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October 19, 2011

Woman is assaulted in Kroger, say police

RICHMOND — An altercation inside a Richmond grocery store Sunday ended with one woman in the hospital and another in jail.

Police say Sarah Macklin, 47, assaulted another woman by repeatedly hitting her in the head with a set of keys in the Kroger store in the Richmond Plaza.

“At approximately 2:56 p.m., officers were dispatched to Kroger in response to a report of a fight in progress,” said Richmond Police Chief Larry Brock. When officers arrived, they found the two women involved in the fight had been separated by store employees.

The pair allegedly had argued in the store parking lot over how fast one of them was driving, Brock said.

“The two entered the Kroger store separately and Macklin reportedly rammed her shopping cart into the other woman, at which time the argument erupted again,” the chief said. “Macklin then reportedly struck the other woman several times in the head with a set of keys she had in her hand before employees were able to intercede.”

The other woman received cuts to her head and was transported to the Pattie A. Clay Regional Medical Center for treatment.  

Macklin was charged with second-degree assault, a Class C felony. She was lodged in the Madison County Detention Center and was released Monday afternoon.

Arrest made in guitar theft

A man was arrested Monday after police say they discovered he was involved in the theft of a $3,000 Gibson Les Paul guitar.

Police say 27-year-old John L. (“Shane”) Kirtby of N. Porter Drive was one of several visitors to the Stratford Drive apartment from which the yellow electric guitar was swiped. Officers learned that on Sunday, Kirby allegedly transferred the guitar to another party, Brock said.

The 27-year-old was arrested at his home and charged with receiving stolen property, under $10,000, a Class D felony. He also faces a felony theft by unlawful taking charge as a result of a warrant from Rockcastle District Court, the chief said.

He was lodged in the Madison County Detention Center and released Monday night on a $5,000 bond at 10 percent, according to the jail’s website.

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