(Webster, IN)--Video and photographs taken from the Webster area Thursday clearly show a funnel cloud, and maybe a full-blown tornado, late Thursday afternoon. It was spotted near the split of Highways 35 and 38 and continued east toward Fountain City. There were no reports of any significant damage to homes or property. The National Weather Service has not yet confirmed if it was a tornado touchdown.
(Richmond, IN)--The presidential race is stirring emotions across the country. But, in Wayne County, it’s not been enough to get a lot of people to the polls this week. Voter turnout is down significantly from the last presidential primary four years ago. 30% fewer people have cast ballots in Wayne County so far this year than did in the 2012 primary. Stated another way, only 12% of registered Wayne County voters have gone to the polls this week. Voting takes place at four locations Friday, at the Kuhlman Center Saturday, and at eight sites on Tuesday, the traditional Election Day.
(Richmond, IN)--Three alleged Richmond drug dealers were jailed Thursday. 60-year-old Eugene Taylor was already on house arrest for dealing four years ago when he was arrested again Thursday in the 300 block of North 19th. 31-year-old Maurice Jones, known as “Memphis”, was caught at his home in the 500 block of South 8th. And Cedric Thompson, known as “Breeze”, was captured in the 300 block of North 12th. Heroin and cash was recovered Thursday. Some of the heroin was laced with Fentanyl.
(Whitewater Valley)--A report released this week shows that east central Indiana has the highest rate in the state of children with parents who have been jailed. The report from the Annie Casey Foundation does not break it down by county. Counties including Wayne, Union, Fayette, and Randolph are grouped together. 27.3% of school-age children in those counties – more than one in four – either has a parent currently in jail or one that has spent time behind bars. As a state, Indiana has the second-highest rate in the country behind only Kentucky.
(Richmond, IN)--U.S. 27 just north of Richmond was closed for much of the overnight hours. At two minutes before midnight Wednesday night, a pickup and a semi collided on 27 near the intersection of Timothy Drive. One person suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Oil from the semi spilled across 27 and into a small creek. 27 re-opened at around 4:45 Thursday morning. There’s no word yet on what caused the crash.
(Richmond, IN)--The Richmond Community School Board met Wednesday night and approved additional funding for an upcoming climate audit. It’s a way for the board to learn more about the school system’s internal and external relationships and was brought about largely as the result of a dispute between teachers and administrators over pay periods. The public can participate. From now until May 13, students, parents, and other community members can take part in an online survey about the district.
(Richmond, IN)--There’s a big announcement from the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. Mike Shipman has announced the implementation of a drug diversion agreement. Here’s how it works. If someone is caught in possession of drugs, they will be given the opportunity to go through a treatment program. If that person completes the program, and submits to hepatitis and HIV testing, criminal charges for drug possession will be dropped. If that person fails the drug treatment program or refuses to take part, charges will remain in place. Shipman stressed that drug dealers are not eligible.
(Wayne County, IN)--A sheriff’s deputy in Wayne County escaped serious injury after allegedly being attacked by a man armed with a bow and arrow. Sergeant Jeff Chenowith was sent to an area near Cart and Inke Road at 7:30 Tuesday night. There, 28-year-old Zachary Karanovich allegedly pointed the bow and arrow at Chenowith, but never shot it. The two got into a brief fistfight. Karanovich fled on foot and was caught a short distance away. Chenowith was taken to Reid Health and was released. Karanovich was taken to the Wayne County Jail. He has a lengthy criminal record, mostly involving alcohol.
(Richmond, IN)--There was a report of a shots fired in a Richmond apartment overnight Tuesday night. Officers were sent to an area near North 11th and A. A caller told dispatchers that a man had held her at gunpoint. Police later found him a block away, took him into custody, and recovered a gun. The suspect is 22-year-old Daryl Burge of Richmond. Investigators returned to the scene and found a shell casing in the trash. The caller was not seriously hurt.
