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Local News: A service of Reid Health Archives for 2015-10

EARLHAM TO DEDICATE CENTER FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

(Richmond, IN)--On Friday afternoon, Earlham College will officially dedicate its new Center for Science and Technology.  The new, 42,000 square foot building represents a $16.5 million investment that features laser and robotics labs and numerous classrooms.  Earlham was recently named one of the 50 most technologically-advanced small colleges in the country.  The dedication is part of Earlham’s homecoming weekend.

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SNOW CAMPAIGN FINED $90

(Richmond, IN)--Richmond mayoral candidate Dave Snow’s campaign was fined $90 Thursday by the Wayne County Election Board.  Snow’s campaign was late with a campaign finance report both in the spring and in the fall.  The fall report was incomplete and included mathematical errors.  Wayne County Clerk Debbie Berry, who is on the Election Board, stressed Thursday that there was no intentional wrongdoing by Snow’s campaign.  A fine of up to $1000 could have been levied.

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MAN SENTENCED FOR TAKING FOOD STAMP CARD IN ROBBERY

(Richmond, IN)--A Darke County man was sentenced in a Wayne County courtroom Thursday for seriously beating a Richmond man and taking that man’s food stamp card.  21-year-old Nick Reeder received seven years in prison as part of a plea deal.  On his Facebook page, Reeder lists his job as a "pot tester".  Reeder was on probation for a drug charge in Montgomery County when he committed the Richmond crime last summer.

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SEVERAL PALLADIUM ITEM EMPLOYEES, INCLUDING BILL ENGLE, TAKE BUY-OUT

(Richmond, IN)--Big changes are coming to the Palladium-Item.  Most notably, long-time reporter Bill Engle is leaving.  "I have taken an early retirement buy-out at the Palladium.  November 6 will be my last day," Engle said.  Several other employees have taken the buyout and are also leaving.  "Several of my fellow employees will be leaving October 30," Engle added.  For Engle, it ends just shy of 28 years of local coverage.  "The newspaper business has changed so much since I first got into it, and especially in the last five years.  Yeah, I think I'm about ready to go," Engle explained.  You can hear the extended version of Engle’s interview on 101.7 The Point’s podcast page.

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REQUEST APPROVED FOR DEPOT DEVELOPMENT MONEY

(Richmond, IN)--Half a million dollars was earmarked by the Richmond Redevelopment Commission Wednesday for improvements to the historic Depot building.  But, the money is in the form of a forgivable loan and won’t be dispersed until other financing is in place.  Also, if the occupant, Better Homes and Gardens Realty, leaves within five years, the entire amount must be repaid.  A separate request for $170,000 for an elevator in the building that houses the 4th Floor Blues Club was rejected.

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HALL SENTENCED TO FOUR YEARS

(Eaton, OH)--West Alexandria’s Chastity Hall was sentenced to four years in prison Wednesday for causing the deaths of her two young children when she decided to go out drinking all night.  Malachi and Malea Bradburn died when fire broke out.  Hall Wednesday pleaded to stay out of prison.  "Nothing fixes what happened already.  I'll never be able to bring Malea and Malachi back for their brothers," Hall said.  Prosecutor Marty Votel explained why he had asked for six years.  "For her wholesale abandonment of her duties as a mother."  Extra deputies had to be called after the sentencing when two families launched profanity-laden insults at each other in a commons area of the Preble County Courthouse.

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RCS TEACHERS GET NEW CONTRACT

(Richmond, IN)--Details of a new contract for Richmond Community School teachers have been released.  Under the one-year agreement, teachers will get a base salary increase, a one-time stipend, and an insurance holiday.  A total of $450,000 has been allocated for the raises and the stipend, which will be divided evenly among bargaining unit members.  Teachers will also go back to a 24-pay-per-year schedule.

