(Richmond, IN)--The city of Richmond has asked Wayne County to kick in $2 million for the cleanup of the old Reid Hospital property. Mayor Dave Snow made the request Wednesday night at a joint meeting of Wayne County Council and Commissioners. Snow told county leaders that city/county partnerships are critical. County leaders said they needed time to take the $2 million request under consideration. The city has an October 1 deadline to proceed with two loans. Richmond’s Common Council will discuss those loans again on Monday night.
(Richmond, IN)--What started as a drug overdose call led to a substantial drug arrest on Wednesday. First responders were sent to the home of 24-year-old Shawn Farrow in the 100 block of Richmond Avenue. Farrow was in the Wayne County Jail Thursday morning facing a slew of charges that include dealing methamphetamine and a substance represented to be a controlled substance and possession of a syringe and smoking instrument. 23-year-old Jeffrey Henson was also arrested. There was no word on the outcome of the overdose victim.
(Eaton, OH)--A man who police say is connected to the discovery of 26 pounds of crystal meth on I-70 in Preble County was arraigned Wednesday. 39-year-old Waiman Yu is suspected of being part of a large drug trafficking organization for 20 years. Federal agents put a GPS tracking device on Yu’s car, which was stopped in on I-70 in Preble County. The drugs had a street value of $400,000. Yu has already done six years in prison for conspiracy to commit murder.
(Richmond, IN)--An interesting letter has been sent from the Richmond Police Department to owners of businesses just east of the Uptown area. The letter says that there has been an increase in prostitution complaints inside McDonald’s at 18th and East Main. There have also been complaints outside the building. That McDonald’s is set to close at the end of the month for a three-month demolition and reconstruction project. RPD is concerned prostitutes may set up shop in or near a different business. Nearby business owners have been invited by RPD to a meeting on August 30 to address the situation.
(Connersville, IN)--The officers in a police-involved shooting in Connersville have been identified. CPD officer Josh Durnstine and Fayette County Deputy Kyle Murry are today on administrative leave that’s part of routine procedure. Either Durnstine or Murry or both fired at Jason Combs last weekend when Combs came around a corner carrying a shotgun during a fight call on Indiana Avenue. Combs was not hit. He has been charged with criminal recklessness.
(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond woman was picked up at a fast-food restaurant just east of Uptown. 45-year-old Marti Adams is now in the Wayne County Jail, where she charged with possessing methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and maintaining a common nuisance. Adams was working at the Wendy’s on East Main at lunchtime Tuesday when she was taken into custody.
(Richmond, IN)--An illegal immigrant who was living in Richmond and was also accused of raping a 14-year-old girl pled guilty Monday to a reduced charge as part of a plea deal. 25-year-old Jose Diaz admitted to the incident, which occurred a year ago and was reported by the victim to an adult at Richmond High School. Diaz will be sentenced to five and a half years as part of the plea agreement. He will also have to register as a sex offender.
(Richmond, IN)--Reid Health averages between 130 and 160 job openings per month. A job fair has been set for Wednesday to highlight many of those openings. The first-ever Reid Health Career Fair will take place from 3 until 6 Wednesday afternoon at Lingle Hall. All departments – both clinical and non-clinical – will be represented.
(Richmond, IN)--Four people were in jail Tuesday morning after being arrested at a Richmond drug house Monday. 31-year-old Justin Agnew is a resident of a home in the 300 block of South 6th. Agnew is charged with dealing, possession, and maintaining a common nuisance. Also arrested were 36-year-old Amy Gadd, 33-year-old Don Hittle, and 24-year-old Dustin Reffitt. All face various charges of possession and visiting a common nuisance.
(Richmond, IN)--The fact there were at least four drug overdoses in Richmond from Monday afternoon to Tuesday morning is indicative of the problem that’s bringing Senator Todd Young to Richmond on Wednesday. Community leaders, elected officials, and addiction treatment representatives will meet at Reid Health Wednesday afternoon to further discuss problems created by opioid addiction. Unlike another recent forum at Reid Health, Wednesday’s gathering is not open to the public.
