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269 PEOPLE DROP OFF WAYNE COUNTY UNEMPLOYMENT LIST IN 30 DAYS

(Wayne County, IN)--After poor employment numbers last month, Wayne County has rebounded in a big way.  According to new numbers from the state, the number of unemployed people in Wayne County dropped by 269 people in just the last 30 days.  The number of employed residents increased in that same time by 155.  But, Wayne County’s work force continues to shrink.  There are 908 fewer people in the workforce than there were a year ago.  The county’s workforce is on pace to drop below 30,000 people sometime this year.

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MAN ARRESTED AFTER DROPPING OFF UNCONSCIOUS OVERDOSE VICTIM

(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man was taken to the Wayne County Jail after he allegedly dropped off an unconscious overdose victim and then fled the scene in the 300 block of South 15th Monday afternoon.  The problem for 39-year-old Michael Smith is that he left a phone line open, and dispatchers could hear Smith and another person saying that they needed to leave before police arrived.  CPR was performed on the overdose victim.  When Smith was caught, he was allegedly in possession of methamphetamine.

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DRUG DEALER, ARMED ROBBER SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS

(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond heroin dealer and armed robber has been sentenced to 20 years in prison as part of a plea deal.  The sentence against 34-year-old Brandon Aubuchon was enhanced due to the nature of his crimes and his criminal record.  Aubuchon robbed a Richmond Conoco station and Village Pantry in the fall of 2015.  He was captured near Ocala, Florida last May.

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FIREFIGHTERS CALLED TO PURINA MONDAY NIGHT

(Richmond, IN)--Firefighters were called to the Purina plant in Richmond Monday night.  "They had a dust collector that was smoldering," said Battalion Chief Charlie Bartlett.  Employees indicated the plant was evacuated as firefighters staged around the building.  The problem was contained in about 45 minutes and damage was kept to a minimum.  There was no report of any injury.

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3400 DROP OFF WAYNE COUNTY VOTER REGISTRATION ROLLS

(Wayne County, IN)--On Monday, Kicks 96 and The Point News reported that the number of registered voters in Franklin County had dropped dramatically (17%) after a statewide purge.  Wayne County Clerk Debbie Berry said that Wayne County’s drop was not nearly that dramatic.  Roughly 3400 registered voters dropped off in Wayne County, but Berry said that the 8% drop is not out of the ordinary.  Wayne County now has just over 40,000 registered voters.

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APPEALS EXHAUSTED FOR UNION COUNTY MURDERER

(Liberty, IN)--The appeals have been exhausted for a Union County murderer.  Late last week, the Indiana Supreme Court denied hearing the petition of Bert McQueen.  McQueen killed Brandon Wicker in Brownsville two and a half years ago.  McQueen’s appeal was based in part on his assertion that the murder was not especially gruesome and that the 63-year-sentence was too long.  McQueen also claimed he was not the worst of the worst, despite more than 30 previous criminal convictions.

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MAN ARRESTED AFTER ALLEGEDLY EXPOSING HIMSELF TO CHILDREN

(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man was jailed Sunday night after allegedly exposing himself to children.  According to police reports, Caleb Carithers was exposing himself from his home in the 200 block of North 19th Street.  Scanner traffic indicated Carithers would go back inside after the incidents.  He was arrested for public indecency Sunday night and remained in the Wayne County Jail Monday morning.

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ANOTHER WHITEWATER VALLEY MARSH SET FOR CLOSURE

(Union City, OH)--Yet another Whitewater Valley Marsh Supermarket has been slated for closure.  This time, it’s the Marsh on the Ohio side of the state line in Union City.  That Marsh is one of nine others that are closing due to slumping sales.  The Union City store will remain open for another month.  The Marsh on South E Street in Richmond closed late last month after operating for decades under various names and owners.

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MAN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AFTER THREATENING FEDERAL AGENCY

(Liberty, IN)--A Union County man is accused of threatening to shoot up a government agency.  60-year-old Gregory Cecil of Liberty allegedly made the threats because he had been denied benefits.  Local deputies, along with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, executed a warrant at Cecil’s home on South Liberty Pike this week and found rifles, handguns, and more than 2000 rounds of ammunition.  Cecil was taken to Reid Health for a psychological evaluation.

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NO FOUL PLAY SUSPECTED IN ELIZABETH STREET DEATH

(Richmond, IN)--There was a police presence on Elizabeth Street just off of Round Barn Road between Richmond and Centerville Thursday.  A woman was found dead there, but local officials are indicating that her death does not appear to be the result of a robbery or murder.  Wayne County Sheriff Jeff Cappa said Friay morning that no foul play is suspected.  Speculation ran rampant on social media Thursday about the cause of her death.  Officials said that speculation was greatly exaggerated.  An autopsy will be performed in Dayton.

