Category Archives: Police & Fire Reports

Operation Broken Cart

Richmond Police Dpt.

On August 7, 8, & 9, 2018, the Richmond Police Department conducted a joint operation with local retail loss prevention officers in Richmond, KY to target and identify individuals involved in a retail theft. It was our mission to make an impact in our community by showing zero tolerance to shoplifting and other crimes that derive from theft.

When the operation ended, there were a total of 41 shoplifting charges, 21 drug charges, 13 warrants served, and 11 other related charges. In total, 56 people were charged with various crimes.

KSP Conducts Missing Person Investigation in Madison Co.

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The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post is conducting a missing person investigation after a Madison County teenager was reported as missing.

The initial investigation indicates that Aric D. Wilcher Jr., 16 years old of Richmond, KY, was last seen at home during the morning hours of Saturday, August 11, 2018. He is described as being a white male that is 5’10” tall with blond hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information about his location is asked to contact local law enforcement or call KSP Post 7 at 859-623-2404.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by KSP Post 7 Trooper Jordan Grevious.

Madison Co Sheriff’s Report Aug. 13, 2018

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The Madison County Sheriff’s Office was called on Saturday, August 11, 2018, around 7:30 a.m. to a non-injury hit and run collision at a residence on Moberly Road.

The collision investigation led Deputy Brian Eaves to Charlie Norris Road where he made contact with Shaun Simpson. Simpson admitted to being the driver of the run vehicle. Continue reading Madison Co Sheriff’s Report Aug. 13, 2018

KSP Investigates Fatal Collision in Jackson County

The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post was called on Friday, August 10, 2018, just after 7:20 pm, in reference to a two-vehicle collision that occurred on US-421, north of McKee in Jackson County.

The initial investigation indicates that Melinda A. Parker, 28 years old of London, KY, was driving North on US-421 in a black Pontiac passenger car with a young child, and crossed the center line before colliding head-on with a red Ford truck operated by Frank Revel. As Continue reading KSP Investigates Fatal Collision in Jackson County

New Kentucky State Police Cadets Report For Training

Lt. Kyle Nall, commander of the Kentucky State Police Academy in Frankfort, welcomed the new cadets at their initial formation on Aug. 12.

Sixty-one recruits from throughout the Commonwealth and one other state reported to the Kentucky State Police Academy in Frankfort today to begin 25 weeks of training that will determine whether they have what it takes to join “The Thin Gray Line.” Their ranks are an encouraging sight to the law enforcement agency which experienced a large number of retirements recently. Continue reading New Kentucky State Police Cadets Report For Training

Berea Police Reports Aug. 7, 2018

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Drug Arrests: On 08/07/2018 officers were called to Circle K on Chestnut Street in reference to a female who was possibly overdosing in a vehicle. The vehicle left the area before they arrived, but it was located in a parking lot on Mount Vernon Road. The vehicle had pulled behind a building and was occupied by three people. Canine Parko was deployed and gave a positive alert. Suspected Methamphetamine, plastic bags, syringes, and Hydrocodone tablets were located inside the truck.

0fficers arrested 31-year-old Natasha Spires of Berea KY, 35-year-old Tommy Brock of Berea KY, and 31-year-old Michael Cope of Berea KY. They were all charged with the following: Continue reading Berea Police Reports Aug. 7, 2018

Beshear: Indiana Man Arrested For Allegedly Seeking Sex with Minor, Distributing Child Porn

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A 44-year-old Madison, Indiana man has been arrested for allegedly seeking sex with a minor online and distributing child pornography, Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today.

Following a lengthy undercover investigation by Beshear’s Department of Criminal Investigations, Cyber Crimes Unit, Jon Helms was arrested Aug. 4 in Louisville and charged with seven counts of distributing child porn, second offense, a Class C felony, and one count of seeking sex with a minor online, a Class D felony. Continue reading Beshear: Indiana Man Arrested For Allegedly Seeking Sex with Minor, Distributing Child Porn

Beshear: Lexington Man Arrested For Allegedly Seeking Sex with Minor

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A 47-year-old Lexington man has been arrested for allegedly seeking sex with a minor, Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today.

Following a lengthy undercover investigation by Beshear’s Department of Criminal Investigations, Cyber Crimes Unit, Robert G. Watchorn was arrested in Frankfort when he traveled Aug. 3 to have sex with a supposed minor.

