(Camden, OH)--The pedestrian who was struck by a train Tuesday morning in Camden has now been pronounced dead. Investigators were on the scene on East Hendricks Street in Camden and located the victim at around 5:15 Tuesday morning. His identity was not immediately released, but he was described as a 25-year-old local man. Police Tuesday will look into what led to the man being on the tracks. State Route 725 at the railroad tracks was closed for several hours.
(Eaton, OH)--In Preble County, a man has turned himself in and admitted to committing a burglary. That man, who was identified Monday as 35-year-old Michael Rivers of Eaton, told police that he actually wants to go to prison. Why? Because he said he feels like it’s the only way he can get clean from heroin. Rivers broke into a home on Central Road in Gasper Township late last week.
(Richmond, IN)--It took all day Monday to seat a jury in the murder trial of 18-year-old Kore Buchanan. Buchanan is on trial in Wayne Superior Court I. He’s accused of taking part in the beating death of Caleb Woosley of Richmond in May of last year. A hundred potential jurors were called Monday before prosecutors and defense attorneys settled on eight men and four women with two alternates. Opening statements will begin Tuesday morning.
(Cambridge City, IN)--A Cambridge City man was critically injured in an accident at around 10:45 Sunday night. Initial reports indicate Wes Crabtree was outside near the intersection of Boyd Road and State Route 1 just south of Cambridge City loading a mower onto a trailer when he was struck by a vehicle driven by 18-year-old Andrew Ogle of Cambridge City. Crabtree was taken by air ambulance to a Level I Trauma center. His condition Monday morning was not being released, but family members have posted on social media that both legs had to be amputated. Ogle suffered minor injuries.
(Richmond, IN)--Fire did heavy damage to a vacant Richmond home. It broke out at 1:30 Monday morning at a home in the 200 block of North 21st. The homeowner told Battalion Chief Eric Holmes that there had been suspicious activity. "He told me that there had been vagrants in and out of it over the years," Holmes said. Crews successfully saved neighboring houses. "My crews did an excellent job getting it stopped because we didn't even have any exposure problem. The houses next door...they never burned," Holmes said. Holmes said the house was 75% destroyed.
(Saratoga, IN)--A teenager was killed in a Randolph County crash over the weekend. Police reports indicate 19-year-old Quinton Smart of Ridgeville was headed west on County Road 1000 North in the northeastern corner of Randolph County when he lost control, overcorrected, and then rolled multiple times. Smart was thrown from his car and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt.
(Liberty, IN)--Methamphetamine was taken from a Liberty apartment complex Thursday night and two people were in jail Friday as a result. Several law enforcement agencies served a warrant at the Panoramic Apartments as part of an ongoing investigation. Darin and Erica Deilkes are both charged with possession of meth and maintaining a common nuisance. Union County last week had more than a dozen arrest warrants for drug suspects, but did not have jail space for all of those people.
(Richmond, IN)--Final preparations will be made Friday for one of Richmond’s higher-profile trials recently. Kore Buchanan and Deandre Plant go on trial on Monday in Wayne Superior Court I for the murder of teenager Caleb Woosley in May of last year. Two others involved in the crime have been sent to prison. Prosecutors say it was Buchanan and Plant that played the most major role in the beating. The trial gets underway with jury selection.
(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond child molester was handed a 17-year prison sentence Thursday as part of a plea deal. 29-year-old Scott Shaffer admitted that he molested a girl in her early teens when the girl’s mother was away at work. The victim has undergone counseling. Shaffer has been in jail since his arrest a little more than a year ago. He will also have to register as a sex offender.
(Richmond, IN)--Wayne County Commissioners indicated Wednesday that they are looking closer at requirements to initiate a needle exchange program. That’s after a public health emergency was declared last week based on Wayne County’s rate of hepatitis C. Wayne’s County’s rate is fourth-highest in Indiana. The cost of the program could be as high as $80,000. But, the cost of treating just one uninsured drug addict with hepatitis C can be as high as $100,000, and that cost could ultimately fall on the taxpayer.
(Richmond, IN)--The life of Richmond firefighter Bill McGathey Junior could change forever Friday. That’s because McGathey has a one in five chance at winning $5 million. McGathey’s non-winning Hoosier Lottery ticket was picked at random for a second-chance drawing. Friday at 9:55 a.m., the lottery will draw one name from the five finalists. You can catch the drawing live on Fox 59.
