(Richmond, IN)--If a newly-established timeline holds true, demolition of the old Reid Hospital building in Richmond will begin in the fall of next year. Members of Richmond Common Council met Monday night with city administrators to discuss the mammoth eyesore. The timeline was set as a goal with the realization that another remediation will have to take place to determine that amount of contaminants at the site. That will cost at least a half-million dollars. Council will take demolition costs into consideration when budget discussions for next year begin this summer. The total cost of demolition and clean-up will likely be north of $10 million.
(Richmond, IN)--The murder trial of Stephen Via got underway Monday in Wayne Circuit Court. Via is on trial for shooting and killing Stacey Mosier in June of last year. In opening statements, Via’s attorney said his client was responsible for the shooting, but blamed it on a defective gun. That claim was refuted by the state’s first witness. She claimed that Via was very upset at Mosier, that he showed no emotion in describing the shooting, and that he had thought about shooting himself. Several RPD investigators testified about finding the body and other evidence. The trial resumes Tuesday morning.
(Richmond, IN)--The Indiana Department of Transportation announced Monday that it had awarded a nearly $24 million contract to fix parts of U.S. 40 and U.S. 27 in the Uptown Richmond area. Preliminary work could begin as soon as tomorrow on stretches of South 8th and South A Streets. The project will also include the elimination of the jog in the road just south of the railroad overpass at the Depot District. The project won’t be completely done until the end of next year.
(Camden, OH)--Police in Camden are looking for a man who they say robbed the First Financial Bank Monday. Investigators say it was likely 32-year-old Stephen Anderson of Camden who entered the bank and handed the teller a note demanding money. He fled with some cash, but was quickly identified after bank surveillance video was viewed. Police are now asking for the public’s help in locating Stephen Anderson.
(Wayne County, IN)--The Indiana Youth Institute on Monday released its annual Kids Count data for Wayne County.. In the last year, the teen birth rate in Wayne County has held steady. For every 1000 babies born locally, about 17 are born to girls between the ages of 15 and 17. For all mothers, regardless of age, 22% admit that they smoked during pregnancy. That’s an increase of more than a full percentage point. Wayne County is also continuing with a trend it started about a decade ago. More than half of the babies born locally – 54% - are born to unmarried parents. That figure has never been that high. There are two very disturbing figures where the safety of Wayne County children is concerned. In the last year that numbers have been available, the number of children in need of services is up 123%. The number had held steady for the previous three years but skyrocketed this year. Even more disturbing…the number of adults who have had their parental right terminated is up 300%. There are some positive numbers for Wayne County kids and economics. In the most recent figures, the percentage of kids living in poverty is down to 28%. That’s down from 33% four years ago. The number of Wayne County residents on food stamps has dropped substantially in the last year. 800 fewer people are receiving help in that area. On the downside, though, median household income has dropped. It’s down to $38,500. Last year, it was $41,000.
(Richmond, IN)--A child found a loaded gun in a bush at an elementary school in Richmond late Sunday afternoon. According to police reports, the child found a Glock handgun with a round in the chamber on the east side of Vaile Elementary School. The child picked up the weapon, flagged down a police officer, and handed the gun over without incident. Officers checked the serial number and determined it had not been stolen. There was a weekend shooting about five blocks away from where the gun was found Sunday night. There’s no word on whether or not the gun may have been used in that incident. The age and sex of the child that found the gun has not been released.
(Richmond, IN)--Methamphetamine was found stuffed in a shoe for sale at a Richmond Dollar General store Sunday night. Police had been called to the southside Dollar General on Saturday night on the report of a man acting strangely. That man was not arrested. Then, Sunday night, methamphetamine was found in a shoe. An unconfirmed report indicates that a seven-year-old girl located the drugs. Police arrived and took the methamphetamine.
(Preble County, OH)--A 40-year-old man was unresponsive at the scene after apparently being crushed by a car Sunday night at the Five Points Center on North Barron Street in Eaton. That man was flown to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. His identity and condition have not been released by Monday morning. It was one of two incidents where someone was injured by a car in Preble County Sunday night. One person was unresponsive after being struck by a car on Wikel Road in Eldorado. Again, there’s been no word on the victim’s identity or condition.
(Los Angeles, CA)--A Richmond High School graduate had a role in a movie that won an Oscar Sunday night. Katie Reihman is a 2004 RHS graduate and is now a lighting artist for Walt Disney Animation Studios. She was involved in the production of Zootopia, which won Sunday night for Best Animated Feature Film. Reihman did not attend last night’s Academy Awards. She also worked on the hit movie Frozen.
