Independent seniors can learn about latest Alzheimer’s treatments

Two virtual programs will help those preparing for difficult conversations after a dementia diagnosis as well as those currently residing in independent living communities who want to learn more about available resources if they notice a cognitive decline. The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter will host those two virtual programs in May. At noon Friday, May 14, a Dementia Conversations program will help attendees learn about three of the most difficult conversations families face after a dementia diagnosis – conversations about doctor visits, driving and legal and financial planning. The program will feature tips from experts as well as stories from Hoosier families about how they navigated these topics during their own journey with dementia. “For many people who are affected by dementia, hearing from others who are going through the same journey helps them to feel less alone,” said Stephanie Laskey, Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter program director, in a news release.

Sheriff’s department seeking missing girl last seen in Hagerstown

Wayne County Sheriff’s Office announced Saturday night, May 8, that it is seeking information on a missing juvenile, Emily Crawford. Emily was last seen in the Hagerstown, Indiana, area, and is believed to be in Richmond, Indiana. She is a white female with brown shoulder-length hair, and green eyes. She is approximately 5’07” and 220 pounds. Those with any information on Emily’s whereabouts please call the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office at 765-973-9393.

Police: Missing Richmond woman found safe

Mikaela Grace Estes of Richmond has been located and is safe, Indiana State Police announced shortly before 8 p.m. Friday, May 7. Investigators from the Indiana State Police worked with police officers from an out of state law enforcement agency who located and spoke with Estes. They verified she is safe and have no reason to believe she was taken from Indiana against her will, a news release said. Estes, 27, had been reported missing on Saturday, May 1, and was last thought to be in Henry County. Estes was traveling from Indianapolis to her home in Richmond along Interstate 70 that day.

Free transportation to vaccine clinics, visits to homebound offered

Free rides to, from Western Wayne County

Jackson Township Trustee’s Office is organizing free transportation for Western Wayne County residents to get their vaccine at Reid Health’s clinic at Wayne County Fairgrounds. Those from Jackson and surrounding townships can call (765) 478-4620 anytime to leave a message with contact information and request round-trip transportation. Trustee Lyndon Wicker is working with Wayne County Commissioners and Reid Health to make transportation available. Rides in Richmond

The City of Richmond is providing no-charge bus service to Wayne County Health Department’s vaccination clinic at its downtown office and Reid’s clinic at Kuhlman Center. To schedule a ride, patients will need to call (765) 983-7227 or (765) 983-7301.

Indiana State Police announce search for missing local woman

Investigators with the Indiana State Police are still attempting to locate a Richmond woman who was reported missing on Saturday, May 1. Mikaela Grace Estes was traveling from Indianapolis to her home in Richmond along Interstate 70 that day. Family members told investigators Estes called and told them she was planning to stop for fuel at the 131-mile marker (Wilbur Wright Road) exit at approximately 8:30 p.m.   between New Castle and Cambridge City. She was driving a silver 2016 Chrysler 200 with an unknown Indiana temporary license plate. Richmond Police Department took the initial missing person report.

UPDATED: Silver Alert canceled for New Castle man

A Statewide Silver Alert has been canceled for a man missing from New Castle. The Henry County Sheriff’s Department was investigating the disappearance of Russell Goldsberry, an 80-year-old white male, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 140 pounds, white hair with hazel eyes, last seen wearing a “US Navy Veteran” baseball hat, blue jacket, pink shirt, light tan pants, and blue shoes with tan trim. Russell was missing from New Castle, Indiana, and was last seen on Saturday, May 1, at 12:30 p.m.

The alert was canceled Saturday evening, according to Henry County Sheriff’s Department, which announced he had been located. For more information, contact Henry County Sheriff’s Department  at 765-529-4901.

RHS grad named sole finalist for superintendent

A Richmond High School and Earlham College graduate could come home to become Richmond Community Schools’ next superintendent. After a nationwide search starting in September 2020, RCS announced Curtis Wright as its sole finalist on Tuesday, April 27. The public was invited to discuss Wright’s potential future with the district during a school board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 28. At that meeting, school board members could hear and discuss any public comments in favor or against a proposed contract with Wright. He has more than 10 years of experience in school administration and a doctorate in educational leadership.

Police: Man’s gunshot wound not life-threatening

A Richmond man was injured Monday afternoon after a shooting on the city’s northeast side. Shortly before 3 p.m. Monday, Richmond Police Department’s first-shift patrol officers responded to a report of a shooting at an apartment at 851 N. 16th St. Fragust D. Ford, 42, was located with a
gunshot wound to the lower body, according to Lt. Brandon Cappa of RPD’s Investigative Services. Ford was transported to Reid Health with non-life-threating injuries. Investigators located evidence and are interviewing witnesses, Cappa said.

Local man dies in plane crash near Richmond airport

A Wayne County resident’s plane crashed Sunday morning in a field after takeoff,  just south of Richmond Municipal Airport along Indiana 227. Judson J. Costlow, 78, of Richmond had taken off shortly before 8 a.m. to visit family in Arizona, according to Indiana State Police Sgt. Coley McCutcheon, the regional public information officer based at ISP’s Pendleton Post. About 7:50 a.m., Costlow had texted his wife that he was about to leave the airport, McCutcheon said. The remains of Costlow’s plane, which had caught fire, were visible from the two-lane highway.

Man dies after SUV collides with embankment, catches fire

A man has died after his vehicle vaulted over an Interstate 70 embankment in Wayne County and caught fire. Shortly before 11 p.m. April 19, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office responded to initial reports of a vehicle fire on Round Barn Road near the I-70 overpass. Richmond Fire Department and Richmond Police Department units arrived and extinguished the fire. An investigation revealed that a silver 2020 Chevrolet Equinox driven by James Cotner, 44, of New Castle, was traveling westbound on I-70 and, for an unknown reason, left the roadway driving into the median. Cotner’s sport utility vehicle vaulted over an embankment going airborne across Round Barn Road before colliding with the opposing bridge embankment.