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FIREFIGHTER INJURED IN HOUSE FIRE, EXPLOSION

(Darke County, OH)--A firefighter was injured during a house fire and explosion Monday morning.  The fire was reported at around 3 o’clock Monday morning in the 1400 block of Preble County Butler Township Road.  That’s about halfway between New Madison and Castine.  Crews reported there was an explosion and a firefighter was down.  The firefighter's injuries were non-life-threatening.  The fire reportedly started in an attached garage before spreading to the home.  A family was home at the time and was able to make it out without injury.

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MAN JAILED AFTER ALLEGEDLY POINTING LOADED RIFLE

(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man was behind bars Monday morning after allegedly pointing a loaded rifle.  Police reports indicate 52-year-old Thomas Lowe was still holding the rifle as officers entered his home in the 1400 block of South 4th on the report of a domestic dispute.  Lowe was Tased and taken into custody.  He’s charged with possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.  He also had a warrant in Florida.

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WAYNE COUNTY: 417 CASES OF CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT IN 2017

(Wayne County, IN)--The Indiana Department of Child Services released statistics Thursday for child abuse and neglect for December.  Wayne County had 29 substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect that month.  It brought the final total for 2017 to an incredible 417 substantiated cases just in Wayne County.  The vast majority of those cases involved neglect, although some did involve sexual or physical abuse.  Authorities say that most of those cases involve at least one drug-addicted parent.

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FOUR JAILED AFTER TRAILER PARK METH BUST

(West College Corner, IN)--A search warrant executed at a West College Corner trailer park Thursday night turned up methamphetamine.  Investigators had received information that people living there may have been operating an indoor meth lab.  Four people were taken into custody Thursday night, including 53-year-old Paul Isaacs, 55-year-old Marty Isaacs, 26-year-old Chelsey Clarkston, and 27-year-old Christopher Skwarczyncki (skwore-ZIN-ski).

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RCS BOARD APPROVES BUS PURCHASES, INCLUDE "ACTIVITY BUSSES"

(Richmond, IN)--The Richmond Community School Board met Wednesday night and dealt with the purchase of new school busses.  RCS will purchase seven new busses this year and five each for the eight years after that.  The school system will get two activity busses that will be used mainly for athletic travel.  The distance to North Central Conference opponents has affected traditional yellow school busses.  Richmond has five NCC opponents that are at least a hundred miles away.  No other NCC school has even one other than Richmond.

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SUSPECTED DRUNKEN DRIVER CRASHES, FORCES I-70 CLOSURE

(Richmond, IN)--A suspected drunken driver was critically injured in a crash that shut down westbound I-70 Wednesday night.  Other drivers called 911 at around 6 Wednesday night to report the driver was all over the road on westbound 70.  Shortly after those calls, the man crashed near the Williamsburg Pike overpass in Richmond.  The driver was ejected and was laying on the roadway.  A medical helicopter could not fly because of the fog.  The victim was taken to a Level One trauma center.  His identity and condition have not been released.

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WAYNE COUNTY EMA ACHIEVES "STORMREADY" STATUS

(Richmond, IN)--Wayne County’s Emergency Management Agency has completed a year-long process to achieve what’s called “StormReady” status.  It means that the EMA has achieved the highest level of readiness to deal with severe weather.  Representatives of the National Weather Service in Wilmington will be in Richmond next week to make a formal presentation to local officials.

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IVY TECH TO TAKE PART IN WEEK OF SERVICE

(Richmond, IN)--Ivy Tech in Richmond is getting set to take part in a week of service, and they’re inviting the community to take part.  Beginning a week from Monday, students and staff members will be packing meals as part of the Lesotho Initiative.  Lesotho is a tiny African nation and is one of the poorest in the world.  Volunteers can contact Nancy Fort at NFort@ivytech.edu for more information.

 

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BLUE BUFFALO IN FIRST PHASE OF HIRING

(Richmond, IN)--Blue Buffalo in Richmond is progressing toward opening.  Mid-2018 start-up...that's what we're still on schedule for.  Things are going really well," said Plant Manager Travis Moore.  Currently, 20 employees are working in space provided by Ivy Tech.  Moore talked about their qualities.  "The two qualities that we really see and are very representative of Richmond are that they are passionate and humble."  Hiring is being done in three phases.  "The first wave is happening now.  We're looking at operations and maintenance," Moore added.  A second hiring wave is planned for June with a third in September.

