Local News Archives for 2023-05

MURDERER SENTENCED TO LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE

(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond murderer will never be free again.  On Tuesday, 32-year-old Michael Carr was sentenced to life in prison withouth the possibility of parole.  Carr shot and killed Jason Lewis nearly five years ago at the Genesis Apartments in Richmond.  Carr believed that Lewis had cooperated with police in a drug investigation.  Just before his trial began earlier this spring, Carr had allegedly offered someone $10,000 to kill five of the prosecution’s witnesses.  Carr’s attorney said Tuesday that both the conviction and the sentence would be appealed.

JUVENILES CAPTURED AFTER HIGH-SPEED CHASE

(Wayne County, IN)--On Tuesday night, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department released details of a high-speed chase.  Two juveniles in a car stolen from Nebraska were clocked going in excess of 100 miles per hour on I-70 in Wayne County.  Stop sticks disabled their car near Centerville Road.  The two fled into a field near Round Barn Road.  One juvenile was taken into custody fairly quickly.  A drone was then launched and helped to locate the second teen.  Both of them went to a juvenile detention facility.

ALLEGED METH DEALER JAILED EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING

(Richmond, IN)--Richmond police arrested a suspected methamphetamine dealer as the clock struck midnight overnight.  49-year-old Antonio Ferguson was taken into custody in the 400 block of South 14th and booked into jail at 12:09 Wednesday morning.  There’s no word yet on what led to Ferguson’s arrest.  His criminal history includes possession of meth and non-support of a dependent child.

VISITATION, FUNERAL SET FOR FALLEN RANDOLPH COUNTY FIREFIGHTER

(Farmland, IN)--Visitation has been set for Tuesday night for the Randolph County firefighter who was killed as he headed to a barn fire last week.  29-year-old Kyle Osgood was the Assistant Chief of the Farmland Volunteer Fire Department.  Visitation is from 4-8 Tuesday night at Monroe Central High School.  Representatives of fire departments from around the region will then gather Wednesday morning for a funeral that begins at 11 o’clock in Monroe Central’s gym.  The condition of a second firefighter, Zach Lee, has not been updated since Friday when he was listed in critical condition at a Fort Wayne hospital.

PREBLE COUNTY EMPLOYMENT REACHES HIGHEST NUMBER SINCE 2007

(Preble County, OH)--More people are working today in Preble County than have been working in the last 16 years.  That’s according to new numbers from Preble County Economic Development.  The number has climbed to more than 13,000 people.  Even more impressive is what’s happening with Preble County wages.  Wages have risen 44% in just the last five years.  Average annual wages have climbed over $49,000 per year.  A large new employer is just beginning the hiring process.  That’s Royal Canin, which is expected to hire 225 new workers.

JUVENILE KILLED IN DARKE COUNTY CRASH

(Darke County, OH)--A person who has, so far, only been identified as a juvenile was killed in a crash in Darke County on Saturday night.  That juvenile failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Jaysville-St. Johns and Hollansburg-Sampson Road and was struck broadside by a pickup truck driven by Clifford Strange of Greenville.  The juvenile was taken to Wayne Health and was pronounced dead.  Strange and his wife suffered very minor injuries.

FIREFIGHTER KILLED EN ROUTE TO RANDOLPH COUNTY BARN FIRE

(Farmland, IN)--A volunteer firefighter in Randolph County was killed during a response Thursday morning.  It was around 7 o’clock Thursday morning that the Farmland Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a barn fire on County Road 1000 West.  The driver of the tanker, 29-year-old Kyle Osgood, lost control in a curve.  The tanker rolled over.  Both Osgood and his passenger, 19-year-old Zachary Lee, were ejected.  Osgood was pronounced dead at the scene.  Lee was flown to a Fort Wayne hospital.  His condition Friday morning had not been released.

WANTED ALLEGED TEEN RAPIST CAPTURED AFTER CHASE

(Richmond, IN)--A wanted alleged teenage rapist was caught following a chase in Richmond Friday morning.  Officers tried to apprehend 18-year-old Theron Beaty-Robertson at around midnight when Beaty-Robertson fled.  He was captured with the help of a canine near some storage sheds on U.S. 27 about a half-mile north of I-70.  A warrant for his arrest for rape had been issued in March.  Details of what he is alleged to have done have not been released.  Beaty-Robertson was also wanted for a vehicle theft.