(West Elkton, OH)--There has been a mass resignation of firefighters in the Preble County village of West Elkton. West Elkton’s volunteer fire department had 26 members. But 23 of those 26 have now resigned. It’s left village residents concerned about coverage. For now, fire departments from any of four surrounding village’s departments will respond to calls, depending on the location of the emergency.
(Connersville, IN)--A hundred new jobs appear to be headed to Connersville. This week, council passed tax abatements for a company called Jane’s Development Corporation. $30 million is being invested at the former D&M facility on West 21st Street. The company will produce pre-stressed concrete panels and pallets. The jobs will pay between 12 and $17 an hour with full benefits. Renovations to the building are expected to take at least a year. Jane’s Development is based in Chicago and picked Connersville because of its railroad.
(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond funeral home has come under fire after an audit by the Indiana State Board of Funeral and Cemetery Service. The website of Community Family Funeral Home claims the business is a member of a funeral directors’ association. The audit says that’s not the case and that the funeral home is using a logo with no authorization. Also, the listed owner now faces a fine of $5000 for failing to provide proof that he completed continuing education.
(Eaton, OH)--Eaton is getting a brand-new community swimming pool. An anonymous donor has contributed $1.8 million to construct a new pool at the current pool’s location on West Main Street near Fort St. Clair. The new pool will be 2000 square feet bigger and will feature a zero-depth area, two slides, and an eight-lane competition area. The old pool was 52 years old and had fallen into disrepair. The new pool should be ready to go next summer.
(Richmond, IN)--Employment numbers in Wayne County continue to trend in a positive direction. According to state numbers released Monday, Wayne County’s unemployment rate is down to 4.8%. That’s the lowest the rate has been in at least the last two years. Also, 328 people got jobs in Wayne County last month, and the number of people claiming unemployment dropped by 89.
(Richmond, IN)--Richmond Common Council Monday night discussed budgets and salaries. Nearly $7 million is being cut from this year’s budget to balance it, including $3.3 million that was incorrectly carried over from 2014. Also, employees’ salaries are currently set to remain the same as last year. "All I did was basically change the dates on it and then a few minor changes for jobs that have been adjusted," said Controller Sandra Spencer. Pay will also stay the same for elected officials. "No pay increases," said Council President Dr. Ron Oler. Salary ordinances come back on second reading when council meets again.
(Richmond, IN)--There’s some good news for customers of Richmond Power and Light. At Monday night’s board meeting, General Manager Randy Baker announced that rates are dropping for the next three months. It’s because of an Energy Cost Adjustment and a drop in the cost of energy over the last two quarters. "When our wholesaler, IMPA, drops our rates, we pass those decreases on to the consumer," Baker said. Residential customers are in line for a 4 ½% rate drop. It will be around 5% for industrial customers.
(Richmond, IN)--A Dayton man remained behind bars in Richmond Monday after he allegedly shot and killed his own cousin on South O Street early Sunday morning. The victim, 36-year-old Brian Nelson, was also from Dayton. The accused shooter is Velis Nelson. He was at the Richmond home of another cousin when an argument began. After the shooting, three guns were tossed into a Rosie Roller. Investigators continued to sift through evidence Monday. Velis Nelson is a convicted armed robber who was out on parole.
(Randolph County, IN)--In Randolph County over the weekend, an elderly Florida woman was killed when an allegedly drunken driver crossed the center line and hit another car in which she was riding. Tests showed 24-year-old Cole Sells of Greenville had a blood alcohol content of more than three times the legal limit when he weaved across U.S. 27 about three miles south of Winchester. Sells was charged with OVI causing death. He has bonded out of the Randolph County Jail.
(Fishers, IN)--Former Richmond Community School Superintendent Dr. Allen Bourff has been recognized for saving a toddler’s life. The incident happened at the beginning of this month. Bourff, who is now the superintendent of a central Indiana school system, was near a country club swimming pool when he saw the young child fall into the water. Bourff jumped into the pool with all his clothes on and his phone in his pocket and pulled the toddler to safety.
(RICHMOND)- A crash yesterday afternoon on U.S. 40 and Airport Road between Richmond and Centerville killed a man who lived nearby. Michael Adkins died when the car he was driving was struck from behind by a tow truck. Adkins had stopped to turn left onto Airport Road. The tow truck was being driven by Larry Shiverdecker of Lewisburg. He was not hurt. Investigators were looking into what prevented Shiverdecker from seeing Adkins’ car. 40 was closed for about four hours.
