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REID HEALTH PAUSES VACCINATION MANDATE

(Richmond, IN)--Reid Health has announced it has paused its efforts surrounding a vaccine mandate for its staff after a federal judge brought a temporary halt to the vaccine mandate issued under the direction of the Biden Administration, according to our news partners at WHIO-TV.  A prepared statement indicated that Reid "is very pleased with the news of the temporary stay on the federal vaccine mandate.  While the organization has actively encouraged employees to be vaccinated, it has also maintained the choice should a personal one based on accurate, verified information about the vaccines."  The deadline to get the first dose of the vaccine for employees was to have been this coming Monday.

CENTERVILLE SCHOOL LEADERS INVESTIGATE THREAT

(Centerville, IN)--Notification was sent to Centerville school parents Thursday about a threat.  Centerville High School leaders were contacted around the start of school Thursday about a threat that was made by phone to two high school students.  Law enforcement was contacted and worked to try to determine who made the threat.  Extra law enforcement was present at Thursday night’s basketball game.  There will also be increased security at school Friday.

VISTEON BUILDING SELLS TO MILWAUKEE FIRM

(Connersville, IN)--A Milwaukee real estate investment firm called “Phoenix” has purchased the former Visteon building in Connersville.  The 1.7 million square foot building was first built as part of Philco and Ford back in 1953.  Visteon left in 2007.  For the last eight years, about a third of the building has been occupied by a cabinet manufacturer.  Phoenix has not announced specific plans for the building, but said that they would "renovate the property in a first-class manner and restore it to greatness."  Details of the deal were not disclosed.

RHS TO TAKE EXTRA SECURITY MEASURES FOLLOWING TWO FIGHTS

(Richmond, IN)--Richmond High School indicated Wednesday that extra security measures are being put into place following Tuesday night’s fight that broke out in the stands of the girls game against Rushville.  RHS also added in a prepared statement that four people were arrested.  There is no indication that anyone was booked into jail, meaning they cannot be identified.  It was the second time in three weeks that off-the-court fights in the Tiernan Center brought girls games to a halt.  RHS said there’s no indication that the incidents are connected.  Rushville’s athletic director refused to say Wednesday if that team would return to make the game up.  The next RHS girls home game is this coming Tuesday night against Franklin County.

EAST MAIN TO CLOSE IN TWO SPOTS BEGINNING MONDAY

(Richmond, IN)--Here’s more on the closure of a block of East Main Street in Richmond that Kicks 96 and 101.7 The Point was first to report early this week.  The closure of East Main between 9th and 10th Street is now set to begin this coming Monday to allow for demolition of a building in that block.  On Thursday, the Board of Public Works will hear a request to close both East Main and North 12th to allow for demolition of the Bradford Place Apartment Building.  That project is also expected to begin this coming Monday and should last for two weeks.

SEMI CRASH CLOSES EASTBOUND I-70

(Preble County, OH)--Eastbound I-70 was shut down for several hours in Preble County early Thursday morning following a fiery crash involving two semis.  It happened at just before 1 o’clock Thursday morning about four miles into Ohio near the Oxford-Gettysburg Road overpass.  One of the semis went onto its side and burst into flames.  There were no reports of any injury.  Eastbound 70 was closed through about 4:30 Thursday morning.  Traffic had backed up to the state line.

FOR 2nd TIME THIS SEASON, FIGHT DISRUPTS RHS GIRLS BASKETBALL GAME

(Richmond, IN)--For the second time already this season, a fight in the stands at a Richmond High School girls basketball game brought the game to a halt.  It was early in Tuesday night’s game against Rushville when a fight involving multiple adults broke out in the stands.  Witnesses indicated one adult female went tumbling down the steps of the Tiernan Center bleachers.  Some adults rushed into the stands when they noticed a fight had broken out.  The court was cleared and the game ended.  There is no record that any adults were booked into jail as a result.  RHS has not commented on Tuesday night’s incident.

BLOCK OF EAST MAIN TO CLOSE FOR A MONTH

(Richmond, IN)--A block of East Main Street in Richmond will have to be closed for an entire month to remove a dilapidated building.  The city announced Monday that East Main will close between 9th and 10th Street to allow for demolition of the building at 916 and 918 East Main.  That’s close to what was once Kessler’s Sporting Goods.  That building was recently declared unsafe and beyond repair.  An emergency demolition was then ordered.  Monday’s release from the city does not say when the closure will begin.

