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(Wayne County, IN)--Some very positive new job numbers are out for Wayne County.  The number of people in Wayne County’s work force is up by nearly 300 people in the last month.  Also in the last month, the number of employed people has risen by nearly 400 while the number of unemployed people has dropped by 108.  When compared to this time last year, though, the number of Wayne County workers is down by about 200.

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(Hagerstown, IN)--A Hagerstown man is facing the highest level of felony after an incident there Wednesday afternoon.  22-year-old Johnathon Morris allegedly entered a house on South Perry Street and battered an occupant inside.  When police arrived, Morris then fought with some of the officers.  One officer had to be taken to the hospital to be evaluated after a hand injury.  Morris now faces a total of seven charges, including possession of a controlled substance and burglary.

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(Richmond, IN)--There will be a strange airplane flying over Richmond for the next few days.  A Ford Tri-Motor airplane will be at the Richmond Municipal Airport and will be giving rides.  The Ford Tri-Motor dates back to the 1920’s and was known as the first luxury airliner that marked the beginning of commercial flight.  Rides will be given from 2-5 Thursday afternoon and all day Friday through Sunday.  The cost is $75 for adults.

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(Richmond, IN)--A couple of weeks ago, Kicks 96 and The Point News reported that Belden in Richmond had initiated a program aimed at helping people with drug addiction.  Potential Belden employees who fail pre-employment drug screens are offered personalized drug rehab.  A job with Belden is then made available if the person is able to successfully complete rehab and remain drug free.  Now, that program is making national news.  CNN Money featured Belden’s new program.  "If we look at the counties where more medication is being prescribed, we see a bigger drop in the labor force participation rate," said one industry expert in the feature.  No one currently applying for a job at Belden agreed to speak with CNN.

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(Hagerstown, IN)--A convicted Richmond child molester was jailed Tuesday night after authorities determined he was violating the terms of his sex offender status.  27-year-old Michael Eaton was taken into custody at Hagerstown’s Dollar General.  Eaton’s status as a sex offender prevents him from living too close to a school, but he had allegedly moved in with a girlfriend who lives directly across from a school.  Eaton was convicted of child molestation back in the spring of 2012.

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(Eaton, OH)--An Eaton man was sentenced Tuesday to nine years in federal prison for possessing child pornography.  An FBI investigation determined that 22-year-old Matthew Perry shared at least 4700 images of children.  Agents then executed a search warrant on Perry’s phone, where they found thousands more images.  Perry was recently arrested and pled guilty to attempted rape of a child in a separate Preble County case.

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(Richmond, IN)--Richmond Common Council Monday night got an update on the city’s road construction nightmare.  A project engineer with INDOT told council that the paving work on U.S. 27 was roughly 2/3 of the way done.  But South A Street, which is currently heavily restricted and very rough, is only about a quarter of the way done.  South A is not projected to be complete until sometime around Thanksgiving.  Projects that would be coming in the next couple of years were also discussed Monday night.  That includes a possible reconstruction of the U.S. 27 bridge over the Depot District and a complete reconstruction of Ninth Street from South M to North A Street.

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(Connersville, IN)--A state director of a USDA program says that Fayette County could become a regional home for opioid recovery.  That representative told city and county leaders that he wants the former K-Mart in Connersville, which is now vacant, to be converted into a Phase III recovery center.  A Phase III center would house recovering addicts for up to two years if they’ve completed the first two phases.  The former K-Mart could house up to 400 people.  The regional center would include Wayne, Union, and Franklin County.

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(Greens Fork, IN)--A Wayne County dog breeder has been named one of the one hundred worst puppy mills in the entire country.  The Humane Society calls the list the "Horrible Hundred."  The USDA has redacted the exact identity of the Wayne County breeder, although it did identify the location as being in Greens Fork.  Last summer, an adult dog was found serious wounds and other injuries that had not been treated.  Multiple puppies were found without shelter from wind and rain.

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(Richmond, IN)--What began as a call about someone throwing potatoes and eggs at cars resulted in the drug arrest of a Richmond man early Tuesday morning.   It happened at the Clover Leaf Trailer Park on Salisbury Road.  Police received consent to search a residence and located syringes and drug paraphernalia in a bathroom.  38-year-old Chad Capps was taken into custody.  Reports do not indicate if Capps was the one throwing the eggs and potatoes.

