The Richmond Register

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February 20, 2007

Local police work to bring in Madison’s most wanted fugitives

Assault. Theft. Drug trafficking. Child abuse. The crimes they are charged with vary, but they all have one thing in common — they are accused of crimes and police need the community’s help to find them.

The men and women featured in today’s edition have been compiled as the most-wanted fugitives from Madison County’s four law enforcement agencies. But as new crimes are committed and new cases come in each day, some officers say the task of locating these fugitives can be daunting.

Berea Police Sgt. Danny Brewer said maintaining a balance between new cases and working on old ones requires a constant monitoring system. Each morning at 7, Brewer said he reviews cases, including the new ones patrol officers have slid underneath his door during the night.

On average, Brewer said he spends about 15 to 20 percent of his time working to catch fugitives.

“It’s a very difficult task,” Brewer said. “That’s not a whole lot of time because we have got a lot of new things going on. It can be as low as 10 percent because of interviews and other things we have to do.”

At Richmond’s Kentucky State Police post, KSP Lt. Mark Merriman said officers are required to conduct a review of individual cases every 120 days.

“During that four-month period, they actually look at the case again and do what they can to supplement and update the current condition of the case,” Merriman said.

However, each of the 12 troopers assigned to active duty in Madison County is personally responsible for his or her own case.

“We don’t have a warrant task force or fugitive team like some people do,” Merriman said. “So these guys address it when they can. Obviously they have everyday duties.”

Merriman said the troopers are trained to multi-task, but when numerous attempts have been made to locate a suspect and resources have been exhausted, finding these fugitives often is not their most important daily task.

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