A man who was identified as a robbery suspect from photos posted on the Richmond Police Department’s Facebook page was apprehended Friday night on Turpin Drive.
William H. Taylor, 32, of Norwood Drive, was charged with second-degree robbery on the strength of an arrest warrant.
Taylor also had three syringes in his pocket, one of which contained suspected methamphetamine, and two small bags of suspected methamphetamine, according to an RPD news release.
Taylor additionally was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Dec. 15, officers responded to a call at Kroger about a shoplifter who was fleeing the store, according to the release.
The officers learned the man had attempted to leave the store without paying for $79 in merchandise. When the man was confronted by an employee, he shoved the worker and fled on foot, the release stated.
Officers were not able to find the suspect in the area.
The RPD posted pictures of the man on its Facebook site, which generated “numerous tips” that identified Taylor as the suspect, according to the release.
A follow-up investigation confirmed Taylor’s identity, and an arrest warrant on the charge of second-degree robbery was issued Jan. 10.
At 8:39 p.m. Friday, Taylor was spotted by a patrol officer while walking on Turpin Drive. He was taken into custody without incident and taken to the Madison County Detention Center.
The owner of Kid’s Kingdom, Highland Park Drive, reported Saturday that the business had been burglarized during the night and about $60 and a Toshiba Satellite laptop computer, worth $700, was stolen. Entry was gained by prying open a side door, according to the RPD.
• A resident in the 200 block of Tulip Drive reported Friday that his vehicle had been unlawfully entered during the night and a green iPod Nano and black Nike wallet were stolen. Estimated loss is $230.
• A resident in the 1000 block of Raintree Drive reported Friday that his vehicle had been unlawfully entered during the night and a set of red Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, worth $250, were stolen. There were no signs of forced entry, according to the RPD.
• A resident in the 100 block of Maple Hill Drive reported that two unknown brand GPS units, worth $350, had been stolen from her vehicle. There were no signs of forced entry, the RPD reported.
• A resident in the 100 block of Bennington Lane reported Wednesday that a black White House/Black Market duffle bag had been stolen from her vehicle during the night. Entry was gained by breaking out the driver’s side window. Estimated loss is $120.
Anyone with information about these cases is asked to call the Richmond Police Department at 623-1162.
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YMCA Executive Director Dave Wallace and Madison County School Superintendent Elmer Thomas announced the partnership Monday afternoon.
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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
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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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Former President Bill Clinton will join Grimes on Aug. 6 for a campaign rally in eastern Kentucky, according to a campaign official who would provide no further details.
Cattle farmers enjoying ‛perfect storm’
Demand is up, and cattle are selling for record prices.
At the same time, corn prices are down and fuel prices have stabilized.
That adds up to a “perfect storm” for Kentucky cattle farmers, said Gary Kelly of Paint Lick as he ate lunch Friday with his brother Jimmy at the restaurant across from the Blue Grass Stockyards.
Fire training tower going up
A new training tower for the Richmond Fire Department is rising on Four Mile Road.
Construction began Thursday on the four-story, steel-framed structure.
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