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(Preble County, OH)--More illegal drugs were seized in Preble County than in any other Ohio county last year, according to newly-released statistics from the Ohio Highway Patrol.  The high drug seizure ranking is the direct result of the OHP’s concentration on taking drugs off Ohio highways as soon as they’re brought into the state.  Patrol members on eastbound I-70 look for several indicators as vehicles cross from Indiana into Ohio.  In Preble County last year, troopers seized a total of almost four pounds of cocaine, 66 pounds of heroin, and 479 pounds of marijuana.



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(Wayne County, IN)--After poor employment numbers last month, Wayne County has rebounded in a big way.  According to new numbers from the state, the number of unemployed people in Wayne County dropped by 269 people in just the last 30 days.  The number of employed residents increased in that same time by 155.  But, Wayne County’s work force continues to shrink.  There are 908 fewer people in the workforce than there were a year ago.  The county’s workforce is on pace to drop below 30,000 people sometime this year.



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(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man was taken to the Wayne County Jail after he allegedly dropped off an unconscious overdose victim and then fled the scene in the 300 block of South 15th Monday afternoon.  The problem for 39-year-old Michael Smith is that he left a phone line open, and dispatchers could hear Smith and another person saying that they needed to leave before police arrived.  CPR was performed on the overdose victim.  When Smith was caught, he was allegedly in possession of methamphetamine.



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(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond heroin dealer and armed robber has been sentenced to 20 years in prison as part of a plea deal.  The sentence against 34-year-old Brandon Aubuchon was enhanced due to the nature of his crimes and his criminal record.  Aubuchon robbed a Richmond Conoco station and Village Pantry in the fall of 2015.  He was captured near Ocala, Florida last May.



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(Richmond, IN)--Firefighters were called to the Purina plant in Richmond Monday night.  "They had a dust collector that was smoldering," said Battalion Chief Charlie Bartlett.  Employees indicated the plant was evacuated as firefighters staged around the building.  The problem was contained in about 45 minutes and damage was kept to a minimum.  There was no report of any injury.



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(Wayne County, IN)--On Monday, Kicks 96 and The Point News reported that the number of registered voters in Franklin County had dropped dramatically (17%) after a statewide purge.  Wayne County Clerk Debbie Berry said that Wayne County’s drop was not nearly that dramatic.  Roughly 3400 registered voters dropped off in Wayne County, but Berry said that the 8% drop is not out of the ordinary.  Wayne County now has just over 40,000 registered voters.



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(Liberty, IN)--The appeals have been exhausted for a Union County murderer.  Late last week, the Indiana Supreme Court denied hearing the petition of Bert McQueen.  McQueen killed Brandon Wicker in Brownsville two and a half years ago.  McQueen’s appeal was based in part on his assertion that the murder was not especially gruesome and that the 63-year-sentence was too long.  McQueen also claimed he was not the worst of the worst, despite more than 30 previous criminal convictions.



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(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man was jailed Sunday night after allegedly exposing himself to children.  According to police reports, Caleb Carithers was exposing himself from his home in the 200 block of North 19th Street.  Scanner traffic indicated Carithers would go back inside after the incidents.  He was arrested for public indecency Sunday night and remained in the Wayne County Jail Monday morning.



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(Union City, OH)--Yet another Whitewater Valley Marsh Supermarket has been slated for closure.  This time, it’s the Marsh on the Ohio side of the state line in Union City.  That Marsh is one of nine others that are closing due to slumping sales.  The Union City store will remain open for another month.  The Marsh on South E Street in Richmond closed late last month after operating for decades under various names and owners.



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(Liberty, IN)--A Union County man is accused of threatening to shoot up a government agency.  60-year-old Gregory Cecil of Liberty allegedly made the threats because he had been denied benefits.  Local deputies, along with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, executed a warrant at Cecil’s home on South Liberty Pike this week and found rifles, handguns, and more than 2000 rounds of ammunition.  Cecil was taken to Reid Health for a psychological evaluation.



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(Richmond, IN)--There was a police presence on Elizabeth Street just off of Round Barn Road between Richmond and Centerville Thursday.  A woman was found dead there, but local officials are indicating that her death does not appear to be the result of a robbery or murder.  Wayne County Sheriff Jeff Cappa said Friay morning that no foul play is suspected.  Speculation ran rampant on social media Thursday about the cause of her death.  Officials said that speculation was greatly exaggerated.  An autopsy will be performed in Dayton.



