(Richmond, IN)--Numbers show that the city of Richmond has gotten serious about cracking down on unsightly properties. For a nearly three-year period ending a year ago, the city did not file a single complaint in court against owners who don’t take care of their homes. In the last year, though, there have been 63 formal complaints filed. The city has also added a code enforcement department. Derek Hill began as the leader of that new department at the start of this month.
(Oxford, OH)--Two boys were hurt in an explosion in Oxford Tuesday night. It happened very near McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital. Here’s Lara Fenning with Oxford police..."A large explosion and a large flash was seen and heard. The explosion was actually heard by the E.R. nurses a block away. They went out to investigate.". The nurses found two victims. One boy was flown to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. A second boy was less seriously hurt. Investigators don’t yet know the source of the explosion, which happened at about 8 o’clock Tuesday night. Investigators from the ATF are expected Wednesday.
(Lynn, IN)--Major road construction is coming to Lynn. U.S. 27 through the entire town will undergo deep-patch repair, asphalt milling, and new curbing. Small sections of 27 will close for periods of time, but INDOT says that all businesses will remain accessible. The construction is set to start Monday and not be complete until the middle of summer.
(Richmond, IN)--It’s been nearly ten months since Tremell Carpenter was shot and killed in Richmond – allegedly by then-18-year-old Austin Neathery. And, it will now be at least six more months before Neathery faces trial. Neathery’s trial has been set for September 30 in Wayne Superior Court II. Neathery allegedly shot the well-liked Carpenter after a dispute earlier in New Paris. Neathery fled Richmond and was on the run for two weeks before being captured by U.S. Marshals. He continues to be held without bond outside of Wayne County.
(Richmond, IN)--A call about drug usage led to counterfeiting charges against a Richmond woman Monday. A caller to 911 reported seeing a woman later identified as 32-year-old Cindy Duncan shooting up drugs in a vehicle in the 2000 block of East Main Monday afternoon. Officers stopped the vehicle at North 19th and C and recovered both heroin and a syringe. Details of the felony counterfeiting charge have not yet been released. Duncan has a prior drug-dealing arrest.
(Richmond, IN)--The Richmond Police Department is looking for members of an important commission. The RPD Merit Commission enforces rules for the hiring, promotion, and discipline of RPD officers. Among other requirements, candidates have to have been Wayne County residents for three years and not have held a political office for three years. Two positions need to be filled by next month. Members serve on an unpaid, voluntary basis.
(Franklin County, IN)--The Fairfield Causeway will be shut down for the summer. The causeway crosses Brookville Lake nearly at its midpoint and needs more than $2 million worth of deck work and other repairs. The closure means there will be no way to cross the lake from the Quakertown Causeway south to the dam…a stretch of about 12 miles. The Fairfield Causeway is expected to close late next month and remain closed through October.
(Economy, IN)--Fire destroyed a home in Economy Sunday. Firefighters from multiple agencies were called to a home on U.S. 35 at 5:30 Sunday morning. The occupants were able to make it out without injury. Traffic on 35 was affected as firefighters battled the blaze. After it was put out, it rekindled later in the day Sunday. There’s no word yet on what caused the fire or the dollar amount of the damage.
(Wayne County, IN)--The 2019 Indiana Kids Count report contains a shocking statistic about Wayne County children. The Kids Count report is issued each year and measures the well-being of children in each county and defines a child as anyone age 19 or under. Here is the statistic: In 2014, three Wayne County children died from drug poisoning involving any opioid. By 2017, which is the most recent year measured, the number had ballooned to 47 children. Again, the number of local child deaths jumped from three to 47. The report does not break down specific ages of victims. Here are more numbers from the 2019 Indiana Kids Count report on Wayne County children. First, the good. Wayne County leads Indiana in the ratio of mental health providers at one for every 210 kids. Now, the not-so-good. Wayne County ranks #7 in terms of kids living in poverty at 24.7%. It ranks 5th for the highest percentage of kids who are food insecure at 21.5%. And, the report says that one in ten Wayne County children live in a household that has no access to a vehicle.
(Wayne County, IN)--Some Wayne County weather sirens activated Thursday without reason. Wayne County Emergency Management officials tweeted Thursday afternoon that their outdoor sirens were not activated by their agency and that there was no severe weather in the area at the time the sirens activated. EMA did not say how many sirens fired erroneously, where they were located, or what prompted them to activate.
(Richmond, IN)--Shots were fired outside the Nine North Apartments in Richmond Wednesday night. According to scanner traffic, multiple shots were fired. Three men fled inside the apartments in the 200 block of North Ninth. Three men were detained during the investigation but were ultimately released. A fourth man was arrested, but only for failing to appear on a prior charge. That man is 33-year-old Larry Bryant. Bryant has a long arrest record, including one just last week for possession of meth. There were no injuries.
(Boston, IN)--The NTSB has released a report on an incident at the Richmond Municipal Airport last month in which a small jet slid through the runway and across State Road 227. The report indicates the pilot told investigators that he checked weather reports and runway conditions through an FAA source and saw no mention of snow on the runway. Airport officials said, though, that conditions had been filed. The runway had just over an inch of snow, but the pilot decided to try to land anyway when seeing the snow before touchdown. There was also substantial fog when the plane approached the airport.
