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Local News with Jeff Lane Archives for 2019-02

BUSINESS OWNERS RECEIVE LETTERS THREATENING FINES OVER SIGNS

(Richmond, IN)--City leaders in Richmond have not returned calls about a series of warning letters that went out to some business owners.  Multiple business owners with digital signs received letters last week threatening fines of up to $2500 per day.  The letter alleges the signs are in violation of the Richmond City Zoning Code.  Owners have been given until March 2 to resolve the issues.

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TWO JAILED FRIDAY MORNING ON DRUG CHARGES

(Richmond, IN)--A wanted woman and another man were jailed on a host of drug charges after their arrest in Richmond Friday morning.  33-year-old Dustin Kelly and 32-year-old Tiffany Wells were taken into custody at 2 o’clock Friday morning.  An undisclosed amount of methamphetamine was recovered.  Officers also found marijuana and syringes.  Wells is also accused of assisting a criminal and resisting law enforcement.

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WAYNE COUNTY CHILD ABUSE CASES DROP 29% IN 2018

(Wayne County, IN)--The Indiana Department of Child Services has just released new figures for the number of substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect.  And, for Wayne County, there’s good news.  Last year, Wayne County had a total of 324 substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect.  That’s a large number, but is significantly less than a year before.  It’s 29% less than 2017, when there were 417 Wayne County cases.  Officials say that the vast majority of child neglect cases involve drug usage by at least one of the two parents.

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NEW DONUT SHOP TO OPEN IN SQUARE DONUTS LOCATION

(Richmond, IN)--The old home of Square Donuts in Richmond is getting a new occupant.  Renovation is currently underway on North West Fifth Street in advance of the opening of Bismark Donuts.  Bismark is owned by the same people who own and operate the Daylight Donuts franchise in Eaton.  The Richmond product will be similar to the Eaton product, but the Richmond store will offer more specialty donuts.  An opening date has not yet been set.

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EARLHAM NAMES NEW PRESIDENT

(Richmond, IN)--Earlham College has picked its next president.  Anne Houtman will become the 20th Earlham president in the school’s history and its female leader.  Houtman is current serving as a provost and vice president at Rose Hulman and had previously served in several positions at California State.  She was picked after an extensive national search.  Houtman will take office on the first of July.

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QUARTER POUND OF METH RECOVERED IN CONNERSVILLE BUST

(Connersville, IN)--A quarter pound of methamphetamine with a street value of $10,000 has been recovered in Connersville.  Members of the Connersville SWAT Team and other agencies executed a search warrant following a lengthy investigation by the Drug Task Force.  Three people were arrested and charged with dealing meth and other charges.  Those three are Adam Frye, Christopher Lainhart, and David Wolfe.

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DENNIS FIRST RESPONDERS HONORED AT INDIANA STATEHOUSE

(Indianapolis, IN)--First responders, including eight RPD officers, were honored Tuesday at the Indiana Statehouse for their response to the Dennis Intermediate School shooting incident that happened in December.  The officers were awarded a police star as part of a joint resolution of the Indiana House and Senate.  Wayne County Sheriff’s deputies, Richmond Mayor Dave Snow and RCS Superintendent Todd Terrill were also on hand.  The resolution recognized the training by RCS and law enforcement to prepare for such an event and prevent a much larger loss of life.

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FIRE DESTROYS BARN NEAR RICHMOND AIRPORT

(Richmond, IN)--Fire destroyed a large barn near the Richmond Municipal Airport Wednesday morning.  It broke out at just before 4 Wednesday morning at Gerber Land and Cattle, which is just across from the airport’s entrance.  Crews from Boston, Richmond, Abington, Centerville, and Preble County all responded.  High winds made fighting the fire more difficult.  The fire was allowed to burn itself out and did not spread to other structures.  No human injuries were reported.

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DOCUMENTS REVEAL NAMES OF EL REPARO OWNERS FACING CHARGES

(Lawrenceburg, IN)--El Reparo restaurants in Liberty and Brookville remain open despite on ongoing federal investigation.  This week, we’ve told you that owners of several Mexican restaurants are facing multiple criminal charges.  In documents obtained Tuesday, the specific owners have been named.  The list of owners includes Jose Leon at the Liberty El Reparo.  The charges have been filed in Dearborn County Circuit Court and include money laundering, corrupt business influence, perjury, theft, and tax evasion.

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SMALL JET SLID OFF RUNWAY, THROUGH FIELD, AND ACROSS 227

State police and RPD are now on the scene after a small jet slid off the runway, through a field, and across 227 at Richmond Municipal Airport. No injuries.

