLY ROBBED TWO EATON CONVENIENCE STORES CAUGHT

(Eaton, OH)--There were two convenience store armed robberies in Eaton overnight Sunday night and Monday morning, and one person was in custody Monday.  The first happened at the Village Pantry on South Barron at just before 11 last night.  A man displayed a handgun and took money from the register.  Then, at just before 3 o’clock this morning, the Speedway station on North Barron was robbed at gunpoint.  This time, the suspect was taken into custody.  He’s been identified as 36-year-old Russell McMillan.  McMillan is facing a host of felony charges.

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RICHMOND MAN JAILED FOR SOLICITING SEX FROM CHILD

(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man woke up in the Wayne County Jail Friday morning after being taken into custody Thursday night for allegedly soliciting sex from a child.  45-year-old Roy Nelson was arrested in the 300 block of South West 1st Street.  Details of what Nelson is alleged to have done have not yet become available.  Child solicitation is a Level Five felony.

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FRANKLIN COUNTY EMPLOYEE CLAIMS SHE WAS FIRED BECAUSE SHE REFUSED TO COMMIT CRIMES

(Brookville, IN)--There’s even more trouble for Franklin County government, and this may be the most serious accusation yet.  Now, a former employee has filed a lawsuit against Franklin County’s Commission and Council.  In the lawsuit, Kim Robinson claims she was fired earlier this year from her job as deputy auditor because she refused to commit illegal acts.   Robinson claims she was told to pay some county employees twice for the same holiday, to give employees sick pay when they were not entitled, and to hide ghost employment.  Robinson claims she received orders to commit the illegal acts from the county’s clerk, treasurer, and the Circuit Court judge.

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RICHMOND WOMAN WANTED IN KENTUCKY CAPTURED ON U.S. 40

(Wayne County, IN)--A Richmond woman allegedly gave police a false name during a traffic stop that turned up several types of drugs late Thursday afternoon.  Officers found methamphetamine, cocaine, syringes, and other drug paraphernalia when a car occupied by 35-year-old Jessica Dunn and 55-year-old James Mikesell on U.S. 40 at Pennville Road between Centerville and Cambridge City.  Dunn likely gave police the false name because she’s wanted in Kentucky.

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PENNSYLVANIA COUPLE CAUGHT WITH MULTIPLE DRUGS ON NATIONAL ROAD EAST

(Richmond, IN)--Two Pennsylvania residents were caught in Richmond Thursday night with lots of drugs.  The 18-year-old man and his 26-year-old girlfriend were taken into custody in the 5500 block of National Road East and jailed at 6 o’clock Thursday night.  RPD officers recovered methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.  Both were also charged with felony maintaining a common nuisance.  There’s no word yet on what the couple was doing in Richmond.

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IURC TO HEAR SUGARCREEK DISPUTE THURSDAY

(Cambridge City, IN)--The dispute over wastewater treatment in the Gateway Industrial Park goes before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission Thursday.  SugarCreek Packing, with the backing of both the town of Cambridge City and Wayne County, is asking for the commission to intervene.  SugarCreek has claimed that the failure of the Western Wayne Sewer District to follow through on promises to treat wastewater has prevented the company’s expansion.  Thursday’s hearing is preliminary and will establish a timeline for future hearings.

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CENTERVILLE MAN ARRESTED FOR EXPOSING HIMSELF

(Richmond, IN)--A Centerville man who had been convicted of auto thefts in Randolph and Jay County last year was behind bars in Wayne County Wednesday morning charged with an entirely different kind of crime.  23-year-old Kali Cryor was arrested on North 4th in Richmond Tuesday.  Cryor allegedly exposed himself to a child yesterday and then gave police false information when officers investigated.

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ALLEGED BURGLAR CAUGHT WITH GLASS STILL IN SHOES

(Richmond, IN)--An allegedly drunken and unruly Richmond man was caught Tuesday after a residential burglary in broad daylight.  33-year-old Anthony Bishop is charged with burglary after he was found Tuesday at a home in the 400 block of South 10th.  A resident found that a window had been smashed to gain entry.  Bishop was sitting on the porch when police arrived with shards of glass from the window he had just broken still in his shoes.