SILVER ALERT CANCELLED FOR CONNERSVILLE MAN

(Connersville, IN)--Indiana’s state website was indicating Friday morning that a Silver Alert that had been issued Thursday for a missing for a Connersville man has been cancelled.  The Silver Alert was issued for 66-year-old Roger Mills, who was last seen late Wednesday night driving an older van.  The alert said that he was believed to be in extreme danger.  Friday morning, though, the website said the alert had been cancelled without detailing how it was resolved.

EARLHAM SUED OVER COVID-19 VACCINATION MANDATE

(Richmond, IN)--Earlham College is now the target of a lawsuit over its Covid-19 vaccination mandate.  Caitlin Corrigan, who was a student in 2020, claims that other students began challenging her participation in commencement because she refused to take the vaccine.  She further contends she was removed as a speaker at commencement and that other students yelled and spat on her mother.  The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages to be determined by a jury.  The CDC’s director admitted last year that Covid-19 vaccinations do not prevent spread of the virus.  No hearing date has been set for the lawsuit.

DORA APPROVED FOR EATON

(Eaton, OH)--The establishment of a DORA has now been approved in Eaton.  DORA stands for Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area.  The main purpose of a DORA is to allow people to walk around outside with alcoholic beverages that they purchased at licensed location.  The goal is to increase foot traffic and to create social hubs in business districts.  Eaton’s DORA would cover much of the area along Main Street and just north of the Preble County Courthouse.  The DORA still needs state approval.

BOARD OF WORKS TO AWARD CONTRACT FOR $1.3 MILLION IN STREET IMPROVEMENTS

(Richmond, IN)--The Richmond Board of Public Works is scheduled to meet late Thursday afternoon.  When it does, it’s expected to award a contract for street upgrades in 28 locations.  Milestone Contractors was the low bidder for the project at close to $1.4 million.  Most of the street resurfacing will be done in residential areas with high concentrations in the Reeveston and Hidden Valley areas.

HUMAN REMAINS CONTINUE TO BE RECOVERED AT DEPOT OVERPASS CONSTRUCTION SITE

(Richmond, IN)--Human remains continue to be recovered at the site of the Depot District overpass replacement project in Richmond.  The grassy area at the north side of the bridge was once a Quaker cemetery.  Kicks 96 and 101.7 The Point News first reported in early February that the first remains that had been left behind were found during preliminary digging.  Now, INDOT has brought in an archeological consulting firm to document the remains that continue to be located as work progresses.  A statement from INDOT Tuesday said that it "wishes to respect the remains and will take steps to preserve the dignity of the deceased individuals by covering or tenting the area during removal."

ROAD CONSTRUCTION WORKER STRUCK BY INATTENTIVE DRIVER

(Wayne County, IN)--A road construction worker was seriously injured when he was struck by a vehicle Tuesday morning.  It happened on U.S. 35 at Brooks Road about halfway between Williamsburg and Economy.  According to scanner traffic, the driver of the vehicle told investigators that she was searching for music on her phone while driving when she nearly struck a flagger, swerved to avoid a work truck, and then struck the victim.  He was flown to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.  His name and condition  have not been released.  Family members say he is expected to survive.

EPA COMPLETES COLLECTION OF FIRE MATERIAL FOR TESTING

(Richmond, IN)--The EPA has completed its collection of materials from the industrial fire in Richmond that occurred last month.  In a new update, the EPA still refers to it as the My Way Trading fire and indicated that it collected 54 soil, debris, and asbestos samples last week from three properties located in the warehouse fire site area.  All of those samples are now the hands of laboratory analysts.  Results of testing are still pending and will determine where the burned material will be taken for final disposal.

WAYNE COUNTY UNEMPLOYMENT DROPS NEARLY A FULL PERCENT

(Wayne County, IN)--New employment numbers were released Monday for Wayne County and the Whitewater Valley, and those numbers are very positive.  First, there was a big drop in the unemployment rate.  Wayne County’s rate dropped nearly a full point in one month – from 3.6% to 2.7% on Tuesday morning.  Other area counties are down more than a full percent.  Also, more Wayne County residents are working that were at this same point last year.  There are 320 more people working in Wayne County working today than were working in May of ’22.  And the number of people in the labor force is also up and sits at just over 30,000 people today.

