(Wayne County, IN)--There’s still no final total of overdose deaths for 2017 in Wayne County, but Coroner Ron Stevens said Thursday that Wayne County is on pace this year to surpass last year’s total. The number of confirmed fatal overdoses last year is in the 80’s with several more cases pending. This year, Stevens said the county is currently on pace to reach nearly a hundred overdose fatalities. The delay in getting final numbers for 2017 is due to a large backlog of cases at testing laboratories.
(Richmond, IN)--A memorial service has now been set for Gene Cruz-Uribe, who was very active in the IU East community and the husband of Chancellor Kathy Cruz-Uribe. He died shortly after being found unresponsive near his bicycle on Minneman Road earlier this week. A public visitation will take place beginning at 4 o’clock next Thursday afternoon in the Whitewater Hall lobby on the IU East campus. Results of an autopsy to determine the cause of death are still pending.
(Liberty, IN)--Union County is working to add a part-time school resource officer. Recently, Union County had a rumor of a threat to the school that was determined to have no credibility. Still, the district is now working with the Liberty Police Department and the Sheriff’s Office to have a part-time officer stationed at the school. Having a full-time officer at the school is currently cost-prohibitive. A grant may help to cover some of the expense.
(Eaton, OH)--Increased efforts by the Eaton Police Department to curb drug activity this year appear to be paying off. The department has released statistics showing that, since the first of the year, a total of 138 arrests have been made. Recently, a grand jury indicted Eric Lewis and Regina Thorpe after nearly 59 grams of methamphetamine was allegedly found in their vehicle.
(Cambridge City, IN)--A Cambridge City restaurant serves up a dish that has been voted as one of Indiana’s best. Lumpy’s Café recently placed in the top ten statewide for the best breaded tenderloin in an online poll conducted by visitindiana.com. Lumpy’s operates on South Foote Street and serves up about 400 of the tenderloins each week. Lumpy’s has been around since 1999 and opened another location in Hagerstown in September of last year.
(Wayne County, IN)--An adjustment made by Indiana’s Department of Workforce Development has placed the number of people in Wayne County’s workforce above 30,000. The adjusted number today, though, is 562 fewer people than at this time last year. On the positive side, Tuesday’s numbers show that the number of unemployed people in Wayne County has dropped by 358 people from this time last year. The county’s unemployment rate stands at 3.7%.
(Richmond, IN)--An autopsy was performed Tuesday on the body of Gene Cruz-Uribe. Cruz-Uribe was found unresponsive near his bicycle on Minneman Road early Monday morning. Results of the autopsy have not yet been released. Meanwhile, the IU East Alumni Association issued a statement Tuesday calling Cruz-Uribe a good person and tremendous educator. IU East itself has not released any statement or any information about a possible memorial service.
(Cambridge City, IN)--Officers in Cambridge City received a tip and located a wanted man with a long criminal record. 27-year-old Christopher Hunter was found on West Front Street. Hunter was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and also had a parole hold. This marks at least his fifth trip to jail in the last year. He was jailed in May, August, September, and December of 2017 on drug and theft charges.
(Richmond, IN)--The husband of IU East Chancellor Kathy Cruz-Uribe died Monday as the result of an incident that occurred while he was riding his bicycle. 65-year-old Eugene Cruz-Uribe was also an IU East professor. He was found unresponsive Monday morning on Minneman Road just southeast of Richmond. He was flown by medical helicopter to a distant Level One trauma center where he was pronounced dead. Investigators are still working to determine exactly what happened, including whether he crashed his bicycle on his own, was forced off the road, or suffered some type of medical incident.
(Richmond, IN)--A man who had allegedly overdosed and then fled from Reid Health was captured Monday near Middlefork Reservoir. 21-year-old Zach Neathery now faces multiple new charges after allegedly battering a police officer animal and possessing drugs. Then, Monday night, Neathery’s brother Austin turned himself in at the Wayne County Jail on outstanding warrants. Austin Neathery was suspected, but never charged, as having been involved with the disappearance of a teenage girl late last year.