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FOUR FOUND WITH METH, MARIJUANA IN ABINGTON

(Abington, IN)--Four people were taken to the Wayne County Jail Thursday night after they were found in Abington, allegedly in possession of several types of drugs.  The Indiana State Police arrested 46-year-old Randy Jackson of Richmond, along with Chastity Pitcher, Ted Durham, and Kylier Childress Shelby, who are all from Connersville.  All were charged with possession of methamphetamine and marijuana.  Details about quantities have not been released.

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DRUG DEALER SENTENCED TO 14 1/2 YEARS

(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond drug dealer was sentenced Thursday.  Lavar Thomas was sentenced to 14 ½ years behind bars after he was convicted by a Wayne County jury in February.  Thomas was arrested two years ago when law enforcement entered an apartment in the 100 block of South 15th Street and found guns, drugs, and lots of cash.  Thomas was on parole for previous crimes when he was arrested on South 15th.

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TRUCK CRASHES INTO PORCH

(West College Corner, IN)--A pickup truck crashed into a porch at a home in West College Corner Thursday.  The driver, who is from Fairfield, told deputies that he was forced off the roadway by an oncoming car on Liberty Avenue, which is also U.S. 27.  That driver and two passengers sustained non-life-threatening injuries.  No one inside the home was hurt.  The driver of the pickup was driving on a suspended license.

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HOME INVASION, ARMED ROBBERY REPORTED NEAR OAK PARK IN RICHMOND

(Richmond, IN)--There was a home invasion and armed robbery near the Oak Park neighborhood in Richmond early Thursday morning.  It happened in the 1600 block of Sylvan Nook Drive.  According to police reports, two men asked the resident to use a phone.  As the resident turned away to look for the phone, they entered the home.  One pulled out a gun; the other had a knife.  Police searched the area but could not locate the suspects, who were described only as two white males.  The resident was shaken up, but not hurt.  Investigators are looking for a known prostitute who may be connected to the incident.

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FIRE DOES HEAVY DAMAGE TO SAMPLE ROAD HOME

(Wayne County, IN)--Firefighters were on the scene of a house fire late Wednesday night.  Fire broke out a home on Sample Road just off of Pennville Road between Centerville and Cambridge City at around 9:45 p.m.  A neighbor noticed flames and called 911.  Most of the back of the house was involved when firefighters arrived.  The house was heavily damaged but is not considered a total loss.  It was described as vacant.  There’s no word yet on what started the fire.

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MILTON MAN JAILED FOR BATTERING FAMILY MEMBERS

(Milton, IN)--Police were searching western Wayne County Wednesday night for a man accused of battering multiple members of his own family.  At one point, 24-year-old William Pressel was thought to be hiding under a bridge in Pershing after an attack that sent at least two of his own family members to Reid Health to be checked out at around 9 o’clock Wednesday night.  Pressel was caught at a home in Milton and has been charged with felony domestic battery.

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WAYNE COUNTY CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT CASES UP 44% IN 2017

(Richmond, IN)--Last week, we told you that Wayne County was on pace to nearly double the number of overdose deaths from last year to this year.  New numbers released from the state also indicate that Wayne County is now on pace to greatly exceed the number of child abuse and neglect cases.  By this time last year, there were 36 substantiated cases of neglect.  So far this year, there have been 52 cases.  That’s an increase of 44%.  Jacob Jansen of Richmond was arrested Tuesday night for neglect of a dependent.

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ENVIRONMENTAL TESTING TO BEGIN AT OLD REID THIS COMING MONDAY

(Richmond, IN)--Richmond is one step closer to getting rid of its biggest eyesore.  This coming Monday, a firm will begin collecting soil samples from the old Reid Hospital property in Richmond as they look for contaminants that could complicate the building’s demolition.  "They'll have a large work crew out there collecting samples for 4-6 weeks, and then they'll go into a 2-4 week analyzation period," Mayor Dave Snow Monday night.  Snow told members of Common Council that in roughly two months, the city will have a much better idea of how two issues will be handled…remediation and demolition.  "Whether or not that's going to be two separate events, or whether we remediate while we demolish...a lot of questions will be answered once they're finished with that."  Rough estimates of costs are in the ten-million-dollar range.

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CATE REMOVES HIS OWN PLAQUE FROM McBRIDE DUE TO DETERIORATING CONDITIONS

(Richmond, IN)--Conditions are so bad at McBride Stadium in Richmond that the man who is largely responsible for its improvements in the last 25 years removed the plaque bearing his name.  John Cate recently removed his own plaque.  Mayor Dave Snow addressed the issue with Common Council Monday night.  Snow acknowledged that conditions need to be improved but said that the field itself is safe and passed along what the RHS baseball coach told him.  "I'm not concerned that my first baseman is going to end up at the orthodontist over a broken tooth after tripping over something."  Snow said that Park Superintendent Denise Retz had a work plan to improve McBride, but details were not discussed publically Monday night.

