Richmond police arrested a man after he allegedly tried to use a counterfeit $100 bill at Autozone.

Officers arrived at the business Monday afternoon and spoke with Clayborne Richardson, 56, Big Hill Avenue, Richmond, who smelled like alcohol, according to a citation. He also had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech.

Clayborne Richardson

Clayborne Richardson

William Strohmaier

Richardson also had a large Speedway coffee cup filled with beer, which officers poured out outside the store, the citation states.

Police spoke with the store clerk, who said Richardson started to pay with a card, but then produced a $100 bill, the citation states. The clerk marked the bill, and it appeared fake. Officers looked at the bill, which on the front had the words, "play money" and on the back, it had the words "this is not a legal tender for all debts, public and private."

Richardson told police he found the bill in the rain on a sidewalk and dried it off, the citation states. He said he couldn't see well and didn't know it was fake.

The store clerk, however, told officers that Richardson told them the bill was fresh from the bank after the clerk informed Richardson that the bill wouldn't work, according to the citation.

Richardson was arrested and taken to the Madison County Detention Center, where he remained Thursday afternoon. He is charged with drinking an alcoholic beverage in a public place, alcohol intoxication in a public place (third or subsequent offense in 12 months), theft by deception (less than $500) and first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

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Richmond police arrested Brian Shanks, 18, Amanda Court, Richmond, on a Madison County warrant Wednesday that charges him with receiving stolen property (less than $10,000), second-degree fleeing or evading police (on foot) and possession of a defaced firearm.

Brian Shanks

Brian Shanks

According to the warrant, on Nov. 20, Shanks was a passenger inside a vehicle that had been reported stolen. A Kentucky State Police trooper approached the vehicle and saw several people entering an adjacent apartment building.

The trooper approached the apartment, and Shanks, along with two females, fled the area, despite the trooper's orders to stop. The females were detained, and the trooper searched the vehicle, valued at $7,000.

The trooper found a sawed-off shotgun with no serial number, the warrant states. Shanks was arrested on Hill Street and was taken to the MCDC, where he remained Thursday afternoon, according to online jail records.

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Berea police arrested Jeffrey Tarter, 24, Jackson Street, Berea, for receiving stolen property (less than $10,000) Sunday evening after officers were called to Jane Street in reference to a stolen cell phone.

Jeffrey Tarter

Jeffrey Tarter

Officers arrived and spoke with a witness, who said the phone was taken from their truck Friday, according to a citation. The witness tracked the phone with an app that revealed the phone was using WiFi from a business on Jane Street.

Officers went to the business and asked the victim to play a ringtone on the phone, the citation states. Officers then heard the phone in a room where Tarter was, according to the citation. They entered the room and retrieved the victim's phone, valued at $500.

The victim also showed officers their email as the listed email on the phone, the citation states.

Tarter was taken to the MCDC, where he remained Thursday afternoon, according to online jail records.

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Eastern Kentucky University police arrested Justin Shears, 26, North Hill Street, Richmond, for marijuana possession, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia after he was found setting on the front steps of the Campbell building on campus early Thursday morning.

Justin Shears

Justin Shears

Officers had locked the building and walked near Shears, according to a citation. They could smell marijuana coming from him.

Police then learned Shears was wanted on a Wayne County warrant for failure to appear, and officers searched him. They found two small rocks, suspected to be methamphetamine, a joint, a roach and a glass pipe with marijuana inside, the citation states.

Shears was taken to the MCDC, where he remained Thursday afternoon, according to online jail records.

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Richmond police arrested Anthony Bell, 28, Turpin Drive, Richmond, for first-degree controlled substance possession (methamphetamine) and tampering with physical evidence after officers executed a search warrant Wednesday on Turpin Drive.

Anthony Bell

Anthony Bell

When officers entered the residence, Bell was seen running into the bathroom and throwing an object into the toilet, according to a citation. Officers retrieved the item, which contained methamphetamine inside it.

Bell was arrested and taken to the MCDC, where he remained Thursday afternoon, according to online jail records.

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Berea police arrested Shawn Damrell (no image available), 42, Logston Lane, Berea, for first-degree controlled substance possession (methamphetamine) Wednesday after officers arrested him on a warrant.

