(Cambridge City, IN)--An engineering firm has presented cost estimates for wastewater treatment at the Gateway Industrial Park near Cambridge City. Without an expansion, tenants like SugarCreek – and the park itself – cannot grow. The firm said the cost of sending wastewater to Connersville would be $22.4 million. Building a new treatment facility on site would cost between $13 and $16 million. Sending the wastewater to Connersville would require the installation of a 24-inch line. Sewer Board President Tom Lee has said he favors the Cambridge City option.
(Richmond, IN)--Here’s an update on what was originally reported as a stabbing on North 17th in Richmond on Tuesday night. Investigators now say that Alex Irwin was shot by someone who he claims not to know. His injuries were non-life-threatening. Irwin has a lengthy criminal record that currently includes 37 offenses with most involving drugs. He was arrested in August of last year for dealing cocaine.
(Richmond, IN)--No arrests have been made in connection with a stabbing that happened in Richmond Tuesday night. A man arrived at Reid Health from the 200 block of North 17th Street with a stab wound. A subsequent search warrant was executed at the home. The suspect’s identity and condition have not been released, although his injuries were initially thought to be non-life-threatening. There’s also no word yet on what led to the stabbing.
(Richmond, IN)--On Tuesday, Kicks 96 and The Point News reported that vaccinations would be given on Thursday from 3-6 p.m. for people who had eaten prepared food at Casey’s General Store in Centerville as a precaution against the contraction of hepatitis A. Now, Kicks 96 and the Point News has confirmed that Casey’s will open a location in Richmond. A corporate spokesperson confirmed the opening Tuesdayday, but declined to say exactly where the store will go. Initial reports indicated it would locate in the 100 block of South West First.
(Connersville, IN)--Environmental cleanup at the former Visteon property in Connersville is nearly complete. The Connersville Board of Public Works approved a resolution this week that will be sent to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. The property had 545 wells. Some were treated with vegetable oil. Most have been sealed. Cleanup has been ongoing for the last nine years. The site is now home to Wayzata after what was supposed to have been a 1500-job company called Carbon Motors failed to get off the ground.
(Richmond, IN)--Richmond Common Council met Monday night under the shadow of a request for arbitration from the AFSCME, the city’s largest union. The union is challenging the city over its computation of vacation time for first and second-year employees. Union leaders have also expressed dissatisfaction in the delay of the implementation of a new contract which was agreed to two months ago that includes a pay raise. The union has extended a deadline until the end of this month for the contract to be approved by the Board of Public Works.
(Richmond, IN)--The Wayne County Health Department will administer hepatitis A vaccinations to customers of Casey’s General Store in Centerville Thursday afternoon from 3-6 at the department’s headquarters in Richmond. The Health Department issued a statement Monday saying only those who bought food prepared at Casey’s between July 5th and 12th should be vaccinated. Meanwhile, Casey’s corporate officials Monday did not return calls about the possibility of a location in Richmond. Casey’s had reportedly shown interest in property between Main Street and National Road west on the west side of the Whitewater Gorge.
(Richmond, IN)--Richmond Police Chief Jim Branum has been appointed to a state commission. Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has appointed Branum to serve on the Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board. Four other people statewide, including a judge and a prosecutor, were appointed. Branum’s term will expire at the end of June in 2022.
(Richmond, IN)--A warning remained in place Monday for anyone who may have eaten food at Casey’s General Store in Centerville between July 5th and this past Thursday to have a vaccination for hepatitis A no later than the 26th of this month. The Wayne County Health Department said an employee who was working at the store has the disease. An announcement about when and where those vaccinations can be obtained will be made Monday. Casey’s becomes the second area business to be the subject of a hepatitis warning. A similar case happened at Jell’s in Eaton last month.
(Centerville, IN)--An ambulance struck a deer on U.S. 40 just west of Centerville Sunday morning and resulted in a crash that sent three people, including an EMT, to hospitals. After hitting the deer, the ambulance rolled down an embankment and caught fire. Driver Blake Wentz and EMT Jim Wolf were both sent to Reid Health. Their conditions have not been released. The patient in the ambulance, Raymond Smith of Connersville, was in critical condition Monday morning at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. The ambulance was en route from Fayette County to Reid Health when the crash occurred.
