(Wayne Co., IN and Preble Co., OH)--There was a wild police chase Friday morning. It began at around 2 o’clock Friday morning when Preble County deputies located a stolen car. The driver fled toward Wayne County on I-70. 38-year-old Christopher Hasul was clocked at 116 miles per hour on the interstate. Hasul briefly eluded law enforcement until an Indiana State Police trooper located him in Williamsburg. Hasul went through Greens Fork at 80 miles per hour. He finally gave up at 38 and Jacksonburg Road. Hasul faces multiple charges in Indiana and extradition back to Ohio.
(Preble County, OH)--Details of a fatal Preble County crash have been released. 33-year-old Stephanie Stiver of Eaton was killed in a Wednesday night crash on Engle Road east of West Alexandria. She was a passenger in a Jeep being driven by her husband, Todd. He lost control and struck a tree. She was pronounced dead at the scene. He suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Investigators do not think drugs or alcohol were factors.
(Greenville, OH)--A Darke County burglar was sentenced Thursday. 31-year-old Jheramy Andress was sentenced to three years for a burglary there and still faces similar charges in other area counties, including Randolph. Andress has a long criminal history and is also a registered sex offender.
(Richmond, IN)--Elected Wayne County officials met Wednesday night and passed the 2018 budget. That budget is balanced with a cash balance that will remain intact and a two percent pay raise for county employees. But one element of Wayne County government has caused recent concern. Some elected officials are now publically questioning certain elements of the operation of the Wayne County Health Department. "We don't want county tax dollars funding an operation that is in competition with other private-sector businesses," said Wayne County Council member Pete Zaleski in discussing one of the concerns. Health Department Director Eric Coulter questioned that concern Wednesday, wondering with whom the department would be in competition. Zaleski is also pushing for greater transparency and compliance with state agencies. The Health Department serves 12,000 people and is now self-sufficient.
(Centerville, IN)--An allegedly drunken driver left the Centerville High School area Wednesday and then was involved in a serious crash. 53-year-old Kenneth Vaughn was headed south on Centerville Road when he crashed into a utility pole near Tice Road. Vaughn’s pickup truck rolled over and he was ejected. He was flown to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton where he was listed in serious condition Thursday morning. The crash knocked out power to numerous homes in the area.
(Preble County, OH)--A crash on westbound I-70 in Preble County Wednesday backed up traffic for miles and put the integrity of the U.S. 127 overpass into question. A trucker suffered a seizure at around 3:30 Wednesday afternoon and crashed into a crossbeam of the overpass. "After about ten or 15 minutes of working on him, he did come back to. Once he came back to he was flown to Kettering Medical Center as a precaution," said Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper Frank Simmons. Engineers inspected the overpass. "We have ODOT inspectors inspecting the damage, but it doesn't appear to be anything significant," Simmons added. The 127 overpass was open Thursday morning. The trucker is recovering.
(Richmond, IN)--There’s been yet another drug arrest on Glen Court. This one happened at around 3 o’clock Thursday morning when 23-year-old Kenzie Adams and 30-year-old Edward Mann were allegedly found with controlled substances and drug paraphernalia. It wasn’t the only drug arrest Thursday morning. 18-year-old Savannah Lester was arrested along with two juveniles at around 2 o’clock Thursday morning on Industries Road. Officers located marijuana. Alcohol was also involved. Lester has been bonded out of the Wayne County Jail.
(Richmond, IN)--A man who appears on the IU East website as the Campus Services Assistant was jailed Tuesday night for the highest level of felony child molesting. Investigators arrested 48-year-old Curtis Austerman at his home on Highland Drive in Richmond Tuesday night. Austerman is charged with two counts of felony child molesting – one a Level One and the other a Level Four. Details of what Austerman is alleged to have done have not been released. Austerman has three previous arrests in Wayne County. All involved alcohol.
(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man was flown to a Level One Trauma Center after being struck by a car Tuesday night. Matt Lopeman had just put a child in the back seat of a vehicle in the 300 block of South 16th when he was struck by a passing car at 7:30 last night. Lopeman was listed in critical condition Wednesday morning. Police did not initially suspect the driver of the car to have been under the influence or speeding.
(Richmond, IN)--The 2200 block of Glen Court has become a block where crime necessitates almost a daily police presence, and there was another drug arrest there Tuesday afternoon. Police stopped 28-year-old Rachel Hofer in that block. Officers allegedly found multiple drugs, including cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and a syringe. The amount of drugs recovered has not been released. Hofer was arrested just seven weeks ago for fraud.
