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SUBJECT OF STATEWIDE SILVER ALERT FOUND IN WAYNE COUNTY

(Wayne County, IN)--The subject of a statewide Silver Alert was found overnight in Wayne County.    An 88-year-old man from Terre Haute went missing Tuesday morning and was said to be in extreme danger.  At just before midnight Tuesday night, that man was found in his vehicle on I-70 between Centerville and Cambridge City.  Scanner traffic indicated he was disoriented but otherwise okay.  He was taken to Reid Health as authorities tried to notify people in Terre Haute.

MAN ACCIDENTALLY SHOOTS HIMSELF AT FOREST PARK

(Richmond, IN)--There was an accidental shooting overnight in Richmond.  One man shot himself in the leg while sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot of Forest Park Health near the corner of South 23rd and L Street late Tuesday night.  The man was taken to Reid Health.  His identity and condition have not been released.  Investigators said he was carrying the 9 millimeter handgun legally.  No charges are expected to be filed.

SERVICE SET FOR ICONIC RICHMOND TOY STORE OWNER

(Richmond, IN)--Services have been set for a man who owned and managed what turned out to be an iconic downtown Richmond business and created memories for countless local children.  William Veach died last Sunday and will be buried Friday in Minster, Ohio.  Veach operated the store that bore his name for 50 years.  Veach’s closed for good in 2017.  William Veach was 87.

ONE KILLED AS CAR PLUMMETS OFF I-70 ONTO ROUND BARN ROAD

(Wayne County, IN)--There was a fatal crash in Wayne County late Monday night.  It was dispatched as a car fire on Round Barn Road directly underneath the I-70 overpass at just before midnight.  Flames were shooting high enough that I-70 was shut down.  As the fire was being extinguished, crews realized that there was someone inside and that the vehicle had actually been on I-70, lost control, and come down onto Round Barn Road.  There’s no word yet on the identity of the victim or what led to the crash.

LOCAL SCHOOLS TO GET MILLIONS IN COVID-19 RELIEF

(Wayne County, IN)--Wayne County’s public schools are in line for a massive amount of money to help with pandemic costs.  That money is part of the American Rescue Plan.  Here’s how much each school is getting.  Richmond Community Schools is now set to receive $13.7 million.  Centerville schools is getting $2.6 million.  Northeastern is getting $1.9 million.  Nettle Creek schools will get $1.8 million, and Western Wayne schools stand to receive $1.3 million.  Richmond’s influx of money represents about a quarter of its total budgeted expenditures.

OFFICE MAX CLOSURE DATE SET

(Richmond, IN)--A final closing date has now been set for one of the larger retailers in the Richmond Mall area.  Office Max has announced that the last day for the local store will be May 15.  The store has been selling off inventory since the closing announcement was made months ago.  The Richmond Office Max was heavily damaged by a tornado two years ago, which resulted in a lengthy closure.  Office Max will join JC Penney and MCL as relatively recent closures in the mall area.

MAN DIES AFTER WEEKEND SHOOTING

(Richmond, IN)--There was a fatal shooting in Richmond over the weekend.  On Saturday night at just past 10 o’clock, officers were called to the 200 block of North 13th Street on the report of a man being shot in the stomach.  There, they found 26-year-old Chad Mullins.  Mullins was taken to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where he died Sunday.  Investigators have been interviewing witnesses, but no arrests have been made.  The only description of the suspect is that he was a short black male who fled the area in a dark car.  There’s no word on what may have led to the shooting.

WAYNE COUNTY SEES HIGHEST WEEKLY COVID-19 TOTAL SINCE FEBRUARY

(Wayne County, IN)--Since last Monday, some area counties have seen the highest weekly Covid-19 case totals that they’ve seen in more than two months.  That includes Wayne County, which has had 50 new cases.  That’s the highest weekly total since the last week of February.  There were 45 new cases in Darke County.   That’s their highest weekly total since February 15.  Other area counties are experiencing very low counts, though.  Since last Monday, Fayette and Union County have added only four cases each.

