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THREE OFFICERS BATTERED IN THREE SEPARATE INCIDENTS IN 24 HOURS

(Wayne County, IN)--Law enforcement officers in Wayne County were allegedly battered three times in three separate incidents between Thursday morning and Friday morning.  39-year-old Justin Anderson allegedly attacked an officer following his burglary arrest on Morton Avenue in Centerville on Thursday.  38-year-old Matthew Eversole is charged with battery on a public safety official.  He was taken into custody on South 5th.  Eversole is a convicted drug dealer with a lengthy criminal record.  And, eary Friday morning, 39-year-old Thomas Burden allegedly battered an officer in an alley near Uptown Richmond.  There’s no indication any of the officers were seriously injured.


LIGHT AT 8th AND MAIN TO GO INACTIVE; 227 TO CLOSE

(Richmond, IN)--There’s more road construction news.  INDOT said Thursday that the traffic signal at the intersection of South 8th and East Main in Richmond will be out of service for a month starting next week.  The light is not needed because East Main on both sides of the light is closed to traffic.  Also this week, signs have gone up along State Road 227 between Richmond and Boston to announce that road’s closure beginning June 3.  That’s the same day the G Street Bridge is scheduled to close for two months.


POLICE CANINE COMPETITION TO HONOR SEARA BURTON SATURDAY

(Richmond, IN)--Saturday will be a big day at the Wayne County Fairgrounds.  It’s the inaugural Seara’s Legacy K9 Trials.  It’s named for fallen RPD K9 Officer Seara Burton.  Police dogs from all across the region will be put to the test in various types of competitions including “Best Nose” and “Obstacle Course Champion.”  Admission to the event is free, although donations will be accepted to benefit RPD’s canine division.


PUBLIC INVITED TO HELP WELCOME VETERANS TRIBUTE

(Richmond, IN)--Area residents are being invited to line up along U.S. 40 from the state line and along North A Street Thursday as the American Veterans Traveling Tribute arrives in Richmond and travels to the Veterans Memorial Park for a Memorial Day weekend display.  Indiana Patriot Guard Riders and Richmond Police will escort the tribute beginning sometime around 4 o’clock Thursday afternoon.  Once it arrives at the Veterans Park in the gorge Thursday afternoon, a scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington will be set up.  Numerous events will take place at the park all weekend.


G STREET BRIDGE TO CLOSE SOON FOR TWO MONTHS

(Richmond, IN)--Soon, the Depot District overpass won’t be the only major bridge closure in Richmond.  Beginning a week from Monday, the G Street Bridge over the Whitewater Gorge will be closed for about two months.  The closure is to allow crews to repair the deck overlay and to patch concrete structures.  The current version of the G Street bridge was built 35 years ago.


CITY TO PURCHASE TWO UPTOWN RICHMOND PROPERTIES

(Richmond, IN)--When the Richmond Board of Public Works meets Thursday, it will likely approve the purchase of two Uptown Richmond properties by the city of Richmond.  The properties are at 720 and 724 East Main Street.  Richmond Neighborhood Properties is listed as the seller for a price of $62,500.  The two properties will then become part of what’s known as the PLACE program.  That stands for Placement Loans Accelerating Companies and Entrepreneurs.  It’s the same program that’s being used to renovate the former Readmore building uptown.


WAYNE COUNTY UNEMPLOYMENT DROPS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 2024

(Wayne County, IN)--For the first time this year, Wayne County’s unemployment rate has gone down rather than up.  New numbers from the state show that Wayne County unemployment has dropped from 4.6% last month to 3.8% now.  Other Indiana counties in the Whitewater Valley are seeing similar drops.  The drop is largely because 330 more people were employed in April as were in March.  But, there are still 650 fewer people working in Wayne County today than were at this time last year.


NEGOTIATIONS BREAK DOWN TO SEARCH PROPERTY FOR TEEN'S REMAINS

(Connersville, IN)--The parents of Connersville teen Denise Pflum have indicated that negotiations to search the property of Erika Johnson for Denise’s remains have broken down and ended.  Denise has not been seen since 1986.  Many believe Johnson’s family member was involved.  Pflum’s parents now say that their attorneys will be preparing a motion with supporting evidence in an effort to force a search of the property.  They add that three months were wasted by Johnson luring them into failed negotiations with unreasonable demands.  No date for the next hearing has been set.


REID LAUNCHES MOBILE APP

(Richmond, IN)--Reid Health has launched its own mobile app that’s been designed to make it easier for patients to take control of their healthcare.  It’s called MyReid and it allows patients to schedule appointments without making a phone call and get alerts about test results as soon as they’re available.  Patients can also manage medication needs, including getting prescription refills.  More information can be found on Reid’s website.


TWO DEAD AFTER SUSPECTED MURDER/SUICIDE

(Wayne County, IN)--Details of a murder/suicide on Farlow Road just south of Richmond were released Monday night.  Early Monday morning, deputies were asked to do a welfare check at a home there.  As deputies arrived, two gunshots were heard.  Two victims were found down.  Deputies attempted life-saving measures on both victims.  30-year-old Erika Painter of Centerville was pronounced dead at the scene.  38-year-old Dustin Creech was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.  The investigation into the shooting is continuing.


