(Cambridge City, IN)--A report that analyzes two options for the Western Wayne Sewer District has now been complete. Wastewater treatment there must be expanded or there can be no additional growth at the Gateway Industrial Park. Options include expanding local capacity or sending the wastewater to Connersville. Plant Manager Ron Holbrook said this week that a decision is still at least a month away. Wastewater treatment capacity has been an issue for the last three years.
(Cambridge City, IN)--A Cambridge City man was taken into custody Wednesday night for the second time in less than two months. 31-year-old Billy Neal is charged with maintaining a common nuisance. That’s a charge usually given to the occupant of a home or vehicle where drug activity is taking place. Neal was arrested Wednesday night in the 100 block of West Church Street in Cambridge City. He was arrested in Richmond last month for possessing methamphetamine.
(Richmond, IN)--A man who lives in central Indiana but has a massive criminal record in Wayne County was returned to Richmond Wednesday. Deputies traveled to another jail to bring back 45-year-old William Conrad. Conrad is charged with possessing cocaine and methamphetamine. His most recent arrest came in January. Conrad has a total of 33 Wayne County offenses.
(Richmond, IN)--One Richmond Police officer was taken to Reid Health to be checked out for chest pain after an incident at Greenwood Apartments Tuesday night. 34-year-old Meghan Amburgey said that 40-year-old Damien Allen showed up there to get tattoo equipment. It led to Allen, who was allegedly armed, fleeing into a wooded area. Officers eventually caught Allen and found meth, marijuana, and synthetic drugs. He was also charged with felony battery on a police officer and had to be Tased to be taken under control. Amburgey was charged with assisting a criminal. The officer was checked out at Reid and released.
(Richmond, IN)--A recent Northeastern graduate who has inspired many was involved in a traffic accident Tuesday. The good news is that Austin McNew and his mother, Teresa, both escaped serious injury when an oncoming Jeep crossed the center line on Salisbury Road and hit their van head-on. Teresa McNew had to be cut from the wreckage. Both she and Austin were taken to Reid Health and later released. Stephen Deffibaugh of Williamsburg was the driver of the Jeep. Police don’t yet know why he crossed the center line. Fountain City and the Northeastern community rallied around Austin McNew after he was paralyzed in a sledding accident in January of 2016.
(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man who had been banned from the Earlham College campus was caught Wednesday morning after showing up there again late Tuesday night. 43-year-old Faron Haycock had allegedly tried to climb through Earlham windows before and had been banned. After being spotted there again late Tuesday night by Earlham security officers, Haycock fled south. RPD officer pursued and caught Haycock on U.S. 27 near Beelor Road. His charges include felony criminal trespass, drunken driving, and resisting arrest.
(Richmond, IN)--Richmond Common Council addressed the city’s 2019 budget Monday night. One source of controversy in that budget was a request from Mayor Dave Snow to create a new city department. A code enforcement office would work to force residents to clean up dilapidated properties, keep trash out of streets and alleys, and make sure lawns do not become overgrown. Some council members had questioned the cost of a new department. After a compromise that eliminated an administrative assistant position, council approve next year’s budget last night by a 5-2 vote.
(Richmond, IN)--The Richmond Police Department is in need of new police cruisers. RPD’s Mike Britt addressed Richmond Common Council Monday night and explained a problem. An expanded number of new officers are finishing training and are ready to patrol, but there are not enough police cars for them to use. The department has asked council for eight new cruisers that would cost a total of $216,000. About half of that money would be covered through asset forfeiture. 18 cars have been identified that need to be retired due to excessive miles and rust. Monday night’s request was sent to the finance committee.
(Connersville, IN)--Just a few days after it announced that it had filed for bankruptcy protection comes word that Fayette Regional Health System is being sued. A central Indiana company called Siskin Physicians is suing, claiming that the Connersville hospital has failed to pay a million and a half dollars. Siskin had contracted to provide emergency room services at Fayette Regional. In its bankruptcy filing, Fayette Regional lists $10 million in assets and $50 million in liabilities.