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EATON CONSIDERS CLOSURE OF RAILROAD CROSSINGS

(Eaton, OH)--The city of Eaton has 16 railroad crossings within just a mile and a half of track.  Railroad representatives are now working with the city to reduce that number.  Norfolk and Southern has offered the city a financial incentive to close at least three crossings.  They say that each crossing increases the likelihood of an accident from numerous trains that pass through Eaton on the same rail line that cuts through Richmond.  Crossings that could be closed include Cherry or Walnut Street.

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WAYNE COUNTY CONTINUES TO AVERAGE ONE NEW NEGLECT OR ABUSE CASE DAILY

(Wayne County, IN)--Wayne County is continuing on its pace of one new, substantiated case of child abuse or neglect every day in 2017.  According to newly released numbers, Wayne County had 149 new cases of abuse and neglect in the first 151 days of the year.  It also keeps the county on pace for a substantial increase from last year.  Currently, Wayne County cases are up 21% from the same point in 2016.

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METH FOUND IN CAR ON K-MART PARKING LOT

(Richmond, IN)--Methamphetamine was found in a car in the parking lot of Richmond’s K-Mart Sunday night.  Police investigated the report of a suspicious woman on the lot and found 45-year-old Jennifer Goodwin.  Goodwin originally refused to let police search her car but later relented.  As officers were busy processing the meth, a witness said they say Goodwin shove pills into her pants.  Those pills were later confiscated.  Goodwin was in the Wayne County Jail Monday morning.

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MAN DENIES KNOWLEDGE OF COUNTERFEIT BILL

(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man has indicated that counterfeiting charges will not be pursued after his arrest last week.  Brandon Gray was arrested after a one-hundred-dollar bill turned up at Walmart.  Gray said that he was able to convince investigators that he did not know that the bill was counterfeit when he tried to make a purchase.  He said that he fully cooperated with police during the investigation.  RPD has not returned a call to confirm Gray’s account.

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WAYNE COUNTY TO GET $62 MILLION FOR INFRASTRUCTURE BY 2022

(Wayne County, IN)--Representative Dick Hamm’s office on Thursday released details of the Next Level Roads Plan for Wayne County.  Wayne County will receive more than $62 million in the next five years that will be dedicated to local infrastructure projects – mainly road and bridge repair.  By 2022, 159 miles of roadway will have been resurfaced and 33 bridges will have been fixed or replaced.  Some of the bigger projects include replacing the bridge on U.S. 40 over Nolands Fork Creek in 2022 and reconstructing the I-70 interchanges at U.S. 40 and State Road 227.  That will take place in 2021.  County-by-county details of Indiana’s Next Level Roads Plan were released Thursday.  Union County will get $2.8 million in the next five years.  Fayette County will get $7.2 million.  Randolph County is in line for $17.5 million in road and bridge upgrades.  And, Franklin County will get $14.5 million.  All of those counties will see major highways resurfaced.

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RFD RESPONDS TO WEST MAIN STREET APARTMENT FIRE

(Richmond, IN)--Richmond firefighters were called Friday morning to the 700 block of West Main Street.  The residents of a five-apartment home had evacuated when the call came in at just after 6:30 Friday morning.  Firefighters arrived to find light smoke showing.  West Main was blocked to allow for access to hydrants.  There was no initial report of any injuries or word about what started the fire.

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POLICE SAY CHILD WAS ACCIDENTALLY LEFT IN HOT CAR AT EATON WALMART

(Eaton, OH)--More details have been released about an infant that was left alone inside a hot car in Eaton’s Walmart parking lot on Wednesday.  59-year-old Vivian Floyd of Eaton has been charged with child endangering.  Eric Beegley with the Eaton Police Department describes Floyd’s reaction when she came out of Walmart.  "When she came outside, she was wondering why everyone was around her car.  When they told her a child was inside, she was shocked."  Floyd thought that her daughter, who is the infant’s mother, had taken the baby with her when Floyd dropped her daughter off.  "She goes 'I didn't realize I had the child with me' and was obviously very emotional and concerned about the child," Beegley said.  The baby was not seriously affected.

