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(Richmond, IN)--There was an attempted armed robbery at a Richmond gas station early Monday morning.  A man entered the store at around 1 o’clock Monday morning armed with what was described as a 4-6 inch knife.  The initial indication is that he fled without getting any money, but that has not yet been confirmed by Richmond police.  He reportedly fled toward Chester Heights Apartments.  No arrests have been made.  Investigators believe the same man may have been in the store yesterday causing problems.  There is no suspect description, and there were no injuries.

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(Wayne County, IN)--Wayne County’s wage gap for sex is lower than the state average.  According to newly released figures by the Indiana Institute for Working Families, women across Indiana make 74 cents for every dollar earned by men.  In Wayne County, though, that figure is 79 cents.  The median income for a Wayne County man working full time is now $40,500.  The median income for a Wayne County woman is just under $32,000.  Fayette County has Indiana’s highest disparity.  Women there make only 66 cents for every dollar earned by men.

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(Richmond, IN)--A couple was arrested for auto theft at a Richmond apartment complex Sunday.  23-year-old Chance Duarte and his girlfriend, 22-year-old Jasmine Oakley-Field, were taken into custody at the Westwood Apartments on West Main Street.  And, it wasn’t the only auto theft-related arrest of the weekend.  32-year-old Christopher Davis was arrested for attempted auto theft and possession of meth.  All three were behind bars Monday morning.

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(Richmond, IN)--A Williamsburg man was arrested Friday morning after allegedly trying to break into the Richmond home of a former girlfriend.  According to police reports, children were present when an allegedly drunken 32-year-old Joshua Petitt began banging on windows in the 300 block of Garwood Road at around 1 o’clock Friday morning.  Petitt then fled and was captured on nearby Hughes Lane.  His charges include felony residential entry.  No one inside was hurt.

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(West Manchester, OH)--The Preble County Sheriff’s Department has released details of a meth lab bust.  A search warrant was executed on Maple Street in West Manchester.  Inside, investigators found chemicals and equipment used to make methamphetamine along with some finished product.  48-year-old Scott Cochran was taken into custody and charged with multiple felonies.  Cochran is in the Preble County Jail.

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(Richmond, IN)--Richmond Police were busy early Thursday morning searching for runaways from the Wernle Youth and Family Treatment Center.  Both RPD and the Indiana State Police responded on the report of a large fight.  Four juveniles fled the area and were being sought.  It’s at least the second time in the last week that several residents have escaped at night.  On Thursday morning, according to scanner traffic, one officer told Wernle staff to start securing residents better, because officers weren’t going to chase them every night.  At 6 o'clock Thursday morning, three juveniles were reportedly still on the loose.

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(Richmond, IN)--New Wayne County Sheriff’s Department deputies make significantly less money than new deputies with other agencies.  It’s a problem that drew the attention of Wayne County Council members on Wednesday.  Council heard from a consultant that said that new Wayne County deputies make, on average, $7000 less annually than new deputies with 14 other Indiana agencies of similar size.  That new deputy would also make $8000 less than a new RPD officer.  Sheriff Jeff Cappa has said that it makes recruiting difficult.  Council is taking the issue under consideration.

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(Connersville, IN)--There is some good economic development news for Fayette County which, last month, had Indiana’s highest unemployment rate.  Local economic development official Dan Parker told commissioners this week that one of the county’s larger employers is set to double its workforce next year.  That employer’s identity has not yet been released.  Parker also claimed success with a second large retention project this year.

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(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man is facing a host of felony drug charges after his arrest late Tuesday night.  35-year-old Calvin Johnson was taken into custody at his home on New Paris Pike near Porterfield Road.  Officers at the scene recovered an unspecified quantity of methamphetamine.  Johnson is charged with possession of meth with intent to deliver and violation of the Legend Drug Act.  He was in the Wayne County Jail Wednesday morning.

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(Lewisburg, OH)--The victim in a fatal weekend crash has now been identified as a Preble County teenager.  19-year-old Kaitlin Bradley of Lewisburg was a passenger in a car that lost control near Englewood and struck a tree.  Investigators said Tuesday that speed was the primary cause of the crash.  The driver of the car was identified as a 20-year-old Clayton man.  He was also pronounced dead at the scene.  Kaitlin was a recent graduate of Tri County North High School.