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WOMAN WITH KNIFE FORCES CLOSURE OF SOME DEPOT STREETS

(Richmond, IN)--Some streets in Richmond’s Depot District were briefly shut down Tuesday night as police tried to help a mentally-distraught female who had armed herself with a knife.  A brief standoff ensued when she sat down on Elm Place underneath the overpass.  Officers were just about to require patrons of some Depot businesses to stay inside when the knife was removed and the woman was taken into custody.  She was taken to Reid Health for evaluation.

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MAYORAL CANDIDATE FACES FINE AFTER MISSING DEADLINE

(Richmond, IN)--A hearing will be held Thursday to decide if a fine will be imposed against the Dave Snow mayoral campaign.  Snow missed a deadline to file a campaign finance report recently by 26 minutes, but that’s all it takes to trigger a review that’s mandatory by state law.  The report also was not completely filled out.  The fine could be up to a thousand dollars, although that’s very unlikely.

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WINCHESTER TEEN FACES MULTIPLE DRUG CHARGES

(Winchester, IN)--A Winchester teenager is facing some serious drug charges.  According to police reports, Kala Hibbard parked her car the wrong way on North Meridian Street in Winchester and was very nervous when officers questioned her.  They found heroin, methamphetamine, and marijuana in her car.  She also admitted that she had sold marijuana to a group of Winchester men earlier in the night.

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VOTER TURNOUT IN RICHMOND LESS THAN HALF OF WHAT IT WAS FOUR YEARS AGO

(Richmond, IN)--So far, Richmond residents appear to be fairly apathetic about this year’s mayoral and Common Council election.  Less than 300 people cast ballots either Saturday or Monday.  That’s well less than half of the 850 people who voted in the first two days of the mayoral election four years ago.  Voting continues each day this week at three locations, including the courthouse, the Kuhlman Center, and First English Lutheran Church.  The Townsend Center and First Baptist Church will be added for Election Day, which is a week from Tuesday.

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STATE OFFICIALS WATCH BLIGHTED HOME'S DEMOLITION

(Richmond, IN)--A run-down house at 10th and South B in Richmond was demolished Monday, and representatives from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority and Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann were on hand to watch.  $3.2 million has been allocated to Richmond to demolish homes on blighted properties.  The house that was taken down Monday had sat empty and unattended for the last seven years.

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REID TO TAKE PART IN ONLINE PILOT PROGRAM

(Richmond, IN)--Reid Health is taking part in a pilot program that will allow patients to receive care for medical needs through their smartphone, tablet, or computer.  When it launches in December, Reid will be only one of five hospitals in Indiana to offer the service, which will be known as Reid HealthNOW.  Patients will be able to go online to request on-demand video physician visits for ailments like coughs, colds, and other minor medical issues.

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MAN KILLED IN CRASH ON STATE ROUTE 122

(Preble County, OH)--There was a fatal crash Monday morning in Preble County.  A 66-year-old man lost control of his car on State Route 122 near Halderman Road about four miles southeast of Eaton.  The driver went off the right side of the road, hit a guardrail, and then rolled over.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  Investigators were working to find out what caused the crash.  The victim’s identity has not been released.

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ISP SEEKS LEADS AT 20-YEAR MARK SINCE UNSOLVED FOUNTAIN CITY MURDER

(Fountain City, IN)--This week marks the 20th anniversary of a Fountain City murder that remains unsolved.  The day before Halloween of 1995, Wilma Cheek was found dead inside her car in Willow Grove Cemetery.  She had been shot inside that car and an undetermined amount of money was missing.  The Indiana State Police is using the 20-year mark since Cheek’s killing to renew its call for leads in the cold case.  Investigators believe it’s likely that someone or several people still in the Fountain City area know what happened to Cheek.  Tips can be made and kept anonymous.

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AREA UNEMPLOYMENT HITS LOWEST MARK IN MORE THAN FIVE YEARS

(Whitewater Valley)--Just when you think area unemployment numbers cannot drop any more, they go even lower.  Wayne County’s rate is down to 4.3%.  That’s the lowest it’s been in at least the last five years and less than half of what it was two years ago.  Every Whitewater Valley county is now below 5.5% unemployment.  Two years ago, every Whitewater Valley county was above that benchmark.  The lowest rate in our area today is in Darke County, where it’s just 3.6%.