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CHILD RESCUED FROM HOT CAR IN WALMART PARKING LOT

(Eaton, OH)--A child was left in a hot car in the parking lot of the Eaton Walmart Wednesday night.  The fire department responded when others noticed the child in the car with the windows up.  They gained entry and got the child out without serious injury.  One person was arrested for child endangering, but that person’s name has not been released.  More details are expected to be released later in the day on Thursday.

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COUNTERFEITING ARREST MADE AT RICHMOND WALMART

(Richmond, IN)--An alleged counterfeiter was caught in the act Wednesday night at Richmond’s Walmart.  28-year-old Brandon Gray of Richmond woke up in the Wayne County Jail Thursday morning.  According to police reports, Gray tried to pass off a phony one-hundred-dollar bill during a purchase.  Counterfeiting is a felony.  Counterfeit bills are typically turned over to federal authorities.

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500 REMAIN WITHOUT POWER IN PREBLE COUNTY

(Preble County, OH)--500 customers of DP&L remained without power in Preble County Thursday morning.  For those residents, they’re now approaching two full days without power after strong winds blew through the area on Tuesday.  DP&L indicated it could be another full day before power is completely restored.  500 workers from five states have been working around the clock to restore power.

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THOUSANDS STILL WITHOUT POWER AT 6 a.m. WEDNESDAY

(Whitewater Valley)--Power was still out to many across the Whitewater Valley Wednesday morning after winds in excess of 60 miles per hour in some areas brought down trees and power lines Tuesday afternoon.  In Richmond, some customers of RP&L in the Liberty Avenue and College Avenue were still without power at 6 a.m. Wednesday.  There were only 36 customers of Whitewater Valley REMC still in the dark.  There were also a handful of outages for Duke Energy customers – mostly in the Fountain City area.  The largest outage area Wednesday morning was in Preble County, where more than 2000 customers were still in the dark.  That includes all 1400 households in Lakengren.  One representative of DP&L said Wednesday morning that restoration could come quickly, but it could also take up to three days.

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DEPUTY INJURED BY FALLING TREE LIMB

(Richmond, IN)--Tuesday’s storm resulted in an injury to a Wayne County deputy.  The deputy was on Wernle Road in Richmond when a large tree limb fell on him.  He was taken to Reid Health to be treated for a possible broken leg.  His identity and current condition have not been released.

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FORMER CONNERSVILLE MARSH SUPERMARKET TO RE-OPEN AS IGA

(Connersville, IN)--It’s a done deal for the former Marsh Supermarket on Virginia Avenue in Connersville.  The store closed last weekend but will soon re-open as an IGA.  New owner Eric Rabe owns five other IGA stores in the greater Cincinnati area.  Changes to the store could include a bulk Amish food section and remodeling.  Rabe is working toward an opening sometime next month.  Many of the former Marsh employees will be retained at the new Connersville IGA.

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NUMBER OF BABIES BORN AT REID TO ADDICTED MOTHERS ON PACE TO DOUBLE IN 2017

(Richmond, IN)--The number of babies born to addicted mothers at Reid Health is on pace to double this year.  Listen to this statistic released Monday by Lisa Suttle and the group Heroin is Here.  In the first five months of this year, 44 babies had been born to mothers who tested positive for some type of opioid.  That’s getting close to the total for all of 2016, when 58 mothers tested positive.  If the current rate continues, 106 babies will be born this year at Reid Health to addicted mothers.  Those newborns often suffer a variety of health problems and face extended hospital stays, usually at public expense.

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MOM REVIVED WITH NARCAN WITH PREMATURE INFANT IN CAR

(Cedar Grove, IN)--Two young children are okay and are in protective custody after their mom was found passed out from an overdose in her car.  It happened Monday night in Franklin County.  Authorities were called to a gas station on Highway 52 for an overdose.  They revived the woman with two doses of Narcan.  She then refused to be taken to the hospital.  The children in the car were described as a premature infant and a toddler.

