Richmond police charged Jeremy Jonathan Roberts, 25, of Burchwood Drive Berea, with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia following a complaint of drug dealing in Richmond on Wednesday.
Around 2 p.m, officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Evansdale Avenue to investigate a report that drugs were being dealt from a vehicle on that street.
Officers located the vehicle and identified Roberts as the driver. Police also learned that he had several outstanding warrants, including two for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and a third for receiving a stolen firearm, a felony, according to the report.
Roberts was asked to exit the vehicle and officers spotted several straws and suspected drug residue resting on the driver’s seat, police said.
Officers searched the vehicle and uncovered two pieces of suspected cocaine on a scale and a plastic baggie containing another piece of suspected cocaine. The estimated weight of the cocaine was 3.7 grams, according to the police report.
Roberts’ outstanding warrants connected to trafficking were a result of a covert investigation conducted by the RPD Narcotics Unit in February and March 2011. During that investigation, detectives had arranged for the purchase of a gram of cocaine from Roberts on two separate occasions, said RPD Chief Larry Brock.
The third warrant, charging Roberts with receiving stolen property, was generated by a Kentucky State Police investigation. Roberts was reported to have been in possession of a firearm stolen in a burglary in connection with that investigation, according to the police report.
Teen robbed of iPod
Tuesday, a 15-year-old male reported that he had been assaulted and his iPod was stolen by two males as he walked on Bellevue Drive, according to Richmond police.
Around 10 p.m. the victim was walking toward Norwood Drive on his way home when he was approached by the suspects.
One of the assailants struck the teenager in the face and knocked him to the ground. The other took the victim’s black-and-gray four gigabyte iPod and they both fled the scene, according to the police report.
The victim immediately reported the incident to the police but a search of the area produced no results. The estimated loss was $150.
The suspects were described as: a black male, 6 feet tall or taller, 220 pounds, short black hair, wearing purple basketball shorts and a purple shirt; a black male, 5 feet, 7 inches tall or taller, approximately 150 pounds, black hair, wearing a red shirt and blue jeans.
Burglary on North Street
June 8, a resident of the 600 block of North Street reported that a storage building behind her home had been broken into sometime during the past two weeks and items were stolen.
Reported missing: A red-and-black gasoline powered pressure washer; a yellow electric pressure washer with one of the wheels missing; a gas powered Poulan weed trimmer; a tan Chaps five-piece luggage set; a white and blue 12-by-12 foot tent; a Rug Doctor carpet shampooer, red and white in color; four green Coleman camping chairs; and a Black & Decker battery powered weed trimmer. The estimated loss is $2,034.
Anyone with information regarding the above listed cases is asked to contact the Richmond Police Department at 623-1162.
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Exit 95 rebuild delayed until 2017
Originally scheduled for 2014, the reconstruction of Exit 95 on Interstate 75 won’t take place until 2017, Madison Judge/Executive Kent Clark told a joint meeting of the Richmond and Berea chambers of commerce Friday.
The state Transportation Cabinet is delaying the project, Clark said, until a decision is made on the proposed highway that would run from Exit 95 to Nicholasville.
Toyota bornlearning Academy graduates parents
Seven graduates received their certificates Thursday night, but not with the customary rendition of “Pomp and Circumstance.”
It was a celebration of the parents’ six-month journey with the Toyota bornlearning Academy at Berea Community School.
The academy works with parents and caregivers of children from prenatal to 5 years old on ways to turn everyday moments into learning opportunities.
Caudill Middle School student showcase
Members of the Caudil Middle School Jazz Band entertain the crowd during the school's end of year student showcase Thursday.
Man arrested Friday after early morning break-in
Richmond police made an arrest Friday in connection with an early morning break-in at Jack’s Cleaners on West Water Street.
Scott Hobbs, 42, of McKee, was charged with first-degree burglary, according to Richmond Police Chief Larry Brock
At 3:25 a.m., a witness reported seeing a man enter and exit the cleaners through a broken window and drive away, Brock stated in a news release.
Grand jury indicts inmates in jail assault
Two inmates at the Madison County Detention Center were indicted Wednesday on charges related to the beating of another prisoner.
A Madison grand jury indicted 28-year-old Justin Morgan Howell and 26-year-old Lucas Wayne Shanks on charges of second-degree assault, second-degree escape and second-degree persistent felony offenders.
The Incredible Child: Support group for parents of special- needs children meets Tuesday at library
Richmond now has a local chapter of The Incredible Child, a support group for families of children with all types of disabilities.
The group will host the family-friendly event “Read to Me” from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Madison County Public Library in Richmond.
Pets from the Madison County Animal Shelter
This week's cats are two playful and friendly 16-week-old kittens, according to their previous owner. This week's dog is 4-month-old Sally, a spayed Labrador and Jack Russell mix. She's a super sweet dog, according to her previous owners.
Environmental groups seek court review from cabinet order
A coalition of environmental groups has once again asked Franklin Circuit Court to help them in their long-running battle with the Cabinet for Energy and Environment and a coal company which violated provisions of the federal Clean Water Act.
Berea couple accused of chaining children into bedroom
A Berea couple was charged Wednesday after they admitted to using chains and ropes to lock four children into a room, according to Berea police.
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