NEW SIGN WELCOMES DRIVERS TO INDIANA AT RICHMOND INTERCHANGE

(Richmond, IN)--A newly designed sign has gone up to welcome drivers on I-70 to Indiana near the Richmond exit onto U.S. 40, and an update one is coming to drivers entering Ohio.  On Monday, the new sign went up on westbound I-70 for drivers coming into Indiana.  It’s relatively small, a darker blue, and says “more to discover in Indiana.”  Ohio’s sign on the arch will soon change because the slogan is being changed from “find it here” to a slogan the state used more than a decade ago…”Ohio, the heart of it all.”

CORDELL POOL SET TO OPEN SATURDAY

(Richmond, IN)--The Richmond Parks Department announced Monday that Cordell Municipal Pool is set to open this Saturday, and there is no word lifeguard shortages that are so severe that it would delay the opening.  Last year, the pool had to close during one of its initial weekends because there we not enough lifeguards available during a graduation weekend.  Additional lifeguards, though, are still needed this year.  Season passes are available and cost $55 for children under age 18 and $70 for adults.

RICHMOND WOMAN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY ON MURDER WARRANT

(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond woman has been taken into custody on a murder warrant.  32-year-old Lamita Vansickle is charged with murder in the August, 2018 shooting and killing of Jason Lewis at the Genesis Apartments.  Michael Carr was just convicted of murder earlier this month for that same shooting.  A warrant for Vansickle’s arrest was issued last December.  She was caught Friday in the 1100 block of South A in Richmond.  Vansickle was shot on Kinsey Street in December of 2020.  She survived that shooting, but another victim did not.

TEEN ARRESTED AFTER SHOTS FIRED

(Centerville, IN)--A Richmond teen was taken into custody Sunday after allegedly firing shots in a populated area.  19-year-old Joshua Ilano Monday morning is charged with Criminal Recklessness with a Deadly Weapon.  Ilano was taken into custody in the 2600 block of West Main in Centerville.  No injuries were reported.  There were several other teens and young adults in the area when the alleged incident occurred.

EPA WRAPPING UP COLLECTION OF MATERIAL FOR TESTING AT FIRE SITE

(Richmond, IN)--The EPA is scheduled Friday to wrap up its collection of material for testing from last month’s industrial fire in Richmond.  All this week, the EPA has been collecting burnt debris that is being sent off for testing to determine exactly what kind of chemicals it may have contained.  That identification will be the first step in the actual cleanup of the area.  There has been no timetable set to complete the cleanup, but it is expected to take an extended period of time.  Meanwhile, there has been no activity this week in the lawsuit against Seth Smith, who was ordered four years ago to clean up the property.

WAYNE COUNTY DROPPED FROM HUMANE SOCIETY'S "HORRIBLE HUNDRED" PUPPY MILL LIST

(Wayne County, IN)--There is some good news regarding puppy mills in Wayne County.  You may remember three years ago when Wayne County was identified by the National Humane Society as one of the worst counties in Indiana with 14 puppy mills.  Puppies and adult dogs were found in poor health and housed in crowded cages without adequate shelter from the elements.  This week, the Humane Society released a new list.  Wayne County has gone from 14 identified puppy mills three years ago to none today.

MAN CHARGED WITH DISPLAYING GUN AT RICHMOND CVS

(Richmond, IN)--A man was taken to the Wayne County Jail Thursday night after allegedly pulling a gun inside the west-side Richmond CVS.  55-year-old Bradley Pierce is this morning charged with intimidation with a deadly weapon after allegedly displaying a 9 millimeter handgun.  No reason for displaying the weapon has been released and there were no injuries.

REID TO BEGIN CONNERSVILLE CONSTRUCTION IN THREE MONTHS

(Connersville, IN)--Reid Health on Wednesday issued an update on the large new medical facility that’s coming to Connersville.  Construction has not yet begun.  Over the last couple of months, designs have been finalized on the $100 million campus.  The new facility on Park Road will replace the decades-old hospital on Virginia Avenue.  Reid said it will likely be about three more months before construction begins.  Ground was broken on the project last October.

AGREEMENT REACHED FOR LARGE SOLAR PARK

(Randolph County, IN)--Plans for a large solar project in Randolph County are advancing.  Randolph County Commissioners this week approved road use and economic development agreements with EDP Renewables.  The project is called the Riverstart Solar Park.  It would be a $250 million investment in Union and Stoney Creek townships.  The agreement would have EDP paying Randolph County $8.55 million over a ten-year period.

HIGHWAY TO CLOSE NEAR POPULAR SUMMER SPOT

(Blooming Grove, IN)--INDOT has announced yet another lengthy closure of a major roadway.  The day after Memorial Day, State Road 1 is scheduled to close near the Fairfield Causeway on the west side of Brookville Lake.  The closure is for a bridge replacement near Blooming Grove.  Once it closes, State Road 1 won’t reopen until the end of October.

