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November 13, 2013

Police: Villa Drive apartment fire suspected to be arson

RICHMOND — A fire last week at a Richmond apartment complex may have been arson, according to a Richmond Police report.

Police were sent at 11:42 p.m. Friday to an apartment building in the 900 block of Villa Drive in response to a report of smoke coming from one of the units. 

Officers saw smoke coming from the apartment, and after not receiving a response at the door of the unit, evacuated the other apartments in the structure.

Richmond firefighters forcibly entered the apartment and extinguished the fire. The apartment’s occupant was not home at the time, according to the RPD report.

Investigators found that several separate small fires were started in the apartment, leading them to suspect that the cause was arson, the report stated.

No one was injured in the fire and the investigation is continuing.

Woman charged with theft of leased items

Police charged Deborah Stamper, 52, Jacks Creek Road, on Saturday in connection with the misappropriation of property.

A representative of Lease Zone, Big Hill Avenue, reported Friday that Stamper had rented several items from the business in August 2013 and had become delinquent in the payments. The representative reported that he had contacted Stamper to have the items returned, but she failed to do so.

The investigating officer contacted Stamper at the Madison County Detention Center where she was incarcerated on unrelated charges and suggested that she have the items returned immediately, the RPD reported.

The items still had not been returned Saturday to the store. The items included a Vizio 60-inch LED television; a Samsung 40-inch LED television; a Sony PlayStation 32; and a Hewlett Packard laptop computer. The items were valued at $701.63.

The investigating officer charged Stamper on Saturday with theft by failure to make disposition of property (under $10,000).

Arrest made in 2012 forgery

Police charged Edgar N. Rhodus, 37, Paint Lick, on Saturday in connection with a forgery that occurred in 2012.

A complainant reported Oct. 19, 2012, that some time earlier that month, Rhodus stole a blank personal check from her checkbook and passed the check at a Paint Lick store for $100. The stolen and forged check was from an account that the victim had previously closed. 

A warrant was issued Nov. 9, 2012, for the arrest of Rhodus, charging him with second-degree degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Rhodus was found Saturday at Richmond Centre and taken into custody without incident, according to the RPD. He also was served with a warrant from Lincoln County charging him with harassing communications and two bench warrants from Madison District Court for nonpayment of fines. Rhodus was lodged in the detention center.

Stolen iPhone returned to owner

Police charged Joseph Lynch, 43, Vescio Street, on Sunday in connection with the theft of a cellular telephone in October.

A resident in the 100 block of Vescio Street reported Oct. 19 that her iPhone 4 had been stolen some time during the past several days. Lynch was identified at the time as a possible suspect, according to the RPD.

Police later determined that Lynch had been in possession of the stolen phone and transferred it to another party prior to the victim realizing the phone was missing, the RPD report stated. The phone was recovered and returned to the rightful owner.

A warrant was issued for Lynch’s arrest Oct. 31 charging him with theft by unlawful taking (over $500) and theft by deception (under $500).

Lynch was found Sunday morning on Vescio Drive and taken to the detention center.

Police make DUI, drug possession arrest

Police charged Robert B. McIntosh,  52, Ravenna, on Sunday with drug offenses following his arrest on a charge of driving under the influence of an intoxicant.

An officer reported observing a vehicle being operated in an erratic fashion by McIntosh on Lexington Road at 8 p.m. The vehicle continued onto north Interstate 75 where the officer stopped the vehicle and determined that McIntosh was under the influence of an intoxicant and took him into custody, according to the RPD report.

A subsequent search of McIntosh’s person produced four oxycodone pills and four phentermine pills, the arresting officer reported.

In addition to the DUI, McIntosh was charged with first- and third-degree possession of a controlled substance.

Thefts/burglaries

Saturday

• A resident in the 300 block of Moberly Avenue reported that a set of golf clubs had been stolen from his front porch sometime during the previous two days. The stolen items included a set of Ping Eye2 irons, a King Cobra driver with a black and gold head cover, and a blue UK leather golf bag.  Estimated loss: $360.

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