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CITY TO POST FUNERAL PARKING, SHUTTLE BUS INFO ON WEBSITE

(Richmond, IN)--Richmond Mayor Dave Snow issued a recorded statement on Thursday about the upcoming two-day farewell to Officer Seara Burton.  It begins with public visitation from 2-7 p.m. Sunday at the City Building.  Snow said that the city has been preparing for a large volume of people, and they’ve made it easier for people to know where to park or catch a shuttle bus.  "Please understand, we are expecting a high volume of law enforcement and civilian guests from around the country.  Please go to richmondindiana.gov or find the City of Richmond on social media to see the parking and shuttle bus maps," Snow said.  The funeral takes place at 11 o’clock Monday morning at the Tiernan Center.

FUNERAL PROCESSION ROUTE SET FOR SEARA BURTON

(Richmond, IN)--The city of Richmond on Thursday released the funeral procession route for Officer Seara Burton.  Once it leaves the Tiernan Center, the procession will cross the G Street Bridge and take 5th Street to the City Building.  It will pause in front of the City Building for the final 10-42 call.  It will then travel west out of Richmond on U.S. 40 and continue on 40 for 76 miles to Crown Hill Cemetery in central Indiana.  Residents can again line the street as the procession leaves the city.

MAN WITH HISTORY OF CARRYING GUN AS VIOLENT FELON JAILED FOR DEALING METH

(Richmond, IN)--Richmond police caught an alleged meth dealer late Thursday afternoon.  50-year-old Timothy Carico was arrested on Williamsburg Pike.  Carico is no stranger to the Wayne County legal system.  He has seven previous felony arrests, including four in the last two years.  Two of those felony cases are still pending.  Both of those cases include the charge of being a serious violent felon in possession of a handgun.

THOUSANDS EXPECTED TO ATTEND FUNERAL OF OFFICER SEARA BURTON

(Richmond, IN)--Thousands of people are expected to attend the funeral of Richmond Police Officer Seara Burton, and that’s prompted it to be scheduled to take place in Richmond High School’s Tiernan Center.  That includes law enforcement personnel from a wide radius around Richmond.  Visitation and funeral times for Officer Burton were announced Wednesday.  Visitation will be from 2 until 7 p.m. Sunday at the Richmond Municipal Building.  The funeral will follow at 11 o’clock on Monday morning at the Tiernan Center.  The public is invited to attend.  Richmond Community Schools announced Wednesday that it would have an e-learning day on Monday.  The procession route for Officer Burton is still being finalized.

POSITIVE INDICATORS HIGHLIGHT WAYNE COUNTY EMPLOYMENT REPORT

(Wayne County, IN)--There were some very positive indicators when the state released new unemployment numbers for Indiana counties in our area this week.  First, there are 674 more people in Wayne County’s workforce than there were at this time last year.  Secondly, there are 741 more people actually working than at this point last year.  And, finally, unemployment rates have dropped in the last month.  Wayne County’s rate is three percent this morning.  That’s down from 3.6% last month.  Union County has our area’s lowest unemployment at 2.3%.

PERSON STRUCK BY TRAIN IN UNION COUNTY

(Union County, IN)--One person was struck by a train Wednesday in Union County.  It happened at around 2:45 Wednesday afternoon at a railroad trestle near Patterson Road.  Multiple agencies responded and were able to locate and remove the man from the remote location.  He was flown to a Level One trauma center.  The man’s identity and condition have not been released.

RPD THANKS COMMUNITY FOR SEARA BURTON RESPONSE

(Richmond, IN)--The Richmond Police Department on Tuesday issued a big thank-you to everyone who was involved in returning RPD Officer Seara Burton’s body to Richmond following her death a few days ago.  RPD said "It was truly amazing to see the streets, sidewalks, and overpasses lined with people to help welcome our hero, K-9 Officer Seara Burton, home.  Thank you for being a great community."  The statement also gave special thanks to Dayton police, which helped to arrange the procession.  Arrangements for Officer Burton were still pending Wednesday morning.