AMTRAK TRAIN STRIKES SEMI

(Liberty, IN)--A train struck the rear of a semi in Liberty Wednesday morning.  It happened at around 2:30 at the Brownsville Road crossing.  According to scanner traffic, it was an Amtrak train.  No injuries were reported and the crossing has since been cleared.  The semi was carrying only a few products.  No fluids were leaking.

COUNCIL APPROVES $3.1 MILLION PURCHASE OF FIRE EQUIPMENT, REMODELS

(Richmond, IN)--Richmond Common Council this week unanimously approved a major expenditure by the city’s fire department.  Chief Tim Brown told council how more than $3.1 million will be spent.  "For a Pierce Enforcer 107-foot aerial ladder truck, a Pierce Enforcer pumper, equipment for both, the remodel of Station #5, the remodel of Station #2, and some upgrades to our self-contained breathing apparatus."  The purchase will deplete the EMS revenue account by about 60%.  Purchasing now means the equipment will arrive late this year.  That’s four years sooner than if it had to be ordered.

ARREST MADE IN SHOTS FIRED CASE

(Richmond, IN)--Richmond Police on Tuesday released more information on the shots fired incident on North B Street that Kicks 96 and 101.7 The Point News reported Tuesday morning.  Dozens of shots were fired in that area just after midnight.  Investigators determined that the shots originated from 1316 North B and obtained a search warrant.  Inside, they found 38-year-old Jeremy Potters and ten firearms.  Charges currently include felony child neglect and resisting law enforcement.  There were no injuries.  Potters has bonded out of jail and was free Wednesday morning.

EPA BEGINS TESTING AT SITE OF INDUSTRIAL FIRE

(Richmond, IN)--The EPA on Monday began collecting and testing debris at the site of Richmond’s large industrial fire last month.  It’s the first step in cleaning up the debris, and that cleanup will take months to complete.  Asbestos was located shortly after the fire.  Allen Jarrell with the EPA talked Monday about what else they’re looking for.  "We'll look for other hazardous contaminants...oils, acids that may have been used at this facility."  What kind of debris is found will determine where it goes for disposal.  It will also determine who performs the cleanup.  "It lets us know what we're dealing with.  We'll get funding and approval for this site," Jarrell added.  Testing results won’t be available for about a month.

NATIONAL PEACE OFFICERS' MEMORIAL INCLUDES SEARA BURTON

(Washington, D.C.)--An empty white chair sat on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Monday in honor of fallen Richmond Police Officer Seara Burton.  That chair, along with 442 others, were a representation of all of the officers lost across the country.  It was part of the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service.  "All too often, the worst happens and we lose a hero in the line of duty.  We gather today to pay tribute and honor to the men and women who have given their last full measure of devotion to the service of others," said Patrick Yoes with the national FOP during Monday's ceremony.  Seara’s name is being permanently etched on a memorial wall in Washington.

DOZENS OF SHOTS FIRED EARLY TUESDAY MORNING

(Richmond, IN)--Dozens of shots were fired in Richmond early Tuesday morning.  It happened just after midnight in the area of North 13th and B Street.  Very few details have been released so far.  But, according to scanner traffic, there were multiple people with guns.  RPD called for help from county or state units.  There has been no initial indication that anyone was hurt.  One person has been taken into custody, but that person’s name is not yet available.  Bullet holes were located in a garage during the investigation Tuesday morning.

SEARA BURTON'S NAME ADDED TO NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER MEMORIAL

(Washington, D.C.)--On Saturday night in a ceremony in Washington, D.C., Seara Burton’s name was added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.  The Richmond Police Officer died last September after being shot in line of duty a month earlier.  "Each of their names will be read and will forever be etched on the walls of the National Memorial and in the hearts of a grateful nation," said a speaker at this weekend’s event.  Then, Seara’s name was read.  On Monday, the Annual National Peace Officer’s Memorial Service will be held, as well as a stand watch in which honor guards stand watch for ten-minute intervals to honor fallen officers from around the country, including Richmond’s Seara Burton.

