The Richmond Register

October 1, 2012

Kit Carson teacher arrested after ‘domestic altercation’

By Ronica Shannon
Senior News Writer

RICHMOND — A Kit Carson Elementary kindergarten teacher was arrested Friday evening on theft and assault charges after an incident at the home of her estranged husband, according to a Richmond police report.

The teacher, Tamara D. Mills, 38, of Savanna Drive, her estranged husband and another woman all suffered minor injuries, the report stated.

Mills was charged with second-degree burglary and two counts of fourth-degree assault after police say she forced her way into the man’s home.

What police are calling a “domestic altercation” began just after 6:30 p.m. Friday, according to information from Richmond Police Chief Larry Brock.

After arriving at the man’s home in the 400 block of Norwood Drive, “officers met with the male resident who reported that he and a female friend were inside his home when Mills, his estranged wife, suddenly appeared and unlawfully entered the residence,” Brock said.

The man was able to restrain Mills, then push her outside the home and lock the door, according to the police report.

“Mills then reportedly broke several windows out of the door and reached inside to unlock the door,” Brock said. “She entered the house again but fled after the resident told her that he had called the police.”

The resident and a female guest suffered minor scratches and cuts during the altercation, he said.

Police later found Mills at Baptist Health where she was being treated for minor injuriesincurred when she broke the door windows, Brock said.

After she was treated, Mills was booked at the Madison County Detention Center from which she was released about 90 minutes later on a $5,000 unsecured, third-party bond. Mills remains on home incarceration, according to detention center personnel.

Mills was not in the classroom Monday, according to Erin Stewart, spokesperson for the Madison County School District.

“The district has no official comment on her arrest or the charges at this time,” she said.

Other arrests:

• Joshua E. Daugherty, 20, no permanent address, was arrested Saturday on a parole violation warrant and remains in the detention center without bond, according to jail personnel.

Daugherty was convicted in November 2011 on three counts of third-degree burglary and two counts of third-degree attempted burglary. He was sentenced to two years on each of the burglary counts and 12 months on each of the attempted burglary charges, according to Brock. The sentences were to be served concurrently.

Daugherty was paroled Feb. 2, but on July 19, the Kentucky Parole Board issued an arrest warrant because he reportedly failed to comply with parole supervision, did complete a halfway-house program and drank alcohol, according to Brock.

Police investigating a complaint of loud music Sept. 29 at a residence in Robinson Terrace said they iscovered Daugherty hiding in a bathtub inside the apartment. He was taken into custody without incident and lodged in detention center.

• Tommy E. Young, 34, of E. Irvine Street, was cited Sept. 26 for receiving stolen property less than $500.

A complainant reported Sept. 24 that his daughter’s Bundy clarinet had been stolen while she was waiting for her school bus on Sept. 14 at Madison Middle School, Brock said.

“It later was determined that two of the girl’s classmates had hidden the clarinet nearby as a prank, but the clarinet was forgotten by the student and left behind as she departed,” he said.

A follow-up investigation revealed that a man fitting Young’s description had discovered the clarinet on Sept. 16 and took possession of it.

On Sept. 26, a police officer observed a male matching the suspect’s description at Third Street and W. Main Street. 

“Following an interview with Young, officers recovered the clarinet from his residence,” Brock said.

Ronica Shannon can be reached at or 624-6608.