(Richmond, IN)--A convicted Richmond child molester was jailed over the weekend after authorities determined he was violating the terms of his sex offender status. 27-year-old Michael Eaton was taken into custody in the 200 block of North West J Street. He’s charged with illegal residency and failing to register as a sex offender. Eaton was arrested for the same thing in Hagerstown in May. Eaton was convicted of child molestation back in the spring of 2012.
(Whitewater Valley)--There’s a warning today from the Department of Natural Resources for deer hunters in the Whitewater Valley. They say that if you’re hunting in the southern part of our area – especially in Franklin County – you should be on the lookout for bovine tuberculosis. Bovine TB had affected some deer in that area a couple of years ago, and there have been two positive tests on cattle this year. If you suspect bovine TB while field-dressing a deer, the DNR wants to hear from you immediately.
(Connersville, IN)--Fayette County’s needle exchange program has re-opened in a different location. The program ended back in May due mainly to staffing issues. Fayette Regional Health System has now taken over operation of the program from the county’s health department and has opened at a location in the 2100 block of Indiana Avenue. The exchange will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
(Connersville, IN)--Fayette Regional Health System has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection. A statement issued by the hospital in Connersville says that Fayette Regional faces unfunded care mandates, government funding cuts, and other challenges. The statement goes on to say that Fayette Regional could not continue to operate under mounting debt and tightening financial resources. The filing does not mean that Fayette Regional is closing; instead, it will give the hospital the opportunity to reorganize its debt. The hospital was founded back in 1913. While the hospital will remain open, one department will not. Fayette Regional has announced that it will end obstetric services on October 19. The hospital is collaborating with other hospitals that offer obstetric services to make the transition for expectant mothers easier. Mothers entering the ER to deliver babies will be stabilized and sent to other hospitals. Staff members are being offered other jobs inside the hospital. Fayette Regional’s gynecology and pediatric services will remain open.
(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond child molester was arrested again Thursday. 62-year-old Barry Reffitt was picked up at his home in the 600 block of South 8th. Reffit had failed to register as a sex offender and failed to show up for a court hearing. Thursday was the latest in a long list of arrests for Reffitt. Last year, a drunken Reffitt stripped himself naked at Reid Health and began threatening medical staff members. He was subdued by multiple officers.
(Brookville, IN)--Brook Hill Golf Course’s days could well be numbered. The golf course just north of Brookville is set to be split up and auctioned off in December unless the city or county agrees in the next few weeks to buy it and maintain it as a municipal golf course. It would take an estimated $1.2 million to purchase the course. Some city leaders would like to save the course. They say the loss of Brook Hill would decrease property values in the area, which would translate to a loss of property tax revenue.
(Richmond, IN)--Richmond police caught an alleged armed robber Wednesday night. A man wearing a green mask entered the Conoco gas station in the 1200 block of South 9th with a knife and took not only cash; he took the entire cash register. The man was pursued by a civilian, who helped lead police to a home a few blocks away. 38-year-old Chad Capps was taken into custody. The money, the cash register, the knife, and the mask were all recovered. Capps is charged with armed robbery and public intoxication. He allegedly had a blood alcohol content of .181 at the time of the robbery.
(Randolph County, IN)--Details of a fatal Randolph County accident were released Wednesday. It happened Tuesday at the intersection of County Roads 500 West and 200 North. 58-year-old Brenda Florea of Winchester was headed north and did not stop at the intersection. She struck a pickup driven by 35-year-old Benjamin Passmore of Winchester. Florea was pronounced dead. Passmore was treated at Reid Health for non-life-threatening injuries.
(Whitewater Valley)--Absentee voting is now underway in Wayne County and across the Whitewater Valley in advance of the November 6 general elections. It began Wednesday at the Wayne County Courthouse and will continue until November 5. Most area counties have seen an increase in people who vote absentee in recent years, and that trend is expected to continue this year. Vote centers in Wayne County will open on October 29.
(Hagerstown, IN)--It will likely be at least three more weeks before remains found in a Hagerstown farm field can be identified. Wayne County Sheriff Jeff Cappa Tuesday that the remains are undergoing DNA testing, and that that process usually takes about a month. The remains were found nine days ago. DNA from the skeletal remains is being compared to DNA taken from items belonging to people currently considered missing. No estimate of how long the remains may have been in the field has been made public.
