Drive-thru testing site open this week in Wayne County

Local vaccine shipment delayed, with fewer doses

Here are some local COVID updates:
• Indiana Department of Health and Wayne County Health Department are partnering to hold a free drive-thru testing clinic for COVID-19. The clinic opened Tuesday, Jan. 5, and will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Saturday, Jan. 9, outside Kuhlman Center on the Wayne County Fairgrounds, 861 Salisbury Road N., Richmond. Testing will be available to all members of the public regardless of symptoms. Children as young as 2 can be tested with parental consent.

Richmond mayor tests positive for COVID-19

Richmond Mayor Dave Snow announced Tuesday night that despite his best efforts to stay healthy, he  has received a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. Snow said on his Facebook that he began experiencing mild symptoms late Monday night and went in for testing early Tuesday morning. Snow had attended a Richmond Common Council meeting on Monday evening. Although he is quarantined at home,  Snow said he plans to continue to serve the community and work virtually. “This pandemic has touched so many people and I am grateful that my symptoms are manageable,” Snow wrote.

Ideas for keeping your New Year’s celebration small

Wayne County residents have been urged to keep their New Year’s celebrations small, only gathering with those in their household, to prevent further spread of COVID-19. Christine Stinson, executive director of Wayne County Health Department, noted that under orange-level guidelines, no gatherings are to have more than 50 people. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention echoes concern about 2021 celebrations, saying physical distancing and masks are needed, indoors and outdoors when around those not in your household. For those who choose to gather despite health recommendations, indoor spaces should be avoided as much as possible, especially those that aren’t ventilated well. The volume of background music should be kept low so guests don’t need to shout.

County’s vaccine shipment delayed, has fewer doses than expected

If you tuned out pandemic news over the holidays, here are some local COVID updates and ideas for safe New Year’s alternative activities:

*Wayne County Health Department is looking for non-medical and medical volunteers to help operate its COVID vaccination clinic, which could open as soon as Jan. 11, when a shipment of Moderna vaccines is expected to arrive. Health officials initially announced vaccines would be arriving Jan. 4, but that shipment date was delayed a week. Those interested in volunteering at the clinic are asked to contact Dan Burk, the health department’s emergency preparedness coordinator, at

1 woman killed, 1 injured in local shooting

One woman has died and another was transported to an Indianapolis hospital after a Tuesday afternoon shooting in Richmond. Shortly after 2 p.m. Dec. 22, first-shift patrol officers for Richmond Police Department responded to 107 Kinsey St. on a report of two people being shot on the city’s northwest side. Upon arriving at the home near the Main Street Bridge, officers located two adult females inside who were suffering from gunshot wounds.

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Suspicious death in Richmond leads to woman’s arrest in New York

Richmond Police Department investigators traveled to New York late last week as part of their investigation into a man’s suspicious death here. That trip led to a 50-year-old woman being arrested on a murder charge, police announced Saturday evening (Dec. 19). The investigation began Dec. 14, when second-shift patrol officers responded to the 400 block of Commerce Road on a request for a welfare check.

2 juveniles accused of murder after Centerville shooting

Two juveniles are facing preliminary charges of murder after a Centerville man was shot to death. The arrests were announced Saturday, Dec. 19, after Indiana State Police led an investigation into the Tuesday, Dec. 15, death of 51-year-old James J. Burkhart. One arrest was made in Ohio after a suspect led members of the Ohio State Highway Patrol in a pursuit resulting in the suspect crashing before being apprehended, according to Sgt.

4 doctors get area’s first COVID-19 vaccinations

Four local medical professionals received their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccinations Thursday evening while on camera, and they are eager for more of the community to get vaccinated as well. Dr. Thomas Huth, vice president of medical affairs at Reid Health received the first shot, along with Drs. Annuradha Bhandari, Jennifer Bales and David Jetmore. Bhandari led the effort to create a dedicated respiratory clinic within the Reid Health system during the pandemic’s early days. Bales is chief of staff and an emergency room physician, and Jetmore, an ear, nose and throat specialist, is currently serving as Wayne County’s health officer.

Indiana State Police investigating fatal shooting in Centerville

Indiana State Police is taking the lead in investigating a fatal shooting that occurred late Tuesday evening (Dec. 15) in Centerville. The shooting incident resulted in the death of one male and the suspect has been apprehended, according to a news release from Sgt. Coley McCutcheon, the Pendleton post’s new public information officer. At approximately 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, officers from Centerville Police Department and Wayne County Sheriff’s Department responded to the 100 block of South First Street in Centerville, where they found one deceased male.