(Richmond, IN)--Monday was Day #1 of about 700 days of road construction near Uptown Richmond. Orange barrels are up and work is now underway on a $24 million project that will refurbish two miles of southbound U.S. 27 and another mile on U.S. 40. The phase that got underway Monday will see the jog in the road just south of the Depot overpass straightened and the intersection of Chester Boulevard and North J Street improved.
(Fountain City, IN)--The first court hearing for Fountain City Town Councilman Jesse Berger is now set for Friday morning. Charges were officially filed Monday after Berger’s DUI arrest last week. Those charges include a designation as a habitual vehicular substance offender because of two previous DUI convictions. According to the affidavit, which was also filed Monday, Berger was found passed out behind the wheel on Fountain Avenue. His blood-alcohol content was .234 – more than three times the legal limit.
(Richmond, IN)--Two alleged burglars were taken into custody Tuesday morning. 46-year-old Todd Heyne and 45-year-old David Mowdy were taken into custody at a home in the 400 block of South M Street in Richmond and booked into jail at just before 3 o’clock Tuesday morning. Both are charged with burglary and theft. Details of what led to Heyne and Mowdy’s arrest have not been released.
(Richmond, IN)--Investigators are still working to see if two Richmond shootings that occurred early Sunday morning are connected. Richmond residents Elliot Gaston and Trenton Owens were both shot in the parking lot directly west of Smiley’s Pub just after the bar closed. Both were flown to Level One trauma centers. Their conditions were still being withheld Monday morning. About a half an hour after that shooting, shots were fired into a home in the 1500 block of North H Street. No one was hurt in that incident. There has been no word of any arrests in the shootings.
(Richmond, IN)--Richmond police are looking for a teenage robber after an incident late Sunday night near the south-side Dairy Queen. The victim told police that a boy between the ages of 16 and 18 said that he had a gun but never produced a weapon. After the incident, the suspect ran up a hill near South L Street. Police searched the area but could not locate the teen. The victim did not report any injuries.
(Richmond, IN)--An alleged Richmond drug dealer was taken into custody at Reid Health over the weekend. She’s 51-year-old Kristin Snider. Police reports indicate officers found methamphetamine, marijuana, and prescription drugs in Snider’s possession at Reid. She has bonded out of the Wayne County Jail. Last week, two other men were arrested after allegedly using illegal drugs inside Reid.
(Fountain City, IN)--A Fountain City Town Council member remained behind bars Friday morning. 25-year-old Jesse Berger was stopped in Fountain City at around 6:15 Thursday morning. He was allegedly driving drunk and was in possession of drug paraphernalia. Berger was also charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. It’s not the first run-in with the law for Berger. He has been convicted of two previous DUI’s and one count of possession of a controlled substance. Berger is being held on a $755 bond.
(Brookville, IN)--The two Brookville police officers who were forced to shoot and kill an armed man last month have now been cleared of any wrongdoing. Prosecutors say Officers Lucas Richardson and Terry Mitchum acted appropriately when they shot and killed 29-year-old Donald Parker at a home on State Road 101 just north of Brookville. Parker was involved in a domestic dispute, exited his home, and pointed a gun at the officers that had arrived. Parker had a long criminal record, including a recent charge of battery against a public safety official.
(Richmond, IN)--What started as an overdose call in the 1000 block of North C Street on Thursday night ended with the arrest of a Richmond couple. Lucas Worley allegedly overdosed. Carrie Worley called for help. Police reports indicate both became combative. Lucas Worley was revived, taken to Reid Health, and then to the Wayne County Jail. Carrie Worley also was jailed. They’re charged with maintaining a common nuisance and possession of drugs and syringes.
(Wayne County, IN)--Fire destroyed a home west of Fountain City overnight. Crews from multiple agencies were called at around 10:30 Wednesday night to a home at the intersection of Davis Meyers and Round Barn Roads. The house was fully involved when the first units arrived. No one was home at the time, but bystanders feared for the safety of numerous horses. All were thought to be okay Thursday morning. There’s no word yet on what may have caused the fire. Firefighters were sent back out at just before 5 o'clock Thursday morning when the fire rekindled.
