(Indianapolis, IN)--Leaders in Richmond, Wayne County, and east central Indiana learned Tuesday that their group was not successful in its effort to be named a Stellar Community and obtain the grant money that coincides with the designation. The grant money would have helped to fund a housing program where Nicholson School once stood in Richmond. It would have also created an educational expansion of the Townsend Center. Areas encompassing Greenfield and Fort Wayne were picked as the two winners.
(Whitewater Valley)--The Whitewater Valley has both some of the best and some of the worst counties in Indiana where school bus safety is concerned. A study from a group called “Zendrive” gave grades for bus safety based on numerous factors. Wayne County received a C. Randolph County, though, received an F. Only four counties were ranked worse statewide. But both Union and Franklin County received A’s. Both were ranked in the top ten. In Ohio, Preble County got a C and Darke County got an F.
(Richmond, IN)--Omen USA announced Monday that it’s tripling its workforce in Richmond. 200 new jobs are coming to the city as part of a $15 million investment. Omen makes aluminum parts for auto manufacturers from its plant on Rich Road. The new jobs will pay an average of $20 per hour. The expansion of the building will start in the spring. That’s also when hiring will start. It will take four years to get all 200 new jobs in place. Richmond Mayor Dave Snow said Monday that there will be a ripple effect with Monday’s announcement. "With Omen continuing to grow, they're offering a very competitive wage and that does create a ripple effect in increasing that competitive wage."
(Arcanum, OH)--There will be another summer of golf at Beechwood Golf Course near Arcanum. The golf course and surrounding property had been up for auction recently. A post on Beechwood’s Facebook page made Monday said that plans for retirement had been put on hold and that the value of the property far exceeded the offers that were made. Beechwood has already begun to sell season passes for the 2019 season.
(Eaton, OH)--A fifth-grader at Bruce Elementary in Eaton has made a huge effort to make Christmas merrier for other kids his age. Ty Fugate started a program four years ago after he spent Christmas at Dayton Children’s Hospital. It’s called Ty’s Christmas Wish. On Monday, he helped drop off 3000 toys at the hospital. "Since I was sick over here, I really wanted them to have a nice Christmas while their parents are not here," Ty said. He said he hopes to continue the tradition for years to come.
(Richmond, IN)--City leaders are commenting on a photo shared on social media by a former Richmond Common Council member. Steve Rabe posted a photo of a bucket of syringes and claimed that they were all collected in three hours from city streets and alleys. Rabe did not specify where they were collected. Wayne County Commissioner Mary Ann Butters, who is a proponent of needle exchange, has claimed that used needles on streets is not an issue. Prosecutor Mike Shipman, who strongly opposes needle exchange, called the photo “unbelieveable.” Council member Misty Hollis called it “heartbreaking.”
(Winchester, IN)--Investigators have found the missing vehicle of a Randolph County man who died under suspicious circumstances early last month. The Mustang GT owned by 61-year-old David Brumley of Winchester has turned up near Memphis. 59-year-old Monty Cook has now been named as a person of interest in the case. Cook is also wanted on charges of arson and theft in two unrelated cases. He has previously been employed by delivering RV’s and campers, and authorities say he could be anywhere in the country.
(Williamsburg, IN)--A good Samaritan helped Wayne County Sheriff’s deputies arrest two alleged Williamsburg-area burglars. That citizen followed the two until deputies were able to stop them. A search of the car turned up methamphetamine and some of the items that had been taken during the burglary. Deputies arrested 36-year-old James Burelison of Hagerstown and 25-year-old Tyler Gabbard of Williamsburg. Gabbard was allegedly wearing body armor at the time of the incident.
(Richmond, IN)--More information has now been released about a fatal crash in Richmond yesterday afternoon. Police have identified the victim as 44-year-old Charity Idle of Richmond. Idle and three children were headed west on Richmond Avenue when a car driven by a man now identified as 46-year-old Michael Hicks of Richmond crossed the center line and hit the oncoming pickup head-on. Idle was pronounced dead at the scene. Hicks was taken to a Level One trauma center. His condition has not been released. One child was taken to a children's hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Two other children were treated at Reid Health and released. Investigators do not believe that drugs, alcohol, or distracted driving were factors in the crash. Findings will be forwarded to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.
