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WOMAN ESCAPES SERIOUS INJURY IN WRONG-WAY I-70 CRASH

(Richmond, IN)--Richmond woman escaped with non-life-threatening injuries after driving the wrong way on I-70 and crashing Wednesday afternoon.  23-year-old Cassidy King was headed east on 70 near the Reservoir Road overpass when she pulled to the shoulder.  King then made a U-turn and began driving westbound in the eastbound lanes.  She collided with a semi driven by a Middletown man.  King was taken to Reid Health.  The trucker was not hurt.  An investigation is continuing to figure out why King made the U-turn.


CONNERSVILLE WOMAN CHARGED WITH MURDER, ARSON

(Connersville, IN)--An elderly Connersville man died in a house fire in June, and now a woman who was living with him has been charged with murder and arson.  80-year-old Gerald Strait was found dead in his burned home on Richmond Avenue.  A coroner later ruled that it was a homicide.  An affidavit reveals a gas can was found in a nearby yard and that the fire had started in the bedroom where Strait was found.  Police originally questioned 41-year-old Frankie Nichols.  Now that the investigation is complete, Nichols has been charged with murder and arson.  She was already being held in the Fayette County Jail on a different charge.


SCHOOLS REJECT CONSOLIDATION

(Wayne County, IN)--After public meetings in the last week, it appears there will be no consolidation of Wayne County schools – at least in the near future.  The schools themselves were never going to consolidate, but there had been talk of joining at the administrative level as a way to cut cost and obtain other benefits.  Nettle Creek bowed out last month due to unanswered questions.  Several members of the Northeastern and Western Wayne communities had also expressed apprehension, although those two schools will continue with informal collaborations.


KMART PHARMACY TO CLOSE IN ONE WEEK; PRESCRIPTIONS TRANSFERRED TO WALGREENS

(Richmond, IN)--The K-Mart pharmacy in Richmond will close on Wednesday, September 25.  When it does, prescription files at K-Mart will automatically transfer to Walgreens across town on National Road East.  That’s according to a statement sent to Kicks 96 and 101.7 The Point Tuesday by a Walgreens spokesperson.  In K-Mart closures in other cities, Walgreens had purchased the pharmacy list.  The statement did not say if Walgreens is paying for the local medical information or, if so, how much.  It did indicate that prescription files will "automatically transfer and that patients will receive a letter in the mail with more details."


RPD SUPERVISOR: SOUTH A STOPLIGHTS WILL REMAIN UNTIMED

(Richmond, IN)--Traffic lights remain unsynched on South A Street in Richmond, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to change.  An RPD supervisor spoke with INDOT about the issue recently.  INDOT indicated that new lights in the areas of construction are on sensors that monitor traffic flow and are no longer on manual timing.  INDOT added that the lights will not be like they were prior to construction, when vehicles were able to go east on South A without stopping because lights were properly timed.  Today, traveling the length of South A means you’ll likely have to stop multiple times.


WOMAN JAILED AFTER FLEEING DUI CRASH

(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond woman was jailed Tuesday after allegedly driving at more than three times the legal limit, hitting a family in another vehicle, and then fleeing the scene.  The crash happened Tuesday afternoon near South 10th and A.  At least one person went to Reid Health to be treated for minor injuries.  Shortly after that, another witness reported seeing a van with parts falling off of it going through the intersection of North 12th and E so fast that it became airborne.  Police arrested 35-year-old Leandra Street.  Street allegedly blew a .286, according to scanner traffic.


CITY WON'T PURSUE ALLOWING OFF-ROAD VEHICLES ON CITY STREETS

(Richmond, IN)--Wayne County may have recently decided to allow ATV’s on county roads, but the city of Richmond will not.  Richmond Common Council addressed the issue Monday night.  Misty Hollis spoke on behalf of the Public Safety Committee about the idea of allowing golf carts, snowmobiles, and other non-traditional vehicles on city streets.  "We talked about benefits.  We talked about concerns.  And, really, the concerns outweigh the benefits for the city of Richmond," Hollis said.  One problem, she said, is that there are numerous state highways that cut through the city.  "Any ordinances we pass wouldn't relate to what state law would be, so it would be a little more complicated."  Other council members, like Doug Goss, were concerned about safety.  "With so much traffic in town, it would be hard to overlook the safety issue," Goss said.  The issue appears to be dead – at least for now.


THREE ARRESTED IN LINCOLN STREET METH BUST

(Richmond, IN)--An alleged methamphetamine dealer was caught Monday, and two females were charged with trafficking with an inmate in the same incident.  Police were called to the 400 block of Lincoln Street Monday morning.  38-year-old Timothy Wilson was charged with dealing meth.  49-year-old Kimberly Bobbitt and 28-year-old Elizabeth Townsend allegedly still had meth in their possession as they were being booked into jail.  Quantities have not been released.


COMMEMORATIVE MARKER TO BE PLACED AT OLD REID SITE

(Richmond, IN)--The city of Richmond is planning to put a commemorative marker at the site of the old Reid Hospital.  According to the city, the event will allow the community to come together to share memories and to begin envisioning the site’s future.  It’s been set for October 10.  Shuttle busses will transport people from Elstro Plaza to old Reid because there will be no on-site parking.


