The Richmond Register

February 26, 2014

Berea road-rage incidents lead to felony charges

By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer

BEREA — Police recently made two felony wanton endangerment arrests in two incidents, both involving encounters on Berea roadways.

On Monday, officers received a complaint about a vehicle attempting to run another vehicle off the road, according to a BPD report.

Courtney W. Henson, 35, of Richmond, was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment in the incident.

The victims told police Henson, who was known to them, followed them and struck their vehicle in the rear. While on Lester Street, Henson pulled up beside the victims and collided with them, the report stated.

The victims made an attempt to get away from Henson and eventually went to the Berea Police Department parking lot. The officers reported that their vehicle had damage in several areas.

Henson was arrested and charged that night, and he remains in the Madison County Detention Center, according to online records.

In the other incident, Donald K. Wiles, 56, of Berea, was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment after a driver told police the man brandished a handgun at him while on McKinney Drive.

The victims met with officers Friday at the the police department and reported that they were driving on Brenwood Street when they were cut off by another vehicle.

The two vehicles turned onto McKinney Drive where they stopped beside each other at a red light, the report stated. The drivers got into an argument, and the one of the drivers, later identified as Wiles, pulled out a Derringer-style pistol and pointed it at the other man, according to the BPD.

The victims were able to give police a description of Wiles’ vehicle and the tag number. Officers found the vehicle and Wiles a short time later, and he told police he had been involved in an argument with the other driver.

Officers reported locating a .22 caliber pistol in his pants pocket.

Wiles was arrested and taken to the detention center where he was released later the same day, according to the jail’s online records.

Drug trafficking, possession arrests

Three people were charged recently with felony drug offenses in Berea.

A Berea man was charged with heroin trafficking Saturday following a traffic stop. Police had pulled over a vehicle for an equipment violation on Chestnut Street, according to the BPD report.

The driver, 34-year-old Erik Schomer, was charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (heroin) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Schomer was asked to step out of the vehicle, and he consented to a search of his person, the report stated.

Officers reported finding suspected heroin in his hoodie pocket and $464 that was broken down into separate stacks. The officers also reported finding in the vehicle two syringes, a spoon with the handle cut off and a Q-tip inside of an antacid package.

A digital scale and a piece of paper with weights in grams and the amount of money for each weight also was recovered, according to the BPD.

Kelly Jones, 29, of Elizabethtown was charged Feb. 12 with public intoxication, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia and controlled substance prescription not in a proper container.

Jones was arrested after officers were called to Walmart to investigate a report of a disoriented woman who had been in the store for several hours. Officers located her, and she gave consent to let them search her purse, according to the report.

The officers reported finding two spoons with residue, one needle and a prescription bottle containing tablets that did not match the label. Jones reportedly told police the needle had contained methamphetamine.

Also the same day, police conducted a traffic stop on Chestnut Street for a minor equipment violation, according to the report.

Tracy Cope, 37, of Berea, was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (Endocet) and tampering with physical evidence during the course of the stop.

The officers reported they obtained consent to search the vehicle, and they found one Endocet tablet on the vehicle’s floorboard. Cope also told police she had just swallowed an oxycodone tablet as she was being pulled over.

Misdemeanor arrests

From Feb. 18 to Saturday, Berea police made the following arrests:

• One person for shoplifting $50.82 in merchandise from Walmart

• One person for shoplifting $62.70 in merchandise from Walmart, third-degree possession of a controlled substance (clonazepam), second-degree possession of a controlled substance (hydrocodone) and alcohol intoxication in a public place

• One person for second-degree possession of a controlled substance (hydrocodone) and possession of marijuana Misdemeanor arrests