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CRASH VICTIMS IDENTIFIED AS FOUR CHILDREN

(Wayne County, IN)--The Indiana State Police on Friday released more information about Thursday afternoon’s fatal crash on I-70 in Wayne County.  The victims who died have now been identified as four Kansas City children who were ages 15, 13, 8, and 6.  The driver remained in extremely critical condition Friday morning at a Level One trauma center.  He has been identified as a 34-year-old Kansas City man.  Meanwhile, the man who allegedly caused the crash, 33-year-old Corey Withrow of Camden, remained in the Wayne County Jail Friday morning, charged with reckless homicide.

MAN CHARGED WITH RECKLESS HOMICIDE FOR MULTI-FATAL CRASH

(Wayne County, IN)--Multiple people are dead following a crash in the construction zone of I-70 Thursday, and now a Preble County driver is in the Wayne County Jail.  It happened at 5 o’clock Thursday afternoon on I-70 near Cambridge City.  State police investigators say traffic has slowed for construction when a box truck driven by 33-year-old Corey Withrow of Camden slammed into the back of slowed traffic.  The impact forced a passenger vehicle into another semi, causing it to burst into flames.  A passer-by helped get the driver of that vehicle out.  That person was taken to a Level One trauma center.  But others inside the vehicle could not be saved.  Now, Withrow is in the Wayne County Jail, charged with reckless homicide.  Police say drugs were a factor.  Withrow has a criminal drug history.  The state police department is not yet confirming multiple reports on social media that the victims were four children.

ARREST MADE IN CASE OF MISSING CONNERSVILLE GIRL

(Connersville, IN)--34 years after Denise Pflum went missing in Fayette County, an arrest has been made.  55-year-old Shawn McClung was charged Thursday with voluntary manslaughter after admitting that he killed her.  Other details have not been released with an investigation continuing into the possible involvement of other people.  Investigators have not yet indicated how Pflum was killed, the connection between the two – if any, or whether or not any remains have been recovered.  McClung had previously told investigators that Pflum was still alive.  Pflum went missing back in 1986 after going to get a purse that she had left at a party the night before.

PREBLE COUNTY PORK FESTIVAL CANCELLED

(Eaton, OH)--Covid-19 has forced the cancellation of one of our area’s most heavily attended late summer and early fall festivals.  The Board of Directors of the Preble County Pork Festival announced Thursday that this year’s festival will not take place.  The Board said that it was a difficult decision that was made with the best of intentions for all involved.  They added that they’ll begin preparing for a Pork Festival next year.

CHURCH, DAY CARE DISPUTE COVID-19 NUMBERS

(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond church and a Connersville day care dispute the number of children tested for Covid-19.  One person connected to Richmond New Life Tabernacle is also connected to a Connersville day care.  An email was distributed this week to Wayne County health and elected officials that 65 children connected to the day care were tested after potential exposure.  But Wednesday, the church’s pastor said that only 17 children were tested.  That pastor also said that the Covid-19 spread actually originated from a post office outside of Wayne County.  The Fayette County Health Department said Wednesday that all tests were negative and that the day care has reopened.  Following is a segment of a report originating from a Covid-19 Task Force that was distributed to local leaders about the situation:

 

"One point of interest, a pastor at a Richmond church spread the virus to one or more congregants, then one of them went to work at a nursery in Connersville. 65 children were exposed to COVID-19 and are being tested."

 

 

SCHOOLS MEET WITH HEALTH DEPT ABOUT SCHOOL REOPENING

(Wayne County, IN)--Wayne County’s five public schools are continuing to work on the details of restarting school next month.  On Wednesday, the Wayne County Health Department met with those schools’ superintendents in preparation of releasing those reopening plans.  The consensus, according to a release, is that those leaders want schools to open.  Specific plans for each school system will likely be distributed in the next couple of weeks.  The Health Department continues to encourage everyone to wear a mask.

RICHMOND RESIDENTS URGED TO RESPOND TO CENSUS

(Richmond, IN)--The city of Richmond made a renewed push Wednesday to get residents to respond to the 2020 census.  As of Wednesday, less than 2/3 of Wayne County residents – actually, 63% - had responded.  City leaders say a large response helps with funding for things like health care, food programs, and city roads.  The best census response in our area so far has been Darke County, which has had a 71% response.

CENTERVILLE TEEN KILLED IN INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT

(Richmond, IN)--A tragic industrial accident has claimed the life of a Centerville teenager.  It happened at just before noon Tuesday at a facility in the 2100 block of Peacock Road in Richmond identified as One Polymer Source.  16-year-old Emma Ulm, who was a Centerville High School student and standout athlete, was found trapped underneath a tow motor.  Rescue crews and a medical helicopter were dispatched to the scene, but Emma was pronounced dead there.  There’s no word on exactly how the incident occurred.  More information is expected to be released Wednesday.