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TWO SCHOOL BUS THIEVES ARRESTED AFTER CHASE

(West Alexandria, OH)--There was a police chase involving a school bus Wednesday morning.  Two people stole a school bus from Twin Valley Schools in West Alexandria at around 3 o’clock Wednesday morning.  A deputy in western Montgomery County noticed the bus and tried to stop it.  The two occupants fled into Trotwood with deputies giving chase.  The bus crashed into a parked car.  Both bus thieves were taken into custody.

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NTSB ISSUES PRELIMINARY REPORT ON FATAL PLANE CRASH

(Franklin County, IN)--The NTSB has released a preliminary report on the plane crash in Franklin County last December that killed three people.  A mechanical failure is the primary cause of the crash.  Just before the crash, the pilot reported a partial engine failure.  He was slowly descending over Batesville and wanted to land at the Batesville airport, but it was closed and there were no runway lights.  The plane then went down in a wooded area in western Franklin County.

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RESERVE POLICE OFFICER CHARGED WITH THEFT, MISCONDUCT

(Laurel, IN)--A former Laurel police officer was behind bars Wednesday.  34-year-old Clinton Ellis faces charges of theft and official misconduct after an investigation by the Indiana State Police.  Ellis allegedly seized a handgun when executing a search warrant last November.  He never entered it into evidence and then gave it to another officer as a Christmas gift.  Ellis was also given $2500 as part of a drug investigation.  The money went unaccounted for by Ellis.

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MAN SUSPECTED OF HARBORING RUNAWAY ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES

(Wayne County, IN)--A Richmond man who last month was accused of harboring a teenage runaway has been arrested again.  18-year-old Austin Neathery was caught Tuesday on Pennville Road.  Neathery was in jail Wednesday morning, charged with possessing marijuana and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.  Last month, he was accused of harboring Megan Catey.  She was later found unharmed and he was never charged.

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ALLEGED DRUG DEALER ARRESTED NEAR RICHMOND HIGH SCHOOL

(Richmond, IN)--An alleged Richmond drug dealer was caught Tuesday and was behind bars Wednesday morning.  40-year-old Kristal Baker-Benson was arrested at around lunchtime across from the girls softball diamond at Richmond High School.  Baker-Benson is charged with dealing cocaine or a narcotic drug.  Quantities were not released.  She was involved in a shots fired incident on South C Street in June of 2016.

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21-YEAR-OLD RANDOLPH COUNTY MAN DIES IN CRASH

(Randolph County, IN)--A 21-year-old Randolph County resident was killed in a crash Monday night.  Quentin Carney was headed south on County Road 1000 in the Modoc area when his car left the roadway and struck a tree.  Carney was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene.  Investigators are still working to determine what caused Carney to drift off the roadway.

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CAPPA EXPRESSES GRATITUDE FOR SUPPORT

(Richmond, IN)--Wayne County Sheriff Jeff Cappa has issued a thank-you following the death last week of Patrolman David Skaggs.  In a press release, Cappa expresses his appreciation to other first responders across the area who covered shifts so that others could attend services for Skaggs.  Cappa also thanked the public.  Many people stood outside as the funeral procession passed by the Sheriff’s Office and the Wayne County Courthouse.

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SUSPECTED SERIAL CAR THIEF CAUGHT

(New Madison, OH)--A couple of weeks ago, New Madison residents were warned to make sure their vehicles were locked after a rash of overnight car burglaries.  Now, a suspect is in custody.  A deputy saw a suspicious man on Railroad Street in the middle of the night.  That man dropped several items as he fled on foot.  He ran into an apartment.  Deputies recovered multiple stolen items there and arrested 28-year-old Matthew Spence of New Madison.  Spence was in the Darke County Jail Tuesday morning.

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NUMBER OF HOMELESS, HOUSING INSECURE WAYNE CO. KIDS RISES DRAMATICALLY

(Wayne County, IN)--There has been a dramatic increase in the last five years in the number of Wayne County children who are described as homeless or housing unstable.  Back in 2012, only 14 Wayne County children fit into that category.  Since then, the number has essentially doubled every year and today stands at 195.  That number is ten times greater than any other Whitewater Valley county.  The figures have been compiled by the Indiana Youth Institute.  Being housing unstable means that children are sleeping inside but have no permanent residence with either parent.

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MAN RELEASED MONDAY AFTER WEAPONS, DRUG ARREST

(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man bonded out of jail early Monday morning after having been arrested over the weekend on a rarely seen charge.  22-year-old Deiontae Washington was taken into custody in Wayne County on a charge of obliterating identification marks on a handgun.  That’s a Level 5 Felony.  Washington was also allegedly in possession of marijuana.  He was released from the Wayne County Jail at 3:30 Monday morning.

