Woman dies after being struck by train in Richmond

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. Upon arrival, officers and medical personnel found the female west of the Gravel Pit Road crossing.

Mask guidelines to continue another month; state health leader tests positive

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb’s weekly news conference looked different today than it has since the beginning of the pandemic. The numbers are rising, and the governor strongly warned Hoosiers not to let their guard down. Even practicing what she preaches, Indiana’s State Health Commissioner, Dr. Kristina Box, and her family have not avoided the coronavirus. After two daycare workers at her 23-month-old grandson’s small daycare center tested positive, she, her daughter, and grandson have all tested positive, as well. The ripple effect resulted in the governor’s staff and everyone Dr. Box was exposed to getting tested today to determine how far the virus spread inside the Indiana statehouse.

Local woman dies at rural crash scene

A Richmond woman has died after her vehicle struck a culvert, went airborne and collided with a utility pole in a rural area on the city’s northwest side. Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and other local first responded to a motor vehicle crash in the 3500 block of Nolands Fork Road shortly before noon Friday. Initial information indicated a silver Dodge Charger was partially in a field with an unconscious female in the driver’s seat. First responders discovered Tiffany Renteria, 41, of Richmond. Life-saving measures were performed by Centerville Fire and Red Line EMS, but ultimately, Renteria was pronounced dead at the scene.

Wayne County implements burn ban

Wayne County Commissioners have declared the county to be in a State of Local Emergency as of 1 p.m. Friday (Sept. 25) because of extremely dry conditions, so a ban on burning has been put in place. This emergency is in effect at least until Friday, Oct. 2, or until conditions improve. It will be reviewed every seven days.

Cambridge City COVID test site opening Monday

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.

Centerville announces boil advisory starting Monday, Sept. 21

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.

UPDATED: Centerville police: Runaway has been found

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.

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.