(Richmond, IN)--Pet owners filled Richmond Common Council chambers Tuesday night as council addressed an ordinance aimed at cracking down on neglectful owners. "Unfortunately, the owner does not always know what's best. I think there should be set temperatures," said one of numerous people who spoke. Council passed an ordinance that does not set a specific temperature at which pets must be brought in, but does require owners to alleviate any distress. Council member Clay Miller said enforcement is the real issue. "We can add all the language in the world we want to add. But, if it's not enforced, it doesn't make a difference. Miller cast the lone dissenting vote. The fine for a first offense is $100. Penalties essentially double after that
(Richmond, IN)--The EDC of Wayne County has hired a new manager of Existing Business and Education. Sarah Mitchell will be joining the EDC staff in a few weeks. Mitchell is the former planner for the city of Richmond and has already worked on multiple projects that have had EDC involvement. In her work with the city, Mitchell was involved in projects that include Stellar Communities, Blight Elimination, and Neighborhood Stabilization.
(Richmond, IN)--An alleged Richmond prostitute was arrested Tuesday at the Leisure Village Mobile Home park on South Q Street. 36-year-old Angelina Hayes was in the Wayne County Jail Wednesday morning facing multiple charges, including possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Details of what led police to arrest Hayes have not yet been released.
(Eaton, OH)--Eaton’s police chief has resigned. Chad DePew has led Eaton’s police department for the last seven years, but is stepping down to take a position with the Kettering Health Network’s Medical Center Police Department. He’ll manage several facilities in the Kettering network, including the Preble County Emergency Room. Eaton city leaders will now look for a replacement. DePew’s last day on the job is Friday.
(Goodlettsville, TN)--An initial hearing has now been set for a man accused of murdering his wife, who is a former Lynn resident. Randolph County native Jacqueline Castano was shot and killed by her husband in the Nashville, Tennessee suburb of Goodlettsville. Her husband called 911 and admitted to the crime. Jacqueline had become a special education teacher after leaving Lynn.
(Richmond, IN)--A woman who recently was featured on the website fav-meth-head-of-the-day.com was captured in Richmond Monday. 29-year-old Kylie Cashdollar was caught in the first block of North West 3rd Street. Cashdollar is wanted in Henry County. She had been arrested there a year ago after police found her with a significant quantity of both methamphetamine and Viagra.
(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man was flown to a Level One trauma center after being critically injured early Tuesday morning. First responders were called to the 200 block of North 12th Street at around 2 o’clock Tuesday morning after a man fell out of a second-story window. Details that led to the fall have not been disclosed, but alcohol is suspected to have played a role. His injuries were described as life-threatening. The man’s identity and current condition have not been released.
(Richmond, IN)--Four people were jailed Monday after a short police chase in which stolen shoes were being flung out of a car window. Justin Day and Ashley Sparks of Richmond, along with Haley Lewis of Williamsburg and Matthew Thompson of New Paris were all in jail Tuesday morning. The four allegedly fled Kohl’s in Richmond after stealing multiple items. They were all taken into custody near the intersection of Elks Road and East Main.
(Richmond, IN)--Reid Health has seen an explosion of flu cases this season. How bad is it? There were only 22 confirmed flu cases all of last flu season at Reid. So far this season, there have been 350…that’s nearly 16 times as many. 46 people have had the flu bad enough to require admission to Reid. There were only two last year. Reid recommends the three C’s: clean your hands, cover your cough, and contain yourself – meaning stay home if you’re sick to avoid infecting others.
(Wayne County, IN)--Water main breaks prompted boil advisories in two Wayne County communities on Monday. A large main break in Cambridge City nearly drained the town’s water tower on Sunday and put the entire town under a boil advisory. There was also a break in Centerville. Residents in much of the southwestern section of Centerville were also under an advisory Monday. Water should be boiled for several minutes before using it for cooking or drinking.