(Darke County, OH)--A former Richmond resident who now lives in Fort Recovery is being blamed for causing a fatal crash in Darke County Thursday. Deputies there say 29-year-old Klint Knapke blew through a clearly marked stop sign at the intersection of State Route 118 and Children’s Home Bradford Road. Knapke’s car sideswiped an SUV driven by 42-year-old Melanie Morrow of Union City. Morrow was pronounced dead at the scene. Knapke was not hurt. The sheriff’s office has not determined if Knapke will face criminal charges.
(Connersville, IN)--A Connersville business that has been a staple for decades has announced that it will be closing. Mousie’s Café on Western Avenue posted on social media this week that it will close its doors for good Saturday night. Mousie’s has operated in Connersville for 65 years. The business’s owners did not give a reason for the closure, but thanked customers for decades of patronage.
(Hagerstown, IN)--Investigators have come up with an identity on the human remains that were found in a Hagerstown-area farm field more than two months ago. 30-year-old Trevan Winterton had been reported missing in late August. On Wednesday, Wayne County Sheriff Jeff Cappa confirmed that the remains were Winterton’s. DNA testing confirmed the identity. There is still no word on how Winterton may have died, how long he was dead before being discovered, or if anything else was found at the scene. The remains were found in a field across from Hagerstown Community Park.
(Union County, IN)--A Connersville woman died in a crash Wednesday morning on State Road 44 just west of Liberty. 44-year-old Carrie Carter was riding in a taxi van. The taxi slid across the icy highway and hit an oncoming SUV driven by Ross Keasling of Liberty, who is a state fire marshal. Both Keasling and the cab driver escaped injury. The crash happened near Hoffman Road in Union County and resulted in 44 being closed for nearly four hours.
(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man is facing a long list of criminal charges after a crash Wednesday night near 18th and East Main. State police troopers arrested 30-year-old Jared McKee on charges that include possession of narcotics, controlled substances, syringes, and drug paraphernalia. Scanner traffic also indicated there was a pregnant female in the vehicle. McKee now has a total of 40 criminal offenses in Wayne County. Most involve drugs, burglary, and theft.
(Richmond, IN)--Richmond’s MCL is closing. And, this time, it appears to be for good. Employees were notified Tuesday afternoon that MCL will close permanently at the end of the day on Sunday. Local MCL management referred all questions – including the reason for the closure and the redemption of gift certificates – to corporate headquarters. MCL had announced its closure in July of last year, but reconsidered after overwhelming public support. That’s not likely to happen again. MCL has operated at its location at the west end of the Richmond Mall for the last 50 years. There’s also no word yet on what will become of the building.
(Richmond, IN)--Ivy Tech in Richmond embarking on what they call “Win One Give One.” Here’s how it works. Ivy Tech will offer a full, two-year scholarship – including the cost of books and other fees – to one person. That person will then be able to choose a second person who will receive the same scholarship. Applications will be taken until two weeks from tomorrow on the school’s website. Five finalists will be chosen at random. Then, one winner will be picked based on interviews. The Connersville and Rushville campuses are included.
(Cambridge City, IN)--A Dublin man is behind bars after an incident late Tuesday night on U.S. 40 in western Wayne County. 26-year-old Jordan Colvin was allegedly driving westbound in the eastbound lanes of U.S. 40. According to scanner traffic, Colvin refused to stop for police. He eventually gave up near 40 and Sugar Grove Road and was later determined to have a blood alcohol content of .12. No one was hurt. Charges against Colvin include felony resisting law enforcement.
(Richmond, IN)--Roxy’s near South 12th and Main in Richmond was robbed at knifepoint late Monday night. A man later identified as 50-year-old Robert Grays allegedly robbed the store at around 11 o’clock, but he didn’t get far. Grays was captured about a block away near his home on South 13th. The knife was found outside his apartment. There were no reports of any injury to anyone inside the store. Grays has a long list of relatively minor arrests, although he is accused of stealing a car earlier this year.
(Richmond, IN)--Richmond Common Council addressed needle exchange during its regular meeting Monday night. An ordinance was on the table that would have prevented any future exchanges from operating in residential areas inside the city limits. The ordinance was dropped last night after City Attorney AJ Sickmann delivered an opinion that Richmond’s zoning ordinances already addresses the issue. Council members said, though, that they would monitor the existing program in case it evolved into a methadone or suboxone center.
(Connersville, IN)--A transfer bus for about 30 Fayette Central students was delayed getting home Monday afternoon after one student overheard another talking about a gun. One student heard conversation about a gun in a bag and assumed it was in a backpack on the bus. That student notified the bus driver. Law enforcement responded immediately. It was determined that the gun was in a bag at one student’s house and that the students on the bus were never in any danger.