(Richmond, IN)--Wayne County Prosecutor Mike Shipman released an update on the county’s drug diversion program Wednesday. That program offers reduced or eliminated criminal charges to addicts if they can complete the program. Shipman said that there are currently 31 people in the program. 16 of those people are compliant with the requirements; 15 are not. A total of 91 people have attempted the program since its inception in June of last year.
(Richmond, IN)--Richmond SWAT Team officers cordoned off an area in the 700 block of North 15th Street Wednesday afternoon as they executed a search warrant. Once the house was cleared and secured, the Drug Task Force took over and arrested 40-year-old Eric Charles on a drug charge. Heroin was recovered from the scene. Scanner traffic indicated two other people were detained, but there is no indication that those two were arrested.
(Fayette County, IN)--A Fayette County man who walked away from a work release program last month was captured Wednesday, but it wasn’t a typical apprehension. Deputies had received numerous complaints earlier this week of a naked man in cornfields. That naked man had also been knocking on doors and trying to flag down cars. On Wednesday, deputies found a naked 39-year-old Patrick Allen sleeping in a cornfield. Allen was asked by deputies why he had been naked for several days. Allen’s response was that he had been partying.
(Hagerstown, IN)--A Wayne County boy was died Tuesday night after being struck by a pickup truck. That boy has been identified as 14-year-old Elijah Neal. The accident happened at the intersection of Brick Church and Turnpike Roads just west of Hagerstown at 7:45 Tuesday night. According to a Sheriff’s Department spokesperson, Elijah was on a bicycle and rode into the intersection in front of an oncoming pickup truck that was driven by 22-year-old Chandler Grogan of New Castle. Elijah was taken Dayton Children’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead. No criminal charges were filed and there was no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved.
(Whitewater Valley)--Unemployment numbers in our area trending upward again after bottoming out last month. Wayne County is at 3.3%. That’s up 2/10 of a percent. Fayette is at 4.4, Randolph is at 3.5, Franklin has 3%, and Union County is at 2.9% unemployment. Numbers on the Ohio side are slightly higher with Preble County at 4.7%, Darke at 4.4%, and Butler County at 4.9%. All of those numbers, though, are at least a full percentage point lower than they were at this point last year.
(Greens Fork, IN)--The name of the man killed in a Wayne County motorcycle accident has been released. 61-year-old James Fields of Richmond was pronounced dead at the scene of a crash on North Washington Road just south of Greens Fork at around 8 o’clock Monday night. Fields’ motorcycle went off the road and down an embankment. The investigation is continuing pending toxicology.
(Wayne County, IN)--New employment numbers are out for Wayne County. Unemployment numbers have ticked back up after a huge drop last month. This month, 76 more people are listed as unemployed as compared to last month. The most notable number, though, continues to be Wayne County’s shrinking work force. The county is approaching dropping below 30,000 in the workforce. 829 fewer people are in the Wayne County workforce today than were at this time last year.
(New Paris, OH)--An iconic local business is for sale. Wesler’s Orchard is listed with a local realtor and appears for sale on the website landandfarm.com. The 80-acre property just outside of New Paris was purchased by Frank Wesler 87 years ago and has been operated as an orchard for decades by Wesler’s descendants. The family has indicated they want to retire after many successful years in business. Asking price for the land, store, and home that sits on the property is $1.1 million.
(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man turned himself in at the Wayne County Jail over the weekend on a felony child molesting charge. 42-year-old Peter Angi and his father showed up at the jail at just after midnight Sunday morning. Angi’s father then immediately posted bond and Angi was set free. Details of what Angi is alleged to have done have not yet been released.
(Eaton, OH)--There were two convenience store armed robberies in Eaton overnight Sunday night and Monday morning, and one person was in custody Monday. The first happened at the Village Pantry on South Barron at just before 11 last night. A man displayed a handgun and took money from the register. Then, at just before 3 o’clock this morning, the Speedway station on North Barron was robbed at gunpoint. This time, the suspect was taken into custody. He’s been identified as 36-year-old Russell McMillan. McMillan is facing a host of felony charges.