(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond teenager has been captured after an overnight robbery at the McDonald’s on Chester Boulevard. 18-year-old Daniel Jones allegedly entered the back door of McDonald’s wearing a mask, grabbed some money, and fled at a little past midnight Tuesday morning. A Reid Health security officer heard a woman scream, saw Jones running, and gave chase. Jones got into a vehicle and fled west. He bailed out a short distance away and was caught after Richmond police officers joined the chase. Cash was found on the vehicle’s floorboard. Jones was also in possession of drug paraphernalia.
(Richmond, IN)--Three men were caught after allegedly committing a strong-armed robbery at a Richmond business Monday. 18-year-olds Tyrus Bell and Bradley Leverette Richmond and Jerrelle Craig of Chicago are all accused of spraying mace in the face of the victim and taking off with a video game system. They had met at the Dollar General parking lot on South N after arranging a sale of the games online. The victim had to be taken to Reid Health to be checked out. All three suspects were in the Wayne County Jail Tuesday.
(Richmond, IN)--Here’s a good news update. The Richmond boy who was seriously injured when he drove his bicycle into a Richmond Community School bus early last week was sent home from the hospital Monday. Eight-year-old Aiden will continue to recover for weeks – if not months – from a broken leg that required a titanium rod to repair. But, he is home and is expected to make a full recovery.
(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man continues to recover after being shot in the head Sunday morning. 34-year-old Terrance Gillard was flown to a Level I trauma center after being shot while sitting in an SUV near North 17th and E Streets. The driver of that SUV dropped Gillard off at Reid Health and left. Investigators returned to the scene and found evidence that included shell casings, but they’re still looking for both the shooter and whoever drove Gillard to the hospital. Gillard is in stable condition.
(Richmond, IN)--The 16-year-old who attacked a man in his 50’s at Richmond’s Walmart a week ago could be tried as an adult. The victim suffered head injuries and nearly had his ear torn off in the checkout line. That victim said he had only asked the boy and his girlfriend where hash browns were located. The boy’s family members say he was provoked to a greater extent. Wayne County Prosecutor Mike Shipman has now issued a statement saying that he is evaluating the extent of the victim’s injuries. The severity of injuries determines whether or not the boy can be tried as an adult. Walmart has not returned calls about the incident.
(Wayne and Union County, IN)--A two-county, high-speed chase Sunday has landed two men in jail. It began when deputies tried to initiate a traffic stop on Mitchell Road in Union County. Two occupants fled into Wayne County on Straightline, Farlow, Niewoehner, and Wolfe Roads. They bailed out and ran through farm fields before being caught. Both were taken to the Union County Jail. Their names will be released Monday.
(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond teenager had to be freed from a Walmart stuffed animal vending machine Sunday night. The boy had tried to win a stuffed animal from the kind of machine that has a claw that drops down. He didn’t get one, so he jammed his arm up machine and became stuck. Customers leaving the store taunted the boy until firefighters arrived to break the glass and set him free.
(Richmond, IN)--Here’s an update to an incident last weekend that left a Centerville man seriously injured and many others outraged at Richmond’s Walmart. The 52-year-old man had asked a 16-year-old boy and his girlfriend where hash browns were located. A few minutes later, surveillance video shows the boy approach the man from behind in the checkout line. The boy pummeled the victim, striking and kicking him numerous times in the head. Other customers pulled the attacker off. Now, the victim has undergone an ear reconstruction and has been released from the hospital, but will be off of work for up to a year. The teen was taken to a youth detention center.
(Hagerstown, IN)--A water boil advisory is in effect for the entire town of Hagerstown. Dispatchers were originally notified Thursday night that water was being turned off. That was followed by a reverse 911 call to the town’s 1200-plus phone numbers. The boil advisory is likely to remain in effect Friday and Saturday. Residents of Hagerstown should boil water for five minutes before using it for cooking or drinking.
(Eaton, OH)--K-Mart has announced another round of store closings. And, this time, one in the Whitewater Valley is on the list. The K-Mart on North Barron Street in Eaton will close its doors in July. That store has underperformed for an extended period and is one of almost 80 to close nationally. The Richmond K-Mart was not on the closure list.
(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man was returned to Wayne County Thursday on a charge of corrupt business influence. 58-year-old Michael Godsey is behind bars this morning and is also being held for other jurisdictions. Details of what Godsey is alleged to have done have not been released. Way back in 1990, a man with the same name in Richmond was sued in Missouri for selling phony grocery store ads.
(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man who was thought to have been involved in a recent shooting was taken into custody Friday morning. Datreal Tubbs has violents arrests from all over. He is wanted in Florida, where he was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in 2012. He led police on a chase in Fort Wayne last fall after stealing a Richmond car. Tubbs is suspected of firing shots near the Village Pantry in Richmond earlier this week.
(Richmond, IN)--Reid Health officials are now working with the attorney general’s office after the discovery this week of financial records that were used to start a fire at the old Reid Hospital building. Those files contained things like canceled payroll checks and old invoices. A Reid spokesman said Wednesday that they have no idea how the boxes were overlooked during several sweeps of the building when Reid moved out eight years ago. They say they have no reason to believe the information has been used inappropriately. Now, they’ll go back in to see if there are additional files.
(Richmond, IN)--Wayne County’s proposed needle exchange program for drug addicts received the unanimous approval of county commissioners Wednesday. The county still needs the approval of the state before the program can begin. "The state knows our situation as far as it relates to where it ranks. I'd like to get this moving," said County Attorney Ron Cross Wednesday. The state’s approval, which is expected to be granted, would pave the way for Wayne County’s Health Department to operate an exchange for two hours each week. Centerstone is expected to host the exchange at one of its Richmond facilities.
(Indianapolis, IN)--There’s good news about the Richmond boy who collided with an RCS bus on Tuesday. Eight-year-old Aiden underwent successful surgery to repair a broken leg Wedneday at a central Indiana children’s hospital. Doctors have told the family that Aiden could be sent home in just a couple of days. The family said Thursday morning that they want to thank the community for its outpouring of support since the accident.
(Richmond, IN)--Earlham College is going smoke-free. Earlham announced Wednesday that the use of smoking and other tobacco products will be banned everywhere on campus – inside and outside - beginning the first of July. Committees of students, faculty, staff, and alumni developed the policy. They say that by prohibiting smoking on campus, people can breathe more freely and feel safe.
(Richmond, IN)--A man suspected of committing multiple burglaries has been captured. Officers pulled over 24-year-old Tanner Hoskins on Richmond Avenue Wednesday afternoon. A foot pursuit toward Randolph Street ensued. At one point, Hoskins was Tased, but continued to flee. He was jailed on nine charges, including burglary and possession of controlled substances and paraphernalia.
(Richmond, IN)--The eight-year-old boy who appears to have ridden his bike into the side of a Richmond Community School bus Tuesday afternoon is set to have surgery at a central Indiana children’s hospital Wednesday to repair a broken leg. The accident happened in the Fairview area after school Wednesday. The bus will undergo an inspection by the Indiana State Police. Counselors will be on hand at school for students or staff members who need support on Wednesday. The names of the boy and the bus driver have not been released.
(Richmond, IN)--No one was injured after shots were fired at the Village Pantry on South E in Richmond at a little before noon Tuesday. Police tracked down the man who witnesses said was waiving a gun, but that man said that he was the target – not the shooter. Surveillance video from Village Pantry was inconclusive. Police had another run-in with the same man later in the day Tuesday.
(Richmond, IN)--Richmond police Wednesday morning were trying to sort out what happened near the McDonald’s at 18th and Main overnight. At around midnight, a woman came through the drive-thru and said that she had been shot in the area of North 17th and C. She later indicated that she had been beaten, pistol-whipped, and forced into a car. She was taken to Reid Health to be evaluated. No arrests have been made.