(Richmond, IN)--It will all come to an end after Wednesday. But, so far, this has been the warmest October in Richmond’s recorded weather history. That’s according to the National Weather Service office in Wilmington. Through the nine days of October ending Tuesday, Richmond has been above normal every day. And, we’ve been at least ten degrees above normal seven of the nine days. In total, Richmond has been 139 degrees above normal over these last nine days.
(Wayne County, IN)--Statistics are in for the first eight months of this year. Those numbers from the Indiana Department of Child Services show that Wayne County had more than 200 substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect. With 216 cases, Wayne County now averages just short of one new, substantiated case every day. Also, in the last two months, there have been five new cases of sexual abuse of Wayne County children.
(Richmond, IN)--The search is on Tuesday for a Richmond man accused of arranging a contracted killing of a confidential informant who was going to testify in the suspect’s drug case. 40-year-old Larry Blackstock allegedly conspired with Ryan Carpenter and Bradi Louden, who are already jailed on conspiracy to commit murder charges. Police say Blackstock offered up to $30,00 for Louden to kill the informant. The plan was to give the informant a deadly concoction of heroin and fentanyl so that the informant would fatally overdose. Blackstock failed to show up for a court hearing Monday.
(Richmond, IN)--An affidavit became available Monday in a weekend case of child abuse. Sarah Dunn and Matthew Day both remained behind bars Tuesday facing charges that now include battery to a child younger than 14 resulting in serious bodily injury. According to the affidavit, Sarah Dunn returned home from work to find that her four-year-old boy had been severely beaten by Day. The boy’s injuries were extensive and he was sent to a central Indiana children’s hospital. The boy had been removed from the home by CPS last year, but was allowed to return after Day moved out. But, Dunn allowed Day to return this spring. Both now face a standard nine-year prison term.
(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond couple was behind bars Monday morning after allegedly seriously abusing a four-year-old boy. Paramedics requested Richmond Police officers when they arrived over the weekend at the Harris Street home of 29-year-old Matthew Day and 27-year-old Sarah Dunn after an initial report that the child was unconscious. The boy was taken to Reid Health. His condition Monday morning had not been released. Both Day and Dunn have been charged with felony battery and neglect of a dependent.
(Wayne County)--The number of cases of hepatitis A in Wayne County continues to grow, although the rate of growth appears to be slowing. According to the Indiana Department of Health, Wayne County now has 112 cases of hepatitis A, and that’s still far and away the most in Indiana. It’s also two more than at this point last week. The Wayne County Health Department has now issued more than 2600 vaccinations.
(Richmond, IN)--Wayne County Commissioner Mary Ann Butters addressed Wayne County Council members this week about the viability of the county’s needle exchange program, which she calls a public health program. Butters has been an outspoken advocate of the program’s benefits. State Attorney General Curtis Hill, like local prosecutor Mike Shipman, has been an outspoken opponent. This week, Butters had this message to Wayne County Council: "Attorney General Curtis Hill has urged all prosecutors throughout the state to do everything they can to stop this public health program. And I would just say to the Attorney General 'Keep your hands off where they do not belong.'" Some council members this week expressed reservation about continuing the program.
(Richmond, IN)--Two people were arrested in Richmond late Thursday afternoon and charged with conspiracy to commit murder. 28-year-old Ryan Carpenter of Connersville and 24-year-old Bradi Louden of West College Corner were taken into custody at RPD headquarters. Details of what the alleged conspiracy involved have not been released. Louden was allegedly in possession of heroin Thursday afternoon. She had just been released from the Wayne County Jail three weeks ago on drug charges.
(Eaton, OH)--There’s good news for Eaton. The Eaton Country Club will remain open next year. "Without question, we will be open for 2019,: said Board Member John Kramer. But, like other traditional country clubs including Forest Hills in Richmond, Eaton is struggling with a changing demographic that has resulted in less membership and revenue at traditional country clubs. "The whole social stigma, I think, has changed drastically over the last generation or generation and a half," Kramer added. Now, Eaton Country Club is looking to reinvent itself. "You can't keep offering the same product to the same people and expect different results," Kramer explained. The club is working with a consultant and exploring partnerships.