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RPD SEEKS INFORMATION ABOUT NORTH 20th SHOOTING

(Richmond, IN)--Police are still looking for whoever shot a man in the head on North 20th Street in Richmond Thursday afternoon.  It happened outside near the intersection of North C.  Investigators received conflicting reports, but the shooter is thought to have fled on a scooter.  The victim was taken to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton and was last listed in critical condition.  The victim’s name has not been released.

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ARREST MADE IN CONNECTION WITH RECENT ROBBERY

(Richmond, IN)--One of two Richmond armed robbery suspects from an incident late Wednesday was in custody Friday.  23-year-old Justin Johnson is accused of robbing the Village Pantry on South 9th.  Investigators are also looking to see if Johnson and his accomplice are responsible for trying to rob the Clark gas station on Richmond Avenue the same night and the Conoco station on South 9th on Monday.

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WOMAN KILLED IN CRASH ON STATE ROUTE 38

(Greens Fork, IN)--A Wayne County crash turned fatal Thursday.  23-year-old Gabrielle Cedras died an hour and a half after crashing on State Route 38 just east of Greens Fork.  Her car left the road for an unknown reason, went down an embankment, and struck a tree.  She was taken by air ambulance to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where she died.  Cedras was not wearing a seatbelt.  There were no other injuries.

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DESCRIPTIONS MATCH IN TWO OVERNIGHT ARMED ROBBERIES

(Richmond, IN)--Richmond police are searching for suspects in two overnight armed robberies.  In the first, two young white males entered the Clark station on Richmond Avenue at 10 p.m. Wednesday and pulled a handgun.  They ran when the clerk pulled a knife on them.  Then, a little more than an hour later, two males with the same description held up the Village Pantry on South 9th.  They got away with less than $50 and some cigarettes.  Investigators also discovered that the same two appeared to have been casing the Village Pantry on North West Fifth, but did not attempt a robbery there.  Police have not yet definitively connected all three incidents to the same suspects.

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TEEN MURDERER SENTENCED

(Richmond, IN)--A teenage Richmond murderer was sentenced Wednesday to 58 years in prison.  Kore Buchanan was handed the sentence in Wayne Superior Court I for the murder of Caleb Woosley in May of last year.  Buchanan sat relatively emotionless throughout the process, even as the victim’s father, John Woosley, testified about his loss.  Buchanan indicated he would appeal the sentence.  Deandre Plant goes on trial in December for his alleged role in the murder.

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IU EAST TO END CONNERSVILLE CLASSES

(Connersville, IN)--Beginning in January, IU East will no longer offer classes in Connersville.  The number of students attending in Connersville has been steadily declining, although the number of Fayette County students who travel to Richmond is increasing.  Only 40 students are currently taking classes in Connersville.  That represents a 75% decrease in just the last five years.

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"BATMAN" ARRESTED AT RICHMOND McDONALD'S

(Richmond, IN)--A man often referred to locally as "Batman" has been arrested and was in jail Thursday morning.  33-year-old Jehoshua Hammock earned the name by painting his car like the Batmobile.  But it’s from that car that police say Hammock pointed a gun at two people in the McDonald’s parking lot on East Main Wednesday night.  There were no injuries and the gun turned out to be a BB or pellet gun.  Still, Hammock has booked into jail on a charge of felony intimidation.

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SHOTS FIRED ON NORTH 14th

(Richmond, IN)--Several shots were fired in Richmond Wednesday.  It happened in the area of the 100 block of North 14th Street at around 5 o’clock Wednesday morning and began with a report of a woman bleeding after a fight.  Officers approaching the area heard at least one shot fired by a man who was reportedly shooting through an apartment door.  Other people fled as police arrived.  One person was taken into custody.  He was identified as 29-year-old Matthew Eversole of Richmond.  He faces charges that include criminal recklessness and burglary.  There’s no word yet on the extent of any injuries, or if the female was shot or injured in another manner.  She was not immediately located.

