(Richmond, IN)--The Richmond Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a couple of liquor thieves. RPD has released surveillance images of two women who worked as a team to steal from Papa Joe’s Liquors on North West 5th Street. One woman distracted the clerk while the other put bottles of alcohol in her purse. If you can identify either of these two women, you're asked to contact the Richmond Police Department at 765-983-7247.
(Cambridge City, IN)--The winner of the $536 million Mega Millions drawing earlier this month has come forward. We don’t yet know who it is or if they are an area resident. The winning ticket was sold at the Speedway gas station on I-70 in Cambridge City. A press conference has been set for 11 o’clock Friday morning at a central Indiana location. What’s described as a winner’s representative – likely an attorney – will attend the event. Assuming the winner takes the lump sum, and after taxes are taken out, that person will walk away with a check for $271 million.
(Richmond, IN)--There was a stabbing at a Richmond trailer park Thursday night. Officers were called to the trailer park near North West 5th and Indiana Avenue and quickly found the suspect, who was later identified as 44-year-old Gary Davis. A knife was recovered from Davis’ pocket. The victim was taken to Reid Health with what were described as non-life-threatening injuries. There’s no word yet on what led to the stabbing.
(Richmond, IN)--A traffic stop late Thursday night has landed two men in the Wayne County Jail. 37-year-old Jason Ehrlich of Fountain City and 34-year-old Allen Hartman of Centerville were stopped near U.S. 40 and Round Barn Road. Officers saw drugs in plain view. Both were arrested for possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia. Both remained behind bars Friday morning.
(Union and Franklin County, IN)--Blue-green algae has shown up again this year in Brookville Lake. Routine testing by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources has turned up high concentrations of algae at both Quakertown and Mounds Beach. People who are in the lake for swimming, skiing, or tubing are now advised to shower afterward. Other large area lakes, including Whitewater, Acton Lake at Hueston Woods, and Lakengren have shown no signs of concerning algae levels.
(Richmond, IN)--Richmond Mayor Dave Snow on Wednesday launched what he’s calling “Work Shirt Wednesdays.” It’s an effort to promote local business and industry and relay the importance of being job ready. Snow will tour local companies and then wear that company’s work shirt for the remainder of the day on most Wednesdays. He kicked it off Wednesday with a tour of Richmond Casting on Rich Road.
(Oxford, OH)--A newly-renovated emergency room at McCullough-Hyde Hospital in Oxford opened this week. The ER has doubled in size and includes 12 new individual treatment rooms – some of which are specially equipped for senior citizens or children. The project carried a $12 million price tag. Up next for McCullough-Hyde are new surgical suites. Those will be complete in about a year.
(Richmond, IN)--What was described by local officials as a transformer and substation explosion knocked out power to much of Richmond Wednesday morning. It happened at just after midnight. Residents on Richmond’s south side reported hearing – and in some cases, feeling – the explosion, which left most of Richmond’s south side in the dark. RP&L Wednesday morning was still assessing what happened, but they were able to get power restored to most homes in less than two hours.
(Hagerstown, IN)--A Hagerstown dentist has been ordered to pay nearly $800,000 in restitution for ripping off Medicaid. That’s just one of multiple actions taken by the State Board of Dentistry this month against William Cornils. Cornils has also lost his license to practice dentistry and will spend a year in a halfway house. Cornils filed false Medicaid claims for over a thousand patients over a four-year period. He also filled prescriptions he wrote for himself after forging the name of the dentist with whom he shared an office.
(Centerville, IN)--Centerville High School has been picked as the location for an active shooter training drill that will be conducted by the Indiana State Police. It’ll happen August 3 and will involve students, police, and other first responders from several agencies. The event will be preceded by a training session for teachers and school administrators.
(Richmond, IN)--Crews battled a fire at the Richmond landfill on New Paris Pike Tuesday morning. Firefighters are still on the scene after fire broke out at 1:30 Tuesday morning. According to the battalion chief on the scene Tuesday morning, the fire started in some recently-buried construction debris and was largely underground. Flames were visible from as far as U.S. 40 and from Reid Health. The fire was at the rear of the landfill near Smyrna Road. Heavy machinery was being used to help fight the fire. There’s no word yet what started it. There were no injuries.
