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(Richmond, IN)--Richmond Mayor Dave Snow appeared live on WCTV’s In Focus Thursday night for an hour and a half of questions and answers.  Snow was asked by host Eric Marsh if he would seek a second term as mayor.  Snow didn’t say yes but he didn’t say no, either.  This was his response.  "That's a question that I have to have with the community.  That will be a question that I need to answer in a conversation I will have with the community.  This isn't quite the place."  If Snow does run, he will face Jack Cruse in the Democratic primary.

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(Richmond, IN)--A teenager was shot in Richmond Wednesday night.  It happened at around 7:30 Wednesday night in the area of North West 2nd and Lincoln Street.  According to a release from the Richmond Police Department, a 17-year-old boy was shot and taken to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.  He’s listed in stable condition.  There was no suspect description other than the suspect was wearing a black hoodie and jeans.  No motive for the shooting has been released.  The teen’s identity is being withheld.  RPD wants to hear from anyone who may have more information.

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(Richmond, IN)--He’s sat through countless meetings of Richmond Common Council, and now a Richmond man wants to go from reporting on council to becoming a part of it.  Long-time Palladium-Item reporter Bill Engle filed to run Wednesday for District #3 of Richmond Common Council.  Engle will run as a Democrat for the seat currently held by Bruce Wissel.  Engle has been active in the community by serving on several boards, including the Richmond Park Board.

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(Richmond, IN)--He could announce his mayoral intentions as early as Thursday night.  Richmond Mayor Dave Snow will appear on a 90-minute long episode of In Focus on WCTV.  The program will include an extended question-and-answer session in which local residents will be able to pose a variety of questions to Snow.  The question of whether he will run again is almost certain to come up.  So far, Snow has not made his intentions known.  In Focus airs at 6 tonight on WCTV’s Channel 11.

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(Richmond, IN)--Shots were fired Tuesday night in Richmond.  It happened at around 8 o’clock Tuesday night in the 100 block of North West 18th and apparently involved two men who had been in a dispute.  No injuries were reported.  Officers took 47-year-old Chett Call into custody and charged him with felonies that include criminal recklessness and intimidation.  There’s no word yet on what led to the dispute.

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(Whitewater Valley)--The Whitewater Valley has both one of Indiana’s healthiest and unhealthiest counties, according to the results of a study just released by Smart Asset, which is a health and life insurance industry analyst.  Wayne County ranks #62 of Indiana’s 92 counties.  They say 20% of Wayne County residents smoke and 30% are obese.  Fayette County ranks #88, meaning only four counties statewide are less healthy.  One of Indiana’s healthiest counties is Franklin, which ranks fourth.

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(Connersville, IN)--Connersville leaders are working on landing a call center that would employ close to 200 people.  The former Moose Lodge building on Eastern Avenue is currently undergoing renovation after it was purchased by a Brookville developer.  The lodge closed five years ago.  Cincinnati-based RDI has expressed interest in locating a call center there.  Jobs would pay about $12-13 per hour.  If it does not become a call center, the developer indicated the building could become a fitness center.

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(Richmond, IN)--An investigation was underway late Monday night after at least two people were stabbed in Richmond.  Detectives were sent at around 10 o’clock Monday night to a Richmond medical facility where two men arrived with stab wounds.  They’ve been identified as Aaron Simpson and Anthony Qualls.  The stabbings took place at a home near North 18th and F.  Simpson has been transferred to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.  There’s no word yet of any arrest or what led to the stabbings.

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(Metamora, IN)--An investigation is underway after a death at a Franklin County wastewater treatment plant.  Authorities were called to the plant in Metamora after 63-year-old Mickey Lounsbury was reported missing.  His body was later located in a holding tank.  The preliminary indication was that Lounsbury had drowned.  He was working as a private contractor who is hired for testing and maintenance at numerous plants across the area and often works alone.

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(Richmond, IN)--Three people were facing numerous drug charges Tuesday morning after an arrest on South 14th in Richmond Monday afternoon.  Joel Toney of Williamsburg, Autumn Lowery of Dublin, and Cullen Rastbichler of Richmond were all behind bars Tuesday morning.  Toney has been charged with dealing heroin.  Lowery is charged with possession.  Toney has a lengthy criminal record mostly involving drugs and, in one case, possession of a Chinese throwing star.

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(Wayne County, IN)--2019 has brought no slowdown to the spread of hepatitis A in Wayne County.  According to the Indiana Department of Health, Wayne County is now up to 142 cases.  That’s an increase of nine cases over the last six weeks.  No other Indiana county has even a hundred cases, and only four others have more than 50.  There’s also been an increase in Fayette County cases.  There are 19 cases there.