I-70 WIDENING IN WAYNE COUNTY DELAYED

(Wayne County, IN)--Covid-19 is responsible for a delay in what would’ve been a major road project through Wayne County.  INDOT officials confirmed Tuesday that, at the beginning of this year, plans were coming together to widen I-70 to three lanes for its entire 150-mile run across Indiana, including all of Wayne and Henry County.  It would have happened five years from now.  The widening of 70 to three lanes is still on the INDOT project list, but now there’s no date set.  INDOT said the virus will have a major impact on tax revenue, preventing projects from beginning on their intended dates.

65 CHILDREN TESTED FOR COVID AFTER CONTACT FROM RICHMOND CHURCH

(Connersville, IN)--Dozens of children in Connersville are now being tested for Covid-19 after contact stemming from one Richmond church.  Wayne County health officials said Tuesday that there were multiple cases of the virus connected to one west-side Richmond church, including its pastor.  One woman connected to the church is also an employee of a Connersville day care center and reported for work there.  Now, 65 children have been tested for Covid-19.  There’s no word yet on whether any of those children tested positive.

WAYNE COUNTY SEES SPIKE IN WEEKLY JOBLESS CLAIMS

(Wayne County, IN)--There’s been a big spike in Wayne County…not in Covid-19 cases, but in the number of jobless claims caused by the virus.  Numbers released Monday show that in the last week of June, 382 more Wayne County residents filed jobless claims.  That’s the highest single-week total since April and 160 more than the week before.  It also brings the total number of jobless claims in Wayne County to 6350 since the outbreak began.  It means that one of every five members of Wayne County’s workforce has filed a jobless claim since March.

CROWN POINT IDENTIFIES TERRILL AS ONLY REMAINING SUPT CANDIDATE

(Crown Point, IN)--The Crown Point School Board confirmed Monday that outgoing Richmond school superintendent Todd Terrill is its one and only remaining candidate for superintendent there.  The board approved contract terms for Terrill Monday.  It includes a $165,000 annual salary.  His hiring at Crown Point is expected to be made official at a board meeting this coming Monday.  Terrill will begin at Crown Point the following Monday.

ORDINANCE ADDRESSING DOWNTOWN RICHMOND BUSINESSES ADDRESSED

(Richmond, IN)--An ordinance that would restrict new non-profits from setting up in downtown Richmond and in the Depot District continues to be modified.  It was addressed at Monday night’s meeting of Richmond Common Council.  Councilman Larry Parker proposed the ordinance last month.  Current non-profits already located downtown or in the Depot District would not be affected.  But, if the ordinance passes, organizations like churches, community centers, government offices, and museums would could have a more difficult time obtaining zoning approval.

REID REPORTS JUST 15 COVID-19 PATIENTS IN CONTAINMENT

(Richmond, IN)--The number of Covid-19 patients in Reid Health containment areas is the lowest it’s been since Reid started reporting that number nearly three months ago.  There are now just 15 patients in containment areas.  Reid has now tested more than 4400 patients with a positivity rate that has now dropped below four percent.  Meanwhile, one Richmond assisting living facility has closed its doors to the outside after a positive test.  The Springs in Richmond is no longer allowing visitors after having allowed outside visits from family members last week.

WANTED MAN CAUGHT AFTER HIGH-SPEED CHASE

(Richmond, IN)--A wanted Richmond man was in jail Monday morning following a high-speed chase Sunday.  Police first saw 43-year-old Darrell Robinson near South 15th and E.  Robinson allegedly fled east.  A female passenger bailed out on Locust Lane.  Robinson then fled to National Road East, going through busy intersections at 75 miles per hour.  The pursuit ended with a crash near the state line.  Robinson went to Reid Health and now faces multiple new criminal charges.

I-70 CONSTRUCTION SHIFTS

(Wayne County, IN)--There’s a shift of construction zones on I-70.  Beginning Monday, I-70 eastbound will be restricted to one lane from Centerville Road to the state line.  That restriction will cause backups that will stretch west toward Cambridge City.  The restriction is expected to remain in place through a week from Friday.  Monday is also the day that U.S. 35 closes near New Hope in Preble County.  35 is expected to be closed there for most of the rest of the month.