(Centerville, IN)--Two people were taken into custody and methamphetamine was recovered during a traffic stop between Richmond and Centerville Thursday morning. Police stopped 21-year-old Cheyanne Kibbey of Cambridge City and Jacob Gray of New Castle on U.S. 40 near Airport Road. Kibbey was charged with possession of meth, cocaine, and drug paraphernalia. Quantities of drugs recovered have not been released.
(Richmond, IN)--The pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish and Seton Catholic Schools died Tuesday. 63-year-old Father Kevin Morris was pronounced dead after a crash on National Road West near Round Barn Road between Richmond and Centerville Tuesday afternoon. A preliminary report indicated Morris’ vehicle crossed the center line and collided with a car van driven by Amber Whitt of Richmond. Whitt and an eight-year-old child were injured. The investigation into the crash continues, including whether or not a medical incident caused Morris to cross the center line. National Road West was closed for nearly two hours.
(Arcanum, OH)--Arcanum’s police chief has been placed on paid administration for an investigation that appears to involve allegations of sexual assault. The investigation into Chief Andrew Ashbaugh is being conducted by the Darke County Sheriff’s Department. At a village council meeting Tuesday, some concerned residents voiced concerns. That included one person who said residents have concerns about the safety of their daughters.
(Richmond, IN)--The city of Richmond on Tuesday provided an update on a Stellar project that will impact East Main Street between 5th and 7th Streets. The city said that RP&L would be taking down street lights along that stretch of East Main and installing temporary light poles. East Main is currently open, but the city indicated that there would be temporary closures during construction.
(Richmond, IN)--Five people were taken into custody as a result of a drug bust just east of downtown Richmond Monday afternoon. It happened at a home near 12th and East Main. Antonio Ferguson and Crystal Huston, who are in their 40’s, along with teenagers Mackenzie Rodeffer and James Wynn all allegedly had their own individual syringes when they were arrested. Another teen, Trentavia Lear, was charged with visiting a common nuisance. All five remained in the Wayne County Jail Tuesday morning.
(Gratis, OH)--There was a standoff in Preble County Monday. A SWAT Team and hostage negotiators were sent to a home on Gratis-Jacksonburg Road near Gratis after a woman was able to phone police and tell them that she and a child were being held against their will by a man identified as 38-year-old Brian Miller. The two victims escaped, but Miller holed himself up inside the home for eight hours and was armed with a rifle. Chemical agents were deployed and Miller climbed out of an attic vent. Charges include abduction and felonious assault.
(Boston, IN)--Fire destroyed a garage at Magaw’s of Boston Monday afternoon. According to scanner traffic, a person was welding at the property on State Road 227 when the fire broke out. It quickly became fully engulfed. A nearby building that housed artwork was not damaged. The Magaws are known regionally for their art work. The property is next door to Gerber Farms, which was the site of another significant fire last month. No one was hurt Monday.
(Connersville, IN)--Fayette Regional Health System filed for bankruptcy protection last year. Now comes word that the Connersville hospital will be sold at auction. Permission has been granted by a federal bankruptcy court to sell its assets at auction. Bidding will close by the end of next month. If a bid is approved, new ownership could be in place by May 9. Fayette Regional currently owes substantial money to entities that include Comerica Bank and the Bank of New York Mellon Trust. There are also at least four active liens that have been filed by various contractors who have performed work at the hospital.
(Richmond, IN)--An alleged drug dealer was taken into custody early Sunday morning on East Main Street in Richmond. Police arrested 23-year-old Tala Jones, who lists a North Carolina address, and charged her with felonies that include dealing cocaine, other narcotic drugs, marijuana, and carrying a handgun without a permit. Details about what led to the dealing charges have not been released. Jones remained in the Wayne County Jail Monday morning.
(Oxford, OH)--It does not appear that criminal charges will be filed against a student who threatened a mass shooting at Talawanda High School in Oxford. Several students alerted officers when the student posted the threat on Snapchat. No weapons were found on the student, who blamed the threat on nicotine withdrawal. The student, though, has been recommended for expulsion.
(Richmond, IN)--Wayne County Sheriff Randy Retter said Thursday that he’d like to "have a word" with whoever is posing as Deputy Daniels. It’s the latest phone scam to hit our area. Someone is using software to make it appear as though a call is coming from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department. He identifies himself as Deputy Daniels – even though there is no real Deputy Daniels – and demands payment for legal matters.
(Winchester, IN)--There was a dramatic rescue in Randolph County Thursday. A dog had wandered onto the thin ice of a retention pond near U.S. 27 at the Randolph Inn. The dog fell through the ice and was unable to make it back to dry land. Randolph County Sheriff’s Deputy Sergeant Tom Honeycutt entered the frigid retaining pond and, with the help of a few other first responders, pulled the dog to safety.
(Arcanum, OH)--Children were removed from a school bus just before it caught fire Thursday in Darke County. Tanya Osborn was driving the bus on Grubbs-Rex Road near Arcanum. When the check engine light came on, she stopped the bus and got the high school students off the bus. Osborn said the bus caught fire shortly after. "Just within a couple of minutes the whole front end was fully engulfed." No one was injured. Osborn is being commended for her action. (photo courtesy of our news partners at WHIO-TV).