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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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.
Hops & Vine Festival raises money for humane society
Downtown Richmond’s Hops and Vine Festival started more than two years ago with a question.
Bill Clinton will stump for Grimes in eastern Kentucky
Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes is again calling in the “Big Dog” in her quest to unseat five-term Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.
Former President Bill Clinton will join Grimes on Aug. 6 for a campaign rally in eastern Kentucky, according to a campaign official who would provide no further details.
Cattle farmers enjoying ‛perfect storm’
Demand is up, and cattle are selling for record prices.
At the same time, corn prices are down and fuel prices have stabilized.
That adds up to a “perfect storm” for Kentucky cattle farmers, said Gary Kelly of Paint Lick as he ate lunch Friday with his brother Jimmy at the restaurant across from the Blue Grass Stockyards.
Fire training tower going up
A new training tower for the Richmond Fire Department is rising on Four Mile Road.
Construction began Thursday on the four-story, steel-framed structure.
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