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DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTER COMING TO RICHMOND

(Richmond, IN)--A new drug addiction treatment facility is coming to Richmond.  Mayoral candidate Kyle Ingram announced Tuesday that a center known as Recovery of Indiana will be setting up shop in the former Perfect Circle Credit Union office on Progress Drive.  Keith Vukasinovich with ROI talked about the goals.  "Our focus is on getting people to learn a new normal.  Normal is not being tethered to a methadone clinic.".  Instead of methadone, the center will treat with the drug Vivitrol.  It’s given through a monthly injection.  Between 300-400 people will be served.  The goal is to have the center open by the first of the year.

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MISSING SPECIAL NEEDS BOY FOUND

(Centerville, IN)--A special needs boy from Centerville was missing for several hours overnight, but has now been located and is safe Wednesday morning.  The 14-year-old boy went missing from his home on Kellam Road at around 11 o’clock Tuesday night.  Numerous law enforcement agents searched throughout the night.  The boy was found at around 3 o’clock Wednesday morning not far from his home.

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DRY CONDITIONS LEAD TO GRASS FIRES, BURN BANS

(Whitewater Valley)--Dry conditions have led to several grass fires in the last 24 hours.  Crews fought grass fires yesterday on Morgan Creek and Pottershop Roads in Wayne County.  On Columbia Road in Fayette County, a grass fire threatened a home before it was put out.  Several counties have now issued burn bans.  Those include Union, Darke, and Henry.  Most of the bans run through at least the weekend.

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PARK VISITORS COMPLAIN ABOUT NAKED PHOTO SHOOT

(Richmond, IN)--Police in Richmond were called to Springwood Park Tuesday afternoon.  According to dispatchers and witnesses, a nude or semi-nude female was being photographed in provocative poses on a small bridge near the playground, in broad daylight, with children playing nearby.  The elderly man who was taking the pictures was later found to have been previously charged with a sex crime.

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RICHMOND COMMON COUNCIL PASSES 2016 BUDGET

(Richmond, IN)--Richmond Common Council passed next year’s budget Monday night.  The budget passed 7-2.  It does not include a pay raise for city employees next year, but those employees now are in line for a stipend at the end of this year.  The stipend will be funded when the Richmond Sanitation Department makes a payment in lieu of taxes to the city.  Clay Miller opposed the budget due to a lack of park funding.  Misty Hollis opposed it, citing a lack of contributions to the employees’ health fund.

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GAS STATION ROBBED AT GUNPOINT

(Richmond, IN)--There was an armed robbery in Richmond late Monday night.  It happened at the Conoco station near the corner of South 9th and L.  A suspect described as a short and very thin white male wearing a Chicago White Sox hat and a cheetah scarf pulled a handgun.  The man fled after taking several cartons of cigarettes.  There were no injuries.  Investigators were reviewing surveillance images and will likely release those Tuesday.

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BOYS UNDER 12 QUESTIONED FOR SETTING FIRE, SLASHING TIRES

(Richmond, IN)--Richmond police were investigating Monday to see if two boys who set a house on fire on North West 6th are the same boys who slashed dozens of tires.  Peacock Road was shut down at around 3 o’clock Monday afternoon to allow firefighters to put out a fire that had been intentionally set at a vacant home.  Up to 50 tires had been slashed in the same area.  The boys that were questioned were under 12 years old.  Damage to the house was kept to about $2000.

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NAKED MAN CLAIMS TO HAVE BEEN DOUSED WITH LIGHTER FLUID IN ROBBERY

(Richmond, IN)--A man was in his garage near Richmond High School late Sunday night when another man walked up to him naked and said that he was a robbery victim.  According to police reports, the victim was taken to Reid Health after he reported that he was robbed by two men who poured lighter fluid on him.  The victim had an active warrant and was taken to the Wayne County Jail.