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HOMEOWNER SCARES OFF WOULD-BE BURGLARS

(Randolph County, IN)--A Randolph County homeowner scared off three burglars Tuesday morning.  The man was sleeping on his couch at around 3 o’clock Tuesday morning at a home on State Road 227 a few miles north of Spartanburg.  Three people broke out multiple front windows to gain entry.  They fled when home’s occupant woke up and yelled.  Police searched for the trio but were unable to locate them.  There was no suspect description.

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STATE ROUTE 122 CLOSES FOR SEVERAL WEEKS

(Preble County, OH)--Yet another Whitewater Valley highway has closed for construction.  This time it’s State Route 122, which connects Boston and Eaton.  The road is closed now and will remain closed for the next couple of weeks just east of the small town of West Florence.  122 is a state road on the Ohio side, but was abandoned by Indiana as a state highway years ago and is now just a county road.

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RICHMOND MAN ARRESTED FOR METH POSSESSION

(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man ran right out of his shoes Monday but was caught after a chase through one of the city’s problem areas.  29-year-old Dairion Stark was taken into custody when he ran into a house at North 11th and D.  Then, Monday night, 33-year-old Craig Whitt was taken into custody on North West 2nd Street.  Whitt was allegedly in possession of methamphetamine, syringes, and other drug paraphernalia.  Whitt is pictured in the accompanying photo.

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TINY HOUSE VILLAGE PROPOSED FOR NEW PARIS

(New Paris, OH)--If you’ve ever watched HGTV, you probably know what a tiny house is.  It’s a fully-functional home that’s usually mobile and generally smaller than 500 square feet.  Now, an entire tiny home village is being proposed for New Paris.  On Monday night, the Village Council will consider a proposal that would place the tiny house village close to the Natural Springs Resort area.  New Paris leaders were quick to indicate that it’s being proposed by an entity entirely different than Natural Springs.  Those leaders also refused to say how many homes are being proposed and referred all questions to the owner, who also has not returned our calls.

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STRONG MONDAY MORNING STORMS BRING DOWN TREES, POWER LINES

(Preble County, OH)--Severe storms affected parts of the Whitewater Valley Monday morning.  High winds  brought down trees and power lines across State Route 725 in the Camden area of southern Preble County at around 5 o'clock Monday morning.  Trees are also down in Hueston Woods.  Some tents were hit by trees Monday morning, but no one is thought to have been inside.  No injuries were reported elsewhere, although 725 had to be shut down for a time.

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BURGLARY EARNS MAN 24th TRIP TO WAYNE COUNTY JAIL

(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man was taken into custody Sunday after allegedly breaking into a home.  31-year-old Matthew Eversole was caught at North 15th and C.  For Eversole, it’s his 24th trip to the Wayne County Jail.  Here’s his arrest record just in recent months:  Drug dealing in March, drug possession in March.  Possession last December.  Possession last September, and another arrest for possession – also last September.  Eversole also has a previous residential entry arrest.

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RIBBON TO BE CUT ON RICHMOND'S NEW RED CROSS OFFICE

(Richmond, IN)--A ribbon-cutting will take place Monday afternoon at the new location of the American Red Cross in Richmond.  Community leaders will be on hand at the new building at 829 East Main Street in Uptown Richmond.  From that office, the local chapter will continue to help victims of fires and other disasters.  The open house begins at 4 Monday afternoon.

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TWO RICHMOND RESIDENTS FACE DRUG CHARGES IN SEPARATE INCIDENTS

(Richmond, IN)--There were a couple of Richmond drug arrests Thursday night.  Devante Ferguson was rounded up at Country Club Apartments on warrants for possessing and dealing marijuana.  When he was a teen, he had been charged with robbery as an adult.  Also Thursday night, 26-year-old Miranda Means was allegedly found with drugs and syringes in the 1400 block of South 6th.  Means was in the Wayne County Jail Friday morning.

