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WAYNE COUNTY SEES IMPROVEMENT IN COVID-19 NUMBERS

(Wayne County, IN)--There are some improving Covid-19 numbers for Wayne County Tuesday morning.  There has been a substantial drop in the number of patients in Reid Health containment areas.  Last Wednesday, there were 86 patients.  On Monday, that number had dropped to 76.  Tuesday morning, the number of Reid patients is down to 59.  Still, 11 of the 12 people in the Reid ICU Tuesday morning were unvaccinated.  Wayne County reported 29 new cases Monday, which is well below recent daily averages.  The positivity rate Tuesday is 10.7%, which also represents an improvement.


REID MOVES MAIN VACCINATION CLINIC

(Richmond, IN)--Reid Health’s main Covid-19 vaccination clinic is moving this week to a new location.  Since January, the main clinic has been at the Kulhman Center.  But, beginning Thursday, it will be located at Reid Plaza next to the PACE Center on National Road West.  Reid said in a statement Monday that the new site offers a bigger location without having to inconvenience any activities already planned for the Kuhlman Center in the coming weeks and months.


DARKE COUNTY MAN FOUND GUILTY OF MURDERING HIS WIFE

(Greenville, OH)--A Darke County jury on Monday found 59-year-old Richard Bowman guilty of murdering his own wife.  The jury deliberated for seven hours Monday following testimony that lasted all of last week.  Bowman’s bond was immediately revoked and he was sent to jail.  A sentencing date has yet to be set.  In closing arguments, prosecutors said that the primary motivation for the murder of Teresa Bowman was that Richard Bowman had been dating someone else and that there was substantial life insurance money.


CIPRIETTI PAYS COUNTY, SUES FORMER PARTNER OVER OLD REID

(Richmond, IN)--Bob Ciprietti is one of the two men accused of stiffing Wayne County for more than a million dollars in unpaid property taxes for the old Reid Hospital property.  Back in May, Ciprietti paid the county $75,000 as a settlement.  Now, Ciprietti is going after his former business partner, Ernesto Zamparini.  Now, a special judge in Wayne Superior Court I has issued a ruling stating that Ciprietti is entitled to collect $75,000 from Zamparini.


MAN STRUCK BY TRAIN IN EATON

(Eaton, OH)--A man and his dog were hit by a train in Eaton Sunday afternoon.  It happened at about 3:45 in a wooded area near the Eaton Water Works Park on Park Avenue.  The man was flown to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton and, at last report, was listed in stable condition.  His identity has not been released, and there’s no word on what he was doing on the tracks.  The man’s dog did not survive.


SHERIFF ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT; RIPS COURT SYSTEM

(Greenville, OH)--A long-time Whitewater Valley sheriff is calling it quits.  Darke County Sheriff Toby Spencer has announced that he will retire effective at the end of next month.  Spencer has spent an incredible 47 years in various capacities with the Sheriff’s Department, and the last 28 of those 47 years have been as sheriff.  Spencer did issue a parting shot.  He said "I was elected to protect the citizens of Darke County.  Unfortunately, under the courts of Darke County, the only ones that are protected are those that continue to offend and continually break the law.  There is no accountability for those that prey on our society."


WAYNE COUNTY SURPASSES 10,000-CASE MARK

(Wayne County, IN)--Wayne County has passed the 10,000-case threshold for Covid-19.  62 more cases were reported Thursday, and that brings to total number of cases to 10,020.  The very first case was reported exactly a year and a half ago Saturday.  This month has already had the third most Wayne County cases of any month since the pandemic began, and 97% of those cases this month have been from the Delta variant.  There were 77 patients at Reid Health Friday morning.  83% of them are unvaccinated.  The weekly number of Wayne County residents becoming fully vaccinated continues to grow.  In the last week, 469 more residents became fully vaccinated.  It was a slight increase from the week before.  By comparison, in the first week of August, only 165 became vaccinated.  Wayne County’s vaccination total now stands at 26,964.  It means that 56% of Wayne County’s population has either had Covid-19 or is now fully vaccinated against it.


WAYNE COUNTY REPORTS FOUR MORE COVID-19 DEATHS

(Wayne County, IN)--Wayne County reported four more Covid-19 deaths Wednesday.  That’s the highest single-day total since late December of last year.  Seven deaths have been reported in Wayne County in just the last two days.  The total now stands at 226.  Wayne County added 63 new cases Wednesday and will likely cross the 10,000-case threshold either Thursday or Friday.  There was not a lot of significant change when Indiana’s updated Covid-19 map was released Wednesday.  Wayne, Union, and Randolph County all remain in the orange while Fayette, Franklin, and Henry County are in the red.  On the map, Wayne County’s seven-day positivity rate is 13.2%.  Franklin County now has the third-highest positivity rate in all of Indiana at 21.4%.  WCTV is airing a special edition of “In Focus” Thursday night to answer questions about the latest developments with Covid-19.  Doctors Thomas Huth and David Jetmore will join host Eric Marsh to answer questions from the public.  The program airs at 6 o’clock Thursday night on Channel 11 in Wayne County.  It can also be viewed live on WCTV’s Facebook page.


ONE OF RICHMOND'S MOST WANTED CAUGHT AT INTERFAITH APARTMENTS

(Richmond, IN)--One of Richmond’s most wanted was taken into custody Wednesday at a strange location.  36-year-old Loni Eubanks was arrested at Interfaith Apartments on North West 5th.  Eubanks had active warrants for robbery and battery with a deadly weapon.  In his adult life, Eubanks has racked up more than 60 criminal charges.  He was also allegedly in possession of cocaine or other drugs when he was apprehended Wednesday.


