I-70 East reopens after 6 hours; semis collide in Henry County

Here are a couple of updates on crashes taking place Tuesday, Dec. 1, from Indiana State Police:

6 p.m. update:
After about six hours, an investigation and subsequent cleanup of a crash on Interstate 70 near the Indiana/Ohio state line has concluded. Both eastbound lanes are now back open. Motorists intending to travel through the area can resume normal travel. The crash took place at the Ohio 6 mile-marker before noon and required all eastbound lanes to be shut down.

Richmond man killed in I-70 crash

A Richmond man has died after his Ford Focus was pinned under a semi trailer on Interstate 70 on Wednesday (Nov. 11). The two-vehicle crash occurred on westbound I-70 near the 149 mile-marker on Richmond’s north side. Emergency personnel were notified at 9:15 a.m. of a crash involving a semi tractor/trailer and a passenger car. Wayne County sheriff’s deputies were first to arrive on scene, but at Sheriff Randy Retter’s request, Indiana State Police assumed the investigation.

Indiana State Police investigating fatal Hagerstown shooting

One Hagerstown man has died after a shooting believed to stem from a dispute between neighbors, police said. KC Allen Simpson, 32, died as the result of multiple gunshot wounds received Wednesday afternoon. Wayne County emergency personnel were called to a possible shooting at about 2:20 p.m. Wednesday to a home in the 4700 block of Brick Church Road west of Hagerstown, according to a news release from Indiana State Police Trooper C. Ryan Davis. Officers from the Hagerstown Police Department were the first to arrive on scene, where they found Simpson lying in the front yard. Officers immediately rendered aid to Simpson, who was eventually transported by medical helicopter to an Indianapolis hospital, where he died.

Wayne County Democrats issue Nov. 4 statement on vote count proceedings, other election concerns

Wayne County’s Democratic Party chair Beth Harrick shared this statement on the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 4, with local media regarding November 2020 Election Day and vote count proceedings. RELATED ARTICLE: WAYNE COUNTY ELECTION RESULTS ANNOUNCED

“Above the desire to elect any one candidate, the Wayne County Democratic Party is committed to protecting the interests of voters and the integrity of the election process. On October 28th we became aware of a serious discrepancy between the Indiana state statute (IC 3-11-14-30) and how Wayne County Poll Workers were being trained by the Wayne County Clerk’s office. The discrepancy was in regards to documenting the final per-precinct, per-candidate tally of votes at each polling site, prior to the election machinery being removed and taken to the Courthouse for a merged final count.

WAYNE COUNTY ELECTION RESULTS ANNOUNCED!

More than 24 hours after polls closed in Wayne County, the unofficial election results were released to the public via the Voters Registration website. Familiar faces are returning to Wayne County coroner and clerk offices as well as some of its school boards. They also voted overwhelmingly for Republican candidates in state and national races. RELATED ARTICLES: Wayne County Democrats issue Nov. 4 statement on vote count proceedings, other election concerns

5 p.m. update: Nearly 3,700 ballots, envelopes still being reconciled

Wayne County waiting on election results 18 hours after polls close

CORONER
After a few years away from the office, Kevin Fouche, a Republican, was elected again as coroner with 66.63 percent of the vote over Robert “Brent” Meadows.

5 p.m. update: Nearly 3,700 ballots, envelopes still being reconciled

Wayne County might go another night before election results are made public. Bipartisan teams and the Voters Registration Office staff are painstakingly reviewing the nearly 3,700 mail-in absentee ballots cast in the 2020 election to make sure each one is counted. Wayne County Clerk Debra Berry said the process begins when a voter requests an absentee ballot. The voter is sent an absentee ballot and a secure envelope for its return. The voter marks their ballot and returns that ballot to the Voters Registration Office in the secure envelope.

Fayette County among country’s worst for COVID numbers; Wayne County moves closer to red level

Fayette County health officials announced Wednesday, Nov. 4, that the county has some of the worst COVID-19 statistics in the country. It ranks in the top 100 worst counties in the United States for cases per hundred thousand on a seven-day rolling average. In addition, Fayette County is Indiana’s only county to remain in the red level, 3, which is the state’s worst, for COVID-19 for the second straight week. On Wednesday, Fayette County’s Health Officer, Dr. Wayne White, recommended that all Fayette County schools curtail all extracurricular activities from Nov.

Wayne County waiting on election results 18 hours after polls close

Wayne County election officials are still winding down the count of votes collected Tuesday and in the preceding weeks through early voting, mailed ballots and the traveling board. Shortly before 1 p.m. Wednesday, no results were yet available on the county’s website. Polls closed at 6 p.m. Tuesday and few if any voters were standing in line at that time, based on a reporter’s visit to four of the county’s eight vote centers around that time. Wayne County Clerk Debra Berry said the mail-in absentee ballots and the ballots collected by the traveling poll board, who visit shut-ins and others, were a part of the delay in finishing the vote counting Tuesday night. Having to print the results tapes of results for each precinct at the polling places instead of bringing the equipment to the courthouse as usual also threw off the regular schedule and added more time to the counting, Berry said.