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SOURCE: SANITATION DEPT. VICTIM FELL THROUGH HOLE CREATED BY MISSING GRATE

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(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond Sanitation Department employee was killed Wednesday afternoon.  First responders, including a dive team, were sent to the Liberty Avenue plant after the employee went missing and was thought to have fallen into a wastewater tank.  At 6 o’clock Wednesday night, it was being called a recovery effort.  The victim’s body was eventually recovered and taken to Dayton for an autopsy.  The city has taken the virtually unprecedented step of having the city attorney prepare a press release which provides no details whatsoever of the incident or the identity of the victim, and indicates that no comments will be made.  One city employee, who spoke exclusively with Kicks 96 and The Point News on the condition of anonymity, has provided a few details.  That person is indicating that the victim fell through a hole into a wastewater treatment tank and drowned.  According to the source, the hole existed because a grate that should have been covering it was not in place.  Richmond’s City Attorney has instructed every city employee to remain silent about the incident other than reading the prepared statement.

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EATON POLICE LOOK TO IDENTIFY THEFT SUSPECTS

(Eaton, OH)--The Eaton Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a couple of theft suspects.  The two men are clearly depicted inside Cashland on North Barron Street in Eaton. If you can help identify the suspects, contact the Eaton Police Department.

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DICK BAUMGARTNER DIES AT 85

(Richmond, IN)--Legendary Richmond High School boys basketball coach Dick Baumgartner has died.  Baumgartner died Monday night at Reid Health.  Today, many are remembering Baumgartner as a coach who raised the bar for success at RHS.  "I've never seen a guy at any level who enjoyed winning or being successful more than he did," said long-time sports writer Mike Lopresti.  Even though he never made it to a Final Four at RHS, Baumgartner still led the Red Devils to eight regional titles in 12 years.  Avis Stewart said Baumgartner’s reputation extended well beyond RHS.  "Dick was not only known locally and statewide, but Dick was known nationally."  He had developed a reputation as one of the country’s leading experts on shooting and hosted camps that continue.  Baumgartner was also known for inventing the Sure Shot basketball.  It's a basketball with a hand and circle for a palm printed on it that countless kids used to develop their shooting skills.  Baumgarnter was also known for his intensity.  "He thought about basketball 24/7.  I could walk past him in the hallway at the high school on game day and he wouldn't even see me," said Jan Clark.  Dick Baumgartner was 85.

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BOY DROWNS IN BROOKVILLE LAKE

(Brookville, IN)--A five-year-old boy drowned in Brookville Lake Tuesday.  It happened at Mounds Beach.  Investigators say the boy, who was from Cincinnati, walked away from his parents and into the water unnoticed until his body was found.  "A ten-year-old girl was swimming in the beach area.  She felt something and told her father that she thought she had just touched a body," said Correy Norrod with DNR.  Multiple bystanders performed CPR, including Maria Corona.  "He started doing compressions.  I was holding his chin.  Someone else was pinching his nose and putting air into him."  But the boy could not be revived.  It’s not yet clear if criminal charges will be filed.

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MAN JAILED FOR FIRING GUNS IN RESIDENTIAL AREA

(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man was jailed late Tuesday night after allegedly firing guns from his porch while he was under the influence of alcohol.  It happened in the 400 block of South West 3rd Street.  Shell casings from two weapons were found on the porch of 50-year-old Tony Chaney.  Officers took three different weapons from the scene.  Chaney allegedly blew a .129.  There were no injuries.

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TAXI DRIVER ESCAPES INJURY IN UPTOWN RICHMOND CRASH

(Richmond, IN)--There were no injuries as a result of a crash that shut down a Richmond intersection Monday morning.  It happened at around 5:30 at the intersection of South 9th and A Streets.  Rachel Gray is an Old Richmond taxi driver.  She was on South A when a pickup truck went through the light.  "The truck that hit me ran the red light.  After that, I did a complete 360 and I hit one of those flower pots in front of the Leland," Gray said.  The intersection re-opened at 6:30 Monday morning.  Gray said Old Richmond Taxi is closed until further notice.

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WRONG-WAY INTERSTATE DRIVER ARRESTED FOR DUI

(Wayne County, IN)--No one was hurt after a drunken woman drove the wrong way on I-70 at 90 miles per hour Sunday morning.  According to scanner traffic, the central Indiana woman was headed east in the westbound lanes of western Wayne County.  She was pulled over and police thought the chase had ended, but she fled again.  When she was finally taken into custody, she had a blood alcohol content of .129.  She was taken to the Wayne County Jail.