ONE MAN SHOT, ANOTHER JAILED FOLLOWING HUNT STREET SHOOTING

(Richmond, IN)--One person is hospitalized and another is behind bars following a shooting Tuesday morning on Hunt Street in Richmond.  Investigators say 21-year-old Chandler Walker shot 24-year-old Tyrus Bell-Adcock in the lower abdomen.  Bell-Adcock was taken to a Level One trauma center with injuries that were said to be non-life-threatening.  Walker allegedly fled the area and led police on a high-speed chase before giving up on Abington Pike.  There’s no word on what led to the shooting, but both men have extensive criminal records.  Walker has three pending felony cases, including one for armed robbery.  Bell-Adcock has three pending felony cases and has been jailed and released eight times in the last year.

RHS HOMECOMING PARADE RETURNS WEDNESDAY NIGHT

(Richmond, IN)--This is Homecoming Week at Richmond High School, and things are finally returning to normal.  After being cancelled for two consecutive years, the tradition Homecoming parade takes place Wednesday night.  It will leave Cordell Pool at 6 Wednesday night, head east on West Main Street, and eventually take a right turn to the high school.  Streets including West Main will be closed on a rolling basis as the parade passes.

SERVICES FOR SEARA BURTON PENDING TUESDAY MORNING

(Richmond, IN)--Arrangements for Officer Burton were still pending Tuesday morning.  A somber crowd of thousands of onlookers lined Richmond streets from the state line to Doan and Mills Funeral Home as the body of Richmond Police Officer Seara Burton was returned home Monday.  The procession began with a huge police presence in Dayton.  Many of those officers followed Seara’s hearse all the way to Richmond.  First responders were perched on interstate overpasses in Preble County.  When the procession entered Richmond, residents along the streets saluted or held their hands over their hearts.  "It was a moving reminder of the price that all law enforcement potentially pay every day," said one onlooker.  "God bless and her family," said Mayor Dave Snow at Monday night’s meeting of Richmond Common Council.  The Richmond City Building has been darkened and flags have been lowered.  Monday, county commissioners announced they would follow suit with the courthouse and county flags.  Charges have not yet been upgraded against the man charged with shooting Officer Seara Burton, although it’s just a matter of time.  Phillip Lee remains in a state prison cell in northern Indiana on a probation violation.

RPD WARNS OF SCAMMERS INVOLVING SEARA BURTON DEATH

(Richmond, IN)--Richmond police are warning the public of someone who is doing the unthinkable in connection to the death of Officer Seara Burton.  Scammers are now trying to use her name and death to make money.  The online scam uses her photo, identifies her as a member of the Indiana Police Department (there is no such thing) and includes a button to click on to donate.  RPD is encouraging anyone that wants to donate to make sure they’re doing it to a legitimate fundraising event or account.

HINE JAILED FOR 10th TIME IN 26 DAYS

(Richmond, IN)--Richmond’s Cody Hine was arrested and jailed again Monday as he continues to build an arrest record that defies belief.  In just the last 26 days, Hine has been arrested, jailed, and released ten different times.  Each time, he’s arrested on a relatively minor charged, jailed, released on his own recognizance after 48 hours, and then arrested and jailed again.  He was arrested for theft Monday at a gas station at South 5th and E.  He will be released yet again Wednesday.

SEARA'S BODY TO BE RETURNED MONDAY AFTERNOON; PROCESSION ROUTE ANNOUNCED

(Richmond, IN)--The body of Richmond Police Officer Seara Burton will be returned to Richmond Monday afternoon.  Officer Burton died late Sunday night at Reid Health.  Her body was then taken to Dayton for autopsy.  A procession of law enforcement personnel will escort her casket back to Richmond Monday afternoon.  Members of the public, who have been incredibly supportive over the 39 days that have passed since she was shot, are being invited to line the streets of the city Monday afternoon.  Here are the details you’ll need to know:  The procession is leaving downtown Dayton at 1:30 Monday afternoon.  It will pass through Preble County on I-70 and will enter Richmond on U.S. 40 at the state line – likely at around 2:15.  It will then travel west along National Road East and East Main, and then to North A Street.  It will then make a left turn onto 5th Street, where it will pass by her police vehicle.  That vehicle has sat in front of the city building and now serves as a focal point for the community.  From there, the procession will continue onto National Road West, where it will end at Doan & Mills Funeral Home.  Well-wishers who are lining the streets are being asked to stay in safe locations.  They’re also being asked to refrain from stopping on the shoulder of I-70.

