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Local News: A service of Reid Health Archives for 2016-08

RICHMOND TRIO FACES ROBBERY, BURGLARY, AND THEFT CHARGES

(Richmond, IN)--Three Richmond residents are facing a host of serious charges after their arrest Monday.  19-year-old Rodney Blevins and 20-year-old Zachary Peacock were taken into custody Monday and charged with armed robbery and burglary.  Peacock was also charged with being a serious violent felon in possession of a handgun.  They were taken into custody at a home in the 500 block of South West 16th Street in Richmond.  A couple of hours later, 24-year-old Ashley Sparks was arrested at police headquarters.  Details of what the trio is alleged to have done have not been released.

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FIRE DOES HEAVY DAMAGE TO CAMBRIDGE CITY HOME

(Cambridge City, IN)--Fire did heavy damage to a home in Cambridge City early Tuesday morning.  An occupant of a home in the 500 block of West Maple Street ran next door to call 911 from a neighbor’s house.  Smoke was pouring from the windows when firefighters arrived.  It took about 15 minutes to get it under control.  The home’s occupants were able to make it out without injury.  There’s no word yet on what caused the fire or the dollar amount of the damage.

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SMASH-AND-GRAB BURGLAR HITS UNION COUNTY STORE

(Union County, IN)--Investigators in Union County are searching for leads after a smash-and-grab burglary there Monday.  Someone used a landscaping block to smash out the front door of Frame’s Outdoors on State Route 101 just south of Liberty.  The man was in the store for only about five seconds and made off with a cash register containing $150.

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SUBWAY ROBBED FOR SECOND TIME IN JUST OVER A MONTH

(Greenville, OH)--Police said Monday that they do not believe the man who robbed the Subway in Greenville on Sunday is the same man who robbed the same store a month ago.  In Sunday’s incident, a white man wearing a Chicago Bears hat demanded money and then fled on a bicycle.  No employees or customers were harmed.

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LIBERTY MAN CAUGHT AFTER LARGE-SCALE SEARCH

(Richmond, IN)--A large manhunt through southeastern Richmond Sunday afternoon ended with the capture of a Liberty man.  32-year-old James Goubeaux had allegedly broken into two homes and then fled into wooded areas and farm fields near Wernle and Niewoehner Roads.  Multiple agencies joined the search.  Two sheriff’s deputies and a police canine had to be treated for heat-related illness.  Goubeaux was eventually captured after two good Samaritans gave him a ride on Niewoehner Road and stopped to ask a deputy for help.  The search and ultimate capture of  Goubeaux Sunday afternoon was aided by numerous people.  Firefighters carried a sheriff’s deputy who had collapsed in the heat about a half a mile through a farm field.  Nearby Walmart provided water and ice to all deputies.  Even the homeowner on Pheasant Run that walked in on Goubeaux brought a cooler of water.  Arbor Trace was placed on lockdown during the manhunt.  33-year-old Ashley Reed was also arrested in the incident for trying to use a stolen credit card at Walmart.

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30 STILL WITHOUT POWER IN PREBLE COUNTY ON MONDAY

(Preble County, OH)--Only about 30 Preble County customers of DP&L are still without power Monday morning after a line of strong storms swept through the area on Saturday afternoon.  60 mile-per-hour winds swept across southern Preble County, bringing down trees and power lines.  Initially, 1200 customers were in the dark.  Mutual aid crews from as far away as Kentucky and Tennessee were in the area Monday to help restore power.  All power is expected to be restored by Monday night.

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TEENS CAUGHT WITH MARIJUANA DURING GUN-SELLING STING

(Richmond, IN)--Two Richmond teens were caught Friday morning trying to sell a gun back to the person from who they had allegedly stolen it.  The victim recognized his gun online and told police he was going to buy it back from the thieves.  Police were waiting in the Meijer parking lot at just after midnight Friday morning and took 19-year-old Vontrel Holt and Jameson Philman into custody.  Not only did police find the gun; they also recovered a significant amount of marijuana.  Philman is still in jail.  Holt, who’s Facebook page is filled with images of marijuana, has bonded out.  He posted on Facebook at 5 o’clock Friday morning that he refuses to sleep in a cell.

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THREE ARRESTED AFTER SHOTS FIRED FROM RICHMOND HOME

(Richmond, IN)--Three people were booked into the Wayne County Jail at 5:30 Friday morning after allegedly firing multiple shots out of a Richmond home.  Police had been to the home in the 1400 block of South 15 multiple times in recent days after the residents of the home claimed people were outside with a gun.  On Friday morning, they allegedly decided to fire their own guns.  Charles Carpenter, Derrick Robbins, and Taylor Glandor are all listed as residents of that house.  They’re all charged with felony criminal recklessness.  There were no injuries.

