Arrest made in local woman’s 1986 disappearance

Fayette County Sheriff’s Department announced an arrest Thursday, July 9, in the 1986 disappearance of Denise Pflum from eastern Indiana. Pflum, then 18, disappeared from Connersville on March 28, 1986, but her case remained unsolved. On Thursday, Shawn M. McClung was charged with voluntary manslaughter, a Class B felony, after an investigation led by Sheriff Joey Laughlin and Detective Chad Blaes. The information and probable cause alleges that McClung previously claimed that Pflum was still alive, but has recently admitted that he killed her in March 1986, the sheriff’s department statement said. “No further comments will be made at this time, as the investigation is ongoing regarding the involvement of other parties,” the statement concluded.

Centerville schools offering counseling after teen’s death

Members of the Centerville-Abington Community Schools family are among those mourning the loss of a Centerville High School junior. Emma Grace Ulm, 16, who was a lifelong Richmond resident, died Tuesday, July 7. In a statement, officials said the school system was saddened to learn of Ulm’s passing, and sends its thoughts and prayers to her friends and family, which includes parents Keith and Dawn Ulm and sister Abby Ulm. “Emma was an outstanding student-athlete who always had a smile on her face and was willing to help others,” the schools’ statement said. “Emma was a true competitor on the court and dedicated student in the classroom.

Andy Jack Armes

Andy Jack Armes 73 of Richmond died unexpectedly June 28, 2020 in his home. He was born June 14, 1947 in Petross, TN., to his biological father Jack Armes; he was raised by his mother Tracie and Elijah Fultz. He lived in Richmond all of his life and worked as a Factory welder and driver for Toyota. He is survived by his two children Kim (Ed) Claypoole of Richmond, Andrew (Tammy) Fultz, four grandchildren Ethan and Gracie Fultz, Zach and Joey Claypoole. He is preceded in death by his biological father and his parents.

Sheriff asks any victims to come forward after man facing child porn charge admits contact with women, girl

Wayne County Sheriff Randy Retter is asking anyone who might be a victim of a man who admitted to police that he touched women in public and rubbed up against a girl in a local store to share their stories. The suspect, James Duane Brooks, 53, was arrested Friday, June 19, after the sheriff’s department executed a search warrant at Brooks Trucking, 5557 U.S. 27 in Richmond, which is also listed as Brooks’ address in jail records. Several items were recovered at the scene Friday morning, including computer equipment and mobile phones. Retter said evidence of child pornography was discovered on a preliminary examination of some of the computer equipment seized during the search. Brooks was inside the building when the search warrant was served and he was later transported to the sheriff’s office.

ISP investigating Henry County police action shooting

Henry County Sheriff Richard McCorkle has asked investigators from the Indiana State Police Pendleton District to investigate a police action shooting involving deputies from his department. Shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, Henry County deputies responded to a house in the 300 block of South Main in the town of Kennard for a report of a domestic situation. They arrived to find a female victim outside the home with injuries consistent with strangulation and battery, according to a press release from ISP Sgt. John Bowling. The male suspect, Troy Willey, 50, was in the home he shared with the victim and refused to come out.

Richmond woman among 4 victims in Union County crash

A Richmond woman was one of four people who died Sunday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash in Union County. Just after 3:30 p.m., Indiana State Police troopers and area deputies were called to the 2700 block of Nine Mile Road for a report of a serious injury two-vehicle crash. ISP Trooper Luke Tipton arrived to find that two vehicles had hit head-on and that there were three fatalities at the scene. The early investigation by Tipton and Crash Reconstruction Investigator Trooper Mark Hanna indicates that a 2014 Mercedes driven by Savanna Kinder, 23, of Richmond, was southbound when her vehicle ran off the right side of the road. A press release from Sgt.

Hayden G. McQueen

Hayden G. McQueen, 82, of Pershing, Indiana passed away Monday morning, June 1, 2020 at his home. He was born July 31, 1937 in Rising Sun, Indiana, one of eleven children of Robert and Laura (Howard) McQueen. A graduate of Clarksburg High School, he excelled in basketball and was inducted into the Decatur County Basketball Hall of Fame. He graduated with honors with an M.S. Degree from Ball State University in 1960. He received a commission from the United States Air Force as a First Lieutenant.