A Western Wayne woman accidentally shot her husband as they began investigating a noise they’d heard from the outdoors, according to Wayne County Sheriff Randy Retter. Shortly after 10:30 p.m. Nov. 21, Wayne County sheriff’s deputies responded to the 800 block of National Road in Cambridge City to investigate the report of a shooting. Heidi Bartlett, 41, contacted 911 to report she shot her husband, Matthew Bartlett, 44, in the leg, Retter said.
Hoosiers ages 5 to 11 are now eligible for a free COVID-19 vaccine, and local health officials hope that kids will get one dose before family gatherings at Thanksgiving. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday it has authorized the Pfizer pediatric vaccine for that age group. “Having a COVID-19 vaccine available to our younger Hoosiers is a game changer in terms of our efforts to keep children healthy and in school for in-person learning,” said State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box in a news release.
A man was taken to an Indianapolis hospital after being found earlier this week near a local sidewalk with a bullet wound, and police are seeking clues about what led up to that discovery. Shortly before 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, first-shift patrol officers for Richmond Police Department were sent to a “man down” call in the 600 block of South Fifth Street.
Dawn M. Kirk Wadman, age 48, a New Castle resident, passed away, Sunday, November 28, 2021 at her residence. She was born June 14, 1973 in Chanute, Air Force Base, Illinois, a daughter of Richard A. Kirk, Jr. and Deborah Kay Clements Kirk. Dawn was a New Castle resident most of her life and was a 1991 graduate of Tri High School and I.U.P.U.I., with a BS degree in Occupational Therapy. She was an Occupational Therapist at the Waters for many years. She enjoyed family activities, volunteering for Guyer Opera House, Miracle League Baseball, and Eaton’s Orchard Festival, where she was known as “monster mom.” Dawn will be remembered as a woman with a beautiful smile and a heart and home for anyone in need.
Whitewater Community Television is gathering questions from local residents before 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, to ask the president of Wayne County’s Board of Commissioners. Ken Paust will be the guest on WCTV’s weekly public affairs show “IN Focus,” which will be recorded that day. Questions can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The program featuring Paust will air on WCTV’s government access channel, WGTV Channel 11 (on Comcast cable) at 6 and 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec.
Police are seeking multiple charges against a man they say stole a street sweeper from a construction site and led officers on a chase around Richmond. The unique pursuit, which included the partial collapse of a garage before the sweeper entered the Whitewater River, was captured on local social media videos. Richmond Police Department Capt. Curt Leverton said that police are seeking multiple charges against Sammy H. Allen, 54, including vehicle theft and resisting law enforcement (Level 6 felonies), along with leaving the scene of an accident and reckless driving. Shortly before 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, third-shift officers responded to the 900 block of Butler Street on the city’s northwest side, where a person was reported to be driving a piece of heavy machinery recklessly.
Stacks of tires in wooded areas can be found in Wayne County, and a local effort is underway to provide free disposal of tires and electronic waste in October. Collections of unwanted items, along with billboards discouraging littering, are just some of the ways a local organization aims to clean up two local counties. Billboard campaign
Cathy Williams saw anti-littering billboards throughout South Carolina while on vacation, and brought the idea to Wayne and Union Solid Waste Management District board. That organization, which formerly served Randolph County, is still known as WUR, with the R now representing recycling. The board, made up of local government leaders and concerned citizens, aims to in-crease recycling and better environmental practices in both counties.
Juvenile arrested on felony charge of communication intimidation
A social media post indicating a potential threat at a local school has been determined to be a student-led prank, according to local law enforcement. On Tuesday, Oct. 5, School Resource Officer Chad Steen, a deputy with Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, was made aware of a concerning social media post on Instagram, according to Sheriff Randy Retter. That post was then circulated via screenshots throughout other social media platforms.
The post indicated an act of violence might take place on Friday, Oct. 8, against Dennis Middle School in Richmond.
Lucinda F. Callahan, 61, Richmond, was born October 2, 1959 in Richmond, Kentucky. She was the daughter of William and Mary Elizabeth Bowling. She leaves to cherish her memory her husband, George Callahan; daughter, Dawn (Jeremy) Anderson; son, Anthony (Kristin) Callahan; grandchildren, Meghan, Hailey, Toni Callahan, and Taylor and Hudson Anderson; brother, Bill Bowling; sisters, Sue Callahan, Peggy Robinson, Sylvia Gipson, Donna Silfer, Carolyn Coates and Melba Brown. She also leaves many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She graduated from Richmond High School.
Ruth Eileen Nocton, age 92, of Williamsburg, Indiana passed away Sunday September 26, 2021 at Ambassador Health. She was born in Richmond, Indiana on March 10, 1929 to Robert W. and Eva Wissler Merkamp. Ruth was a longtime member of Holy Family Catholic Church. She married Robert Edward Nocton on Feb 4, 1950. Survivors include her husband, Robert, children Nancy (Calvin) Moore, Martha (Thomas) Goble, Robert (Joyce) Nocton Jr., Joe (Janet) Nocton, Mary (Steve) Hersey, Steve (Tara) Nocton, Tim (Damita) Nocton and Kevin (Becky) Nocton; 19 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and many nieces/nephews.
Russell V. Bolser Sr., 80 of Liberty passed away on Thursday, September 9, 2021. He was born on July 6, 1941 to the late William Bolser and Evelyn Grau Bolser in Harrison, Ohio. On July 15, 1961, he married Margaret Hoskins. They recently just celebrated their 60th year anniversary, where they celebrated with their friends and family at there farm. Russell was a member of the American Quarter Horse association for many years.
Wayne County has become a member of a club that local officials didn’t want to join. It is now one of 21 counties with the worst (red) advisory level for COVID-19. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Wayne County health officials have announced a total of seven new local COVID-related deaths. Four more deaths were reported Wednesday. The deaths included two males and two females. One of the patients was in their 30s, one in their 50s, and two in their 60s.
Wayne County has lost its first 40-something resident to COVID-related illness. In addition, nearly 70 kids and teens tested positive for the virus during the Labor Day weekend, which is about the same number of patients in containment areas at a local hospital on Tuesday, Sept. 7. Over those four days, Wayne County recorded 227 new COVID cases, with 68 of them being in those 18 and younger. It recorded COVID-related deaths for a patient in their mid-40s, a 60-year-old, and someone in their early 70s.