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October 5, 2009

Grand jury returns burglary, drug cases

A burglary indictment was returned Thursday against a Richmond man who stole a purse from a woman’s apartment on Hager Drive.

Jonathan Harris, 18, is charged with second-degree burglary for an Aug. 3 incident in which he allegedly walked into an unlocked apartment on Hager Drive and grabbed the resident’s purse, which contained approximately $1,000 in cash, prescription pills and personal identification, according to police.

Harris told Kentucky State Police following his arrest that he had been threatened by a West Virginia man to steal the purse, an officer testified at a Sept. 2 preliminary hearing.

The victim in the case was able to identify Harris through a photo lineup, police said.

If convicted, Harris could receive five to 10 years in prison.

Drug trafficking charges

A McKee man faces three first-degree trafficking in controlled substances charges after being named in a pair of indictments returned Thursday.

Michael Gabbard, 36, was indicted in two cases for allegedly selling oxycodone pills.

In one case, Gabbard is a co-defendant with Tenia Gabbard, 32. Both have an incomplete address on Sycamore Drive in Richmond listed.

Michael Gabbard also faces a first-degree persistent felony offender charge.

If convicted, Tenia Gabbard could receive five to 10 years in prison, while Michael Gabbard could receive 10 to 20 years in prison for the trafficking charge because of the persistent felony offender charge.

In the other case, Michael Gabbard is a co-defendant with Brook Cody, Colby Tate and Nikki Haik. Tate faces a single trafficking charge, while Gabbard and Cody are both charged with two counts.

The indictment alleges that on Aug. 24, Gabbard, identified as living at an address in McKee, sold oxycodone to an undercover informant working for the Central Kentucky Area Drug Task Force, and sold the drug to another individual on July 1.

Tate, 22, of the 2500 block of Oakley Wells Road, allegedly sold oxycodone on June 30 to an confidential informant for the task force, the indictment states.

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