Charges against a Paint Lick man were upgraded this week to sexual abuse following an investigation after police found him in a car July 4 with a 13-year-old girl he’d met through Facebook.
Christopher Elliott, 25, of Paint Lick, was arrested on the Fourth of July after police investigated a report of a vehicle driving through the Dixie Park subdivision with no headlights on, according to a news release from Sgt. Jake Reed, Berea Police Department’s public information officer.
After finding and stopping the vehicle, which was driven by Elliott, officers discovered he had a 13-year-old passenger, the release said.
“Officers learned that the two had communicated on Facebook and made plans for the juvenile to leave her home and meet Mr. Elliott in the early morning hours,” Reed said.
Elliott was charged with custodial interference, and on July 10, he was charged with unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities, Reed said.
After further investigation by the Berea Police Department, Elliott was charged Monday with first-degree sexual abuse “after Investigators learned that Mr. Elliott had sexual contact with the juvenile earlier this year,” Reed said in the release.
Elliott was booked into the Madison County Detention Center were he remains under a $10,000 cash bond, according to the jail’s website.
BPD: Bullets fired through Oak Meadow Drive man’s door
Berea police say damage that occurred to a man’s door in the 100 block of Oak Meadow Drive appears to have been caused by bullets.
BPD officers were called July 15 to a report of possible shots fired at a home, according to a news release. The victim told police he heard a loud noise and then noticed damage to his front door.
Officers checked the area and did not find anyone or any shell casings or bullets.
“It did appear the damage was caused by gunshots,” Reed said. The estimated damage was $1,400.
Man charged with trespassing gives police fake identity
Officers were called Sunday to the 400 block of Chestnut Street after receiving a report of a trespasser inside an apartment, according to a BPD news release.
The resident of the apartment was in jail, and no one was supposed to be inside, however, police fond James Weaver, 24, of Mt. Vernon, in the apartment, the release states.
Weaver was charged with first-degree criminal trespassing, and once he was booked into the Madison County Detention Center, officers discovered he had given them a false name, birthday and social security number at the time of his arrest.
Weaver was also charged with theft of identity of another.
Police arrest man found in car blocking motel entrance
A vehicle was discovered Sunday blocking the entrance of Knights Inn, and when the officer made contact with the driver, Robbie Renner, 29, of Mt. Vernon, he noticed the driver had slurred speech, according to an BPD news release.
The officer determined Renner was under the influence of an intoxicant, the release states. A search of his vehicle produced a hollowed-out ink pen, a plastic bag with white powder, rolling papers and a used needle, according to the BPD.
Renner was charged with DUI (first offense), first-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Renner also was charged with third-degree terroristic threatening for “comments that he made,” the release states.
• A person in the 100 block of Berenwood Drive reported Friday that electronics worth $520 had been stolen from a residence.
• A person in the 500 block of Jefferson Street told police July 16 that her vehicle had been parked on the street and one of the windows had been broken out.
• A person in the 200 block of Baugh Street told police July 14 that his vehicle, a 1973 Chevy Nova worth $15,000, had been stolen during the night.
• A person in the 900 block of Weeping Willow Drive reported July 17 that someone had used his credit card number in another state. Estimated loss was $147.38.
• A person reported July 17 that soda was poured down the gas tank of his vehicle while he was on Courtland Avenue.
Anyone with information about these cases is asked to call the Berea Police Department at 986-8456.
Sarah Hogsed can be reached at shogsed
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Madison County Sheriff Jerry Combs’ sudden death Monday evening has left “big shoes” to fill, according to many in the community.
“As everybody, I am saddened and grieved over the death of Jerry,” Madison County Judge/Executive Kent Clark said. “Everybody’s in shock.”
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MSO: Intoxicated man let young child drive car
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Union City Day
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Learning under the sun
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Richmond burglary reports for May 14-18
Register Staff Report
The following burglaries, reported May 14-18, are being investigated by Richmond police
A resident of Wesley Court reported a Wilson bow with arrows and an unknown brand shotgun had been stolen from her residence sometime in the previous two weeks. Estimated loss: $800.
A resident of Foxhaven Drive repo
Laurence named Register publisher
Ann Laurence has been named publisher of the Richmond Register, succeeding Nick Lewis, who held the post for the previous eight and a half years.
Keith Blevins, Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. chief operating officer announced Laurence’s appointment Monday.
Woman sues Super 7 over staircase collapse
One of the women injured in a staircase collapse last month at a local motel is suing the business in Madison Circuit Court.
Dry cleaner burglary suspect is charged in two other cases
A man charged Friday with breaking into Jack’s Cleaners on Water Street by smashing a window with a tire iron has been charged with two other burglaries in which a similar method was used to gain entry.
Veterans’ benefits workshop June 20 at Morning Pointe
Veterans and/or their spouses or widows are invited to attend a special veterans’ benefits workshop Thursday, June 20, at 6:30 p.m. at Morning Pointe Senior Care Community, 1400 Gibson Bay Drive in Richmond
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