RPD OFFICER SEARA BURTON SUCCUMBS TO INJURIES

(Richmond, IN)--Richmond Police Officer Seara Burton has died.  39 days after being shot during a drug investigation, Seara died at 9:59 Sunday night at Reid Health in Richmond after having been taken off of life support 19 days ago.  Support for Seara had poured in not only from Richmond and the Whitewater Valley, but from across the country and even the world.  The Richmond Police Department issued a statement early Mondayu morning.  Here it is in its entirety:  "We would sincerely like to thank the Richmond community and those who have supported Seara, her family, and the Department from near and far. Thank you to all of those who have shown unbelievable support throughout this very difficult time including Dayton Police Department, The Indiana State Police, Indiana State Fraternal Order of Police, Richmond Fire Department, Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, as well as many other agencies.  The family is extremely grateful for the massive amount of support from the community.  We kindly ask that you respect the family’s privacy during this difficult time."  Funeral services are pending and will be announced once they’re finalized.

CITY BUILDING TO BE DARKENED, FLAGS TO BE LOWERED

(Richmond, IN)--Richmond Mayor Dave Snow has issued a statement following the passing of Officer Burton.  Here it is:  “Today is a sad day for everyone.  Please help us honor and remember Seara as the fighter and warrior she has shown all of us to be these last few weeks.  Our hearts are shattered as we learn of the passing of Officer Seara Burton.  She fought like a warrior through every minute of this battle.  Her endearing spirit, professional service, and shining personality will live with us for years to come.”  Snow said the lights at the Richmond City Building will be turned off beginning Monday night.  Flags will be lowered at all city buildings.  Snow is also asking Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb to request all flags statewide to be lowered to honor Officer Burton.

PERMANENT CLOSURE OF PREBLE COUNTY RAIL CROSSINGS BEGINS

(Preble County, OH)--The permanent closure of several railroad crossings in Preble County has begun.  On Thursday, the last vehicles ever crossed the tracks on Conley and Daily Roads.  Now, Norfolk and Southern has permanently closed those crossings to install a second set of tracks.  Still to come is the closing of the much more heavily traveled Oxford-Gettysburg Road between State Route 122 and U.S. 35.  Hundreds of vehicles use that stretch of road every day.  That includes National Trail School buses, which will now see their travel times significantly expanded.

SEX OFFENDER WANTED BY US MARSHALS CAPTURED AT REID HEALTH

(Richmond, IN)--A man who was the subject of a search by US Marshals was taken into custody Thursday at Reid Health.  54-year-old Walter Powell will be picked up by Marshals on Friday.  Back in 2009 in Kentucky, he was convicted of possessing child pornography and for soliciting a child for sex.  He served five years in prison on those charges.  Details of why he was the subject of a search by marshals have not been released.

RPD UPDATE: SEARA CONTINUES TO FIGHT

(Richmond, IN)--After no mention of her condition for the last couple of days, the Richmond Police Department posted again Thursday about Officer Seara Burton.  Most of the information over the last week has been that her condition had not changed.  On Thursday, that changed a little bit.  RPD did not mention her condition, but did say that she "continues to fight and show her strength."  It’s now been two weeks since she was removed from life support and 37 days since she was shot in the head during a drug investigation.  She remained at a Richmond hospice facility Friday morning.