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RICHMOND RANKS IN TOP 15% NATIONALLY FOR BEST SMALL CITIES TO START BUSINESS

(Richmond, IN)--The city of Richmond has ranked very highly in a newly-released national ranking of the best small cities to start a business.  The website Wallethub.com looked at 1261 small cities across the country and ranked Richmond 181st.  That puts Richmond in the top 15%.  Although Richmond was just average in the categories of business environment and access to resources, it ranked 88th overall for low business costs.

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RICHMOND CAUGHT WITH METH AFTER FLEEING SCENE OF CRASH

(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond woman who was wanted on unrelated charges was in the Wayne County Jail Tuesday morning after allegedly fleeing the scene of an accident.  Police say 30-year-old Amy Wiley fled the scene of a crash on Bridge Avenue.  When police found Wiley, they also found methamphetamine.  Wiley had been arrested last November for possessing cocaine, syringes, and other drug paraphernalia.

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INMATE LEAPS FROM JAIL BALCONY

(Richmond, IN)--First responders were sent to the Wayne County Jail at around 3:30 Monday morning.  According to scanner traffic, an inmate intentionally jumped off a second-floor balcony at the jail and landed on the concrete floor below.  The male inmate was taken to Reid Health to be treated.  His name, condition, and why he was being held are details that were not immediately released.

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OVERDOSE CALL LEADS TO ARREST

(Richmond, IN)--An overdose call Sunday led directly to the arrest of a Richmond woman.  Police and first responders were sent to a home in the 100 block of Pearl Street Sunday.  The overdose victim was revived.  45-year-old Angel Cooper was charged with maintaining a common nuisance along with possession of heroin and a syringe.  A baggie of heroin allegedly fell out of Cooper’s shirt when she removed it.

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SIX YEARS ADDED TO DRUG SENTENCE FOR JAIL ESCAPE

(Connersville, IN)--Four days of freedom last year cost a Connersville man an extra six years behind bars.  "They will be found.  They will be back and be inmates."  That's whats Joey Laughlin with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department predicted last year shortly after an escape by Chad Heath and Michael Roberts.  They escaped the Fayette County Jail last June by boring a hole through the jail wall.  Laughlin was right.  Both were caught.  Now, Heath has been sentenced to eight years for dealing drugs with six years tacked on for the escape.

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WAYNE COUNTY: AT LEAST 8 OD DEATHS IN LAST TWO WEEKS; ON PACE FOR MORE THAN 100 IN 2017

(Wayne County, IN)--The number of drug overdose deaths in Wayne County this year is currently on pace to nearly double the 57 people who died last year.  That’s according to Wayne County Coroner Ron Stevens.  If that trend holds, it will mean more than a hundred overdose deaths will occur in Wayne County this year.  Stevens said that there have been at least eight local overdose deaths just in the last two weeks.  He added that virtually every form of drug coming into the Whitewater Valley now is laced with fentanyl, including heroin, meth, and even marijuana.  Earlier this month, Wayne County had its first confirmed overdose from carfentanyl.  That’s commonly used as an elephant tranquilizer.

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TEEN INVOLVED IN THURSDAY SCOOTER CHASE ALREADY HAS ADULT CRIMINAL RECORD

(Richmond, IN)--Witnesses said it was a dispute over drugs…Thursday afternoon, an SUV slammed into a garage near South 10th and C in Richmond as the driver tried to chase down and then run over someone who was fleeing on a scooter.  The SUV was traveling at a high rate of speed just before the crash, but there was no report of any injury.  An arrest has been made.  17-year-old Quentin Pamplin was in the Wayne County Jail Friday morning.  He’s charged with battery, criminal recklessness, and possession of marijuana.  Pamplin last year was charged as an adult as a 16-year-old for severely beating a man inside Richmond’s Walmart because the man had spoken to Pamplin's girlfriend.

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THREE JAILED AFTER DRUNKEN BRAWL ON SOUTH 4TH

(Richmond, IN)--Three people were in the Wayne County Jail Friday morning after a large drunken brawl spilled out onto the 1400 block of South 4th Street late Thursday night.  Police responded to initial calls of a fight between five people.  One man was reportedly having difficulty breathing.  Keith Green and Thomas Lowe, who are both in their 50’s, were jailed – as was 21-year-old Ryan Mynatt.  There’s no word on what started the fight.

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TWO BODIES FOUND ON SOUTH 14th

(Richmond, IN)--A welfare check led to the discovery of two dead bodies in the 1400 block of South 14th in Richmond Wednesday night.  According to initial reports and scanner traffic, a concerned neighbor requested that officers check out the home.  Two people were found inside.  They appeared to have been dead for about three days.  There is no word yet on whether drugs or foul play is suspected.  Names have not been released.