MAN CAPTURED AFTER DOMESTIC BATTERY, CHASE

(Wayne County, IN)--A Wayne County man was behind bars Monday morning after a domestic incident and short pursuit late Sunday night.  It happened on Pennville Road.  A resident there reported that her husband had struck her in the head and went outside with children and a shotgun.  33-year-old Justin Oliver then allegedly fled south on Pennville and was stopped a short distance away.  Oliver faces charges that include strangulation and domestic battery with a deadly weapon.

WAYNE COUNTY JOBLESS CLAIMS SKYROCKET FOLLOWING STIMULUS

(Wayne County, IN)--There was a massive jump in jobless claims in Wayne County that directly matches the most recent stimulus payments.  Here are the number of Wayne County jobless claims in the four weeks leading up to stimulus payments:  162, 132, 101, 123.  But, when stimulus hit, those weekly claims skyrocketed nearly seven times higher to 763 in just one week.  A nearly identical jump in jobless claims happened last year when another round of stimulus was distributed.  Meanwhile, at least two Richmond restaurants had signs posted Thursday announcing their hours had been cut due to a lack of staffing.

WAYNE COUNTY COVID-19 VACCINATIONS CONTINUE

(Wayne County, IN)--Another 245 Wayne County residents became fully vaccinated from Covid-19 Thursday.  It brings the total number of residents now fully vaccinated to just over 17,100 people, which represents about 26% of the total population.  According to an announcement Thursday, Ohio residents can now get vaccinated at the Kuhlman Center.  There will also be a special vaccination clinic in Hagerstown on Monday.

CRASH VICTIM POSSESSED MULTIPLE DRUGS

(Wayne County, IN)--More details have been released about the fatal crash at State Road 227 and Gaar Road just northeast of Richmond that we were first to tell you about Thursday morning.  Investigators now say the man who was killed in the single vehicle crash, 28-year-old William Miller of Richmond, had 42 grams of methamphetamine in the vehicle.  He was also in possession of three grams of what’s called “gray death”, which is a potent mixture of synthetic opioids.  Miller was due to go on trial for armed robbery in June for allegedly beating a man with a shovel during a robbery.

PERSON KILLED IN CRASH ON STATE ROAD 227

(Richmond, IN)--One person is dead after a crash early Friday morning just northeast of Richmond.  First responders were called to the area of State Road 227 and Gaar Road in the Pleasant View area at 1 o’clock on the report of an overturned vehicle.  There, they found that an occupant of the vehicle had been ejected.  That person was pronounced dead at the scene.  The identity of the victim has not been released.  Scanner traffic indicated that drugs were found at the scene.

WAYNE COUNTY RECORDS COVID-19 DEATH FOR 2nd CONSECUTIVE DAY

(Wayne County, IN)--All Whitewater Valley counties remained in the blue when Indiana’s new color-coded Covid-19 map was released Wednesday.  Wayne County’s positivity rate had dropped to 2.3% Thursday morning, which is a marked drop from the point when it rose above three percent late last week.  Wayne County also reported a Covid-19 death Wednesday, making the second straight day of reporting a death after having not reported one for an entire month.  The total now stands at 198.

RICHMOND RESIDENT SHOT WITH AN ARROW

(Richmond, IN)--Someone was shot in the arm with an arrow on Gardner Street in Richmond Wednesday afternoon.  It happened at around 1:30.  When police arrived, they found 52-year-old Jenita Smith with an injury to her arm from the arrow.  She was taken to Reid Health to be treated for a minor injury.  45-year-old Lawrence Paddock, who lives close to Smith, was later arrest for criminal recklessness.

WAYNE COUNTY RECORDS FIRST COVID-19 DEATH IN MORE THAN A MONTH

(Wayne County, IN)--On Tuesday, Wayne County reported its first Covid-19 death in more than a month.  It brings the total of those who have died with the virus to 197.  There were 11 new cases reported Tuesday.  It marks the 3rd time in the last week that Wayne County has reported double-digit cases after having gone two weeks without that happening.  The number of patients in Reid Health containment areas was back up to eight Wednesday morning.  At one point last week, there was only one.