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TWO INJURED IN GAS CAN EXPLOSION

(Gratis, OH)--Two people in Preble County were seriously injured Sunday when a gas can exploded on an outdoor fire.  It happened late Sunday afternoon on Pleasant Valley Road just outside of Gratis.  Two victims were taken to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.  Their identities and conditions this morning have not been released.  There’s also been no word yet on what led to the explosion.

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STATE HOSPITAL TO ADD RESIDENTIAL DRUG TREATMENT UNIT

(Richmond, IN)--A new addiction residential treatment unit specializing in opioid use disorder will open at the Richmond State Hospital to support addicts in immediate need of service.  The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration announced Thursday that it will be a 22-bed unit.  The space at the state hospital is currently setting idle.  It will include medication-assisted treatment.  It’s expected to open by the end of next month.

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DEPUTY'S FUNERAL PROCESSION TO WIND THROUGH RICHMOND

(Richmond, IN)--A large funeral procession will wind its way through Richmond streets at around lunchtime Friday.  Longtime Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputy David Skaggs died last Sunday.  His funeral is set for 11 o’clock Friday morning.  A large procession of law enforcement vehicles will then travel from Stegall-Berheide-Orr Funeral Home to North A, past the Sheriff’s Department, and then go South on 5th Street toward St. Andrews Cemetery.  The Sheriff’s Department will be closed for part of Friday.

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ALLEGED DRUG DEALER ARRESTED AT VILLAGE PANTRY

(Richmond, IN)--It began as a call about a suspicious man at the Village Pantry on South E Street in Richmond Friday morning and ended with the arrest of an alleged drug dealer.  47-year-old David Ashcraft was taken into custody at 3 o’clock Friday morning at the VP.  Officers allegedly found meth and drug paraphernalia.  Ashcraft was also charge with dealing meth.

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REPORT SHOWS POSITIVE ECONOMIC INDICATORS FOR WAYNE COUNTY

(Wayne County, IN)--Many measures of economic well-being in Wayne County have improved greatly in the last three years according to the new Indiana Kids Count report.  The average number of Wayne County residents receiving food stamps is down by more than 2000 people and today sits at just over 10,000.  The median household income is up by $7000 and is today at $43,000.  But, Wayne County has also passed a negative threshold in the last three years.  More than half of the babies born locally are now born to unmarried parents.  That number stands today at 53%.  That’s the fifth highest percentage in Indiana.

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CAMDEN WANTS SPEED LIMIT LOWERED AT SITE OF FATAL CRASH

(Camden, OH)--On Tuesday, Kicks 96 and 101.7 The Point News reported that a Centerville truck driver had been indicted for causing the deaths of four people when he allegedly sped through Camden on U.S. 127.  Now, Camden city leaders are working to lower the speed limit on the highway.  They’ve petitioned the state to lower the speed limit from 50 to 45 miles per hour.  The Ohio Department of Transportation will review the request and make the final call.

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PLANS PROGRESS FOR HIGHWAY GARAGE COMPLEX

(Winchester, IN)--In Randolph County, plans are progressing for a large new county highway barn complex on U.S. 27.  The four-and-a-half million dollar complex would be located just south of the county infirmary and would include a maintenance facility, administration building, and storage barns.  The complex is still in the design stage.  Once construction begins, it’s expected to take about nine months to complete.

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CENTERVILLE TRUCKER INDICTED FOR CAUSING FOUR DEATHS

(Camden, OH)--A Centerville truck driver has now been indicted by a Preble County grand jury and charged with causing a crash that killed four people in Camden last September.  61-year-old Brian Murphy of Centerville allegedly sped through the intersection of Highways 127 and 725 and t-boned a Jeep.  Schon and Melissa Hudson, their three-year-old daughter Emerie, and the Hudsons’ unborn child were all killed.  Murphy will appear in court next month.

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RPD IDENTIFIES MOST CRASH-PRONE INTERSECTION

(Richmond, IN)--What’s the most likely spot in Richmond to be involved in a car crash?  According to statistics released Monday, it’s the intersection of East Main and South 37th Street.  The Richmond Police Department released final numbers from last year.  There were 33 crashes at 37th and East Main.  Overall, East Main had 90 crashes last year.  That’s three times as many as any other street.  The city was down by nearly 150 crashes in 2017 as compared to 2016.