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(Lynn, IN)--A Lynn man accused of murdering his own two-year-old child in March of last year bonded out of jail this week and is free, at least for the time being.  23-year-old Josh Null was able to post 10% of a $35,000 bond that includes personal property this week.  Null is accused of causing blunt force trauma to the child in March of last year.  Multiple first responded were unable to revive the unresponsive toddler.  Null is free but is now currently scheduled for trial in mid-September.

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(Richmond, IN)--The city of Richmond’s new website is up and running.  The older website had long been a subject of criticism because it contained outdated or incomplete information.  That’s changed now with the launch of the new web site.  It contains updated information about the city’s departments, upcoming events, and contact information.  You can find the website at richmondindiana.gov.

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(Richmond, IN)--The city of Richmond’s new website is up and running.  The older website had long been a subject of criticism because it contained outdated or incomplete information.  That’s changed now with the launch of the new web site.  It contains updated information about the city’s departments, upcoming events, and contact information.  You can find the website at richmondindiana.gov.

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(Wayne County, IN)--The Wayne County Sheriff’s Department is continuing to investigate after multiple shots were allegedly fired into a home just north of Richmond.  It happened in the 4600 block of Arba Pike and was discovered Tuesday morning.  Police reports do not indicate the number of shots that were fired or the type of weapon that may have been used.  There were no reports of any injury.

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(Wayne County, IN)--Get ready for more road closures.  This time, though, the closures will only last for a day for bridge inspections and not for construction.  The G Street Bridge in Richmond will be completely shut down all day Monday for inspection.  On Tuesday, it will be the 20th Century Bridge on Richmond Avenue near Purina, although that will only involve lane restrictions.  Then, on Wednesday, the bridge over the Whitewater River just east of Abington will be closed.

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(Wayne County, IN)--Newly released Wayne County crime statistics show an unmistakable shift from heroin to methamphetamine among local drug users.  Three years ago, there were five times as many criminal heroin cases as meth cases in Wayne County.  Now, though, there are twice as many criminal meth cases as heroin cases.  In 2015, there were only 18 local meth cases.  This year, Wayne County is on pace to go 12 times higher to 213 cases.  The number of heroin cases is on pace to drop slightly from 140 last year to 129 this year.

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(Richmond, IN)--Richmond firefighters on Wednesday morning returned to the strip mall on National Road West in Richmond that was the site of a significant fire in late March.  The fire started at 1:30 Wednesday morning in the area of the Great Wall restaurant and a dollar store at 18th and National Road West.  "There was a fire in the building again.  The dispatcher told us that the fire was going pretty good.  The first engine arrived on the scene and found a large pile of debris on fire," said Battalion Chief Tim Brown.  Wednesday morning’s fire, though, was not nearly as damaging.  It was quickly extinguished.  The fire is considered suspicious.

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(Cambridge City, IN)--Police in Cambridge City were able to capture a woman and her boyfriend when he fled from a traffic stop Tuesday afternoon.  Officers pulled over 24-year-old Brandon McDonald on High Street.  He ran into a home, then out the back door, and then into a wooded area.  After searching for a couple of hours, McDonald was apprehended.  22-year-old Heather Moffitt was also arrested.  Both face charges that include felony neglect of a dependent.

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(Richmond, IN)--Wayne County Prosecutor Mike Shipman is openly questioning multiple elements of the county’s needle exchange program.  In a letter to Commissioners, Shipman questions what data exists to show that the program has reduced harm.  Shipman cited a case in March in which James Massey died from an overdose.  Massey was not involved in the program but still died using a needle from the exchange.  In another recent case, Brittany Davis was caught with 20 syringes from the program but could not prove she was a participant in needle exchange.  Shipman will soon address Commissioners in person.

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(Richmond, IN)--Richmond police are looking for a man who not only intentionally set fire to a porch Monday night, but also squirted lighter fluid on two children, including one of his own.  It happened at 10:15 Monday night in the 300 block of South 9th Street.  "The fire really wasn't anything.  It wasn't on the building; it was just a rug," said one Richmond battalion chief.  What was something was that the suspect doused an adult female and two young children with the same lighter fluid he used to start the fire.  All three victims were taken to Reid Health to be checked out.  One of the victims was the suspect’s own child.  The suspect’s name has not been released.

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