CENTERVILLE MAN WANTED FOR BEATING CHILD CAPTURED

(Preble County, OH)--A Centerville man wanted for beating a child under the age of 14 has been located in Preble County and was back in the Wayne County Jail Wednesday morning.  26-year-old Chance Duarte now faces a new felony.  Duarte has a lengthy criminal record that includes drug possession and burglary.  He was also charged in 2018 with stabbing someone twice at the Westwood Apartments in Richmond.

TEENS LEAD POLICE ON HIGH-SPEED MOTORCYCLE CHASE

(Richmond, IN)--Two teenagers led police on a high-speed chase on dirt bikes through downtown Richmond overnight.  It happened at around midnight Tuesday night / Wednesday morning when IU East security notified RPD about the two riders on Chester Boulevard.  Officers tried to stop them at Sim Hodgin Parkway, but they fled into the downtown area at 85 miles per hour, according to scanner traffic.  After winding their way through downtown streets, they crashed on South West 1st.  One went to Reid Health.  One went to RPD headquarters.  There’s no word on the extent of their injuries or how young they are.

NEARLY 2/3 OF WAYNE COUNTY'S MOST VULNERABLE NOW FULLY VACCINATED

(Wayne County, IN)--Roughly a quarter of Wayne County’s total population has now been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.  But, according to numbers from the state, the percentage is much higher for those most vulnerable.  Assuming that Wayne County has vaccinated its older residents at a rate similar to the state level, just over 65% - or nearly 2/3 – of Wayne County residents 65 or older have now been fully vaccinated.  192 of the 196 Wayne County residents to die with Covid-19 have been over age 60.  None have been younger than 50.

LOCAL RESTAURANTS CLAMOR FOR EMPLOYEES

(Richmond, IN)--Even with Covid-19 numbers dropping drastically, local restaurants are still desperate for employees.  Here’s the Patrick Tamm, the president of Indiana’s Restaurant Association on Monday.  "Hiring to secure new employees has been atrocious."  A drive down National Road West in Richmondwill show that nearly every restaurant is hiring.  One is even offering a $500 bonus.  Here’s why:  "There are a lot of individuals that are seeing great benefit from unemployment - both state and, for the first time, federal unemployment," Tamm said.  Despite openings everywhere, more than 12,000 jobless claims have been filed in Wayne County in the last year.  That's 12 times higher than the year before.

COVID-19 VACCINE UNAVAILABLE IN PREBLE COUNTY

(Richmond, IN)--While there is an abundance of Covid-19 vaccine available in many Whitewater Valley counties, there’s one place where it’s not – Preble County.  On the website where Preble County residents go to schedule vaccinations Tuesday morning was a message that says “Sorry, but due to supply shortages there are no available appointments.”  There’s no indication of when doses of the vaccine will become available.  Less than 17% of Preble County’s population has been fully vaccinated.

WAYNE COUNTY SEES HIGHEST WEEKLY COVID-19 TOTAL SINCE 1st WEEK OF MARCH

(Wayne County, IN)--Wayne County has just had its highest Monday-Monday Covid-19 case total since the first week of March.  Wayne County had added 48 new cases in the last week.  The rise was due largely to double-digit cases reported last Wednesday and Thursday.  Despite a higher case count, the county’s positivity rate is dropping again and is down to 2.5%.  There are five patients in Reid Health containment areas.  Wayne County has not reported a Covid-19 death since March 12 – exactly one month ago.

MAN PULLED FROM CAR BEFORE BEING STRUCK BY TRAIN

(Richmond, IN)--A car sitting on the tracks at the North 8th Street crossing in Richmond’s Depot District was struck by an oncoming train late Friday night.  On Sunday, a man explained how he pulled the driver out before the car was struck.  Jeremiah Cannon said that he tried to convince the male driver to get out and, when the driver wouldn’t exit, Cannon pulled him out.  Others then tried to get the car off the track before it was destroyed by an oncoming train.  There were no injuries.

