A Madison grand jury indicted a Berea man Wednesday on charges involving a robbery at Dollar General and three business burglaries in October.
In two indictments, Daimon W. Mardis, 21, was charged with first-degree robbery, convicted felon in possession of a handgun, three counts of third-degree burglary and first-degree persistent felony offender
Mardis could receive a maximum of life in prison if he is convicted of the robbery charge, which is enhanced because he has previously been convicted of two or more felonies.
Mardis is accused of entering the Dollar General store in Berea on Oct. 28 and demanding money from an employee while brandishing a handgun, according to the indictment and a Berea police report.
Shortly after the robbery, BPD officers stopped Mardis who was walking nearby on Oak Street. The officers reported Mardis had a large amount of cash in his pants pocket, and a silver handgun was found lying in the roadway several feet from Mardis.
The officers also found a purple bandana, similar to what the robber reportedly used to mask his face, lying on the ground nearby, according to the BPD.
Officers said Mardis confessed to the robbery.
The BPD also found items reported stolen in three recent burglaries of Berea businesses in Mardis’ home. He was charged with burglarizing Jazzy Jewels by Linda and Jeff’s Home and Hearth on Oct. 17.
Mardis also is accused of burglarizing Compucreate on Oct. 25, according to the indictment.
Other indictments handed down Wednesday were:
• Matthew D. Lamb, 19, manufacturing methamphetamine
• Anthony Edward Cox, 37, first-degree bail jumping
• Walter Harris Jones Jr., 45, theft by failure to make required disposition of property (less than $10,000)
• Christine L. Heath, 42, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone), second-degree possession of a controlled substance (hydrocodone), third-degree possession of a controlled substance (Tramadol) and aggravated operating a motor vehicle while impair (first offense)
• Michelle K. Cornett, 30, second-degree burglary and second-degree persistent felony offender
• Michael J. Harrison, 28, two counts of first-degree sexual abuse
• Amanda N. Griffey, 21, theft by deception
• Michael A. Gregory, 32, first-degree promoting contraband, second-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana
Grand jury indictments do not indicate guilt, only that grand jurors believe the state has enough evidence to proceed with prosecution.
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Arabic letter N painted on church door
Throughout its history the Roman Catholic Church has been associated with Latin language and lettering, so passersby on West Main Street were surprised Thursday to see a strange symbol emblazoned on the church’s door.
Some were even more surprised to learn it was an Arabic character.
Fire damages Southern Hills building
A building in the Southern Hills shopping center at the corner of Commercial Drive and Gibson Bay Drive was damaged by a Thursday afternoon fire.
Contractors had been working to update the vacant building but were probably not the cause of the fire that began in the bathroom, Richmond Fire Chief Buzzy Campbell said after the fire was extinguished.
Demolition derby at the county fair
The emcee, firefighters and paramedics race to help the driver of an over-turned car in Wednesday night’s Madison County Fair demolition derby. The driver was unhurt and the vehicle was quickly righted.
Royalty crowned at Madison County Fair
Bee-ing in the know
Bee lovers were buzzing around Eastern Kentucky University this week for the Eastern Apicultural Society’s 2014 conference.
Hobbyists, scientists and apiarists traveled from as far as Canada, France and New Zealand, as well as many states, to spend the week exploring numerous aspects of bees.
Store employee charged with taking $10,000
Tanya R. Horn, 33, of Darlene Court, pilfered $10,196 in cash from Posh Tots on Meridian Way over the course of two years, according to a Richmond Police report.
Madison County Fair paid admissions total 10,000 by Tuesday
Approximately 10,000 people had purchased tickets to the Madison County Fair by Tuesday evening, Billy Tudor, fair board president said Wednesday morning.
The count does not include Sunday’s Family Fun Day, which offered free admission, Tudor said.
Babies, toddlers crowned at Madison County Fair
Airport getting $600,000 in federal funds
On July 14, Gov. Steve Beshear announced the Madison Airport and the Eastern Kentucky University aviation program would be receiving $1.1 million for expanded and improved facilities.
On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Sixth District, announced the airport also would benefit from $600,000 in Federal Aviation Administration funds.
Veggies going on the grill Saturday
The Madison County Farmers Market will demonstrate Saturday that fresh garden vegetables can go on the grill as well as in a salad.
The Madison County Extension Service staff, along with members of the extension homemakers clubs, will be on hand to show market customers how tasty grilled vegetables can be, said Gina Noe, extension agent for family and consumer sciences.
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