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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Berea utility doubles solar farm, again
Berea Municipal Utilities started its solar farm in October 2011 with 60 panels. In less that five days, all were leased.
Another 60, which became operational in June 2012, were leased in less than four months.
Now, the farm again has doubled, with the addition of 126 panels that are ready for leasing, said Steve Boyce, a retired Berea College professor who has been involved with the program since its inception.
My fair ladies
10th Quilt Extravaganza is Friday, Saturday
Displays of quilts by men, baby quilts, the Grandmother’s Flower Garden pattern, an exhibit of feed sack fabric, ongoing demonstrations, and a vendors market are features of the 10th Berea Quilt Extravaganza Friday and Saturday at Berea Community School off Ellipse Street.
RPD: Heroin sales lead to trafficking indictment
Executing a warrant issued after Samantha Frederick, 29, Northgate Drive, was indicted July 16 by a Madison County grand jury, Richmond Police arrested her Monday on drug trafficking charges.
YMCA, county district to provide after-school care
The Telford YMCA is partnering with the Madison County School District to provide after-school child care for kindergarten and elementary students.
YMCA Executive Director Dave Wallace and Madison County School Superintendent Elmer Thomas announced the partnership Monday afternoon.
Memories bloom in May’s garden
After realizing a story was being written about 96-year-old Lucille May, tenants of Willis Manor gathered in the lobby to share stories about her.
Affectionately called “Mamaw” by other residents and workers at the apartment building, May has spent the four years of her residence transforming an outdoor garden that was overtaken by weeds. It’s now a thriving flowerbed, complete with interesting rocks, decorations and conversation.
Water Street storm-water digging begins
Caisson holes were drilled and then filled with concrete and steel poles Monday to create a retaining structure to shore up the Allstate Insurance building foundations' firm when excavation for the Water Street Stormwater Improvement Project begins.
Digging for 20 ton, 6 by 7 foot concrete box culverts will begin today, if weather permits, said Jason Hart, Richmond’s director of Planning and Zoning. The culverts will help reduce the likelihood of flooding on Water Street by carrying storm water under Main Street, the CVS parking lot and Irvine Street to a stream, he said.
RPD: Bottle bomb injures man, damages neighbor’s home
Richmond Police on Friday charged Robert Abney, 30, of Moberly Avenue, in connection with a May 30 explosion that injured Abney and damaged a neighbor’s home.
Officers were dispatched May 30 to a residence in the 500 block of Moberly Avenue to investigate the report of an explosion.
They found the remains of a plastic bottle bomb near a residence adjoining Moberly’s, according to an RPD news release. A wall of the occupied home was smoldering and grass was burned in the area, it added.
Two led police on I-75 chase from Berea
Berea Police found a man passed out and intoxicated inside his crashed vehicle on Interstate 75 Wednesday, according to a police report.
Steven Coffey, 34, of Berea, had slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet when officers arrived at the vehicle, the police report stated. They determined he was under the influence of drugs, the report stated.
A race to the finish line
Sheltered by overcast sky and supported by a cool breeze, teams competed Saturday morning in the second annual HeartChase at Richmond Centre.
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