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SHERIFF'S DEPUTY INJURED IN FOOT CHASE

(Richmond, IN)--A Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputy suffered an ankle injury in a foot pursuit.  The suspect fled a traffic stop in the 200 block of Randolph Street late Thursday night.  Both the suspect and the deputy apparently stepped in the same hole and were injured.  The suspect was Tased.  He and the deputy were both taken to Reid Health.  The man also told police that he had swallowed drugs and was getting sick.  His name has not yet become available.  The deputy was not immediately identified.

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POLICE SEARCH FOR LOAN STORE ROBBER

(Oxford, OH)--Police in Oxford are still looking for the man who robbed the First American Loans store at gunpoint Thursday.  The man entered the store on College Corner Pike, pointed the gun at the clerk, and then fled out the back into a waiting car.  Nearby Kramer Elementary School was placed on lockdown as officers searched.  The suspect is described only as a black male.  There were no injuries.

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TENSION HIGH DURING WINCHESTER KLAN RALLY

(Winchester, IN)--Tensions were high but there were no direct arrests as the result of a rally in Winchester Wednesday night.  According to county officials, a group of people had been handing out Ku Klux Klan fliers in advance of a demonstration Wednesday night.  A handful of supporting people gathered near the Randolph County Courthouse holding flags and signs.  A much larger group of opposing people confronted the protesters.  There was a significant police presence.

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RCS ANTICIPATES DECLINING REVENUE

(Richmond, IN)--The Richmond Community School Board met Wednesday night and addressed what is expected to be declining revenue.  RCS, like all other school districts, receives state revenue based on its number of students.  Superintendent Todd Terrill told the board that the district would try to continue to provide the same level of service to students even though funding will likely decrease.  September 16 is when enrollment numbers will be finalized.

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WOMEN STOPPED THURSDAY MORNING WITH DRUG PARAPHERNALIA

(Centerville, IN)--A traffic stop early Thursday morning has landed a Cambridge City woman in the Wayne County Jail.  Officers stopped the vehicle on College Corner Road near Centerville.  A burnt spoon and a needle were in plain view.  The occupants claimed they were on their way to Reid Health.  30-year-old Stephanie McCord now faces two possession charges.  23-year-old Chelsey Bowman was also arrested.

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WANTED DARKE COUNTY DEALER CAPTURED AT RICHMOND COFFEE SHOP

(Richmond, IN)--One of Darke County’s most wanted drug dealers was captured at the Tim Horton’s in Richmond Wednesday.  19-year-old Matthew Blackburn has been wanted in Darke County since October of last year when he was indicted by a grand jury.  Blackburn is accused of dealing LSD throughout the Whitewater Valley.  He had been living in the 400 block of South West 3rd Street in Richmond.

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MULTIPLE OD'S REPORTED AS OFFICIALS FEAR POTENT BATCH OF HEROIN

(Whitewater Valley)--Law enforcement officials are concerned that an unusually potent batch of heroin is circulating throughout the region.  CPR was being performed late Tuesday night on an overdose victim on Strader Road just north of Richmond.  There was on overdose on High Street in Cambridge City Tuesday.  A woman was found unconscious on South 11th Street in Richmond on Monday night with drugs beside her.  Two people have died from overdoses in Preble County in the last two weeks.  Just Tuesday night, there were nearly 30 overdoses in western Hamilton County, Ohio, and 11 more in Jennings County, Indiana.

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CHILD FOUND IN LOCKED VAN AT REID HEALTH

(Richmond, IN)--There was an undressed six-year-old child in a locked van at Reid Health Tuesday.  According to police reports, officers responded after someone saw the child.  They tried to get him or her to unlock the door, but the child resisted.  Officers were eventually able to get inside the van and the mother was located inside Reid.  It appeared that the child had hidden in the car at home and the mother was unaware he or she was inside.  The child was not hurt and the mother was not charged.

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MILLION-DOLLAR ROAD GRANT APPROVED FOR WAYNE COUNTY

(Richmond, IN)--Wayne County has received word that it’s been approved for a million-dollar grant that will fund the majority of the improvements to Gaar-Jackson Road for the Blue Buffalo project.  It was part of a $47 million statewide grant program.  Union County is getting just over half a million dollars for improvements to Dunlapsville, Stone, and a few other roads.  Randolph County and the city of Winchester are also getting about half a million dollars.

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CHILD MOLESTATION CHARGES ADDED TO MAN LIVING IN DEPLORABLE HOME

(Unionport, IN)--Last week, children were found living in a home with deplorable conditions near Unionport in Randolph County.  Now, the man who lived in the home is also charged with sexually assaulting a girl.  44-year-old Ralph McKinney now faces that charge in addition to the neglect of a dependent charge that he and his wife Amy now face.  Newly-released court documents show the home was filled with mice, roaches, reptiles, and a pig.