DR. OZ SHOW TO AIR SEGMENT ON DENNIS SCHOOL SHOOTING

(Richmond, IN)--Richmond residents have flooded the Dr. Oz Show Facebook page in the last 24 hours with requests to not air the show that is scheduled for this Thursday.  A segment of the show that day will feature Mary York, who is the mother of the boy who shot his way inside Dennis Intermediate School last December and took his own life when he was cornered by police in a stairwell.  The focus of the show appeared to be on suicide and/or bullying rather than school shootings.  Local residents, including Dennis parents and teachers, say that the true victims were the people inside Dennis that day.  The incident is not the primary focus of the Thursday episode.  It will likely run in the last few segments of the show that day.


RPD ASKS FOR HELP IN IDENTIFYING SUSPECTS

(Richmond, IN)--The Richmond Police Department is continuing to ask for the help of the public in identifying two people.  The images of two males have been captured on surveillance video, although RPD is not saying from where the images were taken.  There’s also no word on what the two are suspected of having done.  Call RPD if you can identify them.


SHOTS FIRED FROM MULTIPLE GUNS OUTSIDE FOUNTAIN CITY-AREA HOME

(Wayne County, IN)--Multiple shots were fired Thursday night outside a home on Bockhofer Road just northwest of Fountain City.  According to scanner traffic, one or more occupants of a light-colored sedan fired multiple shots in the driveway of a home in the 5000 block of Bockhofer Road and then fled the area.  Shell casings from multiple guns and a holster were located.  There were no reports of any injuries to anyone inside the home.  A suspicious car was checked out shortly after the incident in Williamsburg but was determined to have not been involved in the shooting.


MAN CHARGED WITH FIVE COUNTS OF POSSESSING CHILD PORN

(Laurel, IN)--A Franklin County man has been arrested on multiple child pornography charges.  The arrest of 22-year-old Kyle Monroe of Laurel comes as the result of an investigation by the state police’s Crimes Against Children Task Force after a tip to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.  Monroe has been charged with five counts of possession of child pornography.  Investigators have not said if any local children were depicted in the images.


EATON, TRI VILLAGE TOP AREAS SCHOOLS FOR LETTER GRADES

(Columbus, OH)--Lots of people in Indiana question of the validity of current standardized school testing and ratings, and it’s the same in Ohio.  Some state administrators are calling the report card system for each school too complicated and flawed.  But, for what they’re worth, letter grades for schools were issued yesterday.  In our area, Eaton and Tri Village schools received B’s.  National Trail, Tri County North, and Twin Valley all received C’s.  And Preble Shawnee was given a D.


I-70 CONSTRUCTION CREATES U.S. 40 TROUBLE

(Wayne County, IN)--More patrolling is expected on U.S. 40 as a result of construction on I-70.  Numerous residents have complained that construction on the interstate – especially westbound – has resulted in semis and other traffic diverting onto U.S. 40 in western Wayne County.  And, to make matters worse, portions of 40 have been recently chip-sealed and are heavily covered in gravel.  People who live in Cambridge City and Pershing complained Wednesday about speeding.  The construction on 70 will continue almost through the end of the year at various spots from the state line all the way into Hancock County.


MAN WANTED FOR SEXUAL BATTERY CAPTURED

(Richmond, IN)--A man who was wanted for both felony sexual battery and auto theft was located and captured Wednesday.  A warrant had been issued for 42-year-old Magdaleno Martinez.  Martinez was located in the 1300 block of Peacock Road in Richmond late Wednesday afternoon and taken to the Wayne County Jail.  He remained there Thursday morning.  Details of what Martinez is alleged to have done have not been released.


CHANGES COMING TO ELSTRO PLAZA AND LIBERTY

(Richmond and Liberty, IN)--If you’re in the downtown Richmond area, you may notice some additions to Jack Elstro Plaza.  On Wednesday, the city indicated that new Play in the Park equipment has arrived and is now being installed.  It consists mostly of concrete game tables and other activities like a Foosball table.  The equipment was funded through a state grant and with the help of numerous local organizations.  Changes are coming to the Liberty landscape.  Plans are progressing for a park that currently has no name on 18 acres near Pierce Street.  The park will have an amphitheater, a playground, a dog park, and tennis and pickleball courts.  Also, two buildings are now set to be taken down next month.  The old Woodruff’s building and what was the Frank Collier barbershop building will both be demolished.  Those buildings had been damaged by fire.


RICHMOND MAN CHARGED WITH VILLAGE PANTRY ARMED ROBBERY

(Richmond, IN)--A formal charge of armed robbery has now been filed against a 20-year-old Richmond man accused of holding up the Village Pantry in the 1200 block of South 9th last month.  Laquent Hogg allegedly robbed the store at gunpoint but was recognized by the clerk, who happened to be Hogg’s classmate.  He now faces a standard nine-year prison sentence.  A second suspect was involved in the robbery.  That suspect has not been identified or arrested.


WOMAN CHARGED WITH DUI IN FATALITY

(Winchester, IN)--On Tuesday, a criminal charge was filed in connection with a crash that killed a Fountain City man last month.  69-year-old Charles Miller died in the crash on U.S. 27 near Lynn.  Investigators say that 29-year-old Audriana Hardwick not only caused the crash by crossing the center line, but was driving drunk.  Hardwick now faces up to 12 years in prison.  Her criminal history includes driving while suspended and possession of marijuana.


ONE DAY AFTER RHS, CENTERVILLE HIGH SCHOOL DEALS WITH THREAT

(Centerville, IN)--On Monday, Richmond High School dealt with a threat.  On Tuesday, it’s Centerville High School.  According to a statement Monday night from Superintendent Phil Stevenson, one student told several others Monday that he was planning on bringing a gun to school.  Stevenson and Centerville police have indicated that they are confident that the student is not a threat and is now facing expulsion.  There will be an increased police presence at Centerville High School Tuesday.


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