Two people were hurt in a weekend motorcycle crash in Darke County. It happened Saturday night on US 127 just south of State Route 705. The Darke County Sheriff’s office says the motorcycle apparently blew a tire just before running off the road. A man and woman were both thrown from the bike. They were flown to Miami Valley Hospital, but investigators say both are expected to recover.
A fire shut down part of East Main Street in Centerville for much of Sunday. Fire crews were called around 9:30am yesterday to a fire at a vacant building at East Main and North Morton Avenue just west of the Centerville Library. The fire spread rapidly as more crews were brought in from around the region, and it took more than two hours hours for firefighters to bring it under control. Three firefighters were treated at the scene for heat exhaustion.
Bike paths are expected to be on the agenda of the Richmond Common Council’s meeting. Some Depot District businesses are not happy with the new bike paths on 7th and 10th Streets. Discussion has already been heated on social media. Among those expected to talk to the council about them are Roger Richert from Richmond Furniture Outlet, Steve Terzini from Little Sheba’s, and Matt Stegall of Stegall-Berheide-Orr Funeral Home. Tonight’s meeting is at 7:30.
(Richmond, IN)--State line businesses on U.S. 40 will have to endure another round of ramp closures that will prevent I-70 traffic from patronizing them. INDOT released a new schedule Thursday. The ramp from eastbound 70 to eastbound 40 will be closed from September 8-14. That will cut in half access to the Iron Skillet and Fairfield Inn. Then, from the 15th to the 21st, the ramp from westbound 70 to westbound 40 will close. That will cut in half access to places like IHOP, Cracker Barrel, and several east-side Richmond hotels. The closures will allow crews to resurface the bridge and put in new approaches.
(Richmond, IN)--Trial has been pushed back for one Richmond teen accused of murdering another. 18-year-old Austin Neathery was to have gone on trial on September 10 for the May murder of Tremell Carpenter, but that trial has now been pushed back to February of next year. Continuances and delays for murder trials, like this one, are routine. Neathery continues to be held without bond at a jail in Kokomo.
(Richmond, IN)--Aretha Franklin's death on Thursday prompted memories of her visit to Richmond by some of the 6200 people who attended her concert at the Tiernan Center back in 1999. Ginger Gray helped to organize that concert. She said that Aretha Franklin had a lengthy rider on her concert contract that caused local organizers to turn the boys locker room at the Tiernan Center into a first-class dressing room, complete with furniture brought in by Bullerdick Furniture. Franklin’s appearance in Richmond was part of the Legends Concert Series.
(Richmond, IN)--Elder-Beerman’s 45-year run in Richmond is now set to come to an end a week from Saturday. August 25th is now the tentative closing date for the downtown Richmond store. Much of store’s merchandise has been cleared out in the last month as discounts have increased. What’s left is generally about 75% off. The deadline to bid on the building has now been set for September 18. An auction for the local and other Bon Ton buildings nationally will be held two days later in Chicago. A local group comprised of business leaders and elected officials has been working to put a bid on the building.
(Henry County and Richmond, IN)--Details have now been released about an incident that has left two Wayne County men facing serious charges. On Tuesday morning, a homeowner was found tied up and left on the side of U.S. 36 in Henry County. That victim told police that three men entered his home, beat him, tied him up, and stole items from his home. The investigation led police to Richmond, where they found 26-year-old Tyler Moran of Richmond and 22-year-old Logan Rogers of Dublin. A third suspect is still being sought. Investigators do not believe it was a random incident.
(Richmond, IN)--On Tuesday, Kicks 96 and 101.7 The Point reported that a letter had been written expressing the displeasure of several owners of Depot District businesses over the city’s new bike paths on 7th and 10th Streets. Those owners cited, among other things, the loss of parking. Now, business owners are being rallied to a council meeting this coming Monday night to discuss the impact. Statements are being prepared by Roger Richert from the Richmond Furniture Outlet, Steve Terzini from Little Sheba’s, and Matt Stegall from Stegall-Berheide-Orr Funeral Home.
(Whitewater Valley)--It’s hard to believe because it’s coming from more than 6000 miles away, but dust from the Sahara Desert will move into the Whitewater Valley on Wednesday. That’s according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Their maps show the dust from strong Sahara storms entering the atmosphere over us on Wednesday. NOAA says it could create hazy skies, although rain that’s in the forecast will knock the dust down and minimize its effects.
