(Richmond, IN)--Here’s more on the man who raped a woman in Richmond in 1987 that Kicks 96 and the Point News was first to tell you about Thursday. Court documents indicate Richard Gwinn fully admits to raping a woman inside a Crestdale home with her daughter present. Gwinn said that the victim was chosen completely at random and that he came to Richmond only because no one knew him here. He watched her through a window before forcing his way through a sliding glass door. Gwinn has committed 40 rapes and has already been sentenced to two terms of life in prison in Florida.
(Richmond, IN)--Richmond police arrested three men and uncovered drugs after a call to Glen Court Thursday night. Thomas Fair and Lanny Fultz of Richmond, along with Joel Toney of Williamsburg, were all in the Wayne County Jail Friday morning. According to scanner traffic, all three were under the influence of drugs. Police found methamphetamine, controlled substances, and drug paraphernalia. Fultz was on parole and was arrested just three weeks ago for possessing a syringe.
(Richmond, IN)--Shots were fired a block off of East Main Street in Richmond late Thursday night. Officers were called to North 19th and A after multiple residents reported hearing three or four shots. Investigators found shell casings in the area, but could not find what, if anything, the bullets struck. A white male was seen running from the area, but no arrests have been made.
(Winchester, IN)--A man who has lived recently in Richmond and Lynn will plead guilty to multiple counts of child molesting in a Randolph County court. In exchange for that plea, a human trafficking charge against 36-year-old Shaunta Debouse will be dropped. Debouse allegedly forced a woman to have sex with multiple men he had met online. The victim told investigators Debouse threatened to shoot her if she didn’t cooperate. He’ll be sentenced next month and faces decades in prison.
(Richmond, IN)--A man who has admitted to committing more than 40 rapes in his lifetime was transferred from an Ohio prison into the Wayne County Jail Wednesday. 64-year-old Richard Gwinn began raping women in 1974 in Vandalia. Dozens of rape investigations that had become cold cases in Ohio and Florida were tied to Gwinn through DNA testing. There’s no word yet on when Gwinn is accused of committing a Wayne County rape. He was being held in Wayne County Thursday morning on a $200,000 bond. Gwinn has already been sentenced to two life terms in Florida.
(Richmond, IN)--Earlier this week, Veach’s Toy Station in Richmond announced it would close after nearly eight decades in business. Owners cited slumping sales as a primary reason. Documents obtained by Kicks 96 and The Point News indicates there were also multiple tax warrants filed against the store. All have been satisfied except for one that remains open. That’s a $12,301.14 warrant for sales tax. That warrant was filed in mid-March.
(Wayne County, IN)--506 more people are working in Wayne County than were just a month ago. That’s according to newly-released figures from the state’s Department of Workforce Development. 404 fewer people are also listed as unemployed. The number of people in Wayne County’s labor force, though, is down by 750 people from this time last year. There has been an incredible drop in unemployment rates across the Whitewater Valley. The unemployment rate for Wayne County in April was just 3%. That’s the lowest it’s been in at least a decade. Other area counties are even lower. The lowest in our area is Union County, which is down to just 2.1% unemployment. Wayne County’s high-water mark in recent years came in January of 2013, when it was 11.2%.
(West Elkton, OH)--Water that flooded streets and roadways across the Whitewater Valley Wednesday night has receded. The only closures remaining are in Union County, where the Yankeetown Road bridge and all dry fords remain closed. High water was certainly an issue Wednesday night. A man had to be rescued when his car became trapped on State Route 122 in southeastern Preble County. That part of Preble County also was under a tornado warning for a brief time because of a radar-indicated tornado. No substantial damage was reported.
(Richmond, IN)--There was an overnight armed robbery that was reported at a Richmond Pizza King. According to scanner traffic, a suspect described only as a black male wearing a mask and a hoody entered the Pizza King on West Main Street and brandished a handgun. The victim was forced into the kitchen. The suspect then fled the area in an alley in what was initially described as a black Taurus. The employee was not hurt. No arrest had been made as of 6 a.m. Wednesday.