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FIRE TAKES OUT FIBER OPTICS CABLE; DISRUPTS COMCAST AND FRONTIETR

(Winchester, IN)--The fire itself was not a big deal, but the implications for some people in Winchester are.  A garage fire broke out at just before midnight Monday night in the 500 block of West Main Street.  The fire took out a fiber optics cable, which affected customers of Comcast and Frontier Tuesday morning.  Crews will be arriving Tuesday morning to repair the fiber optics cable.  There’s no word on when it will be restored.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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RPD SEARCHES FOR HIT-AND-RUN DRIVER

(Richmond, IN)--A hit-and-run victim was recovering Tuesday morning as police search for the driver who hit him.  The victim was riding a bicycle in the area of 20th and East Main in Richmond at around 8 o’clock Monday night when he was struck by someone driving a red and white pickup truck.  The pickup fled the scene.  A medical helicopter was put on standby and then disregarded.  Police are still looking for the red and white pickup, which is now missing its passenger-side mirror.

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MAN WITH HISTORY OF BATTERING POLICE ARRESTED AGAIN

(Richmond, IN)--A man with a history of battering police officers was behind bars again Tuesday morning.  34-year-old Joseph Gebhart was taken into custody at Reid Health late Monday morning.  Gehbart allegedly battered a police officer and was also charged with felony battery by bodily waste.  He’s had 34 criminal charges, including another incident of battering a police officer last July.

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WAYNE COUNTY RANKS AMONG STATE'S BEST, WORST IN NEW KIDS COUNT REPORT

(Wayne County, IN)--The annual Kids Count Data Book was released Monday morning.  It’s the annual report on the well-being of Indiana children.  Wayne County ranks in the top ten statewide for children who live in poverty.  25%, or one out of every four Wayne County children, are now considered to be living in poverty.  That’s the 9th highest rate in the state.  On the positive side, Wayne County has one of the lowest rates statewide of pregnant women who smoke at 11%.  Wayne County also has the most mental health providers per capita in the state at one counselor for every 213 people.  That’s nearly twice as many as the next closest county.  Fayette County had the highest rate in the state of kids who are food insecure at 24%.  Fayette County also had one of the top ten highest rates of child abuse and neglect.  Union County had one of the state’s highest rates of children who moved away.  The population dropped 15.5% last year.

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EARLHAM GETS FUNDING FOR MUMMY PRESERVATION

(Richmond, IN)--Earlham College’s Joseph Moore Museum has received funding to begin a long-term preservation project of its Egyptian mummy.  She’s the daughter of an Egyptian priest and has been dead for as long as 2300 years.  The funding will allow for construction of a temperature-controlled storage case.  It’s one of just two mummies known to be housed in Indiana.  The other is just a few miles away at the Wayne County Historical Museum.

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RICHMOND MAN JAILED FOR STRANGULATION, METH POSSESSION

(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man was in the Wayne County Jail Monday morning after being arrested Sunday near 13th and East Main Street.  32-year-old James Moore was allegedly involved in a domestic incident and now faces charges that include strangulation, felony domestic battery, and possession of meth.  There’s no word on the condition of his alleged victim.  Other details have not been released.

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RICHMOND'S ELDER-BEERMAN NOT ON NATIONAL CLOSURE LIST

(Richmond, IN)--It’s good news for Richmond’s Elder-Beerman.  Elder-Beerman’s parent company, Bon Ton, has released a list of 42 store closures nationally and the Richmond Elder-Beerman is not on the list.  One Elder-Beerman in Ohio is closing; that’s in Defiance.  On the national level, Bon Ton has seen declining sales for several years.  On the local level, the Richmond Elder-Beerman was late with its last property tax payment to Wayne County and still owes a $3800 penalty.

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LYNN MAN CHARGED WITH RAPE, INCEST OF CHILD

(Lynn, IN)--A 60-year-old Randolph County man is in jail this morning charged with several crimes against children, including incest and rape.  Douglas Hunt of Lynn had been sought for three days and was captured Thursday.  Hunt is a semi driver and could not be located during that period.  Hunt admitted to the allegations during an interview with investigators.  Other details have not been released.

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WANTED ALLEGED UNION COUNTY BURGLAR CAPTURED IN RICHMOND

(Richmond, IN)--A wanted alleged Union County burglar was captured in Richmond early Friday morning.  It was shortly after midnight Friday morning when officers came into contact with 47-year-old Timothy Ponder in the first block of South 15th Street.  Police found both methamphetamine and heroin in Ponder’s pocket.  Details of the Union County burglary he’s suspected of committing have not been released.

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BOWMAN BAKERY SEEKS EMPLOYEES ON SOCIAL MEDIA POST

(Hagerstown, IN)--One week after it was raided by investigators with multiple law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, there are some signs of activity at Bowman Bakery in Hagerstown.  A Facebook post made Wednesday on Bowman’s Facebook page seeks out delivery drivers and donut prep positions for various shifts.  The post does not make any mention of the ongoing investigation. Investigators have remained quiet on the nature of the investigation and documents remain sealed.  Calls to Bowman Bakery continue to go unanswered.

