The Richmond Register

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January 4, 2014

Ferguson Waterworks truck stolen, building broken into

RICHMOND — A Richmond business was burglarized Thursday, and a work truck was stolen and severely damaged, according to police.

Richmond police officers were sent to Ferguson Waterworks on South Keeneland Drive at 5:33 a.m. after receiving a burglary report.

Officers met with a Madison County Sheriff’s deputy upon arrival and learned that he had found a severely damaged truck from Ferguson Waterworks abandoned on Goggins Lane, the RPD report stated. The truck had a piece of fence attached to it.

The deputy had checked the Ferguson business site and discovered the front fence was torn down and two mailboxes knocked over, presumably by the truck as it was being stolen, according to the RPD report.

The Richmond officers checked the Ferguson building and reported finding an open door. No intruders were discovered inside, and a business representative was summoned to the scene.

The representative confirmed to police that numerous items were missing, including the 2010 Ford F-250 pickup truck.

Among other items missing were a black safe containing an undisclosed amount of petty cash, a black and silver Hewlett-Packard laptop computer with carrying case and charger, a charger for an iPhone, two trash cans and numerous tools.

Total value of items reported stolen was $21,697.

CVS victim of smash-and-grab burglar

Officers were dispatched Wednesday at 4:49 a.m. to CVS Pharmacy on East Main Street after receiving a call about a burglary, according to an RPD report.

A witness told police a man broke the front window of the store and removed several cartons of cigarettes before fleeing on foot across the parking lot.

The officers found a brick that was used to break the window but were not unable to find the burglar after checking the area, the report stated.

A business representative was summoned, and it was determined that nine cartons of cigarettes (one L&M and eight Parliament) and 20 individual packs of cigarettes (Marlboro Black) had been stolen. Estimated value of the stolen items is $500.

The burglar is described as a thin male wearing dark gloves and dark gloves. He was wearing something that covered his nose and mouth area.

Police: Man trafficking marijuana from Crescent Hill Drive home

A Crescent Hill Drive resident was charged Thursday with trafficking marijuana after 194 individually packaged bags of marijuana were found in his home, according to Richmond police.

RPD bike and narcotics unit officers executed a search warrant at the residence of 35-year-old Harry W. Banks at 1:45 a.m. Thursday, according to a report.

The officers reported finding the marijuana bags, which totaled 10 ounces; two digital scales; a grinder with marijuana residue; numerous plastic baggies; $779 in cash; three handguns and several boxes of ammunition.

The officers also reported three children, ages 17, 14 and 12, were living in the house where the alleged drug-trafficking activity was occurring, which led to Banks also being charged with second-degree wanton endangerment.

Man arrested after allegedly threatening girlfriend with knife 

Richmond police arrested a man on a felony wanton-endangerment charge after his girlfriend reported Thursday that he had threatened her with knife.

Officers were sent at 2:54 a.m. to an apartment in the 500 block of Ballard Drive to investigate a call about a disturbance. The woman told police she was staying with a friend when her boyfriend, 26-year-old Jonathan L. Douglas, arrived at the home to speak to her, according to the report.

The woman said Douglas demanded that she leave with him, and grabbed a knife from her hand that she had been using to make a ribbon bracelet, according to the RPD.

Douglas is alleged to have pointed the knife toward her stomach and told her again she was leaving with him. A resident of the apartment intervened and said he was calling police. At that point, Douglas fled on foot, the report stated.

Officers later found Douglas at a nearby apartment and took him into custody. He was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment and taken to the Madison County Detention Center.

Police charge man with concealing gun

A Maple Grove Road man was arrested on a charge of concealing a firearm after he was arrested on an outstanding fleeing and evading police warrant.

Richmond Police Department bike patrol officers encountered Mickey J. McPhearson inside a parked car Wednesday outside an apartment building in the 500 block of Ballard Drive, according to the police report.

McPhearson had a warrant for second-degree fleeing and evading police, and he was taken into custody. The charge stemmed from an Sept. 4 incident in which police allege McPhearson failed to stop the vehicle he was driving when told to do so by an officer who was investigating suspicious activity on Maple Grove Road.

Officers then reported finding a loaded .40 caliber ammunition magazine on McPhearson after he was taken from the vehicle. They also found a .40 caliber handgun under the seat McPhearson had been occupying, the report stated.

The officers also reported McPhearson had a marijuana cigarette in a cigarette pack in his possession.

In addition to the fleeing charge from the warrant, McPhearson also was charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon and possession of marijuana.

Manna Drive resident reports burglary

A resident in the 100 block of Manna Drive reported that her residence had been unlawfully entered some time between Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, and a Toshiba 32-inch television was stolen. Entry was gained through an unlocked bedroom window. Estimated loss is $400.

Anyone with information about these cases is asked to call the Richmond Police Department at 623-1162.

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