(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man was caught after a short police chase Monday morning. 23-year-old Tayonne Tevis allegedly fled police in the 100 block of South 5th at 3 o’clock Monday morning. He was captured at South 5th and E. Officers found marijuana at the scene. More drugs were discovered on Tevis as he was being booked into jail. Counting Monday morning’s charges, Tevis now has a total of 58 criminal offenses at age 23.
(Richmond, IN)--Arsonists struck multiple locations in Richmond nearly simultaneously Friday morning and stretched the city’s fire department very thin. Two different garages and one couch that was sitting outside were lit on fire in the area of the first three blocks of North 18th and 19th all within 15 minutes of each other at around 3 o’clock Friday morning. "We actually had four of the five engines out on the garage fires. We only had one engine remaining." said Battalion Chief Tim Brown. A garage on 18th was a total loss. There were no injuries. Police are working to obtain surveillance video.
(Richmond, IN)--A schedule for construction of the new bike path that will connect downtown Richmond with the Depot District was discussed this week at a meeting of city and county leaders. It will mean major construction on 7th and 10th Streets. Construction will pick up soon on 7th Street at Fort Wayne Avenue and work its way south toward downtown. Also, according to one county official, that construction will mean that sidewalks that have already been torn up in the area of Main Street between 5th and 7th Streets will remain torn up until sometime next year.
(Mount Jumbo, AK)--Earlier this week, a plane crashed onto the side of a mountain in Alaska. Incredibly, all 11 people on board survived. And, two Randolph County natives were involved in their rescue. Rick Hines and Jason Harris still call Randolph County home. They are now members of a sea-level team of first responders.
(Richmond, IN)--Beverly Budd, who resigned earlier this week as the city of Richmond’s Building Commissioner, spoke Wednesday about her decision. Budd said that she resigned over her frustration at conditions inside the city building. "The only word I can think of is 'toxic.' It was not good for me," Budd said. She said some city employees are not on the same page. "We're all working, I guess, in different circles. I don't even get it." Budd said she will be working in the same capacity but will be independent of city restraints. "There are a lot of incredible people out there that are working to make Richmond a better place. But, by the same token, there's a number of them that are trying to keep it exactly the same as it is." The city issued a statement Wednesday saying that Budd’s resignation gives it a chance to "continue to reexamine our talent deck." Budd's resignation this week came on the heels of the resignation of Jack Cruse.
(Richmond, IN)--Handheld metal detectors are coming to Richmond Community Schools. The RCS Board was updated on efforts to obtain those metal detectors Wednesday night. The state is now offering one device for every 250 students . Chief Operations Officer Rob Tidrow told the board that RCS is working to obtain the maximum number of handheld metal detectors. A plan for their use has not been developed. The detectors won’t arrive until at least a couple of weeks after the start of school, which is August 8.
(Cambridge City, IN)--Western Wayne Schools will be adding another school resource officer when school begins next month. Until now, Western Wayne had two buildings but just one officer. Funding for the additional officer will come from a $35,000 state grant with a local match. Cambridge City’s Town Council has approved the purchase of a used car for the new officer.
(Richmond, IN)--Another business is saying goodbye to downtown Richmond. Vivian Himelick, who is the owner of Sanders Jewelers, indicated Tuesday that the store would be closing soon after it had operated at multiple locations in the downtown area for the last 77 years. The primary reason given for the closure was a change in retail climate. The building is being purchased by an architect who plans to renovate the upper two floors of the building for use by an architectural firm. The Sanders building, along with the Readmore and former Hoppe building, have now all been purchased by individuals or companies with architectural ties.
(Richmond, IN)--Richmond Community Schools announced Tuesday that every student, regardless of income, will be able to get a free breakfast and a free lunch every day of the upcoming school year. It’s because all RCS schools have been designated as meeting Community Eligibility Provision. School systems qualify for the federal program when there’s a high percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced lunches.
(Preble County, OH)--Investigators were on the scene Tuesday of the fire that did heavy damage Tuesday morning to a Preble County motel. The fire at the New Budget Inn near the junction of I-70 and U.S. 127 has now officially been ruled an arson. Officials have not said exactly what led them to make that determination. There were no injuries. One initial report stated that individuals may have been attempting to manufacture drugs inside one of the rooms.