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RESTAURANT OWNERS CHARGED WITH MONEY LAUNDERING, MULTIPLE FEDERAL CRIMES

(Liberty, IN)--Restaurant owners in Liberty and Brookville are facing serious federal charges as the result of a two-year investigation.  The partial owners of El Reparo Mexican Restaurant are accused of federal money laundering, corrupt business influence, and multiple other tax-related crimes.  The owners allegedly failed to report income and underpaid taxes by half a million dollars.  They also allegedly used false social security numbers for 15 illegal immigrants working at El Reparo.  A state police excise officer called it an “ongoing pattern of criminal activity.”

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COUPLE FINDS BURGLAR SLEEPING IN THEIR BED

(Richmond, IN)--An elderly Richmond couple returned home this weekend to find an unwelcomed surprise…a stranger sleeping in their bed.  They immediately went back out and called police.  When officers arrived, they discovered that not only had Danny Angel allegedly broken into the home, he had taken a shower, put on the elderly resident’s boxer shorts, climbed into their bed, and went to sleep.  Angel was charged with felony residential entry.  He has been released from jail.

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20-YEAR-OLD ARRESTED FOR METH DEALING

(Richmond, IN)--Two alleged Richmond methamphetamine dealers were jailed Sundaday just a half an hour apart in unrelated cases.  20-year-old Kreigh Hitchell was charged with multiple felonies, including dealing meth and neglect of a dependent.  Hitchell is already a convicted robber.  Shortly Hitchell’s arrest, 36-year-old Daniel Burton was jailed.  Burton is also charged with dealing meth.  Quantities of drugs recovered in each arrest have not been released.

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ATTORNEY GENERAL SAYS THERE MAY BE MORE VICTIMS OF TROOPER

(Eaton, OH)--Last week, we told you that Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper Christopher Ward, who lives in Preble County, had been charged with two counts of gross sexual imposition after allegedly groping a female teenage driver who he had pulled over and then having sexual contact with another juvenile victim two years later.  Now, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is asking for the help of the public.  Yost said his office has reason to believe there are other victims who have not come forward.  Ward remains behind bars and on unpaid leave.

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ANNUAL COUNT FINDS 26 HOMELESS PEOPLE IN RICHMOND

(Richmond, IN)--A couple of weeks ago, volunteers participated in the annual Point in Time count to find homeless people.  The count is done on a national basis and included Wayne County.  It was done on the night of January 23.  The results have just been released.  In Wayne County, 26 homeless people were found in various locations.  Those 26 were people who were actually living either outside, in cars, or in abandoned buildings.  It does not count people who are staying in shelters like the Hope House or those who are "couch surfing" - staying with different friends and family members.  In Connersville, 14 people were found.  That included three infants and two children under the age of five.

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FLOODING RECEDES; SOME ROADS REMAIN CLOSED

(Whitewater Valley)--Water is receding quickly after heavy amounts of rain fell Thursday.  Most areas received roughly 2 ½ inches of rain Thursday, but Eaton received an incredible 3.9 inches.  All that rain caused multiple road closures…some of which were still in effect Friday morning.  Abington Road in Wayne County is closed.  The Yankeetown Bridge in Union County is closed, and the south end of Pennville Road in Fayette County remains impassable.  Numerous other county roads remain closed.  Flooding was most extensive to the south.  In Brookville, the spot where two branches of the Whitewater River merge is usually at four feet.  Yesterday, it was at 15 ½ feet.

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MAN ARRESTED FOR POINTING FIREARM

(Richmond, IN)--A Lewisburg man was arrested Friday morning in Richmond after allegedly pointing a firearm.  25-year-old Jeffrey Powell was allegedly stalking his ex-girlfriend when he then pointed a firearm at that former girlfriend’s new boyfriend.  No shots were fired.  Powell was caught near 5th and East Main in Richmond and booked into jail at 5:30 Friday morning.  He’s also been charged with felony invasion of privacy.

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PERSON STABBED TO DEATH ON EAST MAIN

(Richmond, IN)--There was a fatal stabbing in Richmond Thursday morning.  Very little information had been released by 7 a.m., but police were called to a home in the 1300 block of East Main on the report of a stabbing at just after 3 o’clock Thursday morning.  One person has reportedly died as a result of that stabbing.  Authorities did not immediately release the identity, age, or sex of the victim.  One person was being questioned and appears to have been injured.  That person was taken to a Richmond medical facility.

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WAYNE CO. MAN WANTED FOR SEXUAL MISCONDUCT CAPTURED IN CONNERSVILLE

(Connersville, IN)--A man wanted in Wayne County for sexual misconduct with a minor has been captured.  33-year-old Josh Millar was arrested yesterday in Connersville and brought to the Wayne County Jail.  Details of what Millar is alleged to have done have not been released.  He was also wanted in Fayette County, but will first face felony sexual misconduct charges in Wayne County.