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FIREWORKS BLAMED FOR RAVINIA PARK HOUSE FIRE

(Richmond, IN)--Fireworks caused a house fire Friday morning in Ravina Park in Richmond.  Firefighters were called to a house on South 32nd at just after midnight.  Battalion Chief Jeff Glenn said that someone put fireworks that had just been used on top of a Rosie Roller.  That caused the Rosie to melt, which set the trash on fire, which then set a nearby car on fire, which then set the house on fire.  "It got through the wall into the kitchen.  The guys were able to stop it there," Glenn said.  Damage was significant.  "It was about $40,000 with the home and the car," Glenn explained.  Five people were home at the time.  There were no injuries.

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GEORGIA-BASED COMPANY TO LOCATE IN FORMER MARVEL BUILDING

(Richmond, IN)--A Georgia-based company called Lintech International announced Thursday that it will open a warehousing facility in the former Marvel Industries building on Industrial Parkway in Richmond.  The company distributes chemicals and construction materials.  Company officials said that Richmond’s proximity to several interstates made it a prime location. Lintech will now spend about $600,000 to renovate the former Marvel building, which has been vacant for the last decade.  Seven jobs will be created.

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TWO ARRESTED FOR SQUATTING

(Richmond, IN)--Two Richmond residents were taken into custody Thursday night after they allegedly took up residence in a home that didn’t belong to them.  22-year-old James Hubbard and 27-year-old Amanda Pieper were both described as homeless.  They were found squatting last night in a home in the 300 block of South 11th.  Peiper was allegedly in possession of drug paraphernalia.

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WAYNE COUNTY NEEDLE EXCHANGE TO BE CONDUCTED WEEKLY

(Richmond, IN)--The frequency with which Wayne County drug addicts can get free, clean needles is increasing from once a month to once a week.  Participation in the program has steadily increased since its inception last August.  Beginning next week, addicts can get needles every Thursday at the Centerstone facility on North 13th.  A large federal grant is being sought to help offset the cost of the program.  Addicts are now returning used needles at a rate of 89%.

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JUVENILE TREATED AFTER WERNLE BRAWL

(Richmond, IN)--Medics were sent to the Wernle Youth and Family Treatment Center in Richmond after a large brawl late Wednesday night.  There were no reports of any serious injuries.  Wernle employees told dispatchers that the situation was out of control and described it as chaos.  One of the juveniles was treated for hyperventilation.  There’s no word yet on whether or not the incident resulted in any criminal charges.

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RICHMOND MAN ACQUITTED IN FATHER'S DEATH

(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man who killed his father was found not guilty Wednesday in a bench trial in Wayne Superior Court II.  Judge Gregory Horn ruled that Mitchel Legg acted in self-defense when he killed his father, Jimmy Legg.  The elder Legg died after the two fought in a Hidden Valley-area home nearly two years ago.  Jimmy Legg had a long history of domestic violence.

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GOVERNOR TO SIGN CEREMONIAL DRUG BILL IN RICHMOND ON WEDNESDAY

(Richmond, IN)--Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb will be in Richmond Wednesday.  Holcomb’s agenda in Richmond includes the ceremonial signing of a bill that will take four steps toward attacking the drug epidemic.  One would eliminate the amount of opioids that doctors can prescribe to certain patients.  Governor Holcomb is also scheduled to address community and business leaders at a lunch at Forest Hills.  He is expected to discuss how statewide initiatives will affect Wayne County residents in a question and answer session.  That event will get underway at noon.

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MAN DIES FROM FALL AT RICHMOND'S PURINA PLANT

(Richmond, IN)--There was a fatal accident at the Purina plant in Richmond Tuesday afternoon.  The initial report indicates that a 23-year-old man fell about 50 feet in a silo area.  There were no witnesses to the fall, so investigators were unclear exactly how it happened or what the man was doing.  He was discovered by co-workers and died in route to Reid Health.  Purina has not commented.  The man was reportedly not an employee but was a contract worker who was at the Richmond plant.  His identity and hometown have not been released.

