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Local News: A service of Reid Health Archives for 2017-02

SOUTH 15th RESIDENT HOLDS WOULD-BE BURGLAR AT GUNPOINT

(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond homeowner held a would-be burglar at gunpoint Thursday night.  It happened in the 600 block of South 15th when a man later identified as 34-year-old Charles Gellinger allegedly tried to enter a home.  Gellinger quickly found himself on the business end of a Glock handgun.  The homeowner ordered Gellinger face down on the ground and held him there until police arrived and took him to jail.  Gellinger had a blood alcohol content more than three times the legal limit.

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AT LEAST ONE PERSON SERIOUSLY INJURED IN LYNN CRASH

(Lynn, IN)--There was a serious crash on U.S. 27 near Lynn.  Only a few details have been released, but at least one person was seriously injured in a three-vehicle crash that happened at around 6:30 Thursday night in the 400 block of South Main.  It apparently was caused by a car that failed to stop for another that was trying to make a left turn.  A medical helicopter transported at least one victim.  Names and conditions have not been released.  Traffic on 27 was affected for more than an hour.

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RPD POSTS MISSING AND ENDANGERED ADULT ALERT

(Richmond, IN)--The Richmond Police Department is asking for your help.  On its Facebook page, RPD has posted a missing and endangered adult alert for 35-year-old Casey Eichenlaub.  Casey Eichenlaub was last seen February 9 at the Days Inn in Richmond.  He’s a 35-year-old man with brown hair and green eyes.  His car and belongings were found at the hotel, but Eichenlaub has been missing for eight days.

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MAN'S ARREST WAS FOURTH IN A MONTH

(Richmond, IN)--On Wednesday, Kicks 96 and The Point News reported that New Paris’s Joshua Lawson had been arrested on Tuesday on North 13th in Richmond for dealing cocaine and methamphetamine.  New information reveals It was the fourth arrest for Lawson in less than a month.  He was arrested in a drug raid at a home on South 16th last month, he stands accused of battering a police officer in an incident three days after that, and he was arrested last Saturday in Richmond for drug possession.

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NEW PARIS STREET RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT HITS SNAG

(New Paris, OH)--The reconstruction of New Paris’s most heavily traveled east-west street has hit a snag.  Funding from the state has been temporarily pulled for Phase II of the Cherry Street reconstruction project.  The state recently changed its grant guidelines by dividing Ohio in half.  One half can apply for grants in even years with the other half in odd years.  New Paris now cannot apply until next year.  The village could now have to come up with another $200,000.

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ALLEGED METH, COCAINE DEALER CAPTURED

(Richmond, IN)--A wanted alleged methamphetamine and cocaine dealer was captured Tuesday afternoon in Richmond.  25-year-old Joshua Lawson of New Paris was in the Wayne County Jail Wednesday morning.  That arrest comes on the heels of a Monday arrest by the Wayne County Drug Task Force.  35-year-old Thomas Pentecost was taken into custody during a raid by the force and a SWAT team at his home in the 100 block of North Main in Greens Fork.  Investigators found drug paraphernalia and cash.

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ANIMAL CARE ALLIANCE TO CONSTRUCT BUILDING AT NEW LOCATION

(Richmond, IN)--A new home is in the works for Animal Care Alliance.  That’s the organization that is providing low-cost veterinary care from a facility on U.S. 40 near Round Barn Road.  A brand-new building that’s about 2/3 larger than the current building will be constructed on Abington Pike close to Test Road.  Permits for construction were issued last week.  The building is expected to be up and running by the end of the year.

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TRUCKER WHO DIED ON I-70 WORKED FOR COMPANY WITH LONG HISTORY OF CRASHES AND COMPLAINTS

(Preble County, OH)--The truck driver who died Monday night in a crash on I-70 near the state line drove for a company with a long history of problems.  That driver has now been identified as a 41-year-old Missouri man.  He drove for Swift Transportation.  That company has had 650 crashes in the last two years.  Ten percent of those have been fatal.  Violations have been found in 31% of inspections.  In Monday night’s crash, the driver never slowed down before plowing into a line of stopped traffic.

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MURDERER'S APPEAL DENIED

(Liberty, IN)--The appeal of a Union County murderer has been denied.  Bert McQueen shot and killed Brandon Wicker in Brownsville nearly two and a half years ago.  McQueen was sentenced to 63 years in prison.  McQueen appealed, claiming the sentence was inappropriate and that the murder was not particularly gruesome.  The appeals court disagreed.  At the end of the sentence, McQueen would be 108 years old.

