Wayne County Clerk Candidates

Western Wayne News is contacting local candidates seeking election this fall in contested races to request they answer a questionnaire (all candidates for the same office receive the same questions). They were asked the following questions:

1. What do you see as the main responsibilities for this office? 2. What experience makes you the best clerk candidate in order to move our community forward?

Wayne County ‘very concerned’ about case surge topping 1,000

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. It is vital we all do our part for our community, wear a mask when in public, do not attend large events.” The county’s 17th death was a female in her 80s living in a long-term care facility, according to Stinson.

Bullet goes through air conditioner, strikes teen in hand

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. on the city’s northwest side in response to a person who had been shot. During the initial investigation, it was determined that a bullet had passed through an air conditioning unit and struck a 16-year-old male inside 208 Pearl St.

Peter Skinner Stowe

Peter Skinner Stowe, age 79, of Richmond, Indiana, died suddenly of a stroke Thursday, October 8, 2020, at Reid Health. Peter was born on March 11, 1941, in New York City, New York, to George Edward and Betty Abigail Skinner Stowe. He graduated from The Pingry School in New Jersey and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Earlham College in 1963. Peter went on to receive a master’s degree and his Ph.D. in economics from Purdue University. He taught at Southern Illinois University and then worked at the National Center for Education Statistics, retiring after 25 years.

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.