(Richmond, IN)--A former Northeastern High School athletic trainer was sentenced Monday for having sexual relations with a 15-year-old student. 26-year-old Jennifer Ripperger, who now lives in Sunman, pled guilty to sexual misconduct with a minor and was sentenced Monday to three years in jail with all time suspended. Ripperger was employed by Reid Health when she was working at Northeastern. She contacted the boy through social media, picked him up, and took him to her home on East Main Street in Richmond. That’s where the incident occurred.
(Richmond, IN)--Wayne County has had a relatively large jump in the number of people being counted as unemployed. According to numbers released by the state Monday, 159 more people were unemployed last month as compared to May. But, on the positive side, 864 more people are working than at this time last year. Wayne County’s unemployment rate is at 5.1%. That’s up slightly from last month. All Indiana counties in our area saw a similar increase. Ohio rates come out Tuesday.
(Richmond)- The New Creations church is closing its boarding school in Richmond for at-risk young people. Pastors Tim and Bonnie Cummings said on the school’s website they can no longer maintain the school financially. The couple says it will sell the school’s property and that they hope to maintain the 110-foot cross near I-70 and U-S Highway 40.
The state Court of Appeals upheld the 60-year murder sentence for a man from Richmond. The attorney for 19-year-old Corey Buchanan had argued that a Wayne County judge had abused his discretion in giving the sentence last October. Buchanan was one of three men convicted of the 2014 murder 17-year-old Caleb Woosley.
(RICHMOND)- Firefighters say a house built in 1875 that burned on Sunday was likely vacant. The Richmond Fire Department got the call just after five-o-clock yesterday morning for the fire on South A Street. No one was hurt.
(Whitewater, IN)--Fire destroyed a home in northeastern Wayne County late Thursday night. It broke out at about 10:15 at a home on U.S. 227 just north of Whitewater. 227 was shut down as multiple agencies arrived. The home was fully involved by the time most of those departments got there. The family made it out of the home safely, but all of the contents were lost. 227 did not re-open until about 2 o’clock Friday morning.
(Eaton, OH)--A chase that began in Richmond ended in Eaton Thursday. It began when a man dropped someone off at 15th and East Main in Richmond. Officers tried to pull the vehicle over. The suspect fled south on Henley Road and east onto Hodgin Road. The chase then went along country roads in Preble County. Another female inside the car was on the phone with her mother. She put her mother on speaker phone. Both were begging the man to stop. He eventually lost control near Seven Mile Park in Eaton and was captured. He was identified as 21-year-old Jordan Grubbs. He faces a charge of abduction as well as several drug charges.
(Richmond, IN)--The Richmond Hastings store, along with all other Hastings stores across the country, will soon be closing after the company’s bankruptcy filing. Employees of the Richmond Hastings were not allowed to discuss a timeline for the closure or exactly how the local store would be otherwise impacted, but a corporate release said that all stores nationally would discontinue operations at the end of the bankruptcy process. Hastings has operated at the Gateway Plaza on Richmond’s east side for just short of 18 years.
(Brookville, IN)--Franklin County High School is getting a new baseball coach. And this new coach is certainly qualified. Former Cincinnati Reds manager Dave Miley will be the new coach at Franklin County. Miley managed the Reds for three seasons beginning in 2003, leading players like Hall-of Famer Barry Larkin and Sean Casey. Miley has ties to Brookville. That’s where his wife and most of her family are from.
(Richmond, IN)--The Richmond Police Department has issued a statement and a warning to Pokemon Go players. RPD said that it has responded to numerous suspicious persons calls that turned out to be people playing the popular game. The department is urging people to stay alert of their surroundings, to stay off of private property, to stay out of cemeteries, and to avoid business property if the business is closed. But, RPD does praise the game for getting kids to get outside and get some exercise.
(Richmond, IN)--Square Donuts is changing hands. JC Price has been the owner of the popular Richmond donut shop for the last four years. Price issued a statement Wednesday saying that he is selling the business to pursue other ventures out of the area. The business is being purchased by Richmond native Michael Ingram. Ingram issued his own statement Wednesday, saying that there will be no changes to recipes or operations. Square Donuts has two Richmond locations.
