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DR. OZ SHOW TO AIR SEGMENT ON DENNIS SCHOOL SHOOTING

(Richmond, IN)--Richmond residents have flooded the Dr. Oz Show Facebook page in the last 24 hours with requests to not air the show that is scheduled for this Thursday.  A segment of the show that day will feature Mary York, who is the mother of the boy who shot his way inside Dennis Intermediate School last December and took his own life when he was cornered by police in a stairwell.  The focus of the show appeared to be on suicide and/or bullying rather than school shootings.  Local residents, including Dennis parents and teachers, say that the true victims were the people inside Dennis that day.  The incident is not the primary focus of the Thursday episode.  It will likely run in the last few segments of the show that day.

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RPD ASKS FOR HELP IN IDENTIFYING SUSPECTS

(Richmond, IN)--The Richmond Police Department is continuing to ask for the help of the public in identifying two people.  The images of two males have been captured on surveillance video, although RPD is not saying from where the images were taken.  There’s also no word on what the two are suspected of having done.  Call RPD if you can identify them.

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SHOTS FIRED FROM MULTIPLE GUNS OUTSIDE FOUNTAIN CITY-AREA HOME

(Wayne County, IN)--Multiple shots were fired Thursday night outside a home on Bockhofer Road just northwest of Fountain City.  According to scanner traffic, one or more occupants of a light-colored sedan fired multiple shots in the driveway of a home in the 5000 block of Bockhofer Road and then fled the area.  Shell casings from multiple guns and a holster were located.  There were no reports of any injuries to anyone inside the home.  A suspicious car was checked out shortly after the incident in Williamsburg but was determined to have not been involved in the shooting.

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MAN CHARGED WITH FIVE COUNTS OF POSSESSING CHILD PORN

(Laurel, IN)--A Franklin County man has been arrested on multiple child pornography charges.  The arrest of 22-year-old Kyle Monroe of Laurel comes as the result of an investigation by the state police’s Crimes Against Children Task Force after a tip to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.  Monroe has been charged with five counts of possession of child pornography.  Investigators have not said if any local children were depicted in the images.

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EATON, TRI VILLAGE TOP AREAS SCHOOLS FOR LETTER GRADES

(Columbus, OH)--Lots of people in Indiana question of the validity of current standardized school testing and ratings, and it’s the same in Ohio.  Some state administrators are calling the report card system for each school too complicated and flawed.  But, for what they’re worth, letter grades for schools were issued yesterday.  In our area, Eaton and Tri Village schools received B’s.  National Trail, Tri County North, and Twin Valley all received C’s.  And Preble Shawnee was given a D.

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I-70 CONSTRUCTION CREATES U.S. 40 TROUBLE

(Wayne County, IN)--More patrolling is expected on U.S. 40 as a result of construction on I-70.  Numerous residents have complained that construction on the interstate – especially westbound – has resulted in semis and other traffic diverting onto U.S. 40 in western Wayne County.  And, to make matters worse, portions of 40 have been recently chip-sealed and are heavily covered in gravel.  People who live in Cambridge City and Pershing complained Wednesday about speeding.  The construction on 70 will continue almost through the end of the year at various spots from the state line all the way into Hancock County.

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MAN WANTED FOR SEXUAL BATTERY CAPTURED

(Richmond, IN)--A man who was wanted for both felony sexual battery and auto theft was located and captured Wednesday.  A warrant had been issued for 42-year-old Magdaleno Martinez.  Martinez was located in the 1300 block of Peacock Road in Richmond late Wednesday afternoon and taken to the Wayne County Jail.  He remained there Thursday morning.  Details of what Martinez is alleged to have done have not been released.

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CHANGES COMING TO ELSTRO PLAZA AND LIBERTY

(Richmond and Liberty, IN)--If you’re in the downtown Richmond area, you may notice some additions to Jack Elstro Plaza.  On Wednesday, the city indicated that new Play in the Park equipment has arrived and is now being installed.  It consists mostly of concrete game tables and other activities like a Foosball table.  The equipment was funded through a state grant and with the help of numerous local organizations.  Changes are coming to the Liberty landscape.  Plans are progressing for a park that currently has no name on 18 acres near Pierce Street.  The park will have an amphitheater, a playground, a dog park, and tennis and pickleball courts.  Also, two buildings are now set to be taken down next month.  The old Woodruff’s building and what was the Frank Collier barbershop building will both be demolished.  Those buildings had been damaged by fire.