(RICHMOND)- Richmond police rushed to the scene of a reported shooting at South 8th and G late yesterday only to find that no one had been shot. Officers responded with guns drawn to a home after an initial report that four men had stormed inside a home, beaten, and then shot an occupant. One man was found with a very minor cut to his face. He was uncooperative with police. No arrests were made.
(Oxford, OH)--Oxford police are looking for counterfeiters with a sweet tooth. Phony hundred dollar bills have turned up in the last two weeks at Spring Street Treats, Graeters, and the Orange Leaf. All three stores sell ice cream as its main product. Investigators say the counterfeiters purchase about $5 in ice cream with fake hundreds so that they can get $95 of real money as change.
(Preble County, OH)--One person was killed in a chain-reaction crash on I-70 in Preble County last night. It happened in the westbound lanes near National Trail High School just before 8 o’clock. Another crash just ahead began the sequence (actuality 31783). That’s Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper Jerod Keyes. Three semis were involved. Two of the drivers went to Reid Health with non-life-threatening injuries. Westbound 70 is still reduced to one lane through the area. The man that was killed was from central Indiana.
(Richmond, IN)--Wayne County employees appear to be in line for a pay raise next year. County Council Wednesday night approved a 4% raise for both full and part-time county employees in 2016. The raise was part of county-level budget discussions that took place Wednesday. The budget now stands at $23 million in the general fund. Employees of the city of Richmond, though, will likely not get pay raises next year.
(Wayne Lakes, OH)--There was a fatal accident on State Route 121 in Darke County Wednesday. 76-year-old Larry Dowler of Arcanum was killed near Wayne Lakes between New Madison and Greenville. Police say it happened because 34-year-old Robyn Byrd of Greenville crossed the center line and hit Dowler head-on. Byrd was flown to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. Three other people, including a four-year-old girl, were taken to Wayne Hospital.
(Eaton, OH)--A Village Pantry was robbed Thursday morning. This time, it happened on Barron Street in Eaton. At around 2:30 Thursday morning, a white male entered the store wearing a black ski mask and gloves and demanded cash. Police have not yet said whether or not a weapon was used. There was no word of any injury to the clerk. Investigators will be reviewing surveillance video Thursday.
(Centerville, IN)--A Rushville man is facing a host of felony drug charges as the result of an incident in Centerville. 29-year-old William Blevins was in the Wayne County Jail Thursday after a reported arrest on Spruce Street in Centerville. Blevins is accused of both manufacturing and possession methamphetamine and driving while intoxicated. Police also allegedly found a syringe in his possession.
(Richmond, IN)--Richmond Common Council met again Tuesday night with department heads to continue working on next year’s budget. The Fire Department is proposing a $100,000 increase to a budget that includes $400,000 for overtime. But, Tuesday night’s meeting was overshadowed by confusion over varying sets of numbers on budget documents that city leaders were viewing. Expenditures exceed revenues in the current version of the budget.
(Richmond, IN)--There were at least four arrests for drugs and prostitution in Richmond late Tuesday night. They happened just a few blocks north of Uptown. 26-year-old Sirgio Cunningham now faces two counts of dealing a narcotic drug. 28-year-old Christie Doerflein was jailed for prostitution and dealing, while 37-year-old Nikki Byard was busted for prostitution. Tonya Taylor has bonded out after being arrested for patronizing a prostitute.
(Connersville, IN)--Michigan’s loss is Connersville’s gain. Stant has announced that they’re closing a manufacturing facility in Michigan and shifting some of the work to Fayette County. Stant did not indicate whether or not the move would mean new jobs for Connersville, but it does shore up Stant’s commitment. At this time last year, Stant was considering closing in Connersville and moving to Michigan. The city approved $6 million in tax abatements to help keep the company.
(Richmond, IN)--Richmond Common Council met as a Committee of the Whole Monday night to look at next year’s budget. Right now, according to City Controller Sandra Spencer, the city is on track to spend more money than it takes in in 2016. Most department heads indicated that there is little room in their respective budgets for cuts. Also, Human Resources Director Sue Roberson said that an across-the-board pay raise for city employees would be difficult. Recommended reductions will be presented to council at its October 5 meeting.
(Richmond, IN)--A 65-year-old Hamilton man has lost his arm as the result of a crash in Richmond Monday afternoon. It happened at 3:15 at the intersection of South 9th and C Street because 25-year-old Natalie Vetor of Muncie was driving the wrong way on a one-way street. Wiley Walton was flown to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton and was listed in serious condition Tuesday. Vetor will be cited but not charged criminally. South 9th was closed for two hours after the crash.