While officers searched Damrell, they found a baggie containing a crystal substance, which Damrell said was methamphetamine, according to a citation.

He was taken to the MCDC, where he remained Thursday afternoon, according to online jail records.

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Madison County deputies arrested William Strohmaier, 58, Richmond Green, Richmond, for marijuana possession and first-degree controlled substance possession after they pulled over a vehicle that Strohmaier was inside Saturday night.

William Strohmaier

William Strohmaier

Deputies learned Strohmaier was wanted on two warrants, and he was asked to exit the vehicle. After he got out of the vehicle, deputies found methamphetamine and marijuana in his seat, according to a citation.

Strohmaier was taken to the MCDC, where he remained Thursday afternoon, according to online jail records.

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Madison County deputies arrested 37-year-old Sarah Pruitt, Amberly Way, after they pulled over a vehicle and found her hiding in the back of it Saturday night.

Sarah Pruitt

Sarah Pruitt

Deputies found her, and she gave them a different name and date of birth than her own, according to a citation. She was also found to have a marijuana joint.

Pruitt was charged with marijuana possession, giving an officer false identifying information and identity theft. She was taken to the MCDC, where she remained Thursday afternoon, according to online jail records.

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Madison County deputies arrested Ericka Deakins, 29, Boone Trail Road, Richmond, for second-degree escape after they were called because she was allegedly violating her home incarceration order Saturday night.

Ericka Deakins

Ericka Deakins

Deputies spoke with an employee of the home incarceration program who said Deakins was ordered to be in a rehabilitation facility or at a residence on Boone Trail Road, according to a citation. The employee also said Deakins had pending felony charges, which resulted in her home incarceration.

Deakins was tracked by her monitor to a parking lot at Smith Village, where deputies found her in the trunk of a vehicle, the citation states.

Deakins was arrested and taken to the MCDC, where she remained Thursday afternoon, according to online jail records.

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Kentucky State Police arrested Charles Holbrook, 50, Kentucky River Road, Richmond, for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol/drugs/etc and first-degree controlled substance possession (methamphetamine) after troopers responded to a collision on Jacks Creek Road Saturday afternoon.

Charles Holbrook

Charles Holbrook

Holbrook had been driving a Ford F-150 that rear-ended another vehicle that was stopped, according to a citation.

Troopers spoke with Holbrook, who said the other vehicle was over the center line, and that he had attempted to pass it, the citation states. However, troopers noticed there was a cold Bud Light in the cup holder of Holbrook's truck.

Troopers asked Holbrook if he had been drinking or had taken anything, and he said he drank beer earlier in the day but hadn't taken anything, according to the citation. Troopers had Holbrook take a field sobriety test, which he failed.

EMS took Holbrook to Baptist Health Richmond, and police spoke with the occupants of the other vehicle. They said that after being rear-ended, Holbrook walked past their vehicle to the end of a tree line, the citation states. Troopers walked there and found two baggies with a substance suspected to be methamphetamine.

One trooper went to the hospital, where Holbrook refused a blood test, the citation states. He was taken to the MCDC. He was released Wednesday afternoon, according to online jail records.

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Richmond police arrested Robert Freeman, 38, McCalls Mill Road, Richmond, for second-offense, first-degree controlled substance possession (methamphetamine) and buying/possessing drug paraphernalia Tuesday morning when officers noticed him walking on West Main Street.

Robert Freeman

Robert Freeman

Officers confirmed Freeman was wanted on several warrants and detained him, according to a citation.

Officers searched Freeman and found a baggie with suspected methamphetamine and three spoons with residue, the citation states.

Freeman was taken to the MCDC, where he remained Thursday afternoon, according to online jail records.

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Madison County deputies arrested Christy Hardesty, 47, Layne Court, Berea, for buying/possessing drug paraphernalia and first-degree controlled substance possession (heroin) after a vehicle was pulled over for expired license plates.

Christy Hardesty

Christy Hardesty

The driver gave deputies consent to search the vehicle, and they found a bag with suspected heroin and a spoon, according to a citation. Hardesty said it wasn't hers.

She was taken to the MCDC, where she remained Thursday afternoon, according to online jail records.

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