MAN JAILED AFTER ALLEGEDLY CHASING, BUMPING TEENS

(Hagerstown, IN)--A Hagerstown man is a behind bars after allegedly chasing teens in a vehicle from Greens Fork to Hagerstown overnight Monday night into Tuesday morning.  The teens had called 911 and indicated that a man was aggressively following them.  Then, 54-year-old Kelcey Hall allegedly struck the teens’ vehicle with his twice.  No one in the teen vehicle was hurt.  Hall was taken into custody in Hagerstown and charged with criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon.  There’s no word yet on why he was pursuing the teens.  Hall is due to go to trial in a different criminal recklessness case this October.


MOTORCYCLIST JAILED AFTER 100 MPH CHASE

(Richmond, IN)--Scanner traffic indicated speeds reached a hundred miles per hour during a motorcycle pursuit in Richmond Monday night.  It took place in the area of the fairgrounds with speeds of a hundred on Rich Road.  It came to an end near North West 5th and L Street.  21-year-old Isayah Wilks is now charged with felony resisting.  He was booked in at 7 o’clock Monday night and has already bonded out.


MISSING RICHMOND TEEN LOCATED

(Hendersonville, NC)--A Richmond teenage girl who had been missing for more than a week has been located.  Briley Bowling had last been seen 12 days ago and was thought to have voluntarily left with a 28-year-old man.  Investigators believe the man may have switched vehicles in Oxford and continued out of the region.  Over the weekend, Briley was found in Hendersonville, North Carolina.  Investigators and family members have not released details of how she was located, but she was found unharmed.


EXCESS WATER USAGE LEADS TO SUSPICIOUS DISCOVERY

(Richmond, IN)--There’s no word yet from Richmond police about what prompted investigators to surround a house on North 16th Street with crime scene tape over the weekend as part of what appeared to be a large-scale investigation.  There were initial indications through scanner traffic that a large amount of water had leaked through the house and collected in a basement.  Inside, what appeared to be blood was located on floors and splattered onto walls.  The area was cordoned off as an investigation began.  No other information has been released.


MOTORCYCLE RIDER DEAD AFTER COLLIDING WITH TRACTOR

(Fayette County, IN)--There was a fatal motorcycle crash in Fayette County over the weekend.  It happened at the intersection of County Roads 450 East and 275 North.  That’s a rural area just north of Springersville.  Investigators say 65-year-old Benjamin Graw of Connersville was riding a motorcycle that collided with a tractor.  Graw was pronounced dead at the scene.


STATE NUMBERS SHOW WAYNE CO. OD DEATHS REACH SIX-YEAR LOW

(Wayne County, IN)--Some new statistics have been released by the state involving opioid drug use and overdose deaths in Wayne County.  And, some of those statistics reflect positive trends.  Last year, according to the state, Wayne County had 33 confirmed drug overdose deaths.  That was the lowest number in at least the last six years.  Some other numbers…in the first quarter of this year, there were 240 opioid dispensions per 1000 Wayne County residents.  Fayette County had the highest ratio in the state with 338 per thousand residents.  And, last year in Wayne County, there were 205 emergency room visits for drug overdose.


TEEN KILLED IN DARKE COUNTY ATV CRASH

(Darke County, OH)--One person was killed and another was injured in an ATV crash in Darke County late Thursday night.  First responders were sent to an area of Goubeaux Road north of Greenville at around 11:30 Thursday night.  An ATV driven by 18-year-old Damien Bruns of Versailles was traveling in a field when Bruns lost control and rolled several times.  Bruns was Careflighted to Miami Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.  A passenger, 18-year-old Carly Graves, suffered non-life threatening injuries.  The crash remains under investigation.


BOARD OF WORKS TO DISCUSS ELDER-BEERMAN DEMOLITION

(Richmond, IN)--Richmond’s Board of Public Works will meet Thursday and will address demolition of the former Elder-Beerman building.  The contract that will likely be approved Thursday is not for the demolition itself; rather, it’s with a company called American Structurepoint to provide professional services to prepare and develop a structure demolition package.  Once the old building is demolished, the plan is to replace it with an apartment complex with as many as 150 units.  The skywalk to the parking garage will come down.  Richmond’s need for housing was highlighted recently during the debate about a planned neighborhood near South 37th.  That plan, which would have created 178 new homes, was rejected by Council.


ARREST MADE AFTER DRIVER FLEES FROM STRIKING PEDESTRIAN

(Eaton, OH)--An arrest has been made after a pedestrian was struck and the driver fled the scene in Eaton Wednesday.  A female was hit on North Barron Street.  She suffered what were described as multiple broken bones including her wrist, her ankle, and her nose.  The suspect fled in a light-colored SUV.  Eaton police issued photos of the vehicle.  The man was taken into custody later Wednesday in West Alexandria.  He’s Roy Dawson Junior.  Dawson faces charges that include felony hit-and-run and tampering with evidence.


MULTIPLE JUVENILES INJURED IN I-70 CRASH

(Wayne County, IN)--Multiple people were injured in a crash that involved as many as five vehicles on eastbound I-70 in Wayne County late Wednesday night.  Multiple first responding units were to an area near the Centerville exit at around 10:30 Wednesday night.  At least four juveniles complained of various types of non-life-threatening injuries.  One medical helicopter was summoned and another was placed on standby.  Eastbound I-70 was shut down for about a half an hour.  There was no word Thursday morning on the conditions of the victims or what led to the crash.