On Saturday, police charged Jesse Williams, 23, of Lexington, with several offenses after police said they found a plastic bag of drugs and other pill bottles inside his vehicle. Some of the recovered prescription bottles belonged to Williams’ mother, according to a Richmond police news release.
Officers were dispatched at 6:48 p.m. to several traffic accidents on the Robert R. Martin Bypass, where an officer found a vehicle that had struck a guard rail in the eastbound lane.
“Williams was operating the vehicle at the time of the accident and falsely identified himself as his brother, giving police his brother’s identifying information,” RPD Chief Larry Brock stated in a release.
He later was released from the scene of the collision after which the investigating officer discovered a plastic bag containing numerous prescription pills in unlabeled containers along with several prescription bottles, the chief said.
Williams also is charged with giving a police officer a false name/address, operating on a suspended license and 12 counts of illegally possessing of a legend drug.
Charges made in
Two men were arrested Monday night after someone reported a guitar stolen from a resident on Villa Drive.
Carl E. Ruppe, 33, Ballard Drive, and Clifford R. White, 34, Red Lick Road, were arrested in connection with the theft that reportedly occurred Christmas Eve.
Entry was gained by forcing open the rear door, according to police. The following items were listed as missing: an Ibanez electric bass guitar, a black Sony 32-inch LCD television, a black Sony 17-inch laptop computer, serial No. SCND9193SBK, a black Sony PlayStation 2 gaming system and a Snake Charmer .410 gauge shotgun. The estimated loss is $3,600.
The follow-up investigation revealed that Ruppe and White had been in possession of the stolen guitar and transferred it to a third party two days after the theft, the police chief said. The guitar, valued at $500, was recovered and returned to the owner.
Ruppe was charged with receiving stolen property under $10,000 and theft by deception under $500. White was charged for receiving stolen property under $10,000. Both were booked into the Madison County Detention Center.
• A representative of Blue Grass Plating, 451 N. Estill Ave., reported Dec. 26, that the business had been broken into overnight and three vending machines had been forced open and damaged.
Entry was gained by forcing open a rear side door to the building, according to police. An unknown amount of currency was stolen from the three vending machines, all of which were damaged beyond repair. The estimated loss caused by theft and damage is $15,000.
• A resident in the 200 block of Evansdale Avenue reported that several items had been stolen from his unlocked vehicle during the overnight hours. The following items were reported missing: 150-piece Popular Mechanics socket set, a 12-inch yellow gold herringbone necklace and a bottle of prescription medication. The estimated loss is $550.
• A patron of the Red Roof Inn reported Dec. 26 that several items had been stolen overnight from his unlocked vehicle. Reported missing were: a reproduction painting of Van Gogh’s “Café Terrace at Night” in a black frame, a 2-foot oak-framed mirror, a large picture of the Grand Canyon, a set of rubber Ford floor mats, 10 CDs, an Aiwa bookshelf CD player with no speakers, a chrome desk lamp, a Basset lamp; a 3-by-5 foot brown shag rug, a black and gold hallway runner rug; and a pair of black sunglasses. The estimated loss is $1,020.
Anyone with information about these cases is asked to call the Richmond Police Department at 623-1162.
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Eggs fly at park
Easter has probably never been so “eggstravagant” in Richmond as it was Saturday during the annual Eggstravaganza in Irvine-McDowell Park.
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
Richmond city officials are still awaiting word on grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the Water Street drainage project.
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.
KY 52 link to I-75 to be discussed May 13
While a proposed link from Nicholasville to Exit 95 on Interstate 75 north of Richmond has garnered attention and organized opposition, the state also is developing plans to link I-75 to another community to the west.
May 30 last school day for students
After 16 snows days and two weather delays this winter, the Madison County School Board decided Thursday to end the school year on Friday, May 30.
Students showcase projects in Technology Extravaganza
Madison County School students showed off just how tech savvy they can be during the district’s sixth annual Technology Extravaganza on Thursday at Madison Central High School. After the showcase, more than 350 students were honored for their work.
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.
Berea man indicted on 24 child porn counts
A Madison grand jury has indicted a Berea man on 24 counts related to child pornography.
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’
Waco Elementary and Model Laboratory schools students raised more than $8,000 (and counting) for the annual Pack the Track event at Eastern Kentucky University’s Tom Samuels Track Thursday, said Kim DeCoste of the Madison County Diabetes Coalition.
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