(Whitewater Valley)--ISTEP tests have been released for the last time. That standardized test has been a source of controversy in recent years and is being replaced by a different exam called ILEARN. Locally, Northeastern, Nettle Creek, and Union County saw improvement from last year while Richmond, Centerville, and Western Wayne all experienced declines. Union County had the area’s highest percentage of students who passed both math and English at 58.7%. Richmond’s rate was 32%.
(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man who was allegedly in a vehicle in which three other men were arrested for meth dealing earlier this week was jailed a couple of hours ago. 55-year-old Lonnie Winchester told officers that he swallowed multiple drugs during the stop on Williamsburg Pike and was taken to Reid Health. After spending a couple of days at Reid, he was transferred to the Wayne County Jail Thursday morning. Winchester has been charged with dealing meth and other drug-related charges.
(Richmond, IN)--Wayne County Prosecutor Mike Shipman and County Commissioner Mary Ann Butters continued their dispute on social media about the county’s needle exchange program Tuesday. Shipman said that the program claims to be for treatment and recovery, then challenged Butters to provide the number of needle exchange participants who are in a program and the number that has successfully completed a program. Butters did not provide those figures, but did indicate that needles would be provided for diabetics if those people came forward.
(New Castle, IN)--A Richmond man is facing an unbelievable 172 felony counts of counterfeiting after his arrest in Henry County. 30-year-old Jeremy Goodwin of Richmond was jailed after a traffic stop in New Castle. During a search, officers allegedly found counterfeit bills in multiple denominations, including 10’s, 20’s, and 50’s. Investigators believe Goodwin was passing the bills in New Castle for about a week. Richmond has also seen a rash of counterfeit bills in lower denominations recently, although Goodwin has not been charged in Wayne County.
(Wayne County, IN)--Wayne County Commissioner Mary Ann Butters took several shots at Prosecutor Mike Shipman late Monday night after Shipman earlier in the day posted information about a man who had been arrested with a needle he had obtained from the county’s needle exchange program. Butters wrote "It’s unfortunate that our prosecutor is unaware of the facts regarding Wayne County’s needle exchange." Butters claims that "the exchange in no way encourages drug use." She goes on to say "Our streets and alleys are free of used needles."
(Hagerstown, IN)--Investigators in Wayne County will be working Tuesday to come up with an identity after human remains were found Monday in a Hagerstown farm field. The remains were found on Turnpike Road across from Hagerstown Community Park. Investigators were working to collect evidence in that area late Monday afternoon. So far, there’s been no word on what led to the discovery of the remains, whether clothing or other items were discovered, or how long the remains may have been there. There are several active local missing persons cases, including at least one from the Hagerstown area.
(Richmond, IN)--Richmond Common Council met Monday night. Ordinances for the 2019 budget and salaries were on second reading. Council members also Monday night learned of plans to expand a Richmond fire station. It’s Station #3, which is located on Woodside Drive just off of National Road East. The city would apply for a Department of Homeland Security Grant that would allow for a 1300-square-foot addition to the building, which was constructed back in the 1970’s.
(Richmond, IN)--Wayne County Prosecutor Mike Shipman is making a renewed call for the county to end its needle exchange program. Shipman wrote on his department’s social media page that county commissioners have not provided justification for the program to continue. He also wrote that needle exchange is causing numerous problems, including people dying after using the program’s needles, people selling the needles, and the difficulty it creates for prosecution. You can read Shipman’s statement in its entirety on the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office Facebook page.
(Richmond, IN)--Three alleged meth dealers were arrested just a few hours ago in Richmond. Officers pulled over a vehicle occupied by Johnathon Bray, Brian Burdette, and Samuel Newman on Williamsburg Pike early Monday morning. Inside, officers found meth, other drugs, and smoking instruments. All three were taken to the Wayne County Jail. It’s Burdette’s 57th criminal offense. He’s also a been arrested for sexual misconduct with a minor and burglary.
(New Paris, OH)--Investigators were piecing together evidence Monday morning after initial reports that indicated a woman was tied up and robbed at her home in New Paris overnight. Only a few details have been made available so far. The victim was reportedly tied up by someone she knew on Sunday night. There’s no word yet on where in New Paris it occurred or if the victim was injured. More information was expected to be released later Monday.
