Burton notebook: School plans, traffic updates, fake fundraising account removed

School plans
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.

Parking, procession route for Monday’s funeral for K-9 Officer Burton

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.

Parking, shuttle information for Officer Burton’s Sunday viewing

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.

Visitation, funeral plans announced for Officer Seara Burton; RCS plans eLearning day

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.

Police: Hunt Street shooting, high-speed pursuit end in arrest on Abington Pike

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.

First Presbyterian growing its community connections

185th anniversary celebration set for Sunday

A church celebrating its 185th anniversary this Sunday continues finding new hands-on ways to serve the community with a relatively new pastor. First Presbyterian Church welcomes former members and attenders, as well as any interested residents, to join the gathering at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at 100 N. 10th St. in Richmond. They intend to celebrate both the church’s history and its possibilities, and enjoy some cake, too.

Wayne Co. man named ‘River Friendly Farmer’

Conservation practices help retain soil, keeping chemicals, runoff out of water

Local farmer Ben Alyea is the second recipient from his family of the River Friendly Farmer Award. He’s one of 48 Indiana farmers who received the award during the Indiana State Fair. The award, begun in 2000, recognizes the conservation practices he uses on the grain farm that he and his father, Jon Alyea, own and operate north of Williamsburg. Jon Alyea received the same award about 15 years ago. The Alyeas farm about 1,200 acres.

Richmond Baking Co. expanding, upgrading

38 new jobs planned during 120th anniversary

A local manufacturer’s growth and renovation plans that have been baking for a while are ready to unveil. Richmond Baking Company is adding a second-shift production line to meet increasing demand, creating 38 new full-time jobs. The new workers are expected to join the company’s existing 106 local full-time employees by the end of 2022. Richmond Baking Company is the oldest family-owned cookie and cracker maker in the country, and is celebrating its 120th year in Richmond. The contract food manufacturer makes cookies, crumbs and breading.

Officer Seara Burton dies Sunday night; police announce Monday’s escorted route

Richmond Police Department announced shortly after 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, in a statement noting “profound sadness” that Officer Seara Burton died at 9:59 p.m. at Reid Health in Richmond. Burton was surrounded by her family as she has been for the past five-plus weeks since her injury. Burton, a Northeastern High School graduate who became a K9 officer earlier this year, was shot in the head while assisting with a traffic stop on Aug. 10 in the 200 block of North 12th Street.

Williamsburg man killed in farming accident

A man tried to rescue his brother after a tractor rolled on top of him in Williamsburg, but his efforts were unsuccessful. Just after 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, Wayne County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a tractor rolling on top of its driver in the 7100 block of Morgan Creek Road in Williamsburg. John Frost, 62, of Williamsburg was attempting to remove a small tree with a utility tractor and a chain when the accident occurred, according to Sheriff Randy Retter. As Frost attempted to pull the tree with the tractor, the tractor rolled over, trapping him between the seat and the ground.