(New Madison, OH)--A stretch of State Route 121 in the New Madison area was dedicated Monday to honor a soldier who died during Operation Desert Storm. Master Sergeant William McDaniel II was killed 15 years ago when the helicopter he was in crashed in the Philippines. McDaniel was a Darke County native and lifelong resident. Family members and military representatives were on hand Monday. The part of 121 honoring McDaniel runs from New Madison to Fort Jefferson.
(Connersville, IN)--The Indiana State Police is investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred in Connersville over the weekend. Police were called late Saturday night to a home on Indiana Avenue where a fight was in progress. As officers went to the front door, a man later identified as 29-year-old Jason Combs walked around the corner of the house with a 12 gauge shotgun. Officers fired but missed. Combs ran inside and later surrendered without incident.
(Metamora, IN)--A search for a missing Franklin County teen had a happy ending this weekend. 14-year-old Emily Pennington, who is described as being in the autism spectrum, was dropped off at her Metamora home on Thursday afternoon by a school bus but was not seen after that. Dozens of volunteers and at least six law enforcement agencies searched wooded areas and eventually found Emily on Saturday morning sitting on the bank of the Whitewater River. She was taken to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to be checked out.
The ongoing fight between Sugar Creek Packing Company and the Western Wayne Regional Sewer District is moving forward. The sewer district has one week to submit its own testimony to state regulators on Sugar Creek’s complaint of poor service. Sugar Creek has been pushing a plan to send its wastewater to Connersville, an idea the sewer district opposes. Western Wayne has long argued that it is not a public utility and not subject to oversight by the state.
A chemistry instructor at Earlham College is getting a federal grant to develop a curriculum that could eventually be used across the country. The National Science Foundation awarded the one-point-one million dollar grant to Lori Watson. She is an associate professor of chemistry at Earlham. The grant will help her and other collaborators develop syllabi for inorganic science courses that can be used at any college.
Winchester is considering a recycling program. Last month, the city was approved for a 66-thousand dollar grant from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to set up the program by early next year. The Mayor of Winchester says the program will cost the city 175-thousand dollars to launch, but only about one-quarter of that amount to maintain annually.
(Hagerstown, IN)--Wayne County leaders are discussing creating a magistrate that would oversee what would essentially be an ordinance violation court. The issue came to the forefront this week at a Hagerstown Town Council meeting. Hagerstown is about to adopt a new zoning ordinance that sets lower limits on the number of farm animals allowed in areas with residential concentrations.
(Richmond, IN)--Multiple types of drugs were recovered when a Richmond woman was pulled over in the 200 block of South 9th late Wednesday night. 36-year-old Melissa Leonard was allegedly driving under the influence and in possession of heroin, meth, needles, and other drug paraphernalia. Leonard had just been jailed last month on very similar charges. Another Richmond woman was also arrested Wednesday night on various drug charges. 23-year-old Taylor Glander had a warrant for possessing meth and needles. She was jailed less than three weeks ago on similar charges.
(Richmond, IN)--A west-side Richmond staple opens on the east side Thursday. Radford’s Meat Market and Deli is opening Thursday in the building just east of Walmart that was originally home to Skyline Chili. Owner Jen Ferriell talks about what prompted them to open a second store. "It was mainly just customer driven. We heard on a daily or weekly basis from people who didn't want to drive all the way across town, but they wanted to shop with us more often." The west-side Radford’s will remain open. "No changes. We're still business as usual over there," Ferriell said. The east-side location features limited seating.
(Richmond, IN)--The demolition and cleanup of the old Reid property went before the Richmond Redevelopment Commission Tuesday. As expected, that commission agreed to be the repayment source for a 20-year, five-and-a-quarter-million-dollar loan. The repayment will come from Tax Increment Financing funds. The loan plan still needs the approval of Richmond Common Council. County involvement in old Reid’s cleanup will be discussed in a joint meeting of the county council and commissioners on August 16.