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(Greens Fork, IN)--One person was killed when a car was struck by a train in Greens Fork Monday morning.  It happened at 6 o’clock Monday morning near Plum and Water Street in Greens Fork.  The initial report was that a medical helicopter had been summoned for a female driver but could not fly because of the weather.  The identity of the victim and other details of the incident have not been released.  The incident did not currently affecting traffic on State Road 38.

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(Franklin County, IN)--In recent years, Wayne County has had dog breeders appear on the Humane Society’s Horrible Hundred list, which tracks the worst puppy mills in the country.  The 2021 list is now out.  There are no longer any Wayne County breeders on that list, but there is one in Franklin County.  The Clearview Basset Farm in Brookville is listed on the Horrible Hundred.  The report alleges that 57 dogs were being kept without adequate shelter.

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(Connersville, IN)--A Richmond man who had been wanted for seriously injuring and neglecting his own four-year-old daughter has been located and was behind bars Monday morning.  28-year-old Matthew Shaffer is accused of causing broken bones and a brain injury to the young girl.  He failed to show up for a court hearing last week, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.  This weekend, Shaffer was found in Connersville.  He and Casey Miller face decades in prison when they go on trial in August.

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(Richmond, IN)--An ongoing dispute over a driveway led to a shooting in Richmond Thursday night that left one person dead and another hospitalized.  It happened a little after 6:30 at the trailer park at the intersection of State Road 227 and New Paris Pike.  Police say that there was first a physical fight.  After that fight was over, 41-year-old Elick Allen allegedly shot 72-year-old Brenda Day and 46-year-old John Day.  John Day was pronounced dead at the scene.  Brenda Day went to Reid Health and was in surgery for a gunshot wound to the stomach.  Allen has been charged with both murder and attempted murder.

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(Richmond, IN)--Richmond had three drug overdoses within an hour Thursday in the same area of the city, and two of them turned fatal.  At around 1 o’clock Thursday afternoon, CPR was being performed on an overdose victim at the Dollar General on North West 5th.   Within the same hour, there was an overdose on Ridge Street and another one on Pearl Street.  Both of those turned fatal.  Wayne County is on pace to pass its 2020 overdose death total by this August.

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(Richmond, IN)--Kids between the ages of 12 and 15 can now receive the Covid-19 vaccine through Reid Health at the Kuhlman Center.  That announcement was made Thursday along with word that Reid had given its 40,000th dose of the vaccine.  The milestone comes five months after the first vaccine was given.  According to the state, 21,404 Wayne County residents are now fully vaccinated.  That represents a third of the county’s population.  74 more people became fully vaccinated Thursday.

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(Wayne County, IN)--Wayne County remained in the blue when the state’s updated color-coded Covid-19 map was released Wednesday.  The map for the Whitewater Valley did not change.  All area counties are blue except for Henry, which remains in the yellow.  Wayne County continues to add between five and ten new cases daily.  The number of patients in Reid Health containment areas were up to 13 Thursday morning.  That’s the highest that number has been since early March.

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(Richmond, IN)--The Richmond Community School Board meets Wednesday afternoon and, when it does, will consider a policy that will allow the displaying of the Ten Commandments at buildings across the district.  The displaying of the Ten Commandments in Richmond was a major issue 19 years ago.  That’s when the ACLU filed suit to have them removed from the lawn of the Wayne County Courthouse.  The RCS policy states that the Ten Commandments can be displayed along with other documents of historical significance that have influenced the U.S. government.

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(Parker City, IN)--A Randolph County school system was the target of a lawsuit filed by the ACLU Tuesday.  According to a release from that organization, a student at Monroe Central made a video that was shared on TikTok.  In that video, the student calls out other students who used language that she didn’t like or considered offensive.  The ACLU claims that the student was suspended for creating and then sharing the video.  There has been no comment so far from Monroe Central.

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(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man was taken into custody at his home in the 600 block of South 7th Tuesday and charged with sexual battery.  The charge against 58-year-old Melvin Newton alleges that Newton compelled the victim to submit by the threat of force.  A warrant for Newton’s arrest had been issued last week.  His criminal record shows 20 entries dating back to 1989.