(Richmond, IN)--A plea deal for a man who admittedly touched a child inappropriately was rejected by Wayne Circuit Court Judge David Kolger Monday. 42-year-old Kenny Weatherly was set to plead guilty to fondling a young girl, but Kolger indicated it did not meet specifications for sexual battery. Weatherly would have been released from jail. Now, he faces the possibility of a trial and much longer jail term. But, that may require the victim to testify.
(Richmond, IN)--An Uptown Richmond store will once again be in the national spotlight. Nearly two years ago, NBC was in Richmond to do a feature on Veach’s Toy Station, which included a major renovation. "Our customers like our store. They like what we're doing," said owner John Veach. The original feature aired on the weekend version of NBC's nationally-televised Today Show. On Wednesday afternoon, NBC will be back at Veach’s for an update. There’s no word yet on when that segment will air.
(Richmond, IN)--A 16-year-old boy was shot in the neck Sunday night, and now another Richmond teen is behind bars. Taij Brown has been charged with criminal recklessness after telling police he accidentally shot the boy in the neck in the 300 block of South 7th. The boy was flown to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. His identity and condition have not been released. Brown said he thought he was holding a BB gun when it went off. The weapon was not recovered. Brown was jailed last year in a different case on a robbery charge.
(Eaton, OH)--Chastity Hall was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter Friday and now sentencing has been set for October 28. Hall left her two children alone inside their Preble County home so that she could go out all night drinking. Those children died in a fire. "It's a tragic situation. It's a loss for everybody involved, especially Chastity," said her attorney, Stephen Hobbs. But Prosecutor Martin Votel had a different opinion. "I'm happy for the memory of the victims in this case, Malea and Malachi Bradburn. There are criminal consequences for that type of behavior," Votel said. Hall faces up to 28 years in prison.
(Richmond, IN)--Richmond’s mayoral candidates are now debating debates. On Friday, representatives of all three Richmond news outlets met with WCTV to hammer out the details of a live-televised September 30 debate. Democrats supporting Dave Snow have pushed for five debates. Republicans supporting Kyle Ingram say it’s too late to schedule that many debates and prefer using forums and social media. Libertarian Kamara Gard’s camp has been relatively silent on the issue.
(CONNERSVILLE)- Plans for a new sports complex in Connersville took a major step this week when city council voted 5-2 to purchase 49 acres of land on Veteran's Memorial Drive. The $325,000 that's being spent for the land comes from the city's environmental remediation fund. But, it only covers the land purchase. Funding to create six baseball fields and create parking is still being sought. Plans also include connecting trails to the Whitewater River. Local leaders have sought to move the Babe Ruth fields from their current location due to annual flooding issues.
(RICHMOND)- The group Heroin is Here continues to work to battle addiction in the Whitewater Valley. Yesterday, Reid Health issued an update to draw attention to addicted newborns. Listen to this statistic... According to Reid, there was only one baby born addicted to heroin in 2010. Last year, there were 31. CEO Craig Kinyon said that the odds are high that an addicted mother will have more than one addicted child unless there's intervention. Heroin is Here is a group consisting of community leaders and medical professionals.
(RICHMOND)- Ground was broken for an expansion project at Ahaus Tool in Richmond yesterday. The equipment manufacturer is adding 9000 square feet onto its building on Industrial Parkway as part of a $700,000 project. It will also add 11 new jobs. Ahaus says more expansion is expected in the next few years. The company received a $22,000 EDIT grant through the EDC.
(RICHMOND)-The victim of an alleged hit-and-run drunken driver followed the suspect over the weekend and helped police apprehend him. A man later identified as Marcus Glover hit another car in the 1100 block of South A in Richmond on Sunday. The victim then followed Glover and watched him drive into other parked cars at North 15th and D. Glover was taken into custody and charged with DUI.
(HENRY COUNTY)-A flip-switching date has been set for one of the Whitewater Valley's first solar farms. A week from tomorrow, a dedication will take place at the new solar farm in Henry County. It covers about four acres and consists of 4320 solar panels. It's expected to help provide electricity for homes across East Central Indiana and is a collaborative effort of Hoosier Energy and the Whitewater Valley and Henry County REMC's.
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(Richmond, IN)--Shots were fired Thursday night at the Kings Mobile Home Park on North West 5th in Richmond. One man dove out of the window of one of the trailers as the shots rang out. One bullet entered a second trailer and came very close to hitting a baby. Bryon Moore is the man who dove from the window. He suffered minor injuries and was jailed for a parole violation. 60-year-old Wallace Evans is the accused shooter. He was in jail on a criminal recklessness charge Friday morning.