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FIRE DAMAGES NEW PARIS HOME

(New Paris, OH)--Fire did heavy damage to a New Paris home Sunday.  An elderly resident of a home in the 300 block of Kristine Street left his kitchen with food on the stove.  By the time he returned, a fire had started and spread throughout that room.  There were multiple oxygen tanks inside.  The man was able to make it out without injury, although several pet birds died in the fire.

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MODOC FIRE STATION CLOSES WITHOUT EXPLANATION

(Modoc, IN)--The Volunteer Fire Station in Modoc has been shut down.  Firefighters there said they were shocked to find that the doors had been closed and the locks had been changed without any notice.  No official explanation has come from town officials.  Right now, Modoc is being covered by Losantville’s volunteer fire department.  13 volunteer firefighters are affected.

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TWO WOMEN ARRESTED FOR OPERATING ALLEGED DRUG HOUSE

(Richmond, IN)--Two Richmond women were arrested late Thursday night on a host of drug-related charges.  Police were called to a home on West Main near Mary Scott Park because a suspicious white SUV was circling the area.  Officers later arrested 46-year-old Michelle Boddie for allegedly operating a drug house and 43-year-old Lisa Crowe for visiting a common nuisance.  Both were in jail Friday morning.

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GRASS FIRE THREATENS GREENS FORK BUILDINGS

(Greens Fork, IN)--Several agencies responded to a grass fire on the southern edge of Greens Fork Thursday afternoon.  Dry conditions led to a quickly-spreading fire at Mineral Springs and Gentry Road.  Wind also caused the fire to threaten several homes and barns in the area.  Firefighters from three towns, with some help from Culberson Ambulance, were able to get the fire out before any buildings burned.

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WAYNE COUNTY PATROLMAN RECOGNIZED FOR SAVING LIFE

(Richmond, IN)--A Wayne County Sheriff’s Department employee is being credited today with saving a life.  Patrolman James Allen knew that an elderly female was living alone with no family on Helm Road near Williamsburg.  Allen went to her home to check on her and got no response when he knocked.  He looked through a window and saw her lying unresponsive on the floor.  Allen then entered the home and gave first aid until paramedics arrived.  She has recovered.  It was later determined that she had been lying on the floor for two days before Patrolman Allen found her.

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TRAFFIC FATALITY IS RANDOLPH COUNTY'S FOURTH IN THREE WEEKS

(Randolph County, IN)--A Winchester man died in a crash on U.S. 27 Wednesday.  78-year-old Conrado Miranda died after being flown from the scene on 27 near County Road 400 South between Winchester and Lynn.  Miranda crossed the center line and into the path of an oncoming car.  Two other people were taken to Reid Health with non-life-threatening injuries.  Miranda becomes the fourth person to die as a result of Randolph County crashes in just the last three weeks.

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GARD'S WITHDRAWAL MEANS EXTRA WORK FOR COUNTY EMPLOYEES

(Richmond, IN)--Libertarian Kamara Gard has now withdrawn from Richmond’s mayoral race, and it means extra work for county employees.  171 residents who have cast absentee ballots will have to be contacted.  Voting machines will have to be reprogrammed so that Gard’s name does not appear.  Gard now has indicated she wants to run to be Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction.  That’s the top education official in the state.  One of Gard’s education plans as a mayoral candidate was to put a McDonald’s in every school building in Richmond to encourage attendance.

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GOOD SAMARITAN HELPS RPD CATCH MAN WHO ALLEGEDLY ABDUCTED WOMAN

(Richmond, IN)--On Wednesday night in Richmond, a Good Samaritan followed a man who had allegedly forced a female into a car and drove away with her inside.  The caller followed the car and relayed its location to dispatchers.  Officers were then able to stop the car and arrest 22-year-old Austin Lawrence.  Lawrence is behind bars and faces charges that include battery and criminal confinement.  The victim was not seriously hurt.