(Richmond, IN)--Police reports indicate a meth lab was taken down in Richmond overnight. Investigators went to a home in the 300 block of North West 1st and found ingredients needed to manufacture meth and some finished product. 26-year-old Travis Durham was booked into the Wayne County Jail at 1 o'clock Wednesday morning. Durham had just been arrested two weeks ago on drug and alcohol charges. He was in jail less than a day before bonding out.
(Richmond, IN)--An alleged prostitute resisted arrest when police tried to take her into custody in Springwood Park in Richmond Tuesday. 22-year-old Yolanda Herrera of Connersville was finally subdued in Springwood and taken to the Wayne County Jail. That was one of two prostitution incidents Tuesday. The other happened in the 1100 block of North 12th.
(Richmond, IN)--The JUKO program is always an important part of Richmond summers. And, becoming a counselor for the kids’ program was, in the past, competitive. Not this year. The Parks Department has issued a statement saying that applications are down this year. They need 12 counselors and two arts and crafts leaders. Those positions have traditionally been filled by college students who are home for the summer.
(Richmond, IN)--Investigators are already calling a fire at the old Reid Hospital building Monday night a case of arson. Someone lit paper and other debris on fire in a wood-framed porch area of Jenkins Hall, which is the oldest part of the deteriorating building. Firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading into other parts of the building and stay safe. "There's not much there to try to save compared to the threat of the guys getting hurt," said Battalion Chief Jeff Glenn. Two people were seen in the area before the fire started, but no arrests were made. There were no injuries.
(Richmond, IN)--The identity of Project Dove became public during a series of meetings Monday night. Heartland Pet Food Manufacturing was the subject of a special meeting of the Richmond Economic Development and Redevelopment Commissions. They gave a recommendation of approval for a TIF bond not to exceed $29 million. Richmond Common Council then moved an ordinance forward when it met. Richmond is a finalist for a Heartland project that would create 165 jobs that pay an average of $17 an hour. A company also called Heartland Pet Food Manufacturing opened a plant in Missouri a year and a half ago. That company is a subsidiary of Blue Buffalo pet food, which is a Connecticut-based corporation.
(Richmond, IN)--If you’d like to see some incredible and, to most, very sad video of the old Reid Hospital, check out Youtube today. Richmond city employee Doug Philbeck recently shot very high-quality video using his drone. The video takes a peek inside vandalized rooms from broken outside windows, and shows many of the dangers that lurk inside.
(Economy, IN)--U.S. 35 is closed in part of Wayne County today. The closure is actually the result of an incident last month in which a semi struck a house in Economy. The crash also caused damage to a culvert. Crews will be working today to replace it. The official detour takes traffic west on State Road 38 to State Road 1. Work is expected to be completed either Tuesday or Wednesday.
(Richmond, IN)--The identity of a man killed in a weekend ATV accident in southern Wayne County has been released. Jeremy Pierson was pronounced dead at Reid Health on Saturday afternoon after crashing a large Quad King ATV on a property on Farlow Road. Pierson was the only rider. Other details of the crash, including what caused it, remain under investigation. Pierson’s age and home town were not included in the press release.
(Winchester, IN)--Law enforcement officers in Randolph County have captured the man who was involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash over the weekend. William Caylor’s truck was spotted with substantial front-end damage in Winchester Sunday. He later admitted that he was the one who struck a motorcycle on State Road 28 on Saturday. Dion Young was killed in that crash. Caylor was taken to the Randolph County Jail. He has two previous DUI convictions. Too much time passed from Saturday’s crash to Sunday’s capture to know if Caylor was drunk at the time of the fatality. He has bonded out of jail.
(Connersville, IN)--A Richmond man has been re-arrested and charged with trafficking drugs into the Fayette County Jail. 31-year-old Derek Jackson was about to bond out, but a search of a Jackson’s cell and Jackson himself turned up several baggies of marijuana. Jackson and a Cincinnati heroin dealer now face new felony charges and were kept in the Fayette County Jail.