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ROBERSON RESPONDS TO BEING PLACED ON PAID LEAVE

(Richmond, IN)--Richmond Human Resources Director Sue Roberson is on paid administrative leave, but she says she’s the victim of a crime.  Mayor Dave Snow issued a memo saying Roberson was on paid leave pending the outcome of an investigation.  Snow declined to provide further details Monday afternoon, but did indicate the investigation is being conducted by an outside party.  Roberson said the suspension is the result of her falling victim to a scam, but that no taxpayer dollars were lost.  She indicated she had sent money to someone claiming to be on the verge of losing their home due to medical bills.  The Human Resources office will re-open Wednesday.  "I just think the mayor wants to be cautious" Roberson said.  She’s unsure why, if she was the victim of a crime as she claims, that she would be suspended.  "Actually, I struggle.  You would have to ask him.  I really don't know the answer to that," Roberson explained.  Roberson said Tuesday morning that she did not feel it was a personal vendetta.  "I can't say that I feel like he's not on my side.  I believe he did what he felt like he needed to do."

 

Hear the full conversation with Sue Roberson on "The Wake Up Call" Podcast at 1017ThePoint.com

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241 FEWER WORKING IN WAYNE COUNTY THAN LAST MONTH

(Wayne County, IN)--There are 241 less people working in Wayne County than there were a month ago.  According to numbers released Monday, the number of working people in Wayne County dropped under 30,000.  The county’s unemployment rate now stands at 4.7%.  The county, though, is much better off than a year ago.  916 more people are working now than were last July.

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SPRING GROVE ENTERS AGREEMENT WITH SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT

(Spring Grove, IN)--Spring Grove has reached an agreement with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department that will mean increased traffic patrol.  Spring Grove is the community within Richmond located in the Waterfall Road area of Chester Boulevard.  Spring Grove will reimburse Wayne County government for the hours worked by off-duty patrolmen on a monthly basis.  The increased traffic enforcement begins September 1.

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TEENS ARRESTED AFTER SHORT POLICE CHASE

(Richmond, IN)--Two teenagers were caught on Richmond’s south side following a short police chase early Monday morning.  An officer saw the teen driving the wrong way on a one-way street at shortly after midnight and tried to pull the car over.  The driver then fled south on U.S. 27.  The chase ended when the teen pulled over just south of RP&L.  They were taken into custody.  One of the teens was described as a runaway.

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NWS CONFIRMS TORNADO TOUCHDOWN

(Darke County, OH)--The National Weather Service has determined that it was a tornado that touched down in Darke County on Saturday night.  "From the pictures and video that we saw from Saturday night's storms, we knew that it was likely a tornado," said Mike Kurz.  A funnel cloud was spotted over the Darke County Fairgrounds as some in attendance were urged to take cover.  It became a tornado when it touched down a few miles to the east.  Gene Garber’s farm and business were destroyed  Top wind speed was 85 miles per hour.  There were no injuries.

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COUPLE'S ARGUMENT LEADS TO DRUG BUST

(Richmond, IN)--A fight between a Richmond couple ended with a drug bust Friday morning.  Neighbors called because of the fight in the 2200 block of Grand Boulevard at 2 o’clock Friday morning.  When officers arrived, they found drugs and paraphernalia in plain sight.  23-year-old Drew Noelker and 22-year-old Cierra Michaels are in the Wayne County Jail this morning.  Charges include possession of marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance.

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CHILDREN FOUND IN DEPLORABLE CONDITIONS

(Farmland, IN)--Three children were found Thursday living in deplorable conditions in a Randolph County home.  "It was absolutely horrible inside that house.  The parents have chosen to live that way, but these children did not have that choice," said Randolph County Sheriff Ken Hendrickson in talking about the Farmland-area home of Ralph and Amy McKinney.  He said the home was infested with cockroaches.  There were multiple animals, including a pig which went in and out at will.  "There is no food.  It was stocked fully, but it was rotten.  In the freezer itself, we actually found a dead rat," Hendrickson explained.  The kids were turned over to Child Protective Services.  The McKinneys were taken to the Randolph County Jail.

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LINGLES DONATE $700,000 TO NEW IU EAST BUILDING

(Richmond, IN)--Another large donation is going to the new IU East Student Events and Activities Center, which will be dedicated Friday.  Paul and Pat Lingle have given $700,000 for what will be the fifth building on the IU East campus.  The basketball and volleyball court in the new building will be called “Lingle Court.”  The Lingles have been long-time IU East donors with a scholarship program that also bears their name.

