The Richmond Register

March 18, 2013

Police: Man repeatedly strikes officer attempting a medical transport

Register staff report

RICHMOND — A Richmond man is facing several charges after allegedly assaulting a police officer who was court ordered to transport him to a medical facility in Lexington, according to Richmond Police Chief Larry Brock.

There is a process in which a person can file an affidavit, usually a family member or health care professional, that results in a judge ordering a person to be examined, Brock said.

In this case, an officer was dispatched March 12 to Baptist Health in Richmond to carry out a court order to transport Anthony Spencer, 21, of Robinson Terrace, and he didn’t want to go, the chief said.

As the officer attempted to escort Spencer to his vehicle, he resisted and reportedly struck the officers several times in the head and attempted to flee, according to the RPD report.

When the officer detain Spencer, he found two small bags of marijuana on his person while a set of scales were recovered from the floor where the struggle occurred, the report stated.

Although Spencer was not injured in the incident, the officer suffered several contusions and “his uniform was also damaged in the fracas,” according to the RPD report.

After the transport order was carried out, Spencer was returned to Richmond and lodged at the Madison County Detention Center.

He is charged with third-degree assault of a police officer, second-degree fleeing or evading police, third-degree criminal mischief, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Spencer was released on a third-party unsecured bond with monitored conditional release, according to jail records.

RPD: Berea man attempts arm robbery one day after stealing from Walmart

Saturday afternoon, officers were dispatched to a residence in the 100 block of E. Locust Street to investigate a reported robbery.

Police learned that a male suspect, later identified as Jeremy S. Green, 27, of Berea, had forced his way into the home and demanded money, according to Brock.

Green was reportedly armed with a handgun and threatened to harm the residents, who told him that they did not have any money.

Green fled from the house and jumped into an awaiting escape car after he suspected that a neighbor may have been alerted to a problem at the residence, according to the police report.

RPD located Green at a residence in Berea and interviewed him at the police station, after which he was charged with first-degree burglary.

In addition, Green was charged with theft by unlawful taking under $500 in connection with a shoplifting incident at Walmart the day before.

Store employees saw Green exit the store without paying for around $80 worth of merchandise, Brock said. Green was then detained by employees and returned to the store where the stolen items were recovered.

When Green learned that the police were being called, he fled from the store and left in an awaiting vehicle, the report stated.

Green remains at the detention center in lieu of a $25,000 cash bond.

Woman hides stolen checkbook in police cruiser

Police charged Rebecca J. Kalman, 37, of E. Irvine Street, for several offenses in connection with passing stolen and forged checks.

After her arrest, she attempted to hide the stolen checkbook, that contained another forged check, in the rear of the police cruiser, according to Chief Brock.

On March 3, a resident in the 300 block of Overland Drive reported his home had been broken into during the early evening hours and a number of items were stolen.

The resident reported several blank checks were missing along with guns, ammunition, tools, a pocket watch and gold showcase knives, according to the RPD report.

During the investigation, police discovered Kalman had allegedly passed two of the stolen and forged checks at Murphy USA on two separate days totaling about $70.

Saturday, Kalman attempted to pass another check at the same location, after which she was located and interviewed at the police station, the release stated.

Kalman was arrested and transported to jail. Afterward, it was discovered she had attempted to hide the stolen checkbook in the police cruiser.  

Kalman was charged with four counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, three counts of theft by deception under $500, tampering with physical evidence and receiving stolen property under $500.

She remains incarcerated at the detention center on a $2,500 cash bond.

Richmond man charged with theft of vehicle from Mississippi

On Thursday, police were dispatched to the Kroger parking lot to investigate a report that a stolen 1998 Saturn was possibly located in the area.

The officer saw the vehicle matching the description with a man sitting inside. The vehicle had a Kentucky license plate that did not match the description of the stolen vehicle which prompted further investigation.

Edward O. Wardle, 49, of Lancaster Road, was observed leaving the vehicle but he was detained shortly thereafter, according to the police report.

Wardle had reportedly stolen the vehicle from an auto dealer in Picayune, Mississippi on Wednesday. The vehicle was impounded pending return to the rightful owner.

Wardle was charged with receiving stolen property under $10,000 and is incarcerated at the detention center on a $10,000 cash bond.

Boggs Lane woman arrested for parole violation

In November 2009, Crystal Ashcraft, now 33, of Boggs Lane, was convicted in the Madison Circuit Court of first-degree facilitation of robbery and first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. She was sentenced to five years imprisonment on each charge with all but one of the years to run concurrent, according to the RPD report.

In January 2011, Ashcraft was paroled and almost two years later, a parole violation warrant was issued for her arrest. According to the RPD statement, she violated several conditions of her parole, including absconding parole supervision and failure to report to her parole office as directed.

In addition to the parole violation warrant, an arrest warrant from the Madison Family Court was served Ashcraft, charging her with failure to appear and failure to pay child support.

Ashcraft remains at the detention center and must pay $4,000 in child support, but her parole violation is ineligible for a bond, according to jail records.

Anyone with information regarding the above listed cases is asked to contact the Richmond Police Department at 859-623-1162.