WOMAN WHO LURED ROBBERY VICTIMS GETS 12 YEARS

(Richmond, IN)--She lured two men to a Richmond home to be robbed at gunpoint, and now 24-year-old Mikala Dunaway will spend the next dozen years in prison.  Dunaway pled guilty this week to a Level 3 felony as part of a plea deal.  One of Dunaway’s alleged accomplices, 22-year-old Colton Tout, is currently scheduled to go on trial in February of next year.


THREE MORE WAYNE COUNTY RESIDENTS DIE WITH COVID-19

(Wayne County, IN)--Wayne County reported three new Covid-19 deaths Tuesday, bringing the total to 222.  The number of Covid-19 patients at Reid Health has also risen to 86.  All 14 of the Covid-19 patients in the Reid ICU Wednesday morning are unvaccinated.  The county also reported 50 additional new cases Tuesday.  The number of cases in recent days has dropped.  Still, if recent daily averages hold, Wayne County will surpass the 10,000 case mark at some point in the next two or three days.  As of Wednesday morning, the county has had 9897 cases.


RICHMOND MAN SENTENCED TO PROBATION FOR FATAL CRASH

(Muncie, IN)--A plea agreement has resulted in only probation for a Richmond man who had been accused of driving under the influence of marijuana and causing a fatal crash on U.S. 35 just outside of Muncie.  45-year-old Andrew Martin, who was also from Richmond, died in the crash on New Year’s Eve of 2018.  27-year-old Brandon Martin pled guilty this week to operating a motor vehicle with a controlled substance in the blood.  Brandon Martin this week blamed the crash on heavy rain.


FIRE DOES HEAVY DAMAGE TO HOME ON S. 14th

(Richmond, IN)--Fire did heavy damage to a home in the first block of South 14th in Richmond when it broke out at just before midnight Tuesday night.  "When we pulled up, we had a lot of flames on the south side of the structure," said Battalion Chief Eric Holmes  "The occupant wasn't home at the time."  Fire investigators will return to the scene Wednesday to look for a cause.  There’s no word yet on the dollar amount of the damage.


Airborne Surveillance Technology Being Used in Butler County

Up in the air. It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s new airborne surveillance technology being rolled out in Butler County by Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Aviation Unit. According to officers, the new “Downlink” equipment connects law enforcement on the ground to live feeds from aircraft in the skies. While speed enforcement remains the primary mission, the unit has also been mobilized for other uses, including both surveillance of demonstrations and search and rescue missions


Wayne County Foundation Announces Annual Challenge Match Participants

The generosity doesn’t stop in our area with the Wayne County Foundation announcing  that 40 organizations have been selected to participate in the Foundation’s challenge match. This marks the foundation’s 10th consecutive year delivering the initiative. Last year’s match generated over $1.83 million dollars for local organizations; this year’s initiative will run from November 1 to November 9.

https://waynecountyfoundation.org/challenge-match/


Wayne County's Positive Covid Cases Declining

As executive director of the Wayne County Health Department Christine Stinson reported at the most recent board meeting, the number of positive cases in Wayne County appears to show signs of slowing down. Wayne County’s weekly positivity rate fell to 13.7% last week, according to the state’s COVID-19 dashboard. Reid Hospital’s resources remain stressed: 73 COVID-positive patients are being treated in Reid’s containment areas, and of the 16 COVID-19 patients in the ICU, 14 are unvaccinated. According to Wayne County Health Board Member Pete Zaleski again at the recent board meeting, about 1 in 300 Wayne County residents die from the virus.


Children Chased by Raccoons at Glen Miller Park

Several young children had a wild time at Glen Miller’s splash pad around 5pm on Saturday evening - literally. Scanner traffic indicated that raccoons chased children as they attempted to take a break from the heat. According to other residents, numerous raccoons congregate near the tennis courts in Glen Miller Park due, in part, to the fact that residents feed them.


TWO JAILED AFTER SHOTS FIRED AT MULTIPLE LOCATIONS FRIDAY MORNING

(Richmond, IN)--Shots were fired all across Richmond’s south side overnight Thursday night and Friday morning.  Shots were reported at Genesis Apartments, on Abington Pike, on South 9th, and on South 13th.  Shell casings were found on South 13th.  At around 1:30 Friday morning, officers stopped a vehicle near Liberty Avenue and Test Road.  Shell casings and an AR-15 were found inside that vehicle.  Arrested at the scene was 36-year-old Joshua Wooten.  He’s charged with criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon.  He’s also charged with possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon because he was just released from custody three weeks ago for battery.  Wooten bonded out of jail at 3:30 Friday morning.  Also arrested was 22-year-old Trey Seifer.  He’s charged with OWI endangerment.  He has also already bonded out.  There were no initial reports of any injuries.  Investigators have not yet said what prompted the incidents.


WAYNE COUNTY SURPASSES 40% VACCINATION RATE

(Wayne County, IN)--This week, Wayne County has had one of its highest vaccination totals in months.  459 Wayne County residents have become fully vaccinated since last Friday.  That’s a 62% increase from the week before.  With 26,495 residents now fully vaccinated, Wayne County this week passed a milestone.  Just over 40% of residents of all ages are now fully vaccinated.  Wayne County added 78 new cases Thursday.


WAYNE COUNTY JOBLESS CLAIMS DROP DRASTICALLY

(Wayne County, IN)--There has been an unmistakable drop in jobless claims in Wayne County that has coincided with the end of the weekly $300 unemployment bonus connected to Covid-19.  A few months ago, when an announcement was made that jobless benefits would be extended, jobless claims in Wayne County spiked from 59 to 473 in a single week.  Now, with extra money no longer being doled out, claims this week were cut by more than half…from 83 to 39.  That’s the lowest number of weekly claims since before the pandemic began a year and a half ago.


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