More details have been released about the shooting death early Wednesday morning of a Centerville man. 43-year-old Kurt Estes was shot in the head and killed outside an apartment complex in a large central Indiana city. Investigators spent Thursday looking for leads by talking with friends and family members. But, there were no witnesses to the shooting and police are asking for the public’s help. There’s also no word yet on what Estes may have been doing at the apartment complex.
(Henry County, IN)--Investigators believe one suspect could still be in the area after a police pursuit late Wednesday night. The chase went through Wayne County and ended in Henry County on I-70 when officers found the car crashed in the median. No suspects were found then. But, Thursday morning, one of the men – who is from New York – was found trying to hitchhike on a Henry County roadway. There is no description of the second suspect.
(Richmond, IN)--Richmond police found a wanted woman hiding in an attic Thursday night. Officers responded to a home at South 11th and I Street Thursday night and found 26-year-old Summer Hutchings. Methamphetamine was allegedly found at the scene. Hutchings was wanted for failing to appear in court after she was arrested just last month for theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.
A Darke County soldier has been seriously injured in combat in the Middle East. U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Kenton Stacy was injured by an improvised explosive device while clearing a hospital in Syria earlier this month. Stacy has returned to the United States to be treated. In 2010, Stacy was the USO’s Service Member of the Year. He has taken part in more than 50 combat missions while deployed in Afghanistan.
Whirlpool says it will build three wind turbines to power its manufacturing facility in Greenville. Whirlpool already uses wind power at three other facilities in Ohio. Like those, the Greenville turbines will be developed in coordination with One Energy Enterprises. They will generate around 70-percent of the plant’s electricity once they begin operation.
Transportation officials say the North 20th Street Bridge could re-open as soon as this weekend. The bridge has been closed since March so it could be re-built completely. The project was scheduled to be finished by mid-December, but Wayne County officials now expect it to be open again by next Wednesday. A small dedication ceremony is scheduled for noon that day.
A Richmond manufacturing company faces a hefty fine for workplace safety violations. Ahaus Tool and Engineering on Industrial Parkway was fined 10-thousand 500 dollars by the state’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The fine stems from a May 12th accident at the plant in which a metal bar fell from an overhead crane and struck a worker, sending him to the hospital. The plant had previously gone more than two years without an accident.
(Richmond, IN)--The director has been fired and two board members have stepped down as fallout from the Help The Animals allegations continues. Jamie Glandon was fired by the Board Tuesday after seven healthy dogs were euthanized. The Help Center claims they were bite risks. Board Members Kimm Ladd and Michele Curry have stepped down. On Tuesday, Board President Susan Beeson indicated that other staff and volunteers may have been falsely told the euthanized dogs were moved to another location to spare those volunteers the heartbreak of knowing the dogs had been put down. She added that she does not think the director intentionally deceived the public, but made the wrong decision. The shelter has received several threatening phone calls. A protest is still on for this Saturday outside the Help the Animals shelter in Richmond, despite Tuesday’s firing of Director Jamie Glandon and the resignation of two board members. Specifically, the protest is calling for the removal of everyone responsible, including Board President Susan Beeson, after seven dogs were euthanized. The protest begins at 3 Saturday outside the Help shelter.
(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man who was set to go on trial next month for dealing heroin and stealing weapons from a Richmond Police Department cruiser is facing a brand new charge. Kristopher Carico was taken into custody Tuesday in the 400 block of South 5th and charged with aiding, inducing, or causing dealing in a narcotic drug. Carico’s wife, Khandyce, was sentenced in September to 13 1/2 years for dealing heroin. During that sentencing, she testified about the hardships Kristopher would face in having to raise the couple’s children.
(Richmond, IN)--He has been described for years as one of Richmond’s most major drug players, and now 43-year-old Gary Sellers is facing federal charges for the distribution of large quantities of methamphetamine and heroin. Sellers has been arrested by federal agents along with three central Indiana men for trafficking the drugs into that area. Richmond Police helped with the investigation. Sellers has two local drug convictions and now faces life in prison.
(Richmond, IN)--There was a large police presence at the Hoosier Pete station at 16th and East Main in Richmond Tuesday afternoon. Multiple people were packed into an SUV and were taken out one-by-one by RPD officers and checked for warrants. Marijuana was found inside. 17-year-old Bryan Hall was charged as an adult for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. Several other teenagers were taken home. Hall’s three most recent social media posts depict him with brass knuckles, and handgun, and an assault rifle.