(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly dealing drugs from a church parking lot. 22-year-old Aaron Abney was in the Wayne County Jail Thursday after officers arrested him in the parking lot of the Mount Moriah Baptist Church in the 1400 block of South 14th. Abney was allegedly selling a controlled substance and was in possession of cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was also carrying a handgun without a permit.
(Connersville, IN)--Ivy Tech Wednesday formally announced its commitment to its Connersville location. A partnership has been formed between Ivy Tech, the Fayette County Economic Development Group, and WorkOne to establish a Workforce Development Center at the Connersville location. The new agreement begins at the first of next month. Some had feared Ivy Tech would leave Connersville when IU East chose not to renew its lease there.
(Modoc, IN)--The Union School Corporation in Modoc is in some hot water. A recent state audit showed that Union over-reported its number of students, kept incomplete financial records in nine areas, and was over a year late in filing a financial report. The audit showed Union over-reported its student count by nine. Union faced consolidation due to its low enrollment. The district will have to pay back about $12,000.
(Richmond, IN)--An agreement between the city of Richmond and Reid Health is now in place that will settle a billing dispute between the two entities. Last year, the city entered into a contract with a company called ELAP to re-price health care cost. But that re-pricing was no accepted by Reid because it must offer the same pricing to all groups. That put some employees at risk of litigation. Now, the city will pay Reid $1.3 million to settle claims through the end of May. The city’s Board of Works must approve the agreement. They’ll meet Thursday.
(Richmond, IN)--A corner of an intersection near Uptown Richmond that’s quickly becoming an eyesore is about see a big change. It’s the southwest corner of South 8th and A Streets. That’s where the former Critter’s pet store was located and, before that, a gas station. West End Bank has purchased the property and will soon be demolishing the building. The corner will be converted into a landscaped parking area for employees.
(Cambridge City, IN)--The sewage disposal issue at the Indiana Gateway Industrial Park near Cambridge City is preventing expansion. Now, efforts to correct the problem have hit a snag. Two separate plans were submitted to a federal agency for funding. One would upgrade the Western Wayne Sewer District. The other would send the sewage to Connersville for treatment. Local officials have now learned that neither option is being considered federally because they’re considered a duplication of each other. The federal government has recommending picking just one option.
(Cleveland, OH)--Donald Trump officially became the Republican Party’s nominee for president Monday night, and several Whitewater Valley representatives were there to witness it. That includes Richmond Common Council member Misty Hollis. "You have to take into account that that place is on fire. They're excited ," Hollis said. Congressman Warren Davidson representing Preble County was also on hand. "I spent a lot of time talking about anybody but Clinton. The reality is we're going to be playing a little different hand than we thought we'd be playing," Davidson said. Indiana Governor, and now vice presidential candidate Mike Pence, will speak Wednesday night.
(Richmond, IN)--Wayne County continues to average one brand new case of child neglect or sexual or physical abuse every single day. According to new figures released from the state’s Department of Child Services, Wayne County had 31 cases in May – the most recent month of available statistics. Most county officials close to the situation cite a direct correlation between parents who use drugs and kids who are neglected. Fayette County had 16 cases. Franklin County had 4. Union County had none.
(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man was in the Wayne County Jail Tuesday morning after allegedly holding a knife to someone’s throat late Monday night. 31-year-old Christopher Gaston today faces charges that include criminal recklessness and battery. The incident happened just before midnight at the Cloverleaf Trailer Court on Salisbury Road. No injuries were reported.
(Brookville, IN)--Franklin County has taken steps to become the next in our area to become a vote center county. On Monday, commissioners decided to take the first steps, which include forming a committee to help transition from a precinct-based polling county. The goal is to convert in two years. Wayne County’s vote center results have been mixed at best. Turnout in the week before election days has been sparse, with most voters preferring to vote on Election Day. Fayette County tried a vote center concept, but dropped it.
