The Richmond Register

February 4, 2014

Berea man charged with kidnapping his grandchildren

Register Staff Report

RICHMOND — Richmond police charged Roger D. Abrams, 50, of Berea, with kidnapping Friday after he allegedly took unlawful custody of his two grandchildren.

An officer responded to the 100 block of Rice Court about 3:38 p.m. and met with the children’s mother, according to the police report. The woman told the officer Abrams took her children, ages 7 and 9, from the home despite her objections, the report stated.

Shortly after the mother called the police, a Madison County Sheriff’s deputy stopped Abrams’ vehicle on I-75 South near the 81 mile marker. Abrams was taken to the RPD where he was interviewed before being charged, and the children were returned to their mother, the report stated.

Abrams was lodged in the Madison County Detention Center where he remained Monday afternoon, according to the jail’s online records.

Arbuckle Road man charged in Sept. assault

Officers have charged an Arbuckle Road man in connection with an assault that occurred Sept. 17 on Short Street.

James E. Gillispie, 41, was charged Sunday with second-degree assault after allegedly attacking a man he claimed owed him money, according to the police report. The fight spilled from the man’s residence into the street, and Gillispie struck the man in the head with a rock before fleeing the scene, the report stated. The victim suffered bruising over his left eye and a cut lip from the altercation.

Gillispie was taken into custody without incident and lodged in the detention center where he remained Monday afternoon, according to the jail’s online records.

Richmond thefts/burglaries Saturday

• Residents of an apartment in the 300 block of High Street reported their unlocked residence had been unlawfully entered overnight and several items worth $833 were stolen. Reported missing was a 42-inch LG television, a wall tapestry with an elephant design and $218 cash. According to the report, a light-colored pickup truck with a cap cover was seen in the area around the time of the theft.

• A Bellevue Drive resident reported a number of items worth $1,502.66 were stolen from her parked and unlocked vehicle during the past four days. Reported missing was a Real Tree Scent Blocker jacket, a Carhartt jacket, a pair of Red Wing boots, a fleece hooded sweatshirt and various articles of Boy Scout camping equipment and clothing.


• A Heathcliff Drive resident reported several items worth $1,260 had been stolen from his parked and unlocked vehicle between Jan. 14 and Jan. 18. Reported missing was a black range bag, a silver stapler, about 950 rounds of assorted caliber ammunition, eight ammunition magazines for various caliber firearms and a Dell Inspiron laptop.

• A resident in the 1000 block of Elizabeth Drive reported several items of jewelry worth $7,450 were stolen from her home during the past six months. Reported missing was a size eight gold ring with six diamonds (two carats), a size eight gold ring with a diamond in the center and smaller diamonds around it, a size eight gold horseshoe ring with diamonds, a flexible gold bangle bracelet with swirls etched into the gold and a gold bangle bracelet with two lines etched into the gold.

• A Woods Trail resident reported a silver Hewlett Packard laptop worth $1,000 had been stolen from his parked and unlocked vehicle overnight.


• A resident in the 1000 block of Bay Colony Drive reported five Vera Bradley Bags worth $400 had been stolen from her parked and unlocked pickup truck overnight. The collection consisted of two large blue and yellow duffle bags, two blue and yellow weekender bags, and one yellow bag.

• A Killarney Lane resident reported a Canon digital camera and an RCA DVD player with remote worth $350 were stolen from her residence during the past week. Two visitors to the residence were identified as suspects, the report stated.


• A complainant reported an iPad Mini in a mossy oak colored case and a blue Toshiba laptop worth $1,250 were stolen from her vehicle while she was inside the 458 Eastern Bypass McDonald’s during the afternoon.

Jan. 27

• A D&M Contracting employee reported several tools were stolen from a company vehicle overnight while it was parked at his Park Ridge Drive residence. Reported missing were three Dewalt circular saws, two corded and one cordless, a cordless Dewalt sawzall, a Dewalt cordless drill, three Bosch cordless drills and a Campbell Hausfeld air nailer worth $1,820.