RCS BOARD TO FORMALIZE TEACHER SALARY INCREASE

(Richmond, IN)--The Richmond Community School Board is expected to formally approve a plan to increase the salaries of 60% of its teachers Monday afternoon.  Last week the Board agreed in principle to increase the salaries of teachers with up to 15 years of experience.  Starting pay increase by just over $3000 and will become $46,500 annually.  More experienced teachers will get a $4000 increase.  The plan reinstates a salary structure based on experience and degree status.  New money set aside by the state in the General Assembly this spring will fund the increases.

MISSING WOMAN LOCATED

(Cambridge City, IN)--Here’s an update to the missing Cambridge City woman that Kicks 96 and 101.7 The Point News reported late last week.  Over the weekend, the Cambridge City Police Department confirmed that 49-year-old Stacey Miller had been located and is safe with family.  Stacey had been missing for five days before being located.  There was no word on where she had been or how she was located.

RCS BOARD TO INCREASE TEACHER SALARIES TO IMPROVE RETENTION

(Richmond, IN)--The Richmond Community School Board this week to a major step in the retention of teachers.  Teacher turnover has been an issue.  The district saw 25% turnover last year.  This week, the Board agreed to increase the salaries of teachers with up to 15 years of experience.  Starting pay increase by just over $3000 and will become $46,500 annually.  More experienced teachers will get a $4000 increase.  About 60% of all teachers will be impacted.  The plan reinstates a salary structure based on experience and degree status.  New money set aside by the state in the General Assembly this spring will fund the increases.  The Board will meet on Monday to finalize the plan.

EPA TO BEGIN FIRE SITE TESTING ON MONDAY

(Richmond, IN)--It’s now been a full month since the My Way Trading fire broke out.  On Thursday, Richmond Mayor Dave Snow issued an update and laid out what will happen next.  The Richmond Fire, Police, and Street Departments will all work with the EPA to mobilize more heavy equipment into the area for cleanup.  The EPA will begin to conduct on-site sampling beginning Monday.  Based on that, a plan will be developed to remove and dispose of the debris.  Snow said that the cleanup effort would take "quite some time."  A month later, there’s still no word on what caused the fire.

RICHMOND HOTELS BOOKED FOR WEEKEND COLLEGE COMMENCEMENTS

(Richmond, IN)--Nearly all Richmond hotels are jam-packed and have no vacancies this weekend due largely to the fact that three different institutions are holding commencement ceremonies.  IU East has its commencement this morning.  Earlham College’s graduation is tomorrow, as is Miami University’s.  More than 4500 Miami graduates will flip their tassels.

CAMBRIDGE CITY WOMAN MISSING SINCE SUNDAY

(Cambridge City, IN)--Investigators are asking for the help of the public in locating a missing person.  49-year-old Stacey Miller of Cambridge City was last seen on Sunday.  She did not report to work on Tuesday.  Her phone last pinged early Wednesday morning in Preble County.  Stacey drives a loud, rusty, black Ford F-150 pickup truck with passenger-side mirror damage.  Anyone who has seen Stacey Miller is asked to contact Cambridge City police.

LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE RECOMMENDED FOR RICHMOND MURDERER

(Richmond, IN)--May 30 is the date that Michael Carr will be officially sentenced for shooting and killing Jason Lewis at the Genesis Apartments in Richmond five years ago.  A jury found Carr guilty of murder and has recommended that he spend the rest of his life in prison without parole.  Carr thought that Lewis had played a significant role is Carr’s drug-dealing conviction in 2013 and sought out Lewis after he was released from prison.  Carr had also been accused of trying to hire someone to kill five potential witnesses to the shooting.

SPECIAL JUDGE APPOINTED IN MY WAY TRADING FIRE LAWSUIT

(Richmond, IN)--There has been some activity this week in the civil lawsuit against Seth Smith.  The city of Richmond claims that Smith is responsible for last month’s My Way Trading fire and two private citizens have filed suit.  This week, Gregory Horn was appointed as a special judge.  An order this week also requires attorneys for both sides to file a case management plan by June 15, which essentially states when they’ll be ready to go to trial.  The plaintiffs are seeking unspecified damages, and it’s a virtual certainty that others will join the lawsuit.

BOARD TO CONSIDER RICHMOND'S 8th SOLAR PARK

(Richmond, IN)--Another proposed solar park for Richmond will be addressed Wednesday afternoon.  This solar park would be located on U.S. 40 between Richmond and Centerville.  More specifically, it would be on 26 acres just east of Round Barn Road and on the north side of 40.  The land is currently owned by First Bank Richmond.  It is projected to create eight megawatts of electricity to be used by Richmond Power & Light.  The solar panels would be contained inside a seven-foot-tall fence with another foot of barbed wire.  It would also become Richmond’s eighth solar park.  The Board of Zoning Appeals will hear the plan at 5:30 Wednesday afternoon.

