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(Richmond, IN)--A new website is launching that’s specifically designed to highlight local employment opportunities.  The website is hoosieropportunity.com and it’s a three-county collaboration that includes Wayne, Randolph, and Jay County.  Wayne County’s EDC was heavily involved in the development.  "This website is a means to make sure we're highlightnig the talent of these companies and the opportunities they present in the region," said EDC CEO Valerie Shaffer.  She said it will be a great tool for jobseekers.  "They can either search by industry sector or a specific position that they're interested in."  In order to be posted, jobs must pay at least ten dollars per hour.



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(Richmond, IN)--Only two Whitewater Valley high schools made the list of the Top 100 in Indiana in U.S. News and World Report’s newly-released ranking of schools.  The top school, at least in our area, is Richmond High School, which ranked 57th of 421 Indiana high schools.  The only other area high school to crack the top 100 was Hagerstown, which ranked 83rd.  No local high school made the top 100 in Ohio rankings.



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(Richmond, IN)--Two men from rural eastern Kentucky were found with drugs near Cordell Pool in Richmond Thursday morning.  A traffic stop in the 1300 block of West Main at around 2:30 Thursday morning turned up marijuana, other controlled substances, syringes, and other drug paraphernalia.  There’s no word yet on what the two Kentucky men were doing in Richmond.



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(Preble County, OH)--More illegal drugs were seized in Preble County than in any other Ohio county last year, according to newly-released statistics from the Ohio Highway Patrol.  The high drug seizure ranking is the direct result of the OHP’s concentration on taking drugs off Ohio highways as soon as they’re brought into the state.  Patrol members on eastbound I-70 look for several indicators as vehicles cross from Indiana into Ohio.  In Preble County last year, troopers seized a total of almost four pounds of cocaine, 66 pounds of heroin, and 479 pounds of marijuana.



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(Wayne County, IN)--After poor employment numbers last month, Wayne County has rebounded in a big way.  According to new numbers from the state, the number of unemployed people in Wayne County dropped by 269 people in just the last 30 days.  The number of employed residents increased in that same time by 155.  But, Wayne County’s work force continues to shrink.  There are 908 fewer people in the workforce than there were a year ago.  The county’s workforce is on pace to drop below 30,000 people sometime this year.



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(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man was taken to the Wayne County Jail after he allegedly dropped off an unconscious overdose victim and then fled the scene in the 300 block of South 15th Monday afternoon.  The problem for 39-year-old Michael Smith is that he left a phone line open, and dispatchers could hear Smith and another person saying that they needed to leave before police arrived.  CPR was performed on the overdose victim.  When Smith was caught, he was allegedly in possession of methamphetamine.



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(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond heroin dealer and armed robber has been sentenced to 20 years in prison as part of a plea deal.  The sentence against 34-year-old Brandon Aubuchon was enhanced due to the nature of his crimes and his criminal record.  Aubuchon robbed a Richmond Conoco station and Village Pantry in the fall of 2015.  He was captured near Ocala, Florida last May.



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(Richmond, IN)--Firefighters were called to the Purina plant in Richmond Monday night.  "They had a dust collector that was smoldering," said Battalion Chief Charlie Bartlett.  Employees indicated the plant was evacuated as firefighters staged around the building.  The problem was contained in about 45 minutes and damage was kept to a minimum.  There was no report of any injury.



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(Wayne County, IN)--On Monday, Kicks 96 and The Point News reported that the number of registered voters in Franklin County had dropped dramatically (17%) after a statewide purge.  Wayne County Clerk Debbie Berry said that Wayne County’s drop was not nearly that dramatic.  Roughly 3400 registered voters dropped off in Wayne County, but Berry said that the 8% drop is not out of the ordinary.  Wayne County now has just over 40,000 registered voters.



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(Liberty, IN)--The appeals have been exhausted for a Union County murderer.  Late last week, the Indiana Supreme Court denied hearing the petition of Bert McQueen.  McQueen killed Brandon Wicker in Brownsville two and a half years ago.  McQueen’s appeal was based in part on his assertion that the murder was not especially gruesome and that the 63-year-sentence was too long.  McQueen also claimed he was not the worst of the worst, despite more than 30 previous criminal convictions.