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COUPLE ARRESTED FOR NEGLECT, DRUG POSSESSION

(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond couple was arrested Wednesday night in a case involving neglect of a dependent.  30-year-old Brittany Davis, who is a convicted drug dealer, was taken into custody at her home in the 200 block of North 10th and charged with felony neglect of a dependent.  22-year-old Thomas Smith, who goes by TJ, also was arrested there and charged with possession of meth, paraphernalia, and syringes.

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ELDER-BEERMAN OWES WAYNE COUNTY $3700 IN PROPERTY TAX PENALTIES

(Richmond, IN)--It’s another bad sign for Elder-Beerman.  Elder-Beerman’s parent company, Bon-Ton has now filed documents indicating the possible closure of its Dayton-area distribution facility.  Bon-Ton would not specifically discuss the Richmond Elder-Beerman’s situation Tuesday.  But, a check with county officials revealed that the fall installment of property taxes for the Richmond store were paid late.  The company now owes Wayne County just over $3761.56 in penalties.

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MAN CHARGED WITH FELONY BATTERY ON A POLICE OFFICER AFTER CHASE

(Richmond, IN)--A central Indiana man is facing a host of charges after leading Richmond police on a foot chase Tuesday.  The chase was in the area of South 12th and A.  Officers used a Taser on 44-year-old William Conrad, but it was not effective.  Conrad was eventually taken into custody.  Officers found meth and other drugs.  He’s also now facing an additional charge of felony battery on a police officer and is wanted in another jurisdiction.

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OFFICERS FOLLOW CAR PARTS TO ARREST DRUNKEN DRIVER

(Richmond, IN)--Police followed car parts from Henry County to Richmond to arrest an allegedly drunken driver Wednesday morning.  30-year-old Kristina Jasper of New Castle began hitting objects with her Mustang in New Castle.  On her way to Wayne County, her front bumper, a head light, and other car parts fell off along the roadway.  Jasper was booked into the Wayne County Jail at around 6 o’clock Wednesday morning after having been determined to have a blood alcohol content of .128.  Investigators don’t yet know how many objects or parked vehicles she may have struck.

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42 ELDER-BEERMAN STORES COULD CLOSE BY YEAR'S END

(Dayton, OH)--The parent company of Elder-Beerman announced Monday that another 40 underperforming stores could potentially close this year in an effort to turn around the failing business.  Bon-Ton could file bankruptcy as early as next week if it cannot come to terms with its creditors.  A specific list of underperforming stores was not released.  An Elder-Beerman store in Middletown closed less than two months ago.

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MAN JAILED AFTER OVERDOSE CALL INVOLVING PREGNANT WOMAN

(Dublin, IN)--A western Wayne County man was in jail Tuesday morning after a double overdose call Monday night.  And, according to scanner traffic, the female is pregnant.  First responders were sent to the 2300 block of West South Street in Dublin Monday night when the couple allegedly overdosed.  Both were revived.  23-year-old Austin Lambert is now charged with felony neglect of a dependent.  The female was not jailed.

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SIXTH STREET TO CLOSE NEAR SOUTH A

(Richmond, IN)--An Uptown Richmond street is closing.  Beginning Tuesday and lasting for a week, Sixth Street will be closed for storm sewer installation.  The closure will be north of South A Street, although parts of Sixth will still be accessible from 5th and 7th Streets.  Meanwhile, INDOT’s $24 million pavement project continues for heavily traveled city streets that began in March of last year and won’t wrap up until the end of this year.

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ALLEGED DRUG DEALER CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER FOR OVERDOSE DEATH

(Connersville, IN)--In the first case of its kind in Fayette County, one alleged drug dealer has been charged with involuntarily manslaughter for the death of another man.  49-year-old Thomas Delph was arrested for involuntary manslaughter following the overdose death last October of Julon Gaines.  Investigators have now been able to piece together phone messages just before Gaines’ death and determine he had allegedly obtained drugs from Delph immediately before the overdose.

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WAYNE COUNTY DISPATCHERS FIELDED 94,000 CALLS FOR SERVICE LAST YEAR

(Wayne County, IN)--Wayne County Emergency Communications has released some numbers from last year.  According to their post on social media, 911 dispatchers handled just shy of 94,000 calls for service last year in Wayne County for police, fire, and ambulance.  That’s about 258 calls per day.  They received only 258 text messages for service.  Their busiest day of the week may surprise you…it was Tuesdays.  911 provides dispatch service for 27 Wayne County agencies.