WAYNE COUNTY COVID-19 CASES DO NOT REFLECT NATIONAL SPIKES

(Richmond, IN)--Richmond and Wayne County have seen modest increases in Covid-19 cases this week, but nothing near the spikes seen in some parts of the country.  The number of patients in Reid containment areas has gone from 15 on Monday to 23 on Thursday.  There have been only four new confirmed cases this week in Wayne County.  Beginning Saturday, Indiana enters Stage 4.5 of its reopening.  That stage allows schools to begin operations, with extra-curricular activities beginning as soon as Monday.  It also allows for fairs and festivals to take place with some restrictions.

VICTIM IN FATAL FIREWORKS EXPLOSION IDENTIFIED

(Franklin County, IN)--The victim in the Tuesday night’s fatal fire and explosions just east of Brookville has now been identified as 69-year-old Donald Winters.  Winters was the owner of a permitted firework display company that was preparing for a show this weekend when the explosions occurred.  The Department of Homeland Security has now taken over the investigation and is withholding most other details.  Three other people were flown to University Hospital in Cincinnati.  All were reportedly in critical condition.  Their names have not been released.  There’s still no word on what caused the incident.

CENTERVILLE TEEN CHARGED WITH STRANGULATION

(Centerville, IN)--A Centerville teen was jailed Wednesday night and on Thursday morning faced charges that include felony strangulation.  Police were called to the 100 block of West Plum Street in Centerville.  There, they found a victim who had allegedly been head-butted by 19-year-old Jared Presley.  Presley also is accused of putting his hands around the victim’s throat.  She was checked at the scene by medics.  Presley was also charged with domestic battery.

ONE DEAD, FOUR HURT IN FIREWORKS EXPLOSION

(Franklin County, IN)--One person is dead and four others were injured in a massive explosion and barn fire in Franklin County Tuesday night.  It happened on Whitcomb Road just east of Brookville.  Neighbors heard explosions that they said sounded like fireworks.  The owner of the structure that exploded is known to have put on large fireworks displays.  Three of the four injuries were serious enough to require medical helicopters, which flew the victims to University Hospital in Cincinnati.  Identities and conditions of survivors have not been released.  Investigators will be back on the scene Wednesday.

RICHMOND BAKING COMPANY EVACUATED FOR POSSIBLE ARMED INTRUDER

(Richmond, IN)--It was a scary morning Wednesday morning for third-shift workers at the Richmond Baking Company.  At around 1:30, there was a report that a man armed with a knife and hatchet had jumped off a building there.  Scanner traffic indicated the Baking Company was evacuated when the man was thought to have entered.  He was located on a platform, but refused to come down for a short time.  He eventually surrendered as was taken to Reid Health for evaluation.  There were no injuries to employees.

EFFECT OF COVID-19 NOW EVIDENT ON WAYNE CO. JOBS FOR 1/4 OF YEAR

(Wayne County, IN)--It’s now been 13 weeks, or one-quarter of the year, that the effects of Covid-19 have been visible on Wayne County jobs.  In those 13 weeks, there have been 5741 jobless claims.  That’s after another 213 Wayne County residents filed last week, according to figures that were released Tuesday.  Each week in those 13 weeks, the number of jobless claims has been at least ten times what they were last year.

COVID-19 REPORTED INSIDE WAYNE COUNTY ADMINISTRATION BUILDING

(Richmond, IN)--The Wayne County Administration Building remains closed to the public for a couple of more weeks.  The reason given last week on the county’s website was to allow the county more time to obtain personal protective equipment.  But, it appears that may not be the only reason.  Some city and county leaders indicated Monday that there are multiple cases of Covid-19 among people who work inside the building and called the delay a quarantine.  There is at least one case in the Assessor’s office.  One employee said there are as many as four more cases.  The Wayne County Commissioner’s Office did not return calls on Monday.

SHOTS FIRED NEAR DAIRY QUEEN

(Richmond, IN)--Shots were fired in Richmond Tuesday morning.  Police were called to an area near the Dairy Queen on North 10th at around 2 o’clock Tuesday morning on the report of multiple shots fired.  Shell casings were recovered at the scene.  No injuries were reported.  Officers were unable to locate the shooter.  The only description, according to scanner traffic, is that it was an older male.

PAPA MURPHY'S IN RICHMOND CLOSES PERMANENTLY

(Richmond, IN)--An East Main Street building that has housed multiple restaurants in its history will soon be empty again.  Papa Murphy’s Pizza has announced that it is closing permanently.  Papa Murphy’s had been open for almost eight years, but had been experienced declining sales even before Covid-19.  But, according to owners, the virus was the final blow.  The building that housed Papa Murphy’s was once home to Subway and, before that, Arthur Treacher’s.

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