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CHILD NEGLECT CASES IN WAYNE COUNTY CUT IN HALF

(Richmond, IN)--There’s been an encouraging drop in the number of child neglect cases in Wayne County in the last month.  After 39 substantiated cases of sexual abuse and child neglect were found in Wayne County in the last month figures were available, that number has been nearly cut in half to 20.  Still, there have been 149 new, substantiated cases involving Wayne County kids in the first half of 2016.  Drug-addicted parents are involved in most cases.

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RICHMOND WOMAN BUSTED FOR PROSTITUTION, DEALING HEROIN

(Richmond, IN)--Heroin and prostitution usually go hand in hand, and that was case Wednesday morning in a problem area of Richmond.  25-year-old Kirsten Holland was taken into custody Wednesday morning near South 12th and A Streets.  She was arrested not only for prostitution, but also for dealing heroin.  She was in the Wayne County Jail Thursday morning.  Jail records indicate it’s her first Wayne County arrest.

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MAN ARRESTED AFTER TRYING TO FORCE WOMAN TO WITHDRAW MONEY

(Richmond, IN)--An incident at a Richmond bank has landed a Richmond man behind bars.  29-year-old Timothy Littlepage allegedly tried to force a female victim to take money out of her bank account Wednesday.  She broke away from Littlepage and was able to call police.  He fled when they got there, but he was later located by officers.  Littlepage is charged with attempted robbery and theft.

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RPD RESPONDS TO BAR BRAWL

(Richmond, IN)--For the third consecutive night, Richmond police have had to deal with a rather large brawl.  This one broke out at the E Street Pub after 1 o’clock Thursday morning.  It spilled out into the street and then went back inside.  A central Indiana woman identified as Kylen Mullins allegedly smashed a bottle over a man’s head.  He was taken to Reid Health.  She was taken to the Wayne County Jail.

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HOME INVASION REPORTED ON NORTH 17TH

(Richmond, IN)--There was a home invasion and attempted robbery in Richmond Wednesday morning.  It happened at around 3 o’clock Wednesday morning in the first block of North 17th.  Residents said a man entered their home wearing a mask.  Details of what happened while he was inside have not been released.  The suspect fled when a male resident armed himself with a shotgun and ran outside.  The suspect is still on the loose.  He’s described only as tall and slender.

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WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER SHOT FIRED IN FAIRVIEW NEIGHBORHOOD

(Richmond, IN)--A large overnight fight in the Fairview area has led to the jailing of a Richmond woman and the recovery of a handgun.  It happened at just before midnight Tuesday night in the 1300 block of Boyer Street.  Calls to 911 indicated that a female had shot at a car.  Police later arrested 44-year-old Angela Grimm and charged her with criminal recklessness.  There were no reports of any serious injuries.

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AREA DEER TESTS POSITIVE FOR BOVINE TUBERCULOSIS; TESTING REQUIRED FOR HUNTERS

(Franklin County, IN)--Listen up if you’re a deer hunter or know someone who is…at least one white-tailed deer in Franklin County has tested positive for bovine tuberculosis.  It’s the first time the disease has ever been found in a wild animal in Indiana.  For deer hunters in the Whitewater Valley, it means that deer harvested in at least a ten-mile radius must be sampled for laboratory testing.  It’s a federal requirement.  The Department of Natural Resources will be releasing more information to hunters in the coming weeks.

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AREA COMMISSIONER'S COMPANY PAYS $400,000 SETTLEMENT FOR CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD UNITED STATES

(Brookville, IN)--There’s even more trouble for elected officials in Franklin County.  Details of $400,000 settlement involving Commissioner Tom Wilson have been released.  Wilson owns Tri-County Ambulance.  A lengthy federal investigation has concluded that Tri-County was improperly billing Medicare.  Alleged violations included health care fraud and conspiracy to defraud the United States.  A $400,000 civil settlement was reached to end the case.  Franklin County’s auditor is currently facing criminal charges in two separate incidents.

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HUNDRED GATHER AT TRI VILLAGE TO WATCH MURPHY CLAIM BRONZE MEDAL

(New Madison, OH)--The Whitewater Valley is now the home of an Olympic medalist.  Tri Village graduate and New Paris resident Clayton Murphy won a bronze medal Monday night when he finished third in the 800 meter run.  Hundreds gathered at Tri Village Monday night to watch.  "Everybody's obviously really excited.  This is something that our community has never had the chance to experience before," said Athletic Director Brad Gray before the race.  When Clayton crossed the finish line, it was pandemonium back in his home school.  "You don't have to go to the metropolitan areas of the suburban areas to have success.  It comes from an inner drive and the willingness to work really hard," Gray said afterward.  A local celebration and homecoming is already in the works.