LEE RETURNED TO INDIANA PRISON

(Bunker Hill, IN)--Phillip Lee is no longer listed as an inmate in the Montgomery County Jail.  The Richmond man charged with shooting Officer Seara Burton had waived extradition the day before, which enabled Indiana officials to return him to the Miami Correctional Facility near Kokomo to be held for a probation violation.  Meanwhile, the Richmond Police Department did not post any information about Seara on Wednesday.  Each day for the previous seven days, RPD indicated on its Facebook page that there had been no change in her condition.  She remains at a Richmond hospice facility.

NTSB RELEASES FINAL REPORT ON FATAL PLANE CRASH

(Richmond, IN)--The NTSB has released its final report on a fatal plane crash that occurred at the Richmond Municipal Airport in April of last year.  78-year-old Judson Costlow of Richmond was taking off en route to Missouri when his plane went down shortly after takeoff.   The report said that Costlow likely became disoriented in the fog that was present that morning.  He was not rated for instrument flight in low-visibility conditions.

VICTIM IN FARM FATALITY IDENTIFIED

(Wayne County, IN)--More details have been released about the fatal farm accident just north of Williamsburg that Kicks 96 and 101.7 The Point News reported on Wedneday morning.  The Wayne County Sheriff’s Department identified the victim as 62-year-old John Frost.  Frost was using a tractor to remove a small tree from his Morgan Creek Road property on Tuesday afternoon when the tractor rolled over and trapped him underneath.  Frost was pronounced dead at the scene.

LEE WAIVES EXTRADITION

(Dayton, OH)--The man accused of shooting Richmond Police Officer Seara Burton is now headed back to prison in Indiana.  Phillip Lee appeared in a Montgomery County courtroom Tuesday, marking his first appearance since being released from the hospital.  Lee waived his extradition.  Once notified, Indiana authorities will be able to come and get him.  Lee is not expected to go to the Wayne County Jail.  Rather, he’ll go straight to prison because his new charges are a violation of his probation from his most recent of numerous prison sentences.  There has been no change in Seara’s condition in the last 24 hours.  At Tuesday's hearing, Lee questioned the charges he faces.  t’s a little difficult to understand, but here’s Lee questioning a judge yesterday about how many counts of attempted murder he’s currently facing (actuality 31305).  The answer is three, based on his alleged shooting of Officer Burton and firing at two other officers.  After waiving extradition yesterday, Lee is headed back to an Indiana prison on a parole violation.  His earliest release for his parole violation would be April of 2024 but that, of course, does not include any new charges connected to the shooting.

MAN KILLED ON WAYNE COUNTY FARM

(Wayne County, IN)--No information has been released yet about what appears to have been a fatal farm accident in Wayne County Tuesday afternoon.  At around 2:30, first responders were sent to a farm on Morgan Creek Road a few miles north of Williamsburg.  Scanner traffic indicated that a 63-year-old man had become pinned under a tractor.  A medical helicopter was summoned but was cancelled before it arrived.  There’s no word yet on the man’s identity or what led to the incident.

SHOTS FIRED ON SOUTH 6th IN RICHMOND

(Richmond, IN)--There were a couple of reports of shots fired in Richmond late Tuesday night.  One report came from the area of the 300 block of South 10th at just before midnight.  That report was unfounded.  But, another report from near South 6th and P Street just before that was legitimate.  Scanner traffic indicates that there were bullet holes in at least one vehicle and shell casings were recovered.  Officers were reviewing video from nearby security cameras.  No injuries were reported and no arrests have been made.

RCS WEBSITE SHOWS SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION IN OPEN POSITIONS

(Richmond, IN)--Richmond Community Schools has been in session for a month now, and there appears to have been a lot of hiring going on.  On the day that school started – August 10 – the RCS website listed an incredible 64 job openings for certified and classified personnel.  On Tuesday morning, that number had been cut nearly in half and stood at 36.  Still, that’s far more than all four other public Wayne County school districts combined (24).  There are only six certified spots open at RCS.  Many of the 36 open positions are for paraprofessionals.  The RCS Board meets Wednesday afternoon.

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