LOCAL NEWS

HUMAN REMAINS FOUND IN HUESTON WOODS

(Preble County, OH)--Human remains have been found at Hueston Woods State Park and investigators say they may already know who it is.  Search teams looked Wednesday and located the remains in an unspecified area of Hueston Woods.  Michael McKenney went missing in May of 2020.  His vehicle, cell phone, and other personal belongings were located in Hueston Woods not long after his family reported him missing.  The Preble County Coroner’s Office has taken possession of the remains and is continuing the investigation.  There’s no word yet on the cause of death.


CHEER COACH FIRED FOR SHARING NUDE IMAGE WITH CHEERLEADERS

(Randolph County, IN)--The varsity cheer coach at Monroe Central High School was fired Wednesday after the school district learned she had been accused sharing a photo of a nude adult male with at least three of the cheerleaders.  28-year-old Hanna Gilmer was booked into the Randolph County Jail on three counts of dissemination of material harmful to minors.  Wednesday afternoon, Monroe Central publically announced Gilmer’s firing.  She bonded out of jail Wednesday night.


PURCELL REMAINS WITH RFD; CITY MUM ON REASON FOR DEMOTION

(Richmond, IN)--There’s still no word from the city on why former Richmond Fire Chief Jerry Purcell no longer holds that position.  Purcell said Wednesday that he is still a member of the department, will help in the transition, and will have a press release next week.  On Tuesday night, Richmond Mayor Dave Snow announced abruptly that Purcell is being replaced as chief, but gave no explanation.  A couple of weeks ago, Purcell had posted images on his personal social media page of Uptown Richmond construction.  Purcell expressed sympathy for small business owners who were losing money due to the construction and said that he was "embarrassed for our community and disappointed in the seeming lack of concern by community leaders.


PURCELL WILL "NO LONGER SERVE AS FIRE CHIEF"

(Richmond, IN)--Richmond Fire Chief Jerry Purcell no longer carries that title.  Late in the day Tuesday, Richmond Mayor Dave Snow issued a statement saying that Purcell will no longer serve as Chief.  Snow, though, did not say why and made no mention of it during Monday night’s council meeting.  Snow did say that Purcell, "gave his time and talent to grow the department in leaps and bounds."  Tim Brown will be serving as Interim Chief.


IRWIN CONVICTED OF MULTIPLE DRUG-DEALING CHARGES

(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond drug dealer has been found guilty of a host of charges.  Alex Irwin has been convicted of dealing cocaine, dealing meth, and dealing other narcotic drugs.  Irwin has also admitted to being a habitual offender, which will likely add significant prison time when he is sentenced next month.  Irwin still faces charges in an unrelated case in which he allegedly broke into a basement and shot the property owner in the knee when that person went to investigate.


THIEF STEALS CHARITY CUP FROM RICHMOND LIQUOR STORE

(Richmond, IN)--Someone stole the Santa’s Secret Angel change bucket at Hornak’s Liquor in Richmond.  The man walked in and asked the employee to get a specific brand of liquor.  When the employee’s attention was diverted, the man tucked the donation bucket under his jacket and walked out.  Investigators likely have the man’s name based on the very distintive Toronto Bluejays windbreaker he wears, but no arrests have been made.


TEEN ARRESTED AFTER KINSEY STREET SHOOTING

(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond teen was in custody Tuesday morning after shots were fired at a home in the 200 block of Kinsey Street Monday night.  18-year-old Nicholas Combs has been charged with Criminal Recklessness with a Deadly Weapon.  The shooting happened at around 7 o’clock.  Two hours later, a victim walked into Reid Health with a gunshot wound to the hand.  Investigators searched an attic for a weapon.  Other details of the shooting have not been released, and there’s no word on the condition of the victim.


MIDTOWN PHARMACY LEAVES UPTOWN RICHMOND

(Richmond, IN)--A small business in Uptown Richmond has left.  Midtown Pharmacy, which had operated for decades at 11 South 9th Street, has left Richmond and merged with its Cambridge City location.  It’s now located at 100 West Main in Cambridge City.  Staffing shortages have affected numerous pharmacies in the Whitewater Valley.  Many have reduced hours due to being short-staffed.  Since 2009 nationally, the number of pharmacies has increased by 16%, but the number of prescriptions has increased by 64%.


ONE PERSON FOUND DEAD AFTER CRASH NEAR ABINGTON

(Wayne County, IN)--One person was found dead as the result of a vehicle crash in Wayne County Monday morning.  When daylight arrived Monday morning, first responders were sent to Centerville Road near Smoker Road a couple of miles north of Abington.  Scanner traffic indicated that the accident could have happened hours earlier.  A nearby resident had reported hearing something at around midnight.  The victim’s name and conditions that may have led to the fatal crash have not been released.  The Wayne County Sheriff’s Department is handling the investigation.


RICHMOND REMAINS A FINALIST FOR TWO LARGE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

(Richmond, IN)--The Economic Development Corporation’s Board of Directors meets Monday afternoon.  When it does, it will consider and likely approve a $50,000 grant application for Taconic Biosciences.  It’s part of a $5.6 million investment that is projected to create 20 new jobs and a half a million dollars in annual payroll.  Meanwhile, Richmond continues to be a finalist for two new projects.  The EDC is working on real estate purchase agreements and land surveys for both projects.  Neither company has been identified.  Combined, those two projects represent $136 million in new investment and 156 new jobs.


