By Ronica Shannon
Senior News Writer
A Berea man is now in jail after police say he gave a pill bottle to a minor Saturday after being pulled over for a traffic violation.
Earl B. Kirby, 56, was arrested and charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, tampering with physical evidence, careless driving and for being a fugitive from another state.
An officer conducted a traffic stop on Slate Lick Road after spotting a vehicle that had committed a traffic violation on Boone Street, according to Sgt. Jake Reed, spokesperson for the Berea Police Department.
“The driver of the vehicle had an active arrest warrant out of Georgia and was detained,” Reed said. Also in the vehicle was a 14-year-old male with a pill bottle sticking out of his pocket.
“Officers learned that the driver pulled the pill bottle from his pants pocket and gave it to the juvenile as they were getting pulled over so the juvenile could hide it,” Reed said.
The pill bottle contained 11-and-a-half oxycodone tablets (Percocet), according to the police report.
Kirby remains in the Madison County Detention Center under a $7,500 cash bond for the Madison County charge. Kirby also has a probation violation charge stemming from Georgia, which does not carry a bond, according to detention center personnel.
Two men charged with carrying weapons, intoxication
Officers were called Wednesday, Jan. 16, to Get It Quick Mart of Scaffold Cane Road in reference to an intoxicated male subject. When they arrived they located a vehicle in the parking lot with three subjects inside, according to Reed.
“While speaking with the subjects, one of the officers observed one of the male passengers pull up his shirt and observed the handle of a handgun in the subject’s pocket,” he said. “The subject was asked to step out of the vehicle. As they were speaking to him another male passenger pulled something from his pocket and put in inside the glove box of the vehicle. He was asked to step out of the vehicle and Officers located a handgun in the glove box.
David Wright, 41, and Dennis Conley, 37, both of Richmond, were arrested and charged with public intoxication and carrying a concealed, deadly weapon. Wright also was charged with possession of a handgun by a convicted felon. Both were taken to the detention center.
Police say man was spotted stealing mail
Devon Coil, 19, was arrested Thursday, Jan. 17, and charged with theft of mail matter.
On Jan. 8, “Officers responded to the 100 Block of East Haiti Road in reference to a male subject going through people’s mail boxes,” Reed said.
Police located Coil on Chestnut Street where he was positively identified.
“He did not have any mail on him but admitted to officers that he had been going through mail boxes,” Reed said. “After speaking with him, officers met with a witness who observed what had happened.” Officers also located some mail in a nearby field where Coil was believed to have discarded it, Reed said. An arrest warrant later was obtained and Coil was arrested and charged.
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