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(Abington, IN)--Four people were taken to the Wayne County Jail Thursday night after they were found in Abington, allegedly in possession of several types of drugs.  The Indiana State Police arrested 46-year-old Randy Jackson of Richmond, along with Chastity Pitcher, Ted Durham, and Kylier Childress Shelby, who are all from Connersville.  All were charged with possession of methamphetamine and marijuana.  Details about quantities have not been released.



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(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond drug dealer was sentenced Thursday.  Lavar Thomas was sentenced to 14 ½ years behind bars after he was convicted by a Wayne County jury in February.  Thomas was arrested two years ago when law enforcement entered an apartment in the 100 block of South 15th Street and found guns, drugs, and lots of cash.  Thomas was on parole for previous crimes when he was arrested on South 15th.



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(West College Corner, IN)--A pickup truck crashed into a porch at a home in West College Corner Thursday.  The driver, who is from Fairfield, told deputies that he was forced off the roadway by an oncoming car on Liberty Avenue, which is also U.S. 27.  That driver and two passengers sustained non-life-threatening injuries.  No one inside the home was hurt.  The driver of the pickup was driving on a suspended license.



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(Richmond, IN)--There was a home invasion and armed robbery near the Oak Park neighborhood in Richmond early Thursday morning.  It happened in the 1600 block of Sylvan Nook Drive.  According to police reports, two men asked the resident to use a phone.  As the resident turned away to look for the phone, they entered the home.  One pulled out a gun; the other had a knife.  Police searched the area but could not locate the suspects, who were described only as two white males.  The resident was shaken up, but not hurt.  Investigators are looking for a known prostitute who may be connected to the incident.



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(Wayne County, IN)--Firefighters were on the scene of a house fire late Wednesday night.  Fire broke out a home on Sample Road just off of Pennville Road between Centerville and Cambridge City at around 9:45 p.m.  A neighbor noticed flames and called 911.  Most of the back of the house was involved when firefighters arrived.  The house was heavily damaged but is not considered a total loss.  It was described as vacant.  There’s no word yet on what started the fire.



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(Milton, IN)--Police were searching western Wayne County Wednesday night for a man accused of battering multiple members of his own family.  At one point, 24-year-old William Pressel was thought to be hiding under a bridge in Pershing after an attack that sent at least two of his own family members to Reid Health to be checked out at around 9 o’clock Wednesday night.  Pressel was caught at a home in Milton and has been charged with felony domestic battery.



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(Richmond, IN)--Last week, we told you that Wayne County was on pace to nearly double the number of overdose deaths from last year to this year.  New numbers released from the state also indicate that Wayne County is now on pace to greatly exceed the number of child abuse and neglect cases.  By this time last year, there were 36 substantiated cases of neglect.  So far this year, there have been 52 cases.  That’s an increase of 44%.  Jacob Jansen of Richmond was arrested Tuesday night for neglect of a dependent.



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(Richmond, IN)--Richmond is one step closer to getting rid of its biggest eyesore.  This coming Monday, a firm will begin collecting soil samples from the old Reid Hospital property in Richmond as they look for contaminants that could complicate the building’s demolition.  "They'll have a large work crew out there collecting samples for 4-6 weeks, and then they'll go into a 2-4 week analyzation period," Mayor Dave Snow Monday night.  Snow told members of Common Council that in roughly two months, the city will have a much better idea of how two issues will be handled…remediation and demolition.  "Whether or not that's going to be two separate events, or whether we remediate while we demolish...a lot of questions will be answered once they're finished with that."  Rough estimates of costs are in the ten-million-dollar range.



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(Richmond, IN)--Conditions are so bad at McBride Stadium in Richmond that the man who is largely responsible for its improvements in the last 25 years removed the plaque bearing his name.  John Cate recently removed his own plaque.  Mayor Dave Snow addressed the issue with Common Council Monday night.  Snow acknowledged that conditions need to be improved but said that the field itself is safe and passed along what the RHS baseball coach told him.  "I'm not concerned that my first baseman is going to end up at the orthodontist over a broken tooth after tripping over something."  Snow said that Park Superintendent Denise Retz had a work plan to improve McBride, but details were not discussed publically Monday night.



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