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MAN DIES FROM HEROIN OVERDOSE; WITNESSES WAIT TO CALL 911

(Richmond, IN)--There appears to be another heroin overdose death in Richmond Wednesday morning.  Just after midnight, a man was found in a car in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 1300 block of South 13th.  A caller told dispatchers that people attempted CPR, but waited as long as 45 minutes before deciding to call 911.  The man’s identity has not been released.  There’s no word yet on whether anyone could face charges for failing to call for help more quickly.

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SUBJECT OF SILVER ALERT FOUND UNHARMED

(Richmond, IN)--The Richmond man who had been the subject of a Silver Alert was found unharmed Tuesday afternoon.  70-year-old Don Sabados was found on Waterfall Road near the Cardinal Greenway trail.  Sabados is an Alzheimer’s patient and had been missing for three full days.  Investigators were working to figure out where he was over the course of those 72 hours.  He was checked at Reid Health.

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GARD WON'T WITHDRAW EVEN THOUGH SHE CAN'T SERVE

(Richmond, IN)--Libertarian Kamara Gard on Tuesday refused to withdraw from Richmond’s mayoral race, even though she knows full well that she can’t serve because she has moved outside the city limits and after saying last week that she would pull out of the race.  It’s the latest in a series of events that have brought attention to Gard.  During the race, she has claimed to have a business plan that would earn $200 million in its first year and has indicated that she could help the city’s finances by becoming a contestant on ABC’s “The Bachelor” show.

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SILVER ALERT ISSUED FOR MISSING RICHMOND ALZHEIMER'S PATIENT

(Richmond, IN)--The search continued Tuesday for a missing Richmond man who is in the early stage of Alzheimer’s.  70-year-old Don Sabodos has not been seen since Saturday afternoon when he was walking in the Whitewater Gorge.  The Indiana State Police officially issued a Silver Alert at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday.  Sabodos has gone missing before.  That search ended when he was found in the Dayton area.  Information about Sabados' whereabouts should be forwarded to the Richmond Police Department at 765-983-7247 or to 911.

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WAYNE COUNTY CHILD NEGLECT CASES CONTINUE TO RISE

(Richmond, IN)--The number of substantiated child neglect cases in Wayne County continues to skyrocket.  New numbers are out from the Department of Child Services.  In January and February of this year, Wayne County had 22 combined cases of child neglect.  But, in July and August, that figure has more than doubled to 47 cases.  That’s nearly one new substantiated case every day.  Fayette County has already exceeded its total for all of last year.

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MAN IN FAIR CONDITION AFTER UNION COUNTY CRASH

(Roseburg, IN)--A Liberty man was in fair condition Tuesday at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton after being flown from the scene of a crash on State Route 101 in Union County Monday.  23-year-old Tyler Hertel crossed the center line just south of Roseburg into the path of 27-year-old Shelly Kopp of Metamora.  She was taken to Reid Health with minor injuries.  101 was closed for more than an hour.

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VICTIM IN FATAL I-70 CRASH IDENTIFIED

(Henry County, IN)--The victim in a fatal crash on I-70 in eastern Henry County on Saturday is a local three-year-old.  Brooklyn Pope was killed when the car she was riding in was struck from behind on eastbound 70 near Wilbur Wright Road.  Her mother, Ashley Pope, and another child were both injured.  Witnesses said traffic had slowed for construction.  The driver of the truck that struck the Popes from behind has been identified as 43-year Jason Firle of New Castle.  Two other vehicles were involved in the crash.

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SHOOTING REPORTED AT MIDDLEFORK RESERVOIR

(Richmond, IN)--There was a reported shooting at Middlefork Reservoir in Richmond.  Shawn Wright drove himself to Reid Health at around 12:30 Thursday afternoon with a gunshot wound to his shoulder that he said he sustained during a robbery.  It happened near a small fishing pier at the southwest corner of the reservoir, but Wright could not provide investigators with a description of the suspect.