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(Centerville, IN)--A Centerville man is in custody following an incident late Sunday night at the Panoramic Apartments.  24-year-old Kali Cryor allegedly got into an argument with a woman over a stolen cell phone and then drug her down a flight of stairs.  She was not seriously injured.  Cryor has been charged with battery.  Three years ago, he went on a three-state crime spree that included a high-speed chase through Wayne and Randolph County.

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(Wayne County, IN)--A National Road West business was destroyed by fire Thursday night.  It broke out at around 6 o’clock at the Red Diamond Diesel shop, which is just east of Round Barn Road.  The building was already fully involved by the time firefighters arrived.  Several explosions caused by automotive fluids made fighting the fire more difficult.  National Road West was shut down to allow firefighters to gain access, and crews remained on the scene for several hours.  No one was inside at the time and there were no injuries.  Investigators were to be back on the scene Friday to look for a cause.  A dollar amount of the loss has not been set.

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(Union City, IN)--The Randolph County Sheriff’s Department has issued a statement saying that the man recently arrested for child molesting is not a suspect in the murder case of two Delphi girls two years ago.  The mug shot of the molester closely resembles a police sketch of the Delphi suspect, but the statement indicates there is zero evidence connecting him to the murders.

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(Richmond, IN)--If he chooses to run for another term, Richmond Mayor Dave Snow will have a challenger from within his own party.  Jack Cruse officially filed to run for Richmond mayor on the Democratic ticket.  Cruse had worked in Snow’s administration until he resigned last summer.  Cruse had served a variety of roles with the city, including overseeing Stellar and blight elimination projects.  Cruse is a Richmond native and the brother of Council member Kelly Cruse-Nicholson.  A long-time Richmond Common Council member who decided not to run four years ago now wants to return.  Larry Parker filed Wednesday to run for an at-large council seat.  Parker had served on council for 36 years.  Wednesday was the first day for political filings in Wayne County.  Others who threw their hats into the ring yesterday include Gary Turner and Ron Oler for Common Council and Karen Chasteen for city clerk.

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(Preble County, OH)--Large solar energy developments are being planned for two areas of Preble County.  The proposed Alamo Solar project would be a 70 megawatt solar generating facility.  It would cover 919 acres of private land in an area that borders the eastern edge of Lakengren.  Acquisition of land rights is already complete.  Construction is set to begin in the fall of this year.  The panels are expected to be up and running by the end of next year.  The other project in Preble County is one of similar size that would be located about four miles north of College Corner.  A public hearing on the project has been set for January 24 at 7 p.m. at the Eaton Municipal Building on Maple Street.

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(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man was jailed Wednesday night after approaching a home on North 13th armed with a knife and wearing a mask.  According to scanner traffic, the first homeowner scared him off with a gun.  35-year-old Charles Cross then allegedly went to a second home and tried to break in there.  That homeowner tried to chase Cross down.  By then, officers had arrived and followed the sounds of screaming to find Cross.  Three years ago, Cross was given a seven-year sentence for beating two RPD officers.

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(Roseburg, IN)--Details of a fatal Union County accident that occurred last weekend have now been released.  A pickup lost control and hit a house on South Creek Road near Roseburg.  The driver was Joshua Britton of Brookville.  He was ejected from the pickup and went through a window of the house.  Two children were in the truck.  An 11-year-old girl was pronounced dead.  A three-year-old boy suffered non-life-threatening injuries.  Britton was flown to University Hospital in Cincinnati.  The name of the girl who died has not been released.  Investigators say icy roads played a role in the crash.

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(Richmond, IN)--A convicted Richmond sex offender was back behind bars Wednesday morning after allegedly holding a woman hostage at knifepoint Tuesday afternoon.  32-year-old Justin Cavins was taken into custody in the 2400 block of South 13th.  There is no indication that the victim was seriously injured.  Charges against Cavins include criminal confinement and battery.  He was convicted of sexual battery seven years ago.

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(Union City, IN)--On Tuesday, Kicks 96 and 101.7 The Point News reported that a Union City man had been arrested after admitting that he had sexually abused a 13-year-old girl.  The mug shot of 46-year-old Charles Eldridge is drawing attention of many who say that his image bears a striking resemblance to the police sketch of the man accused of murdering two young girls in the Delphi area two years ago.  That case has drawn national attention.  Information about Eldridge’s arrest is being forwarded to the FBI, although investigators say that’s relatively standard procedure.

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