(Richmond, IN)--After intense scrutiny and pressure Monday, the Help The Animals Board finally admitted that the shelter did, in fact, euthanize at least seven healthy dogs. Since its inception, Help has branded itself as a no-kill shelter. The admission came after 12 employees and volunteers indicated that they were instructed by the Board to lie about what had happened to the dogs, which went missing from the Help Center earlier this month. In a prepared statement, the Help Board said that the dogs were euthanized because they represented a bite risk. The Help Center’s director has been placed on administrative leave. Kicks 96 and The Point News began to attempt to contact Board members as early as 8:30 Monday morning for explanation and reaction. Not a single Board member responded all of Monday. In the Help Shelter Board’s statement of admission that the shelter recently euthanized seven dogs determined to be bite risks came another admission: a total of 52 animals have been euthanized at what is branded as a no-kill shelter. The Help Board statement indicates that 33 of those animals were terminally ill, but 19 others were put down because they were bite risks. The issue exploded Monday when 3500 people signed an online petition demanding an explanation and action. The Board also claims that it is reviewing procedures and has successfully found homes for 5600 animals in the last five years
(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man is in custody after allegedly robbing a liquor store Monday night. A man later identified as 24-year-old Elijah Isaacs allegedly entered J Street Liquors at around 10 o'clock Monday night, bashed the clerk over the head with an undisclosed item, and then fled south. Officers were able to pull Isaacs over on U.S. 27 at Endsley Road. Under his seat, officers found a bottle of apple Crown Royal. Isaacs is charged with robbery. A passenger in his car, 25-year-old Terri Rust of Connersville, was also jailed for assisting a criminal. The clerk was not seriously hurt.
(Richmond, IN)--A Williamsburg man was arrested in Richmond Monday night and charged with carrying an unusual weapon. 30-year-old Joel Toney was located at South 13th and A. In his possession, police allegedly found drugs and drug paraphernalia. But they also found that Toney was carrying a Chinese throwing star. Toney had also been arrested in May on various drug charges.
(Wayne County, IN)--Wayne County has had an unbelievable 90 new, substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect in just the last two months. According to new numbers from the state’s Department of Child Services, there were 27 news cases in October. That comes on the heels of 63 new cases in September, which was the county’s largest single-month total ever. So far this year, Wayne County has had 362 new, substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect. Authorities say that drugs are in some way involved in the vast majority of those cases.
(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond woman was charged with felony battery on a police officer after an incident in the 200 block of North West 18th Street Sunday night. RPD was sent to that area after a disturbance allegedly involving 32-year-old Amanda Carlin. Carlin allegedly also interfered with a call to 911 and was intoxicated. There was no indication that the officer was seriously hurt.
(Richmond, IN)--Two Richmond brothers are in the Wayne County Jail Monday morning after an alleged weekend home invasion and attack. Daryl and Jonathon Barthalow, who are both in their mid-20’s, allegedly entered a home near Kinsey Street and attacked a resident there in retaliation for an earlier attack. Both Barthalow brothers are charged with felony burglary and battery.
(Richmond, IN)--A bid was awarded Thursday for the teardown and cleanup of the old Reid Hospital property. A central Indiana firm was awarded a bid of slightly under $3.5 million for the project. That money will not cover other facets of the project that include insurance and inspections. That could add close to another million dollars, but it’s still well below the initial estimate of $8.1 million for the project. The contract is expected to be signed by the end of the month and work could begin as early as January 2.
(Richmond, IN)--Multiple shots were fired into a Richmond house Thursday, but there were no reports of any injuries. Officers were called to the 100 block of South 12th at around 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon. Police searched the home of 37-year-old Gabriel Hatfield after initially being denied permission. Multiple shell casings were found. Across the street, four rounds were found embedded in a home. Hatfield was taken to the Wayne County Jail and charged with felony criminal recklessness, but he has bonded out. There’s no word yet on what prompted the shooting.
(Wayne County, IN)--Here comes yet another major road closing. U.S. 35 is set to close on Monday in a portion of Wayne County and will remain closed for at least two weeks. Crews will be replacing a culvert on 35 just east of Economy. That project is the last of four sections of 35 to see major work this year as part of a $3.1 million project. All of the work should be done by the first of December.