The Indiana doctor accused in a Madison County road rage incident pleaded not guilty to a charge of wanton endangerment at an arraignment Thursday in Madison Circuit Court.
Perrin Dobyns, 51, of Corydon, Ind., is accused of pointing a BB gun at another vehicle on the interstate in September.
The driver of the other vehicle, David Kollar, reported to the Kentucky State Police that he saw the car driven by Dobyns pass another vehicle in the emergency lane and then drive recklessly in what appeared to be an attempt to run that vehicle off the road.
Kollar used his smartphone to shoot video of Dobyns’ car, and when he pulled up beside Dobyns, the doctor can be seen pointing what appeared to be a handgun through the passenger window at Kollar.
Kollar told police he believed Dobyns shot at him, but the KSP investigators were unable to confirm that.
The KSP used the information that Kollar provided to identify Dobyns and charge him with first-degree wanton endangerment. The charge is a Class D felony punishable by one to five years in prison.
Dobyns was taken into custody at the Branchville Correctional Facility in Indiana where he worked as a doctor. His medical license was suspended for 90 days in October as a result of his arrest.
Dobyns also was placed on probation in 2009 by the Indiana Medical Licensing Board because of chemical dependency while he was working at another medical practice, according to information provided by the Herald Bulletin newspaper in Anderson, Ind.
Dobyns is scheduled to appear in court for a pretrial hearing at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 9. Dobyns is represented by attorney Jim Baechtold, and he has been released from jail on bond.
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For the first time, thousands of eggs were dropped, appropriately by an “eggbeater”-type helicopter, in addition to thousands of eggs already scattered on the grass below. Together, they numbered about 10,000, according to Erin Moore, Richmond Parks and Recreation director.
City awaits funds for Water Street project
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However, Mayor Jim Barnes said he is confident the money should come through by May 1.
Elementary schools built in ‘60s getting upgrades
Renovation of three Madison County elementary schools built in Richmond during the 1960s will start this summer.
The county school board voted Thursday to continue with the second phase of state paperwork required for the projects.
With a target completion date of August 2015, renovations and alterations at Daniel Boone, Kit Carson and White Hall elementary schools are estimated to cost almost $12 million.
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Students showcase projects in Technology Extravaganza
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Ward honored for service; tech center named after him
Retired Madison County educator Jesse Ward was recognized Thursday for his many years of service. To honor him, Superintendent Elmer Thomas announced the board’s decision to rename the district’s technology training center on North Second Street in Richmond the Jesse P. Ward Technology and Training Center.
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Brian J. Smith, 26, is charged with four counts of distribution and 20 counts of possession of matter portraying sexual performances by a minor.
Police apprehend burglary suspect
An observant witness was able to help Richmond police catch a burglary suspect shortly after a break-in Thursday afternoon on Savanna Drive off Berea Road.
Walkers, runners of every age ‘Pack the Track’
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