Theft Arrest: On 08/05/2015, police charged William H. Settle, age 34, Bonanza Road, in connection with the theft of gasoline from the City of Richmond.
On the afternoon of 08/05/2015, the Richmond Public Works Department alerted police to the discovery of the fraudulent use of a city fuel card to purchase gasoline for other than city vehicles. The follow-up investigation revealed that a city fuel card had been misappropriated and utilized to make unauthorized purchases of fuel from the city’s fuel supplier. It appeared that the card had been utilized to purchase in excess of $500.00 worth of fuel during the past year. Settle, an employee of the Public Works Department, was identified as a suspect in the thefts after he was observed fueling his personal vehicle at the fuel supplier’s pumps with the misappropriated card.
A short time later, RPD Detectives confronted Settle and recovered the misappropriated fuel card from his person. He was then interviewed at the police station after which he was charged for Theft by Unlawful Taking $500 to $10,000 and lodged in the MCDC. The exact amount of loss is still being calculated.
Settle was immediately suspended from duty without pay pending a review by the City Commission at their next regularly scheduled meeting.
Death Investigation: On 08/06/2015, at approximately 5:00 A.M., an RPD patrol officer discovered a male lying in the grass near the Caudill Middle School baseball field. When the officer approached the male to check on his welfare, he discovered that the male was dead.
Detectives and the Madison County Coroner were summoned to the scene and found no obvious signs of trauma/injury that would account for the death of the male, nor did he have any identification on his person.
The male has been taken to the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy to determine cause of death. The complete results of the autopsy will not be available for approximately four weeks.
The investigation into the matter is currently ongoing to determine the whereabouts and movements of the deceased prior to his discovery. The identity of the deceased is not being released at this time pending notification to next of kin.