FORMER TROOPER SENT TO PRISON

(Eaton, OH)--A Preble County man who is also a former Ohio Highway Patrol trooper was finally hauled off to prison Monday.  47-year-old Christopher Ward had been given a three-year sentence last May for sexually battering multiple women and girls, including some while he was working in uniform as a trooper.  "It really affected me in my life and it still affects me.  It's always in the back of my mind," said  Here is one of Ward's victims).  Ward was allowed to remain out of prison for six months during the appeal process, but that ended Monday.  Ward’s attorney filed a motion for a new trial Monday just before Ward was taken away.

MAN WHO DIED IN PORCH COLLAPSE WAS DELIVERING PIZZA

(Connersville, IN)--More details have been released about that fatal porch collapse in Connersville that Kicks 96 and 101.7 The Point reported exclusively Monday morning.  Investigators have now identified the victim as 45-year-old William Fields.  Fields was working Saturday night as a pizza delivery driver when he stepped onto the porch of a house on West 27th Street.  He fell through the porch and was pinned by heavy debris.  The incident has been determined to be an accident and there is no ongoing criminal investigation.

WOMAN SHOT AFTER POINTING WEAPON AT OFFICERS

(Centerville, IN)--A Centerville woman pointed a weapon at a Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputy and Centerville Police officer Sunday night and was shot as a result.  It started at 6:30 Sunday night at a home in the 500 block of East South Street.  Officers responded to a report of a suicidal female.  She was outside on a porch when the officer and deputy arrived.  That’s when they noticed she had a weapon.  The woman retreated inside for a short time and then came back out.  That’s when she pointed the weapon at the deputy and was shot.  She was taken to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton by helicopter.  Her name and condition have not been released.  Both the officer and the deputy have been placed on administrative leave.

COVID-19 CASES DROP IN WAYNE COUNTY

(Wayne County, IN)--There has been a drop in the number of weekly Covid-19 cases in Wayne County.  The county has reported that 126 people have tested positive since last Monday.  That’s a 26% drop from the previous Monday-to-Monday weekly total and an 83% drop from the week before that.  Wayne County, though, has reported another Covid-19 death, bringing the total to 264.  There were 35 patients at Reid Health Monday morning.  71% of those people were unvaccinated.

ONE DEAD AFTER PORCH COLLAPSES IN CONNERSVILLE

(Connersville, IN)--One person was killed over the weekend in Connersville in what was initially reported as a porch collapse.  According to scanner traffic, first responders were sent to the 200 block of West 27th Street at 11:30 Saturday night when a porch collapsed.  There has been no information released yet regarding what caused the porch to collapse, the identity of the victim, or other circumstances surrounding the incident.

RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED TO SHOP LOCAL AT SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

(Richmond, IN)--Saturday is Small Business Saturday in Richmond.  Mayor Dave Snow explained in a recent promotional video why it’s important for people to do at least some of their Christmas shopping locally.  "On average, for every dollar spent locally, 67 cents stays local."  Organizations like the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Richmond are taking part.  Many local stores have online shopping options.

WHISPERING CHRISTMAS KICKS OFF FRIDAY NIGHT

(Eaton, OH)--Holiday festivities kick off in Eaton Friday night.  It begins with a White Christmas celebration at 5:30 Friday afternoon at the Preble County Courthouse with music from the Eaton High School Band.  That will be followed by the first night of Whispering Christmas at Fort St. Clair.  The popular local light display will continue every night through Christmas.

WAYNE COUNTY RECORDS TWO DEATHS, HIGHEST CASE TOTAL IN SIX WEEKS

(Wayne County, IN)--Wayne County on Tuesday reported two new Covid-19 deaths and its highest single-day case total in nearly six weeks.  The two deaths bring the county’s total to 263.  There were 47 new cases reported Tuesday.  The last day it was higher was back on October 12, when Wayne County reported 52 cases.  The county’s positivity rate Wednesday morning stood at 7.6%.  An updated color-coded Covid-19 map comes out later Wednesday.

ONE CAPTURED, TWO ESCAPE WEDNESDAY MORNING CHASE

(Richmond, IN)--One of three people who led RPD officers on a high-speed chase Wednesday morning was booked into jail at 4:30 Wednesday morning.  24-year-old Kasey Collins now is charged with dealing both cocaine and methamphetamine.  According to scanner traffic, speeds reached 100 miles per hour shortly after the chase began at 12th and East Main in Richmond.  The SUV crashed near the 1400 block of South J.  Collins was captured, but two other people including one male and one female were able to get away.  There were no reports of any injuries.

