Kentucky State Police arrested a man on a Madison County warrant Wednesday that charges him with second-degree assault.

According to the warrant, on April 9, Zachary Potter, 19, Mount Vernon, placed his hand over another person's face and his arm across the victim's throat in an attempt to prevent them from breathing.

Zachary Potter

Zachary Potter

The victim pushed Potter off and escaped to the bathroom, but Potter followed and kicked in the bathroom door, the warrant states. He then tried to strangle the victim again.

Potter also struck the victim's face with a closed fist, the warrant states. A witness called Berea police, but by the time officers arrived, Potter had already fled the scene.

Potter was arrested in Rockcastle County and was taken to the Madison County Detention Center, where he remained Thursday afternoon, according to online jail records.

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Richmond police arrested Vontrell Shaw, 44, Jason Drive, Richmond, for second-degree fleeing or evading police (on foot), tampering with physical evidence, buying/possessing drug paraphernalia, marijuana trafficking (less than 8 ounces), first-degree controlled substance trafficking (10 dosage units or more, drug unspecified) and prescription controlled substance not properly contained Wednesday evening after officers received numerous drug complaints regarding Shaw.

Vontrell Shaw

Vontrell Shaw

Narcotics detectives, officers and tenants in surrounding apartments had observed a lot of foot and vehicle traffic at Shaw's apartment while he was there, according to a citation. On Wednesday, officers saw Shaw walking down Justin Drive with another person, and when they noticed police, they parted ways.

Officers first followed the other person, who said they knew Shaw from Michigan. A few minutes later, officers saw Shaw walking west on East Main Street walking toward downtown, the citation states. When Shaw saw officers, he turned around, walking toward his apartment.

Officers spoke with Shaw in a parking lot and noticed he had a large amount of cash and a case of beer, the citation states. He said he was walking back from the store.

Police learned Shaw had an outstanding emergency protective order and served it, according to the citation. Officers then spoke with Shaw at his apartment to get a key for the petitioner of the EPO, but when the door opened, officers could smell marijuana.

Shaw told police he smoked marijuana earlier in the day and that all he had in the apartment was a pipe and possibly some roaches and showed officers the pipe, the citation states. Shaw then denied officers consent to search the apartment, saying it wasn't his. The petitioner of the EPO arrived at the apartment and also denied consent.

Both were detained while officers obtained a search warrant. However, Shaw stood up and ran into the apartment and locked the door, the citation states. After about two minutes, he returned and said he wasn't going to jail for marijuana and didn't want officers kicking down the door. Police noticed his pants were wet.

Officers then searched the apartment and heard the toilet running as if it had just been flushed, the citation states. At that point, the EPO petitioner gave police consent to search the apartment, and officers found a baggie with marijuana, a pipe, ash and butts from marijuana, joints throughout the apartment, a prescription bottle without a label with 20-30 hydrocodone pills, marijuana residue and about $1,000 in cash. They also found marijuana inside a notebook and marijuana residue in numerous baggies.

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

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Berea police arrested Heather Phillips, 32, Commerce Drive, Berea, for theft by unlawful taking ($500 or more, but less than $10,000), first-degree controlled substance trafficking (2 grams or more, methamphetamine) and tampering with physical evidence after officers were called to Family Dollar after it was reported a deposit from April 29 went missing.

Heather Phillips

Heather Phillips

Through investigation, officers learned only two people were working the morning of April 30, which was when the deposit for $854.11 should have been made, according to a citation. Phillip said she gave the deposit to a cashier to take to the bank, and the cashier returned with the deposit slip.

On May 8, while officers were continuing their investigations, the money was found inside Phillips's purse, along with a blank deposit slip, the citation states. She stated that it must have been planted from the store.

Through further investigation, officers learned on April 22, Phillips had been pulled over with another money bag in her purse from the store, and several deposits had shown up six or seven days late until the one from April 29 went missing, the citation states.

On Tuesday, while listening to jail phone calls, officers listened to one in which Phillips talked to another person about bonding him out of jail, the citation states. During the phone call, Phillips said she's "not stealing from that store to get you out no more," the citation reads. In another call, the inmate told Phillips "collect it like you did the other time for me. Do it the same way did last time, please."

Police interviewed Phillips on Wednesday, and she denied ever taking money from the Family Dollar or talking to the inmate about taking money to bond him out, the citation states.

In addition, officers found about 2.7 grams of suspected methamphetamine in Phillips's shoe, the citation states.

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

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Richmond police arrested Brandon Marshall, 35, Beattyville, for theft by unlawful taking (less than $500), first-degree controlled substance possession (methamphetamine), second-degree controlled substance possession (drug unspecified) and buying/possessing drug paraphernalia after he was allegedly seen by loss prevention at Walmart taking property.

Brandon Marshall

Brandon Marshall

Loss prevention told officer they saw Marshall taking items from the electronics area and placing the items in a Walmart shopping bag, as if the stolen items had already been purchased, the citation states. Loss prevention then watched Marshall go to the service center to receive a refund for the items, and loss prevention confronted Marshall.

The total value of the items Marshall took was $96.77, the citation states.

When officers arrived, they asked for permission to search Marshall's vehicle, and he consented, according to the citation. Officers found syringes, a glass methamphetamine pipe, a small baggie of methamphetamine and half a suboxone pill, all of which Marshall admitted was his.

Marshall was taken to the MCDC, where he remained Friday afternoon, according to online jail records.

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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