(Richmond, IN)--Richmond police investigators have released a picture and are asking for the public’s help in solving a murder that occurred three years ago. The grainy picture shows a man playing basketball with two young children. The social media post indicates that investigators believe there are witnesses who have not come forward. Although the post does not mention it, the picture is thought to be connected to the murder of Randon Aldora, who was shot in the head on North 20th Street in October of 2015.
(Connersville, IN)--A teenager who was allegedly involved in last week’s murder at the Elephant Hill Trailer Park in Connersville has been charged as an adult. 16-year-old Blake Morehead is today facing charges that include one count of aiding, inducing, or causing murder, burglary, and attempted robbery. Investigators say Morehead and four adults saw a bicycle outside the trailer of the victim, Shane Hamilton, and assumed it was the bicycle of another man who they were really trying to confront.
(Richmond, IN)--Another downtown Richmond business announced Wednesday that it’s closing its doors permanently. Hometowne Dining will end its run downtown on October 13, according to a post on its Facebook page. Hometowne served breakfast and lunch and was also involved in catering. No reason for the closure was mentioned in the post, including whether or not construction played a role. Hometowne becomes the fifth downtown Richmond business to close this year.
(Wayne County, IN)--There was a fatal crash on Pottershop Road in Wayne County late Wednesday afternoon. A male drive in his 30’s was headed west on Pottershop at a high rate of speed near Creek Road when he lost control of his Volkswagen Jetta and hit two trees. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not yet been released. Investigators don’t yet know what caused the victim to lose control.
(Richmond, IN)--Richmond’s east-side Bob Evans restaurant has closed for good. Employees at the Chester Boulevard location confirmed Wednesday morning that the city's other restaurant at Commerce Drive and National Road East has closed permanently. The closure came with no advance notification whatsoever and came as a surprise to those who went there for dinner Tuesday night. It’s not the first time this has happened in our area recently. Bob Evans shut down a Fairfield location last week with no warning or explanation. Richmond’s Chester Boulevard location remains open. There are also locations in Eaton, Oxford, and Greenville.
(Centerville, IN)--Here’s more on the shots fired incident on George Early Road in Centerville that we told you about Monday. 26-year-old Joshua Ferguson was arrested for criminal recklessness after allegedly firing shots in a dispute with a neighbor. Ferguson’s family now says it was the culmination of a long-running series of threats from the neighbor. One of those threats was recorded. The Ferguson family claims Sunday’s incident was the result of an attempted attack on a special needs boy’s service dog. The neighbor in question has a previous battery arrest.
(Wayne County, IN)--The number of people in Wayne County’s work force is trending downward, but its unemployment rate is holding steady. According to new numbers from the state that were released Monday, 323 people left Wayne County’s work force last month. The number of people working dropped by a nearly identical amount. The unemployment rate is holding steady at 4%. Fayette County has the second-highest unemployment rate in the state at 5.2%. Ohio numbers come out later Tuesday.
(Eaton, OH)--The future of the Eaton Country Club was discussed Monday night. The club, with a golf course that borders the historic Roberts Covered Bridge and State Road 732, has been in financial distress in recent years. Members indicated that the club stayed solvent this year with help of a $20,000 individual donation. The outcome of Monday night’s meeting has not been made public. The Eaton Country Club is in its 97th year.
(Wayne County, IN)--The number of hepatitis A cases in Wayne County continues to increase as its ranking nationally moves higher. Wayne County added eight new cases last week. That pushes the number of local cases to 109. On a per-capita basis, Wayne County now has the fourth highest rate of hepatitis A in the country. Roughly one of every 606 Wayne County residents now has hepatitis A. The Wayne County Health Department and some pharmacies continue to offer vaccinations.
(Centerville, IN)--A resident of George Early Road in Centerville was in jail Monday morning after shots were fired Sunday night. Police were dispatched there are a report of one man firing shots toward a neighbor and then running down the road with a gun in his hand. That suspect was later identified as 26-year-old Joshua Ferguson. Ferguson has been charged with pointing a loaded firearm at another person and criminal recklessness. No one was hurt. Investigators have not said what led to the dispute.