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MAN JAILED FOR COUNTRY CLUB APARTMENTS SHOOTING

(Richmond, IN)--One man was in jail Tuesday morning after a shooting at the Country Club Apartments in Richmond Monday night.  21-year-old Darrion Taylor was booked into the Wayne County Jail at 2 o’clock Tuesday morning and charged with criminal recklessness.  Taylor allegedly shot a female victim in the foot.  She was taken to Reid Health to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.  Taylor was arrested at another location and the weapon was recovered.  The victim has a lengthy criminal record.

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McDONALD'S EMPLOYEE BUSTED FOR CONDUCTING DRUG TRANSACTION THROUGH DRIVE-UP WINDOW

(Richmond, IN)--An employee of the east-side Richmond McDonald’s was arrested Monday for conducting a drug transaction right through the drive-up window.  According to scanner traffic, police were called to the Commerce Drive McDonald’s MOnday afternoon and arrested 28-year-old Jessica McMiller of Richmond for possession of methamphetamine.  McMiller was allegedly working the drive-through when she purchased the meth from a customer.

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TWO JAILED AFTER McDONALD'S MELEE

(Richmond, IN)--Two people were jailed after an incident at the Chester Boulevard McDonald’s late Monday night.  According to scanner traffic, multiple people arrived at the McDonald’s on scooters when a large fight broke out.  One man was armed with a knife.  Jeromy Johnson and Brandon Miller were both taken to the Wayne County Jail.  Miller was still behind bars Tuesday morning.  Johnson has bonded out.  There was no word or any serious injury.

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13-YEAR-OLD TO RECEIVE RICHMOND'S FIRST "HEART OF THE CITY" AWARD

(Richmond, IN)--Richmond Mayor Dave Snow has created a new high-level honor for Richmond and Wayne County residents.  He’s calling it the “Heart of the City” Award and it will be presented to citizens who take selfless actions to better the community.  The first award will be presented Wednesday to 13-year-old Louie Galligan.  Louie spent this summer handing out bottled water to residents in need.  An email address is being established to nominate future award-winners.

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MANPOWER OFFERS $100 INCENTIVE TO FILL VACANCIES

(Richmond, IN)--Hundreds of jobs are going unfilled in Richmond and now Manpower is taking a step to incentivize people to go to work.  Manpower announced Monday that they’re offering a $100 sign-on bonus now through Labor Day.  Manpower President Mike Allen said that many of the jobs turn into full-time placement.  Certain criteria must be met to get the $100 bonus.

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FIRE DESTROYS VACANT HOME NEAR GREENS FORK

(Greens Fork, IN)--Fire destroyed a vacant home near Greens Fork late Monday night.  The fire broke out in the 3600 block of Sowers Road near the railroads tracks just east of Greens Fork.  The home was fully involved by the time units from Greens Fork, Centerville, and Williamsburg arrived.  There’s no cause yet for the fire, although it’s clearly suspicious.  There were no injuries.

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ONE DEAD, FOUR INJURED IN WEEKEND CRASH

(ABBINGTON)- One person died and four others were hurt in a traffic accident just west of Abington. The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office says the crash involved a Jeep Liberty and happened around 3:30 yesterday morning on Pottershop Road. Deputies say 20-year-old Ahjahnae Jones was one of two people ejected from the Jeep and died at the scene. The others were taken to hospitals and are expected to recover.

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TRI-VILLAGE GRAD WILL RUN FOR GOLD TONIGHT

(RIO)- Tri-Village High School graduate Clayton Murphy will run for Olympic gold tonight. Murphy runs in the 800-meter finals in Rio at 9:25 this evening. Murphy also runs for the University of Akron. He won the 800 at the Olympic trials, but he barely qualified for the Olympic semifinals after a slower than expected first round. Murphy finished second in his semifinal heat to qualify for the finals. He has a gold medal from his first international competition, the 2015 Pan American Games.

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REID UNVEILS ADDICTION TREATMENT DEVICE

(Richmond, IN)--Reid Health is combatting addiction with a new device.  Reid explained in a news release Thursday that the device is called a Neuro-stim System Bridge.  It attaches to a patient’s ear and delivers electronic stimulation that reduces withdrawal pain by up to 75% in the first half hour.  Now that it’s been approved by Reid officials, the bridge will become a key part of Reid’s effort to help overcome addiction.

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TEENS LEAD POLICE ON HIGH-SPEED, MULTI-COUNTY CHASE

(Franklin County, IN)--Three Connersville teens led police on a high-speed, multi-county chase Thursday.  Officers originally tried to pull them over in Cincinnati.  They fled on I-74 into Franklin County where other officers joined the chase.  After stop sticks were deployed, they eventually crashed in Decatur County.  18-year-olds Jamison Hunter and Robert Bowles, along with a 17-year-old, were taken into custody.  The trio is suspected of breaking into numerous homes in Franklin County.