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(Eaton, OH)--Eaton has a new mayor.  At this week’s meeting of the Eaton City Council, new members Matt Venable and Gary Wagner were sworn in.  Wagner was then picked as Eaton’s new mayor.  The two new council members are replacing David Daily and Dave Kirsch, who were both recognized for their years of service.

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(Richmond, IN)--The first steps to take down old Reid began Monday.  Richmond Common Council got an update on the project Monday night and learned that one of the companies began the process Monday by removing some brush and beginning to put up a construction fence.  Environmental remediation is scheduled to begin in two weeks.  The city still has to sign a nearly $3.5 million contract with the company that will take the buildings down.  That signing will likely happen this Thursday.  Old Reid is forecast to be completely gone in a year and a half.

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(Preble County, OH)--A semi carrying hazardous material overturned on I-70 in Preble County Tuesday morning.  The Environmental Management Agency was sent to the scene in the eastbound lanes of Mile Marker 12 at around 3:30 Tuesday morning.  There was no initial indication that the material was leaking, and officials have not said exactly what is was that the trucker was carrying to Columbus.  He told troopers that the wind blew the semi onto its side.  He was not hurt.

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(Richmond, IN)--Two Wayne County teens were released from the Wayne County Jail on their own recognizance over the weekend after picking up some very serious charges.  19-year-olds Jared Cohee of Richmond and Russell Rader of Centerville were captured in a service alley near Tenth Street.  Both are charged with robbery.  Cohee is charged with attempted strong armed robbery and Rader allegedly was carrying a gun without a permit.  Details of what they are alleged to have done have not been released.

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(Randolph County, IN)--It was a narrow escape Sunday night for a teen learning to drive in Randolph County.  A driver, who had only a learner’s permit, drove around railroad crossing gates that had come down for an approaching train near Monroe Central High School.  The girl then tried to back up and become stuck on the tracks.  She was then able to free the SUV enough that so the train only barely grazed the vehicle.  There were no injuries.

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(Centerville, IN)--Two Wayne County men woke up not in the Bat Cave Friday morning, but in the Wayne County Jail.  35-year-old Jehoshua Hammock and 28-year-old Travis Amburgy were taken into custody Thursday night on Willow Grove Road near Centerville.  Police allegedly found marijuana or hash oil and drug paraphernalia in their vehicle, a Batmobile, at around 7 o’clock Thursday night.  Both men are being held on $500 bonds.

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(Richmond, IN)--Six units at Country Club Apartments in Richmond have been sealed by the city’s Building Commissioner.  Beverly Budd said it began two months ago and involved the Health Department after standing water was found in units below ground level.  But that investigation turned up much more.  Two empty units were discovered that were being used for prostitution.  Residents saw men frequently coming and going.  Four other empty units were being occupied by drug users.  Users were climbing in through windows.  City officials found paraphernalia inside.  The door of one unit had a sign that said “Not a trap house.”  Budd said that Country Club’s owner has been cooperative with clean-up efforts.

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(Richmond, IN)--A Reid Health physician is back from her trip to help people in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.  Dr. Sara Valentin used what would have been her vacation time to personally deliver 19 suitcases and boxes of medicine and supplies.  "Instead of just lamenting or complaining that help is not getting in, it was easier to say 'What can I do?'"  Her efforts have now led to the formation of a new organization called “Puerto Rico Rise Up.”  That organization’s first project is a toy drive for Christmas.  More than a thousand toys have already been collected and will be given to foster children affected by the hurricane.

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(Straughn, IN)--Four students at one Tri Eastern Conference school are under investigation after marijuana brownies were passed out at school.  Investigators now have warrants to allow them to search the phones of four Tri High students.  One student became ill after the pot brownies were passed out at school earlier this month.  All four students now face expulsion.

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(Wayne County, IN)--A teenager was caught red-handed Wednesday inside a northwestern Wayne County church.  Officers were sent to the West River Friends Church near the intersection of U.S. 35 and State Road 1.  A police canine helped to find 18-year-old Dustin Brenner of Muncie inside.  Brenner has been charged with felony burglary and was still in the Wayne County Jail Thursday morning.

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