(Richmond, IN)--A teenager was shot in Richmond Tuesday night. At just after 8:30 Tuesday night, officers were called to Hilldell Avenue just off of Peacock Road and found that a 17-year-old had been shot in the rear end. According to a press release from the Richmond Police Department, the shooting was the result of a dispute involving several people. The victim was taken to Reid Health and was reportedly in stable condition. There is no word of any arrest.
(Indianapolis, IN)--On Tuesday morning, Kicks 96 and The Point News reported that 4683 Wayne County had filed jobless claims since Covid-19 lockdowns began. Later Tuesday, the state released unemployment numbers that further illustrates the cost of stay-at-home orders. Wayne County’s unemployment rate ballooned from 3 ½ in March to 14.8% in April. Rates in other nearby counties are even higher. Fayette County now has an unimaginable 25.5% unemployment rate. Union County is at 16.3%, Franklin is at 18.3, Randolph County has 17.4% unemployment, and Henry County is at 17.4%. Rates for Ohio counties come out later Wednesday.
(Richmond, IN)--Two men were arrested Tuesday night in connection with an attack that occurred a few minutes earlier. It happened in the 400 block of North West K Street. Officers found 54-year-old Jeffery Johnson with multiple injuries to his head and face. Twenty minutes later, investigators located Willie Mills Senior and Willie Mills Junior and charged them both with robbery, burglary, and aggravated battery. The older Mills remained in the Wayne County Jail Wednesday morning. The younger Mills has bonded out. Mills was a key witness in a recent Richmond murder trial.
(Richmond, IN)--The man who was shot by a Richmond police officer after stabbing himself and approaching officers was, on Tuesday morning, no longer listed as a patient at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. That’s where 34-year-old Brian Sherer was flown after the incident late Sunday morning with injuries that were initially described as survivable. There is also no indication that Sherer has been booked into the Wayne County Jail. The Indiana State Police is handling the investigation and has not released any additional information about Sherer or the status of the officers who were involved in the incident. No officers were injured.
(Wayne County, IN)--The rate of growth of Covid-19 cases across the Whitewater Valley continues to slow, with couple of big exceptions. The number of Wayne County cases is now at 69, which is a 13% growth. It’s the second straight week that the growth rate has dropped. Union and Franklin County have had no new cases at all in the last week, and Preble County has added only one. Darke and Butler County are the exceptions. Darke has added 35 cases in the last week. Butler added 211 positives last week. That’s an increase of 36% with a total of 802 cases.
(Wayne County, IN)--The number of jobless claims in Wayne County has dropped for the fifth consecutive week. 253 Wayne County residents filed in the week ending May 9, which is the most recent date figures are available. It marked the eighth straight week of jobless claims filings that were at least ten times higher than normal. In those eight weeks, a total of 4683 people have filed jobless claims. That number represents roughly 15% of Wayne County's workforce.
(Richmond, IN)--Here’s an update on Heaven Johnson or Davis or Saint LaCroix. All of those are aliases used by the woman who claimed to be a Beverly Hills designer with big plans to renovate the Crain Sanitarium at 22nd and East Main in Richmond. Those plans, of course, never became reality. Now, Johnson is facing new theft charges in a central Indiana county. On her Instagram page, she still not only claims to be a designer but also America’s real top model. Meanwhile, back in Richmond, Heaven Johnson or Davis or Saint LaCroix has a pretrial hearing in a mortgage foreclosure on the Crain Sanitarium in three weeks.
(Richmond, IN)--Richmond stands to lose its Covid-19 testing site if more people don’t use it. That was one of the messages from the Wayne County Health Department to the Health Board Thursday. The state has set a goal of 135 people per day to be tested, but just a small fraction of that number is actually showing up for free testing. The state is expected to reevaluate the site in less than ten days. Meanwhile, local health officials said that the county is on a downward trend for infection but encouraged residents to continue to take precautions. Reid Health reported its one hundredth positive test Thursday, but the number of people in containment areas is slowing coming down.
(Eaton, OH)--Details of the opening of one area community swimming pool have been released. The Main Street Aquatic Center in Eaton will open on June 1. The Aquatic Center’s Facebook page does not mention any special restrictions that will be in place due to Covid-19. Daily admission is $6 for adults and $4 for kids. The Roberts Park Pool in Connersville will open on June 15. The Oxford Aquatic Center will open next month, although no specific date has been announced. Richmond’s Cordell Pool will not open at all this summer.
(Richmond, IN)--Richmond Mayor Dave Snow continues to urge residents to get tested for Covid-19. "The larger the data set, and the more results collected, the better decisions on health care professionals can make," Snow said. To demonstrate how easy it is, Snow himself got tested at the former Elder-Beerman building this week. "Am I worried about testing positive? Absolutely. I don't have any symptoms today. But that doesn't mean I'm not an asymptomatic carrier," Snow added. Here’s Snow’s review of the testing process just as he walked out. "That was nowhere near as bad as I thought is was gonna be. Watching videos on the internet, I was dreading that. It's not that bad. It's uncomfortable, but it's certainly not unbearable and it's very quick." The process is featured on a video on the city’s Facebook page. There’s no cost for testing and you don’t have to show symptoms to be tested.