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LAKENGREN RESIDENTS BATTLE OVER SWIMMING POOL

(Eaton, OH)--Residents of the gated Preble County community of Lakengren are embroiled in a battle.  Voting is currently underway for an assessment that would construct a new swimming pool at a cost of up to $875,000.  The current pool is 45 years old and beyond repair.  A new pool would mean a five-year assessment of about $140 per homeowner.  A vote was taken in January.  With more than 1600 households, the pool was rejected by just 15 votes.  Results of the new vote will be announced later this month.

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METH AND HEROIN SEIZED IN TASK FORCE BUST

(Richmond, IN)--The Wayne County Drug Task Force responded Thursday to ongoing complaints about what neighbors said was a drug house.  Investigators went to a house in the 100 block of South 9th Street in Richmond and found both methamphetamine and heroin.  Darrick Sullivan and Eric Smith were taken to the Wayne County Jail.  Neither lived at the home where the arrests were made.  Both were still behind bars Friday morning.

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WHITEWATER VALLEY WOMAN DROPS LAWSUIT AGAINST PREACHING FORMER ISP TROOPER

(Connersville, IN)--A Whitewater Valley woman is dropping her lawsuit against a former Indiana State Police trooper who preached to her during a traffic stop.  Wendy Pyle asked a federal judge to dismiss the lawsuit this week.  Trooper Brian Hamilton was fired in April after ignoring an ISP warning to stop preaching on the job.  "I work for the state.  But, ultimately, I'm a soldier for Jesus Christ," Hamilton said shortly after being fired.  Incidents were reported in Liberty and Connersville.  The lawsuit has been settled out of court.  Terms were not released.

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DRUGS FOUND IN WOMAN'S BODY CAVITY DURING JAIL BOOK-IN

(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond woman was facing drug charges Thursday morning after capsules of narcotics were allegedly found in a body cavity.  25-year-old Leilani Peterman was being booked into the Wayne County Jail Wednesday night for failing to appear when jail staff discovered at least two clear capsules with a rock-like substance in a body cavity.  Peterman has several recent arrests, including one for prostitution a year ago.

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GAS LINE FIRE EXTINGUISHED AT TEXAS ROADHOUSE

(Richmond, IN)--Fire crews were sent to the Texas Roadhouse in Richmond at closing time Tuesday night.  Battalion Chief Jeff Glenn said it started when employees were cleaning a gas grill.  "When they pushed it back up against the wall, a kink in the line inadvertently started a little fire.  One worker was able to hit a shut-off switch to stop the flow of gas.  "Any fire fed directly by gas is always a dangerous situation," Glenn said.  There were no injuries and damage was kept to a minimum.  The health department will be at Texas Roadhouse Wednesday.  That’s standard procedure in the event of a fire.

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CITY SEEKS DONATIONS FOR EMPLOYEE APPRECIATION BANQUET

(Richmond, IN)--The city of Richmond is actively seeking donations from local businesses.  City leaders are initiating a banquet that they hope will become an annual event as a way to show appreciation for full and part-time city employees.  The city is selling sponsorships beginning at $250 and going up to $5000 to businesses to fund the event, which is set for three months from today.

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SIX IU EAST ONLINE STUDENTS COMPETING IN OLYMPICS

(Richmond, IN)--It may be a bit of a stretch to call it a local connection, but five IU East online students and one graduate are taking part in the Summer Olympics in Rio.  Venus Williams, Monica Puig, Rajeev Ram, Sloane Stephens, and Anastasia and Arina Rodionova are all representing their native countries in tennis.  IU East has educational agreements with the Women’s Tennis Association and the ATP to allow players to complete online degrees.

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MILLER DAIRY SIGNS DEED FOR $250,000 TO CAMBRIDGE CITY

(Cambridge City, IN)--The deed to a former Miller Dairy building was officially signed over to the town of Cambridge City this week.  Miller Dairy President John Miller returned to his hometown to donate a $10,000 square foot building that includes open bays where the town’s vehicles can be parked.  It’s a gift worth roughly a quarter of a million dollars.  Much of Cambridge City’s equipment will be stored inside.

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AUDITOR: PREBLE COUNTY DISTRICT LIBRARY FISCAL OFFICER OWES $36,000

(Eaton, OH)--A former fiscal officer at the Preble County District Library owes the state over $35,000 in fees and penalties after failing to pay withheld taxes and pensions.  According to an auditor, Terri Wyson owes more than $36,000.  For two years, Wysong withheld the contributions of employees.  The auditor called it a reckless disregard for the library.  Taxpayers will have to pay it back.