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OHP TROOPER FROM PREBLE COUNTY ARRESTED

(Eaton, OH)--An Ohio Highway Patrol trooper who lives in Preble County is now facing multiple charges of gross sexual imposition.  "A police officer touched me inappropriately," is how one allegedly victim described a 2015 incident when speaking with her father.  She was 18 at the time of a traffic stop on U.S. 35.  Another alleged incident happened last year.  On Tuesday, Ward appeared in a Preble County courtroom.  "We're looking forward to the opportunity to exercise Chris' due process rights," said Ward's attorney, Steve Hobbs.  Ward bonded out of jail Tuesday afternoon and is not due back in court until late next month.  He has been placed on unpaid leave.

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WOMAN JAILED FOR METH POSSESSION, NEGLECTING DEPENDENT

(Cambridge City, IN)--A Cambridge City woman was in jail Wednesday morning after being arrested Tuesday night for both possessing methamphetamine and neglecting her dependent.  23-year-old Morgan Grant was taken into custody in a parking lot near I-70 and State Road 1.  The amount of meth that was recovered has not been released.  On her social media page, Grant lists herself as an employee of a Centerville health care facility.

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COUNCIL ADDRESSES ZONING ORDINANCES

(Richmond, IN)--One development was approved Monday night by Richmond Common Council while another was rejected.  Council approved zoning for a residential development on Wernle Road just east of Forest Hills.  That land was earmarked decades ago for a residential development.  "It was sold to the Rapers.  They were going to use it for other purposes, but it never developed.  The road has just laid there without any houses," one person addressing the ordinance explained.  Council also addressed a request for construction of a church on I-70 directly across from Highland Lake Golf Course.  That ordinance was rejected 4-3.  Those who voted against the ordinance cited a desire to keep the I-70 land available for commercial development.

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RPD WILL SOON GET NEW CRUISERS

(Richmond, IN)--The patrolling capability of the Richmond Police Department is about to expand.  "We have taken possession of several of the police cruisers that Council helped us obtain.  They're now being equipped with lights, sirens, and decals.  They'll be on the road very soon," said Richmond Mayor Dave Snow addressing Common Council Monday night.  Last year, RPD sought out additional cruisers in part for use by new officers.  Several other vehicles in the RPD fleet have excessive miles and need to be replaced.

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PROSECUTOR RELEASES POSITIVE DRUG DIVERSION STATISTICS

(Wayne County, IN)--Wayne County Prosecutor Mike Shipman has released updated figures on the county’s drug diversion program.  That program drops or reduces criminal charges against some defendants in drug cases if those people can successfully complete drug rehab.  In the last month, the number of people removed for non-compliance has been cut in half.  There’s also a steady upward trend of people who are in compliance.  Today, 2/3 of the people in the program are considered compliant.

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FORMER WAYNE CO. JAIL CORRECTIONS OFFICER JAILED

(Richmond, IN)--A former Wayne County Jail corrections officer was herself behind bars Monday.  27-year-old Amanda Smith is no longer working in that capacity and is accused of leaving the scene of an accident, resisting law enforcement, and felony criminal recklessness.  She was taken into custody in the 1200 block of Sheridan Street.  Details of what she is alleged to have done have not been released.

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FRANKLIN COUNTY WINS $3 MILLION LAWSUIT

(Brookville, IN)--Franklin County is receiving more than $3 million dollars from the city of Lawrenceburg.  Franklin County had sued Lawrenceburg over revenue sharing from the riverboat casino.  Lawrenceburg was supposed to give Franklin County half a million dollars each year, but quit doing that six years ago.  Lawrenceburg has indicated it will appeal the ruling.

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MAN WITH DRUGS IN RECTUM TRIES TO REMOVE TASER FROM OFFICER

(Richmond, IN)--Two Richmond men were arrested Thursday on drug charges, and things only got worse for one of them when he got to jail.  David Jones and 38-year-old Travis Lee were arrested near North 18th and E.  When Lee got to jail, he allegedly fought with officers to prevent them from finding more drugs that he had shoved into a bodily cavity.  Lee tried to disarm one jail officer by wrestling for that officer’s Taser.  Three more felony charges were added.  Lee just got out of jail two days ago after have been arrested for resisting arrest and leaving the scene of an accident.

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MORE COUNTERFEIT BILLS SURFACE IN RICHMOND

(Richmond, IN)--More counterfeit money is turning up in Richmond.  On Thursday night, a man gave a Mercurio's Pizza delivery driver a counterfeit $50 bill on North B Street in Richmond.  Police went to the scene of the delivery to search for the suspect.  He is known to police but could not be located Thursday night.  When he is apprehended, he will face felony charges.

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NORTHEASTERN GRAD INTERNING WITH CBS AT SUPER BOWL

(Atlanta, GA)--A fairly recent graduate of Northeastern High School is playing a role in the Super Bowl.  Morgan Gard is finishing up her Master’s degree at Indiana University.  Part of her last semester includes an internship with CBS Sports.  She’s in Atlanta this weekend working with the network in a variety of capacities and has sat in on multiple interviews for the pregame show.  Morgan is also a former employee of Kicks 96 and 101.7 The Point.

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