(Connersville, IN)--More suspects have been arrested in connection with last week’s murder at the Elephant Hill Trailer Park in Connersville. On Sunday morning, law enforcement officers located Frank Logan Junior hiding in an outbuilding on a Laurel home. Logan was taken into custody and charged with murder. Investigators were also able to track down 22-year-old Brady Price. He’s been charged with assisting in an armed robbery with a deadly weapon resulting in death. Five people have now been arrested in connection with the death of Michael Hamilton. It now appears that last week’s murder was a case of mistaken identity. Law enforcement agents and the fiancé of the victim say three men entered the trailer looking for someone else…someone named AJ. When Hamilton confronted the intruders, he was shot in the head. Hamilton’s fiancé and his two young children, ages 17 months and just three weeks, were inside the trailer at the time of the shooting. They were not injured.
(Connersville, IN)--Two people have been arrested in connection with a Connersville murder, but authorities on Friday morning were still looking for a third who they’re calling a person of interest. 18-year-old Mark Bennett has been charged with the murder of 37-year-old Michael Hamilton early Thursday morning at the Elephant Hill Trailer Park. Bennett’s father, 44-year-old Rodney Bennett has been charged with aiding a robbery. Now, investigators are looking for 31-year-old Adam Frye. Hamilton was shot and killed early Thursday morning.
(West Alexandria, OH)--Twin Valley South schools in West Alexandria went on lockdown Thursday when a shooting suspect pulled into the parking lot at around the time students were dismissing. The shooting happened in Tipp City, which is about 34 miles away, earlier Thursday afternoon. The suspect was taken into custody and the lockdown was lifted. Investigators have not said why the suspect went to Twin Valley South after the shooting. No one was injured in the Tipp City shooting incident.
(Richmond, IN)--A melee broke out at a Richmond restaurant Thursday night. RPD officers were called to Applebee’s at around 9:30 when multiple people became involved in a fight inside the building. Police were able to separate the people and eventually took one allegedly very intoxicated woman to Reid Health and then to the Wayne County Jail. She’s been identified as 22-year-old Raven Baker. Charges against Baker include disorderly conduct.
(Richmond, IN)--Thursday is the day that the recently vacated Elder-Beerman building in downtown Richmond will be auctioned off. A local group of business leaders and elected officials had put together a bid as required in the process Wednesday night, county officials met and learned that another bidder had put in a bid that’s roughly three times the amount bid by the local group. County officials have indicated they will assist any other group with a successful bid. The auction takes place in Chicago.
(Centerville, IN)--A replacement for outgoing Centerville Town Council member Karen Pipes will be picked Thursday night, but it’s not been without controversy. It’s because most towns under 3500 people used wards, or districts. That changed statewide at the beginning of the year. It essence, it means that anyone can serve regardless of where they live. But, three of five council members have voted to go back to wards just before the Thursday night caucus. The move has essentially disqualified one of the two people vying to fill Pipes’ seat.
(Connersville, IN)--More information has been released about a new company coming to Connersville. It’s now been identified as a plastics recycling company called East-Terra Plastics. They have operated in a large central Indiana city since 2006 but will be moving into the Connersville Industrial Center. Between 30-50 jobs are expected to be created. There’s no word yet on the pay scale for the new jobs or what the application process will entail.
(Connersville, IN)--A former Whitewater Valley radio personality has been arrested for child molesting. The case dates all the way back to 1979 and involves 70-year-old Michael Peacock, who was a radio personality at was what was then WCNB in Connersville. Peacock allegedly molested a boy scout during a sleepover. That alleged victim is now around 50 years old. Recently, he was wired for audio by police officers and confronted Peacock. That’s when Peacock allegedly admitted to the molestation.