(Randolph County, IN)--A Fountain City man is facing charges after allegedly fleeing a Lynn town marshal at 95 miles per hour in southeastern Randolph County. 27-year-old James Cook was found with heroin, meth, Xanax, and drug paraphernalia. Also in the car was 28-year-old Alexis Peden. She faces similar charges. Peden was wanted in a three-year-old Darke County burglary case.
(Wayne County, IN)--The Wayne County Highway Department is getting set for the looming winter weather. "On Friday morning, we will probably just treat down the middle of the roadways and get them prepared for the ice," said Mike Sharp with the Highway Department. He said covering 720 miles of Wayne County roadways can be a challenge. "We don't have a lot of extra personnel. I'll have two people that will be on night crew (Friday night) just for running emergencies," Sharp added. A full crew will return to work Saturday morning.
(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond woman is making an appearance on a national morning television show Friday. Joan Bartel is in New York City and attended Thursday’s broadcast of NBC’s Today Show. Joan was picked out of the crowd to take part in a game that was taped Thursday and is airing Friday morning during the Kathie Lee and Hoda Show. "What they want us to do is play this game that they play. They referred to it as a crossword puzzle type of game," Bartel said. The segment will air at around 10:52 Friday morning. The Kathie Lee and Hoda Show airs on local channels that include WDTN, Channel 2 in Dayton and WLWT, Channel 5 in Cincinnati.
(Richmond, IN)--An alleged Richmond drug dealer was arrested Thursday at a place where she spent a lot of time last year. 31-year-old Heather Capps was arrested at the Wayne County Courthouse on charges that include dealing cocaine and methamphetamine. Capps was arrested and jailed at least four times last year, including for possessing meth last October.
(Wayne County, IN)--Wayne County is facing losing two of its townships. There’s currently a Republican plan to eliminate 300 townships across Indiana. Townships with less than 1200 people would be merged into others over the course of the next five years. In Wayne County, that would eliminate Boston and Dalton Townships. Union County would lose four of its six townships, and Franklin County would lose seven of its 13. Proponents of the plan say it’s a way to reduce expenditures.
(Richmond, IN)--An investigation wrapped up late Wednesday afternoon with the arrest of a suspected Richmond burglar. 21-year-old Samantha Downard was taken into custody at her home on Cart Road and booked into the Wayne County Jail at 7 o’clock Wednesday night. She now faces a Level 4 Felony. Details of what Downard is alleged to have burglarized have not been released.
(Richmond, IN)--Richmond police were able to arrest a drunken driver who allegedly fled the scene of a crash Thursday morning. According to police reports, the crash happened at about 2:30 Thursday morning in the 200 block of South 16th. Officers were able to track the driver that fled to his home in the 200 block of South 6th and arrested 22-year-old Kian Gibson. Gibson now faces four charges. There were no injuries.
(Hagerstown, IN)--Fire did heavy damage to a Hagerstown business Wednesday morning. An officer saw smoke and flames inside the Dave’s Café and Flatlanders building in the 500 block of East Main in Hagerstown at around 3:20 Wednesday morning. Four departments responded. It took 45 minutes to get the fire under control. Investigators feared someone may have been inside the building at the time, but that does not appear to be the case. The cause of the fire and a dollar amount of the damage have not yet been determined.
(Richmond, IN)--There was a stabbing in Wayne County Tuesday. Deputies were sent to Airport Road between Richmond and Centerville and arrested 23-year-old Chance Duarte after a short foot chase. Duarte allegedly stabbed 22-year-old Jasmine Oakley-Field. She fled to the Westwood Apartments in Richmond and called for help. She was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The couple was arrested just about a month ago for stealing a vehicle at Westwood.
(Richmond, IN)--Blue Buffalo has purchased an additional 36 acres of land in the Midwest Industrial Park. Blue Buffalo is paying about $268,000 for the land, but has not publically said exactly what its use will be. Construction continues on the 400,000 square-foot plant inside the industrial park. The sale leaves just 32 acres available in the Phase II area of the park, although the EDC is working to expand the area. Blue Buffalo expects to employ 165 people at an average wage of $17 per hour.