FUNERAL SERVICE SET FOR UNION COUNTY COMMISSIONER

(Liberty, IN)--A funeral service has now been set for Union County Commissioner.  Paul Wiwi died last weekend as a result of kidney disease.  Wiwi had been a Union County Commissioner for the last 13 years, but had also served the county in several other roles including as a 4-H leader and as a Co-Op board member.  Visitation begins at 4 o’clock Friday afternoon at Urban-Winkler Funeral Home in Liberty.  Paul Wiwi was 81.

AREA SEES LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATES IN A DECADE

(Wayne County, IN)--Unemployment numbers for the Whitewater Valley that were released Monday are incredibly – and possibly historically – low as many employers remain desperate to fill open positions.  Wayne County’s unemployment rate Tuesday morning was just 2.7%.  That’s the lowest it’s been in at least the last decade.  But some counties are even lower.  Randolph and Franklin County are at just two percent, and Union County is even lower than that at just 1.5% unemployment.  Some other important numbers…Wayne County’s labor force has dropped by 700 people since this time last year.  There are also 774 Wayne County residents who are currently counted as unemployed.

APPEAL DENIED FOR FORMER PREBLE COUNTY OHP TROOPER

(Eaton, OH)--A court on Monday rejected the appeal of a Preble County resident and former Ohio Highway Patrol trooper who accosted several juvenile and adult females.  47-year-old Christopher Ward had been found guilty a year and a half ago, but his three-year prison sentence was put on hold for appeal.  That ended Monday.  "This brings a lot of peace.  I'm happy for the other victims and their families.  I'm happy for the community." said one girl who Ward assaulted during a stop on U.S. 35 in Preble County.  A motion to impose the sentence will be heard November 29 in Preble County Common Pleas Court.

ACCUSED MURDERER REQUESTS TRANSFER OUT OF WAYNE CO. JAIL

(Richmond, IN)--There is now a pending motion to transfer Austin Neathery out of the Wayne County Jail.  Neathery is awaiting a March trial for allegedly murdering Richmond’s Tremel Carpenter more than three years ago.  A couple of weeks ago, Neathery incurred new charges after allegedly attacking a captain and a lieutenant at the jail.  The motion is called a Motion to Transfer for Safe Keeping.  A judge will hear that motion on November 30.

THREE ARRESTED IN SALISBURY ROAD DRUG BUST

(Richmond, IN)--The investigation was continuing Monday morning following a weekend drug bust at Salisbury Stables.  It happened late Saturday night and followed a lengthy investigation by multiple law enforcement agencies.  A search warrant was executed as a result of suspected drug activity with a police helicopter hovering above.  Three people were taken into custody.  They include Laura Turner, who has already bonded out and was free Monday morning.  She’s charged with maintaining a common nuisance and drug possession.  Adrienne Turner and Sonya Bowser were also jailed.  Scanner traffic indicated that there was an unsuccessful search for another suspect.  The amount of drugs recovered has not been released.

RICHMOND MAN WANTED FOR 20 YEARS CAPTURED

(Birmingham, AL)--A Richmond man who has been on the run for 20 years has been captured.  Back in the summer of 2001, Larry Flake was supposed to go on trial in Wayne County for sexual misconduct with a minor, but he never showed up and had not been seen until recently.  A new lead surfaced, and that led RPD investigators and the FBI to Birmingham, Alabama.  Flake will be extradited back to Indiana and will face new charges that include Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution.

MAN WHO ALLEGEDLY STABBED FATHER FACES NEW CHARGES

(Dublin, IN)--A Richmond man who was accused last year of stabbing his own father was back behind bars Monday morning following another incident in western Wayne County last night.  23-year-old Tyrus Adcock-Bell was taken into custody in Dublin Sunday night and charged with both strangulation and battery with a deadly weapon.  Details of what led to the new charges have not been released.  Adcock-Bell is scheduled to go on trial in January for allegedly stabbing his father.

FIREHOUSE TO BE CLOSED FOR "IMMEDIATE FUTURE"

(Richmond, IN)--A social media post by Firehouse BBQ & Blues indicates that the restaurant in Richmond’s Depot District will be closed for the immediate future following yesterday morning’s fire.  It broke out in a back kitchen area near a smoker and was contained to one room, although smoke and water damage extended beyond.  There’s no word yet on exactly what caused the fire and there were no injuries.  Owner Tom Broyles, who is also a firefighter, was on duty when the call came in and responded to his own building.  He credited other firefighters for keeping the fire from spreading.

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