(Wayne County, IN)--The U.S. Census has released new estimates for last year. Here are some of the more compelling numbers. According to the census, 55% of Wayne County kids under the age of six are now growing up in one-parent households, with only 45% growing up in traditional two-parent households. It’s a shift from 2005 when twice as many local kids grew up in two-parent households than as did with just one parent. Here’s another telling statistic. More than half of all Wayne County babies born last year, 54%, were born to girls or women who are currently living in poverty. Wayne County’s median household income now stands at $45,000. But, 42% of households are now earning less than $35,000 annually. The Census says the number of people under the age of 25 with bachelors’ degrees who are living locally has dropped by one-third in the last year. Wayne County’s population now stands at 66,185. That’s a drop of almost 800 people since 2005.
(Richmond, IN)--Belden received lots of praise from some of the highest members of the Trump administration during a visit to Richmond Tuesday. Karen Pence, the wife of Vice President Mike Pence, had heard about Belden’s program that provides not only help in beating drug addiction to employees and job applicants, but also offers a job when rehab is complete. "I knew that I wanted to visit the company and I knew the people that I wanted to bring with me," Pence said. That group included Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta, and special counsel Kellyanne Conway. The group toured Belden’s Richmond facility on North West N as part of the visit.
(Connersville, IN)--Connersville has landed a new company, although local leaders are not saying much about it yet. Economic Development Group Director Dan Parker told local leaders that the company has already begun moving materials into its new location. What’s not become public yet is who the company is, where they’ll be located, and how many jobs will be created. Parker said that an announcement from the company would be coming soon.
(Richmond, IN)--"We might get to a point where I would make a motion to strike this." That’s Richmond Common Council member Misty Hollis said two weeks ago about an ordinance to rescind approval for funding on the second phase of the Loop bicycle project. And, Monday night, that’s exactly what happened. Council’s dropping of the ordinance came after a designer indicated that bike paths could be added without sacrificing parking. "You guys did a hell of a job, and that's what this is all about," said Roger Richert. Richert had placed used radio and billboards to plead for parking. "I would point out that every billboard did say 'please' and now it's time to say 'thank you,'" Richert added. Other Depot business owners like Jennifer Crawford were happy. "We were never against bike paths. We just wanted to keep out parking, and now it looks like we can do both," Crawford said. An advisory council has been created that will oversee the 18-24 month design and planning process for the second phase of the Loop project.
(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man was captured after an alleged armed robbery downtown Monday morning. According to police reports, a woman was about to enter a downtown Richmond bank when she was approached by a man who was armed with a knife. That man took her purse and fled. He was quickly captured in a nearby service alley and identified as 40-year-old Arvel Stone. Stone remained in the Wayne County Jail Tuesday morning. The victim was not hurt.
(College Corner, OH)--Multiple agencies are investigating after homemade bombs have gone off in College Corner. Officers are calling them small IED's, but they carry a big punch. Here’s the resident of one house on Eaton Street. "It lights up the whole sky at night. It shakes the windows. It rattles, is really loud, and it feels like you've been shot." The devices consist of M-80’s, duct tape, and a detonation wire. Two of the devices have been discharged in the last week. No one has been injured.
(Richmond, IN)--Richmond Common Council President Jamie Lopeman has laid out specific guidelines for public comment when the controversial bicycle Loop project goes before council on Monday night. Lopeman filed the guidelines with the clerk’s office and said that public comment will be limited 30 minutes each for those in favor and those opposing an ordinance involving the loop. Each speaker will be limited to two minutes. Public commenters must first sign up at the clerk’s office with a deadline of noon on Monday. Speakers will be taken on a first-come, first serve basis. If the guidelines are rigidly enforced, it means that only the first 8-10 people to sign up on each side of the issue will be permitted to speak.
(Preble County, OH)--A 24-year-old man suffered significant injuries in a Preble County crash Wednesday night. He was traveling in the 3200 block of Eaton-Gettysburg Road when he lost control on a curve, sideswiped a minivan, and then hit a tree head-on. He was taken to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. "i strongly suggest that people be very cautious of their speeds, especially on these back county roads. Speed is definitely a factor in this crash," said Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper Dallas Root. The man’s identity and condition have not been released.
(Richmond, IN)--Here’s more on the effort of local leaders to obtain the Elder-Beerman building in downtown Richmond. Wayne County Commissioners will meet Wednesday to give final approval for consolidated EDIT money to be used to place a bid on the building next week. That money comes from Richmond and other towns across Wayne County. The assessed value of the building is close to two-and-a-half million dollars. County leaders have not said exactly how much the bid for the building will be, nor if there is a specific planned use if they are the successful bidder.