(Preble County, OH)--Two people were killed in a motorcycle crash near West Manchester Sunday afternoon. Troopers say that 49-year-old Thomas and 45-year-old Ruth Krug of Lewisburg were on a motorcycle on Wikel road when the motorcycle failed to negotiate a curve. It collided with an oncoming pickup driven by 68-year-old Joann Hoskins of Arcanum. Both Thomas and Ruth Krug were pronounced dead at the scene. Both victims were wearing helmets. Hoskins was not seriously hurt.
(Nice, France)--A Richmond native was right in the middle of the terrorist attack that killed at least 84 people in Nice, France, Thursday night. Andrew Gentry graduated from Richmond High School in the mid 80’s and is now working in France. He was just a couple of hundred yards from where the truck stopped. Gentry shared his reaction Friday morning. "Shocking. Shocking...that tsunami of thousands of panicked people screaming at you...the shooting of people screaming to get the hell out as fast as you can." Gentry said he did not know what to do. "Our issue was there was absolutely no way to know if we were running in the right direction. We didn't know where to go." Gentry was unhurt and eventually was able to return to his hotel.
(Richmond, IN)--Richmond Community School Superintendent Todd Terrill had another year tacked on to his contract Wednesday night, but the vote was not unanimous. Terrill had received a vote of no confidence earlier this year from the teachers’ union. Wednesday night, the board voted 5-2 to extend his contract until 2019. Linda Morgason and Jeff Slifer cast the dissenting votes. Both cited concerns about protecting the district financially on a long-term basis. RCS will review the results of a recent climate audit at 5:30 Thursday afternoon.
(Richmond, IN and Eaton, OH)--Storms that rumbled through the Whitewater Valley Wednesday night left some damage and power outages in their wake. There were still about a hundred customers of DP&L without power in Darke and Preble County at 6 o'clock Thursday morning. In Eaton, a glass door at a Speedway station was smashed and trees were down along Maple Street. "They heard that power line go down with that tree. And then, down the road, there was a tree that went down with the roots and everything," said Riley Curtis. In Richmond, a large tree was downed in the first block of South 18th. No injuries were reported.
(Blooming Grove, IN)--A Franklin County man is facing a felony charge for threatening to shoot a sheriff’s deputy. 67-year-old Robert Andrews, who lives in the Blooming Grove area, allegedly was involved in a dispute with a right-of-way with Deputy Ryan Geiser. After the threat, Andrews’ home was searched for weapons. Andrews then tried to fight off deputies who were apprehending him. Andrews is now free on bond.
(New Paris, OH)--Charges have now been filed against a New Paris man accused of dragging two police officers with a stolen truck. 29-year-old Joshua Childers was taken into custody at a home on Wesler Road. Officers went to the home on a felonious assault case. Childers allegedly jumped into a stolen truck, dragging two detectives who had tried to coax him out of the vehicle. Neither officer was seriously hurt.
(Brookville, IN)--Discussions about the Nativity scene on the lawn of the Franklin County Courthouse this year have already begun. Last year, commissioners allowed anyone to rent space on the lawn to comply with complaints from an anti-religious group about the Nativity scene, which had stood for 60 years. But it became a free-for-all, with one space promoting Hell. The Brookville Town Council owns the Nativity figurines and has now disallowed their use this year. County commissioners now must decide if they’ll purchase figurines for about $6500.
(Cambridge City, IN)--Police officers searched cornfields in western Wayne County Wednesday morning and were able to catch a man who had allegedly stolen from Sugar Creek Packing. That man, who was later identified as 41-year-old Perry Lear of New Castle, was working on a sanitation crew when he took items from employee lockers and other products and fled into the fields. He was booked into the Wayne County Jail at just before 5 o’clock Wednesday morning.
(Richmond, IN)--Wayne County’s needle exchange program will start next month and will be located in the heart of one of Richmond’s most drug-infested areas. It will be located in Centerstone’s Recovery Engagement Center in the 200 block of North 13th Street. The exchange will take place for two hours on one Thursday of each month. The goal continues to be to reduce the spread of Hepatitis C and reduce the cost of treatment to county taxpayers. Treating just one case can cost $100,000. In a two-month period ending last month, 27 new Wayne County cases were discovered.