(Wayne County, IN)--One relatively minor car crash knocked out power to a big part of Wayne County overnight. The crash happened at just before midnight at the intersection of Round Barn and Crowe Roads. A Duke Energy pole was hit. Power was knocked out to Centerville, Webster, Williamsburg, Greens Fork, Economy, Cambridge City, and parts of Fountain City. Power was mostly restored by 2 o’clock Friday morning, and fully restored by 4 o’clock.
(Preble County, OH)--A crash closed eastbound I-70 in Preble County early Friday morning. A car heading west sideswiped a semi, which caused the car to cross the median and hit an oncoming eastbound vehicle. Two people had to be cut from the wreckage. "Both were trapped and in and out of consciousness we I got here. We started working on extrication," said Dale Baker with the West Manchester Fire Department. Both victims were Careflighted to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. Identities and conditions have not been released. 70 re-opened at around 2 o’clock Friday morning.
(Richmond, IN)--Autopsy results have been released regarding a death last month at the Wayne County Jail. The Wayne County Coroner’s Office has determined that the Dayton man’s death was a suicide and that there were no other contributing factors. That man was being held for murdering his own cousin in Richmond last year. A press release did not indicate how the man took his own life.
(Richmond, IN)--Approval for Wayne County’s needle exchange program is on hold for another week. Commissioners Wednesday held a vote over as they wait for necessary forms to be filed with the state. The location of the exchange is still causing concern to some. It would take place for only two hours each week at a currently-undisclosed but possibly residential location. Commissioners will take the issue up again next week.
(Wayne County, IN)--Wayne County cases of child abuse and neglect have skyrocketed, according to newly-released figures from the state’s Department of Child Services. In the most recent month, substantiated cases jumped from 11 to 25. That includes four cases of substantiated sexual abuse. It puts Wayne County on pace to have 216 substantiated cases this year. That’s more than twice as many as any neighboring county.
(Richmond, IN)--A few weeks ago, we told you about a Richmond woman with an extensive arrest record. But there’s a Richmond man who has her beat by a mile. 46-year-old Kevin Owens was back in the Wayne County Jail Thursday morning after allegedly staggering out a grocery store without paying for 30 beers Wednesday afternoon. Dating back to 2001, and not counting any other counties, yesterday’s theft charge was Owens’ 125th.
(Richmond, IN)--Here’s the latest scam warning from Wayne County Sheriff Jeff Cappa. Cappa said there have been three instances recently where local residents have been phoned by someone saying they’re with the Sheriff’s Department. The caller tells the would-be victim that they’ve missed jury duty and must pay a bond immediately or go to jail. The caller wants residents to buy rechargeable credit cards at Kroger. The U.S. Marshals service is also investigating.
(Richmond, IN)--More than a thousand people visited St. Andrew Church in Richmond Tuesday and Tuesday night to say goodbye to Sally Hutton. The former Richmond mayor died last Friday. Virtually every city department was represented at the service, including members of the police and fire department who stood vigil by her casket. "There are certain things that make Richmond what it is and make life in Richmond what it is. Sally was a piece of that patchwork," said Richmond Mayor Dave Snow. The Wayne County Veteran’s Honor Guard performed a service and then presented an American flag to Hutton’s family.
(Richmond, IN)--Richmond police have made an arrest in connection with a January robbery. 31-year-old Darnell Perkins allegedly used a screwdriver to rob a man in the 200 block of South 8th Street. Perkins is in the Wayne County Jail this morning. He faces up to 16 years in prison.
(Richmond, IN)--One person is dead as the result of an overnight hit and run crash involving an alleged drunken driver. At 10:30 Monday night, an SUV driven by 25-year-old Devon Collins of Williamsburg was involved in a crash at the intersection of Progress Drive and Williamsburg Pike. Collins allegedly fled the scene of that crash, and then lost control and hit a tree on Gaar-Jackson Road. A passenger in Collins’ vehicle was killed as a result of the second crash. Collins was taken to Reid Health and then to the Wayne County Jail, where he’s charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death. The victim’s name was not immediately released.
