A woman died after being struck by a train on Richmond’s far-east side. Shortly before 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, Richmond Police Department officers responded to a report of a woman struck by a train near Gravel Pit Road. Gravel Pit Road extends north of U.S. 40, just west of Red Lobster, 5400 National Road E. The train tracks are northwest of the commercial district of restaurants and hotels, with trains on that track occasionally visible to those approaching the state line.
Wayne County has had its 17th and 18th deaths related to COVID-19 within a few days of each other, and officials are very concerned about an increase in the county’s cases, just surpassing 1,000. “Our cases are surging and we are very concerned,” said Wayne County Health Department Executive Director Christine Stinson. “We have seen a dramatic increase in cases in people over 70.
A 16-year-old boy was shot in the hand inside a Richmond home after a bullet passed through an air conditioner. At about 3:17 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, Richmond Police Department responded to 208 Pearl St.
Wayne County has marked its 16th death related to COVID-19, and state and local health officials are currently responding to an outbreak in a long-term care facility. A death of a female in her early 90s on Oct. 3 has been attributed to COVID-19, according to Christine Stinson, executive director of Wayne County Health Department.
Starting at 8 a.m. Monday, COVID-19 testing will be offered at 138 W. Main St. in Cambridge City. The OptumServe testing site that has been operating in the former Elder-Beerman building in downtown Richmond is moving to the Cambridge City location. Wayne County Health Department will continue to offer COVID-19 testing at the downtown Richmond site, 601 E. Main St. The Cambridge City site will be open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Because of water main valve replacements in a section of Centerville, it will be necessary for customers on those streets to be under a boil advisory starting Monday, Sept. 21, until further notice. The area affected: From Walnut Street to Elm Drive, School Street (from First Street to Fourth Street), ALSO including Beech Avenue, Willow Drive and the corner of Third and Poplar. It is recommended that all cooking and drinking water be brought to a complete boil for five minutes before using. Please continue to boil all cooking and drinking water until town employees say it is no longer necessary.
Centerville (Indiana) Police Department Chief Ed Buchholz said Thursday afternoon that a runaway teenage girl has been found in Richmond. On Wednesday, Sept. 16, Buchholz said Hollie Towns, 16, had been seen about 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, in the 200 block of East Walnut Street in Centerville, and asked for the public’s help in finding her. She was wearing a pink camouflage hooded sweatshirt and jeans, and was observed leaving the area in a blue van, possibly a Ford Windstar, with a paper temporary tag, with two other individuals.
Shortly before 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, emergency personnel received a medical call for an unconscious female in the 1500 block of South J Street in Richmond. Medical personnel arrived and began CPR. Richmond Police Department patrol officers identified the female as Katrice Orr, 42. She was transported to Reid Health and was pronounced dead a short time later, according to a news release from Capt. Curt Leverton. Investigators were called to the scene to assist in the investigation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A helicopter and drone were among the tools used by law enforcement to pursue a suspect near U.S. 27 after multiple shots were fired, resulting in an injury, police said. Shortly after 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office responded to Garden City Trailer Court, 4881 N. U.S. 27, after a disturbance was reported outside of an abandoned mobile home on Cherry Street. Wayne County Communications received information that a male suspect had brandished a firearm, pointing at people in the trailer court, according to Sheriff Randy Retter. As officers responded, they learned that multiple shots had been fired by one of the persons involved toward another individual, and one person might have been injured during the altercation, he said.