(Winchester, IN)--Most people will applaud this arrest…a Winchester-area man has been charged with reckless homicide due to his friend’s overdose death. 29-year-old Caleb Burkhart allegedly provided heroin to 28-year-old Keith Lee, who overdosed and died in Randolph County last week. Burkhart has 12 convictions in the last seven years, including seven counts of theft.
(Whitewater Valley)--State Representative Dick Hamm has released results of a legislative survey that was conducted in the Whitewater Valley and covered a variety of topics. 61% of residents in our area support new funding for the drug Narcan. The notion of whether or not to fund better roads through increased taxes was split 50/50. And, four out of five people said that people should have to pass a drug screening to be eligible for food stamps.
(Richmond, IN)--It was early last month when there was a partial overnight ceiling collapse at Richmond’s Holiday Inn. Now, there’s been another overnight incident. Firefighters were called there at midnight on the smell of smoke in a small furnace area. "Some wiring started smoking. We just disconnected the power to the furnace," said Battalion Chief Eric Holmes. Holiday Inn staff partially evacuated the hotel, which was nearly full for the night. "They had started the evacuation before we even got on the scene," Holmes added. That evacuation lasted for only about ten minutes. Crews were on the scene for a couple of hours. Damage was minimal.
(Richmond, IN)--AirBnB is an online site where private homeowners offer a room or home overnight to visitors…much like a hotel. It’s not prevalent in Richmond – at least not yet. There are only about 20 homes available locally on any given night. Still, the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce issued a position statement Tuesday saying that they believe AirBnB’s should be treated like any other hotel in terms of taxes and regulations. A bill addressing that issue is working its way through the Indiana Statehouse.
(Richmond, IN)--A highly-combative Richmond teen was Tased Tuesday night as he fought with and then fled police. Police were called to the 2300 block of North D Street and encountered 19-year-old Diether Cruse and located some marijuana. After being Tased, Cruse was taken to Reid Health. Officials there had to make special arrangements because of Cruse’s combative nature. On Wednesday morning at the Wayne County Jail, Cruse was placed into chair with multiple restraints. As of 5:30 Wednesday morning, jail staff had been unable to take Cruse’s mug shot.
(Lynn, IN)--A Lynn man has been charged with the murder of a toddler. 22-year-old Joshua Null was in the Randolph County Jail Tuesday morning and is being held without bond. Last week, first responders went to a home on County Road 300 West on the report of a child not breathing. The child was pronounced dead shortly afterward. A subsequent autopsy revealed that the child died from blunt force trauma. Investigators then interviewed and arrested Null Monday. There’s no word yet on what sort of connection Null had to the child.
(Richmond, IN)--The city of Richmond has settled the barking dog issue. Common Council Monday night agreed to the terms of the ordinance after having haggled over details for several weeks. The ordinance passed 7-2 and boils down to this…a dog owner can be fined if his or her dog barks continuously for a half an hour during the day or for 20 minutes in the overnight hours. The fine for the first offense is $50 and increases to a maximum of $500.
(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond woman woke up in the Wayne County Jail Tuesday morning after having been arrested Monday for dealing drugs and neglect of a dependent. 33-year-old Jessica Hunter was taken into custody at her home in the 1700 block of North C. Hunter was allegedly dealing both cocaine and heroin while caring for a very young child. She faces three different felony charges.
(Richmond, IN)--There’s been no word yet on the future of the Richmond store, but the parent company of Elder-Beerman has announced that up to six stores will close nationally. While that may not sound like many, there are only about three dozen Elder-Beermans nationally. Bon-Ton stores is Elder-Beerman’s parent company. Sales were down by $2.6 billion last year. There’s been no word on when the specific stores that will close will be identified. Also, Connersville’s J.C. Penney was on that company’s closing list. That store operated in a plaza just off of 30th Street.
(Richmond, IN)--A large amount of service members are coming to Richmond later this week for a conference. "We will be bringing in roughly 120 Marines and their families from six states," said Anne Hunsinger with the Marine Corps League. It’s a conference that will feature something very special. It’s the Remembering Our Fallen Memorial. It’s a traveling memorial for each state that will honor service members who have been killed since 9/11. "there are three Wayne County natives on this memorial. They are Layton Crass, Frederick Miller Junior, and Jonathon Layman (actuality 31383). The memorial can be seen in the lobby of Richmond’s Holiday Inn beginning this Friday.