(Richmond, IN)--The city of Richmond will say goodbye to Sally Hutton Tuesday. Visitation begins at 2 p.m. at St. Andrews Church for the former Richmond mayor. The funeral service will be at 6:30 Tuesday night. Current Richmond Mayor Dave Snow has ordered that the Richmond City Building close at noon Tuesday to allow city workers to attend the calling. Burial will be in St. Andrews Cemetery.
(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond couple is facing a host of drug-related charges after an investigation Monday by the Wayne County Drug Task Force. Complaints led investigators to a home in the 2300 block of Grand Boulevard. There, police allegedly found methamphetamine and arrested 34-year-old Timothy Wilson and 30-year-old Lindsey Jones. There were also three small children in the home. Those kids were removed and placed with family members. Both Wilson and Jones were in jail Tuesday morning.
(Winchester, IN)--There was a stabbing in Winchester Monday night. Police were called to the 500 block of North Meridian Street and found the victim. They also learned that the stabbing happened a block away on Main Street. The victim was flown to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Other details, including what led to the stabbing, the identities of the people involved, and the victim’s condition were not immediately released.
(Brookville, IN)--Police say he had heroin while on the job at the Brookville Post Office. 36-year-old Andrew Race was the subject of a month-long local and federal investigation. Officers confronted Race at the post office Monday and found four grams of heroin in his possession. Race has already bonded out of the Franklin County Security Center.
(Richmond, IN)--Visitation and the funeral service have now been set for Sally Hutton. St. Andrews Church in Richmond will be the site of a public visitation that will take place from 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon until 6:30 Tuesday night. The funeral service will immediately follow the visitation. Burial will be in St. Andrew Cemetery. One of the last interviews or public discussions that former Richmond Mayor Sally Hutton had was done late last year on WCTV. Hutton looked back on her terms and remembered what stood out. "I think one of the most exciting things is the number of people involved in things," Hutton said. And, she ended with this message. "I just want to tell everybody that I've had a wonderful time and all the citizens have been great." One of Hutton’s final public appearances came in February at the dedication of the new Jack Elstro Plaza. She threw her support behind Richmond Mayor Dave Snow while she held that office. Now, Snow is remembering Hutton after her death on Friday. "She was a powerful figure that was always commanding in a room, but always accessible and always easy to talk to," Snow said. Snow called Hutton an inspiration.
(Richmond, IN)--State highway workers were shutting down at least one lane of eastbound I-70 Monday morning. There were three accidents this weekend in the eastbound lanes of 70 between Chester Boulevard and State Road 227. There was another one at around 5:45 Monday morning. That two-mile stretch is especially rough and contains several deep potholes. Several years ago, one local company resurfaced the highway even though it was not in rough shape at the time. The stretch of interstate has been a problem ever since, despite several attempts at correcting the original work.
(Connersville, IN)--The Indiana State Trooper who was fired late last week for preaching to two Whitewater Valley women was doing just that to dozens of people on a Connersville street corner this weekend. "I always said after I got save that I work for the state. But, ultimately, I'm a soldier for Jesus Christ," said former trooper Brian Hamilton. Hamilton did not indicate what his future plans are, but said he was thankful for the support he has received so far.
(Richmond, IN)--What began as an overdose call earlier Friday morning led to a series of charges against two alleged Richmond drug dealers. Police were called to an area near North 19th and E. Two people were taken into custody – Shawn and Tailore Daniels. Charges include dealing meth and a controlled substance along with child neglect. Both are in the Wayne County Jail. According to their Facebook pages, both are members of the National Guard.