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RICHMOND MAN CHARGED WITH VILLAGE PANTRY ARMED ROBBERY

(Richmond, IN)--A formal charge of armed robbery has now been filed against a 20-year-old Richmond man accused of holding up the Village Pantry in the 1200 block of South 9th last month.  Laquent Hogg allegedly robbed the store at gunpoint but was recognized by the clerk, who happened to be Hogg’s classmate.  He now faces a standard nine-year prison sentence.  A second suspect was involved in the robbery.  That suspect has not been identified or arrested.

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WOMAN CHARGED WITH DUI IN FATALITY

(Winchester, IN)--On Tuesday, a criminal charge was filed in connection with a crash that killed a Fountain City man last month.  69-year-old Charles Miller died in the crash on U.S. 27 near Lynn.  Investigators say that 29-year-old Audriana Hardwick not only caused the crash by crossing the center line, but was driving drunk.  Hardwick now faces up to 12 years in prison.  Her criminal history includes driving while suspended and possession of marijuana.

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ONE DAY AFTER RHS, CENTERVILLE HIGH SCHOOL DEALS WITH THREAT

(Centerville, IN)--On Monday, Richmond High School dealt with a threat.  On Tuesday, it’s Centerville High School.  According to a statement Monday night from Superintendent Phil Stevenson, one student told several others Monday that he was planning on bringing a gun to school.  Stevenson and Centerville police have indicated that they are confident that the student is not a threat and is now facing expulsion.  There will be an increased police presence at Centerville High School Tuesday.

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ONE MINOR INJURY IN CRASH INVOLVING SCHOOL BUS

(Fountain City, IN)--There was an accident involving a school bus late Monday afternoon just outside of Fountain City.  The initial indication is that a passenger vehicle crossed the center line on U.S. 27 and hit an oncoming semi head-on near the Fountain Acres store.  A school bus, which was headed to pick up a football team and did not have any students onboard, was also involved.  One person suffered non-life-threatening injuries.  Traffic on 27 was affected for about an hour.

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EARLHAM, IVY TECH RECEIVE HIGH RANKINGS

(Richmond, IN)--There’s news today from several local institutes of higher learning.  Earlham College has been ranked the 35th most innovative school in the country by U.S. News and World Report.  Ivy Tech in Richmond has been ranked as having the third-best LPN nursing school in Indiana.  And IU East has announced that they’re now seeking local responders for their annual business survey which, among other things, is an indicator of hiring in the coming year.

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RCS, LAW ENFORCEMENT RESPOND TO THREAT

(Richmond, IN)--Richmond Community School Superintendent Todd Terrill issued a statement early Monday morning after what appeared to be a threat was posted on Snapchat.  Terrill said that the threat had been investigated and that they were confident that the individual responsible is not a threat to RHS.  A resolution was reached within two hours of Terrill being notified.  And, for that, he thanked students and parents for following the “See Something, Say Something” protocol.  "Because of our students and the information that they shared with parents, phone calls were made to officals at Richmond Community Schools.  RThe threat alluded to a shooting.  Investigators Sunday night spoke with the person who made the post and a parent.  They also searched a home and were given the poster’s cell phone by the parent.  Extra police officers will be visible throughout the RCS system on Monday.

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RICHMOND FIREFIGHTERS RETURN FROM HURRICANE DORIAN

(Richmond, IN)--A couple of first responders with the Richmond Fire Department are back home after helping during Hurricane Dorian.  John Purcell and Chris Morris are firefighter/paramedics with RFD.  They served with Ohio Task Force One and returned over the weekend.  Purcell and Morris traveled more than 2400 miles as they followed Dorian up the east coast.  They had most recently staged in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

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THREE JAILED IN SCHEME TO SMUGGLE METH INTO JAIL

(Richmond, IN)--Three people were taken into custody Thursday after allegedly trying to smuggle methamphetamine into the Wayne County Jail.  Wayne County Sheriff Randy Retter indicated that Dillon and Lanny Fultz and Loren Hatfield had concocted a scheme to transfer the meth to an inmate waiting for a hearing at the Wayne County Courthouse.  Investigators became aware of the plan in advance and arrested the three when the transaction took place.  The investigation is continuing.

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"LIFELONG CRIMINAL" SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS

(Richmond, IN)--A man who Wayne County Prosecutor Mike Shipman described as a lifelong criminal was sentenced Thursday.  28-year-old Justin Noelker was sentenced to 15 years for hitting a man and stealing his car four years ago.  Another 15 years was tacked on due to Noelker’s criminal record.  The Wayne County sentence will be served consecutive to a Florida prison term after he stabbed two people there.    Noelker blamed his history on a difficult childhood.  He will serve at least 22 years.

