Category Archives: Police & Fire Reports

From the Office of Andy Beshear: Tennessee Man Sentenced to 3 Years, Designated Lifetime Sex Offender for Seeking Sex with Minor, Distributing Child Porn

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Attorney General Andy Beshear says a Tennessee man who attempted to have sex with a minor and who actively traded child sex images across the country was sentenced to three years in state prison and designated a lifetime sex offender.

Bradley J. Richmond, 24, of Bell Buckle, Tennessee, was sentenced Jan. 4 in Franklin Circuit Court for child sex offenses investigated by Beshear’s Cyber Crimes Unit in May of 2018. Continue reading From the Office of Andy Beshear: Tennessee Man Sentenced to 3 Years, Designated Lifetime Sex Offender for Seeking Sex with Minor, Distributing Child Porn

Christmas drive a success: Berea Fire Department public service statistics for 2018

December marked the end of a busy 2018 for the Berea Fire Department, including a successful toy drive for the Berea Fireman’s Christmas Fund. The department’s Christmas outreach touched the lives of 59 local children, and Berea Fire Department Chief Shawn Sandlin expressed his thanks for the community’s support. “We had several businesses donate gifts, money, grants from Berea Walmart, and Breast Cancer Awareness t-shirt sales and our pop machines located in city buildings helped make it possible,” Sandlin said. “The support we got from this community is amazing! Thank you, Berea residents!” Continue reading Christmas drive a success: Berea Fire Department public service statistics for 2018

Madison Co. Sheriff’s Report Jan. 5, 2018

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The Madison County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint on Thursday, January 3, 2019 around 7:30 a.m. of shots fired on Mason Lake Road.

The initial investigation alleges Steven Gerlaugh, 69 years old of Berea and Nanci Gerlaugh, 47 years old also of Berea, used force in stealing the victim’s purse. During the altercation, Steven Gerlaugh discharged a firearm in the direction of the victim. Deputy Donovan Nolan located the suspects on Mason Lake Road and they were taken into custody without incident. An eight year old child was located with the suspects and released to the Department of Community Based Services. Continue reading Madison Co. Sheriff’s Report Jan. 5, 2018

Berea Police Report Jan. 3, 2019

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Alcohol Intoxication: On 12/31/2018 officers were called to the area of St. Joseph Berea in reference to an intoxicated subject who had left on foot. The subject was eventually located on Jefferson Street and showed several signs of intoxication.

Officers arrested 43 year old Taneha Whiteaker of McKee KY and charged her with Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place. Continue reading Berea Police Report Jan. 3, 2019

Berea Police Report Dec. 28, 2018

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Drug Arrests: On 12/22/2018 a traffic stop was conducted on Prince Royal Drive for an equipment violation.

The front passenger of the vehicle, 26 year old Whitney Greer of London KY, had an active arrest warrant and was placed under arrest. One white pill was located in her pants pocket and a small plastic bag containing suspected Methamphetamine and a pipe were located in the vehicle where she had been sitting. Greer was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree, Illegal Possession of a Legend Drug, and Drug Paraphernalia Possession. A scale with residue was also located in the vehicle, along with a suboxone strip and a tablet under the driver seat. Continue reading Berea Police Report Dec. 28, 2018

KSP Burglary Investigation / Laurel Co.

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On Tuesday, December 25, 2018 at approximately 12:30 PM, Laurel County 911 received a call about an audible alarm going off at the Fitzpatrick’s Furniture store on US HWY 25 in the Corbin community of Laurel County.

Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer Chris McQueen was at his residence when he heard the alarm and went to check it out. Upon arrival, he discovered a box truck that had been driven through the inside of the furniture store in an apparent burglary attempt. Continue reading KSP Burglary Investigation / Laurel Co.

Scam Alert: Bourbon Barrel Company Pretending to be Headquartered in Lexington Stiffing Customers

Attorney General Andy Beshear issued a Scam Alert today after his office and the Better Business Bureau say an online company claiming to be located in Lexington and selling bourbon barrels is scamming customers.