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NO SERIOUS INJURIES REPORTED IN BARN COLLAPSE

(Hagerstown, IN)--There were no serious injuries when a barn collapsed in Wayne County.  The original call to 911 at 3:30 Sunday afternoon indicated that as many as 50 people were inside a barn in the 7400 block of Baker Road a few miles north of Hagerstown.  First responders from multiple agencies arrived to find that an 8400-square foot hoop barn had collapsed, but only four people suffered minor injuries.  Three of those people were taken to Reid Health.  Investigators have not said what caused the collapse, but high winds were prevalent throughout the day Sunday.

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FRANKLIN COUNTY WORKS TO FIX $2 MILLION BUDGET MISTAKE

(Brookville, IN)--Franklin County is dealing with a massive budget mistake for this year.  The county submitted a budget to the state that was $2 million over what it was intended to be, and the state approved it.  The $2-million error was discussed on Friday and came about because a budget that was a wish-list budget was sent to the state.  One county council member said that the county would be broke by the end of the year if the error is not corrected.

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WAYNE COUNTY CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT CASES INCREASE 30% IN 2016

(Wayne County, IN)--Final child abuse and neglect numbers have been tallied, and they show a shocking increase in Wayne County.  In 2016, according to the Indiana Department of Child Services, Wayne County had 344 new child abuse or neglect cases.  That’s nearly one new case every day.  It also represents a 30% increase in the number of cases from the previous year.  Local authorities who work with the cases have said that the overwhelming majority of cases are tied to parents who use drugs.

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RP&L WARNS OF PAYMENT SCAM

(Richmond, IN)--Richmond Power & Light is warning of a scam that could affect you when you’re paying your electric bill.  RP&L Spokesperson Susan Alexander said that doxo.com has created a website page that makes customers think they’re paying their RP&L bill, when they’re really paying doxo.com.  Alexander is warning customers to avoid using that website to pay electric bills.

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JAIL REINFORCEMENTS COMPLETE AFTER 2016 ESCAPE

(Connersville, IN)--Upgrades are now complete at the Fayette County Jail.  In June of last year, Chad Heath and Michael Roberts carved their way through a concrete block wall, broke through a brick wall, and escaped.  They were caught after a few days on the loose.  Commissioners were told this week that steel reinforcement of all the cells at the Fayette County Jail is now complete.

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MAN PRONOUNCED DEAD AT REID AFTER POLICE-INVOLVED SHOOTING

(Brookville, IN)--There was an officer-involved shooting in northern Franklin County Wednesday that resulted in one man’s death.  It began when an 82-year-old woman went to law enforcement to report that her grandson was acting erratically.  A deputy arrived at a home on State Road 101 across from Hickory Woods Campground.  That deputy encountered 29-year-old Don Parker Junior, who was armed with multiple weapons.  Two Brookville police officers arrived on the scene as Parker stepped onto a porch with at least one gun.  "Due to his actions and him waving the weapons around and pointing them in their direction, they chose to take action and to stop that threat," said Stephen Wheeles with the Indiana State Police.  Both officers shot Parker.  He was taken to Reid Health where he was pronounced dead.

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REID CITES VOLUNTEER PROGRAM FOR HELPING ADDICTED NEWBORNS

(Richmond, IN)--112 babies have been born at Reid Health in the last two years that were addicted to drugs at birth because their mothers were addicts.  Today, Reid is citing a volunteer program for helping those babies.  It’s called “Baby Rocker”. Doctors say that in addition to medical treatment, the babies simply need to feel the human touch.  Volunteers do just that…hold and rock the babies.  Addicted babies can be hospitalized for up to a month.  If you’d like to be a volunteer baby rocker, contact Reid Health.

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NO INJURIES IN HOTEL CEILING COLLAPSE

(Richmond, IN)--A ceiling collapsed at the Holiday Inn in Richmond early Wednesday morning.  Mike Davis explains what firefighters encountered when they arrived at around 12:30 Wednesday morning.  "We found heavy water flow from a broken sprinkler head and a ceiling collapse in an area outside of a couple of conference rooms."  All of the hotel’s 99 rooms had been sold for the night, but none of the occupants were in danger.  "No rooms were compromised.  There were no public safety issues to worry about," Davis said.  Davis added that some guests went outside.  Others remained inside.  "There was not a total evacuation, but everybody was awake and aware of what was going on."  Clean-up will continue Wednesday.

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STATE POLICE INVESTIGATOR FINDS NO WRONGDOING IN SUE ROBERSON CASE

(Richmond, IN)--The Indiana State Police has reversed what it said last week in the case of Sue Roberson.  Roberson is the former city of Richmond’s Human Resources Director who was fired last fall in the wake of an investigation.  Kicks 96 and The Point News reported on Monday that the State Police said Roberson’s case had been turned over to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office before Christmas.  Now, the State Police is indicating that it found no wrongdoing on Roberson’s part and never turned the case over to prosecutors.  Roberson maintained that she lost some of her own money when she became the victim of a scam but that no city funds were lost.

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OVERNIGHT FIRE DAMAGES MILTON HOME

(Milton, IN)--Fire did heavy damage to a home in Milton overnight Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning.  Crews from multiple agencies responded to a fire at a home on Central Avenue, which is also State Road 1, at around 11 o’clock Tuesday night.  Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the second floor.  The residents were able to make it out without injury.  State Road 1 was shut down for a time.  There’s no word on what started the fire.  The Red Cross was helping the occupants Wednesday morning.

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WOMEN CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH OVERDOSE DEATH

(Preble County, OH)--Two women are in the Preble County Jail.  They’re facing major criminal charges for their alleged role in an overdose death.  Both 31-year-old Courtney Alspaugh and 39-year-old Dana Webb have been charged with involuntary manslaughter and drug trafficking.  Details of exactly how the two allegedly contributed to the overdose death have not been released.

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EDIT GRANT APPROVED FOR RICHMOND CASTING

(Richmond, IN)--Richmond Casting is expanding.  At Monday’s monthly meeting of the EDC of Wayne County, a $10,000 EDIT grant was approved.  It will allow Richmond Casting to invest just over half a million dollars into a project that will produce stronger molds and increase efficiency.  It will also help the company to retain 28 jobs.  Richmond Casting has operated in Richmond for 37 years and is located on Rich Road.

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DEPUTY BRAVES FRIGID RESERVOIR TO RESCUE STUCK DUCK

(Richmond, IN)--A Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputy took extreme measures yesterday to save the life of a duck.  The duck was spotted in Middlefork Reservoir in Richmond with a fishing hook through its bill.  The line had gotten wrapped around a limb, leaving the duck stuck.  Deputy Doug Bullock waded into the frigid water to free the duck, which was taken to the Animal Care Alliance for treatment.  The hook was removed and the duck is recovering.

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REID URGENT CARE FACILITY TO OPEN THURSDAY

(Richmond, IN)--Reid Health is set to open its new urgent care facility on Thursday.  Reid Urgent Care will move just up the hill and across Chester Boulevard to a standalone space at Chester Boulevard and Waterfall Road.  It’s an 11,000 square foot facility.  The old urgent care building will be renovated to provide more space for primary care providers.

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KANSAS MAN JAILED FOR HARASSING HOTEL CLERK

(Richmond, IN)--A Kansas man was in the Wayne County Jail Tuesday morning after an incident at the Comfort Inn in Richmond overnight.  The very drunken man, who was later identified as 45-year-old Christopher Kanawyer, began calling down to the desk and making inappropriate comments to the 18-year-old desk clerk who was working overnight for the first time.  It happened repeatedly and she called police.  An Indiana State Police trooper arrived just as Kanawyer called the desk again.  The clerk put the trooper on the phone.  The trooper heard Kanawyer's comments, waited for backup, and took him to jail.

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COPE ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER DIRECTOR ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION

(Richmond, IN)--The Director of the Cope Environmental Center is stepping down.  Alison Zajdel (ZIGH-dull) announced on her Facebook page Sunday that she would serve in that role until April and then leave to spend more time with her family.  Zajdel has been with Cope for 15 years and was involved in numerous Cope upgrades, including the development of a 6000-square foot sustainable environmental education center.

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ONE PERSON KILLED IN PREBLE COUNTY CRASH

(Preble County, OH)--There was a fatal crash in Preble County over the weekend.  The Ohio Highway Patrol is handling the case, and only a few details have been released so far.  It happened on or very near the railroad crossing on Oxford-Gettysburg Road between New Hope and Lakengren.  Dispatchers indicated the incident was not the result of a collision with a train.  The identity of the person that was killed has not been released.

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MULTIPLE OD's ON NORTH 11TH LEAD TO RICHMOND MAN'S ARREST

(Richmond, IN)--There was a heroin overdose on North 11th in Richmond on Saturday night, and police records indicate it’s one of multiple incidents there.  56-year-old Bruce Gordon was behind bars Monday morning.  One woman OD’d there over the weekend, marking the sixth time since last summer.  Gordon was charged with maintaining a common nuisance.  Just a few hours before, medics were called to a home two blocks away on North 13th Street.  An unconfirmed report indicated that a female overdose victim there died.

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BURGER TIME TO MOVE IN CHESTER BOULEVARD LOCATION

(Richmond)- One burger establishment is replacing another on Chester Boulevard in Richmond.  Signs were changed Thursday at the old Rally’s location to reflect the new business called Burger Time.  They’ll offer a familiar menu that includes burgers, fries, shakes, and pies.  There are only ten Burger Times nationally and none are anywhere close to Richmond.  There’s no word yet on when it will open.