ALLEGED METH DEALER JAILED, BONDS OUT

(Richmond, IN)--An alleged Richmond meth dealer was taken into custody Friday but has already bonded out of jail and was free Monday morning.  The Wayne County Drug Task Force and the SWAT Team found Travis Reed at his home in the 1100 block of South B and arrested on an active warrant for two counts of dealing methamphetamine.  Tara Vickers was also arrested there for visiting a common nuisance.

SILVER ALERT ISSUED FOR MISSING WINCHESTER TEEN

(Winchester, IN)--A Winchester teenager is now the subject of a statewide Silver Alert.  The Silver Alert was issued early Friday morning for 18-year-old Takyra Jones.  Jones was last seen at around 4 o’clock Thursday afternoon.  Winchester Police say she is in extreme danger and may need medical attention, although they’re not saying exactly what led them to that conclusion.  Takyra Jones is white, 5-3, 120 pounds, and was last seen wearing blue glasses and a grey hoodie.

CHILD SURVIVES FALL FROM SECOND-STORY WINDOW

(Richmond, IN)--A small child appears to be okay after falling out of a second-story window Thursday on South 17th Street in Richmond.  The one-year-old boy was conscious when medics arrived.  A medical helicopter was summoned but could not fly because of the weather.  The boy was taken to a distant children’s hospital for overnight observation.  Details of how the boy fell out the window have not been released.

TRIAL OF FORMER ASST. SUPERINTENDENT MOVED TO MAY

(Winchester, IN)--A new trial date has been set for former Northeastern Assistant Superintendent Eric Green.  Green is accused of providing alcohol to two underage boys who had recently graduated from Northeastern at Green’s home in Winchester.  A bench trial was to have taken place late last month, but that’s now been reset for May 4.  Green had been on paid administrative leave for a year before resigning in February.

MAN INJURED IN ATTACK WITH SHOTS FIRED

(Richmond, IN)--Here’s an update on a shooting that occurred at 1 o’clock Thursday morning near South 10th and G in Richmond.  Police now say that 51-year-old Ronald Caldwell was shot in the hand and suffered a head injury while trying to fight off an attacker.  Caldwell was taken to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton and is in stable condition.  39-year-old Laura Davis was also hurt while trying to help Caldwell.  The initial report was that the shots had come from a pellet gun.  During the investigation, 20-year-old Peyton Sutton of Eaton was arrested for drug possession.

TEENS LEAD POLICE ON CAR CHASE ONTO CARDINAL GREENWAY TRAIL

(Richmond, IN)--Two teenagers led police on a wild chase through Wayne County Thursday morning.  It began as a suspicious person call at around 3 o’clock Thursday morning.  Police tried to stop a vehicle, but it fled.  It went onto Chester Boulevard north and then reversed direction toward Richmond.  At one point, the car actually fled on the Cardinal Greenway trail.  The chase ended when the car crashed on Arba Pike.  A 16-year-old girl remained in the car as police approached, but the 16-year-old boy who was driving fled into a wooded area and was still being sought at 5 o’clock Thursday morning.

WAYNE CO. COMMISSIONERS OPT AGAINST EXTENDING MASK MANDATE

(Richmond, IN)--There is no mask mandate inside the city of Richmond.  And, after Wednesday’s meeting of the Wayne County Commissioners, there’s not one at the county level either.  Commissioners Wednesday decided against extended the mandate, although all three were adamant that they believe it should continue.  A lack of enforceability was cited as one of the primary reasons for not extending the mandate after it was lifted at the state level on Tuesday.  The Wayne County Board of Health had recommended last week that the mask mandate be extended.

WAYNE COUNTY'S VACCINATION RATE AMONG STATE'S HIGHEST

(Wayne County, IN)--Wayne County continues to have one of the higher Covid-19 vaccination rates in all of Indiana.  As of Wednesday morning, 15,197 residents are now fully vaccinated.  That’s 23% of the county’s population.  While Wayne County’s rate is high, Franklin County’s remains low.  Franklin County has the third lowest vaccination rate in Indiana.  The Wayne County Health Department Tuesday announced a Moderna vaccine clinic coming up this Saturday at the former Elder-Beerman building in Richmond.