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MAN ARRESTED ON NORTH 19TH FOR MULTIPLE DRUG AND WEAPONS OFFENSES

(Richmond, IN)--There was a large police presence in the 200 block of North 19th in Richmond late Tuesday afternoon.  It ended with the arrest of a 32-year-old man who lived there.  Thomas Tanner was in the Wayne County Jail Wednesday morning.  Investigators removed bags of evidence from Tanner’s home and vehicle, which included a handgun.  Tanner was charged with four counts of possession, one count of dealing cocaine, and being a serious violent felon in possession of a handgun.

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RECENTLY SENTENCED RANDOLPH CO. CHILD MOLESTER NOW JAILED IN WAYNE COUNTY

(Richmond, IN)--A Lynn man who most recently lived in Richmond was jailed Monday on two counts of felony child molesting.  36-year-old Shaunta Debouse had just pled guilty last month to child molesting in Randolph County and was sentenced last week to 20 years in prison.  He had also been accused of human trafficking.  Tuesday morning, Debouse was in the Wayne County Jail on two more felony child molesting charges.  Details of what Debouse is alleged to have done in Wayne County have not yet been released.

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CAR REMOVED FROM PREBLE COUNTY POND WAS EMPTY

(Camden, OH)--No one was inside a car that was pulled out of a Preble County pond Monday.  Residents on State Route 725 near Camden saw tire tracks that led into the pond.  Divers located a totally submerged car and removed it.  Investigators do not know who was behind the wheel, how they ended up in the pond, or how they were able to escape.

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AUTOPSY: CARFENTANIL KILLED JAILED INMATES

(Connersville, IN)--The final report is in on what caused the deaths of two Fayette County Jail inmates earlier this month.  It was carfentanil.  Chad Sizemore, who had been brought to the jail from Fountain City, and Thomas Lohr of Connersville inhaled the drug after it had been smuggled into jail in Sizemore’s body cavity.  They died shortly after inhaling the drug.  Carfentanil is used as an elephant tranquilizer and is considered a thousand times more powerful than morphine.

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WAYNE COUNTY HAS NEW EMERGENCY WARNING SYSTEM

(Wayne County, IN)--Wayne County has a new way to warn its residents of an emergency situation.  The county has partnered with Regroup, which is a mass notification provider.  Wayne County has used Nixle and social media in recent years, but leaders saw a void because residents had to sign up to get the notifications.  Now, with Regroup, emergency messages can be sent to everyone.  Warnings can also be targeted to residents in specific areas of the county.

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MAN TOSSES DRUGS DURING PURSUIT

(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man was jailed late Sunday night after allegedly tossing a significant amount of drugs out of his car window as he fled police.  The pursuit ended near the Depot District with the arrest of 34-year-old Darren Walker.  Walker sped away after a canine gave a positive indication.  A baggy with drugs that later tested positive for cocaine was found at Fort Wayne Avenue and 6th Street.  Further down the street, another bag of marijuana and drug paraphernalia was located.  Walker was only in jail for a short time.  A bondsman helped him post a $30,000 bond.  Walker is free for now, but faces a charge of dealing cocaine.

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MULTIPLE AREA BUSINESSES CITED FOR SELLING COUNTERFEIT MERCHANDISE

(Whitewater Valley)--Multiple businesses across southern portions of the Whitewater Valley have had merchandise seized by Indiana State Excise Police in the last week.  The businesses were selling counterfeit items with false brand names and unlicensed logos for major college and professional sports teams.  Businesses include the Rainbow Food Mart in Liberty and the Brookville Foot Mart.  Items included shirts, hats, and purses with the logos of Gucci, Under Armour, and the Cincinnati Reds.

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RICHMOND MAN JAILED ON 47th CRIMINAL OFFENCSE SINCE 2003

(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man was back in the Wayne County Jail Monday morning.  But, for 58-year-old Clyde Wooten, it’s a homecoming of sorts.  Wooten’s arrest Sunday night for theft is his 47th criminal offense dating all the way back to 2003, and that’s just in Wayne County.  Wooten was taken into custody Sunday night in the 800 block of South N Street for theft.  Details of what Wooten is alleged to have done have not been released.

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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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