(Richmond, IN)--Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb will be in Richmond Wednesday. Holcomb’s agenda in Richmond includes the ceremonial signing of a bill that will take four steps toward attacking the drug epidemic. One would eliminate the amount of opioids that doctors can prescribe to certain patients. Governor Holcomb is also scheduled to address community and business leaders at a lunch at Forest Hills. He is expected to discuss how statewide initiatives will affect Wayne County residents in a question and answer session. That event will get underway at noon.
(Richmond, IN)--There was a fatal accident at the Purina plant in Richmond Tuesday afternoon. The initial report indicates that a 23-year-old man fell about 50 feet in a silo area. There were no witnesses to the fall, so investigators were unclear exactly how it happened or what the man was doing. He was discovered by co-workers and died in route to Reid Health. Purina has not commented. The man was reportedly not an employee but was a contract worker who was at the Richmond plant. His identity and hometown have not been released.
(Richmond, IN)--There was a large police presence in the 200 block of North 19th in Richmond late Tuesday afternoon. It ended with the arrest of a 32-year-old man who lived there. Thomas Tanner was in the Wayne County Jail Wednesday morning. Investigators removed bags of evidence from Tanner’s home and vehicle, which included a handgun. Tanner was charged with four counts of possession, one count of dealing cocaine, and being a serious violent felon in possession of a handgun.
(Richmond, IN)--A Lynn man who most recently lived in Richmond was jailed Monday on two counts of felony child molesting. 36-year-old Shaunta Debouse had just pled guilty last month to child molesting in Randolph County and was sentenced last week to 20 years in prison. He had also been accused of human trafficking. Tuesday morning, Debouse was in the Wayne County Jail on two more felony child molesting charges. Details of what Debouse is alleged to have done in Wayne County have not yet been released.
(Camden, OH)--No one was inside a car that was pulled out of a Preble County pond Monday. Residents on State Route 725 near Camden saw tire tracks that led into the pond. Divers located a totally submerged car and removed it. Investigators do not know who was behind the wheel, how they ended up in the pond, or how they were able to escape.
(Connersville, IN)--The final report is in on what caused the deaths of two Fayette County Jail inmates earlier this month. It was carfentanil. Chad Sizemore, who had been brought to the jail from Fountain City, and Thomas Lohr of Connersville inhaled the drug after it had been smuggled into jail in Sizemore’s body cavity. They died shortly after inhaling the drug. Carfentanil is used as an elephant tranquilizer and is considered a thousand times more powerful than morphine.
(Wayne County, IN)--Wayne County has a new way to warn its residents of an emergency situation. The county has partnered with Regroup, which is a mass notification provider. Wayne County has used Nixle and social media in recent years, but leaders saw a void because residents had to sign up to get the notifications. Now, with Regroup, emergency messages can be sent to everyone. Warnings can also be targeted to residents in specific areas of the county.
(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man was jailed late Sunday night after allegedly tossing a significant amount of drugs out of his car window as he fled police. The pursuit ended near the Depot District with the arrest of 34-year-old Darren Walker. Walker sped away after a canine gave a positive indication. A baggy with drugs that later tested positive for cocaine was found at Fort Wayne Avenue and 6th Street. Further down the street, another bag of marijuana and drug paraphernalia was located. Walker was only in jail for a short time. A bondsman helped him post a $30,000 bond. Walker is free for now, but faces a charge of dealing cocaine.
(Whitewater Valley)--Multiple businesses across southern portions of the Whitewater Valley have had merchandise seized by Indiana State Excise Police in the last week. The businesses were selling counterfeit items with false brand names and unlicensed logos for major college and professional sports teams. Businesses include the Rainbow Food Mart in Liberty and the Brookville Foot Mart. Items included shirts, hats, and purses with the logos of Gucci, Under Armour, and the Cincinnati Reds.
(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man was back in the Wayne County Jail Monday morning. But, for 58-year-old Clyde Wooten, it’s a homecoming of sorts. Wooten’s arrest Sunday night for theft is his 47th criminal offense dating all the way back to 2003, and that’s just in Wayne County. Wooten was taken into custody Sunday night in the 800 block of South N Street for theft. Details of what Wooten is alleged to have done have not been released.
The Fayette County Sheriff’s Department is looking for an inmate who failed to return to a work release facility. 39-year-old Patrick Allen was last seen early Sunday morning. He was serving time in Community Corrections following a July 2016 arrest for fraud on a financial institution and theft. If you have information on Allen, you can call Fayette County Central Dispatch at 765-825-2111.
(RICHMOND)- Chad Bolser has been named chancellor of the Richmond campus of Ivy Tech Community College. It’s part of Ivy Tech’s restructuring that places a chancellor on each of the college’s 32 campuses across the state. Bolser was previously president of Ivy Tech at Richmond. Before Ivy Tech, he held several positions with Richmond Community Schools, including athletic director and head boys’ basketball coach.
Indiana’s attorney general is warning about a scam that implies that individuals can receive payments under the settlement between tobacco companies and the federal government. Attorney General Curtis Hill says an online promotion from Money Map Press tries to get people to pay for more information on getting settlement money, and asks people to provide bank account information. Hill says it’s a scam and you should not give out your personal information online.
(RICHMOND)- Richmond Police say they have found a person of interest they wanted to question in connection with a shooting that left two men dead almost a week ago. Police say the investigation led to the arrest of a juvenile on unrelated charges. But there have still been no charges filed in last Friday’s deaths Bishop Oliver and Shawn Sams.
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management says blue-green algae is still showing up on Brookville Lake at the Mounds State Recreation Area. However, high levels of the algae were not found in the latest testing at Quakertown State Recreation Area and Whitewater Memorial State Park. Though the algae is not deadly, it can make you sick if you ingest water where it is found.
One person was flown to a hospital after a serious crash in Darke County. It happened late yesterday morning at the intersection of North Star Fort Loramie Road and Rhynard-Fink Road. Sheriff’s Deputies say the drivers of both cars were injured, but that one driver had to be cut out of their car before CareFlight flew them to be treated. The extent of their injuries has not been released, and deputies haven’t said what caused the crash.
A baby from Hagerstown is in critical condition after a pickup truck flipped on I-70 just east of Centerville Road. The crash happened around nine-o-clock last night. State Police say the woman driving the truck lost control, and the woman’s nine-month-old son who was not properly restrained was ejected from the truck. The woman managed to get the baby off the east bound lanes to keep him from being hit by traffic. The infant was flown to Dayton Children’s Hospital. The mother’s injuries were minor.
(RICHMOND)- Four more Richmond Police officers have graduated from the state law enforcement academy. Officers Jordan Brouse, Brett Haskett, Jeremiah Holbrook and Jenny Meadows now move on to the next phase of field training. They will ride with certified officers and gradually increase their responsibilities.
(RICHMOND)- At least one Richmond Common Council member does not want the city to apply for a loan from the state to pay for the demolition of the old Reid Hospital property. Councilor Clay Miller wants the city to use nearly five million dollars in reserve funds to pay for the project. The demolition is expected to cost at least 7.7 million dollars, and the city has already applied for the zero-interest loan. Last week, the council approved using TIF money to repay the loan.
Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources says a rumor about a death at Brookville Lake is not true. A Facebook post shared hundreds of times claims a young person died after coming into contact with blue-green algae at the lake. But the D-N-R says no deaths have occurred, even though they issued an advisory for the algae recently.