Watchorn was charged with one count of seeking sex with a minor online, a Class D felony. Watchorn was lodged in the Franklin County Jail. Beshear’s cyber investigators were assisted by the Frankfort Police Department. Continue reading Beshear: Lexington Man Arrested For Allegedly Seeking Sex with Minor

KSP Post 7 to Conduct Traffic Safety Checkpoint

The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post, which provides coverage for Madison, Clark, Estill, Lee, Owsley, Jackson, Mercer, Boyle, Lincoln, Garrard and Jessamine counties, will be conducting periodic traffic safety checkpoints at locations approved by the Kentucky State Police Policy and Procedures Manual. These checkpoints will be conducted in an effort to enforce the traffic laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Special attention will be paid to occupant protection (seatbelt adherence), sobriety, insurance, and registration violations.

A complete list of traffic safety checkpoint locations can be found at http://kentuckystatepolice.org/post-locations/post-7/post-7-checkpoints/ .

Berea’s Captain Ken Clark is not finished giving back to the community

As a man of faith, Captain Ken Clark of the Berea Police Department said he realized his nearly 30 years of police work was akin to a personal mission to serve his community. Having retired last week, city leaders say Clark’s influence will be missed after he’s gone.

It’s been quite a journey for Captain Ken Clark of the Berea Police Department. Starting as a police dispatcher nearly 30 years ago, Clark stayed on with the BPD and forged a career in law enforcement and public service. Though his tenure ended July 31 when he officially retired from the department, Clark still plans to continue serving his community. “Now I’m no longer required to work, but I can still serve by volunteering, and I can pick and choose and decide where I can do some good,” Clark said. Continue reading Berea’s Captain Ken Clark is not finished giving back to the community

What can citizens do about litter and crime? Berea residents explore their options

Berea City Council member Bruce Fraley moderated a Thursday discussion on how to address the issues of litter and crime in Berea.

What can citizens do about litter in Berea and how can they help keep their community safe? Those were the main issues discussed Thursday at a community meeting at the Berea municipal building, where approximately 40 citizens gathered. The talk was moderated by Berea City Councilman Bruce Fraley. Continue reading What can citizens do about litter and crime? Berea residents explore their options

KSP Charges Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

On August 2 , 2018, at approximately 7:00 p.m., the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Brad A. Harney, 38, on charges related to possession and distribution of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor.

Harney was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect uploading images of child sexual exploitation online. Continue reading KSP Charges Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

Unlawful Transaction with a Minor Investigation and Arrests / Laurel Co.

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On Sunday, July 29, 2018 at approximately 10:15 AM, Kentucky State Police Post 11, London received a call from Baptist Health Hospital in Corbin about a 16 year old juvenile that had been assaulted during an altercation and was under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Hospital staff advised dispatch that the assault had taken place at a motel in the Corbin community of Laurel County.

Trooper Jack Riley responded to the hospital and conducted an investigation. Preliminary Investigation indicates that two juveniles had stayed in a room with four adults at the motel the night before and given drugs and alcohol.

Arrested were Alberto Quintanilla, 20, of Lehigh Acres, FL, Michael Jaramillo, 20, of Edinburg, TX, Daniel Olivarez, 25, of Highland MI and Whitney Napier, 21, of Corbin.

All four were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center and charged with Unlawful Transaction with a Minor, 1st- Illegal Substance, Under 16 years of Age and Unlawful Transaction with a Minor, 1st –Illegal Substance, Under 18 years of Age.

Trooper Riley is continuing the investigation.

Berea Police Report July 31, 2018

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Unlawful Transaction with a Minor: On 07/30/2018 officers were called to Taco Bell in reference to a subject waving a handgun in the drive through. The vehicle was located with two occupants inside, and the passenger still had possession of the handgun. The two occupants were asked to step out of the vehicle, and a small amount of marijuana was located inside. The passenger who had the handgun was a 16 year old female.

Officers arrested 21 year old Austin Powell of Sandgap KY and charged him with Unlawful Transaction with a Minor 3rd Degree, Possession of Marijuana, and Drug Paraphernalia Possession. The juvenile was taken into custody and charged with Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree. Continue reading Berea Police Report July 31, 2018

Complaint by Southern Indiana Family Results in Arrest of Jefferson County Man by Beshear’s Cyber Unit on 13 Charges involving Minor

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Attorney General Andy Beshear and his Cyber Crimes Unit today announced a 27-year-old Jefferson County man has been arrested and charged with six counts of allegedly possessing child porn; six counts of allegedly using of a minor in a sexual performance and one count of allegedly seeking sex with a minor.

Eric Clifford Sutherland was arrested July 27 and lodged in Louisville Metro Corrections on a $75,000 full cash bond after Beshear’s cyber investigators issued several search warrants over the course of their investigation.

Beshear’s investigators launched a joint investigation with the United States Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) after the federal agency received an initial complaint via its national reporting system earlier this month from a family in Southern Indiana. Continue reading Complaint by Southern Indiana Family Results in Arrest of Jefferson County Man by Beshear’s Cyber Unit on 13 Charges involving Minor