(Richmond, IN)--"We can think in a very different way and still be very successful." That's what then-candidate for Richmond Mayor Dave Snow before he took office more than a year ago. Now, 14 months into his tenure, Snow has announced he will deliver a State of the City address. It will happen this coming Thursday and will cover a wide range of topics, including economic development, crime, drugs, and infrastructure. Snow said it’s important for the community to hear directly from the mayor. You can watch the address live on WCTV beginning at 6 p.m.
(Richmond, IN)--A career Richmond drug offender is facing substantially more prison time after a pre-trial hearing Thursday. 42-year-old Torrie Mayberry has been charged as a habitual offender. Mayberry was arrested on South 8th earlier this month for possession and selling 28 grams of cocaine. He already has two drug convictions. Mayberry was in jail for only an hour Thursday before posting bond and being released. The habitual offender designation could double Mayberry’s time behind bars if he’s convicted.
(Webster, IN)--What started as a fire on a stove spread and did heavy damage to a home near Webster late Thursday night. It happened at a home on King Road near Tingler Road. One man was inside and was able to get out unharmed. By the time firefighters arrived, flames could be seen coming from the back door. Firefighters cleared the scene early Friday morning. There’s no word yet on the dollar amount of the damage.
(New Madison, OH)--A missing New Madison teenager has been found unharmed. 13-year-old Tyler Weimer went missing from his home on Weavers-Fort Jefferson Road on Wednesday afternoon. The Darke County Sheriff’s Office issued an alert. With help from a helicopter from Butler County, deputies searched overnight in fields and wooded areas. Then, early Thursday afternoon, a deputy searching near Godfrey Road located the boy. He did not appear hurt. It appears that he left his home voluntarily.
(Brookville, IN)--A Brookville investment representative has been ordered to repay $800,000 to victims and has been stripped of his license. Michael Wiesemann is the owner of MAH Investment Management. The order is part of a settlement after Wiesemann targeted elderly investors over a ten-year period. He used proceeds from his victims to purchase a million-dollar home on Sanibel Island, Florida. Wiesemann’s Brookville office is now closed.
(Richmond, IN)--Wayne County was formally given its accreditation Tuesday from the National Institute for Jail Operations. Wayne County is the first in a three-state region to receive that designation, and it’s meaningful for several reasons. Sheriff Jeff Cappa said it’s a protection to taxpayers. The percentage of liability to a taxpayer for a jail is normally around 70%. "When you are accredited in your jail operations, especially in the legal-based part of it, then you take that liability down from 70% to 28 or 30%," Cappa said. Cappa credited his staff. "Correctional officer is one of the most stressful jobs...just like a law enforcement officer. It takes a special person to do that kind of work." The jail had to meet 600 guidelines and work for two years to get the accreditation.
(Richmond, IN)--Richmond Common Council met Tuesday night and once again addressed a revised ordinance aimed at penalizing pet owners who allow their dogs to bark. Tuesday night, public comment was taken. Council member Jamie Lopeman said there were several complaints about one area of the city. "Centered on the North 11th area and an ongoing issue, but the ordinance is for a citywide improvement for resources for our law enforcement officers." Members of the Richmond Police Department have said that the ordinance, as it’s currently written, is difficult to enforce. The new ordinance will likely come up again in two weeks.
(Richmond, IN)--Richmond Police were sent to an area around South 6th and Oakland Avenue late Tuesday night on the report that two people had locked themselves in a bathroom and that other people were outside with guns. Officers quickly discovered that drugs were involved after stopping a truck nearby. The driver of that truck, who was later identified as 37-year-old James Thacker, was arrested for possession of cocaine or narcotic drug. No injuries were reported.
(Fountain City, IN)--Fountain City residents rallied Tuesday night in support of Police Chief Aron Tutt as the town’s council held an executive session. Some feared Tutt’s job was in jeopardy. Afterward, Tutt posted a message on social media. Tutt wrote that it’s been said that his job is not in jeopardy and thanked residents for their support. Tuesday night’s executive session – which was off limits to the public – dealt in part with employee and law enforcement policies.
(Wayne County, IN)--While heroin gets lots of attention in Wayne County, methamphetamine use also remains an issue. There were two more arrests Monday. Monday morning, 19-year-old Robert Seward was caught at Main and Center Streets in Cambridge City. Monday afternoon, 25-year-old Dillon Fultz was arrested at 12th and North E in Richmond. Both were in possession of meth and drug paraphernalia. The cases are unrelated. Both Seward and Fultz were in the Wayne County Jail Tuesday morning.
(Greenville, OH)--Police in Greenville Monday released a surveillance image of a man who held up a Speedway station over the weekend. Investigators hope someone recognizes a man who held up the Speedway station on East Main in Greenville on Sunday. He never displayed a gun, but indicated that he had one. The clerk was not hurt. A Walgreen across the street was robbed last year. Police have not said if they believe the robberies are connected.