First responders from around nation attend K-9 officer’s visitation, funeral
Wayne County eagerly has courted many events to draw visitors over the years for its arts and culture, agriculture and recreation amenities. However, no one ever wanted U.S. law enforcement officers to visit Richmond for a calling and funeral to mourn one of their own, but some came Sunday from Oregon, Massachusetts, and everywhere in between, including Chicago. Hundreds of area residents and regional first responders also were among those patiently waiting for hours Sunday afternoon and evening amid windy conditions to remember Richmond Police Department K-9 Officer Seara Burton, the county’s first female K-9 handler. Officer Richard Storm, representing Portland, Oregon, said it was an honor to come to Indiana, and that words can’t describe the tragedy that Burton’s family has experienced.
Soon after uprooting their lives to take on the new challenge of owning a newspaper, Brenda and Jim McLane told their staff that they planned to run it for five years before retiring. And, as the McLanes have consistently kept their word to their employees and the community, that’s what they did. As of Oct.
Wayne County Emergency Communications Dispatch has shared the final call for Richmond Police Department K-9 Officer Seara Burton. After Monday’s service at Richmond High School concluded, Burton’s hearse paused in front of her vehicle parked on the lawn of Richmond Municipal Building for the moving end-of-tour dispatch. The dispatch is called a 10-42 in the first responder community.
New and Special Programs for the week of 9/25/22 – 10/1/22
WGTV Channel 11
* IN Focus Candidate Forum – Thursday, 9/29 @ 6:00pm
Guests: Candidates for Richmond Community School Board, At Large. * IN Focus Special – Thursday, 9/29 @ 7:30pm
Guests Chrstine Stinson & Dr. Thomas Huth speak with Eric Marsh about the
vaccine summit at Reid Health on October 13, 2022. * IN Focus Special – Friday, 9/30 @ 9:30pm
RP&L General Manager Tony Foster talks with Eric Marsh about the special question
on the November ballot. WETV Channel 20
* Earlham College Presents – Tuesday, 9/27 @ 11:05pm
JazzCussion – Jazz Replay of a faculty/student event recorded 11/5/21. * IHSAA Football – Wednesday, 9/28 @ 8:00pm
Replay of the Connersville Spartans vs the Franklin County Wildcats game played
Mailed ballots must be requested 12 days before election
Although November might seem far away, the deadline to register for the Nov. 8 election is Tuesday, Oct. 11, and the date to request a ballot by mail is close behind. Hoosiers needing to register for the first time, or to update an outdated address or check their registration, must visit indianavoters.com or visit their local voter registration office. Wayne County helps voters on the second floor of the courthouse, 301 E. Main St.
If history is a guide, COVID will spike again over the winter
Although the COVID-19 pandemic might be waning, the Wayne County Health Department is encouraging people to keep their vaccinations up to date, with the next few months expected to be an important time in preventing a resurgence of the illness. And because the rate of vaccinations against other diseases dropped significantly during the pandemic, the department is sponsoring a Vaccination Summit in just over two weeks. Because of at-home testing for COVID-19, the state is no longer reporting positivity rates on its online COVID dashboard, according to Christine Stinson, the county health department executive director. Dr. David Jetmore, the county health officer, said that for most of the past two years, COVID numbers moved up or down in trends lasting several weeks or months. For the past couple of months, figures have varied greatly from week to week, reflecting the unreliability of accurate data.
Wayne County is planning to spend nearly $1.8 million to replace a bridge south of Hagerstown that has been closed since 2016. Most of the cost will be borne by federal funding. The Wayne County Highway Department will have a public hearing about its plans to replace the Heiney Road bridge at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, in the Wayne County Administration Building, 401 E. Main St., Richmond. The 75-year-old bridge carries Heiney Road over the west fork of Whitewater River.
Concerned citizens hire attorney, organize meetings
After discovering Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Pershing hadn’t been mowed for a while – and then learning its non-profit association has been dissolved – a group is raising concerns about the cemetery’s future. About 20 have joined together for three discussions, and have hired an attorney to develop a road map for the cemetery’s management and upkeep. The group, which includes neighbors and those who have family buried in the cemetery, is offering another meeting to invite those concerned to learn more and discuss operations concerns. “It’s an unfortunate situation,” said attorney AJ Sickmann, who is representing the concerned citizens. “There’s a group of really good people who care and want to make sure it moves forward.”
The gathering will start at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct.
Two Wayne County school districts will not be in their buildings on Monday so faculty, staff and students can attend K-9 Officer Seara Burton’s funeral at 11 a.m. in Richmond High School’s Tiernan Center if desired. Two other districts are planning an early dismissal to avoid families being caught up in Burton’s funeral procession on U.S. 40. *Northeastern Wayne Schools will be closed Monday. Burton, 28, is a Northeastern graduate, and some teachers and school employees who were there during her student days still work for the district and want to pay their respects. In addition, some Northeastern families are connected to Burton through the first responder community, said Assistant Superintendent Jessica Neill.
The public is invited to attend services to show their respect and honor K-9 Officer Seara Burton and her sacrifice for the City of Richmond. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26, in Richmond High School’s Tiernan Center, 380 Hub Etchison Parkway, Richmond. Doors will open to the public at 10 a.m.
Streets surrounding RHS will be closed Monday, including the G Street Bridge, to accommodate the mourners at Burton’s funeral. Law enforcement vehicles will be lined up along Hub Etchison Parkway.
City of Richmond officials are expecting thousands of people to attend K9 Officer Seara Burton’s Sunday viewing. Nearby parking will be scarce because the parking lots of the City Building, Wayne County Courthouse, and Annex Building are reserved for law enforcement and first responders. Other parking locations are listed on the map. A free shuttle service will run between these lots and the Richmond City Building, or guests can choose to walk to the visitation. The line to enter the building will be in the City Building’s upper parking lot on the south side of the building.
Richmond Police Department has announced the upcoming services for K-9 Officer Seara Burton, and Richmond Community Schools has announced it will conduct an eLearning day for all of its students on the day of the funeral. The viewing will take place from 2-7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at Richmond Municipal Building, 50 N. Fifth St., Richmond. The funeral will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26, in Richmond High School’s Tiernan Center, 380 Hub Etchison Parkway.
After his vehicle was observed leaving a shooting scene at a high rate of speed, police said, a Richmond man was arrested on two felony charges. Just before 6:15 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, Richmond Police Department patrol officers were called to a shooting in the 1400 block of Hunt Street in Richmond. Hunt Street is on the city’s northwest side, several blocks from Fairview Elementary. Officers arrived to find Tyrus Malik Bell-Adcock, 24, of Richmond, with a gunshot wound to the lower abdomen area, said Capt. Curt Leverton.