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NATIONAL TRAIL HIGH SCHOOL CLOSES AFTER COVID POSITIVES

(Preble County, OH)--One area school has closed due to Covid-19.  National Trail Superintendent Bob Fischer announced Thursday night that National Trail High School would be closed through at least the end of next week.  Two new positives among students have brought the total number to six.  Here’s Bob Fischer Thursday night:  "These two additional students have contacted approximately 33 other students, bringing our total number to approximately 60 students who are now quarantined.  That represents about 20% of our student population."  The state’s dashboard indicates no cases among National Trail staff.


REWARD INCREASED TO $100,000 IN PFLUM CASE WITH KILLER GRAVELY ILL

(Connersville, IN)--The man who has admitted to killing Fayette County teen Denise Pflum back in 1986 is in intensive care and is not expected to recover from an illness.  With the fear that he will take some of the details of Denise’s killing to the grave, a reward for information leading to the discovery of her remains has now been increased to $100,000.  Private donations have helped to increase the reward.  Shawn McClung is set for trial next month, but that’s not likely to happen.


WAYNE COUNTY POSITIVITY DROPS BELOW 3%

(Wayne County, IN)--Wayne County is moving in the right direction with Covid-19 positivity.  Early this month, Wayne County’s positivity rate was around eight percent.  This week, that rate is down to less than three percent.  Wayne County has improved its weekly county status score and was just .5 Friday morning.  That’s the lowest possible rate other than zero and is shared by about half the counties in Indiana.  All other Whitewater Valley counties were a .5 Friday morning and in the blue except for Henry County, which is at 1.5 and is in the yellow.


WAYNE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT ISSUES TRICK-OR-TREAT SUGGESTIONS

(Richmond, IN)--The Wayne County Health Department addressed a question that lots of parents and kids have already been raising…what about Trick or Treat and Covid-19.  A release Thursday indicates that the Health Department is recommending to the city of Richmond that – if they allow traditional trick-or-treating – that everyone wear a mask and that candy be put into its own bag rather than having kids grab it out of a common bowl.  The city has not yet made an announcement about whether traditional trick-or-treating will occur or how it will happen if it does.


WAYNE COUNTY RESIDENTS CAN TAKE CLASS ON GIVING NARCAN

(Richmond, IN)--On Monday, there will be an online course for Wayne County residents who want to learn how to administer Narcan.  Narcan is the drug that immediately reverses the effects of overdose from heroin and other illegal drugs.  A link to the online course was posted Thursday on the Wayne County Health Department’s Facebook page.  At the end of the course, you’ll take a test.  Upon completion of that test, you’ll get two free doses of Narcan.


MULTIPLE JUVENILES FLOWN TO HOSPITALS AFTER OVERDOSES

(Connersville, IN)-Details have been released about multiple juvenile drug overdoses in Connersville earlier this week.  On Tuesday night, there was a report of an unconscious juvenile who had taken muscle relaxants that were supplied by another juvenile at a gathering.  Soon, there were reports of other juveniles who had overdosed on the same drug.  A total of five children were flown by helicopters to various Level One trauma centers.  The condition of all five was described as “critically stable.”  Investigators say they have the person responsible for supplying the drugs.


BURN BANS ISSUED ACROSS WHITEWATER VALLEY

(Whitewater Valley)--Firefighters from multiple agencies responded to a large field fire on Sugar Grove Road near Greens Fork Wednesday afternoon.  Officials said that it started as a controlled burn, got out of control, and spread into a wooded area.  Dry conditions have led to a burn ban in Union and Franklin County.  Gasper Township, which encompasses Lakengren and the surrounding area, is also under a burn ban.  The town of Dublin is, too.  An updated drought map will be issuedThursday.


SPIDERMAN JOINS BATMAN IN RICHMOND

(Richmond, IN)--After creating quite the stir on Richmond’s east side earlier this week, Batman showed up Wednesday at Needler’s Market on National Road West.  And now, another superhero has arrived.  With Batman covering the west side, Spiderman showed up on top of the Three Rivers Credit Union building to keep an eye on things downtown.  The identities of both superheroes remains a mystery.


ATTORNEY: PFLUM'S ADMITTED KILLER OFFERED IMMUNITY FOR DETAILS

(Connersville, IN)--The man who admitted to killing Connersville’s Denise Pflum back in 1986 may have been granted immunity from prosecution for giving that admission.  56-year-old Shawn McClung is currently hospitalized with a serious illness.  The Connersville News Examiner is reporting that they have obtained a copy of a letter from McClung’s attorney which was signed in late June by a Fayette County prosecutor.  They report the letter promised immunity to McClung if he provided details about Denise Pflum’s murder.  Trial is now set for October 19, although McClung’s health leaves that date in question.


WAYNE COUNTY SURPASSES 8000 COVID-19 JOBLESS CLAIMS

(Wayne County, IN)--Wayne County has surpassed another Covid-19 milestone.  According to new numbers from the state, Wayne County has now surpassed 8000 jobless claims since the outbreak became evident in the jobs report in March.  Since then, 8009 jobless claims have been filed.  Over the same time period last year, instead of 8009 filings, there were 574.  In the last month, Wayne County has had just over a hundred filings each week.


DOCUMENT: FORMER RPD OFFICER USED POISONOUS MUSHROOMS IN MURDER

(Noblesville, IN)--More information has been released into a murder investigation that involves long-time Richmond police officer Terry Hopkins.  Hopkins spent 30 years with the department but is now charged with a central Indiana murder.  Court documents obtained Monday indicate that the victim’s death likely came from poisonous mushrooms that are usually undetectable after three days.  Hopkins is charged along with the victim’s wife.  Prosecutors say Hopkins’ DNA was found on the victim’s clothing.