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ALLEGED RICHMOND DRUG DEALER CAUGHT

(Richmond)- An alleged Richmond drug dealer was caught Thursday afternoon.  Police stopped a car occupied by 42-year-old Torrie Mayberry in the 700 block of South 8th.  Scanner traffic indicated that there was a large amount of cocaine found inside, although police have not yet specified how much.  Mayberry was charged with dealing cocaine and was taken to the Wayne County Jail.  He bonded out in five hours and is free this morning.

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RICHMOND HAD TWO OVER DOSE DEATHS SINCE 6PM THURSDAY

(Richmond)- Richmond has had two deaths due to overdoses of heroin or other drugs since 6 p.m. Thursday.  First responders were sent to a home at the south end of South 13th at around 6:30 Friday night.  Drug paraphernalia was found right next to the female victim’s body.  Then, at just after midnight Friday morning, another female died from an apparent overdose on New Paris Pike near the Gaar Mansion.  Another person died from an overdose in the Preble County town of Gratis earlier this week.

 

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VIOLENT FELON CAPTURED AFTER CHASE AT 10th STREET PARK

(Richmond, IN)--There was a foot chase through Richmond streets for two violent criminals Wednesday night.  It began in the South 10th Street Park when officers investigated suspicious vehicles.  According to scanner traffic, officers from a central Indiana city were in Richmond looking for a murder suspect.  Two men fled on foot.  One man was captured.  He was identified as 23-year-old Raheem Colson.  Colson has a Richmond address but was wanted in Cincinnati for assault with a firearm and armed robbery.  The second suspect was not caught.  His identity has not been released.

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MAN TASED AFTER POINTING LOADED GUN IN OFFICER'S FACE

(Cambridge City, IN)--A Cambridge City man was taken into custody Wednesday night after allegedly pointing a gun in the face of an officer.  Police were initially called to the Chug-A-Lug Bar on the report of a man throwing drinks on people.  Later, they went to the Foote Street home of 44-year-old Gary Peach.  Peach allegedly exited the home and immediately pointed a weapon in the officer’s face.  That officer was able to Tase Peach and take him into custody.  He was in jail Thursday morning with charges that include pointing a loaded firearm at another person and possession of methamphetamine.

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COMMERCIAL LAND REVERTS TO BANK; OWNERS HOLD SLOTS FOR THREE BUSINESSES

(Richmond, IN)--A high-profile piece of property on National Road East in Richmond has reverted back to the bank that held the mortgage.  It’s the 11 acres owned by Eastside Commerical Park, LLC, just west of the former Quality Inn Hotel.  Nine years ago, 17 business leaders invested $2.2 million to convert the property to retail development.  The group recently decided it did not want to put more money into the property and it reverted back to West End Bank.  One investor, Dan Stamper, said that three slots are being held for different businesses.  Those businesses include a Panera Bread, a Hardee’s, and a car wash.  Even though the land just west of the former Quality Inn Hotel has reverted back to West End Bank, 17 business leaders still own 32 acres at the rear outright, and that land is still being marketed.  In the last month, an Illinois developer was looking at both the empty land and the hotel to bring a larger retailer.  The developer was going to tear out the new road that divides the parcels.  The company decided just a couple of weeks ago against pursuing the venture.

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SHOT FIRED INTO RICHMOND HOME

(Richmond, IN)--It appears that at least one bullet went into one house in Richmond Wednesday morning.  Police were called to the 400 block of North 14th Street at around 4:45 Wednesday morning.  Officers encountered a group of people in the area and began checking them for warrants.  Investigators then found that a round had entered a home in the area.  There was no word of any injury.  Police then began checking to see if other homes or cars had been struck.  Information about any arrests is still pending.

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DRUG TRATMENT FACILITY OFFICIALLY OPENS

(Cambridge City, IN)--A grand opening was held Tuesday for a new drug addiction treatment facility in Wayne County.  Recovery Works near Cambridge City began accepting patients last week, but officially opened its doors Tuesday.  Recovery Works provides detoxification, residential, and then outpatient treatment for up to 32 patients.  It has applied to accept Medicaid and currently accepts commercial insurance.

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WOMAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH LAKENGREN BURGLARIES

(Preble County, OH)--An arrest has been made after a series of burglaries in Lakengren.  52-year-old Shawnee Tucker was taken to the Preble County Jail after stolen items from at least five different homes were found in her garage on Norseman Drive.  Items like power tools and pressure washers were recovered with values that exceed $2000.  Lakengren had been plagued by a series of theft and breaking and entering complaints in recent weeks.

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