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RAPID RESPONSE TEAM DISPATCHED FOR AUTOCAR WORKERS

(Hagerstown, IN)--The Indiana Department of Workforce Development and WorkOne have activated the state’s Rapid Response team to help the 70 hourly employees affected by the Autocar layoffs in Hagerstown.  Those organizations will help workers build resumes and interview skills as they search for new jobs.  Local officials had complained shortly after the layoffs were announced that Autocar did not provide notice as required by layoffs of that magnitude.

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WAYNE COUNTY WORKFORCE FALLS BELOW 30,000 PEOPLE

(Wayne County, IN)--Wayne County has now dropped below the threshold of having 30,000 people in its workforce.  The number of people in the workforce has steadily declined in recent years, and, according to new numbers from the state, stands today at 29,877 people.  That’s a drop of 137 in the last month and a drop of 300 people from this point last year.  Wayne County’s new unemployment rate is 3.2%.

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ALLEGED VILLAGE PANTRY FINGER ROBBER ARRESTED AGAIN

(Richmond, IN)--The man who allegedly tried to rob a Richmond Village Pantry last week by trying to pass his finger off as a gun was back behind bars Friday morning.  45-year-old Francis Dunn had been released from jail after being charged with the attempted robbery, but he failed to show for his initial court hearing early this week.  Dunn was found at 4 o’clock Friday morning at his South 6th Street home and returned to the Wayne County Jail.

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WOMAN'S FATHER'S DOG TAGS RETURNED AFTER BEING BURIED FOR 73 YEARS

(Eaton, OH)--It's a testament to the power of social media…Last month, a couple was digging it their back yard in Bristol, Virginia.  They dug up the World War II dog tags of a man named Scott Falker and posted a picture on social media.  It was eventually seen by Pamela Weadick, who lives in Eaton.  She recognized that the tags belonged to her father, Scott Falkner.  Falkner had lived at that Bristol home but moved to Eaton back in 1945, meaning the tags had been buried for at least 73 years.  Weadick received her father’s tags this week.

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BOWMAN BAKERY SEARCHED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENTS

(Hagerstown, IN)--Multiple law enforcement agencies descended on Bowman Bakery and two nearby buildings in Hagerstown Wednesday night, but the nature of their investigation still has not been released.  The Indiana State Police cordoned off three properties and detained two people at the scene, but no one had been booked into jail Thursday morning.  Investigators were removing electronic equipment from the scene.  More evidence was removed in two large bags.  Child Protective Services was also involved.  A female was questioned and released.  A male was detained longer.

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GANNETT: NO NAME CHANGE COMING TO PALLADIUM-ITEM

(Richmond, IN)--A Gannett official said Wednesday that no name change is coming to the Palladium-Item despite what was included in a letter sent to local retailers this week.  Merchants who sell the Palladium received a letter this week indicating that the Monday-Saturday cost of the paper would be raised to $2 beginning next month.  But, the letter refers to the "Richmond – Indianapolis Star."  Nowhere on the letter do the words Palladium-Item appear.  The letter says the increase is due to increasing operational costs.

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TRUCK, TRAIN COLLIDE IN CONNERSVILLE

(Connersville, IN)--A truck and a train collided in Connersville Wednesday.  The truck had stopped at the Eastern Avenue crossing because the gates were down.  As the train approached at a very slow speed, witnesses said the gate went back up.  The driver of a truck that had been leased to Angela Prifogle was struck as it crossed.  The truck was pushed about 30 feet down the track.  No serious injuries were reported.

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RPD NABS BURGLARY SUSPECT

(Richmond, IN)--An alleged Richmond burglar was captured Wednesday morning.  Officers arrested 30-year-old Dylan McLemore at his home on Washington Court in Richmond at around 1 o’clock Wednesday morning.  McLemore has 14 prior contacts with law enforcement, including just two weeks ago when he was arrested for failing to appear in court following an arrest last November for drug possession.  Details of McLemore’s alleged burglary have not been released.

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CONNERSVILLE AND FAYETTE COUNTY SUE DRUG COMPANIES

(Connersville, IN)--The city of Connersville and Fayette County has filed a lawsuit against nine pharmaceutical companies over the opioid crisis.  The lawsuit was filed this week and claims that companies like Johnson and Johnson deceptively marketed the appropriate use of opioids.  The lawsuit does not ask for a specific amount of money, but does identify the expenses the county has incurred.  Multiple other cities and counties across the country have filed similar lawsuits.

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ALLEGED DRUG DEALER ARRESTED

(Richmond, IN)--Richmond police arrested an alleged drug dealer Tuesday morning.  Officers investigated drug activity in the area of North 17th and C Street at around 2 o’clock Tuesday morning and located 39-year-old Larry Blackstock.  Blackstock was taken into custody and charged with both dealing cocaine and dealing methamphetamine.  RPD has not released other details of the arrest.

