A traffic stop Friday resulted in the arrest of two men who, combined, had more than 600 narcotic pills and $1,050 in cash.
Kenneth Martin, 21, and Donte Howard, both of Berea, were arrested and charged with first- and third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance after Martin was stopped on Northbound I-75.
“The operator of the vehicle did not have a drivers license,” said Sgt. Jake Reed, public information officer for the Berea Police Department.
After Martin was arrested, officers executed a search warrant at his residence on Ridgewood Drive in Berea.
“Inside the apartment they detained the second subject (Howard),” Reed said. “They also located different kinds of pills totaling 494 tablets.”
Martin also was charged with several traffic offenses, he said.
In other arrests:
• Glenn Partin, 38, of Berea, was arrested Jan. 29 and charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
After responding to a call of suspicious activity on Boone Street, officers located a parked vehicle with a man inside.
“Inside the vehicle they located a syringe with a blue liquid substance as well as a soda can with the same substance on the bottom side of it,” Reed said. The substance in the syringe is suspected to be Percocet.
• Daniel Parker, 33, and Tiffany Gortney, 32, both of Lexington, were arrested Jan. 31 and charged with receiving stolen property.
Officers were called to the area of I-75 Northbound in reference to a vehicle that had just left Walmart, Reed said.
“Officers located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop on I-75 Northbound near the 83 Exit,” he said. “Inside the vehicle, officers located several boxes of diabetic test strips that were still inside their security cases.”
The total value of the merchandise was $547. Parker also was charged with several traffic offenses.
In other crime:
• A resident in the 30 Block of Mary Street reported Friday, Feb. 1 that she was away for several days and items were stolen from the home. The estimated loss is $100, according to police.
• A resident in the 400 Block of Oak Street reported Jan. 30 that several items were taken from the home while he was away. The estimated loss is $2,205.
• A resident in the 300 Block of Melody Lane reported Jan. 28 that someone entered the residence while no one was home and took prescription medication.
• A victim reported Jan. 28 that an iPhone was stolen from Berea Community School during the school day. The estimated loss is $199, according to police.
Anyone with information about any of the above cases is asked to call the Berea Police Department at 986-8456.
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Berea utility doubles solar farm, again
Berea Municipal Utilities started its solar farm in October 2011 with 60 panels. In less that five days, all were leased.
Another 60, which became operational in June 2012, were leased in less than four months.
Now, the farm again has doubled, with the addition of 126 panels that are ready for leasing, said Steve Boyce, a retired Berea College professor who has been involved with the program since its inception.
My fair ladies
10th Quilt Extravaganza is Friday, Saturday
Displays of quilts by men, baby quilts, the Grandmother’s Flower Garden pattern, an exhibit of feed sack fabric, ongoing demonstrations, and a vendors market are features of the 10th Berea Quilt Extravaganza Friday and Saturday at Berea Community School off Ellipse Street.
RPD: Heroin sales lead to trafficking indictment
Executing a warrant issued after Samantha Frederick, 29, Northgate Drive, was indicted July 16 by a Madison County grand jury, Richmond Police arrested her Monday on drug trafficking charges.
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.
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