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(Wayne County, IN)--Wayne County reported that 20 more people became fully vaccinated from Covid-19 Monday.  It brings the total number of local residents to be fully vaccinated to 21,176.  That’s just shy of a third of the total population.  At one point, Wayne County had one of the state’s highest rates of vaccination, but that’s not the case any longer.  Franklin County still has one of Indiana’s lowest rates.

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(Richmond, IN)--A Centerville man was sent to jail Monday following a change of plea hearing in Wayne Superior Court II.  30-year-old Tyler Kilgus had been arrested for sexual misconduct with a minor a year and a half ago.  Trial dates for Kilgus had been set and rescheduled numerous times before he entered into a plea agreement in March.  Details of the plea agreement have not yet become available.  Kilgus has no other criminal history in Wayne County.

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(Richmond, IN)--IU East is getting set for its commencement.  It will held this Friday in front of Whitewater Hall.  Just over 800 degrees will be conferred on students that represent 64 Indiana counties, 35 states, and 20 countries.   The youngest graduating student is 19 and the oldest is 65.  More than a third of the students will be first-generation college graduates.

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(Wayne County, IN)--Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb says he will issue an executive order early this week requiring people to file for unemployment benefits to prove they are searching for work.  It comes at a time when businesses in Richmond and across the region are desperate for employees.  Many, especially restaurants, have had to reduce their hours.  Wayne County had 112 jobless claims last week.  In 56 of the last 59 weeks, Wayne County has had at least a hundred claims.  Before Covid-19 and the benefits that came with it, Wayne County averaged about 20 filings per week.

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(Wayne County, IN)--Wayne County’s Monday-to-Monday total of Covid-19 cases was 49.  The number of weekly cases has held very steady for the last two and a half months.  Since the first week of March, Wayne County has never less than 30 or more than 50 cases in any single week.  Other area counties are also seeing steady numbers – just not as high.  Since March 1, Union County has seen between four and ten cases every week.  Fayette County has had between five and 20 cases every week since March 1.

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(Hagerstown, IN)--The Wayne County Drug Task Force has been working to shut down a suspected drug house in Hagerstown, and now it’s happened.  Hagerstown police requested the aid of the task force.  Ryan Sharp has now been charged with dealing methamphetamine.  Sharp has already bonded out of jail.  The specific location of the house was not released.

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(Richmond, IN)--The highlight of Richmond Mayor Dave Snow’s State of the City Address Thursday night was the announcement of the PLACE Program, which essentially loans building to entrepreneurs to spur downtown growth.  "If successful, this will not only put entrepreneurs back into the building, but will also further entice downtown liveability," Snow said.  Snow also identified the first building to be renovated with the program.  It’s the vacant former home of Readmore.  "Starting soon, work will begin to breathe new life into Readmore and it will once again house downtown local business," Snow  explained.  In addition to renovations downstairs, upstairs windows and other upgrades will be made to create new living space in the Readmore building.

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(Richmond, IN)--Some impressive statistics on crime reduction were included in Mayor Dave Snow’s address to city residents Thursday night.  Back in 2015, there were more than 2200 reported crimes.  Last year, that number had been cut in half.  And, there’s this:  "We closed 12 drug houses just last year alone and arrested 35 high-level drug dealers," Snow said.  RPD responded to 41,000 calls for service last year, but less than one percent resulted in arrest.  On the fire and EMS side, Snow said average response time last year was less than three minutes.

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(Winchester, IN)--The criminal case against former Northeastern Assistant Superintendent Eric Green has been settled.  Green had been charged after providing underage Northeastern male graduates with alcohol at his home in Winchester.  Green has entered a pre-trial diversion program.  It means that charges against him will be dropped a year from now if he meets certain conditions.  Those conditions include permanently surrendering his teaching license, getting counseling, and not getting arrested again.

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(Wayne County, IN)--Indiana’s updated color-coded Covid-19 map was released Wednesday.  Wayne County remains in the blue with a positivity rate that stands this morning at 4.3%.  Franklin County, which had been in yellow, has improved to blue.  Henry County is now the only are county in the yellow.  The positivity rate there is 6.2%.  Also Wednesday, one Wayne County resident was reported as having died with Covid-19.  It brings Wayne County’s total to 199.  It was the first Wayne County Covid-19 death since April 12.

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