SUSPECT JAILED FOR TRYING TO DISARM OFFICER

(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man was behind bars Wednesday morning after a struggle with police Tuesday night.  Officers were called to Cedar Cliff Drive and encountered 39-year-old Fred Limburg.  Limburg is now accused of battering a public safety official and trying to disarm an officer.  Both charges are felonies.  Details of what led to the initial contact have not been released.

MAN RETURNED TO RICHMOND WITH MULTIPLE CHILD MOLESTATION CHARGES

(Richmond, IN)--Wayne County law enforcement agents went to Connersville this week to bring back to Richmond an accused child molester.  38-year-old Randy Oliver, who lists a Connersville address, was initially booked into the Wayne County Jail on five counts of child molesting and one count of statutory rape.  Details of what Oliver is alleged to have done have not become available.  He was being held Wednesday morning on a $35,000 bond.

EDC CELEBRATES WINS AT ANNUAL MEETING

(Richmond, IN)--Wayne County’s Economic Development Corporation held its annual meeting Monday at Reid Health, and there was plenty to celebrate.  The EDC has had numerous wins over the last year, but especially in this calendar year.  That includes Liberation Labs with 45 jobs, Viking Group with 111 new jobs, and a Blue Buffalo expansion with 50-60 new jobs.  More than a hundred local business and community leaders gathered for the annual update.

STANDOFF SUSPECT MOVED FROM REID TO JAIL

(Richmond, IN)--The elderly Richmond man who has been charged with attempted murder following last week’s Rich Road standoff has recovered enough from his wounds to be moved from Reid Health to the Wayne County Jail.  81-year-old Charles Adams is now being held on a million dollars in bond after being booked in late Monday afternoon.  Adams is due in court on Friday for an initial hearing on an intimation charge based on an incident that occurred just before the standoff.

WEDNESDAY IS PROPERTY TAX DEADLINE

(Wayne County, IN)--Wednesday is May 10, and that’s when the spring installment of Wayne County property taxes is due.  Wayne County Treasurer Nancy Funk said that a drop box will be placed outside the county’s administration building.  Payment can also be made inside during normal business hours.  Payment can also be dropped off at any branch of several banks, including First Bank Richmond, Merchants Bank, and Wayne Bank.

EPA COMPLETES DEBRIS PICKUP FROM MY WAY TRADING FIRE

(Richmond, IN)--The EPA has ended fire debris collection from the My Way Trading Fire.  All property owners that wanted to have their properties inspected have had that service completed.  The final tally shows that the EPA collected debris from 330 private and public properties in Indiana and Ohio.  It inspected more than 500 other properties but found no fire-related materials.  In the new few weeks, the EPA will conduct additional assessment activities, including sampling fire debris for hazardous material.

RICHMOND'S O'CHARLEY'S LOCATION NO LONGER APPEARS ON CORPORATE MAP

(Richmond, IN)--The Richmond location of O’Charley’s restaurant no longer appears on the store locator on the company’s website as nearby residents who claimed to have worked there now say the restaurant is closed for good.  The O’Charley’s corporate office has not yet responded to inquiries about the potential closure.  O’Charley’s has operated on National Road East in Richmond for more than a decade.  The closest O’Charley’s to Richmond is in Dayton.

TRIAL BEGINS MONDAY FOR ALLEGED BANK ROBBER

(Eaton, OH)--Trial begins Monday morning for an alleged bank robber in Preble County.  Timothy Arnold allegedly entered the LCNB branch in Lewisburg last December and handed the teller a note telling her to hand over cash or there would be another mass shooting.  Arnold was identified and tracked down about three weeks later.  The trial gets underway today with jury selection.

ELDERLY MAN SHOT AFTER NINE-HOUR STANDOFF

(Richmond, IN)--A lengthy standoff that began with a shooting has come to an end.  At just before 3 o’clock Thursday afternoon, Richmond police were called to the 1800 block of Rich Road.  There, they found a woman who had been shot multiple times in the back.  The 81-year-old male suspect had barricaded himself inside.  Police then used multiple tactics to get the suspect out, including tear gas and water from a fire hose.  Scanner traffic also indicated that the suspect fired multiple shots at police.  At just before midnight, the suspect exited holding a gun and was shot.  As of 6 a.m. Friday, there was no word on the condition of the man.  The victim is expected to survive.  Identities have not been released.  Scanner traffic indicated that incident began with a dispute over a property line.