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EARLY-MORNING FIRES SET ALONG RAILROAD TRACKS

(Richmond, IN)--Two fires were apparently intentionally set along the railroad tracks that run parallel to Richmond Avenue Thursday morning.  According to scanner traffic, police and firefighters were originally sent to the railroad trestle over Sheridan Street at around 3 o’clock Thursday morning on the report of a burning mattress on the tracks.  Then, cardboard inside a trailer was discovered burning just to the east near Purina.  "Someone obviously threw something in there and set the cardboard on fire.  It was just a slow process because you've got to peel all the cardboard out to put it out," said Battalion Chief Eric Holmes.  No suspects have been located.

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REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION GETS "HIGH QUALITY PLAN" DESIGNATION

(Richmond, IN)--The Eastern Indiana Regional Planning Commission is a regional economic development group that includes Wayne, Union, Fayette, and Randolph County.  Now, that group has achieved a “high quality plan” designation from USDA.  The designation qualifies the group for a grant to further stimulate economic development, especially in the area of agriculture.

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MOTHER OF UNRESTRAINED BOY KILLED IN CRASH CITED 3 WEEKS AGO FOR SEATBELT VIOLATION

(Eaton, OH)--Here’s more on the weekend death of an Eaton boy who was riding unrestrained in his mother’s car as it crashed when she reached for her cell phone.  New information reveals that Carla Kingsley had been cited for a seatbelt violation just three weeks before the crash that killed her son.  She has multiple other violations for failing to use a seatbelt, speeding, and driving on a suspended license in Wayne and Preble County dating back to the late ‘90’s.  The Ohio Highway Patrol said she could face charges including involuntary manslaughter or vehicular homicide.

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RICHMOND MAN JAILED FOR HOME IMPROVEMENT FRAUD

(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man has been arrested for home improvement fraud.  47-year-old Mike Sparks was booked into the Wayne County Jail Tuesday and has now bonded out.  Two complaints have been filed through the Better Business Bureau against Mike’s Door Service, a Richmond LLC.  In each case, filed last year, Mike Sparks is accused of taking advance payment for garage doors but never installing them.  Complainants say Sparks failed to return their repeated calls.

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MAN ATTACKED BY BULL ACROSS FROM RICHMOND AIRPORT

(Boston, IN)--A man was attacked by a bull Tuesday night at a farm directly across from the Richmond Municipal Airport.  A medical helicopter was summoned and then cancelled after the attack at Gerber Land & Cattle.  A doctor happened to be on the scene and tended to the victim, who was taken by ground ambulance to Reid Health.  His name and condition had not been released early Wednesday morning.

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MAN KEEPS OVERDOSE VICTIM'S BODY IN CAR FOR 15 HOURS

(Winchester, IN)--Investigators say he drove around with the dead body of an overdose victim for 15 hours…that’s what landed 37-year-old Ryan Fisher in the Randolph County jail.  Fisher had been arrested for reckless homicide and neglect of a dependent.  More details were released later Monday.  Fisher said he was at a Randolph County pond with 34-year-old Angela Moore of Union City when she overdosed and died.  He didn’t know what to do, so he put her body in the car and, 15 hours later, took it to Jay County Hospital in Portland.  That’s where police say he made up a story about picking her up along U.S. 27.

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RAATZ BILL DEALING WITH DRUG ADDICTS ADVANCES TO GOVERNOR'S DEST

(Indianapolis, IN)--A bill dealing with drug addicts that was written by State Senator Jeff Raatz of Centerville is now headed to Indiana’s governor for final consideration.  The bill would establish a pilot program in three Indiana counties, including Wayne.  It would allow drug addicts who are at serious risk of death or injury due to their addiction to be involuntarily committed to a treatment facility.  The bill recently unanimously passed both the state House and Senate.

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COUPLE ARRESTED AFTER GOING DOOR-TO-DOOR AT MIDNIGHT

(Wayne County, IN)--Two people were jailed Tuesday morning after going door to door in the middle of the night near Arba Pike.  Christina Bishop of Greens Fork and Jacob Hart were asking people to use their phones at just after midnight Tuesday morning.  Police were called and found Bishop and Hart at U.S. 27 and Tingler Road.  Hart was allegedly in possession of methamphetamine.  Bishop had an active warrant in Jay County.

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CELL PHONE USAGE LEADS TO FATAL CRASH

(Preble County, OH)--A fatal crash in Preble County Sunday is being attributed to cell phone usage behind the wheel.  The crash happened Sunday afternoon in Preble County just east of Hueston Woods.  According to a release from the Ohio Highway Patrol, 49-year-old Carla Kingsley of Eaton was driving on Camden-Darrtown Road with her two children.  She was using her cell phone to either text or call and drifted off the roadway.  Her ten-year-old son was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene.  Kingsley and her 12-year-old daughter were taken to McCullough-Hyde Hospital in Oxford.  Their conditions have not been released.  The children were not wearing seat belts.

