Crime

Pierce Pratt, 23, Richmond, was charged with second-degree assault (domestic violence), menacing, and first-degree strangulation after being arrested on Saturday by Richmond Police.

According to a citation, officers responded to Pratt’s location on Nov. 20 in regard to a domestic dispute. When officers arrived they made contact with the victim. Officers observed she had injuries to her right leg, forehead and bruising on both arms. The victim told police earlier that day she and Pratt were arguing and while they did so, he placed his hands around her throat and began to strangle her. Allegedly he strangled her while she was laying on the bed and as he strangled her, she became dizzy and short of breath.

Allegedly, when the victim was questioned about the injury to her leg she said Pratt used a piece of wood that was broken from the front door and struck her in the leg with it. According to the citation she said, “he struck her approximately three times, as hard as he could.” She said the door was broken from where Pratt had forced his way back into the residence once she locked the door. Pratt left before the officer’s arrival.

Pratt was located on Nov. 21 and taken to the Richmond Police Department. When he was questioned about the domestic dispute, Pratt told police the argument began over the victim questioning him about who he was on the phone with.

They then began to argue and he said he was going to leave. Pratt said once he said he was going to leave the victim grabbed him by his hoodie in an attempt to keep him in the house. Once the victim allegedly pulled his hoodie, Pratt said he placed his forearm across her throat and applied pressure. He told police when she complained she couldn’t breath he let go. 

Pratt advised police he then went to leave and as he left she locked the door behind him. He said he became angry and broke the door off the hinges and made his way back inside. He then  admitted to taking a piece of wood from the door and throwing it at the victim, striking her in the leg.

He was taken to the Madison County Detention Center where he remained Monday afternoon according to online jail records. 

Berea man arrested on nine charges

Joseph Hill, 19, Berea, was charged with reckless driving, disregarding a stop sign, improper start from a parked position, first-degree fleeing or evading police (motor vehicle), first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree fleeing or evading police (on foot), leaving the scene of an accident/failure to render aid or assistance, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle, failure of owner to maintain required insurance (first offense), and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol after being arrested on Saturday by the Madison County Sheriff's Department.

According to a citation, a deputy observed a purple car make a left turn from Second Street on to Moberly Avenue in front of a car almost causing a collision, and heard the vehicle take off at a high rate of speed. When the deputy turned onto Moberly Avenue to try and catch up with the vehicle, they saw the vehicle run through a stop sign at a fast rate of speed and make a right turn. As the deputy approached the stop sign they saw the same vehicle sitting in the middle of the road doing a burn out beside two pedestrians that were walking towards the intersection. The vehicle then took off again at a high rate of speed and almost hit a car coming from the opposite direction head on.

The deputy then turned on their emergency lights and the driver took off once more. The deputy then activated the sirens. As the vehicle approached a slight curve to the left the driver did not slow down, causing the vehicle to drive up an earth embankment and become airborne. The deputy advised dispatch that the car had crashed. Upon arrival at the scene the deputy saw the driver open the front door and flee from the scene, leaving his injured passenger. While on the scene a witness arrived and identified the driver as Joseph Hill. The deputy advised dispatch that Hill had fled the scene and stayed with the passenger until fire and EMS arrived to render aid.

The citation states, Richmond Police later made contact with Hill and confirmed he was driving the vehicle. He was taken back to the scene and arrested. He was taken to the hospital to be checked out and for a blood drawl. Hill stated he drank a couple of beers. He was taken to the Madison County Detention Center.

Richmond man charged with assault

Lorenzo Burns, 44, Richmond, was charged with fourth-degree assault (domestic violence/no visible injury) after being arrested by Richmond Police Sunday.

According to a citation, an officer responded to Burns’s location in reference to a domestic dispute.

When the officer arrived on the scene, they spoke with the victim who said she was in a physical altercation with Burns. When asked if she had any injuries she said she had a knot on her head from Burns getting physical with her and would not state exactly what Burns did to her. The officer could not physically see a knot due to the victim’s hair being in the way. When the officer spoke with Burns he was heavily intoxicated but denied anything happening. Burns then raised his voice and told the officer to leave. Lorenzo was taken to the Madison County Detention Center.

Berea man charged with first-degree strangulation

Michael Sanchez, 29, Berea, was charged with first-degree strangulation after he was arrested by Berea police on Nov. 20.

According to a citation, an officer responded to Sanchez’s location in reference to a domestic violence call. When the officer arrived on the scene they spoke with the victim who told the officer Sanchez had placed his right hand around her neck and applied pressure. She told police he intentionally impeded her breathing and said she lost consciousness. The victim had red markings on the left side of her neck as well as a scratch towards the back of her neck.

According to the citation the incident occurred inside a moving vehicle while the victim was in the front passenger seat and Sanchez was operating the car. Sanchez was arrested and taken to the Madison County Detention Center.

Man charged with assaulting his son

Richard Belgeri, 52, Richmond, was charged with fourth-degree assault (domestic violence/minor injury) on Saturday after being arrested by the Madison County Sheriff Department.

According to a citation, deputies responded to Belgeri’s location in reference to a possible domestic dispute between a father and son. Once the deputy arrived they made contact with the two victims who stated they had been playing down the street when one of them had been hurt by his friends. Belgeri then came out and struck the victim in the face for crying and being too loud.

The victim had visible redness of his left cheek. The deputy then spoke to Belgeri who allegedly had the smell of an alcoholic beverage on or about his person. Belgeri did say he slapped the boy in the face for crying and being too loud. He told the deputy he had a few beers and had been drinking that day. Belgeri was taken to the Madison County Detention Center.

Other arrests include:

• Billie Masters, 56, Richmond, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance (first-offense), first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine/first-offense), buying or possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to produce an insurance card, third-degree possession of a controlled substance (drug unspecified).

• Tyler Richmond. 22, Richmond, third-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking or distributing all others $10,000 or more but under $1,000,000, theft by unlawful taking or distributing all other $500 or more but under $10,000.

• Amber Babor, 33, Berea, failure to appear, second-degree burglary, second-degree criminal mischief.

• Jeremy Fleet, 40, Richmond, first-degree possession of a contorlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of marijuana, buying or possession of drug paraphernalia, rear license not illuminated.

• Billie Masters, 56, Richmond, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (greater than or equal to two gms methamphetamine/first-offense), buying or possession of drug paraphernalia, third-degree possession of a controlled substance (drug unspecified).

• Tina Cody, 51, Richmond, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine/first-offense), first-degree possession of a controlled substance (heroin).

• Jacob Cain, 22, Berea, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine, buying or possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Robert Still, 43, Richmond, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine/first-offense).

• Thelma Whitaker, 54, Lexington, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine/first-offense), buying or possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Anthony Peterson, 50, Richmond, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine/first-offense), illegal possession of a legend drug.

• Jeffrey Smith, 56, address unknown, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (heroin/first-offense), operating a motor vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance.

• Brent Still, 39, Richmond, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (cocaine/first-offense), buying or possession of drug paraphernalia, illegal possession of legend drug, prescription of a controlled substance not in proper container (first-offense), possession of a firearm by convicted felon.

The Register collects and publishes police reports as a public service to its readers. The reports often contain allegations against individuals and do not mean the individuals actually committed a crime. All people named in connection with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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