RESOLUTION APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN REACHED IN MURDER TRIAL

(Richmond, IN)--There appears to be a resolution in the Michael Carr murder trial.  Carr has been on trial for the shooting and killing of Jason Lewis at the Genesis Apartments in Richmond back in August of 2018.  The trial has been affected by witnesses who fought participation in the trial.  Carr had allegedly tried to hire a man to kill at least five witnesses in the case.  Online court records indicate the court either charged or cited at least two witnesses for failing to appear.  A hearing has been set for Friday afternoon.

MORE STREET CLOSURES SET FOR FRIDAY

(Richmond, IN)--Getting around Richmond is already difficult with construction.  On Friday, it gets a little more complicated.  The good news is that a new round of street closures will only be for Friday.  Milestone has informed several local entities that some downtown streets will be closed for paving Friday.  The notice is ambiguous.  It does not indicate specifically which streets will be closed and also does not indicate whether or not intersections will be affected.

SUSPENSION ANNOUNCED AFTER FOUNTAIN CITY TOWN COUNCIL ALTERCATION

(Fountain City, IN)--Extra security was on hand at this week’s meeting of the Fountain City Town Council after an altercation last month.  During that meeting, Chase Tice, who was Fountain City’s water and sewer superintendent, threw keys at resident David Oakes when Oakes questioned his water being cut off.  This week, council announced a three-day suspension.  That announcement led to another heated exchange between Oakes and council.  Oakes said he would return next month.

WARRANTS ISSUED FOR MURDER TRIAL WITNESSES

(Richmond, IN)--The murder trial of Michael Carr should have concluded by now, but there have been numerous issues with witnesses.  Carr is accused of shooting and killing Jason Lewis outside the Genesis Apartments in Richmond nearly five years ago.  The trial got underway a couple of weeks ago.  But, according to online court documents, multiple witnesses failed to show up to court.  A bench warrant has been issued for the arrest of one witness.  A contempt citation has been issued for another.  That witness was active on social media as recently as Wednesday afternoon.  According to court documents, Carr tried to hire a man to kill as many as five witnesses in the case.

DEFENSE REQUESTS GRANTING IN INDUSTRIAL FIRE LAWSUIT

(Richmond, IN)--There has been some legal maneuvering this week in the class-action lawsuit against Seth Smith regarding the My Way Trading fire.  Two Richmond residents are specifically named currently as plaintiffs in the lawsuit, although thousands more names could be added.  This week, Smith’s attorney requested a change of judge.  His attorney also requested a 60-day extension of time with which to plead.  Both of those requests were granted.  No future hearings are currently scheduled.

CITY MOVING INTO CLEANUP PHASE OF MY WAY TRADING FIRE

(Richmond, IN)--The city of Richmond, with the help of state and federal agencies, is now transitioning into the cleanup phase of the My Way Trading fire.  Mayor Dave Snow told Common Council this week what the city has most recently done.  "...have submitted a formal request to the EPA to assist with cleanup," Snow said.  And, here's what’s next:  "They're going to demobilize that site on May 9 as they feel their emergency response with contracted workers is coming to a completion.  However, they're going to continue partnering us moving forward.  They're just demobilizing the site," Snow explained.  The last EPA update came Monday.  At that point, they had collected debris from 245 public and private properties and visibly inspected debris at another 511 locations, where they found no evidence of presumed asbestos-containing material.

FOUR-WAY STOP ADDED IN DEPOT DISTRICT AREA

(Richmond, IN)--There is a traffic change in an area near overpass construction in Richmond.  The intersection of North 10th and D Street has been made a four-way stop – at least temporarily.  Visibility concerns at the intersection and increased traffic trying to get around the overpass closure led to the change.  As for North A Street, there is an effort underway to get more work done at night.  The city says that change would reduce the need for lane closures during periods of heavier daytime traffic.

EATON BAND PARENT ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY ATTACKING TEACHER

(Eaton, OH)--A Preble County man has been jailed for allegedly attacking a teacher.  It began when the man’s son was told he would not be able to wear red shoes during an Eaton Middle School band performance.  44-year-old Shawn Vorhees then allegedly confronted the teacher in the school parking lot and struck him multiple times.  The teacher was not seriously injured.  Vorhees is now being held without bond in the Preble County Jail on charges that include assault and resisting arrest.  Vorhees also allegedly assaulted a jail staffer.