(Richmond, IN)--There will be no summer baseball at McBride Stadium in Richmond this year. The Richmond Jazz announced Wednesday that their entire 2020 season has been cancelled due to Covid-19. The decision was made by the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate Baseball League. Jazz management said that preparations that are necessary to support the operation of the team are not realistic. They added that they plan on returning in the summer of 2021.
(Whitewater Valley)--Some Whitewater Valley residents have wondered about – or, in some cases, been freaked out by – all the military helicopters that have been seen flying over the area in the last 24 hours. Here’s what it is…a large number of Army helicopters, including Blackhawk, Chinook, and Apache are being moved from Colorado to New York. Many are stopping at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for overnight stays or refueling. The helicopters will continue to pass over through Sunday.
(Randolph County, IN)--Randolph County Emergency Management prefaced this warning Wednesday by saying they wish they were making it up, but they’re not. Some Randolph County residents have received calls from someone claiming to be a doctor with the Health Department and saying there’s a new strain of Covid-19 that affects reproductive organs. The caller then offers to come to your house and inspect your genitals. The Health Department calls this scam dangerous for obvious reasons and says that no doctor would come to a private residence to examine reproductive organs.
(Whitewater Valley)--The death toll attributed to Covid-19 has climbed in our area’s most heavily affected counties. New deaths have been reported in Darke, Henry, and Butler County. Details of the ages and physical conditions of those most recent deaths have not been released. The total deaths for our nine-county area this morning stands at 57. More than half of those 57 have occurred in either Darke or Butler County. Wayne County’s count remains at five, with the last death having been reported 13 days ago.
(Cambridge City, IN)--With an important vote regarding school financing just a few weeks away, Western Wayne School leaders are predicting a significant rise in graduation rates. Western Wayne’s graduation rates have been, by far, the lowest in Wayne County in recent years. Last year, it was 75%. At a recent school board meeting, though, high school principal Renee Lakes said the rate for the Class of 2020 will be between 85 and 100%, depending on how a few students are counted. Western Wayne leaders warned months ago that the district would run out of money soon unless a levy passes in this primary election.
(Greenville, OH)--The man who set multiple Darke County fires over the course of several years was sentenced Tuesday to a decade in prison. 31-year-old Randy Mogle’s fires included a massive one that destroyed part of the Darke County Fairgrounds in the fall of 2018. He had faced as much as 208 years for all the fires he set, but that was reduced to ten years following a no-contest plea. Mogle was also ordered to pay more than $200,000 in restitution.
(Wayne County, IN)--Several hundred more Wayne County jobs have been lost in the last week, according to a new jobless claims report from the state. For the week ending May 2, which is the most recent date that numbers are available, Wayne County had another 355 jobless claims. Since the outbreak began, Wayne County has now had 4430 jobless claims. That’s roughly 20 times the number of jobless claims over the same seven-week period last year. It also represents roughly 15% of Wayne County’s workforce.
(Richmond, IN)--A pre-trial hearing that was to have taken place this week in the case against Richmond’s Austin Neathery has been postponed. Neathery is accused of shooting and killing Tremell Carpenter outside a Norwood apartment nearly two years ago. Neathery fled following the shooting and was eventually captured a week later in central Indiana. A previous court entry indicated that future hearings in the case were dependent on the status of Covid-19. Jury selection was to have started in Wayne Superior Court II a week from Friday, which would’ve been two years to the day from the shooting.
(Wayne County, IN)--The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Wayne County, when broken down by age, almost exactly mirrors the ages of people who have been tested. For example, 12% of Wayne County’s positives are people in their 70’s. 14% of people tested have been in their 70’s. 18% of positives are people in their 50’s. 17% of Wayne County residents who have been tested are in their 50’s. And here’s one unusual number…Wayne County has tested nearly twice as many females for Covid-19 as males.
(Wayne County, IN)--Increased testing across the Whitewater Valley has yielded a big increase in the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the last week. The official count for Wayne County residents this morning is 61. That’s a 13% increase from the week before. Henry County now has now passed Franklin County for the most cases in our area with now 125 cases. Franklin and Darke County have now each had over a hundred cases. Even though the number of cases rises predictably, the number of patients in Reid Health containment areas has held steady for weeks at around 50. Here are some more numbers involving Covid-19 for Indiana. Across Indiana, for every 100,000 residents under the age of 70, only seven have died from Covid-19. In Ohio, the number is even less. For all residents there under the age of 70, only four in 100,000 have died. Also, the amount of ventilator use remains very low. Right now in Indiana, only 6.7% of available ventilators are in use.