WAYNE COUNTY'S 911 RESPONSE TIME EXCEEDS INDUSTRY AVERAGE

(Richmond, IN)--Wayne County’s 911 system and the interlocal agreement between the county and the city of Richmond was discussed during the meeting of Richmond Common Council this week.  Last year, there were almost 44,000 calls to 911.  That’s about 120 calls per day.  99% of those calls are answered within ten seconds, and that’s well ahead of industry standards.

SEARCH TO RESUME FOR BOY MURDERED IN PREBLE COUNTY

(Boone County, KY)--Searchers will be back in the Ohio River this week to search for the body of the six-year-old boy who was killed by his own mother at Rush Run in Preble County.  High and swift water in the river has prevented divers from entering the river to search for James Hutchinson since March 17.  Brittany Gosney has been charged with her son’s murder and appears likely to pursue an insanity defense.

SNOW DECLINES TO ISSUE MASK MANDATE

(Richmond, IN)--Indiana’s mask mandate is over.  And, Richmond Mayor Dave Snow said Monday that the mandate would not be extended at the city level.  In Snow’s statement, he said that new information, increased awareness, and a vaccine that’s now available to all adults are factors that helped lead to his decision.  Snow also encouraged mask-wearing and social distancing to continue despite not issuing a mandate.  He added that he would continue to monitor and reassess the situation and would consider reinstating restrictions if conditions change.  Even though Indiana’s mask mandate has ended and with the announcement that it won’t be extended inside the city of Richmond, there are still places where you will have to mask up.  That includes any private business that wishes to require a mask of its customers.  People who enter the city building in Richmond or ride the city’s busses will have to wear a mask.  Wayne County Commissioners will likely discuss a extending the mask mandate Wednesday.  Two of three commissioners have already said they felt the mandate ended too soon.  No other area county or municipality has indicated there would be a mask extension.

WOMAN SHOT, REFUSES TO COOPERATE WITH POLICE

(Richmond, IN)--A shooting victim is refusing to cooperate with police.  According to a release Monday, Richmond police responded to the 2000 block of Glen Court on the report of someone being shot.  When they arrived, they found Aimee White with a gunshot wound to her leg.  White was taken to Reid Health to be treated for her injuries but did not provide investigators with any other information.

SPARTAN BOWL RANKED AS INDIANA'S BEST GYM

(Connersville, IN)--The Spartan Bowl in Connersville is the best high school gym in Indiana.  That’s according to the results of a poll conducted by Visit Indiana.  The Spartan Bowl was constructed back in 1958 and was designed by the same man who designed the Fieldhouse in New Castle, which finished second voting.  The Tiernan Center in Richmond did not make the top ten.

WAYNE COUNTY COVID-19 NUMBERS HOLD STEADY FOR WEEKS

(Wayne County, IN)--Wayne County continues to hold steady with its weekly Monday-Monday Covid-19 case count with 38 new cases since last Monday.  Weekly numbers show no significant rise for at least a month.  Here is the weekly number of cases for the last five weeks:  38, 38, 39, 35, 30.  Other area counties are showing a similar month-long period of steady but low new cases.  Here are the numbers for the last five weeks in Union County:  3, 1, 4, 9, 4.  There were only four patients in Reid Health containment areas Monday morning.  There has not been a Covid-19 death in Wayne County reported since March 12.

NO WORD FROM CITY, COUNTY ON MASK MANDATE EXTENSION

(Wayne County, IN)--With less than 24 hours before Indiana’s statewide mask mandate will come to an end, but was still no official word from the city of Richmond or Wayne County on whether or not the mandate will be extended locally.  The county’s Board of Health recommended an extension last week, but it takes elected representatives at the city or county level to make and extension official.  Richmond Common Council meets Monday night, meaning an announcement is possible.  But county commissioners won’t meet until Wednesday, so the mask mandate at the county level will remain in place at least until then.  Only five of 92 Indiana counties have a recommended extension.  Wayne County is one of them.

