The Richmond Register

Crime

March 25, 2014

Minor accident leads to drug-trafficking arrest

RICHMOND — A North Carolina man was charged with trafficking cocaine after Richmond police responded Sunday to a minor traffic accident on East Main Street.

Calvin S. Brooks, 28, also was charged with tampering with physical evidence and first-degree promoting contraband.

An officer responded to a parking lot at 1:40 p.m. in the 1500 block of East Main, according to an RPD report. The officer learned that another party had backed into Brooks’ parked rental car. 

While gathering information about the accident, the officer’s suspicions were aroused when Brooks could not provide basic information, the report stated. As the officer continued to question him, Brooks inadvertently pulled a bundle of money, later determined to be more than $1,000, from his pocket, according to the RPD.

The officer then searched Brooks’ vehicle and recovered a small quantity of cocaine, the police report stated. 

Brooks was taken into custody and transported to the Madison County Detention Center where the officer discovered Brooks had attempted to conceal two packages of cocaine inside the police cruiser, the report added.

Another baggie of cocaine was found on him as he was being booked, according to the report.

Man charged with possessing stolen firearm

Police charged Billy Morrison, 21, West Main Street, on Saturday with possession of a stolen firearm following a traffic stop.

An officer stopped a vehicle at 2:53 a.m. being driven recklessly on the Eastern Bypass, according the police report. The driver was identified as Morrison, and he was taken into custody for suspected driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. 

During a search of the vehicle, the officer reported recovering a Ruger .22 caliber pistol from the console that proved to be stolen from Adair County.

Morrison was lodged in the Detention Center.

Woman charged with drug offenses

Police charged Jessica A. Barrett, 30, of Beattyville, on Sunday with drug offenses after responding to a call at Walmart.

Officers were dispatched at 8:40 p.m. to Walmart to investigate a report that a man and woman were passed out in a vehicle. Officers reported finding the couple inside the store and determined that Barrett was under the influence of an intoxicant, according to the RPD report.

She was taken into custody and transported to the Madison County Detention Center where a search of her purse revealed 37.5 oxycodone pills, several Xanax pills that were prescribed but not in the proper container, and a cut straw with suspected drug residue, the RPD reported.

The man in the initial report was not arrested, according to the RPD.

Barrett was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, prescription of a controlled substance not in a proper container, public intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Arrest made in theft of tools

Richmond police charged Jonathan J. Wilburn, 28, West Blair Avenue, in connection with a theft that occurred in late 2013.

The owner of New Resolutions Plumbing reported Feb. 17 that several tools were stolen from a company vehicle in late December 2013 or early January 2014. The owner discovered the theft only recently when it was reported to him that a former employee, Wilburn, had taken the items, according to the RPD report. 

The stolen items were two Milwaukee hammer drills with two drill bits, valued at $1,675.

The follow-up investigation revealed that Wilburn had taken and transferred one of the drills and both drill bits to another party Dec. 24, the RPD reported. The three items were recovered by police Feb. 17.

A warrant was issued Feb. 20 for Wilburn’s arrest, charging him wth theft by unlawful taking ($500 to $10,000) and theft by deception (under $500).

Wilburn was taken into custody Monday on Four Mile Avenue and taken to the Madison County Detention Center.

Burglaries & thefts 

Monday

•  A complainant reported that her vehicle had been broken into while it was parked in the 400 block of Big Hill Avenue during the late afternoon and a Kenwood AM/FM/CD stereo was stolen. Entry was gained by breaking the driver’s side door window. Estimated loss: $150.

Sunday

A resident in the 200 block of McDaniel Avenue reported Sunday that several items had been stolen from her apartment since October 2013. The victim indicated that a pair of Nike Shox athletic shoes, an Android tablet and $300 had been taken. Estimated loss: $470.

Anyone with information about these cases is asked to call the Richmond Police Department at 623-1162.

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