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(Richmond, IN)--There has been no increase in the criminal charges that 39-year-old Eric Lairson was facing Friday morning.  The Richmond man is charged with domestic battery and strangulation after the death of his girlfriend, Tylissa Isaacs, on Wednesday.  An autopsy was conducted Thursday to determine the exact cause of death.  Results of that autopsy have not yet been released.  Lairson remained in the Wayne County Jail Friday morning on bonds that total $32,500.

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(Preble County, OH)--People who live in the area of Smyrna Road at the state line between Richmond and New Paris reported hearing an explosion just before fire broke out in a shed there late Thursday afternoon.  The shed was totally destroyed.  There were no reports of any injuries.  Propane tanks are the suspected source of the explosion.  Some residents in the area said the explosion shook the windows of their homes.

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(Richmond, IN)--A traffic stop Thursday afternoon on Hawkins Road in Richmond led to the arrest of a wanted drug dealer.  39-year-old Francois Wilkerson of Richmond had active warrants and was arrested for dealing cocaine and narcotic drugs.  And, RPD made a drug arrest early Friday morning.  24-year-old Nicholas Morra was jailed Friday morning after being arrested on South 6th Street for possessing drugs, paraphernalia, and a syringe.

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(Richmond, IN)--The investigation will continue Thursday after a woman was found dead in the 800 block of North 13th Street of Richmond Wednesday.  On Thursday morning, a man who lives at the same address was behind bars.  Scanner traffic indicated Tylissa Isaacs and 39-year-old Eric Lairson had been involved in a dispute.  At 2:30 Wednesday afternoon, Isaacs was found dead in a bathroom.  A search warrant was executed as Lairson was interviewed.  Lairson was then booked into jail on charges that include strangulation and battery, which are low-level felonies.  Lairson has not been charged with Isaacs’ death.  An autopsy is being conducted to determine the cause of death.

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(Richmond, IN)--On Wednesday night, the Richmond Community School Board heard more from a consultant who is addressing the system’s capacity and declining enrollment.  Right now, the district has room for 1400 more students than are currently enrolled, and that gap is expected to widen with a predicted loss of another 400 students in the next decade.  Some of the options presented Wednesday night ranged from simply redistricting students to something much more drastic…closing the Starr, Vaile, and Hibberd buildings while moving 8th graders to the high school and 4th graders to intermediate buildings.  The consultant stressed those are only options, and not actual recommendations.

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(Richmond, IN)--A final contract to clean up the old Reid Hospital site will go before the Richmond Board of Public Works Thursday.  The fact that the cost of the project came in at about half of the initial estimate means that the city will not have to use two loans offered by the state to cover the cost.  A city-county partnership also helped to eliminate the need for a loan.  The project is expected to begin in about three weeks.

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(Richmond, IN)--Richmond police were in the problem area of the 100 block of Richmond Avenue Wednesday and arrested two men on a host of felony charges.  Officers recovered drugs and a stolen handgun and arrested both 30-year-old Joshua Adams of Centerville and 49-year-old Clayton McCowan of Richmond.  Adams is charged with dealing.  Two people were murdered in the same area earlier this year, and a body was also found in an alley there last month.

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(Richmond, IN)--Brace yourselves…Reid Health is predicting that this flu season will be a rough one.  Reid issued a statement Wednesday indicating that they’ve already seen twice the number of flu cases from last year.  The first positive flu case locally was confirmed on October 18 – much earlier than usual.  Since then, there have been 19 positive tests.  Reid urged taking precautions like washing hands often.  Many people, though, will say they have the flu when they actually have only a common cold.

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(Richmond, IN)--Very little information has been released after a woman showed up at Reid Health early Wednesday morning with a gunshot wound.  Reid staff notified RPD when she arrived there just after midnight.  She lives on South 5th in Richmond and appears to be a young mother.  Investigators have not said if the shooting occurred on South 5th.  The extent of her injury was not disclosed and there was no suspect information.

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(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man and his dog are okay after a cold-water rescue Tuesday night.  It happened at around 9 o'clock Tuesday night on New Paris Pike when a man waded into a pond to try to rescue a dog that had wandered onto the ice.  The man reached the dog in waist-deep water, but became stuck in the silt and could not get out.  Scanner traffic indicates he was in the water for about 15 minutes when an RPD officer, who has not yet been identified, waded into the frigid water and helped both the man and the dog get out.  The man, the officer, and the dog were okay Wednesday morning.