SEARA BURTON'S JERSEY DEDICATED AT NORTHEASTERN GAME

(Fountain City, IN)--There was a special ceremony during Friday night’s Northeastern girls  basketball game that honored RPD Officer Seara Burton.  The team presented a shadowbox with Burton’s previously worn #22 jersey.  Richmond and Wayne County has continued to show support for Burton since she died in September.  Last month, Burton’s name was permanently added to a Richmond police and fire monument.


LEWISBURG POLICE LOOK TO IDENTIFY, ARREST BANK ROBBER

(Lewisburg, OH)--Police in Lewisburg are working to identify and arrest a bank robber.  A man entered the LCNB branch on South Commerce Street at just before noon on Saturday and handed the teller a note demanding money.  No weapon was ever displayed.  The suspect is a white male who appears to be in his 30’s with a mustache, goatee, and glasses.   No one was hurt.


FAMILY WITH SIX CHILDREN LOSE ALL IN HOUSE FIRE

(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond family lost everything in a house fire Thursday.  It broke out at a home on South 23rd just south of L Street.  Flames were showing when firefighters arrived.  The residents were able to make it out of the house, but lost all their possessions.  Those residents included six childen that range in age from an infant to ten years old.  One resident said that a space heater had been plugged in but was unsure if that was the cause.  There are requests on social media asking for help with clothing for the family.


FAYETTE COUNTY DOUBLE SHOOTING RULED SUICIDE

(Fayette County, IN)--The double shooting in Fayette County Kicks 96 and 101.7 The Point News reported Thursday morning was described later in the day Thursday as a suicide involving a father and a son.  Investigators said they were sent to a home on County Road 650 South late Wednesday night.  There, they found 58-year-old Robert Roszell with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.  His son, 35-year-old Robert Roszell III, was found dead nearby with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  The elder Roszell was flown to a Level One trauma center.  There was no word on his condition Friday morning.


RICHMOND AMBULANCE INVOLVED IN CRASH

(Richmond, IN)--An ambulance on an emergency run was involved in a Richmond crash Thursday afternoon.  It happened at the intersection of South 9th and A.  Here’s Battalion Chief Eric Holmes.  "They had just gotten dispatched.  They turned their lights and sirens on.   They went to pass her on the left side and she turned into them."  There were no injuries and damage was minimal.  There was another accident in Richmond Thursday that resulted in one person being flown to a Level One trauma center.  A scooter rider collided with a vehicle on Progress Drive near Holland Colors.  There’s no word on that person’s identity or condition.


RICHMOND SEES SUBSTANTIAL DROP IN VIOLENT CRIME

(Richmond, IN)--Last week, Kicks 96 and 101.7 The Point reported that Richmond Police Chief Mike Britt is indicating that crime is generally down in the city this year.  Here’s a look at some more numbers.  So far this year, there have been only two criminal homicides.  Last year, there were four, and the year before that there were nine.  The number of rapes has been cut by more than half, from 26 last year to ten this year.  Britt has largely credited a system put into place by his predecessor, Jim Branum, for the drop in the number of high-level felonies.


TWO INJURED BY GUNSHOTS IN FAYETTE COUNTY

(Fayette County, IN)--Two people suffered gunshot injuries overnight in Fayette County.  Very little information has been released so far, but, according to scanner traffic, officers and medics were sent to a southern Fayette County location where they found two injured people at around 11:30 Wednesday night.  A medical helicopter landed in the Nulltown area at midnight.  There’s no word on the identity of the victims, their current conditions, or whether or not any arrests have been made.


CORONER AWAITS DNA TO IDENTIFY FIRE VICTIM

(Richmond, IN)--Wayne County Coroner Kevin Fouche has submitted DNA evidence to a state police lab to help confirm the identity of someone who died in a Richmond fire 12 days ago.  The body of a female victim was pulled from the rubble of a fire that broke out on November 19 at a warehouse in the 600 block of South J.  The DNA evidence is being compared to relatives of who Fouche believes the victim to be, and that will take a couple of more weeks.  Two other people were rescued from that fire.


INDOT LAUNCHES WEBSITE FOCUSING ON RICHMOND CONSTRUCTION

(Richmond, IN)--The Indiana Department of Transportation has launched a new section of its website that’s specifically geared toward allowing Richmond residents to keep track of road construction projects across the city.  It’s called Renew Richmond.  A huge project shows up on that section of the website this morning.  Beginning next year, the bridge that carries U.S. 27 traffic over the railroad tracks in the Depot District in Richmond will close and be rebuilt.  That bridge is expected to be closed for two years.  It also says that construction on Ninth Street between South O and North B will continue through the middle of next year.


PEOPLE ENTERING WORKFORCE MAKE UP RICHMOND'S LARGEST POPULATION SEGMENT

(Richmond, IN)--Kicks 96 and 101.7 The Point News is continuing its look at demographics in Richmond that are contained in new census results, and today we’re focusing on age.  Local economic leaders have been focused on keeping residents who are just entering the workforce from leaving the community to work elsewhere, and that effort is backed up by new numbers.  Richmond’s single-largest age bracket is now people aged 20-24.  The second largest age bracket is made up of people just about to retire – age 60-64.  One of the smallest segments is people who should be in the middle of their careers – age 40-44.  Richmond now has just over 35,000 residents.  Its high-water mark came in 1960, when 9000 more people lived in Richmond.