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TRIAL OF MOTHER ACCUSED IN TODDLER'S DEATH BEGINS TODAY

(Eaton, OH)--A high-profile trial gets underway in Preble County Tuesday.  Christy Warwick is on trial for involuntarily manslaughter after the death last December of her 21-month old son Sylas.  "We're the voice for the child now.  The child wasn't taken care of," said Sheriff Mike Simpson.  The autopsy showed signs of blunt force trauma.  Some injuries were old.  Some occurred when Warwick called 911 last December.  "We think a lot of things were occurring prior to that December 911 call.  There's indication that this child was somewhat malnourished," Simpson added.  "She provided the utmost care for her children as she always has.  We have not seen anything to the contrary," said  Warwick’s attorney, Brian Meunchenbach.  Tuesday’s trial begins with jury selection.

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SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT SEEKS TO IDENTY PERSON OF INTEREST

(Richmond, IN)--The Wayne County Sheriff’s Department is asking for your help.  The department has released several surveillance images of what appears to be a young female at the drive-up teller at a U.S. Bank in Connersville.  She is the subject of an active investigation.  Investigators have not said specifically that it involves some type of bank fraud.  If you know who this person is, you're asked to contact the Wayne County Sheriff's Department at 765-773-9393.

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WAYNE COUNTY APPEARS ON DROUGHT MAP

(Wayne County, IN)--Parts of the Whitewater Valley are now showing up on the new U.S. Drought Monitor map.  On Tuesday morning, all but the southwestern section of Wayne County is considered exceptionally dry.  Most of Randolph and Darke County also fall in that range.  Recent rainfall totals have varied greatly due to pop-up storms.  Officially, though, Richmond has had less than two inches of rain in the last month.

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ONE FAYETTE COUNTY WORK RELEASE ESCAPEE STILL ON THE RUN

One person who walked away from a Fayette County work release site is still on the run. 22-year-old John Curtsinger was among those who left a worksite last week and removed electronic monitoring devices. Two other escapees – Sean Bannon and Austin Carr – were later captured in Panama City, Florida.

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RFD INVESTIGATING TWO WEEKEND FIRES

(Richmond)- Firefighters in Richmond are investigating two weekend fires. The first was reported just before one-o-clock yesterday morning on Russell Street. No one was home at the time and no injuries were reported. About an hour after that call, firefighters put out another small blaze in an alley in the 400 block of South 11th Street. Investigators say a couch that was outside a garage was burning. No one was hurt.

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MAN FOUND WITH VARIETY OF DRUGS ON PEARL STREET

(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man was taken into custody Thursday night after all kinds of drugs were found at a home on Pearl Street.  Officers were sent to the 200 block of Pearl Street at about 10 o’clock Thursday night.  There, they found 32-year-old Joseph McIntosh allegedly in possession of cocaine, methamphetamine, prescription drugs, and syringes.  McIntosh was in the Wayne County Jail Friday morning.

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MAN KILLED WHEN WIFE DRIFTS OFF RANDOLPH COUNTY HIGHWAY

(Parker City, IN)--Details of a fatal Randolph County crash have been released.  It happened Thursday morning on State Route 32 near Parker City.  Investigators say 25-year-old Mackenzie Anderson was headed west on 32 when she drifted off the road.  The car hit a cement culvert and rolled over.  Her husband, 30-year-old Stephen Anderson, was pronounced dead at the scene.  An infant was taken by air ambulance to a central Indiana children’s hospital.  Mackenzie Anderson was last listed in critical condition.  Police are still looking into what caused her to drift off the roadway.

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CHILD MOLESTER SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS

(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond child molester will spend much of the rest of his life behind bars.  31-year-old Justin Mitchell, who is also known as “Goggles”, was sentenced to 30 years in prison Thursday in Wayne Superior Court I.  Mitchell admitted to molesting four children who were between the ages of five and 12.  The Wayne County sentence won’t start until after he finishes serving a prison term in Randolph County for molesting children there.

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ALGAE ALERT ISSUED FOR WHITEWATER MEMORIAL STATE PARK

(Liberty, IN)--Whitewater Memorial State Park is now included in a blue-green algae alert for the water.  Whitewater joins Brookville Lake after high counts of algae were found in the lake.  Swimming is still permitted, but the DNR suggests that you shower after entering the water and avoid getting it into your mouth.  Two other large area lakes – Lakengren and Acton Lake at Hueston Woods – do not have significant levels of algae.

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THREE MEN WHO REMOVED ANKLE BRACELETS SOUGHT

(Connersville, IN)--The two men who escaped the Fayette County Jail recently were caught after four days, but three other men remain missing.  And, they’ve all been on the loose for several weeks.  Sean Bannon has been missing since removing an ankle bracelet in April.  Austin Carr removed his bracelet nearly a month ago.  John Curtsinger was on a work release program last month.  He cut off his bracelet and hasn’t been seen since.  Felony escape warrants have been issued for all three.  Police say the incidents are not connected.