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VICTIM IN FATAL RANDOLPH COUNTY CRASH IDENTIFIED

(Winchester, IN)--Investigators indicated Thursday that 60-year-old Luetta Hunt of Winchester was killed Wednesday night when 79-year-old Luetta Ragsdale ran a stop sign on State Route 32 just west of Winchester.  Hunt was a passenger in Ragsdale’s car.  Three cars were involved in the crash.  Ryan Collins and his eight-year-old son both sustained non-life-threatening injuries.  Ragsdale was taken to Ball Hospital in Muncie.  Her condition is not being released.

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NUMBER OF WHITEWATER VALLEY HOMELESS STUDENTS IS RISING

(Indianapolis, IN)--There’s been a sharp rise in the number of homeless students across the Whitewater Valley in the last five years.  According to newly-released figures, nine out of every thousand students in Wayne County are now homeless.  Franklin County has one of the highest rates in our area, with 28 students listed as homeless.  Some area districts, including Western Wayne, had no homeless students.

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MAN WITH KNIFE CHASES FEMALE; THREATENS TO JUMP FROM BRIDGE

(Richmond, IN)--An incident briefly closed the Main Street Bridge in Richmond Wednesday morning.  At around 5:45 Wednesday morning, police responded to the area around the Family Video on the report of a man armed with a knife chasing a woman.  He ran a block north to the Main Street Bridge, where radio disptach traffic indicated he sat on the ledge and threatened to jump.  He was taken into custody and identified as 35-year-old Timothy Smith.  Smith had an outstanding warrant.

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WOMAN SNATCHES KEYS; CHASED BY NON-ENGLISH-SPEAKING VICTIM

(Richmond, IN)--A man was approached by a woman Tuesday night in front of Little Caesar’s on East Main in Richmond.  She asked for money.  He refused.  She allegedly snatched the car keys from his hands and ran.  He chased her as he called 911.  But, he could not speak English and could not tell dispatchers where he was located.  Eventually, police arrested 32-year-old Elizabeth Braughton of Richmond.  She was taken to the Wayne County Jail.

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TIMKEN ANNOUNCES 20% EXPANSION OF EATON PLANT

(Eaton, OH)--Two new product lines mean a 20% expansion for the Timken Steel St. Clair Plant in Eaton.  The plant on Industrial Drive will be hiring about two dozen new employees after being awarded a contract to produce ring and pinion gears for a major auto manufacturer.  Roughly 120 people are currently employee there.  Timken has been in Eaton for 20 years.

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SHOTS FIRED ON NORTH WEST H IN RICHMOND

(Richmond, IN)--There was another shots fired incident in Richmond Monday night. This time, it happened in the 100 block of North West H Street at around 8 o’clock.  Seven nine millimeter shell casings were recovered.  There were no reports of any injuries.  A video later surfaced that may have captured the car involved.  It shows a white Pontiac Grand Am.  Investigators do not know if it’s connected to other shots fired the night before on South 12th.

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RICHMOND MANUFACTURERS RECEIVE GRANTS FOR EXPANSION

(Richmond, IN)--Two Richmond manufacturers were awarded EDIT tax grants at Monday’s Wayne County EDC meeting.  CIT is getting $12,000 to help construct a 10,000 square foot addition.  Perpetual Recycling is getting $25,000 for new equipment and building improvements.  Perpetual is in its third year in Richmond.  They now employ 76 people.  Both projects combine for $5.5 in investment.

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RHS ADDED TO NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES

(Richmond, IN)--A three-year effort to place Richmond High School on the National Register of Historic Places has paid off…RHS is now officially on the list.  It was constructed back in 1939 and has been recognized for its Colonial Revival type of architecture.  RCS Superintendent Todd Terrill has issued a statement saying that it’s a proud moment to see it take its right place on the National Register.

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SHOTS FIRED ON SOUTH 12th; SUSPECT TURNS UP AT REID HEALTH

(Richmond, IN)--Richmond police are investigating after as many as a dozen shots were fired in the area of South 12th and F Streets at around 3 o’clock Monday morning.  Shortly after the initial report, a car with the back window broken out and numerous bullet holes arrived at Reid Health.  One person identified as a suspect was located at Reid, but was not injured.  That suspect was being questioned.  Shell casings have been recovered.  Investigators have indicated there may have been multiple shooters.  There was no initial report of any other injuries.

