(Wayne County, IN)--The course has changed for this year’s Reid Ride to avoid construction, which is no easy task. This is the 10th year for the ride, and at least part of the 25-mile course has always included U.S. 40. But not this year. Riders will leave Reid, head west on Industries Road, then go northwest on the Cardinal Greenway Trail. They will then work their way to Fountain City and cover several county roads until they return to Reid down Union Pike. Up to a thousand riders are expected on July 14.
(Richmond, IN)--The Wayne County Sheriff’s Department will have an increased uniform presence throughout the week of the Wayne County Fair. Sheriff Jeff Cappa said in a release Wednesday that the increase is to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience. The fair actually kicks off on Saturday but rolls into full swing on Monday when rides from Poor Jacks Amusements begin. The increase in patrolling will happen mainly during peak times.
(Wayne County, IN)--Wayne County Prosecutor Mike Shipman has released some new figures about the county’s drug diversion program. That’s the program where people with certain types of pending criminal drug cases can have their charges reduced or dropped if they can successfully complete a drug recovery program. Shipman said that there are currently 31 people participating. 18 of those 31 are considered compliant. Since its inception, 146 people have attempted the program. 19 have been successful.
(Wayne County, IN)--Newly released numbers from the state show a big increase both in Wayne County’s workforce and the number of people employed in the last month. The workforce is up by 387 people and there are 250 more people actually working than were just a month ago. The number of people in the workforce in Wayne County continues to climb month-by-month. It had dipped a few months ago to under 30,000 people, but has today rebounded to 31,200 people.
(Richmond, IN)--Three Richmond residents were in jail Wednesday morning after allegedly breaking into a home where multiple drug overdoses have occurred. Burton Bennett, Lesli Croucher, and Michelle Mack are all charged with felony residential entry after allegedly entering the home Tuesday at 1213 North B Street. That home’s occupant, Michael Cohee, had been jailed just a few hours earlier for maintaining a common nuisance. Cohee was also arrested just two week ago for battering a police officer.
(Preble County, OH)--A Richmond woman died in a crash in Preble County Monday. 29-year-old Megan Harris lost control at the intersection of Twin Creek and Halderman Road. That’s in a rural area about halfway between West Alexandria and Gratis. An OHP trooper said that Harris overcorrected after going off the road and crashed into a tree. She was pronounced dead at the scene. There’s no word yet on what caused Harris to lose control. Social media indicates she was a mother to seven children.
(Centerville, IN)--There are a couple of brand new areas of road construction to deal with beginnig Tuesday. Main Street in Richmond has been closed just east of 8th Street to allow for water main construction. That closure is expected to last only through Wednesday. Tuesday also starts culvert replacement on U.S. 40 just east of Centerville. 40 will be reduced to one lane in each direction near Matte Harris Road. That project is not expected to be complete until at least late in September.
(Richmond, IN)--A sex offender with a massive criminal record was taken into custody again Monday in Wayne County. Allen Goodwin, who now lives in the Lynn area, was convicted of incest and vicarious sexual gratification eight years ago. Since then, Goodwin has been arrested multiple times, including for parole violations. On Monday, Goodwin was arrested for failing to register as a sex offender. He was then transferred to the Randolph County Jail.
(Darke County, OH)--A crash Tuesday morning in Darke County has left one person in critical condition. It happened at about 2 o’clock Tuesday morning on State Route 121 about halfway between New Madison and Greenville. 25-year-old Kory Dusko was headed north and went through a curve. His car rolled multiple times. Dusko was flown to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton and was initially listed in critical condition. The crash remains under investigation.
(Lakengren, OH)--One area lake has this season’s first blue-green algae alert. It’s Lake Lakengren, where an algae alert was posted over the weekend. Levels there have risen very slightly over normal levels. The alert does not prevent swimming, although showering afterward is now recommended. Other area lakes, including Brookville Lake, Whitewater, and Acton Lake at Hueston Woods have not yet issued alerts. Algae alerts in our area have become much more common in recent years.
