The election wasn’t the only news in Richmond on Tuesday.
Sgt. Nathan Day was taking part in what state police officials say was traffic enforcement detail at about 3 p.m. when he stopped a 2005 Toyota Tacoma pickup that he said failed to signal when it swerved and almost collided with a semi-trailer truck on the northbound exit ramp of Interstate 75 at Exit 87.
Day also believed the pickup’s windows were excessively tinted, said Officer Jess Staggs, a spokesperson for the Kentucky State Police’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division for which Day also is an officer.
After the stop, the vehicle’s driver, who was not identified, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, Staggs said.
Seven state police and vehicle-enforcement cruisers responded to the scene.
One of the stopped vehicle’s two passengers, who was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, was also found to be in possession of a bag containing $24,110 in cash, Staggs said.
The cash, banded in small bundles, was spread out on the pickup’s hood when a Richmond Register photographer drove by the scene.
The man denied ownership of the cash and willingly forfeited it to police, the KSP spokesperson said. He was cited on the paraphernalia charge and released, and Staggs did not name him.
No charges were filed against the third man, and he was released.
The occupants told officers and troopers at the scene that they were traveling from Harlan County to Lexington, where the man in possession of the cash bag planned to take a bus to Detroit, Staggs said.
The Madison County Detention Center’s website shows that a Stephen Cody Simpson, 26, of Cumberland in Harlan County was booked by the KSP at 4:29 p.m. on charges of driving under the influence, careless driving and excessive window tinting.
The vehicle was towed, and the incident remains under investigation, Staggs said.
The election wasn’t the only news in Richmond on Tuesday.
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White Hall teachers say farewell for the summer
White Hall Elementary kindergarten assistant Patti Von Fischer said she found a poem on the Internet that seemed to fit the last day of school perfectly.
“The teachers jumped out of the windows; the principals ran for the door; the nurse and librarian bolted; they’re not coming back anymore,” Von Fischer read over the loudspeaker Friday before students left for the summer.
Benson will be state’s third highest paid university president
When Michael Benson begins his tenure as the 12th president of Eastern Kentucky University on Aug. 1, his $400,000 salary plus benefits will make him Kentucky’s third-highest paid state university president.
Benson’s pay will be less only than that of Eli Capilouto, president of the University of Kentucky, $500,000 a year, and Gary Ransdell, president of Western Kentucky University, $423,588 a year, according to figures obtained from the state Council on Post-secondary education.
Richmond post troopers recognized at annual ceremony
The Kentucky State Police announced the 2012 Trooper of the Year, Detective of the Year, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer of the Year and other awards for acts of bravery, life-saving, professionalism and dedication to duty Friday at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Frankfort.
Second-grade classroom receives recognition for reading nearly 1,400 books
A project at Mayfield Elementary School has received recognition across state lines from a woman who found a balloon released in celebration of one classroom having read more than 1,000 books.
Second-grade teacher Wanda Wilson started the school year by challenging her 22 students to read a total of 1,000 books by the end of the school year.
Pets of the Week
This week's cat is an 8-week-old female kitten. This week's dog is 1-year-old Nicki, a spayed female who does not care for horses, according to her previous owner.
Father/Daughter Dance is June 14 at RAAC
Dads and daughters will take to the dance floor Friday, June 14, for the second annual Father/Daughter Dance to benefit the Hope’s Wings Domestic Violence Program.
The ball will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Richmond Area Arts Center, 399 W. Water St.
Three Richmond thefts reported Tuesday-Thursday
Richmond police are investigating thefts reported from Tuesday through Thursday.
An employee of Baptist Health, Eastern Bypass, reported Thursday that her vehicle had been broken into during the evening and a small shoulder purse was stolen. The purse contained several debit/credit cards, $70 in cash, and a Pantech slider cellular telephone. Estimated loss: $595.
Paul plans re-election bid for U.S. Senate in 2016
Republican Rand Paul will run for re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2016 regardless of any decision to launch a presidential bid. And he will campaign for his Kentucky colleague and Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2014.
‘Etta May’s On Her Way’ for Model Lab benefit
Laughter will fill Eastern Kentucky University’s Keen Johnson Ballroom June 8 when southern comedienne Etta May comes to town for Model Laboratory School’s first annual fundraising event.
Half of the ticket proceeds will be donated to help five Model programs: Scholarships, gifted programs, the arts, athletics and extended field trips or exchange programs, said school psychologist Ellen Rini.
Court hearing reveals errors in trafficking case’s investigative file
A discrepancy in police records led to an unusual hearing in a drug trafficking case Thursday in Madison Circuit Court.
The attorney for 49-year-old Carla Rae Clontz made a motion earlier this month for a bill of particulars hearing. Both the prosecution and defense attorneys had noticed problems with the file numbers in Clontz’ case, and there also were different reports of the number of pills sheriff’s deputies allege were found in her home.
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