(Richmond, IN)--There was an armed robbery at a Richmond trailer park Wednesday morning. It was reported at around 3:30 Wednesday morning and happened at a North West Fifth Street trailer park. According to scanner traffic, two black males used a handgun to rob a victim of six dollars. Police detained two men who they thought could have been involved at Love’s Truck Stop, but those two men were released. The victim in the robbery was not hurt.
(Richmond, IN)--If you happened to go by the Richmond City Building after sunset Tuesday night, you may have noticed something new. On Tuesday night, new external lights were illuminated for the first time. The lights were provided by an anonymous donor. Mayor Dave Snow said that the building was shining brighter than it had since it was built 48 years ago. It’s part of several recent improvements to the building, which include a pressure washing and the removal of overgrown trees.
(Richmond, IN)--Richmond’s WorkOne Career Center is moving. The employment center will close at its current location on South A Street just south of Kroger this coming Thursday and will reopen at its new location on Progress Drive off of Williamsburg Pike the following Tuesday. Administrators with WorkOne say that the new location is a more job-seek and employer-centric site.
(Connersville, IN)--One arrest has already been made and another is possible as the result of an investigation into trafficking between Fayette County correctional officers and inmates. 25-year-old Drake Pope is a former correctional officer who allegedly conspired to sell tobacco to an inmate. Pope allegedly put tobacco in a ceiling tile and sold it on four separate occasions. He has resigned his position at the jail. The investigation continues.
(Richmond, IN)--A meeting has been set for Thursday of next week to unveil a new regional economic development plan. The Eastern Indiana Regional Planning Commission was formed a year ago to help with economic development in a five-county area that includes Wayne, Union, Fayette, Randolph, and Rush County. The plan that will be unveiled next Thursday is the result of a year and a half’s worth of work by about 200 people.
(Richmond, IN)--There was a pistol-whipping and attempted armed robbery at a Richmond apartment complex overnight. Two suspects approached an older male who was outside in the 1700 block of South J Street at around midnight Wednesday night / Thursday morning. At least one brandished a handgun, hit the victim in the head, and demanded money. Both fled before actually taking anything. The victim was not seriously hurt. No suspect description has been released.
(Cambridge City, IN)--Bids are expected to be received Thursday for a new facility for the Western Wayne Regional Sewer District. Upgraded wastewater treatment is necessary for further expansion of the Gateway Industrial Park, but it will come with a significant price tag for all customers. Earlier this week, people who attended a public meeting were split on the options of constructing a new facility or sending wastewater to Connersville for treatment. At least three more public meetings have to be held before plans for a new facility can be finalized.
(Richmond, IN)--There was an odd incident at the Village Pantry at 5th and West Main Streets in Richmond Thursday morning. At around 4 a.m. Thursday, a man later identified as 31-year-old Chris Davis threw a large brick or rock through the front window of the VP. Davis then stood outside as an employee called police. When an officer arrived, Davis allegedly admitted to the vandalism and told the officer to take him to jail. Davis got his wish. He’s charged with mischief.
(Richmond, IN)--The first person to successfully complete Wayne County’s Drug Diversion Program is talking about the experience. That program reduces or drops criminal charges against addicts if they complete a drug program. The comments were posted Tuesday on the Facebook page of Wayne County Prosecutor Mike Shipman. The man said he became addicted to heroin after pain pills for a back injury became ineffective. He said that the key is to truly want to quit heroin and to have support. He added that he now has more money and doesn’t have to worry about killing himself by overdosing on potent drugs.
(Richmond, IN)--A young Richmond boy was recovering Wednesday morning after being struck by a car while he was riding his bike Tuesday. It happened near the intersection of Reeveston Road and South 22nd Street. The driver who hit the boy fled the scene. Jail records indicate that driver has not been apprehended. According to the boy’s mother on social media, the 14-year-old was on his way to school. He suffered a concussion and lots of bumps and bruises. No description of the car that hit the boy has been released.
(whitewater Valley)--There’s a good chance you’ll hear a lot of extra noise outside later this spring and into summer. It's because of the 17-year cicada. They’re not due to return for another four summers, but there are indications of a premature debut in the Whitewater Valley. The last major outbreak in our area was in 2004, but there was also an early emergence in 2000 – four years early – just like is expected this year. Cicadas have already been reported just outside of Oxford.