OakWoodBarrels.com claims that “The Oak Wood Barrel Co.” sells bourbon, craft beer and spirit barrels that are ready to ship worldwide, yet three victims, two from out-of-state in Kansas and Virgina, say they paid more than $650 for barrels they did not receive. Continue reading Scam Alert: Bourbon Barrel Company Pretending to be Headquartered in Lexington Stiffing Customers

Beshear: McCracken County Man Convicted of First-degree Rape, Receives Life in Prison

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A 32-year-old McCracken County man has been convicted of first-degree Rape of a minor and a jury has recommended that he serve life in prison, Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today.

Samuel David Hunter was convicted Dec. 20 by a McCracken County jury of the crime that occurred in May 2016. According to court testimony, Hunter was living with the child’s mother at the time of the crime. Continue reading Beshear: McCracken County Man Convicted of First-degree Rape, Receives Life in Prison

Berea Police Report Dec. 19, 2018

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Fleeing Evading/Drug Arrest: On 12/17/2018 an officer observed 34 year old Michael Shoopman driving on Pinnacle View Drive. Shoopman had several active arrest warrants and the officer attempted to make a traffic stop on the vehicle. Shoopman parked the vehicle but fled on foot towards an open field near Burnell Drive. After a short foot chase, he was taken into custody. A small amount of suspected Methamphetamine and some forged checks were located inside of his vehicle. He was charged with the following: Continue reading Berea Police Report Dec. 19, 2018

Berea Police Officer Receives Award

Berea Police Department Lt. Jake Reed Receives Award

Berea Police Department Lt. Jake Reed for won the 2018 Hero Award for the BPD from Madison County Youth in Action. Also honored was Officer Officer Smoot, who could not be present because he was backing up other officers, Chief David Gregory said.

Madison County Youth in Action works to raise awareness of the dangers of underage drinking and to effect change to make it more difficult for underage citizens to obtain alcohol.

KSP Charges LaRue Co. Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

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On December 18, 2018, at approximately 3:18 p.m., the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested christopher Michael Hayslip, 44, on a fugitive from another state warrant.

Hayslip was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, Tennessee, began the investigation after discovering the suspect communicating with juveniles in Tennessee and Kentucky online to include sending nude images and arranging to meet for illegal sexual acts. Continue reading KSP Charges LaRue Co. Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

Berea Police Department public service statistics for November 2018

It was a busy November for the Berea Police Department as the agency welcomed one new officer into its ranks.

Additionally, they launched their successful inaugural effort, Christmas with a Cop. Here’s how the month broke down:

Crimes reported: 38
Vehicle collisions reported: 46
Citations: 90
Courtesy calls: 13
Total call response (non-emergency, minor incident): 51
JC3 (domestic incident/abuse): 8
Total crisis calls (mental illness-related/crisis): 0

Top five worst roads for accidents in Berea, Nov. 2018. Continue reading Berea Police Department public service statistics for November 2018

KSP Charges Hart Co. Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

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On December 17, 2018, at approximately 4:53 p.m., the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Steven “Devontae” Rhodes, 25, on charges related to prohibited use of an electronic communication system to procure a minor/ peace officer regarding sex offense.

Rhodes 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 communicating with juveniles online. Continue reading KSP Charges Hart Co. Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

KSP Charges Daviess Co. Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

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On December 14, 2018, at approximately 6:20 p.m., the Bay County Sheriff’s Department, Florida, arrested Travis C. McDaniel, 29, on charges related to child sexual exploitation.

McDaniel 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 communicating with a juvenile online to include the exchange of illegal images and meeting the juvenile for illegal sexual acts. Continue reading KSP Charges Daviess Co. Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

KSP Investigates Armed Robbery and Kidnapping of Adult in Madison County

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The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post was called just after 5:00 pm today in reference to a possible kidnapping of an adult that occurred at a residence on Four Mile Road, just east of Richmond in Madison County.

The initial investigation alleges that Anthony Lawson, 28 years old of Mt. Vernon, and Joyce Hembree, 36 years old, of Richmond, unlawfully entered a residence and confronted the alleged victim. During the encounter, the victim was assaulted and forced to get into a vehicle. Law enforcement located the suspected vehicle at the Fifth Third Bank in Richmond, at which time Lawson and Hembree were taken into custody without incident. Continue reading KSP Investigates Armed Robbery and Kidnapping of Adult in Madison County