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Lewis Taulbee, 38, Berea, is charged with second-degree cruelty to animals, fourth-degree assault (domestic/three or more within 5 years) and theft by unlawful taking or distribution of property $10,000 or more but under $1,000,000 after Winchester Police arrested him on a warrant.

According to a warrant on Aug. 26 police were dispatched to Taulbee’s location in reference to an assault. The victim told police that she and Taulbee had been arguing when Taulbee became violent and began spitting in her face. She then allegedly called him a name and he grabbed her by her throat and shoved her against a mirror. The victim told police that Taulbee then allegedly grabbed her turtle, named Groot, and threw it at her, hitting her on the right side of her face. Taulbee then threw the turtle again hitting her in the left arm.

Police observed redness on the victim’s face and arm and also a small amount of blood on her right earlobe. The red mark on her arm was round and consistent with the shape of a turtle shell. The warrant notes that Taulbee had been convicted twice within the last five years of assault by domestic violence.

In another warrant out against Taulbee a victim stated he had taken several items from her home. The victim was remodeling her house and needed help to move some furniture and said she contacted her ex-boyfriend on Sept. 27 and asked him if he could move the furniture. The ex showed up Sept. 28 with a male and female. The male was later identified as Taulbee. The three helped the victim to move furniture in several rooms and left. On Sept. 29 while the victim was getting ready for the day she went to put on some jewelry and found that it was missing. She then went and looked into her purse and allegedly noticed that $500 in cash was missing.

According to the citation the victim had video cameras in her home and looked at the footage, discovering that Taulbee were taking items from her purse and drawers. Taulbee was arrested on Nov. 10 and taken to the Madison County Detention Center.

Man charged with terroristic threatening

James Robertson, 64, Corbin, is charged with third-degree terroristic threatening after being arrested on a warrant by Kentucky State Police.

The warrant states on Aug. 24, Robertson threatened a victim by saying, “You better be glad you have your grand-baby with you, your day is coming b----! You lied in court and I’m gonna make you pay b----! Your times coming b----, I’m gonna kill you!”

Robertson was arrested on Tuesday and taken to the Madison County Detention Center. He was released later the same day.

Man arrested on strangulation and assault charges

William Johnson, 36, Richmond, is charged with first-degree strangulation and fourth-degree assault (domestic violence/minor injury) after being arrested by Richmond police.

According to a citation officers responded to Johnson’s location in reference to a domestic violence incident. Dispatch told the officers they could hear a male screaming in the background when the victim was on the phone with them. When officers arrived they made contact with Johnson’s mother who told them she wanted the victim out of the house and both arrested if required. Allegedly the mother told officers that she heard Johnson and the victim arguing for about an hour, but did not visibly witness the argument.

When officers contacted the victim they noticed that the bottom of her dress was ripped and she had marks on her face and neck. Johnson then came out of the basement and started yelling at the victim. According to the citation Johnson told officers the victim tried to stab him and he had felt a poke on his left thigh. The victim told officers she had accused Johnson of having relations with an underage female and he had become angry and started pushing and pulling her and also grabbed her by the throat with one hand and held her down on the bed by her neck. She said he also straddled her on the bed. The victim told police that while Johnson grabbed her neck she could not breath for 10 to 20 minutes but never lost consciousness. The victim allegedly told officers that she grabbed a knife to defend herself and Johnson stopped. She then called the police on Johnson’s phone and Johnson allegedly told her that he would end her for calling the police.

According to the citation the victim had marks on her left side of her neck consistent with other strangulation victims the officer had observed. She also complained about left knee pain and left shoulder pain. She was evaluated by EMS. Johnson appeared to have possible marks on his neck. The victim stated these might have come from her pushing him off of her. Johnson said that he did the marks himself and did not want the victim to get in trouble and she had done nothing to him. When police looked at Johnson’s lef he had a mark that he stated was eczema and a possible scratch, but was not consistent with a knife wound.

Johnson was arrested on Tuesday and taken to the Madison County Detention Center.

Other arrests include:

• Josiah West, 18, Berea, speeding over 15 mph over the limit, reckless driving, failure to produce insurance card, no registration receipt, failure to wear seat belts, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol (.08), possession of marijuana and improper equipment.

• Kayla Roe, 28, Richmond, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (heroin/first offense) and buying or possession of drug paraphernalia.

• James Harrison, 41, Irvine, public intoxication with a controlled substance (excluding alcohol), second-degree possession of a controlled substance (drug unspecified) and first-degree possession of a controlled substance (heroin/first offense).

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