DENISE PFLUM'S ADMITTED KILLER REPORTEDLY SERIOUSLY ILL

(Connersville, IN)--The man who recently admitted to killing Fayette County’s Denise Pflum way back in 1986 is now reportedly gravely ill.  56-year-old Shawn McClung admitted in July that he killed Pflum, who was a teenager at the time, decades ago.  It began one of our area’s more high-profile missing persons cases and unsolved mysteries.  A hearing is supposed to take place this coming Monday.  But, on Friday, McClung was taken from the Fayette County Jail to Reid Health.  By Monday, he had been transferred to a central Indiana hospital.


WAYNE COUNTY HAS LOWEST WEEKLY COVID NUMBERS SINCE MID JULY

(Wayne County, IN)--The number of new weekly cases of Covid-19 in Wayne County has dropped for the third consecutive week.  According to the Indiana Department of Health, Wayne County has had 42 new cases in the last week.  That’s the lowest number of new cases in a week since July 13.  It brings Wayne County’s total positive number to 742, which equates to one case for every 89 residents.  There were 21 patients in Reid Health’s containment area Tuesday morning.  That’s the lowest that number has been in a month.


NO INJURIES IN CENTERVILLE FIRE

No injuries were reported after a soybean field caught fire in Centerville.  Fire crews were called Sunday afternoon to the fire near Round Barn Road and College Corner.  Several homes in the area were evacuated as a precaution, but crews from five fire departments contained the fire to the field.  There was no word on what caused the fire, but the state fire marshal issued a warning about avoiding outdoor burning during the ongoing dry conditions.  


FORMER RPD OFFICER CHARGED WITH MURDER

A former Richmond Police officer is one of two people charged in connection with the death of a man in Hamilton County.  Terry Hopkins has been charged with murder for the April death of 50-year-old David Michael Fouts.  Fouts’ body was found in a ditch in Noblesville. Also charged in the case is Katrina Fouts, who lives in Pendleton.  Investigators have not said how David Fouts died, only that he did not die where his body was found.  They also have not yet released a possible motive for the killing.   


MARINE RETURNS HOME; WEEKEND EVENTS SET

(Richmond, IN)--Marine Louis Wiesehan Junior’s remains were returned to his hometown of Richmond Thursday night, 77 years after he was killed in World War II.  People lined U.S. 40 as a procession entered Wayne County escorted by Patriot Guard riders.  "Emotions are running very high right now," said Wiesehan’s great niece, Kim Gardner.  Flags hung from fire equipment in Cambridge City and Centerville.  Then, the procession entered Richmond to a hero’s welcome.  "In my heart, it feels good that you're finally able to bring somebody home," said Richard Wiesehan, Louis’ great nephew.  Louis Wiesehan’s remains were recently identified through DNA analysis.  At noon Friday, Wiesehan will be honored during a POW / MIA event at the Wayne County Veterans Memorial Park.  A visitation will take place from 4-6 Friday afternoon at Doan & Mills Funeral Home.  At noon Saturday, a procession will leave the funeral home for Goshen Cemetery.  Residents can line the Main Street Bridge and Main Street through downtown to 9th Street.  A military graveside service will take place Saturday afternoon at 1.  A wreath-laying ceremony is set for 2 Sunday afternoon.


RCS ANNOUNCES SUPERINTENDENT TIMELINE

(Richmond, IN)--Richmond Community Schools set a timeline Thursday to hire a new superintendent.  Todd Terrill left over the summer for Crown Point.  Now, October 23 has been set as an application deadline.  Interviews will be conducted by the school board in November, with a hiring expected to be announced in December.  The new superintendent won’t begin until July of next year.


EATON APPEARS ON NEW SCHOOL COVID-19 DASHBOARD

(Eaton, OH)--Ohio now has a new Covid-19 dashboard to allow parents and all residents to track cases in their local school districts.  The dashboard lists cases of the virus for students, teachers, and staff members.  In Preble County, Eaton Community Schools appears with one new case among a staff member and none for students.  Greenville schools has three new student cases and one new staff case.  Indiana will launch a similar dashboard soon.  Also Thursday, Preble County dropped from a red county to an orange county.


HAGERSTOWN WOMEN WHO FLED WITH KIDS LOCATED, JAILED

(Greenfield, IN)--The three Hagerstown women who fled with three children and were the subject of searches by local and federal agents have been located.  Heather, Abbey, and Nancy Frost were all booked into the Wayne County Jail Wednesday and then bonded out a few hours later.  All three were free Thursday morning.  According to a release from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, the three had been hiding out with the three children at a hotel in Greenfield.  Their discovery came after someone recognized them from a wanted photograph.  U.S. Marshals then executed a search warrant at the hotel.  A six-year-old boy was reunited with his father.  The other two children were temporarily placed in the custody of Child Services.  All three adults are charged with felony interference with custody.


POLICE ASK FOR HELP FINDING MISSING TEEN

(Centerville, IN)--The Centerville Police Department is asking for help in locating a girl who has been missing for a week.  Hollie Towns is a 16-year-old girl who was last seen a week ago Thursday morning in the 200 block of East Walnut Street.  Investigators say she climbed into a blue van with a paper temporary tag.  It was being driven by an unknown black male with an unknown white female is the passenger’s seat.  Hollie is thought to still be in the Richmond area.


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