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TWO JAILED AFTER SEPARATE DRUG ARRESTS

(Richmond, IN)--There were a couple of drug arrests of note Wednesday night.  27-year-old Amadeus Long was taken into custody in the 900 block of South 8th in Richmond.  Long was allegedly dealing cocaine or other drugs and was a serious violent felon in possession of a handgun.  Also Wednesday night, police arrested 27-year-old Jordan Ralstin of Hagerstown.  He was allegedly on Main Street in Hagerstown with synthetic or lookalike drugs.  Both remained in the Wayne County Jail Thursday morning.

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WHITEWATER VALLEY ATHLETE ARRIVES AT OLYMPIC VILLAGE

(New Madison, OH)--Clayton Murphy has arrived in Rio.  Murphy tweeted Wednesday that he had made it to the Olympic Village.  It was just three years ago that Murphy was competing at Tri Village High School in New Madison.  He said the Olympics are a little different.  "I graduated with 50 kids in my graduating class...seven kids on my cross country team - six if you count the kid that didn't really run," Murphy said.  Murphy will compete in the 800 meter run.  The first round of that event does not start until August 12.  He’ll be walking in the opening ceremonies Friday night.

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DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR PAULEE WALL REPAIR

(Richmond, IN)--Repairs to the wall on the former Paulee Restaurant building in the Depot District are about halfway done.  The timeframe to complete the work was extended Tuesday.  Richmond’s Redevelopment Commission voted to extend the end date from the end of this month to the middle of November.  According to City Attorney Walt Chidester, Beard Masonry temporarily switched to another project.  Four parties have been embattled in a lawsuit over the wall.  The city has dealt with the Paulee Wall issue for the last four years.

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BELDEN DONATES $100,000 TO IU EAST

(Richmond, IN)--Belden has made a huge contribution to IU East.  The cable manufacturer is giving IU East a $100,000 cash donation and cable products to be used for the new Student Events and Activities Center.  Belden is Wayne County’s third-largest employer with about 700 people currently working there.  They’ve got a presence in the upcoming Olympic games.  Much of the cable used to broadcast the events in Rio was manufactured in Richmond.

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TEEN KILLED, CHILDREN CRITICAL AFTER DARKE COUNTY CRASH

(Greenville, OH)--A teenager is dead and two other children are in critical condition as a result of a crash in Darke County Tuesday afternoon.  A 16-year-old male driver pulled out in front of an oncoming truck at U.S. 127 and Kruckeberg Road near Greenville.  The boy was pronounced dead at the scene.  A seven and a nine-year-old boy were both flown to Dayton Children’s and were both listed as critical Wednesday morning.  Three occupants in the truck were not seriously hurt.  Names have not yet been released.

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UNION SCHOOLS FALL SHORT OF NEEDED ENROLLMENT

(Modoc, IN)--Amy Holthouse is stepping down as the leader of the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce.  Holthouse has led the chamber for the last four years, but has accepted a new job as Earlham College’s associate director of reunions.  The chamber executive committee will be meeting later today to begin the search for a new leader.  The chamber currently has over 500 members.

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RPD ISSUES ANOTHER POKEMON ALERT

(Richmond, IN)--It keeps happening…the Richmond Police Department issued a release Monday saying that they are still responding to multiple calls for service and they’re blaming Pokemon.  RPD Chief Jim Branum says numerous individuals are still wandering onto private property.  Branum is worried that a Pokemon player could be mistaken for a prowler.  RPD did not indicate if anyone had been cited for trespassing.

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WAYNE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESIDENT & CEO TO TAKE POSITION AT EARLHAM COLLEGE

Wayne County Camber of Commerce Executive Director Amy Holthouse has accepted a position with Earlham College.

 

 

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT RATE UP IN WAYNE COUNTY IN JUNE

Wayne County's unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in June. The Department of Workforce Development says that’s an increase from May’s rate of 4.7-percent. The department says the increase was due to more people actively looking for work. The unemployment rate for the Richmond metro area was also up four-tenths of a point in June to 5.4-percent.

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INDIANA MOST NORMAL STATE IN AMERICA ACCORDING TO BUSINESS INSIDER

Indiana is the most ‘normal’ state in America according to a list put out by the website Business Insider. The website determined its rankings by looking at 40 indicators of demographics, economics, education, employment and other categories. It then judged states by how close to the national average they were in each category.

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ESCAPEE FROM FAYETTE COUNTY TO SERVE 24 YEARS IN PRISION

(Fayette County)- One of the two men who escaped from the Fayette County Jail and fled to Ohio will serve a total of 24 years in prison. Michael Roberts pled guilty to theft, burglary and escape charges. Roberts and Chadwick Heath were captured in Dayton on June 21st four days after escaping in Fayette County. Heath has pled not guilty and is scheduled for trial in September.

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