Northeastern selects Western Wayne principal for assistant superintendent

Northeastern has hired Western Wayne Elementary School Principal Jessica Neill as its new assistant superintendent. Neill, who has more than 20 years of experience in education, joins Northeastern on July 1. “In Mrs. Neill our team is gaining a tremendous thought partner and proven leader with a clear heart for the well-being and future success of students,” said Northeastern Superintendent Matthew Hicks in a news release. “Her experience in strategic planning, early childhood learning and literacy, as well as her strong abilities in school finance and grant management make her the right person to help move Northeastern forward in its vision to ‘build a better tomorrow.'”

Read more about Neill’s experience and some of her favorite memories of her time at Western Wayne Schools in the April 28 edition of Western Wayne News.  

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.

Richmond man dies after weekend shooting

A Richmond man died Sunday after a Saturday night shooting on the city’s north side. Second-shift patrol officers for Richmond Police Department responded to the 200 block of North 13th Street after a shooting was reported at 10:12 p.m.

Police found Chad Mullins, 26, with a gunshot wound to the abdomen, according to a news release from Capt. Curt Leverton of RPD’s Investigative Services. Mullins was treated at Reid Health in Richmond and was flown to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. In a news release sent to local media shortly after 4 a.m. Sunday, Leverton said Mullins had been taken into surgery, but Leverton sent an update about 13 hours later, noting that Mullins had been pronounced dead at Miami Valley, and that an autopsy was scheduled for Monday. A short man wearing a dark face mask was seen leaving the area in a dark car, the release noted.

State police: Don’t fall for child safety scam

Indiana State Police is advising families of an active scam related to child safety popping up around the state. Facebook users are warned NOT to provide any personal information to the #ChildSafetyKit Facebook link. It appears to offer a Child Safety Kit by clicking on the link. ISP said some who’ve provided personal information on the link have received phone calls to schedule in-home visits from well-dressed men attempting to sell an “insurance policy” as part of the service. ISP officials say these scammers are trying to gain trust and confidence by falsely claiming to be associated with ISP, and that is a lie.

Warming stations available around county during frigid weather

Wayne County Emergency Management and  Communications staff have announced several local warming stations that are on call for residents who don’t have heat. With the continued cold temperatures expected in the area, we once again want to remind residents of our updated list of warming stations throughout Wayne County.  The following warming stations are on-call to protect citizens who may be without heat in the ongoing winter weather. Warming stations are intended for short-term use and will have minimal accommodations. Persons who intend to utilize the warming stations should call the designated contact prior to arrival.  Take your family’s emergency supply kit with you when going to a warming station.  Please bring any personal medications that will be required along with personal care items, snacks and items to occupy your time such as books, magazines and electronics. Please contact 211 to get agencies available locally that can assist with overnight accommodations and assistance with meals and other necessities that may be needed to get past this cold spell and for day-to-day living, if you or someone you know someone needs assistance.

Sheriff seeks public’s help to find missing Wayne County teen

Wayne County Sheriff’s Department is seeking the public’s help in finding a missing 17-year-old boy. Sheriff Randy Retter said his staff is exploring different avenues to find Kyle Hokey-Jackson, who is originally from the Centerville area. The teen was last seen in the Richmond area early in the afternoon of Jan. 6, and the sheriff’s department was notified of his disappearance on Jan. 7.

School leaders, parents glad to see gyms open to fans

Hoosier Hysteria now can begin, as fans of Wayne County high school sports will have a chance to attend games and meets as sectionals approach. Local high school gyms and sports venues are now allowed to fill 25 percent of their seating capacity as long as COVID cases continue decreasing from their recent surge. Those seats will accommodate cheerleaders and spirit bands, who have had to be sidelined during the indoor winter sports season. The increased spectator capacity was announced Friday in a letter signed by the superintendents of the county’s five local public high schools (Centerville, Hagerstown, Lincoln, Northeastern and Richmond). Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced earlier in the week that gathering restrictions would be changed to reflect the state’s COVID data trending in the right direction.

Cambridge City, Indiana: ‘We have momentum’

By Louise Ronald

At a time when small towns all over the country find themselves struggling, Cambridge City, Indiana, is bucking that trend. People drive from miles around to visit its antique shops and eat at its many restaurants. There are several new businesses on Main Street, and active construction/renovation projects promise more to come. Gateway Industrial Park has three thriving tenants and the local Chamber of Commerce has more than 50 members, including manufacturers, service providers, retail and more. “We are on a roll,” said Jim King of the Cambridge City Main Street organization.

Charges filed against Northeastern’s assistant superintendent

By Rachel Sheeley

After a nearly year-long investigation, charges have been filed against an area school administrator. On Jan. 21, two charges of furnishing alcohol to a minor, a Class B misdemeanor, were filed against Eric Green, 44, in Randolph County Superior Court. Green, who resides in Winchester, is scheduled to appear in court at 1 p.m. Feb. 10.

Centerville street faces water boil advisory

Centerville is issuing a boil advisory for all of West Plum Street, effective immediately, because of an emergency repair of a water main. The boil advisory was issued as of 12:25 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, and is to continue until further notice. Residents in that area need to boil any water used for cooking, drinking, washing vegetables, etc., for at least 12 minutes at a rolling boil before using. There’s no need to boil water used for bathing or handwashing, the town says in a notice shared on the town’s website.