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COUPLE GOES THROUGH RALLY'S DRIVE-THRU ON SCOOTER WITH MAN WAVING GUN

(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man went through the Rally’s drive-thru on East Main on a scooter.  Employees would later tell police that he was "acting cocky" and waving a gun.  Shortly after a call to 911, police found both a male and a female on the scooter.  The female had shoved the gun down her pants.  The gun was later recovered.  The couple’s name has not been released.

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HUNDREDS OF PIGS DIE IN RANDOLPH COUNTY FIRE

(Randolph County, IN)--Hundreds of pigs were killed in a massive barn fire near Union City on Saturday.  "We put our lives into this, and it's all up in flames," said Jessica Boehringer, who is a third-generation Randolph County farmer.   51 sows and more than 500 pigs were killed.  The loss is into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.  "I was just in the barn yesterday morning taking care of all those pigs - getting ready to sell them.  But there's nothing to sell now," Boehringer added.  There’s no word yet on what started the fire.  Other animals survived.  The family is deciding whether or not to rebuild.

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LIBERTY TEEN PLEADS GUILTY TO AGGRAVATED VEHICULAR HOMICIDE

(Hamilton, OH)--The trial of a Liberty teen who drove under the influence of marijuana and caused a crash that killed two people is now off.  18-year-old Cherish Bolt has pled guilty two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide as a result of a crash last February on Todd Road just outside of Hueston Woods.  18-year-old Douglas Minton and 19-year-old Amanda Durham of West College Corner were killed.  Bolt will be sentenced November 4.

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BUCHANAN GUILTY OF MURDER

(Richmond, IN)--It took a jury a little less than four hours Thursday to find one Richmond teen guilty of killing another.  Kore Buchanan was convicted in Wayne Superior Court I for the murder of Caleb Woosley.  Buchanan offered no defense whatsoever Thursday after the prosecution rested its case…no witnesses and no new evidence.  Buchanan showed no emotion as the verdict was read.  He’ll be sentenced on October 21.

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REGISTERED NURSING CALLED WHITEWATER VALLEY'S "HOTTEST JOB"

(Indianapolis, IN)--An Indiana state agency has listed what it says will be the most highly-sought and best jobs in the Whitewater Valley over the next decade.  For Wayne, Union, and Fayette Counties, registered nursing is listed as the hottest job.  400 new nursing jobs are expected to be created in our area in the next ten years with average pay of $57,000.  Second is teaching, and third is truck driving.

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ELDERLY RICHMOND MAN JAILED ON CHILD MOLESTATION CHARGE

(Richmond, IN)--An elderly Richmond man was booked into the Wayne County Jail on child molesting charges.  Bethel Berry is 76 years old and lives on Park Elwood Road.  Berry now faces the possibility spending the rest of his life in prison after being arrest Thursday on the highest level of felony child molesting.  Details of what Berry is alleged to have done and the number of alleged victims has not been released.

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WITNESS IN MURDER TRIAL FOUND IN CONTEMPT

(Richmond, IN)--One of the witnesses in the Kore Buchanan murder trial was found in contempt of court Wednesday.  19-year-old David Maish took part in the murder of Caleb Woosley.  As part of a plea deal, he was required to testify.  In Wayne Superior Court I Wednesday, Maish was evasive and admitted to lying on the stand.  Judge Charles Todd immediately found him in contempt and sentenced him to six months in jail.  Maish then launched into a profanity-laden tirade aimed at the judge and his mother.

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FIRE VICTIM IN STABLE CONDITION

(Richmond, IN)--A man whose life was saved by Richmond firefighters Wednesday continues to recover and was in stable condition Friday.  49-year-old Charles Taylor was pulled from a burning upstairs apartment connected to Bertie’s Music Bar on East Main.  Rescuers pulled Davis from a back bedroom.  The fire started because a burner on a stove was left on.  The bar sustained some smoke and water damage.

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