A Berea police officer noticed a man passed out behind the wheel of his car Sept. 29 in the parking lot of Spencer's Market on Scaffold Cane Road.
Donald Lewis, 39, of Berea was arrested and charged with first- and third-degree possession of a controlled substance and third-degree driving under the influence.
“The officer made contact with the subject and noticed that he had slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet,” said Sgt. Jake Reed, spokesperson for the Berea Police Department.
A search of Lewis' vehicle revealed a variety of pills including oxycodone (Percocet), clonazepam (Klonopin) and alprazolam (Xanax).
Berea police made six additional drug arrests from Sept. 21-Sept. 28.
Four people were arrested at Walmart Sept. 28 after police were alerted by store employees that several people were purchasing items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.
William Steele, 29, of McKee, Crystal Slone, 33,Tiffany Turner, 40 and Sonya Gibson, 32, all of Berea were arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.
“Officers were able to locate all four subjects who drove to the store together,” Reed said.
Between the four individuals, they had purchased a funnel, starting fluid, Coleman camp fuel, rock salt, coffee filters and lithium batteries, he said.
Abbygail Broughton, 20, of Richmond, was arrested Sept. 25 after a traffic stop on Paint Lick Road.
She gave police permission to search her vehicle and they located 33 alprazolam (Xanax) pills and two morphine pills. Broughton is charged with first- and third-degree possession of a controlled substance.
Police also found a morphine pill in the vehicle of Tammy Cain, 40, of Berea, on Sept. 25 after a traffic stop on Holly Hill Drive.
She was cited for minor traffic offenses, Reed said. However, she gave police permission to search her vehicle, which is when they located the pill. Cain is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance.
An undercover narcotics officer met with two subjects Sept. 24 who sold him four oxycodone (Percocet) pills.
“The occupants of the vehicle … drove toward Berea,” Reed said. “The vehicle was then stopped by uniformed officers off of Exit 76. Inside the vehicle, officers located 58 more oxycodone pills, a small amount of marijuana and $268 in cash.
Steven Ratliff, 42 and Calvin King, 41, both of Richmond, were charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.
Approximately 40 morphine pills were reportedly found Sept. 24 in the vehicle of Gregory Anglin, 45, of Berea, who was stopped for a minor traffic offense.
He gave officers permission to search his vehicle “and they located 40 morphine pills, 11 oxycodone (Percocet) pills and a cut straw with pill residue inside,” Reed said.
In other crime:
• A resident in the 100 Block of Douglas Street reported Sept. 28 that items were stolen from her vehicle. The victim said a window was broken out of her car and her purse was stolen, according to police. The estimated loss is $233.
• A resident in the 100 Block of Maple Street reported Sept. 27 that electronics were stolen from inside a vehicle. The estimated loss is $130.
• A resident in the 200 Block of Kaye Street reported Sept. 27 that electronics were taken from a vehicle after he found his car door standing open. The estimated loss is $351.
• A resident in the 100 Block of Morning View Drive reported Sept. 26 that items were stolen overnight from his vehicle which was parked in his driveway. The victim's estimated loss was $235.
• Officers were called to Berea College Public Safety Sept. 26 in reference to a theft.
A student reported that items were stolen from inside a vehicle that was parked on Ellipse Street, police say. The victim reported his backpack, books and computer stolen. The estimated loss was $2,030.
• A resident in the 100 Block of Holly Street reported a burglary Sept. 24. The victim stated that while she was at work, someone broke a window and entered her home. Several items were taken including jewelry and electronics. The estimated loss is $2,800.
• A resident in the 100 Block of Silver Creek Drive reported Sept. 24 that unauthorized purchases had been made on his credit card.
“The victim said his credit card was used several times in other states including Tennessee, Arkansas and Texas,” Reed said. The victim reported still having the card, but that someone must have obtained his credit card number. The estimated loss is $881.98.
Anyone with information about these cases should call the Berea Police Department at 986-8456.
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Is it spring yet?
Spring doesn’t arrive until March 20, but with a high temperature above 72, Tuesday felt like a preview of spring.
The warm weather drew a number of children and parents to Irvine-McDowell Park where they enjoyed blowing bubbles, swinging and going down the slides.
Madison County residents can expect a rude reminder tonight that spring has not yet arrived as forecasts call for a low temperature in the teens. Some snow was even forecast for this afternoon.
The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for the area effective from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today calling for steady winds as strong as 30 mph and gusts up to 45 mph.
Bids for EOC expansion opened
Dozens of contractors packed into the Madison Fiscal Court meeting Tuesday morning as 42 bids were opened for the expansion of the county’s Emergency Operations Center.
The project was divided into a dozen separate categories, such as paving, roofing and electrical work. Contractors also could bid on combinations of the categories for one price. After being opened and read, the bids will be reviewed before a decision is made, said Judge/Executive Kent Clark.
Man charged with assaulting BPD officers
A Berea man was charged Tuesday with felony assault after spitting blood at police officers, according to a Berea Police Department report.
Troy R. Collins, 24, also was charged with third-degree terroristic threatening, disorderly conduct and alcohol intoxication in a public place.
Democratic House leaders release budget
Democratic House leaders unveiled their 2014-2016 state budget Tuesday amid complaints from Republicans that it was hatched in the dark and lawmakers were asked to vote on it without sufficient time to study it.
The two-year, $20.3 billion dollar spending plan looks a lot like that proposed by Gov. Steve Beshear, but it makes some changes including spending a bit less on school textbooks and preschool and adds about $1 billion in debt.
RAAC Celtic Festival is Friday
Irish music, dancing and food will be featured as the Richmond Area Arts Council celebrates Kentucky’s Celtic heritage Friday evening.
The event is from 6 to 8 p.m. at RAAC, 399 W. Water St.
Fundraising concert for international tour Sunday
The Berea College Concert Choir will travel on a 15-day concert tour to Spain and Portugal from May 7 to May 21.
Music faculty members Dr. Stephen Bolster, conductor; Lindsay Clavere, pianist; Dr. Javier Clavere, organist; and math professor Sandra Bolster, chaperone; will lead choir members on a trip to several Spanish and Portuguese cities, including Barcelona, Valencia, Cordoba, Granada, Seville, Faro and Lisbon.
St. Baldrick’s and St. Patrick’s
You may walk into the Paddy Wagon Irish Pub this weekend with an empty stomach and a full head of hair.
Police: Heroin found in home
A Detroit man and two Richmond residents were charged Friday morning after Richmond bike patrol officers and narcotics detectives executed a search warrant on a Dee Dee Drive home.
Unveiling set for today
FRANKFORT — Monday is typically a light day in the General Assembly – few committee meetings and a late starting time to allow lawmakers to travel back to Frankfort.
Kentucky State Police accepting applications for next cadet class
The Kentucky State Police are now accepting applications for its 92nd cadet class scheduled to begin Aug. 3.
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