(Eaton, OH)--A man who allegedly attacked his own 88-year-old great uncle in Preble County is due in court Wednesday. 28-year-old Jeffery Hardin is facing a charge of attempted murder. The victim was seriously injured. Hardin is also accused of attacking a neighbor who would not give him a tire before firing two gunshots. The alleged attack happened just south of West Alexandria last month.
(Richmond, IN)--Efforts by local leaders to obtain the Elder-Beerman building in Richmond are intensifying. On Monday, the EDC Board gave approval to appoint CEO Valerie Shaffer as the primary point of contact for a bid on the building. The building is set to be auctioned off on September 20 in Chicago. Money for the bid will come from Wayne County’s consolidated EDIT fund. So far, local leaders have not said exactly what is planned for the building, although they have said they don’t want it to become another old Reid. A potential bid amount is also being withheld.
(Richmond, IN)--Richmond Common Council met as a Committee of the Whole Monday night to get more information from Mayor Dave Snow about his proposed changes involving next year’s budget. Much of the time was spent on Snow’s proposal to increase code enforcement to clean up unsightly properties. The Code Enforcement Department would include a chief officer, three full-time inspectors, and a four-person work crew. Snow also wants to initiate a program where rental properties would be inspected when they become vacant to make sure they’re up to code. Council will continue budget discussions when it meets again this coming Monday.
(Richmond, IN)--A murder trial got underway Monday in Wayne County. James Childers is on trial for the stabbing death a year and a half ago of Austin Sparks outside Mack’s Place in Richmond. In opening statements Monday, Childers’ attorney claimed that video will show that Childers did not commit the crime. Prosecutor Mike Shipman said the video and other evidence warrant a conviction. The prosecution was set to continue to present its case Tuesday morning.
(Fayette County, IN)--The search of a Fayette County pond for a body may be directly tied to the disappearance of a Connersville teenager 32 years ago. Late last week Kicks 96 News reported that a Department of Homeland Security canine had given a positive indication for human remains at a pond at the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary just south of Connersville. Denise Pflum went missing in 1986. Sheriff Joey Laughlin has indicated that a break in the case is imminent, and urged people with knowledge to come forward. The pond was drained recently. Now, investigators are beginning to sift through the mud. The pond remains under constant surveillance.
(Fayette County, IN)--The Department of Homeland Security has now become involved in an investigation in Fayette County. According to the Facebook page of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department, a positive indication of human remains was given by a canine at one of the ponds at the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary. That area of the sanctuary is now off limits to the public and is under 24-hour surveillance by law enforcement agents. No other information has been provided, including what led authorities to search the pond. The property covers 264 acres and is operated by the Indiana Audubon Society.
(Richmond, IN)--Thursday was yet another case of a wanted person making it really easy for law enforcement. 39-year-old Clinton Elam of Richmond had been wanted for failing to appear. Elam was spotted sitting in the courtroom of Wayne Superior Court III. A deputy walked into the court’s office, obtained a copy of the warrant, and walked Elam out of the courtroom. He remained behind bars Friday morning.
(Spring Grove, IN)--Drivers on Waterfall Road will have to slow down beginning Thursday. According to the president of the Spring Grove Town Board, the installation of speed bumps from the bridge over Thistlethwaite Falls to Chester Boulevard will be installed Thursday. Residents along that stretch of roadway have complained regularly about speeding.
(Richmond, IN)--Richmond police had to go into an attic to get a wanted man Thursday morning. Officers went to the 400 block of South 14th at around 2 o’clock Thursday morning to apprehend 22-year-old Kiante Henderson. Henderson fled into the home’s attic and was eventually located and taken into custody. He’s being held on felony charges that include residential entry and criminal mischief.
(Union City, OH)--In Union City, a discussion is underway about allow fire and EMS workers to carry concealed firearms while on duty. The policy, if approved, would make Union City one of the first in the area to allow non-police first responders to carry weapons. Union City Police Chief Mark Ater told council this week that he believes those first responders should be able to protect them.