(Richmond, IN)--Earlier this week, we told you that Wayne County’s population has dropped by more than 400 people in the last year and by 1900 people in the last five years. Here’s a follow-up. Data from the same report shows that not only is Wayne County getting smaller, it’s also getting older. In 2000, 48% of adult Wayne County residents were under the age of 45. By 2007, that number had dropped to 44%. And, today, it’s down to 41%. Other area counties are also aging, but not as dramatically.
(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond business that has existed for 69 years is today announcing that it’s entering into a partnership that will change its name, but not its level of service. Rosa’s Office Plus is merging with another Indiana business. The result will be a new and rather lengthy name – Rosa’s Office Plus Powered By Office 360. A statement from the company says that customers should expect business as usual.
(Richmond, IN)--An accused Chicago murderer was captured in Richmond Wednesday. 26-year-old Antonio Davis was taken into custody late Wednesday afternoon at Richmond’s Nine North Apartments by RPD officers and U.S. Marshals. Details of the murder Davis committed in Chicago and what he was doing in Richmond have not been released. Davis was in the Wayne County Jail Thursday morning awaiting extradition back to Illinois.
(Richmond, IN)--A vote on whether or not to implement a needle exchange program in Wayne County was put on hold Wednesday for another week. Commissioners want to complete documentation that needs to be filed with the state. They also want to give further consideration to a proposed location and expressed concern that needles could be distributed in a residential neighborhood. Centerstone would implement the program at what is now an undisclosed location.
(Connersville, IN)--An Indiana State Police trooper is now facing a lawsuit and other disciplinary action after allegedly preaching to people he pulled over. A Fayette County woman claims Trooper Brian Hamilton asked her if she had been saved when he pulled her over earlier this year. That’s virtually an identical allegation to one made by a Union County woman two years ago. A lawsuit in the first case was eventually settled. The new lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.
(Verona, OH)--Six children were living in a Preble County home where a meth lab was in operation. That meth lab was discovered and dismantled Wednesday night at the home of 39-year-old David Haney. He lives in the village of Verona, which is just northeast of Lewisburg. Tips from neighbors led investigators downstairs. "It was a small basement. When we got inside there, we located several chemicals that are used to manufacture methampetamine," said Captain Robert Schneider. Finished product was also found. The six children, who range in age from three to 16, were turned over to other family members.
(Oxford, OH)--An Oxford woman has admitted to having a sexual relationship with an underage boy she was counseling at a youth treatment center. 31-year-old Jillian Walker this week accepted a plea deal. A felony sexual battery charge was dropped. Walker was a counselor at Bunker Hill Haven for Boys. The encounters happened at her home and at the center last fall.
(Winchester, IN)--For the second time in two weeks, an employee of Richmond’s Recycling Center has been killed on the job. 59-year-old Gregg Schutte of Richmond was identified as the man who was killed on the U.S. 27 overpass in Winchester Tuesday morning. A semi jackknifed on the icy overpass and crossed into the path of Schutte’s recycling truck. The semi driver was not seriously hurt. Two weeks ago, Robert Samples was killed at the Recycling Center in an accident that involved a baler.
(Richmond, IN)--There was an attempted robbery at the CVS at 15th and East Main Tuesday night. The man never displayed a weapon and fled without getting any money. Police were searching for a white male who ran down an alley shortly after the botched robbery attempt, but were not able to locate him. Investigators were checking surveillance video. Images have not been released. There were no injuries.
(Richmond, IN)--An alleged meth dealer was caught after a short foot chase in Richmond yesterday afternoon. 24-year-old Zach Snider ran from police in the 1700 block of West Main when officers tried to serve a warrant. Snider was caught and taken to the Wayne County Jail. He’s still there this morning and is facing five felony counts that include dealing methamphetamine, cocaine, and controlled substances.
(Hagerstown, IN)--A controlled burn got out of control Tuesday night. It happened in a field on State Route 1 just north of Hagerstown. The fire spread and threatened a home where beehives are kept. That prompted a second alarm. Firefighters were able to get it under control and let it burn itself out after being on the scene for more than two hours. There were no injuries and no damage to the home.
