(Winchester, IN)--A Winchester teenager is now the subject of a statewide Silver Alert. The Silver Alert was issued early Friday morning for 18-year-old Takyra Jones. Jones was last seen at around 4 o’clock Thursday afternoon. Winchester Police say she is in extreme danger and may need medical attention, although they’re not saying exactly what led them to that conclusion. Takyra Jones is white, 5-3, 120 pounds, and was last seen wearing blue glasses and a grey hoodie.
(Richmond, IN)--A small child appears to be okay after falling out of a second-story window Thursday on South 17th Street in Richmond. The one-year-old boy was conscious when medics arrived. A medical helicopter was summoned but could not fly because of the weather. The boy was taken to a distant children’s hospital for overnight observation. Details of how the boy fell out the window have not been released.
(Winchester, IN)--A new trial date has been set for former Northeastern Assistant Superintendent Eric Green. Green is accused of providing alcohol to two underage boys who had recently graduated from Northeastern at Green’s home in Winchester. A bench trial was to have taken place late last month, but that’s now been reset for May 4. Green had been on paid administrative leave for a year before resigning in February.
(Richmond, IN)--Here’s an update on a shooting that occurred at 1 o’clock Thursday morning near South 10th and G in Richmond. Police now say that 51-year-old Ronald Caldwell was shot in the hand and suffered a head injury while trying to fight off an attacker. Caldwell was taken to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton and is in stable condition. 39-year-old Laura Davis was also hurt while trying to help Caldwell. The initial report was that the shots had come from a pellet gun. During the investigation, 20-year-old Peyton Sutton of Eaton was arrested for drug possession.
(Richmond, IN)--Two teenagers led police on a wild chase through Wayne County Thursday morning. It began as a suspicious person call at around 3 o’clock Thursday morning. Police tried to stop a vehicle, but it fled. It went onto Chester Boulevard north and then reversed direction toward Richmond. At one point, the car actually fled on the Cardinal Greenway trail. The chase ended when the car crashed on Arba Pike. A 16-year-old girl remained in the car as police approached, but the 16-year-old boy who was driving fled into a wooded area and was still being sought at 5 o’clock Thursday morning.
(Richmond, IN)--There is no mask mandate inside the city of Richmond. And, after Wednesday’s meeting of the Wayne County Commissioners, there’s not one at the county level either. Commissioners Wednesday decided against extended the mandate, although all three were adamant that they believe it should continue. A lack of enforceability was cited as one of the primary reasons for not extending the mandate after it was lifted at the state level on Tuesday. The Wayne County Board of Health had recommended last week that the mask mandate be extended.
(Wayne County, IN)--Wayne County continues to have one of the higher Covid-19 vaccination rates in all of Indiana. As of Wednesday morning, 15,197 residents are now fully vaccinated. That’s 23% of the county’s population. While Wayne County’s rate is high, Franklin County’s remains low. Franklin County has the third lowest vaccination rate in Indiana. The Wayne County Health Department Tuesday announced a Moderna vaccine clinic coming up this Saturday at the former Elder-Beerman building in Richmond.
(Richmond, IN)--Wayne County’s 911 system and the interlocal agreement between the county and the city of Richmond was discussed during the meeting of Richmond Common Council this week. Last year, there were almost 44,000 calls to 911. That’s about 120 calls per day. 99% of those calls are answered within ten seconds, and that’s well ahead of industry standards.
(Boone County, KY)--Searchers will be back in the Ohio River this week to search for the body of the six-year-old boy who was killed by his own mother at Rush Run in Preble County. High and swift water in the river has prevented divers from entering the river to search for James Hutchinson since March 17. Brittany Gosney has been charged with her son’s murder and appears likely to pursue an insanity defense.
(Richmond, IN)--Indiana’s mask mandate is over. And, Richmond Mayor Dave Snow said Monday that the mandate would not be extended at the city level. In Snow’s statement, he said that new information, increased awareness, and a vaccine that’s now available to all adults are factors that helped lead to his decision. Snow also encouraged mask-wearing and social distancing to continue despite not issuing a mandate. He added that he would continue to monitor and reassess the situation and would consider reinstating restrictions if conditions change. Even though Indiana’s mask mandate has ended and with the announcement that it won’t be extended inside the city of Richmond, there are still places where you will have to mask up. That includes any private business that wishes to require a mask of its customers. People who enter the city building in Richmond or ride the city’s busses will have to wear a mask. Wayne County Commissioners will likely discuss a extending the mask mandate Wednesday. Two of three commissioners have already said they felt the mandate ended too soon. No other area county or municipality has indicated there would be a mask extension.
(Richmond, IN)--A shooting victim is refusing to cooperate with police. According to a release Monday, Richmond police responded to the 2000 block of Glen Court on the report of someone being shot. When they arrived, they found Aimee White with a gunshot wound to her leg. White was taken to Reid Health to be treated for her injuries but did not provide investigators with any other information.