(Richmond, IN)--Richmond Common Council met Monday night and approved the 2018 budget, but it wasn’t without some discussion and it wasn’t unanimous. Council members Misty Hollis and Jamie Lopeman voted against passage. Lopeman spoke Tuesday morning about the reason for his no vote. "Union contracts are not in place and insurance rates are not established," Lopeman said. But, he said he saw improvement this year. "I will admit that the budget this year was a lot better. It came a long way as far as the process and getting where we need to be," Lopeman added. Passage of the Sanitation ordinance at Monday night’s meeting of the Richmond Common Council was delayed when Lopeman voted against engrossment. "This was roughly $29 in tax debt that would be added to our citizens. I also feel that all members of Council need to be present and accounted for and on the record for a vote of this magnitude," Lopeman explained. Two council members were out Monday night. The sanitation plan includes a proposed 35% rate increase to customers over three years.
(Richmond, IN)--Multiple medics and law enforcement officers were sent to the 400 block of Randolph Street in Richmond on what appeared to be a teenage drinking or drug party early Tuesday mrorning. The mother of a 16-year-old boy found him passed out at just after midnight. Two people were taken to Reid Health. Their identities and conditions have not been released. A gun was also located at the scene. There’s no word yet on whether or not any arrests were made.
(Richmond, IN)--There was a police pursuit through Richmond streets Monday night. It began at around 8:30 near 10th and North E Street. The suspect crashed and then fled on foot at North 15th and F. A police canine was brought to the scene, but the man was not apprehended. Police did take his gold Saturn from the scene of the crash. Scanner traffic indicated a gun was found in the car. He was described as a white male with shoulder-length brown hair.
(Wayne County, IN)--A Connersville woman has been released from the Wayne County Jail after a weekend incident in which she allegedly drove under the influence and crashed with a child in the car. 34-year-old Amanda Brawner was jailed at 2:47 Saturday morning. The crash happened in the area of Pennville Road. Brawner is also charged with possession of a syringe and paraphernalia and resisting law enforcement. There’s no word on whether or not the child was injured.
(Richmond, IN)--A theft call at the Village Pantry on South E Street in Richmond Sunday turned into something more. Police found 28-year-old Dylan Thompson allegedly in possession of an unlicensed handgun and with methamphetamine. Thompson was also wanted for failing to appear. He had been arrested for battery less than four months ago. Thompson was in the Wayne County Jail Monday morning.
(Fountain City, IN)--While there’s turmoil for one Northeastern principal, another is being recognized as one of Indiana’s most outstanding. Dawn Sonsini, who is the principal at Northeastern Middle School, has been named the District Six Middle School Principal of the Year. That district covers much of east central Indiana. Sonsini was elected by her peers and will be recognized in the state capitol next month.
(Fountain City, IN)--An emailed statement has been received by Kicks 96 and the Point News by someone identifying himself as Northeastern High School Principal Wes Wisner. In the email, Wisner said "I wholeheartedly disagree with the steps being taken to remove me from my position as high school principal and wholeheartedly disagree that there are legitimate grounds upon which to base my removal." Wisner goes on to thank those who have reached out to him in support. Wisner appears to be on the verge of being fired. A letter to Wisner from Northeastern administrators accuses Wisner of insubordination and neglect of duty. Several school employees had filed complaints against Wisner. Those complaints allege Wisner intimidated them and made them feel unwelcome. He allegedly made one administrator cry. Wisner was given a timeline to meet with both the superintendent and school board. The board would ultimately approve the cancellation of his contract.
(Richmond, IN)--For the second consecutive morning, gunshots rang out in the Glen Court area of Richmond. At about 2 o’clock Friday morning, an RPD officer who was patrolling in the area of the 2200 block of Glen Court heard about five gunshots. Officers were unable to locate any shell casings and there were no reports of injury. At about the same time Thursday morning, someone fired eight shots into a vehicle in the same area.
(Fountain City, IN)--While the Northeastern School Board and Superintendent remained quiet Wednesday night on the suspension of High School Principal Wes Wisner, members of the community did not. Several people indicated Wednesday night that one of Wisner’s two suspensions this year came because he put the school on lockdown without notifying Superintendent Laura Blessing when a felony suspect was thought to be in the area. "Most of us sit in the dark most of the time wondering what's going on," said one attendee Wednesday night. Indiana State Trooper Eric Fields is also a Northeastern parent. "I need to have answers because I need to know what we're doing to make our children safe. If our kids aren't safe in our school, it doesn't matter what else we're doing," Fields said. No response was offered by the Board Wednesday night other than from Board Member Keith Webster, who called the situation "a need-to-know basis." Wisner remains on administrative leave.
(Richmond, IN)--Shots were fired in Richmond early Thursday morning. It happened in the problem area of the 2200 block of Glen Court. Witnesses heard the shots at about 2 o’clock Thursday morning and then heard a car peeling out of the area. .22 caliper casings were found in front of a home. Eight rounds went into the door of a vehicle. The car was taken to be processed for evidence. There was no indication of any injuries.