THREAT DELAYS UNION COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL

(Liberty, IN)--A threat prompted a delay at Union County Middle School Monday morning.  The threat was made last Thursday night on social media.  Union County officials say there’s nothing that leads them to believe the threat is credible, but they’re still operating on a delay Monday morning to allow for a staff briefing.  There will also be an increased law enforcement presence at the school this week.

LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES QUIET SO FAR ON MASK MANDATE EXTENSION

(Wayne County, IN)--There’s been no official word from any governmental agency in Wayne County yet after the Health Board recommended an indefinite extension of the mask mandate on Wednesday.  Each agency will have the final call about whether or not to allow a mask mandate to expire this coming Tuesday.  Richmond Mayor Dave Snow indicated that he is taking the recommendation under consideration.  Only three other counties in all of Indiana have said they’ll extend the mask mandate and they are all counties with much larger populations.  There are currently 34 Indiana counties with higher positivity rates and case counts than Wayne County that will allow the mandate to expire on Tuesday.  Here are some of the reasons the Wayne County Board of Health voted 4-2 to recommend an extension of the mask mandate that will expire statewide on Tuesday.  Board Member Jon Igelman said "One of these days it’s going to mutate into something really bad."  Board President Paul Rider said that there’s no way to know how long vaccinations will last.  97% of Indiana’s other 91 counties disagree and will allow the mandate to expire.  Bob Coddington and Pete Zaleski are the two health board members who voted against extending the mandate.

WOMAN JAILED FOR ALLEGEDLY BATTERING OFFICER

(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond woman was jailed early Friday morning and now faces a felony charge of battering a police officer.  Officers were called to the 600 block of South 11th overnight and encountered 37-year-old Bethany Ford.  Ford allegedly resisted arrest and then attacked an officer.  There’s no word yet on whether or not any officer was injured.

WAYNE CO. HEALTH BOARD RECOMMENDS MASK MANDATE EXTENSION

(Wayne County, IN)--On Wednesday, the Wayne County Board of Health recommended that the county extend the mask mandate beyond this coming Tuesday, which is when it will end on the state level.  The Health Board indicated that it will follow CDC guidelines, and that federal agency has set no end date to mask-wearing.  It’s important to note, though, that local elected officials will make the final call about whether or not to end the mandate on Tuesday.  That includes Wayne County Commissioners and Richmond Mayor Dave Snow.  It’s a virtual certainty that Wayne County commissioners will issue an extension.  Two of the three said last week that they felt it was too early to end the mask mandate.  The Wayne County Health Board will address the mandate each time it meets.  Wayne County would be one of only four statewide to extend the mandate.

CRAIN SANITARIUM OWNER ORDERED TO FIX OR DEMOLISH IN 30 DAYS

(Richmond, IN)--The former Crain Sanitarium at the corner of 22nd and East Main in Richmond is now in major jeopardy.  That property has drawn to attention of the city’s Unsafe Building Commission, which is ordering the owners of the structure to either fix it up or tear it down.  And, that work must begin within 30 days.  If that does not happen, the city could potentially step in and tear it down.  At a recent hearing, inspectors cited a rotting porch and other major issues with the structure.  The owner, Heaven Johnson, has not responded.  She tried to pass herself off as a Beverly Hills designer several years ago with plans to fix it up.  In reality, she had been convicted of fraud in multiple states and has used numerous aliases.  The city’s law department is looking into the ramifications of a historic easement on the deed.

REID ISSUES 30,000th COVID-19 DOSE TO FORT WAYNE COUPLE

(Richmond, IN)--The person who got Reid Health’s 30,000th dose of the Covid-19 vaccine Wednesday went to quite some length to get it…literally.  When people in their 30’s became eligible earlier this week, two Fort Wayne residents began looking in their area.  But, they couldn’t find any appointments there.  But they did find appointments through Reid.  Wednesday, they drove a hundred miles south to get their shots and, in the process, put Reid over the 30,000 vaccine mark.  Reid’s vaccination clinic continues every day but Sunday at the Kuhlman Center.

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