(Richmond, IN)--An 18-year-old was sentenced Thursday for his role in the murder of a Richmond teenager last year. Michael Pruitt was sentenced to 45 years in prison as part of a plea deal. Pruitt admitted that he helped orchestrate the beating death of Caleb Woosley in a Richmond alley. Another participant, David Maish, was released two weeks ago. Kore Buchanan and Deandre Plant are the two suspects who prosecutors say actually beat Woosley. They’re currently set to go to trial three weeks from Monday.
(Richmond, IN)--Richmond police spent plenty of time in Springwood Park Thursday night. First, they arrested 24-year-old Jennifer Milligan and 20-year-old Timothy Schlaubach after drugs and paraphernalia were allegedly found. Children were present during the arrest. Then about two hours later, police were sent back to Springwood on a prostitution complaint. No arrests were made then.
(Brookville, IN)--Brookville Lake’s beaches will be open for the Labor Day weekend. Mounds and Quakertown beaches were closed earlier this week after high levels of E. coli were found during routine water testing. A second test showed that levels have dropped. DNR officials blamed high temperatures, no rain, and a lot of goose poop for the E. coli. The lake’s blue/green algae alert remains in effect.
(RICHMOND)- Mayor Sally Hutton announced via a statement today that she is battling cancer. In a statement sent to Kicks 96 & 101.7 The Point News Mayor Hutton said "I have cancer. I am being treated locally at Reid Hospital and am fortunate to have excellent physicians working for me. I have undergone radiation and chemotherapy. I will be undergoing some tests so my doctors will have more information on the extent of my cancer. My Doctors tell me what I need most at this time is rest."
See Mayor Huttons Statement Here
(Winchester, IN)--Randolph County’s largest employer is closing its doors. Marujun in Winchester employs 765 people, but those jobs will be phased out and the plant will close by the end of next year. Employees were notified this week. The company will continue to produce automotive parts for Honda overseas, but company representatives indicated it is no longer profitable to produce parts in the United States. The company began operating in Winchester in 1999.
(Richmond, IN)--Reid Hospital has hired a Blue Ash company to determine how extensive environmental damage is at the old Reid campus. Contaminating chemicals already found on site include arsenic, thallium, and chromium. Estimates to completely clear and clean the site vary widely…from $3 million to $10 million. It will take the company two months to complete and then report on its findings.
(Richmond, IN)--A motorcycle rider was last listed in critical condition following a crash that closed East Main Street in Richmond for three and a half hours Tuesday night. Witnesses indicated the rider was headed west at a high rate of speed in the 3200 block of East Main when he collided with a pickup that was turning left into Pizza Hut. The victim, who was not wearing a helmet, was flown to Miami Valley Hospital. The driver of the truck was not seriously hurt. Names have not been released.
(Brookville, IN)--If you’re planning on spending a part of the Labor Day weekend at one of the Brookville Lake beaches, you may have to make other plans. Beaches were closed Tuesday after water testing revealed high levels of E. coli in the water. The E. coli is not at all related to high levels of blue-green algae that have been found in large area lakes this summer. There’s no word on how long the beaches will remain closed. Officials at Brookville Lake say it may be a sampling error.
(Richmond, IN)--A former Richmond attorney was behind bars Wednesday morning. 48-year-old Tom Kemp was booked into the Wayne County Jail Tuesday afternoon on theft charges. Kemp is accused of taking money from clients, but never providing legal services in return. Numerous complainants claimed they could not contact Kemp. Kemp is being held without bond pending an initial hearing.
(Eaton, OH)--Testimony concluded Tuesday in the case of Chastity Hall. She’s the Preble County mother of two children who died in a fire earlier this year while she spent the entire night out drinking. Her defense, which left many courtroom observers shaking their heads, is that even if she would have been home, the kids would have likely died anyway. "Isn't equally likely there would be three bodies instead of two? For the state to conclude otherwise is sheer speculation," said her attorney. The judge is expected to release his verdict next week.
(Greenville, OH)--The man who allegedly robbed a Centerville bank last week has been caught. Investigators tracked a man identified as Kevin Schulz to a home in Greenville and took him into custody. Schulz is accused of not only robbing the MainSource bank in Centerville last week, but also of robbing three others in the Fort Wayne area last month. Schulz is being held in the Darke County Jail. Investigators are still looking for a getaway driver in the Centerville robbery.