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BOIL ADVISORY ISSUED FOR PART OF CENTERVILLE

(Centerville, IN)--A boil advisory was in effect for part of Centerville Tuesday morning.  The advisory went into effect Monday after an emergency repair to a water main.  The area includes North First Street to North Ash Street and from U.S. 40 to Water Street.  Residents should boil water for 12 minutes before using it for cooking or drinking.  The advisory will remain in effect until further notice.

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RICHMOND INVESTMENT FIRM PARTNERS WITH OKLAHOMA FIRM

(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond investment firm has partnered with an Oklahoma City firm.  The Bartel-Guiley Group, which is a former branch of Raymond James, has officially become Vista Investment Partners.  According to a release, established clients will not notice changes in day-to-day operations.  The Bartel-Guiley Group was formed 13 years ago.

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ELDER-BEERMAN'S PARENT COMPANY MISSES PAYMENT, CLOSES NEARBY STORE

(Dayton, OH)--There’s more trouble for Bon-Ton Stores.  That’s the parent company of Elder-Beerman.  Last month, the company missed a $14 million interest payment.  It started a 30-day grace period that will end this week.  Also this month, the Elder-Beerman in nearby Middletown was permanently closed.  Bon-Ton has hired a private company to find ways to refinance the company’s debt as sales and customer traffic decline at stores like Elder-Beerman.

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MULTIPLE CREWS BATTLE BARN FIRE

(Gratis, OH)--There was developing news in Preble County Monday morning.  Crews from multiple agencies covering three counties were on the scene of a large barn fire.  It broke out at about 3:30 Monday morning on Auckerman Creek Road.  That’s just outside of Gratis.  There’s no word yet on what started the fire or the contents of the barn.  Crews were expected to be there most of the morning.

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MAN ARRESTED AFTER BEING FOUND PASSED OUT OVER THE HANDLEBARS OF A BICYCLE

(Richmond, IN)--A Connersville man was jailed last night after he was allegedly found passed out over the handlebars of a bicycle in Richmond.  Officers were called to North 15th and A Street Sunday night where they found 40-year-old Chad Holmes.  Holmes was found to be in possession of methamphetamine, narcotic drugs, and a syringe.  He is also wanted in Fayette County.  Holmes was also charged with public intoxication.

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LANDRUM BOLING DEAD AT 104

(Richmond, IN)--An Earlham College icon has died.  Landrum Bolling served as Earlham President for over 15 years in a time when the campus grew tremendously.  "I would gladly have paid for the priviledge of doing the jobs I have had if I would've had to pay for it," Bolling said in an interview a couple of years ago.  He was nationally known for his devotion to global peace and remained active with Earlham.  "The college continues to be a very strong institution doing wonderful work," Bolling said in 2014.  This was his philosophy:  "I've enjoyed life.  I think the real secret is to enjoy life, enjoy people, and enjoy what you're doing."  Landrum Bolling was 104.

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MAN FOUND HIDING UNDER BED AFTER TRYING TO ROB VP WITH HIS FINGER

(Richmond, IN)--On Thursday, Kicks 96 and The Point News reported that a man had tried to pass his finger off as a gun in a holdup attempt at the Village Pantry at 5th and West Main in Richmond.  Now, he’s been identified and arrested.  45-year-old Francis Dunn was in the Wayne County Jail Friday morning.  A resident of South 6th Street tipped police off a few hours after the robbery attempt and said that Dunn was hiding underneath her bed.  That’s where officers found him.  Dunn has been charged with felony robbery, even though his alleged attempt was unsuccessful.

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DUI SUSPECT CRASHES INTO HOUSE

(Richmond, IN)--A car driven by a drunken driver smashed into a house in Richmond Friday morning.  It happened at about 1:30 Friday morning in the first block of South 17th.  A woman later identified as 32-year-old Charlene Byrd of Fort Wayne smashed into the house.  "There was some damage to the brick porch," said Battalion Chief Jeff Glenn.  She was able to drive away, but not before hitting a parked car.  Police were able to track her down on South 11th.  She was taken first to Reid Health because of a blood alcohol content of .258.  That’s more than three times the legal limit.  She then went to the Wayne County Jail.  No one in the house was hurt.

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RPD FINDS HEROIN IN SUSPECT'S MOUTH

(Richmond, IN)--An RPD officer checked on a suspicious person Friday morning and made a drug arrest as a result.  The officer came into contact with 22-year-old Dallas Dunn in the area of South 13th and M Street just after midnight Friday morning.  And, inside Dunn’s mouth was allegedly a baggie full of heroin.  He was taken first to Reid Health for a possible overdose and then to the Wayne County Jail.

