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TEEN CLAIMS GUN WAS BEING UNLOADED DURING FATAL SHOOTING

(Richmond, IN)--Two Richmond 17-year-olds were involved in a shooting Monday.  One is dead.  The other has been charged with reckless homicide.  It happened in an apartment in the 2100 block of Grand Boulevard.  Tyler Winfrey was located with a gunshot wound and was later pronounced dead.  The suspect was located about two blocks away and was taken into custody.  The suspect was not booked into the Wayne County Jail because of his age has not yet been charged as an adult.  Scanner traffic outlines what could have led to the fatal shooting  According to scanner traffic, the 17-year-old shooter called 911 and said that he took the magazine out of a gun but it went off, accidentally striking Winfrey.  The shooter then left the scene with the weapon and went to another home a couple of blocks away and waited for police to arrive.  The teen was charged with reckless homicide  The investigation is continuing.


FORMER OHP TROOPER ACCUSED BY THIRD WOMAN

(Eaton, OH)--A third person has now come forward and accused former Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper Christopher Ward of sexual assault.  Ward is a Preble County resident.  His newest accused claims she was groped during a traffic stop.  Ward’s personnel files reveal more issues.  Ten years ago, Preble County Prosecutor Martin Votel said he would not prosecute Ward’s felony arrests because Ward was unprepared.  Five years ago, he tried to get the operator of a stolen car to sign transfer title to him.  Investigators say there could be more victims.


MAN CAUGHT WITH METH ON NORTH E IN RICHMOND

(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond man was back in the Wayne County Jail Tuesday morning.  35-year-old Charles Cross is no stranger to the local jail – he has 26 criminal counts in his history.  On Tuesday morning, officers allegedly found Cross with methamphetamine and controlled substances in the 1800 block of North E.  Quantities have not been released.  Cross’s criminal history includes counterfeiting and forgery.


SWAT RESPONDS TO REPORT OF ARMED, INCORRIGIBLE JUVENILE

(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond city street was shut down Sunday on the report of an incorrigible juvenile who may have had a gun.  Scanner traffic indicated police, including the SWAT Team, shut down a portion of North 12th Street between A and C Streets.  At one point, there was an unconfirmed report of a juvenile female being held inside.  The situation was resolved in about an hour with no injuries being reported.


WOMAN FOUND WITH METH, TWO TEENS

(Richmond, IN)--Script:  A Richmond woman was jailed Sunday after allegedly having methamphetamine with two Eaton teenagers in her home in the 600 block of West Main in Richmond.  39-year-old Candice Coleman is charged with meth possession and maintaining a common nuisance.  18-year-olds Andrew Sharp and Quinlyn Sittloh of Eaton were both jailed for minor consuming.  All three were charged with resisting arrest.  The amount of meth recovered has not been released.


BUSINESS OWNERS RECEIVE LETTERS THREATENING FINES OVER SIGNS

(Richmond, IN)--City leaders in Richmond have not returned calls about a series of warning letters that went out to some business owners.  Multiple business owners with digital signs received letters last week threatening fines of up to $2500 per day.  The letter alleges the signs are in violation of the Richmond City Zoning Code.  Owners have been given until March 2 to resolve the issues.


TWO JAILED FRIDAY MORNING ON DRUG CHARGES

(Richmond, IN)--A wanted woman and another man were jailed on a host of drug charges after their arrest in Richmond Friday morning.  33-year-old Dustin Kelly and 32-year-old Tiffany Wells were taken into custody at 2 o’clock Friday morning.  An undisclosed amount of methamphetamine was recovered.  Officers also found marijuana and syringes.  Wells is also accused of assisting a criminal and resisting law enforcement.


WAYNE COUNTY CHILD ABUSE CASES DROP 29% IN 2018

(Wayne County, IN)--The Indiana Department of Child Services has just released new figures for the number of substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect.  And, for Wayne County, there’s good news.  Last year, Wayne County had a total of 324 substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect.  That’s a large number, but is significantly less than a year before.  It’s 29% less than 2017, when there were 417 Wayne County cases.  Officials say that the vast majority of child neglect cases involve drug usage by at least one of the two parents.


NEW DONUT SHOP TO OPEN IN SQUARE DONUTS LOCATION

(Richmond, IN)--The old home of Square Donuts in Richmond is getting a new occupant.  Renovation is currently underway on North West Fifth Street in advance of the opening of Bismark Donuts.  Bismark is owned by the same people who own and operate the Daylight Donuts franchise in Eaton.  The Richmond product will be similar to the Eaton product, but the Richmond store will offer more specialty donuts.  An opening date has not yet been set.


EARLHAM NAMES NEW PRESIDENT

(Richmond, IN)--Earlham College has picked its next president.  Anne Houtman will become the 20th Earlham president in the school’s history and its female leader.  Houtman is current serving as a provost and vice president at Rose Hulman and had previously served in several positions at California State.  She was picked after an extensive national search.  Houtman will take office on the first of July.


