Madison County deputies arrested a man Wednesday on a warrant that charges him with obscuring the identity of a machine ($10,000 or more) and receiving stolen property ($10,000 or more).

John Lawson

John Lawson

According to the warrant, on April 1, a 2018 GMC Sierra Denali was recovered with all its identification numbers replaced with fraudulent VINs from 55-year-old John Lawson's possession. Additionally, the vehicle, valued at $50,000, had been reported stolen from a Franklin, Tennessee, business.

Lawson, of Hays Fork Road, Richmond, was taken to the Madison County Detention Center. He was released from jail Wednesday afternoon, according to online jail records.

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Kentucky State Police Post 5 arrested Richard Lusk, 38, North Third Street, Richmond, on a Madison County warrant May 3 that charges him with second-degree stalking and third-degree terroristic threatening.

Richard Lusk

Richard Lusk

According to the warrant, between Jan. 28 and March 7, Lusk followed a Fed-Ex driver during their route throughout Richmond and Eastern Kentucky University. As Lusk was following the driver, he would make gun signs at them with his fingers.

Additionally, Lusk sent the driver text messages threatening to cut off a part of the driver's body, the warrant states. "He also made comments about the victim switching (their) Fed-Ex route if (they) valued (their) life."

Lusk was taken to the MCDC Wednesday evening and remained there Thursday afternoon, according to online jail records.

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Kentucky State Police arrested Johnny Elliott (no image available), 30, Ravenwood Plaza, Richmond, on a Clark County warrant Tuesday that charges him with theft by failure to make required disposition of property ($500 or more, but less than $10,000).

According to the warrant, Elliott took a car to a collision center for the left side of it to be repaired. The repairs were completed, and Elliott received a check from Met Life for more than $4,000, but instead of paying for the repairs, he cashed the check to pay off credit cards.

Elliott was taken to the MCDC and was released Tuesday night, according to online jail records.

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Richmond police arrested Jonathan Isaacs, 29, Big Hill Road, Berea, for second offense operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol/drugs/etc., second offense driving with a DUI suspended license, two counts of third-degree controlled substance possession (drug unspecified), no registration plates and failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance after officers were called to McDonald's on Eastern Bypass Wednesday evening.

Jonathan Isaacs

Jonathan Isaacs

It was reported that Isaacs was slumped over a steering a wheel in the middle of the drive-thru, according to a citation. The caller, an off-duty Harrodsburg police officer, said they had followed Isaacs from Lake Reba to McDonald's, and Isaacs almost struck other vehicles several times, as well.

Officers arrived and noticed the vehicle running, still in drive, and Isaacs, while slumped over, still had his foot on the brake, the citation states. Police got him to exit the vehicle, and he was unsteady on his feet, had blood shot eyes and couldn't follow basic instructions. He also failed a field-sobriety test.

During a search of the vehicle, officers found 23 gabapentin pills and four pills of another type, the citation states. Isaacs admitted to consuming both of them throughout the day because his girlfriend left him.

Officers took Isaacs to have his blood drawn before he was taken to the MCDC, where he remained Thursday afternoon, according to online jail records.

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Richmond police arrested Candie Rhodus, 38, Rosedale Street, Richmond, for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol/drugs/etc., first-degree controlled substance possession (heroin) and first-degree controlled substance possession (methamphetamine) after officers were called to Redi Mart on Red House Road, where it was reported two suspicious women were inside a vehicle on the side of the business.

Candie Rhodus

Candie Rhodus

Officers arrived, and Rhodus was in the driver's seat, and she gave consent for officers to search the vehicle, according to a citation. Police found a container with several folded pieces of paper, aluminum foil and a straw with white, powdery residue on the inside. Two of the folded pieces of paper had suspected heroin inside them.

However, when officers were logging the drugs into evidence at the police department, they noticed that one of the folded pieces of paper contained a different substance than the other, a second citation states. One of them is believed to contain methamphetamine instead of heroin.

Rhodus told police she drove to the store to get something to drink for herself and a passenger. She said the container belonged to someone she picked up on Turpin Drive earlier, however, she had pinpoint pupils, slurred speech and trouble staying awake.

She was taken to Baptist Health Richmond for a blood draw before she was taken to the MCDC, the citation states. She remained in jail Thursday afternoon, according to online jail records.

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Madison County deputies arrested Franklin Draggoo, 59, Irvine, for first-degree controlled substance possession (heroin), buying/possessing drug paraphernalia, license to be in possession and failure to or improper signal after they pulled over a vehicle for failing to use a turn signal.

Franklin Draggoo

Franklin Draggoo

When deputies spoke with Draggoo, he was unable to produce his license or identify himself, according to a citation. He also appeared nervous, and he denied deputies permission to search the vehicle.

A police dog was called to the scene and gave a positive alert on the driver's side door, the citation states. Deputies searched the vehicle and found two baggies of suspected heroin and two syringes, along with a set of digital scales.

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

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Richmond police arrested Alan Stamper, 35, homeless, for first-degree controlled substance possession (heroin) and tampering with physical evidence Wednesday evening after officers had already arrested him on two failure to appear warrants.

Before taking Stamper to the MCDC, officers had searched him twice, according to a citation.

Alan Stamper

Alan Stamper

As they were taking him the MCDC, Stamper said he was going to be sick, so officers pulled over on Lexington Road, the citation states. After he got sick, police tried to assist him by placing his handcuffs in the front and giving him a bag from Madison County EMS in case he got sick sick again.

Before police continued to drive to the MCDC, officers checked on him one last time and saw him trying to stuff a small baggie into the bag officers had given him, the citation states. Officers grabbed the larger bag that contained the small baggie and discovered the small baggie contained a large amount of a substance suspected to be heroin.

He remained in jail Thursday afternoon, according to online jail records.

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Richmond police arrested Tabitha Bryant, 34, West Columbia, South Carolina, for first-degree controlled substance possession after officers pulled over a vehicle for failure to maintain lane early Thursday morning.

Tabitha Bryant

Tabitha Bryant

Officers received consent to search the vehicle, which Bryant was a passenger of, according to a citation. Inside her purse, officers found a case containing suspected methamphetamine.

Bryant told officers she wasn't aware the drugs were in her purse, and she said another passenger had given her the purse, the citation states.

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

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Madison County deputies arrested Brandy Long, 37, Mount Vernon, on a Rockcastle County indictment warrant Wednesday that charges her with first-degree controlled substance possession (methamphetamine).

She was also arrested on two failure to appear warrants from Rockcastle County and was taken to the MCDC, where she remained Thursday afternoon, according to online jail records.

Brandy Long

Brandy Long

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