(Richmond, IN)--An empty Richmond store on National Road East will soon be occupied. The space which was once home to HH Gregg, and, well before that, K-Mart, will soon house a Planet Fitness. Local contractors were at the site Monday working to prepare the national fitness franchise for an as-yet-undetermined opening date. There are more than a thousand Planet Fitness centers across the country. Right now, the closest to Richmond is in Hamilton. Corporate officials did not return calls Monday.
(Richmond, IN)--Police were investigating a report of a shot fired into a Richmond home Monday night. It happened near the corner of North 18th and E Streets at just after 8 o’clock. Witnesses reported the shooter was a black male who was driving a bluish Impala. There were no injuries, and no arrests have been made. There’s no word yet on how many shots were fired or what may have prompted the shooting.
(Richmond, IN)--There were five residential burglary reports in Richmond on Monday, but it’s not just homes. Richmond Police Monday issued a warning involving cars. RPD said there were 13 car burglaries just last month, and they’re urging residents to make sure cars are locked and valuables are not left inside. GPS units are a favorite target. Monday’s residential burglary reports came from all across the city.
(Whitewater Valley)--Power has finally been restored to all but a dozen Whitewater Valley residents after this weekend’s wild weather. At the peak of the outages, thousands of customers of RP&L, Whitewater Valley REMC, DP&L, and Duke were in the dark. All but 12 were now back on by Monday morning. The last update from RP&L came Sunday morning. They said power to some in the Earlham College area would not be restored until later in the day Sunday. All area counties experienced wind gusts in excess of 60 miles per hour.
(Whitewater Valley)--Some newly-released figures from the Indiana Business Research Center show just how many people are leaving area counties. In just the last year, Wayne County has had a net loss of 446 residents. And, in the last five years, Wayne County’s net loss is 1900 residents. Union County had the highest population loss in all of Indiana – losing 4.6% of its people in the last five years. Fayette County had the fifth-highest population loss.
(Franklin County, IN)--One person is dead following a shootout in Franklin County. 55-year-old David Manz and 60-year-old Thomas Logan got into a fight Saturday night at a home on St. Peters Road near Brookville. Manz died at the scene. Logan was taken to a central Indiana hospital. His condition has not been released. Investigators are still looking into what sparked the dispute. Both men were living in the home.
(Montgomery County, OH)--A New Paris woman is being blamed for causing a crash on I-70 that involved four cars because she was distracted by her cat. She was trying to merge onto 70 near the Preble-Montgomery County line with the cat loose in the car. She struck one car, which then caused a chain-reaction crash. Four people were taken to area hospitals with minor injuries. The New Paris woman’s name has not been released.
(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond woman was jailed Thursday night after leading police on a foot chase. 34-year-old Lanesa Adcock allegedly shoved a bottle of alcohol down her pants and ran from the CVS on East Main. She was caught a couple of blocks away. While that incident may not sound all that noteworthy, listen to this...Thursday night was the 16th time Adcock has been jailed since the beginning of last year. It’s also the 66th time she has been sent to the Wayne County Jail in her adult life.
(Hagerstown, IN)--Some residents in the Hagerstown area were without power Friday morning after a drunken driver took out a utility pole. Duke Energy is working to restore power after the rollover crash in the 11,000 block of W.E. Oler Road that occurred at 3:30 Friday morning. That’s about halfway between Hagerstown and Economy. The driver was taken to Reid Health, where his or her blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit. There’s no word yet on the suspect’s identity or condition.
(Richmond, IN)--The Richmond Police Department is dealing with an increasingly-common theft scheme. Customers at retail stores in Richmond are placing stolen credit card numbers on the magnetic strips of other cards and then using them to purchase a variety of items. RPD also warned Thursday of recent scams involving the IRS, the Jamaican Lottery, and Publisher’s Clearinghouse. They say several local residents – especially the elderly – have recently fallen victim.