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MAN ARRESTED FOR DUI CRASH 1 HOUR AFTER TURNING 21

(Richmond, IN)--21-year-old Brendan Linville of Richmond had only been legally able to drink for about an hour and 15 minutes before being crashing early Friday morning.  First responders were sent to the area of State Road 227 and River Court in Richmond at 1:15 Friday morning on the report of a crash into a pole.  They found Linville there with a blood alcohol content of .190.  That’s more than twice the legal limit.  Linville was not seriously hurt but now faces charges that include criminal recklessness.

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RP&L CREW ARRIVES IN PUERTO RICO

(San Juan, PR)--An RP&L crew has arrived in Puerto Rico to help with hurricane relief efforts.  Now, the crew is awaiting the arrival of equipment.  An RP&L truck is on a barge that’s nearing Puerto Rico.  RP&L General Randy Baker said that he heard from FEMA this week.  "They're trying to expedite some of the reimbursements for this whole project.  Instead of waiting until the whole thing is over, we may be able to bill them in 30-day increments," Baker said.  The crew could be working in Puerto Rico for as long as two months.

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MAN USES FINGER TO TRY TO HOLD UP RICHMOND VP

(Richmond, IN)--There was an attempted armed robbery of sorts Thursday morning at a Richmond Village Pantry.  It happened at around 5 o’clock Thursday morning at the VP at 5th and West Main.  A man was milling around in the store for a while and then walked up to the clerk.  The clerk saw the man take his hand out of his pocket and stick it under his shirt as though he had a gun.  He then demanded cash.  The clerk told the man she saw him stick his hand under his shirt and knew that it wasn’t a gun.  He then fled the scene without any cash.

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LOCALS WITNESS METEOR

(Whitewater Valley)--If you saw the sky light up briefly late Wednesday night, you’re not alone.  Dispatchers from across the Whitewater Valley received calls at just before midnight questioning the event.  The source appears to be a second meteor that has entered Earth’s atmosphere this week.  One RPD officer who was out on a call Wednesday night witnessed the event and said that the sky lit up with a blue color.  Preble and Randolph County also received calls with a similar description.

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COUNCIL APPROVES PET ORDINANCE

(Richmond, IN)--Pet owners filled Richmond Common Council chambers Tuesday night as council addressed an ordinance aimed at cracking down on neglectful owners.  "Unfortunately, the owner does not always know what's best.  I think there should be set temperatures," said one of numerous people who spoke.  Council passed an ordinance that does not set a specific temperature at which pets must be brought in, but does require owners to alleviate any distress.  Council member Clay Miller said enforcement is the real issue.  "We can add all the language in the world we want to add.  But, if it's not enforced, it doesn't make a difference.  Miller cast the lone dissenting vote.  The fine for a first offense is $100.  Penalties essentially double after that

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RICHMOND CITY PLANNER TO JOIN EDC STAFF

(Richmond, IN)--The EDC of Wayne County has hired a new manager of Existing Business and Education.  Sarah Mitchell will be joining the EDC staff in a few weeks.  Mitchell is the former planner for the city of Richmond and has already worked on multiple projects that have had EDC involvement.  In her work with the city, Mitchell was involved in projects that include Stellar Communities, Blight Elimination, and Neighborhood Stabilization.

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RPD MAKES PROSTITUTION ARREST

(Richmond, IN)--An alleged Richmond prostitute was arrested Tuesday at the Leisure Village Mobile Home park on South Q Street.  36-year-old Angelina Hayes was in the Wayne County Jail Wednesday morning facing multiple charges, including possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  Details of what led police to arrest Hayes have not yet been released.

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EATON'S POLICE CHIEF RESIGNS

(Eaton, OH)--Eaton’s police chief has resigned.  Chad DePew has led Eaton’s police department for the last seven years, but is stepping down to take a position with the Kettering Health Network’s Medical Center Police Department.  He’ll manage several facilities in the Kettering network, including the Preble County Emergency Room.  Eaton city leaders will now look for a replacement.  DePew’s last day on the job is Friday.

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HEARING SET FOR ADMITTED MURDERER OF FORMER LYNN RESIDENT

(Goodlettsville, TN)--An initial hearing has now been set for a man accused of murdering his wife, who is a former Lynn resident.  Randolph County native Jacqueline Castano was shot and killed by her husband in the Nashville, Tennessee suburb of Goodlettsville.  Her husband called 911 and admitted to the crime.  Jacqueline had become a special education teacher after leaving Lynn.

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