(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man woke up in the Wayne County Jail Friday morning after being taken into custody Thursday night for allegedly soliciting sex from a child. 45-year-old Roy Nelson was arrested in the 300 block of South West 1st Street. Details of what Nelson is alleged to have done have not yet become available. Child solicitation is a Level Five felony.
(Brookville, IN)--There’s even more trouble for Franklin County government, and this may be the most serious accusation yet. Now, a former employee has filed a lawsuit against Franklin County’s Commission and Council. In the lawsuit, Kim Robinson claims she was fired earlier this year from her job as deputy auditor because she refused to commit illegal acts. Robinson claims she was told to pay some county employees twice for the same holiday, to give employees sick pay when they were not entitled, and to hide ghost employment. Robinson claims she received orders to commit the illegal acts from the county’s clerk, treasurer, and the Circuit Court judge.
(Wayne County, IN)--A Richmond woman allegedly gave police a false name during a traffic stop that turned up several types of drugs late Thursday afternoon. Officers found methamphetamine, cocaine, syringes, and other drug paraphernalia when a car occupied by 35-year-old Jessica Dunn and 55-year-old James Mikesell on U.S. 40 at Pennville Road between Centerville and Cambridge City. Dunn likely gave police the false name because she’s wanted in Kentucky.
(Richmond, IN)--Two Pennsylvania residents were caught in Richmond Thursday night with lots of drugs. The 18-year-old man and his 26-year-old girlfriend were taken into custody in the 5500 block of National Road East and jailed at 6 o’clock Thursday night. RPD officers recovered methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. Both were also charged with felony maintaining a common nuisance. There’s no word yet on what the couple was doing in Richmond.
(Cambridge City, IN)--The dispute over wastewater treatment in the Gateway Industrial Park goes before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission Thursday. SugarCreek Packing, with the backing of both the town of Cambridge City and Wayne County, is asking for the commission to intervene. SugarCreek has claimed that the failure of the Western Wayne Sewer District to follow through on promises to treat wastewater has prevented the company’s expansion. Thursday’s hearing is preliminary and will establish a timeline for future hearings.
(Richmond, IN)--A Centerville man who had been convicted of auto thefts in Randolph and Jay County last year was behind bars in Wayne County Wednesday morning charged with an entirely different kind of crime. 23-year-old Kali Cryor was arrested on North 4th in Richmond Tuesday. Cryor allegedly exposed himself to a child yesterday and then gave police false information when officers investigated.
(Richmond, IN)--An allegedly drunken and unruly Richmond man was caught Tuesday after a residential burglary in broad daylight. 33-year-old Anthony Bishop is charged with burglary after he was found Tuesday at a home in the 400 block of South 10th. A resident found that a window had been smashed to gain entry. Bishop was sitting on the porch when police arrived with shards of glass from the window he had just broken still in his shoes.
(Eaton, OH)--The city of Eaton has 16 railroad crossings within just a mile and a half of track. Railroad representatives are now working with the city to reduce that number. Norfolk and Southern has offered the city a financial incentive to close at least three crossings. They say that each crossing increases the likelihood of an accident from numerous trains that pass through Eaton on the same rail line that cuts through Richmond. Crossings that could be closed include Cherry or Walnut Street.
(Wayne County, IN)--Wayne County is continuing on its pace of one new, substantiated case of child abuse or neglect every day in 2017. According to newly released numbers, Wayne County had 149 new cases of abuse and neglect in the first 151 days of the year. It also keeps the county on pace for a substantial increase from last year. Currently, Wayne County cases are up 21% from the same point in 2016.
(Richmond, IN)--Methamphetamine was found in a car in the parking lot of Richmond’s K-Mart Sunday night. Police investigated the report of a suspicious woman on the lot and found 45-year-old Jennifer Goodwin. Goodwin originally refused to let police search her car but later relented. As officers were busy processing the meth, a witness said they say Goodwin shove pills into her pants. Those pills were later confiscated. Goodwin was in the Wayne County Jail Monday morning.