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(Oxford, OH)--The Oxford cab driver accused of raping two Miami students last weekend was arraigned Tuesday.  Sherman Jackson is being held on a million-dollar bond.  One of the alleged victims called 911 while she was still in the cab.  Dispatchers could hear her screaming to be let out.    Jackson operates Sherman’s Safe Ride and will appear in court for the first time Thursday.

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(Lynn, IN)-Two different medical helicopters were sent to the intersection of Highways 27 and 36 just north of Lynn Tuesday when a semi and pickup truck collided.  At least two patients went to Level One trauma centers in two different cities.  The intersection was shut down for several hours for investigation and cleanup.  The Lynn Police Department handled the incident and, so far, has not released any information including the identities of the people involved, their conditions, and what caused the crash.

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(Richmond, IN)--Earlier this year, Indiana legislators urged the Indiana State Police to do an audit to find out how many untested sexual assault kits existed.  Those kits contain evidence of rapes and other crimes that could help to convict the suspect.  Although there are 2600 kits of untested evidence statewide, there are only three in the Whitewater Valley.  Wayne, Union, and Fayette County each had one untested kit.  Each kit costs about a thousand dollars to test.

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(Richmond, IN)--Richmond Police Department Canine Max has received his new vest.  The vest is both bullet-proof and stab-proof and will be worn as the dog helps his human partners with drug detection and suspect tracking.  The vest was purchased through a donation from the organization Vested Interest in Canines.  Max has three handlers and was photographed Monday wearing his vest in front of an RPD cruiser.

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(Wayne and Henry County, IN)--There was a manhunt in western Wayne County early Tuesday morning.  Officers from multiple jurisdictions were searching in the area of Bear Creek Road after a driver fled the scene of a crash.  Henry County deputies joined in the search and found Jordon Ralstin just across the line in Henry County.  Ralstin had been arrested for fleeing in Randolph County earlier this year and was arrested with counterfeit drugs in the Hagerstown area a year ago.  Ralstin was in the Henry County Jail Tuesday morning.

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(Eaton, OH)--A 31-year-old Eaton man is facing felony charges after he was accused of selling methamphetamine in front of his newborn.  Brian Shaner has been indicted by a grand jury after allegedly selling nearly seven grams of meth during an undercover purchase.  His charges include drug trafficking and endangering children.  Shaner has a significant drug history with a prior conviction a decade ago.  He was in the Preble County Jail Tuesday.

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(Oxford, OH)--An Oxford taxi driver has been arrested for sexually assaulting female Miami students over the weekend.  38-year-old Sherman Jackson is the operator of “Sherman’s Safe Ride Taxi.”  At least two female students made similar allegations.  "I got out of the car with him and I just thought he was really creepy," said one student who had ridden with Jackson but filed no complaint.  He’s been booked into the Butler County Jail on two counts of rape.  The investigation is continuing.

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(Richmond, IN)--There was an attempted armed robbery at a Richmond gas station early Monday morning.  A man entered the store at around 1 o’clock Monday morning armed with what was described as a 4-6 inch knife.  The initial indication is that he fled without getting any money, but that has not yet been confirmed by Richmond police.  He reportedly fled toward Chester Heights Apartments.  No arrests have been made.  Investigators believe the same man may have been in the store yesterday causing problems.  There is no suspect description, and there were no injuries.

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(Wayne County, IN)--Wayne County’s wage gap for sex is lower than the state average.  According to newly released figures by the Indiana Institute for Working Families, women across Indiana make 74 cents for every dollar earned by men.  In Wayne County, though, that figure is 79 cents.  The median income for a Wayne County man working full time is now $40,500.  The median income for a Wayne County woman is just under $32,000.  Fayette County has Indiana’s highest disparity.  Women there make only 66 cents for every dollar earned by men.

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(Richmond, IN)--A couple was arrested for auto theft at a Richmond apartment complex Sunday.  23-year-old Chance Duarte and his girlfriend, 22-year-old Jasmine Oakley-Field, were taken into custody at the Westwood Apartments on West Main Street.  And, it wasn’t the only auto theft-related arrest of the weekend.  32-year-old Christopher Davis was arrested for attempted auto theft and possession of meth.  All three were behind bars Monday morning.

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