(Wayne County, IN)--The Wayne County Tourism Bureau has produced and now launched a new video that will be used to promote the area. Marketing Director Nancy Sartain said the video showcases a variety of activities that can be experienced by visitors. Featured on the video are places like the Depot District, Elstro Plaza, Hayes Arboretum, and Levi Coffin House. You can find a link to the video on the Bureau’s website and social media pages.
(Richmond, IN)--The Richmond Applebee’s has been affected by a data breach. Applebee’s corporate offices say that anyone who ate at the local Applebee’s between the dates of December 6 and January 2 and paid with a debit or credit card could be the victim of a breach. Credit card information was stolen by software placed on point-of-sale systems. Applebee’s said the breach has been contained, but people should check their statements carefully. Some other Applebee’s locations in Dayton, Hamilton, and Cincinnati were also affected.
(Richmond, IN)--A traffic stop on East Main Street at Glen Miller Park Thursday night ended with the arrest of two women and the recovery of drugs in a Richmond apartment complex. 21-year-old Alexis Ortega and 30-year-old Brittany Snider were in the car. Snider had a warrant. Drugs were located in Ortega’s home that included methamphetamine and cocaine. Ortega’s charges include dealing cocaine and operating while intoxicated. Child Protective Services was also involved. Both women were in the Wayne County Jail Friday morning.
(Richmond, IN)--A three-year-old child miraculously escaped injury in a rollover crash on I-70 Thursday night with an allegedly drunken man behind the wheel. It happened at around 8:15 Thursday night near the State Road 227 exit in Richmond. A car driven by 51-year-old James Weber of Hagerstown went off the highway and rolled over. The child, Weber, and an adult female all were unhurt. Weber was later allegedly found to have a blood alcohol content more than three times the legal limit.
(Richmond, IN)--A West Manchester man was captured after an overnight foot chase through Richmond’s Greenwood Apartments. It happened at around midnight Thursday night and into Friday morning when police tried to catch 41-year-old James Wallace. Wallace was captured quickly and then taken to Reid Health for evaluation. Officers recovered drugs and syringes. Wallace is also charged with resisting law enforcement.
(Whitewater Valley)--A light line of snow that passed through the Whitewater Valley early Thursday morning resulted in numerous crashes on I-70. Westbound I-70 near the State Road 227 exit was affected for about an hour by a crash that occurred at around 5:30 a.m. Thursday. Eastbound I-70 was shut down for more than two hours at around the same time when a crash occurred at the U.S. 127 exit. No injuries were initially reported in any of the crashes.
(Lakengren, OH)--An air date has now been set for a cable television show that will feature a Whitewater Valley gated community. HGTV’s program called Lakefront Bargain Hunt will air a half-hour program on Lakengren at 8 o’clock on the evening of April 29. "The format of the show is me meeting a couple and introducing them to the Lake Lakengren community," said Realtor Andrew Gaydosh. A Florida couple tours three Lakengren homes before settling on one. The episode was taped late last summer.
(Richmond, IN)--The regional economic development group that includes Wayne and most other Whitewater Valley counties is asking for the help of the public. The Eastern Indiana Regional Planning Commission is asking for people to complete an electronic survey about housing. The group is working to make sure there’s enough housing available to meet the needs of the current and future workforce. You can find a link to the survey on the EIRPC website.
(Fountain City, IN)--An extra police presence will be on hand at Northeastern schools Wednesday. Northeastern schools made a social media post about a rumored threat Tuesday night. The post said social media was full of discussion Tuesday night about an unnamed and unconfirmed threat. The Sheriff’s Department was notified. Northeastern then urged people to not use social media to report threats. The Northeastern post has since been taken down.
(Richmond, IN)--It’s been 50 years minus 31 days since Richmond’s downtown explosion that killed 41 people, and several observances are already being set. The Depot District Market will be marking the event on the date of the explosion, April 6, by holding special ceremonies during its three-week-long Depot District Starr singing competition. That event will pay a thousand dollars to the winner as determined by a panel of judges and an audience on April 21.