(Wayne County, IN)--Indiana’s Secretary of State has released some final election statistics on Thursday for the May primaries. Wayne County’s official turnout was 21% of registered voters. As has been the case, more people voted on the traditional Election Day than in the days and weeks leading up to it. 63% of voters voted on Election Day. Randolph County had the area’s highest turnout at 25%. Union County had the lowest at 17%.
(Richmond, IN)--The United Way of the Whitewater Valley is searching for a new leader today. Amber Willeford is stepping down to take a new job at Miami University. Paul Stanley, who is a former Board member, is serving as interim president. Willeford had been the local chapter of the United Way’s president since September of 2015.
(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond woman with a long history of theft and drug arrests was taken into custody again Thursday afternoon. 30-year-old Ashley Doolin was arrested at her home on Oak Drive. She allegedly still had drugs on her when she was booked into jail. Two years ago, Doolin was left a small child in the car alone at Meijer with drugs and a stolen handgun inside while she went inside to shop.
(Mount Carmel, IN)--Earlier this week, Kicks 96 and The Point News reported that a dead body had been found in a van in a school parking lot in Franklin County. Now, that person has been identified. Investigators say 28-year-old Garrett Shepard of Liberty was the man found in the Mount Carmel School parking lot just east of Brookville. Shepard was thought to have been dead for 48 hours. The death is not connected to the school and there were no signs of trauma or any struggle. Toxicology results will take up to six weeks. Shepard was a decorated veteran of the U.S. Army.
(Richmond, IN)--The Richmond Police Department on Thursday morning issued a press release with a couple of new details regarding the arrest late Wednesday afternoon of murder suspect Austin Neathery in the central Indiana town of Speedway. Thursday morning’s release states that Neathery was caught near an apartment complex by U.S. Marshals, but details of the apprehension are unknown. RPD had been in contact with Marshals since the time the warrant was issued because RPD investigators felt Neathery had fled the area shortly after the shooting death of Tremell Carpenter. Neathery was being held in the Marion County Jail early Thursday but was expected to be brought back to Wayne County at some point later in the day.
(Speedway, IN)--A search that lasted for more than two weeks for the accused killer of RHS senior Tremell Carpenter is over. 18-year-old Austin Neathery was taken into custody early Wednesday night in central Indiana by U.S. Marshals. Neathery was in the Marion County Jail Thursday morning. Details of how Neathery was apprehended have not yet been released, although that was expected to happen Thursday morning. Investigators have also not yet said where Neathery has been for the last two-plus weeks. Neathery was expected to be returned to the Wayne County Jail at some point Thursday and should have an initial hearing by Friday afternoon.
(Laurel, IN)--A former reserve police officer in Laurel is now facing a felony charge after allegedly starving his own canine partner to death. The dog, whose name was Blade, was a German Shephard and weighed less than a third of the normal weight of a dog of that breed at the time of his death. Clint Ellis now faces trial in November after the recent filing of charges. Ellis is also accused of stealing items from the evidence locker at the Laurel Police Department. And, in yet another case, he’s accused of harassing hunters.
(Richmond, IN)--What was described as a large amount of packaged and labeled drugs were recovered by the Indiana State Police on the lot of Arby’s on National Road West in Richmond Wednesday night. A police canine gave a positive indication. Investigators then found methamphetamine and other controlled substances, syringes, and drug paraphernalia. Jeremy Goodwin and Bryant Pieper of Richmond and Autumn Lowery of Dublin now all face multiple felonies. Pieper still allegedly had drugs on him when he was booked into jail.
(Richmond, IN)--Groundbreaking ceremonies have now been set for a major upgrade to Richmond’s water system. Indiana-American is investing $45 million to upgrade its treatment facility on Sylvan Nook Drive. When it’s complete in two years, the facility will use liquid instead of gaseous disinfection chemicals, add UV disinfection, and upgrade chemical storage. Groundbreaking is set for a week from Monday.
(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man was being held without bond Wednesday morning pending sentencing following a conviction for child molesting on Tuesday. 43-year-old Peter Angi’s case is not like those of most other child molestors. He actually reported himself to authorities two years ago for improperly touching a young girl. A subsequent interview with the victim confirmed the abuse. A Level 4 child abuse conviction carries a sentencing range of from two to 12 years.