A Michigan man was arrested Sunday after police say he struck a guard rail on Big Hill Road and was found to be intoxicated with two children inside the vehicle.
Patrick Webb, 43, of Milan, Mich., remained Wednesday in the Madison County Detention Center on a $7,500 third-party bond.
“Officers received a complaint in reference to a possible drunk driver who had struck a guard rail in the area of Big Hill Road,” according to Sgt. Jake Reed, spokesperson for the Berea Police Department.
Police located the vehicle Webb was driving and later determined that he was intoxicated, Reed said. Police found a 7-year-old and 8-year-old in the vehicle as well, Reed said.
Webb was arrested and charged with first-degree aggravated driving under the influence, license to be in possession and two counts of wanton endangerment.
According to online jail records, Webb also faces charges out of Rockcastle county for second-degree stalking, third-degree terroristic threatening and intimidating a participant in a legal process.
Webb is being held on a $2,500 cash bond for the Madison County charges and a $7,500 unsecured, third-party bond for the Rockcastle County charges.
Off-duty officer shoved before suspect flees
An off-duty Kentucky State Police Trooper noticed suspicious activity Aug. 9 by an occupant inside a vehicle parked at the Tobacco Shed on Prince Royal Drive, according to a BPD news release.
Berea police officers were called to respond to a report of suspicious activity, but before they arrived, the trooper “observed one of the subjects drawing a substance into a syringe and the trooper identified himself,” Reed said. “He asked one of the subjects to step out of the vehicle, and as the subject stepped out, he pushed the trooper and ran away. The trooper was able to grab the subject and detain him until officers arrived.”
Inside the vehicle they located the syringe and a blue substance identified as Percocet inside of a Coke can, Reed said.
Vincent Jones, 21, of Richmond, was arrested and charged with third-degree assault on a police officer, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, second-degree fleeing or evading police and resisting arrest.
Jones remains in the Madison County Detention Center on a $5,000 cash bond.
• Scottie Brewer, 40, of Richmond was arrested Monday after an officer conducted a traffic stop on Richmond Road for a minor traffic violation.
“Officers had just received a call on the vehicle for suspicious activity in the Save A Lot parking lot,” Reed said. “After making contact with the driver, officers conducted a pat down and located several hydrocodone pills in his pants pocket.”
Officers also found a Suboxone sublingual film. Brewer was charged with second-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
• A Monday traffic stop for a minor violation resulted in the arrest of Robbie Renner, 29, of Berea. After being stopped by police on KY 1016, the officer said he noticed Renner discard a cigarette pack that turned out to have methamphetamine inside. Renner was transporting two juveniles at the time, Reed said. He was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, two counts of second-degree unlawful transaction of a minor and tampering with physical evidence.
• Charles Northern, 40, of Lexington, was arrested Aug. 10 after officers were called to Mario’s Pizza in reference to a male subject covered in blood in the parking lot, Reed said.
“Before they arrived they got another call that the subject was at Circle K across the street,” he said. “They located the subject who was initiating a physical altercation with another male subject.”
Northern was charged with second-degree assault and disorderly conduct.
• Shawndra Chasteen, 40, of Mount Vernon, was arrested Aug. 7 after officers responded to a shoplifting call at Walmart. According to police, Chasteen tried to leave the store without paying for $49.97 worth of merchandise.
After she was placed under arrest, officers say they found two types of narcotic pain medication in her purse. Chasteen was charged with theft by unlawful taking, first- and second-degree possession on a controlled substance and prescription controlled substance not in proper container.
From Aug. 7 through Aug. 13, Berea police made six alcohol-related arrests.
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Hundreds pay tribute as Sheriff Combs is laid to rest
Dozens of his fellow law enforcement officers from around Kentucky came to Church on the Rock on Saturday morning to pay a last tribute to Madison County Sheriff Jerry Combs, who was laid to rest after a funeral at the church.
Madison Central High School
Eastern Kentucky University. The school graduated 403 students, and 21 of those were Commonwealth Diploma recipients. Class secretary Caroline Smith gave the opening remarks, and class president Mackenzie Humphrey delivered the address. All speakers at the MCHS graduation were senior class officers who gave the opening, invocation and benediction.
Madison Southern High School
Madison Southern High School graduated 250 seniors Saturday afternoon at Eastern Kentucky University’s Alumni Coliseum.
Senior class president Kelsey Choate gave the welcoming. Mona Isaacs, chair of the Madison County Board of Education, gave remarks congratulating the seniors on completing an important milestone in their lives, and welcoming them into society as young adults.
Music at the ceremony was provided by the MSHS symphonic band, directed by David Ratliff, and the MSHS choir, directed by Letha Hembree.
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.
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