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WINCHESTER MAN JAILED FOR RECKLESS HOMICIDE, NEGLECT OF DEPENDENT CAUSING DEATH

(Winchester, IN)--Details on Monday morning were being withheld by law enforcement agents in Randolph County regarding what appears to be the recent death of a child.  37-year-old Ryan Fisher of Winchester was in the Randolph County Jail Monday morning.  Fisher has been charged with reckless homicide and neglect of a dependent causing death.  Fisher has a criminal record, but nothing of a violent nature.  More details from the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department are expected later Monday.

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FIRE DESTROYS DUBLIN HOME

(Dublin, IN)--Fire destroyed a home in western Wayne County Sunday morning.  Crews from multiple agencies responded to a home on U.S. 40 in Dublin.  They had been there late Saturday night on a relatively minor kitchen fire.  But that fire rekindled early Sunday morning and had engulfed the home when firefighters arrived.  No one was home at the time and there were no injuries.  The home and its contents are a total loss.  If you’d like to help the family, you can make a clothing donation Monday at the Dublin Fire Station.

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CENTERVILLE WOMAN OD'S TWICE IN FOUR HOURS

(Richmond, IN)--There have been multiple drug overdose calls in Richmond on Thursday and Friday morning.  Overdoses have occurred on South 6th, South 13th, and Irish Hills Court.  One case, though, demonstrates how addictive drugs can be.  A Centerville woman overdosed at a Richmond home at 8 o’clock Thursday night.  She had to be revived with Narcan.  Then, just four hours later, she went to a different home and overdosed again.  First responders were again able to revive her at just after midnight Friday morning.  One county official said that a dangerous batch of heroin may have infiltrated the area.

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RPD SEEKS HELP IN IDENTIFYING APPLEBEE'S THIEF

(Richmond, IN)--Richmond police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a thief.  RPD has released a surveillance image of a man who stole multiple items from a car that was parked at Richmond’s Applebee’s last week.  He then used a stolen credit card at the CVS on East Main in Richmond.  He’s a white male with dark hair and a beard.

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AREA AMTRAK SERVICE IN JEOPARDY

(Connersville, IN and Oxford, OH)--The Whitewater Valley could lose its Amtrak service if federal budget cuts of $2.4 billion are approved.  Amtrak runs through Connersville three times a week on what’s known as the Cardinal line that runs to Chicago.  The proposed cuts would eliminate federal subsidies for Amtrak.  Connersville was in the process of upgrading facilities at its Amtrak stop.  Oxford would also be affected.  It has worked for the last couple of years to add an Amtrak stop.

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GARAGE FIRE LABELED SUSPICIOUS

(Richmond, IN)--A garage was destroyed by fire Friday morning.  Firefighters were called to an alley in the 300 block between South 7th and 8th Streets in Richmond.  Battalion Chief Charlie Bartlett describes what crews found when they arrived at around 3:30 Friday morning.  "Detached garage in the alley...fully involved."  The house was vacant, and it’s likely that the fire was intentionally set.  Four vandals were caught on surveillance video last week in that same area.  There’s no word yet on whether or not the incidents are connected.

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MAN JAILED AFTER FEBRUARY STRANGULATION ARREST

(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man is back in the Wayne County Jail after his arrest two months ago for strangulation.  33-year-old Kellan Westover was sent back to jail Thursday.  In early February, authorities had been called to Westover’s home on South 6th Street.  He was arrested there for felony strangulation and for domestic battery.  He is currently serving time for only the domestic battery charge.

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RPD INVESTIGATES OVERNIGHT STABBING

(Richmond, IN)--There was an overnight stabbing in Richmond.  The incident happened at just before midnight Wednesday night in the area of North 10th and A Street.  Scanner traffic indicated that one person was stabbed multiple times in the upper chest.  That victim was taken to Reid Health to be treated for what were described Thursday morning as non-life-threatening injuries.  Investigators located a bloody t-shirt in a trash can behind a home, but no arrests have been made.  The victim’s identity and what led to the stabbing have not been released.

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WANTED CENTERVILLE METH DEALER APPREHENDED

(Richmond, IN)--An alleged Centerville methamphetamine dealer who was wanted by the Wayne County Drug Task Force was found and arrested Wednesday.  35-year-old Rachel Scammahorn was in a car that was stopped on North West First in Richmond.  Scammahorn has already bonded out of jail.  There was another meth-related arrest Thursday morning.  40-year-old Richard Tillery of Richmond was jailed at 3:30 Thursday morning for possession.

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FIRE RESPONSE AT PENN STATION BLAMED ON FAULTY AIR HANDLER

(Richmond, IN)--It brought a large response from the Richmond Fire Department Wednesday night, but a reported fire at Penn Station on East Main in Richmond turned out to be a minor incident.  Employees reported smoke and a burnt wire smell at 6:45 Wednesday night.  Firefighters identified the problem as a malfunctioning air handler.  Restaurant service was only minimally interrupted.