QUARTER POUND OF METH RECOVERED IN CONNERSVILLE BUST

(Connersville, IN)--A quarter pound of methamphetamine with a street value of $10,000 has been recovered in Connersville.  Members of the Connersville SWAT Team and other agencies executed a search warrant following a lengthy investigation by the Drug Task Force.  Three people were arrested and charged with dealing meth and other charges.  Those three are Adam Frye, Christopher Lainhart, and David Wolfe.


DENNIS FIRST RESPONDERS HONORED AT INDIANA STATEHOUSE

(Indianapolis, IN)--First responders, including eight RPD officers, were honored Tuesday at the Indiana Statehouse for their response to the Dennis Intermediate School shooting incident that happened in December.  The officers were awarded a police star as part of a joint resolution of the Indiana House and Senate.  Wayne County Sheriff’s deputies, Richmond Mayor Dave Snow and RCS Superintendent Todd Terrill were also on hand.  The resolution recognized the training by RCS and law enforcement to prepare for such an event and prevent a much larger loss of life.


FIRE DESTROYS BARN NEAR RICHMOND AIRPORT

(Richmond, IN)--Fire destroyed a large barn near the Richmond Municipal Airport Wednesday morning.  It broke out at just before 4 Wednesday morning at Gerber Land and Cattle, which is just across from the airport’s entrance.  Crews from Boston, Richmond, Abington, Centerville, and Preble County all responded.  High winds made fighting the fire more difficult.  The fire was allowed to burn itself out and did not spread to other structures.  No human injuries were reported.


DOCUMENTS REVEAL NAMES OF EL REPARO OWNERS FACING CHARGES

(Lawrenceburg, IN)--El Reparo restaurants in Liberty and Brookville remain open despite on ongoing federal investigation.  This week, we’ve told you that owners of several Mexican restaurants are facing multiple criminal charges.  In documents obtained Tuesday, the specific owners have been named.  The list of owners includes Jose Leon at the Liberty El Reparo.  The charges have been filed in Dearborn County Circuit Court and include money laundering, corrupt business influence, perjury, theft, and tax evasion.


SMALL JET SLID OFF RUNWAY, THROUGH FIELD, AND ACROSS 227

State police and RPD are now on the scene after a small jet slid off the runway, through a field, and across 227 at Richmond Municipal Airport. No injuries.


RESTAURANT OWNERS CHARGED WITH MONEY LAUNDERING, MULTIPLE FEDERAL CRIMES

(Liberty, IN)--Restaurant owners in Liberty and Brookville are facing serious federal charges as the result of a two-year investigation.  The partial owners of El Reparo Mexican Restaurant are accused of federal money laundering, corrupt business influence, and multiple other tax-related crimes.  The owners allegedly failed to report income and underpaid taxes by half a million dollars.  They also allegedly used false social security numbers for 15 illegal immigrants working at El Reparo.  A state police excise officer called it an “ongoing pattern of criminal activity.”


COUPLE FINDS BURGLAR SLEEPING IN THEIR BED

(Richmond, IN)--An elderly Richmond couple returned home this weekend to find an unwelcomed surprise…a stranger sleeping in their bed.  They immediately went back out and called police.  When officers arrived, they discovered that not only had Danny Angel allegedly broken into the home, he had taken a shower, put on the elderly resident’s boxer shorts, climbed into their bed, and went to sleep.  Angel was charged with felony residential entry.  He has been released from jail.


20-YEAR-OLD ARRESTED FOR METH DEALING

(Richmond, IN)--Two alleged Richmond methamphetamine dealers were jailed Sundaday just a half an hour apart in unrelated cases.  20-year-old Kreigh Hitchell was charged with multiple felonies, including dealing meth and neglect of a dependent.  Hitchell is already a convicted robber.  Shortly Hitchell’s arrest, 36-year-old Daniel Burton was jailed.  Burton is also charged with dealing meth.  Quantities of drugs recovered in each arrest have not been released.


ATTORNEY GENERAL SAYS THERE MAY BE MORE VICTIMS OF TROOPER

(Eaton, OH)--Last week, we told you that Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper Christopher Ward, who lives in Preble County, had been charged with two counts of gross sexual imposition after allegedly groping a female teenage driver who he had pulled over and then having sexual contact with another juvenile victim two years later.  Now, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is asking for the help of the public.  Yost said his office has reason to believe there are other victims who have not come forward.  Ward remains behind bars and on unpaid leave.


ANNUAL COUNT FINDS 26 HOMELESS PEOPLE IN RICHMOND

(Richmond, IN)--A couple of weeks ago, volunteers participated in the annual Point in Time count to find homeless people.  The count is done on a national basis and included Wayne County.  It was done on the night of January 23.  The results have just been released.  In Wayne County, 26 homeless people were found in various locations.  Those 26 were people who were actually living either outside, in cars, or in abandoned buildings.  It does not count people who are staying in shelters like the Hope House or those who are "couch surfing" - staying with different friends and family members.  In Connersville, 14 people were found.  That included three infants and two children under the age of five.


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