RPD investigating shooting, fatal motorcycle crash

Richmond police have been busy investigating a shooting on Monday and a fatal motorcycle accident on Sunday as well as a woman’s death Tuesday morning. Read our story about the death investigation here. 


A Richmond man was transferred to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, after being shot Monday evening (Sept. 14). Shortly after 8:30 p.m., Richmond Police Department responded to the 100 block of South 12th Street to a reported shooting. Lesaviour Norris, 30, was located with a gunshot wound to the foot/ankle area.

County has 2 more COVID-related deaths, records 99 more cases in a week

Wayne County broke a local record for the number of COVID-19 cases last week, and health officials learned Tuesday morning about two local deaths over the Labor Day weekend that were related to the virus. The first death was a female in her 80s who died Sunday, Sept. 6, at Reid Health. The second death was on Monday, Sept. 7, for a woman in her 90s who had been a resident at a long-term care facility.

Police investigating after vehicle reportedly drives through protesters walking in Richmond

Police are investigating after a vehicle reportedly drove through a group of protesters walking near Richmond’s downtown area. Just after 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, second-shift patrol officers from Richmond Police Department responded to the area of Seventh and North A streets to a call of a vehicle driving through protesters walking in the street. Mayor Dave Snow noted in a Facebook post on Saturday evening that the incident took place during a march staged by citizens in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Minor injuries were reported to officers, according to RPD Capt. Curt Leverton.

Sheriff seeking 3 women, says they are withholding 2 kids from dads

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office announced Saturday morning it is seeking the public’s assistance in locating three female fugitives with ties to the Hagerstown, Indiana, area. The three family members have absconded with three children, withholding two of the children from their fathers and deliberately ignoring a court order, according to a news release from Sheriff Randy Retter. Warrants have been issued by the Wayne County, Indiana, courts for the arrest of Heather Jo Frost for interference with custody, a Level 6 felony; and Nancy Bohlander Frost and Abbey Frost for interference with custody, a level 5 felony. During the course of this investigation, it was determined that Heather Frost was assisted by her mother, Nancy Frost, and sister, Abbey Frost to elude law enforcement and hide the children, Retter said. As a result, warrants were issued for the mother-daughter trio.

Woman reports home invasion in Cambridge City

Six area police departments responded to a report of a home invasion in Cambridge City. At about 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, Cambridge City Police Department received a call reporting a home invasion in the 300 block of West Main Street. Upon officers’ arrival, CCPD Chief Richard Roberts spoke to the homeowner, who was a few houses away. The homeowner told Roberts that she heard a noise in the hallway, so she went to investigate.

Lincoln cancels football game after employee tests positive for COVID-19

Western Wayne Schools has canceled Friday night’s Lincoln High School varsity football game against Union County after a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. Superintendent George Philhower shared a statement he sent to the district’s parents with Western Wayne News. He said WWS administration received information Friday that a staff member who was recently present at Lincoln Middle/High School tested positive for COVID-19. RECENT STORY:Likelihood of false negative on COVID test can as high as 40 percent, county health officer says

Upon hearing about the ill employee, school officials promptly contacted the Wayne County Health Department to seek guidance, Philhower said. WWS administrators have developed plans for the safe reopening of schools, which include guidelines for what to do if the district has a positive case.

Motorcyclist dies after U.S. 27 crash

An early morning crash on U.S. 27 South in Wayne County has resulted in an area motorcyclist’s death. At about 4:39 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office responded to a serious personal injury crash at the intersection of U.S. 27 South and Esteb Road, which is located just north of Pottershop Road. David Ramsey, 46, of Richmond, was driving a 2001 Buick Park Avenue southbound on Esteb Road and had come to a stop at U.S. 27. Ramsey turned south onto U.S. 27 and was then struck by a motorcycle, according to a news release from Sheriff Randy Retter.

Likelihood of false negative on COVID test can as high as 40 percent, county health officer says

After some Wayne County students tested negative for COVID-19 but were told by medical professionals to presume they were positive, local health officials are aiming to answer residents’ questions about how that happened. A COVID-19 diagnosis can be made either through a laboratory or clinically, according to Wayne County Health Officer Dr. David Jetmore in an op-ed column sent to local media. Jetmore said there are three laboratory tests in use for diagnosing COVID-19. They are the PCR test, the rapid test, and the antibody test. The PCR test results take two to three days and have a positivity accuracy of close to 100 percent.

County surpasses 400 COVID cases; 14 new positives reported Thursday

Wayne County Health Department reported 14 new COVID-19 positive cases Thursday, Aug. 13, pushing Wayne County to 402 cases since the pandemic begin locally. “This week has been noisy when it comes to the numbers being reported,” said Christine Stinson, the health department’s executive director, in a news release. She said the number of cases has kept Wayne County with a low overall positivity rate of 3.8. That means of all the tests conducted in Wayne County, only 3.8% have been positive in the rolling seven days.