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(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man was jailed Sunday night after allegedly exposing himself to children.  According to police reports, Caleb Carithers was exposing himself from his home in the 200 block of North 19th Street.  Scanner traffic indicated Carithers would go back inside after the incidents.  He was arrested for public indecency Sunday night and remained in the Wayne County Jail Monday morning.



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(Union City, OH)--Yet another Whitewater Valley Marsh Supermarket has been slated for closure.  This time, it’s the Marsh on the Ohio side of the state line in Union City.  That Marsh is one of nine others that are closing due to slumping sales.  The Union City store will remain open for another month.  The Marsh on South E Street in Richmond closed late last month after operating for decades under various names and owners.



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(Liberty, IN)--A Union County man is accused of threatening to shoot up a government agency.  60-year-old Gregory Cecil of Liberty allegedly made the threats because he had been denied benefits.  Local deputies, along with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, executed a warrant at Cecil’s home on South Liberty Pike this week and found rifles, handguns, and more than 2000 rounds of ammunition.  Cecil was taken to Reid Health for a psychological evaluation.



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(Richmond, IN)--There was a police presence on Elizabeth Street just off of Round Barn Road between Richmond and Centerville Thursday.  A woman was found dead there, but local officials are indicating that her death does not appear to be the result of a robbery or murder.  Wayne County Sheriff Jeff Cappa said Friay morning that no foul play is suspected.  Speculation ran rampant on social media Thursday about the cause of her death.  Officials said that speculation was greatly exaggerated.  An autopsy will be performed in Dayton.



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(Abington, IN)--Four people were taken to the Wayne County Jail Thursday night after they were found in Abington, allegedly in possession of several types of drugs.  The Indiana State Police arrested 46-year-old Randy Jackson of Richmond, along with Chastity Pitcher, Ted Durham, and Kylier Childress Shelby, who are all from Connersville.  All were charged with possession of methamphetamine and marijuana.  Details about quantities have not been released.



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(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond drug dealer was sentenced Thursday.  Lavar Thomas was sentenced to 14 ½ years behind bars after he was convicted by a Wayne County jury in February.  Thomas was arrested two years ago when law enforcement entered an apartment in the 100 block of South 15th Street and found guns, drugs, and lots of cash.  Thomas was on parole for previous crimes when he was arrested on South 15th.



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(West College Corner, IN)--A pickup truck crashed into a porch at a home in West College Corner Thursday.  The driver, who is from Fairfield, told deputies that he was forced off the roadway by an oncoming car on Liberty Avenue, which is also U.S. 27.  That driver and two passengers sustained non-life-threatening injuries.  No one inside the home was hurt.  The driver of the pickup was driving on a suspended license.



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(Richmond, IN)--There was a home invasion and armed robbery near the Oak Park neighborhood in Richmond early Thursday morning.  It happened in the 1600 block of Sylvan Nook Drive.  According to police reports, two men asked the resident to use a phone.  As the resident turned away to look for the phone, they entered the home.  One pulled out a gun; the other had a knife.  Police searched the area but could not locate the suspects, who were described only as two white males.  The resident was shaken up, but not hurt.  Investigators are looking for a known prostitute who may be connected to the incident.



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(Wayne County, IN)--Firefighters were on the scene of a house fire late Wednesday night.  Fire broke out a home on Sample Road just off of Pennville Road between Centerville and Cambridge City at around 9:45 p.m.  A neighbor noticed flames and called 911.  Most of the back of the house was involved when firefighters arrived.  The house was heavily damaged but is not considered a total loss.  It was described as vacant.  There’s no word yet on what started the fire.



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(Milton, IN)--Police were searching western Wayne County Wednesday night for a man accused of battering multiple members of his own family.  At one point, 24-year-old William Pressel was thought to be hiding under a bridge in Pershing after an attack that sent at least two of his own family members to Reid Health to be checked out at around 9 o’clock Wednesday night.  Pressel was caught at a home in Milton and has been charged with felony domestic battery.



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