(Richmond, IN)--Wayne County officially received its StormReady designation Wednesday. Representatives of the National Weather Service in Wilmington were on hand to announce that Wayne County had completed a year-long application process. The designation means that the county has taken great strides to improve first responder and citizen preparedness in the event of a natural disaster. Although half of Indiana’s counties are StormReady, there are no others in the Whitewater Valley.
(Richmond, IN)--Another women’s professional tennis player has received her degree from IU East. Katalin Marosi lives in Hungary and was presented with a degree during a video conference. Marosi is one of 20 Women’s Tennis Association players enrolled at IU East through an education agreement between the campus and the WTA. She becomes the fifth, including Venus Williams, to graduate.
(Brookville, IN)--Former Franklin County Auditor Steve Brack was sentenced to nine months of home detention after pleading guilty to six felonies involving theft. He was also ordered to pay back $5200 he stole from his former church. But prosecutors called that a drop in the bucket. He is also suspected of stealing $70,000 from the sale of the church parsonage, but he can’t be prosecuted because the statute of limitations has run out. Brack also stole from the Brookville Kiwanis. That’s a service organization that works to help children.
(Richmond, IN)--Richmond Mayor Dave Snow informed members of Common Council Tuesday night that a contract between the city and the AFSCME union has been overwhelming rejected. AFSCME represents employees of the Street, Sanitation, and Parks Department. Those members rejected the city’s contract offer by a 56-5 vote. Snow told council that a fact-finding panel would be formed to address the issues that separate the two parties. The city’s other unions all agreed to new contracts last year.
(Liberty, IN)--Rumors of an alleged threat aimed at Union County – College Corner Schools spread quickly across social media Tuesday, but an investigation by school officials and law enforcement determined that threat was unfounded. Superintendent Christopher Winchell sent an email to parents Tuesday saying that high school students were no less safe yesterday than they were before the rumor started.
(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man was jailed overnight Tuesday night after police say he pulled a knife on passers-by and demanded a ride. It happened at around 11:30 Tuesday night in the 500 block of South 5th. 60-year-old Alonzo Radcliffe was pinned to the ground by the woman from whom he wanted a ride as a total of three knives were recovered. There’s no word yet on where Radcliffe wanted to go. There were no injuries.
(Darke County, OH)--A firefighter was injured during a house fire and explosion Monday morning. The fire was reported at around 3 o’clock Monday morning in the 1400 block of Preble County Butler Township Road. That’s about halfway between New Madison and Castine. Crews reported there was an explosion and a firefighter was down. The firefighter's injuries were non-life-threatening. The fire reportedly started in an attached garage before spreading to the home. A family was home at the time and was able to make it out without injury.
(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man was behind bars Monday morning after allegedly pointing a loaded rifle. Police reports indicate 52-year-old Thomas Lowe was still holding the rifle as officers entered his home in the 1400 block of South 4th on the report of a domestic dispute. Lowe was Tased and taken into custody. He’s charged with possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon. He also had a warrant in Florida.
(Wayne County, IN)--The Indiana Department of Child Services released statistics Thursday for child abuse and neglect for December. Wayne County had 29 substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect that month. It brought the final total for 2017 to an incredible 417 substantiated cases just in Wayne County. The vast majority of those cases involved neglect, although some did involve sexual or physical abuse. Authorities say that most of those cases involve at least one drug-addicted parent.
(West College Corner, IN)--A search warrant executed at a West College Corner trailer park Thursday night turned up methamphetamine. Investigators had received information that people living there may have been operating an indoor meth lab. Four people were taken into custody Thursday night, including 53-year-old Paul Isaacs, 55-year-old Marty Isaacs, 26-year-old Chelsey Clarkston, and 27-year-old Christopher Skwarczyncki (skwore-ZIN-ski).
(Richmond, IN)--The Richmond Community School Board met Wednesday night and dealt with the purchase of new school busses. RCS will purchase seven new busses this year and five each for the eight years after that. The school system will get two activity busses that will be used mainly for athletic travel. The distance to North Central Conference opponents has affected traditional yellow school busses. Richmond has five NCC opponents that are at least a hundred miles away. No other NCC school has even one other than Richmond.
(Richmond, IN)--A suspected drunken driver was critically injured in a crash that shut down westbound I-70 Wednesday night. Other drivers called 911 at around 6 Wednesday night to report the driver was all over the road on westbound 70. Shortly after those calls, the man crashed near the Williamsburg Pike overpass in Richmond. The driver was ejected and was laying on the roadway. A medical helicopter could not fly because of the fog. The victim was taken to a Level One trauma center. His identity and condition have not been released.
(Richmond, IN)--Wayne County’s Emergency Management Agency has completed a year-long process to achieve what’s called “StormReady” status. It means that the EMA has achieved the highest level of readiness to deal with severe weather. Representatives of the National Weather Service in Wilmington will be in Richmond next week to make a formal presentation to local officials.
(Richmond, IN)--Ivy Tech in Richmond is getting set to take part in a week of service, and they’re inviting the community to take part. Beginning a week from Monday, students and staff members will be packing meals as part of the Lesotho Initiative. Lesotho is a tiny African nation and is one of the poorest in the world. Volunteers can contact Nancy Fort at NFort@ivytech.edu for more information.
(Richmond, IN)--Blue Buffalo in Richmond is progressing toward opening. Mid-2018 start-up...that's what we're still on schedule for. Things are going really well," said Plant Manager Travis Moore. Currently, 20 employees are working in space provided by Ivy Tech. Moore talked about their qualities. "The two qualities that we really see and are very representative of Richmond are that they are passionate and humble." Hiring is being done in three phases. "The first wave is happening now. We're looking at operations and maintenance," Moore added. A second hiring wave is planned for June with a third in September.
(West Alexandria, OH)--There was a police chase involving a school bus Wednesday morning. Two people stole a school bus from Twin Valley Schools in West Alexandria at around 3 o’clock Wednesday morning. A deputy in western Montgomery County noticed the bus and tried to stop it. The two occupants fled into Trotwood with deputies giving chase. The bus crashed into a parked car. Both bus thieves were taken into custody.
(Franklin County, IN)--The NTSB has released a preliminary report on the plane crash in Franklin County last December that killed three people. A mechanical failure is the primary cause of the crash. Just before the crash, the pilot reported a partial engine failure. He was slowly descending over Batesville and wanted to land at the Batesville airport, but it was closed and there were no runway lights. The plane then went down in a wooded area in western Franklin County.
(Laurel, IN)--A former Laurel police officer was behind bars Wednesday. 34-year-old Clinton Ellis faces charges of theft and official misconduct after an investigation by the Indiana State Police. Ellis allegedly seized a handgun when executing a search warrant last November. He never entered it into evidence and then gave it to another officer as a Christmas gift. Ellis was also given $2500 as part of a drug investigation. The money went unaccounted for by Ellis.
(Wayne County, IN)--A Richmond man who last month was accused of harboring a teenage runaway has been arrested again. 18-year-old Austin Neathery was caught Tuesday on Pennville Road. Neathery was in jail Wednesday morning, charged with possessing marijuana and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Last month, he was accused of harboring Megan Catey. She was later found unharmed and he was never charged.
(Richmond, IN)--An alleged Richmond drug dealer was caught Tuesday and was behind bars Wednesday morning. 40-year-old Kristal Baker-Benson was arrested at around lunchtime across from the girls softball diamond at Richmond High School. Baker-Benson is charged with dealing cocaine or a narcotic drug. Quantities were not released. She was involved in a shots fired incident on South C Street in June of 2016.