(Connersville, IN)--The Spartan Bowl in Connersville is the best high school gym in Indiana. That’s according to the results of a poll conducted by Visit Indiana. The Spartan Bowl was constructed back in 1958 and was designed by the same man who designed the Fieldhouse in New Castle, which finished second voting. The Tiernan Center in Richmond did not make the top ten.
(Wayne County, IN)--Wayne County continues to hold steady with its weekly Monday-Monday Covid-19 case count with 38 new cases since last Monday. Weekly numbers show no significant rise for at least a month. Here is the weekly number of cases for the last five weeks: 38, 38, 39, 35, 30. Other area counties are showing a similar month-long period of steady but low new cases. Here are the numbers for the last five weeks in Union County: 3, 1, 4, 9, 4. There were only four patients in Reid Health containment areas Monday morning. There has not been a Covid-19 death in Wayne County reported since March 12.
(Wayne County, IN)--With less than 24 hours before Indiana’s statewide mask mandate will come to an end, but was still no official word from the city of Richmond or Wayne County on whether or not the mandate will be extended locally. The county’s Board of Health recommended an extension last week, but it takes elected representatives at the city or county level to make and extension official. Richmond Common Council meets Monday night, meaning an announcement is possible. But county commissioners won’t meet until Wednesday, so the mask mandate at the county level will remain in place at least until then. Only five of 92 Indiana counties have a recommended extension. Wayne County is one of them.
(Liberty, IN)--A threat prompted a delay at Union County Middle School Monday morning. The threat was made last Thursday night on social media. Union County officials say there’s nothing that leads them to believe the threat is credible, but they’re still operating on a delay Monday morning to allow for a staff briefing. There will also be an increased law enforcement presence at the school this week.
(Wayne County, IN)--There’s been no official word from any governmental agency in Wayne County yet after the Health Board recommended an indefinite extension of the mask mandate on Wednesday. Each agency will have the final call about whether or not to allow a mask mandate to expire this coming Tuesday. Richmond Mayor Dave Snow indicated that he is taking the recommendation under consideration. Only three other counties in all of Indiana have said they’ll extend the mask mandate and they are all counties with much larger populations. There are currently 34 Indiana counties with higher positivity rates and case counts than Wayne County that will allow the mandate to expire on Tuesday. Here are some of the reasons the Wayne County Board of Health voted 4-2 to recommend an extension of the mask mandate that will expire statewide on Tuesday. Board Member Jon Igelman said "One of these days it’s going to mutate into something really bad." Board President Paul Rider said that there’s no way to know how long vaccinations will last. 97% of Indiana’s other 91 counties disagree and will allow the mandate to expire. Bob Coddington and Pete Zaleski are the two health board members who voted against extending the mandate.
(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond woman was jailed early Friday morning and now faces a felony charge of battering a police officer. Officers were called to the 600 block of South 11th overnight and encountered 37-year-old Bethany Ford. Ford allegedly resisted arrest and then attacked an officer. There’s no word yet on whether or not any officer was injured.
(Wayne County, IN)--On Wednesday, the Wayne County Board of Health recommended that the county extend the mask mandate beyond this coming Tuesday, which is when it will end on the state level. The Health Board indicated that it will follow CDC guidelines, and that federal agency has set no end date to mask-wearing. It’s important to note, though, that local elected officials will make the final call about whether or not to end the mandate on Tuesday. That includes Wayne County Commissioners and Richmond Mayor Dave Snow. It’s a virtual certainty that Wayne County commissioners will issue an extension. Two of the three said last week that they felt it was too early to end the mask mandate. The Wayne County Health Board will address the mandate each time it meets. Wayne County would be one of only four statewide to extend the mandate.
(Richmond, IN)--The former Crain Sanitarium at the corner of 22nd and East Main in Richmond is now in major jeopardy. That property has drawn to attention of the city’s Unsafe Building Commission, which is ordering the owners of the structure to either fix it up or tear it down. And, that work must begin within 30 days. If that does not happen, the city could potentially step in and tear it down. At a recent hearing, inspectors cited a rotting porch and other major issues with the structure. The owner, Heaven Johnson, has not responded. She tried to pass herself off as a Beverly Hills designer several years ago with plans to fix it up. In reality, she had been convicted of fraud in multiple states and has used numerous aliases. The city’s law department is looking into the ramifications of a historic easement on the deed.
(Richmond, IN)--The person who got Reid Health’s 30,000th dose of the Covid-19 vaccine Wednesday went to quite some length to get it…literally. When people in their 30’s became eligible earlier this week, two Fort Wayne residents began looking in their area. But, they couldn’t find any appointments there. But they did find appointments through Reid. Wednesday, they drove a hundred miles south to get their shots and, in the process, put Reid over the 30,000 vaccine mark. Reid’s vaccination clinic continues every day but Sunday at the Kuhlman Center.