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WESTERN WAYNE SEWAGE CUSTOMERS FACE NEARLY-DOUBLED BILLS

(Cambridge City, IN)--Customers in the Western Wayne Regional Sewer District are still facing the likelihood that their monthly sewage rates will almost double.  A consultant this week told the board and leaders from several western Wayne communities that the average residential bill would jump from $28 to $52 per month to help fund an expansion of capacity.  The board also said it opted against a cheaper alternative of sending the wastewater to Connersville so that local control could be maintained.

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TWO FIRES ON SAME EATON STREET INTENTIONALLY SET

(Eaton, OH)--Investigators say there could be a serial arsonist in Eaton.  The state fire marshal’s office now is indicating that two separate fires, both set in the last month and both on Walnut Street in Eaton, were intentionally set.  A resident was in the process of moving out when the most recent fire was set.  There were pets still living in the home.  A $5000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of the arsonist.

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RICHMOND WOMAN LEADS POLICE ON HIGH-SPEED CHASE FROM RICHMOND TO EATON

(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond woman led police on a high-speed chase Monday.  It began on Richmond’s east side when 41-year-old Christy Mosey sped away from an attempted traffic stop.  Police reports say Mosey fled into Preble County and hit speeds of nearly a hundred miles per hour along U.S. 35 near New Hope.  Stop sticks were successfully deployed near the intersection of 35 and Washington-Jackson Road.  Mosey was in the Preble County Jail Tuesday morning.  Charges are pending.

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CHESTER BOULEVARD TO BE REDUCED TO ONE LANE EACH WAY SOUTH OF OLD REID

(Richmond, IN)--Lots of Richmond business owners and citizens attended a presentation Monday night by the Indiana Department of Transportation that highlighted the major road construction project that’s getting underway.  That meeting preceded the Richmond Common Council meeting.  Traffic on Chester Boulevard will be reduced to one lane in each direction beginning as early as Wednesday from Sim Hodgin Parkway to North B Street.  It will be shifted to the western half of the roadway.

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CRESTDALE GRANDMOTHER SUES FOR ACCOMODATIONS FOR AUTISTIC BOY

(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond grandmother is suing Richmond Community Schools because her grandson is being kept inside at recess.  The eight-year-old boy has autism and ADHD.  Here’s what Carol Kuss says is the issue with her grandson.  "He has a bad tendency to run and he's very, very fast."  The boy has run out of Crestdale Elementary at least three times this school year.  Once, he ran right into a stranger’s house.  "We're trying to get Crestdale to put in a fence around the playground," Cuss explained.  RCS issued a statement saying that safety is a top priority.  A resolution meeting will likely take place next month.

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INDOT TO HOST CONSTRUCTION OPEN HOUSE AT CITY BUILDING

(Richmond, IN)--The RP&L Board and Richmond Common Council meet Monday night at 7 in the city building.  Just before that, though, residents can get a better look at the major construction that will affect Uptown Richmond.  INDOT is hosting an open house to pass along details about the project and planned construction schedule.  The first phase of the project got underway last week and is focusing on the southern end of Chester Boulevard.

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MAN REACHES PLEA DEAL AFTER SELLING WEAPONS TO UNDERCOVER FEDERAL AGENTS

(Winchester, IN)--A Winchester man has reached a plea deal after selling firearms to undercover federal agents.  38-year-old Jason Janis will plead guilty to two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Each count carries a ten-year sentence.  Federal agents were alerted when Janis tried to sell the guns on a website.  Janis has a criminal record in seven Indiana counties including at least five DUI’s.

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ONE OF RICHMOND'S MOST WANTED SURRENDERS

(Richmond, IN)--One of Richmond’s most wanted men walked into the Wayne County Jail a couple of minutes after midnight Friday morning and turned himself in.  23-year-old Thomas Vanmeter is being held now on a parole violation, but more charges will almost certainly be added.  Vanmeter was the target of a SWAT Team search on Wednesday on South West 3rd.  He was not located during that raid.  He was wanted for alleged marijuana growing and meth dealing from a home on Flatley Road.

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WOMAN DRIVING WITH DRUGS NARROWLY MISSES STRIKING RPD CRUISER

(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond woman was jailed at just before midnight Thursday night after she nearly drove head-on into a Richmond police cruiser.  It began with 35-year-old Melissa Leonard allegedly shooting up in the Olive Garden bathroom.  She left in a car.  A good Samaritan followed her and relayed her location to dispatchers.  Officers found Leonard in the Glen Miller Park area.  That’s where she nearly struck the officer.  Drugs, marijuana, needles, and other paraphernalia was found in Leonard’s possession.