(Richmond, IN)--Earlham College is Indiana’s Number One institution for value, according to a newly-released ranking from Money Magazine called “Best Colleges for your Money.” Money Magazine took into account 24 factors and ranked Earlham 28th overall out of 705 institutions. 80% of Earlham graduates rate their first jobs as overall satisfying.
(Richmond, IN)--Richmond police Monday night were searching for an arsonist. That suspect was just eight years old. According to police reports, it happened at around 8 o’clock Monday night in the 200 block of North 19th. The boy fled the scene and was the subject of a search that lasted several hours. The boy was ultimately found and returned home. There was no significant damage done to the house.
(CAMBRIDGE CITY)- Cambridge City has some exciting news as they sold the winning ticket for Friday’s Mega Millions Winner. The Speedway on Indiana 1 by the McDonald’s restaurant is where the winning ticket was bought, but the real question is who the winner is? It really could be anyone from some just passing by to a local community member. The winner has 180 days to claim their prize, or can call and make an appointment. Although there is one big winner, the Speedway gas station also wins a prize for selling the winning ticket. Whoever it is, congratulations on winning!
(WAYNE COUNTY)- With the new school year approaching many students may find themselves without basic school supplies such as notebooks, paper, and pencils. However those needs go even farther with products like calculators, headphones, or index cards. About 2,000 students in the past few years have needed help with supplies, and the Communities schools program has always stepped up to the plate to help them out. This year CIS has placed collection boxes around the community for donations. These boxes will be picked up July 22 so get donations in quick!
(Wayne County, IN)--Three Wayne County men wanted for a host of felony charges were captured when warrants were executed Thursday. 20-year-old Tyler Black and 23-year-old Joshua Stephenson of Richmond and 24-year-old Raphael Farr of Hagerstown were all in the Wayne County Jail Friday morning. Charges include attempted robbery, attempted burglary, and aiding or causing robbery. Details of the crime spree the three allegedly went on have not yet been released.
(Richmond, IN)--The Egyptian mummy is the signature feature of the Wayne County Historical Museum. Recently, the mummy’s coffin went to Reid Health for an examination. A professor wanted to see if the mummy’s coffin lid contained metal. It did, indicating repairs had been made in the last 200 years. The coffin dates back to 900 B.C. It originally contained a female. But, she was removed at some point at a male was placed inside. The museum recently held a contest to name the mummy. The name “Menkaef” was chosen. It means “his soul remains”.
(Eaton, OH)--A 17-year-old Eaton girl and her dad are upset that an extreme case of road rage will not result in more serious charges. Kali Williams was headed home from Richmond when a man pulled up behind her and tapped her bumper. He then followed her all through Eaton into a more rural area. When she stopped, he allegedly pulled a knife. Police later arrested 70-year-old Pete Tucker, but he’s only charged with a misdemeanor. "I don't think it's being settled the right way. I think this guy should have to pay for what he's done, because he's messed with my life," Williams said. That’s Kali. Prosecutors say Tucker pulled the knife only with the intent to scare the girl – not to harm her.
(Indianapolis, IN)--At least one former employee of the DORN Center between Centerville and Richmond has filed a lawsuit against the federal DEA, alleging unlawful arrest. The DORN Center was shut down two years ago following a raid involving the illegal distribution of prescription drugs. Criminal charges were ultimately dismissed against most of the employees. Those employees are now seeking unspecified damages. They say they lost their jobs, spent money on their legal defense, and are now unemployable because of the negative publicity.
(Gratis, OH)--The Preble County woman and her young son who had been missing for five days were found unharmed Wednesday. 36-year-old Jamie Fields and her six-year-old son Alexander had just been placed on a state missing persons registry when they were located. Investigators are not giving many details about the incident, but did indicate that Fields left for what she thought was her own safety. They have not yet returned to their home in Gratis.
(Richmond, IN)--There will be no fireworks in Richmond this year. American Legion Harry Ray Post 65 decided Tuesday night that rainouts from this past weekend would not be rescheduled. Legion officials cited scheduling conflicts at Glen Miller Park, saying that July 22nd would have been the earliest possible date. They also said that the fireworks would return next year. There’s still one more chance to catch Fourth of July fireworks. College Corner’s make-up date is this Saturday night.