(Richmond, IN)--Here’s a helpful hint. When you have an active warrant for your arrest, it’s probably best not to show up at the Wayne County Jail to visit another inmate. That’s exactly what happened Tuesday night. When 39-year-old Kimberly Wybiral signed in to visit an inmate, jail staff realized that she had a warrant. Wybiral was then herself jailed on charges that include possession of marijuana and a syringe.
(Richmond, IN)--The status of Richmond’s Square Donuts location on North West 5th was up in the air Tuesday morning. The store was closed throughout the morning with no signs on the door other than a standard "closed" sign. There is no word on whether or not the closure is permanent. Calls to the store on Tuesday went unanswered. Messages to the store's owner went unreturned. The Square Donuts’ Facebook page has also been taken down. Social media posts by people identifying themselves as employees on Monday night indicated that they had received calls earlier in the day on Monday telling them that the store had closed indefinitely. The store’s east-side location closed just a couple of weeks ago.
(Richmond, IN)--Business owners in Richmond’s Depot District are voicing their displeasure over the city’s new bike paths, which are currently under construction. Those bike paths are meant to connect the Depot District to Downtown Richmond with paths on 7th and 10th Streets. But Depot District Business owners say those new paths are taking away too many parking spaces. A letter says , quote, the loop project may be a good one, but we don’t believe it’s good enough to warrant removing half of the already scarce parking spaces. Unquote. The letter goes on to say that they’re concerned that many decisions were made without input from businesses that will be affected for years to come.
(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man was jailed late Monday afternoon after allegedly dropping his pants at a busy intersection. 52-year-old Charles Gellinger was first asked to leave the area of the southside Dairy Queen at around 5:30 p.m. From there, he went to the intersection of South 9th and E and, according to scanner traffic, dropped his pants and exposed himself. Gellinger was later found to have a blood alcohol content of twice the legal limit. He was charged with indecent exposure.
(Wayne County, IN)--Wayne County is on pace to see a reduction in the number of drug overdose deaths this year. Last year, there were 91 confirmed deaths that resulted from drug overdoses. Through the first half of this year, there have been 18 cases confirmed cases with 21 more possible cases waiting on final toxicology. Even if all of those turn out positive, Wayne County is still on pace to have a 17% reduction in the number of overdose deaths. Richmond will take part in an International Overdose Awareness Day at the end of this month.
(Richmond, IN)--Downtown Richmond businesses are bracing for another closure of Main Street that begins Monday. INDOT says that Main Street will close east of Eighth Street today to allow Gradex to remove and reconstruct an area that recently underwent water line replacement. INDOT said the closure will last for at least the next two weeks and could stretch until the end of the month.
(Richmond, IN)--A wanted first-degree robber from Kentucky and his brother were caught and arrested in Richmond early Monday morning. A police canine alerted on a car in the first block of South 12th. Methamphetamine and syringes were located. The occupants, Lafah and Davon Dixon, originally gave police a false names and birthdates. Further investigation revealed their true identity. Lafah Dixon is now being held without bond until Kentucky officials can come to Richmond to pick him up.
(Richmond, IN)--Plans advanced Thursday night for a new hotel on Richmond’s east side. The Fairfield Inn by Marriott was approved for variances at a site just east of the RecPlex and south of Berry Plastics off Commerce Drive. The new hotel will be slightly bigger than the one that currently exist on U.S. 40 just across the state line. The building will be four stories tall and have 89 rooms. Plans call for the old Fairfield Inn to be marketed to a different company. There’s no word yet on a projected opening date for the new hotel.
(Winchester, IN)--County council members got a dire report on the Randolph County Courthouse this week. An engineer that examined the courthouse’s heating system said that the current system is not capable of heating the building and that repairs and upgrades could cost up to $1.75 million. Air is escaping through the walls and ceiling. Last winter, which was relatively mild, the county spent extensive dollars to heat the building. A specific repair plan is still pending.
(Winchester, IN)--Not only is Casey’s General Store planning to open in Richmond, now they’re planning a Winchester store as well. The new Casey’s will be located on U.S. 27 very close to the Randolph Inn and Suites and is expected to employ about two dozen people. The Casey’s General Store in Centerville was the source of a hepatitis A scare last month. Casey’s is already operating in Union City, Greenville, and Ansonia. The new store in Winchester is expected to open in a little less than a year.