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FAMILY SEEKS HELP IN 1977 MURDER CASE

(Cambridge City, IN)--On Thursday, Kicks 96 and 101.7 The Point updated the unsolved case of Denise Pflum of Connersville, who went missing back in 1986.  But her's is not the Whitewater Valley’s only decades-long unsolved murder case.  This weekend, family members of Ann Harmeier will have a booth at Canal Days as they seek information.  Ann Harmeier was a 20-year-old Cambridge City resident who was found dead in a farm field near Martinsville way back in 1977.  She had been returning to IU in Bloomington from Cambridge City when her car broke down.  Investigators got a new lead earlier this year, but no arrests have ever been made.

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TERRILL CALLS FOR REVIEW OF STANDARDIZED TESTING

(Richmond, IN)--The Richmond Community School system issued a statement Wednesday in conjunction with the state’s release of ILEARN results.  Richmond finished well below the state average of 37% of students rated as proficient in math and English.  RCS’s number was 16%.  The statement says that scores released do not include student growth data and that it’s frustrating that the scores do not reflect the hard work of teachers and students.  Todd Terrill is joining other superintendents statewide in calling on legislators to review the practice of evaluating students and teachers based on standardized tests.

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SIGN INDICATES TIM HORTON'S CLOSURE

(Richmond, IN)--There has been no official confirmation yet from corporate leaders, but a sign on the door of Richmond’s Tim Horton’s store on National Road West indicates that the store has closed.  The local Tim Horton’s escaped a round of closures that included several regional stores last year.  The sign on the door Thursday morning does not indicate that the closure is in any way temporary.  If the closure is permanent, the closest Tim Horton’s to Richmond would be in Englewood.

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INVESTIGATORS WORK TO IDENTIFY JEWELRY THIEF

(Connersville, IN)--Detectives in Connersville have released surveillance images of a jewelry thief with a very unique appearance.  A social media post on Wednesday does not mention where the crime took place or other details.  But it does show a white man with an extremely square chin, a Freddy Mercury-style mustache, and wearing a red hat turned backward or, possibly a beret.

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PROBABLE CAUSE EXISTS IN CASE OF TEEN MISSING SINCE 1986

(Connersville, IN)--Fayette County Sheriff Joey Laughlin says his department is closer than it’s ever been to solving the Denise Pflum case.  Pflum was a teenager when she went missing back in 1986.  Laughlin  told the News Examiner this week that there is now probably cause for an arrest, but investigators are continuing to tie up loose ends.  A new witness has provided many new details.  Laughlin said that Denise Pflum was murdered.  Her body has not been located despite numerous searches.

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FIRST INSPECTION FOR LOOP'S FIRST PHASE SET FOR NEXT WEEK

(Richmond, IN)--Richmond Common Council got an update on the first phase of the Loop project in Richmond on Tuesday night.  "All Milestone work has been done.  All additional stormwater drainage is complete.  Signage, painting, and street lights are done.  Landscaping is complete," said Kate Kotan (koe-TONN) with the city.  An inspection will take place next week.  We have our pre-final inspection set for September 12.  After that inspection, the crews will have a window of time to complete a punchlist," Kotan added.  Kotan also indicated Tuesday night that meetings will take place this month with nearby residents and businesses about the second phase of the Loop project.

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LOSANTVILLE MAN GETS 35 YEARS FOR STABBING

(Anderson, IN)--A Randolph County man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for a stabbing.  47-year-old Troy Neal of Losantville went to his ex-wife’s home near Anderson last fall and stabbed a man she was having dinner with five times in the back.  The man survived the attack.  Neal has been tagged as a habitual offender after having previously been convicted of sexual battery and burglary.

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RPD: SHOTS FIRED INCIDENTS NOT CONNECTED

(Richmond, IN)--Two shots fired incidents that took place just minutes apart in Richmond are not related, according to a press release from Richmond police.  It began around 5:30 Tuesday morning when shots were fired near 21st and North D Street.  Shell casings were found, but no damage or injuries were reported.  Then, about 15 minutes later, a man showed up at Reid Health with a gunshot.  RPD said that gunshot was accidental and occurred in the 600 block of North West L.  The victim suffered a non-life-threatening injury.

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