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.
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.
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.
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.
A Richmond teen has been arrested and faces a preliminary charge of attempted murder after a shooting on the city’s far-east side. Shortly before 9:45 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, second-shift patrol officers were dispatched to the 400 block of Commerce Road near the state line after a report of a shooting. The area is home to some restaurants, recreation spots and visitor lodging near Interstate 70. Officers located Christopher Lambert, 21, of Richmond, with a gunshot wound to the arm and leg.
Western Wayne Schools will receive more funding and several familiar faces could be returning to county government after Tuesday’s primary election. School levy
A majority of voters living in the Western Wayne Schools district (64.5 percent) voted yes for the school levy to increase property taxes to offset declining income for schools as enrollment numbers decrease. Proponents were concerned about cuts that would need to be made if more revenue did not come in. The levy passed with 662 votes, with 364 against. Countywide races
The GOP race for District 3 commissioner was the area’s tightest, with Jeff Plasterer receiving 44.5 percent of the vote over Brad Robinson with 42.4 percent and Jack D. Study with 13.1 percent.
A Richmond man received non-life-threatening stab wounds after an early Tuesday morning incident. Third-shift officers for Richmond Police Department were dispatched at about 1:37 a.m. June 2 to the 600 block of South 13th Street on an initial report of arguing and fighting with shots being fired. While officers have not confirmed that shots were fired, they found an injured Shane Cail, 27, of Richmond, who was transported to Reid Health with stab wounds. Capt. Curt Leverton said evidence was recovered from the scene and investigators are in the initial stages of the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Richmond Police Department at (765) 983-7247.
The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter is hosting a free virtual education program, COVID and Caregiving, Tues., June 2 at noon eastern time. The program is for all those who care for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, including family caregivers, home health aides and those who work in long-term care facilities. It will cover a range of topics, including:
• The impact of COVID-19 on people living with dementia
• Tips caregivers can use to help the person with dementia follow hygiene recommendations
• Information for caregivers whose loved ones are in long-term care facilities
• Ways to reduce the risk of COVID-19 when working with in-home care providers
• Activities to engage the person with dementia
• Symptoms of caregiver stress and strategies for coping
“As we’re providing support to families affected by dementia during this crisis, many of the same questions and concerns continue to come up,” said Reilly Huelsmann, Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter program manager for Richmond, Bloomington, Columbus and Vincennes. “This program will provide caregivers with a wealth of information and resources to help them get through these difficult times.”
Additional virtual programs will be offered throughout the month of June, including:
• Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior
Thurs. June 4 – 10:30 a.m.
• Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia