On Saturday, police charged Jesse Williams, 23, of Lexington, with several offenses after police said they found a plastic bag of drugs and other pill bottles inside his vehicle. Some of the recovered prescription bottles belonged to Williams’ mother, according to a Richmond police news release.
Officers were dispatched at 6:48 p.m. to several traffic accidents on the Robert R. Martin Bypass, where an officer found a vehicle that had struck a guard rail in the eastbound lane.
“Williams was operating the vehicle at the time of the accident and falsely identified himself as his brother, giving police his brother’s identifying information,” RPD Chief Larry Brock stated in a release.
He later was released from the scene of the collision after which the investigating officer discovered a plastic bag containing numerous prescription pills in unlabeled containers along with several prescription bottles, the chief said.
Williams also is charged with giving a police officer a false name/address, operating on a suspended license and 12 counts of illegally possessing of a legend drug.
Charges made in
Two men were arrested Monday night after someone reported a guitar stolen from a resident on Villa Drive.
Carl E. Ruppe, 33, Ballard Drive, and Clifford R. White, 34, Red Lick Road, were arrested in connection with the theft that reportedly occurred Christmas Eve.
Entry was gained by forcing open the rear door, according to police. The following items were listed as missing: an Ibanez electric bass guitar, a black Sony 32-inch LCD television, a black Sony 17-inch laptop computer, serial No. SCND9193SBK, a black Sony PlayStation 2 gaming system and a Snake Charmer .410 gauge shotgun. The estimated loss is $3,600.
The follow-up investigation revealed that Ruppe and White had been in possession of the stolen guitar and transferred it to a third party two days after the theft, the police chief said. The guitar, valued at $500, was recovered and returned to the owner.
Ruppe was charged with receiving stolen property under $10,000 and theft by deception under $500. White was charged for receiving stolen property under $10,000. Both were booked into the Madison County Detention Center.
• A representative of Blue Grass Plating, 451 N. Estill Ave., reported Dec. 26, that the business had been broken into overnight and three vending machines had been forced open and damaged.
Entry was gained by forcing open a rear side door to the building, according to police. An unknown amount of currency was stolen from the three vending machines, all of which were damaged beyond repair. The estimated loss caused by theft and damage is $15,000.
• A resident in the 200 block of Evansdale Avenue reported that several items had been stolen from his unlocked vehicle during the overnight hours. The following items were reported missing: 150-piece Popular Mechanics socket set, a 12-inch yellow gold herringbone necklace and a bottle of prescription medication. The estimated loss is $550.
• A patron of the Red Roof Inn reported Dec. 26 that several items had been stolen overnight from his unlocked vehicle. Reported missing were: a reproduction painting of Van Gogh’s “Café Terrace at Night” in a black frame, a 2-foot oak-framed mirror, a large picture of the Grand Canyon, a set of rubber Ford floor mats, 10 CDs, an Aiwa bookshelf CD player with no speakers, a chrome desk lamp, a Basset lamp; a 3-by-5 foot brown shag rug, a black and gold hallway runner rug; and a pair of black sunglasses. The estimated loss is $1,020.
Anyone with information about these cases is asked to call the Richmond Police Department at 623-1162.
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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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