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11 PEOPLE JAILED IN WAYNE COUNTY THURSDAY ON VARIOUS DRUG CHARGES

(Richmond, IN)--11 people have been arrested since early Thursday morning on drug charges in Wayne County, and some of them are serious.  Maureen Rivers and Eric Commons were jailed Thursday for possessing methamphetamine and cocaine and for battering a police officer.  Cotey Ewen of Fountain City was caught Thursday afternoon at Richmond’s Motel 6.  He’s charged with dealing meth and heroin.  Breann Null was jailed for maintaining a common nuisance.

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SWAT, STATE POLICE RAID SW 3rd HOME IN SEARCH OF THOMAS VAN METER

(Richmond, IN)--The Indiana State Police and a SWAT Team stormed a house on South West 3rd Street in Richmond Wednesday afternoon looking for who is now one of Richmond’s most wanted men.  Law enforcement agents could clearly be heard calling for Thomas Van Meter to exit the home ln the 300 block of South West 3rd.  When no one responded, officers used a flash grenade that blew some windows out of the home and entered.  According to the state police Thursday morning, Van Meter was not located.  He’s wanted in connection with drug activity at a home on Flatley Road.  Another arrest was made in that case Wednesday.

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RHS SOCCER STANDOUT JAILED ON DRUG, FELONY COMMON NUISANCE CHARGES

(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond High School soccer standout who had just last week signed a letter of intent to play at IU East is woke up behind bars Thursday morning.  Hannah Schamel is in the Wayne County Jail.  She was booked in at 1:30 Thursday morning and charged with both possession of marijuana and the more serious felony charge of maintaining a common nuisance.  Jail reports indicate Schamel was taken into custody on South West 4th.  No other details have been released.

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VEHICLES SOUGHT IN CONNECTION WITH NEW PARIS HOMICIDE

(New Paris, OH)--Help from the public is still being sought in connection with the murder of 34-year-old Travis Bourne in New Paris.  Bourne’s body was discovered late Tuesday night during a welfare check at his home on Cardinal Hill Drive.  Now, the Preble County Sheriff’s Department is looking for two vehicles that were taken from the home.  No description of the cars has been released.  Investigators have not said specifically how Bourne was killed or how long he may have been dead before his body was discovered.  An autopsy has been completed.

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WESTERN WAYNE TOWNS TO MEET REGARDING SEWAGE TREATMENT DECISION

(Cambridge City, IN)--The town councils of Cambridge City, Mount Auburn, and Dublin have called a joint meeting to get more information about the decision by the Western Wayne Sewer Board to expand rather than connecting to Connersville.  That expansion is necessary to expand the Gateway Industrial Park.  According to an email from EDC CEO Valerie Shaffer, those three town boards are looking for more information.  A public meeting has now been set for Monday night at 6 at the Golay Center.

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NEW PARIS HOME CORDONED OFF WITH CRIME SCENE TAPE OVERNIGHT

(New Paris, OH)--There was a large police presence in New Paris overnight Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning, although officials were being very tight-lipped about it later Wednesday morning.  Officers and deputies arrived at a home on Cardinal Hill Drive at around 9:30 Tuesday night and immediately cordoned off an area with crime scene tape.  They didn’t clear the scene until around 3 o’clock Wednesday morning.  Officials say details are coming later in the day on Wednesday.

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WAYNE COUNTY WORKFORCE SHRINKS BY 906 PEOPLE IN THE LAST YEAR

(Wayne County, IN)--There’s been a big drop in the number of people in the Wayne County workforce in the last year.  According to new figures from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Wayne County has 906 fewer people in the workforce than it did at this time last year.  There are also 750 fewer people actually working.  Wayne County’s unemployment rate is 5.2%.  That’s the same rate as last month.

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MAN FOUND HIDING IN GARAGE AFTER STRANGULATION REPORT

(Richmond, IN)--A man who officials say is likely an illegal immigrant was in the Wayne County Jail Wednesday morning after allegedly trying to strangle a female victim.  Police responded to a domestic situation at the home of 24-year-old Bautisto Santiago in the 100 block of North 17th in Richmond late Tuesday night.  Santiago allegedly fled the scene but was found later hiding in a nearby garage.  There’s no word on the condition of the victim.

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RICHMOND ROAD CONSTRUCTION BEGINS

(Richmond, IN)--Monday was Day #1 of about 700 days of road construction near Uptown Richmond.  Orange barrels are up and work is now underway on a $24 million project that will refurbish two miles of southbound U.S. 27 and another mile on U.S. 40.  The phase that got underway Monday will see the jog in the road just south of the Depot overpass straightened and the intersection of Chester Boulevard and North J Street improved.