2023 Primaries in Indiana and Ohio

Today is primary election day in both Indiana and Ohio, and while some Preble County Ohio voters will have a reason to go to the polls, Wayne County voters will not have to cast ballots today because there is only one republican candidate that met state criteria to run for Richmond mayor, after eligibility challenges that were filed earlier this year.  No other Richmond races had more than one cadidate seeking their party's nomination. In Ohio, residents of Eaton, West Alexandria, among others do have issues on the ballot to decide for today's election.  The only polling locations open for today's special election in Preble County will be those located at: Visitation Church, Eaton United Church of Christ, Eaton First Church of God and Eaton First Church of the Nazarene; Twin Valley Community Local Schools; Lakengren Water Authority, Lakengren Marina, and West Elkton Church of Christ. And when voting today, you will need to bring a photo ID.

Driver killed in Preble County crash identified

The man killed in a fatal Preble County crash on Sunday has been identified.  Jamie R Rogers, 50, of College Corner, the driver of the vehicle, was killed in the crash, according to the Preble County Sheriff’s Office.  At around 2:56 a.m. Sunday morning, the Preble County Sheriff’s Office received a phone call saying a vehicle was in a pond along the roadway of SR 177, near Eaton Oxford Road. When deputies arrived at the scene, the two were found inside of the vehicle, and were submerged in the water. First responders got the two individuals out and began CPR on both of them.  Jamie Rogers was pronounced dead at the hospital, and his wife 50-year-old Bonita S Rogers, who was the passenger in the vehicle is in critical condition at the hospital. The crash remains under investigation by the Preble County Sheriff’s Office.

Larger Police Presence expected for Council Meeting

Fountain City officials have announced that the town will have additional police presence for its town council meeting tonight, after a video of a confrontation at last month’s meeting went viral. The video clip of the confrontation between resident David Oakes and Water and Sewer superintendent Charles Tice that was originally recorded by Whitewater Community Television led to harassing phone calls and threats from around the country.  Town officials held an executive session to discuss the incident and a vote will be made public at tonight's meeting.  And while disciplinary action was taken, but not made public, Tice is no longer a town employee.  The Fountain City council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight.

Man charged in stabbing now accused of trying to hit person with car

A man already facing an attempted murder charge in a Wayne County stabbing can now add charges of attempted battery with a deadly weapon, battery and leaving the scene of an accident after admitting to attempting to run down a pedestrian with his car. 29-year-old Julian Nicholas McCord, in court documents listed as having addresses in both Hagerstown and Winchester — was charged last week in Wayne Circuit Court with the additional charges.  According to court documents, a Hagerstown man told Wayne County sheriff's deputies on April 17 that McCord — reported to be his roommate — had struck him in the face, and then crashed his car into the accuser's "parked and unattended vehicle" before fleeing.  When interviewed at the Wayne County jail, McCord reportedly told a deputy he had tried to strike his accuser with his vehicle, saying he was "angry and just wanted (the other man) to leave" the property, which is owned by a member of McCord's family.  McCord also allegedly admitted that at the time of the incident, he was "under the influence of a variety of illicit substances, including methamphetamine."  The attempted battery with a deadly weapon charge is a Level 5 felony carrying up to six years in prison.  McCord previously had been arrested after he allegedly plunged a knife in to the chest of a rural Hagerstown man at that victim's home. His trial in that case is set for July 25.

Man Charged with Pointing Gun at Co-Worker in Winchester

If details in court documents are true, a man's first day of work at a Winchester business did not go well.  50-year-old Todd Adrian Mapp, — listed at an Indianapolis address — was arrested Friday after he allegedly struck a co-worker, at Van Notes Wrecker Service in Winchester, in the face and then pointed a handgun at the co-worker's head.  Court documents allege that Mapp threatened the accuser while they were in the cab of a tow truck, and the man then drove to the Randolph County Sheriff's Department, prompting Mapp to get out of the vehicle and flee on foot.  Mapp was found by Winchester police and captured, after a foot chase, in the 400 block of South Oak Street.  A loaded 9mm handgun was found in a yard along the route that Mapp had traveled during the pursuit, according to police.  The Randolph County Prosecutor's office filed six charges against Mapp — unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, unlawful carrying of a handgun, criminal recklessness, pointing a firearm, resisting law enforcement and battery. Mapp is also set to stand trial May 17th — in Hendricks County — on three misdemeanor charges filed against him last October. 

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