(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man was behind bars Wednesday, accused of pointing a firearm at a police officer. 27-year-old Jason Craft was taken into custody at his home in the 700 block of South West A Street Tuesday. Officers were originally investigating a stolen car complaint when Craft allegedly threatened an officer and pointed what turned out to be a pellet gun. The gun was recovered on the side of the home.
(Gratis, OH)--A Preble County woman and her young son are missing. Jamie and Alex Fields have not been seen since last Friday. They were in an older white pickup truck in the Gratis area. Jamie Fields is 32 years old and is also known as Jamie Hoefler. Her son, Alex, is six years old. The two were added Tuesday night to the state attorney general’s “Ohio Missing Persons” page.
(Richmond, IN)--An overnight incident has landed a Richmond teen in jail. It happened late Tuesday at the Greenwood Apartments on South 16th. Police were able to apprehend 18-year-old Trevon May. May is charged with pointing a firearm, possession of stolen property, criminal recklessness, and a host of other charges. There was also an overnight report of a robbery on North 16th at nearly the same time in which a gun was pointed at a victim. There’s no word yet on whether the two incidents are connected.
(Metamora, IN)--The man who killed five people near Metamora four years ago is now trying to get out of prison. David Ison killed Roy, Angela, Melissa, and Jacob Napier and Henry Smith. Now, Ison has made a motion for post-conviction relief. Ison recently appeared in court and laid out nine reasons. Primarily, he claims he pled guilty because he feared the death penalty. The judge in the case took Ison’s claims under advisement.
(New Paris, OH)--If you weren’t that excited about the upcoming Summer Olympics before, you may be now. Monday night, a Whitewater Valley resident made the team. Tri Village High School graduate Clayton Murphy won the 800 meter finals Monday night, securing a spot on the team and a trip to Rio. Clayton is the son of Mark and Melinda Murphy of New Paris. Murphy said last night that being an Olympian has been a lifelong dream.
(Richmond, IN)--The leaders at American Legion Harry Ray Post 65 are mulling over a possible make-up date for Richmond’s fireworks. The fireworks at Roosevelt Hill were cancelled Sunday night and again Sunday night. This Friday night has been named as a possible date, but that has not been made official. Fireworks were held Monday night in Hagerstown, Winchester, and Connersville. College Corner’s celebration has been moved to this coming Saturday night. There are fireworks set for Tuesday night at Hueston Woods. It will take place at the lodge at dusk.
(Cambridge City, IN)--A Cambridge City truck driver was hauling 40 tons of steel when he was arrested Tuesday morning on multiple drug charges. 36-year-old Joseph Barrett was taken into custody near the Gateway Industrial Park. Investigators allegedly found methamphetamine, prescription drugs, and drug paraphernalia. Barrett was also driving the semi with a disqualified CDL license.
(Economy, IN)--A Silver Alert was issued overnight Thursday night and into Friday morning for a missing Economy woman. 75-year-old Muriel Tutterrow walked away from her home late Thursday night. She lives on Indian Trail Road. That’s just north of Economy and not far from the Randolph County line. First responders and family members were walking the nearby Cardinal Greenway Trail overnight. They also searched the area on ATV’s but, so far, there’s no sign of Tutterrow. She was last seen wearing a white floral blouse with pink and green flowers, green pants, blue shoes, and a grey jacket. Call law enforcement immediately if you see her.
(Richmond, IN)--A new report from ProPublica shows that almost ¾ of physicians in the Reid Health system take direct payments from pharmaceutical companies. And, while that may sound out of the ordinary, it’s right on the national average. Almost seven percent of Reid physicians accept at least $5000 each year. 72% of local physicians accept at least some money.
(Whitewater Valley)--The new five-county economic development commission is now officially established. Representatives of Wayne, Union, Fayette, Randolph, and Rush County met in Connersville Thursday and signed corporation papers. Wayne County Councilman Jeff Plasterer had served as the interim director. But now, the interim tag has come off. Forming regional economic development groups is necessary to obtain some federal funds to lure potential employers. It’s called the Eastern Indiana Regional Planning Commission. A similar group was disbanded several years ago after its director committed multiple felonies.