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INITIAL HEARING SET FOR FRIDAY FOR FOUNTAIN CITY COUNCIL MEMBER

(Fountain City, IN)--The first court hearing for Fountain City Town Councilman Jesse Berger is now set for Friday morning.  Charges were officially filed Monday after Berger’s DUI arrest last week.  Those charges include a designation as a habitual vehicular substance offender because of two previous DUI convictions.  According to the affidavit, which was also filed Monday, Berger was found passed out behind the wheel on Fountain Avenue.  His blood-alcohol content was .234 – more than three times the legal limit.

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TWO MEN JAILED TUESDAY MORNING FOR BURGLARY

(Richmond, IN)--Two alleged burglars were taken into custody Tuesday morning.  46-year-old Todd Heyne and 45-year-old David Mowdy were taken into custody at a home in the 400 block of South M Street in Richmond and booked into jail at just before 3 o’clock Tuesday morning.  Both are charged with burglary and theft.  Details of what led to Heyne and Mowdy’s arrest have not been released.

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RPD SEEKS INFO IN UPTOWN RICHMOND DOUBLE SHOOTING

(Richmond, IN)--Investigators are still working to see if two Richmond shootings that occurred early Sunday morning are connected.  Richmond residents Elliot Gaston and Trenton Owens were both shot in the parking lot directly west of Smiley’s Pub just after the bar closed.  Both were flown to Level One trauma centers.  Their conditions were still being withheld Monday morning.  About a half an hour after that shooting, shots were fired into a home in the 1500 block of North H Street.  No one was hurt in that incident.  There has been no word of any arrests in the shootings.

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VICTIM REPORTS BEING ROBBED BY TEEN

(Richmond, IN)--Richmond police are looking for a teenage robber after an incident late Sunday night near the south-side Dairy Queen.  The victim told police that a boy between the ages of 16 and 18 said that he had a gun but never produced a weapon.  After the incident, the suspect ran up a hill near South L Street.  Police searched the area but could not locate the teen.  The victim did not report any injuries.

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ALLEGED DRUG DEALER ARRESTED AT REID HEALTH

(Richmond, IN)--An alleged Richmond drug dealer was taken into custody at Reid Health over the weekend.  She’s 51-year-old Kristin Snider.  Police reports indicate officers found methamphetamine, marijuana, and prescription drugs in Snider’s possession at Reid.  She has bonded out of the Wayne County Jail.  Last week, two other men were arrested after allegedly using illegal drugs inside Reid.

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FOUNTAIN CITY TOWN COUNCIL MEMBER REMAINS JAILED AFTER 3RD DUI ARREST

(Fountain City, IN)--A Fountain City Town Council member remained behind bars Friday morning.  25-year-old Jesse Berger was stopped in Fountain City at around 6:15 Thursday morning.  He was allegedly driving drunk and was in possession of drug paraphernalia.  Berger was also charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.  It’s not the first run-in with the law for Berger.  He has been convicted of two previous DUI’s and one count of possession of a controlled substance.  Berger is being held on a $755 bond.

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BROOKVILLE OFFICERS CLEARED IN FATAL SHOOTING

(Brookville, IN)--The two Brookville police officers who were forced to shoot and kill an armed man last month have now been cleared of any wrongdoing.  Prosecutors say Officers Lucas Richardson and Terry Mitchum acted appropriately when they shot and killed 29-year-old Donald Parker at a home on State Road 101 just north of Brookville.  Parker was involved in a domestic dispute, exited his home, and pointed a gun at the officers that had arrived.  Parker had a long criminal record, including a recent charge of battery against a public safety official.

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RICHMOND COUPLE ARRESTED AFTER OVERDOSE CALL

(Richmond, IN)--What started as an overdose call in the 1000 block of North C Street on Thursday night ended with the arrest of a Richmond couple.  Lucas Worley allegedly overdosed.  Carrie Worley called for help.  Police reports indicate both became combative.  Lucas Worley was revived, taken to Reid Health, and then to the Wayne County Jail.  Carrie Worley also was jailed.  They’re charged with maintaining a common nuisance and possession of drugs and syringes.

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FIRE DESTROYS DAVIS MEYERS ROAD HOME

(Wayne County, IN)--Fire destroyed a home west of Fountain City overnight.  Crews from multiple agencies were called at around 10:30 Wednesday night to a home at the intersection of Davis Meyers and Round Barn Roads.  The house was fully involved when the first units arrived.  No one was home at the time, but bystanders feared for the safety of numerous horses.  All were thought to be okay Thursday morning.  There’s no word yet on what may have caused the fire.  Firefighters were sent back out at just before 5 o'clock Thursday morning when the fire rekindled.

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MAN CHARGED WITH CAUSING FRIEND'S OVERDOSE DEATH

(Winchester, IN)--Most people will applaud this arrest…a Winchester-area man has been charged with reckless homicide due to his friend’s overdose death.  29-year-old Caleb Burkhart allegedly provided heroin to 28-year-old Keith Lee, who overdosed and died in Randolph County last week.  Burkhart has 12 convictions in the last seven years, including seven counts of theft.

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